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Vivo Bakery-Café-Bar is a new casual Italian eatery on Upper Street, Islington. It opened in August, I believe. Vivo (“lively, vivacious, soulful, vibrant” in Italian) offers all day a selection of Italian prepared dishes using the regional Italian ingredients, such as pizza ‘al taglio’ (rectangular slices), lasagne, a variety of fresh salads, as well as a range of Italian desserts, pastries and sweets. You can see them all showcased on 14-m long granite food counter. You can eat lunch or dinner, have a cup of Neapolitan coffee & dolce, or drink Italian wines with nibbles.
Now I want to ask you a question – does Vivo remind you of something? May be Princi in SOHO? Indeed, their concept of cafeteria style is the same, their interior looks alike, and their range of food is almost identical. Maybe they copied Princi or maybe not. But I don’t care, and probably other customers. There is only one Princi in London so far, and it is much easier for us to come to nearby Angel. Their food is authentic and great as Princi, and it is more relaxed, not like as Princi where is always packed of people and noisy.
House by John Lewisという新しい家庭用品・家具ブランドの販促のために、大手デパートチェーンのジョン・ルイスが10月18日、イズリントンのN1 shopping centreに「Open House by John Lewis」というpop up shop（期間限定ショップ）をオープンさせた。
House by John Lewisは、最新のデザイン製品を手頃な価格で提供する、新しい自社ブランド。IKEAやHabitatと同じコンセプトで、見た目も似ている。IKEAは郊外に店舗があるから客の奪い合いにはならないかもしれないけれど、繁華街に店舗を持ち、既に経営危機にあるHabitatにとっては、強力なライバル出現だ。以前、色々お世話になったHabitatには同情するが、弱肉強食の社会、力と金があるものが勝つのが世の習いだから仕方ない。
11月10日まで、Open Houseは店内のコーヒー＆ジュースバーと共に、毎日朝10時から営業している。店ではまた、映画上映（火曜日）、ストリートフード料理教室、カクテル等のドリンクがタダのOpen House Party（毎金曜日）など各種イベントが催され、全て無料。日曜日は、ボードゲームで遊ぶことも出来る。さすがイギリスが誇るジョン・ルイス。太っ腹だ。
On October 18th, Department store chain John Lewis opened a temporary pop up shop, ‘Open House by John Lewis’, in Islington’s N1 shopping centre, to promote its House by John Lewis homewares and furniture range.
House by John Lewis is a range of modern but affordable products for a contemporary home. Look exactly like IKEA or Habitat. IKEA shops in suburbia don’t have to go on a turf war with John Lewis, but already troubled Habitat stores on high street must see it as a new powerful competitor. As once a fun, I feel very sorry for Habitat, but this is life.
Open House, as well as a coffee and juice bar in the shop, is open from 10am every day until November 10. The shop also hosts free events regularly, such as Tuesday night film screening, a street food workshop, and Open House Party every Friday with free drinks. On Sundays shoppers can enjoy board games and Bloody Marys. How generous they are!
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco. Jasmine is in a fragile mental state and depends on anti-depressants and vodka. She doesn’t cope well with her undesired new life and still behaves like an aristocrat, and calls her sister’s boyfriend and ex-husband ‘losers’. She reluctantly works as the receptionist in a dentist’s office, with a improvised goal to study to be a successful interior designer with her sophisticated taste. One day, Jasmine meets Dwight (Peter Sarsgaard), a diplomat who is quickly smitten with her beauty, sophistication and style, and finds a hope to get back to high life. However, her lies about her past lead to another catastrophic blow to Jasmine.
This comedy-drama hilariously but painfully portrays fall of a woman who had everything but lost everything except her pride. I was annoyed with Jasmine’s arrogance at the beginning but gradually started to feel sympathy and to pity her. She is forced to live like an ‘ordinary’ people that causes her a nervous breakdown, but she tries to cope with hardship in her own way though a bit clumsy and bit unrealistic. Cate Blanchett did play the role perfectly, and I can’t think about any actress who can do better than her. Also I am impressed Woody Allen as a man, can perfectly describe woman’s nature – closing one eye on her husband’s infidelity and illegal activity or telling a ‘little’ lie to protect her own happiness. I give this film a 5-star.
