The Secret Lives of Colour

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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.

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Hello, April

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Hello!

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!

The death of Dame Zaha Hadid on March 31st has led to the publication of a thousand quick-fire tributes, condolences by contemporaries, rivals and critics as well as the unearthing of some thoughtful, long-form profiles. In pictures: ten of her best buildings

Are you a youngish man? Have you ever seen Mumford & Sons? The “bro”-liferation

How Batman’s physique has waxed and waned (pun definitely intended) over past 50 years

Tennis and the patriarchy

A great piece on a Harvard library protecting some of the world’s rarest colours (and some other wonderful libraries, just for fun)

Buzzfeed uses dreamy stock images to demonstrate the beauty of the German language

Maths can help make sense of the relationships between Game of Thrones’ protagonists

The Economist’s data team offers a scoop on the relationship between ice-cream consumption and literacy

Top tweet—is Canada trolling America?

You definitely don’t need this golden ratio cookie cutter, but…

And, from me:

The man who carves between heartbeats to create works so small they are practically invisible to the naked eye

On the origins and uses of Vantablack, the world’s blackest black

And, in Elle Decoration’s April issue, 35 pages of rainbow therapy

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Egg Tempera

A quirky little film about the life and art of Joël Penkman. You can see more of her work—still lifes of nostalgic, kitsch and much-loved objects like teacups, sweets and bags of Monster Munch—here.

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Draw in Light

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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….

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Lanvin SS15

Lanvin_005_2000_592x888So Lanvin got it really, really right for spring/summer 2015. Pure dishevelled Parisian insouciance, expressed through the mediums of dirty-looking hair and high-maintenance bleached whites. The only thing I’m not too sure about the heel shape below, they remind me of the mid-heel Kickers I used to wear at school (mine were navy, which totally violated school rules. I was such a rebel.) But you never know, they might be a grower…

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Marc Alary

Screen shot 2014-04-05 at 13.29.13Meet my latest jewellery crush: Marc Alary. French-born and NY-based, Marc Alary works simple themes – flora and fauna – in interesting ways. Just take the articulated monkey ring above – the shapes are sinuous and sophisticated, but the idea is more children’s toy than fine jewellery. You can reposition the monkey to echo your mood – playful, watchful, ready-to-pounce. Below are a few more of his pieces, including some pendant playmates for that ring and my personal favourites, the coiled-leopard rings.

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