Welcome to autumn and, for me, publication month. The Secret Lives of Colour, a book that owes its genesis to the colour column I write for Elle Decoration, hits the shelves on October 20th. I can’t wait to share it with you.
The launch is taking place on October 11th at the beautiful Library members club in London and has been kindly sponsored by Jensen’s, a delicious gin also hailing from the city. If you’d like to attend you can buy a day pass here. After publication I will also be giving talks, signing books and generally promoting my little heart out. When I have a clearer idea of the schedule I’ll put it in the Books tab above.
Enough about the book! Below is a highly abbreviated edit of the best of the internet this month — enjoy:
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The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed there’s been a slight re-design of the site (it’s subtle, so don’t feel too guilty if you missed it). As well as the Books page, there’s a shiny new header image and an easier to navigate Portfolio section.
The launch of The Secret Lives of Colour is now so imminent that I can practically taste it. Most excitingly I received my advance copy, which is beautiful. I’ve already shared thousands of images of it, but those who want even more, and/or would like to know about upcoming talks and other events, can visit the book’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
As ever, below are the stories — mostly on design and culture — that caught my eye this month and, at the bottom, three pieces from me. Bon appétit:
This summer has been a busy one. Since I last wrote here, the British — or half of them anyway — decided to leave the EU; rhetoric concerning refugees became increasingly toxic; a spate of terror attacks has left communities all over the world reeling; and Trump has made hundreds of gaffes, none of which seem to have dented his popularity with the tens of thousands disenchanted with mainstream politics in America.
Closer to home, I have moved house twice, signed off the final final final version of The Secret Lives of Colour, which will be published on October 20th (and can now be pre-ordered from Amazon), and started researching in earnest books two and three (I know! More on that in the books section when I can). So, I have dispensed with the monthly version of this for the moment and done an extra-long summer version of the many fascinating and unexpected things that I’ve come across, and three things by me at the bottom.
Hello from a not-so-sunny London
I’m back after a glorious week in Scotland where it was 22 degrees every day (see photo above). I don’t normally do plugs for places I’ve visited here but I’m going to make an exception for Corrie House B&B, run by Barrie and Joan. They were charming, their breakfasts were the stuff of dreams and they looked after us so well that all I want to do is hop on a plane and go straight back.
Fresh for May: the best things I’ve read and seen online this month:
Ever wanted to know what other people do when they think no one is watching? Gay Talese’s gripping account of a motel-owner, who, after decades of spying on his guests, decided: “People are basically dishonest and unclean; they cheat and lie and are motivated by self-interest.”
The Western women who join ISIS
Here it is! The beautiful cover to “The Secret Lives of Colour”, which will be published by John Murray in October. For the princely sum of £20 you will learn about the brown that changed the way battles were fought, the white that was thought to protect against the plague and why the pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones insisted on giving a tube of paint a decent burial.
For spring: an experiment in the form of a monthly design round-up with an odd smattering of opinions and news thrown in. If you like it—or if you think it’s terrible and want to offer suggestions—let me know on Twitter on in the comments below. Enjoy!
I don’t wish to cause a stampede but these espadrilles from Lika Mimika come in almost all conceivable colours.
If you love stationery Present & Correct will make you very, very happy. They specialise at the quirky end of the spectrum; some of their wares are vintage, all of it is intriguing. Plus you can’t fail to be charmed by their website—it even has a section labelled “Organise”. Bliss.
I know, I know. It has been about a year since I updated this. Shame on me. Shame. But I saw the SS15 and Resort 15 lookbooks from Draw in Light and knew it would appeal.
Draw in Light are a British womenswear label specialising in cool, screen-printed silk clothes in pared-back shapes. Perfect for the summer that I plan on having, complete with white beaches, sandy toes and lashings of Aperol spritz….