It’s here! Finally the date of the Design Museum’s move to Kensington has been announced- 24th November 2016!
This collection of five rings and three bangles is crafted in both sterling silver and black rhodium set with black diamonds and reference many of her famous, sculptural building designs. Continue Reading…
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea opens its doors today in London.
110 local and international galleries will descend on Battersea Park, showcasing an array of original artwork, all available for between £100 and £5,000. We know we want to head down and see what we can grab. here are some of out fave artists and pictures. Continue Reading…
Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress, includes over 400 prints, a photo essay by Philip Sayer and a biographical monograph and will be published by Laurence King Publishers on 7th April, with an exhibition of Alan’s prints on show at Somerset House opening on April 21st as part of the Pick Me Up Graphic Design Festival.
Kitching’s distinctive prints and powerful artwork are instantly recognisable and have been commissioned by The Guardian, Tate Modern, Dazed & Confused Magazine, The National Theatre, British Library, Penguin Books and Royal Mail amongst many others. When design turned digital in the 1980s, Kitching changed direction. He bought a printing press, printed by hand and breathed life into the arcane world of letterpress, and became an inspirational teacher for a new generation. In a digital world, his artwork and design is more relevant and recognisable than ever.
The first edition of the book will be a collector’s edition, featuring a book jacket that has been hand printed by Alan himself and wrapped around the book as a removable dust jacket/print. Only 200 copies of the Collector’s edition have been made and will only be available from Laurence King’s online shop priced £200. A separate special edition will also be available priced £75.
Alan is Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts London. Alan has conducted his workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
What do you get when you combine a ground breaking fashion designer with an iconic homewares brand? This lovely lot!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
We love the peacock tree above. Stunning colours and beautiful craftsmanship create something you would probably not ever want to tread on!
This gorgeous cut out from a rug named Mount Orient is a rich and textured piece, with vibrant colours and again the bird motif.
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.
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By Lassen’s new Rimm vases and flowerpots have given traditional craftsmanship a new lease of life and we love!
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.
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!
The Rimm vase is launched in two different sizes to accommodate both short and long-stemmed flowers.
We love and we want.
More and more we are being drawn to shutters over curtains and blinds. And when they look like this you can understand why.
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.
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.
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.
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Take this chance to see one of the last full blown exhibitions in the Design Museum at Shad Thames, before they head over to their brand spanking new space in Kensington.
Be inspired to keep your New Year’s resolution and be inspired by cycling at Cycle Revolution. The last decade has seen a revolution in cycling, on a scale not witnessed in the UK since the Second World War. Cycle Revolution celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition.
The exhibition looks at cycling subcultures through four ‘tribes’ – the High Performers who reach Olympic speeds, the Thrill Seekers who take on all terrains, the Urban Riders who pedal our cities mile by mile, and the Cargo Bikers who work on two wheels.
More and more people are using this method of transport to get to work and its especially useful in big cities where cars just aren’t practical. But some people go crazy and spend thousands- how has this happened and what is the future of the bike?
Us Brits really are the leaders in cycling- sure to win at this year’s Olympics in Rio as well as leading the way in bike development and merchandise. The exhibition brings together bicycles, clothing, accessories, equipment, film and photography to explain where cycling is now and where it might take us in the future.
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We have just discovered Please Wait to be Seated and are excited. They are agents/distributors of dedicated brands, artists, designers and manufacturers. One quality they all have in common is that they know their trade with regard to craftsmanship, skills, quality of materials and sustainability in terms of durable design.
Some of the pieces like this Planet Lamp have been designed exclusively for the website.
These transcience mirrors are stunning. Over time dark spots start to appear on mirrors. The silver layer is slowly oxidizing under the influence of oxygen and water, thereby showing some of its history. This process can be regarded as degradation, however this project shows the beauty of this material transition of silver.
Konstantin Grcic designed this chair for Mattiazzi. Medici is a low chair with a comfortably reclined posture. It is generous dimensions give it an embracing confidence.
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