Wallpaper* Handmade with Jaguar at Harrods

Being invited to the launch of an exhibition is always intriguing and usually exciting, so when Jaguar asked me to come along to the unveiling of Wallpaper* Handmade with Jaguar at Harrods I was eager to get to see it first hand.

Having just made it to its fourth year, the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition has become a must-see of the annual design calendar. Having now amassed an extensive collection of products in which to launch a satellite show of Handmade, Wallpaper* set about creating five new products with the design team at Jaguar.

The display runs from 4-22 October 2013 so there is not much time to hot-foot-it down to see the display, but as I was lucky enough to be invited by Jaguar to see the unveiling, I snapped a few images.

© Jaguar. C-X17 Concept Car Make London Debuts at Harrods

Watering can by Barber Osgerby

Coloured pencil box by Johanna Grawunder, Prismacolor and Bonetti Bolgan Woodwork & Lighting

Diptych Landscape II by Fredrikson Stallard

Lawn Table by Andreas Engesvik

‘Miracle Chips’ marble installation by Michael Anastassiades and Henraux

‘Revolution’ lighting installation by Moritz Waldemeyer

Stationery set by APFEL and Emform

Hand tools by Chauhan Studio and Fiskars

‘Steamer’ bag (circa 1901) from Louis Vuitton Collection

Scissors by Dentsu London, Ernest Wright & Son and Jamie McLellan
Writing set by OeO, Stellar Works and Japan Handmade

Wine coolers by Joe Doucet and Neal Feay Studio

The handmade exhibition is dedicated to the marriage of craftsmanship and design. Taking this philosophy to the automotive industry, Wallpaper* worked with Jaguar to create five new products which are only on show in this display. And to celebrate the occasion, Jaguar Advanced Design presented some a new concept car, the C-X17, for the first time in the UK alongside two other Jaguar design concepts; the C-X75 hybrid hyper-car and Jaguar heritage-inspired Project 7 sports car.

The five new products which Jaguar created for this display included the ‘Wild Feast picnic basket’ designed by Neri & Hu, ‘Table F’ designed by Jaguar Advanced Design and produced by Salvatori, ‘Toutou pet transporter’ by Mathieu Gustafsson, a large installation of ‘Revolution lighting’ designed and realised by Moritz Waldemeyer and lastly the ‘Diptych: Landscape II’ designed by Fredrikson Stallard.

The real show-stopper, for me, was the ‘Table F’ in solid marble, which gave the sense of motion. Usually I find automotive designers are not so successful when translating this to furniture but the attention to detail of this table and quality of production were enough to make the object worthy to sit amongst these other pieces. Embossed with the Jaguar lozenge icon, this referenced the heritage of the brand and added texture to the smooth table which proved a really successful decision.


Tony Chambers, Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief commented: “Our Handmade project is testimony to the power of good design, great ideas, creative collaboration and quality production. We are delighted to bring some of the best pieces from our annual celebration of art, craft, skill and vision to London – with the best British partners one could wish for: Harrods and Jaguar.”

I even managed to snap a photo of Bethan Gray stood next to her marble piece for the Handmade project which encompassed some other, more intricate, pieces which were clearly too large for this display.


Wallpaper* Handmade with Jaguar runs from 4 to 22 October 2013 at Harrods. 87- 135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X.

Richards Rogers at Royal Academy

Until October 2013, the Royal Academy of Arts will be showing an exhibition on the the great architect Richard Rogers. Elected a Royal Academician in 1984, Rogers has been one of the world’s leading and most influential architects for the last four decades. Timed to coincide with Rogers’ 80th birthday, the exhibition examines his social, political and cultural influences and their connection to his architecture.

Italian born Rogers is known for his designs on buildings such as Centre Georges Pompidou, the Lloyd’s building, London Heathrow terminal 5 and even the Millennium Dome. His latest practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, is a collaboration with Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour, previously known simple as Richard Rogers Partnership. In recognition of his work, Rogers was knighted in 1981 by Queen Elizabeth II and was created Baron Rogers of Riverside in 1996.

© Andrew Zuckerman


“I believe history judges us on the physical and social quality of our cities, and this exhibition aims to explore the role of architecture both as a physical discipline and as a framework to interpret our wider society.”
Richard Rogers

© David Noble


While studying at Yale, Rogers met fellow architecture student Norman Foster and planning student Su Brumwell. On returning to England he, Foster and Brumwell set up architectural practice as Team 4 with Wendy Cheeseman (Brumwell later married Rogers, Cheeseman married Foster). This partnership was more important than the projects it produced because it started two fantastic careers for whom would go on to create some of the most memorable modern buildings of the Twentieth Century.

A number of high-profile projects that incorporate Rogers’ architectural principles will be showcased in the exhibition at the Royal Academy. The Centre Pompidou, designed alongside Renzo Piano which opened in 1977, the Grade 1 listed headquarters for Lloyd’s of London, and the Bordeaux Law Courts.

© Janet Gill


© Duccio Malagamba


Exhibition open to the public: Thursday 18 July to Sunday 13 October 2013, 10am – 6pm daily. Late night opening: Fridays until 10pm.

£8 full price; concessions available; children under 12 free.

26 typewriters

“Wrongful practicing of xylophone music tortures every larger dwarf” or “Falsches Üben von Xylophonmusik quält jeden größeren Zwerg” as it should be, is a sentence with the 26 letters of the alphabet – in German natch as clearly it is missing ‘bjkqz’ in English. This was the perfect way to test the functioning of every key on a typewriter. This method of communication, obsolete nowadays, is the ancestor of many major innovations.

26 typewriters exhibition exit creative

26 typewriters exhibition 1

“26 Typewriters” was a very successful exhibition held at Envoy Enterprises gallery in New York for one night in September 2011. 50 vintage typewriters were collected, reflecting 70 decades, including classic models such as the “Groma”, built in Germany in 1944 and the “Olivetti Valentine” by Ettore Sottsass in 1969 as “antimachine machine.” Exit Content chose 26 images to produce a series of prints and published a book of 36 pages in limited edition. Can you hear my geeky heart pounding?

26 typewriters exhibition 2

26 typewriters exhibition 3

To fall in love with this even more, watch this type-omatic video…

You can buy the book from colette for £34.31. If you would like to buy me one, feel absolutely free. 🙂

Still + Co for Sit and Read

I wrote about Sit and Read in February last year and have kept a close eye ever since. I love their latest project, working with Still + Co to create a collection of rugs, hand-dyed in Brooklyn.

Mike Strout of the burgeoning Still + Co made a series of overdyed rugs that went on display in January with a limited edition chair part of the exhibition.

If nothing else, this beautiful film with a soothing background tune makes me want to run away to the country and sell hand-knitted jumpers and backed apple pies. Now, I’m sure I had some hair dye somewhere from 1997…

Still + Co for Sit and Read