Kit Kemp is the genius behind the Firmdale group hotels, and I find them lush. All clashing prints and beautiful lighting, and so much attention to detail. Check out a space at the Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in London, of which Kemp has created a space to illustrate the vast possibilities of commissioning art and craft for the home environment and how it can transform a room.
It’s soon to be the end of the garden flat
Katie is off to Zurich with her job, and I’m off to a lovely little mews house in Bermondsey (thanks to Jeff). To soften the blow of our cohabitation in London coming to an end, the most fabulous Miss Dinon organised for us – and a couple of handfuls of her closest friends – to spend two weeks in the sun in September.
This semi-autobiographical graphic novel (try saying that five times fast!) is set in a Cali beach town, the protagonist is a graffiti artist whose constant run-ins with anti-graffiti locals, cops and rival crews sees him getting into mischief at an unstoppable rate. But it also recalls the characters and art influences of a 80s street art scene, that, if you trace it forward to today, probably has something to do with the art on your t-shirt, skateboard or favorite CD artwork.
Props to James for doing this graphic novel. He’s a wonderfully talented artist & animator, his productions include Madvillain – ‘All Caps’, Cut Chemist ‘Spat’, Quasimoto ‘Bullyshit’, an ad for HP/Serena Williams that was shown in Times Square NYC, and many more, of which you can view on his TFU Studios YouTube page.
This weekend my old friend ben frost visited me at the GF en route from reykjavik to adelaide – first time we’d seen each other in years.
london graced us with a spectacularly sunny and warm day, so we walked over to primrose hill. i somehow managed to get us lost but it was to our fortunte – as we’d accidentally stumbled across l’absinthe, a cute little french bistro on chalcot street. it was lovely from the get-go. we sat at a little table out on the pavement in the shade, our waitress was cute and the host-chef guy was endearing.