Category Archives: Furniture & Interior Accessories

The Great Outdoors

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Liz

Walden, ©Jäger & Jäger

With summer well on its way in the UK (at last!), the majority of us are relishing the chance to spend some time outdoors, enjoying barbeques, picnics, rooftop bars, trips to the beach and open-air cinema screenings – it’s a novelty that doesn’t last long but definitely raises everyone’s spirits. So why not take it further, and spend the next three months basically living outside? It’s definitely a possibility with the garden object/well-furnished shed/ concept home design, Walden.

Walden, ©Jäger & Jäger

Designed by Nils Holger Moormann for German shed and wooden house manufacturer Aicher, Walden is essentially a wooden box that compactly fits within it everything a person could need to enjoy their garden, and then some! The project was inspired by a short story written by Henry David Thoreau, a 19th century American writer and philosopher. Entitled Walden, the story is about the author’s life and his coexistence with nature. This notion of the simple life is what the object Walden is based upon; it invites one to live outdoors, in harmony and simplicity.

Walden, ©Jäger & Jäger

For the garden enthusiasts, there is storage space for wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and a hosepipe. For those who prefer lounging in the sun, there’s a ladder to an upper level with sliding sun roof – if the heat gets too much, go back down and enjoy sitting in the cabin, which also incorporates a table for ant-free picnicking. Finally, when the sun goes down, a campfire can be created in the swinging cauldron, kept alight by firewood which can be stored in the space right next to it. The birds will also be kept happy with a birdhouse and feeder.

Walden, ©Jäger & Jäger

Walden is neat and compact, it offers outdoor essentials within a charming and practical container and can be enjoyed by family, friends and individuals alike. If only it had a bedroom – there’d be no need to return to your house!

Walden, ©Jäger & Jäger

Inspired by Nature, Created by Conran

Posted on June 3, 2014 by Liz

Design giants Conran and Partners have surprised and delighted the WIN team with their latest venture. Known by all for their outstanding design portfolio, which encompasses both architecture and interiors, branding and products, we’re sure many of you have fantasised about members of their talented team coming to work their magic on your homes, shops, local restaurants and businesses. Paint by Conran will bring you one stop closer to that dream.

Paint by Conran

Drawing on 50 years of experience in designing for the home, Conran and Partners have created a range of interior paints, launched with a tremendous 96 colours, all inspired by British plants and landscapes. Teaming up with them is esteemed British paint manufacturer Master Paintmakers, who have been handcrafting paint in the UK for over 150 years. This supreme partnership has utilised their technical know-how and Conran’s design expertise to create a paint range that is both practical and beautiful.

Paint by Conran

The branding too, is absolutely gorgeous – care has been put into absolutely every element of the paint and the overall buying experience. Delicate hand-painted swatch cards are available as well as elegant tester pots that remind one of artist’s paints, packaging is a simple white with charming and unique watercolour motif – a different image for each collection (Highland, Cottage Garden, Kitchen Garden, Orchard and Harvest.) Each purchase is even delivered with a thank you card that doubles as a colour matching card when shopping for complementary items, and with a Paint by Conran Partner card that gives the holder special offers and exclusive benefits!

Paint by Conran

This range does it all, providing colours for every room in the house, personalised service and care for each individual customer. With quintessential British countryside appeal, Conran can help you bring the beauty of nature indoors. We can’t wait to get our hands on these paints, and get them onto our walls this summer!

Crazy for Clerkenwell

Posted on May 27, 2014 by Liz

WIN certainly were busy last week – along with the rest of the design world we’re sure! Following May Design came the incredible Clerkenwell Design Week, celebrating its fifth birthday in inimitable style. We were delighted to be invited to the press breakfast, where we quickly fuelled up on coffee and croissants before sprinting across Farringdon to visit the multiple Exhibition areas playing host to countless talented designers and creatives. From industry favourites and big name brands to quirky start-ups and fresh faces, all definitely impressed with innovative designs, inspiring ideas and a clear passion for their industry (and all very willing to talk to us about this passion, which was great!)

We were guided through the various areas by the lovely Elspeth Rae, Marketing Manager at Clerkenwell, with boundless enthusiasm and energy. Design Factory, Platform and Detail were outstanding as always, and new for 2014 came Additions, a wonderful collection of small design items and accessories, particularly enjoyable for stationary enthusiasts such as myself. The installations truly wowed and the overall programme of talks, exhibitions and workshops was a captivating affair. With cocktails around every corner, what’s not to love about this exceptional, dynamic and super fun event?!

