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Atissu launch a contemporary tissue box collection


New lifestyle brand new brand Atissu aim to inject some style into overlooked everyday objects.  Continue Reading…

Preview: Clerkenwell Design Week 2015


Above: Gruppe has re-defined the gateways, edges and centre of Clerkenwell with ‘Vita Contemplativa.’

One of the biggest highlights of the design calendar Clerkenwell Design Week returns 19-21 May for the sixth edition showcasing pioneering installations, exclusive product launches and insights into contemporary design.

Set amid the historic area of Clerkenwell, the three-day annual festival features prominent design showrooms based in the locality, alongside four exhibitions –The Design Factory, Platform, Detail and Additions.

William Knight, Show Director says, “Clerkenwell Design Week is a true celebration of this exceptional and dynamic part of London. Our distinctive model of combining the commercial focus of the showrooms and exhibitions with the chance to match materials, creativity and use of urban public space makes the festival accessible and hugely popular. 2015 will see continued growth for one of the UK’s most exciting design events.”

The Design Factory: Based at The Farmiloe Building, will play host to some of the best contemporary furniture, lighting and product design brands from the UK and around the world.


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Styling Inspiration


Styling Inspiration: Build a geometric frame and style products accordingly.


DRDH Architects drew inspiration from Danish artist Wilhelm Hammershoi for a piano nobile apartment


London based architecture practice DRDH referenced the sparsely furnished interior paintings of Danish Artist Wilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916) for a piano nobile apartment within a Georgian house in Bryanston Square.  Continue Reading…

Stackable designs for entertaining by LSA International

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Two weeks ago we featured an emerging styling trend for stacking products. LSA International has used this trend as inspiration for their innovative line of Serveware and Drinkware to display flowers or serve food.

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The ‘Stilt’ collection features glass bowls, vases and porcelain dishes arranged on interconnecting ash boards. Each piece is elevated on four wooden stilts which are crafted and fitted by hand. Choose from a variety of accessories to build a bespoke table setting.

LSA International


Office: Inspiration from Jaime Hayon

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If you have a space at home to accommodate an office and need design inspiration, take a look at the enviable workspace of Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. Decorative floors are a great way to make a statement. Hayon laid tiles composed in the design of a fitted traditional rug as opposed to the usual repeated pattern. He balanced the interior with a few of his own simple designs such as the ‘Analog’ table, he designed for Republic of Fritz Hansen and by keeping accessories to a minimum. Designers need inspiration, here Hayon highlighted the white walls with a collection of mementos, images and tear sheets strategically placed in a row echoing the length of his desk. Inspired? We are.

See Jaime Hayon next month at Design Shanghai, 27-30 March.

Jaime Hayon / Design Shanghai /Republic of Fritz Hansen


Diary: Design Shanghai 2015


Contemporary Hall: neri&hu

Next month Design Shanghai will showcase top brands from the East and West across the Collectible Design, Classic Design and Contemporary Design halls.  Designers such as Lee Broom, Jaime Hayon in association with Fritz Hansen, Vitra, Wrong for HAY, Moroso André Fu, Foscarini, Arik Levy, Bally, DomusTiandi and Swarovski will be joining exciting Chinese designers at the event.


Above: Jean Prouvé 6X9 House

Major features of the show come from Bally who will be presenting an installation by Chinese artist Wang Yuyang alongside a site specific work responding to Bally’s restored Jean Prouvé 6X9 House, which will make its China debut in the Collectible Design hall. Continue Reading…

News: 19 Greek St. will move from a calendar of exhibitions to refocus online



Pioneering store 19 greek st quickly established itself in 2012 as a leading space for experimentation and advancement. This year founder Marc Peridis made the decision to focus on increasing their social media presence with a website which will include a magazine, video channel and shop.

“Focusing 19 greek street’s efforts online will mean we have more resources to broaden the products and exciting design stories that we present, allowing us to make an even stronger contribution to our industry,” said Marc Peridis.

19 greek street


Editor’s Pick: Frame sideboard from by Lassen

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Copenhagen based brand by Lassen used a Mogens Lassen sketch from 1943 as inspiration for Frame, a flexible storage collection of square boxes in cubic frames.


The flexible modules can be wall hung, joined, stacked, or stand alone. Use the stylish range to organise and display your belongings next to the sofa, the bed, or as a classic sideboard. Continue Reading…

Friday Night Treat: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goats’ Cheese


Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Crispy Goats’ Cheese

Serves 4 / Prep time: 15 mins / Cook: 45mins




Homemade Tomato Sauce:


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can chopped plum tomatoes

Sautéed Spinach:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 6 ounces baby spinach

Bread Crumb Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 8 Oz breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 8 large Portobello mushrooms, stems trimmed
  • Olive oil
  • 4 ounces soft, young goats’ cheese


Prepare Sauce:

  1. Using a large saucepan, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Once the oil is warm, add the chopped garlic, stirring continuously for 30 seconds, making sure that the garlic does not brown (this is essential). Add the bay leaves and the dried oregano to the pan and stir continuously for a minute.
  3. Add tomato paste and canned tomatoes, stir together, and bring to low simmer. Cover and simmer sauce for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Kitchen: ‘SieMatic 29’ freestanding cabinet by SieMatic


SieMatic recently unveiled ‘SieMatic 29’ at Living Kitchen in IMM Cologne. The freestanding cabinet is a new direction for the brand that has produced fitted kitchens since the 1960s. Continue Reading…

Sale: Vitra showroom sale on 21 February 2015 – up to 70% off


Above: Star buy is the Eames Storage Unit reduced to £299 from £1,648

Don’t miss the annual Vitra sale opening 9.30 am on Saturday, 21 February 2015 at the Clerkenwell showroom. The one day Vitra sale will offer iconic modern design at massively reduced prices and include over 700 exceptional products, starting from as little as £10.

DAW Eames Plastic Armchair by Charles and Ray

DSW Eames Plastic Side Chair by Charles and Ray Eames

A set of four Mauve GreyDSW Eames Plastic Side Chairs is £99 reduced from £1,108.

We recommend you start queuing early!


Vitra Showroom

30 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1M 5PG Tel: 020 7608 6200




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HALFLIFE animated tunnel by Speirs + Major


On 6 March Award winning design practice Speirs + Major will reveal HALFLIFE a 90-metre pedestrian tunnel animation with 180 sources of light. Each source has five shades of red, green and blue, which meticulously blend with warm and cool white to display a diverse range of tones and saturations.

The light installation, produced in association with King’s Cross Central Partnership connects David Chipperfield’s One Pancras Square office building to the King’s Cross Underground network.

“HALFLIFE is inspired by British physicist Ernest Rutherford’s principal of decay, the concept being that visitors may witness the changing cycles of growth and deterioration through light and colour,” said Speirs + Major.

Speirs + Major


The Design Council selects 70 emerging designers to watch


Above: Effie Koukia, EXTRACT Edible Painting and Printing Products

2015 is the 70th anniversary of the Design Council. To mark this special occasion an esteemed panel of judges selected 70 of the most exciting emerging designers who they believe represent the future of British design. Hundreds applied from different disciplines that include architecture, furniture and jewellery design, to material experimentation and app development. Continue Reading…

Sale: Up to 70% off at Heal’s

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