La Rinascente and SaloneSatellite present ‘THE DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE’


Above: The Phytophiler by Dossofiorito

This week the Design Supermarket of  La Rinascente launched 7 new talents displaying original designs endorsed by SaloneSatellite for the second consecutive year.

Again, both La Rinascente and SaloneSatellite have shown their commitment to promoting fresh design to ensure noteworthy talent doesn’t go unnoticed. When two leading design institutions collaborate to showcase what they regard as inspirational work instinctively you expect to see an interesting collection. And, the 2014 selection does not disappoint.


Dossofiorito is a design collaboration started in Verona in the autumn of 2012 by Livia Rossi  and Gianluca Giabardo. It is located in an old car workshop, where Livia and Gianluca carry out their design experiments with a very hands-on approach. 


‘The Phytophiler’ is a series of hand-thrown terracotta pots on which functional appendices such as magnifying glasses and mirrors are installed, offering a completely different perspective on the houseplant. Continue Reading…

100% Design 2014 (Official show video)

Over 28,000 visitors attended to see 450 brands showcase over 2000 products at 100% Design 2014. View the official video to see the design you may have missed.

100% Design


100% Optical: Shaping the future of optics in the UK


Above: Cutting edge glasses and styling from FEB31st

100% Optical is the largest audited trade event for optical professionals in the UK. The groundbreaking show is designed for opticians, dispensing opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists with over 2000 product launches, 90+ hours of educational seminars and a wealth of thought-provoking content. Organised in partnership with the Association of Optometrists, 100% Optical offers professionals three days of business, learning and networking.

Launched in February 2014, the first event was a huge success, attracting over 5,000 professionals, featuring 200 exhibitors and amassing over 90 hours of educational seminars. These seminars attracted international star speakers from afar afield as Australia, South Africa and Israel. Continue Reading…

Coming soon: 15% off lighting at twentytwentyone


Take note: To coincide with the clocks going back on 26th October, twentytwentyone will offer 15% discount on selected classic and contemporary lighting collections.



5 minutes only with Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby met in 1992 on the Architecture and Interiors Masters course at the Royal College of Art. They became friends, set up their practice Barber Osgerby and made a name for themselves running the studio whilst studying, which didn’t go down very well with the tutors. Continue Reading…

Beige concept store designed by Nendo

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Japanese fashion brand Beige collaborated again with Nendo on the new multi-functional store concept for Tamagawa Takashimaya shopping centre in suburban Tokyo. Continue Reading…

Scorched version of ‘Shake’ by Sebastian Cox for The New Craftsmen


Scorched Shake Sideboard – £4600

Sebastian Cox’s widely acclaimed range ‘Shake’ made by Benchmark Furniture – has been scorched exclusively for The New Craftsmen.

Each ‘shake’ – a type of shingle commonly used in Japan as architectural cladding – has been cleft (the ancient art of splitting wood along its grain) and delicately hand-scorched – just enough to blacken it without setting it alight! They are assembled on the door frames to give a fantastic texture of charred shakes.

Sebastian Cox  /  Benchmark Furniture  / The New Craftsmen


Unlimited edition of Possible Yellow Objects by Jeremy Hutchison for Willis Newson


Above: Five steel objects are powder-coated in various shades of yellow. These are manufactured in an unlimited edition and installed in a cancer unit.

Arts & Health specialists Willis Newson appointed artist Jeremy Hutchison to create a permanent series of artworks to help develop a supportive cancer care environment within the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC). The artworks were funded by the hospital’s charity, Above & Beyond. Continue Reading…

Michael Graves Paintings: Landscapes and Still Lifes at Studio Vendome


Studio Vendome’s inaugural Art|chitecture Project opened last night featuring the first New York exhibition of landscape and still life paintings by legendary architect Michael Graves. Over 60 works capture a rare glimpse into his life-long interest in documenting places and spaces he inhabited throughout his distinguished career. Continue Reading…

Design Shanghai: China’s most successful trade show announces the date

Design Shanghai 2014 Image

Design Shanghai will take place 27 – 30 March 2015 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, following a major launch in February 2014 and is set to double in size.


Above: Hay will exhibit in the Contemporary Design Hall

The inaugural show in 2014 was the most successful design trade event ever launched in China to date with more than 47,000 visitors flocking to see the groundbreaking exhibition. To build on its immense success, 2015 will see the show double in size, occupying every square metre of the stunning Shanghai Exhibition Centre to accommodate 60,000 expected visitors in March. Jaguar Land Rover will return as the headline sponsor of Design Shanghai in 2015. Continue Reading…

Competition Alert: Design a fireplace for J. Rotherham

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J. Rotherham’s Harbour Edge House contemporary Fireplace Design

J. Rotherham is now looking to the industry’s young, modern and upcoming British designers to put pen to paper and design a concept for a revolutionary new range of contemporary fireplace surrounds.

Whether you are inspired by the stark qualities of a minimalist interior using sleek lines, subtle detailing and a neutral colour palette, or it’s the contrast of rustic design met with the modern world that excites you, then this competition is the design portal for you.

J. Rotherham welcomes you to think outside the normal parameters of contemporary fireplace design and express your true self with a modern concept for its new contemporary collection. Take this image for example, from J. Rotherham’s own 2014 Trends Guide; clearly identifying this resounding trend for ‘less is more’.

Speaking on behalf of J. Rotherham, Commercial Director, Matt Rotherham says, “We are really looking forward to working with upcoming designers who are able to put forward cutting edge contemporary designs.” He continued, “We want to take J. Rotherham into the future with the help of technology and the innovative, fresh concepts we receive from this new generation of British designers.”

The competition closes on the 30th November 2014.

See full terms and conditions on J. Rotherham


UNStudio announced as principal architect for the Qatar Integrated Railway Project

Qatar Rail has commissioned Dutch architectural firm UNStudio principal architect for the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP). The strategic aim of QIRP is to encourage the population of Doha to use the rail service as an alternative to private transportation. Continue Reading…

Styling Inspiration


Styling Inspiration: Block out / Cover


Editor’s Pick: 19 Greek St. at London Design Festival


From the moment 19 Greek St. opened their doors in 2012 the hub instantly made its presence known on London’s design scene. Founder & Creative Director Marc Péridis leads the team of interior designers who scour workshops and ateliers worldwide to source visionary pieces and experimental design. Péridis who describes their trademark style as “eccentric, colourful and eclectic,” has succeeded in establishing 19 Greek St. as one of the major highlights of the London Design Festival. And this year the Soho based powerhouse surprised yet again with a collection brimming with fresh ideas.  Here are my favourite pieces: Continue Reading…

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…