Just over a month to go people and the CDW Presents are getting announced. Always fun and usually educational in some way, the Presents part of the show always brings to life the EC1 streets. For the second year in a row, Hakwood is participating in Clerkenwell Design Week, this time, sponsoring Double Vision, a 4m high structural installation of recursive patterns, nestled within the historic Clerkenwell Close.
Mid-century style just got a stylish makeover in the shape of the new handcrafted Matrix furniture collection from Atkin & Thyme and you can be on trend without bing out of pocket- hurrah!
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.
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.
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!
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.
CDW opens on May 24th and not only is it filled with on street installations and design pop-ups, but the big-boys in the showrooms also have some great stuff going on. Here are some top picks:
This season sees the launch of Fritz Hansen Objects – a new collection from Fritz Hansen’s design universe, where interior design accessories reinforce the brand’s philosophy of superior craftsmanship and Nordic aesthetic.
We got a press release all in French which tested us somewhat- however we were super pleased when we were able to translate- somewhat sloppily! And very pleased with the bags that we saw. La Débraillée is a Parisian brand of leather handbags created by the Italian designer Alice Rosignoli.
We love this pouch that just slips over your wrist- nifty eh? Won’t be searching for your keys for hours in there will you!
We are big fans of ruckscks as we get such bad backs hoisting half the house around with us every day. This is looks gorgeous and isn’t too small. Alice is a product designer and you can actually see that training in the bags’ shapes and cuts.
The collection is not seasonal: it evolves with time with the leather ageing beautifully. We love bum bags too- and this is definitely the most stylish one we have ever seen. Luckily the prices aren’t vomit-inducing either. £170 for a good long lasting bum bag? It’s a bit steep but you can see the quality.
Want to know more? Click here.
By Lassen’s new Rimm vases and flowerpots have given traditional craftsmanship a new lease of life and we love!
The pieces invite nature inside, presenting flowers and plants in a beautiful way with their sharp angles matched with organic forms. They have a graphic starting point but with softer rounded elements, making them a perfect piece of art work and design to have around the house.
With its special glazing giving it a unique texture and glow, the Rimm vase can be a decoration in itself, perfect as a standalone object with or without flowers. Alternatively, place several vases together in varying combinations of colours and shapes to create a little installation!
The Rimm vase is launched in two different sizes to accommodate both short and long-stemmed flowers.
We love and we want.
This September 11, fifteen female artists explore the art of letters at the home of letter carving Artist who carved oak coffin of Richard III to feature in exhibition.
The enduring art of the letter carver will be examined and celebrated by a new exhibition at the UK’s home of the craft this autumn. Cutting a Dash – The Female Line presents a wealth of work by fifteen female letter carvers, whose skills are helping to ensure that an ancient art remains vital in 2015. Among the featured lettering artists is wood carver Anna Louise Parker, who carved the name of King Richard III, his dates and a Plantagenet Rose, into the lid of the oak coffin used for the reburial of his remains in Leicester Cathedral in March this year.
Cutting a Dash will illustrate the sheer scale and physical effort involved in the journey from piece of rock to finished artwork, as artists return time and again to favourite quarries to find the particular stone for the job and then begin their work. Among the materials on display will be carved Welsh slate, Portland and Bath stone, alabaster items, wood carvings, panels, bowls, pots and plinths.
Cutting a Dash – The Female Line at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA Dates: 11 September – 7 November 2015. Admission: Free to all visitors.
New Order II: British Art Today opens this week at the Saatchi Gallery, the second installment in the Gallery’s new programme of exhibitions dedicated to emergent British contemporary art.
The programme of exhibitions continues the Saatchi Gallery’s 25-year-long support of emerging artists and its drive to make contemporary art as widely accessible as possible. Again this year is no exception, as an entire floor has been devoted to exhibiting artists in the early stages of their careers, enabling young artists to have their work displayed in a museum environment.
The 13 artists featured offer a fascinating insight into art being made in the UK today. From sculpture and painting, to installation and video, this selection of artists employ a hybrid of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, which renew existing visual languages.
Abstraction returns in the shape of interior décor in George Little’s paintings, with satirical intent in Dan Rees’ plasticine covered panels, or revived in unconventional and contrasting materials in Dominic Beattie’s pieces. Virgile Ittah’s wax figures droop as they succumb to Virgile Ittah, Regarding The Pain Of The Other, 2013 gravity; Finbar Ward’s paintings are stacked on the floor like minimalist sculptures; and the sensory and sonic are embodied in Hannah Perry’s immersive installation.
Don’t miss your chance to discover some of the most exciting artists working in the UK.
24 January – 23 March 2014
Peggy is the second wallpaper print from Mini Moderns new Hinterland collection due to launch shortly in homage to the humble pegboard. Continue Reading…
Preview: The new S/S ’14 collection and trends from Habitat. Do you have a favourite? Editor’s Pick of the collection will be up on Friday.