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Jewel of the Dutch Crown
Drawing Inspiration from the Past
Pledging her Future to Music
classic inf luence. contemporary style.
We showcase our favourite people
and products of the year
Fred Perry's designer laureate
here’s a new year on the
horizon so what better time to
dig into Retro Magazine’s goodie
bag and hand out our Inspired
Awards to the products and
people who’ve made the world
a sparkling place in 2010 (page
4). We also feature some brand
spanking new talent on the scene
with Robbie McCallum, a BAFTA-
nominated script writer, who has
just released his debut, yet already
critically acclaimed novel, ‘I’ll Be
Your Dog’ (page 80). We chatted
with Tallulah Rendall, a creative
tour de force, who has funded her
second album with donations from
her growing army of fans. Smar t
girl (page 84)! We also met up
with Dutch singing sensation, Caro
Emerald, whose f irst album has
been at number 1 in her homeland
for 27 consecutive weeks (page
54). And if that wasn’t enough
we’ve got the awesome Amy
Winehouse on the front cover and
we showcase her exclusive clothing
and accessory range, designed for
Fred Perry (page 44).
Happy new year from the Retro
in this issue
54 68 76
Opening the envelope we can announce
the winner of the Inspired Awards 2010 is…
Lord Dunsby explains why he’s a massive
fan of the 60s.
Amy Winehouse’s new exclusive range
with Fred Perry.
Tallulah Rendall pledges to stay loyal to her
Dutch char t-topper, Caro Emerald, blows
us away with her jazzy style.
Stunning proper ties that have become
life-projects for their owners.
BAFTA-nominated Robbie McCallum’s f irst
novel delivers one hell of a bite.
The latest inspired products due to be
released in 2011.
Welcome to the Retro Magazine
Inspired Awards 2010 where we
celebrate the most inspired people
and products of 2010. At Retro
Magazine we’ve just passed our
f irst year anniversary, and with
it nearing Christmas, we thought
we’d take this oppor tune moment
to spread the good vibes. So after
much deliberation, and a massive
thank you to our readers for
showering us with nominations and
category suggestions, we’ve arrived
at the award presentation. Enjoy!
most inspired design of the Year
AS&P stadium design,
Qatar 2022 World Cup bid
Qatar’s World Cup 2022 bid was tagged with the
slogan of ‘Expect Amazing’ and the task facing
German design company AS&P (Alber t Speer &
Par tner GmbH) was nothing shor t of Herculean. A
country with a population of just 600,000, an average
temperature in the mid 40s, no real spor ting heritage
and with only three stadiums reaching anywhere
near FIFA requirements, it’s an understatement to
say the bid was audacious.
AS&P, in association with two other German
companies, planned all the details for the bid –
including a new and effective metro system – but
it was AS&P’s breathtaking designs for eight of the
nine new stadiums (which include the world’s f irst
carbon-neutral stadiums which ensure temperatures
don’t exceed 27°C) that secured the tournament.
And, with the surplus stadiums to be broken
down and shipped to developing countries when
the FIFA circus leaves town, these retro-futuristic
stadiums are, in our opinion, ‘beyond amazing’.
A wor thy winner.
most inspired design of the Year
© design: AS&P - Alber t Speer & Par tner GmbH / Visualisation: hhvision, Cologne
festival of the year
festival of the year
Vintage at Goodwood
Vintage at Goodwood launched this
year celebrating British cool from the
40s through to the 80s with a jamboree
of DJs, bands, vintage fashion and
vinyl stalls from each of the decades.
Retro Magazine can conf irm it was one hell
of a par ty with standout performances
from the Noisettes, The Buzzcocks and
founder Wayne Hemmingway DJing
in the jammed soul tent (the highlight
being when he ripped a record off the
decks, halfway through a track, and
announced “I’ve put the wrong bloody
side on!”). This is some seriously glammed-
up old skool fun, and makes Vintage a
great addition to the festival season.
Bring it on next year!
Advert of the Year
Advert of the Year
Feel transpor ted back to the future with this series of ads
by Sao Paulo-based agency Moma Propaganda. Created
for MaxiMídia under the campaign name of ‘Everything
Ages Fast’ they give a glimpse of how 60’s ad agencies
would deal with social media. Simple, ingenious and, as
Mad Men’s Roger Sterling succinctly put it: “I bet there
were people walking around in the Bible complaining
about kids today.”
promotion of the year
promotion of the year
The iQ Disco looks like it’s fallen from the
ceiling on to the dancef loor of Studio 54
with its ref lective silver foil, added ‘scissor’
doors and 18-inch ‘platform’ wheels. The
world’s f irst mobile glitter ball! And hats
off to Toyota Germany who’ve pulled up to
the bumper baby with this funky promotion.
And, if we’re being honest, anything that
livens up a car adver t is good in our book.
Just for the record, the iQ Disco comes with
a full professional DJ system which includes
a two-channel mixer, a 15-inch subwoofer,
two record players and a sound system that
pumps out 1000 watts with a peak volume
of 130 dB. Man alive, there’s gonna be one
hell of a disco in that car!
Toyota iQ Disco
steampunk’d of the Year
steampunk’d of the Year
Steampuff in specialises in Steampunk innovations, inventions and
gadgetry and this bike is from a collection of unique Steampunk-
inspired architectural salvage and antique items created by Bruce
Rosenbaum in Massachusetts. This bike is, for Retro Magazine,
the standout piece; awesome-looking with unbelievable detailing
and it goes 0-60 in 6.8 seconds (okay, that’s stretching it!). Bruce
sells to Steampunk enthusiasts, home restorers and designers
around the world.
