The first of 100 “individualised” Starbucks opened on Conduit Street last week so I headed down for a caffeine kick. This new look local shop brings back the community element and recaptures the cool, calm relaxed ethos of the first branches, which opened 38 years ago. The large green Starbucks sign is replaced by a more subtle branding that is easier on the eye. Inside you find large cosy leather sofas set within bookshelves, antique furniture and notice boards. Head down now for a Christmassy red cup treat.
Damien Hirst‘s ’No Love Lost; Blue Paintings’ are currently on show at the Wallace Collection, so I checked them out. Still challenging the boundaries of art, this latest show differs strongly from his past, more controversial, work. Gone are the dead animals, shock conceptualism and blood that made his name. Replacing them are delicate pieces of art marking his return to the practice of painting. The ‘blue’ paintings take some of his most famous motifs, such as skulls and shark jaws and they echo the work of Francis Bacon. Showing until 24th January, this is one not to miss.
Form Matters, at The Design Museum, is David Chipperfield‘s first UK exhibition. The show presents his sketches, photographs, miniature models of his buildings, curved cabinets and forms. I loved wandering through an inspired ’cityscape’, scattered with 18 signature project models of varying sizes and materials. Some of them were quite rough and experimental – almost art – like – while others were extremely polished maquettes. The photography on show really captured the austere and reflective mood of his architecture.
Written by Camron’s intern Anoushka Awad.
On Saturday, I stumbled upon Ryantoon, a pop-up shop by the papercut artist and printmaker Robert Ryan. Ryan’s whimsical paper cutouts, many with romantic proclamations, have featured in Vogue; he has collaborated with fashion designer Paul Smith and illustrated John Connolly’s novel The Book of Lost Things. The shop is wonderfully monochrome and all the products are black and white. You can buy limited edition paper cuts and signed prints, mugs, tiles, and, best of all, a selection of wonderful plates.
The shop is open until 15th November 2009.
Photographer Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio has landed at Somerset House so I headed down to check it out. This exhibition uses a mix of interactive technology and cinematic media to challenge the convention that fashion is perceived through static photography. You can even watch a live fashion shoot on site. All fashion addicts should head down on the 5th and 6th November to catch a glimpse of Knight in action with a Vogue cover shoot! SHOWstudio Fashion Revolution runs until 22nd December.