Designer Richard Brendon Rejuvenates the Crystal and Tableware Industries

Ideas on innovation pass from a London studio to Stoke-on-Trent potteries

To gaze at London-based designer Richard Brendon‘s Reflect collection offers substantial insight on the history and future of an industry in transition. For the series, Brendon pairs gold- and platinum-gilded teacups of his own invention with patterned saucers found at antique dealers across Britain. Brendon honors his discoveries and intensifies their beauty with his own work. And it represents more than a clever product collection; …

Davie, Hockney and Quarles at Yorkshire’s Hepworth Wakefield

The UK gallery ties together early works by Alan Davie and David Hockney with Christina Quarles’ first European solo show

Stunning architecture strikes visitors arriving at Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in Yorkshire long before the art inside does. The David Chipperfield-designed building has a stark, neo-brutalist beauty that’s underlined by a verdant new garden created by Tom-Stuart Smith. Behind it, the grey concrete edifice of the gallery, whose shape echoes the statues by Barbara Hepworth that it’s named for, sits on the edge of the River …

London’s Playful New Standard Hotel

The brand's first foray outside the USA puts the focus on public spaces

The Standard‘s first foray outside of the USA, The Standard, London offers quite the visual feast—saturated in countless colors, patterns and textures. With familiar retro-futurism, it feels similar to those in NYC and Miami, and maintains the brand’s focus on bringing locals and guests together in vibrant, dynamic public spaces. The hotel’s 1974 brutalist building (conveniently located just steps from King’s Cross) is wildly different …