Forgotten Spaces in Somerset House’s Hidden Spaces

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is running a fascinating architectural exhibition on “Forgotten Spaces” in Somerset House’s own hidden passageways and coal holes; the Lightwells and Deadhouse below the main courtyard. The exhibition features 26 innovative propositions to revitalise a number of London’s disused and abandoned spaces, selected from a massive entry of […]

Sustainable Wooden Bicycles

Sustainable Wooden Bicycles

In London we have the clunky, ugly, but robust Boris bikes.  Designer Zarko Bubalo has developed a beautiful sustainable wooden bicycle based on yacht and aircraft construction techniques, combining traditional and modern technologies to create a more sustainable handcrafted bicycle.  However, given the techniques, I suspect it will be for relatively few people. Read more….. […]

Less is more at Stonehenge

Less is more at Stonehenge

English Heritage this week announced the latest proposals for improving the visitor experience at Stonehenge. Those of us with long memories will remember a number of proposals over the years, but these seem relatively modest, sensible, and achievable. The new £27 million proposals by Denton Corker Marshall will be relatively discrete and hidden from the […]

Art and Architecture Fair in Battersea

Art and Architecture Fair in Battersea

This autumn”s fair has works from around the 17th century to 2013.  Art and furniture from the late 20th century continues to be popular and prices continue to rise with a growing body of work from the late 20th century, but also works by a few contemporary artists Rhoda Baker, Annie Tempest and, most important […]

Celebration of Trees in Art

Celebration of Trees in Art

Continuing the natural theme of the previous blog, the Beaux Arts Gallery in Mayfair has an exhibition closing this week which celebrates one of our most important natural assets – trees.  They shape our landscape, yet we take them for granted until a great natural or other disaster destroys astonishing numbers of them.  We use […]