At last! Tim Walker at the V&A, London

Whimsical, extravagant, out-of-this-world: the V&A museum have just announced an upcoming exhibition (well, we will have to wait a bit: 7 September 2019 – 8 March 2020) dedicated to the fantastical fashion photographer Tim Walker. You can admire some of his iconic pictures in this post we published in 2012. The immersive exhibition, showcasing everything from installations, films, photo sets, and at the heart of it all – a brand new photo-series influenced by the V&A’s collections. As well as as a retrospective of the photographer, the exhibition (designed by British art director Shona Heath) will also pay an homage to the contributions of his creative collaborators, from stylists, makeup artists, set designers, to models and artists who have all played a part in the creation of Walker’s magical worlds.

Monaco goes Nomad again

For its second edition, "NOMAD Monaco" brought together leading collectable design and contemporary art galleries in the Villa La Vigie - previously owned by Karl Lagerfeld. The historic mansion was transformed this past April 26-29th with rare furniture pieces, a lounge conceived by Vincent Darré together with 18 Davies Street Gallery and works by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur showcased at Musée Océanographique.    

Nina Toltstrup: It’s a wardrobe, it’s a divider

London-based Nina Tolstrup's design company Studiomama has created a pastel-hued wardrobe. The "Metamorphic" piece of furniture is made of solid maple wood, cedar wood -a natural repellent for insects- and canvas, equipped with unfolding doors, doubling up as a partition for large rooms. Inspiration came when the designer was looking for ways to reorganize their living/working space. "Instead of building walls and dividing the space up permanently, we found that this solution with a flexible and non-permanent screen to divide the space into two when needed gave us the opportunity to use our space in an optimal way," explained studio co-founder Jack Mama.

Tom Dixon Design Studio + Here Design: CRAFT London

Brand consultancy Here Design has imagined the identity and packaging series for CRAFT London, a new restaurant in Greenwich, London. CRAFT is a collaboration between Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon (the restaurant’s interior was designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio). The challenge was to create a strong brand identity that would convey what they call a “New British contemporary craft” to a metropolitan audience. (…)

Re-designing William Morris… on your iPad

Developed by games designer Sophia George during her residence at the V&A museum in London, the Strawberry Thief game (that you can download for free from the App store here) was inspired by the William Morris pattern of the same name in the Museum’s British Galleries - so famous it had been featured on a stamp in 1982. "To be appointed as the first ever Victoria & Albert Games Designer in Residence", says the designer, "was a dream come true. The V&A is leading the way by embracing computer games as a creative activity and by opening up its collection for interpretation by a game designer. I used the history of British design shown in the Britain 1500-1900 galleries as a starting point for my research, and after weeks of research decided to focus on the William Morris textile pieces that are on display in Gallery 125g. (…) The aim of the residency was to release a finished game following a period of game production at Abertay University after my 6 months at the V&A. I wanted this game to offer a new and exciting interpretation of the V&A collections, as well as encouraging visitor participation and learning from the Britain 1500-1900 galleries." (…)

Melissanthe Panagiotopoulou behind the scenes: “Les légumes” cutlery

London-based, Athens-born Melissanthe Panagiotopoulou likes to experiment with different materials and techniques. "Les légumes" is a series of cutlery pieces, the result of recent metal work for her BA Course in 3D Design at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. "Being a vegetarian, I see a natural link between food and vegetables and I believe that food consumption should be a celebration of life. Cutlery is the means through which food is being transfered into our system. Designing funny and stylish vegetable -shaped cutlery became the means of transferring my ideas on healthy eating. Stainless steel metal was used for the making of the fork, knife and spoon shapes. Broccoli and asparagus vegetables were casted on bronze metal using the traditional lost wax casting and investment casting techniques."

These were the Days…

Thanks to their daughter, Paula, Robin & Lucienne Day (star designer couple whose input to the British Modern design is equivalent to what Charles & Ray Eames brought to the US) are in the limelight again. London-based design store twentytwentyone is hosting a selling exhibition of almost a hundred pieces of furniture and objects from Robin and Lucienne Day’s home. The designers, who spent 70 years living together (until Lucienne's death in 2010, followed a few months later by Robin Day's), collected or made each of those pieces, gathered and exhibited for the first time.

David Bailey’s Stardust

One of the biggest names in the field of photography and the visual arts, David Bailey has been working his magic for more than half a century. At the occasion of the "Bailey’s Stardust" exhibition (until June), the London National Portrait Gallery showcases some of his most iconic artworks -over 250 images, personally selected and printed by Bailey, presented thematically. Famous or anonymous faces met in London, Paris, New Guinea, all of them unforgettable through Bailey's lense. (more after the jump)