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Karen Knorr’s India Song

‘India Song’, a new book by acclaimed photographer Karen Knorr (sister-in-law of Cheryl Knorr of The House Directory!) presents some extraordinary images of animals in stunning architectural sites in India. Karen Knorr began her ‘India Song’ series in 2008, after a life-changing trip through Rajasthan. She takes inspiration from the Indian tradition of personifying animals in literature and art, depicting scenarios that are at once otherworldly and surreal. Knorr’s work explores Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its contemporary relationship to questions of feminine subjectivity and animality.

Karen Knorr Flight-to-Freedom

The Flight to Freedom, Durbar Hall, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur

Karen Knorr-The-Maharajas-Apartment

The Maharaja’s Apartment, Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur

Karen Knorr Avatars-of-Devi

Avatars of Devi, Samode Palace, Samode

Karen Knorr The-Queens-Room

The Queen’s Room, Zanana Palace, Udaipur

Karen Knorr-The-Private-Audience

The Private Audience, Aam Khas, Juna Mahal, Dungarpur

Karen Knorr-The-Conqueror-of-the-World

The Conqueror of the World, Podar Haveli, Nawalgarh

Karen Knorr-The-Witness

The Witness, Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Karen Knorr's India Flight

A Place like Amravati 2, Udaipur City Palace, Udaipur

Karen Knorr celebrates the rich visual culture, myths and stories of northern India, focusing on Rajasthan and using sacred and secular sites to consider caste, femininity and its relationship to the animal world. Interiors are painstakingly photographed with a large format Sinar P3 analogue camera and scanned to very high resolution. Live animals are inserted into the architectural sites, fusing high resolution digital with analogue photography. Animals photographed in sanctuaries, zoos and cities inhabit palaces, mausoleums , temples and holy sites, interrogating Indian cultural heritage and rigid hierarchies. Cranes, zebus, langurs, tigers and elephants mutate from princely pets to avatars of past feminine historic characters, blurring boundaries between reality and illusion and reinventing the Panchatantra for the 21st century.

Knorr was born in Frankfurt au Main, Germany, and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the 1960s, completing her education in Paris and London. She has taught, exhibited, and lectured internationally and is currently Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.

Karen Knorr’s India Song, with a preface by William Dalrymple, essay by Christopher Pinney, and interview by Rosa Maria Falvo, is published by Skira at £30, and available to buy from

And you can see more of Karen Knorr’s work in Tate Britain’s BP Spotlight: Karen Knorr, which runs until 4 October 2015. This display brings together two series of her work: Belgravia 1979–81 and Gentlemen 1981–83, which form part of the Eric and Louise Franck London Collection. The series combine both image and text and explores patriarchal values in the upper middle classes and the  lifestyle of a privileged minority living in one of the most affluent parts of London.

Anglepoise® – new collections, new look…

The quintessentially British brand Anglepoise® first developed its iconic task lamp with its pioneering perfect balance mechanism in the 1930s and now produces a wide range of designs. There are still  practical, energy-efficient task lamps, but also whole room solutions, including a new brass collection which has a softer, more domestic aesthetic, and is ideally suited for both domestic and commercial interiors.

Maxi Pendant by Anglepoise

Heritage-inspired colours, woven cable and authentic brass details create a new aesthetic for the iconic Anglepoise® Original 1227™ design, whilst desk, wall and pendant options introduce greater versatility.

Original 1227 Wall Light and Pendant by Anglepoise

Anglepoise® Original 1227™ Brass Pendant and Wall Lamp in Dusty Blue.

Original1227™ Brass Mounted Wall Lamp by Anglepoise

Anglepoise® Original 1227™ Brass Mounted Wall Lamp in Dusty Blue.

Type75 floor lamp by Anglepoise

The new Type 75™ Maxi Collection, designed by esteemed industrial product designer, Sir Kenneth Grange, who once described the Anglepoise lamp as a ‘minor miracle of balance’. Comprising a floor lamp and coordinating pendant, the collection reflects this foremost British designer’s singular, modernist style.

Anglepoise + Paul Smith

Anglepoise® + Paul Smith, a stunning new Special Edition interpretation of the classic Anglepoise Type75™ table lamp. Created for Anglepoise by leading British industrial product designer, Sir Kenneth Grange, the timeless Type75™ design provides the perfect canvas for Paul Smith’s strikingly colourful treatment, whilst its no-frills, mechanical functionality is clearly articulated by the playful colour-by-component approach.