First, as usual, some quick personal snaps of the event before our top product picks.

Our tour guide for the morning!

Studio Weave‘s Smith Pavilion, hosting craft workshops at Clerkenwell

Lianne Russ and Phil Henshaw of Russ + Henshaw in front of their ‘Tile Mile’ installation

The impressive Johnson Tiles Wall Mural

Sean Dare of Brighton based Dare Studio

The incredible Jaguar and Foscarini installation

Amazing (and much needed) coffee outside Design Factory

Now onto what you’ve all been waiting for: The World Interiors News Product Picks – Top 20! (In no particular order I might add).

Beautiful sofas and textiles by A Rum Fellow

Colourful table cloths by newcomers Toghal

Last Stools by Max Lamb for Discipline

The Hive Lamps by Angus Matchett for Dare Studio

The Vertebra Chair by the chair ltd

Vessel F by Samuel Wilkinson for Decode

The Draft Mobile Writing Board by Daniel Lavonius Jarefeldt and Josef Zetterman for Abstracta

The Tyneside Lounger by David Irwin for deadgood

The lamp everyone was talking about, designed by Paul Smith for Anglepoise

The SPOKES lanterns by Vicente Garcia Jimenez & Cinzia Cumini for Foscarini

The simple & stylish Plan Desk by James Tattersall

We hope you love these amazing products as much as we do and also that you got to pay a visit to one of our favourite design events on the interiors calendar (other than our own, of course!). Clerkenwell, we’ll see you again next year.

WIN Loves: May Design Series

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Liz

May Design Series returned to London’s ExCeL this year, with almost 400 brands on display plus countless wonderful guest speakers holding thought-provoking seminars. WIN had a great time this year, meeting with old friends, making new contacts and seeing the amazing products on show. We were also spoiled in the press room with tasty treats and drinks, air conditioning and general kindness from the amazing press and marketing team – thanks guys! The whole space looked awesome thanks to the design expertise of Ab Rogers, who gave a great talk on the use of colour while we were there (hint – he likes it bright). To add to the fun, we bid on one of the gorgeous chairs in the Out of the Dark silent auction. All were upholstered by some fantastic bloggers using salvaged materials, so here’s hoping we win! Here’s a few quick personal snaps before we move onto our product highlights.

Gorgeous space, curated by Ab Rogers

The animated and charming Ab Rogers himself, mid-speech

Beautiful ceramics from Flux, which we blogged on earlier this year

At the iGuzzini stand, winners of last year’s WIN Awards for best Lighting Product

The only chair you’ll ever need: the Flag Halyard by Hans J. Wegner at the PP Møbler stand

Onto our favourite products at May Design. We were particularly impressed by some of the incredible lighting on display, as well as some fantastic options for storage in the home that hide your clutter but also function as a gorgeous statement piece. Fun, quirky and colourful ruled this year and we were big fans!

Playful Circus Lighting by Corinna Warm for Innermost

Pops of colour on these Zazzeri taps, also an entry into the WIN Awards this year!

Side Coffee Table from Santarossa

Bold lamps from Enigma Lighting

Shabby chic cabinets from Bluebone

Beautiful up-cycled pieces by Out of the Dark

The perfect kitchen from The Myers Touch

Stunning glass lamps by Ebb & Flow

Innovative modular shelving by Made In Ratio

We can’t wait for next year, and hope that everyone else had a great few days at the show!

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!

The Art of the Chair

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Liz

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

Introducing YOY, a Tokyo based design studio represented by Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto. Naoki is a graduate of architectural design from the Kyoto Institute of Technology, working as a spatial designer, while Yuki is a product designer who graduated in industrial design at Kanazawa College of Art. The pair joined forces in 2011, forming YOY with the intention of creating a new story between space and objects. Canvas is their latest story, or rather illustration come to life.

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

At first glance, this is a simple canvas with a quirky print – it would be a great piece in any home, hung on the wall in an elegant dining room or modern bedroom. The two dimensional drawing of either a chair or sofa is definitely something that would be desirable to many of us on its own. Of course, coming from YOY, it has a twist. Yes it’s a canvas and yes it can be hung up to admire, but also, it can be leant against the wall and sat on. The drawing of a chair is also in fact a chair, you can essentially sit in your purchased artwork. Certainly useful if you’ve run out of seats and guests are over!

