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‘Hooked’ on the Buster + Punch debut home product collection

Posted on May 9, 2013 by Megan

‘Buster + Punch create daring and exquisite home products that celebrate custom living and being individual. It all started in a small garage in East London, where they discovered a passion for customising the things they love, from light fittings to motorcycles, furniture to leather jackets. This devotion to craftsmanship has given birth to their debut collection called Hooked.

Hooked explores the darker side of life, drawn from a world of custom motorcycles and rockstar lifestyle. The burnt rubber of a Harley, knurled grip of the volume knob and sensual touch of quilted silk, have inspired solid brass light fittings, whiskey bars, wingback chairs and even a limited edition motorcycle. This has nothing to do with uniformity and everything to do with standing out from the crowd. Welcome to their world.

 Buster + Punch will also be exhibiting their debut collection for the first time in Clerkenwell Design Week next week. 

New Order: British Art Today at the Saatchi Gallery

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Megan

On 26 April 2013, the Saatchi Gallery will launch a new programme of exhibitions which will continue the Gallery’s 25-year-long support of emerging artists and its drive to make contemporary art as widely available as possible to a British and international audience. The Saatchi Gallery is the venue for this year’s WIN Annual Awards 2013 – to enquire about tickets please click here.

An entire floor of the Gallery in the King’s Road will be devoted to exhibiting artists in the early stages of their careers. Throughout the year the exhibitions will reflect the Gallery’s unique ability to respond quickly to some of the most exciting work being made by artists working in the UK.
This new programme of exhibitions will enable emerging artists, many of them recent graduates, to see their work displayed in a museum environment, and it will also give visitors to the Saatchi Gallery the chance to discover new artists of particular merit and promise. The first in this series of exhibitions is New Order: British Art Today, featuring 17 young artists based in the UK.

James Capper, Nipper (Long Reach)

James Capper, Nipper (Long Reach), 2012
Painted steel, hydraulics, plaster, 130 x 32 x 80cm / Base: 130 x 40 x 100cm
© James Capper
Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

The work of this new generation of artists offers an arresting insight into the nature of Britain today: somewhat nebulous in its identity, somewhat uncertain of itself, recent spikes of national cohesion – the 2011 royal wedding, the 2012 Olympics – are blasts of pageantry, quickly silenced, sometimes soured. The symbols of national identity seem more and more inarticulate and dislocated from the experience of actually living here. The artists are not an evidently coherent group, but if there is a collective spirit in many of the works in the exhibition, it’s in their interest in addressing the vast abundance of imagery which we are all increasingly surrounded by in the 21st century. As the  series of exhibitions continues, a clearer understanding may emerge of a distinct new direction.

Tereza Zelenkova, Cometes

Tereza Zelenkova, Cometes, 2012
Framed silver gelatin print, 127 x 101.6cm
© Tereza Zelenkova
Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

The exhibition includes sculptural forms that owe a debt to American minimalism, paintings that mine British caricature from the 18th century, the iconography of earthly power (kings and politicians), everyday elements from ordinary life (tattoos, underpants, banana skins), industrial materials as well as traditional oil paint and gouache.

Steven Allan, We’re All In This Together

Steven Allan, We’re All In This Together, 2012
Oil on canvas, 190 x 250cm
© Steven Allan
Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

Dominic from Luton, Shoes Off If You Love Luton!

Dominic from Luton, Shoes Off If You Love Luton!, 2012
C-type print, 237.8 x 168cm
© Dominic from Luton
Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

Artists in the exhibition include; Greta Alfaro, Steven Allan, James Balmforth, Sara Barker, Charlie Billingham, James Capper, Amir Chasson, Nathan Cash Davidson, Nicholas Deshayes, Amanda Doran, Alejandro Guijarro, Dominic from Luton, Wendy Mayers, Natasha Peel, Guy Rusha, Rafal Zawistowski and Tereza Zelenkova.

New Order: British Art Today opens to the public on 26 April. Entry is free.

