Mini Moderns launch ‘Feathers’ wallpaper in collaboration with artist Matt Sewell


Mini Moderns released their third wallpaper design ‘Feathers’ in the ‘Hinterland’ collection at London Design Festival. It marks a repeat collaboration between Mini Moderns and artist Matt Sewell. The design derived from Matt’s feather watercolours, which feature in his book ‘Our Songbirds perfectly evokes the spirit of ‘Hinterland’ collection, which takes inspiration from the nature reserve of Dungeness, on the South Kent coast. Continue Reading…

Shopping: at The Conran Shop


Office Inspiration: Loving the blue colour palette at The Conran Shop broken only with tobacco stained oak.




If you buy one thing: Invest in this navy classic oak framed lacquered desk by interior architect Roberto Lazzeroni exclusive to The Conran Shop -£3,795.

The Conran Shop





Patternity & the Imperial War Museum launch The Fleet of Dazzle


London based studio PATTERNITY has partnered with the Imperial War Museums (IWM) to introduce THE FLEET OF DAZZLE, a collection of monochrome dazzle fashion and homeware products that boldly re-imagines the iconic dazzle camouflage patterns painted to disguise and protect ships during the First World War.

Launched at London Design Festival to coincide with the First World War Centenary commemorations, PATTERNITY highlights the fascinating story of Dazzle camouflage and the underlying principles that made it such an innovative and poignant initiative. Continue Reading…

Styling: Inspiration


Styling Inspiration: 3×3 / Concrete / B&W



60th Anniversary of INTERNI. Place&Culture, Food&Design: Alex Lifschutz in conversation at Boffi.


The last of a series of 6 high-profile talks to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of INTERNI magazine during London Design Festival took place last Friday, at the stunning Boffi London showroom at no. 254 Brompton Road.

Alex Lifschutz, from Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands was the final speaker of the ‘Innovative Landscape Talks’ series, which saw some of the most exciting names on the international scene taking the stage throughout the week (Filippo Innocenti of Zaha Hadid Architects at Artemide; Simon Mitchell of Sybarite at Natuzzi; Yasemin Kologlu from SOM at Moroso; Martino Gamper at Valcucine). The talk stemmed from Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ experience in creating international food destinations, and more broadly, encompassed the multiple cross-fertilisations between food and design, exploring the cultural, historical, and social implications. Continue Reading…

Dorothy collaborates with London Transport Museum on two exclusive Lost Destination prints


Manchester-based design studio, Dorothy, collaborates with London Transport Museum on two exclusive Lost Destination prints. Lost Destination is a popular series of nostalgic prints that depict unique and disused landmarks that were once destinations in their own right, but have since been either immersed in the everyday or demolished.

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London Design Festival highlight: Eley Kishimoto ‘Flash’ print pavement


Eley Kishimoto aka ‘the patron saints of print’ sprayed their iconic ‘Flash’ pattern onto 45 metres square of pavement to mark the opening of Brixton Design Week. Continue Reading…

Shade by Simon Heijdens at the Now Gallery


The NOW Commission invites shortlisted artists, designers and creatives to come up with a stimulating and exceptional installation that will transform and respond to the gallery space. For autumn the focus is on formidable design to coincide with the London Design Festival.

Shade, Simon Heijdens, Now Gallery London 2014 from Studio Simon Heijdens on Vimeo. Continue Reading…

Nominate: Icon Awards


The Icon Awards from Icon Magazine celebrate the best in architecture and design from Britain and across the world. Judged by top names and industry experts, The Icon Awards are one of the most prestigious prizes in the design calendar.


Nominations are now open for the third annual Icon awards and you have until 6 October to nominate a practice or project.

There are eleven categories, covering all aspects of the industry – from high-profile buildings to emerging talents, from interiors to exhibitions – it also has a special focus on socially responsible and ethical projects.

Emerging design studio of the year

Design studio of the year

Emerging architecture practice of the year

Architecture practice of the year

Socially responsible design of the year

Technology of the year

Building of the year

Interior of the year

Product design of the year

Furniture design of the year

Icon Magazine will award the special Icon of the Year award in recognition of a lifetime achievement in architecture or design.

The awards ceremony will be held in St Mary’s Church, Marylebone, London, on Thursday, 4 December, and once again the winners with bespoke trophies – this year created by Swiss-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez.

