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Flock goes the Furniture

We have been mad fans of Flock for a good few years now after we first spotted them in Walthamstow in a local market.

Northmore Major Pattern

Northmore Major Pattern

The brand was established in 2013, driven by the desire to discover and nurture the best of new British design. Lead by creative director Jenny Wingfield, Flock works with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles for interiors.

Toddstool

Toddstool

They have also gone into furniture with a beautiful range of chairs, stools and now tables with Metier for Flock.

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They swapped textiles for timber to see how the Flock patterns could transform a table and the results are brilliant.  Each table is unique and is digitally printed using advance UV ink technology onto renewably sourced birch ply- through the print the intricacies and texture of the wood grain is captured. Beautifully powder coated steel hairpin legs give a dense and highly polished finish. Now over to you to get adventurous and create your bespoke piece…….

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German lighting designer and manufacturer Ingo Maurer has announced the launch of the limited edition of Spyre; a unique luminaire designed by prolific industrial designer and artist Ron Arad.

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Summer Screen Prints

Each year, Print Club London invites talented artists and illustrators to create alternative, screen-printed posters for the films shown at Film4 Summer Screen. The film showings take place at the stunning Somerset House under a hopefully summer-star-filled sky (probably a bit of rain let’s be honest.)

Bram Stoker's Dracula Cassandra Yap

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Cassandra Yap

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Bisley Makes a Wish

Bisley unveiled their unique collaboration with Acrylicize at CDW yesterday to produce a truly stunning piece of Public Art that presents Bisley in a totally unexpected form.

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They want to hear your wishes as you stand by this refreshing an truly brilliant fountain. What do you wish for @CDW2016…… get creative! Wishes could include:

·      I wish…manufacturers continue to address their impact on the environment.

·      I wish…Brompton bikes, scooters for adults and those single wheel Segways had never been invented.

·      I wish…more of London’s great old buildings would be protected against developers.

·      I wish…there was more focus on affordable, well constructed housing and less on luxury apartments in London.

 

You get the drill!

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To head to the fountain in St John’s Square just register for CDW free here.

Clerkenwell Design Week opens for 2016

CDW2016 opened today which still gives you tomorrow and Thursday to head down- beautiful! Make sure you get round the hundreds of brands that will be there, but keep an eye out too for CDW Presents– some great street installations and more.

Giles Miller

 

A CDW stalwart, Giles Miller will be there with his billboards.  Working with the concept of ‘wayfinding’, Giles Miller Studio has produced a series of large scale abstract signage sculptures. Square glass tiles have been composed to create a centralised ‘swoosh’, featured in each sculpture, designed to subtly evoke the movement of visitors to the next festival destination. The functional sculptures have been produced in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile, who are celebrating the launch of their new London Hub in Clerkenwell during the festival.

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

A unique space at the heart of Clerkenwell, Brewhouse Yard is temporarily transformed for CDW into a gateway to the area’s showrooms, sponsored by Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. Two site-specific installations – designed by leading architecture practices Studio Egret West and BDP – take on the subterranean surface and elevated levels of this key public space. At the apex of Brewhouse Yard, an information point and pop-up coffee shop in association with OnOffice magazine are accompanied by temporary public seating provided by Marshalls.

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Designed and built by GSCE students, the Future of Design pavilion is CDW’s first education and community project. The project aimed to inspire more young people to take up careers in the creative industries and was developed through a series of workshops run by Scale Rule, a local collective of architects and engineers, and supported by Clerkenwell’s AKTII and Grimshaw. The project was realised through the donation of material from Hanson Plywood Ltd. and the help of Library of Things.

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In collaboration with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood, FleaFollyArchitects have designed and created ‘HakFolly’, a 4.5m high temple of timber located within the historic St John’s Gate. Inspired by a visit to Hakwood’s factory in the Netherlands, HakFolly is a stacked timber structure that aims to create a fleeting moment of calm, in reference to Clerkenwell’s monastic past.

 

Museum of making

The Museum of Making is designed by White Arkitekter with engineering from Price & Myers. Built of EQUITONE materials, with flooring supplied by Esthec Terrace the museum is a deconstructed barn and will function as a live social space dedicated to the art of making. Archival exhibits from the Museum of London will be displayed alongside the work of contemporary makers practising in Clerkenwell today. The museum will host daily participatory workshops by The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Craft Central and Thomas.Matthews.

Register for free to see these delights here.

Art 16 Returns

Now in its 4th year, Art16 returns to Olympia London from 20 – 22 May 2016. Since its inaugural edition in 2013, Art16 has become a highlight of London’s cultural calendar and kicks off the summer season with an edit of international artists and galleries from more than 30 countries from around the globe. Here are a few of our faves pieces and/or exhibitors.

HUANG Pei-Hang

HUANG Pei-Hang from Aki Gallery

Huang looks at the modern day media we are fed and asks if we are really affected y other stories and events happening on the other side of the globe. Huang will be exhibiting via the Aki Gallery in Taiwan.

Series 1826- Mandy Barker, Artitled

Series 1826- Mandy Barker, Artitled

Mandy Barker takes images of all the detritus that is washed up onto the beaches of Hong Kong. This particular image of lighters took over 3 years to photograph and layer. Barker will be at Art 16 with the Artitled gallery from the Netherlands.

Blue and White Vase Bobbie Russon

Blue and White Vase Bobbie Russon

British gallery Bo.Lee will be at the fair with a range of artists including Bobbie Russon with her unsettling oils on canvas, depicting her sense of a lost childhood.

