The Culture Collections No.9

Each collection combining things we love from the world of art, design, music, film, and everything else in between!


Cow House Studios
Cow House Studios is an artist-run school and residency in the farmland of County Wexford, Ireland. This setting provides authentic and inspirational backdrops while facilitating progressive practices for residency artists and students  — Visit

Vaughan Oliver (1962—2019)
Graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, who created album covers for bands including the Pixies, Cocteau Twins and The Breeders, has passed away. He was best known for the covers he designed for British record label 4AD — Read

PaulyBee’s Top 200 Albums of 2019
My good friend Paul Boggan has put together his annual best albums list. Usually its 100 but according to the man himself due to unprecedented quality in 2019 he went for 200 instead. The man’s an animal!— Listen

Forest and Flock
I was in Bantry, West Cork before Christmas and I happened upon this gem—Forest & Flock is a craft and design shop celebrating Irish artists and makers. If you’re down that way pop in for a browse — Visit

It’s weird, wonderful, laugh-out-loud funny and at times incredibly moving. It’s won everything there is to win and Pheobe Waller-Bridge is about to take over the world. Worth the Amazon Prime subscription alone — Watch

100 Things that Made his Year
Austin Kleon is a best-selling author and illustrator. Here he takes a personal look back at the year that was. From staying married to reading about his father-in-law in The New Yorker to the Aretha Franklin documentary, Amazing Grace — Read

The Coolest Architecture is in Antartica
Designers are rethinking how to build for the world’s harshest environment. Construction in Antarctica, long the purview of engineers, is now attracting designer architects looking to bring a cool aesthetic — Look

Essential Films of 2020
War epics, airmen, Mr Craig bows out as Bond, the original Ghostbusters make a slimy return and Dickens gets a razor-sharp reboot. Peter Bradshaw previews 2020’s movie highlights — Read

Photo Finish
The influence of the humble photobook on the world of photography has been nothing short of monumental. As we hurtle into a new decade, Wallpaper magazine picks out its favourite recently published titles — Read

Milton Glaser in Conversation
Milton Glaser, the man behind the “I Heart NY” logo is the quintessential American designer. Irreverent, intellectual and self assured, Glaser’s work has helped define and redefine graphic design from the 1950s on — Watch

Brian Byrne is a graphic designer and founder of Lands.
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