Archive : November 2011

29 Nov 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

And you will not want to miss this exhibition at Diemar/Noble Photography, London W1 from Nov 3rd to Jan 7th.  Run like the wind!!

In ‘Cut out and Keep’, Swiss/Italian photographer Christian Tagliavini’s current exhibition, he recreates the works of Mannerist portraits (an abiding passion of mine on so many levels) in 2 dimension.

Completely brilliant, surprisingly grand….and I only know of it because Nicky sweetly put the ‘Independent on Sundayreview on my desk ‘lest I was in need of ideas for the children for Halloween‘  Which is too charming for words…except she opted to go as a Hershey’s kiss.  Never mind…just do go and see for yourself.

24 Nov 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

So hard for it honey…sometimes there is nary a moment for lunch. So sometimes one just can’t be choosy and Molly and I dash into the nearest joint en route to Christies South Ken.

Our design/decorator readers will know how exhausting installations can be, and it’s possible I’m slightly punch drunk, but as soon as we sit down I start to realize this interior is actually two minutes shy of something entirely great.  Ok well maybe 10 minutes but let’s just take a look past all that visual mess.

Sort of wonderful stylised coining around mirror arches…like.

Lumpy plaster and acanthus leaves over mirror pediments…like

I just can’t help but dream how divine we could make this lickity-split.

Molly is laughing at me….so off we go.

22 Nov 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

There is no frigate like a book, to take us lands away…(Dickenson).  Well naturally…and may I say my blog on colour matched bookspines received very mixed response…and fair enough too.

But seriously this isn’t a literary blog so I stand by their decorative virtue…and I’m taking the topic a bit further. Folios…for example.  I’m in the middle of designing a library and I will have random shelf heights for art books, novels, and thin shelves like these I photographed in Vienna, for folios.

And not for a moment am I against falsies!  Especially when they make send of secret doors, though this ingenious execution allows for real books in the door.

And I took a cue from Dianna Phipps and have bound my decorating mags in matching linen, as she did with her Country Life’s.

And I found this gem in Nicky’s idea box!! Now wouldn’t that be a great book (real!)..Nicky’s idea box.  Hmmm…that’s worth thinking about.

And books as canvas…love this idea.

This sweet rustic charmer I photographed in the Czech Republic…

Andrew Lord makes concrete books which one couldn’t really say no to could they?

18 Nov 2011
avatar Author: NH Design

The Chap is not your usual magazine. Only available through subscription it’s a quirky, witty publication founded ten years ago and ‘takes a wry look at the modern world through the steamed-up monocle of a more refined age, occasionally getting its sock suspenders into a twist at the unspeakable vulgarity of the twenty-first century’…you get the gist!

They recently interviewed Nicky on his style and arbiters of fashion. We’ve posted it here to enlighten and brighten the November darkness.


15 Nov 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Having lived in the UK for 12 years I have not been asked to remove my shoes in someone’s house…well in precisely that same amount of time.  I don’t understand it, really cannot abide by it…so I’m thinking to launch these leather and felt charmers that are in all the state owned palaces in Czech Republic.   Maybe some feather and hand embroidered versions in collaboration with Louboutin?! Watcha think…?