Friday, 30 April 2010

April showers

Happy long weekend. Plans for punting in Cambridge with D. Rumours of rain. One should never plan punting.
(Ryantown windows)


UK Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010
Thomas Heatherwick
(via KultureFlash)
60,000 filaments to resemble seeds inspired by Britain's love of nature

Redesigning the boarding pass

A site devoted to the redesign of the boarding pass.
Which gate? Scan monitors. Flick back to boarding pass with random alignments and spacing. There could be another way.
(via Max Wagner)

Thursday, 29 April 2010

creativity defined

Making unusual connections is the basis of creativity.

- From Mind in the Making, by Ellen Galinsky
(via swissmiss)

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Tapped & Packed

A new off Charlotte Street local coffeeshop, Tapped & Packed opened this week. Choose from coffee brewing methods; filter, cafetiere, siphon or aeropress. . And then you can tell me what aeropress is.

DIY Culture

Before you start a project always consult a flowchart
(via Heart of Light)

RIBA London workshops with young folk usually start with "What is Architecture"?
Would this image help?
(naumann architecture)

The Electric Hotel

Set in a four story temporary structure in Kings Cross against a backdrop of a Victorian ironwork Gas Holder, Electric Hotel is this June's spectacle.

Collaborators include David Rosenberg (director of Shunt) and Frauke Requardt (choreographer, Pictures from an Exhibition at Sadler's Wells/Young Vic), with Börkur Jónsson (designer, Woyzeck at Barbican, Metamorphosis at Lyric Hammersmith).


has led me to The New York Times Home & Garden section.
Mural artist Matthew Willey's flat of murals

and how to turn a garage into a 250-square-foot house for $32,000


Writing for culture ezine, KultureFlash. Profiles on the Campana Brothers and Robbrecht En Daem Architects. So fun to write for a magazine that I rely on. I start my day with KF twittering.
(image site specific_NYC_07 Sheep Meadow, 2007 Olivo Barbieri)

Monday, 19 April 2010


29 today.

A recipe from Orna and Ella with D. Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing tomorrow. Petersham Nurseries on Sunday with my favourite conversationalist. And gratefully received present of egg spoons, seaside and elegant teacup prints, and a "learn how to palm read" session!

(whoopie pies at RIBA London today)


Sugar rush after the delectable pop-up Tete-a-Tea yesterday. To the tune of Ella Fitzgerald, we sampled homemade scones, jams and fancies in the Victorian setting of the romantically dilapidated Wilton's Music Hall. An American guest on my left was in London waiting for the skies to reopen. An accidental tea party. The very definition of serendipity.


Soundscape artist Bill Fontana has created a new sound installation for Somerset House.

"Somerset House was built with its own front door onto the river, The Great Arch, from which the Navy Board's ornate gilded barge would sail upriver to Whitehall. Artist Bill Fontana returns the river to the building with River Sounding, an impressive sound installation that creates an acoustic journey through the little known subterranean spaces of Somerset House".

Friday, 9 April 2010


Bobbin's Bicycles on Rosebery Avenue.
Red and Blue bikes for the petite, medium, tall-ish or leggy.

Thursday, 8 April 2010


First Spring walk home last night. I had a decided need to photograph. Grainy iPhone shots without a Leica lens.
Grainy shot no. 2 is of a fishmonger in Primrose Hill. After I clicked, the monger ran after me to say that the boat of ice is typically filled with fresh fish. Photographers get to start funny conversations.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Tel Aviv

Ron Arad's design for Design Museum Holon, outside Tel Aviv.
A continuous ribbon of steel.
D's friend Marcus Blum contributed to the design of "Lo Glo" chair with colleagues at Jurgen Mayer H and Vitra.