• Art from Saatchi, furniture by Fritz Hansen, is this our perfect hotel suite?

    by  • January 31, 2012 • 1 Comment




    When you go to a gallery, there’s usually some sort of barrier (real or supposed) between you and the art, which is what makes the Saatchi Gallery‘s new collaboration with Hyatt Regency London The Churchill (a central London five-star hotel) all the more pleasing. Many of the bold works in One Giant Leap are new to the Saatchi collection and haven’t been seen elsewhere), but here they are – in the lobby, in the restaurant, even disguised as a flower display. They have the effect of completely modernising what is a classically decorated space. I loved Boo Ritson‘s photographs (seen above, to the right of the giant hippo, of course), they made me want to sit for her, slathered in paint. Guests might be taken aback by Martin Honert’s giant Reisen sculptures, though, which loom like Neanderthal man in Uniqlo. They make you remember what it was like to inhabit a child’s world, looking up at adults. There are also works by Dexter Dalwood, Chantal Joffe and more.

    And the exhibition doesn’t stop on the ground floor. You can also sleep in the Saatchi Suite, surrounded by more specially selected works. The bathroom is tiled in soap – an installation by Celine Fitoussi, just like this. It looks brilliant, look out for this in a future issue of Livingetc! But, to us design-lovers, the furniture and lighting in the suite is just as much of an artistic statement. And it’s a very good statement, being key pieces from Fritz Hansen. The Egg! The Swan! The Kaiser Idell! The Favn! This suite is my dream flat. Book in here from 1 February to 30 April. Mo, acting news editor.

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    Buildings that make you go hmmm.

    by  • January 25, 2012 • 3 Comments

    While driving down the A27 you may not expect to be wowed by amazing architecture, but take a trip off the M23 towards Shoreham and there is not one but two buildings that will tempt your eyes off the road. The first, perched atop a distant hill is Lancing college chapel, which, with its dreamy gothic style spires is more Hogwarts than Hogwarts itself. It’s actually gothic reproduction, built in 1868 in a 14th century stylee with 13th century French influences (so says Wikipedia) but who cares when it looks this pretty? Then BOOM! Hunched right next to the road theres this bad boy – the abandoned remains of Shoreham cement works, which closed in 1991. This image does nothing convey it’s vast scale, nor does it translate how blood chillingly terrifying it looks in the flesh, but by golly, you wouldn’t want to find yourself there after dark.  Anyhow, two very different but none the less incredible buildings that made me stop and stare. Which is your favourite? Claudia xx

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    Heads up for the After Bloomsbury: Rugs From The Omega Workshops exhibition

    by  • January 24, 2012 • 1 Comment

    We’re smitten with these five limited-edition rugs from www.christopherfarr.com and The Courtauld Gallery. We clocked them with a contemporary living space in mind, but the beautifully bold designs actually date back 100 years. They were produced by the Omega Workshops (1913-1919), a group of avant-garde designers who were inspired by contemporary European art. Enjoy them, alongside facsimilies of the original designs, at www.somersethouse.org.uk between 3 May and 24 June, or, if you’re feeling flush, buy one – £5,000 to £15,000.

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