London Shoreditch

Fall’s such a relentlessly magical time for inveterate book lovers. Opening the door of a great bookstore still puts us right in the path of an overwhelming sensory avalanche. Needing to see and touch everything at once. Finding something we don’t even know we need until it mysteriously appears on the shelf in front of us, haloed in that I’m-coming-home-with-you glow. The damp, dusty smell that shouldn’t be sexy. 
People we admire are pointing us to new stuff or talking to us about how many ways there are for a book to be a book. Nightboat Books and Letter Machine Editions just got some big-time love for their authors from the folks who hand out National Book Awards. 
We’re jealous as hell of anyone who got to browse the London Art Book Fair. Gareth Long, who made something new from those iconic rainbow-banded J.D. Salinger covers, is showing books and book-objects in our London window displays. We’ve also got these silk screens, many of which will be familiar to anyone who’s ever been friends with this punk.

London Shoreditch

Fall’s such a relentlessly magical time for inveterate book lovers. Opening the door of a great bookstore still puts us right in the path of an overwhelming sensory avalanche. Needing to see and touch everything at once. Finding something we don’t even know we need until it mysteriously appears on the shelf in front of us, haloed in that I’m-coming-home-with-you glow. The damp, dusty smell that shouldn’t be sexy. 

People we admire are pointing us to new stuff or talking to us about how many ways there are for a book to be a book. Nightboat Books and Letter Machine Editions just got some big-time love for their authors from the folks who hand out National Book Awards

We’re jealous as hell of anyone who got to browse the London Art Book FairGareth Long, who made something new from those iconic rainbow-banded J.D. Salinger covers, is showing books and book-objects in our London window displays. We’ve also got these silk screens, many of which will be familiar to anyone who’s ever been friends with this punk.


London
Klaus Haapaniemi is one of the designers making a mix tape for Sister Ray and their Mix Tape Project, where our favorite record store in London — and, well, our hotel — asks designers to pick’em during the London Design Festival. We’ll be popping the tape in the lobby’s hi-fi, and you can also get your fill in Sister Ray while you stock up. Soon we’ll all hear what he hears. 

London

Klaus Haapaniemi is one of the designers making a mix tape for Sister Ray and their Mix Tape Project, where our favorite record store in London — and, well, our hotel — asks designers to pick’em during the London Design Festival. We’ll be popping the tape in the lobby’s hi-fi, and you can also get your fill in Sister Ray while you stock up. Soon we’ll all hear what he hears. 


London, Shoreditch
Rainer Judd's life has been famously full of spaces that blur the line between living quarters and studios and galleries. It’s part of the reason — when we heard she’d agreed to adorn some of our walls in Shoreditch — we were so excited to have her rarified perspective on place, and the particulars that populate our lives.  
Rainer was nice enough to drop us some clues.  


I love paper. I’m a journal keeper. I stared when I was 11 and now am on Book no. 37. I love the chronological order that stems from blank pages bound in a book. I don’t pull out pages; it’s not a loose-leaf binder. It moves forward with time. I depend on it to hold and store my thoughts, ideas, drawings, scraps of imagery, moth wings — whatever I like.
The project was hatched in a London taxi with Alex Calderwood last September when he saw a couple of my drawings. He looked at “Pillow,” and with a warm smile said, “I know that feeling exactly… I want these on our walls.”

Most of the drawings for Ace were based on ideas from my journals and then, after taking in the space, environment and palette constraints, new imagery was created. Of the sixteen drawings: four are large-scale murals, while others range from portrait to post-it size, tucked away in spots for the viewer to discover.
Drawings range from tender to sassy. They all have stories behind them. 

Hashtags invented during the two week London residency:
#Takeapictureandlookatit
#rockstarstudyhall
#analogfoxtrot 
#discoking 
#morelightmorepower 
#Acelondon 
#paletteconstraintsmakesforinvention 
#arttakestime 
#remo 
#workaholicphonebooth 
#urethanegirl 
#WinsorNewtonIt


R.J.’s Thank you Credits: Atelier Ace — Julia Blackburn; At Ace London — Gian Paolo Ilari Levandowski, Carl Pierce, Martin Newbould, Chris Kelly; RJ Studio: Parker Shipp, Vajra Kingsley, Lana Griffin, Dylan Kraus
Photos by Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander

London, Shoreditch

Rainer Judd's life has been famously full of spaces that blur the line between living quarters and studios and galleries. It’s part of the reason — when we heard she’d agreed to adorn some of our walls in Shoreditch — we were so excited to have her rarified perspective on place, and the particulars that populate our lives.  

