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Catching up

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

I don’t know if it’s autumn or something in the air but recently I had a phase of bumping in to people from the past, It started with Peta Waddington, whose Shepherd’s hut we photographed a few years ago for a Christmas feature in The Times Magazine ( she also kindly allowed me to use it in the recently published Homes from Home). As well as being a talented graphic designer she also hosts a children’s radio show called Hip Auntie.

Then there was a bus trip to Camberwell to see Keith and Mark of the wonderful homes ware company Mini Moderns. We did a feature on their live/work studio some time ago but this time our meeting was about their amazing converted railway carriage in Dungenesss and the new wallpaper collection that the seaside retreat has inspired.

Then to a shoot at the Pimlico home of interior architect Rients Bruinsma, and as I love to show how things really look on a shoot, rather than the perfect pictures that are published, I thought I’d show you a couple of behind the scene images

the dining table in the bedroom with bathroom cleaner

the dining table in the bedroom with bathroom cleaner

coffee things and props in the sitting room

coffee things and props in the sitting room

But as the saying goes, ‘it was alright on the night’ and we got fourteen great shots. But during the day there was a lot of bee-like buzzing outside, and by peering though the window I found the source, a man strimming concrete? Strange old world!

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All work and plenty of play

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Jefferson at work

Jefferson at work

Straight off to work on Monday to a shoot near Tunbridge Wells. I had spent the weekend watching the weather forecast, which wasn’t good, but on Sunday rang photographer Jefferson and home owners Terence and Paula Woodgate and we decided to go for it. I took the 8.17am train from Charing Cross and just outside Tunbridge Station the sun started to shine…phew. We had a great shoot and a delicious lunch.

Tuesday a quick trip to Regent Street which seems to be under the sledge hammer, so much building work and refurbishment going on, but Louisa Guinness was opening her first stand-alone gallery space for her beautiful artist-designed jewellery collection. You can see the blue neon sign of her gallery in the first floor windows

New Louisa Guinness Gallery

New Louisa Guinness Gallery

Wednesday saw me sitting in the lounge bar of the Connaught hotel chatting with French chef Helene Darroze about her flat in Paris, the Eurostar commute and making chocolate pancakes with her daughters. Luckily the windows of the lounge bar are double glazed because outside all hell was being let loose with a huge machine chewing up the surface of the road and laying fresh tarmac in its wake.

The new road being laid outside The Connaught

The new road being laid outside The Connaught

Thursday night was the opening of Fiona Barratt-Campbell and Sol Campbell’s smart new lifestyle shop FBC London in Pimlico. Well wishers spilled out on to the street and champagne flowed like water. Afterwards we were invited to join Sol and Fiona for a delicious supper at Tinello. Sorry no photographs, I was having too much fun to stop and snap!

Unexpected discoveries

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

 

Going to and from a recce near Tunbridge Wells I took the train from Charing Cross and as we drew away across the bridge from Waterloo East I was amazed to see how far the Walkie Talkie and Cheese Grater buildings had progressed and the number of cranes that seem to littler the London skyline.

Cranes perched across the London skyline

Cranes perched across the London skyline

At Tunbridge I met designer Terence Woodgate who has recently launched a jewellery collection called Eiger, at Heals. We chatted about his work and his position as a Royal Designer for Industry and then about his passion for sky diving and base jumping. Something you wouldn’t have expected to find out about a man who designs comfortable sofas and subtle lighting.

Then on to Esher to see one of the showrooms of family run kitchen company Martin Moore where there were a number of the room sets that may provide the a backdrop for some shoots we’re planning for the new book which is underway with Jacqui Small. On the way from the station I walked by Sandown Park racecourse, the first time I had seen the famous home of horse racing, and apparently antique sales and shows.

Stone marker on the outskirts of Esher near Sandown racecourse

Stone marker on the outskirts of Esher near Sandown racecourse

And to round off the week a trip to Holland Park to Summerill & Bishop, the specialist kitchen shop owned by Bernadette Bishop and June Summerill. I arrived a little early so sat opposite the shop and drank a coffee in glorious sunshine. By the time I had reached the tube station on the way home, the rain had started and autumn seemed to have suddenly arrived.

Sipping coffee outside Summerill & Bishop in W11

Sipping coffee outside Summerill & Bishop in W11

 

 

 

 

Meeting a hero

In Uncategorized on October 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Football isn’t really my thing but photographer Darren Chung is a keen fan and follower so when this week’s shoot took us to the home of Sol Campbell, it was more than just the average shoot.

Campbell is married to interior designer Fiona Barratt and after being entertained by their two year old daughter Isabella, who sang a whole verse of  “Finkle Finkle little star” her unique take on the old classic “Twinkle twinkle”,  we got down to business.

Darren at work in the Barratt Cambell's apartment

Darren at work in the Barratt Campbell’s apartment

The apartment is richly decorated with walnut, bronze and copper and many pieces from Barratt-Campbell’s new collection which will soon be on sale in her new shop in Pimlico.