Jake Dyson releases CSYS lighting range for John Lewis

Posted on April 26, 2013 by Megan

From 1 August 2013, the CSYS range from Jake Dyson Products will be available in lighting departments of The John Lewis Partnership across the UK and also online at www.johnlewis.com. In a year of unprecedented success for Jake Dyson Products, their retail distribution network has grown fivefold and their lights are now stocked in 61 retailers across the UK. Other big name stores include: Heale’s, The Conran Shop, Selfridges, twentytwentyone, Aram, and SCP. In other news, the CSYS LED light has just been presented the Homes & Gardens Award for Innovation. It has been chosen to feature in the renowned French architect, Jean Nouvel’s, ‘Office for Living’ project at the Salone International Furniture Fair and, design doyen, Rossana Orlandi’s 2013 showcase of influential designers.

The CSYS currently comes in two models, the CSYS LED Task light and the CSYS LED Tall (floor-standing version). Both feature a new application of heat pipe technology in its arm (developed for satellites and found in microprocessors for computers) that conducts heat away from the powerful LED chips, thereby prolonging their life and performance for over 37 years. This technology also maintains the brightness and colour rendition of the LED chips. Both lights are fully dimmable with a touch sensitive switch and light level memory. They can be smoothly maneuvered, both horizontally and vertically, as well as rotationally through 360˚, to allow precise positioning.

Phillip Anniss, Assistant Buyer for The John Lewis Partnership says:

“We have continued to focus on design collaborations for our Home ‘Design Collective’ and a partnership with the innovative Jake Dyson will be a fantastic addition to our designer lighting offer. Jake’s lights not only look great, but they offer unique functional features and, being LED, are environmentally efficient. We are supporters of British design and we know our customers will love his lights.”

Jake Dyson says:
“After extensive research and development, we launched the CSYS Task light at the London Design Festival in 2011 and were fortunate to receive strong praise from influential design figures, such as Sir John Sorrell, Sir Terence Conran, Jerryll Habegger, Fred Winkler and Murray Moss. Since then, we have been showing the CSYS to the trade and general public and it is tremendously rewarding to now have so many great retailers stocking our lights. It is still early days for us and we plan to continue our outreach across the world. We have more exciting new products in the pipeline that will help us to do this.”

Elsewhere in the world, a further 51 retailers are selling the product, including 18 in the US, such as Lumens Light and Living, Luminaire and Moss. The CSYS has been chosen to feature in the Permanent Collection of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (New York), a tremendous accolade for the studio. Jake Dyson Products is now focusing on the contract market and the CSYS will be seen in various exciting global projects for example, lighting up the headquarters of Rolls Royce.

A Passion for Jean Prouvé

Posted on April 12, 2013 by Megan

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli presents A Passion for Jean Prouvé, an exhibition devoted to the furniture and architecture by the French designer Jean Prouvé from the collection owned by Laurence and Patrick Seguin.

Laurence and Patrick Seguin discovered the work of Jean Prouvé in the late 1980s through his furniture designs. They were immediately struck by the unique aesthetic of these pieces, where the artistic skill lies wholly in imperceptible technical mastery devoted to enhancing the strength of the materials. While at the time very few people had even heard of Jean Prouvé, their enthusiasm for his captivating lines was immediate, a revelation that became a true passion.

Metropole aluminium house, 26.2 x 40 ft ca. 1949, provenance: France

The couple then began to take an interest in Jean Prouvé’s work as a whole, of which the furniture is only a part, going on to discover his architectural designs. With the idea that ‘there is no difference between constructing a piece of furniture and constructing a building’, he applied the same design approach to both fields, basing all of his work on it.

From the opening of their gallery in Paris in 1989, Laurence and Patrick Seguin began to work in earnest promoting the creations of Jean Prouvé, with the result that the most important international collectors and the most prestigious museums now have works by the French architect and designer in their collections. Indeed today he is held to be one of the key exponents of twentieth century design.


Metropole aluminium house, 26.2 x 40 ft ca. 1949, provenance: France

Laurence and Patrick Seguin are now presenting a number of works from their private collection for the first time: around 40 pieces by Jean Prouvé, most of which are prototypes or extremely rare, from the armchair designed for the University dormitory of Nancy in 1932 to the light armchair created for the University of Antony in 1954, to the furniture produced for Africa.


The Laurence and Patrick Seguin collection

The same principles of functionality and rational fabrication that the designer applied to furniture often destined for the public sector, can also be found in Prouvé’s architectural designs: the same solid structures feature clever mechanisms for assembly and organisation that enable both the furniture and the constructions to be easily moved, disassembled and modified.

