I’ve been having a great time in London over Christmas, but one of the highlights was the Sky Garden. The three-floor space is London’s highest landscaped public garden and offers fantastic views of the city, along the Thames.
I had a wonderful weekend in Paris with my aunt, uncle and parents. We ate delicious food, went to some cool stores, and saw the Edward Hopper exhibition at the Grand Palais which was great. I went to the store Merci for the first time which was fun. The store opened in March 2009 and was the first “charity store” in France, which means that 100% of their profits go to a charity. The super chic concept store is definitely worth a visit.
The Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Design Museum showcases 20 years of designs from the iconic French shoe designer. There are some fantastic shoes and it’s a fun exhibition worth seeing! I also had a small delicious snack at the Spanish tapas bar, Jose, in Bermondsey, after the exhibition. A great way to start a long weekend!
I saw the new exhibition at the V&A, British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, which was great. The show celebrates the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 “Austerity Games” to the summer of 2012. Here are a few of my favourite pieces.
Jaguar E-Type Series 1 by Malcom Sayer, 1961
Alexander McQueen, 2009
A scale model of the London Routemaster bus, first seen in 1954
Go To Work on an Egg, Mather & Crowther, 1964
Eva Zeisel was 105 years old when she died on December 30, 2011. The Hungarian artist trained as a painter but soon became interested in pottery and furniture. Her forms are often abstractions of the natural world and human relationships, and she declared herself a “maker of useful things.” These are a few of my favourite pieces.