BOOK REVIEW: Longford Castle

Longford Castle: The Treasures & The Collectors

Amelia Smith

 ISBN: 9781910787687

Publisher: Unicorn

£40.00

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I first learnt about Longford Castle and some of its treasures in an article in the 1968 Country Life Annual and have wanted to know more about it ever since. Well now both you and I can find out more in this fascinating book which is both well-written and well-illustrated.

 

Dating from Elizabethan times the house was acquired by the Bouverie family in 1717 and the story of how they built up the outstanding art collection which consists of Old Masters and family portraits – think Holbein, Claude, Reynolds and Gainsborough – is skilfully interwoven with the tale of the furnishings and decorations of the castle’s rooms which form the backdrop to the paintings.  It really is a celebration and a history of this great collection and house and is such a delight. It is a book I will return to time and time again!

 

http://unicornpublishing.org/

Design Celebrated!

Clerkenwell Design Week, 24th – 26th May 2016

 

Brewhouse Yard

Brewhouse Yard

For this its seventh edition Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will be an even more exciting showcase as they have asked the architecture practice OMMX to create a cohesive master plan. It is designed to provide an easier approach to the temporary and established showrooms and an installation trail.  OMMX’s directors – Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez sum it up saying: ‘We have worked collaboratively to realise an ambitious and exciting new chapter in CDW’s history. We are grateful for the organiser’s enlightened approach in continuing to commission young practitioners, their desire to make a lasting contribution and to make design more accessible in this critical part of creative London.’

Carl Hansen & Son

Carl Hansen & Son

Brewhouse Yard will provide the entranceway to the showrooms of Clerkenwell’s new look with a central spine running northwards from Smithfield to Exmouth Market so that visitors can easily find the eight temporary exhibition spaces as well the showrooms.  The show’s sponsors Renault will have environment focused display on Design Fields at the northern end.

Clerkenwell Design Week Map

Clerkenwell Design Week Map

 

Access to the various locations across Clerkenwell is free but it is advisable to register first online at www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com .

 

Camira Fabrics

Camira Fabrics

 

Poltrona Frau Group

Poltrona Frau Group

 

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clerkenwell London

Clerkenwell London

 

BOLON

BOLON

DESIGN: Eric Schmitt and Robert Stadler

Eric Schmitt, Dutko Gallery, 18 Davies Street, London W1, until 14th May 2016

Eric Schmitt Chauffeuse Osselet, 1996 Patinated bronze feet and leather Limited-edition Photo: Sylvain Leurent Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt
Chauffeuse Osselet, 1996
Patinated bronze feet and leather
Limited-edition
Photo: Sylvain Leurent
Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt’s elegant furniture, lights and objects evoke the Art Deco period with great élan but remain true to the present day.  He is soon to be justifiably celebrated in a new book which looks at his wonderful creations in detail. I dare you not to be tempted!

Eric Schmitt Sugegasa table lamp, 2013 Polished and lacquered brass and patinated cast steel Limited-edition Courtesy Dutko Gallery

Eric Schmitt
Sugegasa table lamp, 2013
Polished and lacquered brass and patinated cast steel
Limited-edition
Courtesy Dutko Gallery

http://www.dutko.com

Robert Stadler – Cut_Paste, carpenters workshop gallery 3 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 20th May 2016

ROBERT STADLER - Exhibition View

ROBERT STADLER – Exhibition View

This exhibition contains three new pieces added to the series launched last year in Paris.  Stadler’s Cut_Paste series reflect the art of building construction by using shapes that evoke discarded pieces found on building sites.  However these are transformed through the materials used into striking, elegant but useful furnishing pieces.  Very moreish indeed.

ROBERT STADLER | CUT_PASTE #9 2015 MARBLE (BIANCO CARRARA, OLIMPO STRIATO, ONYX SMOKE), ALUMINIUM H109 L209 W47 CM / H42.9 L82.3 W18.5 IN LIMITED EDITION OF 8 + 4 AP

ROBERT STADLER | CUT_PASTE #9
2015
MARBLE (BIANCO CARRARA, OLIMPO STRIATO, ONYX SMOKE), ALUMINIUM
H109 L209 W47 CM / H42.9 L82.3 W18.5 IN
LIMITED EDITION OF 8 + 4 AP

http://www.carpentersworkshopgallery.com