You don’t even need to read the tagline of her website to understand Anna Pirkola’s creative ingenuity and job title. “Concept designer, interior and prop stylist, set designer” explain, purely and simply, Anna’s drive for aesthetic and beautiful imagery.
I felt as if the images she produces and sets she styles are very personal and intimate, in a way that no one could recreate that same set up. I came across a post on the interior of her family home and it didn’t shock me to see that her house was a direct correlation of her personal style.
The solid black borders reminiscent of the Bauhaus, the cool grey textures echoing Brutalism and those smooth white surfaces and glass accessories screaming Minimalism. It seems she’s a huge lover of HAY home and office ware, but also takes culture in her stride with the image of Morrisey and her vast collection of, what look like, vinyls perched on String bookshelves. The apartment is calm but elegant and is exactly what I’d expect from a Scandinavian home.
Image credit: Facing North With Gracia
On my first visit to Taylor Taylor I was immediately struck by how much it stood out from the corner of Portobello Road, amongst its’ fairly drab surroundings. The award-winning salon chain is renowned for it chic salons and seem to be continuously inspired by the lavishness of 18th century France. There are shiny, metallic surfaces wherever you look, contrasting with the brushed, concrete grey walls which flow throughout the interior to the basement. It is a homage to the other 3, already existing salons, in the way that it executes its’ trademark reading corner, tea lounge, washroom and brass topped bar – from which you can get a mouth watering, complimentary cocktail (or more if you’re feeling wild).
The basement is a soothing sanitarium where you get your hair washed and massaged with the most delicious smelling products. The walls are tiled entirely in gold mosaic, adorned with a huge hand painted mural which took 7 days to complete. To keep the concept even more intimate, everything is designed in-house, from the gilt bedside tables and art deco tables to the huge hanging mirrors.
Image credit: Ellie Fox/SomethingAboutCube
During London Design Festival I visited a few of the 58 participants of the Shoreditch Design Triangle; one of my favourites being the launch of Made In Ratio’s new showroom opened by a brand new installation called Alchemy. Inspired by nature and mathematic geometry the installation explores the narrative behind each design – a key part of Made In Ratio’s fundamental approach to design and their urge to push boundaries.
Made In Ratio is a new brand curated by Brodie Neill, a London-base Australian designer whose aim is to create a focus on experimental processes and European skill.
“There is no shortage of voluptuous forms in Made in Ratio’s debut collection, but as its name suggests, Neill’s interest is to balance form and function, art and design, craft and manufacture. Everything is in ratio.”
– David Nicholls, Design Editor, The Telegraph Magazine