Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 continued: Okay Studio collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council



Above: ‘Apex Tables’ by Hunting and Narud

Five teams from design collective Okay Studio caused a stir at Clerkenwell Design Week with their eclectic mix of designs coined ‘Five’ for the American Hardwood Export Council, who have set a precedent with their festival collaborations. Hunting and Narud, Mathias Hahn, Ed SwanLiliana Ovalle, Andrew Haythornwaite and Peter Marigold presented their innovative homewares crafted from five American Hardwood species at the Scin Gallery.

David Venables, Director of AHEC explained “One key aspect of this project for us is promoting and demonstrating the performance of the material. Out of a single set of materials, have come five very different designs and the teams at Okay Studio have risen to that challenge extremely well and I think we have all learnt more about the versatility of the materials as a result.”

Hunting and Narud worked with the complete range of species – American ash, cherry, hard maple, red oak and tulipwood, on their ‘Apex Tables’ – a series of side tables. Black and blue colour stain match the seat on some of range, whilst others are left natural. Glass reveals the quality of the wood on the hardwood cones and is clear as well as smoked.

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Diary: RIBA Hampshire’s Live Work Play at SieMatic


Above: SieMatic Individual Design kitchen living concept with S2, SE5005 and SE4004 cabinetry

RIBA Hampshire’s Live Work Play takes place from 13th June – 6th July 2014 at Winchester’s Discovery Centre. SieMatic showroom, The Myers Touch, will be helping to kick start proceedings with a launch event held on Friday 13th June for relevant industry professionals from 7.15pm at Winchester’s Discovery Centre. It is being sponsored by The Myers Touch, Sub-Zero & Wolf and Creative Catering. Guests will have the chance to find out all about SieMatic kitchens and the services of the showroom’s team, plus they can see a number of Sub-Zero & Wolf’s latest appliances.

Keith Myers, the Managing Director of the SieMatic showroom The Myers Touch will also be holding a lecture during the Live Work Play event on Tuesday 17th June at 6:30pm.  He will discuss designing kitchens and how to infuse a project with light, space and laughter.  It will help guests understand how to create innovative yet timeless kitchens which are individual to the user and a joy to experience.

Keith Myers says “We’re really excited to be involved with this local event which celebrates the work of local architects and will bring the design community together.”

Tickets to the talk on Tuesday 17th June at 6:30pm by Keith Myers can be reserved for £4.50 from the Eventbrite website here.  For further information about the SieMatic kitchen showroom, The Myers Touch, please call 01962 600700 or visit

Relevant industry professionals can contact Sam Hesp at to request an invite to the launch event at

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News: Matches open Wimbledon flagship store designed by MRA Architecture + Design

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Tom and Ruth Chapman, joint CEOs of MATCHESFASHION.COM, determined after 27 years in Wimbledon Village  the location of their first boutique to merge their further 3 small stores located in the area into one luxury shopping environment combining the digital and physical platforms of the business. With the appointment of MRA Architecture & Interior Design practice they set about designing a modern interior concept for the 320m² flagship store based on the brands ‘edit’ and modernist inspiration offered by Tom – who personally sourced specific mid-century furniture and suggested artists such as Donald Judd for reference to meet his aesthetic needs.  Continue Reading…

Children: Build a city


Are you wondering what to do with the children today? Use this poster designed by Sebastian Schneider as craft inspiration for children. Start a cardboard city, your own unique mini installation in a corner of a room. It is well documented that children enjoy boxes over the contents; this will keep them interested for weeks, hopefully. All you need is a cardboard, masking tape, scissors and colour paper to highlight.


Saturday Job: Clear under the stairs


Top of the to-do list today is to clear a redundant space, under the stairs. If the area is not covered organisation is essential to avoid the cluttered look. Use modular shelving to accommodate one item, as opposed to a multitude, for a more streamlined look, such as shoes, or books. Plan your own custom shelves to fit with the Cubit System, available in a variety of colors.

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Clerkenwell Design Week continued: Chestnut and Ash by Sebastian Cox for Benchmark

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British designer Sebastian Cox presented his coppice collection, entitled Chestnut and Ash, for Benchmark. at Clerkenwell Design Week. Produced using coppicing and cleaving combined with CNC machining, the range sits where tradition meets modernity.


Above: The Chestnut & Ash collection is comprised of the Lath chair, coffee table and bench, and the Shake cabinet and sideboard.

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Clerkenwell Design Week continued: Christopher Jenner designs bathroom furniture for Drummonds

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Following the successful creation of two London showrooms for bathroom specialists Drummonds, Christopher Jenner has designed a collaborative collection of free-standing bathroom furniture for the brand embodying their artisanal style. Continue Reading…

Diary Date: New Designers 2014


Above: Falmouth Owl by Isatu Hyde, One Year On

One of the highlights of the design calendar is New Designers, the leading graduate design show in the UK. This year over 3,000 of the most innovative graduate’s designers from the Britain’s leading universities come together to exhibit in London at the Business Design Centre. Continue Reading…

Acrylicize design memorabilia wall for new Coca-Cola HQ

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Award-winning art studio Acrylicize installed their latest large-scale project for Coca-Cola’s new UK headquarters. Working with MoreySmith they added key art elements to the building depicting the brand throughout its history. Continue Reading…

Royal College of Art Show Fashion – 2014

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Graduates:  RCA Fashion 2014 catwalk show, featuring Menswear and Womenswear graduate collections.

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Hair Salon: Le Coiffeur by Margaux Keller + Bertrand Guillon


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In addition to bouillabasse and aioli, the seaside city of Marseille is now home to a new gem – a cleverly designed hair salon called Le Coiffeur. Conceived for local stylist and salon owner Pascal Lancien by Fabrica alumnus Margaux Keller, a Marseille native herself, the elegant space puts an inviting new spin on the conventional format of a hairdressing studio. Continue Reading…

Patterned bathroom suite by Dana Finnigan


Above: Monoclinic bathroom suite

It is possible to apply print to almost anything nowadays, unlike in the past. Recently, all eyes were focused on patterned tiles, now step forward the printed bathroom suite.

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Weekend Find: First Rocking Chair by Muller van Severen at Viaduct


The rocking chair, once confined to the nursery, is making a comeback, and relocating to other rooms in the house. One design epitomising the modern trend is the ‘First Rocking Chair,’ by Muller van Severen. If you are fan of minimalism their signature, linear style will hit all the right notes. This piece is crafted using powder-coated steel and combined with a natural hide, which will attain a patina darkening over time. The range is available in a selection of colours from Viaduct.

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Editor’s Pick: Invisible Kitchen by i29 interior architects

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When you discover my predilection for traditional detail mixed with modern, it will not come as a surprise to know that the Invisible Kitchen by i29 interior architects ticks all the boxes for me. What with its white room, statement architectural detail, wooden floors and hidden appliances, I am inspired.

The designers aimed to develop a kitchen system that seemed to disappear in space. “The design is reduced to it’s absolute minimum, having a top surface of only a couple of centimeters thickness with all water, cooking and electrical connections included. Large sliding wall panels conceal all kitchen appliances and storage space,” said the architects. Continue Reading…

Saturday Job: Clear the shed


Saturday Job: Clear the shed

Clearing the shed may not be the most pleasant of jobs, but imagine how satisfied you will feel when it is done. Focus on the display of items, by adding impact with the addition of floor to ceiling shelving and matching boxes. Create a working area, or a hideaway, using industrial fittings and a black and white palette.