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Meet The 2016 Winners: Dan Schofield

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Annalisa

This week we meet successful designer and WIN Award winner, Daniel Schofield. Born in 1986 in Royal Leamington Spa in the UK, Dan studied graphic design at college, going on to work as an apprentice at a local carpentry firm. He later left to take a degree in furniture and product design at Sheffield Hallam University in South Yorkshire, and graduated with honours.

Dan established his own studio in Sheffield in 2012, which then moved to London’s fashionable Greenwich district in 2013. Dan’s aesthetic combines simple, functional works with strong narratives, or as he puts it: “If an object can connect to its space, material, surroundings, function, and user, then it will gain personality and longevity.” We find out more about what makes this talented young designer tick…


You were one of the youngest designers to win our WIN Awards Furniture Category. What did winning the Award mean to you?

It’s great to be awarded from a panel of designers you really respect and admire so it was very humbling, and also very unexpected.

The judges said of Joist Table, ‘A really clever, simple and scalable design that unusually adds something fresh to the world of tables’. How far into the design process did you realise that you were creating something special that was both practical and beautiful?

I came to the design after my carpentry apprenticeship, it’s a similar construction method we used to build houses so scaled down architecture really so the practical side of it has always been there. I think when an object works well it’s always intriguing so I didn’t try to force the aesthetics in that sense, I just let the materials and construction do the talking.

You have designed a wide range of beautiful products, from a glass carafe with silver coins, a spherical light which splits into two halves, a pocket mirror designed to store small belongings, to tables made from marble offcuts. Where does your inspiration come from, and is there a product that you would like to tackle next?

My inspiration usually comes from trying to solve a problem, whether that be from a material or functional perspective, or just trying out new processes or materials to me. There are too many things I want to design and am working on lots at the minute so it depends what gets released next!

Your background is graphics, construction and design including restoring historic houses. How has this experience influenced your approach to product design today?

I think the time spent studying graphics has helped me give a more refined view, whilst being in construction allowed me to study and play with materials and how things go together, especially on an architectural scale, I think this also helps with race and proportion. It was never planned but I think the two complement each other quite well.

Moving on to you…How do you like to unwind after a hectic week, and where might we find you out of hours?

After a busy week it’s nice just to sort my life out! Do some exercise, have a nice meal, catch up with friends etc. Out of hours I’m usually in bed, at a gallery or playing football.

What would you like to own that you don’t already possess?

Tough one, there is quite a lot I don’t already possess. Furniture-wise maybe a Poul Kjaerholm PK22 chair.

The WIN Awards 2015

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Annalisa

“Thank you so much for a fabulous night last night, great venue, and brilliant atmosphere. The whole experience from judging to the ceremony was exceptional!”
-Tracey Wiles, Partner at Make Architects

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street played host to the sixth annual World Interiors News Awards. A collaboration between the WIN Team and our headline sponsor, MOROSO, the main task was filling the space with enough stylish touches to match the show stopping, 360 degree views of the London skyline. Using a selection of MOROSO’s latest collections we added just the right amount of intimacy and Italian style to the venue, including a fabulous, cosy nook area set right in the midst of the verdant gardens.

We were thrilled to welcome our 250 guests; architects, designers, clients and developers flew in from all corners of the world to mingle, network and find out first-hand the winners. With bubbly, wine and delicious canapes from award winning caterers, Rhubarb, plus music ranging from Eartha Kitt to M83, the party atmosphere was soon in full swing. In what seemed like mere moments it was time for the awards presentation. The lovely Libby Potter, host of BBC2’s ‘The Money Programme’, was the face of this year’s awards bringing style, humour and an infectious energy to the proceedings. 16 categories and 24 Awards later, we reached the end of the WIN Awards 2015.

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

World Interiors News would like to thank our headline sponsor, Italian furniture design company, MOROSO; sponsor of the Residential Development category – CBRE Residential London; sponsor of the Residential Interiors category – GIRA; sponsors of the Hotels category – Alger-Triton and our partners for the Interior Practice awards – Aesop, who provided fabulous gift bags – an early festive treat for our attendees.

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

The event drew to a close at 11.30 but our guests continued partying into the night at the Sky Pod Bar. A perfect end to an inspiring and enriching year for interior design.

