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AT HOME WITH CEREAL MAGAZINE

29.04.16

We spoke to Rosa Park and Rich Stapleton, the creative duo behind style and travel magazine, Cereal, about where they find inspiration and what they love about their hometown of Bath.

Where do you find your design inspiration?

 

Our design inspiration comes primarily from our travels, where we're constantly exposed to different styles, cultures and landscapes. We sometimes become smitten with a designer's entire body of work that we've discovered during a trip, or pick up singular elements like a colour we keep seeing or textures we notice in nature. These various facets make their mark on the work we produce in one way or another. When we are at home, we both consume a lot of reading materials - from art and architecture to interiors and philosophy - and find great inspiration within those pages.

 

What three words do you think summarise your aesthetic?

 

Simple. Calm. Modern.

Do you have any favourite photographers, artists or designers? We most definitely do. Our current favourites include architects Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and John Pawson; artists Fred Sandback, Lee Ufan, Alexander Calder and Brancusi; interior designer Axel Vervoordt; photographers Fan Ho, Koto Bolofo and Peter Lindbergh; and designer Kenya Hara.

 

What makes Bath special to you?

 

We think Bath is one of the most beautiful and peaceful cities in the world. It's a place we love coming home to from our travels and it's the kind of environment that fosters creativity because of how relaxing it is. The city plays a huge role in the creation of Cereal's aesthetic.

What are your top three recommendations for things to do or places to go for someone visiting Bath?

 

1. If you're in town during the summer, take a lovely morning walk up to The Circus, then down Brock Street to the iconic Royal Crescent. Then wander in to The Royal Crescent Hotel for a breakfast in the garden. The hotel garden in full bloom is our favourite place to be.

 

2. Visit Topping Booksellers, which is one of our favourite bookstores in the world. They have so many signed first editions and host incredible author events. Plus they offer free tea and coffee with biscuits while you browse!

 

3. Stop by Colonna & Smalls for a cup of specialty coffee - this is the cafe of UK barista champion Maxwell Dashwood-Colonna. Once you are thoroughly caffeinated, amble over to Found, a lovely concept store right by Pulteney Bridge.

 

Where is next on your list of travel destinations?

 

We are currently in the middle of the Utah desert at a resort called Amangiri. Then we are headed to LA to explore the Southern California area. Next month, we will be in Bali and Sardinia.