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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


Walking in cold and frosty Rye, spotted this simply stunning window display at Pale and Interesting, stylist Atlanta Bartlett’s emporium. Proof that eye-catching can be fuss-free, but still have big impact. Perfect for pared-back, frugal February. We’re all for keeping it simple. And short. Jo, sub-editor

Bit of a strange turn of events yesterday – I found myself up and about before midday and enjoying a lovely stroll on Hampstead Heath. Dog spotting galore and the lovely Kenwood House looking like a frosted wedding cake in the sunshine. Which reminded me of an upcoming shoot in the February issue – look out for Harriet’s amazing shoot inspired by classical architecture.

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

BarberOsgerby’s sister company Universal Design Studio has created a very special new home for luxury Brit-cool label Mulberry in London, and it may well be the first store to have a dry-stone wall sweeping through it on New Bond Street. It’s not just a pretty wall, though, it actually acts as a heating system. Clever. You can see the whole project from start to finish here. Don’t you wish builders really worked that fast?

The space is designed to be art-gallery like, with a hint of English garden, but rather than roses and foxgloves, there are ‘follies’ filled with shoes, bags and other lovely things.

The giant inflatable Bayswater in the window was created by artist Rachel Thomas, and we got a mini version to take home. Sadly not in leather.

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

Not strictly a window, more a street. But so festive. And, blue sky… remember that?

Who needs a pine-needle dropping tree when you can have a load of pandas or teddy bears? Butler & Wilson shows how it’s done.

From today, yes today, Truman Brewery will be transformed for the East End Design Show. Expect to find the work of Takae Mizutani and Sons (above), The Future Mapping Company (below)…

And Latorre Cruz‘s amazing Jet Set shelves (below)…

Artists Ben Eine (big, bold typography, remember this?) and Peter Roa add colourful interest and rodent menace to London’s Great Eastern Street.

Hannah, style coordinator

The Christmas windows of Selfridges are always show-stopping, and 2010 is no different. Like Frank Sidebottom (RIP)’s dream woman!

The windows are inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s famous quote ‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.’ Quite right.

Ginevra Benedetti, acting features editor

While picture researching a feature on cool stairways, I came across this image from the new Godiva Store in Japan which combines my two current passions – chocolate and, er, staircases. ‘Chocoiste’ is in the fashionable Harajuku district of Tokyo (think Hello Kitty and girls in bunches) and takes the ‘tempt ’em with your merchandise’ mantra to new levels, offering enough choccy sweetness to give Willy Wonka a hypo. Something tells me, however, that the sweet sensation on the walls and ceiling leading up to the second floor doesn’t taste half as good as it looks… Nicola, picture editor

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