Clothing by Mother of London
(latex leggings in collaboration
with Blacklickorish Latex)
Hair/MUA: Ulorin Vex
Photographer: Allan Amato
Copyright: Allan Amato
Ulorin Vex specialises in alternative and avant garde
fashion, ar t, nude and hair modelling; describing
herself as a model, ar tist, sometimes performer and
designer, as well as a hair-dye enthusiast, high-heel
fetishist and 80’s fangirl. For good measure she’s
got a Bachelor’s degree (with Honours) in Natural
Sciences, and plans to complete a master’s. Luckily for
us she is concentrating on her modelling career and
2010 was a signature year, with outstanding shoots
with Steampunk Couture, Miss X Cosmetics and
photographer Allan Amato. Her por tfolio por trays
an extraordinary range of looks, styles and products,
and Retro Magazine is delighted we can strike a pose
and award Ulorin with ‘Model of the Year’.
As lead singer of the Noisettes, who have a platinum album
and the smash hit song Rhythm Girl tucked f irmly under their
belt, Shoniwa cut a sar torial dash through 2010. She featured
prominently, and elegantly on the social scene, but the band
consolidated their success by releasing a cracking cover of ‘Ever
Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’ by the Buzzcocks
to celebrate Dr. Mar tens’s 50th Anniversary and ‘Never Forget
You’ was used by Vodafone in an adver t featuring Francesco Totti.
This combined with standout live festival performances at Vintage
at Goodwood and at Malawi’s Lake of Stars means Shoniwa has
been on the rise throughout the year.
Described by Hilary Alexander of the
Telegraph as “The John Galliano of
India” Manish Arora has been a jewel
in the crown of the fashion scene since
launching his eponymous range in India in
1997 and tearing up the London Fashion
Week with his debut in 2005. 2010 was
an outstanding year for him and included
a showcase of his collection throughout
India in collaboration with Mercedes. This
range f irmly establishes him in the A-list
of the fashion world and Retro Magazine
loves the effor tless way in which he
captures fashion statements from the past
and reinvents them for today. And we’re
not the only ones, stars like Paloma Faith
and Katy Perry have been seen at award
presentations and celebrity bashes in
Manish’s rather splendid attire.
Chantal Thomass is a must for luxury lingerie lovers and when
you buy their products, Chantal believes you will enter a “very
special universe def ined by: femininity, sensuality, chic, glamour,
luxury, seduction and imper tinence”.
Delivering on just a couple of those def initions sounds like
money for value and with the spring/summer 2010 collection
featuring luxurious boudoir looks that will appeal to a wide
variety of women (and men), we know we’re on to a winner.
artist of the Year
Brazilian illustrator Mathiole blends traditional painting techniques
with digital design to create pieces with distinctive, dream-like
imagery. His striking colours and tongue-in-cheek illustrations
have been used for all manner of products, from t-shir ts and
bracelets to a specially commissioned piece for Nike. We here at
Retro believe this colourful character has a bright future ahead
artist of the Year
This is a great collaboration between sonoro, a German
design and engineering company who specialise in top-
end audio products, and MINI.
The result of the par tnership is an internet radio that
combines urban chic with a ridiculous choice of radio
stations (18,000, sonoro has estimated).
You can take the sound quality for granted so it’s the
classy little touches like original spor t stripes and a MINI
key ring which make this mini stereo mega.
MINI Rocks Sonoro
A timeless classic. The Teac SL-D96 is a replica of radios
that appeared in nearly every kitchen or bathroom in
the post-second world war era. It comes with all the bells
and whistles you’d expect in a modern day stereo and
it’s the CD player which steals the show with a 20-track
programming and shuff le play function, which means you
can create your own custom soundtrack or mix up your
selections to sing along to in the bath. A bit of ‘In the
Mood’ by Glenn Miller followed by Motorhead’s Ace of
chair design of the Year
Ghost of a Chair by Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers
The Ghost of a Chair is made by Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers, a Mexican-
born product and interior designer, based in London. The chair is hand-
made out of 4mm transparent polyester sheets draped over a Louis
XV chair, with each chair unique and unrepeatable due to its unusual
manufacturing process. The material conducts the light, can be customised
in any colour and is made to order.
chair design of the Year
clock of the Year
a close second
Nixie Desk Clock by BDDW
BDDW is known for their heirloom-quality wood furniture,
traditionally joined in select domestic hardwoods with
f inishes hand-rubbed with natural oils and lacquers. Tyler
Hays, a painter and sculptor, is the company’s founder
and creative genius; in this piece he’s used Nixie tubes,
the dominant display service from the 50s to the 70s
which were supplanted by LEDs, as the focal point of this
beautiful, classy clock.
clock of the Year
“RE_Vinyl” Wall Clocks
Pavel Sidorenko is an Estonian designer, who aims to
create fun yet functional products that retain simplicity,
and interact with their environment and user. We think
he’s got the balance just about right with these quirky
vinyl wall clocks. The range features simple designs, which
Retro Magazine believes will become timeless classics.
motor of the Year
BMW revealed the Mini scooter – under supermodel Agyness
Deyn’s bottom – to much applause back in October. It ticks all the
eco boxes with zero emissions as the lithium-ion battery is linked
to an electric motor which drives the 11-inch rear wheel. You can
even charge the bike directly from the mains in your house with
a rather handy retractable cable. It looks the business too, with
wing mirrors the size of Prince Charles’s ears and enough chrome
to dazzle a rocker’s eyes on a summer day in Brighton. motor of the Year
Mini E Scooter
Linda Farrow produces luxury glasses for a whole host of the world’s leading
designers. This collaboration with Alexander Wang for spring 2010 was Wang’s
f irst sunglasses collection. Wang was recently recognised by his peers as the
winner of the CFDA Swarovski Women’s Wear Designer of the Year and he can
now add the Retro’s Best Accessory of 2010 to his collection!
Alexander Wang for Linda Farrow Sunglasses
watch of the Year
Carson Leong’s watch is a retro-
futuristic masterpiece. He describes it
as “celebrating the magical proper ties
of fused f ibre-optics” – when the watch
is turned on a pattern is projected to
the top surface of the f ibre-optic. Tiny
sections of the output are visible from
the sides, making the entire watch a
3-D kaleidoscope. The watch has its top
glass replaced by fused f ibre optic with 12
facets, each representing an hour of the
day. So when it’s turned off, the watch
becomes a unique fashion accessory,
with the black gem as the feature.
With Kate and Wills tying the knot next
year, rug makers couldn’t have planned
the release of these patriotic rugs better.
The company was off icially granted a
license by Royal Mail to manufacture
this exclusive collection which fully
captures the iconic design of Machin’s
Royal Mail stamps. Whether you use as
a conventional rug or hang on a wall,
these must-have beauties are handmade
from 100% New Zealand wool in the
Kathmandu valley, Nepal. Outstanding!
Root traces its heritage back to the 1700s
in US when colonists were f irst introduced
to the Root Tea that Native Americans
would drink as an herbal remedy. As
colonial settlers passed the recipe down
from generation to generation, the drink
grew in potency and complexity. But with
the onset of the temperance movement,
its straight-laced (and non-alcoholic)
offspring, root beer, was born and the
drink became a hazy, hedonistic memory.
Retro Magazine welcomes its return and
tips our glass as we add the bottle to the
off ice drinks cabinet. Hic!
New York Cosmos – the legendary, almost mythical
spor ting organisation that unsuccessfully tried to ‘break’
soccer in the States in the 70s – are back! And Umbro
have done the new team proud with these awesome,
1977-inspired shir ts, that spor t the original crest. All they
need now is to get Pelé out of retirement, sign up David
Beckham and get The Special One in as manager and
they should pull a similar A-crowd to the one that watched
them back in their heyday.
New York Cosmos Shirt
headphones of the Year
Tokyo brand ZUMREED branched out in 1998
from ZAKKA after they noticed the fashionable
women outside their off ice windows were
wearing only black or silver headphones. They
subsequently launched the f irst colourful range
of headphones in the world and with this unique
new mirror range they’re once again pushing
the boundaries. With great sound quality
these headphone will def initely ref lect your
album art of the Year
album art of the Year
Here’s our selection of the most-inspired
covers from a competition shor tlist put
together by Ar t Vinyl. Their judges include
Matthew Cooper, who has designed
sleeves for the Arctic Monkeys and Franz
Ferdinand, and Gerard Saint, who has
designed for Goldfrapp and Basement
Jaxx, and it’s a spectacular array of sleeves.
We’ve gone for Scissor Sisters, Night Work
(Polydor Records), with the photography
by Rober t Mapplethorpe. For a band that
is tight, cheeky, with a lead singer who’s
never hit a bum note in his life, this has to
be the perfect album cover.
The Ar t Vinyl winners will be announced in
the new year so keep an eye on their site.
Best Art Vinyl 2010
Amy Winehouse has designed an exclusive, one-off clothing and
accessory range for Fred Perry. Bruce Hudson looks at whether
this is the perfect match
Halter-Neck Gingham Shir t Dress £ 90
Leather Belt £65
red Perry is Britain’s greatest
tennis player. He won eight Grand
Slam titles in his career, including the
Wimbledon title on three consecutive
occasions. In over 70 years no British
men’s player (including Greg Rusedski,
Tim Henman, and Andy Murray) has
managed to win a Grand Slam title.
That’s right, not one.
Fred’s unique, unbeatable achievements
mean every year at Wimbledon his
name is banded around by optimistic
spor ts journalists, who hope to see
another Brit follow suit. However, it’s
his clothing range, – originally launched
at the club and today worn by an army
of fans – that keeps the Perry name
alive in the home of tennis.
The collaboration with Amy Winehouse
comes with a cer tain risk for Fred
Perry. There’s no doubt if Amy’s singing
prowess matched her tennis ability she
would have already have won a series
of Gland Slams, an Olympic Gold and
been the world Number One but it’s
her off cour t temperament that means
she probably would have broken more
tennis rackets, had more arguments
with linesmen and more code
violations than John McEnroe, to get
there. Fred Perry has always selected
opinionated, cool, intelligent pop stars
to collaborate with (Paul Weller is not
exactly a wallf lower) but Amy is a walk
on the wild side!
Cropped Trench Coat
Argyle Longline Sweater
As the box off ice goes, you don’t get
much bigger than Amy. But as any
marketing depar tment will attest,
aligning your brand with a star opens
the possibility of a monumental cock-
up or melt-down. Amy’s career has
been littered with ‘off her head’ live
performances where she has forgotten
lyrics or walked off stage. She’s been
known occasionally to lamp a fan she
doesn’t see eye-to-eye with, and there
is also her long-standing relationship
Amy Bowling Shir t£60
Shor t Pencil Skir t £80
Leather Belt £65
So why have Fred Perry, the brand,
taken the risk? In one word: talent. Amy
is an awesome talent and as a brand
that was star ted by a spor ts star they
understand that talent is everything
and everything else is forgivable.
