Tuesday, 15 July 2014

too bright

The new Perfume Genius record, Too Bright, will be released on 23rd September. Listen to the first single from the album, Queen, below.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

art on a thursday

Exposition Jean Cocteau, a poster for an exhibition by Jean Cocteau.

Monday, 7 July 2014

sunday scrapbooking

I spent a very quiet afternoon at home yesterday, listening to the rain fall outside whilst I sorted through masses of old disposable camera photographs and my big box of magazine cuttings, flyers, posters, postcards and old drawings. (I came across quite a lot of odd stuff I'd forgotten about in the box too - a shiny conker my mother gave me once, a packet of tarot cards(!?) and a painted wooden toy horse, for example.) My plan is to create a master scrapbook, full of these photos and other interesting bits and pieces, which I'll keep on adding to over time. I've started various books like this in the past; I really need to make sure I keep this one going.

Oh, how I love this painting. The postcard was given to me last year; it's from Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, where the painting hangs. Boy with Cat is a portrait of Jean Bourgoint by the English artist Christopher Wood (1901-1930). The two met while Wood was studying art at the Académie Julian in Paris. At the time of the painting, Bourgoint was 21 and Wood was 25, addicted to opium and suffering from paranoia. He was under the drug’s influence when he died four years later, under a train in Salisbury; his tombstone was designed by Eric Gill.

But back to my point: inspiration courtesy of Cecil Beaton and his famous scrapbooks.

So fun. I love the way everything has been cut out with hardly any straight lines. I despise straight lines and I'm not particularly good at being neat either.

Later on I did a quick drawing of a loud pink sitting room, although the harsh pastels didn't quite work with the texture of the paper. Alas, perhaps it'll end up in the new scrapbook...

Sunday, 6 July 2014

shells and mirrors

We've got a new pair of shell candle sconces at home, inspired by the ones you might find in Blacks on Dean Street in Soho. They sit either side of another new purchase - a large and rather imposing ebonised and gilt mirror from 1800. The old glass is speckled and incredibly beautiful, and its shelves provide the perfect spot for an extra pair of candlesticks. Come winter, the whole sitting room will glow with reflected candlelight. It almost makes me pine for dark November evenings. Almost.

from the vaults: bright young things

A few design sketches from my second year at Saint Martins (circa three years ago), inspired by one of my favourite films, the fabulous Bright Young Things. If I remember correctly, country house dinner party meets day at the circus meets midnight pyjama party was the vibe I was going for...

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

highland fling

On Saturday we celebrated the wedding of D.'s cousin Hamish and his new wife Jen with a big old knees-up in the north of rural Scotland. After the wedding itself, we danced and drank on Jen's parents' farm until the wee hours. A highland wedding is always an amusing affair. Here's D. in his Campbell kilt the morning after. As for me, I think a pair of tartan trews might just fit the bill come autumn time...

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

rowing blazers

A delightful, glossy new book landed on my doorstep last week. I'd been keeping an eye out for the release of Rowing Blazers by Jack Carlson for quite some time - it originally came to my attention via the blog of the book's principal photographer, F.E. Castleberry. Rowing Blazers looks at the authentic striped, piped, trimmed and badged blazers that are still worn by oarsmen and -women around the world today, and at the elaborate rituals, elite athletes, prestigious clubs and legendary races associated with them. I've never rowed myself, but I've always had a bit of a thing for the clothes (no surprises there), and in particular those striking, colourful blazers. I love the history and the heritage, of course, but purely from an aesthetic point of view, I've always found them just so... stylish. Bold, mustard yellow or the palest of pinks, worn, torn, patched together, plastered with badges; it's a fascinating piece of classic menswear design and a beacon of Britishness. Rowing Blazers celebrates this special, jaunty number in all its sporty glory.

The book's design is elegant - all gold borders and smart, serif fonts. The photographs, naturally, are rich and beautifully evocative. I adore this quote from the introduction: 'Every single one of us - no matter the age or the gender or the sexual preference - owns a blue blazer.' - Lisa Birnbach, True Prep, 2010.

'A cultural history of the most important item of clothing a chap can own.' - Tatler.

Jack Carlson has represented the United States at the World Rowing Championships and raced for Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Races. He is currently a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University. F.E. Castleberry is former director of concept design for Ralph Lauren Rugby. He runs the popular blog Unabashedly Prep.

Rowing Blazers by Jack Carlson, published by Thames & Hudson on 7th July at £34.95.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

interiors styling for christie's

I was happy to be asked to style an interiors shoot for Christie's recently; one shot in particular has made its way on to the cover of a forthcoming Interiors auction catalogue... The rest to follow!

abcdcs: david collins studio

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the launch of ABCDCS: David Collins Studio on a balmy summer evening at Spencer House. This beautiful new tome celebrates the work of the late, great architect and interior designer David Collins and his eponymous studio. Presented alphabetically to reveal David Collins’ myriad influences and inspirations, it's a visually captivating journey from A to Z. The book has featured in my life a fair amount over the past few years; it was designed and art directed by Duncan and his newly established creative agency Campbell—Rey. ABCDCS: David Collins Studio is published by Assouline.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

white tiger

I've been working away recently on designs for a new range of printed fabrics (made using my own illustrations), which I'll be launching soon with the White Tiger. This is the coral and blue version; more colourways to follow. Watch this space!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

from the vaults: cap d'ail

It's been three years since we spent a blissful June weekend in Cap d'Ail - a small, serene town on the Cote d'Azur. It was a weekend of sunshine, swimming, seafood and pale rosé wine, followed by a hectic couple of days in Paris. I came across these photographs recently - I took them on a cheap disposable, which remains my favourite way to capture the spirit of a holiday.