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Rock Music is a retrospective of the legendary photographer’s work documenting the most outrageous moments, people and legends in music history.

Celebrated as ‘The Man Who Shot the 70s’, Mick Rock’s images define rock n’ roll. Rock launched his career in 1972 with his portrait of an unknown David Bowie and spent the next four decades capturing the most fascinating and exciting characters in rock music. Coinciding with the publication of Rock’s new book Exposed: the Faces of Rock n’ Roll (available to purchase in the gallery), Rock: Music includes many previously unseen and unpublished images, as well as rare and unexpected portraits from some of Mick’s classic shoots.

11th November to 16th January 2011 at the Idea Generation Gallery

Check out Tokyo-based photographer Hiroshi Manaka. Amongst others he has shot for Dazed & Confused, Tokion and GQ magazines.

Coming from a graphic design background Frederique Daubal is a French artist and photographer working with clients such as Arkitip, Beams Japan, Colette Paris and Feiyue. She also experiments with textile as a 3-Dimensional medium and creates products using second hand pieces which are for sale in her online shop. For this series, ‘Hide and Seek’, Daubal cut out pages from fashion magazines to make masks resembling Muslim veils – a thought-provoking art piece on what it means to be French today.

Starting on November 3rd and running until March 2011 Drawing Fashion a unique collection of some of the most remarkable fashion illustrations from the 20th and 21st centuries. These original works define the fine art of illustrating fashion, from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen.

Film-clips, news reels, music and photography will sit alongside the original illustrations to reflect not only the spirit and the style of the decades but also the wider social and cultural changes of the century.

03 November 2010 – 06 March 2011
Design Museum, London


To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing, Tachen has paired Norman Mailer’s seminal text with spectacular photography from the archives of NASA, LIFE magazine, and many other sources—to create a unique tribute to the defining scientific mission of our time.


New York design magazine and resource Core77 have produced a limited edition of 25 hand built with Worksman, one of America’s oldest cycle manufacturers. Hand made and beautifully finished its a fantastic looking bike. $1560 for a bike of this quality and rarity looks like a pretty good deal.

Armed with your plastic visit here


In a collaboration between Nike and Lance Armstrong STAGES is a global art exhibition to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Cancer. Starting today and running until August 8 Stages will be on display at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris. A great site with some fantastic contributors.


Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau is presenting the first comprehensive exhibition of the work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier for over 20 years. 60 Years of his work are chronologically presented in Le Corbusier – Art and Architecture from 9th July to 5th October. Details here (duly discovered at


This is the first of 3 volumes to be released by Taschen covering the career of the great Frank Lloyd Wright.

Written by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Director of the Frank Lloyd Archives, this is 584 pages of work and ideas that defined the modern era of architecture and his influence still endures 50 years after his death.

£120 well spent and available from the Taschen online store


The Sony World Photography Awards takes place next month in Cannes. The week-long festival is a celebration of the photographic culture, history and image with awards presented to professionals and amateurs.

The site is well worth a visit with a range of stunning images covering current affairs, sport, art, architecture and much more.




During a recent business trip to the USA, I was lucky enough to spend some time in one of our clients design libraries where they had a meticulously well kept copy (all users were made to wear special gloves) of the Taschen published GOAT (Greatest of All Time) chronicling the life and times of Muhammad Ali.

The books’ statistics are almost as impressive the man himself. GOAT weighs in at a mighty 75lbs (34kg) and its footprint is 20 inches x 20 inches. 792 pages of 200gsm Galaxi Keramik semi-matte paper featuring 2 gatefold sequences with an 80 inch span and bound by the official bindery to the Vatican its £2250 price tag is expensive but, trust me on this, it is a book of incredible impact and beauty.

I’ll stick to looking on Ebay but with those with the means go to Taschen



This looks like a really cool bit of design. Apparently by having your feet inside the two turning wheels the 360 board mimics the characteristics of riding a snowboard but the 360 can ride on grass and other non snowy ground. Last week Francesco Sommacal won a prestigious Red Dot design award for all his hard work.

Following an internet petition Nike have finally come up with the 2015 version of their Hyperdunk.

Unfortunately, the limited edition, as worn by Michael J Fox in Back to the Future II does not seal itself with an airlock, you have to use laces.

Thanks to Tom, our mate and officionado on all things Nike for the heads up on this one. We are now all waiting for the Hoverboard to be released.

Somers Town is the soon to be released film from the awesome Shane Meadows. It features Thomas Turgoose who of course made his blistering debut in This Is England.

Looks like another winner from Mr Meadows.

Holiday Matinee is a creativity based blog over in California and is run by an acquaintance of ours, David Brown.

The acclaimed music video director Paul Hunter shot this for BBH with production from The Mill. One of the most impressive and original TV adverts for a long time and not a bad car either.

The graphic device of CND, the world’s most famous protest symbol, is 50 years old today.


Me and Joel sat next to each other in A Level History. He spent the entire 2 years doodling hip hop stuff over his exercise book. Neither of us embarked on a career as Historians, but Joel has become one of the most original and exciting illustrators around. Well worth a visit



From A to Z. A great read.