Monthly Archives: December 2012

Festive pattern lights up Design Museum

Posted on December 21, 2012 by Megan

With Christmas just around the corner, we celebrate festive design this week. MARY KATRANTZOU has produced a sparkling tree for the DESIGN MUSEUM on London’s Shad Thames bank of the river.

The highly acclaimed fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has designed a tree that incorporates patterns from her Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection, which was inspired by everyday objects. It will be a 2D design on the museum’s outer wall.

Katrantzou’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection included collaboration with Swarovski and Lesage to create masterful embroideries elevating the mundane to the sublime, as part of the Swarovski Collective. Measuring 3 metres in height the tree will combine Katrantzou’s trademark bold patterns with Christmas sparkle to create this inventive take on a Christmas tree.

‘The print was inspired by formal gardens and artful box parterres, these were layered and overlaid to create an intricate maze-like print reminiscent of a hand embroidered lace motif.’ Said Mary Katrantzou.

The collaboration marks the exciting rise of Mary Katrantzou as one of the foremost fashion designers in the world. British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent and her 2011 Autumn/Winter Collection was nominated in this year’s Design Museum Designs of the Year awards. Past collaborations include a Longchamp bag line, Swarovski jewellery and a denim range with Current Elliot. Mary Katrantzou’s Christmas tree is on display at Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD until the 9th January 2013.

Turning to other design news, we have received many entries into our Retail and Leisure Interiors Award this week. From a Canadian hotel to a minimal Norwegian concept restaurant, projects have been entered from around the world. For all the latest just click here.

There’s still time to enter if you have a project of your own to submit. Submission guidelines and how to enter can be found here.

Season’s greetings from the World Interiors News team.

Happy holidays and all the best for the New Year!


Lighting for interior design takes flight

Posted on December 14, 2012 by Megan

With the Retail and Leisure Interiors Awards well underway, we have received many exciting projects. So many elements of interior design have to add up to ensure the success of a project. Lighting design can be paramount to the creation of an atmospheric interior.

“Bird in Hand” is a project that came in from J. P. Meulendijks Design Studio in The Netherlands.
The suspended light made from ECOLOTEK material (durable, fully compostable material composed of natural hemp-fibres, minerals and binder) and uses 2 x E27 LED-light-bulbs.

The lamp is based on, and tribute to the universal art of hand shadows; making shadows on the wall using your hands to create birds, rabbits, and other figures. Playing with light and hand shadows is a centuries old past time long before electric light was invented. “BIRD IN HAND” plays with this concept: All of the hands are positioned to look like a flock of birds, flying out in circles. The shadows cast on the wall looks like birds. This results in a very expressive, dynamic and striking looking lamp, with layers of humour and poetry hidden in the design.

PLANKTON is a green and future-conscious design-label that focuses on environment, ecologic design and sustainability. Our goal is to provide interior products that are produced with a minimal environmental footprint and maximal life-cycle through durable construction and good timeless design with a little poetry and soul. For more info just visit

For all the latest projects that have entered the WAN Retail and Leisure Interiors Award just check out our website. If you have a project you would like to enter there is still time to submit. We are looking for the most innovative and interesting design projects from across a wide range of retail interior categories including Retail Outlets, Restaurants and Bars, Hotels and Spas, Arts & Leisure and private Members’ Clubs. For more information just click here.