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An Oliver Jeffers themed weekend


We're creatures of habit here at We Made This, so the weekend found us making our way down to London's southbank for a bit of food and culture.

We kicked off at Borough Market. If you're ever down that way round lunchtime, make sure you find the place that does the chicken wraps - they're utterly delicious. And go rather well with a Berry Bliss smoothie.


We then ambled down to the Tate Modern for their Global Cities show, which you can still catch if you get along there in the next couple of weeks (it runs till 27 August). It's a fascinating show, though it was the historical and sociological stuff that really got us going, rather than the art pieces.

While there, we browsed through the Tate bookshop, which is always a box of delights, and picked up The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers. It's a truly wonderful kids book, a perfect combination of a great story and stunning illustrations; it reminded us of Dave McKean's The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, which is high praise round these parts.



Sunday then found us meeting some friends at the Design Museum, which is currently showing an interesting Zaha Hadid show, and a huge exhibition of Jonathan Barnbrook's work. We're not massive fans of Barnbrook's style (it's just too damn hectic for our simple tastes), but his dedication to creating design with a social conscience is brilliant.

In the cafe there's also a small exhibition of the Blanka posters created for the 50th Anniversary of Helvetica, and our favourite is the one by... Oliver Jeffers.

We headed back along the southbank having been tipped off that Stormtroopers had been seen outside County Hall.



They're there as part of the Star Wars show (careful, noisy link) that's on at the moment. We didn't linger, as that whole particular bit of the southbank is a grim tourist trap (which is a massive shame considering how wonderful the section by the Royal Festival Hall is). But, if we had gone into the show, we would have seen yet another bit of Jeffers' work, in the form of his customised Darth Vader helmet for Toys R Evil.

Oliver Jeffers, Lord of Southbank: we love you.


posted: 13 August 2007
categories: Architecture | Art | Books | Events
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