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Conran on Cloud Nine

Posted on October 31, 2013 by Rosie

Visitors to the prestigious Independent Hotel Show in London over the past two days have been treated to an unusual experience by the creative team at Conran and Partners, whose thought-provoking installation welcomed visitors into a VIP area like no other: Cloud Nine.

The concept was to provide an area in which to experience a “feet on the ground, head in the clouds” sensation. Conran and Partners’ creative director of brand and product, Massimo Acanfora, explains that Conran on Cloud Nine symbolises “creative agility” which inspires “infinite thoughts and forms.”

Located in the VIP area at Olympia West Hall, it was intended as a space where people could meet during the show which would encourage creative thinking and discussion of approaches towards design.

To bring the concept to life, one million metres of string, cut into differing lengths, were suspended from the ceiling, giving curious visitors the sense of their heads being submerged in the clouds, an experience which Acanfora believes is key when it comes to creative exploration: “Everyone loves clouds. We always like to have our head in the cloud and feet on the ground when we are creative.”

In keeping with the show’s commitment to outstanding design, Conran on Cloud Nine served as a memorable talking point for the thousands of high profile guests passing through the event.

 

The New Face of Student Living?

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Rosie

Could iQ Shoreditch be the future of student accommodation? Showcasing a pioneering design, this unique residential project offers students a living space like no other academic housing in the capital. “We are setting a new baseline for quality student accommodation within central London,” said developer James Crow of Quintain.

Designed by author and television presenter Naomi Cleaver, the project exhibits details which are creative and forward-thinking, giving the halls of residence a distinct edge over its counterparts. “My strategy was to reflect the famously vibrant character of Shoreditch – already a mecca for young people – as well as creating a comforting sense of home for a diverse community of students from across the world,” said Cleaver. “Student accommodation is as much an expression of home as anywhere else but much of the student accommodation I had researched looked corporate to me. While security and efficiency are important, so is nurture and play.”

Drawing on the context of the surrounding urban environment was a key aspect of this creation; young artists and designers were commissioned to realise the design concept, which aimed to represent the “visual anarchy” found in the locality, to reflect Tonkin Liu’s local pavementscape and to appeal to a broad spectrum of students.

In addition to individual bedrooms, iQ Shoreditch features 24 quirky common rooms and public spaces, each demonstrating imaginative, innovative design.  From the stuffed deer in The Conservatory to the iconic film posters in the TV lounges, the varied designs reflect the youthful, artistic vibrancy synonymous with the area. In the reception area circular leather seating surrounds a large tree, which acts as an unusual feature and compliments the motifs in the adjacent courtyard, designed by architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.  In The Sky Lounge, an installation of copper rods spans the ceiling, mapping and identifying the stars, whilst string art forms a 24-hour time-lapse depiction of London’s flight path.

To encompass the varying practical needs of the students, Cleaver’s design extends beyond conventional study rooms to include a music practice room and an art room, where pinboards line the walls and large tables provide a crucial workspace for art, fashion and design students.

Placing high importance on local manufacture and resourcefulness, Cleaver used reclaimed chairs and desks adorned with ripe graffiti to furnish study rooms, and papered their walls with misprinted sheets of Shakespearean plays.

For students living their academic lives against the backdrop of this ambitious design project, their visual landscape is multifaceted. To wander through the rooms of iQ Shoreditch is to experience the many faces of the accommodation; in one room the colour tones, furnishings and features cultivate a homely, welcoming feel whilst the contemporary lighting, interior accessories and wall art in another exude as much edgy character as the borough of Shoreditch itself.

Moroccan Bazaar

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Megan

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

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

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

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

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

Antonio Aricò: ‘Still Alive’ for Seletti

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Megan

Antonio Aricò’s new collection ‘Still Alive’ deals with the artistic and timeless theme of the ‘Still Life’. For this collection, specially designed for Seletti, Antonio wanted to play with inanimate objects and natural shapes usually put together by famous and amateur painters.

‘Still Alive’, a ‘practical and organized piece of art’, comes from Stefano Seletti’s desire to work on wooden boxes that can be used for storage. Antonio decided to use a “graceful detournement” and he wonderfully moved objects from one context to another by simply transforming common products and their uses to create new stories and feelings – always referring to pure and simple emotions.

The result? An arrangement and combination of elements that you can use and play with. By juxtaposing their various shapes and shadows, the user receives a daily invitation to discover and explore them in a creative way. The design set includes a tall wooden pitcher, which can be used to
hold rulers or scissors, a wooden vase which is divided into three parts for storing items like tacks and paperclips, a practical cup made of brass which can be used as a pen holder, a wooden pencil box to hide your precious, favourite pens, a porcelain bottle which can be seen as a simple mono vase to put a smiling flower in, a wooden pyramid-shaped box in emerald green with a retro “radica” effect to put your personal treasures in, and a magical magnifying glass sphere to help you read the passionate letters of your lover.

