TENT is a collaborative working space in London’s Kings Cross area housing startups, individuals and entrepreneurs and a range of diverse people. In a building that will be demolished in a few years time, co-founders Simon and Laura Willows have created something wonderful in what would otherwise have been a vacant, lifeless space.
Department store mascots. First floor views. Naps on the move. Abandoned boots. This is Selfie on the Bund, a photo book by Alex Johns.
The 36 page book documents journeys through the various districts of Shanghai, capturing curious and humourous views. I just received mine, lucky number 8. You can check it out here.
Zan Barberton, a documentary cinematographer and director has spent the last year trying to capture the magic of city farms in London. In a beautiful 26 minute documentary, Zan has shown the incredible stories and people that keep these farms alive and such an important part of the community.
Last year when Hackney Laces was volunteering at Hackney City Farm we met Emma. Emma was a 16 year-old girl who had been kicked out of school and was part of the pupil referral unit at the farm. When you’re not in a formal school environment, you lose access to extra curriculars like sports. One of the farm managers approached us and asked if we’d let Emma into our squad as she loves football. We said of course and she’s been with us ever since.
Ignoring the small matter that is my deathly allergy to bee stings, Petalon is my kind of business. It’s a brilliant combination of local, sustainable and beautiful. For just £20, Petalon offers people a lovely bunch of flowers sourced from the Flower Market based on what is freshest and in season and then they get delivered via bicycle to you. For every bouquet purchased, they donate £2 to the Capital Bee project, which aims to protect the declining bee population.
1. This beautiful piece of writing by Charles Warnke on why you should date a girl who can’t read.
2. Jenny Simmon’s website ‘Team Manon’, featuring stunning football photography.
3. Ada’s List, a growing online community of inspiring women in tech.
4. These lovely accessories made by women in Mozambique from scrap metal.
5. The book What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self. 40 kick ass women offering timeless, tangible wisdom.
This rather beautiful video tells a story of craft and entrepreneurship in Hackney.
Football and type are two very wonderful things. This limited edition book designed by Rick Banks looks at football and fonts and the ways they have connected over time, from the numbers and fonts used on the back to shirts to the meanings people prescribe to typography used in the game. And, to make it an even cooler project, it comes with a choice of five different colours, each numbered like a premier league shirt and all proceeds go directly to the Football Foundation – a brilliant organisation that supports grassroots football in the UK. I’m so stoked for mine to arrive.