Fred Perry, the spor tsman, wasn’t
averse to a bit of controversy and
media scrutiny himself. In his pomp he
dated Marlene Dietrich (romancing
her while giving her tennis lessons);
was engaged to English actress Mary
Lawson; and was described by the
Observer’s tennis correspondent Jon
Henderson as being “6ft tall, weighs
around 12 stone; sculptors declare his
physique perfect...women fall for him
like ninepins.” Henderson also quotes
one commentator as having said at
the height of Perry’s success: “When
he goes to Hollywood, male f ilm stars
go and sulk in Nevada.” Fred Perry
had the talent but he was also box
off ice and today the brand continues
to align themselves with stars that
Knitted Silk Shir t £70
Shor t Pencil Skir t £80
Leather Belt £65
To see the full collection visit
Pop stars and spor ts stars have always
lived by a different set of cultural rules,
and have been subjects of idolisation and
hero worship. Score a goal, hit a great
backhand, write a great pop song and
everything else can be brushed under the
carpet. In football the game is littered with
idols such as Paul Gascoigne, George Best,
and Tony Adams (to name a few) whose
addictions were positively encouraged as
long as the results – and performances –
remained. What the teetotal Fred Perry
would have made of the excesses of
modern stars such as Amy is anybody’s
guess, but one thing he would have
understood is the unbelievable talent of
one of the UK’s f inest pop singers.
As BBC commentator Dan Maskell noted
about Fred Perry “He was not typically
British; there was an aggressiveness and
dedication about him that was out of step
with the contemporary attitude towards
spor t.” Undeniably, the same could be
said of Amy’s approach to music. It’s why
Fred Perry HQ chose her to design this
range and, in terms of talent, why she and
Fred would have made an unbeatable
par tnership. Game, set and love!
diamond in the rough
The sultry, sexy tones of Dutch-born Caro Emerald herald a new beginning
for jazz. Her dramatic rise to fame in Holland this year happened via word
of mouth with her debut album staying at number 1 for 27 weeks. Her debut
single, ‘Back It Up’, with its feisty, sassy, xylophone-infused Americano
sound, sets the crowded dance floor scene for the rest of the album’s
rich pool of neo-swing, jazz and scratch. Julia Brandon met the suitably
suggestive Caro Emerald.
How would you describe your
I’d say that it’s a mix between very
modern beats and old-fashioned
sounds from the 40s and 50s.
Are you inf luenced by any
artists in particular?
I love the energetic, jazzy vibe of
big band performers, such as Gene
Krupa, and I’m really into f ilm music
from earlier eras.
What is it about music from the
40s and 50s that you like?
I’m not really sure, because I wasn’t
brought up listening to it! I was
raised on classical music, but that
sound really didn’t interest me
– I was always in my own little
world as a child. I think my f irst
recognition of the type of music
I liked came when I had to sing a
solo in the school play. It was a jazz
song, and it just came naturally to
sing like that. I realised that I was
good at it, so I looked for singing
lessons, and eventually went on to
It was at the Conservatorium in
Amsterdam (a Dutch academy of
music) where I met the producers
that I later on ended up working
with. I made a demo with them,
and they cultivated my love of old-
fashioned records – that mix of old
So a few years later you
received a phone call from
Dutch producer, Jan van
Wieringen and his colleague
David Schreurs inviting you
to sing ‘Back It Up’ and that
changed everything for you?
Well I’d been working with Jan on
and off ever since I met him. If he
ever called needing help at the
studio I’d go as I really enjoyed
the experience. Through him
I met David, and he brought a
very different sound that I clicked
with immediately. When I f inally
recorded the demo for ‘Back It Up’
I was completely in love with the
song and felt so proud of it. I knew
it was going to be a hit.
You mentioned when you were
performing on stage in London
that each song tells a story like a
movie – tell us more about that.
Well that comes from Jan and
David too. It was their idea to have
a consistent style that connects all
the songs on the album – to write
them in a cer tain way. They’re both
very knowledgeable about movies,
the aim was to watch old 40’s
and 50’s movies for research and
inspiration. It’s a way of writing so
that the songs tell a story.
diamond in the rough
Do you write all your
I did co-write around four songs
on this album, including ‘You
Don’t Love Me’ and ‘The Other
Woman’. It’s the f irst time that
I’ve had the oppor tunity to really
do that. I was surprised that they
wanted to co-write with me!
But it was a great experience,
and I worked on all the vocal
arrangements at home – it was a
chance to discover a lot of ideas.
The addition of a DJ in your
band is a fantastic mix, are
you responsible for putting
the band together?
Well we reached the stage
where all the demos and songs
were f inished, so we needed a
band to showcase the music to a
live audience. And it was tough
getting everyone together, as
we were trying to create a really
special sound. We didn’t want to
produce something that seemed
old-fashioned – we needed to be
really modern on stage, and at
the same time not like other retro
bands that were already around.
So we came up with the idea of
having a DJ instead of a drummer
to give it some kick. I called some
musicians that I knew, and we all
set out on an adventure together!
Your success in The
Netherlands has been
impressive and swift – were
you expecting to be received
Not at all, and I still don’t know
how to deal with it! We’ve had
no time to think about it because
we’ve had such a busy schedule.
I just concentrate on what I’m
wearing, and preparing vocally
for each gig. Even on my days
off though, the reality of what
has happened still doesn’t sink in.
I get recognised on the streets of
Amsterdam now and I don’t like
it! When you’re all dolled up on
stage and performing it’s great
for people to know who you
are, but when you’re just going
grocery shopping in your jogging
bottoms and not feeling your
best, it’s really hard to know how
Your album stayed at number
one in the Dutch album charts
for a record breaking 27
weeks, how easy do you think
it will be to repeat this success?
