SHOWTIME: PETER PAN AND THE DESIGNERS OF THE CARIBBEAN





He’s behind you! Famous designers take centre stage for pantomime in aid of the NSPCC.

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Leading names from the worlds of interior design and fashion are joining forces again this autumn to put on a pantomime in aid of the NSPCC.


Dame Vivienne Westwood - Peter Pan

Dame Vivienne Westwood – Peter Pan

 

 

From 28 October-1 November, London’s Bloomsbury Theatre will play host to the Interior Designers’ Pantomime sponsored by AkzoNobel, the manufacturers of Dulux.  This year the pantomime will tell the story of Peter Pan and the Designers of the Caribbean – a theatrical adventure which promises a fun and outrageously glamorous night out.

 

 

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The production will star leading figures from the world of interior design, including Tim Gosling, Joanna Wood, Trevor Pickett and Justin Van Breda, who will be treading the boards of this iconic London theatre alongside some celebrity cameos. And to add a little extra glamour to proceedings, costumes for the pantomime will be designed by some of the world’s most illustrious fashion designers, such as Dame Vivienne Westwood, Jasper Conran, Bruce Oldfield, Zandra Rhodes, Tomasz Starzewski, Anna Valentine, Piers Atkinson and Jenny Beavan.


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As the pantomime begins, London is grey and drab. All the interior designers have fled to Never Never Land to escape their clients’ bad taste and endless complaints. But with Captain Hook on the loose, how long before the designers realise they must return colour to London and save the city from Hook’s evil clutches? Join Wendy and the lost boys for a production of magic and fantasy, mermaids and pirate ships, ticking crocodiles, mischievous designers and fairies, all in aid of the NSPCC.

 

Piers Atkinson- Captain Hook

Piers Atkinson- Captain Hook

 

 

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Tim Gosling, one of the founding members of the Interior Designers’ Pantomime team and a driving force behind the production, will be reprising his role as the pantomime Dame, this year playing the role of the outrageous Donna Kebab. Tim said: “It’s been four years since our last pantomime and so we’re all really excited to be back. This year’s production promises to be better than ever, and I hope that we’re able to raise lots of money for the NSPCC and bring a huge splash of colour and some glamour to London this autumn.”


Jaspar Conran - DONNA KEBAB - 'Carmen Miranda mantilla'

Jaspar Conran – DONNA KEBAB – ‘Carmen Miranda mantilla’

 

Jaspar Conran - DONNA KEBAB 4- 'Dredged Elizabethan'

Jaspar Conran – DONNA KEBAB 4- ‘Dredged Elizabethan’




Music legend and long-time supporter of the show, Elaine Paige, said: “The Interior Designers’ Pantomime is always a fabulous night out filled with glitz, glamour and generosity – I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us this year!”

Matt Pullen, AkzoNobel UK Country Director said: “AkzoNobel is delighted to have the opportunity to support the NSPCC and the fantastic work it does to protect children across the UK. The performance will be a unique opportunity to see talented interior designers put down their colour palettes and show off their acting skills to raise money for this important cause.”



Jenny Beavan - The Acolyte

Jenny Beavan – The Acolyte



Tickets priced from £20-£75 are available now, and the money raised will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children and prevent abuse through its projects and services including ChildLine – the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people.

To find out more or to book tickets, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/panto

Performance dates and times:

Tuesday 28 October: 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 October: 7.30pm

Thursday 30 October: 7pm (black tie gala performance with champagne reception)

Friday 31 October: 7.30pm

Saturday 1 November: 2.30pm & 7.30pm



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About the NSPCC:

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children. We also provide ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice.