All the lamps featured are available now from the Anglepoise® e-store at and at selected retailers worldwide.


BADA Art & Antiques Fair 2015

The glamorous BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair has just opened, and runs until 24 March at Duke of York’s Square, London SW3.   It’s a dazzling display – from 16th century furniture to contemporary paintings, all vetted for quality and authenticity.  There is something for everyone, from the first time buyer to the seasoned collector, with prices ranging from £100 to six figure sums. Here are some exhibits that caught our eye…

BADA fair 15 Aristotle

A carved stone bust of Aristotle, English, first half of 18th century, at Harris Lindsay Works of Art.

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Adam Bray’s new fabrics

Interior designer Adam Bray has joined the Redloh House co-operative with his unique textile collection. There are sumptuous mohair velvets and sheepskins, luxury leathers, sublime hand-dyed linens and the extremely chic Fela ticking stripe. New to the range are 100% wool Melton fabrics in authentic military colours, new Gauffrage (embossed velvet) colours and patterns and a collection of upholstery-weight denims.

Adam Bray linens

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Imperfect Home by Mark & Sally Bailey

Mark and Sally Bailey of destination homeware store Baileys Home & Garden were early forerunners of ‘undecorating’, and their latest book Imperfect Home sees the beauty in homes that are rough around the edges, with peeling paint and vintage fabrics. It’s also a look in which old meets new, and modern pieces are mixed in to bring vitality and colour.

Imperfect Home by Mark & Sally Bailey

Antiques dealer Katharine Pole’s workroom-cum-showroom, home to an 18th century French four-poster bed with a silk canopy ravaged by age.

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OKA’s Battersea Power Station apartment

After lying derelict for thirty years, the landmark 42 acre site of Battersea Power Station is being brought back to life with architecture from Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners, and landscape architecture from James Corner. Furniture and accessories company OKA were given the opportunity to create a design scheme for the first apartment at the brand new development. Director Sue Jones rose to the challenge and in just three days created an inviting scheme which combines different periods and influences and which she felt would be more soothing (and immune to the passage of time) than a top-to-toe modern look. Open-plan homes often pose the design challenge of how to create distinct living, dining and sleeping areas, but the chosen decor demarcates the space perfectly.

Battersea Power Station redevelopment

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Bisca’s staircases: before & after

Bespoke staircase specialists Bisca have recently completed three projects where they have dramatically transformed the whole appearance and atmosphere of a house by replacing the staircase. Take a look at these dramatic before and after shots…

Harrogate staircase project by Bisca

Bisca was asked to re-design this awkward, angular concrete staircase for a prestigious new build in Harrogate. The staircase not only looked too mean and small for the space but had been cast so that it clipped the door entry. It was uncomfortable to use and any attempt to clad the bare concrete on the landings would have made both non compliant with building regulations. Bisca replaced it with an elegant semi-helix of English oak and hand forged, formed and textured steel that have added gravitas in keeping with the status of the building.

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Black fireplaces

Black is back in the fireplace world. “There’s a definite boom in black fireplaces right now. We’re seeing an increase in both high-end crafted reproductions and restored originals”, says Owen Pacey of Renaissance London. “ Many black fireplaces were painted over and when stripped back you expose a striking black surround. The other reason is that a black fireplace makes a statement and works well in most rooms, adapting well to both contemporary and period design projects. Karen Millen asked me to put in a back fireplace a few years ago and since then I’ve really seen a growing trend.”

Black Fireplace from Renaissance London

Early Victorian black and white marble column surround £5,400.

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Roger Oates launches bed linen range

As part of the new Lifestyle collection Roger Oates has launched a range of bed linen. Troy, a simple woven stripe design in tonal bands, is inspired by his popular Venetian Flatweave of the same name. The high-quality, 100% cotton is soft and smooth to touch. Smart, timeless and understated, the bedlinen is perfect for both contemporary and traditional bedrooms. Available in 3 colours with button detailing.

Troy bedlinen Azure from Roger Oates

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deVOL Kitchens’ new Clerkenwell showroom

deVOL Kitchens have just opened a smart London showroom in Clerkenwell showing their lovely Shaker Range, a beautiful big Prep Table from their Classic English Range, and their new tongue and groove panelling.

deVOL-Clerkenwell Showroom

The glazed counter top cupboards. These beautifully-proportioned glazed cabinets are perfect for storing and displaying crockery, cook books, linen or stacks of jars and glasses.

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