A Day Out

Last Saturday we went for a cycle 🚲 to find some breakfast 🍴☕️ and then on to a couple of hours in the V & A 🎨.  I always enjoy going somewhere new, and after a little coffee browsing ☕️📱 (I have become a little obsessed with @londoncoffeeshops instagram feed ☕️😍) 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 ☀️ and had a proper brunch, nice coffee ☕️, and I had very very good blueberry pancakes 🍇, the proper chunky sort and also a very tasty green juice which didn’t taste at all like health food 🍹.

After, we cycled 🚴🚴 over the river to the V & A 🎨 to look at the Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design exhibition.  It turns out Ove Arup oversaw the design for all sorts of things – The Sydney Opera House 🎶, The Kingsgate Bridge in Durham 🎢, the roof of the Menil Collection in Houston 🏯 and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo ❤️, one of my favourites.  He also created designs and campaigned for improved air raid shelters during the blitz in London 🏮.  And of course Arup are still designing all sorts of things – it was fun to see one of the first computers 📠 (christened by Arup ‘Mumbo Jumbo’), Max got very excited about a mechanical calculator 💈, and then the sound room, demonstrating and explaining the sound technology Arup currently uses to determine how much sound a new trainline might make 🚂, or how to design for the the best acoustics in a theatre 🎤.  Arup was a philosopher 📚 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 machine would come to dominate our lives 💻😳.  There are also some fun doodles by Arup 📝, he was a great doodler – although I am sure he never thought anyone would document them in such a way 🐛.

And then we sat in the V & A courtyard for a while and drank some (terrifying over priced) lemonade 🍸, and then nipped up to the third floor and had a quick look at the V & A Illustration Awards 📝.  I particularly enjoyed the winner of the book illustration, Jason Brook’s ‘London Sketchbook’ ✏️📕.  These are really fun and quite glamorous sketches of London and Londoners, I’ve included a few below – I like them a lot 😍.

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

Alice xxx

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