Change is everything. London accessories designer Ally Capellino agrees with us her in her gentle, idiosyncratic, useful, graceful, self-made, sturdy way. Not only has she created a small leather tray for the datums in Ace London guest rooms — useful for pens, leaves, pills, non-GMO seeds and, yes, change — but she also brings her signature design aesthetic to an iconic piece of furniture, the tubular stacking chair. Initially conceived by the Bauhaus group, they were the inspiration for many manufacturers in the interwar period in Britain. The PEL (Practical Equipment Limited) name quickly became synonymous with the product, and exploited the interest in modern shapes and design durability. These chairs have been the mainstay of schools, church halls and factories ever since.

Originally manufactured by Cox of Solihull, this set has been stripped back to their raw steel frames and taken in a new and inventive direction. Making inquiries into the way we position ourselves when seated, Ally and her team, which includes her son and daughter, made eight variations on the theme with seats that have been hand stitched and polished Italian bridle leather in her London studio before being branded with their name — ‘Left Leaning’ and ‘Cantilever’ for example.

Ally’s long-time collaborator Donald Christie created a short film examining the human use of accidental props in the style of 1957 Oscar-winning short A Chairy Tale. Meanwhile IRL, PEL chair enthusiast Rupert Blanchard has created installations of the chairs at Ally’s Shoreditch shop and at the junction of Portobello and Golborne Roads, up through the end of the London Design Festival this weekend.




London’s Three Word Commission matchmakes a winsome roster of mostly East End artists with three-word prompts, puts their keys in a bowl, gives them some mushroom cookies and then sets them free in the anarchic yonder of imagination that is low-to-no presh art-making. Here, Steven Quinn creates a natural habitat for banana + dog + space, Hattie Stewart lays hands on NYC + triangle + fluorescent and finds a muse, and Rose Blake, daughter of Sir Peter Blake, conjures an homage to Magic Eye for this lonely enthusiast for whom earnestness is the wallpaper, water and air in a land of thunderbirds + love + Union Jack.

London’s Three Word Commission matchmakes a winsome roster of mostly East End artists with three-word prompts, puts their keys in a bowl, gives them some mushroom cookies and then sets them free in the anarchic yonder of imagination that is low-to-no presh art-making. Here, Steven Quinn creates a natural habitat for banana + dog + space, Hattie Stewart lays hands on NYC + triangle + fluorescent and finds a muse, and Rose Blake, daughter of Sir Peter Blake, conjures an homage to Magic Eye for this lonely enthusiast for whom earnestness is the wallpaper, water and air in a land of thunderbirds + love + Union Jack.


Aaaaaaaaaand, we’re open.

Aaaaaaaaaand, we’re open.


Just about to open our doors at Ace Hotel London….

Just about to open our doors at Ace Hotel London….


Alice Masters documented Max Lamb and London’s HornCastle & Sons creating custom pieces for Ace Hotel London's lobby bar — stay tuned for her short film, and let these moments tide you over.

Alice Masters documented Max Lamb and London’s HornCastle & Sons creating custom pieces for Ace Hotel London's lobby bar — stay tuned for her short film, and let these moments tide you over.

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch Max Lamb HornCastle & Sons

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch Max Lamb HornCastle & Sons

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch Max Lamb HornCastle & Sons

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch Max Lamb HornCastle & Sons

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch Max Lamb HornCastle & Sons


London rooms are shaping up.

London rooms are shaping up.

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch


Believing that almost anything and anybody would be too (2.) happy to see a contraband snapshot from our developing Ace Hotel London Shoreditch room art is something (and somebody) we’re going to get into habit of in the next week or so before we open our doors September 9.

Believing that almost anything and anybody would be too (2.) happy to see a contraband snapshot from our developing Ace Hotel London Shoreditch room art is something (and somebody) we’re going to get into habit of in the next week or so before we open our doors September 9.


After all a cup is really only a small plate with its collar up.

A Technicolor study of English pottery, the skill of the potter and the modern mechanized factories of the legendary Wedgwood, hosted by British Council Film.


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