All of these elements are highly functional, so ‘Still Alive’ will become part of your daily routine – ready to be used at your desk or living room table. Sensorial, tactile, and dynamic, every piece has its own carved-out place on a polygonal wooden base and you’ll have the freedom and pleasure to move them around, tidying up or playing with all of their functions and materials.

Already featured in Seletti’s catalogue, ‘Still Alive’ will be presented for the first time in Maison et Objet from the 24 – 28 January.

Handmade in Britain: New Graduate Showcase

Posted on September 17, 2013 by Megan

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

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

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

The New Graduate Showcase 2013 features:

PETER KUCERIK
Glass + Lighting

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

www.peterkucerik.com

Peter Kucerik – Ghost

ANNA BYERS
Jewellery

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

www.annabyers.com

Anna Byers – Interactive necklace

ELAINE BOLT
Ceramics

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

www.boltceramics.wordpress.com

Elaine Bolt – Vessels group

FELIX PROCTOR
Interior Accessories

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

www.felixproctor.co.uk

Felix Proctor – Concrete Bowl

AMELIA GIBBS
Textiles

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

www.ameliagibbs.co.uk

Amelia Gibbs – Embroidered Scarf

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

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Assemblyroom launch The Hatton Range at designjunction

Posted on September 10, 2013 by Megan

Assemblyroom have designed The Hatton Range launching at designjunction 2013. The range comprises of a fully upholstered arm chair and a 2-seater sofa in either solid colour or a bold two tone colour variation.

With its clean lines and its comfortable seat, the Hatton chair has a welcoming form and plenty of personality. Constructed using an FSC timber frame and covered with graded CMHR foam the Hatton Range is suited to reception areas, informal meeting spaces, hotels and bars.

Hatton Sofa

Hatton Sofa & Hyde Stool

The Hyde Bench

Following on from the successful Hyde series of Stacking Stools, The Hyde bench is a fully upholstered stacking bench seat suitable for breakout spaces, reception areas, educational environments and informal meeting areas.

Hyde Bench & Hyde Stools

Using modern technology and manufacturing techniques the Hyde Bench is a frameless piece that has been moulded using PU CMHR foam, making it comfortable, lightweight and easy to handle. With its ability to stack away, the Hyde Bench is an innovative and practical design that responds to the flexible nature of today’s environments. Use it for work, use it for play, use it to meet, in fact use it just about anywhere!

Hyde Bench Stack

Available in two lengths and a wide range of colours, the Hyde Bench can be upholstered in either a solid or a two tone colour combination providing a playful looking bench for any environment.

The Hyde Stool Upholstered in Bailey Hills Fabric

Assemblyroom are also delighted to launch the Special Edition Hyde Stacking Stool, upholstered in a fabulous new digitally printed wool fabric from Bailey Hills. The playful looking stool adds interest and vibrancy to any interior, both when in use and when stacked away as a totem.

Hyde Stool in Bailey Hills fabric

The Hyde stool is ideal for informal meeting spaces, break out areas, hotels, bars, museums and schools… in fact anywhere where an informal and fun looking seat is required! The Hyde Stool has been moulded using a PU CMHR foam making it a comfortable, light weight stool that is easy to handle. This coupled with its ability to stack 4 high, makes The Hyde Stool a versatile seat for flexible spaces.

Hyde Hatton & Burgess

Both the Hatton & Hyde ranges will be available to view at this year’s designjunction at The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street from 18th – 22nd September.  Assemblyroom will be located next to the Camden Town Brewery bar on the second floor.

Assemblyroom Furniture was established in 2010 by Peter and Cathy Wall to complement their award winning Commercial Interior Design practice that launched in 2003. Informed and inspired by their commercial interior design experience, the studio create quality pieces which are comfortable, refined and built to last. All of Assemblyroom’s furniture is manufactured employing the best of British craftsmanship and using the highest quality materials that have been carefully selected for their function, aesthetics and durability.

A little more detail on the pieces…

The Hatton Range dimensions: Arm Chair: 880mm (w) x 770mm (d) x 660 mm (h); 2-seater Sofa: 1590mm (w) x 770mm (d) x 660mm (h)

The Hyde Bench dimensions: Midi Bench 1220mm (w)x 525mm (d) 420mm (h); Maxi Bench: 1920mm (w)x 525mm (d) 420mm (h)

SieMatic opens flagship showroom in Mayfair, London with Nicholas Anthony

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Megan

Last week World Interiors News attended the opening of the new luxury Mayfair showroom by German kitchen manufacturer SieMatic. The Nicholas Anthony showroom has been chosen to become the flagship showroom for the SieMatic network based on Wigmore Street, and will celebrate its dedicated new SieMatic displays and role.

