15 Apr 2018

A Look Around Our House | My Workspace

anglepoise paul smith type 75 lamp and dan marc writing desk
anglepoise paul smith type 75 lamp
anglepoise paul smith type 75 lamp and dan marc writing desk
anglepoise paul smith type 75 lamp, dan marc writing desk, hay ikea chair
gf smith design book and mat buckets workspace
stone cold steve austin action figure
hey ikea shelving collaboration
simple design magazine rack

It feels like ages since I last did any kind of home / office update, so yesterday morning I took full advantage of the early morning sunshine, and quickly pointed my camera in the direction of some of my favourite details.

My office is where I spend most of my time when I'm working from home, and it's my personal preference to have this space as uplifting and motivating as possible. We turned our tiny box room into my workspace, but it acts more as a place to store some of our favourite possessions and memories that we have picked up on our travels :)

Two of my favourite pieces in here are also two of my most loved possessions: the Dan Marc Writing Desk (worth checking his Instagram account for updates) + the Anglepoise x Paul Smith Type 75 lamp. My personal relationship with British designer Dan Marc (we've been friends for around three years, but within the first few months we spent 10 days travelling around Japan) has cemented my love for this locally designed + produced work of art. The Type 75 Desk Lamp was a very thoughtful gifted from Hollie + my in-laws, for my 30th birthday - it one combines my love for playful colour + progressive design.

Point your eyes towards our shelves and you'll find some of my favourite beer label designs, mementos from holidays + work trips, characters that remind us both of our childhood (I value the journey from childhood to adulthood extremely important) + other bits and bobs that we think look nice together.

Then there's the other corner of the room that doesn't get any camera time, and that's because it's an absolute mess! Let's just call it a work in progress. I hope you've enjoyed this little look around my current workspace set-up.

Also in my office space:

Postcards by my friends Haarkon + It's Nice That
Chair + Shelving by HAY
Skateboard by Penny Skateboards
Toolbox by Vitra via Utility
Magazine Rack by Rockett St George
Stone Cold Steve Austin! 

7 Apr 2018

Campbell Cole x Oliver Hooson "O TOTE"

Campbell Cole x Oliver Hooson "O TOTE"
Campbell Cole x Oliver Hooson "O TOTE"
Campbell Cole x Oliver Hooson "O TOTE"
Campbell Cole x Oliver Hooson "O TOTE"

This one is pretty exciting for me personally, and seeing two collective set of heads that I know personally come together to create a meaningful product gives me a great buzz. Nottingham's design stalwart, Campbell Cole have joined up with our mate Oliver Hooson to produce a brand new product for the brand, the O TOTE.

The collaboration between the design studio + London-based Freelance Photographer and Content Creator has been inspired by Hooson's fast-paced and often one-the-fly lifestyle stemmed from his love of cycling, photography + his ever-growing design obsession.

The unisex O TOTE has been designed to be worn close to the body, made from a durable yet soft cotton canvas and features a CC branded single cross-body wedding strap with ladder lock buckle. Easy access at all times is key, especially when cycling, so there's two dead handy deep pockets on the outside, with enough space for a magazine, water bottle, packable gilet etc. On the inside it's all business, with a small secure compartment, complete with the trademark Campbell Cole paracord zipper, and a large open-style compartment with enough space for the rest of you gear.

This collaboration is a testament to just how far we have come in this new media we call content creation, and I forward to seeing what Oliver does with this next chapter of his career.

The first drop sold out within an hour of it's release, the second batch is due on 7th May in limited quantities.

29 Mar 2018

60th Anniversary of Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair

Arne Jacobsen’s SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen represents one of the designer’s most defining career moments. Jacobsen designed every aspect of the project, from the building and furniture down to the bathroom taps.

It was for this project in 1958 that theGrandfather of modern Danish designcreated the iconic Egg Chair. The roaming contours that make up the classic silhouette were achieved using a hard foam shell covered in upholstery - a technical innovation at the time.

Since the 1950s, the chair has been produced by Danish design brand Republic of Fritz Hansen. Crafted by specialists at their Denmark factory, each leather Egg Chair is stitched by hand, with an impressive 1100 stitches required to add the two large leather hides needed to cover the chair.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this design classic, Fritz Hansen have released a limited number (1,958 to mark the year of design) of extra special Egg Chairs featuring exclusive materials that enhance the personality of each one from head to toe.

