Monday, 24 January 2011

A lesson in logic:
our guests are cool, ergo we are cool.

Let's face the facts: I have never been cool.

Short-sighted at 16, a regular at computer club, home-knitted sweaters, didn't smoke. Just not cool.

So it's with a certain pleasure that I greet the cool, creative types that sometimes come and stay with us at the Great Apartment and Canal Apartment. Not that other guests are less cool, in fact the vast majority of guests and just ridiculously lovely, but sometimes you get a whiff of a designer brand name in conversation or from an e-mail address, and that makes us feel all fuzzy inside.

For instance, we once had one of the co-founders of Eley Kishimoto to stay. At the time, I hadn't heard of the brand, but since then I've seen it around a lot, namely through collaborations with Eastpak, Bearbrick and delish Belgian beer Duvel. You might recognise their iconic flash design.

They also do a range of lovely-looking wallpaper that I'm keeping in mind, and if you wear the beach shorts they designed for Orlebar Brown, you will be instantly gorgeous. And £150 lighter. True!

Then there were the seamstresses for very very cool brand Acne Studio that came for fashion week. After sewing madly for 25 hours non-stop to make the new collection look good on their weedy male models, they went out partying all night and got to bed at 6am! Before checking out at 7am! Oh to be young again... Perhaps if I were, their clothes would like good on me too.

We have also been hosts to James Benjamin Franklin, a painter from the New York area who really has an original style of milky-looking paintings depicting slightly surreal or unnerving scenes. Some people might find them creepy, but we thought they were ace! He turned out to be extremely personable, and when we were invited to his exhibition opening in Paris, we were delighted to hear that he'd sold a painting straight away. Excellent!

And let's not forget the impeccably-executed, retro-style simplicity of Miller + Goodman's amazing wooden blocks. They came to stay with us for a trade fair, and we were proud to have them; their stuff is great for inspiring kids' creativity, and beautiful to look at to boot. They deservedly won a Parents' Choice Gold Award in 2010 for their Playshapes.

As well as an exclusive collection for the Tate Gallery in London, they have a giant block puzzle for all nostalgic adults to proudly display at home, are rather proficient in animation, and also possess a slightly mysterious website, deliciously called Oh, and they were super nice too.

So as the years roll on, the more people we'll meet and the more cool-by-osmosis we'll become. Finally. Can't wait!

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