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A weekend in London

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I always love weekends in London, but this one had a few special moments…

Dinner at Le Trois Garcons; a fairly new restaurant linked to Lounge Lover, it’s stunningly decorated with eclectic gathering from shops you didn’t dream existed: dassie heads wearing gaudy beads, nine different types of chandelier, ceramic dalmations, and gold plastic crowns as candle holders. So much to take in you barely notice your food – which is divine! 'Specially dessert...

Snow in London! We woke up Sunday morning to six inches of snow! When I say "we”, I mean robin was up and about and I was shuffling about in his shoes appreciating it from my half-asleep stupor. But what a sight!

my new toy!

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On our way back in through Heathrow I picked up a little summin summin... a new camera! It's the new Canon 40D with all sorts of exciting little features! My favourite of which so far is the "my favourites menu" and the ability to load your most-used settings.
I've been wanting one for a while now, and finally did it. Now I have to find a challenge, something to work towards... Anyone know of any good photo comps?

who could best play jean claude van damme?

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This is a brilliant clip of a casting session for a new movie about Jean Claude van Damme. I've never seen him in anything so clever. Respect!

say it isn't so!

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Philippe Starck tells magazine design is dead

Philippe Starck, one of my favourite designers, has managed to wipe away all credibility with a single sweeping statement:

“I was a producer of materiality and I am ashamed of this fact. Everything I designed was unnecessary. I will definitely give up in two years’ time. I want to do something else, but I don’t know what yet. I want to find a new way of expressing myself …design is a dreadful form of expression…. In future there will be no more designers. The designers of the future will be the personal coach, the gym trainer, the diet consultant.”

According to reports, Starck has changed his entire outlook on design calling it a sorry state of affairs that luxury has begun to rule our lives and that he's sorry he's been partly to blame.

While I don't think it's ruined his career in any way, I do personally feel it's tarnished some of his work. Why would you want to own a product you know the designer holds no affecion for or pride in? Why do I want a Starck chair that he doesn't even want?
In a way, it points to how closely the designer is sometimes tied to his designs. Do Starck's designs now fall in value somewhat because he's removing himself from them and doesn't see the value in them himself? Why should we if he doesn't?

It's an odd one to ponder, and one to which my hubby says "Great, maybe we can get his Ghost chairs at discount now!"

Starck: Design Is Dead, Sorry

treasuring our past

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The idea is simple: Take modern products and advertise them in a vintage way, or take vintage products and advertise them in a modern way.

But the results are fantastic:

See more vintage ads here.