Meeting and Greeting

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

It is a good principle to ‘start the week as you mean to go on’  so a breakfast meeting with Louise Beveridge, Communications Director of PPR (Francois Pinault’s company, owner of Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane brands) was not a bad place to start – she on a green tea and honey, me on a strong coffee.

Then a quick trip to Fulham to check out the home of surgeon and night club guru Ahmadi Hootan. Yes, an unusual combination, a qualified reconstructive surgeon who is now behind the revitalisation and transformation of Chinawhites nightclub into Libertine. Hootan’s home overlooks the Battersea heliport and I was amazed to see quite how close the flying machines come to the surrounding buildings, as well as by the deafening noise that they make as they land and take off.

Helicopter at Wandsworth

Helicopter at Battersea

Later in the week came a visit to London Fields to the converted psychiatric day centre that is now the home and work space of Alex Chinneck and his partner Lu. Chinneck is behind The Sculpture House, maker and distributor of artist designed furniture. Chinneck himself is an artist in his own right and took me across the road to see one of his latest installations

Identically smashed windows

Identically smashed windows

a disused building where he removed all the existing glass and filled the windows with identically ‘broken’ panes. The piece is called ‘Telling the truth through false teeth

And to round off a week of ‘meets and greets’ I headed to Mayfair to  chat with Bradford Shellhammer founder and chief designer of Fab – an on line fashion, homes and gadget company. He was in London for 24 hours between Berlin and his home in New York, follow his travels and finds on his blog.


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