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Assemble- Turner Prize Winners

The creative collective that is Assemble will make an appearance at Top Drawer this January. Featuring in the show’s new new talent hub ‘Spotted’, they will be showcasing products from the Granby Workshop.

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The workshop is a new social enterprise making handmade products for homes. Set up by Assemble and launched through their nomination for the Turner Prize 2015, all products – including door knobs, mantelpieces, furniture, fabric and tiles – are manufactured using processes which embrace chance, so that each is unique, developing in the hands of the people making it.

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We are particularly fond of these sawdust ceramic handles. Individually wrapped in tin foil, burnished clay knobs are buried in a bbq filled with sawdust, set alight and smoked for 12 hours.

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Assemble champion a collaborative working practice that blurs the line between client, designer, builder and public. Their involvement in projects covers a broad range of disciplines and interests – underpinned by the belief that a more diverse approach leads to richer results. This year they became the first design practice ever to win the Turner Prize in the UK.

Fabrics and Wallpaper for 2016

2015 was definitely the year for stunning wallpaper with Cole & Son, All the Fruits, House of Hackney and more getting in on the action. Wallpaper rolls were adorned with mis-matched patterns as well as different colours. Below we have picked a few fabrics and wallpapers that have caught our eye, going into the next season. Both brands have been inspired by places in their designs- geographical creativity!

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Behang Adults by Oilily

This subtle patterned wallpaper by Dutch fashion house Oilily is inspired by four Dutch places.  Four typical villages inspired Oilily’s product designers Roland and Johanneke. Each of these locations had its own characteristic shapes and colour schemes, which in turn created lovely contrasts in the wallpaper designs.

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Behang young adult

Oilily have also made a range for young adults that would sit happily in any teenagers- or grown ups- room. The two luxury wallpaper collections were created with hand painted, drawn or sketched prints. This means striped patterns are not composed of meticulously straight lines and polka dots are not perfectly round, creating a traditional and completely one off feel.

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Art of the Loom’s latest collection entitled ‘Indian Summer’

Art of the Loom’s new Spring collection is inspired by India. A collection of contrasts, it sees the vibrancy and the frenetic energy of the country, hinting at influence from embroidered saris, flowers for the temple, painted trucks and decorated camels. Art of the Loom’s designs are brought to life in rich, vivid tones and stunning textures, perfect for the Spring/Summer season.

 

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The fabric, although inspired by a country renowned for it’s vibrant colours, could easily be introduced into a neutral colour scheme. We can see the above Agate on long drop curtains. And we want.

For more information on Oilily click here and Art of the Loom here.

CDW is back with a new campaign

We love CDW in May so we were very excited to see the great new campaign designed by Studio Parallel, Kei Yoshino and Lydia Whitmore.

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It draws on the campaigns of the past whilst creating something completely new.

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With the tag line ‘We’ve got it covered’ it highlights how important the show now is across all design disciplines- covering every aspect of the design world.
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The use of miniature chairs calls to mind the 2013 campaign with Hattie Newman.

Hattie Newman's CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

Hattie Newman’s CDW 2013 campaign seen here at 100% Design 2013

CDW have also announced some of the great brands already signed up including…….

Mitab

Mitab

Mitab with their new colour palette

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker

GP&J Baker with their stunning fabrics and wallpaper collections return to Detail.

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Silvia K Ceramics

Silvia K Ceramics are a new company exhibiting at the show.

To find out more head here.

 

 

 

Northern Design Festival

2015 marks the 10th year of Northern Design Event, a festival taking place from the 21-25 October highlighting all things design in the North of England and showing that it’s not just London that’s a hot bed for design talent.

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And quite right too when you think that Deadgood, Timorous Beasties and Susi Bellamy all hail from the North as does the famed product design course at Northumbria. With names such as Jonathan Ive amongst their alumni, they’re doing something right.

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Deadgood bring their ‘Working Girl’ chair to the show, recently seen at LDF.

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With AFID bringing the mid-century modern to the show with this gorgeous cabinet.

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Hothouse ceramics

BLH Ceramics, from their studio from Newcastle, aim to combine traditional craft elements and hand built pieces to demonstrate a range of intricate and tactile surface treatments.

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David Irwin

David Irwin’s new sustainable M Lamp, is available in a number of colours.

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Taking place at the Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 1SG, tickets can be bought here.

 

David Chipperfield at Valcucine

London Design Festival kicked off for Despoke at the 1st of Interni Magazine’s Aperitivos. Taking place at the gorgeous Valcucine showroom on Great Portland Street the event saw David Chipperfield discuss the place museums have in society, with the Royal Academy’s Kate Goodwin. david chipperfield, valcucine

INTERNI Design Aperitivo is a series of five talks during London Design Festival 2015, run by world-renowned Italian design magazine INTERNI and Salone del Mobile.Milano, the leading Italian furniture trade fair. Interni will be hosting 5 different talks across LDF, find out more here.

Picture by Ashley Bingham. Gilda Bojardi introduces David Chipperfield and  Kate Goodwin.

Picture by Ashley Bingham. Gilda Bojardi introduces David Chipperfield and Kate Goodwin.

Interni editor Gilda Bojardi

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Picture by Ashley Bingham.

There were queues round the block as people crammed into the showroom, desperate to see Chipperfield talk about public spaces and the difficulty that comes from the frequent lack of design consciousness in investment buildings.

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Chipperfield spoke for some time about the difficulty UK public funded buildings have in allowing architects to be creative. He found his feet and fame in Japan in the 1980’s and was allowed and indeed encouraged to create buildings that were beautiful as well as functional and whose premise wasn’t just to meet funding targets.

