• What to see

    Sometimes knowing little encourages creativity more than knowing too much. There are times when inexperience enables boundary pushing, in a way that reality and experience can halt it.

    This is certainly the case for new Soho-based fashion gallery Maison Mais Non, a venture set up by life-coach Topes Calland and Micheál Neeson that opens next week with a show titled Artist:Artisan. The inaugural show sees four Central Saint Martins graduates paired with four Savile Row tailors, each working collaboratively on one piece. "People keep saying, 'How did you do this?' or 'This has never happened before'," says Topes Calland smiling through his Old Testament beard, "But we had no idea of the politics involved with both discplines. Because it seemed such a natural union to us, the designers and tailors responded as though it were entirely natural as well."

    The teaming of graduates taught to break the rules and tailors taught to abide by rules may have produced frayed tempers as well as hems. But the overriding result of the partnerships; Hayley Grundmann with Anderson & Sheppard, Charles Jeffrey with Chittleborough and Morgan, Krystyna Kozhoma and Richard Anderson and Masha Reva with Kathryn Sargent seems to be one of respect for each other's discipline, creativity and craft. 

    The Maison Mais Non gallery space itself is part of The Soho Revue, owned by property heiress India Rose James, granddaughter of 'The King of Soho', Paul Raymond. And the collaborative pieces will be shown alongside work by both designer and tailor, with added visual stimuli provided by photographer Toby Knott and videographer Eddie Wrey. With next season's London Fashion Week based down the road in Brewer Street Car Park and fresh exhibitions every six weeks, Maison Mais Non seems to likely to fill an original and pertinent space, tripoding fashion, craftsmanship and art. And with Micheál's father, actor Liam Neeson, working on next week's opening night guest list, the gallery will surely be blessed with added twinkle and starry support.

    Maison Main Non, 14 Greek Street, London W1D 4DP
    www.maisonmaisnon.com

  • What to buy

    For those not leaving London this long weekend, it's a chance to head to Somerset House and catch Photo London.

    Visit the selling show of 70 exhibitors from leading photo galleries and publishers from all over the world including Gazelli Art House, exhibiting new work by Charlotte Colbert. Alongside the main show are talks, performances and screenings. On Saturday hear historian Simon Schama speak on portraiture with guests Jason Bell and Nadav Kander. While on Sunday in the Screening Room, photographer Stephen Gill talks about his work.

    Make time to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum's  Beneath the Surface at the Embankment Galleries, with 200 works from C19th masters to contemporary photographers including Susan Derges and Nigel Shafran, showing the international breadth and historical depth of the V&A's collection.

    www.photolondon.org
    www.gazelliarthouse.com

  • What to see

    During the interval at American Buffalo, I overheard two young women talking: "I had read the script and I didn't get it. The characters didn't seem to work. I just can't believe what they've done with it!" 

    Although they may have missed the potency of David Mamet's writing, what isn't lost is how much the play's three actors John Goodman, Tom Sturridge and Damian Lewis - Don, Bob and Teach respectively - bring to this production.

    The backdrop is a junk shop in 1970s Chicago - designer Paul Wills's set is practically a character in its own right - with detritus suspended from the ceiling by strings, like a birthday party in an underworld. A maelstrom of dialogue, the central themes of friendship, betrayal and sabotage are no less relevant now than when the play first opened in 1975. In fact, the principal action - a hair-brained plan to rob a new client of a limited edition Buffalo nickel - teeters on irrelevance, because this is a play of larger questions, namely business versus friendship, capitalism versus idealism.

    With three Hollywood names aglow on the billboards, it's easy to lazily press "buy now" on the theatre website. But with Lewis's febrile portrayal of a fast-talking conman electrifying the stage and providing the perfect foil to Sturridge, the torpid drugged-up shop boy, along with Goodman mastery of presence and pause, American Buffalo will leave you with absolutely no buyer's remorse.

    By Bridget Arsenault

    American Buffalo is at Wyndham's Theatre until 27 June 2015.

    Tickets are available  here.