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

Photo Credit: Matt Chung

Photo Credit: Matt Chung


The Herbarium: Crabtree & Evelyn

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Annalisa

The Herbarium display for the Crabtree & Evelyn store at Regent Street was part of the RIBA Regent Street Window project collaboratively designed by the architects London Atelier and lighting designers Michael Grubb Studio. The display captures the memory of English Still rooms. A delicate combination of colourful and fascinating plants and flowers, tracing papers, copper and brass utensils, wooden surfaces of country kitchens and remedies, potions and cosmetic products were the inspiration for the project.

The display is a choreographed ensemble of herbs, plants and flowers preserved in panes of soap within a brass grid lit by an LED matrix.

A grid of 96 boxes or pigeon holes was made into 4 separate modules. 77 of these modules were caped with panes of soap with botanical compositions made from around 200 different species of plants common to English gardens cast into them. The piece is constructed from lightly stained plywood, frosted glass and brass angles that hold the soap panes in place and it rests on a plinth of 10mm steel. It is lit using 77 linear runs of LED lights which are connected to a computer to create a subtle, organically animated and surprising lighting effect.  The lighting matrix responds to the movements of the passers-by and translates them into disturbances and ripples into general pattern.

 

PATTERNITY x Paperless Post

Posted on October 8, 2015 by Annalisa

Innovative invitations company Paperless Post and London-based pattern pioneers PATTERNITY, the world’s only dedicated digital pattern archive, have collaborated on a graphic collection of ten modern invitations to help people celebrate life’s most memorable moments. The bold geometric patterns designed exclusively for this collection reflect the connections we experience as we relate to and bond with one another at occasions like dinner parties, birthdays, cocktail hours, and housewarmings.

To celebrate the collaboration’s launch, Paperless Post and PATTERNITY created an interactive installation called ‘Connected by Pattern’ as part of Somerset House’s ‘10 Designers in the West Wing’ exhibition during the London Design Festival. The immersive experience was comprised of a single room that is filled from floor to ceiling with the patterns designed for the collection to create a space that invites guests to explore, play, and connect with one another in the real world.

Paperless Post’s distinctive, customizable designs can be sent online, on paper, or with the free app for iOS. Previous Paperless Post collaborations include Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Kelly Wearstler, and Vera Wang.

Photo Credit: Luke Hayes

designjunction – Seminar Highlights

Posted on September 14, 2015 by Annalisa

The fifth edition of the critically-acclaimed designjunction is set to raise the bar this September by taking over two new central London venues; The College, formerly home to Central Saint Martins and the striking event space Victoria House B1, both located on Southampton Row (http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london/vistor-information/)

Expect to encounter live workshops and flash-factories, one-off collaborations, hundreds of new product launches, inspiring installations, delectable food offerings and much more (http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/london/whats-on/)

This week, see highlights of the designjunction2015 seminar programme, which celebrates, explores and explains design’s new sense of mission. designjunction asks the question: do we really need another chair (or table or camera or shoe or phone)? The ‘Design for a Reason’ programme argues that yes we do, as long as it’s a beautiful solution to a real problem.

Sponsored by collaborative design studio molo, the Cochrane Theatre at the former Central Saint Martins building will be transformed with ‘Softwall’ backdrops and a canapy of ‘Cloud’ lighting.

SEE THE FULL SEMINAR PROGRAMME HERE

Keep up-to-date with the show on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

One show, two venues: The College, 12-42 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP Victoria House, 37 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4DA

19.00: Keynote: Yves Behar and Tylko

Pioneering ‘design entrepreneur’ Yves Béhar, creator of fuseproject, joins forces with Polish ‘parametric design’ specialists Tylko, whose innovative app gives users power to customise their chosen domestic product. Could this be the future of design?

11.00 Transports of Delight

In association with Blueprint, Paul Priestman delivers the very latest thinking on stations and infrastructure.

14.00 Design Futures Come in Layers

Benjamin Hubert on his new direction, which has huge implications for design at large.

16.00 Technology, Tables and Lamps

Follow the journey of royal designer Terence Woodgate.

17.00 Life after Graduation

BIIDpresident Dan Hopwood and design education experts on the next step.

12.00 Working Beautifully

San Francisco’s Studio O+A joins Brooklyn’s Uhuru to discuss spaces that release endorphins.

14.30 Global Colour Trends

Carolina Calzada presents the shades and hues for the upcoming seasons.

16.00 Joined + Jointed

Samuel Chan explains the ethos behind his latest venture – Joined + Jointed.

 18.30 Fairphone 2

Bas van Abel, creator of Fairphone, on his latest sustainable, modular launch.

13.00 Interiors for Unicorns

Christian Hawley, founder of Nest.co.uk and Russell and Jordan of 2 Lovely Gays.

