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Graduate competition: ‘Class of 2015’ to create a 21st century market barrow at The Royal Exchange

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A new design competition offers design graduates the chance to reimagine six new market barrows for The Royal Exchange in the City of London. Working in collaboration with investors/developers, Oxford Properties and architects Aukett Swanke, the entrants will devise an individual mobile retail outlet destined for the courtyard of The Royal Exchange. The deadline for the first phase of the competition is 4 pm GMT on Friday 28 August.

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For more information and a full brief please contact:
royalexchangebarrows@carocommunications.com

Styling Inspiration

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Styling Inspiration:

Brooklyn-based graphic designer Victoria Siemer has caught our attention this week with her surreal digital landscapes depicting geometric reflections. Continue Reading…

Cofoco redesigned by Norm Architects

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Norm Architects redesign of Cofoco, an established Italian restaurant chain, hits all the right notes again. As anticipated the Danish studio has seamlessly balanced materials and products to create a clean, modern outlook for the Italian brand.

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Trend: Fold

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Above/Below: ‘Terrazzo Paper’ Posters by NORM architects in  collaboration with Laura Faurschou for Paper Collective and Menu

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Trend: Fold

A folded trend is emerging, though not the conventional origami style. The freshest fold is looser and less structured. Take note.

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Above: ‘Folded Tones’ by Enoch Liew

 

Sunday Lunch: Tomato and mozzarella salad with balsamic reduction

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This classic Caprese salad with balsamic reduction is so simple to make with ingredients that are easily available year round, like tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Balsamic vinegar reduced to a sweet glaze adds so much flavour using regular balsamic vinegar. Continue Reading…

100% Design New Designers award winner: Mu Hau Kao

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Above: Mu Hau Kao

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Above: Ply Stool

Mu Hau Kao has won the coveted 100% Design Award given every year to an exceptional designer at New Designers for his Ply Stool.

100% Design director William Knight said: “Mu Hau Kao’s Ply Stool stood out as an example of determination to succeed against the advice of manufacturers. By experiment and commitment a simple, practical and commercially primed product emerged.”

As a result of his win, the graduate of Camberwell College of Arts will exhibit for free in Emerging Brands at 100% Design 2015 – an excellent start for a promising designer.

100% Design: 23 – 26 September, Olympia, London.

 

Saturday Job: Indoor plant display

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Houseplants can finish a room, especially when cleverly displayed. This show stopping composition adds interest using sculptural shapes, in a mix of sizes. Try creating this simple indoor garden at home using a range of succulents.

 

Forge & Co at Heal’s

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Top tip: If you are visiting the West End of London why not try ‘The Canteen,’ a new co-working café designed by Architects Moxey Associates, at Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road. The design store has collaborated with London-based social workspace, Forge & Co to offer a modern lounge bar and a brasserie including co-working, meeting, dining and lounging zones. We think it is a great place to unwind or meet clients.

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Heal’s new concept showroom opens on Westbourne Grove

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Above: Heal’s, The Queens Building, Westbourne Grove

Leading British retailer Heal’s has opened a new concept showroom in the heart of West London at Westbourne Grove, a fashionable district teeming with high-end fashion and designer boutiques.

Heal’s concept showroom is situated below 16 individually designed residential apartments, on the ground floor of The Queens Building – an old Art Deco cinema. Continue Reading…

Ilse Crawford is a headline speaker at Talks with 100% Design

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Ilse Crawford is one of the headline speakers for Talks with 100% Design at the shows brand new home in Olympia London, from 23-26th September. The designer leads London based multi-disciplinary Studioilse in conjunction with her brand consultancy, integrating projects that simply meet our basic human needs. Continue Reading…

Retail: Wallpaper brand Bien Fait opens showroom by A+A Cooren in Paris

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New French wallpaper brand Bien Fait founded by Cécile Figuette opened recently in the Village Saint-Paul, Paris. A+A Cooren, the French-Japanese design studio behind new showroom took advantage of every wall to make a strong statement. Continue Reading…

Verreum relaunches the collections by Scholten & Baijings

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Due to popular demand Verreum has reintroduced the ’Chromos’, ’Iris’ and ’Pastel’ collections designed by Scholten & Baijings.  Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration from Örsjö

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Styling Inspiration: Mind the Gap

This week’s styling inspiration comes from Swedish brand Örsjö who cut arches and rectangles from the backdrops, offering a refreshing change from solid blocks of colour.

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Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling curates a “connected apartment”

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American Science fiction writer Bruce Sterling has curated a state-of-the-art “connected apartment” in Turin, which merges local furniture and interior design expertise with open-source electronics. Continue Reading…

Anglepoise® + Paul Smith: Edition 2

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Type 75™ Desk Lamp – Paul Smith – Edition Two

Following the success of his collaboration with Anglepoise® Paul Smith has restyled the Type 75™ Desk Lamp again. Paul Smith – Edition Two, a new subtle interpretation available in September, reflects the season with an autumnal palette in deep slate and cool grey.

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