DANAD VERSUS for Danad Design



Coming to the Viking Gallery: the inaugural exhibition of limited edition wall art prints and furniture from the iconic (and iconoclastic) collective reputed to be the evolutionary ‘missing link’ between Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism.

It’s sixty years since the birth of Danad in the halcyon daze of the late fifties: an iconoclastic and now iconic experimental design company founded on the fine art of six seminal British artists: Robyn Denny, Peter Blake, Tom Adams, Bernard Cohen, Barry Daniels and Edward Wright.

And although individually most of them went on to achieve fame, all achieved greatness, with or without the associated glory – yet only now have their complete works finally come literally to light. Because Mark Daniels, the son of Danad’s Barry Daniels, unearthed the original works in this exhibition little more than a year ago in the dark and unvisited basement of the Georgian manor house in Hertfordshire that was Danad’s communal home, hangout and creative hothouse.

It was there that the six painters and sculptors fused their talents with those of architects Peter Adams and Colin Huntley to encapsulate the essence of their art in their own hand-made, inspirational furniture – tearing art down off the walls so it could be all around your room. You could sit on it, eat dinner off it, even stand on it… So, literally, these everyday objects became a new platform from which to exhibit their work – and that’s now considered by many art historians to be a defining feature of Pop Art.

The furniture was hand-crafted; never mass-produced. It was available only through Liberty, Heals and Harrods and in Danad Design’s mayfly lifetime of less than four fast-burning years it helped to launch the careers of some of Britain’s most respected artists. Now it’s going to be on show for an appropriately brief span at the Viking Gallery, along with limited edition prints of the two-dimensional imagery that inspires and adorns it and with which it shares its DNA.

And although Danad’s roots are in the Pop Art and Abstract Expressionist era, its fruits are very much of today. Upstairs at the Viking Gallery there’ll be a small exhibition of pieces from Danad Versus – the works of the Danad collective revived and ‘remixed’ on a very contemporary palette. Mark Daniels has handed over a selection of Danad originals to a select few modern-day artists and street artists including Chu, Ticker, Giddy Aunt and Descent. And these kindred spirits are rekindling the Danad flame with a whole new mash-up of 50s and 60s Pop Art with the art of the 21st century streets!



by Giddy Aunt for Danad Versus




By Chu for Danad Versus




Culture Vulture: Shoes – Pleasure and Pain at the V&A Museum

We ventured down to the V&A museum to explore the world of shoes. With a vast range on display from delicate ethnic sandals to extreme platforms and other sculptural elaborate designs, we were taken on a journey through the stages of shoe design and in particular how culture played a significant role in designers’ concepts and style.

For secrets of shoe design make sure you watch interviews with some of the world’s finest shoe designers, for a insight into their inspirations and practice.

Caroline Groves ‘Parakeet’ Shoes, 2014.

Wedding toe-knob paduka silver and gold over wood from India, 1800s.

Roger Viver for Christian Dior, 1958

Coxton Shoe Co. Ltd – Men’s shoes glided and marbled leather, 1925

For more information about the exhibition visit the V&A website.

articleTEN by artist and sculptor – Hugo Farmer


The Youth

The Youth

The Hoxton Gallery at number 9 Kingsland Road is a perfect setting for ArticleTEN, Hugo Farmer’s debut London exhibition.

The gallery is in the Hoxton Arches, which are converted railway arches with great exposed brick walls for displaying art.

The politically driven exhibition was developed around article ten of the european human rights convention; the right to freedom of expression and information. Hugo Farmer’s aim for the exhibition is to make people think about the current political and social systems that we have in place in this country, and to promote debate about different ideologies.

The Sergeant

The Sergeant

The Article TEN exhibition centers around four life size figures cast in bronze by Wolf & Stone, an acclaimed family run foundry specializing in bronze fine art sculpture. The four sculptures are depicted as the priest, the sergeant, the politician and the youth, who all have something to shout about through their megaphone sculpted heads. The sculptures welcome you into the gallery, where there is also a large collection of prints and vivid multi layered paintings.


At the back of the gallery there  is a reproduction of Speakers’ Corner, encouraging discussion and debate, much like at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, which has just had a refurbishment after being used as a place for public expression of opinion and belief for over 150 years.


Another popular spot in the gallery was a row of cinema seats infront of a number of tv screens showing various clips of speakers’ corner as well as the promotional video for the exhibition produced by Hugo Farmer with music by the Stanton Warriors.


Personally my favourite collection of the evening was the four ‘remember you are one of 7 billion people in the world’ pieces, with the perspectives of the Defeatist, Conformist, Idealist and Realist.

