A new Sunspel Womenswear interior in London’s Chiltern Street. The materials palette includes some beautiful timber and dowling for the rails and wall displays and a stunning oak herringbone floor with a carpeted changing area at the rear of the store. The space is accessible from both the street entrance and also via the menswear store. More photos on the website.
The Marmotte is a legendary bike race over 174km with a 5,000 m height gain. It’s a gruelling ride and is considered to be one of the most challenging of any cyclosportive: four mountains in one day departing from Bourg-d’Oisans and finishing at Alpe-d’Huez.
Graham took part this year and completed the course in around nine hours. Here he is at the start.
And this is what he got at the end: a silver medal.
Well done Graham!
As it’s Cycling Season, and as the Tour de France is currently in Yorkshire, it seems only right to remember a daughter of that county and someone who is considered to be Great Britain’s most successful woman cyclist: Beryl Burton.
Burton, from West Yorkshire, was not only a 13-time national champion but was five-times world champion over 3,000 metres. In 1967 she pedalled 277.25 miles in 12 hours. No woman rider has managed to better this time. It’s probably true to say that if she were a man, you’d probably have heard of her.
Image Source: Cycling Info
This group of people handily formed their meeting circle just a moment before I took this snap. A little bit of softness against the hard edges of the Turbine Hall.
Today’s the 30th Anniversary of the Apple Mac, and here at Pencilkit we’re just about old enough to remember 1984. I know – ancient, right? Here’s an early (quite cryptic) ad for the company:
We’ve been researching dining tables for a current womenswear space that will be opening shortly and thought it might be nice to highlight just one of the inspiring designers whose work we were looking at: Nanna Ditzel.
Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005) initially trained as a cabinet maker and graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1946. She established her studio with Jørgen Ditzel and spent a period of her later working life in London where she helped to found the international furniture house, Interspace. Read more about her life and work here.
A prolific furniture designer who produced pieces that she might use in everyday life – such as the high chair and the nursing chair – Ditzel experimented with different production techniques and materials such as bamboo and cane. Alongside furniture, she also designed ceramics, textiles and jewellery, most notably for the Danish brand Georg Jensen. Here are just a few images of her wonderful work:
Henry Cole, the V&A‘s first director, described the museum as ‘a schoolroom for everyone’. Its founding principle was to ‘make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire British designers and manufacturers’. Amongst the almost sixty thousand objects on display are some by the always inspiring nineteenth century designer Christopher Dresser who had studied at the Government School of Design (later to become the Royal College of Art) and who became known as one of the first independent industrial designers. Read more about Christopher Dresser here.
The illustration below (c.1855) shows how Dresser deconstructed botanical forms. He applied what he discovered in these pared down elements to his own design, as seen in his Toast Rack (1881) on the right.
After an extensive refurbishment, Sunspel’s Shoreditch store on the corner of Redchurch Street and Boundary Street has now reopened. Having taken over the adjacent shop unit, this newly redesigned store now has twice the floor space than it had previously.
We relocated the changing rooms to the basement creating a much more spacious sales area on the ground floor and added signature details such as the beautiful reclaimed wooden panelling. In a previous life these had been garage doors that originally came from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The striking green enamel chandelier that you can see in the photos on the projects page here is inspired by the lamps used in the Sunspel factory at Long Eaton.