Milan Moments

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Liz

Our Editor has returned from Milan suitably tired but with multiple stories, contacts, photos, bundles of press kits and of course feeling hugely inspired by the gorgeous and innovative designs exhibited this year. It’s impossible not to feel slightly overwhelmed with appreciation for such varied and widespread talent! Of course I could ramble on about the brilliance of the furniture, accessories and lighting we’ve seen for hours, but as they say, a picture paints a thousand words and so here are some 20,000 on the highlights of Salone del Mobile. First up, some of our Editor’s personal photos during her busy week.

Moooi’s ‘Unexpected Welcome’ at Via Savona 56

Inga Sempé’s Ruché armchair for Ligne Roset at France Design by VIA

North Light Series by Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau for e15

Exploring EDIT by designjunction

Ed Richardson, Founder of Modus in their Lily Chair designed by Michael Sodeau

Happy crowds discussing design over Prosecco in the courtyard at EDIT by designjunction

Moooi’s ‘Unexpected Welcome’ at Via Savona 56

Canvas Chair by YOY for Innermost at EDIT by designjunction, also featured in a previous blog here

Grillage Chair by Francois Azambourg for Ligne Roset at France Design by VIA

Lampyridae Lamp Series by Monica Correia at EDIT by designjunction

Onto our top product picks. Having delved through an array of intriguing press kits, which also ended up in us painting our nails ‘Knoll Red’ (a great shade if you’re interested!), the team at WIN have chosen just a small selection of our favourite designs from Milan. The trends tend towards simple, clean lines, pops of bright colour, bringing outdoor furniture indoors and vice versa, and use of playful prints and patterns. Definitely perfect for the approaching summer months!

SwingMe and SwingUs, Outdoor Floating Living Room Collection by Daniel Pouzet for DEDON

Taffeta Sofa by Alvin Tjitrowirjo for Moooi

The Washington Collection by David Adjaye for Knoll, his first furniture collection. Photo by Dorothy Hong

Foundry Floor Lamp by Nat Cheshire for Resident

Patch di Fiammati collection by Missoni Home

Babel drinks cabinet by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau

Phoenix Kitchen by CR&S Varenna for Poliform

Bassotti Sideboards by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Poke stool by Kyuhyung Cho for Innermost

Hope you enjoy these images and products as much as we do! We’re also looking forward to being similarly inspired by the entries into the Lighting Projects, Lighting Products, Furniture and Interior Accessories Categories of our World Interiors News Awards 2014. There’s just six weeks left before our close, so if you’d like to enter or just want some more information about the Awards, just email!

Milan, mischer’traxler & The Young Talent Award

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Liz

The WAN and WIN editors-in-chief are at the fabulous Salone del Mobile in Milan this week, whizzing their way around hundreds of stalls and tweeting images of some of their favourite designs, at which the team are staring in pure admiration and awe. While they report live from the venue, I thought it would be interesting to focus on some lesser known designers also at the infamous design week, brought to our attention by BE OPEN.

Benjamin Graindorge, France. Shortlisted.

BE OPEN is a global initiative to foster creativity and innovation, a think tank whose mission is to promote people and ideas today to build solutions for tomorrow. It is a cultural and social initiative founded by the Russian philanthropist, businesswoman and entrepreneur Yelena Baturina, with the support of an amazing international team. It was in fact launched during Milan Design Week 2012, with the goal of becoming a bridge between the great minds of our time – philosophers, sociologists, designers, architects, artists, writers, businessmen and opinion leaders – and the promising new minds of the younger generation.

Kwangho Lee, South Korea. Shortlisted.

BE OPEN develops its works through exhibitions, events and panel discussions in the world’s leading design capitals. Naturally, they decided to announce the first winner of their new annual prize, The Young Talent Award, at a packed awards ceremony at the start of this year’s Milan Design Week. mischer’traxler was selected from a shortlist of ten candidates, from an original long list of thirty-seven, put forward by a leading international design industry jury. This jury was an all-star cast from the design world, including Giulio Cappellini, Art Director of Cappellini, Sofia Lagerkvist of design trio Front, and Jay Osgerby of Barber & Osgerby, who designed the Austrian duo’s unique egg trophy prize, a symbol of nascent talent ready to hatch.

Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler of Studio mischer’traxler, Austria. Winners of The Young Talent Award.

The jury said of their selection: “The work of the ten shortlisted candidates is of exceptional quality, but we felt that mischer’traxler’s methods best reflect the spirit of this new, important design prize. Matching experimental research and vanguard attitudes with industrial production, they clearly indicate how much further manufacturing can be developed from where it is now. Their talent for introducing creative interaction into everyday objects and humanising every aspect of design reflects their incredible ability to synthesise the future of design.”

