Archive

2016

27/09/2016

London Design Week

I managed to break away from my desk Friday afternoon to visit just a small section of London Design week- 22-25 September. A festival that really does provide a stage for companies, individuals, organisations, and nations to showcase a diversity of, research, developments ranging from practical, commercial, flamboyant, conceptual and radical design. The festival is set up within different design district across London- so quite impossible to do in one day (let alone an afternoon) So I hit on The Shoreditch Design Triangle. http://www.londondesignfair.co.uk My highlights are: http://rothschildbickers.com falling over their pop up... Read More

19/09/2016

Amy Winehouse Foundation is FIVE!

Founded on Amy’s Birthday 14th September 2011, the foundation was celebrating the work that it does in Amy’s name in her beloved Camden. The very same birth place as Red or Dead. So in order to help Amy Winehouse Foundation raise some well deserved cash to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse and support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people we at Red or Dead towers designed the special pop up stage and shop I even managed to get a tattoo! Massive shout out to Jon... Read More

09/09/2016

London Design Biennale – Somerset House

Today I visited the London Design Biennale at Somerset House. Bringing 37 countries/ territories together in London, with the Theme Discovering Utopia My morning started with Sir John Sorrell in Conversation with Ian Callum, Currently serving as Director of Design at Jaguar, Ian has been responsible for some of the most celebrated cars of his generation, including the Escort RS Cosworth, the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish.  The relationship between footwear and car designers has always intrigued me and I left the mornings talk feeling inspired that his idea of Design Utopia was similar... Read More

26/08/2016

WE ARE YOUR STUDIO

Earlier this week I managed to blag my way into a very inspirational, forward thinking and informative talk at Your Studio on disruptive design. Something that we at Red or Dead towers are very happy to partake in. Your Studio took us on a journey of brands who challenge and reinvent the rebellious spirit to cultivate a pioneering culture. Below is just a snippet of what was revealed;  Ikea Space10; is challenging the norm by creating spaces that enable us the consumer to collaborate so that they can innovate. Everlane; are being radically transparent, matching clothes with... Read More

19/08/2016

Ron Arad’s Curtain Call @ The Roundhouse

In fear of missing out I had to nip to the Roundhouse in Camden, to see for myself the incredible and spectacular 360 degree immersive film fest by Ron Arad . The curtain made of silicon rods cascaded from the ceiling tops like an alien spaceship in to the darkness of the centre of the Roundhouse. People within the curtain were laying down and taking in the film making. I would have loved to stay longer and see a whole film, but was on a mission – so had to leg it... Read More

12/08/2016

DAVID HOCKNEY @ ROYAL ACADEMY

Popped in to The Royal Academy of Arts this week to take a peak at David Hockney’s exhibition – 82 portraits and 1 still life. My last visit to a David Hockney exhibition was in 2012 @ The RA for ‘A Bigger Picture’ I remember being so overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the canvas size, the explosion of colour and the stunning serenity of the seasons. Although feelings for this current exhibition were slightly mutual it was definitley a special experience. – As I walked in to the room I was... Read More

05/08/2016

Royal Academy of Arts – Summer Exhibition

The team at the Red or Dead towers had a real treat this week with early access to the Summer Show  – featuring interesting portraits by  David Hockney at the stunning Royal Academy of Arts. What a chaotic feast for the brain and eyes! We made our way through the beautiful galleries adorned with every possible medium of art known to man – so much colour, variety and inspiration. This years curator Richard Wilson really has put on a show for all the senses. My favourite pieces ranged from photographic moving faces by Jane and Louise... Read More

29/07/2016

Secret Cinema

Secret Cinema presents DIRTY DANCING. (No secret now!) We enjoyed all that the Kellerman’s had to offer at their summer camp somewhere in a field near Leyton. All dolled up in our 1963 get ups along with what seemed like a 1000 others. We learnt to rumba, jive and merengue. We, volleyballed, hula-hooped, drank cocktails and pretended we were the decent refined people at the camp, but as the sun went down the temperature rose, as we made our way to the dirty after hours staff quarters party; dancing turned in to... Read More

22/07/2016

Silver Clef Awards

I was invited to attend the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef awards where music industry aficionados (Lionel Richie, Jeff Lynne, Annie Lennox, Patti Smith, Florence Welch) to name but a few were announced winners. Music artists are recognised for their outstanding achievements and in doing so raise vast amounts of cash for this music therapy service that is changing the lives of vulnerable children and adults through music. It was held in the stunning Grosvenor Park Hotel, Park Lane where the red carpet just flowed with stars! The event was wonderful until I left... Read More

14/07/2016

New Designer’s 2016

Have you been to New Designers yet? If you haven’t, you should… I love the buzz and excitement of this amazing graduate design show. It’s always packed out with wonderfully innovative inventions, spectacular prints and glorious designs. So, here are my top picks for New Designers 2016 – seriously obsessed with Francesca’s stitched and stuffed hands! 1. Fancesca Jeffreys, UCA – Human Reconstruction, A 3D exploration transplants and cell memory theory. Love, love, LOVE – I need to get my hands on a hand… 2. Ella Robinson, Nottingham Trent – Bilingual, A witty illustrated insight into English & French cultural nuances... Read More