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.
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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.
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For the past month it has seemed like I have spent my life in King’s Cross and it’s surrounding areas. The constant regeneration of the, otherwise dystopian-like region of London, is bringing new benefits and efficiency to the students, office workers and tourists who help to grow the area economically and culturally. One characteristic, which is brand new in it’s concept and materialistic beauty, standing out to me is ‘The Tunnel’. Those destined to explore the nooks and crannies of London can find themselves gliding down the ‘rabbit hole’ of King’s Cross at One Pancras Square, a shiny, glass fronted office block. You are welcomed with fresh, white tiles and glowing LED escalators and, furthermore plunged into this 90m walkway-turned-work-of-art.
The canopy and floor are directed in such a way that you are immediately drawn to the 4 distinct sections of the LED wall. Illuminated with LEDs and taste, the wall was designed by Speirs + Major with technical delivery by The Light Lab. I found it soothing to walk through this haze of colour and form in the morning and it made me feel less alone when walking through after a long evening at university. It totally epitomises the spirit of London and is a big “Fuck you!” to those who said the King’s Cross regeneration would never work.
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