H&C Recommends: The best of 2017 Pt 2
In the second of our reviews of 2017, Editorial Director Mark Hooper picks his cultural highlights, alongside our own ‘Saint Nicks’ – contributing Editors Nick Sullivan and Nick Compton…
Events and Shows
Elevating the idea of the seasonal fashion show into an art show, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey provided insight into the creative process, offering a 3D mood board for his collection at the Makers’ House. That meant a stunning Henry Moore exhibition in February, including a life-size recreation of Moore’s studio, full-size sculptures, maquettes and a virtual reality tour of his Hertfordshire gardens.
For the Autumn show, Burberry took over Old Sessions House to display Here We Are, a brilliantly curated collection of 20th-century social photography – including Dafydd Jones, Janette Beckman, Alasdair McLellan, Daniel Meadows and Jane Bown.
We were thrilled to be invited to collaborate on both shows with a series of workshops relating to the themes – featuring the skills of Wood + Woven, Olivia Bullock, Forest + Found, Jonty Sale and Martin Gaysford.
A fantastic amalgamation of some of my favourite museums in the country (all of which happen to be in Sussex) – from Charleston Farmhouse to the Towner in Eastbourne, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and The Jerwood in Hastings – this show gathered together the work of Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Eric Ravilious, Lee Miller and Eric Gill. Under the theme of ‘Retreat and Rebellion’, Sussex Modernism took a fascinating look into how these unique characters all drew from the landscape of Sussex.
The Trade Show
The highlight of London Design Festival for me (with the exception of course of the British Craft Pavilion, curated by Hole & Corner), was this unique exhibition devised by Faye Toogood. Playing on the double meaning of Trade Show, Toogood invited a succession of creatives – including Judy Blame, Bill Amberg, Henry Bourne, Phoebe English, Max Lamb and Tom Dixon – to provide a piece of art for the show in exchange for one of her iconic Spade chairs. To coincide with the show, our own collaboration with Toogood – in which commissioned images by photographer David Hughes were used in her latest clothing line, 008, and featured in our Material Issue.
GQ Editor Jones has come up with a veritable book of revelations for Bowie obsessives – a definitive, exhaustive oral history, as told by those closest to him (with the one glaring omission Bowie’s first manager Tony Defries, who allegedly asked for £300,000 for his story). Ignore the tabloid scandal: it’s the tiny personal insights, the random acts of kindness and the headstrong ambition that shines through.
The official photographer of the 44th President of the United States has spent the year quietly and subtly trolling the 45th President, simply by posting images of Obama that beautifully juxtapose the latest news from the White House. This book provides a selection of the best.
My favourite magazine by a country mile besides Hole & Corner, this self-styled ‘magazine of history and ideas’ takes a very specific theme for each issue – previous editions have been titled Spies, Swindle & Fraud, Foreigners and Luck – and then examines the subject matter through the thoughts and writings of some of the greatest minds ever. What other magazine can list Cicero, Maya Angelou, Thomas Aquinas, Bach and The Notorious B.I.G. as contributors?
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
A beautiful, heart-wrenching epic of love and loss – a tour de force of French pop, taking in everyone from her parents (Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) to Sebastian Tellier, Air and Daft Punk (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo produces along with SebastiAn) – and everyone from Sylvia Plath to Paul McCartney gets writing credits.
Four Tet – New Energy
Kieren Hebden returns with more downbeat dulcimer disco.
Paul Weller – ‘Mother Ethiopia’
Possibly the unlikeliest single of the year – between albums, Weller releases an utterly random Afrobeat singalong a propos of nothing. Sublime.
BFI Britain on Film project
A simple, brilliant idea from the BFI: search a map of the UK to watch thousands of films from their archives, covering 120 years of British history, culture, landscape and wildlife.
This year our annual sojourn to St Germans in Cornwall to run the Makers Tent at Port Eliot was bigger and better than ever before – and despite the biblical downpour, the fact we had added the Boxpub to our on-site offering together with Amateruism DJs and Yallah Coffee meant we had our own mini festival-within-a-festival. Nothing beat the feeling as the sun emerged on Sunday with a tent full of makers and blissful music in the air.
We were honoured to be asked to curate this year’s British Craft Pavilion for London Design Fair at the Old Truman Brewery as part of London Design Festival. With double the number of makers alongside an inspiring line-up of workshops and speakers (including Alex de Rijke of drMM architects, shortly before winning the RIBA Stirling Prize for their Hasting Pier regeneration project), it drew a brilliant and diverse crowd – the best moment being turning round to see High Sparrow from Game of Thrones – aka actor Jonathan Pryce – admiring the wares.
Contributing Editors Nick Sullivan (Fashion Director of US Esquire) and Nick Compton (Acting Editor of Wallpaper*) – aka our two Saint Nicks – offer their own highlights of 2017…
Events & Shows
Weinsteingate, EverybodyelseGate – except Trumpgate (pending)…
The Original Score for Phantom Thread by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.
I can’t wait to read the final volume (which he hasn’t written yet) to find out (a) how World War II turned out and (b) if Yoda is in it.
I predict Phantom Thread will start a micro trend towards frosty postwar 1950s menswear amongst millennials. You read it here first…
My highlight was definitely the performance of The Rite of Spring by Multi-Story Orchestra at the Bold Tendencies space in Peckham. I took my 12-year-old son and had front row seats: he loved it. Really thrilling and engaging and inspiring – and just a fantastic evening. All the players – and there are a lot of them – were young and it was just a joy to watch them at such close quarters in a car park.