The criteria for this prize, and indeed the award itself, are unique: the selection is made on the basis of potential, rather than work achieved. As well as their trophy, mischer’traxler win €24,000 to support their living expenses for a year. This is so that they can continue to work at their own pace, without any obligation to create new products or exhibit their work. The Young Talent Award is, like BE OPEN, changing how people see the design world, providing an opportunity for learning, education and development that will spur on creativity and innovation.

Dennis Parren, Netherlands. Winner of Yelena Baturina prize.

There was also a second winner at the awards ceremony, with Dennis Parren selected as the Yelena Baturina prize-winner. His trophy, a replica dinosaur egg, was created especially by Front Design. Baturina herself chose Parren from the shortlist, due to her belief in his business potential. His design specifically ‘tapped into a very important trend for our time’ of people as ‘global nomads’. Moreover, there will be a third prize known as the Web Choice award for another talented young designer – you have until 17 May to vote online for your favourite, so definitely get involved here!

Elie Ahovi, France. Shortlisted.

We’re looking forward to hearing more inspirational stories like this when everyone gets back from Milan – be sure to check our news site for product exclusives next week!

One Cool Dude!

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Liz

Now I must admit, Markus Johansson is a favourite of the WIN team – I’m often receiving emails from my Editor and various colleagues about his latest products and with good reason. The Swedish designer has been making waves in the design world since graduating from HDK in 2011, collaborating with both Swedish and international companies. He also owns the Markus Johansson Design Studio, his latest piece being one of his own projects.

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

Hello Dude is a lamp, an extremely fun lamp at that. Not only is it fun, it is practical. Johansson says that he ‘got fascinated with the idea of a large screw which will let you regulate the light, either flood your space or dim it’. The large screw became a little dude with a cap. Replacing the dude’s head with a light means that when he raises his cap, this light shines through the room he’s in. He can also provide softer lighting, just screw his cap back down.

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

If the cap is askew, the light goes where the dude looks. This gives the dude his character, with changed expressions he provides transformed luminosities. He’s also extremely accommodating with no fixed construction; by positioning his cap the user is able to regulate both the intensity of the light and its direction. The cap can be turned up and down and set in various angles with a multi-axis arm that revolves around a ball. Smart, simple and cool. Hence why he’s such a dude!

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

The lamp is made from a hard and durable material akin to steel and glass and comes lacquered in three different colours: black, a greyish brown and a pastel yellow. I can definitely see these little guys lighting up bedrooms, cheering up office desks and animating entranceways. Check out this and Johansson’s other pieces at Salone del Mobile Milano next week, WIN will hopefully see you there!


An Artist’s Impression: Loukas Morley

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Liz

Loukas Morley is a Cambridge based artist and designer who studied at Cambridge and the Newport School of Art in South Wales.

Azure Pink, 90×90 (spirit based pigment on canvas)

Loukas is extremely adventurous in his work and, not being bound by any one medium, could be described as an artist, furniture maker and even landscape gardener.

His strongest designs can be distinctly seen within his paintings, which we love. These grand canvases, many of which are over 1m2, would make the perfect finishing touch for any interior design scheme and could be easily placed as a feature in any room of the house. What is obviously distinct is his incredible use of colour, he merges tones in swirling patterns with impressive effects; his paintings have a great presence in large open spaces.

Wild Flowers From My Balcony, 100×100 (spirit based pigment on canvas)

Diptych I, 70×70 (spirit based pigment on canvas)

Summer Reverie, 70×70 (spirit based pigment on aluminium)

Seeing great value and beauty in disregarded objects, Loukas also rescues and re-uses materials that would have been otherwise thrown away within his work. He offers a somewhat poetic response to human wastefulness. This upcycling is very evident in his furniture, most of which has been constructed from reclaimed wood and metal. Loukas has designed and made tables, chairs, stools, and even bespoke storage for private clients.

Protoype Side Table (in production)

Reversible cedar table top on trestle legs, 2006, 80x250cm

The team at WIN are now coveting a piece to hang on the wall in our office – and we can’t wait to see what’s next from this talented artist!

The Early Birds Catch our Attention

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Liz

Our Early Bird Registration for this year’s World Interiors News Awards has now officially closed, and what an amazing response! The team at WIN have been inundated with remarkable projects across all interiors categories; it’s been an absolute delight working with everyone to feature their submissions and we’re excited to see more over the coming months. With entries from Australia, Mexico, Norway, Dubai, Bulgaria, Japan, Ecuador, Canada, USA, UK, Thailand, Ukraine, Poland, Brazil and every other location you could think of, we’ve extremely happy to have connected with so many talented architects and designers worldwide to showcase their work.

