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Origami Street Artist: Mademoiselle Maurice

It’s no secret that Antipodium loves a bit of origami. But when we stumbled upon 29-year-old French artist Mademoiselle Maurice we thought we would show you exactly why we love this form of art so much.

Currently based in Paris, this street artist tends to ask rhetorical questions about human nature through the artistry of hand folding thousands of papered materials. Her colourful creations stemmed from her time in Japan where she lived and learned about origami, but also a place that ultimately became the base of her work due to her experience of one of Tokyo’s worst natural disasters in 2011.

Since then Maurice has worked with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Vice Magazine and the Transport for London in order to create unique pieces that transmit an array of emotions as well as having the ability to ask unanswerable questions, subjugate, reflect, idealise and offer an escape for those lucky enough to be near her open air museum.

View more of Mademoiselle Maurice's work here.

Image sources: Kaizen Magazine and petiteschroniquesurbaines.com
Video source: Mademoiselle Maurice - Origami Street Art from ufunk parseError on Vimeo.

Gods Own Junkyard

Envision a corner of Las Vegas compressed into a warehouse in East London
Great! Now you’re in a neon wonderland aka late artist and lighting designer Chris Bracey’s mass collection at ‘Gods Own Junkyard’.  

Chris Bracey worked for nearly 40 years after taking the lighting reigns from his father’s business in the 1970s. Unfortunately, Chris died in 2014, but prior to his death he started to collect and restore some of the many signs that he produced for stores, circuses, film props and the renowned Soho sex industry. Through this GOJY was formed; the biggest collection of neon signage outside of the US and undoubtedly one of the most impressive. Guests get to take in the astounding life’s worth of work featuring the 2-metre-highshoe that made for the Selfridges shoe department, Alexander McQueen’s ‘God Save the Queen’ signage and neon art featured in films such as The Dark Knight, Blade Runner and 2005s rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  

The electronic museum is based in Walthamstow and is open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

Web: godsownjunkyard.co.uk

Image credits: Danielle Vanier, TimeOut.com

House of Dreams

Whilst people often refer to the phrase less is more, artist Stephen Wright goes against that with his extensive collation of objects in ‘The House of Dreams’.

In 1998 Stephen began his lifelong project of producing jewel-like mosaic installations filled with vibrant colour, texture and a backlog of hidden stories and meanings. He opened the ground floor to his East Dulwich house to the public, creating a unique museum featuring floor to ceiling adornments of items that have either been neglected, unloved or thrown away.

“I like a simple life and I don’t need a lot, so I’ve filled the house with things that really speak to me. Everything I have is here because it is saying something with a wonderful colour or shape and it needs to be looked after”

As you explore through the museum you will find crockery, broken toys, milk bottles tops, Christmas cracker contents, car boot findings and even false teeth; individually they have lost their worth and their previous owners interest, but collectively they have created an exceptional piece of art that provokes curiosity, fuels imagination, inspires the public and ultimately proves that in some cases more is definitely more.

The House of Dreams is open by appointment or on the below dates:
This year the museum will be open on March 19th, April 23rd, May 28th, June 18th, July 30th, August 28th, September 24th and October. Make your booking here.

Entry is £10 for adults, £5 for students, children free.

Web: www.stephenwrightartist.co.uk

Image credits: TimeOut, Huffington Post, wekoko.com, missimmylondon.com
Quote: Stephen Wright interviewed by Emily Wheeler for theinteriorstylelist.com

Notable Festival Performances

Here are some of our favourite festival performances of all time; with incredible crowd sing-alongs, electronic performances and outstanding guitar solos you can't help but have all kind of feels whilst watching these clips.

Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Reading Festival 2010)

If the start of this performance doesn't give you instant goosebumps we don't know what will! The combination of various instruments brings back the essence of producing raw sounds without using electronic editing, and as soon as the beat drops we immediately feel like dancing like Taylor Swift at award shows.

The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (Glastonbury 2008)

It's performances like this that makes us want to drop everything, and festival-hop for the rest of our days. 

From Richard Ashcroft's highly relatable speech about the necessity to avoid being a 'slave to money', followed by the insanely powerful orchestral introduction this performance gives us major chills.

The Killers - Mr Brightside (Glastonbury 2005)

With some of the most well-known lyrics out, this performance got the whole crowd singing along. The crowd's cheer at the beginning always makes us smile. 

