Art Is Everywhere

Is it possible to discover something wonderful and special without visiting museums, monuments, or other places? Art is Everywhere, How to Really Look at Things asks the reader to take a more careful look at the everyday world.

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Although in part for kids and young creative minds, this book really can and should be read by all. Through ingenious collages and montages, the author looks at our expectations and how we experience art.

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The author SerraGlia is the alias of Lorenzo Servi, an Italian architect and visual designer/artist based in Helsinki, Finland. In 2012, SerraGlia started to focus on how to make contemporary art more accessible to everyone by founding the Imagined Museum of Contemporary Art.

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For more information and to buy, click here.

Iittala x Issey Miyake

What do you get when you combine a ground breaking fashion designer with an iconic homewares brand? This lovely lot!

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Combining Scandinavian and Japanese craftsmanship and design, Iittala X Issey Miyake brings a unique collaborative collection of  ceramics, glass and home textiles in gorgeous pastel shades and usable sizes.

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It’s the palette we are most excited about as well as the materials. They seem so luxurious and on point, but aren’t hugely expensive. Skandium are stocking them in the UK.

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The collection consists of 30 items. The play of textiles and pentagon forms of the glass and ceramic objects is an invitation to touch and feel the material, while the colour scheme is inspired by the awakening of spring and the blossoming of flowers. The textile products are created based on Issey Miyake’s original folding and pleating techniques that have been used in its clothes making since late 1980s.

Click here for more information.

La Débraiellée- stunning leather bags

We got a press release all in French which tested us somewhat- however we were super pleased when we were able to translate- somewhat sloppily! And very pleased with the bags that we saw. La Débraillée is a Parisian brand of leather handbags created by the Italian designer Alice Rosignoli.

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We love this pouch that just slips over your wrist- nifty eh? Won’t be searching for your keys for hours in there will you!

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We are big fans of ruckscks as we get such bad backs hoisting half the house around with us every day. This is looks gorgeous and isn’t too small. Alice is a product designer and you can actually see that training in the bags’ shapes and cuts.

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The collection is not seasonal: it evolves with time with the leather ageing beautifully. We love bum bags too- and this is definitely the most stylish one we have ever seen. Luckily the prices aren’t vomit-inducing either. £170 for a good long lasting bum bag? It’s a bit steep but you can see the quality.

Want to know more? Click here.

 

 

 

Tania Johnson Rugs

We are loving Tania Johnson’s made to order range of rugs-  complex designs are and knotted in Nepal by highly skilled artisans using wool, silk, or a combination of both; silk reflects the light, creating highlights which alter the intensity of the design depending on the direction of the light source.

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The rug above when seen in full, looks like rain trickling down a window pane. It makes sense then, to discover that all of Tania Johnson’s designs are based on her own photography.

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In Tania’s long established relationship with her team at the Nepalese workshop, she is heavily involved in the dyeing process; the colour palette is created uniquely for her rugs. The subtlety of the original image is then transposed by master weavers in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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For more information click here.

 

Grayson Perry Doodle

Turner Prize-winning British artist Grayson Perry has put pen to paper for Epilepsy Action’s National Doodle Day auction. There are a number of ‘doodles’ by artists of various disciplines all available to bid for on ebay here.

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Grayson Perry

The artwork will join those by Natsko Seki, Sir Peter Blake, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen Hough and dozens more in the National Doodle Day eBay auction. Children’s writers including Shirley Hughes (Dogger), Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman) and Anne Fine have also contributed drawings.

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A particular favourite is this great one by Korky Paul.

Kali Stileman

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And this gorgeous bright image by Kali Stileman

Epilepsy affects around one in 100 people in the UK and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps over 1.3 million people through a range of services, including the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk

Form Us With Love- We love!

We first really started realising how important Form Us With Love  with were when they paired with SBSeating to do the amazing Noor chairs. We were a bit late to the game as they have been around for 10 years…..

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They founded BAUX, another part of their company, in 2014 – some of the most beautiful acoustic paneling we have ever seen- NOT a sentence we thought we would ever say. They are stunning pieces of design that could be a work of art in their own right.

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The above Noor chairs were part of a range produced for SBSeating. They come in a range of strong and natural shades that would complement any interior.

