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One Cool Dude!

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Liz

Now I must admit, Markus Johansson is a favourite of the WIN team – I’m often receiving emails from my Editor and various colleagues about his latest products and with good reason. The Swedish designer has been making waves in the design world since graduating from HDK in 2011, collaborating with both Swedish and international companies. He also owns the Markus Johansson Design Studio, his latest piece being one of his own projects.

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

Hello Dude is a lamp, an extremely fun lamp at that. Not only is it fun, it is practical. Johansson says that he ‘got fascinated with the idea of a large screw which will let you regulate the light, either flood your space or dim it’. The large screw became a little dude with a cap. Replacing the dude’s head with a light means that when he raises his cap, this light shines through the room he’s in. He can also provide softer lighting, just screw his cap back down.

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

If the cap is askew, the light goes where the dude looks. This gives the dude his character, with changed expressions he provides transformed luminosities. He’s also extremely accommodating with no fixed construction; by positioning his cap the user is able to regulate both the intensity of the light and its direction. The cap can be turned up and down and set in various angles with a multi-axis arm that revolves around a ball. Smart, simple and cool. Hence why he’s such a dude!

Hello Dude, Mark Johansson

The lamp is made from a hard and durable material akin to steel and glass and comes lacquered in three different colours: black, a greyish brown and a pastel yellow. I can definitely see these little guys lighting up bedrooms, cheering up office desks and animating entranceways. Check out this and Johansson’s other pieces at Salone del Mobile Milano next week, WIN will hopefully see you there!

An Artist’s Impression: Loukas Morley

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Liz

Loukas Morley is a Cambridge based artist and designer who studied at Cambridge and the Newport School of Art in South Wales.

Azure Pink, 90×90 (spirit based pigment on canvas)

Loukas is extremely adventurous in his work and, not being bound by any one medium, could be described as an artist, furniture maker and even landscape gardener.

His strongest designs can be distinctly seen within his paintings, which we love. These grand canvases, many of which are over 1m2, would make the perfect finishing touch for any interior design scheme and could be easily placed as a feature in any room of the house. What is obviously distinct is his incredible use of colour, he merges tones in swirling patterns with impressive effects; his paintings have a great presence in large open spaces.

Wild Flowers From My Balcony, 100×100 (spirit based pigment on canvas)

Diptych I, 70×70 (spirit based pigment on canvas)

Summer Reverie, 70×70 (spirit based pigment on aluminium)

Seeing great value and beauty in disregarded objects, Loukas also rescues and re-uses materials that would have been otherwise thrown away within his work. He offers a somewhat poetic response to human wastefulness. This upcycling is very evident in his furniture, most of which has been constructed from reclaimed wood and metal. Loukas has designed and made tables, chairs, stools, and even bespoke storage for private clients.

Protoype Side Table (in production)

Reversible cedar table top on trestle legs, 2006, 80x250cm

The team at WIN are now coveting a piece to hang on the wall in our office – and we can’t wait to see what’s next from this talented artist!


The Early Birds Catch our Attention

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Liz

Our Early Bird Registration for this year’s World Interiors News Awards has now officially closed, and what an amazing response! The team at WIN have been inundated with remarkable projects across all interiors categories; it’s been an absolute delight working with everyone to feature their submissions and we’re excited to see more over the coming months. With entries from Australia, Mexico, Norway, Dubai, Bulgaria, Japan, Ecuador, Canada, USA, UK, Thailand, Ukraine, Poland, Brazil and every other location you could think of, we’ve extremely happy to have connected with so many talented architects and designers worldwide to showcase their work.

We’ve also been busy securing some fabulous jury members who will reviewing the designs this year, including Conrad Smith, Managing Director of ReardonSmith, Nick Jones, Founder and CEO of Soho House, Fiona Livingston, Co-Founder and Director of Studiofibre and Guzmán de Yarza Blache, Master Director in workspace design at the IE School of Architecture and Design. Additionally, the team have been working hard to put together special editions of our INSIDE newsletter, each one based around an Awards Category in order to present the entries so far, giving them even more of the exposure they deserve.

There is plenty of time left to enter into this year’s awards with our overall deadline of 06 June still over two months away. Below is a snapshot of just some of the entries we’ve received, we hope it’ll inspire you to get involved! For further information on the Awards, please don’t hesitate to contact me at liz.naven@worldinteriorsnews.com or on +44 (0)1273 201 117

Café Ki, Tokyo, Japan by id. Entry into Restaurant Category.

