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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.

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