SieMatic S2 – lotus white

As the originator of the handle-less kitchen, SieMatic has been at the forefront of kitchen innovation since 1960, creating timeless, original interiors. Its luxury kitchens are available through a network of specialist showrooms throughout the UK which are handpicked to offer outstanding customer service and unique kitchen living spaces which are a joy to use and experience.

Bernard Otulakowski, SieMatic’s UK Managing Director, commented:

“We are very pleased to welcome such an established retailer as Nicholas Anthony into the SieMatic team. It has a wealth of experience delivering exceptional kitchens and interiors for over 50 years in the South East. SieMatic has been established for over 80 years and so now is the perfect opportunity for the two companies to work together and further strengthen the position of each as we move forwards. The Mayfair showroom is part of SieMatic’s expansion into the key design cities around the world and this location will attract both those in the UK and internationally.”

SieMAtic BeauxArts.02

This new showroom will give customers the opportunity to experience SieMatic’s product offering within the ‘kitchen alley’ of London and benefit from the invaluable experience and expertise of the renowned Nicholas Anthony team. The showroom showcases a number of SieMatic’s most popular solutions for kitchens including the S2, BeauxArts.02, FloatingSpaces and IndividualDesign. Tony Nicholas the Managing Director of Nicholas Anthony commented, “We are thrilled to be joining forces with SieMatic, creating a dedicated flagship showroom in the heart of London. We believe that SieMatic’s exceptional range of luxury kitchens, rich heritage and outstanding service will provide the necessary ingredients for us to evolve and build upon our successes to date.”

BeauxArts.02

The BeauxArts.02 range, conceived and designed by internationally renowned designer, Mick De Giulio, has been designed for those who would like a more ‘transitional’ style than traditional; something that mixes the best of the modern world while following a classic theme. Following on from the successful BeauxArts kitchen furniture range by SieMatic, BeauxArts.02 the concept utilises Sterling Grey SE2002 doors with polished nickel handles and S2 doors in a rich Ebony Walnut finish with the recessed grip slot in polished nickel. SieMatic explain, “It reveals how it’s possible to create a living and dining space even in the compact spaces common in city homes.”

SieMatic BeauxArts.02 – sterling grey

The design of BeauxArts.02 is purposefully segmented; the cooking area is separated from the cleaning or preparation areas and depending on the segment, different materials, handles and dimensions are used for fronts and surfaces. This gives the kitchen the diversity of styles reflective of the BeauxArts architectural style, upon which the design concept is based.

FloatingSpaces

This innovative design feature concentrates on the kitchen as the hub of the home and welcomes the notion of this room as an open-plan living space. FloatingSpaces is made up of a panel system and highly functional open shelves with customisable finishes such as natural woods, which include matt or gloss lacquer and high-quality laminate. The shelves can be chosen in different lengths and sizes to add a personal touch to your kitchen design.

FloatingSpaces: SieMatic SE 5005 L lotus – white gloss

The shelves provide space for decorative objects and accessories to be displayed, allowing the seamless integration of kitchen and living spaces. The look is completed with matt aluminium shelf elements, which can be clicked into place at regular distances apart between the panelling so you can move your shelving around to suit you. FloatingSpaces provides a multitude of storage solutions for a practical, yet stylish, kitchen.

IndividualDesign

The IndividualDesign concept brings together a combination of the brand’s most successful kitchen programmes with a stylish new lacquer colour; agate grey. Designed to suit modern living, the IndividualDesign concept makes it possible for designers to integrate cabinets from different kitchen programmes to construct completely new and exciting spaces that blend the definition between living and kitchen areas. Pictured below, the IndividualDesign concept has been created that incorporates elements from FloatingSpaces, SE 8008 and the S2 ranges to produce a highly desirable open plan living area.

IndividualDesign, SE 8008

The launch event brought together the wider SieMatic family with guest appearances from SieMatic’s CEO Ulrich Siekmann, Export Director Roy Oldfield, Architect Marc Sporer and world renowned designer and co-creator of the BeauxArts.02 kitchen, Mick De Giulio. Guests enjoyed fine wine, canapés, music from a jazz duo and cookery demonstrations from appliance specialist Gaggenau.

The new showroom is located at 44-48 Wigmore St, London, W1U 2RY.

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.