Zoey Goto | Journalist & Feature Writer

Art & Design
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This evening marked the official opening of the British designer Lee Broom’s new store in East London. Here are a few preview images of the space. I grabbed a Q&A with the designer for my forthcoming feature in Exclusive magazine, to be published later this year.

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This is an interview that I did with the architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw last year, which was published in Noblesse magazine’s London supplement. Grimshaw is one of the leading British architects, having designed the Eden Project in Cornwall and the National Space Centre in Leicester.

ZG: As an renowned London-based architect, how would you describe the architectural landscape of London?

NG: The most interesting thing about the London scene is that it does not change. There is a huge feeling of constancy in term of the big areas like South Kensington. They are like conservation areas with their low townhouses and tree lined streets.The areas where London is allowed to spread its wings are The City, Canary Wharf and the new Olympic sites, but these areas are quite controlled and confined areas and do not effect the rest of London at all. When people say they love London, they love the street-scape, the trees, the squares and the general balance of the city.

ZG: In terms of architecture, what makes London unique in comparison to other cities around the world?

NG: I suspect that London has one of the most restrictive planning regulations in the world. The areas where you are allowed to build sky scrappers or tall office buildings are extremely restrictive. Even when you do, the quality has to be very high as the various planning offices in London are happy to reject a building just because they do not like the design.

ZG: Which buildings in London do you find most interesting and why?

NG: I would have to say that the Lloyd’s Building and the Leadenhall Building, both by Richard Rogers. On a smaller scale we did a nice office complex ourselves called the The St Botolph Building where we introduced the idea of people working in villages rather than floor by floor. It was a ground-scrapper as opposed to the sky-scrapper and worked well in The City as they like to keep the buildings relatively low.

ZG: For the Olympic Games, quite a few new buildings and stadiums have appeared. Which ones you like most and why?

NG: There are two outstanding Olympic buildings. One is the Velodrome by Michael Hopkins, which simple and sustainable. The other is the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid, which is a pretty spectacular shape.

ZG: Which park/outside space would you recommend to visitors to London and why?

NG: Hyde Park combined with St James’s Park, and Regents Park. These are not just little green squares that you walk around, they are big tracks of countryside. You should go to the top of Primrose Hill and look at the fantastic view of London. Another less visited park is Richmond Park, which has a rural feel and great views of the city.

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I have recently written the introduction for Vanilla Beer’s exhibition catalogue, after spending time with her at her French studio at the beginning of the year. The show is currently on in the South of France and should be coming to London in September.

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I’ve just returned from the new art fair on the block, Art 13. It was a really impressive event, with a great mix of international galleries from countries such as China, Africa, India and Australia. This is the first year that Art 13 has taken place and the organisers had also arranged a diverse programme of events and talks around the fair, which was held at the Olympia Grand Hall in West London. I found the work of the Chinese artist Liu Bolin, and the French painter Mouna Rebeiz (who I have interviewed for Luxe Immo magazine) particularly interesting. The fair has been set up by Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus, who were also the pair responsible for Art HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair.http://artfairslondon.com/
Here’s a few shots from my visit…

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Despite the blizzard of snow that hit London during London Art Fair, there was still a great turn out and some really interesting emerging galleries and artists to be found. I interviewed Jack Bell, owner of the Jack Bell Gallery for my review for Luxe Immo magazine (March issue). He specialises in contemporary African artists, which he argued is a good place to invest at the moment: http://www.jackbellgallery.com/

I also chaired a talk for Luxe Immo magazine on the ‘New Frontiers in Contemporary Art’. Thanks to the artists Matt Golden, Tom Leamon, Adeline de Monseignat and the arts manager Sally Smith from Jack Inc for being involved.

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I will be chairing a talk at the London Art Fair on Jan 18th (5-6 pm) on ‘The new frontiers of contemporary art’. For further information and to book tickets please click through to the London Art Fair website: http://www.londonartfair.co.uk/page.cfm/link=148

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The Design Museum have just unveiled their Christmas tree which has been designed by the rising star of British fashion, Mary Katrantzou. The tree incorporates patterns from her Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection, which was inspired by everyday objects.

Measuring 3m in height the tree will combine Katrantzou’s trademark bold patterns with Christmas sparkle, to create this inventive take on a Christmas tree. The designer says that ‘the print was inspired by formal gardens and artful box parterres, these were layered and overlaid to create an intricate maze-like print reminiscent of a hand embroidered lace motif.’

Mary Katrantzou is being heralded as one of the fashion designers to watch internationally. Her clothes are sold in over 250 stores across the world and her recent collection for Topshop sold out in the first few days of its release. The tree will be up until the 9th January 2013.

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The ‘Queen of Knitwear’, Sonia Rykiel has just launched a new collection of interior products which includes cushions, rugs and textiles. Inspired by French literature, the collection uses feminine prints and bold motifs to create a chic feel for the home. Available for Fall/Winter 2012.

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