I don’t think you can repeat
success because every situation or
scenario is different. London felt
like home when we performed
there, as it has a similar vibe and
culture to Amsterdam, but it will
def initely be hard to break any
Have you always wanted to
be a singer?
Yes, I have – always. I became
fanatical about singing once
I star ted taking lessons, and
I realised my dream by studying
at the Conservatorium.
Is there anyone you’d like to
It’s hard to say, but Lady Gaga
comes to mind, because she’s so
different. She has her own musical
empire – her own style and music
– and that’s what I want for
myself. My own signature style.
She’s someone that I look up to,
because she made it happen.
What’s next for you?
The whole of Europe! We’ve
toured in France and the UK
already, and ‘Back It Up’, which
became our debut single, is
getting more and more airplay.
We share the same PR company
as Katie Melua, so we’re planning
on touring with her to Germany,
Italy and Belgium. It’s going to be
What’s your favourite track
from the album and why?
I think that they’re all special, but
‘The Other Woman’ is the song
that I feel most connected to.
It contains a large chunk of my
original lyrics, and it was written
from personal experience – but
my version had a different topic,
I’ve not been the other woman!
I like this version though. It works.
‘Deleted Scenes From The
Cutting Room Floor’ is available
for download at
The Mozzino Ar t Collective
was launched in 2010. The
project was conceived on
a ride to a scooter rally in nor thern
Malaysia in 2008 with a well-known
scooter club from Singapore. The scene
in Asia was an unknown territory
for most scooterists back in Europe,
but having witnessed the scale of a
PSK rally in Kuala Lumpur, Mozzino
founder Tobie Anderson soon realised
that the world of scootering was a
We call ourselves a collaboration of
artisan scooter enthusiasts.
After years of riding classic
Vespas and Lambrettas,
overdosing on bitter coffees in
roadside cafes, we realised the
glamour of scootering had
Our project is to rediscover the lost
charisma and inject it back into
The search for a motif
linking scooter enthusiasts
grew into a photographic
ar t project. A chance meeting with
a photographer and model from
Vietnam led to the f irst calendar
shoot on the beaches of Hoi An,
Vietnam in June 2009. The next shoot
was in the urban streets of Vietnam’s
capital, Ha Noi, then on to Singapore,
and f inally the old Por tuguese por t of
Malacca, Malaysia. The f irst in a series
of calendars featuring three Asian
countries was complete.
Each photo references the past era
of scootering, giving a contemporary
insight into today’s riders and their
scooters, using the Vespa and
Lambretta of local club members at
each shoot location. The graphic style
was based on a retro look inspired by
the 1969 Piaggio service calendar, and
to ensure the quality of the f inished
product echoed that of 50’s calendars,
pages were printed on 170gsm paper
using a lithographic press.
Mozzino’s future plans are to
design a series of café bars which
will unite garage cool with classic
glamour. The bars will provide a platform
for new ar t projects in photography and
print, and also for the 2012 Mozzino ar t
calendar which will feature the UK, Spain,
and the motherland of all scootering, Italy.
For more information, or to buy Mozzino’s
2011 calendar, visit:
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Lord Dunsby is basically just a nickname – it
comes from a tailor’s shop that a group of friends
and I once used. We’d get lovely, 60’s style,
sharp, slim-cut suits made there back in the
80s when Joe Public had mullets, wore bolero
jackets and snow-washed jeans. Our little ‘gang’
of mods became known as ‘The Dunsby’s Crew’,
and I suppose the name stuck!
I’m not sure where the interest in being creative
comes from, but as far back as I can remember
I’ve always loved making things, whether that be
drawing or painting. I suppose you have to be
passionate about drawing to be any good at it.
I love music – although I’m not very musical –
and dancing and cooking too, though not all at
the same time!
It’s hard to say really; I’m never truly happy with
any work that I’ve done for very long. I always fnd
fault there somewhere. I’d never consider myself
a perfectionist but I do wince at some work I’ve
done in the past that I was over the moon with at
the time. I fnd that the pieces of mine that I love
and the ones that other people like are rarely the
It’s constantly evolving, but I’m not sure where
I’d say it evolves from – it’s a bit like handwriting
in a way. There are different mediums and
techniques that I love to master, and at the
moment I’m obsessed with Warhol’s blotted line
technique that he used on his very early works
as an illustrator – it gives a truly beautiful quality
of line. I suppose the distinctive style comes from
surrounding myself with images, books, records
and objets d′art from the mid 20th century. It
soaks in by osmosis and drips out the end of the
A mixture of the two. I’m quite a sarcastic,
grumpy old man by nature, though
hopefully with a thread of humour there too.
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I recently worked with Ben Sherman on a range
of T-shirts, and Vans skatewear for their girls’
A/W range for 2011. I’ve got a collaboration with
Herb Lester coming up soon on one of their fab
maps – lovely stuff that’s well worth checking out.
I’m not really one for hero worship but people
I admire? Ronald Searle, Kenneth Townsend,
Sasek, Charley Harper, Jim Flora… I could go
on all day, but they are the illustrators at the top
of the list for me.
I’m currently working on an LP cover for a Spanish/
Italian jazz musician based in Barcelona. Other
than that I’ve got a couple of private commissions,
and I’m currently looking for a decent agent!
Well an exhibition that I have a piece in has just
started in London after fnishing in Sheffeld,
and will hopefully be travelling on up to the
Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle next year.
At the moment you can catch up with it on
www.thedesignconspiracy.com/gallery but I’d
love to have my own show and exhibit in any
of those places. And I’d love to exhibit in my
hometown of Manchester.
[Laughs] It’s not a black and white issue, though
my kneejerk reaction is to say unskilled rubbish,
though I’d be wrong. That’s the sarcastic, grumpy
old man showing through again!