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Form Us With Love are mainstream too. They were approached by IKEA to create a durable and affordable multi-purpose chair—easy to fall in love with and quick to maintain—and we love the Janinge solution they came up with! Stackable, cheap and good looking- what’s not to like?

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They have also collaborated with HEM with a wide range of furniture, lighting and accessories. We particularly like this Levels lamp above.

To find out more about Form Us With Love, click here.

Jardin Chic from Galerie

Sometimes it’s comforting to go for the traditional and British brand Galerie, have got that covered (forgive the pun) with their new wallpaper collection Jardin Chic.

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The designs are simple, vintage and pleasing to the eye. They would work perfectly as a feature wall in a bedroom, or if you are lucky enough to have a large space, could easily go across all walls.

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The wallpaper has a very traditional yet up to date feel to it with the patterns not seeming over-crowded, clustered and fussy as many older styles tend to do. The colours are rich and well-matched.

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The new range is really reasonably priced too with rolls starting at £24.95 for a 10 metre roll- great price for a quick update!

Click here for more information.

Wendy Morrison Rugs

New for Spring/Summer 2016 and continuing her exploration of nature, rug designer Wendy Morrison has created her new Orient collection with gorgeous rich colours and Art Deco inspired design. All the rugs are hand tufted wool with viscose highlights to create a shimmer which bring the design to life.

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We love the peacock tree above. Stunning colours and beautiful craftsmanship create something you would probably not ever want to tread on!

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This gorgeous cut out from a rug named Mount Orient is a rich and textured piece, with vibrant colours and again the bird motif.

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The above rug looks stunning in this white and neutral room and creates a wonderful centrepiece, bring the splashes of colour in the rest of the room to life. All rugs start at £990.

For more information click here.

 

By Lassen Rimm vases

By Lassen’s new Rimm vases and flowerpots have given traditional craftsmanship a new lease of life and we love!

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The pieces invite nature inside, presenting flowers and plants in a beautiful way with their sharp angles matched with organic forms. They have a graphic starting point but with softer rounded elements, making them a perfect piece of art work and design to have around the house.

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With its special glazing giving it a unique texture and glow, the Rimm vase can be a decoration in itself, perfect as a standalone object with or without flowers. Alternatively, place several vases together in varying combinations of colours and shapes to create a little installation!

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The Rimm vase is launched in two different sizes to accommodate both short and long-stemmed flowers.

We love and we want.

Lasvit launch at M&O

LASVIT designer Petra Krausova,  launched her new piece at Maison & Objet. The dynamically-lit sculpture titled Cassia draws its inspiration both from the universe and its star-studded sky, as well as the organic shapes of flowers in a meadow, gently moving in a breeze.

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The sculpture consists of a group of smaller pendants, approximately 15 cm in diameter, each made of hand-blown glass. Every individual pendant represents a flower or a star, depending upon how you observe them.

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Each takes on a slightly different shape thanks to the use of optical form that allows glass to expand in its open areas. Variations are further enhanced by the monochromatic colour scheme that differs in textures from clear glass, sanded and opaque glass, to pendants with hand-painted gold segments.

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Cassia excels in its flexibility for interior design. “I wanted to create concept where the client can use a single pendant or groups spanning across ceilings but also spilling onto walls with the optional wall-mounted pieces,” the young designer said, pointing out that each glass element has its own light source with a simple brushed brass socket or wall mounting.

 

French bedroom art….

Slightly off piste here, bear with us. French bedrooms might conjure up images of dangerous liaisons and all sorts of European antics, but when paired with design, this ideology can actually lead to some pretty fun interiors.

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Defaced Duchess

This is amazing. Imagine it above your bath- if you had a massive roll top bath that is. Not so impressive if a tiny bath under a shower.

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Ludwig vamp Beethoven

He was known to be a bit wild with some mental symphonies, but here he is as good old Elton John…..

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Girl with a pearl bubble

One of Vermeer’s most intriguing paintings turned into pop art with a piece of gum.

