Daniel Speight, artist and art installer at Ace London, lives on a boat in the canals of the city, where it’s legal to tether in one spot for up to two weeks and then, like an urban nomad, move onwards. He gathers supplies along the way, living in the fluid, shifting intersection between the natural and industrial worlds and watching as they change through the seasons. This life has allowed him a unique point of view on a vibrant and vital urban hub, watched from a distance — a perspective best seen in his elaborate illustrations of London’s buildings and homes, screen printed onto the fore-edges of old books. He’s a nimble storyteller, unbound to one medium or method. London Foxes, printed in full below, is his personal account of London canal life.
Spending the afternoon exploring ISYS ARCHIVE’s What We Wore project, daydreaming our way onto the memory lanes and into the outfits of our now-neighbors, worn and loved long before there was an Ace Hotel in Shoreditch or anywhere else.
In 1954, Barbara Ruben and her best friend Pam worked as seamstresses in Spitalfields. They waitressed together for a summer in East Sussex, and bought matching bikinis for the beach. Barbara still lives and works in the neighborhood.
We’re more than a little smitten with Tel Aviv-born, globally educated and now London-based design duo Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, collectively known as Raw Edges Design Studio (and who also happen to be married). The couple crafts modern furniture and utilitarian, outlandishly imaginative conceptual pieces in their small shared working space in London, drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and positivity.
Alkalay’s Stack reimagines all of the usual characteristics of a chest of drawers — and, dancing along the unifying thread of Raw Edges’ work as a whole, offers a conceptual piece solidly grounded in purpose. Its not-insignificant commercial success aside, Stack has earned a spot in MOMA’s permanent design collection. We’re pleased as punch to be sharing a city with this pair, and we’re all ears and eyes for what they do next.