Parents of children at Soho Parish School have commissioned the renowned graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook, to design a bag to raise money for the school. The shopping bag is made from organically grown and ethically sourced jute the colourful design features the school’s name in Barnbrook’s delightful handwriting typeface on one side, and drawings by the schoolchildren on the other.
The bag is for sale for £5 Fair Share at 102 Berwick Street, London W1F 0QP, 12-6pm Monday to Saturday. Or phone the school on 020 7641 7311
We were recently invited to the Royal College of Art‘s Work in Progress show, which I attended with pleasure. As the world’s only postgraduate art and design school shows at the RCA are always an exciting opportunity for us to see what the future hopeful designers of tomorrow are currently creating. There were some great pieces on display- I was particularly impressed by Adam Bambridge’s exceptionally life-like pencil drawings- I thought at first they were photos!- And the beautifully clean, simple aesthetics of Shan Valla’s ceramics. Just watch this space- these could be the big names of tomorrow!
Sheekeys has added a new oyster bar that opened 2 weeks ago and is alongside the restaurant. The interior has been done by Martin Brudnizki and is very elegant with burgundy bar stools, wall mounted photographs and subtle lighting. To celebrate the opening of the J. Sheekey Oyster Bar they are offering a glass of Théophile Roederer Champagne with half a dozen Strangford Lough rock oysters for £15.
I’d never been to Dubai before but I knew one of my first stops had to be Atlantis. Clearly visible from the mainland in salmon pink with its distinctive hollow arch, this new hotel is on The Palm Jumeirah and is reached by driving under the sea! With a high- end, boutique mall and a Nobu this billion- and- a- half dollar project is impressive but it’s the open-air, two storey aquarium which steals the show. Housing 65,000 fish, stingrays and a shark the tank dwarfs guests leaving them spellbound. This ocean- themed, 113- acre resort certainly has wow- factor, but at £13,000 a night it might be slightly over budget!
War Horse is based on the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The National Theatre’s powerful adaptation follows the tight bond between animals and humans and the slaughter and terror of the First World War. Actors work with astonishingly life-sized puppets (horses, tanks, soldiers, geese etc) designed by the South African Handspring Puppet Company whose movements and sounds are so meticulously captured that one forgets that they’re not actually real. The result is an incredibly moving and imaginative production that all age groups will love.