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Inte rio r design er, stylist, a uthor an d
retailer Abigail Ahern is one cool (and
busy) lady. Recognised the wo rld over
as a design afi cio nado, her eclectic
style has won her many co mmission s
a nd accolades, including ‘style spotter
ex traordinaire’ by The Times. She
ex pan ded her already exte nsive
busi ness por tfolio a nd lau nched her
first collection of lighting last yea r.
The collection of lamps – a menagerie
of qui rk y ceramic a nimals – fuses craft
w ith bohemian a rtiness. Abigail shares
her plans fo r 2011...
What’s inspiri ng you at the mome nt?
I am pret ty in spired by the circus right
now as I tend to gravitate towards
roo ms in the fast lan e that thrill,
seduce and surprise, and the circus
does ju st that.
And what are you working on this
year? We are currently working with
a circus – a hugely exciting pro ject
The Royal Academy of A rts presents the firs t exhibition in three decades to e xamine
20th-centur y British sculpture. This impor tant show represe nt s a unique view of the
developme nt of sculpture in the UK, exploring chronologically what it m ea ns to be
British in re lation to the m edium . Modern British Sculpture brings togethe r key work s
by ar tist s including Dame Ba rba ra H epwor th, L eon U nder wood, H enr y Moore,
Anthony Caro, Richa rd Long and Damie n Hirs t. A s a site-specific show, it also
e xplores how the Royal Academy itself has had a significant role in shaping sculpture
in Britain over the past 100 years. Until April 7, The Royal Academy of Arts , B urlingto n
House, Piccadilly, London. Visit royalacademy.org.uk.
WITH THE CIRCUS
Zaha Hadid has become one of the
most new ly celebra ted architects of
our time. Until recently, completed UK
commissions by the Pritzker a nd RIBA
prize-winner were limited to less than a
ha ndful. Sudd enly, though, buildings by
this c reative wonde r woman a re opening
around the world. The MAXXI Museum
of XXI Century Arts in Rome was recently
na med World Building of the Yea r at
the 2010 World Architecture Fair, while
s he has g ar nered honou rs including a
Finan cial Times Wome n at the Top awa rd,
and Visionary of the Year at the Harper’s
Bazaar Women of the Yea r awa rds. E xpect
s imila r exciteme nt wh en the Glasgow
Riverside Museum of Transport and the
London Aquatics Centre for the 2012
Olympics are unveiled later this year.
Visit zah a-hadid.com .
Early One Morning by Anthony Caro (painted steel and aluminium, 1962).
revamping the main trave lling wago n
of Giffo rds Circus. Other pro jects
include a pad in LA for a producer,
expanding our lighting range and
designing a n accesso ry ra nge.
What will be the key interior
design trend in 2011? I think colour
will be huge... bold, blingy and
fabulo u s. Nothing changes the
perso na lity of a space like colou r.
I also think the whole eclectic vibe
w ill con tin u e this year. By masterfully
mixing differen t styles, eras an d
objects, you can create some truly
dazzling spaces. D esign co n tin u ally
draws u po n travel, so expect to see
s wa nky Hollywood glam coupled
w ith bohemian ar tiness. Fo r me, it’s
all about mischievously blending
the un expected with the ex pected.
Atelier by Abigail Ahern, 137
Uppe r Stre et, London. Visit
SHAKER CAUSES STIR
Cocktail hour is so back in vogue, and
what better way to impress than with the
Mira nda Watkins Design mar tini set? Made
from pewter a nd cork, it’s a mode rn cl assic,
so much so that the set has been selected
for the permanent collection of the V&A
Museum. The shaker, two tumblers and a
tray are a cool £333 (A$520). Visit the online
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