14.30 Remote Controlled Smoke and Colour

Hosted by luxury product designer Tiipoi.

Gyrecraft by Studio Swine

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Annalisa

‘Gyrecraft’ is a new project by radical design practice, Studio Swine, in which they have transformed plastic pollution found at sea into a collection of luxury objects.

The title derives from a combination of the word ‘Gyre’ (circular currents in an ocean basin where plastic pollution concentrates) and two distinct meanings of the word ‘Craft’: skill, dexterity and art – and also a vessel in which you sail.

The South Pacific and North Pacific

‘Gyrecraft’ was the focus of an expedition across the North Atlantic Ocean, undertaken by Studio Swine co-founders, Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami in the autumn of 2014. They embarked on a journey of 1000 nautical miles, collecting plastic on the way from Azores to the Canaries through the North Atlantic Gyre. In order to transform this plastic flotsam and jetsam into luxury, desirable objects, they invented and built their own Solar Extruder, which melts and extrudes sea plastic using the sun.

North Atlantic and Indian Ocean

In the swirling gyre, most of the plastics break down into tiny fragments that are spread over massive stretches of the ocean. In the Gyrecraft collection, Studio Swine uses sea plastic as a valuable and desirable material reminiscent of turtle shell and corals. The five objects represent the five major ocean gyres. The aim is to use plastic in a more artisan, innovative way, which adds value to an undesirable material while drawing attention to the prevalence of a largely invisible problem throughout the world’s oceans.

The project was also an exploration into maritime crafts, which utilize what the sea provides in every coastal or island culture around the world, each with its own unique identity. Traditionally, many of these crafts took place on board during long voyages as a way of making vital repairs or simply passing the time at sea. For example, inspired by ‘Scrimshaw’ a traditional maritime craft of the Azores islands -the art of etching drawings onto whale’s teeth – Sudio Swine has created a whale’s tooth made of plastic collected from the sea using the machine.

South Atlantic and a close up of Indian Ocean

Gyrecraft is the intersection of the dwindling and under-valued heritage of local maritime crafts and the rapid rise of sea plastic pollution. The project is currently on show at Selfridges & Co in its Ultra lounge gallery as part of the store’s Project Ocean campaign, which is focused on entirely removing plastic bags and single-use plastic water bottles from its store. The show is on until the end of August.

Tree Ornament Gift Guide (& Happy Holidays from WIN!)

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Liz

The holidays only come once a year, so make sure your home interior is a winter warmer! WIN are busy preparing for the festive season and we’re sure that many of you are doing the same. To make things a little simpler, we’ve selected some of our favourite new ornaments to hang on the tree.

Made with care to be hung by the chimney (and on the tree), the Cinnamon Bark Ornaments by VivaTerra have a lovely natural finish and as an added bonus, they smell like freshly baked goods! They also come in a strikingly simple cinnamon bark box.

Circular Porcelain Ornaments by Ferm Living make for a contemporary Christmas tree for the modern home. Each has a simple shape printed on it in gold and hangs from a light tan leather cord.

The Ceramic Christmas Tree from Occa-Home features a vibrant red motif against a calming white background, a bold and festive design that has timeless appeal.

Guide the way to your Christmas tree with brightly coloured Me & My Arrow Tags from The Great Lakes Goods, hand-painted on die cut wood. Colours include neon yellow, mint, fuschia, neon orange, peacock and periwinkle.

The Himmeli ornaments by HRUSKAA are inspired by the Finnish himmeli mobile. Perfect for the minimalist aesthetic and available in rigid black or brass straw, hand sewn with nylon cord.

Why not hang some art on your tree? The Jardin Des Plantes Ornaments are an Anthropologie exclusive by South African artist Ruan Hoffmann. The decorations are sure to charm and enchant visitors, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern art.

For those who like a bit of bling, the Gold Porcelain Star & Ball Baubles from Rockett St George will not disappoint! A glamorous addition to the Christmas tree with geometric shapes that will catch the light and shimmer and shine.

Adorn your tree with miniature trees! The Wrapped Paper Christmas Trees by QuiteAlright are constructed from recycled paper and embroidery floss, with a graphic design that looks great in large groups – the perfect primary ornament!

Decorate the Christmas tree or indeed a dried branch with Pine Cone, a beautiful bone china ornament from By Nord. The silver metal trinket hangs from a smart leather string; this is Nordic simplicity at its best.

