Objects of Desire

The Wick - Object Humanise: A Maker's Guide to Building Our World

Object Humanise: A Maker’s Guide to Building Our World

Presenting a captivating narrative about humanity through the perspective of architecture is one of the world’s most imaginative designers, the inimitable Thomas Heatherwick

It’s evident that our world is losing its human touch. Far too often, developers prioritise their shareholders over the well-being of society. Many politicians prioritise their own power over the needs of the people they serve. Our cities, in many instances, appear devoid of soul and have a disheartening quality, with structures designed for commerce rather than for the benefit of the individuals they house.

But where can we discover a glimmer of hope?

Thomas offers an alternative vision. By reshaping the world that surrounds us, we have the potential to enhance our well-being, rekindle our joy, and protect our planet. The moment has arrived to reintroduce human emotion to the core of the design process. With three decades of experience crafting bold and exquisite structures, supported by insights from neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Heatherwick weaves compelling narratives and presents numerous stunning visuals to create a work of visual art. “Humanise” will serve as a catalyst, propelling us to embark on nothing short of a profound transformation of our world.

The Wick - An Atlas of Es Devlin, published by Thames & Hudson

Object An Atlas of Es Devlin

Dive into the mesmerizing world of Es Devlin, the stage sculptor extraordinaire, with ‘An Atlas of Es Devlin’. This monumental compendium, spanning over 900 pages, is a tribute to her lifelong artistic journey. From early sketches and paintings to her iconic stage designs for legends like Beyonce, U2, and The Weeknd, this tome captures the essence of her titanic career. Described as ‘instruments of communication,’ Devlin’s stage designs are meticulously crafted through sketching, paper cutting, and model making.

Published by Thames and Hudson, this book offers a behind-the-scenes look at her major projects, including the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, the 2022 Super Bowl half-time show with Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar, and the Beyoncé Renaissance Tour 2023. It’s a must-read for those intrigued by the evolution of cutting-edge stage design from inception to breath-taking realisation.

The Wick - Object Women at Work: 1900 to Now

Object Women at Work: 1900 to Now

Discover ‘Women at Work: 1900 to Now,’ a hardcover book that delves into the fascinating research and acquisitions from the collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and the CHANEL Culture Fund’s ‘Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture’ project. This captivating volume introduces 123 exceptional women from 1900 to the present day who have left indelible marks historically, culturally, socially, and academically in Britain and beyond.

Their inspiring yet often untold stories come to life through the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, enriched by new acquisitions and commissions backed by the CHANEL Culture Fund, as well as rare archival images. Among the distinguished sitters, you’ll find luminaries like Bernardine Evaristo, Margot Fonteyn, Mo Mowlam, Beatrix Potter, Zadie Smith, Amy Winehouse, Virginia Woolf, and Malala Yousafzai. Explore the untold narratives of these incredible women who have shaped our world.

The Wick - Object A Therapeutic Journey: Lessons From The School of Life

Object A Therapeutic Journey: Lessons From The School of Life

Dive into the essential guide to mental health from the bestselling author of The School of Life. Alain de Botton takes us on a profound journey, exploring the lows of getting unwell and losing our way, but also the highs of healing and rediscovering meaning.

This book is your compass through the twists and turns of a mental health journey – from the moments of despair to the acts of self-care and therapy that offer solace. With empathy and wisdom, it becomes a companion in your loneliest hours, a guide to navigate relationship breakdowns, career setbacks, or everyday anxieties. Let it light the path toward hope and joy.

The Wick - Monica Vinader x Kate Young Gemstone Striped Medium Hoop Earrings

Objects Monica Vinader x Kate Young Gemstone Striped Medium Hoop Earrings

Steal the spotlight with this pair of gold and black onyx earrings from Monica Vinader and Kate Young, the New York-based stylist whose celebrity clients include Selena Gomez, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson. Harnessing her years of red-carpet styling experience, Young has teamed up with the British jeweller on a new capsule collection that harmoniously combines Hollywood glamour with vintage cool and shapes inspired by modernist architecture and sculpture. The result is a timeless range of rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces that will elevate any day-to-night look. The bonus? It’s all relatively affordable thanks to the use of vermeil, a thick layer of 18k solid gold on sterling silver, that gives the look and feel of solid gold jewellery without the price tag. Add to basket now.

The Wick - Emma Babiri, Disobedient Bodies

Objects Disobedient Bodies: Reclaim Your Unruly Beauty by Emma Dabiri

Published to accompany the Wellcome Collection’s major autumn exhibition, The Cult of Beauty, Disobedient Bodies offers alternative ways of seeing beauty, drawing on other cultures, worldviews, times and places, as well as looking beyond the capitalist model and forces of patriarchy. Written by Emma Dabiri, the bestselling author of Don’t Touch My Hair and What White People Can Do Next, this radical essay prompts the reader to rebel against society’s current beauty ideals, embrace our own unruly beauty and, above all, find joy in our disobedient bodies. Perfect for those that enjoy reading non-fiction with heft.

The Wick - Mulberry x Paul Smith Pigment Blue Antony Clip Bag

Mulberry x Paul Smith Pigment Blue Antony Clip Bag

The hottest collaboration of the season? Mulberry and Paul Smith’s new capsule collection comprising 10 unisex Antony bags (including two new silhouettes) made of carbon-neutral leather. Each bag falls into one of two categories: the first group features black heavy-grain leather and Smith’s signature stripe webbing straps; the second features colour-block exteriors, dual-colour straps and Mulberry’s signature Postman Lock hardware.

The new Antony Clip Bag falls into the latter. This small cross-body favourite with detachable strap combines Mulberry’s premium calf leather with the colourful character of Paul Smith. The eye-catching blue and coral tones will add a welcome splash of colour to autumn dressing, while the metallic poppers on the back mean it can be worn on a belt or a strap.

The Wick - Object Chanel's Cotton Tweed White & Black Headband

Object Chanel’s Cotton Tweed White & Black Headband

Cotton Tweed White & Black Headband

With the V&A poised to welcome the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, tweed mania is set to take over London. If you’re not ready to go all out and invest in one of Chanel’s signature tweed suits, opt for this white and black cotton tweed headband instead. It will add just the right dose of glamour to any day-to-night look and pack a sartorial punch when worn with an LBD and a pair of Chanel pumps. After a summer of floaty florals, we’re thrilled that sophisticated dressing is back on the agenda.

The Wick - Object Vivienne Balloon Paul Notebook Cover

Object Vivienne Balloon Paul Notebook Cover

Vivienne Balloon Paul Notebook Cover

It’s time to banish those back-to-school blues and embrace a new season of exciting blockbusters, festivals, shows, openings and pop-ups. Get your thoughts and to-do list in order with a new pen and notebook — sometimes an iPhone just won’t do! If you’re also after a swanky new cover, look no further than this Vivienne Balloon Paul example from Louis Vuitton. As a new season of possibility takes hold, it’s time to let your hopes and dreams carry you away. Just don’t forget to jot them down when you land!