To enter the annual awards Icon invite you to nominate work that has been completed or realised during the last 12 months and falls into one of the following ten categories

Icon Awards / Anton Alvarez

Thomas Heatherwick completes Laverstoke Mill for Bombay Sapphire.

Award winning designer Thomas Heatherwick, famous for the London Olympic Cauldron has renovated the historic Laverstoke Mill for Bombay Sapphire
heatherwick-bombay-sapphire-distillery “We have had the honour to take this derelict site and restore many of the buildings,” said the designer. “For the studio this is the first time that we have had a chance to build in Britain.”  Continue Reading…

Styling: at 100% Design


Styling: Cubes at Bright Green

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60th Anniversary of INTERNI: Gamper in conversation at Valcucine


Above: Davide Fabio Colaci (left), Gilda Bojardi (centre) and Martino Gamper (top left) at Forza.

The fifth of a series of six high-profile talks to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of INTERNI magazine took place during London Design Festival, in the Valcucine space at the Forza showroom in Great Portland street.

INTERNI Editor Gilda Bojardi introduced the talk: a conversation about the versatility of wood and the ability of designers and craftspeople to challenge traditional practices associated with this material, weaving in the way in which Valcucine work in delivering their range of contemporary wooden kitchens.


Above: Martino Gamper

Internationally acclaimed designer Martino Gamper and curator Davide Fabio Colaci discussed wood and craftsmanship in depth, debating research and contemporary practices in product design with Daniele Prosdocimo of Valcucine showroom, for Innovative Landscape Talk. Continue Reading…

100% Design: Closed until next year


100% Design 2014 show is over, it was a huge success and the four days passed in a flash. If the festival blues are kicking in don’t worry, there will be more posts coming up about the event. 

Philippe Starck started the proceedings warming up the excited design crowd for what will be remembered as a vintage year for the show. The celebratory atmosphere continued throughout the event, especially when the original 100% Design cast including Jaime Anley, Tomoko Azumi, Nick Crosbie, Ella Doran, Luke Pearson, Russell Pinch, Dick Powell, Nina Tolstrup and Gareth Williams reunited at Pecha Kucha hosted by its co-founder Mark Dytham. Each designer presented their work for the 20th edition of 100% Design on the theme of  ’20’.


The event offered many brilliant moments, such as Barber Osgerby in conversation with Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic discussing ‘What’s next?’ and Jaime Hayon talking with Christopher Turner, editor of Icon magazine about his inspiration through a series of images.


Seven architects were selected to pitch their practice to a panel of experts at this year’s 100% Design at the ‘The Architect Pitch.’ Presentations lasted no longer than 3 minutes and taking part were: Patrick Walls, SOUP Architects; Ben Cousins, Cousins & Cousins; Malca Mizrahi, MTMN architects; Tatiana von Preussen, vPPR architects; Fergus Feilden, Feilden Fowles; Karsten Huneck, KHBT, and J-J Lorraine, Morrow + Lorraine. All established in their own right, each designer took the podium to deliver a pitch and all received a critique from the esteemed panel. A couple of brutal comments were delivered to some architects, but all took the remarks in their stride


Above: Piqu

Leading specialists in the Kitchen and Bathroom section played with materials, Piqu focused on marble, texture and technology – inserting the Scanomat coffee maker to the kitchen. It was all about the mix at Bulthaup who combined texture, marble and brass for an eclectic look.


Naber’s white  kitchen offered a clean look with shots of bright storage.


Above: ‘Rogan’ marble washbasin by Frassk

The marble trend continued in the Bathroom section with black and gray Carrara dominating. Fraask stretched the boundaries of stone cutting technology with a towel rail carved from the same block of marble as the basin.


Above: Eley Kishimoto

Graphic patterns stood out from Eley Kishimoto, who featured in the VIP press area and Beatrice Larkin at The Makings.


Above: Beatrice Larkin


Above: ‘Rotary Tray’ by Jasper Morrison at Vitra

Other designs that caught our attention were the ‘Rotary Tray’ by Jasper Morrison at Vitra, Naomi Paul’s ‘Light / Shade collection’ and the monochrome ‘Morphing’ bathroom suite by Zucchetti.Kos.

It is always a disappointment when the show closes, but it will be back next year at its new location in Olympia, and we can’t wait.


100% Design 2014



100% Design: Gallery 2

100% Design: Gallery