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

Thursday, 31 March 2011


Ashley Hicks has hooked up with Jo Malone to make candles with geometric prints on, from Ashley's father David's design archive.

David Hicks was decorator to Condé Nast, Vidal Sassoon and Helena Rubenstein and after he married Lady Pamela Mountbatten he made carpets for Windsor Castle and designed the Prince of Wales' first apartment at Buckingham Palace.

He left quite a house behind in Oxfordshire, filled with immense 18th century portaits and painted wall panels that were rescued from their London home shortly before a bomb damaged it in WWII - in the background of the green picture below.

The red image shows David Hicks' study; the fabric above the fireplace is from his grandmother's wedding dress, from the days when, as Ashley said, 'you didn't wear white, you just wore your best frock.' His father had the ambition of getting all his books re-bound in red leather. That didn't quite happen so he resorted to painting some of the spines red himself.

Nice idea to make those mini dollshouse sets for the candles no? Alice in Wonderland etc. The candles and dollshouses are based on the real house as you've probably gathered by the colours.

Sunday, 27 March 2011


My friend Freddie makes dining tables and desks down in Somerset. He likes using found wooden objects like cheese boards and old parquet flooring for the table tops but his favourite part is working with steel, which he uses for the table legs. He loves soldering and is always messing about with rusty metal, coming up with low-tech assemblage sculptures like this Pelican Joanie piece.

The tables are stocked at Selfridges but they're cheaper at Retrouvius

Read an article on him and his dad here www.independent.co.uk


The Farm
by Nicholas McLeod
Bark and Lava after Mountains and Ravines
by Gemma Anderson
Asakusa Roboto, Driven to Abstraction
By Dylan Culhane

Another Level
by Katie Louise Surridge
by Sarah Corke

Since Tomorrow opens at new gallery E&B Flow on Leonard Street EC2 on Thursday.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


Visit Lui Nemeth and Andrew Green's shop Primitive, off Kinglsand Road. It'll make you happy.

At the moment they're swapping stuff with shops in Tokyo and Melbourne and showing it as a mini exhibition. On their shop counter. That's it below actually. They also have silly rings with eyeballs on and t-shirts dotted with eyelets and a brilliant simple but a little bit punky black leather bag and wild mini-dresses with epic shoulders.

They're keeping Dalston's DIY heart beating in the wake of Lui's late father Christopher, who was part of The House of Beauty and Culture with Judy Blame et al, five minutes up the road and legendary but long gone.


Tuesday, 22 March 2011


I went to a preview of Werner Herzog's film on the world's oldest paintings last night. His commentary was brilliantly German, sweeping through 30,000 years of history to pontificate on what makes us human and to proffer connections between the spirituality of pre-historic man, the Romantic imagination, the potentially Wagnerian landscapes of Europe in the ice age, and the musings on sensory perception of an octogenarian perfumier.


Tuesday, 15 March 2011


Ayala and Albi Serfaty at Aqua Creations are launching these new lamps at Superstudio Piu at Milan Design Week 12-17 April.

There are loads of seventies references around at the moment but most of them are shiny-shiny disco or blue denim related. It's nice to see some designers harking back to the more subtle side of the decade - its softer styles and natural-look shades. I like that these are so retro but also really inventive. The tree-like Molecules collection is brilliant and the TokoNatsu is a all fuzzy in a late-night back-to-mine sort of way.

The pair say they take inspiration from marine life. Some of their bigger pieces are more floaty and one light sculpture piece is like a shaggy iceberg but I like the seabed types like these.

Monday, 14 March 2011



Eric Therner's new Diamond Lights are a lesson in efficient invention. They are cheap at £24 each. They are good lookin with their utility simplicity and cut glass bouncing light this way and that. And they are clean, because the halogen bulb inside lasts for 2 thousand hours.

I have a soft spot for diamond shapes... all those geometric angles.


Tuesday, 1 March 2011


The Ascher brand was set up by Czech emigrés Zika and Lida Ascher during World War II. They supplied fabrics to Balenciaga, Givenchy, Dior and Lanvin - and introduced mohair to the world of haute couture in 1958 at Pierre Cardin - but they also wanted to create textiles based on contemporary art.

Between 1946 and 1955 they commissioned designs by Picasso, Matisse, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Cecil Beaton, Jean Cocteau, Barbara Hepworth, Sonia Delaunay and many more.

The rayon scarves are being exhibited now on Brompton Road at the Ascher pop-up shop, along with some unseen pieces, including wall panels by Henry Moore.

Landscape Fantasy
by Andre Beaurepaire

By Francoise Gilot

by Ben Nicholson

La Cage
by Oscar Dominguez

Landscape Sculpture
by Barbara Hepworth

Here you can see Zika Ascher's original scrapbooks from the Paris couture collections of the 1950s www.ascherstudio.co.uk