The WIN Awards 2015

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Robert

“Thank you so much for a fabulous night last night, great venue, and brilliant atmosphere. The whole experience from judging to the ceremony was exceptional!”
-Tracey Wiles, Partner at Make Architects

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street played host to the sixth annual World Interiors News Awards. A collaboration between the WIN Team and our headline sponsor, MOROSO, the main task was filling the space with enough stylish touches to match the show stopping, 360 degree views of the London skyline. Using a selection of MOROSO’s latest collections we added just the right amount of intimacy and Italian style to the venue, including a fabulous, cosy nook area set right in the midst of the verdant gardens.

We were thrilled to welcome our 250 guests; architects, designers, clients and developers flew in from all corners of the world to mingle, network and find out first-hand the winners. With bubbly, wine and delicious canapes from award winning caterers, Rhubarb, plus music ranging from Eartha Kitt to M83, the party atmosphere was soon in full swing. In what seemed like mere moments it was time for the awards presentation. The lovely Libby Potter, host of BBC2’s ‘The Money Programme’, was the face of this year’s awards bringing style, humour and an infectious energy to the proceedings. 16 categories and 24 Awards later, we reached the end of the WIN Awards 2015.

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

World Interiors News would like to thank our headline sponsor, Italian furniture design company, MOROSO; sponsor of the Residential Development category – CBRE Residential London; sponsor of the Residential Interiors category – GIRA; sponsors of the Hotels category – Alger-Triton and our partners for the Interior Practice awards – Aesop, who provided fabulous gift bags – an early festive treat for our attendees.

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

The event drew to a close at 11.30 but our guests continued partying into the night at the Sky Pod Bar. A perfect end to an inspiring and enriching year for interior design.

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

Photo Credit: Matt Chung


The Herbarium: Crabtree & Evelyn

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Robert

The Herbarium display for the Crabtree & Evelyn store at Regent Street was part of the RIBA Regent Street Window project collaboratively designed by the architects London Atelier and lighting designers Michael Grubb Studio. The display captures the memory of English Still rooms. A delicate combination of colourful and fascinating plants and flowers, tracing papers, copper and brass utensils, wooden surfaces of country kitchens and remedies, potions and cosmetic products were the inspiration for the project.

The display is a choreographed ensemble of herbs, plants and flowers preserved in panes of soap within a brass grid lit by an LED matrix.

A grid of 96 boxes or pigeon holes was made into 4 separate modules. 77 of these modules were caped with panes of soap with botanical compositions made from around 200 different species of plants common to English gardens cast into them. The piece is constructed from lightly stained plywood, frosted glass and brass angles that hold the soap panes in place and it rests on a plinth of 10mm steel. It is lit using 77 linear runs of LED lights which are connected to a computer to create a subtle, organically animated and surprising lighting effect.  The lighting matrix responds to the movements of the passers-by and translates them into disturbances and ripples into general pattern.

 

PATTERNITY x Paperless Post

Posted on October 8, 2015 by Robert

Innovative invitations company Paperless Post and London-based pattern pioneers PATTERNITY, the world’s only dedicated digital pattern archive, have collaborated on a graphic collection of ten modern invitations to help people celebrate life’s most memorable moments. The bold geometric patterns designed exclusively for this collection reflect the connections we experience as we relate to and bond with one another at occasions like dinner parties, birthdays, cocktail hours, and housewarmings.

To celebrate the collaboration’s launch, Paperless Post and PATTERNITY created an interactive installation called ‘Connected by Pattern’ as part of Somerset House’s ‘10 Designers in the West Wing’ exhibition during the London Design Festival. The immersive experience was comprised of a single room that is filled from floor to ceiling with the patterns designed for the collection to create a space that invites guests to explore, play, and connect with one another in the real world.

Paperless Post’s distinctive, customizable designs can be sent online, on paper, or with the free app for iOS. Previous Paperless Post collaborations include Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Kelly Wearstler, and Vera Wang.

Photo Credit: Luke Hayes

designjunction – Seminar Highlights

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Robert

The fifth edition of the critically-acclaimed designjunction is set to raise the bar this September by taking over two new central London venues; The College, formerly home to Central Saint Martins and the striking event space Victoria House B1, both located on Southampton Row (http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london/vistor-information/)

Expect to encounter live workshops and flash-factories, one-off collaborations, hundreds of new product launches, inspiring installations, delectable food offerings and much more (http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london/whats-on/)

This week, see highlights of the designjunction2015 seminar programme, which celebrates, explores and explains design’s new sense of mission. designjunction asks the question: do we really need another chair (or table or camera or shoe or phone)? The ‘Design for a Reason’ programme argues that yes we do, as long as it’s a beautiful solution to a real problem.

