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Buster + Punch: Lights to Look Fabulous By

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SEEN has been bathing in soft, flattering, warm light courtesy of Sweden and UK-based Buster + Punch who are on the cusp of launching their new collection ‘Stoned’ before they go to Euroluce. The lights are very Scandinavian in style with perfect attention to detail – as befits a country who spend so much of their time indoors. The lights are soft, warm, dimmable and use LED technology to mimic natural light rather than harsh artificial illumination. The ‘Stoned’ range resembles candles and would not look at all out of place in a church. Their bases are solid and heavy, available in honed black granite or polished white marble: these lights are an investment, boasting 50,000 hours of use.

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The ‘Caged’ range is designed to be modular: cages of back steel can be arranged in multiple ways with lights depending within. They have great versatility and be added to or reduced as you please. Buster + Punch’s Euroluce stand will see a huge chandelier arrangement demonstrating the range’s full capability.

The lights are designed to reflect changing fashions. Backplates of blackened steel, brushed steel or polished marble can be interchanged to ring the changes, but the restricted palette of colours and textures makes for a highly versatile piece of interior design.

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Massimo, CEO of Buster + Punch started life as an architect for Zaha Hadid, amongst others but found his energy rather restricted by the length of time that architectural projects take, so he gave that up and built motorbikes instead for private clients. Seeing a gap in the market for thoughtful and lasting lighting design that was also Eco-aware, Massimo drew from Scandinavian influences of warmth and cosiness to create lighting that was easy to live with, and capable of integration into any home, whatever the style. With Spring on its way and British people sighing with relief at the end of winter, it’s a style we’d do well to embrace.

You can now pre-order Stoned Table Light here.

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MO-GA: Perfectly Imperfect

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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?