Coldplay - The Scientist (Glastonbury 2011) 

There is a reason Coldplay is one of the biggest bands in the world right now. Such a humble performance by Chris Martin, yet such an intensely magnetic atmosphere.

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know & Brianstorm (Glastonbury 2013)

If we could think of one word to describe this performance, it would simply be insane. The Sheffield boys definitely pulled out all the stops at Glastonbury and we loved that they included the classics from their first couple of albums.

The full set is definitely worth a watch, a personal favourite of ours is the orchestral version of the 2006 classic 'Mardy Bum'.

Full performance:

Green Day - Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Reading Festival 2013)

This live performance of Green Day classic 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' includes all the ingredients for one of the best festival performances of all time: electronic sounds from both the guitars and drums, beautifully raw vocals, a magical crowd and of course, the fact that the song give your major nostalgia helps greatly!

And can we please take a moment to appreciate that during this performance, Billie Joe Armstrong was in fact 41; you Sir have aged fabulously. 

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Reading 1992)

 

Here is one of the most notable festival performances of all time, so chances are you may have seen this before, but if not this is some of the many reasons why this set is so iconic:

  • This was the last UK performance by Nirvana before the tragic death of frontman Kurt Cobain
  • The band pokes fun at the fact that 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' sounds like Boston's 'More Than a Feeling'
  • Anthony Hodgkinson's wild dancing
  • Kurt's crazily awesome guitar-playing (he makes it looks so effortless!) and vocals

Five Unique Restaurants in London

London; a cultural epicentre filled with breath-taking architecture, history, luxurious nightlife and exceptional experiences. Discover our list of London’s unmissable alternative and eccentric restaurants:

La Bodega Negra
Soho

Image credits: urbanjunkies.com, farewell.nyc, landonlife.co.uk

On the streets of Soho, you will discover was seems to be a sleazy-looking sex shop, illuminated with neon lights and guests entering looking as unassured as you are.

The authenticity of the exterior will definitely leave you second-guessing, so as you enter if you don’t see a guy standing in-front of a glass cabinet holding a clipboard, you’re probably not in the right place and should leave…

Inside you’ll be surprised to find that downstairs, hidden beneath the streets of Soho is a contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar (minus the clichéd Mariachi). The interior is dark, loud and resembles gritty noir films; the atmosphere is buzzing and you know you’re in for a treat. The menu includes tequila filled cocktails, a sensational selection of dishes cooked straight from their wood burning grill and a refreshing range of delicious salads.

Circus
Covent Garden

Image credits: quirkytravel.com, madeinshoreditch.co.uk, hiddenfreckles.com / Quote: circus-london.com

If the sound of an opulent club serving Pan-Asian cuisine and ‘Worldwide Cocktail Club’ drinks isn’t enough to make you want to venture into ‘Circus’, then the fact that your presented with everything from fire-eaters, acrobats and a large variety of cabaret acts will definitely get you excited for a long night of food, drinks and dancing.

“An evening at Circus will take you from drinks, to dining, to dancing on the tables and all with a sprinkling of glittering cabaret.”

Sarastro
Drury Lane

Image credits: Missei Sarastro, bristolenos.com

In the heart of Theatreland is one of the capital’s most surreal restaurants; an opera-themed Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant ornamented in an array of styles including rococo, gothic and ottoman and accessorised with lavish drapes, velvet tablecloths and an abundance of theatre props. You’ll be treated to live performances from London’s operatic musicians as well as having the essence of Drury Lane fulfilled by singing waiters on Sunday evenings.   

The flamboyant experience can be enjoyed in cozy booths or in one of the ten private boxes seated on the theatrical mezzanine level overlooking the restaurant and its performers.

Beach Blanket Babylon
Notting Hill and Shoreditch

Image credits: skiddle.com, pasiongastronomica.wordpress.com, citytripplaner.com / Quote: The Nudge

Beach Blanket Babylon is more than just a bar or a restaurant, it’s a magnificent fairy-tale fantasy enthused with glamour (and maybe a bit of madness!).

"As for the name “Beach Blanket Babylon”, some people remain confused as to what it actually means – so allow us to clear that up for them once and for all. “Beach” means, well, just beach.  “Beach Blanket” is the blanket you use on the beach. And “Babylon”, in the Hebrew Bible at least, is interpreted in the Book of Genesis (11:9) to mean "confusion", from the verb bilbél, "to confuse".  So when you put all of that together, it means “A Confusing Blanket On the Beach”.

