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Rohan Quarry Day

Lisa Richards was looking for more than a fancy spa treatment, she was looking for an end to relentless back pain. Rohan Quarry Day, Christina Ong’s personal physician, had the solution.

Read more: http://civilianglobal.com/features/rohan-quarry-day-best-massage-in-london-metropolitan-by-como/#ixzz33rlx0I5Y

Best In Show // Andrew Pinkham

Philadelphia-based Andrew Pinkham‘s photographic work has an ethereal quality, thanks to his delicate handling of light, and the illustrative elements he adds to his work after an initial photo shoot takes place.

Challenging the viewer’s preconceptions of what we think of as ‘historical’ or ‘authentic’, the final images resemble the work of 18th and 19th century painters; the work of animal portraitists such as George Stubbs and John James Audubon come to mind. Some of his work uses human models, others canine poseurs, others still, eerie street and city scenes, their style influenced by the sombre portraiture of that era.

Some are playful and comical, using props or whimsical composition, a coming together of photography and illustration, “Not knowing where one ends and the other begins,” as Pinkham explains it. Re-engineering natural light in his studio or on location, he strives to replicate the same beautiful effect that his environmental portraits boast.
To discuss commissions, telephone Andrew on: 215-901-0445

Country Life // Luxury Cotswold Rentals

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We first saw the picture-postcard-perfect Cotswold townhouse, The Old Surgery, on Escape To The Country. A stunning property, the buyer said that they planned to turn in into a B&B – we wanted to book ourselves in there and then. So we were delighted to hear that this beautiful Tetbury home is now available to rent. The beautifully designed property is owned by photographer and artist Maria Stengard-Green and her work is an integral part of the look and feel of the place. Contemporary design and furnishings sit seamlessly within the magnificent Elizabethan splendour. Four stylish bedrooms accommodate up to 10 guests. Open fireplaces, cozy sitting areas, a professionally kitted out kitchen and a gorgeous Provence style courtyard provide plenty of space. And best of all, The Old Surgery at Tetbury allows well behaved pets. Henry, our office pooch, is as excited as we are.
Tel: +44 7989 404 535

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Gift Aid // Resource’s Christmas Wish List

Leaving it a bit late, aren’t you? Because we wouldn’t want to deny you that lovely, warm feeling you get from gift-giving, here’s our Christmas wish list of outstanding items. Stationery, jewellery, art, fashion accessories and outrageously expensive objéts for the home: you can’t go wrong with a gift coming from any of these categories. Choose carefully though, dear reader, as your choice says an awful lot about you.
For us? You shouldn’t have…

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(from top to bottom)

1. Lanvin shopper
It’s totes amazing. It’s a tote. It’s amazing. And it’s by Lanvin. And we love it. Big enough for a cheeky overnight stay – clean pants, socks, iPad, glossy magazine, cashmere jumper, Gucci washbag – this crocodile shopper is divine. And yours (well, ours) for just $25,000. Snip! If you can’t quite stretch to that, there’s a cute Lanvin iPad on netaporter.com for £80 which would make us happy. But not totes happy.

2. Smythson notepad
Thinking of beautifully-made stationery? Yes, Smythson is obvious, but look at it: it’s beautiful. The Panama notebook is our note-taker of choice.
£45, from Smythson

3. Chanel book
A hefty, beautifully produced coffee table tome is a sure-fire winner for us. Ensure the cover is beautifully designed and its contents about fashion, architecture or fine art.
Chanel Three Book Set, Special Edition, Assouline, $750

4. Sunglasses
We love the new season collection of Oliver Peoples sunglasses. These classic style aviators will be the perfect staple for any wardrobe.
£350, Mr Porter

5. Frederic Malle perfume
Heaven scent: Frederic Malle’s beautiful collection of aromas is on the list of every stylish lady and gent in the Capital – ours included.
Musc Ravager, £90 from Liberty

6. Toothpaste squeezer
We have a new favourite online store: Park and Bond is a beautifully curated collection of fashion and accessories for those with style and taste. We love a functional-yet-fabulous gift, hence our wish for this toothpaste squeezer (we kid you not).

7. Cufflink holder
And while you’re there, pick us up their exquisite cufflink case. Unnecessary luxe. Divine.

8. Horse’s head
Horse play: Anthropologie can do no wrong this Christmas. From adorable little stocking fillers, to showstoppers like this Andalucian horse head, we insist upon at least one gift from their collection.
£398, www.anthropologie.co.uk

Design For Life // London Design Festival

This year’s London Design Festival is a must for connoisseurs of fine design. Nine days celebrating the UK’s most prolific, exciting and groundbreaking designers, the entire capital will be taken over by events, exhibitions, pop-up galleries and landmark projects. Here is our pick of just a few of the visual delights going on show, from 17 to 25 September.

