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An interior designer and collector of rare objects, Celia Sawyer made her TV debut last year as one of the dealers on the second series of Channel 4’s Four Rooms, a show where people bring in items they think are valuable and try to flog them to four dealers. With the programme’s third series under way, Sawyer tells FX about her career so far, and how she balances a successful interior design practice with a TV career.
Gareth Gardner sees the animals in the Shoredtich Zoo billboards
The latest building with a nickname, the Walkie Talkie, is topped out
CHAIRS: 1,000 Masterpieces of Modern Design, 1800 to the Present Day; Charlotte & Peter Fiell; Published in Hardback by Carlton, April 2013, £30.00;Review by Sophie Christie
Gareth Gardner kicks through fallen leaves for his latest and exclusive photograph, of a building in Mayfair
Even the best-designed shops tend to lose their sparkle after closing time. Traditionally there have been two choices: keep the lights blazing after the shop has closed – an unforgivable waste of electricity – or plunge the interior of the store into darkness, making the street look dull and forlorn.
Kidderminster-based carpet maker Grosvenor Wilton Company has supplied a bespoke carpet for the set of Stephen Spielberg’s latest film, the Oscar-nominated biopic Lincoln, which dramatises president Abraham Lincoln’s successful efforts to outlaw slavery in the US.
Since December central Montreal has been feeling a bit more wintry than usual, thanks to an installation depicting the lifecycle of an iceberg, designed by a local creative studio ATOMIC3.
In my recent trip to New York, I was a bit puzzled by two facts – that there was so little public seating available, and that there seemed to be a scaffolding on every third building I passed. Little did I know then that an initiative called Softwalks is trying to reclaim the public space that has been taken over by scaffolding by providing attachable furniture to create seats and a nicer environment.
The 27th European Capital of Culture title is this year shared between Košice in East Slovakia and the Marseille-Provence region in France. Both have an extensive programme of events throughout 2013. The areas are also embracing a gateway theme, with Košice acting as the door to Eastern Europe and Marseille-Provence as the gateway to the Mediterranean region.