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A weekend in Warsaw: what to do

A weekend in Warsaw: what to do

A few weeks ago I was invited to the Polish capital – Warsaw. To be honest I did not really have high expectations, so was a bit surprised to learn the city has flourished in recent years both culturally and economically, becoming a trendy hub for artists in Europe. The restaurants...
5cc - London's newest craft cocktail bar

5cc – London’s newest craft cocktail bar

Hidden away up the back staircase of the Exmouth Arms, you will find 5cc – London’s newest craft cocktail bar As you ascend the staircase and pass the kitchen, you are transported a world away from the traditional London pub located downstairs. With with low-lit copper bars, dark wood, leather and exposed...
MCM x Craig & Karl

MCM x Craig & Karl

Earlier this evening we were invited along to the launch of Luxury accessories label MCM‘s collaboration with pop art duo Craig & Karl entitled  ‘Eyes on the Horizon’ The spring/summer 2013 collection aims to bring art and fashion together in the daily lives of fashion connoisseurs and art lovers alike. Craig & Karl’s work evokes a sunny optimism, recalling...
The rise of replica Western towns in China

The rise of replica Western towns in China

I was recently contacted about and interesting project by two London based artists, Phil Thompson and Sebastian Acker. Thompson and Acker, are in the process of making a film and a book about the current phenomenon in China, which sees construction companies building entire replicas of Western towns. Some towns are...
A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

        We have had our eye on photographer Mike Brodie, aka the Polaroid Kidd, for quite some time now, and earlier this month he released his latest book: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. A Period of Juvenile Prosperity depicts the gritty youth subculture of freight train hoppers...
Beautiful Terrariums by Score + Solder

Beautiful Terrariums by Score + Solder

“A traveling gypsy, Matthew Cleland makes his beautiful Score + Solder Terrariums by hand on Pender Island off the West Coast of British Columbia. With a flask in one and a soldering iron in the other, Matthew magically creates one of a kind pieces of art with skills past down...
The National Tourist Routes of Norway

The National Tourist Routes of Norway

Its not everyday I get excited about roads. In fact as a kid there was nothing I hated more than being stuck in a cramped, stuffy car. However, a friend in Norway recently told me about this incredible initiative started by the government in 2005 called the National Tourist Routes...
The Congo by Richard Mosse

The Congo by Richard Mosse

These incredible pictures of the Congo by Richard Mosse, first generated a lot of attention a few months ago after being featured in the Guardian. The infrared photos were taken using an Infrared Ektachrome film. Colour infrared transparency films have three sensitized layers that, because of the way the dyes...
Are we in a cultural rut?

Are we in a cultural rut?

We are in a cultural rut. A monotonous repetition penetrates every facet of our lives. While this may seem very cynical, it is a concept that I continually end up returning to in my work. Earlier this week I came across a brilliant article by Kurt Andersen in Vanity Fair...
Prestige and Decay in China by Harry Kaufman

Prestige and Decay in China by Harry Kaufman

A friend pointed me in the direction of this amazing set of photos by Harry Kaufman this morning. I was immediately struck by the way Kaufman has captured two sides of China – contrasting the large, beautiful buildings that line the horizon with the small, dilapidated structures crumbling at their...
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An Interview with Mona Kuhn ahead of her London Show at Flowers Gallery

An Interview with Mona Kuhn ahead of her London Show at Flowers Gallery

Brazilian-born photographer Mona Kuhn, best known for her serene nude portraits, will be exhibiting her latest works at Flowers Gallery from 4th April – 10th May, 2014. Her work takes  a new direction in this latest series titled: Acido Dorado. Set against the backdrop of the Californian desert, and photographed at the golden modernist structure Acido Dorado...
Ten Secrets of Rome

Ten Secrets of Rome

  Any tourist worth their salt will know the key things to do in Rome: the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, quickly toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, get overcharged for a pizza and if time allows a trip out to Pompeii. But Rome has plenty more to offer its visitors. Here are just ten...
Galtani: Vintage inspired cycling accessories

Galtani: Vintage inspired cycling accessories

  Galtani is the brain child of Garry Vickers, cyclist and avid fan of the aesthetic and functionality of cycling’s timeless heritage. As a dedicated cyclist and long time admirer of the steel framed glory days of cycling, Garry began collecting and using vintage cycling gloves many years ago, as he adored the feel, functionality and...
Introducing BEE Clothing at By-Walski

Introducing BEE Clothing at By-Walski

BEE clothing was brand was established by menswear designer Benjamin Crane in 2012, born from a belief that high performance clothing can be as fashionable and desirable as it is able. He wanted to create clothing without compromise – believing that ‘performance’ doesn’t have to be worn on your sleeve and that balancing function with...
Herringbone launches at Mondrian Los Angeles

Herringbone launches at Mondrian Los Angeles

We arrived at 8 PM sharp. Walking through the doors of the Mondrian Hotel after a long day at the office and a brisk walk along the Sunset Strip, I was ready for a drink. The staff was attentive and broke a sweat to keep my lovely date Melissa and I happy. Before I could...
Below soho: Pizza Express Jazz Club

Below soho: Pizza Express Jazz Club

Pizza Express is hardly London’s best-kept secret. In fact, with 400 restaurants in the UK, many in the capital area, chances are you’re sitting around the corner from one. The pizza chain, founded in London’s Soho in 1965 by a man with an Italian pizza oven, is now renowned for bringing authentic Italian pizza and...
The Pozzy - an eco friendly flower carrier

The Pozzy – an eco friendly flower carrier

On Sundays there is nothing I enjoy more than wandering down to Columbia road to check out the flower market. Inevitably I end up buying way too many flowers and have to figure out some way to precariously cycle my hoard home. Not any more though. Shruti Barton, was inspired by Columbia Road shopping trips and...
Kennedy City Bicycles & Monkstone collaboration

Kennedy City Bicycles & Monkstone collaboration

In London there is no better way to see the city than by bike, a belief shared by James, founder of Kennedy City Bicycles. Kennedy City Bicycles was founded in 2013, around the idea of creating the ultimate city bicycle. It’s about the right balance of reliability, beauty, practicality and value for money. He wanted...
Listening to: The Acid: Basic Instinct

Listening to: The Acid: Basic Instinct

The Acid, a collaboration  between  LA-based singer-songwriter Ry X and  DJ Adam Freeland premièred on Nowness today, and we have had it on repeat since. The video by Dugan O’ Neal and Art Troupe WIFE come together to create a truly spellbinding music video.  Captured against the dramatic backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains at the end...
The Gap by Ira Glass

The Gap by Ira Glass

Over coffee one Saturday afternoon my friend told me about a This American Life segment in which  Ira Glass spoke about the art of storytelling. I had been moaning about being in a creative rut and unhappy with the work that I had produced recently, so when I got home decided to search for the segment and  came...
Locals Reader Offer: Jack Wills Spring Collection gift with Purchase

Locals Reader Offer: Jack Wills Spring Collection gift with Purchase

Attention all fashion and beauty fans! We have joined up with the fabulously British brand Jack Wills to offer 25 lucky readers the chance to get their hands on an Elsham beauty pack with any purchase at their flagship Covent Garden store. The 25 first readers visiting the store will receive the popular Apple and...
Miner on the Moon - Alex Chinneck turns South London upside-down

Miner on the Moon – Alex Chinneck turns South London upside-down

    Earlier today I was walking  along  Blackfriars rd and noticed that one of the buildings had been turned completely upside down.  After a little digging I discovered it is the work of Hackney artist Alex Chinneck. Alex Chinneck, whose previous projects include a house with its façade slumped down into the yard  and a...