Sponsored by collaborative design studio molo, the Cochrane Theatre at the former Central Saint Martins building will be transformed with ‘Softwall’ backdrops and a canapy of ‘Cloud’ lighting.

SEE THE FULL SEMINAR PROGRAMME HERE

Keep up-to-date with the show on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

One show, two venues: The College, 12-42 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP Victoria House, 37 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4DA

19.00: Keynote: Yves Behar and Tylko

Pioneering ‘design entrepreneur’ Yves Béhar, creator of fuseproject, joins forces with Polish ‘parametric design’ specialists Tylko, whose innovative app gives users power to customise their chosen domestic product. Could this be the future of design?

11.00 Transports of Delight

In association with Blueprint, Paul Priestman delivers the very latest thinking on stations and infrastructure.

14.00 Design Futures Come in Layers

Benjamin Hubert on his new direction, which has huge implications for design at large.

16.00 Technology, Tables and Lamps

Follow the journey of royal designer Terence Woodgate.

17.00 Life after Graduation

BIIDpresident Dan Hopwood and design education experts on the next step.

12.00 Working Beautifully

San Francisco’s Studio O+A joins Brooklyn’s Uhuru to discuss spaces that release endorphins.

14.30 Global Colour Trends

Carolina Calzada presents the shades and hues for the upcoming seasons.

16.00 Joined + Jointed

Samuel Chan explains the ethos behind his latest venture – Joined + Jointed.

 18.30 Fairphone 2

Bas van Abel, creator of Fairphone, on his latest sustainable, modular launch.

13.00 Interiors for Unicorns

Christian Hawley, founder of Nest.co.uk and Russell and Jordan of 2 Lovely Gays.

14.30 Remote Controlled Smoke and Colour

Hosted by luxury product designer Tiipoi.

Gyrecraft by Studio Swine

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Robert

‘Gyrecraft’ is a new project by radical design practice, Studio Swine, in which they have transformed plastic pollution found at sea into a collection of luxury objects.

The title derives from a combination of the word ‘Gyre’ (circular currents in an ocean basin where plastic pollution concentrates) and two distinct meanings of the word ‘Craft’: skill, dexterity and art – and also a vessel in which you sail.

The South Pacific and North Pacific

‘Gyrecraft’ was the focus of an expedition across the North Atlantic Ocean, undertaken by Studio Swine co-founders, Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami in the autumn of 2014. They embarked on a journey of 1000 nautical miles, collecting plastic on the way from Azores to the Canaries through the North Atlantic Gyre. In order to transform this plastic flotsam and jetsam into luxury, desirable objects, they invented and built their own Solar Extruder, which melts and extrudes sea plastic using the sun.

North Atlantic and Indian Ocean

In the swirling gyre, most of the plastics break down into tiny fragments that are spread over massive stretches of the ocean. In the Gyrecraft collection, Studio Swine uses sea plastic as a valuable and desirable material reminiscent of turtle shell and corals. The five objects represent the five major ocean gyres. The aim is to use plastic in a more artisan, innovative way, which adds value to an undesirable material while drawing attention to the prevalence of a largely invisible problem throughout the world’s oceans.

The project was also an exploration into maritime crafts, which utilize what the sea provides in every coastal or island culture around the world, each with its own unique identity. Traditionally, many of these crafts took place on board during long voyages as a way of making vital repairs or simply passing the time at sea. For example, inspired by ‘Scrimshaw’ a traditional maritime craft of the Azores islands -the art of etching drawings onto whale’s teeth – Sudio Swine has created a whale’s tooth made of plastic collected from the sea using the machine.

South Atlantic and a close up of Indian Ocean

Gyrecraft is the intersection of the dwindling and under-valued heritage of local maritime crafts and the rapid rise of sea plastic pollution. The project is currently on show at Selfridges & Co in its Ultra lounge gallery as part of the store’s Project Ocean campaign, which is focused on entirely removing plastic bags and single-use plastic water bottles from its store. The show is on until the end of August.

The Terroir Collection: Seaweed Decor

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Robert

Seaweed is a prevalent organic resource that provides the world with up to 80% of its oxygen. The marine algae has a myriad of uses from food, facials and fertiliser but Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt are tasking seaweed with a new endeavour; furniture production.

The Seaweed, here harvested off the coast of Denmark, is dried, ground into powder and cooked into glue utilising the viscous and adhesive effects of the Alginate – the natural polymer of the brown algae.

By combining the seaweed with paper Edvard and Steenfatt have created a tough and durable material with a warm, tactile surface and a refined organic aesthetic. Colours are determined by the seaweed itself ranging from dark brown to light green. The high natural amounts of salt within the seaweed preserves it and acts as a flame retardant, the material is also 100% recyclable and can be made into a natural fertiliser.

The range of furniture produced includes lamp shades and chairs; elegantly designed. A fabulous and innovative range of products that seeks to make the most of the planet’s abundant resources. The Terroir project is collaborating and sharing the knowledge of research with the Dansk Skaldyrcenter in order to create and showcase new ways of using a natural, plentiful material like seaweed in furniture and product design.

Photo Credit: Emil Thomsen-Schmidt

Conran and Partners Celebrate the Centenary of the Iconic Cola Bottle

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Robert

Conran and Partners recently collaborated with Coca-Cola to honour the 100th anniversary of the iconic contour bottle. They created a striking installation at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, featuring a unique ribbon interpretation of the bottle created by 3D printing methods with the brand Shapeways.

Over 500 of these ribbon bottles were hung from the ceiling to create a stunning display that not only commemorated the global brand but also exists as a visual art piece in its own right.

Since its creation in 1915, the Coca-Cola contour bottle has become a design symbol of the 20th Century and has had an outstanding impact on visual art and culture. To celebrate 100 years since its inception, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is exploring the bottle’s iconic design and creative legacy.

‘The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100′ exhibition features more than 100 objects, including works of art by Andy Warhol, inspired photographs, original design illustrations and historical artifacts.

BUSTER + PUNCH X JUSTIN DEAKIN

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Robert

 AW15 DESIGN COLLABORATION LONDON FASHION WEEK

Buster and Punch are a London based interiors brand known for their craftsmanship and uncompromising passion for making products they love, including lighting, furniture and limited editions. Justin Deakin is arguably one of the country’s top shoe designers and also a passionate supporter of British craftsmanship, choosing to work with English factories and materials whenever possible.

So the WIN Team was very excited when they announced an exclusive London Fashion Week collaboration at Somerset House. In celebration of their shared passion for music, motorbikes and the art of making, these two British designers epitomise daring craftsmanship through innovative fashion design.

The installation features a strictly limited edition leather light shade and biker boot, both made from the finest quilted Italian calf leather with solid metal and rubber detailing.

Buster + Punch work with rare, solid materials to make extraordinary items for everyday use. The collaboration highlights their design and manufacturing skills to make unexpected accessory items that unite both the interior & fashion industries.

‘Since the day we opened the doors to the public, our main aim was to drag the sluggish interiors world out of the front door and onto our streets and catwalks alike. This exciting collaboration represents the first steps towards us achieving this goal and we will be wearing great boots along the way!.’ – Massimo Buster Minale
 – Buster + Punch

www.busterandpunch.com 

Win Awards in 2015

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Liz

A New Year can bring new opportunities, a chance to inspire and amaze others, to break the mould and to create something original and unique. What better way to start the New Year and celebrate your accomplishments than by entering the World Interiors News Awards?

The WIN Awards programme provides a platform that allows architectural and design firms to receive maximum exposure for their progressive projects and products, showcasing them to our readership of nearly a quarter of a million architects, developers, designers, contractors and consultants.

Last year’s WIN Awards attracted 610 entries from 459 companies across 53 countries. It was a pleasure to review each and every one of those submissions and many of our judges felt the same way. For the 2015 WIN Awards, I will be handing over this fantastic task to our brand new Awards Coordinator Robert Stuart, while I head off to explore the remarkable interiors (and exteriors!) of South America.

Entry into the awards is just £250. However, register before the 16th March and you’ll receive a generous 20% discount on this fee. For further information and more details on how to submit your project, head to our website or contact Steven Penney steven.penney@worldinteriorsnews.com or Robert Stuart robert.stuart@worldinteriorsnews.com.

For now, I’m going to leave you with a few inspirational images of just some of the stunning projects that landed at the WIN news desk and captivated our readers over the past year – I hope that they get your creative juices flowing. I also look forward to seeing all of your new projects and products featured on World Interiors News soon!

