Pirelli calendar, Jane & Louise Wilson, Shawm House & Airbnb (B+A Bulletin #113)

Pirelli calendar, Jane & Louise Wilson, Shawm House & Airbnb (B+A Bulletin #113)

Morning/ afternoon/ evenin’. How’s tricks?

We’re currently using the world as our personal office. B+A are working in NYC, Shanghai, Mexico City, Tokyo and LDN at the mo. Keeping it local and global simultaneously, yes – but more on that next week.

B+A Bulletin 113. Let’s get it…

B+A Brilliance

The Pirelli calendar was once, in the 1960s, a trade gift with a focus on salacious imagery of women. Forward 50 years later, it is a symbol of a new era for the fashion bible. This year, styled by British Vogue’s new editor in chief, Edward Enninful, the calendar has cast an all-black group of models, activists and actors. The theme? Alice in Wonderland, obvs: “It’s difficult to be entirely clear, but fashion reflects the spirit of the times. The fashion industry is a wonderland, and it’s an immensely positive thing to see a black Alice. Alice is universal.”

B+A Books etc.

This week the artist-sister duo Jane & Louise Wilson explored and talked about some of Europe’s least accessible architectural sites: a former Stasi Prison in former East Berlin, the British Houses of Parliament and the huge Star City complex in Moscow. This was the 5th in the series of talks our very own Rosy is advisor to at the Whitechapel Gallery for ‘The Gerrard O’Carroll Memorial Lecture‘. Hit Rosy up directly for the 411, or the heads up of what’s happening at the gallery next #eartotheground.

B+A Big Up

Ben’s mate Dan Kerr deserves all of the big ups this week. Why?

1. He designed and made a house in 18 months yo.
2. He’s just swept up a bunch of awards from RIBA architecture for immaculate execution and exceptional build quality.
3. He had absolutely no building experience & didn’t set out with the intention of doing the work himself.
4. He designed and built it all so his parents could live their very best lives in it.

What a winner. Congratulations Dan! Read more about Shawm House here.

B+A Babble

After choosing ‘Big Capital’ as our team read last month, the London housing crisis has been on team B+A’s mind. Now, it’s been revealed this week that Airbnb’s most successful landlord earned £11.9million (eek) last year from renting out 881 properties across London.

Does this go some way to explaining the shortage of affordable homes in London? In Jan 2016 The Telegraph claimed that ‘staying personal is key to Airbnb’s success’, let’s hope this example is an exception, and the Airbnb community-centric model we love is retained.


B+A Bye…

’til next time good folks. Keep exploring.

Team B+A x