Category Archives: London

Festive pattern lights up Design Museum

Posted on December 21, 2012 by Megan

With Christmas just around the corner, we celebrate festive design this week. MARY KATRANTZOU has produced a sparkling tree for the DESIGN MUSEUM on London’s Shad Thames bank of the river.

The highly acclaimed fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has designed a tree that incorporates patterns from her Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection, which was inspired by everyday objects. It will be a 2D design on the museum’s outer wall.

Katrantzou’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection included collaboration with Swarovski and Lesage to create masterful embroideries elevating the mundane to the sublime, as part of the Swarovski Collective. Measuring 3 metres in height the tree will combine Katrantzou’s trademark bold patterns with Christmas sparkle to create this inventive take on a Christmas tree.

‘The print was inspired by formal gardens and artful box parterres, these were layered and overlaid to create an intricate maze-like print reminiscent of a hand embroidered lace motif.’ Said Mary Katrantzou.

The collaboration marks the exciting rise of Mary Katrantzou as one of the foremost fashion designers in the world. British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent and her 2011 Autumn/Winter Collection was nominated in this year’s Design Museum Designs of the Year awards. Past collaborations include a Longchamp bag line, Swarovski jewellery and a denim range with Current Elliot. Mary Katrantzou’s Christmas tree is on display at Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD until the 9th January 2013.

Turning to other design news, we have received many entries into our Retail and Leisure Interiors Award this week. From a Canadian hotel to a minimal Norwegian concept restaurant, projects have been entered from around the world. For all the latest just click here.

There’s still time to enter if you have a project of your own to submit. Submission guidelines and how to enter can be found here.

Season’s greetings from the World Interiors News team.

Happy holidays and all the best for the New Year!


TENT at the Old Truman Brewery

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Megan

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

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

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

Alison Milner

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

IKUKO Iwamoto Ceramics

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

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

Studio 180

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

Claire Anne O’Brien

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

Laszlo Tompa

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


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

WIN at Design Junction – preview

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Megan

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

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

Lucy Turner

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

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

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

Orla Kiely Home

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

Vessel Gallery

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


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

Content by Conran

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


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

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

Design Festival coming to London

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Megan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there!