A_LA: Timber Wave
Amanda Levete Architects and Arup’s Timber Wave creates a dramatic welcome to visitors to the V&A – the new host venue for the Festival – on the busy Cromwell Road. As the lights go down over London, watch as passers-by and commuters on buses stare in wonder at this beautiful piece. On-site from 17 September to 15 October.
+DETAILS: V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. www.vam.ac.uk/
While you’re there:
Hyde Park’s boating lake
is the perfect spot from which to see the city from a very different viewpoint. If rowing isn’t your forte, hire a pedal boat and play chase with the resident ducks and swans.


Perspectives: St Paul’s Cathedral
John Pawson’s installation at one of London’s most iconic structures is a must-see at this year’s Festival. An elegant, stone, spiral staircase, rarely seen by visitors, is the location for a collaboration with Swarovski. Pawson has created a precision-made lens which sits at the bottom of the stairwell. Combined with a spherical convex mirror at the top of the stairs, together they create a breathtaking composite image of the view upwards, through to the top of the tower.
+DETAILS: Saint Paul’s Church Yard, London, EC4M 8AD
While you’re there:

If the sun’s shining, pop over to the Jean Nouvel-designed One New Change shopping centre and head to the top floor for dramatic views of the St Paul’s cupola. Oh, and a glass of Moët Ice at Madison. Read our review here.
Madison, One New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF. Tel: 0208 305 3088.

Lee Broom, Salon
Award-winning designer, and Resource’s chair designer of choice, Lee Broom debuts his new upholstery collection at this year’s London Design Festival. ‘Salon’ is inspired by the curvy lines of the 1930s, and boasts sexy, soft silhouettes, stud detailing and nods towards haute-couture. Broom will also be creating an exclusive design salon in his Shoreditch studios, an intimate setting that will showcase the work beautifully.
+DETAILS: Lee Broom’s studios, Electra House, 93 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY.
While you’re there:
Design is thirsty work. Head over to Loungelover, the beautifully hip bar created by the team behind Les Trois Garcons, for a heady cocktail. We can highly recommend the Lavender Lady: Berkley Square gin, wild lavender, kaffir lime leaves, agave nectar and peach liqueur. 1 Whitby Street, London, E1 6JU. Tel: 0207 012 1234.


London Design Festival Breakfast Talks, Marcel Wanders
One of the world’s most prolific and unique designers, Wanders’ designs are quirky, fun and functional. A true design powerhouse, as well as pieces for internationally-renowned furniture houses, he is founder, art director and co-owner of design label Moooi (above). As well as products, Wanders has designed the Mondrian Hotel in Miami, and created the interior of the new Villa Moda store in the World Trade Center in Bahrain.
+DETAILS: 23 September, V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. (Pictured: Gothic Chair by Studio Job for Moooi. See more pieces from Moooi’s collection at The White Building, Portobello Dock).
While you’re there:
The V&A’s shop, in the world’s finest art and design museum, is one of the best museum stores we’ve seen. We especially love the Yohji Yamamoto concession, with exclusive t-shirts, bags and scarves.


Contrasting location with form, this dress, an installation-slash-performance-piece, is made from 550 metres of crimson Finnish wool. Its bodice is the stage for a performance artist, while its pleats and folds are enormous enough to hold and envelop some 238 visitors.
+DETAILS: 22-25 September, York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2. www.reddress.fi
While you’re there:
Cream tea at Albion, just down the road in Shoreditch, at the pavement-level caff of Conran’s Boundary, is a steal: a pot of perfectly brewed English breakfast tea served with scones, jam and cream, plus cheeky chunks of excellent brownie, dense fruitcake and flapjack. We never thought we’d ever say this, but we recommend sharing.
Boundary, 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD. Tel +44 (0)20 7729 1051.


Barber Osgerby: Ascent
Designers of the London 2012 Olympic torchere, and creators of show-stopping furniture for the likes of Established & Sons and Vitra, this is Edward and Jay’s first gallery show.
+DETAILS: 24 September – 19 November. Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET.
While you’re there:
Cross Regent Street and pop to Hix Soho for a spot of lunch. Mark Hix’s sexy, sleek, art-clad restaurant serves celebratory British dishes and some fine cocktails. Read our review here. Hix Soho, 70 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9. Tel: 020 7292 3518. www.hixsoho.co.uk




One Day Designer Sale
Fill your home with beautiful pieces of work by UK designers at this one-day sale. Exhibitors include London Kills Me, Susan Bradley (work pictured), NamNam Ceramics, Creative Clerkenwell and Design With Flair.
+DETAILS: Monday 19 September, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, www.craftcentral.org.uk
While you’re there:
Need a sugar rush after splashing all that cash? Walk south-ish down St John’s Lane and partake in a near-religious foodie moment: a custard filled donut from Fergus Henderson’s St John Bread and Wine. An outrageous lump of sugar, carbs and creamy custard, this fried bundle of love is a must-eat London experience.  St. JOHN Bar and Restaurant, 26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY. www.stjohnrestaurant.com/


