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Milan Moments

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Liz

Our Editor has returned from Milan suitably tired but with multiple stories, contacts, photos, bundles of press kits and of course feeling hugely inspired by the gorgeous and innovative designs exhibited this year. It’s impossible not to feel slightly overwhelmed with appreciation for such varied and widespread talent! Of course I could ramble on about the brilliance of the furniture, accessories and lighting we’ve seen for hours, but as they say, a picture paints a thousand words and so here are some 20,000 on the highlights of Salone del Mobile. First up, some of our Editor’s personal photos during her busy week.

Moooi’s ‘Unexpected Welcome’ at Via Savona 56

Inga Sempé’s Ruché armchair for Ligne Roset at France Design by VIA

North Light Series by Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau for e15

Exploring EDIT by designjunction

Ed Richardson, Founder of Modus in their Lily Chair designed by Michael Sodeau

Happy crowds discussing design over Prosecco in the courtyard at EDIT by designjunction

Moooi’s ‘Unexpected Welcome’ at Via Savona 56

Canvas Chair by YOY for Innermost at EDIT by designjunction, also featured in a previous blog here

Grillage Chair by Francois Azambourg for Ligne Roset at France Design by VIA

Lampyridae Lamp Series by Monica Correia at EDIT by designjunction

Onto our top product picks. Having delved through an array of intriguing press kits, which also ended up in us painting our nails ‘Knoll Red’ (a great shade if you’re interested!), the team at WIN have chosen just a small selection of our favourite designs from Milan. The trends tend towards simple, clean lines, pops of bright colour, bringing outdoor furniture indoors and vice versa, and use of playful prints and patterns. Definitely perfect for the approaching summer months!

SwingMe and SwingUs, Outdoor Floating Living Room Collection by Daniel Pouzet for DEDON

Taffeta Sofa by Alvin Tjitrowirjo for Moooi

The Washington Collection by David Adjaye for Knoll, his first furniture collection. Photo by Dorothy Hong

Foundry Floor Lamp by Nat Cheshire for Resident

Patch di Fiammati collection by Missoni Home

Babel drinks cabinet by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau

Phoenix Kitchen by CR&S Varenna for Poliform

Bassotti Sideboards by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Poke stool by Kyuhyung Cho for Innermost

Hope you enjoy these images and products as much as we do! We’re also looking forward to being similarly inspired by the entries into the Lighting Projects, Lighting Products, Furniture and Interior Accessories Categories of our World Interiors News Awards 2014. There’s just six weeks left before our close, so if you’d like to enter or just want some more information about the Awards, just email!

Milan, mischer’traxler & The Young Talent Award

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Liz

The WAN and WIN editors-in-chief are at the fabulous Salone del Mobile in Milan this week, whizzing their way around hundreds of stalls and tweeting images of some of their favourite designs, at which the team are staring in pure admiration and awe. While they report live from the venue, I thought it would be interesting to focus on some lesser known designers also at the infamous design week, brought to our attention by BE OPEN.

Benjamin Graindorge, France. Shortlisted.

BE OPEN is a global initiative to foster creativity and innovation, a think tank whose mission is to promote people and ideas today to build solutions for tomorrow. It is a cultural and social initiative founded by the Russian philanthropist, businesswoman and entrepreneur Yelena Baturina, with the support of an amazing international team. It was in fact launched during Milan Design Week 2012, with the goal of becoming a bridge between the great minds of our time – philosophers, sociologists, designers, architects, artists, writers, businessmen and opinion leaders – and the promising new minds of the younger generation.

Kwangho Lee, South Korea. Shortlisted.

BE OPEN develops its works through exhibitions, events and panel discussions in the world’s leading design capitals. Naturally, they decided to announce the first winner of their new annual prize, The Young Talent Award, at a packed awards ceremony at the start of this year’s Milan Design Week. mischer’traxler was selected from a shortlist of ten candidates, from an original long list of thirty-seven, put forward by a leading international design industry jury. This jury was an all-star cast from the design world, including Giulio Cappellini, Art Director of Cappellini, Sofia Lagerkvist of design trio Front, and Jay Osgerby of Barber & Osgerby, who designed the Austrian duo’s unique egg trophy prize, a symbol of nascent talent ready to hatch.

Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler of Studio mischer’traxler, Austria. Winners of The Young Talent Award.

