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When you go to a gallery, there’s usually some sort of barrier (real or supposed) between you and the art, which is what makes the Saatchi Gallery‘s new collaboration with Hyatt Regency London The Churchill (a central London five-star hotel) all the more pleasing. Many of the bold works in One Giant Leap are new to the Saatchi collection and haven’t been seen elsewhere), but here they are – in the lobby, in the restaurant, even disguised as a flower display. They have the effect of completely modernising what is a classically decorated space. I loved Boo Ritson‘s photographs (seen above, to the right of the giant hippo, of course), they made me want to sit for her, slathered in paint. Guests might be taken aback by Martin Honert’s giant Reisen sculptures, though, which loom like Neanderthal man in Uniqlo. They make you remember what it was like to inhabit a child’s world, looking up at adults. There are also works by Dexter Dalwood, Chantal Joffe and more.

And the exhibition doesn’t stop on the ground floor. You can also sleep in the Saatchi Suite, surrounded by more specially selected works. The bathroom is tiled in soap – an installation by Celine Fitoussi, just like this. It looks brilliant, look out for this in a future issue of Livingetc! But, to us design-lovers, the furniture and lighting in the suite is just as much of an artistic statement. And it’s a very good statement, being key pieces from Fritz Hansen. The Egg! The Swan! The Kaiser Idell! The Favn! This suite is my dream flat. Book in here from 1 February to 30 April. Mo, acting news editor.


While driving down the A27 you may not expect to be wowed by amazing architecture, but take a trip off the M23 towards Shoreham and there is not one but two buildings that will tempt your eyes off the road. The first, perched atop a distant hill is Lancing college chapel, which, with its dreamy gothic style spires is more Hogwarts than Hogwarts itself. It’s actually gothic reproduction, built in 1868 in a 14th century stylee with 13th century French influences (so says Wikipedia) but who cares when it looks this pretty? Then BOOM! Hunched right next to the road theres this bad boy – the abandoned remains of Shoreham cement works, which closed in 1991. This image does nothing convey it’s vast scale, nor does it translate how blood chillingly terrifying it looks in the flesh, but by golly, you wouldn’t want to find yourself there after dark.  Anyhow, two very different but none the less incredible buildings that made me stop and stare. Which is your favourite? Claudia xx

We’re smitten with these five limited-edition rugs from and The Courtauld Gallery. We clocked them with a contemporary living space in mind, but the beautifully bold designs actually date back 100 years. They were produced by the Omega Workshops (1913-1919), a group of avant-garde designers who were inspired by contemporary European art. Enjoy them, alongside facsimilies of the original designs, at between 3 May and 24 June, or, if you’re feeling flush, buy one – £5,000 to £15,000.

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Popped in to East London’s Whitechapel Gallery yesterday and was truly inspired by the small but fascinating Rothko in Britain exhibition. The Abstract Expressionist’s work was first seen in the UK at The Whitechapel in 1961, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark occasion, a  set of archive photographs capturing the reactions of attendees at the time is on display, alongside various letters and instructions from  Rothko.

I love the way the images capture a fascinating period when society was about to go psychedelic, yet World War II was still part of living memory.  I couldn’t help dwelling on who these people were, and what they thought of the work…

Duffel coat. Check. Stovepipes. Check. Nerdy specs. Natch. No doubt these intellectual chaps went on to analyse the art in a Soho coffee shop…

Wonder what these women, who I like to think were called Doris and Ethel, made of Light Red Over Black?

Amazing to think Marjorie and her cronies on the right lived through the Blitz, while the bearded Beatnik on the left might still be a working as a City fat cat or a human rights campaigner. You decide.

The little boy would be middle-aged now. I hope he’s still passionate about art.

The free exhibition continues until February 26.

– Neil, deputy editor

This is definitely a design favourite! German designer Stefan Geisbauer created ‘looksoflat‘ for ingo maurer in 2010. Since then this modern reinterpretation of the classic 1937 Jac Jaobsen task light has been introduced as a permanent part of the Design Museum collection in Finland. Thin LED’s are cradled between flat sheets of aluminium in order to create the shadow-like appearance. Yes please! Lucy, Style Assistant x

No interiors connection here (although we do like the texture of the sofa). This is Lucy Style Assistant’s sister’s new puppy Astro. Why not drag the image on to your desktop for any moments that would be greatly improved by looking at an impossibly cute puppy. Did you know that schnauzer is German for moustache?

The Haunch of Venison on London’s Bond Street has a brilliant free exhibition on right now called The Mystery of Appearance. It was fantastic to see lesser-known pieces by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and David Hockney, but for me, the star of the show was Frank Auerbach. It’s a shame that the internet isn’t 3D, as to really get a sense of these amazing paintings you have to get close to the thick layers of paint. I wrote ‘ordered chaos’ in my notebook, also ‘intense movement’. Epic! Love the dense, muted colours, too. Just the thing to inspire the team as we begin to think about shoots for Autumn/Winter 2012. Mo.x

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Mo, acting news editor, and Harriet, style director, are very excited to be going to the launch gala of Helsinki World Design Capital at the beginning of February, just look at one of brilliant ways they celebrated its ushering in at new year. This is clearly our kind of town.

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