Book worms with a penchant for art, design and fashion will love the new Idea Books pop-up shop in St Martins Lane Hotel. The cornucopia of quirky, vintage books and magazines has been hand selected and includes a wide variety of topics from the body beautiful to Alice in Wonderland. My favourite finds were from the 1970s; a retro guide to Heathrow airport and a Habitat furniture catalogue. Definitely worth a visit for all bibliophiles!
Friday 22nd January until Saturday 27th February 2010, The Front Room at St Martins Lane Hotel.
On the night before Maison & Objet opened Paris, we went to Bisazza‘s showroom on Boulevard St Germain to see Jaime Hayon’s Pixel Vases Collection. Typically Hayon, these beautifully witty and elegant porcelain vases bear more than a passing resemblance to the chess pieces he created for Trafalgar Square during the London Design Festival. Hayon’s humour shines through the decorative designs- my favourite is entitled Bulletrabbit.
For anyone near Davos this week, a perfect escape is the Lej da Staz, part of the Rough Luxe network, tucked away in a forest near St. Moritz. We trekked on foot to this remote spot and it was packed! The thing to order is ‘hay soup’- and they bring you the plate with hay around it. For another totally memorable evening, make a pilgrimage to Chesa Pirani- about ten minutes out of St. Moritz. This simple, but exquisite dining experience by Chef Bumann is definitely worth the detour.
We dashed over to the British History Museum to catch Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler. The exhibition featured numerous masterpieces of their culture including intricate gold rings and necklaces, paintings with mother of pearl detail portraying the conquest of the empire in graphic detail. We saw the beautiful gold and turquoise mask which was placed on the skulls of those sacrificed in honour of their gods. Archeological digs continue at the palace at Tenochtitlan, beneath modern day Mexico City and more will be revealed in due course.
Written by Camron intern Chloe Mac Donnell.
This exhibition encapsulates the amazing technology of today and shows us the future with a dazzling array of new developments and the evolution of digital design. Amongst the various displays there are digitally growing plants and a mechanical eye that mirrors the blink of a visitor’s gaze plus the chance to chuck splashes of colour onto a screen. Together with the new Renaissance and Medieval Galleries which opened in December 2009, the V&A is appealing to an ever increasing audience.