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Andrew Bunney has done the seemingly impossible. That is, take a corporate, uncool brand, (albeit with a killer heritage) and turn out a highly desirable line of product. The result is Roundel, a collaboration with the London Underground, that presents T-shirts, jackets, shirts and even trainers as graphic product that will be as at home on the backs of tourists and cityproud Londoners as design-conscious youth. Bravo Mr Bunney!
As is the way with Bunney (who has his own line called British Remains, as well as being the go-to guy for a number of brands wanting fresh eyes on their product offer) every iota of detail has been thought out. I particularly like the T-shirts that have taken famous quotes and recreated them almost as Krugeresque works of art in the much-loved Johnston typeface.
The collection will be available on 14th December from Dover Street Market with prices from £80-£400. The 14th also sees the launch of a Nike London Underground trainer for Roundel (recognise this distinctive pattern from anywhere?). The Nike Air Max for Roundel will be specially unveiled in a pop-up shop in Piccadilly underground station – love, love, love this linking up of London and street wear iconography!
Right, fantasy desk accessory time. I’m totally going to start arranging vintage stamps , malachite candle holders and (faux) coral-handled magnifying glasses on my shabby chic desk like an eccentric professor. These rather refined goodies are from L’Objet, the home decor brand by Elad Yifrach. The former interior designer launched his Mediterranean-inspired luxury tabletop and accessories line nine years ago, with Bergdorf Goodman as his first client.
I had the pleasure of meeting Yifrach a few weeks ago at his Harrods concession where I perved quite shamelessly over the bookends and letter openers. “I’m getting an Assouline Books vibe from all this stuff, do you know their book stores?” I asked. “Yes Of course, I’m very good friends with Prosper Assouline,” he replied. “In fact, I supply them!” Ha! So that’s where I’ve seen them before…
There are gift sets and there are gift sets. One for the design-o-phile in your life, these Aesop kits tick the style-meets-function box. Based on the Italian Futurist movement, the graphic typography and bold colour palette are pure packaging porn. And the product inside is just as appealing. There are six sets in total but these three are my favourite, Intensity, Alacrity, Agility…
Are fancy scented candles passé ? I hope not ‘cos I’m still not quite done with them. In particluar Astier de Villatte‘s which come in paper-thin ceramic pots, available from Liberty, Designers Guild, The Conran Shop and Couverture.
Two notable ones are collaborations. The latest (above) is from John Derian, the New York decoupagist. His Provincetown candle is a tribute to the Cape Cod artists’ enclave and gives off an evocative whiff of sea mist, cedar and wild berries inspired by the local marshlands. Perfect for the weekend cottage (real or imaginary) mantlepiece, no?
The other collab is the Commune De Paris candle (below) that came out last year. I’ve been consumed with this cube pattern for months (I want my bathroom tiled in it) – especially the Gallic colourway. All Astier de Villatte’s candles are Paris-made from vegetable wax with cotton wicks and are based on olfactory journeys to faraway places. One for the self-gifting pile, I’d say…
Does London really need another luxury hotel? Probably not, but the new London Edition in Berners Street hopes to offer something different. Berners Street is an odd one. At one end is the Sanderson Hotel and Alison Jacques Gallery while the other boasts the not-so-posh end of Oxford Street and the Topshop HQ. Continue reading
Smythson is the market leader in posh tech accessories in my book. So it makes sense that it has produced these iPad Air leather sleeves in record time. Choose from classic red or navy, or the more adventurous zingy neons…
As any sneakerhead knows, it’s not about the fashionable and easily available, it’s about the hunt for that coveted rarity. Hence, while many are stocking up on New Balances in every hue and building their bespoke NIKEiDs, others hanker for the purest of old school icons – the Adidas Stan Smith. Continue reading
Eek, I’m way behind on my exhibition reports. OK, if you have any interest in the future of product and fashion design, or even art, then scrap all weekend plans and get thee to Shad Thames. For this weekend is the last weekend for the wonderful eye-opener that is The Future Is Here at The Design Museum. Continue reading
A few months ago I was invited to design a T-shirt for Marc Cain SS14 along the theme of ‘Pink… From Paris to Tokyo’. I’ve never designed a T-shirt before but one of the suggestions was a collage, so I didn’t need to be asked twice.
I decided to focus on stamps and ephemera from my scrapbooks but I had to improvise a little (a lot) as I didn’t have as much French and Japanese material as I imagined. And then it transpired that stamps aren’t as copyright-free as I thought they were so there was a lot of trial and error. Zut alors! But that’s the creative process, right? I initially wanted a unisex, surfy-skaty shaped tee with a bubblegum pink background and an allover print, but the end result is a lot cleaner and more commercial. Here’s a peek at my creative journey…
I’m far too much of a scaredy cat to cycle around London (and er, I can’t actually ride a bike), but if I was the cycling type, then Goodordering‘s boxy bike bags would be my accessory of choice. These unisex, retro-looking bags have been designed with function first and are especially aimed at people who need to cart portable offices around day to day. Thus they all have padded laptop compartments or pockets, are made of durable nylon, and are super-spacious and lightweight. The styles on offer include pannier bags, satchels, backpacks and shoppers and all are designed to clip on your bike. Continue reading