Via Carluccio’s – Tottenham Court Road, London

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Annalisa

DesignLSM, have recently completed the interior design for the launch of Via Carluccio’s in Tottenham Court Road.

The new fast casual concept from the Carluccio’s brand combines their authentic Italian food with efficient and speedy service for busy Londoners on the go.

Via (meaning street in Italian) was inspired by founder Antonio Carluccio’s train travels across Italy.
The intention is to bring his experience of real Italian food on the move to the bustling retail and restaurant hub of Tottenham Court Road. DesignLSM’s brief was to create a natural extension of Carluccio’s existing deli offer, adopting a simple yet bold interior to reflect the quality and authenticity associated with the brand.

Their designers utilised a minimal palette of materials made up of concrete, light timber and bespoke vinyls, maximising the natural day light of the space and allowing the fresh and vibrant produce on display to be the main focus. The ceramic works of the late Italian designer and architect Gio Ponti inspired the striking design of the wall coverings giving ‘Via’ a separate identity from it’s parent brand.

DesignLSM are delighted with how well received this new addition to the Carluccio’s family has been since it’s opening saying ‘Our design team are proud to continue our work with Carluccio’s adding to their ever-increasing portfolio across the UK and internationally’.

www.designlsm.com

ROBERT WILSON AND ZAHA HADID’S WORKS FOR SLAMP ON DISPLAY IN CHIANTI’S WINERIES

Posted on June 21, 2016 by Annalisa

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of director Robert Wilson’s The Watermill Centre, an interdisciplinary laboratory focusing on the arts and human studies, Slamp joins the “ART of the Treasure Hunt”, an exclusive experience organised by art collector Luziah Hennessey starting June 30, 2016.

La Traviata, the light sculpture designed by Robert Wilson for Slamp, will be the star of a site-specific installation in the historic Felsina cantina in Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena. Wilson’s three light sculptures create a “polychrome” landscape suspended above the immense wooden barrels of Chianti Classico, as seen in the exclusive photograph shot by Massimo Listri.

In parallel, an additional two “La Traviata” light sculptures are on display in the Relais & Châteaux Borgo San Felice chapel.

At the same resort, Dame Zaha Hadid is honoured with an installation of the Aria Gold, a new collection presented this past April. The lamps’ haunting aura will cast an air of mystery in one of the Winery’s hidden vinsantaie.

Robert Wilson and Zaha Hadid’s works will be on display, every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October, 2016. The wineries are ten kilometers from one another.

www.slamp.it

New Boutique Hotel in Twr y Felin Wales

Posted on June 10, 2016 by Annalisa

Designed by Aedas Interiors, the contemporary art Twr y Felin Hotel in St. David’s Pembrokeshire region, Wales, UK, just opened its doors.

Twr y Felin Hotel is the first ‘Art Hotel’ in Wales, re-established from a historical windmill tower and designed in a contemporary flair with over 100 pieces of original artworks from urban artists.

It is the third regeneration project by Retreats Group, which aims to rejuvenate the Wales community by respectfully restoring and transforming the historical and much-loved buildings into luxury, boutique hotels. Its sister hotels, Roch Castle Hotel and Penrhiw Hotel, are also designed and reformed by Aedas Interiors.

‘We worked with the existing awkwardly shaped and sized room configurations and considered the preservation of original architectural elements including the bronze traceried windows and original wood and stone flooring. The designs drew strongly on the relationship from the exterior landscape to the interior space with the use of colour palette and textures, which were inspired by the outdoor setting of Wales’, said Greg Farrell, Executive Director at Aedas Interiors, who is based in Hong Kong.

All restoration work and labour were commissioned to be delivered by local workers of Wales. The design team also managed to source as many materials locally as possible. Tailor-made furniture and artworks from local artists are incorporated into each hotel that embodies the cultural reference and tells the story of the local heritage of Pembrokeshire, Wales.

www.aedas.com

MOOOI OPENS SHOWROOM & BRAND STORE IN LONDON FITZROVIA

Posted on June 3, 2016 by Annalisa

Interior design brand Moooi, known for its daring playful design collections has opened a new showroom and brand store in the heart of the Capital, situated just north of Soho in London’s Fitzrovia.

The showroom and brand store occupies the ground floor space of the Moray House building and represents a celebration of Moooi’s signature designs and lifestyle ideas in the context of the brand’s evolution.

To complement the featured collection, a selection of carpets will bring colour and depth to the interior, adding another layer of beauty. “A complete Moooi world in the heart of London”, comments Moooi CEO Robin Bevers. “This Moooi showroom and brand store represents a very important step in the international growth and evolution of the brand”.

Moooi envisions the brand store becoming a focal point for architects, designers and design lovers.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

Posted on May 27, 2016 by Annalisa

Following a short introduction held at Hix Restaurant in Clerkenwell (East London), Will Knight, Show Director of Clerkenwell Design Week, gave the assembled journalists a tour of this year’s show and explained the new ‘master plan’ for the event designed by architecture practice OMMX.

