Curious Trends - Slow lifestyle

19/11/2011

Slow food, ethnic homeware and vintage fashion at Brixton Market


I mentioned London’s Brixton Market a while ago in an article on upmarket markets. Brixton, a survivor of the original riots, remains relatively unharmed by the ‘how to spend it’ designer-crazed brigade. Ignore the armed police standing guard outside the underground station, the mega-sized branches of KFC and McDonalds - and march rapidly towards Electric Avenue – a monument to the history of electrical engineering and small commercial enterprise.

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13/11/2010

Sands Films studio


Next to the Thames in Rotherhithe, and plumped between the Mayflower pub and the Brunel Museum, are a couple of nineteenth century warehouses that you’d never imagine could be a film studio… Let alone include workshops, an enormous costume wardrobe, sets, a cutting room, a homely canteen with retro furnishings and checked tablecloths – even a charmingly decorated, cosy little cinema. In fact, everything about this place is curiously characterful.

You may have heard that Warner Brothers has purchased Leavesden Studios, the home of Harry Potter films, and is planning a £100 million expansion of the film production facilities. But I don’t suppose you’ve ever heard of Sands Films studio, another London based production facility, founded in the early 1970s by Richard Goodwin, the Producer of Tales of Beatrix Potter and extraordinarily versatile director, Christine Edzard?

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07/08/2010

Micro level eco-design


Eco-friendly practicality is less of a curious trend and more of an accepted norm these days, as more and more of us make a special effort to go green, but rarely is the term associated with aesthetically pleasing design.

Conditions may be more conducive to stylish eco-design on some parts of our planet, where the climate allows mankind to be a little more at one with nature. Many of the Caribbean islands, for instance, have a history of using local materials and resources to create idyllic oases for visiting tourists.


One of the earliest examples, Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands, was transformed in the early 1960s from a sleepy agricultural community to conform to its philanthropic owner, Laurence Rockerfeller’s ideals of ‘the earth in balance’.

Recently developed luxury resorts have followed the design principles set by early pioneers of green construction, landscaping and interiors - but it’s still the little touches of eco-friendly style that make a holiday at any resort special..
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