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Whitechapel Gallery will host an exhibition by iden tical twins Ger t an d Uwe
Tobias fro m April. B orn in Ro man ia , the brothers have worked together
since 2001, often finishing each other’s work, picking up where the other left
off. Across painting, scu lpting, tradition al wo odcut printing, an d the mo re
u nco nven tio n al method of drawing with a typewriter, their art evolves fro m
the deeply shared u nderstanding that t win s can develop. Full of stran ge faces
an d creatures, their work draws on eastern Eu ro pea n folk a rt and the infl ue nces
of Ru ssian a bstract art fro m the ea rly 20th centu ry. On show from April 16-June
14. 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, whitechapelgaller y.org.
As a high-so ciety cafe, an d then as a decadent nightclub, it attracted
a gla mo ro us patro nage that in cluded Oscar Wilde, Winston Chu rchill,
Elizabeth Taylo r an d David Bowie. Now, afte r a fi ve-year hiatu s, the C afe
Royal in L on don has been reinvented as a s wan k y n ew five-star hotel. David
Chipperfi eld Architects – ren own ed for radical an d sympathetic building
design – is respon sible fo r the theatrical an d luxu riou s renovatio n of the
19th cen tur y Grade I-listed lan dma rk building. The hotel featu res mo re tha n
150 rooms and six grand historic suites, four of which have original Belle Epoque
sitting ro oms, while a nother features a Tudor fi replace from Hampto n Co u rt.
The splen did public spaces in clude an elegan t dining roo m, a buzz y brassiere
an d a cocktail bar, all glittering with abu ndan t gold leaf an d plen ty of mi rrors.
“I thought it would be interesting to be much more willful, camp even”, said the
a rc hitect in a re cen t inte r v ie w. 6 8 Regen t Street, London, hotelcaferoyal.com.
MIXED META FORMS
The Meta Collection was launched as an offshoot of the re nown ed a ntiques de ale rs Mallett. This mode rn
s iste r of the Mayfair s talwa r t offers discerning customers handcrafted pieces that will form future collections.
Leading designers include Barber & Osgerby and Tord Boontje, with Klauser & Carpenter to join the
prestigious stable this year. Their exquisite Ca rin a table, con stru cted from fou r pieces of interlo cking
Carra ra ma rble, blen ds the fl uid aesthetic of maritime architectu re with the sculptu ral purity of classical
marble. Made to o rder for £65,000 (AU$98,0 00). Ely House, 37 Dove r Stre et, London, ma debymeta .com.
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