All posts tagged: art

Artistic licence: Christmas stocking fillers

Artistic licence. Arty Christmas gifts. Fenella Smith Dogs Trust Notepad A special place to keep your notes (and doodles). And you can rest assured that for each pad you get through, 25% of the sale will go to the Dogs Trust, so scribble to your heart’s content. £8.50, The Mindfulness Colouring and Activity Book Need a little help unwinding during the madness of the holidays? Grab your colouring pencils and shade in the intricate doodles or let just your mind run freely through the word puzzles. By Gill Hasson and Gilly Lovegrove. £8.99, published by Capstone MeriMeri Santa and Reindeer Crackers Add more fun to the festivities with a six-pack of these brilliant cartoon-like Christmas crackers. You’ll get your joke and toy and you’ll be pleased with the silver foil hat upgrade too. £17.50, Karma Cola Fun and arty on the outside, with Fairtrade and organic ingredients on the inside. This may be the first time you’ll drink cola and actually feel good for it. Oh, and it’s pretty darn tasty too. £1.59, …

Art Love Affair: London Art Fair

Get your year off to an enlightening start by finding a talented new artist or compelling piece of work to fall in love with. But where to find enlightenment? Try the London Art Fair for the best in modern British and contemporary art. You might want to visit the fair’s Photo50 exhibition too to explore this year’s ‘Feminine Masculine’ theme through 50 provocative photographs. Tickets on the door cost £20 (£15 in advance). Runs from 20 – 24 January 2016. Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 0QH. (Pictured: LISE by Raphael Thierry. Oil on canvas. Chauchet)

Don Julio unveils drinkable art

For those who like to interact with their art, here’s a multi-sensory experience you really should raise your glass to. Sitting pretty at M Restaurants, The Don is an art installation created by tequila house Don Julio and design studio Accept & Proceed, that houses some rather tasty goods behind its façade – the clue is in the trio of nozzles attached to the piece. At first glimpse, the artwork features an image of a Mexican sugar skull but as guests fill up their glasses, the piece slowly transforms into a portrait of Don Julio González, the man behind the tequila brand that bears his name. There are approximately 100 serves within the three chambers, each housing a different cocktail serve: The Don is the first in a series of limited edition serves that will be available this year. More artwork that dispense cocktails? We’ll drink to that. Find The Don at M Restaurants, 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8HP


25 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we discover why Berlin is still such an extraordinary city to explore.   For too long East Berlin has been outshining its neighbouring West – a result of the economy shifting focus across due to the Cold War and construction of the Berlin Wall. But 25 years on with the reunification of Germany, the spotlight is firmly back on Berlin’s bustling City West district. Whether you want to delve into Berlin’s history, shop, dine, take in some art and culture or just party, there’s plenty to entertain all. Here are the essentials you need to make your trip worthwhile. Spending time in Berlin means snacking on the city’s beloved equivalent of England’s fish and chips, the currywurst – fried sausage with a sprinkling of curry powder and chips. Kurfurstendamm (“Ku’damm” to locals) in Charlottenburg is home to Bier’s Ku’damm, where you can enjoy your sausage with a glass of Champagne. For a more well-rounded and resolutely elegant, albeit more French affair, try Le Faubourg, a …

Study art in style: London Art Studies

What a wonderful way to spend a lunchtime or evening and fast-track your art knowledge. The London Art Studies team have lined up a series of compelling art lectures ranging from The Legacy of Picasso to The Saatchi Decade and the YBAs (Young British Artists), all led by expert art insiders to give you an insightful and thoroughly immersive learning experience. As for your classroom, we hope the Bulgari Hotel will suffice? Right, we’ll see you there then. (Tickets range from £50 – £175. Various lectures run from Jan – Mar 2015. Book at

