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Food for the mind and body

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

I visited the home of  Baukjen de Swaan Arons the entrepreneurial business woman behind the fashion labels Baukjen and Isabella Oliver even on a hot, hot day their home is cool because the whole of the back wall is made of folding glass panels

the airy ground floor of the Baukjen house

the airy ground floor of the Baukjen house

On Wednesday, after a walk through St James’s Park trying to find some shade beneath the trees, I arrived at the ICA for a demonstration of Panasonic’s new kitchen range, and interesting side step for a company known primarily for televisions and sound equipment but now they are taking their electronic know-how in to the kitchen. To show off the cool to touch ovens and intuitive hobs we were treated to lunch cooked by Masaki Sugisaki of  Dinings. The  Panasonic Kitchen Kyoto range is being  released in to UK outlets from now through the autumn.

Wagyu beef 'Shabu Shabu' in the making

Wagyu beef ‘Shabu Shabu’ in the making

To round off the week I visited the award winning William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, a small but interesting gallery with plenty to please those interested in Morris. It is in Water House, Morris’s childhood home and to the rear there is a large garden with a moat, just the place to cool down.

The William Morris  Gallery seen from the gardens

The William Morris Gallery seen from the gardens

The things I see…

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2013 at 1:11 pm

On my way to a meeting with Penny Little of The Little PR Company about her new client Trunk Home I walked through Covent Garden and found a Pearly King and Queen playing hide and seek  with their grandchild among the fluted pillars outside the Opera House.

Now you see me now you don't

Now you see me now you don’t

Then it was on to drinks with Caru Sanders of Delilah Pr at the Covent Garden Hotel, it was difficult to concentrate on the images on her IPad because Nick Grimshaw was sipping his early evening beer at the table in front of us. I hopped on to a 24 bus home, one of the new ones designed by Thomas Heatherwick , but it was stifling hot and the windows are sealed so can’t be opened. I don’t know if the buses are equipped with air con but the driver certainly hadn’t turned it on, so although the lines of the bus are sleek and stylish the journey wasn’t very pleasant.

On Thursday morning I was on the overground train to Clapham Junction when through the window I saw what looked like ants on one of the chimneys of Battersea Power Station, on closer inspection it turned out to be climbers, perhaps assessing the condition of the structure now that building works are finally underway.

Up they go..

Up they go..




Faeries and feasting

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm

The arrival of summer has seen me travelling from one part of London to another and meeting up with lots of interesting people. There was a trip to Farringdon to have coffee with architects Annalise Riches and David Mikhail of David Mikhail Architects and to talk about the home they designed that has just received an RIBA award. Sitting in the sunshine outside the cafe was almost like being on holiday. Also to Angel and Jacqui Small’s offices to talk about another book project, nothing signed yet but a chat with Jo Copestick over a Pret sandwich was very interesting.

A traffic jammed bus trip to Regent Street where I bumped in to the Emerald Faerie ( featured in June 8th issue of the Times Magazine) so I joined her strolling back to her pop up shop in Soho

Faerie Fiona in the doorway of her pop up shop

Then by tube to Swiss Cottage to see a recently renovated house where Electrolux were launching their Grand Cuisine kitchen, a blend of professional cooking facilities with a domestic aesthetics. Given that the cost of the cooker, hob and griddle amounts to about the same price as a small flat I’m not sure that it will have mass appeal, but the freshly prepared canapes were delicious.

Chefs at work on Electrolux's expensive kitchen aplliances

Chefs at work on Electrolux’s expensive kitchen appliances

Then there was the trip to Carlos Place to see Jessica McCormack’s new shop ( Jessica was the subject of an interiors feature in December 2011) it is a stunning building ( hard to miss with a big black banner outside and the word Diamonds emblazoned  on it) with a richly decadent interior. I also made it out to Sydenham to look at the extraordinary converted mews stable of  Yasemen Hussein, along with photographer James Balston who kindly met me at the railway station and guided me down an unexpected side street to Yasemen’s hard-to-find front door.

And before sitting down to update this blog I managed a coffee and catch up with Trevyn McGowan, Director of the South African art and design company Source who are putting together a Platform exhibition at Habitat in September.