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Colorplan Pop Up at GF Smith: Paper City + MarrsGreen

Step behind the North side of Oxford Street away from the retail bustle and you’re in a different world, in which art galleries and showrooms predominate. SEEN was visiting #GFShowSpace, the London HQ of paper supremos GF Smith. They were showcasing the splendid #MarrsGreen colour, selected by a democratic worldwide poll that has been embodied in t-shirts, a tea set, a bike, a Cambridge satchel, laces… You name it. You can see it from the street, indeed you can hardly miss it.

Paper City Weaving
Paper City Weaving

Downstairs in the basement was a selection of fabulous paper constructions that are also on display in Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations that have been taking place there. This is THE place for the serious colour and paper fetishist. The colours are uplifting as you walk into the place. There are also a selection of the books and papers that GF Smith has been involved with, plus a magnificent paper embossing machine that assembled guests had a go of with sheets of 270gsm MarrsGreen paper. All the colours that GF Smith produces are arranged along one wall and John, the CEO, was on hand to explain the history of the company and its place in fine paper manufacture today. They are a friendly and relaxed company who place collaboration high on their list of priorities with customers.

Monochrome Curve
Monochrome Curve

The Paper City constructions exploited the linear and spatial qualities of paper with weaving, stacking or gentle waves. Others went for a more geometric approach, exploiting and constructing the paper into fantastic curves and decahedral shapes. One wall was covered in a woven wall hanging of cleverly graded colours reminiscent of the mathematical work on pattern that we all did as children.

Paper City Curve
Paper City Curve

Therein lies the attraction of this wonderful installation. It takes us back to more carefree days when we played with form and colour. It speaks to something that underpins the way we look at the world and our own capacity for learning. Seriously, who doesn’t love the purity of a blank sheet of paper? Everything starts with just that.

G. F. Smith
27 Eastcastle Street

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Fever-Tree’s Very Own Gin School 

London has always had an enthusiastic relationship with gin; right from the days when the water was undrinkable, gin has become the city’s tipple of choice. Imagine SEEN’s joy therefore, when we heard that this month, gin and tonic experts, Fever-Tree, is launching its very own Fever-Tree Gin School.

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Bufle: Launch of the Bubble-Waffle

SEEN has heard much of the phenomenon of the Asian Bubble-Waffle and thus was very keen to sample this Hong Kong import for herself. My guest and I found ourselves in a bright, buzzy bar/café with tables and plenty of counters and high stools. It’s in Rupert Street, between Soho and busy Leicester Square.

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Arthur Hooper’s Weekend Brunch

SEEN has been a huge fan of Arthur Hooper’s since their May opening. It’s handily located close to Borough Market (where much of their ingredients are sourced), so it is with great delight that we hear weekend brunches are now on the menu too.

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Adam Prince King’s New Single

SEEN has been enjoying the latest offering from London native and lyrical pop artist Adam Prince King, who has announced the release of his new single ‘Before The Sun Goes Down’. The single is the follow-up to his debut hit ‘Flamingos’, which went viral upon its release in 2016.

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Arclinea and B&B Italia at the London Design Festival 2017

SEEN keenly anticipates this year’s London Design Festival, taking place from 16th – 24th September. Not least because B&B Italia will launch their partnership with Arclinea high-end designer kitchens. The brand will also celebrate the UK debut of its 2017 collections, including the 20th anniversary edition of the iconic Charles seating system; all to be revealed with a new look for its B&B Italia London store on Brompton Road.