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Play musical chairs at Heal’s to win the Misa Joy chair from Tog


To celebrate the launch of the Brazilian furniture brand TOG in Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store this September, Heal’s will host a one-day Brazilian themed LIVE musical chair event called TAKE A SEAT – open to the public – at Whitfield Gardens (opposite Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road) on 17 Sep 2014. Please see below more info.

  • One day live event on 17 Sep in Whitfield Gardens  – essentially TOG’s take on the classic game of musical chairs (*chairs will be from the new TOG collection)
  • Pre-register on a dedicated microsite to book a slot at the event.
  • There will be 10 rounds; each round will allow 20 participants (thus 200 participants in total for the whole day)
  • First round starts at 11.30am and last round starts at 6.30pm
  • The winner of each round will win a NEW Misa Joy chair (see below) from the TOG collection
  • The event will have a DJ playing Brazilian music throughout, light refreshments will also be served at the event
  • So basically bringing the Brazilian carnival vibe to London during the festival, also a great chance for the public to win a chair for simply taking part at the event

Enjoy the party and be sure to play ‘Take a Seat’ for your chance to win a bespoke Misa Joy chair by Philippe Starck.


Heal’s / TOG


Margaret Howell shows S/S 15 Collection at Rambert to Support Open House London Weekend


Open House London is the capital’s largest annual architectural festival, buildings and public spaces of all types and periods are accessible, free of charge, over a single weekend in September to encourage greater public appreciation of urban spaces and the built environment. Open House London Weekend 2014 takes place from 20 – 21 September.

Rambert is home to Britain’s national company for contemporary dance and the building, designed by Allies and Morrison Architects and completed in December 2013, will be open to the public on Saturday 20 September during this year’s Open House London Weekend.

Rambert’s award winning new home provides the company with state of the art facilities for the creation of new choreography and music for dance. It also enables the company to unlock the riches of the Rambert archive, one of the oldest and most complete dance archives in the world. During Open House London Weekend visitors will gain access to the studios, workshops, wardrobe and office space.

Margaret Howell has supported Open House London since 2003 and the company has worked closely with the charity to search and secure a new venue for the designers Spring Summer 2015 women’s fashion show, to be held on Sunday 14 September during London Fashion Week.


Commenting on the decision to move the show from Wigmore Street, the designers London flagship and venue for London Fashion Week shows for over ten years, Margaret Howell says, “This year we needed to move our LFW show to accommodate the growing number of guests. I knew I wanted something with the working space and spirit of our Wigmore Street shop and that’s hard to find. So my thanks go to the team at Open House London Weekend for suggesting Rambert. This recently opened building is functional space with strong associations of movement, energy and style. After all, I  design my clothes with just that kind of freedom, life and natural grace in mind. What better place to show them than where dance is made.”

Margaret Howell / Open House London / Rambert / Allies and Morrison Architects


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La Cornue release Château 150 made with a solid copper finish

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The ‘warm’ metals copper and brass are back, featuring everywhere from lighting to bathroom fittings and now in the kitchen too.

La Cornue‘s artisanal stoves are equipped and tailor-made to order. Displayed here, the Château 150 has been fashioned with a solid copper finish and polished copper trim. Together, the monumental hand-built stove and the lustrous metal create an amazingly deluxe effect.

Handmade in La Cornue‘s Paris workshops, every Château is a complete one off. The bespoke construction is a meticulous, time-honoured process using luxurious materials including brass, copper, steel, cast iron and enamel. Hobs are wholly personalised set-ups chosen from options including solid brass burners, electric, vitro-ceramic or induction hobs, simmering plates and teppanyaki. Ovens can also be gas or electric. This is true made-to-measure craftsmanship.

La Cornue


IKEA parodies Apple with viral ‘Bookbook’ video

Ad agency BBH Asia Pacific created a satirical ad to promote the 2015 Ikea catalogue otherwise known as “BookBook™ and within days it has racked up an astonishing 8,717,186 views, at the time of going to press. The ad – a deliberate spoof of Apple demos is introduced by “chief design guru” Jorgen Eghammer in the 2.5 minute clip. 

Once in a while something comes along which changes the way we live, a device so simple and intuitive, using it feels almost familiar,” says Eghammer “It’s not a digital book or an e-book. It’s a “BookBook™” 


The set is minimal, simply a 328 page “book book” on a white ground and a pair of hands to flick pages. 

Eghammer describes the issue as having “no cables, not even a power cable”, “content comes pre installed” and “battery life is eternal.” He goes on to explain, “to start browsing, simply touch and grab. Right to left to move forwards, left to right to move backwards.” 

The underlying message of the ad is that a humble ‘handheld’ catalogue to quote Apple, “is more powerful than you think.”


Talks with 100% Design


Above (from left): Philippe Starck, Ross Lovegrove, Jaime Hayon

Talks with 100% Design returns with a stellar cast of leading industry figures. During the four days in September (17-20), visitors to the show at Earls Court, London can enjoy a stimulating program, which addresses the topics that matter to architects and designers today, as well as in the future. The Talks will take place in the striking auditorium designed by the multi-talented El Ultimo Grito. Continue Reading…

Garden Stripes


If you are looking to add drama in the garden create a stripe effect using climbing plants teased into shape with the help of wooden strips. Try a mixture of plants – one stripe floral, the other foliage for an unusual composition.