The jury said of their selection: “The work of the ten shortlisted candidates is of exceptional quality, but we felt that mischer’traxler’s methods best reflect the spirit of this new, important design prize. Matching experimental research and vanguard attitudes with industrial production, they clearly indicate how much further manufacturing can be developed from where it is now. Their talent for introducing creative interaction into everyday objects and humanising every aspect of design reflects their incredible ability to synthesise the future of design.”

The criteria for this prize, and indeed the award itself, are unique: the selection is made on the basis of potential, rather than work achieved. As well as their trophy, mischer’traxler win €24,000 to support their living expenses for a year. This is so that they can continue to work at their own pace, without any obligation to create new products or exhibit their work. The Young Talent Award is, like BE OPEN, changing how people see the design world, providing an opportunity for learning, education and development that will spur on creativity and innovation.

Dennis Parren, Netherlands. Winner of Yelena Baturina prize.

There was also a second winner at the awards ceremony, with Dennis Parren selected as the Yelena Baturina prize-winner. His trophy, a replica dinosaur egg, was created especially by Front Design. Baturina herself chose Parren from the shortlist, due to her belief in his business potential. His design specifically ‘tapped into a very important trend for our time’ of people as ‘global nomads’. Moreover, there will be a third prize known as the Web Choice award for another talented young designer – you have until 17 May to vote online for your favourite, so definitely get involved here!

Elie Ahovi, France. Shortlisted.

We’re looking forward to hearing more inspirational stories like this when everyone gets back from Milan – be sure to check our news site for product exclusives next week!

The Early Birds Catch our Attention

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Liz

Our Early Bird Registration for this year’s World Interiors News Awards has now officially closed, and what an amazing response! The team at WIN have been inundated with remarkable projects across all interiors categories; it’s been an absolute delight working with everyone to feature their submissions and we’re excited to see more over the coming months. With entries from Australia, Mexico, Norway, Dubai, Bulgaria, Japan, Ecuador, Canada, USA, UK, Thailand, Ukraine, Poland, Brazil and every other location you could think of, we’ve extremely happy to have connected with so many talented architects and designers worldwide to showcase their work.

We’ve also been busy securing some fabulous jury members who will reviewing the designs this year, including Conrad Smith, Managing Director of ReardonSmith, Nick Jones, Founder and CEO of Soho House, Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder and Director of Studiofibre and Guzmán de Yarza Blache, Master Director in workspace design at the IE School of Architecture and Design. Additionally, the team have been working hard to put together special editions of our INSIDE newsletter, each one based around an Awards Category in order to present the entries so far, giving them even more of the exposure they deserve.

There is plenty of time left to enter into this year’s awards with our overall deadline of 06 June still over two months away. Below is a snapshot of just some of the entries we’ve received, we hope it’ll inspire you to get involved! For further information on the Awards, please don’t hesitate to contact me at liz.naven@worldinteriorsnews.com or on +44 (0)1273 201 117

Café Ki, Tokyo, Japan by id. Entry into Restaurant Category.

El Magatzem de la Bodegueta, Barcelona, Spain by Pilar Líbano Studio. Entry into Bars Category.

T2 Headquarters, Melbourne, Australia by Landini Associates. Entry into Workspace Interiors Category.

Nanchang Insun International Cinema, Nanchang, China by One Plus Partnership Limited. Entry into Leisure or Entertainment Venues Category.

57C Lambert Road, London, United Kingdom by Karsten Weiss. Entry into Residential Interiors Category.

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Minneapolis, United States by HGA Architects and Engineers. Entry into Public Sector Category.

St. Cecilia, Atlanta, United States by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Entry into Restaurants Category.

Barrancas House, Mexico City, Mexico by EZEQUIELFARCA architecture & design. Entry into Residential Interiors Category.

The Barbarian Group, New York, United States by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Entry into Workspace Interiors Category.

Raheen Library, Melbourne, Australia by Woods Bagot. Entry into Public Sector Category.

Delfina Foundation, London, United Kingdom by Studio Octopi. Entry into Museum or Exhibition Spaces Category.

King + Duke, Atlanta, United States by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Entry into Restaurants Category.

One Hot Yoga Studio, Melbourne, Australia by Robert Mills Architect. Entry into Leisure or Entertainment Venues Category.

Restaurant & Bar Nazdrowje, Stockholm, Sweden by Design by Richard Lindvall. Entry into Restaurants Category.