Rainer was nice enough to drop us some clues.  

I love paper. I’m a journal keeper. I stared when I was 11 and now am on Book no. 37. I love the chronological order that stems from blank pages bound in a book. I don’t pull out pages; it’s not a loose-leaf binder. It moves forward with time. I depend on it to hold and store my thoughts, ideas, drawings, scraps of imagery, moth wings — whatever I like.

The project was hatched in a London taxi with Alex Calderwood last September when he saw a couple of my drawings. He looked at “Pillow,” and with a warm smile said, “I know that feeling exactly… I want these on our walls.”

Most of the drawings for Ace were based on ideas from my journals and then, after taking in the space, environment and palette constraints, new imagery was created. Of the sixteen drawings: four are large-scale murals, while others range from portrait to post-it size, tucked away in spots for the viewer to discover.

Drawings range from tender to sassy. They all have stories behind them. 

Hashtags invented during the two week London residency:

#Takeapictureandlookatit

#rockstarstudyhall

#analogfoxtrot 

#discoking 

#morelightmorepower 

#Acelondon 

#paletteconstraintsmakesforinvention 

#arttakestime 

#remo 

#workaholicphonebooth 

#urethanegirl 

#WinsorNewtonIt

R.J.’s Thank you Credits: Atelier Ace — Julia Blackburn; At Ace London — Gian Paolo Ilari Levandowski, Carl Pierce, Martin Newbould, Chris Kelly; RJ Studio: Parker Shipp, Vajra Kingsley, Lana Griffin, Dylan Kraus

Photos by Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander


Shoreditch, London
Well, the cat’s out of the bag: we’ve got a couple of new neighbors joining us on High Street. By the end of July, Soho’s beloved Sister Ray Records and our dear friends at Opening Ceremony will have a pair of new Shoreditch storefronts — right here at Ace Hotel. 
Sister Ray’s new vinyl-only outpost opens on July 29, and promises to stock stacks of new and used wax across all genres. They’ll be throwing an opening bash once the ribbon’s cut — we’ll let you know once it shapes up. Meanwhile O.C.’s new, Max Lamb-designed pop-up is set to take over 106 High Street — keeping us company with both men’s and women’s wares.

Shoreditch, London

Well, the cat’s out of the bag: we’ve got a couple of new neighbors joining us on High Street. By the end of July, Soho’s beloved Sister Ray Records and our dear friends at Opening Ceremony will have a pair of new Shoreditch storefronts — right here at Ace Hotel. 

Sister Ray’s new vinyl-only outpost opens on July 29, and promises to stock stacks of new and used wax across all genres. They’ll be throwing an opening bash once the ribbon’s cut — we’ll let you know once it shapes up. Meanwhile O.C.’s new, Max Lamb-designed pop-up is set to take over 106 High Street — keeping us company with both men’s and women’s wares.


Shoreditch, London
“If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles.” — Carl Sagan
We started a proper bike gang in London with tokyobike. Every month we go trolling the Saturday streets around Shoreditch and beyond like some kinda Smiths video — led down cobblestones side streets by our man Duncan Riches, who seems to know a little something special about every corner of the city.

Duncan’s got the inside lane on secret spots architectural, historical and otherwise — this month he snuck us into Donna Wilson's creature factory for a behind the scenes pitstop. The three hour spin went by like nothing. 

Get jumped into the gang at Ace Hotel London. 
Photos courtesy of Yu Fujiwara from tokyobike.

Shoreditch, London

“If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles.” — Carl Sagan

We started a proper bike gang in London with tokyobike. Every month we go trolling the Saturday streets around Shoreditch and beyond like some kinda Smiths video — led down cobblestones side streets by our man Duncan Riches, who seems to know a little something special about every corner of the city.

Duncan’s got the inside lane on secret spots architectural, historical and otherwise — this month he snuck us into Donna Wilson's creature factory for a behind the scenes pitstop. The three hour spin went by like nothing. 

Get jumped into the gang at Ace Hotel London

Photos courtesy of Yu Fujiwara from tokyobike.


