Design Christmas List no. 8: Carmel Allen, Creative Director at Heal’s

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Carmel Allen is the Creative Director at Heal’s, the iconic modern furniture and homeware store. Formerly an award-winning journalist who worked Livingetc, Financial Times and Vogue, she also launched Kiss It Better a charity for children with cancer.

Here are the items on her Christmas list:

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Above: Perfect Partners, Aromatherapy Associates - £17.50

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Anything Aromatherapy Associates. The design element is all in Geraldine’s (the founder) blends. No-one does aromatherapy like she does. Her Revive Evening is the best legal high there is – guaranteed to get you out to a party when you feel you can’t possibly carry on. Continue Reading…

Olafur Eliasson launches the inaugural exhibition at Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton.

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The internationally renowned artist dubbed the Philosopher of Spectacle, Olafur Eliasson, launches the inaugural exhibition at Paris’s newest art museum and cultural centre, The Fondation Louis Vuitton.

The Danish-Icelandic artist takes the honour of the first to exhibit at the Fondation Louis Vuitton after gaining gravitas as one of the world’s leading artists in sculpture and large-scale installation. 

Eliasson is intrinsically linked with the Fondation with his work permanently featured in the museums “grotto” – a forest of mirrored yellow columns, which cast a sunny glow and infinite repetitions of passersby.

As part of Eliasson’s first solo show in France since his 2002 exhibition at the Musée d’Art modern de la Ville de Paris, Contact (this latest exhibition) envelops visitors in a choreography of moving light and shadows, seemingly transporting them into the darkness of outer space.On the roof, Olafur Eliasson will install an apparatus that tracks the sun and, at certain hours of the day, directs light rays onto a multifaceted, geometric sculpture suspended within the building.

In 2006 at the initiative of Bernard Arnault, LVMH created the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, it is part of the sponsorship policy in favour of art and culture developed by the group for over twenty years. The Louis Vuitton Fondation, a private cultural initiative, aims to promote and support contemporary art to a wider public. 

The exhibition runs through to 16 February 2015.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton

Nendo ‘Snow Dome’ room fragrance

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Above: ‘Snow Dome’ room fragrance

Japanese design studio Nendo has reworked the humble snow dome into a spray-type room fragrance. Continue Reading…

Design Christmas List no. 7: Eleanor Pritchard

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Today we welcome London based textile designer Eleanor Pritchard who creates understated graphic woven fabric strongly influenced by British mid-century design. Here are the items on her Christmas list:

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Under £ 20.00 

Leather Envelope, Present & Correct - £ 19.50 Continue Reading…

Terence Woodgate’s equity crowdfunding campaign exceeds its £150K target

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British industrial designer Terence Woodgate has exceeded his target securing over £158K after just 36 days of equity crowdfunding on Crowdcube, to support the expansion of his eponymous lighting brand, Terence Woodgate Lighting Limited.

Woodgate comments, “The response to our equity crowdfunding campaign has been fantastic and is a real vote of confidence in our business and future plans. It’s great to know we have the support of our investors behind us as we now put our growth plans into action.”

Related Stories:

Terence Woodgate is equity crowdfunding

Design Christmas List no.4: Terence Woodgate

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EC1 Event: Creative Clerkenwell’s Christmas Pop-Up Shop 2014

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Creative Clerkenwell’s Christmas Pop-Up Shop for design enthusiasts returns for 2014

Curated by Charlene Lam of Creative Clerkenwell, featuring gifts, London Design Souvenirs and limited editions from UK designers and makers.

A portion of sales goes to charity, benefitting Craft Central’s programs to support UK designer-makers.

Featured designers invited to take part: Amanda Li Hope (jewellery), Jo Davies (ceramics), Kate Clarke London (interior accessories), Lee Borthwick (wood housewares), Oxx Jewellery and TADA Notebooks.


Tue 16 – Tue 23 December, 2014
Weekdays 11am – 7pm
Weekend 11am – 5pm

Location:
The Gallery at Craft Central
33-35 St John’s Square
London EC1M 4DS

shop.creativeclerkenwell.com

 

Parquet Rug by Studio Job

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Studio Job created the ‘Parquet’ rug to mimic a fake wooden floor. This allover pattern is based their collaboration with fashion designers Viktor & Rolf in 2013 when they covered a catwalk with the digital print of a worn out herringbone parquet. Find this and other treasures in their recently opened gallery coined Chamber in New York.

