Oh hi, Hello Neighbour here. You may have seen we’re back again. Yet another pop-up. With another visual treat in our Hanbury Street window.
This time we’ve partnered with local design studio Inventory to celebrate the variety of typography under our neighbourhood noses. The installation showcases, through balance and design, how great it is WHEN THINGS COME TOGETHER.
Spelling out this phrase, Inventory sought out twenty-two letter forms – all visible within a one mile radius of Wieden + Kennedy. They feature on local shop facades, building fronts, pubs and street signs. Some are hand-painted, others made in plastic or carved in stone. In our mobile sculpture, they are beautifully re-crafted and cleverly displayed. Just like our neighbourhood, the installation is eclectic, balanced and ever-changing. The only drawback is how difficult it is to photograph. Here's our latest attempt:
But we didn’t think that was enough. We wanted to do more. So we decided to make something that will live longer than our pop-up initiative will allow. A sort of local, typographical legacy. So Inventory created a bespoke font based on the lettering on the Truman Brewery’s 19th century chimney.
We’ve cut the typeface, Truman Brick Face, now available to all of you, free of charge. You can download it here: www.trumanbrickface.com.
The window is still live and, if you do download the font, why don’t you send us some examples of how you’ve used it. You never know, we may even post one or two on this very blog.
In addition to our Hello Neighbour agency team (KJ, Sophie, Laura, Alex and Brodie), a very special thank you goes out to Inventory Studio for their marvellous brains and beautiful handicraft and to the Truman Brewery for their wonderful letterforms.
W+K have been working with up and coming chef, foodie and writer James Ramsden for some time now but we’ve never actually tasted his cooking. Last night Alex and Nicole got the chance to see if James can actually deliver the goods at pop-up restaurant The Hart and Fuggle off Brick Lane. James put on a wonderful Moroccan themed spread including spiced flatbread with moreish baba ganoush and a superb chestnut and chorizo with saffron soup. Mains saw a colourful platter of lamb tagine, pomegranate couscous and some sweetly spiced roast carrots.
The crescendo to the meal came after mains, sometime around the completion of a second glass of world class Hermitage red wine, in the form of dessert: a fabulously moist Tunisian orange cake with rose syrup served with whipped cream and dried rose petals. Sublime. We were then served fresh mint tea on beautiful English fine china with some yummy home-made Rocky Road.
Back to the wine…The Hart and Fuggle is a great place to meet people as you’re seated at shared tables laid with beautiful spring blooms. We met the lovely Emily and her friends. Emily is a sommelier at the world class River Café and also runs her own blog Women Know Your Wine. This meant we were fed a steady stream of five star reds from the wine tasting session Emily had just attended. Thanks Emily. Emily is also a doppelganger for our very own Helen Foulder. Not only do they look the same but they share a love of red wine. Spooky!
A big thank you to James and proprietors and chefs Georgina Fuggle and Alice Hart who are donating half of all profits to Centrepoint. Good luck with the rest of your run. The Hart and Fuggle serves its last meal on Valentine's Day. Places are all booked up so email firstname.lastname@example.org for any last minute cancellations. You never know.