Category Archives: bits + pieces.

happy weekend.

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Of all the things to see at Tent London (and there is a lot to see..), my favourite was the porcelain ceramics of Korean collective SenaGu. Quirky and fun, in the manner of Fornasetti.

Other highlights are the beautifully crafted Design and Crafts Council of Ireland stand, with refined oak furniture and beautiful, subtle textiles. The Korean contribution Consistency and Change was an unexpected highlight, with traditional crafts utilised in contemporary ways, using paper, metal, bamboo, lacquer; everything a work of beauty.

Have you visited yet?

Tent London + Super Brands until 27 September 2015, part of London Design festival.

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The elegant, lyrical foyer of Highpoint Two, the modernist delight designed by Berthold Lubetkin in 1937-38. Highpoint is open as part of London Open House next weekend; details, here:

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A stunning display by Japanese flower artist, Azuma Maoto. More, here.

There’s a fascinating read in the NY Times Style magazine on another flower artist, Satoshi Kawamoto, the artist and creative director behind installations for brands like Filson, Gant and Mr Porter. Read it here. (Via)

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The wonderful Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Catch the Dolce Vita exhibition if you can, (until 13 September) highlighting the Liberty, Futurist and Rationalist periods of the early twentieth century in Italy, with works by Carlo Bugatti, Carlo Scarpa and Gio Ponti. Bellissimo.

Photo by owl’s house london. Follow me on Instagram, here

summertime.

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It feels like it’s been forever coming, but at last it’s time for a little break. Happy weekend.

Above image, by PipkornKilpatrick via owl’s house london Pinterest.

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These striking images are part of a series called Urban Geometry, an architectural study of several European cities (this one, Alicante) using the geometric forms of local buildings and urban landscapes to inform the work.

Spanish photographer Andrés Gallardo Albajar is self-taught. His images are undoubtedly architectural in form, perhaps influenced by his architect parents. Linear form, curves and angles are highlighted against a background of surreal and vibrant colour.

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Urban Geometry, Andrés Gallardo Albajar. More, Behance

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Seldom Seen, 2002, James Turrell. Photograph: Peter Huggins

I can’t wait to visit the James Turrell exhibition in Norfolk next weekend. Jonathan Jones calls it ‘a psychedelic legal high in the English countryside’ (read his review, here)

Houghton hall, a beautiful Palladian house on the North Norfolk coast, already has an impressive art collection, with works by Richard Long, Jeppe Hein and Rachel Whiteread. There is a previously commissioned piece by Turrell, called Skyspace, from 2000 (image above). This current exhibition includes the illumination of the Hall’s facade into a light show, which begins at dusk on Friday and Saturday evenings.

LightScape, James Turrell at Houghton Hall, North Norfolk until 24th October 2015.

More James Turrell, here