Lasvit launch at M&O

LASVIT designer Petra Krausova,  launched her new piece at Maison & Objet. The dynamically-lit sculpture titled Cassia draws its inspiration both from the universe and its star-studded sky, as well as the organic shapes of flowers in a meadow, gently moving in a breeze.

lasvit

The sculpture consists of a group of smaller pendants, approximately 15 cm in diameter, each made of hand-blown glass. Every individual pendant represents a flower or a star, depending upon how you observe them.

lasvit

Each takes on a slightly different shape thanks to the use of optical form that allows glass to expand in its open areas. Variations are further enhanced by the monochromatic colour scheme that differs in textures from clear glass, sanded and opaque glass, to pendants with hand-painted gold segments.

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Cassia excels in its flexibility for interior design. “I wanted to create concept where the client can use a single pendant or groups spanning across ceilings but also spilling onto walls with the optional wall-mounted pieces,” the young designer said, pointing out that each glass element has its own light source with a simple brushed brass socket or wall mounting.

 

French bedroom art….

Slightly off piste here, bear with us. French bedrooms might conjure up images of dangerous liaisons and all sorts of European antics, but when paired with design, this ideology can actually lead to some pretty fun interiors.

french bedroom co

Defaced Duchess

This is amazing. Imagine it above your bath- if you had a massive roll top bath that is. Not so impressive if a tiny bath under a shower.

french bedroom co

Ludwig vamp Beethoven

He was known to be a bit wild with some mental symphonies, but here he is as good old Elton John…..

french bedroom co

Girl with a pearl bubble

One of Vermeer’s most intriguing paintings turned into pop art with a piece of gum.

There are a number of fun pieces of wall art that would liven up any wall, as well as some great offers on beds, interior products and acessories. Some of them are a little OTT if you know what we mean, but hey- there channelling their inner Sun King- what do you expect!

www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

 

Michael Harvey – In His Own Words

From 25 March – 28 May 2016, The Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk will host a retrospective of exceptional graphic artist, the late Michael  Harvey, who began his career as a carver of letters in stone and ended  it designing digital fonts.

michael harvey

Across his 60 year career, he created over 1500 distinctive book jackets (including titles by James Joyce, Graham Greene and Norman Mailer), designed multiple letterforms, decorated countless memorials (including the headstone for poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis) and carved his eighteen-inch-high frieze capital letters into the stone walls of The National Gallery in London.

michael harvey, national

Michael Harvey’s career started in the 1950s when his love of the work of sculptor and letterer Eric Gill led to his finding work with Gill’s own first apprentice, Joseph Cribb. He moved on to serve an apprenticeship with engraver Reynolds Stone, before beginning a period of thirty years of working with a  large assortment of publishers, including Hodder & Stoughton, MacMillan, Chatto & Windus, Hamish Hamilton, Methuen and The Bodley Head.

michael harvey, engraver

As he moved into designing typefaces, Michael Harvey began a partnership with software company Adobe, becoming adept at designing with computers and later forming a company, FineFonts, in partnership with designer Andy Benedek. The fonts he developed were influenced by his deep love of jazz, both in their playful, inventive styles and their names – Ellington, Studz, Strayhorn, Conga Brava, Moonglow, Braff, Jazzbo and Zoot, to name a few.

michael harvey

VISITOR INFORMATION
Michael Harvey – In His Own Words
Venue: Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA
Dates: 25 March – 28 May 2016. Admission: Free to all visitors.
Opening Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 11am-5pm. Closed Tues-Thurs.
Further visitor information: www.letteringartstrust.org.uk 01728-688393

Skandium looks to Norway

After 17 years of championing Scandinavian Modernism in London, this February, Skandium will turn their heads towards Norway.

skandium, icons of denmark

In celebration of the importance of Norway’s contribution to Scandinavian design in the global design market, Skandium will showcase interior design and manufacturing objects from Norway produced from 1940 to the present day. In partnership with Norwegian Icons, Icons of Norway runs from 4 February – 14 February at Skandium’s Brompton road store.

