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Trend: Optical Textiles by Hansje van Halem

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Graphic designer Hansje van Halem jumped ship to explore her optical patterns on fabric for ‘Try Outs’ posterwall at Utrecht Central train station. Optical prints are set to reign in summer 2014 as seen on the catwalks from designers such as at Marc Jacobs.  Continue Reading…

The Merchants Tavern by VG&P

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Above: Copper vessels by Very Good & Proper

Nestled in the heart of Shoreditch is the new restaurant the Merchants Tavern designed by Very Good & Proper. Ed Carpenter and the team suggested a private club versus modern country. Black leather semi circular seating nods to the 80’s and reiterates the curves of their MT Club Chair. Exposed bricks, log burners and wood paneled areas add atmosphere.

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Watch: Desinere

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Above: Common Vessels – A SingaPlural ‘Design larger than life’ installation at Parkmall Singapore.

We highly recommend the young talented British trained brand Desinere founded in 2010, and based in Singapore. Honesty is the best policy for founder Melvin Ong as he leads experimentation with materials on a range of products. Each design is conceived through the quiet reflection of relationships between items, people and experience enabling the creation of authentic, pure objects that are refreshingly unpredictable. Continue Reading…

New gradient colours at Muuto

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The iconic Plus Grinders have extended their family with two fresh colourways. Season your food in style with the new lacquered salt and pepper mills in gradient shades of red or yellow designed by Norman Says for MuutoContinue Reading…

Form Tea Set by Tom Dixon

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The British Tradition of Afternoon Tea is being celebrated this month at Tom Dixon with release of the ‘Form Tea Set.’ Serve your tea the ‘formal way’ in the time honoured tradition with this full set presented on a tray. Each finely tuned piece is made from spun brass, which is polished and dipped in a warm-gold wash to give a subtle matt surface. The six-piece collection destined to become a family heirloom includes a teapot, jug, milk jug, sugar dish & spoon and tray. Continue Reading…

Heavystock shelving by Knauf & Brown for Esaila

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Heavystock is a modular shelving unit consisting of stackable ash legs and powder coated steel shelves by Knauf & Brown for Esaila. Shelves are stackable and infinitely expandable, making it suitable for contract and domestic use.  Continue Reading…

Francois Dumas with Nouvelle Vague Volume II

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Above: Eva Lights, Francois Dumas

Attending the maiden voyage of Downtown Design the international design trade fair starting in Dubai on October 29th is Nouvelle Vague Volume II a select group of emerging French designers causing a stir on the design scene. Fresh from their success in Europe the team is back on tour in 2013 with five young designers each with fresh perspective to share. Continue Reading…

National Galleries of Scotland collection by Surface View

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Surface View launches a new collection of interior wall art reflecting the cultural heritage of Scotland, the moody atmospheric images perfectly accompany the dark inky interior trend this season. Immortalised on paper is some of the most highly regarded artwork from the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Continue Reading…

Vitra expands its Water Jewels Collection

 

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Above:  Vitra Water Jewels copper rectangular bowl.

At London Design Festival many manufacturers referred to their back catalogue and reintroduced successful products. World-renowned bathroom manufacturer Vitra has done just that with the award-winning Water Jewels Collection originally released in 2007, designed by Matteo ThunContinue Reading…

Stealthier desk by Paere Dansk

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Paere Dansk launched the Stealth desk at 100% Design in 2012 and at the show in 2013 they will be launching a new ‘Stealthier’ desk. Continue Reading…

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