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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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Astronaut by Guillaume Juin

Astronaut by Guillaume Juin

Filmmaker Guillaume Juin has utilized over 80GB of unused photos from the International Space Station to create one of the most spectacular looks at our planet we have ever seen. The photos were taken over the past three years by various crew members of ISS expeditions 28, 29, 30, 31, 34. Juin said all it...
Fixed on Fixed

Fixed on Fixed

      FIXED ON FIXED is a beautiful  short film by Raechel Harding that  profiles five female cyclists in  Melbourne, Australia. The film really depicts the sense of community that comes with cycling, by showcasing the passionate collection of riders who all share a love of riding, even though their style may vary slightly from...
London's Latest Fitness Craze - The Urban Tri

London’s Latest Fitness Craze – The Urban Tri

This weekend I was up at the crack of dawn in order to check out the latest fitness trend taking the city by storm – the Urban Tri. This mutli-disiplianary event is run by Boom Cycle, Sweatshop and Yotopia has you  taking part in a 45min hot yoga session, 5km run and 13km spin class all before noon. We had...
Weekend escape to St. Fillans

Weekend escape to St. Fillans

The four seasons hotel in St Fillians is a lovely getaway not far from Stirling yet makes it feel as though you are nestled in the highlands away from the rush of the city. The hotel comprises of main building rooms over two levels and a handful of cabins dotted up a hill behind the...
Social Pool: Alfredo Barsuglia's secret swimming pool in Mojave desert

Social Pool: Alfredo Barsuglia’s secret swimming pool in Mojave desert

  Artist Alfredo Barsuglia has installed a secret swimming pool in the middle of the 25,000 square-mile Mojave desert in California. Anyone is  welcome to go use it, you just need to find it. The 11 x 5 ft structure entitled Social Pool, is according to the artist about , “the effort people make to...
The Tour De France Explained

The Tour De France Explained

    The Tour de France for years has been capturing the imagination of millions around the world, and this weekend it all kicks off in Yorkshire. But what is it really all about? What is the maillot jaune all about and how does the peloton work? This brilliant animation explains it all….   The...
Hickies: Reinventing the shoelace

Hickies: Reinventing the shoelace

The other week I was sent a packet of Hickies, a lacing system that replaces traditional shoelaces. As a newbie runner, I am quickly developing a hate for all shoe laces as I can’t seem to find a way to keep my shoes from staying tied up, let alone not too tight or too loose....
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...