Tokyobike Tour
Get on a rather stylish bike and peddle your way around some of the best exhibitions and events during London Design Festival, thanks to the collaboration between Japanese bike brand Tokyobike and London Design Guide. There are tours all through the festival, and each includes expert commentary from a different design expert. Only 10 places are available per day, so book now. The price is £30 per tour (each tour lasts for three hours), and this includes lunch at designjunction‘s pop-up cafe, a bike and helmet. Peddling hosts include Aidan Walker, Duncan Riches, Johanna Agerman Ross and Max Fraser.
+DETAILS: Tours depart from designjunction’s Holborn HQ, Victoria House Basement, 37-63 Southampton Row.
While you’re there:
Still feeling energetic? Head to Holborn’s branch of All Star Lanes for some retro ten-pin bowling fun. All Star Lanes, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, London, WC1B 4DA. Tel: 020 7025 2676.

Photo credits: REDDRESS photographed by Bernhard Ludewig; John Pawson photographed by Susan Smart.

Modern Mews-ings

The Modern House‘s newest listing ticks many of our design boxes: a once-industrial space converted into a lateral residential space down a quiet, cobbled mews in Tufnell Park, London.

Used as a mechanics’ workshop from the 1920s until the 1970s, the space was transformed by development company Kube in 2006. It now boasts a large kitchen/dining room, with newly-installed kitchen, reception room, four bedrooms (one with its own separate entrance from the mews – we’ve earmarked it as our office), and a bathroom.

With generous proportions, the space is flooded with light thanks to large rooflights.

Part of the Tavistock Terrace Conservation Area, this is a highly sought-after, tree-lined area of North London, with tube stations nearby at Tufnell Park and Archway. For foodies, there’s a plethora of gastropubs on your doorstep, with our favourites including The Southampton Arms, Bull & Last and St John’s Tavern.
Tavistock Terrace, Tufnell Park, London N19
£799,950 Freehold
Tel: 08456 344 068

Easy Rider // made.com

We love bikes. And while we may not clamber onto two wheels as often as we’d like to (admittedly, the Resource team are not hardcore, go-anywhere cyclists now that we’ve moved our HQ back to the mean streets of London), cycling aesthetics please us in many ways: from the, erm, alluring lycra outfits that enticed us to watch each and every stage of the Tour de France, to the mechanics and design of bikes. Whether it’s a super-cool fixed gear affair ridden by a Shoreditch hipster or a precision engineered racing machine, we love.
Made.com, the website currently responsible for us living beyond our means, has a shiny new old-school Hollander bike now on its beautiful books. Designed for comfort, it’s available in vintage pink, buttermilk cream and khaki green with leather-look handles for a smooth ride. Priced at £179 (compared to a high street price of £549), we’re thinking of trading in the Prius.

E14 Living

Our new publication for the Canary Wharf-based estate agents, Alan Selby & Partners, is out now. A luxury lifestyle newspaper, with a strong emphasis on the property market, as well as luxury lifestyle news, is produced quarterly and is delivered directly to the homes of the area’s most wealthy residents. View issue one online here.

If you are interested in producing direct marketing for your clients, which includes bespoke editorial and strong branding for your company, contact Rachel Seed: rachel@resource-magazine.com

Chicken Coup

Urban smallholders need not spoil the line of their precisely designed lawn or take the shine off their Kettal furniture by filling their gardens with ugly kit for keeping their chucks happy. British company nogg have created a sculptural home for chickens with their egg-shaped, glass-topped coop. Created by Matthew Hayward and Nadia Turan, the nogg’s stunning good looks are a sculptural shell for precision engineering and function, with features including fox-proof locks, stainless steel trimming and a design that means it’s easy to clean and collect your bounty. Big enough to house four chickens, the nogg and its inhabitants should keep a family in fresh eggs on a day-to-day basis. Sustainable living, made beautiful.
Order your nogg for £1950, including delivery.
Tel: +44 (0)7812 084335

No Regrets // Robbie Williams’ former home for sale

Robbie Williams’ old bachelor pad in Notting Hill is up for sale. Flooded with light, with its own private doorway out into the bustling heart of Notting Hill, Williams’ apartment above the local Paul Smith shop (well, it was never going to be above a kebab shop, was it?) has quirky touches, as you’d expect, including a show-stealing light installation by Niamh Barry and a roof garden designed by Chelsea Gold medallist Caspar Gabb. Interiors features include a double-height gallery, BOSE integrated music system, five-star hotel-worthy Lutron lighting, and a master bedroom suite with two further bedrooms (one en-suite) and a bathroom.
The property, on Kensington Park Road, London, W11 is on the market with DomusNova for £3,450,000, and measures nearly 190 square metres. For more information, go to: www.domusnova.co.uk or give one of their team a call on: 0207 727 1717.

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