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Masters of Invention

Masters of Invention, taking place from  24 March – 29 May at The Lettering Arts Centre, looks at cave painting to modern day street art and the evolution of graffiti, with new work from some of the most influential graffiti artists of the past 40 years, featuring Aroe, Delta, Bando, Mode2, Shok-1, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Part2ism, Zaki Dee.

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Shok-1 X-Fly

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Bloomingville at Top Drawer

Top Drawer is one of our favourite design shows for inspiration for our homes as well as just generally brilliant things to look at. New Spring Summer collection from Danish brand Bloomingville will be at the show from 15th to 17th Jan at Olympia London and we are very excited.

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Collect at the Saatchi

Collect is back for the 13th year in the Saatchi gallery from the 2-6th February.

Yutu Segawa

Yutu Segawa

During a run of five days, the Crafts Council presents a fantastic opportunity to see and buy contemporary museum-quality ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metal and textiles from established and emerging artists and makers represented by over 30 of the world’s finest galleries. We are big fans of Yutu Segawawho we first saw at Design Junction and whose miniature ceramics are the most memorable and perfect pieces. We hope he will make an appearance with FLOW gallery.  Continue Reading…

Top Drawer returns

Top Drawer is back this January with more more exclusive brands than ever at its Spring/Summer 17 (S/S17) edition. make sure to head down and see where the leading stylists get their inspiration.

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50 x 50 II at the Saatchi

From the 5th January to the 9th February, the Saatchi Gallery will host 50 x 50 II; an exhibition presenting 50 new works of art by 50 emerging artists. All the works are prints measuring 50 x 70cm and each print is priced at only £95 to maximise the opportunity for people to buy exciting new contemporary art. We. Want. In.

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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.

Mark product

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.

sagal group

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.

triumph

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.

antonilupi

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……

arredo

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.

kast concrtete

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!

naber

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.

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