Shock Of The New | Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

We’ve barely scratched the surface of New York’s gallery scene, and then along comes a Renzo Piano-designed behemoth on the Hudson River. Opening on 1st May 2015, the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new home, at the southern-most point of The High Line, will house its permanent collection of over 21,000 American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, spanning movements such as Pop Art, Modernism and Expressionism, as well as contemporary works. Our interest is piqued in the Whitney’s key focus – or ‘deep holdings’ as they’re rather beautifully called – on some of our favourite artists including Cindy Sherman (below), Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe and Lorna Simpson. The inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard To See, will showcase this incredible permanent collection.


And if all of this culture makes you peckish, the Whitney has installed Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group at the burners to create a farm-to-table (well, what did you expect?) coffee shop boasting Rockwell Group interiors. All the boxes perfectly composed and ticked.

America Is Hard To See, 1 May to 27 September 2015
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
Tel: +1 (212) 570-3600 |

Let’s Road Trip! | The fine art of packing for a long-haul, multi-centre vacation

Summer road trip 2015 fashion trends and travel


I always pack too much. Always. This despite creating some of the most beautifully composed packing lists the travel world has ever seen. Not that I ignore my instructions, you understand, but pre-trip shopping for the ideal bag/short/jacket/sneaker/camera bag/gadget (delete as appropriate or, in my case, include all) tends to make the seams of my Rimowa cases bulge. Cases. Yes. Plural.

We’re adding a few final stop-offs to our East Coast road trip in September – just this evening we’ve booked the NoMad Hotel in NYC for the start of our trip and The Edition in Miami for our last hurrah.

We’ve learned a hard lesson, however: a two-case trip plus two carry-ons (damn you Virgin Atlantic Upper Class and your super-generous baggage allowance) to New York at Christmas means my osteopath is still reaping the benefits some three months later.

To ensure that I’m practically forced into clever packing mode, I’ve even booked a convertible for the road trip – limited boot space. Clever.

The trip so far takes in New York City, Washington DC, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Jacksonville Florida, a week-long tennis academy, and then on to Key West. This is going to be tricky. We’ll be doing a fair bit of “fayn dining”, so there’ll be a necessity for some smart clothes, as well as tennis gear, plus beachwear for the further south we reach, as well as clothes and footwear for pounding the sidewalks and taking in galleries and museums. Plus room for shopping must-haves (more of that later). All to be squeezed into one suitcase. For an entire month of travelling. Gulp.

///The current list///

Footwear: Air Max | Sports shoe | Evening shoe | Birkenstocks

Clothing: White jeans | Military green lightweight chino | Selection of linen t-shirts | Polo shirts | Denim jacket | Swimwear | Golf/tennis short | Soft pants for driving

Evening: Tuxedo blazer | Lounge pants

Gadgets & stationery: GoPro camera | iPad Mini | Leica X | Cross fountain pen | Sharpie | Sketchbook

Bags & accessories: Cross body shoulder bag by Mr Porter | Comme des Garcons clutchApolis shopper | Polarised sunglasses by Linda Farrow for driving | Scarves, for cover-up & dress up

Toiletries: A selection from our favourites including Aesop, Haeckels and Kiehls

We’ll be updating and fine-tuning our itinerary and Tweeting for local recommendations for food, drink and must-see attractions in the coming months.


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In The Bag // Virgin Atlantic to MIA

The Resource team are off to Florida next week on a press trip covering Miami, St Petersburg and Orlando. After our Virgin Atlantic flight out of Heathrow (where we’re hoping to make the most of the Clubhouse’s superlative facilities – by far our favourite airline lounge in the world), we’ll be fighting the jetlag at The Setai, Four Seasons Miami, the Mandarin Oriental, Fontainebleau and The Townhouse.
As passionate travellers who are still bowled over by the concept of trotting the globe (in the very best of taste, naturally) in the name of discovering beautiful things, people and places, we’ve already created an exhaustive list of must-see, must-eat and must-shop destinations. After poring through endless travel books and websites, we’ve also created a long list of spots for the perfect photographic opportunities – our favourite being a sculpture park made up of upended Airstream trailers between Tampa and Orlando.
One of the stores in which we’ll be parting with our hard-earned is MAKR Carry Goods in Orlando. Functional, beautiful, handcrafted accessories, we can’t stop thinking about this Zip Carryall, created by Jason Gregory, who has grown the brand since 2005.
MAKR, 444 West New England Avenue, No. 102, Winter Park , FL 32789

Hotel Couture, London Style // London Fashion Week

As London Fashion Week does one last twirl in front of the mirror before it hits the capital on 16th September, we take a look at some of the city’s most beautiful hotels that are, without question, fit for a fashionista. (Are you thinking about coming to London between the 16th and 21st of September? If you want to stay somewhere hot, forget about it – unless of course there’s always a suite at Claridge’s on hold for you). Here’s where the sartorial set unpack their Globetrotter luggage and get their beauty sleep during one of the most fabulous weeks in London’s calendar.

