• Going Underground

    Posted on 31st May 2013 by Andy.


    Love it or loathe it the London Underground has been the lifeblood of the capital for 150 years. Delays, cancellations and overcrowding aside, the Tube and its iconic logo have achieved global recognition. To celebrate this historic milestone the Poster Art 150 exhibition brings together a fraction of the 3,300 posters held in the London Transport Museum’s archive. Since 1908 the Underground has regularly commissioned original artwork for its posters. Although they may have painted a cleaner and more colourful image of London and its suburbs than would be immediately recognisable to locals, they became key to the character of the Tube. From Harry Beck’s iconic map to posters by artists such as Man Ray, Paul Nash or Laszlo Moholy-Nagy the exhibition is a fascinating journey through the history of the city and its people that is surprising, amusing and illuminating. This is a fitting tribute to the world’s first underground rail network, so catch it while you can. Exhibition: Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs When:  Until 27th October Where: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BB www: www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

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  • Italian Quirk and Design

    Posted on 19th May 2011 by Andy.

    Staying at a friend’s house over the weekend, I noticed they had a few pieces from Alessi, the contemporary Italian design company, which really caught my eye, mainly because of the colour and shapes and the amusement of me trying to work out what exactly they did. When you think of Italian design you might think of beautiful flowing lines, bright colours, luxury and of course passion and that is exactly what Alessi achieve with a post-modern eye.  Alessi have been creating designer kitchen utensils and other products since the 1980’s. Making something simple like a spoon, something of beauty and high end design.  If you had a keen eye for design you were probably the proud owner of the Whistling Bird Kettle or the Juicy Salif Orange Juicer on legs. These were and still are iconic pieces that everyone recognises.

    Alessi started in the 1920's making eating and drinking utensils out of metal. More and more of the Alessi family joined as designers and architects joining the company to produce some of the most iconic pieces of design in history, which have now become collectors items. Today Alessi produce items for the kitchen, bar and café, electrical items and other quirky pieces.  Strange and beautiful and almost a toy like quality to play with, like this Bird Soy Sauce Bottle.

    So I finally discovered what the pieces that my friend owned are, one was the Anna Cheese Grater, and then there is the Parrot Cork Screw which is brilliant and quite obvious what it does. And finally I find this…

    It took me ages to work out exactly what it is, well it’s the Stefano Giovannoni designed Lilliput salt and pepper set! The little orange guys have magnetic feet and the salt or pepper comes out of their eyes! So random but so great. What I love about Alessi is that you can have just a few key pieces in the home, they are incredibly clever design and great talking points, because of their sleek design and bright colours.  Now I’ve worked out what these pieces did exactly I think I might invest in some Alessi bits, they’re a great gift for someone who appreciates quirky pieces and good design.

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