Wednesday, 30 October 2013

William Burrell And His Collection

This week I headed up the M1 and beyond to where I was brought Glasgow. During my stay I always visit the Burrell Collection which as a building was awarded A-listed status by Historic Scotland in February 2013 in recognition of its position as one of the country’s finest examples of 1970s architectural design. This building houses just a small part of the eclectic collection which was acquired over many years by Sir William Burrell, a wealthy Glaswegian shipping magnate and art collector, who then gave it to the city of Glasgow Corporation in 1944. The trustees spent over 20 years trying to find a suitable 'home' for the collection, one which met all the criteria set out in the Trust Deed, without success. Eventually, when the Pollok Estate was gifted to the city in 1967, the Trustees had certain terms of the deed waived, which allowed the current site to be used. A design competition for the museum building in 1971 was won by the architect Barry Gasson. The museum was opened in 1983, and was named as Scotland's second greatest post-war building after Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's St Peter's Seminary. I had a fantastic adventure visiting this now sadly derelict Seminary in Cardross last year with Ben. It is a tricky place to find but once you do it is definitely worth it.

Monday, 21 October 2013

My Deer Bambi.....

What have Givenchy done to you Bambi for this seasons "must have"?!

The house of Givenchy was founded in 1952 by the designer Hubert de Givenchy and he was known for creating modern and ladylike fashion styles. Since Hubert retired John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Julian McDonald have all been integral forces behind the Givenchy name and look. Now in charge since 2005 is Riccardo Tisci. Tisci has created this Bambi mania and thus has made the most confusing and strange image on this now sell-out sweatshirt of the season and added a relatively cheap Givenchy price tag of £750 considering most of their garments cost anything up to £5000. It has made it apparently more possible for fashionistas to own Givenchy for a lesser price but I am doubtful this is akin with Givenchy's style and sophistication. And in memory of the cute and charming little Prince......

I won't be adding my name to the Givenchy sweatshirt waiting list.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Barbour versus Burberry

taking place every weekend at the Zeitgeist vintage pop-up.

Twit Twoo!

A cool little vintage owl ceramic candle to brighten up the darker nights, see it and others at the Zeitgeist vintage pop-up shop, Ramblin Rose, 153 Crouch Hill, London N8. Saturdays and Sundays 1-6.30pm.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Too Cool For School

Today was Sunday and I went back to attend the inspirational Midcentury Modern interiors show called MIDCENTURY EAST which was held in the fantastic location of Haggerston School, Hackney, London and the only secondary school to be designed by Erno Goldfinger. The school has recently been refurbished by Fiona Lamb of Avanti Architects and it was stunning to be viewing the abundance of cool Danish vintage sofas, German ceramics and 1960's rosewood furniture in these surroundings. It would have been perfectly possible to spend thousands of pounds there today had my bank manager allowed it!
I fell in love with this striking and very stylish Panton rocking chair.....

.......Verner Panton (13 February 1926 – 5 September 1998) is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers and his rocking chair is now on my Wish List!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Last Night I Was In Heaven.....

....seeing the fabulous folktronica band Tunng. They played in Heaven which is usually known for being a gay nightclub and is a very established venue built in 1979 under the arches of Charing Cross, London. I had a happy time in heaven!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

It's Handbag Heaven!

Vintage Vinyl

it is amazing what you find in your garage! This amazing stack of vinyl will be on sale at the Zeigeist shop this weekend at 153 Crouch Hill, London N8....come down and have a listen to this collection owned by Benge. I have already put my name on Fleetwood Mac and The Undertones, many more left but be quick as we are a busy little shop these days!