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March 8, 2019

I met Patricia Low a few years ago, and was instantly drawn to her engaging personality and her wonderful wonderful work. In person Patricia is an intriguing mixture of the instinctive and deeply reflective, and her finely crafted inventive ceramics express beautifully...

October 31, 2017

I have admired James Hart Dyke's work for many years. His work first came to my attention when it was included in the Sotheby's Exhibition 'The Artist and the Country House' in 1996. James trained as an architect before deciding his true path lay in painting. His early...

September 18, 2017

I was honoured when Country Life asked to cover one of our houses last week. Here is the first page of the article as it appeared. The rest of it can be found in the September 6th issue, or here:

http://www.countrylife.co.uk/architecture/chitcombe-house-dorset-a-modern-...

May 25, 2017

There is something elusive and uniquely satisfying about the architecture of this period. When the classical influences of the Renaissance had been assimilated into the native tradition of the British Isles, but before the systematising hand of Palladianism held sway,...

March 2, 2017

Neo Georgian, one of the most maligned of architectural styles, is being reassessed. Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, edited by Julian Holder and Elizabeth McKellar, brings to light many examples of the period, showing how sensitive, robust and pract...

January 31, 2017

Last year I was lucky enough to visit Little Thakeham, one of Sir Edwin Lutyens' best houses. Constructed in 1902 for Ernest Blackburn, it marks the transition in Lutyens' interests from the sensual and romantic materiality of his neo-vernacular work to the more cerebr...

January 25, 2017

A little while ago, a friend introduced me to this app, which ingeniously takes your photos and turns them into highly convincing watercolours. The combination of fluid treatment and retention of salient detail is beguiling, although it might ironically put me off actu...

September 20, 2016

This is the Roomoon, a winning combination of canvas and geometry. It is a spherical tent that hangs from a tree branch, and which can be raised up into the forest canopy by the occupants. Made from marine grade canvas and stainless steel, it is large enough for 2 peop...

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