skandium, icons of denmark

Bottoms Up designed by Ingrid Aspen
Photo: Siren Lauvdal

On display will be a curated selection of furniture and design pieces from an internationally acclaimed line up of mid-century and contemporary Norwegian designers. In reference to the importance of manufacturing, every product in the exhibition is designed and manufactured within the country’s borders.

icons of denmark, skandium

August designed by Kristine Bjaadal
Photo: Siren Lauvdal

Each object will be available for purchase at Skandium for the exhibition period only; except the Bunad Blanket which is available throughout the year.

skandium, icons of denmark

Krobo designed byTorbjørn Afdal
Manufacturer, Fjordfiesta
Photo: Kaja Bruskeland

For more information click here.

Clement Browne

More and more we are being drawn to shutters over curtains and blinds. And when they look like this you can understand why.

clement brown, shutters

Beautifully designed, the flexible Full Height shutter style offers escape from the sunlight, not that that’s really a problem here in London, but also a focal point for the room.

clement browne

Create a delicate and airy interior by colour-matching your shutters to the walls, effortlessly integrating the shutter into your decor. Or, alternatively, make a focal point out of the shutter; paint it in a bold hue to break up a neutral wall colour and add a pop of colour to quickly refresh your interior space.

clement browne

With its own production line, Clement Browne offers a higher standard of paint, better manufacturing care and higher quality finishes and materials. Prices start from just £250 per square metre for the Westcliff Collection’s hardwood Paulownia shutters.

For more information, click here.

Outdoor fabrics

It may be a little early to be thinking about eating in the garden, but we’ve got your back for when Spring arrives!

extex, outdoor

British manufacturer Extex, are known for their colourful and practical range of outdoor fabric and cushions. Upholster seating or choose from a range of scatter cushions to add a pop of colour and decorative touch to the outdoors with a wide choice of plains, patterns and textures.

extex, outdoor

The award winning fabric collections all combine outstanding performance with a luxurious feel, utilising advanced yarn technology to offer water repellent, stain resistant, light fast, pre-shrunk and machine washable fabrics – blimey! Yarn technology eh?

extex, fabric

Just looking at these pictures is making us long for summer days in the garden. Count down begins.

Seletti at Maison and Objet

Seletti, the ironic Italian design brand, opens 2016 in Paris with  new works at Maison & Objet from January 22 to 26.

seletti, maison

Flower Attitude collection

The brand will present new and interesting pieces, in addition to the restyling of some of its bestsellers. For instance, the Flower Attitude collection, which will be premiered in Paris- highlighting a love for the random and unexpected.

renaissance, seletti

RENAISSANCE
Design: BBMDS

Studio BBMDS transforms columns and sidewalks into real life components that bring  bookshelves to life – while giving glimpses of real and imagined cities.

diesel, seletti

COSMIC DINER
Seletti for Diesel Living

Inspired by the planets, Cosmic Diner is a visionary tableware collection, the result of the collaboration between Seletti and Diesel, extra-ordinary fashion brand with its roots in denim. In Paris for its European premiere, the table accessories feature a new material – brass. Bowls, candlesticks, centerpiece, and coffee cups in a shimmering metallic material.

seletti

ASSEMBLAGE
Design: Alessandro Zambelli

Assemblage is a lacquered, modular, MDF bookshelf that works with the overlap of cubic components coupled together by beautiful in-view clamps. Assemblage is presented, in addition to the classic white, in an anthracite version, with clamps in a precious brass variant.

To find out more about Maison and Objet click here.

 

Lane pop-up

Despoke favourite Lane, have opened a pop up shop at Rough Trade in Nottingham’s city centre, showcasing their locally designed and made homeware range and they are there until mid February.

lane, beam

All of the products are made in Nottingham using British materials, designed in Radford and made by craftsmen around the city.

lane, beam

The pop up shop is selling their new table lamp ‘Beam’, hand pulled screen prints, stationery and features the Twin Tone Lampshade, available in 10 different colours ways, designed to match the Little Greene paint range. So if you’re thinking of doing some new year decorating, it’s great opportunity to pick up a locally made accessory for your home and see it in real life, rather than online.

lane

To find out more and also enjoy the Lane sale, head over to the website.

