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designjunction announces stellar exhibitor line-up for EDIT at the Salone del Mobile

Posted on March 26, 2013 by Sian

La Pelota | 10 Via Palermo | 20121 Milan

Having established itself as the largest destination for contemporary interior design and culture at the London Design Festival, the critically acclaimed designjunction is set to transport an edited version of the show to Milan for the world’s largest furniture fair.

EDIT by designjunction is a major exhibition of global design featuring more than 25 international brands housed within the renowned La Pelota venue in central Milan. EDIT is a considered collection of new product launches, brand collaborations and venue specific installations. Exhibitors include: Modus, Extremis, No Early Birds / Per Söderberg, Channels, Mabeo, Ercol, Feliz, Innermost, Nevvvorks, Material Lab, Atelier Areti, Case, Utopia & Utility, Vessel Gallery, Sefar, Tokio, Christopher Farr, designlink.pl, Bent Hansen, Studio Lievito, Melin Tregwnyt, Forza Tappeti exhibition, Kalmar Werkstätten, Brose & Fogale, Massless and tokyobike.

EDIT brings something of London’s collaborative spirit and energy to Milan, creating a central location for beautiful design, cultural exchange and new ideas. Here are some highlights to look out for:

Designjunction | Product Launches

No Early Birds / Per Soderberg

“No Early Birds” by Per Söderberg present a new home accessories range alongside the full furniture collection of stools, benches, chairs, tables and lamps. Expect to see a stunning new candelabra and a collection of solid brass dishes. This locally sourced and manufactured collection from Sweden is based around a cleverly engineered powder coated metal cross-leg that acts as the main component and motif across all the products typologies.

Environmental sensitivity, high-quality materials, thoughtful detailing and ease of assembly mark “No Early Birds” out as a collection of real refinement. Per Söderberg is a graduate of the Domus Academy in Milan, so is naturally delighted to be back exhibiting in the centre of the city.

Utopia & Utility

Utopia & Utility launch Transformed, a colourful collection of large stacking vessels that combine ceramic, glass and wood. This collection plays with our perception of familiar forms by the use of off-centred symmetry.

Founded in 2012 by siblings Pia and Moritz, Utopia & Utility combine the functional with the fantastical. With a focus on handmade production and tacit skills, the pair work with craftsmen from all over the world. They believe “that everything that deserves to be made, deserves to be made well. From the process to the finished objects, our intention is to enrich life through beauty.”

Feliz

Feliz ® present their latest collection at EDIT, including the CAL chair, TRE coffee table, DIS table, and MAJ stool. Their high-specification products are made using computer controlled production methods and utilise structural composites with natural fibres. Expect to see a blend of natural shades and pop colours from this innovative and energetic new brand.
Feliz ® is a new Swiss-Italian furniture label based in the renowned Brianza region in Northwest Lombardy. They produce neutral and restrained products that leave room for self-expression. They design products that are tools for the modern interior.

Mabeo

Mabeo are proud to present their most recent designs at EDIT, including the Kika stools by Patricia Urquiola, Meradi Cabinet by Garth Roberts and Thusi Clothing Valet by Studio Nio. Mabeo is an award-winning brand from Botswana, Africa which focuses on craftsmanship, sustainability, culture, natural materials, people and design. Mabeo’s aim is to merge the African craftsperson’s perspective and traditional African culture with a desire for refined modernity. In collaboration with designers such as Patrica Urquiola, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Garth Roberts and Luca Nichetto, Mabeo has been successfully delivering international projects in the hospitality, residential and commercial sectors since 2006.

Brose & Fogale

London based design partnership Joscha Brose and Matteo Fogale present the Camerino Coatstand, the first product in their Camerino Range. This austere yet elegant Coatstand evolved from a “mesh up and deconstruction process” of classical furniture typologies. It is in part a reaction to the fast pace and ever changing lifestyles found in the buzzing east London design scene.