We’ve also been busy securing some fabulous jury members who will reviewing the designs this year, including Conrad Smith, Managing Director of ReardonSmith, Nick Jones, Founder and CEO of Soho House, Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder and Director of Studiofibre and Guzmán de Yarza Blache, Master Director in workspace design at the IE School of Architecture and Design. Additionally, the team have been working hard to put together special editions of our INSIDE newsletter, each one based around an Awards Category in order to present the entries so far, giving them even more of the exposure they deserve.

There is plenty of time left to enter into this year’s awards with our overall deadline of 06 June still over two months away. Below is a snapshot of just some of the entries we’ve received, we hope it’ll inspire you to get involved! For further information on the Awards, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or on +44 (0)1273 201 117

Café Ki, Tokyo, Japan by id. Entry into Restaurant Category.

El Magatzem de la Bodegueta, Barcelona, Spain by Pilar Líbano Studio. Entry into Bars Category.

T2 Headquarters, Melbourne, Australia by Landini Associates. Entry into Workspace Interiors Category.

Nanchang Insun International Cinema, Nanchang, China by One Plus Partnership Limited. Entry into Leisure or Entertainment Venues Category.

57C Lambert Road, London, United Kingdom by Karsten Weiss. Entry into Residential Interiors Category.

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Minneapolis, United States by HGA Architects and Engineers. Entry into Public Sector Category.

St. Cecilia, Atlanta, United States by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Entry into Restaurants Category.

Barrancas House, Mexico City, Mexico by EZEQUIELFARCA architecture & design. Entry into Residential Interiors Category.

The Barbarian Group, New York, United States by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Entry into Workspace Interiors Category.

Raheen Library, Melbourne, Australia by Woods Bagot. Entry into Public Sector Category.

Delfina Foundation, London, United Kingdom by Studio Octopi. Entry into Museum or Exhibition Spaces Category.

King + Duke, Atlanta, United States by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Entry into Restaurants Category.

One Hot Yoga Studio, Melbourne, Australia by Robert Mills Architect. Entry into Leisure or Entertainment Venues Category.

Restaurant & Bar Nazdrowje, Stockholm, Sweden by Design by Richard Lindvall. Entry into Restaurants Category.


The Art of the Chair

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Liz

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

Introducing YOY, a Tokyo based design studio represented by Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto. Naoki is a graduate of architectural design from the Kyoto Institute of Technology, working as a spatial designer, while Yuki is a product designer who graduated in industrial design at Kanazawa College of Art. The pair joined forces in 2011, forming YOY with the intention of creating a new story between space and objects. Canvas is their latest story, or rather illustration come to life.

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

At first glance, this is a simple canvas with a quirky print – it would be a great piece in any home, hung on the wall in an elegant dining room or modern bedroom. The two dimensional drawing of either a chair or sofa is definitely something that would be desirable to many of us on its own. Of course, coming from YOY, it has a twist. Yes it’s a canvas and yes it can be hung up to admire, but also, it can be leant against the wall and sat on. The drawing of a chair is also in fact a chair, you can essentially sit in your purchased artwork. Certainly useful if you’ve run out of seats and guests are over!

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

Now to the technical part before you run to your nearest prized art piece, set it against the wall and fall through it. YOY’s canvas chairs have a frame made of wood and aluminium and are covered by an elastic fabric which is printed with the texture of a canvas and the chair or sofa drawing. It is this elasticated fabric that moves to hold the individual’s weight, allowing it to become a functioning seat. YOY perceive it is a canvas shaped chair with a drawing of a chair. What do you think chair or art? Or both? Either way, it’s a unique and stylish piece that will definitely get people talking – and sitting!

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

The Fabric Prints of the Present (and Past!)

Posted on February 28, 2014 by Liz

Heal’s has a long and prominent history of discovering and nurturing creative talent. Back in the 1950s, the company was responsible for championing fabric designs by emerging designers of the time including Lucienne Day, Zandra Rhodes and Barbara Brown. So it is extremely exciting to hear that they have just produced an exclusive own-brand fabric collection, the first since the 1970s. As expected, they have worked with both established designers, including Rhodes, and also those who are lesser known. Each designer has created a unique pattern for Heal’s, resulting in a striking collection that celebrates both colour and individuality, drawing inspiration from fabric archives, decorative arts, nature and even jewellery.

