Leiden Collection Shanghai

Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals in the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection

Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals in the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection presents a window into the evocative moment of artistic creativity that took place in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. Following the development of Dutch art through a selection of 78 history paintings, genre scenes, portraits, and drawings, the exhibition provides a comprehensive understanding of the history of Dutch art during its Golden Age through The Leiden Collection.

ThumbnailThe ways in which artists responded to one another, and to tradition, are central to the themes and scope of the exhibition. These relationships are explored most centrally through the remarkable breadth and depth of artistic innovation in Leiden, as demonstrated by Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Lievens, and the Leiden fine painters, Gerrit Dou and Frans van Mieris. The exhibition further explores the work of important Dutch and Flemish artists in other artistic centers, including Frans Hals, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Jan Steen, Carel Fabritius, Peter Paul Rubens, and Johannes Vermeer.



Berlin is an adventure.  Nowhere in Europe quite marries tragedy and rebirth to such extremes. Beauty nestles alongside urban ugliness.  There is so much to see and experience. My top of the top museum experience has to be the Neues Museum with the Egyptian collections headed – no pun intended – by the über glamorous Nefretiti. She simply takes your breath away.  David Chipperfield’s minimal interventionist architecture is majestic.  Brilliant use of materials in a museum which accepts it’s own near destruction. Chipperfield uses that to strength and effect. The collections shine and sparkle in magnificently pared back displays


Autumn Snaps

It’s that time of the year of warm colours and cold air.  What’s needed are brisk country walks and slow pub lunches plus the odd roaring fire.  Just back from Sussex around Firle and Barlcombe – beautiful churches and end of the season gardens,  The weather on my wife’s birthday is always sunny and we were not let down. Weekends away inspire different pallets and textures and helps me both as interior inspiration and in my role as design director at Tibor fabrics


Breakfast at Ottolenghi

One of my very few vices is that I like to stop off for a cappuccino on my way into the office in the morning – actually my addiction is far gone enough to need this most mornings weekday or not. There are a few key venues  in London where my morning coffee is mild enough, warm rather than hot, and served in a cup rather than a mug (I do make an exception at venues in Hyde Park as the view is so good plus the extra exercise.

As an accompaniment I never take more than a croissant at Ottolenghi. – ok served with their extraordinary jam and well, maybe a very occasional muffin – but never the items shown below which go against my imposed dietary rules yet just the sight of them cheers my day


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Noel Gallagher at The Crown

I thought I would have to re-post this as Mr Gallagher seems to have enjoyed dinner at The Crown before his headline performanceat The Latitude Festival.  No incidents were reported!


San Francisco

Really pleased to have just received new photographs of the house that I designed last year in San Francisco.  There’s always a difference between the way that you photograph a project yourself and the surprise of another person’s eye.  Plus the added bonus that they are generally in focus which adds a great deal I would say.  In any case it is great to be reminded of working on this project together with architects Arcanum with whom we got on very well and it is always a tribute when the final product is a synthesis of different views – so in this case everybody was happy including my fabulous clients. I shall bore you at some point with a recap of my photographs of the road trip down to LA stopping off at Carmel and driving though big Sur – an experience! Photos by Bernard André the full set of which I shall upload to the site.



I have just rediscovered Arper on Camron PR’s fantastic website.  Arper are producing the latest, brightest furniture designs with Italian brio and I cannot wait to inflict them on some unsuspecting client.

In there own words:-  “Founded in Italy in 1989 by Luigi Feltrin, Arper has grown into a design focused furniture manufacturer that uses new materials and technologies. Working with leading international designers such as Jean-Marie Massaud, Simon Pengelly and James Irvineto, Arper have created a range of chairs, tables, sofas, stools and armchairs, that reflect the different cultural backgrounds of each designer while remaining true to the distinctive Arper style”



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Last Sunday at the V&A

Went again on the last day to see Savage Beauty.  At every level it was one of the most excitingly staged exhibitions.  The discipline of McQueens work is a marvel, perfect cutting and tremendous sense of theater set with historical knowledge.  Having the V&A membership card allowed us to flow to the front of the queue and have free entrance, so it is a card really worthwhile having! Photos were not allowed but the temptation to do so won the day!


Summer House, Palma di Mallorca

I stumbled across this gem of a “pop-up” after stumbling out of Rialto Living – the really smart life-style furniture shop in Palma.  Summer House is a four month enterprise selling a bit of everything (clothes, accessories, furniture lighting – and the rest) and all in all is really great mix of retro, craft and fashion.  Everything is so well chosen and expensive but not totally prohibitive.  Actually maybe it is.  Yet another marker at how incredibly on the ball Palma has become.  As an escape from the 38 degrees outside broil it came as a complete oasis. I did fall in love with the 60s wall light but at €750 it was going it for an afternoon ramble – but I might go back………….

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The Little Boltons

Really happy with a wonderful set of photographs by Adrian Woolfson, now a well-known photographer, but who started off his working career in my office on the Kings Road these years ago.  Do catch his site adrianwolfson.com and see the wide number of films and projects he has been working on. We are all really pleased with the results of the session and please check them up on our site!