Following on from the Milan Salone the Camerino Range is going to be launched on the crowd funding platform Kickstarter to explore the potential for digital innovation to change the user-designer relationship.

Atelier Areti

Atelier Areti present new product launches including Squares, Up Down Pendants, Marguerite, Circle + Sphere Pendants and Leaf Wall light. The talented design duo Atelier Areti create objects of exceptional quality, both in design and materials. Since launching their design studio in 2008 they have worked closely with master craftsmen and manufacturers in Germany and Sweden. Look out for beautiful wall lights, lights in the shape of birds and exquisite floor lamps.

Case Furniture

British design brand Case present new products at EDIT, including the Lap Wall Shelving Unit and Lap Desk by Marina Bautier, the Matis Desk by Samuel Wilkinson and the Vitrina Tall Unit by Hierve Design Consultancy.

Launched in 2006, Case furniture has established a presence in major UK retail stores such as John Lewis, Liberty’s, and Heal’s. Started by Paul Newman and Sheridan Coakley, Case has an ever growing reputation in the furniture industry. They promote the notion that the best design should be available to the mass market and are capable of delivering large volume batch production, ideal for the larger retailer.  
Melin Tregwynt

Melin Tregwynt present exclusive wool blankets, throws and cushions, furniture, accessories and clothing that combine authentic Welsh tradition with innovative modern design. This family company, weaving in Wales since 1912, has transformed the world of traditional textiles, with evocative colour and innovative design.

Melin Tregwynt upholstery, cushions and throws can be found in smart hotels and design led-stores worldwide. They offer clients own-label and customized designs in short runs and amongst many accolades have woven the world’s largest picnic blanket. Their development as a brand truly heralds a new spirit in Welsh design and as they explain it, their products are made “by the hands of the diligent”.

Channels

Channels launch a new lighting collection by Samuel Chan, handcrafted entirely in wood, adding to the Finnieston collection which launched in September 2012. The range now includes the Finnieston Wall Lamp, Finnieston Bookcase and Tripod Tables. Channels also launches a trio of pendant lights called Three Wise Men.

Established in 1995 by Samuel Chan, Channels is a modern British design company with a focus on simple design and traditional craftsmanship. They are best known for their high quality products and design integrity, with the majority of products made in Shropshire in the UK.

Studio Lievito

Studio Lievito present the new “à la carte” menu of 2013 designs, including a new marble “dosaspaghetti” or spaghetti measure called Type. Studio Lievito, which literally means “leaven”, is a design studio based in Florence. It was established by Laura Passalacqua, Francesco Taviani and Jacopo Volpi in 2010 as a place to create a link between past and future design. They look at how to integrate and utilitise handcraft skills in modern industrial production, often with stunning results. Known for a working on a variety of product typologies, embracing the idea of “slow” design and generally breaking new ground, this trio bring a vibrant approach to product design at EDIT.

Oyuna

Oyuna present the 2013 Home and new Travel Collection: a range of cashmere travel throws designed to offer practical and aesthetic solutions to travel in comfort and style. The collections will be shown in an installation space featuring an abstract reinterpretation of the Mongolian ger tent house.

The Oyuna philosophy of style, practicality and warmth descends from Oyuna Tserendorj’s heritage of Mongolian nomadism. Her style soulfully references Mongolia’s vast landscapes and also draws inspiration from the urban lifestyle of London, her adopted city. It is these contrasting influences that provide the inspiration for her innovative and highly individual cashmere collections.

Modus

Modus will debut a series of new projects at EDIT from Arik Levy, Shin Azumi, PearsonLloyd, Jonathan Prestwich, Pengelly Design and Michael Sodeau. Modus is an award-winning British furniture manufacturer dedicated to producing the very best in contemporary international design. They work with both internationally acclaimed designers and emerging young talent to produce high quality, covetable pieces for both domestic and contract use.

