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’5 Minutes Only’ with Amy Hunting of Hunting & Narud


Five Minutes Only’ is a series of quick fire rounds with influencers and leaders of disciplines in art and design. Today we welcome Amy Hunting of one half of design duo Hunting & Narud. Amy and Oscar, consistently capture our attention with their Norwegian influenced furniture, products, and exhibition designs.  Continue Reading…

Paul Smith’s ‘The Guest’ for Lladró Atelier

The New Guest by Paul Smith from Lladró, S.A. on Vimeo.

Fresh from his collaboration at Clerkenwell Design Week with Anglepoise, Paul Smith rolls out another collaboration with Lladró Atelier – adding his stamp to The New Guest - a figure scattered with bright geometric confetti and covered with masks.


Paul Smith comments “These are the pieces that I want to have in my room. Optimistic, fun and happy, colourful and with sense of humour, that’s what makes them Smithy.”


These Guests are an invitation to take part in the creativity and sense of humour shared by the British icon and the most irreverent collection by Lladró Atelier. Porcelain and fashion, innovation and tradition, are irresistibly drawn to one another, like cats and dogs.


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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 continued: Okay Studio collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council



Above: ‘Apex Tables’ by Hunting and Narud

Five teams from design collective Okay Studio caused a stir at Clerkenwell Design Week with their eclectic mix of designs coined ‘Five’ for the American Hardwood Export Council, who have set a precedent with their festival collaborations. Hunting and Narud, Mathias Hahn, Ed SwanLiliana Ovalle, Andrew Haythornwaite and Peter Marigold presented their innovative homewares crafted from five American Hardwood species at the Scin Gallery.

David Venables, Director of AHEC explained “One key aspect of this project for us is promoting and demonstrating the performance of the material. Out of a single set of materials, have come five very different designs and the teams at Okay Studio have risen to that challenge extremely well and I think we have all learnt more about the versatility of the materials as a result.”

Hunting and Narud worked with the complete range of species – American ash, cherry, hard maple, red oak and tulipwood, on their ‘Apex Tables’ – a series of side tables. Black and blue colour stain match the seat on some of range, whilst others are left natural. Glass reveals the quality of the wood on the hardwood cones and is clear as well as smoked.

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News: Matches open Wimbledon flagship store designed by MRA Architecture + Design

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Tom and Ruth Chapman, joint CEOs of MATCHESFASHION.COM, determined after 27 years in Wimbledon Village  the location of their first boutique to merge their further 3 small stores located in the area into one luxury shopping environment combining the digital and physical platforms of the business. With the appointment of MRA Architecture & Interior Design practice they set about designing a modern interior concept for the 320m² flagship store based on the brands ‘edit’ and modernist inspiration offered by Tom – who personally sourced specific mid-century furniture and suggested artists such as Donald Judd for reference to meet his aesthetic needs.  Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week continued: Chestnut and Ash by Sebastian Cox for Benchmark

Chestnut & Ash range by Sebastian Cox and Benchmark from Kai Lau on Vimeo.

British designer Sebastian Cox presented his coppice collection, entitled Chestnut and Ash, for Benchmark. at Clerkenwell Design Week. Produced using coppicing and cleaving combined with CNC machining, the range sits where tradition meets modernity.


Above: The Chestnut & Ash collection is comprised of the Lath chair, coffee table and bench, and the Shake cabinet and sideboard.

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Clerkenwell Design Week continued: Christopher Jenner designs bathroom furniture for Drummonds

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Following the successful creation of two London showrooms for bathroom specialists Drummonds, Christopher Jenner has designed a collaborative collection of free-standing bathroom furniture for the brand embodying their artisanal style. Continue Reading…

Diary Date: New Designers 2014


Above: Falmouth Owl by Isatu Hyde, One Year On

One of the highlights of the design calendar is New Designers, the leading graduate design show in the UK. This year over 3,000 of the most innovative graduate’s designers from the Britain’s leading universities come together to exhibit in London at the Business Design Centre. Continue Reading…

Royal College of Art Show Fashion – 2014

Royal College of Art Show Fashion – 2014 from Royal College of Art on Vimeo.


Graduates:  RCA Fashion 2014 catwalk show, featuring Menswear and Womenswear graduate collections.

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Hair Salon: Le Coiffeur by Margaux Keller + Bertrand Guillon


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In addition to bouillabasse and aioli, the seaside city of Marseille is now home to a new gem – a cleverly designed hair salon called Le Coiffeur. Conceived for local stylist and salon owner Pascal Lancien by Fabrica alumnus Margaux Keller, a Marseille native herself, the elegant space puts an inviting new spin on the conventional format of a hairdressing studio. Continue Reading…

Patterned bathroom suite by Dana Finnigan


Above: Monoclinic bathroom suite

It is possible to apply print to almost anything nowadays, unlike in the past. Recently, all eyes were focused on patterned tiles, now step forward the printed bathroom suite.

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Editor’s Pick: Invisible Kitchen by i29 interior architects

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When you discover my predilection for traditional detail mixed with modern, it will not come as a surprise to know that the Invisible Kitchen by i29 interior architects ticks all the boxes for me. What with its white room, statement architectural detail, wooden floors and hidden appliances, I am inspired.

The designers aimed to develop a kitchen system that seemed to disappear in space. “The design is reduced to it’s absolute minimum, having a top surface of only a couple of centimeters thickness with all water, cooking and electrical connections included. Large sliding wall panels conceal all kitchen appliances and storage space,” said the architects. Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 continued: Blankets and rugs by Loophouse


New: “Reflections” Lambswool blanket

Loophouse debuted their latest custom made blankets and rug designs at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014. The collection of minimal patterned blankets, woven into contemporary repeats are perfect for a seasonal colour change or bold addition to a neutral background. Choose from the bright or cooler palette. Continue Reading…

The New Craftsmen: London Store


Situated in North Mayfair, The New Craftsmen shop opens on the 7th June 2014 to showcase the craft skills, processes and traditions of 75 British Makers. The brand will inhabit the ground floor of a striking arts and crafts period building at 34 North Row, originally designed and built in the 19th century as a workshop for a firm of leather-breeches-makers.


Set in 2000 square ft space – just a stone’s throw from Selfridges, the shop will play host to an exciting range of work from British makers across the country, as well as a special commissioning area dedicated to welcoming clients to their bespoke service. The collection will continue to be a mix of pieces that celebrate the heritage of British craftsmanship alongside emerging talents keen to bring a fresh eye to craft. This will certainly be a unique place to shop, but equally it will be a place to create – an environment where clients can develop and commission bespoke work; pieces that can become future heirlooms and treasures.

New York Design Week 2014: Painted Plain rugs by Avo



The Painted Plains collection by New York based design studio Avo combine cowhides with bold geometric pattern. Founder Brit Kleinman reflects upon her travels and daily adventures to provide inspiration for the range.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 continued: Æsh & Tweed by Georg Œhler


Æsh & Tweed coffee table, armchair and footstool.

Austrian designer Georg Œhler presented the Æsh & Tweed collection at Clerkenwell Design Week, a three-piece set of furniture combining ash wood and Scottish tweed fabric. Œhler produces the handcrafted collection in a small town remotely located in the heart of the Austrian Alps, it consists of an armchair and footstool accompanied by a coffee table. 

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