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The most exciting cushion covers

Whether it’s a matter of practicality or just to have a little more fun then the TwentySevenPalms cushion covers are the perfect addition to any bedroom…… or living room…  A new British company is taking the fashion world by storm with its unique range of cushion covers that combine super-ethical credentials with cutting-edge design. TwentySevenPalms, based in London, sells contemporary and individual cushion covers of all kinds that has been created to meet the needs of both men and women via its website at

The high-quality, on-trend designs, which have been carefully selected from all over the world, often feature unusual patterns such as Frida Kahlo, lovely glamorous pin-up girls, tropical cowgirls and hunky pin-up guys! 

TwentySevenPalms founder, David Barber says “Cushion covers are often perceived as being simple or ‘monochromatic’, so we were keen to avoid this kind of image when selecting our ranges for TwentySevenPalms. When we carried out some market research many people told us that they would love to have interesting cushion covers, but simply couldn’t find anything that was fashionable or attractive enough for their taste; so we set out to fill that gap in the market. Now our customers are able to buy cushion covers they are proud to show off!”

For more information on TwentySevenPalms please
Words by Matthew Zorpas



LaBoca design for Black Swan

As one of the most highly apprehended films of this cinematic season, Black Swan has acquired a great deal of media and creative attention.

LaBoca Design is an independent design firm specialising in art and design for a variety of the creative industries. They too have stumbled across the artistic affection that is Black Swan, creating four official teaser posters for 20th Century Fox.

Swan embodied

Inspired, I assume, by the Constructivism and Futurism movements, each of the aforementioned posters embrace modern geometrics, simplifying each aspect into a fundamental, yet simple blueprint.

View more of the geometric works of LaBoca Design, based in Portobello Road, London. They put "the ape into apricot"

Read the full review of Black Swan on our blogReview- Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky





"Hide and Seek" with Mr Clement

In the same studio space once used by Sketchbook Magazine for our previous pop-up in the Newburgh Quarter, Mr Clement -an artist originally from Hong Kong- was recently housed in the Pyrus Store for his Lapin influenced “Hide and Seek” Exhibition.

Describing himself as an illustrator and sculptor under an irregular pseudonym, Mr Clement gathers necessary inspiration that corroborate with his pop-culture designs from comics, popular culture and most strangely, pornography; ultimately creating incredible artworks from various plastics and a once-off taxidermy of a rabbit’s head.

His exhibition was a body of “lapine” or rabbits, a similar catharsis of Fifi Lapin, commonly known as the stylish illustrated bunny in “What Shall I Wear Today?”.

In a small space, Mr Clement uses every dimension to house each of his unique designs, alternating light whilst hiding each display in the smallest of nooks, satisfying the obvious hard work put into each of his pieces.

The “Hide and Seek” exhibition runs until January the 11th at the Pyrus store off Carnaby Street. Admission free.

Take a look at Mr Clement’s website:

Many thanks to Sarah Croll of Goodley PR and Mr Clement, aforementioned artist.

Text and Images: MEGAN McDOWELL



MATERIAL- a gallery, bookstore and an insight into the world of design…

Currently showing a retrospective of Dazed and Confused, Material is becoming central to Kingly Court since its opening on the 23rd April 2010. The shop, painted a bright yellow to stand out from the crowd, is filled with limited edition prints from a wide range of designers and illustrators. The work is a great mix including pieces from graduates of RCA, Central St Martins and Le Havre as well as work from established artists such as Mike Perry, Le Gun and members of East London Printmakers. The owners’ love of books is clearly visible as many beautifully designed books are on sale, including children’s, graphic design and cookery books. 

Lucy Payne and Joseph Gimlik’s vision for Material is to provide limited edition prints and artwork that is affordable and accessible to a wide audience. Lucy said; “We find that a lot of people buy the art that we sell because they like it, because it’s affordable and they want something that they can really admire, rather than because they are looking for an investment”. The prices range from £10 to £250 for rare prints, meaning that the majority of customers go home with something that they are more than happy with. It has more than succeeded, allowing Material to become a showcase venue for events such as the Dazed & Confused retrospective.

