Inspiration

INSPIRATION

 

22 hours ago

Had the most interesting morning in Clerkenwell ending up in the 18C Old Sessions House, a court house where they used to make decisions about sending convicts to Australia. Now totally different, owned by Swedes and temporarily with a pop up photography and fashion show by Burberry, along the lines of last year's show inspired by Henry Moore. Really amazing and a "Must see"! ... See MoreSee Less

Had the most interesting morning in Clerkenwell ending up in the 18C Old Sessions House, a court house where they used to make decisions about sending convicts to Australia. Now totally different, owned by Swedes and temporarily with a pop up photography and fashion show by Burberry, along the lines of last years show inspired by Henry Moore. Really amazing and a Must see!

5 days ago

Detail from a medieval tapestry that inspired the installation 'Transmission' by designer Ross Lovegrove. It is placed in the unique setting of V&A's 15C tapestry gallery. The folds in the ladies' dresses have inspired him to create a 3D version of a tapestry and he obtained the colour scheme from scanning them. He has used a man made suede - usually used for car seats - called Alcantara. Very tactile! #londondesignfestival2017 ... See MoreSee Less

Detail from a medieval tapestry that inspired the installation Transmission by designer Ross Lovegrove. It is placed in the unique setting of V&As 15C tapestry gallery. The folds in the ladies dresses have inspired him to create a 3D version of a tapestry and he obtained the colour scheme from scanning them. He has used a man made suede - usually used for car seats - called Alcantara. Very tactile! #londondesignfestival2017

6 days ago

Saw this "Bionic Chandelier" by Julian Melchiori at the London Design Festival. It purifies the air indoors through photosynthesis performed by living micro-algae (bought off the internet!) enclosed into bionic leaves, absorbs carbon dioxide and exhales breathable oxygen. Interesting thought for the future! #V&A ... See MoreSee Less

Saw this Bionic Chandelier by Julian Melchiori at the London Design Festival. It purifies the air indoors through photosynthesis performed by living micro-algae (bought off the internet!) enclosed into bionic leaves, absorbs carbon dioxide and exhales breathable oxygen. Interesting thought for the future! #V&A

1 week ago

Managed to see Hyde Park's Serpentine Pavilion by Burkina Faso born, Berlin based architect Francis Kéré before it disappears. I loved the oval shape, stacked wooden blocks in a beautiful, deep, indigo blue and shelter by a slatted timber roof. The form of a tree canopy inspired by a tree in the village Gando where he grew up. In Burkina Faso a tree is often a public space. So inviting! ... See MoreSee Less

Managed to see Hyde Parks Serpentine Pavilion by Burkina Faso born, Berlin based architect Francis Kéré before it disappears. I loved the oval shape, stacked wooden blocks in a beautiful, deep, indigo blue and shelter by a slatted timber roof. The form of a tree canopy inspired by a tree in the village Gando where he grew up. In Burkina Faso a tree is often a public space. So inviting!

2 weeks ago

What a fascinating place - the 16C council room in the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell. This is where Henry VIII stored his tents and where the father of 18C painter William Hogarth had a café where all the clients had to speak in Latin. Needless to say, the venture did not succeed and he ended up in debtors prison! ... See MoreSee Less

What a fascinating place - the 16C council room in the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell. This is where Henry VIII stored his tents and where the father of 18C painter William Hogarth had a café where all the clients had to speak in Latin. Needless to say, the venture did not succeed and he ended up in debtors prison!

2 weeks ago

What an explosion of colours! Seen in British Guyana born Frank Bowling's 'Little Bird Overhead' 2016, exhibition called 'Fishes, in Summertime Blue' at Hales Gallery in Shoreditch. His work is also on display in Tate Modern's exhibition 'Soul of a Nation'. ... See MoreSee Less

What an explosion of colours! Seen in British Guyana born Frank Bowlings Little Bird Overhead 2016, exhibition called Fishes, in Summertime Blue at Hales Gallery in Shoreditch. His work is also on display in Tate Moderns exhibition Soul of a Nation.

3 weeks ago

Looking forward to Friday's visit to Brazilian ceramicist Valéria Nascimento's studio. ... See MoreSee Less

Looking forward to Fridays visit to Brazilian ceramicist Valéria Nascimentos studio.

4 weeks ago

The Stockholm archipelago is definitely special! ... See MoreSee Less

The Stockholm archipelago is definitely special!

4 weeks ago

Highly recommend the exhibition "Hundred years of Finnish Design" at Stockholm's Kulturhus, celebrates the centenary of Finland's independence. Objects from the private collection of Rafaela and Kaj Forsblom. Very exciting to see one (only three remaining) of Alvar Aalto's original Savoy vases from 1936. It is the yellow one to the left. It received a very negative press review at the time. Journalists chucked them out of the train windows on the return journey. Considered too simple. ... See MoreSee Less

Highly recommend the exhibition Hundred years of Finnish Design at Stockholms Kulturhus, celebrates the centenary of Finlands independence. Objects from the private collection of Rafaela and Kaj Forsblom. Very exciting to see one (only three remaining) of Alvar Aaltos original Savoy vases from 1936. It is the yellow one to the left. It received a very negative press review at the time. Journalists chucked them out of the train windows on the return journey. Considered too simple.