Embrace Holiday nostalgia by baking festive biscuit treats to hang on your tree and hang the three cutters in the Star Cookie Cutter set from Lexington straight on it afterwards. A playful accessory for an original take on festive traditions.

Break away from tradition and enliven your Christmas collection with the vibrancy of the natural world. The Agate Slice Ornaments from Anthropologie are earthy, but still provide glamour with a dazzling gem – and no two are exactly alike.

Snow Ball is a beautiful hand-folded paper ornament by Scandinavian design brand By Nord. This large black and white bauble is an elegant statement piece for your Christmas tree.

Provide your tree with the rustic charm of these Snowflake baubles by Nkuku. The antique mirror ornaments have a vintage feel and are suspended from playfully printed strips of fabric.

It’ll be easy to get into the holiday spirit year upon year with Felt Mistletoe from west elm. You’ll also be supporting and sustaining handcrafts and fair labour, with each piece made from 100% wool by artisans in Nepal.

Finally, for those of you who love the idea of a tree, but not so much the bulky, space-consuming, needle-dropping, Evergreen kind: introducing the PossibiliTree. Designed by architect Richard Babcock, these wooden trees are practical, sustainable, versatile and easy to set up, an attractive version of the iconic holiday item that can even be suspended from the ceiling using a thin wire. Not just for the festive period, the PossibiliTree can be used throughout the year as an alternative tree for all occasions.

From all of the team at World Interiors News, we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season, and of course a spectacular New Years!

Making your House a Home in 2015: Interview with Shaun Clarkson

Posted on December 15, 2014 by Liz

May Design Series have just released their Interiors Buying Census, uncovering UK consumers’ shifting habits, tastes and priorities for 2015. The Census provides vital information on people’s priority buys for next year, as well as what factors influence these purchases and how we can expect them to change in the future.

This year’s report revealed that a quarter of us are now looking for sustainable products and a further one in 10 takes into consideration whether the materials in our homes are made from recyclable products. Surprisingly, less than half of us shop online for products, compared to more than the two thirds of customers who still prefer to shop in-store. And while there is a growing popularity in buying local, when it comes to home interior products over 80% of consumers asked agreed that being British made makes no impact to their purchasing decision.

WIN had the pleasure of talking with Shaun Clarkson, Interior Designer and star of Channel 4’s Four Rooms, about the results of the Census, the products to look out for in households next year and his own personal tips on how to make a house a home (hint: he likes rugs).

Diamond by Novaluna. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

Thank you so much for joining us today Shaun. Now can I just start by asking you what trends predict for 2015?

Well my trends for 2015 are varied. I think the biggest thing is that I am fed up of down and dirty. I’m sick to death of distressed wood and bulbs in jam jars. I want to see a bit more glamour so I’m predicting we are going to go chequer board floors, hot pink and flower arrangements of gladiola.

Which interior products can you see appearing in people’s homes next year?

The May Design Series Interiors Buying Census show that the most popular thing that people are spending their money on is flooring, followed by curtains and window dressing. I think this is very interesting because I think that if you are going to do something, especially those people on limited budgets, and living in rented accommodation, typically they want to buy something to make their rented flat feel like their own. I think things like rugs and sofas are important as they are things that you can take with you. Pluck and playthings, a treat culture to make your own environment.

Swithy Stools by Two.Six. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

And where exactly should people look to source these sort of products from do you think?

Well I think they should all come to my store in London (ha-ha!).  It’s difficult. I think you need to be very open minded. I spend my life shopping but that’s partly what I do professionally and I’m slightly obsessed, I have a shopping problem. eBay has been a massive influence on how people live in the fact that things are very accessible now. You can find out exactly how much things should cost and I think once you get an idea yourself of what you want you should go for it.

Which are your favourite places to shop? Firstly for yourself and also for the projects you are working on?

What has happened now is that we have a global shop, the internet, where you can buy anything.  Personally I don’t like buying online. I think I’m a bit old. I think people can shop anywhere, I love to go to auctions but I would never do an online auction. I would always go and physically view the stuff. I like to buy at markets and I like to buy in unusual environments, we do a lot of sourcing, we do a lot of upcycling, we take items and we invent them so I like the idea of buying old furniture that’s sustainable as well and reinventing it by spraying another colour, an old lamp, rewiring it and putting a new shade on it. Reinvention is really what we do as a business.

So could you share any of your secret sourcing spots, within the UK?

I would have to kill you if I told you; I have to protect my sources. However, London is the hub of fantastic tradeshows. The one that I would keep an eye on is the May Design Series which is coming up next year. You can see what trends are happening and the way interior design and products are moving.