El Magatzem de la Bodegueta, Barcelona, Spain by Pilar Líbano Studio. Entry into Bars Category.

T2 Headquarters, Melbourne, Australia by Landini Associates. Entry into Workspace Interiors Category.

Nanchang Insun International Cinema, Nanchang, China by One Plus Partnership Limited. Entry into Leisure or Entertainment Venues Category.

57C Lambert Road, London, United Kingdom by Karsten Weiss. Entry into Residential Interiors Category.

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, Minneapolis, United States by HGA Architects and Engineers. Entry into Public Sector Category.

St. Cecilia, Atlanta, United States by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Entry into Restaurants Category.

Barrancas House, Mexico City, Mexico by EZEQUIELFARCA architecture & design. Entry into Residential Interiors Category.

The Barbarian Group, New York, United States by Clive Wilkinson Architects. Entry into Workspace Interiors Category.

Raheen Library, Melbourne, Australia by Woods Bagot. Entry into Public Sector Category.

Delfina Foundation, London, United Kingdom by Studio Octopi. Entry into Museum or Exhibition Spaces Category.

King + Duke, Atlanta, United States by Meyer Davis Studio Inc. Entry into Restaurants Category.

One Hot Yoga Studio, Melbourne, Australia by Robert Mills Architect. Entry into Leisure or Entertainment Venues Category.

Restaurant & Bar Nazdrowje, Stockholm, Sweden by Design by Richard Lindvall. Entry into Restaurants Category.

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!

Happy Birthday Bourgie!

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Liz

A lamp with an unmistakable style and a veritable Kartell best seller; Ferrucio Laviani’s Bourgie admirably combines classicism, richness and tradition with innovation and irony. With a Baroque style, a wide shade with plissé effect that sets up a myriad play of reflections when lit and an attachment that allows it to be raised or lowered by the user, this is a lamp that is all about transformation. It is a decorative desk lamp and simple living room lighting, a sculpture but also a reading lamp that lends itself to many uses and as such is itself a strong communicator. It is no surprise that with the coming of its tenth anniversary of being in production, the team at Kartell decided to do something special for Bourgie.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Patricia Urquiola

This birthday celebration to pay tribute to twenty years of collaboration with Laviani and ten years of Bourgie, whilst also sparking the creative minds of the brilliant designers at Kartell, called for the team to reinterpret the lamp in a new and fun way. The result is a collection of 14 versions that are currently part of a travelling exhibition. The lamp has in the short time from 2004 to the present become somewhat of a veritable design icon, a transversal and eclectic lamp that shines in any context from the contemporary to the classic. As such, it was the perfect product to play with for designers Patricia Urquiola, Piero Lissoni, Front, Mario Bellini, Alberto Meda, Lenny Kravitz, Philippe Starck, Eugeni Quitllet, Christophe Pillet, Nendo, Tokujiin Yoshioka, Patrick Jouin, Ludovica+Roberto Palomba and Rodolfo Dordoni. Together they pushed the boundaries of design and suggested alternative interpretations and executions.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Philippe Starck

Starck chose an ironic interpretation, decorating the lamp with costume jewellery and stereotypically French symbols such as The Eiffel Tower, while Pillet dressed it in an elegant all black dress of matte felt. Front suggested a sort of genetic mutation, heating up its front to reshape, creating a lamp that leans over your shoulder to give you light whilst you read.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Front

Urquiola disassembled Bourgie’s base and suspended its parts as a chandelier, deconstructing the lamp to reform it as a pendant light. Meanwhile, Bellini fashioned two into a standard lamp complete with coat hooks and umbrella stands. Nendo had a subversive take on the original, turning it upside down and rotating the silhouette, so that their two lamps together form a space that is the upside down Bourgie lamp. They also inverted the name, christening their sculptural piece ‘Eigruob’.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Nendo

Quitlett gave a gift of the traditional lamp base with a birthday cake on top, ten candles for the ten years of production. Clearly it can be seen that each designer has reimagined the lamp and given it character, creating a new personality whilst retaining its original and distinctive charm. Perhaps what best sums up this celebration of design is the message on Jouin’s lamp, which reads ‘The Future is a Present from the Past’. Laviani himself views the project as ‘a manifesto whose key message is that ideas, culture and the differences of others can render the work of an individual more interesting and contemporary.’

Kartell goes Bourgie by Patrick Jouin

Happy Birthday Bourgie – don’t forget to make a wish!

