Category Archives: Furniture & Interior Accessories

World class brands join designjunction’s stellar line-up

Posted on September 5, 2013 by Megan

designjunction has established a reputation for showcasing the world’s most renowned brands at London’s centrally-located Sorting Office during the London Design Festival. From 18-22 September designjunction presents the third edition of its flagship London show.

This year, designjunction is delighted to present some of the industries long-time favourites including Arper, Zero, Moroso, String, Carl Hansen and Bla Station featured below.

ZERO

Zero is a family run company that has been manufacturing lighting since 1978. They collaborate with an impressive roster of Swedish designers including Mattias Stahlbom, Monica Forster, Thomas Bernstrand, Fredrik Mattson and Front. They use different types of material along with the latest lighting technology to produce new, unexpected and exciting designs.

Look out for: Last by Mattias Stahlbom. Last is a functional aluminium floor lamp with a pivot head for directional light

Zero

ARPER

Arper is an Italian manufacturer who produces and distributes furniture for the home, office and commercial sector worldwide. Founded in 1989 by Luigi Feltrin, Arper is renowned for using new materials and technologies to create a range of chairs, tables, sofas, stools and armchairs with a host of international names including Jean-Marie Massaud, Simon Pengelly and James Irvine.

Look out for: Juno chair by James Irvine at the Italian cafe (first floor). Cast in a single form, Juno is a light and humble stackable chair. Available in six colours and can also be used outdoors.

Arper – Juno

MOROSO

Moroso was established in 1952 by husband and wife team Agostino and Diana Moroso. Taking an artisan approach to product manufacturing, Moroso have gained a worldwide reputation for producing high-end furniture focusing on quality, innovation and creativity.

Look out for: Klara, a wooden armchair designed by Patricia Urquiola (VIP lounge). The design works on a simple, linear aesthetic that is harmonious in its curved yet essential shape. The use of wood emphasises its lightness and elegance

Moroso – Klara

STRING FURNITURE

String Furniture produces affordable and beautiful storage solutions. With its distinct Scandinavian style, String furniture is loved by designers and architects alike for its simplicity and the ability to create a storage system to suit your own specific requirements.

Look out for: String Shelving, the original Swedish shelving system designed by Nils Strinning in 1949. The original system has now been added to, developed and enhanced to include a number of variations including Pocket String and String Cell.

String Furniture – String Shelving

CARL HANSEN

Every item of furniture produced by Carl Hansen & Søn reflects over 100 years of furniture history with respect and passion for craftsmanship. Carl Hansen & Søn is the world’s largest manufacturer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner. Their portfolio of products also includes designs by Mogens Koch, Kaare Klint, Ole Wanscher and others.

Look out for: Frits Henningsen’s Heritage Chair. This timeless classic comes with an upholstered seat and back made from a variety of fabrics or leathers, and oak or walnut legs. Matching footrests are also available

Carl Hansen – Heritage Chair

BLA STATION

Bla Station was founded in 1986 by furniture designer Borge Lindau. The family business is now run by his children and based in the seaside town of Åhus on the south east coast of Sweden. Blå Station’s philosophy is to produce furniture based on innovation and sustainability.

Look out for: Dundra, a collection of upholstered, stackable furniture including stools, chairs and sofas. 

Bla Station – Dundra

designjunction – London’s leading design destination:

18-22 September 2013, 21-31 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BA

Register now at designjunction2013.eventbrite.com

Reiko Kaneko’s first foray into colour launching at Maison & Objet

Posted on September 4, 2013 by Megan

Reiko Kaneko will return to Maison & Objet this September to showcase her range of refreshingly original ceramics. Work is well underway on a stunning Japanese-inspired stand design which will be her biggest to date at the renowned trade fair. Visitors can also look forward to an exclusive first look at some exceptional new designs including a very exciting collaboration with SCP, the first ceramic light produced by Reiko Kaneko.

Reiko trained at Central Saint Martins before establishing her own London-based business in 2007. Her ceramic designs are a reflection of her combined British and Japanese heritage; the traditionally British manufacturing process perfectly in balance with the modern Japanese forms that define her style.

Over the past few years, the company has designed bespoke pieces for some of the best restaurants in the fine dining industry. Maison & Objet will be an opportunity to see Reiko’s much-desired tabletop products including plates, serving vessels, bowls and decorative pieces; favoured for their simplicity and attention to detail.