 

Paper Productions

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Liz

Pia Wüstenberg is a German born designer, who studied in the UK before moving to Finland to set up her studio piadesign. It is here that she began to explore self-production using local crafts skills. She has since returned to the UK and has continued in her explorations with international clients and brands, through collaborations and also ‘Utopia & Utility’, the design and manufacturing company set up by Pia and her brother Moritz.

Samples, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

Paper Productions  is a collection of handcrafted lights created by artisans in Ahmedabad, India and the outcome of one of Pia’s collaborative development projects. On invite from House of MG, a hotel and lifestyle company in Ahmedabad, Pia spent six weeks working at the Khalamkush Paper Factory in India. The factory uses traditional paper making techniques, making its own paper pulp from cotton rags. In this way it is completely self-sufficient, both from the material making to the pressing and processing of the finished paper sheets.

Gunghat Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

To create the Paper Productions lights, paper was draped and moulded onto various objects, many sourced from the vibrant old market in Ahmedabad. This includes balloons and funnels, creating different lamp shapes, all extremely delicate and lightweight. Some have an additional wire ornament, others are simply comprised of the paper shade, equipped with a small LED light.

Paper Making Station with Vaishali and Dimple, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

The lights combine in clusters, creating a beautiful effect akin to that of jellyfish swimming underwater. There is beauty in their soft and graceful positioning and in the way they have been produced, and these are two key elements in Pia’s designs. She reinvents the use of materials, creating an object that stands for its present use but also the history behind its making. Pia believes that: “The contrast and overlap of these stories make up the life of the object, and are valued equally.”

Ful Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

Paper Productions is not just a beautiful collection of lights, it tells a story of the tradition of paper making and the people in Ahmedabad. It will also continue to be made by the artisans Pia worked with and so it is important that the project is shared with a wider audience to promote their skills and provide continuing work. It will be showing at the Kraft Work Exhibition at the Aram Gallery in London and for WIN’s international readers and Pia’s other collections will also be shown at Design Shanghai and at EDIT by designjunction in Milan. We highly recommend going along, or just reading more about Pia’s brilliant work!

Ful Light Cluster, Paper Productions Lights, Pia Wüstenberg

 

Happy Birthday Bourgie!

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Liz

A lamp with an unmistakable style and a veritable Kartell best seller; Ferrucio Laviani’s Bourgie admirably combines classicism, richness and tradition with innovation and irony. With a Baroque style, a wide shade with plissé effect that sets up a myriad play of reflections when lit and an attachment that allows it to be raised or lowered by the user, this is a lamp that is all about transformation. It is a decorative desk lamp and simple living room lighting, a sculpture but also a reading lamp that lends itself to many uses and as such is itself a strong communicator. It is no surprise that with the coming of its tenth anniversary of being in production, the team at Kartell decided to do something special for Bourgie.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Patricia Urquiola

This birthday celebration to pay tribute to twenty years of collaboration with Laviani and ten years of Bourgie, whilst also sparking the creative minds of the brilliant designers at Kartell, called for the team to reinterpret the lamp in a new and fun way. The result is a collection of 14 versions that are currently part of a travelling exhibition. The lamp has in the short time from 2004 to the present become somewhat of a veritable design icon, a transversal and eclectic lamp that shines in any context from the contemporary to the classic. As such, it was the perfect product to play with for designers Patricia Urquiola, Piero Lissoni, Front, Mario Bellini, Alberto Meda, Lenny Kravitz, Philippe Starck, Eugeni Quitllet, Christophe Pillet, Nendo, Tokujiin Yoshioka, Patrick Jouin, Ludovica+Roberto Palomba and Rodolfo Dordoni. Together they pushed the boundaries of design and suggested alternative interpretations and executions.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Philippe Starck

Starck chose an ironic interpretation, decorating the lamp with costume jewellery and stereotypically French symbols such as The Eiffel Tower, while Pillet dressed it in an elegant all black dress of matte felt. Front suggested a sort of genetic mutation, heating up its front to reshape, creating a lamp that leans over your shoulder to give you light whilst you read.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Front

Urquiola disassembled Bourgie’s base and suspended its parts as a chandelier, deconstructing the lamp to reform it as a pendant light. Meanwhile, Bellini fashioned two into a standard lamp complete with coat hooks and umbrella stands. Nendo had a subversive take on the original, turning it upside down and rotating the silhouette, so that their two lamps together form a space that is the upside down Bourgie lamp. They also inverted the name, christening their sculptural piece ‘Eigruob’.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Nendo

Quitlett gave a gift of the traditional lamp base with a birthday cake on top, ten candles for the ten years of production. Clearly it can be seen that each designer has reimagined the lamp and given it character, creating a new personality whilst retaining its original and distinctive charm. Perhaps what best sums up this celebration of design is the message on Jouin’s lamp, which reads ‘The Future is a Present from the Past’. Laviani himself views the project as ‘a manifesto whose key message is that ideas, culture and the differences of others can render the work of an individual more interesting and contemporary.’