Upholstered in a pure, natural leather and finished with a luxurious 24k gold base, the Limited Edition Fritz Hansen Egg Chair will put you back a cool £9,280. It’s a hefty price but given the history involved and the timeless nature of the Egg Chair design, it’s a price many Arne Jacobsen fans will be only too willing to pay.

If you have that sort of cash laying around you can pre-order the Fritz Hansen Egg Chair here.

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18 Mar 2018

The Pilgrm Hotel, London

coffee shop at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
The Pilgrm Hotel, Paddington, London
lobby at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
granite at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
restaurant at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
restaurant at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
materials at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
hotel room at at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
hotel rooms at at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
hotel room details at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
marble at the pilgrm hotel paddington london

coffee shop at the pilgrm hotel paddington london
at the pilgrm hotel paddington london review

The first time I was made aware of The Pilgrm hotel at Paddington was when Richard Massey + co's Unseen 24/7 newsletter (which covers everything new in the London food, drink + culture scene) popped into my inbox a few months back. Instantly bookmarked for later.

I was chatting to my friends India + Magnus (of Haarkon) a few weeks ago + they informed me that The Pilgrm had actually been renovated by Sheffield locals, hotel design + development specialists 93ft. Just a week later I found myself stepping foot through the distinct facade of bright blue hand-glazed tiles + original vertical brass door handles, opening up straight into the smell of freshly ground coffee. Sold!

The design of the hotel is a clever solution to an all too common project: a lack of space. The Pilgrm manages to combine the feeling of an old American New York-style hotel, mixed with the grandeur of a traditional Victorian-era estate. I have no idea how these guys have manage to renovate a space which holds not only a coffee shop / lobby, shared workspace, restaurant, unashamedly grand staircases, well considered corridors + communal pantries, but also 73 hotel rooms!

There's a clear focus on the materials, colours and furniture design throughout from the North Atlantic granite surfaces used in the coffee shop, original Victorian oak staircase, mid-century rattan chairs found in the hotel rooms, and bespoke lighting catching you on every turn. Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention, they have an original marble specimen cabinet (now used as a refreshments table) which once call the National History Museum its home.

The rooms themselves are quite snug (I was in a "large"), but it's what you'd expect from a period property of this size. Great for two neat people, or one messy one like me. Nothing over-designed, or added for the sake of it. Consideration to tactile materials is clearly a passion of the design team; narrowed reed glass on the bathroom door, dark wooden floorboards mixed with heavy navy carpets + mini valet-style wardrobe were all things that floated my boat. The only downside of the rooms is the original single glazed Victorian windows - bring some earplugs if you're a light sleeper!

 The Pilgrm, 25 London St, Paddington, London W2 1HH.

I was kindly offered a room for the night by The Pilgrm, but I wasn't asked to review or feature the hotel. I've done this post because I thought it was a genuinely interesting + unique experience.

9 Mar 2018

The Slower Months

Beams Half-Zip Shirt | Folk x MR PORTER Trousers | Card Holder c/o Campbell Cole | Vans Old Skool Anaheim | Moscot Sunglasses | Topman Beanie | Whistles Overshirt
January was a really busy month for me. It felt like the ideal start to the year; freelance projects kept my hands full, a couple of travel opportunities came my way, and I took it upon myself to head down to Manchester most weeks to catch up with friends. Things were pretty sweet.

Then February came around, and it was all change. At the start of the month I found myself writing about how I'd taken too much on at once, and a few weeks later I'm putting together this short post about how I haven't got much work on...That's the reality self-employment; you turn into some sort of human yo-yo.

A yo-yo with anxiety issues, at the best of times. It's all ups and downs. I have always thrived on the freedom of working for myself (and it seems to have worked well for me for the past three years), but I'm in a constant battle with myself to stay proactive, keep on-the-ball creatively, and maybe, most importantly, keep on working towards my next goals and rememeber to set them.

When there's no one to tell you you what to do, it's easy to fall into the role of professional procrastinator. That's just something I haven't managed to conquer as yet but if I'm going to carry on in this somewhat uncertain career path, I need to get myself in gear, especially in those quieter, thumb twiddling months.

Photographs by Jordan Bunker.

27 Feb 2018

24 Hours in Berlin with Stone Brewing

 Stone Brewing: Im Marienpark 23, 12107 Berlin

You could draw a very similar comparison between starting a craft beer company + working as a full time blogger / content creator as worlds apart as each may seem. Both careers both come from a place of passion. That enthusiasm and love towards what we do is a driving factor towards the success of growing something out of nothing.