Upon entering you will be greeted with hundreds of candles lighting the way through what appears to be a maze of corridors complete with large and extravagant fireplaces, décor, dimly-lit lighting and faux French windows. The part ancient Rome, part Versailles restaurant gives you a choice of dining rooms including the chapel, crypt and scullery – or in the summer, a terrace – allowing you to discover the best setting for your unique experience.

Sketch - Gallery
Mayfair

Image credits: lucywillshowyou.com, civilianglobal.com, standard.co.uk / Quote: Olive Magazine

If you want a London afternoon tea with a difference, nothing beats Sketch. Squashy pink velvet sofas, cheeky cartoons on the wall, quirky waiters and a show-stopping cake stand - what could be better?

Undoubtedly one of the most visually enticing dining spaces belongs to the place that is filled with pink velvet seating, copper detailing, has toilet cubicles in the shape of eggs and has cartoons lining their walls.

The Gallery offers à la Carte, desserts and the most favourable option, Afternoon Tea. The pricing is on the more expensive side, but with incredibly tasting menus and a backdrop fitting to any Instagram account, we can guarantee that the award-winning restaurant is worth every penny.

Much hyped for their unique interior Sketch is above all things, an experience.

Hello Again!

We have been away, but now we are back. We took a little online time off to move our hosting platform to allow us room to grow. It took a little longer than we anticipated, but we are delighted to present our wonderful new Spring Summer 2016 collection. We hope you love it as we do. 

Please keep a close eye on the new site as we will be adding regular updates and new products, including Limited Edition ranges that will only be available right here. Remember to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to find out the latest news.

We would love to hear from you - if you have any questions please drop us a quick line and we will get back to you straight away.

Best

The Antipodium Team

Foodies for Spring

After a month of self restriction, the spring blossoms with new culinary joys for London! We've picked the ones that definitely get our taste buds going.


BAO, 53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS
From Taipei hails the steamed bao bun. After gaining fame at both Kerb Food Market and Netil Market in Hackney, BAO is ready to open their first restaurant in Soho. Alongside their cult classic buns with various fillings (pictured above), the menu includes soy milk fried chicken and lamb tongue fries. Opens in Spring 2015.

The Richmond, 316 Queensbridge Road, E8 3NH
Taking over the previously Egyptian flavoured corner of Richmond and Queensbridge roads is a new restaurant embracing snacks, comfort food, and a raw bar. The brains behind the concept are Brett Redman of Elliot’s in Borough Market and our stylist and faboosh consultant Margaret Crow. Expect the impeccable standards of quality they’ve both become known for. Opens in March 2015.

Jose Pizarro, Broadgate Circle, London EC2
Everybody loves Spanish food. And Jose Pizarro knows it. That’s why he is opening his third restaurant in London, this time by Liverpool Street. Be ready to blow your taste buds with Spanish delights such as Jamón ibérico with fried egg and patatas fritas on toast, topped with honey and Mahón cheese. Je die! Opens in April 2015.

Written by Sakha Pradana

Little Dollhouse in Hoxton

 

Staring today, creative agency/bookshop/gallery, KK Outlet is hosting a Hattie Stewart exhibition called Dollhouse.

The East London based artist’s kaleidoscopic illustrations are drawn atop of old magazine covers, leather jackets and hologram artworks - all incredibly vivid in their colours and compositions.

Dollhouse is Hattie’s first London solo exhibition, and we highly recommend paying a visit in case you’re in need for a cheeky little something to cheer you up in the middle of this long grey winter.

Exhibition is open till February 28th at 42 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB.

Written by Lotta Kortekallio

 

Analogue Jungle

January is finally over and now we’re welcoming the month of Valentines, pancakes and interesting art. A heads-up, to see Pikin Slee by dutch photographer Vivianne Sassen at the ICA.

The exhibition explores the everyday life of an indigenous tribe deep in the Suriname rainforest through analogue photography.

What to expect: beautiful stills of the villagers and the nature that surrounds them as well as everyday objects turned into contemporary sculptures.

The exhibition opens its doors on Wednesday and continues until the 12th of April, so you will have plenty of time to give it a glimpse.

Written by Lotta Kortekallio

 

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