Richmond, Virginia

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We had a whirlwind trip through historic Richmond, Virginia.
An integral part of American history, this fascinating town is having a renaissance of economy, historic preservation, art and cuisine. Highlights – the brick former tobacco warehouses and classic wooden buildings – including the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Shockoe Slip neighborhood; the stunning architecture in Court End, Union Hill and Church Hill. Future developments include The American Civil War Museum that will encompass the historic buildings Battlefield Park including the Tredegar Foundry – an extraordinary Civil War artifact built in 1861.


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Van Gogh to Kandinsky + Calder = Fantastic LACMA

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Thank you LACMA for providing LA with a beautiful place where we can experience look, listen, eat and play with our fellow Angelinos. It was great fun to spend a summery Sunday afternoon visiting the museum and enjoying two fantastic new exhibitions: fantastic representation of the cultural dialogue between the post impressionists and cubists and the effect they had on the expressionists – all our faves (fauves?) – Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse up to Kandinsky and Marc – still so modern now…
And thank you Alexander Calder for balancing us out with light and color.
Thank you LA for being there and taking part.


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Shapeshifter – Sculpture Exhibition in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

On a recent trip to beautiful New Zealand we visited the Shapeshifter exhibit in Lower Hutt.
Over the past twelve years, the show has evolved to become one of the premier sculpture exhibitions in New Zealand and a significant part of the visual arts program for the New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

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ICFF and Wanted by Design at NYCxDESIGN

Summer arrived in New York in time for NYCx Design this month. Across the city some of the best of new American and international art and design was presented; the week started with Freize Art Fair (a sister to the original London show) and culminated in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and the newer Wanted Design.

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Urban Renaissance – Panama City

We had a wonderful trip to Panama City this month – the development trend continues across the city with more hotel, condo and office construction in progress.
Our US ownership and design and architecture clients continue to be a huge part of the landscape here – Hard Rock, Trump and the major brands have all added to this recent building boom.
At the hip end of the scale is the American Trade Hotel – a gem in the heart of the Casca Viejo (Old Town). The former American Trade department store has been revamped by the Ace Hotel group to become a cool, modern hangout at the center of the district’s urban renaissance.

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Obsessed with Peter Marino and his Design Aesthetic

We are great admirers of architect Peter Marino – his recent work for luxury brands including Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton sets new standards in innovative retail design and encompasses the melding of fashion, design, art and architecture. Here’s a recent conversation with Surface Magazine: