Luxury boutique hotel Eccleston Square Hotel claims to be London’s most high tech hotel, and it’s easy to see why. While the rooms are gorgeous enough, they are also fitted out with 46” high-definition 3D plasma TVs, surround sound systems, iPod docking stations, VoIP phones and your very own iPad to tinker with. For those of us who hate cold bathroom floors, the marble bathrooms come with under-floor heating. If that doesn’t spoil its guests, we don’t know what will.
The city of London is a pretty exciting place visually, so it seems almost counterproductive to dine in the dark. But that’s exactly what you’ll do at Dans le Noir? London, where you can experience the world in pitch black while blind waiters serve you your organic meal. It’s supposed to help sharpen your other senses in the meantime, so we can’t think of a better place to start training for super-sensory powers than dining in the dark. Unfortunately, the restrooms are fully lit for safety reasons, so you can’t practise there.
London-based startup company Makielab makes these 10″ super-poseable made-on-demand action dolls with faces and features designed by you. The 3D-printed and hand-dyed makies are pretty cool — and equally impressive is Makielab’s dedication to local manufacturing. The dolls are printed and assembled in London and Amsterdam, entirely assembled in London, and even the packaging materials are sourced from within the UK. Well, now you know where to go if you want to bring your imaginary friend from childhood to life.
Award-winning London-based shoe designer Chau Har Lee does these really cool made-to-order shoes that redefine the whole notion of killer heels with flat knife-like metal shards instead of pointy little stilettos. These photos by Viktor Vauthier do justice to their coolness.
Finally, a menu that helps us make up our minds about what to eat. Before you even make an order at pan-Asian fusion restaurant inamo St James in London, you can poke around at its interactive menu to beam prospective eats onto your plate.
The inspiration may be water, but the Roca London Gallery designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, with its minimalistic undulating contoured walls and neutral, monochromatic hues, is so other-worldly that it calls to mind a spaceship instead. Even the tiles have wavy edges. Most of the galley’s furniture, from the reception desk to shelves, are made of glass-reinforced plastics.
It seemed like the future took a long time in coming — and now these holograms from years of watching Star Wars are finally coming true. At London Luton Airport, you’ll find almost living, breathing holographic airport staff who help with giving directions, advertising products — and generally get everyone moving along at the terminals. […]
London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has an anonymous quote on her Facebook page: “God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them.” Liberating stuff. With her latest collection for fall 2013, Katrantzou — who is absolutely wicked with prints — references photographer Edward Steichen’s works, juxtaposing both artificial architectural forms and natural landscapes onto shift dresses and the such so well that any woman wearing them would be proud to greet the future in them.
Men’s only clubs? Too many of them. The ultra-luxe women’s only private club Grace Belgravia has opened in a historic grade-two listed building on West Halkin Street in central London for female sophisticates. It has all the good stuff, including a gym, spa, and a restaurant-bar with bio-dynamic wine on its menu.
Wow, imagine flying off for a short decadent getaway away without actually leaving the country. That’s the premise of Dine Mile High, which — lucky for all Londoners — touches down in mid-March to take away all the logistical pains of making it to the airport on time with your passport and boarding pass.
Somewhere in Dalston, East London is the appointment-only Late Night Chameleon Cafe, a wonderland of a concept store hidden away out of sight. To get to it you’ll need to enter a side door from the streets in Shacklewell Lane down into the basement and trudge through the entrance, which is a hexagonal tunnel constructed out of raw wood and orange Perspex.
If, like me, you are a huge fan of the high waisted master that is David Bowie, then you will be equally as excited about the cult exhibition at the V&A London. The exhibition, titled David Bowie Is, gives a unique opportunity to delve into a career spanning more than 40 years.
Remember the days of building castle forts from cardboard refrigerator boxes? English artist Chris Gilmour has taken that idea to new heights. With nothing more than corrugated cardboard and glue, he’s created amazingly detailed cityscapes. In his London city design, even the Tower Fridge actually functions. Gilmour clearly believes in the motto ‘go big or […]
London-based artist Jonny Burt produces unapologetically controversial subjects in his art as a statement to a ‘schizophrenic society with a serious identity crisis’. Manifesting from feelings of despair and resentment towards the dehumanising effects of a culture defined by reality shows and the gross sexualisation of its youth, his work offers a satirical examination of […]
I recently visited The Wellington Club in the heart of Knightsbridge, London, for a magazine launch in which my artwork was featured. Decorated with original works by Damien Hirst and Banksy, hosted by a DJ who must surely have hijacked my iPod playlist, and designed on themes of decadence, promiscuity and urban rebellion, treading into […]