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‘Forest’ exhibition celebrates Robin Day’s Centenary

A ‘forest’ of timber columns designed by Turner Prize nominees Assemble will mark the centenary of the birth of Robin Day as part of the London Design Festival at the V&A.

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Robin Day ‘Works in Wood’ celebrates one of the most significant British furniture designers of the 20th century, displaying some of his most famous furniture designs alongside handmade objects and drawings which have never before been exhibited, and writings that reveal his deep attachment to nature.

The exhibition, curated by Jane Withers, will be on display outside the V&A’s Britain 1500-1900 Galleries from 19th September. The project has been sponsored by John Lewis (Robin Day and his textile designer wife Lucienne Day worked as Design Consultants to the company from 1962 – 1987) and contemporary furniture manufacturer Benchmark.

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“As a designer, I greatly enjoy working in timber. Unlike synthetic materials, it has unpredictability, an infinite variety of texture and pattern, smells good when worked and is sympathetic to the touch – it has soul!”
Robin Day, 2001

Part of a series of events to mark Day’s centenary during London Design Festival, Robin Day ‘Works in Wood’ will form the focus of Day in London – a trail across the Capital linking exhibition venues and key locations for London’s Robin Day heritage.

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Reflecting on the forest as Day’s fundamental site of creative exploration, Assemble’s concept will look at Robin Day’s early life amongst the woodlands and furniture industry of High Wycombe where materials, processes and products were linked with the rhythm of everyday life. From the greenwood bow of Day’s childhood, to his explorations in moulded plywood, the installation will be a conduit for exploring Robin’s relationship with wood, creating a tactile and materially rich exhibition which en­compasses the evolution of the timber process and it’s different experien­tial and structural possibilities.

Jane Withers said: “Wood played a huge part in Day’s life, both as a designer and in his home life, but it is an aspect of his work that few people know much about. Exploring this strand through the archives and Day’s private woodwork not only highlights how he turned wood into an expressive modern material but also his profound attachment to nature as a source of inspiration as well as raw material, an approach that feels immensely relevant today and is brought to life in Assemble’s installation.”

App One design by Andrea Giovannetti

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App One Design arose from the desire to give an apparently ordinary object, the chance to create new shapes and dimensions. Using marble as a means to create lego-like shapes means the designer can interlock the pieces.

app one design, 100% design

LEGO MARBLE is being brought to 100% Design this September in a number of furniture formats.

app one design, 100% design

The pieces of marble can interlock together to create completely new shapes and pieces of furniture.

See App One Design at 100% Design this September. Register here for free:

LSA launch CITY range

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LSA introduce the CITY range, a collection of mouth-blown glassware and accessories- make your own bar out of the many different shapes and sizes.

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To get you in the mood, here’s a mid-week pick you up video from our friends at BlackLeaf Events- click on the image and enjoy!

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Maggie’s Culture Crawl

Get ready for Maggie’s Culture Crawl on Friday 18 September.


Held in partnership with Open House London, Maggie’s Culture Crawl London is a much anticipated event on the architectural calendar and regularly draws participants from across London’s architectural firms with teams already registered for this years event from Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, CZWG Architects, Form_Art Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards. Martha Gale, Associate from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners comments: “Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are delighted to be taking part in the Maggie’s Culture Crawl again this year. It is an enjoyable and uplifting event combining food, culture and a bit of light exercise, with access to some fantastic buildings along the way, and all for a very worthy cause!”


Registration for the flagship Maggie’s Culture Crawl London costs £40 and there is a £200 fundraising commitment. Maggie’s encourages everyone to raise as much money as they can through the event to ensure the charity can continue to offer practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.


For further information and to register please visit
Join in the conversation and share updates on your fundraising by tweeting @MaggiesCC with the hashtag #CultureCrawl

Styling Inspiration


Styling Inspiration: Dropped

Synthesis table from Presek Design studio design exhibiting at Design Shanghai.


Editor’s Pick: The new La Cornue Château 150 Carbon Edition


Above: La Cornue Château 150 Carbon Edition

Kitchen brand La Cornue has released a matt black version of the classic Château 150 oven. Designed in 2014 as a one-off piece to mark its 50th Anniversary, the finish proved so popular that it is now available to purchase. If money is no object, and you are looking for one of the finest ranges, which marries superior performance with understated glamour, look no further.

