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Celebrating their 15th anniversary, Wood Wood returns to its roots, putting streetwear into high-end with the Spring /Summer 2017 collection entitled Concrete inspired by street culture and urban architecture. We caught up with Karl, Wood Wood's creative director, to ask him a couple of questions.
Who are you and what do you do?
My Name is Karl-Oskar, creative director, I founded Wood Wood 15 years ago and have slowly built the brand being involved in most things.
If you weren’t a designer what would you be?
Something less stressful.
When having a creative block what do you do to overcome it?
Listen to the Forges Prescriptions album by Spacemen3, or just anything with Spacemen3 actually.
What was the first item of clothing you bought with your own money?
What inspires you currently?
I'm into classic art like Rothko, Matisse, handcrafted ceramic vases , psyche rock and functional outerwear.
Shop Wood Wood here.
Who are you and what do you do?
We are Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardson of Modern Shows®, Midcentury Modern, Midcentury East and the Midcentury Pop Up.
What is your favourite piece of furniture you own?
I love my Rastad and Relling Bambi Chair and covet Petra’s Poul Kjaerholm PK22. A chair I would love to own is a GJ Greta Jalk chair and the Hanging Egg by Nanna Ditzel.
Picture above: Nanna Ditzel's Hanging Egg Chair produced by Sika-Design, Denmark.
Is there an item of clothing you couldn’t live without?
I couldn’t live without my Stutterheim fisherman’s knit and matching hat which are so thick I don’t have to wear a coat. The textured pattern around the chest just oozes traditional craftsmanship. I feel like I’m in a Scandinavian film ready to board a fishing rig when I wear it. I’ve got one of the Stutterheim macs on order too.
If you weren’t in this line of work, is there something else you can see yourself as?
If I wasn’t doing this I’d love to be a writer. I just published my first book 100 Midcentury Chairs: And Their Stories with Pavilion and have a novel on the way. Failing that I would have gone into shamanism as I’m a total nut about all shamans from the ones in Native American culture to the Sami Eskimo Noiadi. Petra would have been an artist, potter or photographer. Like the Scandi’s she is very creative with her spare time.
What/who inspires you currently?
We are loving the Danish illustrator SIVELLINK. Find her on our Market place.
Buy tickets to the Midcentury Modern Show here.
HUB is now proudly stocking handcrafted bean to bar Land Chocolate. We caught up with founder Phil Landers in his East London HQ to ask him a few questions.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Phil Landers and I'm a small batch chocolate maker. I spend most of my time turning some of the rarest and finest cocoa beans into single Original chocolate in a stupidly small workshop in Bethnal Green.
If you weren’t a chocolatier what would you be?
If you had asked me when I was 8 years old I would tell you I'd be a professional basketball player in the NBA. Realistically, I'd probably still be working at the BBC in radio. I also still have a weird urge to be a hairdresser so maybe I would have followed that path.
Who would you most like to share a chocolate bar with?
My Grandpa. He ate more sweet stuff than I did and was probably the main reason I developed a sweet tooth in the first place. We'd have to have wine gums as well though; he had wine gums on hand all the time.
Who would play the soundtrack to your life?
What part of your work process do you most enjoy?
Sourcing the cocoa beans, mainly because it means going to interesting countries mainly in Central and South America. My least favourite part is wrapping bars, if anyone ever wants to help me wrap bars of chocolate I'm up for it...I can only pay you in chocolate though.
How do you spend your downtime?
I like to attempt to play basketball on a very basic level every so often. Going out and finding good food and drink generally seem to be a common theme in my life when I get chance/can afford it. I also have a good group of creative friends who I like to follow and support whether they're making films/music or again good food.
Introducing Ètre Cecile the Parisian inspired women’s wear label focused on elevating wardrobe essentials to the status of French chic. The brand’s heritage is based around ‘Cécile’, an Irish–born artist living in 1960s Paris, with a love of animal prints and a creative flair for fashion.
Full of attitude, statement print and humour, an Ètre Cecile piece is hard to miss. Delivering the perfect combination of tom and girl Ètre Cecile is loved and donned by many fashionistas, including the leader of the Blogerati, Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) and actress Cate Blanchet.
Referencing the 1960’s Californian art scene, specifically the Hard Edge movement, strong abstract visuals and contrasting colours are key this Spring summer ‘17. This Americana influence comes through in their sporty, fun sweats, tees and oversized dresses, creating the perfect trans-seasonal wardrobe for our cool British almost Spring time. Here at HUB you will find an edited selection of our favourites from the collection including the sought-after Icon Yardage boyfriend sweat.
If you don’t already know VEJA let us introduce you. VEJA footwear are an ethical sneaker brand creating on-trend trainers whilst constructing a positive production chain that benefits all involved. Established in 2004 by Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillon, VEJA has a distinct minimalist aesthetic, utilising neutral tones and pastel hues.
From the use of wild rubber and upcycled plastic bottles as material, to the social initiative in partnership with Atelier Sans Frontières that employ people facing social exclusion, the VEJA brand insist on progression and conscience throughout each level of assembly.
Recycled organic cotton, liquid rubber, fish skin and natural silk are some of the innovative materials used to ensure sustainability and functionality, whilst their collaboration with Fairtrade factories in Brazil means workers rights are protected and communities are ultimately strengthened. From concept to customer, ethical fashion is their core ethos and we are excited to welcome them back to HUB this Spring Summer ‘17
Carla Gottlieb is a London florist who has been living and working in Stoke Newington for the past five years. We love the untamed, natural style of her arrangements - an aesthetic that she's used for some of London's most stylish brides, plus clients spanning ASOS to Louis Vuitton. After recently setting up her own company, 'Still Life Flowers,' we caught up with her to chat flowers, Stokey hangouts and her favourite Hub looks.
