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ferm LIVING and knit designer Rikke Jo Tholstrup in an exclusive collaboration

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Annalisa

The Danish knit-artist Rikke Jo Tholstrup, has created a limited range of wooden paddles with knit covers for ferm LIVING which will be sold exclusively on fermliving.com.

The Paddle People is a series of decorative wooden paddles with knit covers. The patterns of the knit is layered and graphic, inspired by patterns and sculpture from the Indigenous art of North America. 

The entire piece – wood to knit – is handmade and sourced in Denmark, with the knitted pieces being produced in a 1950s knitwear factory in western Denmark.

“We are very happy about the pieces Rikke has created for us. Just like us, she is concerned with craftsmanship and creativity which has been breeding ground for a good, creative collaboration”, explains Trine Andersen, designer and founder of ferm LIVING.

“I think that the Paddle People are decorative, so it’s really how you fit it into your space”, Rikke says. “The paddles are textural, so I envision them in a room with other art pieces, like prints framed on the wall. They’ll add something physical to that kind of space that I think will look incredible. Once you understand the process of designing and creating the paddles, there’s also an aspect of craftsmanship that makes them not only decorative but also narrative – as with every great addition to your home, there’s a story to be told.”

The paddles people come in five different designs and there are ten of each available.

They will retail at EUR 310 / DKK 2300.

 

Ballet Pendant Lamp

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Annalisa

Founded 20 years ago in Galicia, Spain, lighting company Arturo Álvarez specialises in handmade lamps for hospitality projects including lighting solutions for hotel chains including Hilton, Sheraton and Melia.

‘Ballet’ is a new design from the studio created in collaboration with product designer Héctor Serrano who together with Arturo Álvarez has produced this pretty light using SIMETECH®, a steel mesh covered with silicone.

SIMETECH®, gives the designer the flexibility to create graceful forms which bring the lamps to life, ‘its asymmetry makes its forms change depending on the point of view. … a constant dance of light and shadows”.

Ballet comes in white, grey, beige, yellow or orange.

www.arturo-alvarez.com

Bill Amberg’s Gardening Gloves for Horatio’s Garden

Posted on March 23, 2016 by Annalisa

We are delighted to feature World Interiors News Awards judge Bill Amberg’s recent design for Horatio’s Garden.

Bill Amberg founded the studio that bears his name over 20 years ago. Today this is as much an artisans’ collective as a thriving company offering high-end services. The studio’s endeavours range from architectural services for much-valued corporate and private clients, to interior leather bespoke work, and signature accessories. The studio harnesses the best of one of nature’s most versatile and adaptable resources with an unrivalled creativity in a host of different ways.

Over the last three decades, collaborations with the likes of Aston Martin, Penguin, Donna Karan, Suntory and Alfred Dunhill, and at landmark sites such as the Shard, Stamford Bridge, Burberry in Milan, Tomorrow Land in Japan, and Selfridges has seen Bill Amberg and his studio’s work feature globally.

For Horatio’s Garden, Bill has designed beautiful gardening gloves made from the best quality cowhide. They are oiled leather therefore they’ll darken quickly and stretch to fit comfortably with little use, and they will last a lifetime!

Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and lovingly cares for beautiful gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading garden designers develop the stunning sanctuaries for patients and their family and friends.

The charity is named after Horatio Chapple, a schoolboy who wanted to be a doctor and volunteered at the spinal centre in Salisbury. It was Horatio’s idea to create a garden, and his research has shaped the garden designs and the charity’s aims. Horatio’s life was cut short at 17 when his camp was attacked by a polar bear while on expedition in Svalbard in 2011 but his legacy continues to help patients and their families with the long process of learning to live with a spinal cord injury.

The first Horatio’s Garden opened in 2012 at the spinal centre at Salisbury Hospital. Designed by award-winning landscape design company Cleve West, Horatio’s Garden has transformed the patients’ hospital stay. Patients can now find peace in an oasis of planting even in their hospital beds. They can take part in activities in the garden organised by the charity, including art therapy, music concerts, artists’ in residence, gardening, sculpture exhibitions and food events.

The second Horatio’s Garden, designed by James Alexander-Sinclair, will open in 2016 at the spinal centre in Glasgow, which cares for patients from across all of Scotland.

Joe Swift is designing the third Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and a capital appeal has just been launched to raise £950,000 so that building of the garden can commence next year. This will be the largest garden to date and the first with a dedicated children’s garden.

The charity is working with Stanmore, Sheffield and Middlesbrough and hopes to bring Horatio’s Gardens to all of the UK’s 11 regional specialist spinal centres.

To donate to Horatio’s Garden please follow the link below:

http://www.horatiosgarden.org.uk/donate/give-now/

Bill’s Gloves are available to buy directly from : http://shop.horatiosgarden.org.uk/gardening-gloves-by-horatios-garden-and-bill-amberg/

The WIN Awards 2015

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Annalisa

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

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

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

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

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

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

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

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

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

Photo Credit: Matt Chung


The Herbarium: Crabtree & Evelyn

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Annalisa

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

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

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

 

PATTERNITY x Paperless Post

Posted on October 8, 2015 by Annalisa

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Luke Hayes

designjunction – Seminar Highlights

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Annalisa

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

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

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

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

SEE THE FULL SEMINAR PROGRAMME HERE

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

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

19.00: Keynote: Yves Behar and Tylko

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

11.00 Transports of Delight

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

14.00 Design Futures Come in Layers

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

16.00 Technology, Tables and Lamps

Follow the journey of royal designer Terence Woodgate.

17.00 Life after Graduation

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

12.00 Working Beautifully

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

14.30 Global Colour Trends

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

16.00 Joined + Jointed

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

 18.30 Fairphone 2

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

13.00 Interiors for Unicorns

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

14.30 Remote Controlled Smoke and Colour

Hosted by luxury product designer Tiipoi.

Gyrecraft by Studio Swine

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Annalisa

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

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

The South Pacific and North Pacific

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

North Atlantic and Indian Ocean

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

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

South Atlantic and a close up of Indian Ocean

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

The Terroir Collection: Seaweed Decor

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Annalisa

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Emil Thomsen-Schmidt

Conran and Partners Celebrate the Centenary of the Iconic Cola Bottle

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Annalisa

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

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

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

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