The Serengetti

The Serengeti is home to an eco-system so beautiful it has inspired works of art, literature and scientific research alike. So, it’s only natural that Art of the Loom has a collection inspired by this incredible landscape.

Art of the loom, Exodus

Art of the loom, Exodus

We love this gorgeous fabric which is almost like the story of Noah’s Ark on fabric!

Maasai, Art of the Loom

Maasai, Art of the Loom

This gorgeous, strong and beautifully African fabric, would work well in a smart neutral room to finish it off or a room with a lot of traditional dark furniture, to help bring out the colour of the wood.

Belle, Art of the Loom

Belle, Art of the Loom

Although from a different collection called Belle, this great fabric really does mix the traditional and modern together well- the design can be traced back for centuries, but the muted colours give it a modern twist.

For more information, click here.

Furniture and accessories from Sottini

Bathrooms have the opportunity to be havens from our hectic lives and look beautiful and calming enough for us to want to stay in them. Sottini are masters in bathroom art (as it were….)

Gravina washstand £276, Gravina basin £456

Gravina washstand £276, Gravina basin £456

The bathroom furniture at Sottini is really good value for elegant and well-made goods.

Simeto Uno double vanity basin £594, Simeto wall mounted basin unit £960, Simeto full column unit £636, Simeto mirror from £348

Simeto Uno double vanity basin £594, Simeto wall mounted basin unit £960, Simeto full column unit £636, Simeto mirror from £348

They don’t just provide toilets and sinks either. Mirrors and cupboards are also part of their product list.

Ippari console, two base units, a side unit and 2 worktops £2,038.80, Isorno vessel basin £252, Valsura tall basin mixer £489, Magra mirror from £295,

Ippari console, two base units, a side unit and 2 worktops £2,038.80, Isorno vessel basin £252, Valsura tall basin mixer £489, Magra mirror from £295

We love this off-centred and almost sculpted architectural piece- although not quite sure it would fit into our mini (read absolutely tiny bathroom.)

 

Cycle Revolution at the Design Museum

Take this chance to see one of the last full blown exhibitions in the Design Museum at Shad Thames, before they head over to their brand spanking new space in Kensington. design museum, cycle revolution

Be inspired to keep your New Year’s resolution and be inspired by cycling at Cycle Revolution. The last decade has seen a revolution in cycling, on a scale not witnessed in the UK since the Second World War. Cycle Revolution celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition.

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The exhibition looks at cycling subcultures through four ‘tribes’ – the High Performers who reach Olympic speeds, the Thrill Seekers who take on all terrains, the Urban Riders who pedal our cities mile by mile, and the Cargo Bikers who work on two wheels.

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More and more people are using this method of transport to get to work and its especially useful in big cities where cars just aren’t practical. But some people go crazy and spend thousands- how has this happened and what is the future of the bike?

design museum

Us Brits really are the leaders in cycling- sure to win at this year’s Olympics in Rio as well as leading the way in bike development and merchandise. The exhibition brings together bicycles, clothing, accessories, equipment, film and photography to explain where cycling is now and where it might take us in the future.

Read more here.

The Federation of British Artists

January seems to be the season for new gallery exhibitions to welcome us into the new year and Mall Galleries have FBA Futures 2016.

Christopher Gray, Gold on Blue

Christopher Gray, Gold on Blue

Showcasing the outstanding art graduates of 2015, selected from across the country by members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA). The exhibition is a great chance to have a look and invest in the best new artists- hopefully before they become totally unaffordable!

Emma Burns, best of British 1,  £700

Emma Burns, best of British 1, £700

Presenting work from sixteen emerging artists, the exhibition will be an exciting mix of degree show and newly made painting, sculpture and original prints, all exploring contemporary figuration and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship.

Joshua Hulin, Sundered

Joshua Hulin, Sundered, £800

The exhibition really is a great chance to see some of the best and most talented up and coming artists and sculptors of many disciplines and runs from 19 January 2016 to 30 January 2016.

For more information click here.

