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15 Jun

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Portrait Painting Inspiration

June 15, 2017 | By |

Some fun ideas of what to do with old portrait paintings. Inspiration from Pinterest

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08 Nov

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Mix & Match Monday

November 8, 2016 | By |

Our Iceblue Venetian Chandelier featured by VanGoghle’s Mix & Match Monday! Love the combinations! Thanks @Vangoghle!

Read the whole article here!

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12 Oct

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Scotch & Soda Misguiding Guide of Amsterdam

October 12, 2016 | By |

Picture Perfect Centre – Un-TIP #26 by Casper Reinders – Expensive Small Talk: ‘Get chatting to Michiel {Wildschut}, before you know it you’ll be walking out with something amazing you totally don’t need’. Launch of Scotch&Soda’s Misguiding guide of Amsterdam in our store!  #misguiding

With texts by Fiona Hering and illustrations of Jan Rothuizen. We love this publication!

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A Misguiding Guide? The forgotten art of personal discovery. Find here how to get lost. #misguiding

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08 Jan

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The Cyanometer

January 8, 2016 | By |

cyanThe Cyanometer Is a 225-year-old tool for measuring the blueness of the sky. It was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt who used the circular array of 53 shaded sections in experiments above the skies over Geneva, Chamonix and Mont Blanc.

The Cyanometer helped lead to a successful conclusion that the blueness of the sky is a measure of transparency caused by the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.

Source: This is Colossal

23 Dec

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40Winks – The most beautiful small hotel in the world

December 23, 2015 | By |

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If you need us this Christmas, you can find us at 40Winks.

Brainchild of acclaimed interior designer David Carter, 40 Winks offers a truly unique experience of London’s East End. An intoxicating mix of old and new, 40 Winks has an atmosphere and ambience unlike any other. 40 Winks is regularly used in fashion shoots – and with one glimpse of the interiors you will see why.

Once you will reveal the correct answer to the secret riddle (you will receive it by email a few days earlier), the eccentric proprietor will usher you upstairs to join a bunch of strangers for cocktails and canapes whilst being read scary stories. Oh boy, yes!

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40 Winks is situated in an elegant Queen Anne townhouse built in 1717. With just two gorgeous rooms, it can either be considered a very tiny boutique hotel or a wonderfully lavish B&B. The interior is a real mixture of old and new, full of antiques and Bohemian decor, whilst exuding glamour and decadence with a large dose of Mr Carter’s very apparent sense of humour: Jesus wearing red slippers and a top hat, mannequin hands in a fruit bowl, interesting wall murals and a crown-toting ornamental dog. These are just a snippet of the curiousities that fill this wonderful house. There is even a sweet little courtyard garden full of greenery, where you can sit and sip tea and cocktails.

109 Mile End Road
London E1 4UJ
020 7790 0259
Nearest station: Stepney Green
 
Bedtime Stories £25 per head
To book, please email info@40winks.org

 

 

 

 

20 Mar

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Spring is coming!

March 20, 2015 | By |

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Check out our collection!

11 Feb

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Buttons Up

February 11, 2015 | By |

10buttons-moroz-tmagArticle“Buttons can be made from just about anything, from elephant skin to raffia,” announces a text on the wall of “Déboutonner la Mode” (“Unbutton Fashion”), a new exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. And it’s true: The 3000 buttons on display, gathered by prolific collector Loïc Allio, include pearls, leather, fur, bone, wood, straw, plastic, Wedgwood and papier-mâché. Petite canvases though they may be, each button is a full-fledged artistic work, created by craftsmen ranging from embroiderers and ceramicists to jewelers and silversmiths.

“The exhibition is about understanding the role of the silhouette,” Véronique Belloir, its curator, explains. “It puts in context what buttons say about fashion, and beyond fashion.” As for the button’s place now, Belloir feels it has withdrawn into something “subtle and discreet.”

“Déboutonner la Mode” is on view through July 19 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, lesartsdecoratifs.fr2012-48-437-ph1

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Bouton, France, vers 1950, Pearls of glass
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Bouton, Henri Hamm, vers 1910-20

Source: T Magazine

22 Oct

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Travel, Atlases & Maps Auction

October 22, 2014 | By |

This diverse sale by Sotheby’s London (Oct 31), includes private collections of natural history, topographical and costume books and photographs of China! We love! Have a look at our picks.

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George Edwards, A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, London, 1743 – 1764, hand-coloured engraved plates, est. 14,000 – 18,000 GBP

Sothebys-rare-booksOtto Brunfels, Herbarum Vivae Eicones Ad Naturae Imitationem, Strassburg, Hohann Schott, 1532, est. 60,000 – 80,000 GBP 

Sothebys-china-japanChina and Japan, 1890s-1910, albums, est. 2,000 – 3,000 

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22 Oct

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Sotheby’s Furniture Auction Picks

October 22, 2014 | By |

Get inspired by our picks from the upcoming 19th Century Furniture and Decorative Art auction at Sotheby’s New York, 29 Oct 2014.

Sothebys-bombe-commode Maison Jansen, ca. 1880-1980, Louis XV style decorated bombe commode, Paris, mid-20th C, est. 6,000 – 8,000 USD

Sothebys-panterAntoine-Louis Barye, Panthere de Tunis No2, est. 3,000 – 5,000 USD

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Charles Cumberworth, 1811-1852, Louis-Philippe gilt and patinated bronze five light candelabra, France, first half 19th-Century, est. 15,000 – 20,000 USD

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A pair of Meissen ‘Schneeballen’ bottle vases and covers, late 19th C, est. 6,000 – 9,000 & est. 8,000 – 12,000 USD

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22 Jul

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Fading Glory – Calke Abbey

July 22, 2014 | By |

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Our friend Jonathan Gration (PhD candidate within the Digital Building Heritage group at De Montfort University in Leicester) writes about his projects and inspirations. This time: Calke Abbey!

Jonathan Gration: “With the large portfolio of properties they manage the National Trust has decided to experiment with wandering off their own beaten track. Calke Abbey is the happy result of such an experiment. {…} The motto here has been ‘repair don’t restore’, and it really works. This is one of the very few places where one can experience a grand house at that pivotal point when the family moves out and it is entrusted to a heritage organisation. {…} Very little seems to have ever been sold, and the house is full of various collections. The Harpur-Crewe family obviously had a penchant for collecting stuffed birds and animals, as they are present in nearly every room in huge quantities. {…} The domestic quarters, cellars, tunnels (yes tunnels!) and gardens are splendid in their state of decay, and form a very evocative tableaux. {…} This is definitely not a house that will appeal to everyone, some might think it depressing or ghostly. {…} But if you get what the national Trust tried to do here, and can see why its so important why that story is told, then Calke offers an almost magical experience.”

Read the whole article at Jonathan’s blog Digital Anastylosis

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