Maison & Objet Bone China Tableware

Inside Reiko’s Factory

Arctic Mini Jug is available in three colourways: Blue, Green and Orange made in unglazed fine bone china

Reiko Kaneko has used this production method to create vibrant coloured versions of the popular Arctic Mini Jug as well as brand new Christmas baubles. Each piece is available in Blue, Green or Orange with an unglazed finish, leaving a beautifully soft surface texture. A variety of colour tests are created at the production stage in order to discover the perfect hues. This experimental way of working seems perfectly suited to the playful charm and character so often remarked upon in Reiko’s work. The baubles, entitled ‘Christmas Bubbles’ are also individually boxed, making them perfect stocking fillers for the festive season.

Christmas Bubbles are available in three colourways: Blue, Green and Orange, unglazed fine bone china and individually boxed.

The elegant Petal Jug is a welcome addition to the Petal range. It follows Reiko’s recent tendency to expand on some of her most popular collections, allowing people to gradually add and build up a collection of exquisite tableware pieces. The jug can be seen as a natural progression from the earlier plate and bowl designs, the tip of the petal forms a spout and the angular handle facilitates easy pouring. The jug would make a fitting wedding gift; a large version is ideal for gravy or sauces and a smaller version, perfect for serving cream to accompany sweet treats.

Petal Jug
Fine bone china, available in small and large sizes.

Reiko moved her business to the central hub of ceramic production in the UK, Stoke-on-Trent, last year after feeling frustrated in London due to lack of space and slow response times from producers outside of London. Now the business enjoys space with kilns for experiments in glazes, colour bodies and decorations. A face to face relationship with factories means shorter lead times, reliability and creates a collaborative feeling to production.

Reiko’s Factory in Stoke-on-Trent

Reiko recognises how her move to Stoke-on-Trent has shaped her business. Follow her via Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at the production process. She is even happy to arrange press visits to her factory, offering a first-hand look at how this fascinating industry steeped in British heritage, operates today.

Reiko Kaneko

Visit Reiko Kaneko at Maison & Objet, 6-10 September 2013 at Stand E23, Hall 8, Paris Nord Villepinte.

 

Glittering bottles from Cumbria Crystal

Posted on March 15, 2013 by Sian

Cumbria Crystal, one of few remaining producers of hand-blown and hand-cut full lead English crystal, launched Bottles in January 2013, a chic collection of full lead cut crystal bottles produced by skilled craftsmen in the Lake District. Launched following the success of Cumbria Crystal’s Six Stemware and Six Gift collections, Bottles is a mix of 6 contemporary glass designs matched to make one unique collection. Cumbria Crystal will be vying for WIN’s Interior Accessories Award in this year’s extensive awards programme.

The intricate craftsmanship used means that to make a single piece, there are 6 individual processes, each step completed by a highly skilled craftsman/woman. From blowing to cutting, every step is done by hand, creating a glass of superb clarity and artisan finish. Designer Katy Holford explains her inspiration for the collection: “The bottles are a witty reworking of the kitsch chianti bottle candle holder. A nostalgic nod to the 70’s and 80’s when as students we glammed up a cheap meal with red wine and candles.”

The design proportions of bottle and candle are elegant and reworking it in luxury crystal turns a cliché into something sophisticated and refined. Cut crystal sometimes has fusty connotations. The aim of this collection is to give the medium a fresh contemporary approach that suits today’s interiors. It’s all about reinvention, turning an everyday bottle into something extraordinary and exquisite. Bottles, available from retailers Heals and Liberty, comes in 2 shapes, Bordeaux and Burgundy, in 6 different designs and each bottle includes an elegant hand-made pewter candle cup to prevent candle wax spoiling the sparkle of the crystal. Each Bottle is 31cm in height, 9cm in diameter and also serves as a wine carafe holding 750ml capacity.

Katy Holford who is reinventing cut crystal for 21st century living with contemporary and innovative designs has an impressive design background and is passionate about retaining traditional crafts skills within Britain, ensuring they are passed to future generations. The Company remains small and true to its artisan roots, employing 17 people at its factory in The Lake District where visitors can watch craftsmen/women producing crystal in the time honoured way.

Cumbria Crystal supplies all Commonwealth embassies with crystal to grace formal dinners, as well as supplying glasses for ITV’s Downton Abbey and hand crafting the light bulbs for international designer Lee Broom. Katy designs bespoke glassware for renowned retailers Harrods and Thomas Goode, as well as exclusive commissions for furniture designer and nephew to HRH Queen Elizabeth, David Linley.

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