It goes without saying that I love Patti Smith. I expect you do too. Who doesn’t these days? Having enjoyed Just Kids – a salute to which Jill wrote here – I bought the more recent M Train to take on holiday. Dreamlike, elliptical, and sad meditation on loss that is also hugely enjoyable, what I didn’t expect was to find out so much about Patti’s attitude to homes and the places she has lived.
Two fridays ago the Cockpit Arts studio in Deptford opened up for a weekend and I gamefully hit it first thing with a hangover and a friend. Very quickly we found ourselves eating comfort food in the cafeteria. I had my very first ever homity pie. I knew nothing of this pie before and it […]
“The wind is in from Africa, But last night I couldn’t sleep…” The lovely opening bars of Joni Mitchell’s Carey were in my head while I was in Corfu. They’ve been in my head every time I’ve been to Corfu, or any other island – including the one in Scotland. Carey is a beautiful song, […]
I’ve been a bit obsessed with Terrazzo since I saw it on the floor of a friend’s kitchen in Islington ten years ago – she’d inherited it lucky thing. I’d not fully cottoned onto Terrazzo before then. Anyway, it’s sort of back in fashion with a vengeance – quite recently Max Lamb designed a version […]
On stumbling across a house I liked I’ve discovered Italian architect and interior/furniture/set designer Gae Aulenti. She designed the Musée d’Orsay as well as super cool showrooms for Fiat and Olivetti plus a bunch of private homes – I slept through all of that apparently. She died aged 84 at the end of 2012 and as the […]