The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 10

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 10 I can’t believe it’s Sunday again, this blog is making the time count down even faster.  So keeping with the Sunday theme here is a great example of one of my favourite types of shops.  A dual purpose outlet. That’s not a very catchy way of […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 09 Saturday night is party night so let’s go and stock up in Shepherd’s Bush. ©Barnaby Barford 2015

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 08 It’s Friday – which can only mean Fish & Chips.  Love the signage on this chippy in East Ham. Proportionally everything on this shop front really works- almost like a Mondrian painting. ©Barnaby Barford 2015

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A very big hanging

We recently returned from a week’s visit to Delhi and Jaipur, where we visited some of the designers showing work in the exhibition and also picked up several of our new acquisitions from them – about which there will be more in a separate blog. One highlight of the trip was a visit to the National […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 07 With Russian planes increasingly flying into or near UK Airspace perhaps this shop will be looking forward to an increase in trade… ©Barnaby Barford 2015 On the Lea Bridge Road before Bakers Arms.

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The couturier who fell from grace

  A brilliant, controversial designer, innovator and pioneer of fashion whose influence has been more fully appreciated since his death. Not Alexander McQueen but French couturier Paul Poiret. Like McQueen he was seen as a maverick, confronting established fashion rules and unafraid to break away from traditional couture techniques. He was one of the first […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 06 Forgive me for being a bit sentimental today but it’s my little boy’s birthday so how about this little independent toy shop in Clapham, been there for over 30 years. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Annie ponders life's big questions. Harold Gray’s 'Little Orphan Annie', June 3, 1926. © Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Where the Superheroes Are…

I’d just walked out on a film I’d been working on for over a year. I felt like I’d broken the spell and furthermore was no longer a prisoner to my director, Lindsay Anderson. So I had time on my hands and a quest in view. My friend KK told me that I should come and […]

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John Pasche, Artwork for the Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo, 1970. Museum no.S.6121-2009 © Musidor BV

Object Pitch Day 5 – Friday 10 October – part 2

Let’s pick up where we left off: half way through a packed Object Pitch Day 5. 20 minutes in and four pitches down, we were thoroughly warmed up, ready for yet more fantastic object-led research. It was back to Bill Sherman and his stopwatch…. OP5/05 After the interval, we began with another repeat object, as […]

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Technical collaboration guidelines

When you work with external creative partners and developers, how do you get all the new stuff to work with the existing tech? Collaboration has to be key and so, we’re trying out a set of fluid guidelines that we hope will make it easier to balance the needs of commissioners and suppliers. They’re available […]

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