Affordable Art Fair opens doors

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea opens its doors today in London.

Affordable art fair

110 local and international galleries will descend on Battersea Park, showcasing an array of original artwork, all available for between £100 and £5,000. We know we want to head down and see what we can grab. here are some of out fave artists and pictures. Continue Reading…

Moroccan Bazaar

We have found a great new interiors website to buy all of our fancy, original Moroccan goods- furnishings inside and out as well as accessories and fashion.

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Moroccan Bazaar is a UK based store with a space in West London. It has been trading with Morocco and the local artists and artisans for the last 40 years. Lights are at a great prices with some at around £42.

 

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These pouffes are handmade and come in a range of gorgeous colours that would look great in a grey or neutral colour scheme. Also very useful to pull out when you have lots of people round. They are also under £100 which is ace!

 

 

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They also have a great selection of original Moroccan fine art, prints and kitchen goods- really bringing to life the spirit of the country and its people.

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To find out more and shop, click here.

 

 

 

Alan Kitching A Life in Letterpress

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress, includes over 400 prints, a photo essay by Philip Sayer and a biographical monograph and will be published by Laurence King Publishers on 7th April, with an exhibition of Alan’s prints on show at Somerset House opening on April 21st as part of the Pick Me Up Graphic Design Festival.

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Kitching’s distinctive prints and powerful artwork are instantly recognisable and have been commissioned by The Guardian, Tate Modern, Dazed & Confused Magazine, The National Theatre, British Library, Penguin Books and Royal Mail amongst many others. When design turned digital in the 1980s, Kitching changed direction. He bought a printing press, printed by hand and breathed life into the arcane world of letterpress, and became an inspirational teacher for a new generation. In a digital world, his artwork and design is more relevant and recognisable than ever.

alan kitchingThe first edition of the book will be a collector’s edition, featuring a book jacket that has been hand printed by Alan himself and wrapped around the book as a removable dust jacket/print. Only 200 copies of the Collector’s edition have been made and will only be available from Laurence King’s online shop priced £200. A separate special edition will also be available priced £75.

alan kitchingAlan is Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts London. Alan has conducted his workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

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You say you want a Revolution?

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70 In partnership with the Levi’s® brand; Sound experience by Sennheiser,  with additional support from Fenwick and Sassoon opens 10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017. Blimey. That was a long sentence.

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Title: Blow Up, 1966 Artist: © MGM THE KLOBAL COLLECTION

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D&AD Festival

The line up for the D&AD Festival in April is looking pretty darn good if you ask us.

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The D&AD Festival, which launches for the first time this April, will welcome world-famous Founder and CEO of WPP Sir Martin Sorrell, Oscar-winning graphic designer Annie Atkins and British artist Ralph Steadman as headline speakers for this exciting inaugural event.  Continue Reading…

Lane & Parkwood Pottery

It’s that time of year when it’s freezing and miserable but we don’t have Christmas to look forward to. Flowers are starting to appear which is amazing, but then any minute a frost could come along and leave them for dead. Literally. Nature, eh? That’s why these comforting mugs from Lane and Parkwood make all the difference.

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Online store Lane and Darbyshire studio Parkwood Pottery, have collaborated to create a range of  hand-thrown mugs, made on a potter’s wheel using Staffordshire stoneware clay. Think how warm they would be filled with tea!

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Lane have chosen two beautiful and distinctive glazes for the mugs – Speckled White trimmed with a natural sand brown base and Granite Blue with burnt orange flecks. The mugs have a matt handmade finish.

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They are hand glazed and then put in the kiln which, depending on the mug’s positioning, causes natural variations in shape and colour, adding to their individual charm. At £16 a mug- they’re definitely worth grabbing and filling with hot treats!

For more information and to buy, click here.

 

Valcucine presents new identity

Leading Italian kitchen manufacturer Valcucine, has refreshed its identity with a new tag line: Innovation for life.  The refreshment includes a revamped logo, which evokes the concepts of well-being, timelessness and innovation, Valcucine’s key values.

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Mulberry Home on Amara

This March sees the launch of the exclusive Mulberry Home collection available at Amara. The 27 piece collection consists of cushions, draught excluders and door stops in the newest fabrics launched by Mulberry Home.

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As well as featuring some of Mulberry Home’s most iconic prints and designs, the collection also includes some new prints for the season.

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A favourite fabric of ours is Wild Geese depicting the bird’s majestic flight.  The print has been sourced from a pattern book held in the archives.  It was originally produced around 1880-1900 as a silk velvet dress fabric.

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The collection will be available to buy at Amara from early March. Prices start from $123 for a door stop and $231 for a cushion.

For more details click here.

Design Shanghai- next month

Design Shanghai, Asia’s leading international design event, returns one more,  presenting an impressive selection of installations and features at this year’s show, running from 9th to 12th March 2016 at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Below are some top picks.

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Beyond Object is a London based design label focusing on desktop objects and home accessories. They believe functional objects can be designed and crafted as art. Nice!

Pingze

Pingze’s bamboo screens are eastern in style and history, yet perfect for a modern Western home. As more and more houses need dividing and separating, these do a gret and subtle job.

