What To Do, See & Buy: Kyoto's Hotel Mexico; Warwick 100 Bike Ride; Andy Hope; YMC; Tom Dixon; Unbound
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Saturday 07 April 2012
Hotel Mexico is Kyoto's best-kept secret. The follow-up to the band's glorious debut EP His Jewelled Letter Box, A Space in the Loveless Field features two dreamy new tracks, filled with washed-out synths and sun-soaked vocals. Listen to it here: soundcloud.com/doubledenim.
The Warwick 100 Bike Ride takes cyclists of all abilities from the city's racecourse, along the lanes and waterways of Shakespeare's favourite county. There are various route options depending on whether you prefer a full pelt or a gentle meander; the perfect way to work off the excesses of Easter. 15 April; action.org.uk
Berlin-born artist Andy Hope's bold, cyber-inspired paintings are heavy in rockets and superheroes. See an all-new collection at London's Hauser & Wirth Savile Row, North Gallery from 19 April. Hauserwirth.com
Unisex British fashion house YMC (it stands for You Must Create) have launched their latest womenswear collection, and we're smitten. The concept? Swallows and Amazons meets 1960s Côte D'Azur, with plenty of pale striped cottons, sensible sandals and quilted floral accessories. Youmustcreate.com
Tom Dixon never stops. Later this month he launches MOST – a new centre for design, food, fashion and technology at Milan Furniture Fair – showcasing his latest creation, a huge lamp made from digitally etched copper-anodised aluminium, dipped in acid to cast angular shadows across the room. Yours for £790 from May, at tomdixon.net.
In an uncertain world for book publishing, the website Unbound is a novel concept that brings authors together with their readers. Writers pitch ideas, and, if you like them, you can pledge to back them – and in return you can expect rewards, from your name on the final book to lunch with the author. Unbound.co.uk
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