De la Espada

We just had a beautiful De la Espada emailer hit our inbox, and once again we are in love with the pieces as well as the stunning shots and lifestyle set ups they create.

 

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Conversations at Clerkenwell

One of CDW’s best bits is the activity, parties and talks that take place across the whole festival. And this year is looking no different with CDW2016 having just released some huge names onto the schedule. Here we pick the top talk that we don’t want to miss, from each day.

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Fireclay Tile’s Triangles

We are rather fond of tiles and more and more brands are adding to their existing ranges with fun, patterned and textured options. They are easy to clean (good for us) and can completely change a space. By adding a patterned tiled floor or wall, you can keep the rest of your scheme very simple.

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American brand Fireclay‘s slim Scalenes and versatile Right Triangles (available in 3”, 4” and 6” sizes) can be applied in a wide range of patterns— create diagonals, stripes, squares, pinwheels, chevrons and more.

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It may take a little more time and work to actually get those little shapes up onto the wall, but they look perfect when done. We would see this neutral mint and green as a splash-back in a simple, toned-down kitchen.

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The new shapes will be available in 100+ colors. They’re great to make a room feel different and thought about and can be installed in all sorts of mad geometric patterns. Don’t get too mental though. Cou veer towards  a horrible geometry class otherwise. 
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Luxury Made

We love finding spaces in London that have rarely been used and LuxuryMade have found one. Heralding a new, highly selective approach to luxury design events, LuxuryMade takes place within a unique setting, some of which has been hidden from public view for over 20 years: Olympia’s Pillar Halls.

With just over fifty of the very best manufacturers showcasing contemporary decorative and luxury furnishings, furniture, fabrics, lighting and accessories, LuxuryMade is set to be a new focus for exceptional design and inspiration during LDF 2016.

The Pillar Hall, a sumptuous banqueting room with richly moulded marble Corinthian columns and decorative ceiling and the Upper Pill Hall – a previously hidden gem with faded grandeur, once the UK’s first electric cinema. Both LuxuryMade spaces were constructed as part of the original Olympia site opened in 1886 as the ‘Princes Apartments’ and amply demonstrating the frame of grand Victorian Architecture.

The show will sit alongside the long-running and hugely successful 100% Design, meaning Olympia will become a go-to destination for the best in interior design.

Fore more information on LuxuryMade, click here.

Introducing: Fritz Hansen Objects

This season sees the launch of Fritz Hansen Objects – a new collection from Fritz Hansen’s design universe, where interior design accessories reinforce the brand’s philosophy of superior craftsmanship and Nordic aesthetic.

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LASVIT presents Via Lucis at Salone del Mobile 2016

For the Salone del Mobile, major designers, including Daniel Libeskind, the Campana Brothers and Arik Levy, continued their collaboration with LASVIT reinterpreting their past collections, focusing on the theme art de la table with extraordinary glass objects and tableware. Here are some of our top picks from the range.

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INTERGALACTIC DYNAMIC SCULPTURE BY PETRA KRAUSOVA AND LIBOR SOSTAK

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Milan 2016- some top picks

We didn’t make it to Milan this year- boooo! But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t follow the blogs and the social media obsessively to pick out some of our favourite bits. Here are a few below.

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Arper pieces are always going to look fabulous, no matter what they show- their furniture is so perfectly made in mind for modern living. arper

This year the brand focussed on theessentials for living, with concept by creative directors Lievore Altherr Molina from Barcelona, booth design by 2×4 and styling by Studio B?a?kker from Amsterdam. When you see row after row of standard shell schemes, we really like how they displayed their pieces.

casaCasa International seem to have fun with the piecs they brought to the show. The brand’s second ever collection designed by Mauro Lipparini included new ideas like the above Occasional tables.

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We are obsessed with the colours and the shapes that appeared on Foscarini’s stand in Spazio Brera. A real nod to the resurgence of the Memphis Group and also triangles- which are bloody everywhere.

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Designer/ architect Ferruccio Laviani played with scale in a Alice in Wonderland-like installation of Foscarini lamps and their giant versions.

 

Milan Design Week – Top Pick

In celebration of the Salone, fashion brand COS have partnered up with architect Sou Fujimoto to create ‘Forest of Light.’ We aren’t in Milan this yea- MASSIVE BOO-  but we keep checking Twitter and Icon magazine’s website to see what their top picks are!

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Taking inspiration from the COS Spring Summer 2016 collection, ‘Forest of Light’ explores ideas of interaction and perspective; the darkened space is illuminated by cones of light that are designed to respond to visitors’ movements. Specially-composed sounds, subtle fog and mirrored walls create an immersive, infinite landscape where the conical spotlights become abstracted trees in a shifting forest of light.

cosBuilt in the 1930s by Italian architect Mario Cereghini, the installation is located in Cinema Arti in Milan’s San Babila district. A former theatre, the now derelict venue has inspired the key aspects of Sou Fujimoto’s design and provides an expansive backdrop to the installation.

cosCOS has been inspired by the work of Sou Fujimoto for many years. Often focusing on negative space and the concept of bringing the outside in, some of Fujimoto’s most well known architectural projects such as the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion blur the parameters of space, with edges dissolving into their surrounding environment.

For more information on the project, click here.

Word up from Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

It’s approaching guys. The weather is just starting to turn and I’ve nearly stopped wearing tights. It can only mean one thing. CDW is about to descend and take over EC1 with all its design goodness. Have you registered yet? 

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Marta Bordes

We first saw Marta Bordes in the gorgeous press office run by Seen PR at Top Drawer a few months ago. We were entranced by her Satelite lamp.

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Talented bags

Talented is a British, sustainable accessories and giftware brand, which celebrates the bag as an art form. God knows we do NOT need any more tote bags, but if we did, we would be buying the below.

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Ventura Lambrate

Still the Milan emails continue- and now we have one of our favourite shows- Ventura Lambrate- to drool over. Here are some of our favourite pieces below.

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Ex.t in Milan

We love ex.t. Their stands at shows are always completely inspiring and beautifully crafted and the designers they choose to work with are always top notch. They have some great collaborations coming out for Milan with our firm favourites Norm Architects as well as a new collection with Sebastian Herkner. Enjoy!

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Mutina x Barber & Osgerby

Milan is fast approaching and there are some stunning new designs and brands appearing on the scene. A favourite that has appeared in our inbox are these ranges by Barber & Osgerby for Mutina. Experimenting with geometry, colour, patterns and versatility of use, has formed the inspiration behind the new Puzzle and Mistral tile collections.mistral Continue Reading…

Magnificent Spa by La Spada

It’s the end of our week off for easter and we need some pampering to get us back in the frame of mind for work. This should do……

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Water blends with stone to create a space of intense calm and beauty: the magnificent SPA, created by the designer Alessandro La Spada. Slightly OTT name but to be fair, it’s a slightly OTT offering., the Spa was created in Antolini’s Black Absolute “Memorial” – a very beautiful black granite.

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Here, the geometric design of the material is reflected in the water, creating a play of reflections in which to take a deep breath and relax.

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For more information on where to buy the tiles, click here.

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