DI Telegraph by Archiproba, Photo Credit Ilya Ivanov

Vine Hair Salon by SIDES CORE, Photo Credit Yoshiro Masuda

Science Café Library by Anna Wigandt, Photos courtesy of Anna Wigandt

Livraria Cultura by studio mk27, Photo Credit Fernando Guerra

Grand Tour by UdA Architetti, Photo Credit Carola Ripamonti

Duddell’s by Studioilse, Photo Credit Robert Holden

Takahashi Hiroko Studio by Schemata Architects, Photo Credit Shiori Kawamoto

Miss Clara by Gert Wingårdh, Photos courtesy of Design Hotels™

Silo by Baines&Fricker, Photo Credit Lisa Devlin

The Jane by Piet Boon® Studio, Photo Credit Richard Powers

Apartment in Amsterdam by MAMM Design, Photo Credit Takumi Ota

Sisii Showroom & Office by Yuko Nagayama & Associates, Photo Credit Daici Ano

Tree Ornament Gift Guide (& Happy Holidays from WIN!)

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Liz

The holidays only come once a year, so make sure your home interior is a winter warmer! WIN are busy preparing for the festive season and we’re sure that many of you are doing the same. To make things a little simpler, we’ve selected some of our favourite new ornaments to hang on the tree.

Made with care to be hung by the chimney (and on the tree), the Cinnamon Bark Ornaments by VivaTerra have a lovely natural finish and as an added bonus, they smell like freshly baked goods! They also come in a strikingly simple cinnamon bark box.

Circular Porcelain Ornaments by Ferm Living make for a contemporary Christmas tree for the modern home. Each has a simple shape printed on it in gold and hangs from a light tan leather cord.

The Ceramic Christmas Tree from Occa-Home features a vibrant red motif against a calming white background, a bold and festive design that has timeless appeal.

Guide the way to your Christmas tree with brightly coloured Me & My Arrow Tags from The Great Lakes Goods, hand-painted on die cut wood. Colours include neon yellow, mint, fuschia, neon orange, peacock and periwinkle.

The Himmeli ornaments by HRUSKAA are inspired by the Finnish himmeli mobile. Perfect for the minimalist aesthetic and available in rigid black or brass straw, hand sewn with nylon cord.

Why not hang some art on your tree? The Jardin Des Plantes Ornaments are an Anthropologie exclusive by South African artist Ruan Hoffmann. The decorations are sure to charm and enchant visitors, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern art.

For those who like a bit of bling, the Gold Porcelain Star & Ball Baubles from Rockett St George will not disappoint! A glamorous addition to the Christmas tree with geometric shapes that will catch the light and shimmer and shine.

Adorn your tree with miniature trees! The Wrapped Paper Christmas Trees by QuiteAlright are constructed from recycled paper and embroidery floss, with a graphic design that looks great in large groups – the perfect primary ornament!

Decorate the Christmas tree or indeed a dried branch with Pine Cone, a beautiful bone china ornament from By Nord. The silver metal trinket hangs from a smart leather string; this is Nordic simplicity at its best.

Embrace Holiday nostalgia by baking festive biscuit treats to hang on your tree and hang the three cutters in the Star Cookie Cutter set from Lexington straight on it afterwards. A playful accessory for an original take on festive traditions.

Break away from tradition and enliven your Christmas collection with the vibrancy of the natural world. The Agate Slice Ornaments from Anthropologie are earthy, but still provide glamour with a dazzling gem – and no two are exactly alike.

Snow Ball is a beautiful hand-folded paper ornament by Scandinavian design brand By Nord. This large black and white bauble is an elegant statement piece for your Christmas tree.

Provide your tree with the rustic charm of these Snowflake baubles by Nkuku. The antique mirror ornaments have a vintage feel and are suspended from playfully printed strips of fabric.

It’ll be easy to get into the holiday spirit year upon year with Felt Mistletoe from west elm. You’ll also be supporting and sustaining handcrafts and fair labour, with each piece made from 100% wool by artisans in Nepal.

Finally, for those of you who love the idea of a tree, but not so much the bulky, space-consuming, needle-dropping, Evergreen kind: introducing the PossibiliTree. Designed by architect Richard Babcock, these wooden trees are practical, sustainable, versatile and easy to set up, an attractive version of the iconic holiday item that can even be suspended from the ceiling using a thin wire. Not just for the festive period, the PossibiliTree can be used throughout the year as an alternative tree for all occasions.

From all of the team at World Interiors News, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season, and of course a spectacular New Years!