Bent Hansen

Bent Hansen exhibit their latest furniture designs at EDIT, working closely with fabric manufacturer Gabriel, they present innovative and exploratory methods of upholstery in each of their products. Products include the Primum chair, the Otto pouf, the Plaited bench and the giant Button-Up wall hook.

Henrik Hvid Hansen a third generation upholsterer, is the innovative force behind the Danish brand Bent Hansen and the designer of the entire collection. His approach is to constantly challenge materials and shapes to seek their full potential. Henrik’s aim is to perfectly balance function with aesthetics in order to create furniture with a strong visual identity

Christopher Farr

Christopher Farr exhibit a new collection of rugs by celebrated US designer David Weeks and preview a new project entitled Editions – a collaboration with designers and artists to develop and produce limited edition rugs. The rugs are hand-tufted made of 100 per cent wool.

Established in 1988, Christopher Farr has been at the spearhead of contemporary rug design for over twenty years. Together with his business partner Matthew Bourne, they were the catalyst that revolutionised contemporary rug design and we are delighted to have them at EDIT.

Vessel Gallery

Vessel launch the Balustrade lighting collection by UK glass artist Simon Moore. Founded in 1999, Vessel works with a selection of both established and emerging artists in their chosen fields. Vessel aims to fuse craft with industry. In Milan, Moore’s hand crafted collection of decorative lights form part of Vessel’s lighting editions in an on-going collaboration between gallery and artist. Vessel will also be launching three new lighting sculptures as part of the display.

Ercol

British heritage brand Ercol launch the new Svelto collection, a cabinet piece designed by their in-house team plus a sofa by Ian Archer. In addition Ercol present highlights from their Originals range, including the Barton collection by Terence Conran, the Treviso desk by Matthew Hilton and the Holland Park chairs by Russell Pinch.

Founded in 1920 by Lucian Ercolani, Ercol today is owned and managed by the same family working with a strong management team to design and manufacture furniture. Their specially build factory in Princes Risborough is one of the most modern and high-specification furniture factories in the UK. Their in-house design team create original designs that are brought to life by more than 150 craftspeople who work in the factory, utilising a blend of modern and traditional skills they produce exceptionally high quality pieces.

Nevvvorks

Nevvvorks present new designs at EDIT, including the Gear candle holder by Rikke Frost and the Keel tables. Also on show are the Material Pendant Lights by Noergaard and Kechaya in a range of new finishes, from cork and wood through to marble and concrete.

Nevvorks is a new Danish lighting and furniture brand with a passion for craft and material exploration. They explain it this way “we’re not about postmodern aestheticism or urban industrialism. We’re about rethinking shapes, materials and solutions. About chairs, tables, sofas and lamps. Our work doesn’t need to be understood. It needs to be used.”

Innermost

Since Innermost launch a range of new pendant lights in Milan including the Glaze Pendants by Corinna Warm that seamlessly fuse ceramic and metal to create a mix of warm copper and ivory tones. Innermost also introduce Carousel, a classic pendant light made from non-woven fabric, the MOST collection of pendants and the Honeycomb.

Since 1999, Innermost have created products of the highest quality through the clever use of materials and good workmanship. Over a decade ago two designers gave up their jobs within design consultancy and furniture design to follow a dream to create a unique but diverse London based furniture and lighting brand. Working from a corner of an old lighting factory in NW10 London they continue to create new and interesting designs, often collaborating with other international designers who call London home.

Kalmar Werkstätten

Kalmar Werkstäetten products are based on discoveries from the Kalmar archive. Largely conceived by members of the Vienna Werkbund in the 1920s, these designs represent close collaborations between J.T. Kalmar and Josef Hoffman, Josef Frank, Oskar Wlach, and other luminaries of the Austria design scene in the early 20th century.

Consumers and critics have hailed Kalmar for reopening its archive, and based on this enthusiastic reception, the Vienna-based company plans to reissue and develop further pieces from its heritage. Look out for Billy TL_Edited by Nicolo Taliani / Garth Roberts.

