When the British fashion design duo Antoni & Alison bought a derelict 1820s house, they spent a year, they say, "Going, 'Agh! What do we do with it?'" They wanted to respect its history but not to the point that it resembled an English Heritage property. The result is a surprisingly beautiful blend of giant Mr Blobby ornaments and painstakingly salvaged authenticity (above). On 17 September, as part of London Fashion Week, they open it to the public (open houselondon. org.uk). I asked Antoni what he'd learnt during the restoration...
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Monday 24 January 2011
The official star-rating system used to rank hotels in Britain is to lose state backing this week, after claims that customer reviews posted online are more reliable. National tourism agencies, such as VisitEngland, grade hotels from one to five stars, but the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says collective rankings more accurately reflect holidaymakers' concerns. The current system is also considered to work against smaller hotels, which often receive just one or two stars because they cannot offer the same breadth of services as a large hotel, even if their standards of service, accommodation and food are judged very favourably.
Dylan Jones: 'The Design Museum’s move, in 2014, to the Commonwealth Institute, comes not a minute too soon'
Saturday 22 January 2011
As the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have withdrawn 65 per cent of the Design Museum's funding over the next four years, some may have feared that plans for the museum to move from its Tower Bridge home to the Commonwealth Institute may have been scuppered. But not a bit of it. The DCMS money only represents 10 per cent of the museum's annual budget, and it will still receive £900,000 over the next four years (rather than £1.4m).
Friday 21 January 2011
The prospective chairman of the BBC Trust will face a grilling from MPs before taking the job.
Friday 21 January 2011
English Heritage has warned that the Shanghai-style redevelopment of Liverpool's historic waterfront could harm the city's World Heritage Site.
Thursday 20 January 2011
Former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell insists the Olympic Stadium in east London must continue to be an athletics venue after the 2012 Games in order to fulfil promises made to the International Olympic Committee during the bidding process.
Wednesday 05 January 2011
An underwater search for a former university lecturer feared dead after a boat carrying six passengers capsized was called off today.
Sunday 26 December 2010
Sunday 26 December 2010
English Heritage are looking for help in increasing the strangely small number of London football men to be honoured with a blue plaque in the capital.
Thursday 23 December 2010
The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station moved a step closer yesterday after years of setbacks and frustration, as London Mayor Boris Johnson gave the plan his blessing.
Wednesday 15 December 2010
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy accepted yesterday that any English manager would find it hard to turn down the national job, but put off to the realm of "if and when" how he would deal with any Football Association approach for Harry Redknapp.
Monday 06 December 2010
Sunday 05 December 2010
Sunday 28 November 2010
Wednesday 17 November 2010
I thought that chubby bloke was in charge?
Thursday 28 October 2010
The proposed £100m outpost of the Royal Opera House (ROH) in Manchester is among a swathe of arts projects that have been shelved because of the arts-funding cuts announced earlier this week.
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991 with most Brits wanting to stay in'
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