The retrospective has been a great sucess with limited edition Dazed & Confused  posters available exclusively in store. They are also offering a free vintage copy of Dazed & Confused with every new issue bought. The wide range of issues covered is evident within this exhibit of their work. It shows that the magazine has often gone beyond its initial aim of covering fashion, film and music. It has become a magazine which produces editiorials on a wide range of culturally diverse issues, whether they be local or international, social or political.

The next exhibition planned by Material is ‘When I Am Big’. It is a photographic collaboration of Emilie Fjola Sandy and designer Kamilla Weinhart based on the theme of childhood aspirations of the UK’s leading creative professionals. The event opens on the 13th August and if the success of the Dazed & Confused retrospective is anything to go by it will definitely be an exhibition worth seeing.

Written by Lauren Mundle



Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010

The sun is bright, and there is nothing better than walking around in Hyde Park while the city is buzzing around. As you walk around a building emerges between the trees. It is bright red and has sharp angles and looks futuristic - it cannot be missed. You may think the heat got you but no. It is just the new pavilion by the Serpentine Gallery, designed by French avant-garde architect Jean Nouvel.

Jean Nouvel's pavilion

 Every year, worldwide known architects are called to commission a pavilion. This year, the Serpentine Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary and 10th commissions of annual series. Not only Nouvel’s pavilion is ambitious but unique in its style. It is also his first completed building in the UK – another reason to go and see it.

Jean Nouvel's pavilion

With geometrical and sharp angles with contrast of lightweight materials and metal structures the building appeals to the eye. A 12m high glass reflecting the exterior space blurs the limit between the indoor and outdoor. All red, it contrasts with the vivid green setting surrounding it – the red being often one of Nouvel’s trademark and British images – the telephone box, the London buses.

Jean Nouvel's pavilion 

The unique design of the pavilion is amazing. Different from previous pavilions that would blend in with the park, Nouvel created a colorful space, very attention-making. Going there is a real fun bringing a splash of energy to a quiet area. Lots of activities are offered to the public with stools you can pedal, table-tennis tables, and more activities such as talks, screenings and more – all until October 2010.

Jean Nouvel's pavilion

It is the perfect place to chill and enjoy the weather with fake green grass – softer to the feet, more green area within the pavilion, big bin bags and hammocks to chill on and a café to stay hydrated. It is a space for everyone. And It feels like being somewhere else but within London. Get there before someone gets your space.

Jean Nouvel's pavilion

Admission to the Pavilion is free
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010
by Jean Nouvel
July – October 2010

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
T 020 7402 6075





Jolly Brollies

Pimms and lemonade, cider in a beer garden, walking around with a bright pink glow and bright white strap marks and walking on the other side of the road to stay in the sun. This all sounds like a typical sunny day in Britain. But what about the other two months and 28 days of summer? They are usually spent sheltering from the English monsoon. Now, thanks to JAMIE MILESTONE we can now shelter in style with some quintessentially British designs.

Renowned British graphic designer, Milestone, has created umbrellas with style and a humorous British twist. Designs include a full English breakfast, a cafe style table cloth, fish and chips wrapped in newspaper and the Union Jack in plaid, an idea so simple you wonder why it hasn’t been done before.

Keeping intact with the Brit’s ecological beliefs, the brollies are made out of recycled and biodegradable materials. These paraphernalia are an amusing, guilt-free way to shelter from the classic, year-round British rain. There is no longer a reason to walk around with a scarf on your head, or cram into the shop door, we can walk around in style.

Milestone has even collaborated and designed a selection of umbrellas for the London Underground, with the district line’s signature moquette design. Wonder what Milestone has up his sleeve for the next collection…..

The umbrellas are available to buy in Liberty’s and at




Sophie McKay Interview

Sophie McKay’s University of Westminster graduate collection was great. Consisting of mainly faux-fur, McKay found inspiration far from home:

I was inspired by Greek and Roman sculpture, specifically carved sections of the Parthenon in Athens and the way that such a solid material could be transformed to take the form of draped, fluid fabric. I was so captivated by this that I wanted to create a collection with a similar idea behind it. I then stumbled upon the idea of shaving into faux fur to mimic draped fabric myself”.