Tokio

Tokio is a new lighting and furniture brand presenting their first collection, including the Carbon LED light, the single seat Quad sofa and the Ming low chair. Tokio products are distinguished by simple clean lines and a notably playful touch. Using a variety of materials, Tokio aims to build a diverse collection of design pieces for both the contract and residential market.

Designjunction | Collaborations
Modus

Award-winning British furniture manufacturer Modus are collaborating with Apartment 58 to recreate a pop-up version of their global members club in Milan. The VIP lounge will be fully furnished by Modus and will be a place to socialise, relax or work within a comfortable home-from-home environment.

tokyobike

Super cool Japanese brand, tokyobike is set to make tracks this April with a series of guided bike tours within the Brera Design District, starting and finishing at designjunction. The tours will take riders on a 3 hour journey to mystery design destinations each day. The tours will run from Tuesday 9 April through to Saturday 13 April from 10am – 1pm. Further details will be announced shortly.

Tokyobike is about simple models that are reasonably priced, easy to ride, light weight and pared back in their design. Each bike weighs between 9 and 11 kilos and comes in a wide range of colours, sizes, shades and styles.

Material Lab

designjunction collaborates with expert design resource studio Material Lab to create three bespoke counters for the outdoor café and VIP lounge at designjunction.
Material Lab is a vibrant London based studio for the architectural and design community to explore hundreds of different materials. Material Lab is the place to discover the latest trends and innovations, while at the same time receiving expert advice on materials.

Designjunction | Group shows
designlink.pl – the exhibition and guide on Polish Design

EDIT is delighted to play host to designlink.pl, a celebration of the best in Polish design from the past year. Presenting products, places and people through a carefully curated exhibition and publication.

This second edition of designlink.pl spans a wide spectrum of design, from extraordinary weaving structures, technology for the future, fiberglass organic forms that pioneered design innovation in the 60s, to revised ceramic traditions. Add to this a little taste of poetry and you have a heady mix of new ideas and narratives from a thriving Polish design scene.
The exhibition is organised by the Creative Project Foundation in partnership with Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Poland.

Cover Exhibition

Forza Tappeti features an expertly curated collection of twenty-five handmade rugs by renowned designers including Christopher Farr, Deirdre Dyson, Top Floor, Kristiina Lassus, Hossein Rezvani and others.

COVER, the international magazine of handmade contemporary carpets and textiles returns to Milan with Forza Tappeti: The Rug Revolution hosted at EDIT.

Opening hours
Tuesday 9 April: 4pm – 7pm Press Preview
Wednesday 10 April: 10am – 8pm
Thursday 11 April: 10am – 8pm
Friday 12 April: 10am – 10pm – Late night opening
Saturday 13 April: 10am – 7pm
Sunday 14 April: 10am – 4pm

For further information and regular updates visit: www.thedesignjunction.co.uk

Another gorgeous entry to the WIN Residential Interiors Awards: Art Gallery House in Pretoria

Posted on March 18, 2013 by Sian

This project by Thomas Gouws Architects + Interiors involved the complete interior renovation of an existing house situated on Muckleneuck Hill, overlooking the city centre of Pretoria, the Capital of the Republic of South Africa. With the modern art loving owners in mind, the design was based on opening up the existing rooms of the house and purifying it into an airy, functional art gallery-like living space.

Several internal walls were removed emphasizing the raw beauty of the original structural features of the house. Honest, simple cement screed floors and pale plastered walls were used to form a neutral backdrop for functional art installations. The entrance hall is dominated by a grand piano with a colourful light shade canopy above it. This sets the playful tone of the colour red that acts as a contrasting focal colour element used through out the house. The stainless steel cooking island was designed as a dramatic minimalist sculpture.

With a Perspex support on one side it appears to be floating. Despite the obvious aesthetic considerations it is designed for functionality and interactive cooking, and forms the centre point of the living area. A sliding screen door hides the service area of the kitchen. In the staircase shaft, the heavy ornamental balustrades were replaced by a delicate cable screen that connects the three levels of the house.

