Our weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.
Wobble & Squint’s Taken Away
Wobble & Squint, also known as Errol Fernandes and Anne-Laure Franchette, are a duo of artists/curators who rescue disusedd nooks and crannies and transform them into carefully curated art spaces. Tomorrow sees the opening of the Taken Away exhibition, showing 28 artists’ work in media including paintings, mixed media construction, film and photography, exhibiting work in a vacant take-way restaurant on London’s Exmouth Market.
The show is centred on the notions of daydreaming and escapism, while pushing the message that galleries aren’t the only spaces in London where you can see great art.
The space is open from 29 July – 2 August at 18 Exmouth Market, London EC1R
Design Week, as you might imagine, is always keen on things that promote the glamorous side of journalism. And the BBC’s star-studded new series The Hour certainly does that. Two episodes in and the dysfunctional team behind fictional 1950s news programme The Hour are getting their teeth into the Suez Crisis, murder and skullduggery, while still finding plenty of time to smoke, brood and flirt with each other. And while actors Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Romola Garai and Julian Rhind-Tutt are predictably brilliant, for DW the real stars of the show are the fashions – crumpled three-piece suits and Brylcreemed side partings for the men, A-line dresses for the women – and the superb sets, with mahogany and brass liberally splashed around. Catch up with the show here
Serum Versus Venom’s Book
Serum Versus Venom is A Brooklyn-based fashion brand with pieces as edgy as its impenetrable name. The brands debut self-published book, A System of Objects, draws together the brand’s original designs, photography, collaborative art, and ‘unique philosophy toward the business of fashion’, according to SVSV. Although only those in the upper echelons of the fashion stratosphere will be privy to a hard copy of the book, the brand has kindly put it online in all its glory.
It looks stunning, featuring collage, spliced up designs and messy inkblots spattered around the stylish photography. The frequently dark tone and skull motif reminds us of the deliciously creepy hologram cover for Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty book, which accompanied his recent exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. We’re also particularly impressed with the hefty beard sported by the man on page 43.