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INTERVIEW: Photographer Olga Kott

Olga Kott is a multidisciplinary photographer and image-maker based in London. When she’s not delivering talks to inspire the next generation of creatives, shooting on site with brands and magazines, or creating self-directed work as part of Olga & Kay, Olga travels to all manner of new places in search of inspiration. Having joined me as a speaker at YOUNG GOLD TALKS last year, I caught up with Olga to find out what she’s been working on since then and what a day in the life of a professional photographer looks like… Why photography? How did you discover that you loved…

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INTERVIEW: Blogger + Creative Director Chidera Eggerue

Chidera Eggerue, also known by her alias The Slumflower, is a blogger and Creative Director, not to mention a notable social media activist. In all these pursuits she uses creativity and hard-won wisdom to propel and support open conversations about health, happiness, identity and self worth. Always rocking whatever feels good and inspiring others to do the same, it’s easy to admire Chidera for her style, showcased in the brilliant narrative shoots that populate her blog The Slumflower. Last year I invited Chidera to take part in my first talks event at Google Campus, to share her insights on life as a working creative….

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How To Live with Zero Waste

If you think the 5p plastic bag charge was the worst thing that ever happened to Britain, this piece probably isn’t for you. If, however, you share my sentiments about the importance of living sustainably, read on. From shopping local, to opting for eco-friendly packaging and supporting unique cafes and restaurants, the benefits of a zero-waste life are myriad – as many bloggers, activists and sustainable lifestyle advocates will tell you. But what is ‘zero waste’ and who does it benefit? In essence, a zero waste lifestyle is about reducing your potentially harmful impact on the environment. This means considering…

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INTERVIEW: Cockpit Arts CEO Vanessa Swann

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that I’ve recently been dedicating a fair bit of air time to the discussion of why supporting independent businesses is important. At this time of year, I feel that buying direct from makers and shopping from independent stores and ventures can make a positive impact, not just on the quality and meaningfulness of the gifts we give and receive and our greater impact on the planet, but on the people that craft and sell them with passion and great attention to detail. I recently caught up with Vanessa Swann,…

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Meet the Green-Fingered Duo Behind London Terrariums

One of the problems of living in a city, as culturally rich and creatively diverting as it may be, is that we’re seldom granted a patch of green to call our own. Sure, we’ve got parks and some high streets go in for hanging baskets, but the dense tropical flora we usually crave is always out of reach. If you’re anything like me, you really go in for greenery in your workspace, home or studio. Plantlife is a friend to us all and boosts our wellbeing and creativity, but we don’t all have the privilege of a private garden to…

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EAT AT: Ethos

A secret garden in the heart of Fitzrovia, all-vegetarian spot Ethos is one of my favourite restaurants. A unique eatery with a bright airy interior complete with magical birch trees sprouting up through the floor, visitors are invited to serve themselves, piling plates high with veggie delights. Take plenty of photos — the curved wood-clad furniture catches the light beautifully, while huge windows let in the sun during the day. The vibe is minimalist and Scandi-inspired with lots of marble, warm wood and exposed bulbs. What’s on the menu? On the round buffet-style tables, you’ll find a mix of foods hailing from…

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EAT AT: Bronte

Designed by Tom Dixon and his Design Research Studio, Bronte is a dream. Picture lofty ceilings offset by pink concrete, teal and emerald-hued banquettes and signature metallic lighting in brassy and rose-gold tones. Strange artefacts offset the smooth, streamlined aesthetic in some areas, whereas in others, you’ll find nothing but soft velvet curves, hints of malachite and bright lights. Bronte is a luxe central-London joint, and it knows it. What’s on the menu? The standard fare is pan-Asian with sushi, dim sum and bao buns on offer. There’s a choice of not one but three ‘sushi pizzas’ and for the less…