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!

Making your House a Home in 2015: Interview with Shaun Clarkson

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Liz

May Design Series have just released their Interiors Buying Census, uncovering UK consumers’ shifting habits, tastes and priorities for 2015. The Census provides vital information on people’s priority buys for next year, as well as what factors influence these purchases and how we can expect them to change in the future.

This year’s report revealed that a quarter of us are now looking for sustainable products and a further one in 10 takes into consideration whether the materials in our homes are made from recyclable products. Surprisingly, less than half of us shop online for products, compared to more than the two thirds of customers who still prefer to shop in-store. And while there is a growing popularity in buying local, when it comes to home interior products over 80% of consumers asked agreed that being British made makes no impact to their purchasing decision.

WIN had the pleasure of talking with Shaun Clarkson, Interior Designer and star of Channel 4’s Four Rooms, about the results of the Census, the products to look out for in households next year and his own personal tips on how to make a house a home (hint: he likes rugs).

Diamond by Novaluna. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

Thank you so much for joining us today Shaun. Now can I just start by asking you what trends predict for 2015?

Well my trends for 2015 are varied. I think the biggest thing is that I am fed up of down and dirty. I’m sick to death of distressed wood and bulbs in jam jars. I want to see a bit more glamour so I’m predicting we are going to go chequer board floors, hot pink and flower arrangements of gladiola.

Which interior products can you see appearing in people’s homes next year?

The May Design Series Interiors Buying Census show that the most popular thing that people are spending their money on is flooring, followed by curtains and window dressing. I think this is very interesting because I think that if you are going to do something, especially those people on limited budgets, and living in rented accommodation, typically they want to buy something to make their rented flat feel like their own. I think things like rugs and sofas are important as they are things that you can take with you. Pluck and playthings, a treat culture to make your own environment.

Swithy Stools by Two.Six. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

And where exactly should people look to source these sort of products from do you think?

Well I think they should all come to my store in London (ha-ha!).  It’s difficult. I think you need to be very open minded. I spend my life shopping but that’s partly what I do professionally and I’m slightly obsessed, I have a shopping problem. eBay has been a massive influence on how people live in the fact that things are very accessible now. You can find out exactly how much things should cost and I think once you get an idea yourself of what you want you should go for it.

Which are your favourite places to shop? Firstly for yourself and also for the projects you are working on?

What has happened now is that we have a global shop, the internet, where you can buy anything.  Personally I don’t like buying online. I think I’m a bit old. I think people can shop anywhere, I love to go to auctions but I would never do an online auction. I would always go and physically view the stuff. I like to buy at markets and I like to buy in unusual environments, we do a lot of sourcing, we do a lot of upcycling, we take items and we invent them so I like the idea of buying old furniture that’s sustainable as well and reinventing it by spraying another colour, an old lamp, rewiring it and putting a new shade on it. Reinvention is really what we do as a business.

So could you share any of your secret sourcing spots, within the UK?

I would have to kill you if I told you; I have to protect my sources. However, London is the hub of fantastic tradeshows. The one that I would keep an eye on is the May Design Series which is coming up next year. You can see what trends are happening and the way interior design and products are moving.

Cross Lap by Galvin Brothers. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

You mentioned pluck and playthings for renters, but which are the pieces they should look at buying that will stand the test of time?  

Well that’s an interesting question. I have a shop in Shoreditch and we have a young demographic that in the main rents, they buy things like vintage lights and things they can take with them. We don’t do a great trade in hanging lights as you would need an electrician involved but anything that’s not bolted down. I think the furnished flat doesn’t really exist so much these days so it’s up to you to furnish your home and ultimately the ambition is to own your own home so I think that you should start creating your bottom draw and taking it with you wherever you go.

And what tips can you give to home owners looking to revive their interiors without necessarily replacing their furniture?

I think the easiest thing is paint, paint a wall a colour and don’t be frightened of paint – it’s easily changeable and it’s a cheap alternative. Rugs are fantastic and vintage rugs are great, it’s something that you have for life but also you can take with you everywhere you go. I have a friend who’s a curtain maker in Liverpool and she has a great range of people who change their curtains yearly. It’s not an overly expensive thing to do and changes your life a little bit.