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

Now to the technical part before you run to your nearest prized art piece, set it against the wall and fall through it. YOY’s canvas chairs have a frame made of wood and aluminium and are covered by an elastic fabric which is printed with the texture of a canvas and the chair or sofa drawing. It is this elasticated fabric that moves to hold the individual’s weight, allowing it to become a functioning seat. YOY perceive it is a canvas shaped chair with a drawing of a chair. What do you think chair or art? Or both? Either way, it’s a unique and stylish piece that will definitely get people talking – and sitting!

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

The Fabric Prints of the Present (and Past!)

Posted on February 28, 2014 by Liz

Heal’s has a long and prominent history of discovering and nurturing creative talent. Back in the 1950s, the company was responsible for championing fabric designs by emerging designers of the time including Lucienne Day, Zandra Rhodes and Barbara Brown. So it is extremely exciting to hear that they have just produced an exclusive own-brand fabric collection, the first since the 1970s. As expected, they have worked with both established designers, including Rhodes, and also those who are lesser known. Each designer has created a unique pattern for Heal’s, resulting in a striking collection that celebrates both colour and individuality, drawing inspiration from fabric archives, decorative arts, nature and even jewellery.

Paul Vogel, Milo’s Stripe

Pia Benham, Heal’s Head of Fabric & Design comments: “As part of the relaunch of Heal’s historic fabric department, we wanted to extend our current fabric offering. We hope the new collection will help further strengthen our fabric department’s position as the destination for unique and exciting designs, a place that can inspire our customers and enable them to make their homes a beautiful place to live in. We also wanted to inject fun and excitement into our Heal’s fabric design once again, by working with established as well as emerging designers – in the same way we did in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Heal’s Journal with Peacock Flower print, Malika Favre

Also coinciding with the fabric collection launch comes a coordinating home accessory line, Heal’s 1810 – named after the year in which they were first established. This series features selected patterns from the new fabric range giving the opportunity for them to be appreciated in multiple ways throughout their customers’ living spaces. The accessories include kitchen textiles such as aprons, oven gloves and tea towels, as well furnishings such as cushions. It also includes stationary, for example cute journals that can be flaunted with pride outside of the home!

Zandra Rhodes, Top Brass 2

Onto the prints, of which there are an extensive and fabulous amount. Zandra Rhodes’ Top Brass 2 makes a return, having originally been designed for Heal’s in 1963. A reminder of the Pop Art period of the time, it has the designer’s signature pink colour palette with a medal motif inspired by a David Hockney painting. Another return is the late Diana Bloomfield’s Tea Time, which truly reflects the 1950s period in which it was first designed. Introduced with the help of Bloomfield’s daughter Julia, Tea Time has a retro style but the playful print allows for a modern feel. It is thought to be inspired by the illustrated cakes and jellies of Isabella Beeton’s Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

Heal’s Tray with Tea Time Print, Diana Bloomfield

Cressida Bell’s Trees is heavily influenced by the 1930s and 1940s, taking inspiration from illustrators of the period such as Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden. Including rich colours and detailed pattern, it can clearly be seen that her design motto is ‘more is more’! Another bold print, Malika Favre’s geometric style Peacock Flower uses the form of the bird as the basis for her abstract pattern, having seen one wandering around her hotel on a recent trip to the French Riviera!

Cressida Bell, Trees

A simpler, but still extremely effective pattern is Paul Vogel’s Stripe series. This was inspired by Heal’s own archives but adapted using this Spring’s colour trends and by playing with proportions. Emily Patrick’s Cloud is based on one of her paintings, breaking down the barrier between outside and inside. Ottilie Stevenson looked to Art Deco jewellery to create the crisp geometrics of Zig Zag while Petra Börner’s Lady Jane is designed to resemble a scattered bouquet of rough cuts from the garden. Finally, a distinctively Scandinavian design from Hvass & Hannibal. Herbarium uses the forest as its main theme, with an illustrative and folkloristic style depicting plants, flowers and trees.

Hvass & Hannibal, Herbarium

The collection offers a style to suit every taste and is an amazing reflection of Heal’s, of its inspiring past and also of the current brand that we have grown to know and love. It really offers something for everyone, especially with the 1810 line and after thirty years, we at WIN believe the collection is a long-awaited triumph!

