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Masters of Invention

Masters of Invention, taking place from  24 March – 29 May at The Lettering Arts Centre, looks at cave painting to modern day street art and the evolution of graffiti, with new work from some of the most influential graffiti artists of the past 40 years, featuring Aroe, Delta, Bando, Mode2, Shok-1, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Part2ism, Zaki Dee.

Shok X-Fly

Shok-1 X-Fly

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All The Fruits

We like checking in with one of our favourite pattern, design and texture companies every so often. All The Fruits never disappoint.

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Dr Tristram Hunt announced as new Director of the V&A

The V&A Trustees have appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as the new Director of the V&A.
Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously
the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education.

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D&AD Next Awards

Get yourself entered for the D&AD Next Awards.  Entries are open until the 22 February 2017 and entry prices start from just £25. Submissions can be made directly on the D&AD website, there is no age limit for entrants and any genre of work can be submitted.

 

 

Tam Hoi Ying winner 2016

Tam Hoi Ying winner 2016

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Tom Dixon Washing!

We love replacing in our bathrooms and making sure every product has its place.  Leading UK based design brand, Tom Dixon have tapped into our bathroom obsession and are exploring the bathroom and the kitchen sink with a focus on functional storage, cleansing rituals, lotions and even waterproof lighting. And, as expected, it all looks blooming gorgeous. Hurrah!

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Bloomingville at Top Drawer

Top Drawer is one of our favourite design shows for inspiration for our homes as well as just generally brilliant things to look at. New Spring Summer collection from Danish brand Bloomingville will be at the show from 15th to 17th Jan at Olympia London and we are very excited.

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Steuart Padwick gets bright

Brighten your home this new year with bold bursts of colour by leading British designer and advocate of colour, Steuart Padwick. We’ve always loved Padwick’s ability to make fun and colourful pieces whilst allowing good quality design to shine through.

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Design Museum record visitor numbers

Since opening to the public on the 24 November, the Design Museum in Kensington has welcomed over 100,000 visitors through its doors, having attracted between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors annually in its previous location in Shad Thames.

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Photo: Gareth Gardner

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Best New Years Sales

There are some great sales out there- beyond the obvious John Lewis and Laura Ashley. Places where you can steal some great design deals and sometimes get a classic at a bargain price. Here are some of our top sales to fill your basket with.

The New English

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Vistosi and Hangar group

The collaboration between international design agency Hangar Design Group and Italian lighting producer Vistosi – which started in 2014 with Peggy, a special lighting project for the Peggy Guggenheim Museum Cafè in Venice – goes on.

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Pantone colour for 2017 is Greenery

Finally- a colour that’s not a variant on grey. Whether it’s Rose Quartz or Marsala, let’s be honest there were some pretty tame, hygge-inducing (or sleep-inducing) colours on trend the last few years. 2016 as years go, was a little bit of a mess, so it’s good to see Greenery, sweeping in and encouraging a fresh start. We need it.

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Design Shanghai returns

Design Shanghai, Asia’s leading international design event, will be returning to the historic Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th March 2017. Reinforced by the success of a record-breaking 2016 edition, Design Shanghai has matured and is now one of the key design events in the world.

Matsu

Matsu

Next year’s edition will attract more than 350 exhibitors, including top international and Chinese design brands and galleries, unveiling new designs and launching never-before-seen products. Design Shanghai is unique for China as it brings the best of international design, allowing trends to be set and new designs to be developed in the market.

HAY

HAY

A major new initiative for the 2017 edition is the opening of Design Shanghai to the city. Turning the event into a Shanghai-wide celebration of design and creativity, Design Shanghai will take over the city thanks to several offsite events, offering both the local community and international visitors the opportunity to experience the city in a new light.

Beyond Object

Beyond Object

Following last year’s fruitful collaboration, Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi – the famous Shanghai landmark – will celebrate their partnership for the next three years. Design Shanghai will expand out across the city. Design Shanghai will launch the Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival, an event taking place from 6th to 19th March 2017 in Xintiandi. Curated by Design Shanghai in collaboration with curators Song Tao, Hou Zhengguang and Cher Du, the Festival will populate the streets of the district for 14 days, showcasing a selection of interactive installations by international and Chinese designers and artists.

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Frank Chou

World-renowned design brands including Moroso, Magis, Driade, Visionnaire, Porada, Art Design Group, CIAC, Thonet, Antonio Lupi, Seletti, HAY, Leicht, Fisher & Paykel, Kinnarps, Cole & Son, Duxiana, Bolon, Swarovski, Alessi, Dyson, DuPont Corian have confirmed their presence alongside leading Chinese design brands such as Tai Ping Carpets, Beyond Object, W+S, YANG House, Frank Chou Design Studio, ziinlife, WUU, ROOY, Benwu Edition, EY-Products, ALiTLE and Haostyle, which will show their wares across the five Design halls.

 

Brintons collaboration

It seems like everyone’s onto a collaboration nowadays- and when you take a great name and a heritage company you usually get something pretty impressive.

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Newmor and Ptolemy Mann

Family run wallpaper business Newmor, have launched a new collaboration with artist/designer Ptolemy Mann. Featuring her signature ikat prints and hand-woven designs the range of fabric backed vinyl wallcoverings is striking and full of her bright, painterly colours. Newmor Continue Reading…

The Book of Do-ness

We have had Mindfulness and now we have Do-ness. we actually prefer this as Mindfulness, although great and definitely important, started to get just a teensy bit ubiquitous.
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