the collector.

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It’s art season here in London, and the big daddy of them all, Frieze Art Fair, concluded at the weekend.

The white box format with which galleries usually display their wares was changed perhaps for ever more by the innovative booth of Helly Nahmad gallery. The booth, called ‘The Collector’ was a perfect replica of the Paris apartment of a fictional art collector called Corrado N, dating from…

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the anatomy of a building.

the anatomy of a building.

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Sir Denys Lasdun created a radical new headquarters for the Royal college of Physicians 50 years ago. Unlike anything else in the classical, verdant green surroundings of Regent’s Park, his building was bold, restrained and unashamedly modern. He is also the architect responsible for one of my other favourite of all London buildings, the National theatre, Southbank.

Lasdun’s building is…

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sorrento simplicity.

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Sorrento is a beautiful coastal town on Victoria’s Mornington peninsula, and I have very fond memories of seemingly endless summer days spent on the beach there. This summer house captures the vibe perfectly in its simplicity and feels just about right on these gorgeous, late September days.

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Natural materials reflect the surrounding landscape with timber floorboards, in this case Fir with a…

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turin blue.

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Intense, geometric imagery in bold, saturated colour by photographer and graphic design student Paolo Pettigiani. Taken near Turin, Italy; more on Behance, here.

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Blue – without a doubt my favourite hue of all. There’s a fascinating read on the Tate blog of the importance of blue in art’s history, from aquamarine to Yves Klein, and Matisse’s striking blue nudes.

Read it, here  Happy weekend.

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an italian summer house :: from the archive.

from the archive..

an italian summer house :: from the archive.

from the archive..

happy weekend.

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Extraordinary, life-size skeletal rhino by Norfolk-based sculptor Rachael Long. Made from recycled and forged metal, the rhino is on show at Doddington Hall near Lincoln from 2 August to 7 September 2014.

A rearing horse, an owl in flight, a lurcher, poised… More Rachael Long, here

Photo by me.

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moroccan modern.

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The villa is built from locally sourced Ouriko stone, its reddish color associated with nearby Marrakech, the ‘Ochre City’. Internally it is the rawness of the materials that create a wonderful, earthy quality. Raw, but utterly refined. The restraint continues in the palette of finishes. Each of the materials is kept in isolation, so that a bathroom is executed solely in black cement render,…

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happy weekend.

'Dialogue Z.' Tadzio, Lee Ufan, Kamel Mennour, Paris and Pace, New York Ten works by the South Korean-born, Japan-based artist Lee Ufan have been installed in the gardens of the Chateau of Versailles. 

happy weekend.

'Dialogue Z.' Tadzio, Lee Ufan, Kamel Mennour, Paris and Pace, New York Ten works by the South Korean-born, Japan-based artist Lee Ufan have been installed in the gardens of the Chateau of Versailles. 

fab four: summer prints.

fab four: summer prints.

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Because the sun is shining, fab four summer prints:

1. Palmeral in Off-White / Azure from House of Hackney. It comes as wallpaper and fabric. I have     Palmeral fabric cushions in the Midnight / Green colourway, and it looks fabulous - a little bit 70s, and very glam !

2. Pineapple print wallpaper in Sorbet, Hygge and West (via). Apparently pineapples are big news for summer..

3. Flights of…

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stockholm modern.

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Within such an elegantly ornate interior, the bold mix of contemporary art and Scandinavian design classics creates a tension that feels utterly harmonious in this Stockholm apartment.

In the wood-panelled office, pale, angular furniture with simple, masculine forms counter balance the intensely decorative interior. Textures contrast wildly, too: rich, honey-coloured woodwork and an emerald green…

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