Thursday, 30 September 2010

LDF10: Ligne Roset Plays with Bright Colours

I loved Ligne Roset bright bold installation 'Lets talk about colour' during the London Design Festival. The showroom was transformed with Ligne Roset's signature furniture pieces in bright acid colours.

Taking centre stage were some of the key new pieces, such as Eric Jourdan's contemporary seating range Harry, coupled with Inga Sempé's distinctive Ruché sofa, all set within a showroom injected with bright acid colours.

It's bright, dynamic and fresh! I absolutely loved it!

Images courtesy of Ligne Roset.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

LDF10: My Tent Highlights

Another day another event! Yes it was a very busy weekend with just too many fantastic events happening at the same time. I never really thought of the idea of clones until this very weekend, but seeing as that wasn't an option I dragged myself to as many events as possible and I am so glad that I did! 

I am ecstatic that I managed to get myself down to Tent at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, a totally ground-breaking show delivering the very best contemporary and vintage design, architecture and interiors and the world of digital. 

So much to love, here is a selction of some of my highlights. (click on image to enlarge).

A few more...

7.Orchard Studio. 8.Dixit. 9.We Have Furniture. 10.Sessio. 11.A+Z Design.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

LDF10: My Origin Highlighs

You've got to love the Origin Craft Fair held in Old Spitafields Market, another one of the many events held last weekend. It is an anual showcase of original contemporary craft, a place that brings together 220 of the most innovative UK and international talent all in one place. It offers visitors a rare chance to buy directly from the makers and meet them face to face.

All I can say is that I absolutely loved it. An array of exquisite pieces that I found myself falling in love continuously.

Here are some of my highlights from the fair. (click to enlarge.)

1.Ingrid Barndal. 2.Michelle Griffiths. 3.Betty Pepper. 4.Sarah Morpeth. 5.Abigail Brown.

And a few more treats...

6.Mizuyo Yamashita. 7.Hannah Turner. 8.Rosanna Martin. 9.Sue Binns. 10.Lowri Davies. 11.Debbie Smyth.

Monday, 27 September 2010

LDF10: Gust Of Wind

Late Friday night at the V&A was fantastic. It was packed with enthusiasts and so many amazing things to see. My favourite was of course the long awaited installation by Paul Cocksedge, 'Gust of Wind'. Flying sheets of corian were installed as if they were fluttering across the hallway at the V&A. The installation featured 300 curvacious pieces of corian with each engraved with the words: 'ideas tray' and featuring a series number. All this was for one night only so I am very glad I was part of it.

Each of these limited edition pieces are handmade by Cocksedge. The ‘pages’, which were given away during the event and I made sure to get my piece, represent a stack of paper which has been blown into the air by a gust of wind. They will function as paper trays, becoming a place for wandering paper to gather. 

Well as for me it will simply be a cool object amongst my many to decorate my home


LDF10: 100% Design Highlights

This weekend was a rather busy one, with LDF sadly drawing to a close, I scurried along to all the top events happening in London. First stop: 100% Design! This was phenemonal with such an amazing showcase of talent.

Here are some of my highlights of the event. (click image to enlarge)

1.Rothschild &Bickers. 2.Channels. 3.MacMaster Design. 4.Elise Fouin. 5.Jay Watson. 6.Michelle Mason

More highlights...

7.Jonathan Tibbs. 8.Lasvit. 9.Pinch. 10.Limited Edition. 11.Camilla Meijer. 12.Verreum.

And just a few more...

 13.Penelope Batley. 14.Piegatto Furniture. 15.Koji Katsuragi. 16.Johnny Egg.

Look out for more highlights from the other amazing events, posting soon!

Friday, 24 September 2010

LDF10: A Night With Conran

I had a fabulous time last night at the Conran shop for the Emeco event. The place was absolutely buzzing and it was just pure fun. 

I loved the Emeco chairs, comfortable, quirky and very green friendly. Each chair is made out of at least 111 recycled plastic bottles which originate from Coca-Cola's recycling plant in South Carolina, USA. Named as the '111 Navy Chair', it contains 60-65% post consumer rPET and 30-35% pigment and glass fibre for strength. They come in 6 fantastic different colours and are just very cool.

