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The Festival of India at The V&A

The V&A has unveiled When Soak Becomes Spill, a major new installation by leading Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta, as part of the start of the Festival of India.

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The work, created especially for the V&A as part of the India Festival, features a stainless steel bucket standing six metres high and overflowing with hundreds of pots, pans, containers and cooking implements. The vast sculpture is on display on Exhibition Road, outside the Museum.

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The V&A is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Nehru Gallery, which displays some of the most important objects from the V&A’s South Asian art collection produced between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Wall hanging (detail), 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wall hanging (detail), 20th century © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Exhibitions over the next few months include: The Fabric of India will explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India, spanning from the 3rd century to the present day.

Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, Mughal Empire, The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014

Carved emerald bead, probably 18th century, Mughal Empire, The Al Thani Collection, © Servette Overseas Limited 2014

With Bejewelled Treasures, The Al Thani Collection, another exhibition (21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016), explores the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.

 Bin-sitar, wood, gourd and wire strings, possibly Pune, India, 1850-1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Bin-sitar, wood, gourd and wire strings, possibly Pune, India, 1850-1890. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Additionally, the V&A holds a remarkable collection of 19th century Indian musical instruments. These are the subject of a project carried out in partnership with Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust.

To find out more about the Festival of India, click here.

 

Bookcases from Poltrona Frau

We’re pretty mad on books at Despoke. Living in a small London flat however, means our books are in piles around the bed- making perfect small tables for glasses of wine and water. If we did find ourselves with a massive abode suddenly thrust upon us, we’re pretty sure we would want something like Poltrona Frau’s Albero.

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After the huge success of the re-release of the freestanding Albero bookcase, a little-known yet very fascinating and masterful piece created by Gianfranco Frattini in the late 1950s, Poltrona Frau is launching the Albero Limited Edition in olive wood.

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Who can spot the mini armchair? Given the English weather’s preference for rain, this might not be so practical, but when we finally own an olive grove, this will be making an appearance….

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From the same parent company comes the gorgeous Drop bookcase- almost Scandi in its minimalism, but with the Italian fun found in the precarious cube on top. Nendo-designed, he used his native Japan as a colour-way- the grey of the brooks and the pink of the cherry blossom.

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For more information on both styles, head here for Cappellini and here for Poltrona Frau.

 

Get ready for London Design Festival

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LDF kicks off 19-20 September with a weekend dedicated to graphic design.

Design Week will host six keynote talks over two days, including the founders of design consultancy Europa; followed by illustrator Johanna Basford in a Q&A session by Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne; Tom Sharp and Ben Haworth, co-founders and creative directors of The Beautiful Meme; Tony Brook, co-founder of design studio ‘Spin’ with Adrian Shaughnessy, and Craig Oldham. On Sunday, there’s a lunchtime talk with Pentagram partner Harry Pearce, and an afternoon masterclass with award-winning designer Morag Myerscough as part of the Global Design Forum 2015.

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On Monday, investigate the future of luxury across different fields: Materials, Skills, Environment, and Premiumisation, with Swarovski designers of the future studio Swine and Kim Thome?, designer of Zotem. They will talk to Suzanne Trocme? about challenges with creating innovative and memorable designs in crystal.

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On Wednesday, hear a panel discussion on the way digital technologies are transforming mainstream design, both in creation and consumption. Chaired by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor in Chief of ELLE Decoration UK, with Ruth Wassermann, head of design at MADE.COM plus special guests.

Make sure to find out more about the entire LDF schedule here:  www.londondesignfestival.com

Reclaimed Flooring Co in Design & Build

Back once again, The Reclaimed Flooring Company take over an area in the Design and Build section of 100% Design.

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Famed for sourcing flooring and re-usable product from sites and countries across the world , this year they ask visitors to Look Closer. Through the Look Closer campaign they will not only challenge the way you view wood but inspire you to respect and admire this material in an entirely new light. The Reclaimed Flooring Company believes there is no superior product in the market and encourage anyone to stop by and take a Look Closer.

