The hottest ticket for London Design Festival, Established & Sons, took partying to new heights with the launch of its Elevating Design installation on Wednesday night. Occupying a vast underground space off Marylebone Road, one-off marble renditions of the furniture designs by luminaries such as Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete of Future Systems and BarberOsgerby where perched on top of impressive monolithic plinths. Guests climbed the stairs to the gallery to view the pieces in their full glory, and were rewarded with an array of cocktails from a bar that stretched from one end of the space to the other.
Manish Arora, one of India’s most celebrated fashion designers contributed to the India Now Festival last Friday night, presenting a fabulous collection in the Raphael Gallery at the V&A. The runway was a riot with all colours of the rainbow, each masked model exhibiting an abundance of intricately hand-crafted clothing and accessories. The evening was unforgettable, the clothes delicious and the atmosphere electric. If you missed out on Friday night’s catwalk then you can catch some of Manish’s designs created this season for The Conran Shop, Fulham Road, as part of their ‘Rangoli’ collection.
On a balmy Friday afternoon we ventured to Borough Market in search of the charming Shipp’s Tearooms – and we weren’t disappointed. Walking through the front door, we were greeted by a display of beautiful bone china teacups and saucers suspended in the window, and a bustling atmosphere of ladies enjoying fine tea and afternoon treats – from home made scones to delicate butterfly cakes and traditional Victoria sponge, everything looked absolutely delectable. This great little find is owned by Margaret Willis, who also owns a vintage store on Columbia Rd, and pieces from her shop furnish the tearooms.
Today I went down to the Becks Fusion Gallery pod at Trafalgar Square. 10 video artists were commissioned to put together new versions of well known songs, which were presented as 360 degree video projections. The breath-taking results reduced both the children and the adults of the audience to absolute silence as we watched each artist’s personal interpretation. Each differed drastically from the next but all were amazing and are definitely not to be missed!
Janine, Neil and I nearly missed Banksy’s mark on the pavement outside The Hospital club in Covent Garden, indicating the Warhol vs Banksy exhibition inside. As the name suggests, the exhibition investigates the supremacy of two of the world’s most iconic and controversial artists. Showing over 40 pieces, 3 sets are juxtaposed to explore the relationship between the works – Warhol’s Marylin vs Banksy’s Kate Moss, Warhol’s Campbell soup vs Banksy’s Tesco soup, and their two opposing representations of the Queen. Can Banksy become more influential than Warhol? Have your say by visiting The Hospital on Second Life.