Basket Lamp for Kanaami-Tsuji by Nendo


Nendo adopted the time-honoured technique of wire netting (‘kana-ami’), commonly used on kitchen utensils, for the ‘Basket Lamp.’  They created this contemporary wire lighting fixture and developed it for future generations in collaboration with Kanaami-Tsujia Kyoto-based netting firm that preserves the craft’s traditions. Continue Reading…

Trend: Print Spring 2015

Dior Homme Spring 2015

Above: Spring 2015: Dior Homme


Print Trends: Scribble / Scratch

Note: Colour block catwalk to match collection.


Seek Inspiration from Cy Twombly



Friday Night Snack: Maple-Soy Cured Salmon Belly


Maple-Soy Cured Salmon Belly                       


Serves 4




For the cured salmon belly:

1 lb King salmon belly

1/4 cup dark amber maple syrup

1/4 cup soy sauce

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RIBA Manser Medal: long list revealed

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Above: Lens House by Alison Brooks Architects

The best new homes in the UK competing for the RIBA Manser Medal: long list revealed. The longlist for the UK’s foremost private housing design award have been revealed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

23 stunning homes form the 2014 longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal, in association with Hiscox, for the best new house or major extension in the UK. This year’s judges are Honorary President of Hiscox, Robert Hiscox, Michael Manser CBE, Lady Patty Hopkins and Carl Turner, the 2013 recipient of the Manser Medal and Tony Chapman, RIBA Head of Awards.

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said:

”The 2014 RIBA Manser Medal longlist reveals the most innovative, sustainable and beautiful new homes to have been completed in the past year. The exciting line-up is a testimony to the wonderful talent and achievements of some of the UK’s best architects.”

Highlights from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland include: Continue Reading…

Sale: Assemblyroom


If you like a designer bargain why not check out Assemblyroom’s summer sale page and bag yourself a real deal. Ex display items and samples are amongst the heavily discounted stock, so why not take a look?



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 .



Large Cubes Cushion

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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…

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