How did Still Life Flowers come about?
I started my career at Hackney florist Grace & Thorn. After what was meant to be some brief work experience, I fell in love with it and soon became the company's first employee. After helping to develop the brand from its early beginnings and heading up its weddings and events, I decided to go it alone and set up Still Life Flowers earlier this year. Having my own business is equally challenging as it is rewarding, but I've been lucky to work with some incredible brands and clients so far, and it definitely makes the 4am starts worth it!
What makes Still Life Flowers different from other florists?
I take great pride in being a small business. It enables me to give a very personal service and to be hands on with everything my brand creates. Flowers are such an emotive material to work with and creating beautiful arrangements that are personal to every client is a real drive for me. I always like my flowers to feel deliberately undone and have a balanced imbalance in colour and structure.
Where do you like to eat and drink in East London?
My favourite breakfast is a plate of Harissa eggs with yoghurt on flatbread at Rawduck. Lunch would be anything at the Towpath cafe; and then dinner at my local, Rotorino. I love Italian food and to order sharing plates as I get ridiculously bad food envy...
Tell us about your wardrobe. Does it differ from work to play?
When I'm working, my outfits need to be quite practical. I love a pair of dungarees (I have 5 and counting) as it lets me go bag-free at the market and on weddings and shoots. When I'm not working my look doesn't differ too much, with lots of denim and t-shirts/shirts, but I like to add statement pieces like an oversized silhouette or bold print. It's not very often that I need to dress up but Hub is a go-to when I do. I actually just bought a silk printed dress from Ganni which I wasn't initially convinced by, but Charlotte at the Stokey store convinced me to try it and it has been my wedding staple for the summer - I love it.
CARLA'S HUB WISHLIST
This week on the Journal we visit the Stoke Newington studio of landscape painter Amelia Humber.
"I am a landscape artist living in London and spend my days painting with oils and turps. I like to travel to a range of remote places in the UK, especially Scotland and Cornwall, to gather my material and then return to my studio in Stoke Newington to complete the works. My paintings are then exhibited at various galleries."
How long have you had a studio in Stokey?
"I have had a studio at the Chocolate Factory for two years. It's a hidden oasis which I luckily found by chance."
What are your favourite places to eat and drink in the area?
Whats been the most memorable moment in your painting career?
Last year I was taken on by a reputable gallery (The Lemon Street Gallery) in Cornwall that I had admired since my art college days. Earlier this year I completed my largest solo show to date there, entitled 'Viewpoint'.
AMELIA'S HUB WISHLIST
Wood Wood Rosa Dress in Biking Red, £110
Great Plains Elly Culottes in Black, £19.50
Wood Wood Regina Sweater in Multi Stripe, £130
Mads Norgaard Long Sleeved Fine Stripe Top in Cream and Black, £29
Abi and Rupert Meats met in 1998 at a London design agency. A love of illustration and print brought them together and they soon started their own business; a clothing label called Rude. What started as a range of screen printed tees soon turned into an international street brand. A flagship store called 'Let's Make T-Shirts' was opened and this project led to illustration and design commissions from TFL, The Tate, Urban Outfitters, The National Theatre and more.We visited their delightfully eclectic studio in The Chocolate Factory to take a look around and find out a bit more about their life and work.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career together?
Rupert: "Launching our book 'Time Flies When You're Being Rude'...
...which contains all of our work over the past 15 years. The book was a collaboration between GF Smith who are a paper company, our friend Hadleigh who printed it and then our friends at Ico Design who designed the book and made it happen. The book was launched at an amazing party with all our friends and family present."
Rupert's Hub Wishlist
Clarks Weaver Shoe in Tan, £95
Stutterheim Stockholm Coat in Amazon Green, £180
Abi's Hub Wishlist
LF Markey Alonso Bomber Jacket in Black/Cream, £249
Stutterheim Mosebacke Coat in Burnt Orange, £215
Here at Hub we are big fans of handmade ceramics. Today on the Journal we are featuring a unique London space where ceramicists of all levels can hone their craft.
The Kiln Rooms, in Peckham Rye, is an open access ceramics studio where members work in a communal studio with other makers.
© Jessica Williams Photography
A Professional Development Programme means all members are encouraged and supported through their development and, because setting up a studio in London is an expensive process, The Kiln Rooms supplies all tools and equipment to its members.
Members also take part in regular shows that aim to connect makers with the public and with trade outlets.
The Kiln Rooms also hosts evening and weekend classes that are open to the public. For more information visit thekilnrooms.com.
Hair and makeup artist, and social media superstar, Lou Teasdale popped into our Stoke Newington womens store this week to share her current favourite beauty products. Lou started her beauty career on The X-Factor and went on to style Olly Murs and One Direction. She has created online video tutorials for Maybelline, Con Air, Fudge Urban and Vogue UK and is currently an Elle Magazine columnist.
"If your foundation is looking a bit chalky just put a few drops of the Farsali Elixir on the Iconic Brush and work over your skin...
The elixir has tiny flakes of gold in it and it makes your skin glow."
"The Lime Crime Venus Palette is amazing...
...The colours are great and stay on so well."
"The Bleach I Saw Red crayon is actually for hair but I use on lips...
...it's the perfect matte red lip colour."
For more expert hair and beauty tips head over to The Book Channel where you can watch Lou in action.