"Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm but the milieu of all milieus"
Deleuze & Guattari

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


I couldn't use this Ne Dessine Pas Sur Les Murs print by Boussac on my page on new prints and patterns in The Times because it isn't new for 2011...

but I think if you've been printing fabrics since 1933 then a design that's 3 years old counts as pretty fresh, non?

The Boussac brand is now owned by Pierre Frey - see their fairytale French website here - www.pierrefrey.com - and visit their magazine Freyquence for images like this:

It was Marcel Boussac, whose father was a draper, who proposed to Christian Dior that he start his own fashion house in 1946, with Boussac's funding. Dior had previously been working for Pierre Balmain.

It was also Boussac who engaged a 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent at Dior following the eponymous designer's death, and Boussac who replaced him with Marc Bohan as head designer following Saint Laurent's naughty Beat-style collection in 1960.

Pictured below with HRH, he became one of France's richest textiles tycoons, and owned the Château de Mivoisin in the Loiret.


Have a chat with Grayson over lunch at the ICA - for free... how good is that?

Above, the ceramic house he made for Shelter's charity auction at 20 Hoxton Square in November, and below, a detail from the Abortion quilt he made for the V&A Quilts exhibition last year.

He's so game!


The Antognolla estate in Umbria was bought by a group of investors who built a concrete monstrosity 100 paces away with the help of a car park construction firm. It was then repurchased by Alessio Carabba, whose family had historically owned the estate and who still owns the neighbouring hill and its properties. Rather sadly, however, he is developing it as a Four Seasons hotel, so homogenisation is on the horizon.

So, it's under restoration and they have discovered a fresco in a crypt-type room from the 4TH CENTURY! No photos because it's all protected at the moment. The restorative paintwork in the main hall and antechamber is a bit eye-hurty but to be fair those rooms were originally painted in this sort of bright trompe l'oeil so it's true to the building's initial incarnation.

The painted lookalike marble is really convincing even up close but I much preferred the shoddy fake marble paintwork at Hagia Sophia that I posted about - all faded and shabby. Which this could become in time, except that it will probably never be allowed to fade under Four Seasons ownership.

Friday, 21 January 2011



Giles, Versace and Dolce & Gabanna (the latter appear to have dressed their dollski in a burka?) commissioned by Russian Vogue. Super kawaii.

Too Bea


Currently having a retrospective at Zandra Rhodes' Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey, Sue Timney is now doing a line for House of Fraser. Actually, she's done a good dress for the range - monochrome striped jersey - and a beach tote with cane handles that Peter York was raving about. She held a preview dinner last night at Claridges.

Collaboration with Linda McCartney

Personally, I'm a sucker for black, white and neon, see below... so... yeah, I liked it. But the original stuff (shown up top, from the retrospective exhibition) was better, obviously. Her prints on fabric - collaged graphics and delicate drawings - work best I think.

Monday, 17 January 2011


By Piero Fornasetti


Zoffany's finest. The London print from the old school brand's Intaglio range. So nice up close. Click and zoom.


In order of preference, behold the bestest, most beautiful lamps from Soane. Made in England by hand. ♥ ♥


Sanderson is relaunching some retro prints for walls and fabrics... who said 50s has to be twee? The black based Mobiles pattern, above, is my favourite but fans of off-colours may disagree...

Sunday, 16 January 2011


RCA student Sarah Seaton-Burridge has come up with this surreal chair/drawer/shelf for Graham and Green. It's a one-off piece and will be sold from the Notting Hill store along with other student collaborations produced for a Crown paint commission. It only costs £150. Stick it high up on the wall and feel like you're in Mary Poppins.

Saturday, 15 January 2011


!!! Blitz mag. 1988.


It's at Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic. I haven't been.... yet. If you Google Images it your whole screen becomes like the most maximalist skeletal moodboard imaginable.