Raw steel tread plates were used as practical finish to the existing stairs. Functional fluorescent tubes placed in steel angles were used as stark graphic lighting element to uplift the dark space. In the master bedroom the dressing room was placed inside a white glass box, which shows a hint of the colourful couture inside.

Glittering bottles from Cumbria Crystal

Posted on March 15, 2013 by Sian

Cumbria Crystal, one of few remaining producers of hand-blown and hand-cut full lead English crystal, launched Bottles in January 2013, a chic collection of full lead cut crystal bottles produced by skilled craftsmen in the Lake District. Launched following the success of Cumbria Crystal’s Six Stemware and Six Gift collections, Bottles is a mix of 6 contemporary glass designs matched to make one unique collection. Cumbria Crystal will be vying for WIN’s Interior Accessories Award in this year’s extensive awards programme.

The intricate craftsmanship used means that to make a single piece, there are 6 individual processes, each step completed by a highly skilled craftsman/woman. From blowing to cutting, every step is done by hand, creating a glass of superb clarity and artisan finish. Designer Katy Holford explains her inspiration for the collection: “The bottles are a witty reworking of the kitsch chianti bottle candle holder. A nostalgic nod to the 70’s and 80’s when as students we glammed up a cheap meal with red wine and candles.”

The design proportions of bottle and candle are elegant and reworking it in luxury crystal turns a cliché into something sophisticated and refined. Cut crystal sometimes has fusty connotations. The aim of this collection is to give the medium a fresh contemporary approach that suits today’s interiors. It’s all about reinvention, turning an everyday bottle into something extraordinary and exquisite. Bottles, available from retailers Heals and Liberty, comes in 2 shapes, Bordeaux and Burgundy, in 6 different designs and each bottle includes an elegant hand-made pewter candle cup to prevent candle wax spoiling the sparkle of the crystal. Each Bottle is 31cm in height, 9cm in diameter and also serves as a wine carafe holding 750ml capacity.

Katy Holford who is reinventing cut crystal for 21st century living with contemporary and innovative designs has an impressive design background and is passionate about retaining traditional crafts skills within Britain, ensuring they are passed to future generations. The Company remains small and true to its artisan roots, employing 17 people at its factory in The Lake District where visitors can watch craftsmen/women producing crystal in the time honoured way.

Cumbria Crystal supplies all Commonwealth embassies with crystal to grace formal dinners, as well as supplying glasses for ITV’s Downton Abbey and hand crafting the light bulbs for international designer Lee Broom. Katy designs bespoke glassware for renowned retailers Harrods and Thomas Goode, as well as exclusive commissions for furniture designer and nephew to HRH Queen Elizabeth, David Linley.

Charming story of ascendance and transcendence from Elenberg Fraser

Posted on March 14, 2013 by Sian


Elenberg Fraser’s new residential project, perfectly positioned at the edge of Melbourne’s CBD, creates a vertical village that follows a story of ascendance and transcendence, inspired by the ancient myths of the angel Metatron (or Enoch, or Elijah) and Pandora’s Box.

This project’s massing is crucial to its design. Broken into a series of six white, concrete towers of varying heights, and bound by a central lift core, 33M’s profile mirrors Melbourne’s skyline, creating a city within a city – a juxtaposed silhouette of its geographic context. As you enter the lobby you open Pandora’s box and ascendance shifts to transcendence, as infinite mirrors create the sensation of a body suspended in space.

The overall impression is of a box cracked open, bronze and patterned light forming a path through the black depths. The apartments themselves are white and bronze light. Adaptable, their sliding doors enable the space to be reconfigured, residents can choose whether to integrate the front room into living environments.

33M gives you the bird’s-eye perspective and convenience of the inner-city high-rise lifestyle, with the amenity of a house or large complex. The sky really is the limit here! 33M has been entered into the WIN AWARDS Residential Interiors category. Find out more at www.wanawards.com. Early Bird Discount ends Friday 15 March 2013.

