Objects of Desire

Notes on our most coveted art & design pieces and collaborations. 

The Wick - If They Be Two, They Are Two So by Helen Beard x Felt Culture

Object If They Be Two, They Are Two So by Helen Beard x Felt Culture 

If They Be Two, They Are Two So by Helen Beard x Felt Culture

The art of Helen Beard explores gender, desire and sexual psychology to dazzling effect. Using tight angles, close crops and bright colours, she seeks to reclaim the nude from the male perspective and show the diversity of sexuality with a striking level of intimacy. Made in collaboration with Sarah Lewis of Felt Culture, this limited-edition weekend bag features a close-up of two sets of puckered lips in bold, brilliant hues. It’s pricey at £780, but 10% of the sale proceeds will be donated to RISE, a women-led domestic violence and abuse charity based in Brighton. Take it on your travels and you’re sure to set tongues wagging — for all the right reasons, of course!


The Wick - Euphoria by The Rug Company x Sarabande

Object Euphoria by The Rug Company x Sarabande

Euphoria by The Rug Company x Sarabande

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, The Rug Company has teamed up with Sarabande on a collection of five new designs based on the works of Sarabande alumni Castro Smith, Michaela Yearwood-Dan, Stephen Doherty, Mircea Teleaga and Shinta Nakakima. The Rug Company worked closely with each of the five artists to transpose their vision into floor rugs crafted from silk and wool. Of the five designs, we’re particularly taken by Michaela Yearwood-Dan’s Euphoria, featuring coloured botanical motifs around a centre of pure wool. The vibrant border evokes a sense of elation, while the nude centre symbolises the emptiness that can often follow. Just love.

The Wick - New Balance x Bryant Giles 2002R

Object New Balance x Bryant Giles 2002R

New Balance x Bryant Giles 2002R

New Balance is having a moment. The Boston-based brand counts Kaia Gerber, Tom Holland and Leonardo DiCaprio among its fans and has seen sneaker sales rise by over 100 per cent since January 2021. This surge in popularity is in part due to clever celebrity seeding and savvy partnerships with the likes of Ronnie Fieg, Bricks & Wood and the American designer Joe Freshgoods. Dropping this week is its collaboration collection with the Los Angeles-based artist Bryant Giles. Inspired by his own pair of customized, classic grey 992s, Giles has reimagined the 2002R, adding embroidered facial features to the olive canvas and text that reads ‘what now?’ to the heel. So, who’ll be the lucky recipient?

The Wick - OFF-WHITE
New Trek logo-detail striped canvas sandal

Fashion New Trek logo-detail striped canvas sandal by Off-White

Sandal season has arrived and we’re swooning over Off-White’s new trek striped canvas model. Set on a chunky lime-green rubber sole, the multicoloured canvas straps are woven with the brand’s logo and fasten with an adjustable clip. Comfy as they are cute, they’ll look just as good with a summer dress as with shorts suited to a countryside hike. Plus, they’re now on sale. Those who prefer subtler shades should look to the black model with green straps and fuchsia sole. Not surprisingly, they’re selling like hotcakes so add to basket now.

Now £282


Fashion Iqushion x Yinka Ilori Toe-Posts for FitFlop

If you’re ready for a footwear refresh, look no further than Yinka Ilori’s first collection for FitFlop, which includes sandals, slippers and a limited-edition clog. For the much-hyped collaboration, the London-based designer has reimagined the brand’s bestselling models, adding his bold, vibrant colours and geometric patterns to the soles and straps. Not only are they super comfy but they’ll also put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. We’ll take the Toe-Posts in yellow, pink and orange please – dopamine dressing at its finest.


The Wick - CHLOÉ
Wavy woven leather slides

Fashion Wavy woven leather slides by Chloé

Passports have arrived and you’re heading off on holiday. Finally. But you need a bikini, sun cream and a pair of summery sandals that make your feet happy. We’ve got you covered. Enter Chloé’s leather slides in off-white with woven strap and scalloped wooden sole. Perfect for daytime musings or dinner alfresco, they will make a versatile addition to your summer wardrobe. Complete the look with a colourful mini or midi dress — and an aperol spritz, of course. It’s time to embrace that holiday joie de vivre…


The Wick - Art Against Despair: Pictures To Restore Hope by School of Life

Objects Art Against Despair: Pictures To Restore Hope by School of Life

The sun may be shining, but sometimes we all need an extra hit of dopamine. Enter this new book from The School of Life — a sumptuous collection of artworks specifically chosen to console and uplift. The 100 images span ancient to contemporary works, by artists from across the globe, with each accompanied by a short essay that explores how the specific image is able to provide comfort through a challenging time, whether it’s coping with heartbreak, work stress or simply feeling overwhelmed by daily life. A portable piece of art therapy, this gorgeous book will happily have a place on your bookshelf and can easily be packed away for support when travelling abroad.

The Wick - The Story of Art without Men by Katy Hessel

Objects The Story of Art without Men (Hardback)

The highly anticipated debut book from art historian and founder of @thegreatwomenartists Instagram account Katy Hessel is finally available for preorder. A timely and fascinating read, Hessel’s breaks open the secret history of female artists from across the ages, tracing the lives and influence of female artists who have largely been ignored by the art world establishment. Uncovering figures and tales from across the world, from Sofonisba Anguissola of the Renaissance, to the radical work of Harriet Powers in 19th century America, to the women artists breaking ground today, this is a comprehensive and illuminating must-read for 2022.

The Wick - A Few Collectors by Pierre Le-Tan

Objects A Few Collectors by Pierre Le-Tan

A treasure trove of a book, this new release sees Parisian artist and designer Pierre Le-Tan — best known for his New Yorker magazine cover illustrations — explores the enthralling world of collectors. From the eclectic to the serious, Le-Tan has created 70 of his distinctive pen and ink drawings with vibrant colour palettes that open a window on collectors from around the world. Amongst the pages you’ll find aristocrats and Hollywood royalty, famed art world figures and more, sharing a glimpse of their personal collections in Paris, the Côte d’Azur, North Africa, London and New York. Inspiring and heartwarming in instant measure, Le-Tan’s book is a collectible in its own right.

The Wick - Anya Hindmarch Large Eyes Keep Safe

Object Large Eyes Keep Safe by Anya Hindmarch

Large Eyes Keep Safe by Anya Hindmarch

If you’re after this season’s must-have travel accessories, look no further than Anya Hindmarch’s quirky ‘Keep Safe’ pouch. Perfect for keeping flight essentials such as passport and boarding pass safe and separate within a larger bag, it features the brand’s signature eyes motif and leather tassel zip. This is the larger of the two ‘Keep Safe’ pouches, so size down if you’re looking for something to hold just your phone and keys.