Inspiration

INSPIRATION

 

21 hours ago

These are the best days of the year. The leaves are just coming out and that fresh green that we all have been longing for is finally here! ... See MoreSee Less

These are the best days of the year. The leaves are just coming out and that fresh green that we all have been longing for is finally here!

2 days ago

Hard to believe that these two Nine Elms residential projects are almost opposite the Houses of Parliament! I can just imagine the view! Good place to contrast the architectural styles of Fosters and Rogers. The “round shapes” one is Foster and the linear, colour coded one is Rogers. Fascinating transformation of the London skyline. #rogersstirkharbour #normanfoster ... See MoreSee Less

Hard to believe that these two Nine Elms residential projects are almost opposite the Houses of Parliament! I can just imagine the view! Good place to contrast the architectural styles of Fosters and Rogers. The “round shapes” one is Foster and the linear, colour coded one is Rogers. Fascinating transformation of the London skyline. #rogersstirkharbour #normanfoster

7 days ago

Another fascinating female, abstract artist exhibited at Victoria Miro’s “Surface Work” - American, black artist Mildred Thompson (1936-2003) here a detail of her beautiful 1999 “String Theory 6”. She seems to have had a very interesting career as a painter and writer both in the US, Germany and France. I can understand why her style has been said to relate to West African textiles and Islamic architecture. Her work is shown at MOMA. ... See MoreSee Less

Another fascinating female, abstract artist exhibited at Victoria Miro’s “Surface Work” - American, black artist Mildred Thompson (1936-2003) here a detail of her beautiful 1999 “String Theory 6”. She seems to have had a very interesting career as a painter and writer both in the US, Germany and France. I can understand why her style has been said to relate to West African textiles and Islamic architecture. Her work is shown at MOMA.

1 week ago

Surface Work - an inspiring, all female, abstract art exhibition at Victoria Miro, shows Sandra Blow’s vibrant “Stripes” of 1978. I also love her 1969 painting “Green and White” in Tate Britain. She studied classical art in Italy, met artist Alberto Burri. As a prisoner of war he only had access to sack cloth and ash as art material. He inspired Blow who also used “poor” non-art material. ... See MoreSee Less

Surface Work - an inspiring, all female, abstract art exhibition at Victoria Miro, shows Sandra Blow’s vibrant “Stripes” of 1978. I also love her 1969 painting “Green and White” in Tate Britain. She studied classical art in Italy, met artist Alberto Burri. As a prisoner of war he only had access to sack cloth and ash as art material. He inspired Blow who also used “poor” non-art material.

1 week ago

Having such fun preparing for next week’s Art Gallery tour in Shoreditch. As it is fully booked, maybe I’ll do another one later in the summer! ... See MoreSee Less

Having such fun preparing for next week’s Art Gallery tour in Shoreditch. As it is fully booked, maybe I’ll do another one later in the summer!

3 weeks ago

Happy Easter! The Ham Yard Hotel is a great place for afternoon tea on a rainy London afternoon. I love the happy colours and fun details. Kit Kemp is a creative genius! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Easter! The Ham Yard Hotel is a great place for afternoon tea on a rainy London afternoon. I love the happy colours and fun details. Kit Kemp is a creative genius!

3 weeks ago

Incredible that this beautiful piece made out of shells, red limestone and lapis lazuli dates from 2,500BC! The Sumerian king is distinguished as he is the largest figure and has a fleece skirt. He holds a glass, for wine? Discovered in a royal tomb in Ur, Mesopotamia, south of modern day Baghdad. #thestandardofur #britishmuseum ... See MoreSee Less

Incredible that this beautiful piece made out of shells, red limestone and lapis lazuli dates from 2,500BC! The Sumerian king is distinguished as he is the largest figure and has a fleece skirt. He holds a glass, for wine? Discovered in a royal tomb in Ur, Mesopotamia, south of modern day Baghdad. #thestandardofur #britishmuseum

4 weeks ago

Just one more image of the much longed for Spring! #hurlingham ... See MoreSee Less

Just one more image of the much longed for Spring! #hurlingham

4 weeks ago

The London Mithraeum is a new ”must see” place, located in the Bloomberg building, contains finds like this medallion possibly from a Roman wine jug. #londonmithraeum ... See MoreSee Less

The London Mithraeum is a new ”must see” place, located in the Bloomberg building, contains finds like this medallion possibly from a Roman wine jug. #londonmithraeum

4 weeks ago

There is light at the end of this freezing tunnel! #hurlingham ... See MoreSee Less

There is light at the end of this freezing tunnel! #hurlingham

1 month ago

Researching for Saturday’s V&A tour I came across the famous Drake Jewel. Such a beautiful late 16C piece given by Elizabeth I as a thank you gift to Francis Drake. He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and a big enemy of the Spanish given his “career” as a pirate in the Caribbean. He brought riches to the queen and was knighted. The big mystery is, who are the people depicted in the exquisite sardonyx cameo? ... See MoreSee Less

Researching for Saturday’s V&A tour I came across the famous Drake Jewel. Such a beautiful late 16C piece given by Elizabeth I as a thank you gift to Francis Drake. He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and a big enemy of the Spanish given his “career” as a pirate in the Caribbean. He brought riches to the queen and was knighted. The big mystery is, who are the people depicted in the exquisite sardonyx cameo?