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Chipperfield spoke about the vast differences in the planning processes when designing in England, as per his experience with the Henley Rowing Museum and in other parts of the world.  He highlighted the problematic planning application process in the UK and the weakness of RIBA in architectural competitions in recent years.

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However there was a certain optimism to the state of modern architecture: ” Modern architecture is now far better than it was even 10 years ago”, stated Chipperfield when asked about the reason members of the public often oppose so massively to an area changing architecturally. He talked briefly about his practice’s wining proposal for the Nobel Centre in Stockholm and how they aimed for it to be as light and unobtrusive as possible to allow the prize itself to do the talking.

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Kate Goodwin spoke about the Royal Academy and Chipperfield’s  winning submission asking how important it was for the architecture of a building to reflect and encourage the artwork inside it. She raised an interesting point for discussion, when saying how often the public thinks they long for a traditional, calm and quiet art gallery and for the architecture to be thus, when frequently the art it contains is far from traditional and quiet.

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Top quotes from Chipperfield: 

“I’m not worried about the London skyline as such, as I am about what’s going on on the ground.”

“Architecture shouldn’t push for novelty”

“You often get very different opinions from the art and architecture communities when you present your museum ideas to them. Always listen to the artists as it is their work that the building will contain.”

“The problem with a consumer society is it becomes fundamentalist and is all about delivery. Say anything else (about the project) and you become irresponsible.”

 

Cos & Hay

Fashion  powerhouse, COS are collaborating with Danish design firm HAY, to create 2 tables that will be sold exclusively in COS & HAY stores. To complement this, a carefully curated collection of objects are on sale online & at the High Street Kensington store.  

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To celebrate the partnership they have worked with Spanish designer Tomas Alonso to produce a pair of tables, as part of a wider collaboration between the two brands.

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The carefully curated collection of objects are housed on the new, specially designed ground floor space within the High Street Kensington store where the handpicked items are displayed amongst items from the COS Autumn Winter 15 collection, inspired by the Japanese Mona Ha movement alongside the photography of Olaf Otto Becker.

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For more information click here.

 

 

Benjamin Moore Paint

Already a well-loved brand in America, Benjamin Moore launch in the UK. From September 2015, the outstanding quality paint products offered by Benjamin Moore will be available to purchase. Combining aesthetic beauty with true high quality and performance benefits, the vast colour palette of more than 3,500 shades is full of inspirational hues, from the dramatically deep to the perfectly pale.

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The unique rich resin formulation also delivers phenomenal coverage, so users will be able to cover in just two coats, even in the darkest shade.

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Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favourite paint, colour and coatings brand- a brand already much loved by designers the world over.

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Trend: Gradated glass

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Studio Drift’s installation at Brand New World gradates through the colour palette.

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Above: Nendo, Glas Italia

Nendo has collaborated with Glas Italia to present a series of frosted glass boxes, outlined with a bright colour, which subtly gradates in tone.

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Above: Patricia Urquiola, Shimmer, Glas Italia

A collection of laminated glass tables, characterised by a special iridescent multicolored finish.

 

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Trend: Statement acoustic wall panels

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Above: Preview of Arper‘s new Parentesit collection launching in Milan next month by Lievore Altherr Molina

Since 2015 designers have turned their attention to the humble acoustic panel pushing on trend geometric shapes and mixing materials.  A couple of design companies who have taken the product one step further are ArperStokkeAustad,  Form Us With Love for Baux.

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Above: Arper

Parentesit designed by Lievore Altherr Molina is an acoustic wall module that reduces background noise and creates an area for concentration. Continue Reading…

Trend S/S 2015: Denim

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Above: Chloe S/S  ’15

Denim is one of the key trends for S/S ’15 seen at Chloe and Prada, to name but a few who embraced the look for next season. Expect to see this filtering through into interiors during the next couple of months.

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Above: Prada S/S  ’15

Think: Dip dyed / Chambray / Bleached / Leather trim / Over stitched / Patterned / Patchwork

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Top tip: Keep it minimal, use sparingly.

Cushion: St. Aidans Homewarestore – £42.50

 

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Trend: Print Spring 2015

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Above: Spring 2015: Dior Homme

 

Print Trends: Scribble / Scratch

Note: Colour block catwalk to match collection.

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Seek Inspiration from Cy Twombly

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Styling: Inspiration

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Styling: Uneven / Unruly / Irregular backdrop

 

Done with coloured boards placed behind a product? This idea feels fresh.

 

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Bathroom Trends: Colour Grout

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Last week we considered adding a hint of bright to the bathroom looking at the addition of a basin or single piece of furniture.  Key to keeping the bright bathroom trend modern is to make it minimal. The addition of coloured grout commands our attention and is our top tip for bathroom trends*. Try www.dyegrout.com for supplies.

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Friday Paint Palette

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Above: Olivier Roualt

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Painting your home this weekend? Add a blend of green using the palette above. Use the brighter shades as accents. Refer to the balance of colour used in the image. Mix sombre shades with acid brights.

Trend: Print

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TREND: Painterly prints

Painterly designs are the hottest print trend for surface pattern right now. Not since the 80’s have they received such a warm welcome. Having dominated the textile world for a whole decade they were pushed off the top by watercolour prints. Until that point they were impossible to replicate on cloth so when digital printing became accessible they ruled. Now the brushstroke is back on radar. The interior accessories by Jessica Zoob sum up the look. She transfers her paintings onto cloth fitting the trend seamlessly.

www.jessicazoob.com

 

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