There are a number of fun pieces of wall art that would liven up any wall, as well as some great offers on beds, interior products and acessories. Some of them are a little OTT if you know what we mean, but hey- there channelling their inner Sun King- what do you expect!

www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

 

Michael Harvey – In His Own Words

From 25 March – 28 May 2016, The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk will host a retrospective of exceptional graphic artist, the late Michael  Harvey, who began his career as a carver of letters in stone and ended  it designing digital fonts.

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Across his 60 year career, he created over 1500 distinctive book jackets (including titles by James Joyce, Graham Greene and Norman Mailer), designed multiple letterforms, decorated countless memorials (including the headstone for poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis) and carved his eighteen-inch-high frieze capital letters into the stone walls of The National Gallery in London.

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Michael Harvey’s career started in the 1950s when his love of the work of sculptor and letterer Eric Gill led to his finding work with Gill’s own first apprentice, Joseph Cribb. He moved on to serve an apprenticeship with engraver Reynolds Stone, before beginning a period of thirty years of working with a  large assortment of publishers, including Hodder & Stoughton, MacMillan, Chatto & Windus, Hamish Hamilton, Methuen and The Bodley Head.

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As he moved into designing typefaces, Michael Harvey began a partnership with software company Adobe, becoming adept at designing with computers and later forming a company, FineFonts, in partnership with designer Andy Benedek. The fonts he developed were influenced by his deep love of jazz, both in their playful, inventive styles and their names – Ellington, Studz, Strayhorn, Conga Brava, Moonglow, Braff, Jazzbo and Zoot, to name a few.

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VISITOR INFORMATION
Michael Harvey – In His Own Words
Venue: Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA
Dates: 25 March – 28 May 2016. Admission: Free to all visitors.
Opening Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 11am-5pm. Closed Tues-Thurs.
Further visitor information: www.letteringartstrust.org.uk 01728-688393

Skandium looks to Norway

After 17 years of championing Scandinavian Modernism in London, this February, Skandium will turn their heads towards Norway.

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In celebration of the importance of Norway’s contribution to Scandinavian design in the global design market, Skandium will showcase interior design and manufacturing objects from Norway produced from 1940 to the present day. In partnership with Norwegian Icons, Icons of Norway runs from 4 February – 14 February at Skandium’s Brompton road store.

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Bottoms Up designed by Ingrid Aspen
Photo: Siren Lauvdal

On display will be a curated selection of furniture and design pieces from an internationally acclaimed line up of mid-century and contemporary Norwegian designers. In reference to the importance of manufacturing, every product in the exhibition is designed and manufactured within the country’s borders.

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August designed by Kristine Bjaadal
Photo: Siren Lauvdal

Each object will be available for purchase at Skandium for the exhibition period only; except the Bunad Blanket which is available throughout the year.

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Krobo designed byTorbjørn Afdal
Manufacturer, Fjordfiesta
Photo: Kaja Bruskeland

For more information click here.

Clement Browne

More and more we are being drawn to shutters over curtains and blinds. And when they look like this you can understand why.

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Beautifully designed, the flexible Full Height shutter style offers escape from the sunlight, not that that’s really a problem here in London, but also a focal point for the room.

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Create a delicate and airy interior by colour-matching your shutters to the walls, effortlessly integrating the shutter into your decor. Or, alternatively, make a focal point out of the shutter; paint it in a bold hue to break up a neutral wall colour and add a pop of colour to quickly refresh your interior space.

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With its own production line, Clement Browne offers a higher standard of paint, better manufacturing care and higher quality finishes and materials. Prices start from just £250 per square metre for the Westcliff Collection’s hardwood Paulownia shutters.

For more information, click here.

Outdoor fabrics

It may be a little early to be thinking about eating in the garden, but we’ve got your back for when Spring arrives!

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British manufacturer Extex, are known for their colourful and practical range of outdoor fabric and cushions. Upholster seating or choose from a range of scatter cushions to add a pop of colour and decorative touch to the outdoors with a wide choice of plains, patterns and textures.

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The award winning fabric collections all combine outstanding performance with a luxurious feel, utilising advanced yarn technology to offer water repellent, stain resistant, light fast, pre-shrunk and machine washable fabrics – blimey! Yarn technology eh?

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Just looking at these pictures is making us long for summer days in the garden. Count down begins.

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