The Party Superstore was/is my absolute favourite London shop until it was bizarrely attacked and gutted during the summer London riots. They have been since adopted as a concession by the local Debenhams but you can still savour the full delights of the products and nonsense on line.
A must visit, if you are into design, this is the place for you to go. Pure Scandinavian and Japanese inspiration. Mjölk is a design store in Toronto where you can find beautifully crafted products, from furniture to handcraft useful and unique objects. Located in the Junction neighborhood of Toronto.
In the summertime you can take the Metro directly to the beach. And if you're over the crowded white trash tanning and blanket sex scene, enter the hidden away mens or womens area located in the big wooden beach bathhouse. Here you can lie naked and enjoy the sun on your private parts while reading a novel or surfing your iPad. Expect lots of gays and lesbos which can be a curse or a party depending on who you are as a person.
I have just recently finished a project installing a drawing for artist Alan Johnston onto the ceiling of the Tate Britain. The experience, although being somewhat taxing on peoples health with long hours and difficult working conditions was fantastic. The mediative and mind altering drawing practice that Alan has created combined with the enthusiasm of a team of talented individuals has resulted in what can be considered a great work of art. It will be open to the public later this year.
This harbour area is called "Nieuw Mathenesse" where is a thriving neighborhood that lots of design studios and creative people situate in. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy nice skies no matter in the morning or evening, or have a pleasant drink next to the water.
The Princess Louise, a once-was Victorian Gin Palace, with mirror and tiles galore, segregated seating and what I have heard are the most extraordinary urinals. With pints of beer just over £2 you're laughing. It gets packed so come for a lunchtime pint.
The Chapel Street Bazaar is a vintage wonderland. Over 70 stalls densely packed with finely selected vintage treasures. Full of everything you really want and nothing you really need. It’s a great place to take a stroll back through time and for gathering inspiration.
For the first time in Manhattan we lived on 14th street – this nice and cozy café around the corner (on 16th) still is our favorite place for delicious breakfast or brunch... Think they have tons of meals on their menu, quite affordable for huge portions.. Plus, good music.
Zara Arshad was born and raised in the UK, but has also lived in Syria and Indonesia. She now resides in China as a graduate of the BA (Hons) Design course, Goldsmiths College. Strongly influenced by Bruce Mau, Troika and Graffiti Research Lab, she continually promotes internationalism and the potential of design to solve social and political issues.
As well as practicing as a freelance, multi-disciplinary designer, Zara currently works on the Organising Committee for Beijing Design Week 2011 and writes for Design China.
Matt Black is a director and visual artist. He directed short films with the like of Rinko Kikuchi and Paz de La Huerta. He has worked in fashion for the past 15 years with clients such as Dior, Jil Sander and Louis Vuitton. His photography has been published in i-D magazine, Vogue Paris or V... He's currently directing a series of interviews for Nowness featuring artists such as Damien Hirst or Banks Violette.
He has created a distinct style mixing influences from high fashion, street culture and cinema. Matt black grew up in Paris and is based in NYC.
Hannes is a product and interior designer born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. After graduating from Beckmans Collage of Design in Stockholm last spring, he worked with set design and some interior design projects before setting out on a one-year inspirational journey to Vancouver.
For the last six months, I have been a strange tourist in Munich. I came here to work in a studio and had not so much time to visit it properly. But I partly came in Germany because I was interested in its specific creative approach: it’s precision and rigorousity. In it’s system culture in a way. And indeed it’s a very intellectual society, ruled by color codes and order. It was definitely funny to see that these things are visible in many daily aspects of life.
Or maybe it’s just me wanting to see them... Very soon, I will move to London - where I would like to do some freelance work, in product, furniture and space design.
I am mad about the forest, the fog, the sea. There is an halo in the details that appear in my photographs. Nothing is casual in the silence of melancholy living in the mood I capture. My private life affects the shoot.
I grew up in a volcanic island called Tenerife plenty of nature and energy. I came to Berlin in 2008 after finishing my Journalism Bachelor´s degree in Madrid, I also studied Photo Edition at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin and nowadays I am working as photo editor and photographer.
Tai Snaith is an artist and author living in Melbourne Australia. She wanders through different ideas and works them out in may different mediums including ceramics, collage, conversations and broadcasting. You may have heard Tai's voice on local cult radio station RRRfm (102.7) or read one of Tai's 4 picture books published by Thames and Hudson. Tai's next project will be part of the exhibition 'Unfinished Business' at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, opening December 15 and running till the end of February 2018.
You can also follow Tai on instagram @taisnaith or @taisnaith_for_kids
Olga Noronha, a 21 years old, London based portuguese jewellery designer, has been relentlessly examining the relationship between bodies, attitudes and surroundings, both in the wearer’s and the audience’s points of view. Olga’s creations are never mere ornaments, but are art pieces that celebrate the marriage of sturdy mechanics and delicate anatomies.
Constantly challenging and exploring the relationship of interactivity, Olga illustrates the connection between ‘to see’ and ‘to be seen’. Wishing people not to be apathetic towards her work, whatever the reaction – good or bad, Olga welcomes doubts for they may lead to surprise.
Joe Joiner is a freelance design creative raised and based in East London. Since graduating from Chelsea College of Art & Design, he has built himself a multi-disciplined portfolio that contains a wide variety of clientele, media and approach; with work recently featuring on It's Nice That and Bitique.
Born in a small city in Finland, Riikka now lives and works as an illustrator in Berlin, Germany, where she also earned her Masters in Illustration at the Berlin University of Arts. She has worked for clients including ZEIT Campus, Der Spiegel, Plansponsor, Handelsblatt, Psychologie Heute, Hohe Luft, Daily Telegraph and Nido.
Aaron Graubart is an award winning still life and food photographer based in New York City. Born and raised in London, Aaron studied painting at the Sir John Cass School of Art and later photography at the London College of Communication. He has been creating beautiful, graphic, powerful images for advertising and editorial clients for more than a decade.
A passion for the history and language of painting often informs and influences his work, however a love for all things contemporary, graphic, powerful and photographic keeps his work firmly rooted in the present. Aaron lives in Brooklyn with his 14 guitars, two blue bicycles and his beloved 1972 Triumph Bonneville.
Cristian Ordóñez is a designer and photographer currently based in Toronto. Lived as a kid in Christchurch, New Zealand and Miami, Florida. He started his career more than 12 years ago in his native Santiago de Chile, where he operated H23 Studio. He arrived in Canada in 2008 to work at Blast Radius as Art Director. Today he resides at Concrete Design and does a variety of work across design, photography and artwork.
Robert Rieger is an editorial photographer based in Berlin. Rieger currently works as a art director at Freunde von Freunden, where among other projects, he is the photographer and photo editor for collaborations with MINI, Siemens, SONOS, 25h Hotels and USM. In his position at Freunde von Freunden, he liaises with international photographers on a daily basis and is responsible for the visual storytelling of the portraits produced.
Caroline Gervay is half-French, half-Vietnamese and based in London where she graduated from Westminster University with a BA (Hons) in Photographic Arts in 2010. Her work explores the boundaries of imagination generated by human struggles. She has lived in France and Spain and now works as a freelancer and specialises in analogue processes.
Catarina Pereira is a London-based Designer and Art Director. She has worked with several renowned studios, most notably Saville Associates, John Morgan Studio, Winkreative, Construct and Kiku Obata, and has over ten years of experience specialising in editorial, branding, fashion and cultural work.
She now works independently on a variety of projects under the Voodoo Voodoo umbrella, or as a freelancer with other creative studios. Catarina studied Communication Design at the Fine Art University of Lisbon and graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Communication Art and Design.