Paul Vogel, Milo’s Stripe

Pia Benham, Heal’s Head of Fabric & Design comments: “As part of the relaunch of Heal’s historic fabric department, we wanted to extend our current fabric offering. We hope the new collection will help further strengthen our fabric department’s position as the destination for unique and exciting designs, a place that can inspire our customers and enable them to make their homes a beautiful place to live in. We also wanted to inject fun and excitement into our Heal’s fabric design once again, by working with established as well as emerging designers – in the same way we did in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Heal’s Journal with Peacock Flower print, Malika Favre

Also coinciding with the fabric collection launch comes a coordinating home accessory line, Heal’s 1810 – named after the year in which they were first established. This series features selected patterns from the new fabric range giving the opportunity for them to be appreciated in multiple ways throughout their customers’ living spaces. The accessories include kitchen textiles such as aprons, oven gloves and tea towels, as well furnishings such as cushions. It also includes stationary, for example cute journals that can be flaunted with pride outside of the home!

Zandra Rhodes, Top Brass 2

Onto the prints, of which there are an extensive and fabulous amount. Zandra Rhodes’ Top Brass 2 makes a return, having originally been designed for Heal’s in 1963. A reminder of the Pop Art period of the time, it has the designer’s signature pink colour palette with a medal motif inspired by a David Hockney painting. Another return is the late Diana Bloomfield’s Tea Time, which truly reflects the 1950s period in which it was first designed. Introduced with the help of Bloomfield’s daughter Julia, Tea Time has a retro style but the playful print allows for a modern feel. It is thought to be inspired by the illustrated cakes and jellies of Isabella Beeton’s Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

Heal’s Tray with Tea Time Print, Diana Bloomfield

Cressida Bell’s Trees is heavily influenced by the 1930s and 1940s, taking inspiration from illustrators of the period such as Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden. Including rich colours and detailed pattern, it can clearly be seen that her design motto is ‘more is more’! Another bold print, Malika Favre’s geometric style Peacock Flower uses the form of the bird as the basis for her abstract pattern, having seen one wandering around her hotel on a recent trip to the French Riviera!

Cressida Bell, Trees

A simpler, but still extremely effective pattern is Paul Vogel’s Stripe series. This was inspired by Heal’s own archives but adapted using this Spring’s colour trends and by playing with proportions. Emily Patrick’s Cloud is based on one of her paintings, breaking down the barrier between outside and inside. Ottilie Stevenson looked to Art Deco jewellery to create the crisp geometrics of Zig Zag while Petra Börner’s Lady Jane is designed to resemble a scattered bouquet of rough cuts from the garden. Finally, a distinctively Scandinavian design from Hvass & Hannibal. Herbarium uses the forest as its main theme, with an illustrative and folkloristic style depicting plants, flowers and trees.

Hvass & Hannibal, Herbarium

The collection offers a style to suit every taste and is an amazing reflection of Heal’s, of its inspiring past and also of the current brand that we have grown to know and love. It really offers something for everyone, especially with the 1810 line and after thirty years, we at WIN believe the collection is a long-awaited triumph!

A Mixed Media Montage

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Liz

One for the readers who enjoy Magic Eye pictures, the spot the difference puzzles in weekly magazines or in fact, just shiny things. Elisa Insua is a self-taught artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina who uses just about anything to create found objects with. This can be seen clearly in her mixed media assemblage mosaics that include a whole host of random items. There are the everyday objects; keys, coins, hair clips and buttons and also the more unusual, such as miniature alcohol bottles (perhaps not so unusual!), tiny my little ponies and smurfs, Toy Story’s Woody and crucifix pendants.

Elisa Insua – Jurassic Punk

This all harks back to when she began her career as 16 year old teenager, using the materials that surrounded her – happy meal toys, pens, jewellery. Elisa smartly calls these items ‘resurrected trash’. There is definitely a sense of childhood playfulness, of collecting toys and sentimental knickknacks, that can be both literally and metaphorically found in her pieces. This allows for viewers to search for objects remembered from their youth, whilst also appreciating their reanimation in new bodies.

Elisa Insua – El Opio de los Pueblos (Opium of the People)

Elisa herself was inspired by Argentinean artists such as Antonio Berni, Jorge de La Vega and Grupo Mondongo, who also played with mixed media. It is this technique that she fell in love with and has evolved with: “I love the texture you can create with different objects, and I love the fact that each piece I include has its own long history (besides the message that so many little things together can say about consumption and accumulation!)”

Elisa Insua – El Mundo Según (The World According To)

The pieces shown are just some of her favourites, many of take a strong inspiration from pop culture. She is inspired by anything ‘from celebrities to bumper stickers, religion, cartoons, movies and even brands’, hence the mosaic style. Her found objects can be related to on a lot of levels by a wide range of people, but also have a deeper meaning, relating to ‘power, idolatry, ambition, desire and capitalism.’ We’d be curious to see what feelings they trigger in our readers – and also how long you spend trying to disassemble them with your eyes!

