Each month we pick three things that have inspired us. From art, design and branding, to food, drink and beyond… Welcome to the November edition.
Gucci Cosmos is a mesmerising celebration of the ideas, artefacts and designs that have made Gucci one of the powerhouses of luxury fashion. Never has the saying, ‘the medium is the message’ been truer: through a series of ‘worlds’, the history of Gucci unfolds, brought to life with added wonder, intrigue and poetry courtesy of the brilliant Es Devlin, who envisioned and designed the exhibition.
As soon as you step into 180 Studios, you’re transported to an Art Decaux-styled lobby inspired by The Savoy Hotel in the 1920s. The lift to the exhibition is the ‘Ascending Room’ – a replica of London’s first lift, where Guccio Gucci began his career as a porter. The original lift, luxuriously decorated with carpet and seating, took seven minutes to ascend, giving Gucci unparalleled insight into the world of the Savoy’s well-heeled guests.
Progressing through the exhibition, each ‘world’ reveals new facets of the brand, enhanced by the thought-provoking added sparkle and creativity of Devlin’s presentation.
It reminded me that there’s so much to learn from luxury brands. Masters of commercial design, they are adept at blending artistry, creativity and storytelling to create desire and aspiration. Here are my two key takeouts:
Written on one of the walls: “Humble materials were made precious through craft”. It was a message that’s stuck with me and seems a fitting mantra for the times we live in…
Gucci Cosmos is on until 31st December at 180 Studios, London. Book tickets here.
As tempted as we were to review the Christmas ads this month, (for the record, Apple is our favourite), we remain unswervingly traditionalist and will not be hitting play on Bublé or Mariah until 1st December.
Instead, with COP28 kicking off today, we thought we’d share a provocative ad starring Olivia Colman – renamed Oblivia Coalmine – as a sinister, latex-clad Big Oil Company CEO. It’s part of a campaign founded by filmmaker and activist, Richard Curtis, to help Make My Money Matter, (of which Curtis is also co-founder), raise awareness of the damaging links between the UK pensions industry and the climate emergency.
It's a very good point summed up by Danny Brook-Taylor from Lucky Generals who created the ad: “The cruel irony is that while we all save for the future, the pension companies are investing in industries that are actively destroying it.”
We recently discovered local urban vineyard and winery, Nania’s, which started life on an allotment in the heart of Bristol. Here are three things you need to know: