So, people seem to be throwing this term Hygge around willy nilly at the moment. It’s one of those words that we reckon is a bit of a fancy fad, but we do love the images it conjures up. Hygge (pronounced “hue-gah”) is a Danish word with no literal English translation that roughly encompasses a cosy feeling or atmosphere and the pleasure in making ordinary, every day actions feel special and meaningful.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Media 10’s Design Shanghai 2016 (09-12 March 2016) will be returning to the stunning Shanghai Exhibition Centre and will see top names such as Cassina, Vitra, Moroso, Magis, HAY, Seletti, Villeroy & Boch, Miele, Bang & Olufsen, Serip.
Swarovski will bring a bespoke version of Zotem, a dynamic installation designed by Kim Thorne and originally exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum during the London Design Festival 2015.
Design Shanghai is simultaneously a celebration and a reflection of the thriving creative industries market that has been emerging in China in recent years. The pace and scale of China’s economic transformation has in fact provided the perfect environment for the rapid growth of the country’s creative sectors, allowing enterprise, creativity and innovation to flourish.
Recent figures show that the number of interior designers in Mainland China has increased to 600,000, while the number of creative studios, including architecture practices, interior design companies and property development firms, has risen to 200,000. The total number of practitioners stands at over 10 million.
The Classic Design Hall will feature an outstanding selection of products by leading names, including those returning to Design Shanghai following last year’s successful edition. Brands that have reconfirmed their participation include Cole & Son – presented by Wallvision – Parker & Farr, John Myland, PY Design and Miele China. In addition Nur Collection by MOHEBBAN will feature.
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2015 was definitely the year for stunning wallpaper with Cole & Son, All the Fruits, House of Hackney and more getting in on the action. Wallpaper rolls were adorned with mis-matched patterns as well as different colours. Below we have picked a few fabrics and wallpapers that have caught our eye, going into the next season. Both brands have been inspired by places in their designs- geographical creativity!
This subtle patterned wallpaper by Dutch fashion house Oilily is inspired by four Dutch places. Four typical villages inspired Oilily’s product designers Roland and Johanneke. Each of these locations had its own characteristic shapes and colour schemes, which in turn created lovely contrasts in the wallpaper designs.
Oilily have also made a range for young adults that would sit happily in any teenagers- or grown ups- room. The two luxury wallpaper collections were created with hand painted, drawn or sketched prints. This means striped patterns are not composed of meticulously straight lines and polka dots are not perfectly round, creating a traditional and completely one off feel.
Art of the Loom’s new Spring collection is inspired by India. A collection of contrasts, it sees the vibrancy and the frenetic energy of the country, hinting at influence from embroidered saris, flowers for the temple, painted trucks and decorated camels. Art of the Loom’s designs are brought to life in rich, vivid tones and stunning textures, perfect for the Spring/Summer season.
The fabric, although inspired by a country renowned for it’s vibrant colours, could easily be introduced into a neutral colour scheme. We can see the above Agate on long drop curtains. And we want.
We’ve just found out about Tipi – the modular shelving unit by Assaf Israel and we are a little bit in love. Inspired by elements of nomadism: the ease with which one can transfer, assemble, change, disassemble and rebuild it – the shelving unit can be popped up and down with ease.
The cone-shaped structure allows an easy setting of the shelves, with no need of fixation – the diameter of each hole in each shelf was precisely measured so as to stand in the exact and desired height. The upper part of the poles are fixed with screws, allowing an easier positioning of the shelves. The system include 1 Tipi system Includes: 3 shelves, 1 hanger, 1 drawers and 2 hand-made African baskets made of Veta-Vera grass.
It can be used for a desk too- meaning it’s multifunctional as well as stunning- just what we like! For more information about the Tipi, click here.
by Lassen is a Danish design company. They work with various designers, including two of Denmark’s greatest architects: Mogens Lassen and Flemming Lassen. The Lassen brothers were extremely talented and were honoured with many awards and grants for their unique designs and iconic architecture. by Lassen’s mission is to continue the tradition of good design. For A/W2015 they launch 2 new products at Maison & Objet in Paris- Kubus collection in brass + Matchbox Cover & Matchbox.
Matchbox Cover is a tribute to cosiness, aesthetics and small everyday details. It is available in three simple versions: powder-coated black, powder-coated white and brass-plated.
Kubus with its distinctive square shape is an international design icon cherished by connoisseurs the world over. Mogens Lassen was a consummate perfectionist and he explored life through ideal proportions, of which Kubus is an outstanding example. Brass is a classic, exclusive material that will eventually develop a rich, natural patina and only achieve even more character with time. The brass-plated Kubus and Kubus Bowl are timeless and compliment the rest of the collection, which currently consists of copper, black and white lacquered steel and a hand-polished nickel-plated version
Styling Inspiration: Mind the Gap
This week’s styling inspiration comes from Swedish brand Örsjö who cut arches and rectangles from the backdrops, offering a refreshing change from solid blocks of colour.
Perfectly positioned pendant lights. Continue Reading…
Styling Inspiration: Dropped
Synthesis table from Presek Design studio design exhibiting at Design Shanghai.
Styling Inspiration: Natural versus manufactured
Brabantia has designed a collection of knives to match the natural tones of fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Retail Styling: Despoke loves the photographic compositions from Urban Outfitters, spotted in Cardiff. As per usual, the brand impresses with its original slant on styling and playful tone.