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These willy wonka-esque still lives are by artist Wendy Van Santen. If only sweets really did grow on trees like this…


Off-beat and original, we’ve always loved the work of print mavericks Eley Kishimoto, famed for their zingy designs and colourful palettes. Good news then for our floors, as Aram has once more collaborated with the fashion studio to bring us a brand new rug collection featuring some of their signature prints during London Design Festival and London Fashion Week.

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Minimalism isn’t to everyones tastes, but who can fail to love Jil Sanders‘ witty yet chic take on the handbag? Models at the AW12 show were sent down the catwalk clutching what looked to the, ahem, untrained eye as paper lunch bags, branded with a discreet logo. Although made for the Men’s collection, we’re sure many women would love to sport one being so much more practical, not to mention functional, than a tiny clutch bag. These also come in soft leather and in other shades, but if it’s a cardboard bag that’s caught your eye, you can get your hands on one for a rather controversial £175 at oki-ni. Just don’t get it wet.

With the Olympics reaching fever pitch it seemed like perfect timing when we came across these fantastic collages by German artist Jens Ullrich, who beautifully combines the motion and adrenalin of the athlete, with the calm perfection of classical sculpture. For one instant the roar of the crowd disappears and the athlete becomes immortal; time stands still and gold, silver or bronze don’t seem to matter anymore.

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Afternoon tea will never be the same again with this elegantly engineered tea set from Emma Louise Payne. Inspired by the days when English ladies would place their teaspoons in specific positions to indicate if they needed a refill, were still drinking or had finished, the tea set stands upright when full and gently tips back when empty, wordlessly telling the host a top up is required. Victorian etiquette, modern design- simply brilliant.

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We love a bit of impractical nail art, especially when it involves flocking. With her nails newly flocked photographer Alice Bartlett visited a model shop where she found people tiny enough to populate her garden like fingertips; life looks so simple on such a small patch of grass… although it’ll be chaos when it’s time to do the washing up.

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Forever dismissing our ideas of beige cardigan wearing grannies towing tartan shopping trollies along the high street, these fashionistas are giving the young guns of the fashion world a run for their money. We could all learn a thing or two about style from these utterly fabulous women snapped by Ari Seth Cohen for his blog Advanced Style, which has now been published into a glossy coffee table book. Seriously addictive stuff.

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I follow photographer Kevin Russ on Instagram (turns out so does Life.Style.etc favourite Miss Moss) and am transported on a daily basis by his atmospheric shots. The most surprising thing about these images is that they’re taken with an iPhone. They make me want to pack a car and spend the next year driving round America. Musn’t forget the charger, though.

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If you’ve been looking for a project for one of the many rainy days lately, why not get inspired by this clever reinterpretation of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night? Remember, patience is a virtue…..

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Over the next few weeks, all eyes will be on the architectural wonders of the East End’s Olympic Park. But that’s not where all the interest lies. Less than a mile from the action, local Hackney artist Alex Chinneck has found true beauty in the broken factory windows of an industrial wasteland and staged an artistic ‘intervention’ to transform a former cannabis factory into an amazing public art project. 

Chinneck spent a gruelling four months removing the detritus of its former life – bags of soil, wiring, grow bags, water tanks, plant pots and heat lamps.

After clearing the site, Chinneck duplicated one of the smashed panes 312 times, then used it to replace each original factory window.


“There is something mesmerising about the way light catches a broken window pane, not only is the glass shattered but so is the reflection,” says Chinneck.


Fast becoming a ‘Hackney landmark’, the former factory, which is on the corner of Mare Street and Tudor Road, will soon be demolished, the work disappearing with it. So if you can’t make it to the 100 metres…

Title: Telling the Truth Through False Teeth

Artist: Alex Chinneck in association with Sumarria Lunn Gallery

Location: corner of Mare Street and Tudor Road, Hackney, E9 7FE

Installation on view: now until November 2012

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