We all have different ways of measuring success; for me, putting a deposit down for our first house felt like a huge milestone, and a testament to how much can be achieved through new media. I get the feeling that Stone Brewing a San Diego-based craft beer company, and one of my all time favourite brewers felt a similar achievement when they opened their first brewing facility outside of the US, in September '16.

It was a bold move in the beer world, setting up their European base in Berlin given the country's history of beer but without taking a few risks in life you could be left with many unanswered questions.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

I was very humbled when Stone Brewing invited me over to see what they've created; not only a state-of-the-art brewing facility but the stunning bar, restaurant, event space and gardens, all housed on the grounds of a former gas works.

With 75 beers on tap (for all those "untappd" fans) you could have just left us there for the weekend, but with my new camera itching to be used I knew I needed to do a little exploration of the city. With just over 24 hours to see a new side of Berlin,  I looked to my Instagram community + the Stone Brewing themselves for recommedations:

Five Elephants

As the cliche goes, first stop, coffee. Berlin is packed with coffee shops, and nice looking ones at that. A considered and inviting interior is high on priority, but it always needs to be backed up with good tasting coffee, a decent selection of food, friendly staff and a nice presentation. It's confirm, Five Elephants fits perfectly into that criteria.

A sweet little place, with a black, white and copper themed interior,  kitted out with beautiful terrazzo counter tops by British designer Max Lamb. Try the cheesecake! Five Elephants: Alte Schönhauser Str. 14, 10119, Berlin.

SODA Bookstore

Magazine and book stores are always somewhere on my list, a few suggestions came my way but we ended up seeking out SODA Bookstore; an independently owned shop for "curious people". I don't think I've ever seen so many publications housed in such an aesthetically pleasing room before. Covering food and fashion, architecture and travel, and more specialist subjects like pets, food and science.

I left empty handed, but next time I'll do my best to pick up a couple of local rags. SODA Bookstore: Weinbergsweg 1, 10119 Berlin.

Stone Recommends - Michelberger Hotel

This was my second time visiting Berlin, but as the city is so huge (with some many accommodation options) I left the hotel arrangements to Stone. They assured us that the Michelbeger Hotel was where we needed to stay. One step into the hotel lobby are you can instantly see why this place is so highly regarded. 

Exposed plaster seems to be a big thing in Berlin, and the Michelbeger has it in abundance, running through the lobby, concierge, rooms, bar and restaurant. And speaking of the restaurant (we had both breakfast and dinner here), I've got to stay, the 4-course dinner was one of the best I've had in a long time. Brussels sprouts, miso, chilli, seaweed veg; black pudding, smoked potato, fermented peach mash; beetroots, walnut, dill, liquorice salad not your usual offering!

The rooms were comfy and inviting, a decent place to rest your feet after 20,000 steps. But, if only they sold their seriously neckable canned coconut water in the UK...Michelberger Hotel: Warschauer Str. 39-40, 10243 Berlin, Germany

Voo Store

When the recommendations came in on Instagram a few of the same names kept cropped up, Voo Store was one of them. Men's and Women's clothing and accessories with a heavy leans towards streetwear + conceptual is mixed in with contemporary homeware, sneakers, magazines and collectables. You'll find APC, JW Anderson, Our Legacy, Joseph and the usual footwear suspects.

It's not the biggest of department stores, but if your feet are sore there's a little bakery nestled in the back corner: Companion Coffee. Voo Store: Oranienstraße 24, 10999 Berlin.

Stone Recommends - Lager Lager

After pounding the pavement for most of the day we made our way south of Kreuzberg to Lager Lager; a tiny craft beer bottle shop and bar. This place is a celebration of all good beer. I spotted brews from Yorkshire's Magic Rock Brewery, Manchester's Cloud Water, Copenhagen's Mikkeller, a strong amount of local micro-breweries and of course, the Berlin-brewed IPAs, weiss beers + stouts by Stone. If you're wondering, my favourite beer by Stone Brewing is their Cali-Belgique IPA.

Simple modern branding, carefully considered guest beers on tap and good tunes on the radio made for a memorable visit to this modestly sized specialist bar. Lager Lager: Pflügerstraße 68, 12047 Berlin.

We also visited:

As I was saying earlier, we all have different ways of measuring success. I returned home from Berlin feeling really good about the city, with positive thoughts towards a brewery I'm enthusiastic about, and a little bit of experience under my belt with a brand new camera. I'd called that a resounding success if you ask me!

I was invited over to Berlin by Stone Brewing, who kindly covered for my stay + beer tab. Your support of the brands + businesses we work with helps make this blog happen.