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Mini Moderns

We love Mini Moderns regardless, but here’s some extra tantalising news if you are a fan.  As part of the Camberwell Arts Festival 2016, Mini Moderns are opening their doors as part of the Open Studios event.

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Northern Design Event follow up

Now becoming a must-visit on the design event scene, Northern Design Event took place last week. With some of the UK’s biggest designers, who all consider themselves from ooop North, including names like Deadgood, David Irwin, Psalt Design and more, here is some coverage.

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Photo by Michelle Tennick

Assemble created a site-specific installation in the historic Assembly House. The 2015 Turner Prize winners displayed a new range of products alongside moulds and materials, tests and tools illustrating their experimental, smoke-fired and BBQ-ed ceramics.

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Photo by Michelle Tennick

Take a Seat was a retrospective of seating designed by award-winning Newcastle-based industrial designer David Irwin, including his iconic Tyneside Lounger for Deadgood and his Hardy Chair for Another Country-plus prototypes shown in the UK for the first time.

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Photo by Michelle Tennick

Hollywood Hates Me showcased rejected poster artwork for some of world’s favourite movies by the man behind the designs for The Revenant and True Detective.

To see a full round up of the events and designers, head to the website and get ready for next year!

Opening day highlights at 100% Design

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The 22nd edition of 100% Design has opened with a bang and Olympia is rocking as trade professionals and press flood through the doors. Award-winning architect Asif Khan opened the show alongside Director of the Design Museum Deyan Sudjic and Show Director Will Knight, standing atop the vibrant Design Path sponsored by Hakwood.

After the press tour, we were treated to an engaging and insightful talk by Asif Khan, speaking at the Auditorium sponsored by LG Display and designed by Miska Miller Lovegrove. Khan spoke with the British Council’s Sarah Mann about some highlights from his career so far, upcoming work for the new Design Museum and his commission for the Museum for London with Stanton Williams. Collaboration was the buzz word and the interesting tensions and sometimes surprising results which come about when working in partnership with another creative individual.

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The Talks with 100% Design programme continued upstairs in the Forum sponsored by RIBA Appointments, which kicked off with a talk on brand-building and is hosting talks with more of a focus on professional development.

Another feature drawing in the visitors is the new OLED Light artwork created by Ron Arad with LG Display. His brand new work, Envelopes, can be seen on their stand alongside examples of this innovative lighting possessing very unique qualities. Ron Arad is speaking tomorrow at 1:45pm in the Auditorium where you can be sure to gain a deeper insight into the creation and thought process behind this exciting new collaboration.

100% Design runs 21-24 September and there’s still time to register in advance here.

Written by guest editor Bethany Marett on-site at 100% Design.

Arper’s Bloggers Lounge

100% Design is open and LDF is in full swing.  The show has worked with stunning Italian furniture brand Arper to curate the Arper’s blogging lounge for exhausted freelancers who never have a base from which to write from! #ArperBloggersLounge, #Arper, #100design, #LDF16

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Asif Khan opens 10% Design

We are big fans of Asif Khan- we’ve had our eye on him for years but his work at the 2012 London Olympics with then partner Pernilla Ohrstedt made his name a little bit more commonplace. Now his name is associated with the Museum of London and the new Guggenheim in Helsinki…..well there’s no stopping him.

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100% Workplace

With more and more people working from home as well as companies investing in their workspace to allow their workforce to enjoy coming into the offie, we take a look at some of the best workplace exhibitors at this years 100% Design.

Haworth Openest feather

We really like the Openest6 range by Studio Urquiola for Haworth. The range comprises of a curved sofa, stool and table set. All with a distinctive flowing shape and a neutral palette.

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Mark Product have always been a firm favourite of ours with their stackable, brightly coloured stools and 3 legged chairs. The wide range of standard options coupled with the company’s willingness to work on bespoke solutions has made them a popular choice amongst architects and designers.

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We are big fans of the Sagal Groups gorgeous and simple furniture range- we would have this in our house let alone our office.  The cylindrical base that has been copied across the Pod range is a particular design favourite with us and marks the range out as a one that will become iconic.

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The Dove and Renown range from Triumph is simple and timeless- with an obvious Scandi influence that we really like.

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A collaboration between Coalesse and Michael Young, the LessThanFive Chair supports a variety of users while weighing less than 5 pounds, thanks to its carbon fibre design.

To register for free to 100% Design, click here.

 

Ikea opens Dining Club

So we all know about the different supper clubs that go on across London and the UK; each one trying to out smart the next one- weirder places, hard to find, month long waiting lists….you know the score.

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Lasvit at Luxury Made

Later this month, Czech brand LASVIT will be exhibiting glassware collections at Luxury Made, central London’s new contemporary decorative interiors show with pieces from collections by the Campana Brothers, Jan Kaplicky, Arik Levy, Maxim Velcovsky and Patricia Urquiola.

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Luxury Made with Maddux Creative

Not long until Luxury made at Olmypia’s grand Pillar Hall. We asked the creative designers behind the show a few questions. Get inspired by their answers below as well as some great renders of what the stunning interior space will look like. To read more about the pair, click here.

1. How do you define luxury interiors?
Luxury is a word that is used often today, but with little thought about its actual meaning. We believe what is regarded as luxury is changing. For Maddux Creative, contemporary luxury interiors embody the following principles; original and bespoke solutions, craftsmanship, sustainability and attention to detail.

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2. What do you think is important about London’s contribution to luxury interiors?
London’s position as a global financial capital, and the wealth that this brings, ensures there is a large market for luxury interiors here.
But perhaps London’s greater wealth may lie in its position as a truly “world” city. The diverse mix of residents and transients, a large part of the clientele of the luxury interiors sector, makes for a wide-ranging, exciting and often unexpected combination of aesthetic elements and styles.