1 month ago

"Natura morta" 1962 by Giorgio Morandi famous for still life, already in the 1920s he inspired the modernist British painter Ben Nicholson and later artists such as David Hockney and Tony Cragg. Stockholm's trendy art venue Artipelag has a joint exhibition with Morandi and Edmund de Waal, the latter claims he is obsessed by Morandi's work. Very atmospheric, particularly given the beautiful setting in the archipelago. ... See MoreSee Less

Natura morta 1962 by Giorgio Morandi famous for still life, already in the 1920s he inspired the modernist British painter Ben Nicholson and later artists such as David Hockney and Tony Cragg. Stockholms trendy art venue Artipelag has a joint exhibition with Morandi and Edmund de Waal, the latter claims he is obsessed by Morandis work. Very atmospheric, particularly given the beautiful setting in the archipelago.

1 month ago

There is nothing like Stockholm on a sunny August afternoon! #nybroviken ... See MoreSee Less

There is nothing like Stockholm on a sunny August afternoon! #nybroviken

1 month ago

Looks like the English countryside but these sheep are from Kåseberga in southern Sweden #skåne ... See MoreSee Less

Looks like the English countryside but these sheep are from Kåseberga in southern Sweden #skåne

1 month ago

Couldn't stop myself from taking this picture in the "English Garden" at Svabesholms Kungsgård in Southern Sweden. Very impressive place inspired by famous English gardens such as Great Dixter and Sissinghurst. ... See MoreSee Less

Couldnt stop myself from taking this picture in the English Garden at Svabesholms Kungsgård in Southern Sweden. Very impressive place inspired by famous English gardens such as Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.

1 month ago

Glimmingehus - unique in being an intact 16C fortification and living accommodation. Built by the Danish nobleman Jens Holgersen Ulfstand (whose daughter later lived at Wanås) at a time when this area of Sweden was part of Denmark. Already when it was built it was considered old fashioned. Interesting to compare with the Tower of London built 500 years earlier and already with all the latest luxuries at the time - built in fireplaces and "toilets". ... See MoreSee Less

Glimmingehus - unique in being an intact 16C fortification and living accommodation. Built by the Danish nobleman Jens Holgersen Ulfstand (whose daughter later lived at Wanås) at a time when this area of Sweden was part of Denmark. Already when it was built it was considered old fashioned. Interesting to compare with the Tower of London built 500 years earlier and already with all the latest luxuries at the time - built in fireplaces and toilets.

1 month ago

Talldungen Gårdshotell in Brösarp - a typical Skåne village in southern Sweden - is a perfect place if you want to feel totally at ease and enjoy top food and wine in a very relaxed atmosphere! Wow it sounds like an ad.....! ... See MoreSee Less

Talldungen Gårdshotell in Brösarp - a typical Skåne village in southern Sweden - is a perfect place if you want to feel totally at ease and enjoy top food and wine in a very relaxed atmosphere! Wow it sounds like an ad.....!

1 month ago

Perhaps surprisingly this castle is not in the Loire Valley, but southern Sweden and called Kronovalls Slott. The Manor House was built in 1760 but totally re-designed in this French baroque style in the late 19C. When this area went from being Denmark to Sweden in the 17C the original building was sold to the governor of this county called Skåne - Baron Gustaf Persson Banér - later owned by the family Sparre, who still live in one wing. ... See MoreSee Less

Perhaps surprisingly this castle is not in the Loire Valley, but southern Sweden and called Kronovalls Slott. The Manor House was built in 1760 but totally re-designed in this French baroque style in the late 19C.  When this area went from being Denmark to Sweden in the 17C the original building was sold to the governor of this county called Skåne - Baron Gustaf Persson Banér - later owned by the family Sparre, who still live in one wing.

1 month ago

Wanås Slott in southern Sweden, re-built in the 16C - when this part of Sweden belonged to Denmark - for Danish aristocrat Claus Stensen Bille. His wife was the daughter of the famous builder of nearby Glimmingehus - Jens Holgersen Ulfstand. Bille probably added the magnificent so-called Dutch gables. Now owned by the Wachtmeister family and is mostly famous for the charming sculpture park. Another place not to be missed! ... See MoreSee Less

Wanås Slott in southern Sweden, re-built in the 16C - when this part of Sweden belonged to Denmark - for Danish aristocrat Claus Stensen Bille. His wife was the daughter of the famous builder of nearby Glimmingehus - Jens Holgersen Ulfstand. Bille probably added the magnificent so-called Dutch gables. Now owned by the Wachtmeister family and is mostly famous for the charming sculpture park. Another place not to be missed!

1 month ago

Original, beautiful, blue and off-white, 18C wallpaper from Count Carl Piper's office at Christinehof. The surface is covered with mercury and thus highly poisonous if you touch it! ... See MoreSee Less

Original, beautiful, blue and off-white, 18C wallpaper from Count Carl Pipers office at Christinehof. The surface is covered with mercury and thus highly poisonous if you touch it!

1 month ago

If you are in southern Sweden don't miss Christinehof - an 18C Manor House in Swedish baroque style. Commissioned by the rich and powerful Countess Christina Piper from a military engineer and fortification master. Only intended for short stays when inspecting her alum extraction facility nearby. Christina's husband Carl was the right hand man of Charles XII, he was always abroad and later captured by the tsar and died in Russia. ... See MoreSee Less

If you are in southern Sweden dont miss Christinehof - an 18C Manor House in Swedish baroque style. Commissioned by the rich and powerful Countess Christina Piper from a military engineer and fortification master. Only intended for short stays when inspecting her alum extraction facility nearby. Christinas husband Carl was the right hand man of Charles XII, he was always abroad and later captured by the tsar and died in Russia.

2 months ago

The Shard and Tate Modern on a sunny early evening - wow! ... See MoreSee Less

The Shard and Tate Modern on a sunny early evening - wow!