Cross Lap by Galvin Brothers. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

You mentioned pluck and playthings for renters, but which are the pieces they should look at buying that will stand the test of time?  

Well that’s an interesting question. I have a shop in Shoreditch and we have a young demographic that in the main rents, they buy things like vintage lights and things they can take with them. We don’t do a great trade in hanging lights as you would need an electrician involved but anything that’s not bolted down. I think the furnished flat doesn’t really exist so much these days so it’s up to you to furnish your home and ultimately the ambition is to own your own home so I think that you should start creating your bottom draw and taking it with you wherever you go.

And what tips can you give to home owners looking to revive their interiors without necessarily replacing their furniture?

I think the easiest thing is paint, paint a wall a colour and don’t be frightened of paint – it’s easily changeable and it’s a cheap alternative. Rugs are fantastic and vintage rugs are great, it’s something that you have for life but also you can take with you everywhere you go. I have a friend who’s a curtain maker in Liverpool and she has a great range of people who change their curtains yearly. It’s not an overly expensive thing to do and changes your life a little bit.

Ikea has been amazing really as you can reinvent yourself constantly. My parents’ generation had one 3 piece suite for the whole of their life’s whereas I think we are a generation (well certainly in the hundreds of sofas I’ve owned over the years) that replaces regularly. I think there’s an opportunity for you to cheaply change your life with accents and new items which are affordable, I also think dressing your things with a mixture of vintage and new. If you like something buy it.

Klash Chair by Standrin. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

Going back to the theme of sustainability we were talking about earlier, do you think this should just be a factor you consider when purchasing or should it really be a compulsory element in the work of the designers?

Only a quarter of us unbelievably are interested in sustainability, I think sustainability should be something we aware of definitely. I think upcycling is the new hip word, as was vintage, upcycling is a form of recycling and sustainability. I love the idea that if you put something on the street now it goes and it means somebody has taken it and they’ve got a use for it. In my business we’re notoriously bad at throwing things away and I think that eBay is a great opportunity to sell anything and upcycle things.  It’s a tragedy to see things just dumped.

YPSY by Two.Six. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

The MDS report expressed that top of people’s desires for the home are self-cleaning carpets and windows that shut automatically when it rains. Do you see design becoming more technologically focused, more about function and ease of use than aesthetics?

I think it’s a combination of the both really. We all love to live in beautiful environments but I think that the May Design Series Interiors Buying Census shows that people are relying on technology a lot more which is great as it is sustainable. It means that you can control your heating and shut your windows and close your curtains and turn the lights and heating on and off from your mobile phone which is complimentary to what we do professionally.

We live in a boutique generation so I think it’s really important that when you are at home you have the same boutique experience you would if you were in a beautiful hotel and I think people are getting used to that, but obviously the complimentary technology is great. I’m a great advocate of controlling our environments. There’s nothing worse than getting home and having to turn the heating on and waiting for the house to get warm. You want to be able to do if from your mobile phone.

Linger a Little Longer table by Jay Watson design. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

Whose house do you envy the most would you say?

Whose house do I envy? I don’t really envy anybody’s house. I’m trying to buy a house at the moment and I am very envious of it (ha-ha!) – it’s my ultimate aspirational home. It’s a big Tudor mansion in Norfolk and I suppose I’m aspiring to live there ultimately.

What, in your opinion, are the three most important products for any home interior to possess?

Lighting is everything, you need to have a creative lighting scheme. I would want to own the most beautiful lamp, I’m not a great advocate of great big light fittings on the ceiling. I think you need a really comfy sofa. That’s really important, something to sit and watch television on, and something to be romantic on. I believe that everyone should invest in a rug for life and I think that if you can design your own rug and create your own rug, that’s yours and there’s nothing nicer than standing on a lovely big thick rug in bare feet.

Fantastic. Thank you so much for joining us today Shaun.

You’re welcome.

Table by British Artist Jack. Exhibiting at May Design Series.

Sleep: The Hotel Design Event

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Liz

“Sleep is like a precious watch in which all the hand-crafted elements rotate around one another to create a unique piece that perfectly tells the time – in our case ensuring our exhibitors do great business and our visitors are inspired.” Kali Nicholson, Brand Director for Sleep.

