A Day Out

Last Saturday we went for a cycle ๐Ÿšฒ to find some breakfast ๐Ÿดโ˜•๏ธ and then on to a couple of hours in the V & Aย ๐ŸŽจ. ย I always enjoy going somewhere new, and after a little coffee browsing โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฑ (I have become a little obsessed with @londoncoffeeshops instagram feed โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ˜) we cycled down to Ground Coffee Society in Putney.

It was excellent, they have a outside area at the back, and we sat in the sort of sunshine โ˜€๏ธ and had a proper brunch, nice coffee โ˜•๏ธ, and I had very very good blueberry pancakes ๐Ÿ‡, the proper chunky sort and also a very tasty green juice which didn’t taste at all like health food ๐Ÿน.

After, we cycled ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšด over the river to the V & A ๐ŸŽจ to look at the Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design exhibition. ย It turns out Ove Arup oversaw the design for all sorts of things – The Sydney Opera House ๐ŸŽถ, The Kingsgate Bridge in Durham ๐ŸŽข, the roof of the Menil Collection in Houston ๐Ÿฏ and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo โค๏ธ, one of my favourites. ย He also created designs and campaigned for improved air raid shelters during the blitz in London ๐Ÿฎ. ย And of course Arup are still designing all sorts of things – it was fun to see one of the first computers ๐Ÿ“  (christened by Arup ‘Mumbo Jumbo’), Max got very excited about a mechanical calculator ๐Ÿ’ˆ, and then the sound room, demonstrating and explaining the sound technology Arup currently uses to determine how much sound a new trainline might make ๐Ÿš‚, or how to design for the the best acoustics in a theatre ๐ŸŽค. ย Arup was a philosopher ๐Ÿ“š before and engineer and designer, and his speech, christening the computer ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ from 1967, which is nicely played out loud to you, is slightly scary in it’s foresight predicting how that machineย would come to dominate our lives ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ˜ณ. ย There are also some fun doodles by Arup ๐Ÿ“, he was a great doodler – although I am sure he never thought anyone would document them in such a way ๐Ÿ›.

And then we sat in the V & A courtyard for a while and drank some (terrifying over priced) lemonade ๐Ÿธ, and then nipped up to the third floor and had a quick look at the V & A Illustration Awardsย ๐Ÿ“. ย I particularly enjoyed the winner of the book illustration, Jason Brook’s ‘London Sketchbook’ย โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ“•. ย These are really fun and quite glamorous sketches of London and Londoners, I’ve included a few below – I like them a lot ๐Ÿ˜.

We were chivied out as it was closing time, but I did stop to buy a quick card ๐Ÿ’Œin the gift shop by Blanca Gomez, called ‘Nadadora’, ย it is super ๐Ÿ’™.

Alice xxx

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A wonderful coffee in Ground Coffee Society
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Max and breakfast
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My breakfast
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Ove Arup’s doodles
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The Penguin Pool at London Zoo, designed by Ove Arup โค๏ธโค๏ธ
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S is for Shelter
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Mumbo Jumbo the computer
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Listening to Ove talk about Mumbo Jumbo
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Sydney Opera House – Spherical
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Designing the roof for the Menil Collection
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Jason Brooks London Sketchbook 1
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Jason Brooks London Sketchbook 2
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Jason Brooks London Sketchbook 3
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Jason Brooks London Sketchbook 4
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A card from the gift shop – ‘Nadadora’ by Blanca Gomez