I also had fun having my photo taken on some sort of carousel, images will be shown on their website, Sunday shoots. Highlight of the evening for me? Definitely meeting Sir Terence Conran and having my photo taken with him. What a sweet man he is. You can imagine how very star struck I was indeed, after all the man is a genius the most influential designer, restaurateur and retailer in the world.

I am absolutely loving London Design festival and don't want it to end!!!

The Lovely Sir Terence Conran and a very star struck 'me'

Thursday, 23 September 2010

LDF10: Once Upon A Dream

Are you suffering from insomnia? feeling jet-lagged? Well perhaps you should stop by the Andaz Liverpool Street lounge during the London Design Festival. Here you will find the most amazing installation by French designer, Mathieu Lehanneur. It is a clever sleeping capsule called 'Once Upon A Dream' which was presented for the first time at this year's Salone Del Mobile, Milan. 

Mathieu Lehanneur was commissioned by Veuve Clicquot to create this amazing fairy tale like space. 'Once Upon A Dream' is basically a sleep unit in a pod like structure that has been designed to help people recuperate from jet lag and cure insomnia. 

It was very exciting that I could get a chance to see this surreal piece up close. With its Organic structure and design I found it very enchanting making this a real relaxed space.

Photos: Felipe Ribon 

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

LDF10: Rivoluzione

If you happen to wonder around the Brompton District during the London Design Festival then do pass by the Bibendium courtyard. It will be hard not to miss the pretty display of striking suspension lights from Murano glass company, Mediterraneo with their installation called 'Rivoluzione'.

These remarkable lights made out of Murano glass and silicone rubber portray the company's fascination with the wheel, its shape, movement and purpose. These light fittings, so simple yet so beautiful work really well with the iconic history of the Michelin House. Its definitely a case of contemporary lighting using traditional craftsmanship which is what Mediterraneo does best.

Enjoy the walk, the view and perhaps a well deserved coffee.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

LDF10: Cappellini At The V&A

Have you gone to see Cappellini at the V&A? Well it is an absolute must for it portrays the finest influence on British design. A fantastic display of Italian design guru Giulio Cappellini's collaborations with a number of British designers including Tom Dixon, Jasper Morrison, Barber Osgerby and more recently Raw Edges.

This is a prime example of British talent at its best seen through the eyes of this design genius. It really does bring British design to the forefront. Do not miss these iconic pieces displaying now until 24th September.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the gems at the exhibition.

LDF10: Tables and Chairs

I managed to get myself down to one of my favourite stores in London, Few and Far to have a sneak peek at all of the exciting things happening down there. In Partnership with Priscilla Carluccio, the Crafts Council presents ‘Tables & Chairs: new contemporary voices in wood’. An exhibition showcasing some of the best furniture makers at various stages in their career. From graduates to the more established they clearly are all a very talented bunch. Demonstrating a range of craft skills, both new and old this exhibition really does promote diversity of UK furniture.

Here is a selection of my favourites.

Savannah Rocker III (2010) by Jolyon Yates.

Twist 1 & 2 (2010) by Euan Lind.

Five (2008) by Anna Bullus.

Re-plied Step Table and Bench (2009) by Deborah Elsaesser.

‘Tables and Chairs’ is take place during London Design Festival.

Monday, 20 September 2010

LDF10: Jaime Hayon for Se'

Anyone who has followed my blog knows about my obsession for designer Jaime Hayon. Therefore You can imagine my excitement when I got myself down to see the launch of his first ever complete furniture range for the Se' collection II.

Showcasing an exquisite range of over 15 new furniture pieces, including chairs, mirrors, tables and sofas Jaime Hayon yet again does not seize to fail. Elegant and alluring are words to describe his collection, it really is haute couture furniture. Each furniture piece has a strong identity with its aesthetically pleasing forms, ideal to dress up any environment. I absolutely adore this range and wouldn't mind having the whole collection itself as they work so seamlessly well together. 

A personal favourite of mine for the London Design Festival, so do make sure to go and visit this fascinating collection.

Images from Se' Website.