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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

Retail Interiors make a splash

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Megan

The WAN Retail & Leisure Interiors Awards are well under way and submissions have included many innovative designs. The variety of projects have been impressive as this year the award stretches across four distinct categories: Bars & Restaurants, Hotels & Service outlets (such as spas), Arts and Leisure (including museums, cultural centres and exhibitions), and Retail Outlets.

With such a wide range of projects included, this year’s award is set to be a design extravaganza that will showcase many different and unusual designs. An eye-catching entry this week comes from Orbit Design Studio (Bangkok, Thailand) for their project, Allure. The design for restraunteur Cipriani’s new yacht club in Abu Dhabi is modern and refined. Using texture and form, Orbit creates an adaptable interior that lends itself to the luxury nature of the brand. Lighting and the division of space, through modular furniture and screens, add to the contemporary environment.

Allure by Cipriani, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. By Orbit Design

Closer to home, Leicestershire based design studio officeTwelve were invited by Speedo to design and build an event space in the prestigious Harrods department store. The ‘Swimming Pool’ installation would attract over 5,000 customers over a 4 week period and would present female fashion swimwear, male and female training swimwear and the new Hero Collection range.

The ‘Swimming Pool’ concept displayed diving mannequins entering from the ceiling into a pool of water which coincided with water effect lighting. Bubble walls encasing running water provided an added sensory experience with pool ladders also entering from the ceiling all complete the underwater experience that attracted huge interest from tourists all over the world.

“The Harrods team was really impressed with the result,” said the Speedo Trade Marketing Manager.

“The head of retail for Sports said it was the best execution in that area he had ever seen!”

Speedo at Harrods by officeTwelve

The Retail and Leisure Interiors Award closes at the end of the year so there is still plenty of time to enter your project. We are looking for all types of interior design across the four categories listed above from small independent shops to large superstores, pop-up exhibitions and hotel suites.

For all the information you need on submission guidelines and how to enter your projects, just visit our website. We are looking forward to seeing the full spectrum of projects, from the luxury to the obscure, the aesthetically indulgent to the down right practical!

To check out the competition and view all the latest entries just visit our project page.

We look forward to reading your comments!

Sarah

TENT at the Old Truman Brewery

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Megan

London Design Week descended on Brick Lane in East London last weekend to showcase the best interior design products at Tent 2012.

With a focus on innovative furniture and home accessories, many of Britain’s promising young designers exhibited their work, alongside international pavilions that celebrated products from countries such as Korea, Tawain and Hungary.

Sussex based product and surface designer Alison Milner displayed her collection of hand-thrown porcelain tableware that uses photographs of common British weeds for decoration. The collection includes ragwort, elder and thistle leaves printed under the clear glazed mugs.

Alison Milner

Keeping on the ceramics theme we found a collection of fabulous oddities by Japanese potter IKUKO Iwamoto Ceramics. Her spiky or nodule covered bowls, mugs and wall framed sculptures are hand crafted from porcelain and glazed in azures and aquamarines, to evoke a sense of seascape.

IKUKO Iwamoto Ceramics

Natural yarns and materials played a big role in many of the products at Tent this year and we came across furniture pieces that were both practical and infused with luxurious comfort.

Studio 180’s Treasure Collection crafts living room furniture, such as sofa and day beds, tables and soft furnishings out of natural and organic materials. The furniture is woven from a myriad of fibres including strips of unwaxed leather, hemp cord and wool to form practical pieces in earthy tones. Adorned with cushions and blankets made from chunky un-dyed wool and natural horn buttons, Studio 180 succeeds in bringing the best of British natural products indoors.

Studio 180

Claire Anne O’Brien uses wool and a giant pair of knitting needles to produce her brightly coloured deconstructed seating. Her Olann collection, meaning wool in Irish, takes inspiration from traditional Ireland, where fishing and knitting were at the heart of village life. O’Brien studied a BA in Textiles at Central Saint Martins before continuing on to complete an MA in Knitted Textiles at the Royal College of Art.

Claire Anne O’Brien

The Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA) presented Look – love – Keep in Mind: Here Comes Hungarian Design that introduced the best in Hungarian design to a London audience. Laszlo Tompa showcased his magical wooden sculptures that opened to reveal cubbyholes and secret trinket drawers.

Laszlo Tompa

As lovers of Japanese tableware it was a rare treat for us to see such an extensive collection of patterns and styles at the Mashiko Pottery stand. With ceramic pieces ranging from the practical to the ornamental, Mashiko remains an exquisite example of this traditional craft. Prices started from £19 for a humble mug up to £3,000 for more ornate pieces of pottery.

Mashiko

Tent certainly showcased many exciting new products and ideas and proved that British creativity remains at the forefront of design.

