January 18 2011
Got back from our house in Italy a little earlier than planned on Sunday evening, so we went for dinner at Orso in Covent Garden – naturally one of my favourite Italian restaurants in London as it belongs to my husband! Something slightly ironic about leaving Italy to have delicious Italian food in England, but the puntarelle was to die for.
Dreadful weather this morning – a very damp start to the working week but no matter, I am excited to meet a group of first-year students from the RCA at our Marylebone High Street store. They are working in either glass or ceramic and this morning we set them a project – entitled Home or City. They choose which theme they want to work on and then must create a series of work that we would select, exhibit and sell in our stores.
I find working with students so inspiring; their energy and creativity is so pure and, as yet, undaunted by the rigours of business, although I did talk to them about surviving from their art and how it demands a sense of commercialism as well as inspiration. Talking of which, I am still thinking of the wonderful Ballets Russes exhibition at the V&A – simply exquisite.
The rest of the day was spent in the design studio and meetings as we prepare to exhibit at Maison et Objet in Paris at the end of the week. Our stand is our biggest ever and so there are a few last-minute tweaks and alterations. More on that later in the week…