Experimental Lighting

February 5, 2010

This spooky glowing chemistry set is the latest in the labware lighting range from Benjamin Hubert in collaboration with British manufacturer Authentics. Hubert has created three test tube inspired designs, which may be displayed as floor lights or hanging pendent bulbs. Each light is mouth blown and hand finished, made from opal and clear glass with Portuguese bark corks and blue braided cable. The handmade nature of the lights makes each one a unique work of art in it’s own right. So if you’re looking to give your home that Frankenstien feel, or simply have a yearning to reconnect with your school days of chemistry sets and science lessons, Hubert’s labware lighting is just the ticket.


The Dark Side of Shopping

December 31, 2009

A new addition to the sweeping trend of ‘curated’ shopping has hit the high street; Darkroom on Lamb’s Conduit Street opened earlier this month offering a meticulously researched expose of pieces from the fashion, interior and lifestyle arenas. The space is simple yet beautifully crafted, offering a selection of stunning wares displayed with talented artistry.

The Darkroom concept offers an exploration into the crossover between fashion and interiors through the juxtaposition of materials, scale and form. Boundaries between art and design are questioned by functional pieces that also hold sculptural qualities. Darkroom proprieters Rhonda Drakeford and Lulu Roper-Caldbeck explain that ‘Oversize plaited quilted scarves resemble eiderdowns whilst jewellery made from chunky rope evoke Sculptural furnishings’.

Alongside the range of fashion and lifestyle offerings, Darkroom also runs bi-monthly art and sculpture exhibitions. Currently on display until January 2010 is Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Art graduate Marcus James, a London based artist and designer. James has worked on commissions for Chloe, Yves Saint Laurent, and Camilla Stærk and will present a set of 16 drypoint copper etched portraits, reworked with gold ink, each available in editions of 10 exclusively at Darkroom.

Darkroom, 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LL

Jotta Shop

December 10, 2009

JottaShop is the latest addition to the jotta community. Making the daunting step into art buying more accessible, jottaShop offers visitors the chance to start collecting from the best new artistic talent. Born out of Central Saint Martins and the broader University of the Arts London, jotta artists and designers are students and graduates from the most prestigious institutions across Europe. With that in mind, discovering the next Lucien Freud or Damien Hirst is not such a distant prospect.

Turn your home into a 19th Century Manor

December 8, 2009

Ok so may so maybe easier said than done but this gorgeous collection of homewares will get you off to a good start. These pieces are part of a range developed between Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire and students at the Royal College of Art. Waddesdon, best known as the home of Rothschilds, first commissioned students with the project last year and following on fromthe initial, recently launched their second collaborative range. All the pieces are inspired by the Manor’s impressive 19th century decor and juding by the results, students were certainly not stuck for ideas. Below hightlights a selection from the collection, all of which is available to purchase online at Waddesdon Online Shop.

Clockwise starting from top left… Hitomi Hisono: Spoon on Spoon (£15), Rachel Colley: Letter Rack (£25), Owen Wall: Spun Glass Bowl (£120), Nathalie Perneel: Architectural Brooches (£45)

China supports its Creative Industries

August 18, 2009

Despite booming sales in the Asian art market throughout 2008, nowhere has been immune to the ravaging effects of global recession. The Chinese art scene was devastated by the collapse in prices that saw the disappearance of scores of galleries in the first months of this year.

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Hope is on the horizon however, and according to the Art Newspaper China is now witnessing the first tentative signs of recovery, underwritten by significant regional government investment in both Shanghai and Beijing. The Chinese capital and other regions are set to receive huge investments to stimulate “creative industries”—an umbrella term which includes the arts. Under this programme, said Dong Menyang, director of the Art Beijing fair, “the Beijing government has also set aside Rmb1bn ($146m) to promote cultural industry development.” Recovery is still a slow process however, and times are particularly hard for artist’s in Beijing’s troubled 798 district. Artist have been staging rent strikes in protest against the high studio fees whilst the area has also suffered a spate of break-ins, with galleries losing computers and suffering smashed windows.

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