There were eight main exhibition venues to explore, full of the latest and best new products in contemporary design from Britain and beyond. Each venue had a distinct offering, showing the breadth of creativity that makes CDW such an important part of the London design calendar.

Giles Miller Studio and British Ceramic Tile collaborated to provide ‘wayfinding’ for the show using a series of large-scale abstract signage sculptures using square glass tiles.

Photo Credit: Sophie Mutevelian

Rather than rent a space in town Tom Dixon collaborated with Andrew Baughen, the enlightened Vicar of St James’ Church. The partnership installed a large Curve chandelier in the main space, a co-working environment and a kitchen – all to be donated as permanent fixtures once the
Design Week juggernaut rolls out of town.

Photo Credit: Sophie Mutevelian

The extraordinary volumes, the nooks and crannies of this classic 18th century church proved the perfect venue for Tom Dixon to demonstrate his new lighting and furniture products against a series of historic backdrops.

Vello provided bikes to cover the mile long tour of the event.

Those looking for a faster mode of transport could jump in one of the Renault Twizys – complementary point-to-point shuttles available for visitors of CDW.

Photo Credit: Sophie Mutevelian

Leiz creates luxurious, contemporary knitted textiles for décor statement pieces. The textiles are developed on traditional Italian made-to-measure knitwear machines in the spirit of artisanal craftsmanship.

Another Brand previewed products from its Cubo and Tavolini collections as well as showcasing the brands’ bespoke services.

Poliform exhibited for the first time at CDW this year with an understated stand that included a rather lovely version of the striking Marcel Wanders MAD Collection in quilted velvet.

Our friend and once judge of the WIN Awards, Tania Johnson, exhibited select pieces from her ‘Journeys in Colour’ hand knotted rug collection including new versions based on Tania’s own photographs of light, shadows and reflections.

Brixton-based design studio 2MZ made its debut at CDW with the launch of its modern kitchen furniture.

That’s it for another year! I hope that gave you a taste of what was on offer at the 2016 Clerkenwell Design Festival.

Have a good weekend.

The WIN Team.

London Design Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Annalisa

Over coffee and croissants at the V&A in Kensington, London, the London Design Festival announced its exciting programme of events, installations and exhibitions, which will take place across the capital from 17-25 September.

As well as bringing Visionary Crazy Golf to Trafalgar Square, London Design Festival has announced an exciting line up of Landmark Projects including ‘The Smile’ by Alison Brooks Architects, a cross–laminated hardwood structure using American tulipwood that can be inhabited and explored, offering a new way of looking at the city.

A second Landmark Project, by Shelter and Legal & General, seeks to address the housing crisis through an experiential installation designed by dRMM entitled Baboushka Boxes.

The Victoria and Albert Museum will again be the hub of the Festival. With projects from design duo Glithero who will create a mesmerising time-based installation with Panerai, and ‘Foil’ by Benjamin Hubert of Layer, an undulating metallic ribbon installation which will transform one of the V&A spaces with LED lights and pattern, inspired by Braun.

Mathieu Lehanneur is known for his innovative approach, combining design, science, technology and art to create humanistic projects. His installation for the Festival, Liquid Marble, will be a variation of his ongoing series exploring the materiality of marble, displayed in the V&A’s galleries.

A newly-commissioned Garden installation by experimental architect Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer will launch the Season. Their first ever public commission in the UK, Elytra Filament Pavilion will explore the impact of emerging robotic technologies on architectural design, engineering and making.

Inspired by a lightweight construction principle found in nature, the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra, the Pavilion will be an undulating canopy of tightly-woven carbon fibre cells created using a novel robotic production process. The Pavilion will grow over the course of the V&A Engineering Season in response to data on structural behaviour and patterns of inhabitation of the Garden that will be captured by real-time sensors in its canopy fibres.

The Festival has also commissioned a number of leading design visionaries including Paul Cocksedge, Amanda Levete and the late Zaha Hadid to create their own souvenirs of London, which will be available to purchase at the V&A shop. Londondesignfestival.com

’Absurd Bird’ By DesignLSM

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Annalisa

We love this latest project from hospitality design specialists DesignLSM.

Based in Spitalfields, London, the innovative restaurant concept offers the humble delights of spatch-cocked smoked chicken with an ‘Absurd’ twist introducing city diners to the unusual pairings of ‘chicken and waffle’ and ‘sweet potato marshmallow bake’.

Founded by an American Chef and Young Entrepreneur the story behind Absurd Bird is inspired by an amusing tale of the adventure of two rebellious birds who decide to jail break out of the cuckoo’s nest and embark on a memorable journey together. As the brand’s story slowly unfolds the true essence of Absurd Bird is revealed.

DesignLSM’s brief was to capture Absurd Bird’s playful identity and reflect the quirkiness of the menu with a modern yet nostalgic design inspired by the backwaters of America’s deep south.