Nendo create an ice cream village cake for Häagen-Dazs


Japanese studio Nendo has created an ice cream cake topped with chocolate houses for Häagen-Dazs that’s evoked the spirit of Christmas.  Continue Reading…

Exhibition: Crafting Narrative by the Crafts Council


Åbäke, Auger-Loizeau with Alan Murray, Carl Clerkin, Martino Gamper, Cecilie Gravesen, El Ultimo Grito,  Zhenhan Hao, Hilda Hellström, Hefin Jones, Onkar Kular, Dash Macdonald, Noam Toran, Dawn Youll


10 September – 19 October 2014

Guest curated by Onkar Kular, this new Crafts Council touring exhibition explores how contemporary designers and makers use objects to tell stories. The exhibition will focus on practitioners who challenge and investigate the narrative potential of objects and making to convey and reflect on themes as diverse as history, culture, society and technology.

New and commissioned works will be shown alongside film, text, illustration and photography, highlighting how objects can be used as affecting and compelling narrative forms.


Curator’s tour – Saturday 13 September at 2pm




Crafts Council


Friday Night Treat: Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic and Herbs


French fries fans will like these healthy cheese-and-herb-dusted sweet potato fries. To add extra taste and texture, cook with the peel.

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Editor’s pick: AKollection by AfroditiKrassa

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Above: ‘Piano Tiles’ – A bold, monochromatic range of handmade encaustic cements tiles available in four different patterns which can be mixed – £105.00 per square metre.

Fresh from the RCA visionary designer Afroditi Krassa cut her teeth at significant product design houses prior to launching her eponymous studio, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to hear the good news that she will debut her own line coined the ‘AKollection’ in September.

The leading hospitality studio known for its seminal work with bar and restaurant brands regularly found it difficult to source the right products for projects. Krassa resorted to designing her own for a seamless finish; hence the imminent arrival of the Art Deco inspired range. Continue Reading…

Event: Jewellers in Residence at The New Craftsmen


Ring – Emerald in silver ring by Chris Boland Designs £360.00

Jewellery designer, Chris Boland makes architectural pieces by hand constructed around the natural stones used. His work will feature at The New Craftsmen‘s one-day event “Jewellers in Residence” to celebrate the launch of their jewellery collection. Continue Reading…

Exhibition: Horizons Verge by Kate Shaw in The Quarter Café at Heal’s


Above: Empires Heave by Kate Shaw

The Quarter Café at Heal’s Tottenham Court Road will host a new painting exhibition – Horizons Verge – featuring a collection of contemporary landscapes by Australian artist Kate Shaw.

Sydney-born, New York-based artist Kate Shaw artificially depicts nature via marbling and texture. Her technique involves pouring ‘skins’ of paint, cutting these into landscape forms and strategically recombining them as collage. Shaw’s intention is to reflect upon the contradiction between our inherent connection to the natural world and the continual distancing from it. Continue Reading…

WorkHouse & Bethan Gray introduce the Ella collection


Boutique British furniture brand WorkHouse collaborated with Bethan Gray on their new ‘Ella’ upholstery collection. The furniture pieces manufactured in the UK are curvaceous and designed to sit beautifully in both public and private spaces. ‘Ella’ is available in a number of sofa sizes, including a modular range for L shaped lounging and a generously proportioned armchair. The range of leg options give ‘Ella’ a choice of contemporary or classical look whilst the sophistication of the patterned back can be substituted for a simple and understated feel.

Bethan Gray / WorkHouse


Exhibitor Alert: Design Guild Mark at 100% Design 2014


Above: Marie Dessuant – ‘Desk Three’ for Another Country

Design Guild Mark returns to 100% Design as an exclusive feature stand, presenting a selection of 2014 award recipients. 100% Design organisers chose designers who fulfilled the criteria for excellence in four fields-design, the use of materials, manufacture and function. Continue Reading…

Electric bikes M.A.S.S. – by S+ARCKBIKE with Moustache




SNOW bike and tyre

Manufacturer Moustache Bikes and designer Philippe Starck launched M.A.S.S. – Mud, Asphalt, Sand, Snow – their electric bicycle collection at Eurobike Fair this weekend. The groundbreaking bike range M.A.S.S. by S+ARCKBIKE delivers 4 intelligent concepts according to 4 distinct territories. Their dedicated technological specificities offer users an unrivalled experience, absolute freedom of movement and great comfort.

SNOW (above) is dedicated to the discovery of virgin snow territory that echoes its brushed glacier colour. As for SAND, huge Schwalbe tyres offer lift and traction. The mono-arm fork allows optimum snow evacuation. Equipped with the Bosch system, Shimano XTR gearing and brakes, it even has a synthetic fur frame cover that protects the battery from extreme temperatures.  Continue Reading…

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