Ikea has been amazing really as you can reinvent yourself constantly. My parents’ generation had one 3 piece suite for the whole of their life’s whereas I think we are a generation (well certainly in the hundreds of sofas I’ve owned over the years) that replaces regularly. I think there’s an opportunity for you to cheaply change your life with accents and new items which are affordable, I also think dressing your things with a mixture of vintage and new. If you like something buy it.

Klash Chair by Standrin. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

Going back to the theme of sustainability we were talking about earlier, do you think this should just be a factor you consider when purchasing or should it really be a compulsory element in the work of the designers?

Only a quarter of us unbelievably are interested in sustainability, I think sustainability should be something we aware of definitely. I think upcycling is the new hip word, as was vintage, upcycling is a form of recycling and sustainability. I love the idea that if you put something on the street now it goes and it means somebody has taken it and they’ve got a use for it. In my business we’re notoriously bad at throwing things away and I think that eBay is a great opportunity to sell anything and upcycle things.  It’s a tragedy to see things just dumped.

YPSY by Two.Six. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

The MDS report expressed that top of people’s desires for the home are self-cleaning carpets and windows that shut automatically when it rains. Do you see design becoming more technologically focused, more about function and ease of use than aesthetics?

I think it’s a combination of the both really. We all love to live in beautiful environments but I think that the May Design Series Interiors Buying Census shows that people are relying on technology a lot more which is great as it is sustainable. It means that you can control your heating and shut your windows and close your curtains and turn the lights and heating on and off from your mobile phone which is complimentary to what we do professionally.

We live in a boutique generation so I think it’s really important that when you are at home you have the same boutique experience you would if you were in a beautiful hotel and I think people are getting used to that, but obviously the complimentary technology is great. I’m a great advocate of controlling our environments. There’s nothing worse than getting home and having to turn the heating on and waiting for the house to get warm. You want to be able to do if from your mobile phone.

Linger a Little Longer table by Jay Watson design. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

Whose house do you envy the most would you say?

Whose house do I envy? I don’t really envy anybody’s house. I’m trying to buy a house at the moment and I am very envious of it (ha-ha!) – it’s my ultimate aspirational home. It’s a big Tudor mansion in Norfolk and I suppose I’m aspiring to live there ultimately.

What, in your opinion, are the three most important products for any home interior to possess?

Lighting is everything, you need to have a creative lighting scheme. I would want to own the most beautiful lamp, I’m not a great advocate of great big light fittings on the ceiling. I think you need a really comfy sofa. That’s really important, something to sit and watch television on, and something to be romantic on. I believe that everyone should invest in a rug for life and I think that if you can design your own rug and create your own rug, that’s yours and there’s nothing nicer than standing on a lovely big thick rug in bare feet.

Fantastic. Thank you so much for joining us today Shaun.

You’re welcome.

Table by British Artist Jack. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

Sleep: The Hotel Design Event

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Liz

“Sleep is like a precious watch in which all the hand-crafted elements rotate around one another to create a unique piece that perfectly tells the time – in our case ensuring our exhibitors do great business and our visitors are inspired.” Kali Nicholson, Brand Director for Sleep.

Exhibitor Stands at Sleep 2014

Nicholson has encapsulated the experience of this year’s Sleep Event perfectly, in fact it was one of the most brilliantly executed shows our team had the pleasure of attending this year. We jam-packed everything into one day; attending inspiring conference sessions with some of the industry’s most respected designers and hoteliers; exploring over 150 exhibitor stands, finding out more about the companies whose products and services help to create award-winning hotels; and checking out the daring and innovative designs entered into the highly anticipated Sleep Set competition.

The Royale Agricultural Bar, Sleep 2014

The team also enjoyed drinks at The Royale Agricultural Bar, designed by Swedish firm Stylt Trampoli who created a lush, tropical oasis of flora and fauna from which to escape the busy crowds. We took another opportunity to relax during the day by trying out a mycoocoon pod. Here we were asked to pick our favourite scent from three options and answered a colour and mood based quiz to determine the programme we would experience. We then stretched out in the pod and were immersed in the glow of a specially programmed lighting display whilst listening to soothing music – bliss!

mycoocoon, Sleep 2014

Back to the spectacular conference sessions; we were entirely enchanted by restaurateur extraordinaire Jeremy King, currently distilling his magic into his first hotel, The Beaumont. King refuses to impose concepts on buildings. Instead he works with a space to reveal its potential and accentuates already-there qualities in his designs. He still insists on walking the tables, wishing to always be known as restaurateur and never simply a ‘restaurant owner’. For a restaurant to be a success he believes it must have heart and soul, presented through long-lasting interiors and by devoted staff. Design must never ‘shout for attention, but should withstand scrutiny’, and at the end of the day, it’s about the people. We have no doubt that The Beaumont will be as successful as all of his other ventures.

