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Noguchi at The Barbican



Noguchi sculptures - The Barbican

If you’re in London for Frieze and need some zen time out from the frantic pace, here’s my tip. Go and chill at the Barbican.

The Noguchi show just opened two weeks ago at Barbican Centre and it’s a perfect stroll through the artist and designer’s timeline.

Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor and multidisciplinary designer, creating everything from theatre sets to kids’ playgrounds to furniture and of course, the now-classic Akari lighting. (more…)



On my radar: Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace



Jane Fonda roller skating at Flipper's

On my wish list: a new book about roller skating.

I remember reading about Flipper’s, the short-lived LA roller disco (owned by Liberty Ross’s dad) a few years ago. There was talk of a film and then… nothing. Instead, we have this great softback from Idea Books, “Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace” (launching October 15th), documenting the rink, the scene and the free-living era – accompanied by some fantastic pictures of course. (more…)



At Miu Miu SS22 normcore meets corporatecore – complete with New Balance 574s



Miu Miu SS22

Loved the subverted normcore-meets-corporatecore vibes at Miu Miu SS22. The perfect coat, chinos, shorts, button downs and New Balance trainers, all in deconstructed proportions and styled with Miuccia-approved grey socks. And for after work, the chicest appliqued silk skirt suits and shift dresses.

Vogue described it as a ‘back-to-work wardrobe for the post-pandemic age’. As discussed here a year ago and again a couple of months ago, it’s a sign that young office workforce enterers want their slice of the corporate-wear life – but make it Fashion. (more…)



Positive beauty: Oquist waterless skincare



Oquist skincare

Here’s another recent beauty discovery that speaks to our desire for visual and tactile sensory stimulation. Oquist is a fascinating Swedish skincare brand whose USP is its packaging. Plastic or glass bottles are rejected in favour of terracotta ‘sculptures’.

Why? Because the raw material comes from the earth, so in theory, when you’re done with them, you can simply return them back to the soil. Although the founders have a better idea – to repurpose them as household objects. Namely vases, tea bowls and beautiful lidded vessels. (more…)