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
Our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen is back, and she’s brought a few natural tranquilizers with her. 
The world’s a stressful place, and we need all the help we can get bringing calm to the storm.
Here are a couple of tips you can use to destress yourself.
• Place your hands directly below your belly button
• Close your eyes and breathe in from your nose
• Breath out from your mouth whilst touching your top teeth with your tongue
Whilst doing this breathing technique, you should feel the cold air going through your throat — getting warmer as it goes down to the stomach, and reaching your hands below the belly button. Keep it there for a few seconds, releasing the hot air though the mouth. Do this a few times and relax. You should feel your stomach expand with this exercise.  
For Sleeplessness
If you cannot get to sleep, here is a tip that usually works:
Fill a large bowl with hot water and mix it with a cup of salt. Once the salt is dissolved into the water, place your feet into the bowl and leave to soak for about five minutes. If your body starts palpitating, remove your feet from the water immediately. Go to bed as soon as this is done to get the best results.

Shoreditch, London

Our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen is back, and she’s brought a few natural tranquilizers with her. 

The world’s a stressful place, and we need all the help we can get bringing calm to the storm.

Here are a couple of tips you can use to destress yourself.

Place your hands directly below your belly button

Close your eyes and breathe in from your nose

Breath out from your mouth whilst touching your top teeth with your tongue

Whilst doing this breathing technique, you should feel the cold air going through your throat — getting warmer as it goes down to the stomach, and reaching your hands below the belly button. Keep it there for a few seconds, releasing the hot air though the mouth. Do this a few times and relax. You should feel your stomach expand with this exercise.  

For Sleeplessness

If you cannot get to sleep, here is a tip that usually works:

Fill a large bowl with hot water and mix it with a cup of salt. Once the salt is dissolved into the water, place your feet into the bowl and leave to soak for about five minutes. If your body starts palpitating, remove your feet from the water immediately. Go to bed as soon as this is done to get the best results.


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.


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.


London, UK
Throughout the ’90s and early ’00s, American experimental music treasure William Basinski operated a now-mythical avant-garde incubator beside the East River in North Williamsburg — a studio and performance space that played early host to Diamanda Galás, Antony and countless others. Arcadia closed its doors for good in 2008, but London’s Art Assembly brought Basinski out to co-curate a series of Arcadia-inspired music and live art events in London — including a host of pretty spectacular shows at Ace London.
The mini-fest kicked off tonight and continues through March 20. We’ll be hosting several shows Downstairs — Basinski and James Elaine’s Melancholia film shorts, Julia Kent, Paul Prudence and more — plus Janek Schaefer's sound installation Lay-by-Lullaby will be posted up in the lobby throughout. More details are available at our calendar.

London, UK

Throughout the ’90s and early ’00s, American experimental music treasure William Basinski operated a now-mythical avant-garde incubator beside the East River in North Williamsburg — a studio and performance space that played early host to Diamanda Galás, Antony and countless others. Arcadia closed its doors for good in 2008, but London’s Art Assembly brought Basinski out to co-curate a series of Arcadia-inspired music and live art events in London — including a host of pretty spectacular shows at Ace London.

The mini-fest kicked off tonight and continues through March 20. We’ll be hosting several shows Downstairs — Basinski and James Elaine’s Melancholia film shorts, Julia KentPaul Prudence and more — plus Janek Schaefer's sound installation Lay-by-Lullaby will be posted up in the lobby throughout. More details are available at our calendar.


London, United Kingdom

Now warming our lobby wall in Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, the meticulous artist craftsmen at Dovecot Studios have custom-woven us a stately tapestry — its eight distinct panels fashioned from an array of materials, including wool, cotton, linen, camel, and mohair.

Founded in Edinburgh in 1912, Dovecot built its reputation as a leading contemporary fine art tapestry studio — collaborating over the years on works with Cecil Beaton, Peter Blake, Graham Sutherland, Peter Saville, David Hockney, and Frank Stella.

True to Dovecot’s century-old philosophy, the large-scale commission began as a hands-on dialog between Ace and Master Weaver Naomi Robertson — a series of conversations that lead us to a unique gestation process. Initially taking cues from the principles of Bauhaus and the textile work of Anni Albers, we set out to honor the art and aesthetics inherent in the weaving process — incorporating a number of specialized, experimental and traditional weaving techniques to celebrate these inner-workings as the objet d’art in and of itself.

The project also served as a christening of sorts for Dovecot’s new loom, with both it and their tried-and-true apparatus working in tandem with each other to develop our pieces. Along the way, action weaver Travis Meinolf added his own bits alongside: fabric off-cuts, hotel documents and even locks of hair. 

Unusually, the suite was installed to reveal what is normally hidden — the reverse of the weavings — giving a unique insight into what lies behind the process. 

Details from a photograph by Andrew Meredith.


London, UK
Last month we reported on London-based architectural photographer Andrew Meredith's adventures documenting the eerie vacancy of Hashima Island. Some of the captivating results of Andrew's trip hang this month in the gallery at Ace London. Opening reception is today, March 6, 7-9pm.

London, UK

Last month we reported on London-based architectural photographer Andrew Meredith's adventures documenting the eerie vacancy of Hashima Island. Some of the captivating results of Andrew's trip hang this month in the gallery at Ace London.

Opening reception is today, March 6, 7-9pm.


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