Written by philippa radon design

Oct 27




Art Forum – Gregor Palmer





Every month, we will be introducing an artist whose work I happen to personally favor. This opening month it is the work of UK abstract artist, Gregor Palmer.

We feel it best to allow her work to speak for itself and have you read this un edited clip from some of her wonderful expressive writings. I felt this relevant an artist as the opener for Art Forum – as there is a most incredible exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in Mayfair, London on Abstract art – which is worth a trip to London if you can. It runs until January 2nd, 2017.

Eddy Frankel with Time Out Magazine does a good review of this highly impressive art event.


“Ground Control to Major Tom”

From the artist:

Creative people are always worth listening to. In an article on sculptor Anthony Gormley he said ‘This is what I was born to do, or what I’ve found I can do.”

He went on to talk about his figures installed on Crosby beach on Merseyside – some are even in the sea! ‘That’s the test, I think. If you can’t think of a place without the object or the object without the place, it means it’s made a marriage.’

Painting has that aspect too. All the lines and forms and colours have to look as though they’ve always been right there and could be nowhere else. If you look at a favourite picture and block out any little detail with your thumb the whole thing is less, less perfect, paler. Nothing should be present that isn’t absolutely necessary.
How does any creative person find that special state that brings all their powers together, focussed and alert? Do you have a routine you go through before you start a project, not a putting-off-the-moment one like cleaning under the sink, but a collecting-together in the building tension?

Mike Leigh, the film director, says he starts work on a new film with no working script. He looks for spontaneity from the actors and likes the on-the-edge-ness he gets when there’s no safety fall-back. Philip Glass the composer tries not to make decisions before entering a rehearsal room, for the same reasons. You have to find the conditions that help the work. For me any plan or envisioning kills creativity dead, while every brush stroke risks wrecking the whole thing. Risk is the stimulant that makes the creative department alert, and risk is what keeps the project alive and vital right until it’s finally wrapped up and you can push your chair back, or put away your pen or your brush or chisel.

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“Shine on Me”

Oct 06




Refresh Your New Season Routine…

Getting family back into the groove of routine can be a challenge in many ways, but hopefully most of the creases are ironed out now – with a week or so under one’s belt.

I finally have time to take personal stock of what sets me up for a new ‘season’ as I gear up for the festive final quarter of the year. So here is my personal check list.


New journal set – one per month for October, November and December. I fill them fast.

A new morning blend of tea plus splurging on a new cup and saucer.  It’s symbolic for me to  start the day with a strong tea in a fav cup. Personally, I like Harrods Earl Gray Breakfast tea.


Then I have to have a dunker – my Mum sends me Marks and Spencer digestive biscuits every month, or Rich Tea, plain and simple but it hits the spot.

Pens – black ink only, medium point – my scribble is illegible with anything else.

Candles on my desk – a must all year round. Diptyque Rose candles are a real treat to self !screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-26-47-am

Essential Oils, keeps my thoughts clear when I get tired. Bergamot is my go to always, but I do mix it up often and keep one in my car also.

Check out the magazines at Barnes and Noble – I prefer to purchase there and support one of the last book stores around! Stock up on new prints like Belong or Darling.belong-magazine

Promise myself extra sleep, more water and mediation and see how long I can keep it up.  It pays off.

Review what my year To Do list was from January and prioritise what I really choose to make happen over the remaining three months, and not beat myself up.

Start a new book for night time easy reading – not work related. Its a good way for me to wind down.  The Miniaturist was one I loved, by Jesse Burton.


And to remember that I am Too Blessed to be Stressed !

Its not worth it – and to savour and enjoy each day with all it brings.

Sep 30




As summer ends…

As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, a bittersweet sensation of summer’s end comes over us. With school buses now frequenting the streets and offices experiencing more hustle and bustle with all employees back from their vacations, we find ourselves switching gears. This change become more apparent when coats are taken out of storage, fall produce replaces the mounds of summer fruits and we are drawn to warm drinks instead of our iced lattes.