1. Boundary
Peter Prescott and Sir Terence Conran’s Shoreditch hotel, just across from Shoreditch House – which will be teeming come the 16th – is our new favourite hotel in London (there, we’ve said it). Wonderful detailing, beautiful rooms, gadgets a-plenty, stunning staff, a breathtaking roof terrace and a packed caff downstairs (perfect for East London hipster watching) mean that Boundary is still at the top of its game.

2. One Aldwych
For those whose Louboutins are too high, then a room at One Aldwych, just across the road from host venue Somerset House, is just a totter away. The fashion set will still, no doubt, be piling into their liveried Fashion Week cars for the 30-second journey across the road. Great basement pool, good sized rooms with ample bathtubs and a buzzing bar.

3. Soho Hotel
New Yorkers hot-hoofing it over the Pond will no doubt attempt to bag a room at Firmdale’s stylish Soho outpost – the Manhattanites have fallen for the company’s Crosby Street Hotel, in NYC’s own SoHo, after all. Beautifully designed rooms, thanks to the talented eye of Kit Kemp, and a busy bar make this a must-visit hotel during LFW.

4. Hoxton Hotel
For fashion designer-wannabes and supermodel hangers-on, the eclectic, clever and very cool Hoxton Hotel is Fashion Week’s budget choice.

5. The Von Furstenberg suite, Claridge’s
Where would Anna Wintour stay during London Fashion Week? Where would she kick off her heels, messy up that bob and throw her dark glasses to one side while she puts her feet up? Our money’s on Claridge’s Von Furstenberg suite. We adore Claridge’s – it’s one of our favourite places in London. Not just in terms of a favourite hotel or restaurant, but a destination in its own right. The suite boasts a baby grand piano, photography by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, a remote-controlled loo (for those who are too posh to flush, obviously), a four-poster bed and a butler. We think Ms Wintour will definitely feel right at home.

Where do the fashion set call home in Manhattan? Read our stylish NYC hotel round-up.

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…

"luxury Christmas gift guide"

(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 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.

Dressed For Success // NAHM

The Shop at Bluebird is responsible for some of our most excessive spending sprees. From beautifully sourced pieces of jewellery and hefty coffee table tomes, to cleverly curated collections of fashion, we have battered the plastic on each and every visit. The latest design powerhouse to grace the hangers of this King’s Road institution is NAHM. The hotly anticipated debut collection from New York-based duo Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger (from the Hilfiger fashion dynasty) takes its style pointers from classic shapes infused with modern silhouettes. We’re loving the autumnal palette and craftmanship, with quirky moments of asymmetry and layered sheer fabrics for extra visual interest. Launching tonight (Thursday 15 September) at The Shop at Bluebird, we’re expecting pieces to fly out of the door.

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.
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.
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.




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,
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.


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.

Casting A Beady Eye… // Luis Morais

We’ve been working beads with our Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore for a while now. Now that look’s gone mainstream with the sartorial set, and the bangles of choice to offset your classic timepiece are by Miami-based designer Luis Morais. Available from the superb Mr Porter website – if the man in your life needs styling, head on over – we’ve fallen for the quartz and gold number with skull detailing.
Quartz and gold skull bracelet by Luis Morais, £990

On Our Bikes // Tweed Run

The combination of dressing up in our finest country garb with bike-riding and a proper knees-up in Shoreditch is a winning one for us. The Tweed Run, now an annual fixture in the London hipster calendar, takes place this year on Saturday 9 April. With limited places available, registration for the event takes place on Saturday 26 February – bear in mind that all places were snapped up in just 45 minutes last year. Dig out your flat caps, cycling capes and plus-fours for a jolly stylish ride through the streets of the metropolis. Prizes will be given for those most handsomely dressed, and for the best cycle. There’s also a prize for the best moustache, so there’s still time to start your facial cultivation! The 10-mile jaunt will take in the city’s most famous landmarks, stopping for a spot of tea en route, with the whole shebang winding its way to the fashionable streets of Shoreditch.

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