I fnd the illustration styles around today to be a bit
po-faced and serious, where as mid 20th century
stuff is generally witty, and a bit more clever in its
Growing up in the 80s; fashion and style hit rock
bottom during that period. I hated the music
and loathed the styles around at the time – truly
hideous! I just couldn’t bring myself to wear it or
have anything to do with it, and had to go two
decades earlier to fnd an era that suited me.
Fortunately enough, plenty of other young people
felt exactly the same way. We had a thoroughly
good time living in the 60s throughout the 80s! We
just ignored the popular culture of the time, and
when you go through something like that at such
a young age it stays with you for life.
I think that living in the past is okay up to a point,
but you have to join in and converse with the rest
of the planet sooner or later. Your work has to
have some relevance to the rest of society, and
hopefully my work strikes a chord with people no
matter what their background, interests or tastes.
Defnitely, though over the past few years ‘retro’
seems to have become a bit of a buzz word for
anything earlier than last week. People in the
same breath will talk about things being ‘ironic’
without seemingly understanding the meaning of
the word, such as ‘ironically retro’ — what does
That’s a very diffcult question! Whatever pops into
my head I suppose – sometimes eating too much
cheese at night can help! But in all seriousness,
I fnd my best ideas come to me at bizarre times
of the day.
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Victorian house in nor th
London. Originally four separate
f lats, the owners Sarah and Brian
bought each f lat over a period of
twenty years. They’ve designed
and decorated it themselves with
a mixture of f inds from junk shops,
auctions and eBay. The interiors
range in style from Louis XV
panelled rooms with tapestries
and magnif icent candelabras, to
a groovy, all-white 60’s nightclub
with curved futuristic doorways,
an 8ft-long white sofa, a bar and a
stunning collection of 60’s European
Sarah says about the proper ty:
“Wherever we are, we’re always
on the lookout for interesting
things for the house. We could
never settle on one look. Our most
spectacular f inds have been: four
ornately embellished panels from
France, an oversized, double front
door from a house in Amsterdam
and a 70’s chandelier from a
London casino. In our bedroom
we designed a panelled wall that
a set-builder made from beaten
house of lords
copper. We found a 70’s bed with a beautiful
headboard housing a radio, venetian-glass lights
and drawers for everything – very Barry White!
We made a f ireplace from some tree trunks we
got from a forest in Norfolk and then papered
the walls gold. There are two gigantic gold
pineapple lights from an auction, sitting on
the vintage sideboard either side of a spooky
por trait painted by Brian. Sounds bonkers, but
it works – I think!”
house of lords
For more pictures of the house go to
To view Brian’s paintings go to
This pre-war bungalow in the nor th of London has
been the subject of a 13-year-long renovation to
give a Californian Googie/mid-century modern feel.
The furnishings, f ittings and décor are all authentic
40s and 50s. Although the house isn’t complete – the
kitchen, (an original 50s metal English Rose suite) still
needs the cupboard doors to be f itted – it does have
a great overall period feel. The atomic, populuxe-
themed kitchen/lounge/diner is open plan, while the
bath and shower room has a classic 50s pink, turquoise
and black colour scheme. A spiral staircase leads from
the master bedroom into a f itted dressing room. The
proper ty is f inished off with tropical landscaped front
and rear gardens with split-level decking.
Images © Olly Hewitt Olly@photos.f9.co.uk
For more information about the proper ties
featured visit www.locationworks.com
You lose things (even the car keys)
Regret is the most useless emotion.
very good reasons for
– usually to
grow, develop, and
pause for thought
pause for thought
Creatively, yes. Practically, no. Writing’s about
focusing your attention on the idea, characters,
and story, and just recording what comes and
presenting it in the most compelling order.
Practically, however, a screenplay must
accommodate creative input from producers, the
director, and cast and crew. A novel only allows
room for the reader.
I need silence to concentrate. In the attic, I
have a hammock beneath the skylight, an old
mahogany desk in the far corner, and a solid oak
cover over the hatch.
Good old pen and paper for creativity and
inspiration: teetering piles of notepads jostle
for position across the foorboards. For editing
and delivery, however, it’s a state-of-the-art
Both. My life’s been ‘eventful’ and my early
experiences certainly had much turmoil and
heartbreak. That said, when I write about those
times it always comes out as black comedy; it’s
the prism through which I’m looking. The more
pain you’re in, the more you need the laughter.
As for fantasy, the whole process of writing is one
of utter make-believe, lies, and the suspension
of disbelief, but the spirit of the thing rings true
and that’s why we go back, again and again, to
You’ve had a BAFTA nomination
for best short film. Is the writing
process for a novel similar?
Old school typewriter or state of
the art computer?
Life experience or fantasy world?
To write do you lock yourself in
a darkened room… or transcribe
to a secretary Barbara
Robbie McCallum was born in Glasgow,
Scotland. He has won numerous writing
awards, including a BAFTA nomination
for his film script ‘Rank’. He divides his
time between homes in Brighton, UK
and the City of Mindelo, on the island of
His first novel, I’ll Be Your Dog
(Ingram £7.99), has just been released
and is available at:
No. There’s an angry mob of well-turned
manuscripts vying for my attention and
7.30 ‘til noon, every day for two months.
I played blackjack with the Devil – and lost.
No, Africa, but that gave me some crucial
critical distance. I worked and partied in New
Orleans and absolutely love the city. It’s so
unique yet still Stars ‘n’ Stripes American. I
don’t think the particular set of circumstances
which unfold in the story could happen in any
other part of the States.