Elisa Insua – Liberté

Paper Productions

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Liz

Pia Wüstenberg is a German born designer, who studied in the UK before moving to Finland to set up her studio piadesign. It is here that she began to explore self-production using local crafts skills. She has since returned to the UK and has continued in her explorations with international clients and brands, through collaborations and also ‘Utopia & Utility’, the design and manufacturing company set up by Pia and her brother Moritz.

Samples, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

Paper Productions  is a collection of handcrafted lights created by artisans in Ahmedabad, India and the outcome of one of Pia’s collaborative development projects. On invite from House of MG, a hotel and lifestyle company in Ahmedabad, Pia spent six weeks working at the Khalamkush Paper Factory in India. The factory uses traditional paper making techniques, making its own paper pulp from cotton rags. In this way it is completely self-sufficient, both from the material making to the pressing and processing of the finished paper sheets.

Gunghat Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

To create the Paper Productions lights, paper was draped and moulded onto various objects, many sourced from the vibrant old market in Ahmedabad. This includes balloons and funnels, creating different lamp shapes, all extremely delicate and lightweight. Some have an additional wire ornament, others are simply comprised of the paper shade, equipped with a small LED light.

Paper Making Station with Vaishali and Dimple, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

The lights combine in clusters, creating a beautiful effect akin to that of jellyfish swimming underwater. There is beauty in their soft and graceful positioning and in the way they have been produced, and these are two key elements in Pia’s designs. She reinvents the use of materials, creating an object that stands for its present use but also the history behind its making. Pia believes that: “The contrast and overlap of these stories make up the life of the object, and are valued equally.”

Ful Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

Paper Productions is not just a beautiful collection of lights, it tells a story of the tradition of paper making and the people in Ahmedabad. It will also continue to be made by the artisans Pia worked with and so it is important that the project is shared with a wider audience to promote their skills and provide continuing work. It will be showing at the Kraft Work Exhibition at the Aram Gallery in London and for WIN’s international readers and Pia’s other collections will also be shown at Design Shanghai and at EDIT by designjunction in Milan. We highly recommend going along, or just reading more about Pia’s brilliant work!

Ful Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg


What flavour scoop?

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Liz

Eikon Shell White. Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen.

Hello! How are you? It’s nice to meet Niklas Jessen and Julia Mülling, the driving forces behind design brand Schneid. Founded in 2010 by Jessen, a trained carpenter and architect, and joined by Mülling in 2012, whose focus lies in photography, illustration and design, Schneid have developed a variety of lighting products with a strong focus on ecology, locality, innovation and fairness towards their people and environment. The brand stands for the Scandinavian way of thinking, designing with formal purity, functionality and a minimalist approach.

Eikon Basic Ice Blue Fade, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

The Eikon lamp is a perfect example of this methodology, combining an industrial style with Scandinavian product tradition. Material arrangement is key to manage this balancing act, which can be seen through the use of wood and metal in the Eikon. The socket of the lamp constitutes its base, surrounded by ash, oak or bamboo wood. The textile cables and metal shade – attached with magnets – are available in a range of colours. This shade is removable and interchangeable, allowing for various installations and colour combinations, another versatile mix and match style product – we like these!

Eikon Shell Yellow, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

There are now varying models to play with too! The new “Basic” model is wider and appears more straightforward in its design. Accordingly, “Shell”, available in white, ice blue and bright yellow, lets the living space shine even brighter. “Shell” and “Basic” can be interchanged, making the Eikon even more versatile in terms of design and function.

Eikon Bubble Bamboo Coral Orange, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

Eikon “Bubble” is a silicone lampshade that is poured into an extraordinary shape. With its translucent visual appearance, it brings new aesthetic features to the lamp. Touching the soft and flexible shade will reveal the optical illusion that is initially created by the glass-like material.

Eikon Basic Coral Red Fade, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

The Eikon is a truly delicious product – excuse the pun, it does look like an ice cream to me! With a wooden cone and multiple pastel “flavours”, staring at the varying shades and colour combinations, it’s harder to decide which I prefer than what tasty scoop I would have from my local gelato parlour. Schneid have got it right, young entrepreneurial spirit combined with a lot of courage that will see their designs go far in the market – courage that can even be seen in their name (schneid haben is a German expression for “being bold”). The WIN team hope they continue to be bold and that we continue to see it in fun and innovative products!

Eikon Selection, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen