Category Archives: Art

A Mixed Media Montage

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Liz

One for the readers who enjoy Magic Eye pictures, the spot the difference puzzles in weekly magazines or in fact, just shiny things. Elisa Insua is a self-taught artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina who uses just about anything to create found objects with. This can be seen clearly in her mixed media assemblage mosaics that include a whole host of random items. There are the everyday objects; keys, coins, hair clips and buttons and also the more unusual, such as miniature alcohol bottles (perhaps not so unusual!), tiny my little ponies and smurfs, Toy Story’s Woody and crucifix pendants.

Elisa Insua – Jurassic Punk

This all harks back to when she began her career as 16 year old teenager, using the materials that surrounded her – happy meal toys, pens, jewellery. Elisa smartly calls these items ‘resurrected trash’. There is definitely a sense of childhood playfulness, of collecting toys and sentimental knickknacks, that can be both literally and metaphorically found in her pieces. This allows for viewers to search for objects remembered from their youth, whilst also appreciating their reanimation in new bodies.

Elisa Insua – El Opio de los Pueblos (Opium of the People)

Elisa herself was inspired by Argentinean artists such as Antonio Berni, Jorge de La Vega and Grupo Mondongo, who also played with mixed media. It is this technique that she fell in love with and has evolved with: “I love the texture you can create with different objects, and I love the fact that each piece I include has its own long history (besides the message that so many little things together can say about consumption and accumulation!)”

Elisa Insua – El Mundo Según (The World According To)

The pieces shown are just some of her favourites, many of take a strong inspiration from pop culture. She is inspired by anything ‘from celebrities to bumper stickers, religion, cartoons, movies and even brands’, hence the mosaic style. Her found objects can be related to on a lot of levels by a wide range of people, but also have a deeper meaning, relating to ‘power, idolatry, ambition, desire and capitalism.’ We’d be curious to see what feelings they trigger in our readers – and also how long you spend trying to disassemble them with your eyes!

Elisa Insua – Liberté

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.

Introducing HAM

Posted on November 28, 2013 by Megan

London based designer Jo Robson (née Ham) has designed a range of 100% British-made wares which draw aesthetic inspiration from her childhood nostalgia of growing up on a farm. As a farmer’s daughter, Robson grew up in the Shires before training as a fine artist, and it was these years spent in rural England that have provided her with the creative fuel for this collection.

Through this range of prints, greeting cards, notebooks and mugs, HAM designs capture some unexpected moments in the quiet lives of a pig, a horse and a rabbit. The minimal aesthetic brings a serious edge to the playful subject matter.

Established in 2011 as a pop-up shop in London’s famous Carnaby Street, HAM has since been featured in a number of press titles and can be found on the shelves of many prestigious design-led stores and galleries around the world.

Minimalism and bold silhouettes against a crisp white background define HAM’s aesthetics, and only on closer inspection can the eye detect more specific details about the animals and their curious behaviour, which exhibit Robson’s subtle sense of humour.

Included in the range are a collection of screen prints (available in varying sizes) and A5 notebooks.  HAM has produced a line of British-made luxury greeting cards, litho printed on thick matt paper, accompanied by brown kraft envelopes.

In the spirit of the forthcoming Christmas season, HAM has also launched two new festive designs featuring the pig and rabbit.

More information available at http://www.hammade.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.

 

Moroccan Bazaar

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Megan

Moroccan Bazaar is a leading supplier and manufacturer of exquisite Moroccan interiors, a family business spanning three generations dating back to 1946. Today, the company, which initially started out as a wholesale supplier, has evolved into a well known and trusted name in the manufacture and distribution of home and contract furnishings. A range of over 3000 products can be viewed and are available to purchase at its West London showroom as well as Moroccan Bazaar’s stylish online website. 

Over the years Moroccan Bazaar’s products have been used throughout the world, catering to the retail and events industries as well as in luxury hotels and private residences. It has also supplied production companies for well known film and television shows and home improvement programmes. Moroccan Bazaar work tirelessly to provide high quality authentic furnishings, this ranges from intricate fine lighting through to beautiful furniture collections made from many different materials, all produced in its own workshops in Morocco.

Quality is the company’s key principle; its approach in conducting its business with honesty and integrity is adopted by its talented craftsmen who ultimately form the foundation of the partnership. A network of over 1000 craftsmen who work exclusively with the family ensures a constantly evolving product range which is high in quality and consistency.

The company prides itself on its comprehensive traditional range, as well as collections which are more suited to a contemporary living space, where a touch of something exciting and different is desired. For inspiration, the projects gallery offers an insight into a handful of completed Moroccan interior design projects the company have undertaken and browse through the online catalogue for their range of Moroccan Decor.

Some of Moroccan Bazaar’s beautiful products will be illuminating the Saatchi Gallery on 28 November as World Interiors News reveal the winners of this year’s interior design awards. To see who is coming or to get involved, visit www.worldinteriorsnews.com or contact Naomi for more information.

Handmade in Britain: New Graduate Showcase

Posted on September 17, 2013 by Megan

Handmade in Britain returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall this November for the seventh edition of The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair.

Experience a rich variety of contemporary craft and design in fashion and interiors from
disciplines including ceramics, jewellery, glass, textiles, wood, metalwork and furniture, all under
one roof on the King’s Road, London.

This year, Handmade in Britain highlights the exceptional talent of 5 emerging makers in their New Graduate Showcase – a dedicated gallery celebrating the next generation of innovative design and dedicated craftsmanship, featuring makers in glass, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and interior accessories. Each selected maker graduated in his or her discipline in 2012 or 2013.