WIN at Design Junction – preview

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Megan

After a bustling day of preparations our booth is ready and opened last night for the press preview of this weekend’s Design Junction event. In line with its utilitarian appearance, the design expo is bursting with innovative products and inspiring designers, eager to discuss their latest work, it is well organised and easy to navigate. If you’re heading to Design Junction this weekend, here’s a quick round up of our favourite bits:

The ground floor is filled with home accessories ranging from glossy coffee table books at Phaidon (C1) to diptyque perfume (C5). We found many a hidden gem in the Midcentury Modern area (G10) including the earthy clay tones and hand-painted tops of Nanadobbie ceramics, an antique shop hailing from Brighton; the Disco Triangle Table and Ash Leaf Kidney Table, two modern interpretations of 50s and 60s contemporary prints atop Lucy Turner’s kidney shaped coffee tables; and Tabitha Bargh’s mood inspiring corrugated cardboard lamp shades which are made from 85% recycled materials.

Lucy Turner

The Artek Café forms the centre of the ground floor and is a great place to hang out and people watch. Meat lovers will drool at the sight of the smoked meat for sale on the bar, for others there are continental beers and snacks.

Floor One opens out into a large bright space that showcases lighting products, ceramics and homeware collections, smaller pieces of furniture and installation art / ornaments from collectives such as Ceramics Camberwell, a group of graduates from Camberwell College of Art.

Highlights for us included the Orla Kiely House range of homeware products (F18) that covets the Irish designer’s iconic prints on products such as ceramics, rugs, cottons and linens for bathrooms and kitchen, and furniture. We love the bath towels!

Orla Kiely Home

Vessel Gallery (F11) also caught our eye with their beautiful Angel Falls installation, designed by Nigel Coates, cascades from ceiling to floor. Dozens of little men, arms outstretched as if flying have been sculpted out of Italian crystal to form the chandelier. In comparison Blooming Spark, designed and hand sculpted by Tsai & Yoshikawa, sits high up in the roof space – a collection of linear light shards manipulated into flowers around low energy bulbs.

Vessel Gallery

Vitamin (F58) lights up one corner of the space with a cluster of its “monkey fist” knot lamps that come suspended or as desk top versions.

Vitamin

Just behind we found Content by Conran (F19), the new modular sofa range by Sir Terence Conran. Combined with luxurious fabric from Abraham Moon & Sons, a company that has been producing fabrics from British woollen mills since 1837, the sofas and armchairs come in traditional herringbone, tartans and dogtooth patterns, all perfect for winter.

Content by Conran

Upstairs on Floor Two big names such as Bocci (S25), Benchmark (S10) and Another Country (S24) take over the space with larger furniture and lighting collections. We love Gubi (S5) with their latest range of lights and furniture that bring classic contemporary designs into the 21st century. The Adnet Collection includes original designs from 1946 by Frenchman Jacques Adnet. The leather covered mirror pendants were originally designed in collaboration with fashion house Hermes.

GUBI

Our booth (F60) is located on Floor One so come and visit us for a break on our Float Sofa by Sancal. We also have a range of lights by WAN Furniture and Accessories Award winner, Naomi Paul and oodles of information about World Interiors News.

We hope you enjoy Design Junction as much as we are!

Design Festival coming to London

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Megan

The London Design Festival (LDF) kicks off next week and we are gearing up for a jam packed week full of inspirational interior design events, seminars and parties!

World Interiors News will cover the event from our base at Design Junction, where we will host a booth showcasing products from the shortlisted designers of the WAN Interiors Furniture and Accessories Award 2012. We are thrilled to have products including Karim Rashid’s Sancal Float Sofa, Eric Parry Architect’s Vigilia Bench, Vitamin’s Knot Lamp and the winner Naomi Paul’s OMI pendants range, including her XL GLÜCK pendant which is being shown for the first time.

During the LDF we will also traverse the capital to bring you a roundup of the best exhibitions and products that the week has to offer, out in our next edition of INSIDE.

West London’s 100% Design show takes place at Earl’s Court from 19 – 22 September, highlights of which include the International Pavilions, which will feature over 200 designers from around the world.

The capital’s East End will be abuzz with open studios, pop-up exhibitions and shows all radiating out from the central hub of Brick Lane where, from 20 – 23 September, Tent London takes over The Old Truman Brewery. Tent will promote many young British designers, such as recent graduate Hugh Leader-Williams and his award winning Spun furniture range, and the latest contemporary interior products in ceramics, textiles, materials, lighting, furniture and accessories.

Central London will host Design Junction from 19 – 23 September at the former Royal Mail sorting office on New Oxford Street. The event will showcase over 100 lighting and furniture designers including Artek, Benchmark, Pinch and Thonet.

With so much to see and do this year at LDF it’s worth pencilling in the whole weekend to explore the festival, and make sure that you come along and meet us at booth F60 at the Design Junction, The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BA.

The London Design Festival runs from 14 – 23 September at various venues across the city. See www.londondesignfestival.com for full listings and events.

We look forward to seeing you there!