Conference with Jouin Manku, Sleep 2014

Jouin Manku told of the story behind their design partnership – a chance meeting in Paris, and one of those ‘meant-to-be’ situations that has produced a dynamic, collaborative and ever-changing creative office. The duo complement each other harmoniously, describing their working relationship as ‘like playing free jazz. You don’t know who made the melody, who made the bass, it’s just a response’. These ‘realistic dreamers’ respond to each other and to the spaces they work with and believe that ‘you can do anything, you just have to want to do it’. A very encouraging conviction indeed!

Room Four by NoChintz, Sleep 2014

Finally, we listened to the Sleep Set competitors explain their design ideas to the judges, with just five minutes each to present. We particularly enjoyed NoChintz’s model that utilised playful features such as temporary tattoos and takeaway coffee cups to promote the hotel, whilst also connecting it to local businesses and allowing visitors to explore the area. This year however, it was industry outsiders, SKM Design, who triumphed with a design inspired by a Pink Floyd album cover and featuring a double sided wardrobe and floating bed!

Room Three by SKM Design (winning design), Sleep 2014

Keep an eye out for our hotel-themed INSIDE newsletter this week, and to all the hotel designers out there, make sure to enter your projects into next year’s World Interiors News Awards, opening on 5th January! To Sleep, thank you – we are very much looking forward to next year’s event.

Susan Gunn commissioned to paint ‘low carbon’ frieze for The Enterprise Centre

Posted on December 3, 2014 by Liz

Internationally acclaimed artist Susan Gunn has been chosen to create her signature art for the £11.6m ambitious and ground-breaking low carbon building project that is The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The painting will span the length of the lecture theatre entrance wall creating a dramatic and evocative centrepiece.

An Alumni of Norwich University of the Arts, Susan received international recognition when she was awarded the Sovereign European Art Prize in 2006. Her work has been exhibited widely and can be found in public and private collections around the world. Gunn uses natural earth pigments, a traditional binder and natural beeswax together with regionally sourced linseed oil to provoke fractured surfaces that develop during the drying process.

Gunn’s works of art are stunning options for designers working on hotels, homes, offices and all other manner of developments to consider. Her painting for The Enterprise Centre will be made in panels that hang together as a frieze, approximately 20m long. Over the eleven panels there will be sequences of 11 pigments that form the layout, incorporating a colour scheme to echo the natural surroundings.

Dark Matter I

Gunn comments: “This is a fantastic project on which to collaborate with the developers of The Enterprise Centre, the Adapt Low Carbon Group and architectural firm, Architype. The innovative concept and sustainable materials used in the building dovetail perfectly with my approach to painting… I was particularly inspired by the offset vertical lines of the trees visible in the atrium from the Memorial Gardens and conservation site in the grounds of the building; the vertical divisions in the painting aim to accentuate these and bring an order to the organic fractures evident in the surface.”

Ground Formation I

The Enterprise Centre, which is the UK’s greenest commercial building, will open in spring 2015. Gunn’s commission is sponsored by Turquoise International Ltd.

Two Days to Sleep!

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Liz

If you thought things had quietened down at the WIN office following our Awards night, you’d definitely be mistaken! We’ve been busy attending copious meetings in London as well as making sure certificates safely reached those entrants who could not be with us on the night, putting together a very special edition of INSIDE (out early December) and, of course, preparing for the WIN Awards 2015. There are some exciting things happening next year, so watch this space!

Curiousa & Curiousa, Exhibitors at Sleep 2014

We’re also excited as Sleep 2014 will be opening its doors this week at London’s Business Design Centre. For two days, an exceptional array of ground-breaking ideas and newly launched products will be on offer for architects, designers, specifiers, hotel operators, owners and developers with an eye on future trends.

