VE always champions the very best – whether that’s in decorative antiques or highly fashionable Mid-century designs, and we certainly bring you an eclectic mix of them all in this issue.
Our 14-page section includes a selection of top-notch European design dealers to check out, along with four fabulous events to quench your thirst for homeware, taking place from March until April from the UK to Belgium, across to The Netherlands and back again.
The V&A will also keep you busy over the next few months, with two fabulous exhibitions. The rst explores the impact of the Ocean liner on art, architecture, design and film. This is followed by an exhibition on Nordic Design for Children, which is sure to bring out the big kid in you. Surely you remember watching the Moomins on TV?
Beginning with Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s steamship, the Great Eastern of 1859, the exhibition will trace ocean liner design, from the Beaux-Arts interiors of Kronprinz Wilhelm, Titanic and her sister ship, Olympic, to the floating Art Deco palaces of the Queen Mary and Normandie, and the streamlined Modernism of the SS United States and QE2.
So, have we all been dead busy here putting together a spectacular issue for your delight and delectation? Have we searched high and low for the top stories to keep the VE reader’s finger on the design pulse? We certainly have!
We give you the low-down on Ray Harryhausen – master of model stop-motion animation – and check out his incredible creations of movie monsters and artefacts going under the hammer in Surrey this month. But that’s just the beginning, because this issue is bursting with so many goodies.
Step through the small door at 135 All Saints Street, and you'll journey back in time to a forgotten and truly magical world.
Once, long ago in the depths of winter, when the sun had left the sky and the sea had ghosted into grey, threads of smoke began to rise from the dwellings huddled in Hastings’ old fishing quarter. Fires were being lit, bread was being baked and little lights began twinkling behind the tightly shuttered windows at 135 All Saints Street – a Christmas tale had begun.
If you’ve ever owned a piece of costume jewellery, it’s most likely to have its origins in Czechoslovakia. Gemma Redmond explains why.
Many pieces of Czech jewellery feature metalwork designs. These were often created from machine stamps, engraved so that the metal would represent elaborate and delicate fliligree work. There was a lot of technique involved in the creating of these stamps, the cutting, forming and setting of the metal, and those who produced these components were called ‘Gürtler’ or belt makers – because these were the items that were made in abundance.
Concrete buildings, replaces, furniture, lighting, sculpture and jewellery – once you start looking, Brutalism can be found just about everywhere!
But what exactly is Brutalism? The Brutalist label can be applied to the work of a number of architects working in the 1950s, 60s and 70s – such as British couple Alison and Peter Smithson, Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, and Miles Warren from New Zealand. They all used contemporary materials and techniques to create buildings that sat comfortably with the geography.
You don’t need to be an explorer to embrace the exotic at home, explains Karyn Sparks The arrival of tribal art in the first half of the 20th century awoke something in the Western world. The cultural diversity of these beautifully shaped objects captured the eye of the collector and art lover and has been one of the most interesting sectors of the trade to evolve over recent years.
At midday on 6th October 1990 John Trevillian stepped into a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex and started a personal journey that grew into a 25-year project: To take a standard English dwelling and transform it into a wonderland of inspirational locations, each set in a different time and place.
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