Artfully done

If the list isn’t down on paper yet, it’s probably forming in your head. Names being matched with vague recollections of last year’s offerings.

And then you stop on one name. Usually a guy. We all have that person who we may love dearly but that’s not the emotion connected with buying their Christmas present. An increasingly troublesome task.

Could this year be any different? Not only different in approach but also gift choice? (Chances are he probably has enough knits and gadgets).

Take  a look at our newly curated Christmas Collection: For Him and this could be a very happy Christmas for him, and also you!

Here is a small selection of the collection…

 

Left – right/Top-Bottom

NDI, Rushing Reeds

NDI, The Dark & Stormy City (Blue)

Sophie Layton, Red View

Luke Woodford, Rebirth 1

NDI, Bolts 2

NDI, Bolts 1

 

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No time like the present

October. A month associated with leaves changing colours, searching for kindling and matches, pumpkin paraphernalia  and seemingly, as the high-street would like us to believe, the start of the countdown to Christmas (79 days at time of writing!). We may still have almost a third of the year left till the present giving season, but the pressure finding the right present for the person who (you think) has everything has already begun.

Maybe 2012 is the year which we can crack this, working together with others sharing the same dilemma and choose something a bit different, something original, something gorgeous..?

Here are some helpful suggestions to get you started. Prices range from £125-£350 (for smallest sizes) including delivery. Gift vouchers also available from November.

Top Left to Right

Perfect for: Sister, Sister-in-law, best friend, a lover of colours: Emma Lawrenson’s Camellia Bud III

Perfect for: The bachelor pad, cool older brother, owner of the loft apartment or just bare walls: Luke Woodford’s Rebirth III 

Perfect for: Contemporary Mother, owner of a bright kitchen or conservatory:  Emma Lawrenson’s Yellow Form II

Bottom from Left to Right

Perfect: A modern couple with a contemporary abode, sister or friend who needs calmness in their life: NDI’s Rushing Reeds

Perfect for: A brother or another who loves the blue hues, a print to modernise a bathroom: Emma Lawrenson’s Blue Curve

Perfect for: Updating your sister’s bedroom with an injection of colour,  a bride who had Gerbera’s in her bouquet: NDI’s Pop Art Gerbera 1

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With or without milk?

On a wet cold day the thirst for a cup of tea seems stronger, but not quite as strong as when you realise you’ve run out of milk! Without being able to rectify this situation in the very short-term, perhaps looking at some tea-related art will make the mind think it has had its quota of tea!Oriental Teapot Series

 

The Oriental Teapot series by photographer NDI connects a beautiful splash of turquoise, an air of subject mystery achieved by the narrow depth-of-field approach and circular symmetry through the teapot spout. The four individual image really complement each other when framed and grouped as shown and add colour, creativity and a sense of calmness to any room through the softness of the images. Guaranteed to be a talking point, the individual images are 254mm (w) x 381mm (h) and £145 each. All NDI’s work can be viewed and enjoyed here.

Golden Dreams

As the day draws to an end so does our love affair with the most magical summer of sport. The Paralympic closing ceremony bids farewell to London 2012.

The stadium flame is extinguished but not the newly ignited ‘fire in the belly’ of the next generation.

Inspired through so many sporting super stars who showcased incredible strength, integrity and determination to become leaders in their field this summer, we look forward to supporting the next generation of Tom Daley’s, Mo Farah’s, Laura Trott’s, Ellie Simmond’s, Sarah Storey’s…..

NDI’s The Dark and Stormy City (Blue) which highlights the stunning London skyline is available exclusively through Like Love Want

Stunning sculptures & pretty petals

RHS Wisley in Surrey is always worth visiting for its world-class garden but even more so at the moment as it is hosting the Surrey Sculpture Trail. One of the largest exhibitions of sculpture in the country and showcasing a diverse range of pieces from talented amateurs to top professional sculptors, the Surrey Sculpture Trail is at Wisley from 25 August – 30 September.

The sculptures are all subtly positioned within the existing beauty of the Wisley landscape and include modern contemporary and abstract sculptures as well as traditional sculptures, in a broad range of materials and sizes, at affordable prices. Really worth a visit.

After an afternoon of admiring the sculptures as well as the impressive grounds, it only seemed fitting to admire some of the flora-inspired pieces that grace our gallery. 

Camellia Bud III by Emma Lawrenson is a print inspired by the shape of the camellia. The simplicity of the lines adds to its beauty and the colours used encourage calmness.
When shown horizontally in a set of four prints, NDI’s Shamrock Chrysanthemum’s give the impression that there’s life in the petals with subtle and delicate movements.
And finally, Paul Wright’s original oil painting, Flower Collage 2, is proof that a bunch of flowers can be contemporary – Paul always takes his subjects to another level!

Inspiring ethereal images by Luke Woodford

 

Luke Woodford is an internationally recognised photographer whose work has appeared editorially in luxury and specialist publications, and for prolific clients within the fashion Industry. His photography was recently selected to be part of Vogue Italia’s “A Glimpse at Photo Vogue – 101 Photographers/101 Pictures”, which took place in July/August 2012 in Milan.

Luke’s latest work, the ‘Abandoned Fashion Series’ was born out of his artistic appreciation for both abandoned buildings and inspiring haute couture, resulting in beautiful images surrounded with an ethereal and empowering aura. Limited edition prints from this series are now available.

'Rushing Reeds'

NDI’s large scale intricacy

 

In the early 2000s, NDI took a hiatus from corporate life and enrolled at the London College of Printing, specialising in Professional Photography. Graduating with distinction in the course and a focus towards abstract art, NDI focused his attention towards macro black & white and colour narrow depth-of-field photography.

Developing large scale abstract photos and multiple-image collections, his work soon collected a keen following by interior designers, architects and property developers and his work has been used in houses, apartments and offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. NDI stepped away from abstract art in 2008 but has made his back catalogue exclusively available on Like Love Want as limited edition prints.