Coastal living in the Australian bush

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Sian

Architecture Saville Isaacs Pty Ltd have submitted this light and airy rural residence to the WIN AWARDS Residential Interiors category, demonstrating a seamless contextual blend of architecture, interior design and muted decor.

This holiday home by Architecture Saville Isaacs Pty Ltd is flexible to accommodate extended family, robust for hoards of children, yet with an element of adult luxury. A casual home with strong relationships to outdoors, it takes advantage of orientation and bush setting with sunlight, privacy and diagonal views modulated by pivoting timber screens.

Flexibility extends to opportunities for multiple activities: covered outdoor rooms, open living/dining zone, enclosed rumpus. Internal spaces are delineated by a timber spine formed by the timber walkway and vertical post screen, continuing down the suspended stairs under the kitchen island and out.

Internal elements are extensions of the architecture. Joinery is used as space making elements (timber screen wall folds over as support for benchtop). There is a marked contrast of solid textures, white linear planes, rhythms of timber posts, smooth polished concrete, steel and glass against rough sawn wire-brushed timber create drama that animates the interiors.

Focus is on the tactile quality of materials: a consistent palette of polished concrete, waxed recycled wire-brushed tallowwood, textured white laminate joinery – selected for robustness, low maintenance and recyclability. Low VOC, non-toxic materials and finishes, hydronic floor heating and cross ventilation ensure a healthy indoor environment.

The integrated interior furnishing concept was to focus on a palette of natural materials and finishes, locally sourced, designed and made. These choices are environmentally responsible and the brief was responsive by blending into and creating an emotive response to the Australian bush.

This project demonstrates the possibility of achieving quality design using ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles and sustainable, recycled, low-toxic, cost-effective materials. It focuses on the interrelationship with the surrounding environment, volumetric quality, light enhanced sculpted open spaces, and tactile quality of materials. The design promotes the unity of architecture and interiors, working with the elements of materiality, space, volume and light seeking to achieve a sense of peace and tranquillity.

Luxury penthouse with a panorama

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Rebecca

A magnificent view of downtown Montreal serves as the focus in this bright, warm loft-style apartment by interior designer René Desjardins.

The initial space consisted of a large unit assembled from two penthouses. The result is a family home that takes the form of a great rectangle spanning across the full length of the building, with full-height windows that provide an exceptional amount of natural light.

The apartment comprises two zones. On one side, the shared areas: the living room, dining room and kitchen as well as a living area/home theatre; and on the other, the private quarters of the client and his son.

The high ceilings were lowered slightly to accommodate lighting fixtures and conceal the electrical controls for the window coverings. Sheets of fabric combining natural fibres with threads of stainless steel, completely invisible when raised, descend from the ceiling at the touch of a button. In order to maintain the spirit of a loft, the structural columns were simply sanded and painted in the same shades and finishes as the walls.

In the large main room, a great interior wall of white oak stained with a charcoal grey forms a perfect backdrop, maximising the sense of space and turning the focus to the spectacular view and contemporary furniture.

With its countertops of charcoal granite quartz and generous dining room table, the kitchen is functional yet bold. At the other end of the room, couches finished in walnut, cotton and linen are an open invitation to conversation.

The bedroom of the client is in a rotunda facing due east. The suite includes two walk-in closets and a master bath, with heated white Calacatta marble floors.

The son’s quarters are in the style of a boutique hotel. Mostly charcoal, due to the alcove of the bed and the woodwork on the ample storage units, the room has linen curtains and opaque window coverings that can be closed to provide total darkness. These quarters also have a walk-in closet and a bathroom.

Through its clean design, a range of natural hues and many architectural details, the apartment is a great success. Here is a home that speaks of calm and comfort, whilst showcasing the continually changing city beyond.

For more information: www.rdesjardins.com