Blog: May 2017

African inspired Art Moderne rug at Geffrye Museum

Not far from the Olympic Stadium, in an area at several removes from the famous museums of central London, is The Geffrye Museum. Housed in a terraced row of 18th century almshouses with a shady green as buffer to the busy main road, this small museum is devoted to “English domestic interiors” and the furniture… Read more »

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Just dive in to a cool pool of Aquasilk!

Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield still have time to read COVER’s post before today’s synchronised 10m Olympic platform dive. Just dive in boys and let the good times (Olympic medals) roll. Your COVER scribe would like to dive in too, but 10m is 9.5m too high. Vertigo followed by belly flop on a bad day,… Read more »

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Stephen Sprouse “Static Screen” TV curtain

On the rare occasion the BBC has network problems your COVER scribe enjoys looking at the fiery Armageddon Clown 502 Bad Gateway message. Clown chappy looks quite chipper given the firestorm behind him. Return from whence you came, instructs the BBC. Very droll. And a firestorm is just what US Olympic broadcaster NBC is getting… Read more »

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Tangerine Tango heralds Olympic Archery

Let the Games commence! The opening ceremony was a frenzied fantasy. We loved it. So it may be grey skies in London this morning, but COVER is fixated on hot summer Olympic hues. Yesterday we reported on “Olympink” and several days ago on a tangerine op art cushion homage to the 1968 Olympics. We say… Read more »

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Think Olympink!

Think Olympink. Yes, inspired by the colours of the fractured Olympic 2012 logo, pink has been declared the navy blue of the Olympics (to paraphrase Vogue magazine impresario Diana Vreeland‘s 1962 colour declaration.) We at COVER do believe it’s possible to wear head to toe pink and not look like a waitress at the Hello… Read more »

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Hey nonny nonny – it’s the Olympic Opening Ceremony!

Ding Dong! National bell ringing at 08:12 tomorrow morning followed by a giant ding dong on a 27-tonne bell at the “Isle of Wonders” Olympic 2012 opening ceremony tomorrow night. It’s the official Olympic launch! Although still surrounded by James Bond-style secrecy, this we know. The Olympic Stadium will be transformed by director Danny Boyle… Read more »

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Oh là là! Jean-Paul Gaultier to launch China inspired textiles

Say ooh, la la, come on, come on, come on, say ooh la la. Spelled “oh là là” in his native French, fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is under licence to French textile firm Lelièvre to launch a home textiles line in the autumn. COVER says oh là là là là! Gaultier’s collaboration follows a successful… Read more »

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Olympic Fever with Thomas Paul Op Art Cushion

COVER’s feet are twitching in the starting blocks. The Olympics are four days away. Time to think souvenirs. If your eyeballs can’t quite cope with the London 2012 Olympics geezer-style logo emblazoned on home furnishings, get yourself over to Thomas Paul and buy one of his 18 inch orange Geo/Metric cushions. The cushion’s “modern shapes… Read more »

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Tour de France joie de vivre with Nicola Cerini’s rug

The sun is shining in London. Finally. And to celebrate not just sunny warmth, but the feel good factor we in Britain have with Bradley Wiggins’ win of the Tour de France cycling race, COVER went on the hunt for a carpet that summed up the historic victory. Now while we are in no doubt… Read more »

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Flower Power Punch by Ken Scott

It’s the heady moment we at COVER dream of; a gold strike during a lunchtime shufti at the charity shop (thrift store in American speak). This week your scribe bagsied a mint copy of The Contemporary Decorative Arts from 1940 to the present day, published in 1980. After polite jostling with would-be claim jumpers, the… Read more »

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