Ah, we’re always checking out the Nordic look in art, interior design and beauty wherever we go, and as galleries re-open after Covid and lockdown….it’s a slow start.
This Viking-ish looking painting (above with its horns) by Chason Matthams probably isn’t quite there. But Unit London gallery in London’s Mayfair is quick off the mark with champagne openings of new art exhibitions.
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We jumped at the invite even though the opening was for South African artist Sthenjwa Luthuli’s show: Imfumbatho, a Zulu name for “birth secret”.
It explores the notion of hidden talent and potential…from the moment we are born, we have a purpose or destiny to fulfil.
Indeed, we can subscribe to that and to the idea that we can find inspiration in anything, whatever the nationality or culture.
Sthenjwa Luthuli’s show is rather lovely, if perpahs too colourful to be confused with Scandi art – but the eyecatching and interesting images contrasts perfectly with the neutral Nordic decor – the two complement eachother.
If, or when, in London, pop round to Unit London in Hanover Square – always cool and inspiring new artists on show to add to the vibrant shopping area near Bond Street and Regent Street.
Next door is Vogue House with its own window dressing of Vogue editions from around the world – there are many! – although the new Vogue Scandinavia hadn’t made it to the shelves yet, as of August 12.
By Sthenjwa Luthuli
One block away to the west is Bond Street with its designer boutiques and more high end galleries – many of those pop art – and one block to the left of Unit London is Regent Street with stores such as Burberry, Apple and Hamley’s.
Many shops, galleries and hotels are still boarded up or under re-construction following lockdown, but it’s good to see the art and design scene kicking back to life.