• Louis Vuitton Double Exposure – Press Preview & Dinner

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    We recently worked on a particularly gorgeous event with Louis Vuitton to celebrate their “Double Exposure” Project. A press launch and dinner for their collaboration with Sam Taylor-Wood, Bay Garnett and Tom Craig.

    The Double Exposure images are beautiful, ethereal wet plate images of Sam and her personal objects. The wet plate process is magical. Check out the making of film here.

    Personally I am particularly inspired by items and momentos that people collect, with this is mind we decided to make a feature of hundreds of found objects. We cast and dipped all of the objects in plaster to give a white utilitarian uniformity to an otherwise eclectic mix. Enlisting the skills of the hugely talented sculptresses Maddie Sharrock & Lily Octavia Brown we set up a ‘plaster studio’ where they crafted souvenirs, trophies, architectural models, random items and memorabilia into unique pieces of art.

    Accompanying these we used Kathy Dalwood’s beautiful plaster busts which are 20th century interpretations of portrait busts from the 18th & 19th centuries. Traditional busts adorned with large scale incongruous objects. We love Kathy’s work and were thrilled to be able to use so many of her pieces in such a remarkable setting. Truly a dream project.

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    We had a lot of fun with a lot of plaster in the studio! (see more of the making of the plaster objects on Fred Butler’s wonderful blog here)

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    Double Exposure Press Launch

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    The neon and perspex provided the perfect clean backdrop to the elaborate table centre that unfolded

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    Kathy Dalwoods Sculptures are sublime. One of my favourites “Tower Bridge Dragoon”

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    White Lilac and White Roses were the perfect neutral flowers set on an illuminated perspex runner.

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    Plaster Tassles on suede ribbon as placement and napkin ring. Love a delicate item such as a Tassle being made in plaster.

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    Metres of flexible neon underlit all the objects, highlighting everything in a bright contemporary fashion.

  • Louis Vuitton – An Illustrated Dinner

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    We recently designed a dinner that allowed us incredible creativity. The Louis Vuitton Paris team held a fabulous dinner in central London. We Love the idea of being in beautifully designed luxurious surroundings and having the contrast of a hand painted craft paper table cloth. A long stretch of art to eat from and enjoy, there wasn’t a scrap of tablecloth left at the end of dinner. So great to see guests tearing their place setting up, proof for us that it’s worked it’s magic.

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    Applying lipstick, using a knife as a mirror. There’s a trick.

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    One of my favourite “Tablecloth Girls” with cocktail sticks for heels (complete with Olives), Martini Heels?

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    The table was adorned with a stretch of Slipper orchids & Succulents accompanied by magnifying glasses and mirrors.

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    A delicious tasting menu of six courses by Nuno Mendes for Viajante. Each course matched with accompanying wine. Words can’t explain how divine this food was. We illustrated the menu and  used suede ribbon and magnifying glasses as napkin rings (Perfect for reading the small print)
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    We had the Experimental Cocktail Club come set up bar and make some of their signature cocktails. Can’t really get enough of their Opium Express.

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    Table cloth to go?

    Photography by Ed Reeves

    http://www.louisvuitton.com

  • Elle Style Awards – My funny Valentines

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    It might have been the helium, it might have been the thousands of silver heart shaped balloons…but this past Valentines was a lot of fun. Were we having romantic dinners or opening declarations of well written love poems? Er No we were installing the ELLE Style awards (a much more novel bypass for Valentines) which was a riot of silver with a touch of fluoro. We made intricate silver paper origami invitations, table centres and decorations. Walls and walls of balloons that reminded us of chain mail.

    My favourite bit was the beds for the afterparty. We do like a pillow-fight…especially in a nice dress.

    Elle Style Awards is always a wonderful event to work on. Thank you to team ELLE and Quintessentially Events.

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    Silver origami starburst table centres

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    A Pantone moment.  There is something so beautiful about a shiny silver round

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    Balloon walls. Love a balloon & ballroom combination

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    Origami Hearts. A labour of Love

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    Fluoro roses. We all know I love fluoro. These fluoro roses in orange and pink are divine. Nu Rave Rose?

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    Origami paper chandelier
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    DJ hide. Made from folded wallpaper. MAJOR  paper.

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    The ELLE Style Awards after party…And so to bed. We decided beds were a more Valentine friendly seating option

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    And then we decided we needed more fluoro…

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    …think how great a Christopher Kane fluoro pink dress would look on this?

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    …Or this.

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    Just a girl who wears her heart on her face….

  • Paris Inspiration

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    Fauchon Leopard print Eclairs. Perfect for when you’re having Jackie Collins over for tea…

    January is the best time for an injection of creative inspiration, not to mention an excuse to escape to Paris for the weekend under the guise of ” work”  And so we found ourselves contentedly meandering around the shops (well half a day in Merci, a spot of Colette and a lot of various eateries.) Completely keeping the Maison&Objet trade show hours (that we were really there for) to an absolute  minimum. Playing Parisian truant felt so good ….

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    Making Eclair eyes.

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    Love Lace Space Invaders. LACE INVADERS anyone?

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    Walk on sunset screen.

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    Sculpted Polystyrene seats. Sublime.

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    Love these lights that are made from all sorts of Kitchenalia. Collanders, Tongs…

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    Champagne Buckets as spotlights.

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    Spotted this gorgeous traditional barbershop en route to Merci.

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    Shaving brush “installation”

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    Moustache signage (mais oui)

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    Merci. J’adore.

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    Great wall of industrial cabinets

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    Rather eye catching

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  • Happy New Year – Keep on Trucking!

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    Absolutely Love a truck, a caravan, a bicycle, anything on wheels that can dispense something delicious. I’ve been obsessed with the Heartschallenger van in New York for some time and have been looking for any excuse to get it to London. It’s so clever, so cutely designed and just so novel.

    Wandering around Venice in LA over the holidays I spied a beautifully designed truck serving hot dogs. The “Dogtown” truck. Powder blue with red graphics it reminded me of the Heartschallenger in all it’s utilitarian kitschness.

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    I got more than a little excited when a local friend calmly told me that there were hundreds of these magnificent creatures and that they all came together in foodie truck gatherings throughout LA. A kind of Roll up Pop up of sorts. Of course I had to attend one of these gatherings. First Friday at Venice literally blew my mind. Legions of wonderfully designed pimped up trucks serving the most randomly exquisite food (orange chocolate cointreau ice cream sandwich anyone? Or perhaps a Bacon Kimchi tofu with sesame salsa verde hot dog?)

    I was in meals on wheels heaven…for a moment. Please London can we have some of these? Mr Whippy and Mr Chippy are just not doing it for me any more.

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    Get your Lard on!

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    Pin up truck

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    The Truck that started the Movement with 79,891 followers on twitter. Kogi @kogibbq

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    The grilled cheese truck has been named the third most influential twitterer in LA with 29,233 followers to date @grlldcheesetruk

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    The Dessert Melt. How could I not know this existed??

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    Even the food trucks name drop in Los Angeles

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    The mirrored Ceiling, the lights. Disco truck

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    Truffle popcorn? Yes please.

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    Now this is really something

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    Yes Really

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    An ice cream sandwich. Cones are so last decade…..

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    A Cake Pop Truck

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    Vegan. Red. Velvet. Of course.

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    Enough said.

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    A “food truck” in England. Not quite the same somehow.

    More about the LA food trucks here…

    http://mobimunch.com/

    http://www.foodtrucktalk.com/category/california

    http://www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com/

    http://www.foodtrucksmap.com/

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