If you have concerns about a child or young person, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or visitwww.nspcc.org.uk

Children and young people can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk



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TONY ROCHE, WALLPAPER EXPERT



 

Painted Wallpaper For Balineum Stand At Decorex  2013

Painted Wallpaper For Balineum Stand At Decorex 2013

 

Tony Roche’s work is anything but bland and inconspicuous. A-Gent of Style was introduced to his work for the first time last year at Decorex at the Balineum stand (see above), which was nothing short of ravishing (it was included in this blog’s special feature on the highlights of the fair, and won the House & Garden Award for Most Stylish Product at Decorex International 2013. So you know). A composition of cuboid floor tiles, dark green tiles under dado and above it a stunning and eye-catching paint specialist wallpaper in gold and dark green climbing leaves matching the tiles created a striking vignette embellished by Balineum’s stylised products, the whole evincing a glorious and indisputable Art Deco feel.

It is that very special wallpaper that struck a chord with A-Gent of Style, and forward to a few weeks ago, Sarah Watson, founder of Balineum, was telling A-Gent of Style about Tony Roche who had designed the wallpaper on their Decorex stand, and put A-Gent of Style in touch with him. As soon as he delved into Roche’s impressive work, it was clear a feature was essential.


Tony Roche

Tony Roche


Tony Roche describes himself as an artist and designer who expresses his creative ideas through the process of making wallpaper, but this in no ordinary wallpaper. 3D sculpted shapes and forms jut out from the wall; resin pebbles encapsulate images of far off places and monkey’s sip from cocktail glasses. Some of his designs are also commissioned by the more traditional ‘roll’, individual panel pieces, large scale wall installations, framed memories or as 3D sculptures.

 

Monkey Pattern

Monkey Pattern



Tony Roche’s wallpapers are artworks of the finest kind, with undulating patterns interlinking, creating wave like motions taking the eye on a journey across the surface, with intermittent pools to dip into and explore. Roche’s main themes are Memory and Light, bringing together objects from the past and present incorporating patterns and using materials that create magical ethereal objects. Light comes from every angle, from behind making the work glow, from inside, seeping from the sides or reflecting off the surface, creating a work that continuously changes. 

His predilection for pattern were nurtured from an early age by his father who worked in the decorating business, at a time when artex was the rage, stencilling became very fashionable to give your room that stand out quality. Roche also spent many hours going through the archives at the V&A, researching wallpaper and patterns from the early 1920s and 30s, recording them carefully and morphing them together across the decades to create interesting and challenging new designs. He still references these early notebooks and sketches and incorporates them with newer ideas. Tony Roche’s work also included numerous private and film set commissions, recent films include X-Men and Anna Karenina. He is also an experienced wallpaper fitter.

Certain tunes, phrases; people, images and objects can instantly transport you straight back to a certain period in time, sparking memories good and bad. This process has always fascinated Roche and it forms a major part of his work. He remembers spending hours listening to his grandmother recount stories of her youth embellishing the stories with photographs and trinkets. To this end Roche collects objects from his past, old school bags, bus tickets and old family photos.  


Here is a selection of some of his work:


Handprinted Wallpaper at Bob Bob Ricard Club Room

Handprinted Wallpaper on the walls and ceiling at Bob Bob Ricard Club Room

 

Handprinted Wallpaper at Bob Bob Ricard Club Room

Handprinted Wallpaper on the walls and ceiling at Bob Bob Ricard Club Room

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Indian Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Indian Roomset

 

Inlay Patterned Doors For Northwick Design

Inlay Patterned Doors For Northwick Design

 

Inlay Patterned Doors For Northwick Design

Inlay Patterned Doors For Northwick Design

 

Decorating With Stencils - Moroccan Tiled Bathroom

Decorating With Stencils – Moroccan Tiled Bathroom

 

Silver Leaf Wallpaper For X-Men First Class Film

Silver Leaf Wallpaper For X-Men First Class Film

 

Silver Leaf Wallpaper For X-Men First Class Film

Silver Leaf Wallpaper For X-Men First Class Film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

Design of site specific wallpapers and borders for Anna Karenina film

 

Cinema Seats For Mrs Henderson Presents Film

Cinema Seats For Mrs Henderson Presents Film

 

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Cinema Seats For Mrs Henderson Presents Film

Cinema Seats For Mrs Henderson Presents Film

 

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

 

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

 

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

Wallpaper Installation For Jamie Drake At Masterpiece

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Victorian Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Victorian Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Empire Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Medieval Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Medieval Roomset

 

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Art Deco Roomset

Decorating With Stencils Publication- Art Deco Roomset

Cranes of London Installation Panel at UpDown Gallery

Cranes of London Installation Panel at UpDown Gallery

 

 

– all imagery by Tony Roche –

 

 

 

PAD LONDON 2014





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Firmly established on the international art and design calendar and as one of
 A-Gent of Style‘s unmissable and most cherished  rendez-vous on the London design scene, the boutique-sized Pavilion of Art and Design (now commonly known as PAD) is returning to London for the 8th time this week inside its now iconic black marquee set amongst the trees of Berkeley Square. For A-Gent of Style, the build-up and anticipation to discover what is in store but also to catch up with some of his favourites antique dealers have reached fever pitch. In less than 24 hours, all will be revealed at the collectors’ preview.


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DATES

15- 19 October 2014
Berkeley Square, W1
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OPENING HOURS
Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 October 11am – 8pm
Sunday 19 October 11am – 6pm

For the first time this year HSBC is the official partner of PAD London. This follows the bank’s sponsorship of PAD Paris for the 9th consecutive year.


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Representing 10 countries from around the world, a roster of 62 galleries – 28 of which design specialists, 45 returning galeristes and 17 newcomers – will showcase coveted, collectible objets with categories ranging from historical and contemporary design, modern art, jewellery to photography, decorative and tribal arts.


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For A-Gent of Style, one of the most appealing attributes about PAD is its non-negotiable attitude to refuse to expand, as opposed to some of its overwhelming counterparts, and the discerning integrity of its CEO and committee to favour quality over quantity and exert their curatorial expertise in expertly vetting participants. And judging from the list of participants, this year will not disappoint. The crème de la crème of dealers and galeristes will exhibit some of their most prestigious and exclusive pieces in innovative and stunning displays, or vignettes. Rather than looking like sterile showroom stands, some of these decorative panoramas are like miss-en-scènes with astonishing combinations of wares interacting and living harmoniously next to each other. Eclecticism, authenticity and connoisseurship are key at the boutique fair where collectors, interiors specialists, design practitioners, art consultants, museum experts and the public gather to share their passion for the decorative arts.

This year’s most anticipated arrival is Sèvres, Cité de la Céramique, of the venerable porcelains and ceramics firm and museum, which will exhibit its collaborations with various artists in the last 100 years such as Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Bakker. 


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And last but not least, David Collins Studio has been chosen this year to design the temporary bar and restaurant as a tribute to the late David Collins, and has created an environment which sits in harmony with the temporary structure, the location and incredible array of exhibitors, which will offer visitors a space to rest, drink and dine. Knowing the Studio’s remarkable reputation, the result will be nothing short of a feast for the eyes and huge success.


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Utilising iconic materials from their archive of world class bars and restaurants, the Studio has re-created and re-interpreted these materials in new and unusual ways for the installation, creating something new, unique and fun.

Poignantly, the entrance of the space features the tributary ‘Collins’ chandelier designed by David Collins and produced by Lobmeyr. Walls and flooring are executed in The Studio’s signature navy blue. A mass of all encompassing voluminous ceiling pendants are reminiscent of the 1950s. Printed textures and signature natural materials inspired by antique marble have been rescaled in the form of ink jet table cloths, printed rugs and cushions. Classic bentwood furniture has been re-imagined in blue. David Collins Studio have worked in collaboration with Ruinart to create a textile and gold leaf back bar. Interior landscaping of varied planting has been designed to marry the exterior park with the marquee interior.


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