Jan 20




Mary Corse

Continuing with our month long focus on white, this week I would like to share the inspiring work of one of my favorite artists, Mary Corse. Mary Corse is a Los Angeles based artist, most notable for her monochromatic “White Light Paintings” in the Light and Space art movement of the 1960s.


Corse’s peers in the Light and Space movement included DeWain Valentine, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Helen Pashgian. This group of Southern Californian artists invented beautiful, minimal, sleek and luminescent works of art by experimenting with unconventional materials like resin and vacuum formed plastic. Their works concentrate on the relationship of human perception and sensation.


“At a time when New York was focused on very dark, black hues, and artists were working with a lot of steel, the L.A. artists were exploring these very different materials, and obviously embracing light and space,” says Bill Griffin, a partner in Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.


Corse’s work is centered around her peculiar  use of glass microspheres. The glass microspheres Corse utilizes in her work are tiny reflective beads that are most commonly used to brighten highway signs. Corse mixes the beads with white acrylic paint to create her remarkable “White Light Paintings”. Corse paints her canvases, averaging 9′ x 9′ in size, in stripes with her microsphere paint and then sands the surfaces  perfectly smooth. The result the is a glowing painting that transforms like a hologram as you walk around, revealing its complex relationship to light.


corse2 VIEW 2corse1Mary Corse is represented by Ace Gallery and Lehmann Maupin. She was prominently featured among her peers in the Pacific Standard Time initiative sponsored by the Getty Museum.

72688284MC_LMG_061Images courtesy of Ace Gallery and Lehmann Maupin

Jan 12




White interiors

With the beginning of a new year, we often find ourselves taking advantage of the opportunity to wipe our slates clean and start afresh. Whether it is through self proposed resolutions like eating healthier, flossing your teeth daily or cutting back on the caffeine for a healthy dose of a cold press green drink  – to rearranging your environment – an external expression of ‘the new you ‘.

So be it your living room, bathroom or work space, January is generally a good time to take inventory and reflect on the past year and implement changes for the year ahead through these design executions.
This year, Philippa Radon Design will be concentrating on a different spotlight colour each month. This January of 2015 will be directed towards Whites and Neutral colours in general.
I personally do not believe in jumping on the trend train each season, especially Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year, Marsala which follows on the heels on their 2014 Radiant Orchid.
I believe it is important to follow your heart and personal intuition, during this time of new beginnings in particular. White – and the myriad shades thereof can be used as your canvas and initial starting point to express yourself from, from there, one can easily travel through a multitude of colours and slowly start to collate a palette that is an expression of your own personality and style.
Here are a few cleansing images to inspire creativity for the new year:
Try eliminating clutter from your bedroom and workspace to facilitate a cleaner and more tranquil environment, its truly quite cathartic!
Please feel free to send us your images. Happy 2015.

Jan 05




Happy New Year

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Wishing you a happy 2015 from Philippa Radon Design.

Dec 09




Alternative Christmas Trees










Dec 03




Feather trend

Feathers will be taking flight this fall of 2014–from fashion to home decor, feathers will be featured in a variety of venues.
Many of the fall-winter 2014-2015 runway collections prominently exhibited feather adornments. Here is Alberta Ferretti:
and Nicole Miller:
For the 2014 holiday season, Barney’s New York is featuring a limited edition photo realistic Pheasant Feather Backgammon Set designed by eccentric director Baz Luhrmann.
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Farrow and Ball’s “Lotus” print wallpaper is a classic damask motif that is reminiscent of feathers:
For a more colourful and playful look, “Feathers” wallpaper by Mini Moderns comes in Lido, Chalkhill Blue, Mustard, British Lichen and Coach Emerald (pictured)
For more subtle accents, try Coral and Tusk’s whimsical feather pillow collection:
Lastly a few more decorating accents featuring feathers:



Nov 24




Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Here are a few table setting ideas for your holiday meal. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from Philippa Radon Design.




Oct 27




Happy Halloween