Frank Chou

We love this pared back East meets West table and chair design by Frank Chou Design Studio. The angle of the chair and the wood used, mirrors the curves of the table base.

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One of this year’s highlights is a new, bespoke version of Zotem, a dynamic installation conceived by London-based Norwegian designer Kim Thomé for Swarovski. Originally created for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the spectacular installation will be customised for exhibition in the new venue.

For more information click here.

 

Art Is Everywhere

Is it possible to discover something wonderful and special without visiting museums, monuments, or other places? Art is Everywhere, How to Really Look at Things asks the reader to take a more careful look at the everyday world.

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Although in part for kids and young creative minds, this book really can and should be read by all. Through ingenious collages and montages, the author looks at our expectations and how we experience art.

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The author SerraGlia is the alias of Lorenzo Servi, an Italian architect and visual designer/artist based in Helsinki, Finland. In 2012, SerraGlia started to focus on how to make contemporary art more accessible to everyone by founding the Imagined Museum of Contemporary Art.

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For more information and to buy, click here.

Iittala x Issey Miyake

What do you get when you combine a ground breaking fashion designer with an iconic homewares brand? This lovely lot!

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Combining Scandinavian and Japanese craftsmanship and design, Iittala X Issey Miyake brings a unique collaborative collection of  ceramics, glass and home textiles in gorgeous pastel shades and usable sizes.

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It’s the palette we are most excited about as well as the materials. They seem so luxurious and on point, but aren’t hugely expensive. Skandium are stocking them in the UK.

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The collection consists of 30 items. The play of textiles and pentagon forms of the glass and ceramic objects is an invitation to touch and feel the material, while the colour scheme is inspired by the awakening of spring and the blossoming of flowers. The textile products are created based on Issey Miyake’s original folding and pleating techniques that have been used in its clothes making since late 1980s.

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La Débraiellée- stunning leather bags

We got a press release all in French which tested us somewhat- however we were super pleased when we were able to translate- somewhat sloppily! And very pleased with the bags that we saw. La Débraillée is a Parisian brand of leather handbags created by the Italian designer Alice Rosignoli.

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We love this pouch that just slips over your wrist- nifty eh? Won’t be searching for your keys for hours in there will you!

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We are big fans of ruckscks as we get such bad backs hoisting half the house around with us every day. This is looks gorgeous and isn’t too small. Alice is a product designer and you can actually see that training in the bags’ shapes and cuts.

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The collection is not seasonal: it evolves with time with the leather ageing beautifully. We love bum bags too- and this is definitely the most stylish one we have ever seen. Luckily the prices aren’t vomit-inducing either. £170 for a good long lasting bum bag? It’s a bit steep but you can see the quality.

Want to know more? Click here.

 

 

 

Tania Johnson Rugs

We are loving Tania Johnson’s made to order range of rugs-  complex designs are and knotted in Nepal by highly skilled artisans using wool, silk, or a combination of both; silk reflects the light, creating highlights which alter the intensity of the design depending on the direction of the light source.

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The rug above when seen in full, looks like rain trickling down a window pane. It makes sense then, to discover that all of Tania Johnson’s designs are based on her own photography.

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In Tania’s long established relationship with her team at the Nepalese workshop, she is heavily involved in the dyeing process; the colour palette is created uniquely for her rugs. The subtlety of the original image is then transposed by master weavers in the foothills of the Himalayas.

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For more information click here.

 

Grayson Perry Doodle

Turner Prize-winning British artist Grayson Perry has put pen to paper for Epilepsy Action’s National Doodle Day auction. There are a number of ‘doodles’ by artists of various disciplines all available to bid for on ebay here.

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Grayson Perry

The artwork will join those by Natsko Seki, Sir Peter Blake, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen Hough and dozens more in the National Doodle Day eBay auction. Children’s writers including Shirley Hughes (Dogger), Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman) and Anne Fine have also contributed drawings.

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A particular favourite is this great one by Korky Paul.

Kali Stileman

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And this gorgeous bright image by Kali Stileman

Epilepsy affects around one in 100 people in the UK and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps over 1.3 million people through a range of services, including the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk

Form Us With Love- We love!

We first really started realising how important Form Us With Love  with were when they paired with SBSeating to do the amazing Noor chairs. We were a bit late to the game as they have been around for 10 years…..

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They founded BAUX, another part of their company, in 2014 – some of the most beautiful acoustic paneling we have ever seen- NOT a sentence we thought we would ever say. They are stunning pieces of design that could be a work of art in their own right.

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The above Noor chairs were part of a range produced for SBSeating. They come in a range of strong and natural shades that would complement any interior.

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Form Us With Love are mainstream too. They were approached by IKEA to create a durable and affordable multi-purpose chair—easy to fall in love with and quick to maintain—and we love the Janinge solution they came up with! Stackable, cheap and good looking- what’s not to like?

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They have also collaborated with HEM with a wide range of furniture, lighting and accessories. We particularly like this Levels lamp above.

To find out more about Form Us With Love, click here.

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