The New Graduate Showcase 2013 features:

PETER KUCERIK
Glass + Lighting

Peter’s collection of glass lighting features sculptural pieces which respond to both nature and digital technology – inspired by the crystalline geometry in nature and modern architectural design.

www.peterkucerik.com

Peter Kucerik – Ghost

ANNA BYERS
Jewellery

Anna Byers’ bold, geometric jewellery is inspired by the architecture of temples, mosques and cathedrals. Anna’s ‘Interactive’ collection features multi-layered pieces that can be rotated and rearranged, inviting the wearer to create their own unique compositions.

www.annabyers.com

Anna Byers – Interactive necklace

ELAINE BOLT
Ceramics

Thrown Porcelain and terracotta in soft, inviting forms contrasting with dark and semi-enclosed interiors. Elaine’s work suggests secluded spaces, and emphasizes contrasts in interior and exterior, dark and light.

www.boltceramics.wordpress.com

Elaine Bolt – Vessels group

FELIX PROCTOR
Interior Accessories

Felix has created a series of hyper-functional and partially dysfunctional objects which stretch the
conventions of materials – the series includes ceramic speakers, concrete cups and plywood salad tongs.

www.felixproctor.co.uk

Felix Proctor – Concrete Bowl

AMELIA GIBBS
Textiles

Free machine embroidered textiles combining flowing forms and intricate cutwork, hand dyed and painted. Amelia’s current work is a collection of delicate, handmade silk scarves, each one completely unique.

www.ameliagibbs.co.uk

Amelia Gibbs – Embroidered Scarf

The New Graduate Showcase will be located on the stage of the main hall for the duration of the show. 8-10 November | Private View: 7 November | Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, SW3 5EE.

GALLERY

Design Exquis: Roca Edition…

Posted on September 13, 2013 by Megan

Retelling a story of design and creation that began over 2,000 years ago, the third edition of Design Exquis is now open at the Roca London Gallery, offering an intriguing twist on the original idea.

Design Exquis is a series of exhibitions inspired by the collective method of creation, developed by the Surrealists. Roca London gallery have announced the last designer of this creative chain as music composer Nick Phillips brings the story to an end.

Taking the debate about design to a whole new level for 2013, and exploring sound as design, the exhibition’s curators, Florian Dussopt and Géraldine Vessière, asked Nick to be the final designer in the process, which involves five designers responding in turn to an object created by their predecessor.

Through his creation, Metamorphosis, Nick transforms marble into sound. For this, he used a technical method to convert the grain and colour of the material into sound patterns, which became a sonic template to build his sound from. He then continued to draw visual inspiration from the marble to take the composition further. Played through headphones and also out loud in the gallery, the music accompanies visitors on their Design Exquis journey.

Object 6 – Sound Image

The first time that sound has been presented as one of the objects in the process, Metamorphosis is Nick’s response to object number five, Reflections by Lex Pott. Inspired by the book matching technique used in the wood and stone industry by which a solid block of stone is cut in two to open like a book to create a mirrored pattern, Lex created a marble room divider and a series of six shelves. The various organic patterns of the marble combined with very strong geometric shapes provide a contrast between the natural organic material and the geometrical industrial forms. For the shelves, Lex replaced the second part of the stone with a mirror to create an artificially accurate reflection. Thanks to the imaginary space created by the mirror, the object becomes complete.

Object 5 – Reflections

Lex’s book matching technique was inspired by the angular shape of Mountain Light, the fourth object in the chain, which reminded him of an open book. Mountain Light, by Studio Swine, is a desk light embedded in rock and elevated on brass legs to give an architectural feel. Warm LED lights are used to bring a summer ambience to the interior all year round.  Exploring the integration of modernist architecture with nature through luxury interiors and glass facades, the designers used a new faux marble technique, with concrete as the principal material.

Object 4 – Mountain Light

This idea of utopia and the synthesis of the natural and the constructed was inspired by object three in the Design Exquis process, Summer Bowls. For Studio Swine this raised questions about the construction of paradise, the feeling of holidays and playful modernist architecture in the land of the endless summer – particularly Palm Springs and Los Angeles.

Object 3 – Summer Bowls

Summer Bowls is a group of containers inspired by the colours and tastes of ice cream. Created by design studio 45 Kilo, the bowls are handmade using a traditional metal spinner, which leaves traces of the wooden mould on the metal. Colour-anodized aluminium surfaces, more commonly associated with digital devices, and Corian tops give the bowls a contemporary feel.

What better use for the Summer Bowls but for the serving of ice cream? How useful then that the preceding object in the process, design number two, is an ice cream maker. Italian food designer Jacopo Sarzi was inspired by the ancient technique of ice cream making, after spotting similarities between this and the traditional method of soap making.

Object 2 – Ice Cream Maker

Making soap requires a combination of greasy and alkaline ingredients at a temperature of 45°C and involves intense blending, known as saponification. Producing ice cream also entails a blending process, a greasy ingredient and requires constant stirring but in this case, the temperature must be -21°C. Jacopo’s ice cream maker is made out of cork, a natural and food safe material. The connection? A bar of soap, the object which begins Design Exquis: the Roca edition.

Object 1 – Soap

See Design Exquis at Roca London Gallery, Station Court, SW6 2PY until 16 November.

Photo credits: © Emma TS Robinson