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This year has also seen the arrival of The Reclaimed Flooring Company’s new line Industrial Chic which uses the finest European solid oak boards that have been finely calibrated to display industrial style surface undulation. This high-end line offers natural yet modern tones that combine the texture of softly brushed oak with luxurious finishes, bridging city prestige and provincial charm.

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See them at 100% Design register for free here: https://registration.n200.com/survey/3itdi9drfowz7

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.

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LEGO MARBLE is being brought to 100% Design this September in a number of furniture formats. http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/Exhibitor/App-One-design-by-Andrea-Giovannetti

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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:  https://registration.n200.com/survey/3itdi9drfowz7

Icon September Issue

Looking at all things sinful- from sex toys to greedy development, Icon Magazine’s September issue is now on sale. mirror icon

The issue also looks at Herzog and de Meuron, Vienna and the iconic VW Camper van.

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Subscribe and read now http://iconsubscriptions.com/websep15/

New Veneers at SieMatic

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Above: Natural walnut colour

Leading German kitchen manufacturer, SieMatic, has expanded its portfolio of finishes to include more veneer options to assist with the designing of open plan living and kitchen spaces.

In open plan homes, designers need to find decorative elements which can create a flow between the different areas.  Kitchen cabinets with a beautiful veneer finish can echo the appearance of living room furniture, and so can be used to create a seamless transition between the kitchen and living spaces. SieMatic has now increased its range of veneers to give designers more options for integrating living and kitchen areas.

Available in a variety of finishes including a stone beech, four walnut and six oak and two pine finishes.

www.siematic.co.uk

New: Woven Fabrics from Eleanor Pritchard

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Above: Quince and Peppercorn.

This week Eleanor Pritchard launches new patterns for blankets and cushions woven in lighter weight lambswool yarn. Pritchard’s major influence is mid-century style. If you are a fan of this era in design, the fabric will not fail to appeal. Pared down geometric patterns in subtle colours are woven into the modern family heirlooms using traditional British mills. Her products are perfect for the contemporary interior and unsurprisingly she is stocked at leading home stores worldwide. Continue Reading…

Detail: Sheepskin

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A piece of sheepskin is a welcoming sight around a winter table. Warmer and more durable than a throw it is the ideal element for creating a luxuriously modern setting. Simply add a large cluster of candles, white Christmas lights and winter foliage for a subtle festive look. Continue Reading…

Bespoke wallpaper ‘Another Colour’ by Tracy Kendall

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Above: ‘Another Colour’ by Tracy Kendall

Consistency is the key component of a ‘great’ designer and Tracy Kendall’s back catalogue evidences this in abundance. Continue Reading…

Styling: Mixed up

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Note: Colour stained floor / Memphis style / Copper / Marble / Piping / Beige /  Brights

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We noticed: Lindsey Lang Design

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We noticed: the new flooring launch from Lindsey Lang Design, her graphic patterns that usually adorn textiles transfer easily onto the tile creating a clean modern option for a home, interior or business setting. Continue Reading…

Berlin Home by Volker Wiese

 

Architect and builder Volker Wiese emulated the Bauhaus style when created his dream residence in Berlin. Wiese settled on a site for his new project in the fashionable but urban area of Berlin-Grunewald where he demolished a run-down post war building. Continue Reading…

5 minutes with Lubna Chowdhary

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‘Five Minutes Only’ is the first in a series of quick fire rounds with influencers and leaders of disciplines in art and design. Today we welcome the ceramicist Lubna Chowdhary who creates tile-based artworks for interior and exterior spaces. Continue Reading…

3 Hours left at 100% Design

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Above: Worldscape by Atmos

100% Design closes today at 6pm so make sure to get over to Earl’s Court to see thousands of products from the likes of Magis, Vitra, Buster + Punch, Very Good & Proper, Lorna Syson, Espasso, Wagner alongside some of the best new International brands and the greatest Emerging Designs.

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