A few weeks ago I managed to get a sneak peek at Brazilian jeweller Ara Vartanian’s new Mayfair boutique in Bruton Place just before it opened.
The showroom turned out to be an interior photographer’s dream, with its contrasting rough corrugated concrete walls, precious mid-century wood and leather furniture, emerging from darkness though spots of dimmed lights, and a wood table the Ara designed with Hugo França, with a rock crystal leg protruding through the top.
The space was designed by London/Rio based practice Estúdio Tupi, who also designed Ara Vartanian’s other brutalist-inspired showrooms in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
So August in Normandy, France, was mainly all about fruit-picking, spending time with the family, and quite a lot of baking (and the food photography that goes with it obviously). I’ve only just discovered that region but it is definitely growing on me. I love how close you are to both London and Paris, in the countryside but also by the sea. I love that it isn’t particularly fashionable, that there is so much space on the beach and that the sky looks so immense there, hung above the sea that touches both the shores of where we are from and where we live.
This has been a busy year so far.
I’ve had a baby and quite a lot of interesting projects photography wise.
Oh and I made a second book with my partner in crime (and architect!) Rute Nieto Ferreira. It brings together pretty much everything we both love and got us to even meet at first: photography, architecture, typography, children, playfulness, exploring London.
Big Letter Hunt: London is an alphabetical picture book for both children and adults that takes the readers – young and old – on a tour of England’s capital to find giant letters hidden among the city’s buildings and streets. The architectural treasure hunt winds its way past London landmarks such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum, as well as architectural gems such as the Barbican and the modernist Brunswick Centre.
Letters also appear in the skyscrapers of the City of London, on tube stations and in the detailing of windows and facades. Some letters are easy to spot while others need a closer look. Rute and I obviously got quite contagiously obsessed with this game and have been sharing our finds since, both between ourselves and with our friends from around the world (#bigletterhunt, in case you want to join!).
The book includes a glossary with quirky facts about the buildings where our specimens were found, a map to follow the letter hunt around the city, and a A-Z poster to hang on the wall hidden at the back of the book jacket!
We’ll be signing books at the Whitechapel Gallery bookshop on the 1st of September; meanwhile please please please do share YOUR own letter finds online using the tag #BigLetterHunt for a chance to win a copy; your letters will be projected at the book signing! Can’t wait to see your catch!
Big Letter Hunt: London is published by Batsford/Pavilion Books and is available from Foyles, Tate, the British Museum, probably your local bookshop (if not, ask!), and of course online from the usual suspects.
The monumental Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris. Louis XIV, who had just moved his residence to Versailles, turned it over to King James II, then in exile from Britain, for the rest of his life.