Kartell goes Bourgie by Eugeni Quitllet

Blacksheep and Jamie’s Italian collaborate for exciting international expansion

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Liz

Autumn 2013 saw Blacksheep,  the hospitality design and branding agency, unveil their latest designs for three brand new Jamie’s Italians in overseas Dubai, Singapore and Istanbul. Blacksheep have worked with the brand for four years and thus understood that they had to reflect the traditional and classic Jamie’s Italian concept, whilst also considering the cultures and customs unique to those regions, ensuring that local guests and holiday makers alike, can enjoy the true Jamie’s experience. The team’s success came from their ability to build close partnerships with local craftsman and artisans to ensure each restaurant could relate to its locality, whilst also remaining true to the unique Jamie’s brand.

Emma Freed, Interior Designer at Blacksheep commented: “The best thing about working on Jamie’s Italian for the international market, is the fact that they represent something fresh and new to those regions. In Singapore for example, although they are familiar with the brand, it is many people’s first time experiencing a Jamie’s. There is something very rewarding and special about the excitement and anticipation which surrounds these projects.”

Main dining area and feature dividing screen, Dubai

Blacksheep’s launch of their very first international collaboration with the household name, in the form of Jamie’s Italian, Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai, marks the strength in their relationship with Jamie’s as they move to expand the brand internationally. Situated within the Jumeirah Beach Resort, the prestigious location of the restaurant was to be key to the brief. With striking views to the iconic Burj Al Arab already framing the destination, the team enhanced this feature whilst embracing the existing architecture of the new build site. Blacksheep created a semi enclosed circular space within the centre of the restaurant to form an intimate dining experience, framed by metal screens with open and closed glass detail. The overall result provides the guest with privacy whilst also reminding them of the wider restaurant setting and beautiful views throughout.

Rear dining room with antipasti bar, Singapore

With Jamie’s Italian in Singapore, the key focus was on reclaimed and homely materials to contrast with the clean lines of the shopping centre environment of where it is situated in Vivo City, one of the region’s largest and busiest retail destinations. Blacksheep created a range of different dining spaces to fulfil the brief including an arbour, private dining area and outside terrace providing stunning views across the harbour. The entrance is key as it allows open views into the bar and deli area enticing passers-by, as well as drawing their eye to the central views of the terrace area beyond. Reclaimed timber beams and vintage reclaimed lighting are amongst the key materials used in this location.

Feature wine display, Instanbul

Jamie’s Italian in Zorlu shopping Centre Istanbul, undoubtedly challenged the Blacksheep team as it marks the biggest Jamie’s Italian the creative agency has designed to date. The team looked to create a different dining experience on each level. The ground level presents a daytime sanctuary and includes an antipasti bar and theatrical kitchen with an emphasis on colour and the building’s grand ceiling heights. The first level provides a more intimate dining experience whilst also remaining an accessible dining space for all. This area also includes a striking wine display, its very own antipasti bar as well as a pizza oven and private dining area for those wanting to experience the brand in the intimacy of their friends and family. The destination restaurant also offers two standalone terrace areas to enjoy the Jamie’s experience.

Arbour dining area with feature chandelier, Singapore

All three restaurants also include glazing which can be folded back at night-time allowing guests inside to enjoy the outside atmosphere, something which is popular amongst diners in such tropical climates. Blacksheep continue to work with the brand on developing new sites in 2014. The team at WIN look forward to seeing more translations of this UK favourite, both at home and in more exotic destinations!

WIN Awards now open!

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Liz

We’re delighted to announce that we have now opened the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2014, following phenomenal success in 2013. Recognising and promoting the designs that have made the biggest impact on the cultural landscape over the past year, the awards programme spans 13 categories covering a whole spectrum of interior design. Interior projects include Residential, Workspace, Retail, Restaurants, Bars, Hotels, Leisure or entertainment venues, Museum or exhibition spaces, Public sector, Workspace, and Lighting design. The Products section focuses on Lighting, Furniture and Interior Accessories.

Ranging from emerging designers to long-established ones, our Awards have attracted submissions from over 120 countries. Judged by some of the most distinguished figures in the design world – many of whom have gone on to collaborate with award recipients – this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase innovative designs and boost your commercial potential. Previous judges have included Sir Terence Conran, Lee Hallman (Foster & Partners), Mark Majors (Speirs & Major), Vanessa Brady (interiors Designer and President, SBID), and Rabih Hage (Architect & Interior Designer).

