Budget boutique

A couple of years ago, an architect friend of mine applied to be on the Apprentice UK. He got down to the last 20 shortlisted before being sent home at the final hurdle  – his “business plan”.  When he outlin...

In her image

On billboards, in the street and on the underground, in television adverts, music videos and from the front covers of newspapers and magazines, before we even get onto the internet, images of lust and sex a...
Io Echo's Leopold Ross and Ioanna Gika,

On the radar: Io Echo

Dubbed everything from shoegaze to grunge to goth to dark pop to new orientalism (thanks, in part, to the band’s use of Koto harps and Chinese violins in their music), Leopold Ross and Ioanna Gika, who front th...

The power to preserve?

Two men are balancing on a small craft, propelling themselves along a moonlit river using long sticks as oars. There are two more boats ahead. All the half-naked sailors are fishermen, from an indigenous pe...

Couture in China

Haute couture, French for “high sewing” has long been synonymous with the very finest form of skill and craftsmanship. While the wider influence of prêt-à-porter often trickles down the fashion chain, haute...

The vocabulary of response

As a choreographer, whose signature style has been described as having a “sculptural quality”, Russell Maliphant’s life-long obsession with the human form and its artistic representation is brought to life ...

Ayia Napa Reunion 2013!

In the aberrant words of Maria and the Mirrors’ head soundscaper, Charles Feinstein, this collective’s MO is all “Dancehall queen meets Slovakian sex worker, under the watchful eye of Bryan Ferry”. This dic...

Face value

One of the well-honed skills of any Londoner worth their salt is an ability to keep walking and continue with their journey at a rapid pace, regardless of what stands in their way – be it a clipboard-wieldi...

The Art of Writing

Long before characters were created, the ancient Chinese made different knots on ropes in order to record information. But ropes might easily be burnt and information lost, and as life gradually became more...

InHOTim

When I was a child – and, indeed, until the day that my grandparents sold their home – nothing would make me happier than spending time in my grandparents’ garden. The garden, which to this day still forms ...
Boys Noize' Alex Ridha photographed at the Coronet, London, October 13, 2012

Electronic impulses

From Erol Alkan and Kelis to Snoop Dogg and the Scissor Sisters, the queue of those seeking out the talents of Hamburg-born DJ Alex Ridha keeps on growing. Having produced, collaborated, remixed and shared stag...

Taylor made

Lancashire-born designer Charlotte Taylor is known for her quirky prints, including penguins, vintage robots, bees, ants, and other surprising things. After finishing school, Charlotte moved to London to pu...

The artist

Audrey Tautou is one of those rare birds. She is simultaneously one of the most famous actresses of her generation (Amélie is the highest grossing French movie of all time and even managed to break America ...

Luxury without gloss

Although it has a small population – equivalent, at 5.4m, to the city of Philadelphia – Finland’s design culture, integrated into daily life, has touched the lives of a great many people. This year, while c...

Brave new world

The June sunshine dapples on the slate at the Temple of Heaven, the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest sit still as two audacious beacons of a sprawling Beijing beaming across the globe. In a city where the East me...