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’5 Minutes Only’ with Je Ahn of Studio Weave

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Studio Weave co-founders Je Ahn and Maria Smith

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Above: ‘Smith’ at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014.

‘Five Minutes Only’ is a series of quick fire rounds with industry influencers and leaders of disciplines in art and design. Today we welcome Je Ahn co-founder Studio Weave - one of London’s hottest young architectural practices.  Continue Reading…

Envelope shoes by Nendo for Tod’s

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One of this month’s new products from Nendo is the ‘Envelope’ men’s shoe, designed for iconic Italian footwear and bag brand Tod’s. Nendo combine two materials on the shoe’s upper – a soft leather for the vamp, and suede for the quarter and backstay – and visually connected the two materials with side detail like an envelope’s string tie. A rubber sole like those traditionally used for deck shoes emphasises Tod’s design lineage, and carefully hidden, near-invisible stitching brings out the softness of the shoes while inside, a highly breathable mesh inner gives lightness and a sense of relaxation. Continue Reading…

Urban Plunge: New Designs For City Swimming

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Above: King’s Cross Pond, Club Ooze (Eva Pfannes & Sylvian Hartenberg) & Marjetica Potrc London, UK, opening autumn 2014.

Launching to coincide with the London Design Festival (13-21 September 2014), Urban Plunge explores both existing schemes and future visions for river swimming in the heart of our cities.

Commissioned by Roca London Gallery, it showcases international design and architectural projects that transform urban rivers into public leisure spaces, giving people an exciting new, water-level perspective on their metropolis. 

Curator Jane Withers, a design consultant and co-founder of Wonderwater, has selected five key projects to illustrate architecture and design’s role in radically changing river usage, challenging our attitude to the urban water environment. Continue Reading…

Trend: Patchwork carpet

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Trend: Patchwork / Irregular  / Ornate / Subtle Stripe

Carpets vs tiles

 

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‘Monumental Pucci’ in Piazza San Giovanni by Pucci

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This week iconic fashion house Pucci unveiled ‘Monumental Pucci,’  a commission by the Centre of Florence for Italian Fashion to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Emilio Pucci’s iconic colour-blocked Battistero print launched in 1957, currently is completely swathing the landmark Baptistery in nearly 2000 sqm of fabric, the first time in its history the building seen with a different façade. Continue Reading…

Diary: The Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Show 2014

Heston Blumenthal’s dream team: Seymourpowell & AfroditiKrassa design ‘The Perfectionists’ Cafe’

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If you are flying from Heathrow Terminal 2 this summer treat yourself to a meal at Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant ‘The Perfectionists’ Café’. Not only are you guaranteed an innovative dish – the design identity and interior are on an equal par. Leading design company Seymourpowell designed the brand identity and AfroditiKrassa the interior.

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Seymourpowell embedded the newly developed brand mark – The Clockwork Knife across brand identity, signage, restaurant stationery and retail items. The addition of a sculpture composed of a chef’s knife with an unexpected clockwork key depicts Heston’s search for culinary perfection. The physical artifact, imagined and directed by Richard Seymour was realised by mechanical sculptor Rob Higgs, it sits above the main signage, acting as a signal for diners. Continue Reading…

Bola Kitchen Line designed by Marcelo Rosenbaum for Ornare

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Looking at the ‘Bola Kitchen Line’ kitchen by Brazilian brand Ornare it is refreshing to see colour blocking on a grand scale, used so confidently. The kitchen, part of the ‘High Line’ collection, appears to reference Lego bricks. This is not the case. Surprisingly, the designer Marcelo Rosenbaum cleverly enlisted by Ornare, drew inspiration for ‘Bola’ (Ball) from his Brazilian grandmother’s kitchen to evoke a retro style. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration: Gandia Blasco

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Styling Inspiration: Gandia Blasco / Out of context / Solid areas of colour / white accents

 

Gandia Blasco: Highlights the products on a bright backdrop, one that is out of context for the product –  adding interest to the shoot. The white frame balances with the pitch lines and cushions are deeper tones of markings.

 

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Frame Lights by Micro Macro

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Above: ‘Frame Lights’ by MICROmacro

Linear ‘Frame lights’ by Italian architects MICROmacro form part of the ‘Geometry Made Easy’ range. These five geometric shaped pendants hang on a black textile cord, highlighted with an exposed bulb. Either style a group or choose one of the following shapes, a triangle, square, rectangle, circle or star. 

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Friday Night Snack: Chicken Salad With Almond Honey & Mustard Dressing

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Ingredients:

 

For the Salad

 

2 teaspoons olive oil

8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts / cut into smaller, thinner pieces

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon chilli powder

2 cups grapes, halved

1 cup fresh blueberries

3 cups curly lettuce, chopped

½ cup feta cheese

½ cup almonds, chopped or crushed

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Par La Roy fashion boutique by Savvy Studio

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Fashion boutique Par La Roy based in Monterrey, Mexico, champions the work emerging designers and artists alongside selected established brands.

Their new store designed by multi-disciplinary studio Savvy Studio is defined by a simple and clear layout for displaying products in an orderly and attractive fashion. The neutral interior is the perfect backdrop to highlight the ever-changing showcase of articles, trends, styles and products.

The formal and structural language of the project is based on two contrasting materials: metal tubing and fabric. The tubes provide a structure and fabric generating a uniform volume atmosphere that invites exploration.

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

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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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