Studio Job / Chamber

 

Exhibition: L’Appartement Du Progres by 19 Greek Street

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19 Greek Street opened their new exhibition ‘L’Appartement du Progres’ to the public today. The installation is a tightly curated living space that challenges the myth that conscious, charitable and sustainable design must always sacrifice style.

‘L’Appartement du Progres’ brings together noteworthy design, including up-cycled chairs by Nina Tolstrup, a selection from Marni‘s 100 chairs made through a charity program for Columbian ex-convicts, pieces by UK charity Out of the Dark, cabinets made from recycled newspaper by VIJ5 and sustainable pieces by Dian Simpson.

Their ‘open’ bar will also be a food drive where guests may bring a piece of food in exchange for a free drink. All food collected will go to London Street Food Bank. If you are unsure about which foods are acceptable visit the London Street Food Bank website.

 

Monday to Saturday

15-January 16th 2015

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19 Greek Street / Nina Tolstrup /  Marni / Out of the Dark / Dian Simpson /London Street Food Bank

 

Related stories:

Design Christmas List No. 1: Nina Tolstrup

Editor’s Pick: 19 Greek Street at London Design Festival

 

Apollo 8 Command Module by Woodlabo

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Apollo 8 Command Module is a suspension light by French designer Gaël Wuithier of Woodlabo inspired by 1960s NASA.

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Styling Inspiration

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Fashion: Dsquared² – Pre Fall 2015

Styling Inspiration: Rough / Unfinished / Textured surfaces / Plaster

Take heed of the Pre Fall 2015 styling from Dsquared²  and retailer Top Shop.  If you haven’t completed branding your 2015 campaign note the shift in styling from perfectly composed, clean campaigns towards the unfinished look.  

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Retail: Top Shop

Dsquared² picked mulberry a tone used in the range to highlight the rough backdrop. In similar fashion Top Shop added interest to a stairway with this purposefully incomplete wall. Expect to see more of this trend next year.

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Design Christmas List No. 6: Nigel Coates

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Today we welcome Nigel Coates – architect, designer of interiors, lighting, exhibitions and products. Coates is known as one of Britain’s visionary leaders in architecture and led the M.A. programme at the RCA for 16 years before leaving to focus on his studio. Here are the items on his Christmas list:

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A Newsboy cap from Village Hats £15.95. Continue Reading…

Spectrum digital radio packaging designed by Pentagram for John Lewis

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Pentagram have designed the packaging for Spectrum, a new range of consumer electronics for John Lewis. The digital radio is the first product to be relaunched in the new packaging. Continue Reading…

Party: Classic French 75 from the Savoy Cocktail Book at Makers & Brothers

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Wondering what drink to serve your guests during the party season? Try a French 75 cocktail which emerged during the Prohibition. The drink’s success can be accredited to its inclusion in the first edition of The Savoy Cocktail Book which is now in its 125th year. Using spirits that are a firm fixture in any good drinks cabinet this is a simple yet impressive drink perfect for social gatherings.

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Ingredients:

25ml/0.75 oz Gin

15ml/0.75 oz lemon juice

25ml/0.75 oz simple syrup

Splash of Champagne

 

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the champagne in a shaker tin, add ice and lightly shake, then strain.
  2. Don’t over-shake to avoid diluting the drink
  3. Pour into a tall glass and top with champagne.
  4. Garnish with a peel of lemon rind.

The book is available from Makers & Brothers

 

Design Christmas List No. 5: Morag Myerscough founder of Studio Myerscough

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Today we welcome multi-award winning creator Morag Myerscough founder of multi-disciplinary design practices Studio Myerscough and Supergrouplondon. Here are the items on her Christmas list:

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Under £20

The Highliners Vinyl – available with a free CD just in case people who like the vinyl haven’t got a record player, but want to hear the music. It also includes a free cut out vicars dog collar, book marker, fan card and wall poster. Luke Morgan, £16.99. Continue Reading…

Win investment: Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council reveals all

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Above: Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council

Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council has given Despoke exclusive insight into Design Council Spark, the new product innovation fund to uncover the UK’s next great inventions.

If you would like a chance to win a bespoke support programme, as well as the opportunity to help bring your physical prototype or idea to market read on for details:

What is the aim of the Design Council Spark? 

To better support physical product innovation in the UK and complement the many software-centric programmes that already exist. We will help fund and develop revolutionary product ideas that solve problems faced by people in their everyday lives with an injection of funds to get started, but more importantly with bespoke advice, support and connections. Design Council Spark is a fantastic opportunity to build on our rich heritage as a nation of physical product innovators and inventors. Continue Reading…

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