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Introducing the Ikea Bookbook

September 4th, 2014 2:51 pm

Ikea are pretty initiative when it comes to what they do, and this advertisement approach had us all in stiches here in the office.

Using apple’s outline for their over the top product commercials, Ikea have spun it on its head by presenting their A/W 14 Catalogue as some sort of technologic device.

As Jörgen Eghammer, also known as Chief Design Güru explains, the catalogue is not a digital book or even an e-book but it’s the Bookbook.

No need for power cables or waiting around for the pictures to load. Everything’s there right in front of you in an instant.

We are all sold and will be visiting our local Ikea store to pick one up this weekend.

Horst: Photographer of Style

August 29th, 2014 4:09 pm

In an extraordinary career spanning over 60 years Horst P has captured images that have graced the pages of worldwide fashion bible Vogue that transcend fashion and time.

This autumn the V&A are celebrating his work by holding an exhibition entitled ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’.

Born in Germany, Horst became internationally recognised having worked predominantly in Paris and New York. Although he is most known for his fashion photography, he is also recognised for his images of interior architecture and he is especially noted for his photos of plants and environmental portraits.

The exhibition will include one of his most famous photographs.  ‘the Mainbocher Corset.’ This iconic photo has influenced the likes of fashion designer Donna Karan and pop star Madonna. If you look closely at the video for the hit song ‘Vogue’ in which Madonna pays homage to Hollywood actresses of the golden film era such as Rita Hayworth, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford ( stars that Horst had famously photographed ) you will find Madonna dressed in a back-lacing corset which was directly influenced by the Horst image‘

Horst’s work frequently reflects his interests, especially with surrealism and his regard of the ancient Greek ideal of physical beauty.

The V&A are displaying a huge collection of prints, drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters that Horst had carefully preserved throughout his life, alongside thousands of prints from the archives of Condé Nast.

Because the V&A has such a fine costume archive, there will also be haute couture frocks on display from leading couturiers whom Horst counted as his friends and collaborators. Designs from Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli will be featured in the exhibition.

The exhibition is running from 6th September

What to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

August 22nd, 2014 11:31 am

The sun may not plan to have his hat on entirely for this bank holiday weekend, but that’s not stopping us from getting excited for an extra day off and hitting carnival.

Amongst us we’ve all thought of some fun things for you to do that will suit all tastes. Throw on your best Anna Scholz outfit and check out some of these events this weekend.

Great British Food Festival 2014 – Stonyhurst College, Lancashire

23rd-25th August 2014

Hosting a great selection of local food and drink producers, this hugely popular food festival is taking part at stony Hurst College in Lancashire. With lots going on including a men vs food challenge and live chef demo’s, there will be something to suit every taste bud attending.

Edinburgh International Book Festival

9th -25th August 2014

The Edinburgh international book festival is currently being held at Charlotte Square Gardens right in the heart of Edinburgh. The event offers something for just about every age and every interest, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. There are over 800 authors attending including novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, environmentalists, economists, Nobel and Booker prize-winners.

Notting Hill Carnival

24th-25th August 2014

Watch the streets of West London come alive with the sound, sights and smells of Europe’s biggest street festival.  Held each August bank holiday, Notting hill carnival will excite your eyes, ears and taste buds (top tip: the jerk chicken is amazing.) Expect a sea of bright colour as amazing floats and costumed performers shake and dance their way through the streets of Notting hill.

Wedding dresses 1775-2014 at the V&A

3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015

If loud music or busy festivals aren’t your thing, take a look at ‘Wedding dresses 1775-2014’.  exhibition at the V&A. The exhibition looks at the development and history of the fashionable white wedding dress, displaying the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from their historic achieve. As well as showing historical wedding dress, this exhibition includes loaned dresses from celebrities, such as the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.

Liverpool international music festival

13th– 31st August 2014

Liverpool is currently hosting a 19 day long music festival with acts such from Boy George, Shaggy, Tim Burgess, Goldie, The Hoosiers, Kid Creole, Lemar, Jess Glynne, The Farm, John Power and multi-Grammy nominee Marsha Ambrosius. The August bank holiday weekend will see Sefton Park play host to LIMF Summer Jam. The bank holiday kicks off with Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert hosted by Classic FM.

BBC Proms

18th July- 13th September 2014

Take a step back from the noise and rush of London and attend Britain’s most celebrated classical music festival. Over the bank holiday weekend, you can see performances from the Warsaw Philharmonic as well as chamber music groups and soloists at The Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall.


© Anne Kroul, 2013.