Monday, 23 June 2014

Here's the Heads Up #21

Here are a few upcoming events in Dublin and London (including one I've got going on in LSE's new student centre... ahem), should you want to spend some time indoors and away from the warm weather...

Thursday, 12 June 2014


Infra-Éireann at Venice, image by Alice Clancy

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, opened last weekend. Running until 23 November, it is curated by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and takes the title Fundamentals. The theme Koolhaas has given to the national pavilions is Absorbing Modernity: 1914–2014, questioning the Modernist movement and considering, among other things, to what extent Modernism in various countries around the world created either homogeneity or diversity. Irish curators Gary Boyd and John McLaughlin have responded to this theme with their exhibition Infra-Éireann, exploring how the Modernist aesthetic and ideals were employed in the design and development of Ireland's infrastructure from 1916 onwards, running parallel to the development of Ireland as an independent nation.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Present & Correct

Present & Correct is a stationery shop selling a range of great original designs, delicious items from around the world and vintage finds too. Two designers have turned their long-standing obsession with school and office supplies into a constantly evolving store, beginning online in 2008 and last week celebrating their first birthday in their real life premises on Arlington Way here in London. Their website and shop are both full of SUCH TASTY STUFF and I would like to own pretty much all of it. You can browse and buy online but if you're in the area, their physical shop is well worth a visit for a look at their stock in the flesh, a chat about stationery lust and a go of their stationery gumball machine (slot in some pound coins and get a surprise treat - in my case it was colourdy gum dots. WIN!).

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Glasgow School of Art, May 2014

On 23 May 2014 one of the most beautiful buildings in the UK - the Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh building - suffered a very serious fire. Designed by native Glaswegian Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built between 1897 and 1909, the GSofA is an incredible example of Art Nouveau architecture as well as a space designed meticulously for its purpose as an art school. The Glasgow School of Art was awarded 'The Stirling of Stirlings' when it won a public vote run by the RIBA in 2009 to find the best building in Britain. It's a building I've admired for a long time and one I feel - especially now - so lucky to have visited.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Mirimalism - the Photography of Miri Berlin

Untitled, taken in Holon by Miri Berlin

Berlin-based photographer Miri Berlin does an envious amount of travelling, taking photos of architecture and cities around Europe and even further afield in Japan and Israel (where she is originally from). With a keen eye for the beauty of minimalist and Brutalist architecture and the patience to wait until the sun comes out before she takes a photo, Miri's work is bright and bold, but with a quiet confidence and a calm feel. My favourite collection of hers is 'Mirimalism', her shots of minimalist or Brutalist architecture cropped to let in the vast blue sky above. Click through to see more (do it! They're fab!) and keep an eye out on Miri's website for upcoming work exploring Berlin, Tel Aviv and the city of Sarajevo.