What I’ve been upto since my last Newsletter And what’s coming up!
Talking about the Bauhaus
It’ll be 100-years since the Bauhaus opened the doors of its school next year, so BBC4 have a wonderful programme of films in store to celebrate the occasion: a story on the life and works of Anni Albers, another on what it might have been like to be a student at the Bauhaus, and one on the importance of the movement today — which has got me in it for a bit! After all, did you realise that almost everything we consider contemporary colour theory originates from this school? Specifically the thoughts of a quartet of artists: Johannes Itten, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers who all taught there between 1919 and 1933 when the school was forced to close by the Nazis. I write more about this for Dezeen for it’s Bauhaus100 series this month. Direct link here.
Talking about excellent online magazines
Can I implore you to also check out 451life A relatively new lifestyle platform that’s a joyous revelation in what is, let’s admit it, mostly a sea of digital mediocrity and ill-informed click-bait. I think it’s wonderful for its clean design, engaging stories and intuitive interface. As it puts it, “451life was founded on a desire to bring a real experience of the world of lifestyle to a wide audience. Our channel is home to established and emerging chefs, writers, designers, artisans and makers. We work with them to make beautiful films expressing their vision and showing their process and we commission original and engaging short form writing.” It’s unique, it’s beautiful, and I’ll be working with them going forwards to introduce more design stories. 451life.com
Talking Interiors with Soho Home
I’ve had a huge amount of fun asking some of my very favourite people to come and do talks with me on all things interiors and design related in celebration of the pop-up Soho Home space in Shoreditch. A chance to find out how some of the best in the business built their homes brands, run successful blogs and many other things as well. You can read more about the talks here. And my latest piece, on the power of colour is up right now on the Soho Home blog… The Shade of the Season
Talking texture with Anaglypta
My love, nay obsession, with texture in the home is well known. I think it’s essential to surround yourself with surfaces that you want to reach out and touch, whether that’s a handmade pot or your walls. We are physical, sensory beings, and the power of touch is so powerful it triggers the love hormone Oxytocin so it basically behoves us to ship a juggernaut of the stuff in all around us! As such, I’ve long been a fan of Anaglypta wall coverings, and have used them extensively in my own home and professional projects. So very happy was I to write a foreword for an upcoming book on the brand. And for more texture-tastic inspiration, check out my SS19 Fabric and Wallpaper previews.
Talking about a few other things
I did quite a comprehensive round-up of the things I liked at this year’s London Design Festival, 21 things to be exact, and you can read that here. So important to champion everything our capital does to promote design.
And I’ve just ordered a job lot of new cupboard fronts from Superfront, the Swedish brand that makes beautifully detailed doors in a range of delicious off-beat shades designed to exactly fit IKEA units. I’ve gone for the ‘Big Fish’ design in Pale Lilac, a scalloped motif in a dusky tone. Wonder if they’ll arrive before Christmas?! I’ll be sure to Instagram their arrival and installation!
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