The Maison Metropole (8×12 meters) an aluminium construction won in 1949 a Ministry of Education competition for ‘mass-producible rural school with classroom and teacher accommodation’: a masterpiece of nomadic housing, followed the portico principle patented by Prouvé in 1939. The Ateliers Jean Prouvé built two of them, one in Bouqueval, near Paris, and the other in Vantoux in Moselle. This one has been mounted for the first time on the Lingotto track in Turin. Taking four people three consecutive days to assemble, a stop-motion film has been made of the construction process, with video footage streamed on the Pinacoteca website.

Metropole aluminium house, 26.2 x 40 ft ca. 1949, provenance: France

The Laurence et Patrick Seguin collection includes contemporary art that coexist at their home with Jean Prouvé furniture. Some have a liason with Jean Prouvé, as the mobile made by Alexander Calder for Prouvé; and the one by Richard Prince, who has made especially for them an artwork out of a Jean Prouvé table.

They decide to show these works at the Pinacoteca Agnelli together with the ones by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Adam Mcewen and Marc Grotjhan. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue in Italian and English published by the Pinacoteca Agnelli.

Terence Conran to judge the WIN Awards 2013

Posted on February 26, 2013 by Megan

We are very excited to announce that once again design guru, writer and restrauteur Terence Conran will join the World Interiors News judging panel for this year’s award.

“I’m delighted to be judging the WIN awards again which really do promote and celebrate the very best in design from around the globe. If the quality is anything like last time, I’ll be green with envy looking at some of the world’s most beautiful homes.” Sir Terence Conran said.

Born in 1931, Terence Conran founded the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores in the 1960s that brought modern design within reach of the general population.

Today he is Chairman of the Conran Group which owns restaurants, shops and hotels around the world and has a thriving architecture and design practice Conran & Partners.

Terence has always been a great supporter of education in design and founded the Design Museum in London and until recently was the Provost of the Royal College of Art. He has written more than 50 informative books selling over 30 million copies of his publications worldwide.

The WIN Awards 2013 will showcase the best and most innovative interior design projects from around the world to our global audience of 220,000 designers, architects and developers. We will celebrate the award winning designs at a prestigious Awards Dinner at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 28 November2013.

Don’t miss the chance to get your work seen by this industry leader and enter the WIN Awards now! Entries made before 15 March will also get the added bonus of a 15% discount of the entry fee.

Just click here to enter.

Sarah

Award winning interior design from North America

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Megan

Oppenheim Architects’ beautiful interior design for the La Muna house in Aspen, Colorado looks good in every season. Winner of the 2012 WAN Residential Interiors Award, Oppenheim have released new images of the house in summer, despite currently being covered by a mountain of snow!

“Winning the WAN award has helped our on-going efforts to raise the profile of the interior design component of Oppenheim’s global practice,” said Director of Advanced Strategies, Thomas Westberg.

Oppenheim designed both the architecture and the interiors for La Muna, a rustic ski chalet built in the ultra-exclusive enclave of Red Mountain.

Designed as a homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi, the home is clad in reclaimed, regional wood; stone and steel. The use of local and reclaimed materials was intended to make a minimal impact on natural resources as well as designed to merge into the home’s idyllic surroundings of forest, stream, and mountain.

The powerful transformation of this home speaks to the splendour of the forest and mountains beyond. The purity, simplicity, warmth, and rustic charm of the new design beckons one throughout the year as the seasons change in its wondrous setting.

“This is obviously a very seductive piece of architecture, we all want to be there, but what they’ve done very cleverly is they have used the wonderful mountain light to exaggerate the textures, and yet have resisted the temptation to put too much in [to the interior], there is just enough. You can see how it would be the most perfect place to curl up under a rug and gaze out at the view,” said WAN judge, Sally Mackereth, Co-Founder of Wells Mackereth.

Read more about Oppenheim’s award winning entry, La Muna, here.

This year, the World Interiors News Annual Award 2013 will showcase more exquisite projects in the Residential Interiors category. To view the latest entries just visit our website where you will also find submission guidelines and how to enter your own projects.

