Styling: Inspiration


Styling: Uneven / Unruly / Irregular backdrop


Done with coloured boards placed behind a product? This idea feels fresh.





Vases made from pencils by Studio Markunpoika



Finnish furniture designer Tuomas Markunpoika has created “Amalgamated” a limited edition collection of vases, which explore the contrast between a mass produced ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. Continue Reading…

Sale: 15% off at Flock

Draftsman collection / 01. Scale by Nendo


Another release this month, from powerhouse Nendo is a new watch series entitled the ‘Draftsman’ collection / 01. Scale. Nendo referenced the technical instruments draftsmen used to prepare precise plans and drawing.  Continue Reading…

‘5 Minutes Only’ with Je Ahn of Studio Weave


Studio Weave co-founders Je Ahn and Maria Smith


Above: ‘Smith’ at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014.

‘Five Minutes Only’ is a series of quick fire rounds with industry influencers and leaders of disciplines in art and design. Today we welcome Je Ahn co-founder Studio Weave – one of London’s hottest young architectural practices.  Continue Reading…

Envelope shoes by Nendo for Tod’s


One of this month’s new products from Nendo is the ‘Envelope’ men’s shoe, designed for iconic Italian footwear and bag brand Tod’s. Nendo combine two materials on the shoe’s upper – a soft leather for the vamp, and suede for the quarter and backstay – and visually connected the two materials with side detail like an envelope’s string tie. A rubber sole like those traditionally used for deck shoes emphasises Tod’s design lineage, and carefully hidden, near-invisible stitching brings out the softness of the shoes while inside, a highly breathable mesh inner gives lightness and a sense of relaxation. Continue Reading…

Urban Plunge: New Designs For City Swimming


Above: King’s Cross Pond, Club Ooze (Eva Pfannes & Sylvian Hartenberg) & Marjetica Potrc London, UK, opening autumn 2014.

Launching to coincide with the London Design Festival (13-21 September 2014), Urban Plunge explores both existing schemes and future visions for river swimming in the heart of our cities.

Commissioned by Roca London Gallery, it showcases international design and architectural projects that transform urban rivers into public leisure spaces, giving people an exciting new, water-level perspective on their metropolis. 

Curator Jane Withers, a design consultant and co-founder of Wonderwater, has selected five key projects to illustrate architecture and design’s role in radically changing river usage, challenging our attitude to the urban water environment. Continue Reading…

Trend: Patchwork carpet


Trend: Patchwork / Irregular  / Ornate / Subtle Stripe

Carpets vs tiles




Sale: Up to 25% off Another Country


Starting this Saturday 21st June, Another Country launch their Summer sale event with 15% on new orders, 25% on stock items (plus some select clearance items). Take a look at their products In Stock for fast delivery (usually 1-3 weeks) or buy from the full product collection for delivery within eight weeks.

Head down to the new London store to see the products in the flesh.  Open Monday to Saturday .



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‘Monumental Pucci’ in Piazza San Giovanni by Pucci

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This week iconic fashion house Pucci unveiled ‘Monumental Pucci,’  a commission by the Centre of Florence for Italian Fashion to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Emilio Pucci’s iconic colour-blocked Battistero print launched in 1957, currently is completely swathing the landmark Baptistery in nearly 2000 sqm of fabric, the first time in its history the building seen with a different façade. Continue Reading…

Diary: The Bartlett School of Architecture Summer Show 2014

Print Inspiration: Continuous Line


Consider: Continuous graphic pattern / ribbon / linear / stripe


Heston Blumenthal’s dream team: Seymourpowell & AfroditiKrassa design ‘The Perfectionists’ Cafe’

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If you are flying from Heathrow Terminal 2 this summer treat yourself to a meal at Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant ‘The Perfectionists’ Café’. Not only are you guaranteed an innovative dish – the design identity and interior are on an equal par. Leading design company Seymourpowell designed the brand identity and AfroditiKrassa the interior.


Seymourpowell embedded the newly developed brand mark – The Clockwork Knife across brand identity, signage, restaurant stationery and retail items. The addition of a sculpture composed of a chef’s knife with an unexpected clockwork key depicts Heston’s search for culinary perfection. The physical artifact, imagined and directed by Richard Seymour was realised by mechanical sculptor Rob Higgs, it sits above the main signage, acting as a signal for diners. Continue Reading…

Bola Kitchen Line designed by Marcelo Rosenbaum for Ornare


Looking at the ‘Bola Kitchen Line’ kitchen by Brazilian brand Ornare it is refreshing to see colour blocking on a grand scale, used so confidently. The kitchen, part of the ‘High Line’ collection, appears to reference Lego bricks. This is not the case. Surprisingly, the designer Marcelo Rosenbaum cleverly enlisted by Ornare, drew inspiration for ‘Bola’ (Ball) from his Brazilian grandmother’s kitchen to evoke a retro style. Continue Reading…

Editor’s Pick: Shape Boards by Bower

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One high profile trend used the last couple of seasons is the geometric, seen frequently across different disciplines. As a massive fan of any in a design context the 3D ‘Shape’ chopping boards by Brooklyn based designers Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi of Bower hit all the right notes. Their bold colour, painted with non-toxic paint, contrasts against the subtle wood grain.   Continue Reading…