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Open House Catch Up 2014

Oct 8, 2014 | No Comments
Open House Catch Up 2014

This year’s Open House itinerary was focused broadly on guilds and corporate architectural design innovations. As usual, it was a mission to get around places without dropping from exhaustion. Several of the choices brought me a queasy feeling of what can be our rather ‘closed-shop’ society, rooted back to the medieval times and still ongoing […]

London Design Festival at the V&A

Sep 22, 2014 | 2 Comments
London Design Festival at the V&A

The V&A was alive with new pieces of art for the London Design Festival last week. There were installations placed in nooks and crannies that are usually bare, like staircases or lift lobbies. Human Nature by glass artist Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert, is a collection of large coloured glass cylinders arranged on top of each other. […]

Tall Ships and the War at Sea at Greenwich

Sep 17, 2014 | No Comments
Tall Ships and the War at Sea at Greenwich

On a day of muted skies flat calm waters and little wind there was never going to be a flotilla of ships in full billowing sail majestically rolling along the Thames. But the Tall Ships Festival on the banks of the Thames was in full swing and there were a number of ships moored in […]

The Tower of London Remembers

Sep 4, 2014 | No Comments
The Tower of London Remembers

The unmissable installation at poppies continues to bloom until 11th November at the Tower of London. Ceramic artist Paul Cummins, who is based in Derby, was inspired by lines of poetry written by a solider who served in the First War: ‘The blood swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread.’ After […]

Mayfield Lavender Fields, South London

Aug 17, 2014 | No Comments
Mayfield Lavender Fields, South London

Drive less than 10 miles from the urban jungle of Croydon to Banstead in south London and you’ll be faced with the surprising sight of lavender fields. The 25-acre Mayfield Lavender farm was planted in 2002 in a project started in conjunction with the Bio Regional Development Group and cosmetic companies. The inspiration and driving force […]

Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath

Aug 13, 2014 | No Comments
Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath

Walk to Kenwood House from Hampstead Heath station? No problem. Except when the temperature is 80-something degrees and you’re relying on a certain ubiquitous brand of online maps, as I was a few weeks ago. Hampstead Heath is much-beloved, but a bit of a pain to navigate if you’re not used to it. In any […]