Curates: 10 Happenings in November

CRAVE Curates looks back at the month of November and selects our highlights of the month’s most exciting happenings.


1. 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial (1 Nov – 14 Dec 2014)

Under the this year’s theme of “The Future Is Not What It Used To Be” the second Istanbul Biennial asks the question, “What is the future now?”. An invitation to designers to rethink this topical manifesto sees the works ask and answer questions around where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going.

“Manifestos have typically be produced as texts that lie somewhere between declaration and desire.”

The Biennial asks how we can reclaim the manifesto as a powerful catalyst for change, via the medium of design.


2. World Press Photo Exhibition 2014 (7 Nov – 26 Nov 2014)

Often at the front line of both political and social upheaval around the world and offering a glimpse of significant events all over the world, the yearly World Press Photo Exhibition celebrates “…powerful, moving, and sometimes disturbing photojournalism…”.

This year saw some 5,754 photographers representing more than 130 different nationalities submitting almost 100,000 images. The resulting exhibition of 140 winning and shortlisted shots is shown in 45 countries, with the London leg of the tour taking place at the Royal Festival Hall in November.

Image credit:

1st Prize People – Staged Portraits Single

Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images

25 September 2013, West Bengal India A group of blind albino boys photographed in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal, India. This is one of the very few schools for the blind in India today.


3. NICCE London opened their flagship store at BOXPARK (17 Nov 2014)

Throwing a party to remember, to mark the launch of their flagship store at BOXPARK, NICCE London had Dan Gilchrist kicking off the night, followed by a wicked two hour set from London’s own Skream.


4. Allen Jones at the RA (13 Nov 2014 – 25 Jan 2015)

This month saw the RA open the doors to its retrospective of the celebrated British Pop artist Allen Jones. By embracing popular culture his work has influenced everything from Design to Film and Fashion. With peers like Hockney and Caulfield, Jones defined the world of Pop Art since the 1960s to the present day.


5. Barclays ATP Finals at the O2 (16 Nov 2014)

The Barclays ATP World Tour is a tennis highlight for hardcore fans and casual watchers alike. Unsurprisingly 2014 saw a record 263,560 fans turn out across 8 days of competition at The O2 in London, with this year’s final between arguably two of the best loved players, Djokovic and Federer, the pinnacle of the whole event. For those who couldn’t be there in person, the tournament was televised by 56 different broadcasters in 195 territories, and if that wasn’t impressive enough, the event almost broke the internet, with no less than 77,000,000 social media posts.


6. Heresy Launch Party at Ali Baba (14 Nov 2014)

Hailed as the best new bar south of the river, Ali Baba played host to the launch of Heresy’s new collection ‘Forming’. Heresy is the menswear project of Dominic Owen and Jasper Dunk. An authentic London label, all Heresy shirts are hand printed using water based inks in Peckham.

Image: Dungeon T-Shirt – £35


7. Independent Label Market at Spitalfields (29 Nov 2014)

For purists and vinyl buffs, when it comes to indulging, whether that’s in fresh off the press vinyl or choice vintage cuts, there’s no better way than at that traditional goods exchange – a market stall. Since launching on Berwick St in May 2011, Independent Label Market has brought together the founders of over 180 of the World’s greatest independent record labels (on both sides of the Atlantic) all selling directly to the public. But be warned, with many of the items being exclusive and limited run, you’ll have to rock up early. If you find yourself in need of sustenance, pop round the corner to the London Brewers’ Market, and grab yourself a local, independent craft brew.


8. Bo Drake, Greek Street (End of November 2014)

There are few things that really have us on the edge of our seats, here at CRAVE, quite like a new restaurant opening. Specialising in East Asian BBQ (we’re sold already) this new offering from ex Roka alumni Jan Lee opens at the end of November on Greek Street. Conveniently around the corner from our offices! Combining British seasonal produce with an emphasis on smoked cooking methods, as well as the more traditional sweet and pickled influences from South-East Asia, the menu shouldn’t disappoint.


9. The Jesus and Mary Chain at Troxy (19 & 24 Nov 2014)

One of the first albums passed down to us as kids (by undeniably cooler, older music influences) Psycho Candy formed a large part of our early education in Fuzz-Pop. The album turns 30 this year and to mark this auspicious event, The Jesus and Mary Chain are doing a full performance of the 1985 masterpiece.


10. MIDCENTURY MODERN at Dulwich College (23 Nov 2014)

From film, to furniture, if like us you can’t get enough of all things mid-century, this is the place for you. In association with Elle Decoration, and the brainchild of Modern Shows the pop up of now 20 plus dealers and designers was asked to have a presence at designjunction in 2012 and 2013. The Midcentury Modern® trademark has become synonymous with great style, history and integrity. The event is also home to a selection of new British designers, plus vintage entertainment and food vans on site. If you missed this month’s show on the 23rd, don’t worry, it’s back in March.