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WonderGlass: Cabinet of Curiosities

WonderGlass presented their ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ at Maison & Objet last week, an installation full of playful surprises to showcase some of their finest works by design luminaries Claesson Koivisto Rune, Nao Tamura, Marcel Wanders, Dan Yeffet and Hideki Yoshimoto. 

Wonderglass Installation (Photo: Antonio Managò)

Wonderglass Installation (Photo: Antonio Managò)

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Tiipoi and Kolam Light

London-based brand and design studio Tiipoi has today unveiled Kolam Light, a new, site-specific light installation at White City Place in West London. Inspired by the traditional South Indian ritual of Kolam, which sees families drawing ritualistic patterns daily on their thresholds to offer both a friendly and a spiritual welcome to their homes, Kolam Light will act as an ever-changing daily beacon for workers and the wider public.

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Jason Bruges in Hull

Hull really are getting the best of the best at the moment and now award-winning art collective Jason Bruges Studio is creating a major new art installation for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Where Do We Go from Here? will use a specially choreographed interplay of light, shadow and sound to guide people through Hull’s Old Town.

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Perfect Pantone Pendants (and lights)

All designers and architects love Pantone’s colours and we wait with baited breath every year for the official yearly tone. Well, good news, you can now style your interior with the colours as e3Light Group and Pantone, bring a range of Pantone coloured lights and pendants into the interior lighting scene.

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Deneb Drop Cap Pendant

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New Giant Anglepoise Lamps

Renowned British brands Anglepoise and Paul Smith, announce that new Mini and Giant lamps previewed earlier this year are now available in the UK. Hurrah! These are especially lovely and while previous Anglepoise and Paul Smith collaborations have focused on colour this new partnership plays with scale. We would like the mini mini please.

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Lighting from VITA Copenhagen

Some brands aren’t great at making affordable lighting products that look like they are worth more. Vita Copenhagen are. Their designs are inspired by the Scandi pieces of the mid-century from names such as Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen,but don’t bear such a resemblance that it becomes awkward.

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CDW Showrooms- top picks

On Friday we covered CDW’s famed exhibitions. Now we look at a few of the showrooms. There are over 90 so we would never get round them all, but this might give you a little bit of a point in the right direction.

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CDW top picks

As if you didn’t know (we bang on about it enough after all), Clerkenwell Design Week takes place this month from the 23-25 May. Register here, it’s free and makes everything a lot easier. Because it’s now so blooming huge, we thought we would choose our top pick from each exhibition, showroom, talk and pop up over the next few days/weeks, to give you some sort of chance of getting round it without having a nervous breakdown. Deep breaths. Let’s begin the exhibitions.


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Lasvit and Hadid at Euroluce

Lasvit unveiled two designs by the late Zaha Hadid  as part of Euroluce at the Salone del Mobile. The designs build on LASVIT’s extensive portfolio of custom projects created in collaboration with top architects and interior designers.

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Vistosi and Hangar group

The collaboration between international design agency Hangar Design Group and Italian lighting producer Vistosi – which started in 2014 with Peggy, a special lighting project for the Peggy Guggenheim Museum Cafè in Venice – goes on.

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Tom Dixon goes Christmassy

Tom Dixon, the  acclaimed British designer, has created a spectacular suspended light installation in the welcome lane of Television Centre, the former home of the BBC in London’s White City. The lights are already on, allowing lucky locals to pass beneath on their way to work and get in the Yuletide spirit.  Tom dixon Continue Reading…

Panthella Mini

Louis Poulsen is launching a mini-version of the iconic Panthella lamp, scaled down from the standard 400mm size.

Louis Poulsen Panthella MINI blue Product Image

Panthella MINI features painted metal shades and will be available in eight eye-catching colours from Verner Panton’s own colour spectrum: yellow, orange, mauve, red, pink, blue and two shades of green. Versions in white, black and opal acrylic will also be on sale.

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The miniature Panthella features three light intensities and the latest LED technology and will be in stores as from September 2016. The colours are drawn from the last project Verner Panton was working on before his death in 1998: ‘Lyset og Farven’ (‘Light and Colour’) exhibition hosted at Trapholt Museum of Modern Art in Kolding, Denmark.

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Check out the website to find out more 

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.


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.


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.


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


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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Monkeying about

We know what the British X Factor is like. Stop for a minute then and think how over the top the Italian version must be.

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No these aren’t contestants…..we really wish they were! These “Monkey Lamps”, created by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, are a collection of lamps shaped like our long lost cousins, in three different positions, each with a LED light in hand. They featured a few weeks ago on the Italian X Factor as supporting actors for Giò Sada, in the preparation of Peter Gabriel’s legendary hit : ‘Shock the Monkey’.

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The Monkey Lamp uses a naturalistic figure to explore relationships between people and animals. Here, the resulting trio of lamps has a human quality to its expression at the same time that it resembles something out of a science museum. Each of the three primates is quite detailed and poses sitting, standing, or hanging while holding an exposed LED bulb.

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Made of resin and hand-finished in white, the designs have a contemporary, consciously artistic quality to them. As well as being the cutest lights we have quite seriously ever seen!

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