I discovered James Plumb when I discovered the Hostem store in Shoreditch late last year. Here is one of JP's recent assemblages spotted at Spazio Rosanna Orlandi (another wonderful discovery). I think my only comment about the 'make do and mend' trend is that when you see it all over TopShop I think its time for a new one (trend that is) (although the way TS incorporated a large column into their found objects installation on their Oxford St store was quite impressive ... I will dig out those pics and post them for you).
The case at hand … the verdict
I first ran my hand over one of Piet Hein Eek's supersmooth scrapwood table tops at Spazio Rosanna Orlandi in Milan a few years ago. Since then Piet's profile has gone seriously global. A new range of wallpaper was voted a winner at the ICFF in NYC last month (that really is a fab fair, I think BFF and I must go back again for a sneeky peek next year ... just checking he's awake and reading really!)
London's hottest icecream brand and with good reason. After a super successful pop up in Selfridges they've set up shop somewhere in Soho/Covent Garden (soz, can't remember the street name but you'll find it on the web site if you need it).
On the Tube
I stepped out of the Covent Garden Tube and spotted a You Tube inspired window. All the props are cardboard on struts. Simple and effective VM at Oasis.
Melbourne Central's new dining hall has served up delicious graphics as an entry entree, some mouthwatering mosaics for the main and a sprinkling of moooi if you'd like to take a moment to relax after you've eaten.
Advantage Nike / Love Selfridges
If you haven't got centre court seats for Wimbledon whilst you are in London then pull up a nice padded cushion at Selfridges and settle in for a set or two. Nike has created the Ultralounge in the lower-ground floor, an immersive retail experience where you can kick back and watch the game, customise your own polo (a numbered edition, available that day) or just buy the kit that Raffa and Roger like to win in. This pop-up is only in town for the tournament and will be finito after the finals. You've got until 3 July folks. Via Tennis-Buzz.com
A real purler…
Sportsgirl has taken the chill off Melbourne's winter with a clever, colourful knitted installation of woodland characters. Designed by the uber-talented Amanda Henderson and her team at Gloss Creative, it has been nothing short of an absolute shopper stopper. I've noticed plenty of people taking happy snaps (I even managed to snap one of them for you!). Sportsgirl, Chadstone.
They’re raven about it…
I was looking for a specific mosaic tile and got distracted by this instead. Ravensbourne College (Digital Media & Design School) is right next door to The O2 (a.k.a the dud ex-Millenium Dome) on the Greenwich peninsula, which is just a javelin throw from London's 2012 Olympic Park. Foreign Office Architects picked up an RIBA gong 2011 for their dramatic design. Via Freshome.
Where are you?
Well Well Wellington…
The news coming out of NZ this year seems to be natural disaster after disaster. I am pleased to report a more upbeat, happy news story from windy Wellington. Ruben Bryant and his father (well known NZ architect, Ken Bryant) collaborated on this rather wonderful ‘tree house’ inspired design using local Macrocarpa timber to form the bones and main story for uber-hip fashion store GOOD AS GOLD. Covering 170 m2 over 3 levels and, more importantly, some serious design territory, these pics were taken by local wild child, Sean Aickin. This fab find is pure gold and can be found on the corner of Victoria & Manners Streets, Wellington NZ.