Friday, 14 February 2014

Miserable outside? Head for a culture fix

Wet weather isn't all gloom and doom; it’s also the perfect excuse to indulge in a little culture. There's a plethora of wonderful exhibitions showing in London at the moment and plenty more to come, too. Here are a few of our favourites that we’ll be making a beeline to on rainy days. 

Open now

Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things @ the Design Museum (until 9th March)
From the iconic London phonebox to everyday road signs, this curious exhibition shares the tales behind some of the most successful - and unique - pieces of modern design.

Paul Klee: Making Visibile @ the Tate Modern (until 9th March)
Paintings, sketches and watercolours from the German-Swiss surrealist-loving artist.

Coming soon

Digital Revolution @ Barbican (opens 3rd July)
What would we do without the internet? Explore how art, design, film, music and video games have evolved in this interactive celebration of technology. 

Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk @ Barbican (opens 9th April)
Get up-close with some of the avante-garde creations that the fashion designer has passionately crafted over the last 35 years. 

Friday, 7 February 2014

Alexandra Mann for Roost Living

An inspirational ‘maker’, Alexandra Mann has forged quite the fabric-focused career; she cut her teeth in cloth assisting the Head of Couture at Vivienne Westwood, before moving into full time costume design.

Over the years, her work and inspiration-seeking travels have led her to uncover wildly beautiful prints and fabrics, so it’s no coincidence that these feature pride of place in her eponymous new collection of cushions and travel accessories.

Brave emblems of grenades and razor blades are appliqu├ęd atop Alexandra’s pieces; quite the contrast to the reclaimed Sanderson cottons beneath them. 

It’s this juxtaposition of old and new that initially drew us to Alexandra's work and to commission her to make a few exclusive-to-Roost Living styles. We hope you love them as much as we do!