I didn’t go to Angel’s cinema Screen on the Green (past blog) for a long time, and during the break, the cinema has become a part of Everyman Cinemas. Accordingly, comfy sofa seating called ‘Premier Seat’ is introduced at the last two rows, and there you can enjoy a film like you are in your living room, with extra £2.00. There is a café/bar at the back that serves you a refreshment at your own seat. The cinema is also recommended.
「Lines of Poetry」は、モノクロのエッチングやドローイング、淡い色調の水彩画など、小さいサイズの作品が1階の2部屋にこじんまり収まった（上の階にも数点展示）、かなり地味な展覧会だけれど、彼の作品の持つ静謐さと長閑けさが、妙に心地がいい。しかし、モランディ展で感じた穏やかさは、同時開催中のけばけばしい色調の「Alberto Di Fabio: Intervention」展（1月16日〜4月7日）によって完全に邪魔された。タイトルの「Intervention（干渉）」も、皮肉に聞こえる。まったく相容れない展覧会を一緒にしないでほしいものだ。
Organised in collaboration with Galleria d’Arte Maggiore in Bologna, Morandi’s hometown, Lines of Poetry focuses on works on paper and includes Morandi’s some 80 etchings, as well as few watercolours and sketches, from 1920’s to 60s. The subjects of his works are pretty much restricted in still lifes, mainly same familiar bottles and vases on a table, and landscapes of Bologna and Grizzanawhere he visited every year during summer, but the exhibition also has a small number of works on flowers and portraits.
Lines of Poetry is rather understated exhibition with mainly monochrome etchings and pencil sketches and very few watercolours in undertones, in small sizes, in only two rooms on the ground floor (+ few works upstairs). But the tranquility and repose of his works are somehow comfortable and pleasant. However, peaceful moment I had been enjoying was disrupted by a concurrent exhibition, flashy and intense “Alberto Di Fabio: Intervention” (Feb 13 – Apr 7)… What an ironic title. They shouldn’t have mixed those incompatible exhibitions together!
ムナーリは、「Futurist past」と呼び自身のルーツとする、未来派ムーブメントの中でキャリアをスタート。未来派は、絵画に留まらず、モンタージュ写真、彫刻、グラフィックス、映像、アート理論など、手法や分野を超えたムナーリの作品作りにインスピレーションを与えた。彼の作品は、未来派に留まらず、構成主義、ダダイスム、シュルレアリスムなど様々なアートムーブメントの影響も見て取れる。またムナーリは、イタリア抽象芸術の発展を促し、アートとテクノロジー、創造性、機能性を融合させる「synthesis of arts（アートの統合）」を希求するため、1948年にミラノで興ったイタリアの具体芸術ムーブメント・Movimento Arte Concreta（MAC）の創立メンバーの一人でもある。
“Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past” (until December 23, 2012) at Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in Islington, is the exhibition that traces multi-talented Italian artist and designer, Bruno Munari‘s career from its early years up to the post-war period.
Munari began his career within the Futurist movement, and the roots of his work lay in what he termed his ‘Futurist past’. The movement inspired him to work across a range of media and disciplines from painting to photomontage, sculpture, graphics, film and art theory. Yet his influences were varied, also reflecting the aesthetics and sensibilities of movements such as Constructivism, Dada and Surrealism. He was also a founding member of the Movimento Arte Concreta (MAC), the Italian movement for concrete art established in Milan in 1948. This acted as a catalyst for new developments in Italian abstraction, and aspired to bring about a ‘synthesis of arts’, demonstrating the possibility of a convergence of art and technology, creativity and functionality.
The exhibition shows us that Munari’s multi-faceted creativity in diverse works from industrial-looking mobiles and sculptures to “Zizi the Monkey” child toys, from photomontages of war planes to biro or Rome olympic posters, as well as wallpapers, textile designs, and playful collages, and colourful paintings. And his works are modern, inspiring, fun and not obsolete still now. Recommended.