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The Best of LDF: ‘BELOVED’ at the V&A Museum

You may remember that SEEN very much admired ‘Beloved’, the evocative installation by Istanbul-based architecture practice Tabanlıoğlu Architects, set on a bridge over the beautiful V&A’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, conceived as part of the London Design Festival, London. It was indeed one of the most interesting design proposals seen by SEEN during the week.

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You may remember that SEEN very much admired ‘Beloved’, the evocative installation by Istanbul-based architecture practice Tabanlıoğlu Architects, set on a bridge over the beautiful V&A’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, conceived as part of the London Design Festival, London. It was indeed one of the most interesting design proposals seen by SEEN during the week.

‘Beloved’, designed by Tabanlıoğlu Architects (headed by Murat Tabanlioğlu and Melkan Gürsel), was inspired by ‘Madonna in a Fur Coat’, one of the greatest novels in Turkish literature. The installation is a sculptural and multi-sensory work that reinterprets the story of Sabahattin Ali’s novel in London. The story addresses the relationship between a young Turkish man and an enigmatic German woman and is set in the interwar period in two cities, Berlin and Ankara. The 13-metre-long mirrored black box was intentionally placed on the bridge at Gallery 112 to help provide a physical metaphor to describe the themes of the novel: old and young, East and West, WW1 and WW2.

“The installation was built to be a physical realisation of the way the human mind imagines scenes from a book as they read. It’s aimed to be a very intimate experience that celebrates literature, passion and the human condition using the power of design” explained Murat Tabanlıoğlu.

“The first sentence of the novel ‘Of all the people I have chanced upon in life, there is no one who has left a greater impression’ describes the importance of the main character, Raif, yet he is humiliated the first time we meet him. The questions of ‘how something looks’ and ‘how it is’ were the starting points of our design. For the shell of ‘Beloved’, we referred to Raif’s black notebook; the inner world of this man, portrayed in the interior of the installation. Raif can be discovered only when you get close.

Intrigued by glimpses of light, the audience peer through the ‘cover’ into the fascinating story that tells of a profound love of this anti-hero” said Melkan Gürsel.

It’s an installation that begs for the viewer’s prolonged examination and appreciation and you can still visit it here:

Seen this week

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MO-GA: Perfectly Imperfect

As the Sun shines on Earth, so MO-GA’s gender-fluid designs grace the bodies of everyone, rejoicing in ambiguity. Multiple sleeves and feathers recall the animal kingdom in all its glorious diversity; it’s a new aesthetic.

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Cocktails at the General Store

SEEN is tireless in her cocktail research, and very much enjoyed travelling to Highbury last week to try The General Store’s new summer cocktail menu and to check out the new interior. She was delighted to sample a Honey Mimosa, very sweet and fruity and just the ticket after a hot journey. It was, as its name suggests, a Mimosa with just a touch of honey.

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Canaletto: A Drawing Workshop with Alexandra Blum

SEEN has long been an admirer of Alexandra Blum’s liminal and apocalyptic renderings of London’s urban spaces, in which the capital seems ever-changing. It is the artist’s job to capture not only space but the passage of time itself.

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Rock the Strand is Back Thursday 27th July

One of SEEN’s favourite live music events, Rock the Strand, returns to Strand Palace Hotel on Thursday 27th July for a summer showcase featuring a stellar line-up of talented artists. Curated by industry mogul Tony Moore, Rock the Strand is a free music night that showcases an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Love Hunt at the British Museum

SEEN had the pleasure (pun intended) of being invited to a ‘Love Hunt’ at the British Museum. The museum, founded in 1753, is committed to preserving art, culture and history, and has collected around 8 million objects. These artefacts come from every corner of the world, revealing a fragment of many significant moments in time, from Mesopotamia to the Vikings; from the Inuits to the Indians. So, when one embarks on a visit to the world famous British Museum, where does one start?