My Model, 2013, Wei Dong

My Model, 2013, Wei Dong

USA gallery Klein Sun, represent artists from the Far East, including Wei Dong- a figurative painter whose canvasses reveal influences pertaining to the Cultural Revolution and his time spent living abroad in the U.S. 

Eileen Cooper-Love Potion

Eileen Cooper-Love Potion

UK based Rook and Raven represent Eileen Cooper, the first female Keeper of the Royal Academy, since it was established in 1768. Sometimes described as a magic realist, Cooper brings an unapologetically female perspective to her subject matter, which encompasses sexuality, motherhood, life and death.

For more information on ART 16 and to buy tickets, click here.

Milan 2016- some top picks

We didn’t make it to Milan this year- boooo! But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t follow the blogs and the social media obsessively to pick out some of our favourite bits. Here are a few below.

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Arper pieces are always going to look fabulous, no matter what they show- their furniture is so perfectly made in mind for modern living. arper

This year the brand focussed on theessentials for living, with concept by creative directors Lievore Altherr Molina from Barcelona, booth design by 2×4 and styling by Studio B?a?kker from Amsterdam. When you see row after row of standard shell schemes, we really like how they displayed their pieces.

casaCasa International seem to have fun with the piecs they brought to the show. The brand’s second ever collection designed by Mauro Lipparini included new ideas like the above Occasional tables.

foscarini

We are obsessed with the colours and the shapes that appeared on Foscarini’s stand in Spazio Brera. A real nod to the resurgence of the Memphis Group and also triangles- which are bloody everywhere.

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Designer/ architect Ferruccio Laviani played with scale in a Alice in Wonderland-like installation of Foscarini lamps and their giant versions.

 

The Other Art Fair 2016

The Other Art Fair is the UK’s leading artist fair to discover and buy art directly from the very best emerging artistic talent and it’s back in Victoria House this April. Below are some top picks of artists that will be showcasing this April 7-10.

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Affordable Art Fair opens doors

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea opens its doors today in London.

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110 local and international galleries will descend on Battersea Park, showcasing an array of original artwork, all available for between £100 and £5,000. We know we want to head down and see what we can grab. here are some of out fave artists and pictures. Continue Reading…

Moroccan Bazaar

We have found a great new interiors website to buy all of our fancy, original Moroccan goods- furnishings inside and out as well as accessories and fashion.

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Moroccan Bazaar is a UK based store with a space in West London. It has been trading with Morocco and the local artists and artisans for the last 40 years. Lights are at a great prices with some at around £42.

 

moroccan bazaar

These pouffes are handmade and come in a range of gorgeous colours that would look great in a grey or neutral colour scheme. Also very useful to pull out when you have lots of people round. They are also under £100 which is ace!

 

 

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They also have a great selection of original Moroccan fine art, prints and kitchen goods- really bringing to life the spirit of the country and its people.

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To find out more and shop, click here.

 

 

 

Alan Kitching A Life in Letterpress

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress, includes over 400 prints, a photo essay by Philip Sayer and a biographical monograph and will be published by Laurence King Publishers on 7th April, with an exhibition of Alan’s prints on show at Somerset House opening on April 21st as part of the Pick Me Up Graphic Design Festival.

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Kitching’s distinctive prints and powerful artwork are instantly recognisable and have been commissioned by The Guardian, Tate Modern, Dazed & Confused Magazine, The National Theatre, British Library, Penguin Books and Royal Mail amongst many others. When design turned digital in the 1980s, Kitching changed direction. He bought a printing press, printed by hand and breathed life into the arcane world of letterpress, and became an inspirational teacher for a new generation. In a digital world, his artwork and design is more relevant and recognisable than ever.

alan kitchingThe first edition of the book will be a collector’s edition, featuring a book jacket that has been hand printed by Alan himself and wrapped around the book as a removable dust jacket/print. Only 200 copies of the Collector’s edition have been made and will only be available from Laurence King’s online shop priced £200. A separate special edition will also be available priced £75.

alan kitchingAlan is Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts London. Alan has conducted his workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

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Design Shanghai- next month

Design Shanghai, Asia’s leading international design event, returns one more,  presenting an impressive selection of installations and features at this year’s show, running from 9th to 12th March 2016 at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Below are some top picks.

beyond object

Beyond Object is a London based design label focusing on desktop objects and home accessories. They believe functional objects can be designed and crafted as art. Nice!

Pingze

Pingze’s bamboo screens are eastern in style and history, yet perfect for a modern Western home. As more and more houses need dividing and separating, these do a gret and subtle job.

Frank Chou

We love this pared back East meets West table and chair design by Frank Chou Design Studio. The angle of the chair and the wood used, mirrors the curves of the table base.

zotem, kim thome

One of this year’s highlights is a new, bespoke version of Zotem, a dynamic installation conceived by London-based Norwegian designer Kim Thomé for Swarovski. Originally created for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the spectacular installation will be customised for exhibition in the new venue.

For more information click here.

 

Art Is Everywhere

Is it possible to discover something wonderful and special without visiting museums, monuments, or other places? Art is Everywhere, How to Really Look at Things asks the reader to take a more careful look at the everyday world.

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Although in part for kids and young creative minds, this book really can and should be read by all. Through ingenious collages and montages, the author looks at our expectations and how we experience art.

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The author SerraGlia is the alias of Lorenzo Servi, an Italian architect and visual designer/artist based in Helsinki, Finland. In 2012, SerraGlia started to focus on how to make contemporary art more accessible to everyone by founding the Imagined Museum of Contemporary Art.

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For more information and to buy, click here.

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