La Cornue


Quayside Light collection by Assembly Room


Assembly Room’s new Quayside Light collection, recently launched at Clerkenwell Design Week, is inspired by the simplicity and functionality of industrial pendant lights.
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Open Studios – Architects across the city welcome visitors during London Festival of Architecture

Belsize Village Architects

Above: Belsize Village Architects

Over 50 RIBA Chartered Practices are taking part in London’s Open Studios across London this month as a key part of London Festival of Architecture. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to go behind the scenes of some of the UK’S most prominent architecture practices.

Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCB)_LFA 2014 IMG_1075

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Event: Join Skandium to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tapio Wirkkala


Join Skandium to celebrate the 100th year anniversary Tapio Wirkkala — a leading figure of modern Finnish industrial art with live music and cocktails on the 4th June at The Republic of Fritz Hansen. Continue Reading…

Event: Eley Kishimoto in Conversation at Heal’s


To celebrate the launch of Eley Kishimoto’s optical wallpapers at Heal’s Dean of the UAL’s School of Design Lawrence Zeegen will be quizzing the Brixton based designers on their illustrious fashion career, expanding repertoire of interiors, and trying to discover the inspiration behind their eclectic prints and patterns along the way. Just like an Eley Kishimoto design, this exclusive event is sure to reveal a fascinating story.

Location: Heal’s, Tottenham Court Road

Date: Wednesday 3rd June

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Cost for general Admission: £10 *

Cost for Student Ticket: £5*


Heal’sEley Kishimoto


Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 Gallery: Part 3


Above: Gruppe‘s installation ‘Vita Contemplativa’ marked the gateways, edges and centre of Clerkenwell to rethink its position as a little city within London.  Continue Reading…

‘American architects meet Italian design’ by INTERNI magazine and Salone del Mobile during ICFF week

Roberto Snaidero, Richard Meier, Massimiliano Messina, Flou; Dante Benini

Above: Roberto Snaidero, Richard Meier, Massimiliano Messina, Dante Benini @ Flou

On Monday 18 May New York saw the second instalment of the talk series ‘American architects meet Italian design organised by INTERNI magazine and Salone del Mobile during ICFF week. The day was fully packed with a stellar line up featuring James Biber, Andrea Lamberti/Raphael Vinoly Architects, Richard Meier and Dante Benini, and Coren Sharples/SHoP – a real tour de force of design and architecture. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration: Zeitraum at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015


Despoke loves the Apu table from Zeitram, a wooden side table with a ceramic tray top. Use it as an alternative way to style plants around the home. Take inspiration from this image taken at Clerkenwell Design Week by grouping the same plant for added impact.

Zeitram / Clerkenwell Design Week


Clerkenwell Design Week: Part 2 – Floral Trend


Above: Partition by Tacchini

Floral trend emerging: Dutch style /  Garlands / Fauna / Tightly drawn Continue Reading…

Clerkenwell Design Week: 5 minutes only with GamFratesi

GUBI GamFratesi portrait

Experimental design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi founders of GamFratesi Design Studio draw inspiration from classic Danish furniture, time honoured traditional crafts alongside the Italian intellectual and conceptual approach. The duo continuously travels between Italy and Denmark to develop new projects. This week we caught up with them at Icon’s House of Culture during Clerkenwell Design Week.


Where are you staying in London?

Enrico: At the Fox and Anchor in Clerkenwell, which feels very British with a great full English breakfast.


Above: Fox and Anchor

Do you visit in London often? If so, do you have a favourite place to visit?

Enrico: We do visit London more and more for work, many things are happening at the moment. We don’t have one specific place that we like to visit, we prefer to walk around and feel the spirit of the city.


How important is it for you to be showing at Clerkenwell Design Week?

Enrico: It is important – it’s a very intimate and interesting design week. We have seen many people participating and a good number of exciting events happening so it is great to be here with GUBI, and the surroundings in the ICON House of Culture are a fantastic backdrop. Continue Reading…

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