Written by Hannah Javid

The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday 6th July – entry free

For more information on articleTEN please visit : www.articleten.org

Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA


WATCH: ArticleTEN by Hugo Farmer music by Stanton Warriors

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Scoop International Fashion Show 13-15 July 2014

8th Edition SS15

Image: Bryan Huynh Designer: Maiko Takedo – 8th Edition SS15

With a dynamic mix of contemporary and emerging labels against a backdrop of cutting-edge art, Scoop International is back for the 8th edition on 13th – 15th July 2014. Bringing together more than 400+ contemporary labels from the UK and worldwide, Scoop showcases directional collections in apparel, footwear, lifestyle and accessories across two of London’s most iconic art galleries; the Saatchi Gallery and Phillips in the heart of London.  Celebrated as one of Europe’s most exciting shows, Scoop’s ethos and aesthetic of where fashion meets art makes Scoop International a stand out show, where each label is carefully hand-picked and curated around art.

Founded by fashion industry expert Karen Radley, Scoop’s first seasons have been an amazing success and with its 8th edition this summer showcasing spring/summer 2015 collections, expect to see an array of established labels as well as innovative collections from new designers.

One of the qualities that sets Scoop apart from other trade fairs, aside from its innate sophistication, is that it truly is international. This season Scoop is delighted to welcome a host of new labels into its fold.  For full listings of all designers and registration to Scoop International please visit Scoop International Fashion Show

Stacy Chan

Stacy Chan

Rew Clothing

Rew Clothing



Hudson Shoes

Hudson Shoes

RexRomae Exhibition at Scoop located in Phillips, Winter Garden

RexRomae Exhibition at Scoop located in Phillips, Winter Garden

Also reflecting the truly worldwide flavour that Scoop is synonymous with is RexRomae a London based Gallery that represents the most innovative urban artists from around the world. RexRomae is considered to be a pioneering tastemaker by major art collectors and the general public alike. Established in 2013, RexRomae’s artists personify the dynamic and evolving nature of street art through an eclectic mix of techniques and styles from their respective cultures. As ambitious as it is breathtaking – this is exhibition is a must-see!

RexRomae exhibition includes the following artists:

Argentina: Like many urban artists, Jaz (Franco Fasoli) began his creative career as a graffiti writer, and is recognized as one of the first major writers to begin working in the streets of Buenos Aires in the mid1990’s.

Australia: Fintan Magee is a Lismore-born, Brisbane-based artist who works as an artist, illustrator, designer and muralist.

Brazil: Art, design and rock ’n’ roll. It might sound as a cliché but this is the simplest, most honest and coherent way of trying to explain this power collective of illustrators. Internationally famed for their large-scale public artworks, typified by highly-expressive line work and expansive color palettes, Bicicleta Sem Freio (Bicycle without break), juxtapose surreal, often-provocative temptresses, with tentacled marine life, phantoms, kaleidoscopic flesh work, classic rock n’ roll iconography, chopped motorcycles, and more flesh.

Italy: Italian artist 2501′s works are visually stunning, diving head first into the essence of line art through his use of monochromatic color schemes that emphasize his technique.

Italy: Born in Foggia, Agostino Iacurci lives and works between Rome and Nuremburg. He creates bright multi-layered images, used either for drawings and etchings or for big murals, meshing daily life with synthetic shapes and bright colors.

New Zealand: ASKEW ONE is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art and remains at the forefront for over 20 years of the international art scene through constantly exploring new and exciting styles in a world of imitators.

Norway: Martin Whatson is a Norwegian born and based stencil artist. Whatson has a continuous urge to search for beauty in what is commonly dismissed as ugly, out of style or simply left behind.

Puerto Rico: Artist and muralist Alexis Diaz crafts exceptionally detailed surreal images.

Puerto Rico: Ana Maria is an emerging based in Puerto Rico. Her work displays a penchant for the macabre and surrealist elements of the human condition.

Spain: Borondo is an emerging urban artist heralded for his classical painting techniques.

Spain: VinZ is an urban artist based in Valencia, Spain. The Feel Free Project, born in 2011, is a direct reflection of a society in crisis.

United States: Zio Ziegler, San Francisco based artist and a new figure of Californian street art.! His paintings are often more colorful than his monochromatic murals that are scattered throughout the entire San Francisco Bay area, from Mission District to Facebook general headquarters.



Branded Scoop taxis and courtesy cars are at hand to seamlessly transport buyers and visitors between each venue.

Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery

WATCH: Scoop International Fashion Show 7th Edition – January 2014

Scoop International Fashion Show – 8th Edition – 13-15 July 2014

Scoop International opening times


13 July
14 July
15 July

10.00am – 6pm
9.00am – 6pm
9.00am – 5pm


Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY

Phillips, Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB UK