FRONT London, Exhibitors at Sleep 2014

WIN will be heading up on Wednesday to join other press members in the morning, before having a nosy around the place and catching up with friends. We’re extremely excited about the Conference programme this year, packed with inspiring and informative talks from a plethora of industry professionals including Afroditi Krassa and Conrad Smith, who helped to judge the WIN Awards 2014. Conrad also happens to be judging the Sleep Set competition – we can’t wait to find out who the winning team is whilst having a drink or two in the ‘Royale Agricultural Bar’, designed by Award-winning studio Stylt Trampoli, with contractor Famos Scandinavia AB.

Ultrafabrics, Exhibitors at Sleep 2014

Every exhibition stand has been sold out this year. The latest we’ve heard on participating exhibitors is that FRONT London will be returning for a second year with a new bespoke collection of luxurious nature-inspired rug designs and Moroccan Bazaar will make their debut with a select range of finely handcrafted lighting and accessories. Additionally, UK lighting designer and manufacturer Curiousa & Curiousa will also debut with striking contemporary hand-blown glass lights and Ultrafabrics will present its high quality synthetic leather products.

Moroccan Bazaar, Exhibitors at Sleep 2014

We will of course report back on everything next week. If you’re attending please make sure to say hello!

World Interiors News Annual Awards Dinner 2014

Posted on November 5, 2014 by Liz

The WIN Team can’t quite believe it but this year’s World Interiors News Awards are officially over! We ended on a high, celebrating at our annual event held at the Saatchi Gallery on 30 October. Numerous cocktails were consumed, fantastic food devoured, new friends made and our extraordinarily talented winners were announced.

All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to everybody involved and to all who joined us for what was definitely a very memorable and incredibly exciting evening. We’d like to pay a special thanks to our sponsors; first of all our headline sponsor Poliform (see their beautiful installation from the night below!) and not forgetting Duravit, OVI and Fever-tree, your support this year has been utterly indispensable.

Please enjoy the photos and we’ll see you next year!

Cocktails by Fever-tree. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Cocktails by Fever-tree. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Abundant thanks to all those on the WIN team for such an amazing event… It seemed to be effortless, but that is certainly due to all your hard work and dedication to perfection! You should be very proud.” Alicia Sheber, ESP Business Development

Installation by Headline Sponsor Poliform. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Kristale and Perparim Rama, 4M Group. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Thank you for a lovely evening and for a fantastic, effortless awards.” Bronwen Harris, Poliform

Cocktail Reception. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Our host for the evening, Tom Dyckhoff. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Thank you to the whole WIN team for such a wonderful award ceremony. We had a ball and it was an honour to be nominated and part of this great event.” Koldo Gil, Koldo&Co.

Headline Sponsor Poliform‘s Table. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

George Khachfe, Poliform presenting the Furniture Award to Overgaard & Dyrman. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“The setting was magnificent, the food was outstanding and the crowd terribly interesting.  I had a wonderful evening.” Giovanni Corrado, Baroncelli

OHLAB, Winners of Retail Interiors Less than 200 sq. m. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Martin Carroll, Duravit presenting the Hotel Award to Shurooq. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“Our team thoroughly enjoyed the event and we are all very excited to have won the hotel category. Hopefully many more participations to come!” Noora Lootah, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

King George Creative Agency rushing to receive their Retail Interiors Greater than 200 sq. m award. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Judge Clementine Rodgers with shortlisted certificates for Speirs + Major. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“I had a really enjoyable night and it was so lovely to be among so many creative people. I thoroughly enjoyed the judging this year too – really inspiring work and fellow judges. Here’s to a great 2015 for both WIN and WAN!” Sean Hatcher, MCM Architecture

One Plus Partnership Limited, Winners of Leisure or Entertainment Venues (plus two more projects shortlisted!) Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Brigada, Shortlisted for Museum or Exhibition Spaces. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“A wonderful evening – full of some hugely inspirational projects!” Farrell Chandler, Bolon

ByBeau, Winners of Lighting Products. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

Amazing after-awards entertainment from singer Matthew vanKan. Photo Credit: Pete Jones Productions, www.pjproductions.co.uk

“An unforgettable evening.” Aleksandra Grzonka, Cechownia

‘Roma Phantasma’ at The House of Peroni

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Liz

If you’re looking for a new exhibition or show to visit this October, why not check out what’s going on over at The House of Peroni? Innovative lighting design studio Baroncelli have taken up residency at one of the House’s bi-annual month long pop-ups, celebrating contemporary Italian culture with an immersive room of art, design and lighting.