Shoreditch, London
It’s been almost four decades since NASA launched their twin Voyager probes — now the farthest manmade objects from Earth, at roughly 12 billion miles from our humble home. The vessels are famously home to a pair of Golden Records — one-sided LPs compiled with the help of Carl Sagan and others as audio time capsules of the human experience — each tossed like beautiful bottled messages into the black sea of space. 
Both probes are also home to instruments that transmit electromagnetic signals back to Earth — recording the unique “sounds” emitted from the celestial bodies they pass on their way through the void. Portland’s Lefse Records have tapped the well of NASA’s recordings, and invited folks like Spiritualized, Beach House and The Antlers to incorporate the otherworldly sounds into a set of new recordings. 
On April 15 at 7:30pm, our friends at creative science collective SUPER/COLLIDER present a listening party for THE SPACE PROJECT— the 7” box set coming out on Record Store Day that compiles the cosmic results. The listening party is preceded by a roundtable with The Quietus' Luke Turner, space scientist Professor Andrew Coates, astronomer Dr. Radmila Topolovic and astrostatistician Dr. Daniel Mortlock, discussing the Voyager missions and the lasting effects they've had on our relationship with the stars.

Shoreditch, London

It’s been almost four decades since NASA launched their twin Voyager probes — now the farthest manmade objects from Earth, at roughly 12 billion miles from our humble home. The vessels are famously home to a pair of Golden Records — one-sided LPs compiled with the help of Carl Sagan and others as audio time capsules of the human experience — each tossed like beautiful bottled messages into the black sea of space. 

Both probes are also home to instruments that transmit electromagnetic signals back to Earth — recording the unique “sounds” emitted from the celestial bodies they pass on their way through the void. Portland’s Lefse Records have tapped the well of NASA’s recordings, and invited folks like Spiritualized, Beach House and The Antlers to incorporate the otherworldly sounds into a set of new recordings. 

On April 15 at 7:30pm, our friends at creative science collective SUPER/COLLIDER present a listening party for THE SPACE PROJECT— the 7” box set coming out on Record Store Day that compiles the cosmic results. The listening party is preceded by a roundtable with The Quietus' Luke Turner, space scientist Professor Andrew Coates, astronomer Dr. Radmila Topolovic and astrostatistician Dr. Daniel Mortlock, discussing the Voyager missions and the lasting effects they've had on our relationship with the stars.


Milano, Italia
Every year during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Wallpaper* Magazine puts on Handmade — an amazing exhibition of work from the makers and crafters of design, fashion, food and the magical.
For its fifth edition, Wallpaper* invited our Lovage team to set up shop and concoct three exclusive recipes, according to the meticulous techniques they’ve mastered in their Shoreditch juice and elixir bar at our London outpost. Handmade opened today and our peeps seem to have already adopted the Milanese accent. If you happen to be in Milan this week, come say hello and try some of our Dopo, Calma or Chiaro elixirs.
Handmade x Wallpaper*April 8–12, 10AM–7PMGalleria L’EcletticoVia San Gregorio, 3920124 Milano
Photo via Wallpaper*

Milano, Italia

Every year during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Wallpaper* Magazine puts on Handmade — an amazing exhibition of work from the makers and crafters of design, fashion, food and the magical.

For its fifth edition, Wallpaper* invited our Lovage team to set up shop and concoct three exclusive recipes, according to the meticulous techniques they’ve mastered in their Shoreditch juice and elixir bar at our London outpost. Handmade opened today and our peeps seem to have already adopted the Milanese accent. If you happen to be in Milan this week, come say hello and try some of our DopoCalma or Chiaro elixirs.

Handmade x Wallpaper*
April 8–12, 10AM–7PM
Galleria L’Eclettico
Via San Gregorio, 39
20124 Milano

Photo via Wallpaper*


Shoreditch, London
From the vast, incomprehensible cartography of the globe to the quiet cognitive maps of the everyday, we map for comfort — to afford ourselves the illusion of place. They’re the red dots we use to assure ourselves that “You Are Here” — and that everything else is relative and predictable. 
With Where You Are (a must-see website), the pictorially preoccupied storytellers at London publishing house Visual Editions take on the idea of mapping from the perspective of 16 different writers, artists and thinkers — in fiction and non-fiction writing plus a variety of visuals — to create "a book of maps that will leave you feeling completely lost." Featuring contributions from Chloe Aridjis, Alain de Botton, Joe Dunthorne, Leanne Shapton, Geoff Dyer, Olafur Eliasson, Sheila Heti + Ted Mineo, Tao Lin and a host of others, the book is a beautiful, mixed-up marvel of a thing.

The lobby gallery at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch opens up the atlas of Where Are You for the month of April, putting the collection’s rich visual components on display twenty-four hours a day. The opening reception is coming up on Wednesday April 2 at 6pm, complete with cocktails, conversation and a few readings.

Shoreditch, London

From the vast, incomprehensible cartography of the globe to the quiet cognitive maps of the everyday, we map for comfort — to afford ourselves the illusion of place. They’re the red dots we use to assure ourselves that “You Are Here” — and that everything else is relative and predictable. 

With Where You Are (a must-see website), the pictorially preoccupied storytellers at London publishing house Visual Editions take on the idea of mapping from the perspective of 16 different writers, artists and thinkers — in fiction and non-fiction writing plus a variety of visuals — to create "a book of maps that will leave you feeling completely lost." Featuring contributions from Chloe Aridjis, Alain de Botton, Joe Dunthorne, Leanne Shapton, Geoff Dyer, Olafur Eliasson, Sheila Heti + Ted Mineo, Tao Lin and a host of others, the book is a beautiful, mixed-up marvel of a thing.

The lobby gallery at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch opens up the atlas of Where Are You for the month of April, putting the collection’s rich visual components on display twenty-four hours a day. The opening reception is coming up on Wednesday April 2 at 6pm, complete with cocktails, conversation and a few readings.


Shoreditch, London
"As an admirer of people who make things but not being an artist myself, being able to see our products used by artists, architects, illustrators, designers and getting their feedback is very rewarding and a privilege."
In the summer of 2012, our friend Julia opened Choosing Keeping, a specialty shop with all corners dedicated to the desk environment — regardless of whether yours is a place of work or creative escape.
Located on iconic Columbia Road — home of the Sunday Flower Market — Choosing Keeping offers a selection of beautifully-made utility objects, plus carefully-curated books and prints to stimulate the discerning synapses. 
Julia’s a passionate, adorable shopkeep — the kind that has us making increasingly regular excuses to stop in. We’re going to need to find some new pen pals.Choosing Keeping128 Columbia RoadLondon E2 7RG

Shoreditch, London

"As an admirer of people who make things but not being an artist myself, being able to see our products used by artists, architects, illustrators, designers and getting their feedback is very rewarding and a privilege."

In the summer of 2012, our friend Julia opened Choosing Keeping, a specialty shop with all corners dedicated to the desk environment — regardless of whether yours is a place of work or creative escape.

Located on iconic Columbia Road — home of the Sunday Flower Market — Choosing Keeping offers a selection of beautifully-made utility objects, plus carefully-curated books and prints to stimulate the discerning synapses. 

Julia’s a passionate, adorable shopkeep — the kind that has us making increasingly regular excuses to stop in. We’re going to need to find some new pen pals.

Choosing Keeping
128 Columbia Road
London E2 7RG


Shoreditch, London
Nights stay younger longer in Shoreditch lately. We got tired of stepping out for a spot of food just as restaurant staff were stripping back the cutlery, so Hoi Polloi's been celebrating us night creatures with raucous Midnight Suppers.
Thursday nights are set aside for our oft-unruly special guest Maitre D’s, with Fridays devoted to Hoi Polloi’s musical director — their radiant, Vangelian angel Xavior — who posts up at the piano each week with a new weapon in his arsenal of synthesizers. This round he’ll be exploring the outer cosmos with his Arturia Laboratory. If you can’t make it on Friday, don’t fret: Hoi Polloi will be happy to entertain you late, seven days a week.

Shoreditch, London

Nights stay younger longer in Shoreditch lately. We got tired of stepping out for a spot of food just as restaurant staff were stripping back the cutlery, so Hoi Polloi's been celebrating us night creatures with raucous Midnight Suppers.

Thursday nights are set aside for our oft-unruly special guest Maitre D’s, with Fridays devoted to Hoi Polloi’s musical director — their radiant, Vangelian angel Xavior — who posts up at the piano each week with a new weapon in his arsenal of synthesizers. This round he’ll be exploring the outer cosmos with his Arturia Laboratory. If you can’t make it on Friday, don’t fret: Hoi Polloi will be happy to entertain you late, seven days a week.


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