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See Philippe Starck at 100% Design


French designer Philippe Starck is set to open the 20th edition of 100% in September alongside the release of Flexible Architecture, his new collection of ceramic tiles for Ceramica Sant’Agostino.

Starck will take part in the Talks With 100% Design Programme, alongside other notable names such as Jaime Hayon, Ross Lovegrove, Nina Tolstrup, Maxim Velcovsky and Eric Klarenbeek.


Above: Flexible Architecture range for Ceramica Sant’Agostino by Philippe Starck


See the Flexible Architecture range for Ceramica Sant’Agostino by Philippe Starck on stand E600 at 100% Design.

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100% Design : 17th -20th September 2014


Editor’s Pick: New Designers Part 2


Above: ‘EDIT’ wall tiling system by Dome at this years ‘One Year On’ Exhibition.

Again New Designers 2014 did not disappoint the design devotees who packed into the Business Design Centre in Islington for Part 2. The show presented an edited selection of students from colleges the length and breadth of the country who proudly displayed their Final Major Projects. 

Take a look at the graduates who caught our eye:

Dome Studio, participating in ‘One Year On’ Exhibition section of the show, featured the EDIT range of wall tiles available in a variety of wood, finishes and patterns. Continue Reading…

Trend: Striped Tiles


Above: School by McBride Charles Ryan


Trend: Stripe tiles / facade / interior


Above: Cream / shot of bright


Above: Johnstons Tiles


Editor’s Graduate Pick: Grid System by Ying Chang

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Alfred St. Residence by Studio Four


A single level Victorian house in Prahran previously renovated in the 1980’s has been remodeled by Australian company Studio Four, to provide the family with a stronger connection to space they were housed in. Studio Four redesigned the ground level and added a first floor, which enabled the house to adapt to the growing needs of a family with preschool children, and their future needs as they progress through school and university.


The new living areas to the rear of the dwelling promote openness and interaction unlike the enclosed Victorian space at the front of the house. The latest openings provide increased connection to the existing courtyard spaces, with fresh landscaping providing a green backdrop to each internal space.

A subtle material palette of white with pale timber insertions provides a neutral backdrop for the family’s collection of art, books and objects, while enhancing the visual connection between the interior spaces with the courtyard garden adjacent.

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Basket Lamp for Kanaami-Tsuji by Nendo


Nendo adopted the time-honoured technique of wire netting (‘kana-ami’), commonly used on kitchen utensils, for the ‘Basket Lamp.’  They created this contemporary wire lighting fixture and developed it for future generations in collaboration with Kanaami-Tsujia Kyoto-based netting firm that preserves the craft’s traditions. Continue Reading…

Trend: Print Spring 2015

Dior Homme Spring 2015

Above: Spring 2015: Dior Homme


Print Trends: Scribble / Scratch

Note: Colour block catwalk to match collection.


Seek Inspiration from Cy Twombly



Friday Night Snack: Maple-Soy Cured Salmon Belly


Maple-Soy Cured Salmon Belly                       


Serves 4




For the cured salmon belly:

1 lb King salmon belly

1/4 cup dark amber maple syrup

1/4 cup soy sauce

Continue Reading…

RIBA Manser Medal: long list revealed

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Above: Lens House by Alison Brooks Architects

The best new homes in the UK competing for the RIBA Manser Medal: long list revealed. The longlist for the UK’s foremost private housing design award have been revealed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

23 stunning homes form the 2014 longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal, in association with Hiscox, for the best new house or major extension in the UK. This year’s judges are Honorary President of Hiscox, Robert Hiscox, Michael Manser CBE, Lady Patty Hopkins and Carl Turner, the 2013 recipient of the Manser Medal and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

”The 2014 RIBA Manser Medal longlist reveals the most innovative, sustainable and beautiful new homes to have been completed in the past year. The exciting line-up is a testimony to the wonderful talent and achievements of some of the UK’s best architects.”

Highlights from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland include: Continue Reading…

Styling: Inspiration


Styling: Uneven / Unruly / Irregular backdrop


Done with coloured boards placed behind a product? This idea feels fresh.





Vases made from pencils by Studio Markunpoika



Finnish furniture designer Tuomas Markunpoika has created “Amalgamated” a limited edition collection of vases, which explore the contrast between a mass produced ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. Continue Reading…

Draftsman collection / 01. Scale by Nendo


Another release this month, from powerhouse Nendo is a new watch series entitled the ‘Draftsman’ collection / 01. Scale. Nendo referenced the technical instruments draftsmen used to prepare precise plans and drawing.  Continue Reading…

’5 Minutes Only’ with Je Ahn of Studio Weave


Studio Weave co-founders Je Ahn and Maria Smith


Above: ‘Smith’ at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014.

‘Five Minutes Only’ is a series of quick fire rounds with industry influencers and leaders of disciplines in art and design. Today we welcome Je Ahn co-founder Studio Weave - one of London’s hottest young architectural practices.  Continue Reading…

Envelope shoes by Nendo for Tod’s


One of this month’s new products from Nendo is the ‘Envelope’ men’s shoe, designed for iconic Italian footwear and bag brand Tod’s. Nendo combine two materials on the shoe’s upper – a soft leather for the vamp, and suede for the quarter and backstay – and visually connected the two materials with side detail like an envelope’s string tie. A rubber sole like those traditionally used for deck shoes emphasises Tod’s design lineage, and carefully hidden, near-invisible stitching brings out the softness of the shoes while inside, a highly breathable mesh inner gives lightness and a sense of relaxation. Continue Reading…

Urban Plunge: New Designs For City Swimming


Above: King’s Cross Pond, Club Ooze (Eva Pfannes & Sylvian Hartenberg) & Marjetica Potrc London, UK, opening autumn 2014.

Launching to coincide with the London Design Festival (13-21 September 2014), Urban Plunge explores both existing schemes and future visions for river swimming in the heart of our cities.

Commissioned by Roca London Gallery, it showcases international design and architectural projects that transform urban rivers into public leisure spaces, giving people an exciting new, water-level perspective on their metropolis. 

Curator Jane Withers, a design consultant and co-founder of Wonderwater, has selected five key projects to illustrate architecture and design’s role in radically changing river usage, challenging our attitude to the urban water environment. Continue Reading…

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