1 month ago

Looking for a nice way to start the day? Head to “Number 16” Kit Kemp’s hotel in South Kensington with its wonderfully eclectic and happy decoration. #firmdalehotels ... See MoreSee Less

Looking for a nice way to start the day? Head to “Number 16” Kit Kemp’s hotel in South Kensington with its wonderfully eclectic and happy decoration. #firmdalehotels

1 month ago

Picasso’s 1932 output includes many portraits inspired by his young mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, fascinating to see all the softly curved lines and faces that seem to make sense from many angles. So different from all straight lines of his cubist paintings some 20 years earlier. Also surprising that in the same year he was curating his own retrospective. Apparently the first one of a living artist. Definitely worth a visit! #picasso1932 #tatemodern ... See MoreSee Less

Picasso’s 1932 output includes many portraits inspired by his young mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, fascinating to see all the softly curved lines and faces that seem to make sense from many angles. So different from all straight lines of his cubist paintings some 20 years earlier. Also surprising that in the same year he was curating his own retrospective. Apparently the first one of a living artist. Definitely worth a visit! #picasso1932 #tatemodern

1 month ago

Detail of an outer robe (karaori) worn by a male actor playing a female in Japanese Nô theatre, started 14C and is based on Zen restraint of movement but lavish textiles. In silk woven 1980 in Kyoto on a jacquard loom, created by Yamaguchi Yasuijirõ decorated with peonies (bring luck) and undulating lines on a green ground, interestingly lined in purple. Wow! ... See MoreSee Less

Detail of an outer robe (karaori) worn by a male actor playing a female in Japanese Nô theatre, started 14C and is based on Zen restraint of movement but lavish textiles. In silk woven 1980 in Kyoto on a jacquard loom, created by Yamaguchi Yasuijirõ decorated with peonies (bring luck) and undulating lines on a green ground, interestingly lined in purple. Wow!

1 month ago

One of my favourites from Collect 2018, the Bloom Floor Light by architect and designer Umut Yamac, London born with Turkish heritage. Made with synthetic paper, brass and leather, inspired by a flower. ... See MoreSee Less

One of my favourites from Collect 2018, the Bloom Floor Light by architect and designer Umut Yamac, London born with Turkish heritage. Made with synthetic paper, brass and leather, inspired by a flower.

2 months ago

The first public commission of William Morris, the workaholic, socialist, Victorian designer, was V&A’s restaurant. In contrast to the other rooms, he is inspired by the Middle Ages. The decoration later became a source of visual ideas for his “fruit” and “willow” wallpaper. Many artists, including JM Whistler, liked to meet here. Interestingly the restaurant had three different menus divided according to social status!! ... See MoreSee Less

The first public commission of William Morris, the workaholic, socialist, Victorian designer, was V&A’s restaurant. In contrast to the other rooms, he is inspired by the Middle Ages. The decoration later became a source of visual ideas for his “fruit” and “willow” wallpaper. Many artists, including JM Whistler, liked to meet here. Interestingly the restaurant had three different menus divided according to social status!!

2 months ago

V&A’s Poynter Room, originally called the Grill Room, with a cast-iron grill to “broil chops and steaks” and even fitted with “hot chambers” for warming plates! Very practical. Designed by painter Edward Poynter in a totally different style to the Gamble and Morris rooms, with influences from Japan that had opened to the West with huge excitement a decade earlier. The artist Edward Byrne-Jones liked to eat here! ... See MoreSee Less

V&A’s Poynter Room, originally called the Grill Room, with a cast-iron grill to “broil chops and steaks” and even fitted with “hot chambers” for warming plates! Very practical. Designed by painter Edward Poynter in a totally different style to the Gamble and Morris rooms, with influences from Japan that had opened to the West with huge excitement a decade earlier. The artist Edward Byrne-Jones liked to eat here!

2 months ago

The ceiling in V&A’s Gamble Room is decorated with enamelled iron sheets, like the old fashioned enamelled name-plates found on railway stations. The magic lighting by Italian designer Enzo Catellani is called Fer de Fer, a light fixture of shaped, woven aluminium wire which is lit on the inside by tiny bulbs. No wonder it is Catellani’s favourite design! ... See MoreSee Less

The ceiling in V&A’s Gamble Room is decorated with enamelled iron sheets, like the old fashioned enamelled name-plates found on railway stations. The magic lighting by Italian designer Enzo Catellani is called Fer de Fer, a light fixture of shaped, woven aluminium wire which is lit on the inside by tiny bulbs. No wonder it is Catellani’s favourite design!

2 months ago

Henry Cole, the great visionary and founding director of V&A, thought that a restaurant should be located in the entrance of the new museum. This was a very radical idea! One of the rooms is decorated by James Gamble in an elaborate, classical revival style. Being practical, the Victorian thought that easily cleaned, colourful ceramic tiles would do the trick. In a type called “English tin-glazed majolica”. I particularly love the frieze including a putti reading a newspaper! ... See MoreSee Less

Henry Cole, the great visionary and founding director of V&A, thought that a restaurant should be located in the entrance of the new museum. This was a very radical idea! One of the rooms is decorated by James Gamble in an elaborate, classical revival style. Being practical, the Victorian thought that easily cleaned, colourful ceramic tiles would do the trick. In a type called “English tin-glazed majolica”. I particularly love the frieze including a putti reading a newspaper!

2 months ago

Preparing for Friday’s evening tour of British Museum I learned of an upcoming, super-interesting exhibition regarding Rodin and his love of the Parthenon Marbles. He crossed the Channel 15 times to see them. This sculpture will be exhibited as considered the superior one. In contrast to Phidias’, Rodin’s figures are naked! ... See MoreSee Less

Preparing for Friday’s evening tour of British Museum I learned of an upcoming, super-interesting exhibition regarding Rodin and his love of the Parthenon Marbles. He crossed the Channel 15 times to see them. This sculpture will be exhibited as considered the superior one. In contrast to Phidias’, Rodin’s figures are naked!