Japan, the coolest place on Earth? Well their architecture and interiors are super-cool. After watching the fantastic documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix and always being asked by clients for clever small space solutions, I knew that The Japanese House punches above it's weight on both of these topics. So here's a little on what we saw at the current Barbican show. We thoroughly recommend that you get yourself down there. You will literally get lost in this fantastic exhibition. Open until 25th June.
..... then head to Bonfire BBQ for a Coke Float
It changes all the time - my favourite fabric supplier. Today it is Nya Nordiska for it's innovative textures and vivid colours. A German born company influenced by the Scandinavian school of design, it's a glorious blend of on-trend shades, textile tech with its matallics and Tex-Glass and bold Scandi prints.
Today I downed tools and went to the Hayward Gallery's off-site exhibition 'The Infinite Mix'. An amazing pop-up show of 'Audio-Visual' art with, surprisingly for a building still derelict in parts, a very stylish café/bar as part of 'The Store'.
'The Store' which is described as offering "a new kind of experience fusing art, music, food, fashion, broadcasting and work" contains a creative hang-out with views of the Thames, as eclectic and surreal as the A/V pieces in the galleries.
Just as the disparate exhibits form a coherant exhibition so too does the collection of furniture and decor here. This "mix and max" design style combines different eras and styles linked by luxe materials (marble, linen, velvet, wool, wood, perspex and glass) and lush planting which is ingeniously hanging in the old suspended cable trays. This all contrasts and yet compliments the stark architectural featues of the building - a kind of plush Brutalism.
It's not clear how long the space will be around for, whether it's semi-permanant or permanant, so go now for the Art, wifi, food and gorgeous interior design.
The Store, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
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