Entrants receive considerable media coverage to our global community of over 220,000 architects, designers, developers and clients. Plus, all winning and shortlisted entries will be published in a Special Winners issue of INSIDE, our monthly round-up of the latest news, views and issues from the world of interior design. Many of our past winners have testified that this exposure contributed significantly to their business success.

Entry is just £250, but register before 14 March and you’ll receive a generous 20% discount on your fee. The winner from each category will be announced later in the year at a ceremony – date to be confirmed.

So if your designs have advanced practice and helped push the boundaries of both beauty and ingenuity, enter our World Interiors News Annual Awards and see how we can transform your business.

For further information about the World Interiors News Annual Awards 2014 and full details on how to enter, contact Liz Naven liz.naven@worldinteriorsnews.com or call +44 (0)1273 201 117.

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.

QE2 Hotel Design Proposal by Benoy

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Megan

Almost 50 years on from the launch of The QE2, design proposals are being put forward for the ship’s conversion into a floating 5-star hotel. Amongst the proposed plans is the scheme of award-winning designers Benoy, who propose a design preserving the original architecture and ambience of the world-famous vessel, uniting the character of the 60s with contemporary and cutting edge design trends. It is a scheme which propels the liner into the 21st century luxury market.

In the historically important spaces of the Midships Lobby and Queen’s Room, Benoy propose to conserve the forward-thinking intent of the original QE2 design by introducing modern variations on textiles, lighting, fittings and technology. 

Amongst the design challenges encountered during the early stages of planning was the issue of how to introduce light and physical space into the arteries of the ship, given the long, straight passenger corridors which run through the vessel. Benoy’s solution was to carve circular vestibules out along the passageways, providing opportunities to showcase art and feature lighting to open the space up.

Within the guest suites, the curved alterations of the corridors continue to flow through the spatial design, with subtle hints of a nautical theme. The luxurious ambience was crafted using highlights of marbled stone, stand-alone bath tubs and glass walls. The furnishings note the style of the QE2 history, with a vintage appeal that is accompanied by a natural and contemporary colour palette. 

The floating hotel will accommodate private residences, a conference centre, a performance theatre and ballroom, as well as retail and leisure locations. Benoy has accommodated space for a modern maritime museum, present the important and fascinating history and artefacts of the iconic vessel to both the public and hotel guests. Guests can experience an elevator ride to the top of the ship’s funnel, which has been re-designed as an observation platform. Above deck, the original swimming pool has been enlarged to accommodate 5-star standards.

John Denton, Director of Interior Design at Benoy, commented that the firm’s submission embraced the “history and philosophy” of the transatlantic ocean liner.

Benoy’s design concept film for the QE2 hotel can be found on the Benoy YouTube Channel.

The London Distillery Company confirmed as sponsor of the World Interiors News Awards

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Rosie

We are delighted to announce that The London Distillery Company will be serving its first London-crafted gin at the WIN Awards Dinner at the Saatchi Gallery on the 28th November.

Developed at the new distillery in Battersea, London, Dodd’s Gin pays tribute to Ralph Dodd, an 18th century born entrepreneur and engineer, who formed The Intended London Distillery Company in 1807. Dodd’s business prospectus detailed his commitment to produce Genuine British Spirits and whilst he never quite fulfilled his visionary project, his aspirations are finally being realised over 200 years later by The London Distillery Company.

The small batch gin, created by Head Distiller Andrew MacLeod Smith and Founder Darren Rook, uses organic botanicals, which include: juniper, angelica, fresh lime peel, bay laurel, cardamom, red raspberry leaf and London honey.

A significant proportion of the ingredients are first distilled in ‘Christina’, a traditional 140-litre copper alembic, with the more delicate botanicals being reserved for ‘Little Albion’, The London Distillery Company’s state-of-the-art cold vacuum still. The two spirits are then married for several weeks before being hand-bottled and labelled by the team at the distillery.

Darren Rook comments: “We came across Ralph Dodd and his story whilst investigating former distilleries in London, almost a year to the day after founding The London Distillery Company. Dodd’s ethos about creating Genuine British Spirits was akin to ours, so we felt it fitting that our first London produced brand was dedicated to him.”

Andrew MacLeod Smith adds: “Any distiller will tell you that it takes many months of research and development to create an innovative, premium organic spirit, and Dodd’s was no different. For example, we distilled several types of honey, from all areas of the UK, but found that the complex honey produced by urban bees in London gave the spirit a luxurious mouth-feel and added a delightful top note, which complements the rest of the aromatics perfectly.”

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