#MadeByGoogle Launch Event
Thanks to our friends at Google for an great night at the #MadeByGoogle launch event. It awesome to get up close and personal with the brand-new Pixel 3 phones, Pixel Slate and Home Hub. The Googlers showed off some cool new features, including Pixel’s ‘Digital Wellbeing’ app (which might finally help certain people spend a little less time on Instagram in the evenings – you know who you are). As for Home Hub – what better way to try out the step-by-step recipes than sampling mojitos in a custom-built bright green kitchen pod. Nice.
Lisbon has always been a European centre for design. Our recent visit took us to the Príncipe Real district of the city - A trendy area once known for it’s eclectic antique shops and opulent mansions, now, more for it’s shopping scene and concept stores. Embaixada stood out to us in particular - a beautiful 19th century palace used as a back drop to 21st century Portuguese design, gastronomy and culture.
‘Beautiful Allotment’ sees the front garden of the Geffrye Museum transformed into a fun, outdoor space for feasting, drinking and socialising this summer with handcrafted potting sheds, makeshift cocktail bars and barbecue areas surrounded by trailing plants and vegetable patches.
Since 2011, the project "ArT of opEN doors project in Rua de Santa Maria" has been implemented in Funchal. The aims of the project is to open the city to artistic and cultural events. The project was born by the hand of many artists who were coordinated with the city council and decided to take it out on the streets of the Old Town, particularly in the Rua de Santa Maria. The doors of houses, abandoned shops, deteriorated areas received a new life, in order to sensitise people, towards the art and culture that fills these spaces.
Walking down Laugavegur - Reykjavik’s main shopping street, has changed a lot over the years. As the number of tourists visiting Iceland increases year upon year It is great to see that many local brands and establishments have managed to hold their ground and thrive on Reykjavik’s busiest street.
The hotel features almost exclusively low-environmental impact materials. The low-rise building sits in harmony with its surroundings. It is clad with larch and features a grass roof.
The restaurant provides a breath-taking view of lake Myvatn in Northern Iceland and proved to be a popular place for a traditional Icelandic breakfast of smoked arctic char and skyr.
The work consists of three identical, golden reception desks that are placed before gray, ceiling-high walls in the historic hall of the museum. With the assistance of receptionists, visitors can sign a contract with themselves at these desks. In the contracts, each individual voluntarily commits to align his or her future deeds with ethical principles such as honesty and reliability.
We are loving the warm weather in Shoreditch this week. It has made for a great excuse to spend our lunch times collecting as many Pokemon as possible.
We caught a Gastly in Old Street station, a Golden in The Bricklayers Arms and we posed for photos with a Spearow outside Boxpark.
Happy hunting everyone!
Liberation gives London a leg-up!
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London released the #LondonIsOpen video today to show the world that London “remains entrepreneurial, international, and full of creativity and possibility, while reassuring the more than one million foreign nationals who live in London that they will always be welcome, and that any form of discrimination will not be tolerated.” We’re proud to be a part of this campaign – and in the video – you can see our brief cameo around the four second mark. https://youtu.be/ErLq9nir41E
New York, New York
The New York skyline has been changing quickly over the past few years. We love 432 Park Avenue designed by Rafael Viñoly which seems to have popped up from nowhere since we were last here.
We look forward to visiting this fast paced city again in the near future to see how the addition of even more super-skinny skyscrapers change the views.
The Photography Show 2016
The Liberation team have joined forces with Leica for the Photography Show 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham.
We designed ’Leica Street’ to inspire the street photographer in everyone!
The Photography Show 2016 will be open from March 19th - March 22nd. Come and visit us at stand D81 in Hall 5.
East Side Gallery, Berlin
A trip to Berlin definitely involves a visit to East Side Gallery, an international memorial for freedom. This 1.3km of graffiti painting on the Berlin wall is the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world. This segment is "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" by Dimitri Vrubel.
We had a great time at our cocktail making course last week in Shoreditch. Some of us took to it better than others…. Espresso Martini anyone?
Video highlights here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5dpe3vkh0Q
Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech
Found a calming retreat within the bustling city of Marrakech, Jardin Majorelle - a dreamy oasis full of exotic plants from five continents. In amongst the garden, I came across this astonishingly vibrant Moorish buliding with a hint of Art Deco, glowing with an intense blue. Beautiful.