Exhibitor Stands at Sleep 2014

Nicholson has encapsulated the experience of this year’s Sleep Event perfectly, in fact it was one of the most brilliantly executed shows our team had the pleasure of attending this year. We jam-packed everything into one day; attending inspiring conference sessions with some of the industry’s most respected designers and hoteliers; exploring over 150 exhibitor stands, finding out more about the companies whose products and services help to create award-winning hotels; and checking out the daring and innovative designs entered into the highly anticipated Sleep Set competition.

The Royale Agricultural Bar, Sleep 2014

The team also enjoyed drinks at The Royale Agricultural Bar, designed by Swedish firm Stylt Trampoli who created a lush, tropical oasis of flora and fauna from which to escape the busy crowds. We took another opportunity to relax during the day by trying out a mycoocoon pod. Here we were asked to pick our favourite scent from three options and answered a colour and mood based quiz to determine the programme we would experience. We then stretched out in the pod and were immersed in the glow of a specially programmed lighting display whilst listening to soothing music – bliss!

mycoocoon, Sleep 2014

Back to the spectacular conference sessions; we were entirely enchanted by restaurateur extraordinaire Jeremy King, currently distilling his magic into his first hotel, The Beaumont. King refuses to impose concepts on buildings. Instead he works with a space to reveal its potential and accentuates already-there qualities in his designs. He still insists on walking the tables, wishing to always be known as restaurateur and never simply a ‘restaurant owner’. For a restaurant to be a success he believes it must have heart and soul, presented through long-lasting interiors and by devoted staff. Design must never ‘shout for attention, but should withstand scrutiny’, and at the end of the day, it’s about the people. We have no doubt that The Beaumont will be as successful as all of his other ventures.

Conference with Jouin Manku, Sleep 2014

Jouin Manku told of the story behind their design partnership – a chance meeting in Paris, and one of those ‘meant-to-be’ situations that has produced a dynamic, collaborative and ever-changing creative office. The duo complement each other harmoniously, describing their working relationship as ‘like playing free jazz. You don’t know who made the melody, who made the bass, it’s just a response’. These ‘realistic dreamers’ respond to each other and to the spaces they work with and believe that ‘you can do anything, you just have to want to do it’. A very encouraging conviction indeed!

Room Four by NoChintz, Sleep 2014

Finally, we listened to the Sleep Set competitors explain their design ideas to the judges, with just five minutes each to present. We particularly enjoyed NoChintz’s model that utilised playful features such as temporary tattoos and takeaway coffee cups to promote the hotel, whilst also connecting it to local businesses and allowing visitors to explore the area. This year however, it was industry outsiders, SKM Design, who triumphed with a design inspired by a Pink Floyd album cover and featuring a double sided wardrobe and floating bed!

Room Three by SKM Design (winning design), Sleep 2014

Keep an eye out for our hotel-themed INSIDE newsletter this week, and to all the hotel designers out there, make sure to enter your projects into next year’s World Interiors News Awards, opening on 5th January! To Sleep, thank you – we are very much looking forward to next year’s event.

Susan Gunn commissioned to paint ‘low carbon’ frieze for The Enterprise Centre

Posted on December 3, 2014 by Liz

Internationally acclaimed artist Susan Gunn has been chosen to create her signature art for the £11.6m ambitious and ground-breaking low carbon building project that is The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The painting will span the length of the lecture theatre entrance wall creating a dramatic and evocative centrepiece.

An Alumni of Norwich University of the Arts, Susan received international recognition when she was awarded the Sovereign European Art Prize in 2006. Her work has been exhibited widely and can be found in public and private collections around the world. Gunn uses natural earth pigments, a traditional binder and natural beeswax together with regionally sourced linseed oil to provoke fractured surfaces that develop during the drying process.

Gunn’s works of art are stunning options for designers working on hotels, homes, offices and all other manner of developments to consider. Her painting for The Enterprise Centre will be made in panels that hang together as a frieze, approximately 20m long. Over the eleven panels there will be sequences of 11 pigments that form the layout, incorporating a colour scheme to echo the natural surroundings.

Dark Matter I

Gunn comments: “This is a fantastic project on which to collaborate with the developers of The Enterprise Centre, the Adapt Low Carbon Group and architectural firm, Architype. The innovative concept and sustainable materials used in the building dovetail perfectly with my approach to painting… I was particularly inspired by the offset vertical lines of the trees visible in the atrium from the Memorial Gardens and conservation site in the grounds of the building; the vertical divisions in the painting aim to accentuate these and bring an order to the organic fractures evident in the surface.”

Ground Formation I

The Enterprise Centre, which is the UK’s greenest commercial building, will open in spring 2015. Gunn’s commission is sponsored by Turquoise International Ltd.