Kartell goes Bourgie by Patrick Jouin

Happy Birthday Bourgie – don’t forget to make a wish!

Kartell goes Bourgie by Eugeni Quitllet

WIN Awards now open!

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Liz

We’re delighted to announce that we have now opened the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2014, following phenomenal success in 2013. Recognising and promoting the designs that have made the biggest impact on the cultural landscape over the past year, the awards programme spans 13 categories covering a whole spectrum of interior design. Interior projects include Residential, Workspace, Retail, Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Leisure or entertainment venues, Museum or exhibition spaces, Public sector, Workspace, and Lighting design. The Products section focuses on Lighting, Furniture and Interior Accessories.

Ranging from emerging designers to long-established ones, our Awards have attracted submissions from over 120 countries. Judged by some of the most distinguished figures in the design world – many of whom have gone on to collaborate with award recipients – this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase innovative designs and boost your commercial potential. Previous judges have included Sir Terence Conran, Lee Hallman (Foster & Partners), Mark Majors (Speirs & Major), Vanessa Brady (interiors Designer and President, SBID), and Rabih Hage (Architect & Interior Designer).

Entrants receive considerable media coverage to our global community of over 220,000 architects, designers, developers and clients. Plus, all winning and shortlisted entries will be published in a Special Winners issue of INSIDE, our monthly round-up of the latest news, views and issues from the world of interior design. Many of our past winners have testified that this exposure contributed significantly to their business success.

Entry is just £250, but register before 14 March and you’ll receive a generous 20% discount on your fee. The winner from each category will be announced later in the year at a ceremony – date to be confirmed.

So if your designs have advanced practice and helped push the boundaries of both beauty and ingenuity, enter our World Interiors News Annual Awards and see how we can transform your business.

For further information about the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2014 and full details on how to enter, contact Liz Naven liz.naven@worldinteriorsnews.com or call +44 (0)1273 201 117.

Celebrating at Saatchi

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Megan

Ten days on from the inaugural World Interiors News Annual Awards ceremony and dinner the winning designers are still basking in the glory of their successes. London’s Saatchi Gallery played host to the most distinguished figures in architecture and interior design, treating the attendees to an opportunity to view the latest exhibition entitled “Body Language” which explores the physicalities of human beings through photography, sculpture and painting.

Escaping the cold November night outside, over 300 guests from across the globe retreated into the gallery’s warmth for a cocktail reception, a 3-course meal and some all-important networking opportunities. Amongst the many well-known faces was judge and interior design guru Sir Terence Conran, who has been a keen supporter of the awards programme.

As petit-fours and coffee were served, the awards ceremony began with a speech from Annalisa Hammond, Editor of World Interiors News, welcoming the guests and introducing Art historian and BBC Culture Show host Andrew Graham-Dixon who proceeded to present the awards for the winning designs.

Whilst the shortlisted entries from each category were announced and the winners collected their trophies on stage, guests from all areas of architecture and interior design were reminded of the designs which have helped shape the material and cultural landscape over the past year.

When the ceremony came to a close, the elated winners and shortlisted designers were photographed with their trophies and certificates, and the champagne flowed as celebrations began.

After overwhelmingly positive feedback about the event, Annalisa Hammond reflects that “the intimacy and originality of the venue appealed to our sponsors and guests, many of whom have already enquired about next year’s event!”

With the 2014 Awards due to open in early January, it promises to be another exciting year ahead for World Interiors News.

QE2 Hotel Design Proposal by Benoy

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Megan

Almost 50 years on from the launch of The QE2, design proposals are being put forward for the ship’s conversion into a floating 5-star hotel. Amongst the proposed plans is the scheme of award-winning designers Benoy, who propose a design preserving the original architecture and ambience of the world-famous vessel, uniting the character of the 60s with contemporary and cutting edge design trends. It is a scheme which propels the liner into the 21st century luxury market.