BIS Publishers

We have discovered BIS Publishers, an Amsterdam- based publishing house who have a great online shop. Below are a few little inspiring reads and ideas.

create with artists, bookThe programme ‘Create with Artists’ offers the most inspiring workshops the Stedelijk Museum of contemporary art in Amsterdam has organized for young people over the past decade. Now you can get inspired and boost your creativity with tips from some of the world’s top artists and designers like Viktor&Rolf, Marlene Dumas, Rop van Mierlo, and Rineke Dijkstra.

seema sharma,Seema Sharma’s notebook and sketchbook “Write Nothing in Here’, is full of prompts, assignments, fun facts and quotes from the world of science, arts and philosophy to get you creative and thinking about your own unique ideas and creations. You’ll find out once you get the hang of it, that focusing on nothing really helps to create new ideas.

van boven

This food notebook has handy information on measures and conversions, food names in different languages, a seasonal calendar, and more. However, most pages only feature light illustrations so that you can fill them with your recipes, lists, tips, and memories- makes it so much more personal and a real heirloom.

Click here for more information and inspiration.

Champagne Life

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Saatchi Gallery will open Champagne Life, the Gallery’s first all-women exhibition on 13th January 2016.

Julia Wachtel, saatchi gallery

Julia Wachtel
Champagne Life
2014

It’s set to be one of the most exciting exhibitions for 2016, and a major event on London’s cultural calendar. Above you can see American artist Wachtel’s painting Champagne Life which will be on show and has also given the show its title. How often we have wished that Kim and Kanye could be turned on their heads!

Stephanie Quayle, saatchi gallery

Stephanie Quayle
Two Cows
2013

Perhaps most excitingly, the exhibition is showcasing new and arresting work by 14 emerging, international female artists, reflecting on what it means to be a female artist working today – it is also the Gallery’s first all-women exhibition.

Alice Anderson, saatchi gallery

Alice Anderson
Bound
2011

UK artist Alice Anderson will have her incredible Bound on show. Visitors can walk around the thread and reel which is 3.5 m high.

Soheila Sokhanvari, saatchi gallery

Soheila Sokhanvari
Moje Sabz
2011

Iranian-born Sokhanvari creates taxidermied sculptures, which appeal to the literary genre of magic realism, in which ‘reality’ is punctured with fantastical events, revealing meanings more profound that naturalism could hope to do- we also like how fun they are!

The artists taking part are: Mequitta Ahuja (USA) | Alice Anderson (UK) | Maria Angeletti (France) | Jelena Bulajic (Serbia) | Julia Dault (Canada) | Mia Feuer (Canada) |Sigrid Holmwood (Australia) | Virgile Ittah (Paris) | Maha Malluh (Saudi Arabia) | Suzanne McClelland (USA) | Seung Ah Paik (Korea) | Stephanie Quayle (UK) |Soheila Sokhanvari (Iran) | Julia Wachtel (USA)

For more information, click here.

Tate Modern

A new development project to the south of the existing building which will transform Tate Modern.

tate modern, new building

Tate Modern was designed for an annual audience of 2 million visitors. It now receives around 5 million visitors each year. This success has put pressure on their existing facilities and programmes, calling for this extension.

tate modern, herzog and de meuron

The design will be executed by renowned and celebrated architects Herzog and de Meuron and will rise from behind the power station as a new iconic addition to the London skyline. The façade will use brick to match the surface of the existing structure, while creating something radically new – a perforated brick lattice through which the interior lights will glow in the evening. Windows and the terrace will appear as cuts in the brick surface. The building will rise 64.5 metres above ground in 11 levels, its height responding to the iconic chimney of Giles Gilbert Scott’s power station.

tate modern, herzog and de meuron

Beautiful new galleries displaying the Collection will have a greater variation of sizes and shapes than the original museum, and there will be a larger space for temporary exhibitions. Tate Exchange will enable groups to exchange skills and ideas, there will be new seminar spaces, and a cutting-edge Media Lab. Social spaces will include a new Members Room, a Level 10 restaurant, and a public terrace on Level 11 all with outstanding views across the capital.

For more information on the project, click here.