Jul 3, 2014
Exciting news for those of us who are missing the Jelly Baby family of sculptures by
Mauro Perucchetti, temporarily installed in Marble Arch a few years ago.
Inspirational US artist Dale Chihuly, who makes magnificent, large scale glass sculptures
is rumoured to have been commissioned to brighten up this otherwise not very colourful part
of town. It seems Chihuly is planning to incorporate giant glass petals into the design of a
17 story apartment building. We can’t wait!
Two favourite Chihuly works can be seen in London: the stunning Rotunda chandelier which
hangs permanently in the main entrance of the V&A museum never fails to raise the spirits.
In April this year his Sun (previously in Kew Gardens) was assembled in Berkeley Square,
where its glowing colours stand out against the surrounding greens. It makes a spectacular
sight, too, when lit at night.
Not sure how long it will be there, so bask in its glow it while you can!
And if you’d like a little of that sunny radiance in your home, take a look at our gorgeous
'Deep Sunset' rug for year round warmth!
Jul 2, 2014
Colour designs: one master’s insights into another
So excited to be invited to a talk by one of our favourite artists, Bridget Riley, all about another
great inspiration, Matisse!
This distinguished pioneer of British Op Art gave a talk about Matisse’s cut-outs at Tate Modern.
As a fellow artist, her insights about Matisse’s use of colour and form in his Snail and other works
were inspirational. She talked about the significance of his placement of blocks of colour, as well
as the spaces in between his forms, and how he had informed her own work. As we are huge
fans of both Riley and Matisse, it was a privilege to be there!
Riley began to develop her signature style in the early 60s, experimenting first with black and
white. Later she introduced colour and has produced wonderful compositions in a bright array
ever since. An exhibition of her works, Bridget Riley: The Stripe Paintings 1961-2014 is on at
David Zwirner in London until 25 July, catch it if you can!
May 27, 2014
One of the highlights of the London Season;
The Chelsea Flower Show is always a treat for the senses.
The weather held out for our visit and we were able to view all the show homes at our leisure.
Stand out designs were 'RBC Waterscape Garden' above left, designed by Hugo Bugg
(a Gold Medalist at just 27 and one to watch!) and 'Hope on the Horizon' above right, designed by Matt Keightley. Both combined strong graphic elements with soft planting, creating a serene and sophisticated space to enjoy the outdoors.
As ever there were many delights throughout the show with designers of furniture, gardening tools and plants vying for attention and sales. Amongst the photos below you will see two particularly strong sculptural works that caught our attention: a majestic double arc of steel and water by Batholomew Landscaping and the marble 'Kissing Profiles' by Paul Vanstone, a theme close to our heart as you can see in our rug; 'The Kiss'.
The end of the afternoon is always fun to watch as exhibitors sell off their wares to excited visitors who then struggle home carrying trees! For us a perfect day out was capped with a fabulous meal al fresco at one of our favourite local restaurants, The Orange.
May 23, 2014
Summer is just around the corner now here in London, and like children our minds turn to ice cream!
Recently we experienced an ice cream sensation that was not childish and is a year round treat: a tasting evening at Ruby Violet, a local producer of the most fabulous hand made organic ice creams in exciting flavours.
Our five course meal consisted entirely of ice creams and sorbets. It was near Christmas, and there were seasonal specials both sweet and savoury, including mulled wine, gingerbread, and even a Cropwell Bishop stilton and white port flavour! For the more traditionally minded, founder Julie Fisher makes sure there are always favourites (sometimes with a twist) as well as gorgeous fruit flavours. And there are changing daily specials depending on what’s fresh, like watermelon granita. The taste is fantastic!
In individual portions or impressive centrepieces for a dinner party or special occasion, the presentation is exquisite – almost too good to eat!
We can recommend the tasting sessions, or for a quick fix just pop in to the shop and treat yourself to an indulgent snack or dessert to take away. For a really special occasion, talk to the friendly people at Ruby Violet about your requirements – they even have an ice cream van to make your party or festival delight the child in all of us!
PS And if you’re too far from London, or just want to try some of the recipes for yourself, you may like to get a copy of Ruby Violet's Ice Cream Dreams published by Hardie Grant, voted one of the best cookbooks of 2013 by Red Magazine.
May 16, 2014
A few weeks ago now we went to the Tate Modern to see the brilliant new exhibition, Henri Matisse - Cut Outs. If you are avid readers of our blog you will already know that we are big fans of Matisse at the Sonya Winner Rug Studio. We adore his use of bright colours and bold shapes plus the sheer grand scale of the pieces are amazing. It was great to see The Snail up close and in person after it being such an influence in our design process while creating our After Matisse designs.