A view of London fit for a King

Over the summer I was lucky enough to visit the London offices of King, makers of the legendary/infamous casual game Candy Crush Saga. King are based at Central St Giles, the Renzo Piano designed complex near Tottenham Court Road, and they occupy the top floor of the building. The office comes complete with a fantastic roof terrace for staff use.

The offices are impressive but the view from the terrace itself is breathtaking. There are many iconic London vistas but the King view really struck me in that there are very few opportunities to see in all directions from a good height right in the center of London. The offices have 360 degree views of London and on a clear day it feels like every corner of the city is visible.

A 360 degree panorama may be a project for another day but I had to take an opportunity to capture the roof terrace looking south, across Covent Garden. The result is the image below, which takes in the view from the City to the east, through to the Tate Modern, the Royal Opera House and west to the Houses of Parliament.

I’m really pleased with the results and am working on an additional colourway as well. In the meantime, this print will be ready to buy as a limited edition run in time for the Designers/Makers Christmas Market at the Southbank Centre which I’ll be appearing at between 20th and 22nd December. Hurrah!

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View from King's London office

The breathtaking view from King’s London office roof terrace

Handmade books – Walks through great cities

Having just finished the last of a set of three handmade books based on cities (available to buy now from the shop) I thought it would be good to give more of an insight into how they came about.

They are a collaboration between my husband, Jon, and me. Jon pens the words and I produce the illustrations and construct and bind the books by hand. The books are constructed from a single sheet of 200gsm A4 paper with a card cover.

London, Paris, New York

London, Paris and New York

Each book takes the tone of a couple walking through a city reflecting on aspects of a relationship. The trilogy started with London – this first book hints at the serendipity of meeting that one special person amongst a city of millions. The second book, based in Paris, reflects on how time spent discovering a special city with a loved one is to be cherished and not rushed. Finally, the New York book is about remembering to nurture a relationship, to value how a relationship develops and ensuring it is not taken for granted.

There is just a touch of melancholy about them. Hopefully they convey something of the fragile vitality of a relationship.

Each book works equally well independently or as a lovely little trio. I have also made a box for the set of three which I’m really pleased with. The box also reflects the three cities in its construction.

London, Paris, New York

Set of three handmade books. ‘Walks through great cities’

Hopefully people will enjoy owning them as much as we’ve enjoyed making them!

Inspired: London – A Guide to Handmade in London

I am very excited to be included in the Inspired: London – A Guide to Handmade in London book, which is being launched on the 10th and 11th November. It will be available to buy from We Make London and also from selected bookshops.