Art to East Africa Launch Party


Ruweyda Dool invited Sketchbook to join her at the launch party for her new organisation, Art to East Africa, which aims to change the lives of young people through art. Held on the roof terrace at The Queen of Hoxton,

AL MANAKH: GULF CONTINUED – A Rare Insight into the Gulf


AL MANAKH: GULF CONTINUED, the continuation to AL MANAKH, published in 2007 is a collaboration between REM KOOLHAAS and Dubai-based consultancy, PINK TANK. In essence, this is an insightful, in-depth book exploring the Gulf cities. It touches on the challenges

The bigger picture with Florence Bamberger


Sketchbook went for coffee with Parisian artist FLORENCE BAMBERGER. Her talent and creativity have already provoked recognition by the likes of Givenchy – and she hasn’t even finished her studies yet! This Illustrator / Graphic Designer / Artist / Social Commentator looks very promising and we were

Design Real at the Serpentine Gallery


This month, London’s Serpentine Gallery plays host to Design Real, an exhibition of mass produced objects that, as decided by the curator, KONSTANTIN GRCIC, are not only effectively fulfilling their purpose but “the purpose itself has to be good”. With

Dual Purpose at the Assembly


“Dual purpose” can be somewhat of a dirty word in the design industry. Frequently conjuring up images of nonsensical late night shopping channel adverts and baffling design hybrids, take, for instance, Thirst Aid’s Beer Hat. A globally recognised drinking cap,

Spotted at Abu Dhabi Art


Damascus was once known for its skilled glass-blowers, but the changing face of the city means this ancient craft is in real danger of being lost. One of the few workshops in operation is that of Saudi designer AHMAD ANGAWI,

Better late than never, Sketchbook’s full review of the Frieze Art Fair

Frieze Arts Fair, Regents Park, London on October 17th 2009.

For those of you who aren’t aware, the Frieze Art Fair is a yearly art experience where paintings, sculptures, installations and many more things are thrown at you from every angle, all beneath a single roof. The Frieze Art Fair

Living Dangerously with Roxane Borujerdi


In a way we are always at work. It matters little if we are out shopping, sleeping, earning or eating, it is always work.  There is no time to be political. How can we be if we are caught in

Pop Life – Art in a Material World


It wasn’t long and certainly won’t be the last time that Pop Art is revisited, much less in the Tate Modern, but it’s often always a winner in many aspects. When Pop Art presents itself it draws a whole host