In the historically important spaces of the Midships Lobby and Queen’s Room, Benoy propose to conserve the forward-thinking intent of the original QE2 design by introducing modern variations on textiles, lighting, fittings and technology. 

Amongst the design challenges encountered during the early stages of planning was the issue of how to introduce light and physical space into the arteries of the ship, given the long, straight passenger corridors which run through the vessel. Benoy’s solution was to carve circular vestibules out along the passageways, providing opportunities to showcase art and feature lighting to open the space up.

Within the guest suites, the curved alterations of the corridors continue to flow through the spatial design, with subtle hints of a nautical theme. The luxurious ambience was crafted using highlights of marbled stone, stand-alone bath tubs and glass walls. The furnishings note the style of the QE2 history, with a vintage appeal that is accompanied by a natural and contemporary colour palette. 

The floating hotel will accommodate private residences, a conference centre, a performance theatre and ballroom, as well as retail and leisure locations. Benoy has accommodated space for a modern maritime museum, present the important and fascinating history and artefacts of the iconic vessel to both the public and hotel guests. Guests can experience an elevator ride to the top of the ship’s funnel, which has been re-designed as an observation platform. Above deck, the original swimming pool has been enlarged to accommodate 5-star standards.

John Denton, Director of Interior Design at Benoy, commented that the firm’s submission embraced the “history and philosophy” of the transatlantic ocean liner.

Benoy’s design concept film for the QE2 hotel can be found on the Benoy YouTube Channel.

The London Distillery Company confirmed as sponsor of the World Interiors News Awards

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Rosie

We are delighted to announce that The London Distillery Company will be serving its first London-crafted gin at the WIN Awards Dinner at the Saatchi Gallery on the 28th November.

Developed at the new distillery in Battersea, London, Dodd’s Gin pays tribute to Ralph Dodd, an 18th century born entrepreneur and engineer, who formed The Intended London Distillery Company in 1807. Dodd’s business prospectus detailed his commitment to produce Genuine British Spirits and whilst he never quite fulfilled his visionary project, his aspirations are finally being realised over 200 years later by The London Distillery Company.

The small batch gin, created by Head Distiller Andrew MacLeod Smith and Founder Darren Rook, uses organic botanicals, which include: juniper, angelica, fresh lime peel, bay laurel, cardamom, red raspberry leaf and London honey.

A significant proportion of the ingredients are first distilled in ‘Christina’, a traditional 140-litre copper alembic, with the more delicate botanicals being reserved for ‘Little Albion’, The London Distillery Company’s state-of-the-art cold vacuum still. The two spirits are then married for several weeks before being hand-bottled and labelled by the team at the distillery.

Darren Rook comments: “We came across Ralph Dodd and his story whilst investigating former distilleries in London, almost a year to the day after founding The London Distillery Company. Dodd’s ethos about creating Genuine British Spirits was akin to ours, so we felt it fitting that our first London produced brand was dedicated to him.”

Andrew MacLeod Smith adds: “Any distiller will tell you that it takes many months of research and development to create an innovative, premium organic spirit, and Dodd’s was no different. For example, we distilled several types of honey, from all areas of the UK, but found that the complex honey produced by urban bees in London gave the spirit a luxurious mouth-feel and added a delightful top note, which complements the rest of the aromatics perfectly.”

www.londondistillery.com

Conran on Cloud Nine

Posted on October 31, 2013 by Rosie

Visitors to the prestigious Independent Hotel Show in London over the past two days have been treated to an unusual experience by the creative team at Conran and Partners, whose thought-provoking installation welcomed visitors into a VIP area like no other: Cloud Nine.

The concept was to provide an area in which to experience a “feet on the ground, head in the clouds” sensation. Conran and Partners’ creative director of brand and product, Massimo Acanfora, explains that Conran on Cloud Nine symbolises “creative agility” which inspires “infinite thoughts and forms.”

Located in the VIP area at Olympia West Hall, it was intended as a space where people could meet during the show which would encourage creative thinking and discussion of approaches towards design.

To bring the concept to life, one million metres of string, cut into differing lengths, were suspended from the ceiling, giving curious visitors the sense of their heads being submerged in the clouds, an experience which Acanfora believes is key when it comes to creative exploration: “Everyone loves clouds. We always like to have our head in the cloud and feet on the ground when we are creative.”

In keeping with the show’s commitment to outstanding design, Conran on Cloud Nine served as a memorable talking point for the thousands of high profile guests passing through the event.