I was working as a scriptwriter in Dallas,
Texas. After one gruelling shoot, we had a
party and my producer bought me a tarot card
reading from a street vendor. I should explain
we were thoroughly soaked in tequila and I’m
not a believer. She told me never to go to New
Orleans. Never. The next day I got a job offer
on the Times Picayune. I left immediately, and
during one long, hot Louisiana summer met
the extremely colourful bunch of characters
that now populate the book.
It’s not for me to say. I don’t have a TV so
I read widely but my infuences are pretty
narrow. Laurie Lee for visual brilliance, Alan
Sillitoe for heart and honesty, and Jack
London for sheer force of writing.
Best seller every time. Time’s the only critic
without an axe to grind.
I’m currently working on two other books.
‘Hips, Lips, and Fingertips’ is a black comedy
set in the 80s about a pickpocket chancer
who dreams of opening London’s frst lap
dancing club. ‘Smiling out Loud’ is a travel
book about my comical experiences living
and working in sub-tropical Africa.
No. I’m more of a library lizard. I opened
Audrey Niffenegger’s ‘The Time Traveler’s
Wife’ by chance and had to put my life on
hold for two days.
Jack London’s ‘The Call of the Wild’. I was a
skinhead at 13 and in a gang and this story
affected me so much I had the confdence to
read aloud in class. I loved it and I threatened
the other kids to keep quiet when we read it
out loud in class or else they’d get grief in the
He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense
that the world was mad. ‘Scaramouche’ -
‘A Man of the People’ by Chinua
Achebe; ‘The Maltese Falcon’ by Dashiell
Hammett, and ‘The Loneliness of
the Long Distance Runner’ by Alan Sillitoe.
This is your first published
novel. Is there crumpled
paper of failed attempts
littering your home?
How long did it take to write?
How did you get a publisher?
The book is set in Louisiana.
Were you living there when you
What was the inspiration for
Whose work is your work
If you can’t have both for
‘I’ll be your Dog’ would you
choose critical acclaim or a
Have you got a follow up
Ever picked up a book in a shop
and read the first 100 pages?
What was your favourite book
when you were 13?
What’s your favourite first-line
from a novel?
What books are on your
bedside table at the moment?
‘Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant
Messiah’ by Richard Bach. It would put me
perfectly in the zone for the next journey.
Affecks Palace in Manchester. I frst went
there in 1982 when it opened with my older,
and incredibly trendy, cousins from Salford.
We’d drink this exotic Italian coffee (now the
common latte), work out what to wear, and
how many parties we could be seen at on a
Saturday night. Great days.
No. Regret is the most useless emotion.
You lose things (even the car keys) for very
good reasons, usually to grow, develop, and
Caipirinha – Rum, crushed lime, sugar and
ice, no mixer – 180 million Brazilians can’t
The Eiffel Tower. I went to university in Paris
in my 20s and spent many a night cuddled
up beneath it watching the clouds silently
zip by. Something the Gendarmes wouldn’t
allow these days.
Who: Sue, my wife.
What: The realisation that words are thoughts
wrapped in sound (or ink).
Mr. Ben. I used to skive off school to get
home in time to watch it.
But for one key decision at the end of
University I would have certainly remained
The Barras in Glasgow’s East End.
To crank it up it’d be ‘Sacred Child’ by The
Silencers, and to wind down: ‘The Sweetest
Decline’ by Beth Orton.
Fatherhood. ‘Look Sue, we made an ear! We
made a little button nose…’
A book called ‘Million Man Me’ keeps barging
into my consciousness and demanding to be
written. I haven’t got a clue where to start.
It’ll be my next big leap of faith and that
If you had to choose one novel
to read on your death bed what
would it be?
What’s your favourite vintage/
Have you ever lost anything
that you really regret?
What’s your favourite drink?
What’s your favourite building
Who or what has been the
biggest influence on your life?
What’s your favourite TV show?
Which career would you have
most likely have followed if
you weren’t doing what you
What’s your favourite street
What’s a song to get the party
started? And one to chill to?
What has been your proudest
And is there one thing you
want to do before your pen
runs out of ink?
Tallulah Rendall is a London-based, half-Australian, half-English singer-songwriter. She
has just released a new single, ‘Blind Like a Fool’, from her second album, ‘Alive’, which
will be out March 2011. The album sees Tallulah collaborate with artists including painters,
animators, jewellery designers and dancers – who have used each track as a starting
inspiration for an exclusive piece of art. The album was funded with the support of
Tallulah’s ever-growing fanbase through the Pledge music website, which
enabled fans to contribute towards the production of ‘Alive’ in exchange for a host of
unique experiences including private gigs, backstage access and handwritten lyric books.
I dressed up in an enormous
furry elephant costume to barter
with a guitar shop owner.
If you could choose one person to collaborate
with in the future who would it be?
Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age.
Where do you prefer to live? Australia, the UK or
I have always been pretty nomadic. Whenever I tour
in Australia I write albums, but my band is based in
the UK as is my life, so I am always drawn back here.
I love Berlin as well, so to be honest I am not sure. It’s
an ongoing dilemma. I choose all three.
Where did you have your most
On the 45th f loor of the Tokyo Metropolitan
Government Building, on the last night of our Japanese
Tour. Cellist Joanna Quail and I sat in this weird
Grecian-style restaurant drinking Prosecco looking
out to Mount Fuji. I can’t remember what we ate but
I remember everything else!
What do you collect?
People. Sounds a bit dark doesn’t it. But I love
collaborating; I love ideas and people who are unafraid
to follow their own ambitions. So much of what I
do is so insular that I guess it’s that other extreme
that balances it all out. The only things I spend money
on are guitars, books and music. I recently bought a
1964 Fender Coronado II. I dressed up in an enormous
furry elephant outf it in order to bar ter with the shop
owner, much to his complete bemusement. Oh and
shoes…I have a bit of a fetish for them but after music
there are never many pennies left for things like that.