Sarah

Interiors UK champions design excellence

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Megan

The World Interiors News team headed to this year’s INTERIORS UK expo at the Birmingham NEC for a preview of the latest interior furnishings and products. The INTERIORS UK show was held over three days and hosted local and international product designers alongside each other. Divided into seven categories, the halls of the NEC were suitably dressed in beautifully designed interior furniture and accessories.

Contemporary Design showcased upcoming designers from Birmingham City University and the best in young graduate designers from across the UK and Europe. Wallpapers, photographs and fine art prints from dealers all inclined towards sumptuous interior design. In the Designersblock area eclectic products ranged from the textured 3D knitted cushions of Jorunn Hustoft (all made from 100% British wool), to up-cycled bottle lamps from the team at DeGross Design & Innovation who re-use surplus materials to create striking interior products.

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Other Interior Accessories that caught our eye included smooth tear drop shaped mirrors from Daniel Schofield, a graduate in Furniture and Product design from Sheffield Hallam University.
British textile designer Gemma Louise Joyce showcased her latest wooden bath screen decorated with hand and digital printed fabric. Gemma also designs wallpaper collections that draws the influence of Victorian household goods in its prints.

Gemma Louise Joyce

The Design Elegance hall brought fabric to the forefront with big names such as the Edinburgh Weavers and Kobe UK Ltd. on display. Textiles including luxury curtain and upholstery material in an array of decadent textures and tones swept down from the roof of the hall in grand displays.

New designers, such as Alice Howard Graham and Sian O Doherty, brought vibrant colour and texture to fabric with their latest collections on show. Alice studied Printed Textiles for Fashion and Interiors at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey and creates many of her designs from hand drawn sketches.

Alice Howard Graham

International furniture giants including Content by Conran and Ercol Furniture Ltd shared the hall with local producers of high end interior products. Russell Henderson for example, a Derbyshire based firm established in 1992, makes sofas and chairs to order in styles ranging from contemporary to antique.

G Plan Vintage have collaborated with renowned designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE, to produce a collection of 50s and 60s inspired furniture with a modern twist. Leaning back one of the plush cushioned sofas offered us the perfect chance to take in the atmosphere of the show and have a well-deserved break!

The Living Lifestyle section of INTERIORS UK inhabited the two main halls of the NEC. Following the trend for traditional furniture restoration, many firms with expert knowledge in this area, had elegant pieces on display, ranging from Regency dining sets to an Edwardian desk tidy cut from walnut.

Amidst the crystal chandeliers and innovative contemporary furniture there were interior products for all tastes at INTERIORS UK, many of which are now featured on our website.

Interior Accessories get colourful

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Megan

Wash away those January blues with an infusion of colourful and cosy products launched for 2013. Sustainable French designer, Sabatina Leccia makes brightly coloured glassware from recycled materials out of her studio in Paris.

Sabatina Leccia

Designer Hannah Niskanen has created a practical and intriguing storage system in her “Safety Vase”. The hallway and bedside tables combine a cashmere and merino hand-knitted orb, framed by a solid walnut top and hand turned legs.

This safe hideaway is for those treasures that have a tendency to be misplaced has been created. The vase like form invites the user to touch and feel the softness of the wool whilst playfully hiding objects away, this furniture series is about experiencing the knit. It poses the question of why cant the first thing you touch when you wake up in the morning or come in from work be soft and comforting.

Safety Vase by Hannah Niskanen

And finally, check out these peculiar ornaments from London based ceramic artist, Myung Nam An.
Myung’s sculptures tell stories using symbols which are universal. These incredibly intricate ceramics are beautiful and bright, a perfect visual pick me up on a cold winter’s day!

“Eye Series” by Myung Nam An

We are on the hunt for the most innovative and eye-catching Interior Accessories and Products for the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2013. If you have a new product fresh off the workbench, why not enter it into our awards and get your designs noticed?

Last year, London based designer Naomi Paul did just that and won with her opulent hand-knit OMI pendant.

The World Interiors News Annual Awards are NOW OPEN and all the information you need on how to enter can be found here.
You can keep up to date with the latest entries on our website and enter your own projects!

Sarah

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!

Sarah

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 www.planktonstation.nl

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.