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3. What trends are you currently spotting?
There has been a move of late towards “decoration”, which can be seen in an increasing use of colour and unique textures, a proliferation of patterns in all scales (and on all planes), and more frequent application of detailing such as trimming and embroidery. Contradictorily, there is also a trend for pure geometrical forms, clean lines and bold materiality. Our unique historical perspective, with the accessibility of vast quantities of imagery (pinterest, instagram) and information (blogs), means that these trends, and many more, can exist simultaneously! Welcome to the post-trend world!

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4. Maddux Creative have shaped the look and feel behind LuxuryMade. Could you tell us what has inspired the design?
Essentially we approached the project as we would a residential interior. The Pillar Halls is a listed building with no shortage of extraordinary features, so we had to respect them. Both the spaces are distinctly coloured, so to create a harmonious environment, we worked with the colours already existing within the spaces to create a palette that was then distributed across all of the designed elements down to the stands themselves. For our elements, such as the bars, we took clues from the existing architectural features, such as the arches, and repeated them in a stylized form to bring in some sharpness and edge.

Scott Maddux and Jo leGleud are founding partners of internationally renowned Maddux Creative, creators of the design behind LuxuryMade.

100% Kitchens and Bathrooms

Looking to be inspired? Check out the below for the K&B coverage at 100% Design this September.

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With more than 100 design awards, KALDEWEI is one of the most acclaimed bathroom manufacturers in the world. They will be bringing their newest ranges to the show floor to get you excited about sleek bathroom design.

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Antoniolupi is a Tuscan company that has been around for more than 60 years. We love this very swanky sink. not quite sure how it would work on a practical level but still……

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We are always dreaming about massive, new, big kitchens. Mainly kitchens that would never fit into our house. Italian brand Arredo3 are keeping us inspired and a little sad….because the kitchen in the picture is bigger than our whole flat.

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We love anything concrete based and so naturally this sink by Kast has caught our eye. It comes with a variety of coloured taps and add ons but this copper one is best we think!

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German brand Naber have got the tiny, modular kitchen down to a tee and the module “Concept Kitchen”, which has already been awarded design awards. Nice and a bit more our size.

Register here for free.

Latest News from LuxuryMade

Showcasing furniture, fabrics and carpets, lighting and accessories, LuxuryMade is set to be a new focus for exceptional design, quality and inspiration at this September’s LDF. Set across two impressive spaces within one truly remarkable venue, the event will take place in Olympia’s
Pillar Halls, parts of which have been hidden from public view for over 20 years- great news if you are an architecture lover and want to discover new spaces!

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Leo Duval, Plateaux Gallery

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100% Design opens in September

How on earth is it nearly September again (ok it may be July but it’s only 2 months away.) LDF is gearing up all it’s engines and the biggest trade show and heart of the festival, 100% Design is ready for it’s 2016 edition. We look at some of the brands in the Emerging Brands section below.

 

Addicted to patterns

Addicted to patterns

Addicted to Patterns is Bristol based design studio created by Justyna Medon professional Printmaker and surface decoration specialist and Mani Swiatek designer and photographer. The studio specialises in bespoke printed – artisan collections of textiles and wallpapers.

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Fikkisimo

The Fikissimo trademark is a production division of a company that for over 100 years has worked with concrete and other waste building materials, with constant imput by designers, architects and by master craftsmen.

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Se7e

Born and raised in Lisboa, Se7e represents the city 7 hills. They are a multidisciplinary team, based within a research centre exploring new possibilities for furniture and objects. Every Se7e product is produced in their factory in Portugal.

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Kate Cledwyn

Using photography, Cledwyn creates innovative art design for commercial and residential projects. The artwork reinterprets and brings new shapes, patterns and designs to the images photographed. Products include acrylic mounted pictures, rugs, wallpaper, sculptural picture blocks and aluminium printed pictures which give a wonderful reflective quality to the work.

To attend the show, register here.

Acqua-7 opens

Collaborative wine bar and event space Acqua-7 has opened in the ever- fashionable Dalston (has it reached peak trend yet- surely?!)

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Located at number 7 Balls Pond Road, the concept bar will offer food and drink throughout the day and into the evening, a retail area, as well as an integrated creative platform. Collaborating with Italian architecture studio Arkyna Design, founder Cyrus Cookson, has a vision for a new culture of fine drinking in East London, involving good wine, good food and beautiful surroundings- fine by us!

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The bar itself sits within a backdrop of crisp white walls, a bespoke dark sessile oak counter running along the side, mirrored by a floating white retail space, where customers are able to purchase wines, coffee beans and more, to take home with them.

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From breakfast through to lunch Acqua7  serves a modern European inspired menu, including pastries, sandwiches and salads served in edible bowls, and a number of plates that will form Acqua7’s signature dishes. Coffee is served in traditional Moka pots, with the pots industrial design creating an authentic Italian coffee. By night the menu will progress in to charcuterie, salads and cheeses.

Website: www.acqua7.com Instagram: @acqua7dalston

Sinan: The First Starchitect

Sinan: The First Starchitect exhibition has opened in London. The exhibition, exploring 16th century Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan’s mastery of the art of building, from his use of ceramics to his designs of mosque complexes and urban infrastructure, is open to the public until 10 June 2016 at the Building Centre in London.

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Tom Dixon- The Church at CDW2016

The stop off on everyone’s trail at CDW2016 was Tom Dixon’s installation at St James’s Church. The sun was out on Thursday 26th and the way the light fell into the church through the stained glass has been captured perfectly, as usual by Sophie Mutevelian, one of our favourite photographers.

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