Do you have a 20th century hero or idol?
I have many: Patti Smith with her wild freedom,
Andrew Logan with his limitless creativity, Jeff Buckley
for his beautiful voice (and face!), Billie Holiday, Nina
Simone. There are many writers; to name a few: F.
Scott Fitzgerald, J. R. R. Tolkien, John Fowles, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez and Ernest Hemingway.
What is your favourite f ilm of
Oh god. I f ind it really hard to pick just
one. So I guess there is the cool choice,
Mulholland Drive, and the honest choice...
hmm [pauses], Pretty Woman or Lord Of
Who is your all time favourite actor?
Johnny Depp for all round fulf ilments!
Daniel Day Lewis would win my best actor
nomination – I recently saw The Age of
Innocence, written by Edith Whar ton and
directed by Mar tin Scorsese, and was
mesmerised by his performance.
What was your f irst job?
Working for a theatre.
What are you reading at the moment?
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of
Humanity in Rwanda, by Lt. Gen. Romeo
Dallaire. It is the most hear tbreaking book
I have ever read.
Do you have a favourite song. Why?
This week I am torn between Blood
Bank by Bon Iver and The Devil Spoke by
Laura Marling. Blood Bank has beautiful
harmonies and a warmth that is irresistible.
The Devil Spoke makes my toes tap.
Give us a record to get the place
jumping, and one record to chill to.
Shoot To Kill by AC/DC.
Pink Moon by Nick Drake.
If you had to go to a fancy dress party
what would you wear?
Glitter and lots of it.
What’s your favourite street market?
It used to be Spitalf ields.
What’s your favourite vintage/retro
My mum’s attic.
Have you lost anything that you really
A couple of drummers.
What’s your favourite drink?
A free one. It’s a rum & pineapple juice if
What’s your favourite building and why?
The Sydney Opera House – I would love
to do a gig there. I have just been told that
makes me egocentric!
Who or what has been the biggest
inf luence on your life?
What is your favourite TV show?
I don’t have a TV but I am a sucker for cheesy
American stuff like Brothers & Sisters.
Which career would you have most
likely have followed if you weren’t doing
what you are today?
Explorer; troubadour; Fluffer…
Can you remember your f irst boy/
girlfriend’s name and are you still in
Yes and yes. We still tour and write together.
What has been your proudest
Setting up my record Label, Transducer
Records. Recording my f irst album Libellus
with Marius De Vries. Releasing my record
in 2009 as a book with paintings alongside
each song. Writing my next album. In 2010
teaming up with Pledge Music and raising
the money to record and manufacture my
second record ‘Alive’ by selling copies in
advance to fans. Then giving each song from
this album to an ar tist and asking them to
run free. Each one returned with a piece of
ar t. I had an idea and somehow through
sheer stubborn determination I have made
it happen, so yes I am proud.
If you could live in any decade, which
one, and why?
From 1963 to 1973. My favourite bands
were performing and musically it was a
time when boundaries were pushed and
the mainstream was not saturated with
crap. There was actually something honest,
original and inspiring about the mainstream
musicians. The music they were writing
and the lives they led. It riles me that in this
decade all the good music is suppressed in
place of utter **** and what we get to
listen to in the UK is dominated by reality
TV shows. Signed ‘Angry from London!’
Have you ever ‘splashed’ the cash on
GUITARS!!!!! The only thing I ever spend
Is there one thing you want to do before
you depart the stage?!
I feel like I have only just begun. There is a
life of power slides to be had.
Tallulah starts a tour of Australia on the 29th December 2010.
For news of this and other information go to
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The Miluira is a single person, electric vehicle, produced by Japanese company Takayanagi, who are
currently taking orders for a March 2011 release. The car has a range of 35 km, with a maximum
speed of 37 mph and a recharge time of 12 hours. Coming in at around £47,600 it’s not cheap, but
Retro Magazine likes the idea a company has Steampunked a golf car t, but who’s got the hear t to
tell them they’ve forgotten to put a roof on.
Yeah baby, the Retro f ireplace is a throw back to
the swinging sixties with a contemporary twist.
Constructed from durable weather-resistant
materials including f ibreglass, stainless steel and
toughened glass, it’s fuelled by denatured ethanol,
an environmentally friendly, renewable bio-fuel. The
f ire is por table so doesn’t require a f lue or any other
utility connection. Seriously groovy.
EcoSmart Fire, £5,995
Takayanagi Miluria, £47,600
This Redman cocktail shaker and Mar tini
jug and glasses will leave you shaken,
stirred and proud as punch. The shaker
and jug are made from cased emerald
crystal and cut to emulate the shape
of the Tanqueray No. 10 bottle, with
hallmarked English sterling silver tops.
Both vessels have a 1-litre capacity and
retail at £775 each. The Mar tini glasses
are available to purchase in pairs and
retail at £195 (per pair). A stylish addition
to any drinks cabinet.
TDK, that’s right the guys
who made cassettes, have
relaunched themselves as
a modern tech brand, and
staying with their retro roots
they’ve launched this cool two-
speaker boombox.. There’s
also a three-speaker version
which has a 15W subwoofer
channel in between the 10W
speakers. The two-speaker
will set you back £230, the
three-speaker £360. Available
in the early par t of 2011,
there’s only one thing that
would make this hi-tech bit of
kit perfect. A cassette-player,
Redman Emerald Cocktail Shaker, Martini
Jug, and Martini Glass, £195-£775