The overall concept is set across two floors combining a warm and rustic all-day dining environment on the ground floor with a relaxed and intimate evening cocktail bar in the basement.

In the upstairs restaurant the reclaimed wooden seating, taken from old US barns, combined with corrugated timber panels brings a raw aesthetic into the space which is bought to live with playful touches of flannel shirt upholstery and vibrant neon signage.

The story continues through bespoke birch tree chandeliers, up-lit birdhouses and bizarre binocular spotlights suspended over the cement tables, each of which are brandished with bird footprints left by the feathery outlaws on their chaotic journey.

The absurdness ventures into the restroom space where our interiors team designed the weird and wonderful feature of a suitcase vanity unit, which when opened displays a bird watcher’s map illustrating the brand’s story further.

In contrast the basement design is reminiscent of an authentic 1920’s speakeasy bar with a luxurious yet worn feel throughout the space. The bar is a prominent feature designed with a grand marble top, brass trim and beautifully ornate wooden frontage decorated with a distressed paint effect.

The decadent booths are framed by luxurious fabrics and bespoke wallpaper that depicts vintage oil paintings – a perfectly intimate spot to enjoy a ‘moonshine’ cocktail whilst indulging in a spot of ornithology.

 

ferm LIVING and knit designer Rikke Jo Tholstrup in an exclusive collaboration

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Annalisa

The Danish knit-artist Rikke Jo Tholstrup, has created a limited range of wooden paddles with knit covers for ferm LIVING which will be sold exclusively on fermliving.com.

The Paddle People is a series of decorative wooden paddles with knit covers. The patterns of the knit is layered and graphic, inspired by patterns and sculpture from the Indigenous art of North America. 

The entire piece – wood to knit – is handmade and sourced in Denmark, with the knitted pieces being produced in a 1950s knitwear factory in western Denmark.

“We are very happy about the pieces Rikke has created for us. Just like us, she is concerned with craftsmanship and creativity which has been breeding ground for a good, creative collaboration”, explains Trine Andersen, designer and founder of ferm LIVING.

“I think that the Paddle People are decorative, so it’s really how you fit it into your space”, Rikke says. “The paddles are textural, so I envision them in a room with other art pieces, like prints framed on the wall. They’ll add something physical to that kind of space that I think will look incredible. Once you understand the process of designing and creating the paddles, there’s also an aspect of craftsmanship that makes them not only decorative but also narrative – as with every great addition to your home, there’s a story to be told.”

The paddles people come in five different designs and there are ten of each available.

They will retail at EUR 310 / DKK 2300.

 

The Rug Company

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Annalisa

Gator by Bill Amberg

I recently attended a delightful evening to launch the Rug Company’s new rug in collaboration with Bill Amberg. The event was hosted Christopher & Suzanne Sharp, founders of The Rug Company at their Kings Road showroom.

During the evening Kelvyn Smith from Smith Rules demonstrated the technique for transferring the skins using letterpress to paper, which will then be hand weaved into the beautiful rugs we saw on display.

“One of the more unusual and distinctive elements of leather as a material is the vast array of textures. Some are immediately identifiable, some are more curious and unusual. Capturing their uniqueness is an interesting challenge as each skin reflects the life of the animal, making it completely unique. Having worked with letterpress printer. Kelvyn Smith at Smith Rules on previous projects, I began to think this might be a way of reproducing the individual qualities of leather.’’

Kelvyn did various experiments to get a perfect print of the surface of a number of different skins, lifting the paper to even out the skin’s natural difference in thickness and density. ”It is good to be working with Christopher Sharp and the team at The Rug Company again, developing the materials, shades and construction for the rug and lifting it from a pattern to a real reflection of an animal’s character.’’ Bill Amberg

The new Gator rug by Bill Amberg is available in a number of sizes exclusively from The Rug Company showrooms. It can also be custom ordered in shape, size, colour or scale to suit any specific requirements.

Gator by Bill Amberg for The Rug Company:

Hand knotted Tibetan wool and silk  2.74×1.83m £5,465 or £1,090/m2

Stockist information:
THE RUG COMPANY
555 King’s Road
London SW6 2EB
Tel: 020 7384 0980
www.therugcompany.com

 

                                                                                               

Ballet Pendant Lamp

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Annalisa

Founded 20 years ago in Galicia, Spain, lighting company Arturo Álvarez specialises in handmade lamps for hospitality projects including lighting solutions for hotel chains including Hilton, Sheraton and Melia.

‘Ballet’ is a new design from the studio created in collaboration with product designer Héctor Serrano who together with Arturo Álvarez has produced this pretty light using SIMETECH®, a steel mesh covered with silicone.

SIMETECH®, gives the designer the flexibility to create graceful forms which bring the lamps to life, ‘its asymmetry makes its forms change depending on the point of view. … a constant dance of light and shadows”.

Ballet comes in white, grey, beige, yellow or orange.

www.arturo-alvarez.com