‘Roma Phantasma’ by Baroncelli at The House of Peroni

Giovanni Corrado, Creative Director of Baroncelli, was one of a number of talented individuals invited this year to design an immersive room within the House, reflecting and portraying its theme: Rome, the birth place of Peroni Nasstro Azzuro.

‘Roma Phantasma’ by Baroncelli at The House of Peroni

Baroncelli’s exclusive installation ‘Roma Phantasma’ is an unorthodox and atmospheric landscape. Utilising the component parts that make the modular Flexus lighting system, Baroncelli have created several limited edition sculptural mechanisms including a timepiece, catapult, pulley, airscrew, microscope and compass. Mounted on the walls and ceilings of the room, these mechanisms are layered and interweaved around etched scenic drawings to create a 3D installation which interprets the strength, volume and engineering prowess of neoclassical Rome and showcases the studio’s trademark for expert metal and glass work used within the structure of their pieces.

The Microscope I by Baroncelli

Timepiece I by Baroncelli

When approaching the brief for this creative project, Corrado looked to his passion for art history for inspiration and to 16th century artist Piranesi, famous for his etchings of the city and of his atmospheric imaginary interior ‘prisons’, Carceri d’Invenzione.

‘Roma Phantasma’ by Baroncelli at The House of Peroni

Taking Piranesi as a point of inspiration and drawing on the design studio’s extensive expertise in working with a variety of materials and processes, Corrado’s vision has led to the creation of ‘Roma Phantasma’. Handmade to the highest quality of craftsmanship and engineering; glass, satin gold metal, cristallo rods and LED light interplay with the etchings to create a striking, dramatic and alternative view of Rome, a fantastical Rome visitors can construct in their mind and travel to.

‘Roma Phantasma’ by Baroncelli at The House of Peroni

The House of Peroni is open to visit and free of charge to all 18+ until the end of the month. The limited edition sculptural mechanisms showcased within the House will be available to purchase POA from Baroncelli from October 31st 2014.

A Winning G&T

Posted on October 9, 2014 by Liz

World Interiors News is delighted to have Fever-Tree as its Official Drinks Sponsor for the World Interiors News Awards Dinner 2014. They will be serving a range of gin and vodka based cocktails on the night combined with their award-winning range of mixers, including WIN’s very own classic cocktail: A Winning G&T. We reveal the recipe below.

Ingredients

Indian Tonic Water
1 measure (50ml) of your favourite gin (we recommend Hendrick’s)
Fresh ice – at least four big cubes
Lime – a curl of the rind of a lime. It’s the oils you want not the flesh (or a slice if you really must)

Method

Using a large wine glass or a tall, slim glass, add the ice first, then pour over the gin of your choice followed by Fever-Tree Indian tonic water, from a fresh bottle.
Finally, add the curl of lime, running it around the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink. Make sure you are quick when adding your garnish as you want that fizz to tickle your nose as you smell the aromas of G&T. Drink and enjoy!

There are just three weeks to go until our Awards Dinner, with tickets fast selling out so we recommend that you secure your place now. Book a seat here and we’ll look forward to seeing you at what is set to be the defining event in the design calendar this year – with a winning drink in hand.

designjunction presents ‘A Child’s Dream’

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Liz

designjunction has launched an exciting exhibition for 2014 in order to raise funds for Teddy’s Wish, a charity that aids research into the causes behind SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), neonatal death and stillbirth and supports grieving families. This is in collaboration with distinguished family-run British brands Anglepoise® and ercol, who have kindly donated the products used in the project.

Tom Dixon, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

‘A Child’s Dream’ invited 19 of the UK’s leading designers from the field of architecture, design, fashion and graphics to customise the iconic Anglepoise® Type75™ Mini desk lamp and Stacking chair, from ercol’s Originals collection. These are to be displayed this week at designjunction2014 in an exhibition curated by British designer Anthony Dickens.