The collection has greatly evolved from its initial stages, Mckay started the collection by manipulating faux-fur, then going on to shave into the pile. “I made up simple garment shapes and worked freehand on the stand with scissors and a comb!”

As well as being a promising designer, Mckay has also managed to hone her illustration talents as well as intertwining it with her design work. “I’ve been interested in art and illustration for as long as I can remember, fashion was something I became interested in when I realised that it was another way that I could vent my creativity. I loved the way that a flat piece of cloth could be transformed into something 3D and then come to life on a figure, I found this process really fascinating”.

Yet, there is no competition between her illustrations and fashion designs. “I like both equally and for different reasons, but my illustrations are more personal when it’s my own garments that I’m illustrating, so that’s why I love the combination of both!”

Mckay describes her illustration style as having a “touch of something unusual”. “I don’t like my work to be pretty or nice, I want it to stand out as being something a little bit different”.

Having worked for CHRISTOPHER KANE and BURBERRY, McKay has gained invaluable design experience as well as working backstage at fashion shows from London to Milan and being taught illustration by RICHARD GRAY, Kane definitely hit a soft spot in Mckay. “My favourite designer is Christopher Kane, he always brings something new to the table and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next. I worked at his studio a few years ago and have been hooked ever since!” 

As well asKane, McKay also admires Richard Gray. “His style is so unique and he really knows how to make an image jump out of the page, I’ve been so lucky to have him teach me illustration and definitely find his work more inspirational with an insight into how he works”. Similar to how Kane and Gray filled a space in McKay’s heart, McKay has crammed a large space in Sketchbook’s heart!





D&AD Awards 2010

A creative swarm of British design and advertising minds gathered at the annual D&AD awards dinner and ceremony where dozens of prestigious yellow pencils were awarded to winners such as Elle magazine and Coldplay. The evening was accompanied by a champagne soaked dinner which was followed by the presentation of awards in categories ranging from art direction to magazine and newspaper design to digital advertising.


The judging panels for each category were dotted with photographers, stylists, design directors and other creative cats. Sketchbook was surprised to hear that Elle UK’s October 2009 ‘London Issue’, featuring Lily Allen donning a blonde wig and heavy eye-liner and dainty scribbles by Pete Doherty, won the award for best magazine and newspaper design. The cover shot by RANKIN, was deemed winner by a judging panel including YORGO TLOUPAS, creative director of Intersection Magazine, MARK PORTER, creative director of The Guardian and MARISSA BOURKE, creative director of Elle UK, not suspicious at all!


The D&AD was initiated in 1962 by photographer DAVID BAILEY, photographer and film director TERRENCE DONOVAN and actor and musician ALAN FLETCHET. The group was committed to raising standards within creative industries and creating a community of design geniuses.







I met Chris Ratcliffe, a Graphic Design tutor at Central St. Martin’s and Fashion Promotion Tutor at University for the Creative Arts, Epsom. Chris judged the “Don’t Look, Don’t Panic” art competition that can be seen in the corridor of the Future Gallery and said that the talent was good this year and he enjoyed judging it. He finds it a useful thing to do (both teaching and judging competitions) as you can find out about things through students. He recognises the need for useful tutors in life as they can really bring out the best in a student as his tutors did for him.

Hannah Havana,  also a Graphics Design tutor at CSM, makes jewllery piecesthat are wearable and what she describes as “look at-able”. She studied jewellery Making at the Royal College of Art. She describes teaching as an exchange and not repetitive as people would presume, you find different things out each year, it’s a foundation course so it is fast-moving and you teach new people every year.

They are both not averse to letting their students get outside help for ideas that they can’t physically create themselves, Chris said he was all about helping his students “come up with a solution and it does not matter how it’s made, it’s the concept that matters.” Hannah said; “It’s all about the ideas, not the complexity of the task.” They believe that Graphic Design will prevail even with the rise of the internet and would like to maybe set up their own art school one day together.