Last week I had the thrill of socializing with the We Blog Design community at the newly opened Citizen Mhotel at Tower Hill. As a working mum I don’t get out much on my own in the evenings unless I’m away for work, so I definitely stayed up way past my bedtime.
Friday, 1 July 2016
The opening of the new Switch House at the Tate Modern must have been the biggest art story in recent history. It’s now arguably the biggest museum of modern art and with that comes a lot of expectation. My expectations when I went to visit on the opening day were all about the space and the building. Ridiculous really when its actually a temple to art.
The Switch house though did not let me down. The new extension by Herzog & de Meuron is a monumental success as a piece of architecture, the interior of the building features raw concrete folded into dramatic angles. Grand sweeping staircases that quite frankly if Fred and Ginger glided down them I wouldn’t be surprised.
Friday, 3 June 2016
This years Clerkenwell Design Week was a bit of a treat - bigger and dare I say it better than some in the past. There was a lot of engagement and a really cohesive design story for the 3-day event. It also felt like there was more of Clerkenwell involved, maybe as the Farmloe building wasn’t an option this year the venues were a little more innovative. Plus the actual walk between events was really thought through with signage and good maps.
On the opening day I joined the weblogdesign crew on a guided walk through some hot spots – this was ace as I’d been unable to make the press breakfast due to school drop offs. I also got to catch up with some great bloggers I knew like Natalia Jane and Daniel Nelson (from we blog design) plus I met some new ones like Natasha Nuttall and Hannah Trickett. We started out from the Arper showroom on Clerkenwell Road – I snapchatted like crazy at Salone del mobile on the Arper stand – here the guys laid on fantastic coffee to get us started as well as sharing with us their collaborative working space.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Today we have access and freedom that are early forefathers couldn’t even have imagined, even my own parents had a fairly limited scope of travel in their lives and were often astonished at the travel I did. Now in a truly western way of living, we pretty much have access to the whole world and with that our horizons have been broadened. This freedom isn't just about being able to get on a plane but also views formed via the media and the internet about far away shores. I feel very lucky indeed that my work has taken me around the globe and in doing so, has made me want to explore further and see more. Travel has helped me to build opinions, refine my critique and also discover new and exciting things to cherish. It really is a privilege that I often take for granted.