Emma Mawston, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

The line-up of designers behind the uniquely interpreted products is an all-star cast, including; Tom Dixon, Wilkinson Eyre, Benjamin Hubert, PearsonLloyd, Paul Cocksedge, Ab Rogers, Sir Terence Conran, Topshop, Tony Chambers, Samuel Wilkinson, Faye Toogood, Kristjana S. Williams, Michael Sodeau, Donna Wilson, Afroditi Krassa, Bethan Gray, Rachel Galbraith, Philippe Moulin and Emma Mawston. Some of the designers comment on their superb end-creations below.

Sir Terence Conran, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Michael Sodeau, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Afroditi Krassa, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Afroditi Krassa on ‘Drip Chair’: “We may dream and plan as much as we want but life is unpredictable and we wanted to capture this and translate it onto a chair. Using clinical apparatus and colored dyes we have left it to gravity, time and chance to embellish the chair.”

Kristjana S Williams, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Benjamin Hubert, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Samuel Wilkinson, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Samuel Wilkinson: “We wanted to create an intervention that highlighted the beauty of the ercol Stacking Chair, something fantastical and unexpected as if from a Child’s dream. The result is the representation of a magic fabled animal, a chair that gives you happy and playful thoughts when you see it.”

Rachel Galbraith, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Faye Toogood, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Paul Cocksedge, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Paul Cocksedge: “The lights only come on when the two heads touch each other, and whichever way you position them for that touch, it will stir a visual memory of a child nuzzling up to its mother. It can be seen not only with humans, but across the natural world… This reconfiguration of the classic Anglepoise taps into the imagination whereby everyday objects take on human attributes, in this case to embody a gesture of caring and affection that is universal.”

Bethan Gray, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

PearsonLloyd, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Wilkinson Eyre, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects: “When thinking about the title ‘a child’s dream’ the first thing that springs to mind is colour. How bright and vibrant a child’s dream might be, full of bold colours and shapes and a great innocence. We have focused on those bold colours and shapes in an irregular, sporadic fashion, bringing playfulness and purity to the lamp.”

Tony Chambers, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Donna Wilson, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Topshop, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

Topshop: ‘There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen.’ (Where the Wild Things Are) “When we are young, the jungle is a mysterious place, a realm of adventure and the imagination.  For our chair, we wanted to reference the magical worlds that you can disappear to in dreams.”

Ab Rogers, A Child’s Dream. Photo Credit Ruth Ward.

All funds raised will go directly to Teddy’s Wish, including ticket entry for the show. The lamps and chairs will be available to buy online through silent auction at thedesignjunction.co.uk/charity from 12 September until midday on Sunday 28 September 2014.

 

Consumerism & Natural Urges: Lego vs Ikea

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Liz

The Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, Australia recently presented its first exhibition with collaborative artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro. Venereal Architecture investigates the spaces humans inhabit and the methods we use to attempt to control our environments and consequently control the natural world.

Venereal Architecture, Photos courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Healy and Cordeiro lead a nomadic lifestyle which has become the foundation of their work. They draw upon elements of travel to inform their practice as artists; packing, unpacking, accumulation, storage, freight. Their latest series particularly emphasises these themes, with Lego and Ikea furniture utilised to create the artists’ sculptures. Both brands are recognised as being functional and buildable, assembled by children and adults alike to create their ideal end-product.

‘Downstairs Dining Room – Octopus’, Photos courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

The artists explain: “Lego and Ikea furniture are very similar in a sense: they are both objects of aspiration that require assembly. Lego, which we grew up with, represents the dreams and fantasies of a child; Ikea furniture, which has become so ubiquitous, represents the dreams and fantasies of an adult. By meshing these two objects together we can think about the gap between our fantastic dreams and our banal longings. Both products represent destruction and re-construction, which are concerns we revisit continually within our practice.”

‘Bedroom 3, Baby’s Room – Lion’, Photos courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

In the exhibition, Lego animals are entwined within the furniture with unexpected and startling results. A snake wriggles through coat hooks while a lion crashes through a baby changing station and a turtle crawls under a table.

‘Hallway / Rear Entrance – Snake’, Photos courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Healy and Cordeiro comment: “The works represent our sublimated animal urges expressed through shopping… We believe that the combination of Ikea and sex is palpable. Visiting an Ikea showroom is a serious group-nesting experience: like giant bower birds, we carry around our blue object bag in the vague hope of getting laid if we curate the right combination of objects into our love-nests. The consumer experience must be the result of some natural urge gone slightly wrong”.

Venereal Architecture, Photos courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney