Above: Lump Collection by Nendo for Urushi Kobo Oshima
Nendo, much feted Japanese design studio designs a range for Urushi Kobo Oshima, a Yamanaka lacquer maufacturer from Ishikawa. The wood turned lacquered Lump Collection features bowls, cups and plates. Nendo enlarged the base of each vessel and rounded edges to allow the products to be cradled in the hand. Blond natural wood contrasts effortlessly against the opaque matte colour. The outcome of the meeting of skills is a modern interpretation of a historic process and for Urushi a whole new audience. Continue Reading…
Above: Mirror House by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel
A reflective glass house appeared on the architectural scene in 2014. The Mirror House by Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel is a private villa designed in response to a competition brief calling for a building that would relate to a site within a forest clearing. A spectacular image is visualised as the structure and nature collide. Turning our attention to the humble material we have added a couple of our favourite structures to whet your appetite. Super size is the way forward. Continue Reading…
Each week we will feature a historical or current pin from any discipline that has stopped us in our tracks. Without further ado we would like to introduce the ‘Essential Eating’ Kitchen from Peter Klint. Free from electrical devices, this is a kitchen in its purest form. The perfectly crafted piece features oak slatted shelves with on trend mint panels providing the perfect backdrop to display equipment and serving ware.
Above: Quince and Peppercorn.
This week Eleanor Pritchard launches new patterns for blankets and cushions woven in lighter weight lambswool yarn. Pritchard’s major influence is mid-century style. If you are a fan of this era in design, the fabric will not fail to appeal. Pared down geometric patterns in subtle colours are woven into the modern family heirlooms using traditional British mills. Her products are perfect for the contemporary interior and unsurprisingly she is stocked at leading home stores worldwide. Continue Reading…
New Order II: British Art Today opens this week at the Saatchi Gallery, the second installment in the Gallery’s new programme of exhibitions dedicated to emergent British contemporary art.
The programme of exhibitions continues the Saatchi Gallery’s 25-year-long support of emerging artists and its drive to make contemporary art as widely accessible as possible. Again this year is no exception, as an entire floor has been devoted to exhibiting artists in the early stages of their careers, enabling young artists to have their work displayed in a museum environment.
The 13 artists featured offer a fascinating insight into art being made in the UK today. From sculpture and painting, to installation and video, this selection of artists employ a hybrid of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, which renew existing visual languages.
Abstraction returns in the shape of interior décor in George Little’s paintings, with satirical intent in Dan Rees’ plasticine covered panels, or revived in unconventional and contrasting materials in Dominic Beattie’s pieces. Virgile Ittah’s wax figures droop as they succumb to Virgile Ittah, Regarding The Pain Of The Other, 2013 gravity; Finbar Ward’s paintings are stacked on the floor like minimalist sculptures; and the sensory and sonic are embodied in Hannah Perry’s immersive installation.
Don’t miss your chance to discover some of the most exciting artists working in the UK.
24 January – 23 March 2014
Above: Oak Wooden Frame / new 2014 prints
Do you ever struggle to find a suitable frame for prized illustrations, artwork or pictures? I do. It is the children’s artistic creations bound for display at home I find most testing. I sense it is brave to say, in print; sometimes they feel messy and clash with the décor? Okay, maybe it is a bit too far. I put it down to my obsession with composition; it is difficult to switch off. Well, I have found a great solution. With a penchant for classroom wares I’m pleased to discover the Wooden Frame by Ferm Living. The frames, hung with leather string take their cue from old school charts. What a great way to present a vintage or modern image. You can’t go wrong. Continue Reading…