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

What flavour scoop?

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Liz

Eikon Shell White. Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen.

Hello! How are you? It’s nice to meet Niklas Jessen and Julia Mülling, the driving forces behind design brand Schneid. Founded in 2010 by Jessen, a trained carpenter and architect, and joined by Mülling in 2012, whose focus lies in photography, illustration and design, Schneid have developed a variety of lighting products with a strong focus on ecology, locality, innovation and fairness towards their people and environment. The brand stands for the Scandinavian way of thinking, designing with formal purity, functionality and a minimalist approach.

Eikon Basic Ice Blue Fade, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

The Eikon lamp is a perfect example of this methodology, combining an industrial style with Scandinavian product tradition. Material arrangement is key to manage this balancing act, which can be seen through the use of wood and metal in the Eikon. The socket of the lamp constitutes its base, surrounded by ash, oak or bamboo wood. The textile cables and metal shade – attached with magnets – are available in a range of colours. This shade is removable and interchangeable, allowing for various installations and colour combinations, another versatile mix and match style product – we like these!

Eikon Shell Yellow, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

There are now varying models to play with too! The new “Basic” model is wider and appears more straightforward in its design. Accordingly, “Shell”, available in white, ice blue and bright yellow, lets the living space shine even brighter. “Shell” and “Basic” can be interchanged, making the Eikon even more versatile in terms of design and function.

Eikon Bubble Bamboo Coral Orange, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

Eikon “Bubble” is a silicone lampshade that is poured into an extraordinary shape. With its translucent visual appearance, it brings new aesthetic features to the lamp. Touching the soft and flexible shade will reveal the optical illusion that is initially created by the glass-like material.

Eikon Basic Coral Red Fade, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

The Eikon is a truly delicious product – excuse the pun, it does look like an ice cream to me! With a wooden cone and multiple pastel “flavours”, staring at the varying shades and colour combinations, it’s harder to decide which I prefer than what tasty scoop I would have from my local gelato parlour. Schneid have got it right, young entrepreneurial spirit combined with a lot of courage that will see their designs go far in the market – courage that can even be seen in their name (schneid haben is a German expression for “being bold”). The WIN team hope they continue to be bold and that we continue to see it in fun and innovative products!

Eikon Selection, Photo Credit Noel Richter, Julia Mülling and Niklas Jessen

Tea Party Twist

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Liz

Willow Blues by Jenna Stanton, photographed by Catherine Dineley

Ceramics with a difference – in more ways than one. Introducing flux Stoke-on-Trent, a company that provide beautiful collections of chinaware with an edgy take on classic designs using traditional manufacturing processes. Not only are their pieces an innovative take on traditional English fine bone china, they are actually designed and made by students studying on the internationally renowned MA Ceramics programme at Staffordshire University. Guided by Creative Director Professor David Sanderson, the students are able to develop their professional design talent whilst creating unique pieces for the public. The success of this project has also led to utilising many wider skills and talents in the Arts, Media and Design Faculty of the University – including students from Branding, Film, Product and Graphic Design courses. This is a brand based around the promising skills of future generations.

Multiple Ranges, photographed by Catherine Dineley

There are 12 designs in three ranges available in the flux collection: flux Cobalt, flux Gold and flux Platinum. The Cobalt range is a contemporary classic of in-glaze cobalt blues and whites inspired by the rich traditions of Staffordshire, while the Gold range is quintessentially English, hand printed and using gilded gold. Platinum is an aspirational range, sophisticated with a contemporary twist of cool modernity. The collections are eclectic and ever-evolving and this is where the fun lies in owning their pieces. They seem to work best as a mix and match of designs, allowing for the consumer (us!) to curate their own collection that best suits their personality and homes.

Multiple Ranges, photographed by Catherine Dineley

flux is more than a ceramics company, it is a new template for craftsmanship and innovation with young design talent at the heart of its story. It is a call for the revitalisation of the traditional creative industry in Europe, not forgetting tradition but translating it for modern times. The company has seen great success so far and we can see why – gorgeous, versatile and functional pieces combined with great business tactics that utilise the developing and yet-to-be-discovered talents of the moment. It’s a combination that simply can’t go wrong, and also one that will definitely be in my kitchen cupboards and be proudly used and displayed at tea parties – soon!  

Multiple Ranges, photographed by Catherine Dineley