Friday fun




I know it’s naughty but I haven’t been to the Hussein Chalayan exhibition at the Design Museum yet. Is that really bad? Oh well. On Friday that might change as the Design Museum hosts Eureka Night, an evening of creative fun and idea-sharing. I’m particularly looking forward to the accessories workshop with Fred Butler and Piers Atkinson. Tickets are a mere £5 in advance which I think is well cheap for 4 hours of entertainment.

On the subject of the Design Museum, I’m itching to know more about the rumour that the Design Museum is moving to the Commonwealth Institute. Anyone know anything? I’m hoping it’s true as it’s closer to home than Shad Thames and I have a particular soft spot for the building. Not really because of the architecture (OK, I like that too) but I spent many lunchtimes in my teens hanging out there as it was at the bottom of the hill from my school. Once me and my friend Tara spent a week raiding chocolate from a faulty vending machine. Well, wouldn’t you do the same if your 20p kept coming back out of the slot with the Curly Wurly/Twix/Kit Kat? Oh, that reminds me, if the Design Museum does move west, will the Konditor and Cook cafe move too? These are the questions I will be seeking answers to on Friday…

http://www.designmuseum.org/design-overtime



When You’re A Boy






A friend of mine does a very good impression of Mary Portas which mostly consists of him making emphatic hand gestures and saying in an urgently enthusiastic voice, “now I’m excited…” The phrase sprang into my head a couple of days ago on reading a piece in Arena Homme Plus about a new exhibition opening at the Photographers’ Gallery in July. When You’re A Boy celebrates the work of stylist Simon Foxton, a bit of a behind-the-scenes hero, well known in menswear fashion circles but pretty unknown otherwise. Foxton’s skill at marrying classic menswear with sportswear, nicely rounded off with the odd flourish has made him one of the most influential stylists working today. 

Annoyingly, there’s hardly anything on the internet about this exhibition, not even on the Photographers’ Gallery’s own site. However, I did find a wee snippet here which has all the relevant information, plus this great interview on Showstudio by my good friend James Anderson (but I don’t know how old it is). 

The exhibition is from 17 July – 4 October 2009 and will take an in-depth look into Foxton’s work through a range of photographic prints by his collaborators (Nick Knight, Jason Evans, Alasdair McLellan) as well as image installations and – most excitingly for me – Foxton’s scrapbooks. I imagine there should be some good talks and workshops going on nearer the time as well. 

[Pics: Jason Evans]