The art of an ultimate road trip

Now how about a bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime-style trip when nothing else is quite up to scratch? Leading Culture Destinations are offering a week-long, art-immersive road trip from Los Angeles, California to Marfa, Texas, exploring the artistic scenes of these two starkly different locations. Whilst the former is a burgeoning art hub full of buzzy, independent galleries indicative of a fast-paced, cosmopolitan city, the latter offers a more peculiar but no less extraordinary scene in which galleries, art installations and even fashion boutiques like Prada, sit isolated among a backdrop of desert, cacti and the odd lost pony. Accompanied and commentated by your own personal art consultant, the journey will also be helpfully documented by a fine art photographer chosen in line with your inclinations and you’ll be presented with a unique photographic print of your choice at the end of the journey to commemorate the experience. (£49,999 per person based on two travelling together including all flights, transfers, accommodation and entry fees.

The best Christmas gifts for the house-proud

Your home is your theatre, show it off   Anatomy Boutique Arteries plate £50, “That’s a pretty plate. What is it?” “Oh, some arteries.” How’s that for a conversation starter? If like us, you’re mesmerised by the anatomical illustration on this beautiful hand-guilded, bone china plate, you might like to know there’s a whole set with further anatomy-inspired designs to impress upon your dining guests. – – – – – HAM Superhero Rabbit Screen Print From £29, This artwork perfectly sums up our mood. A simple and elegant, hand-made screen print featuring a silhouette of a daredevil rabbit is the perfect reminder for always putting a spring in your step. – – – – – Sabichi Owl Cushion £15.50, If you’re after an adorable decorative cushion, this ‘goes with everything’ owl design is a pretty wise choice. – – – – – Madebyzen Fresh Mint and Grapefruit Candle £21.99, A bright and beautiful scented candle that fills the room with natural fresh and fruity notes for hours. Better still, the food-grade …

Veuve Clicquot invites you to design your own Mailbox

Calling all creatives! Get your design hat on – there is €10,000 (and Champagne) at stake. Champagne house Veuve Clicquot has launched The Re-Creation Awards, an international competition in which members of the public are invited to submit their own Veuve Clicquot Mailbox gift box designs for the chance to realise their creation, as well as pocket a lovely cash sum. The American mailbox-style gift box was inspired by Madame Clicquot’s archived letters to her clients. The winner will have their design turned into a 2015 limited edition mailbox that will see worldwide distribution, and which will be unveiled at Milan Design Week. They will also receive €10,000 and be featured in Wallpaper* magazine. The winner will be chosen from a pool of 20 finalists who will all be flown to Hotel du Marc, Veuve Clicquot’s hotel in Reims, France. The competition boasts an international judging panel including designers Tom Dixon, Pablo Reinoso, Ferrucio Laviani and Central St Martins Professor Nicholas Rhodes. The deadline for entries is 15th November. Entries are to be made at …

Vegetables take centre stage at The Balcon

Well this is one way of luring you into eating your vegetables If your curiosity is piqued by the sight of a huge silver asparagus spear standing majestically outside the entrance to the Sofitel St James hotel, we urge you to step inside – you’ll be in for a treat. Situated around the hotel and in its restaurant The Balcon is a collection of giant, vibrant vegetable sculptures (including pea pods, aubergines and peppers) that form part of an exhibition, Vegetables, by French artist Patrick Laroche. And because looking at vegetables isn’t nearly as much fun as eating them, the restaurant has introduced a small special menu inspired by the vegetable sculptures for you to further enjoy for the length of the exhibition. The special dishes, marked with spears of asparagus, include a sharing plate hot-pot of braised eggs, spicy chorizo, smoked aubergine and tomatoes (£5) – a cocotte with plenty of meaty bite and tomato tang to leave you craving for more the following morning, and a wonderfully moreish, if-only-there-were-more savoury cornbread Madeleine sliders …

Choose your tea by its artwork

These special blends by The East India Company take inspiration from masterpiece paintings in The National Gallery. Ever wanted to know what Monet’s The Water-Lily Pond tastes like? Try the Ceylon Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe with lotus petals and orange peel. Or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers? Try Chamomile with rose buds and orange petals. (£7.50, The National Gallery and