Last night at the dinner at The Andaz Liverpool Street, Thomas Heatherwick was awarded the London Design Medal 2010. He dedicated it to his grandmother who attended the dinner – she is 98 years old and escaped from Nazi Germany and has been his design inspiration. Recognition for this medal as also due to his UK Pavilion at this year’s Shanghai Expo which was judged as the best pavilion. Having worked with Thomas on the East Beach Cafe, all of us at Camron are delighted and wish him many congratulations!
From the catwalk to catering, shoe guru Patrick Cox gives cupcakes a sexy makeover with the opening of Cox Cookies and Cake. Located on Brewer Street in the heart of Soho, this is no chintzy teashop. Featuring florescent neon lights, glittering black marble floors and mirrored ceilings, this boudoir bakery serves up cheeky, Warhol-inspired cakes such as ‘Kiss Cake’ along with brownies, cookies and coffee by cute waiters in studded leather aprons. For more than icing on your cupcake, check it out!
The Deptford Project is hosting the fabulous Silent Cinema for the next three weeks with 80s movies showing, including Heathers, The Breakfast Club and an American Werewolf in London (Thursday – Sunday until 25th September). Jail Make are designing and making the screen and turning old pallets into new chairs with Boro. Textile up-cyclers Crafty Bitches are hand sewing cushions and the whole lot is covered by a three-dimensional fabric structure by Kite Related Design. Tickets are £10
Last night I went to the Private View for this year’s Threadneedle Prize at the Mall Galleries, which is worth £10,000 to a winning artist. Thousands of artists submitted artwork and from the work which was selected, and hung for the show, the public can vote for their favourites. The theme this year seemed to be very urban, with lots of gritty landscapes, but there were also some striking portraits and a specially constructed ‘Den’ to go into, which made you feel as though you could be in a hide or disused pillbox near a remote lake.
I was in Edinburgh last week to enjoy the glorious mayhem of the Festival and watch masses of Fringe shows. But while I was there I popped into the Scottish Parliament Building. You have to go through airport style security to get into the controversial building, but it was well worth it. I saw the World Press Photo collection of remarkably moving reportage – 170 photographs of people, places, conflict, terror and tenderness taken by photographers from around the world. The show has now moved to the UN in New York.