Wednesday, 31 October 2012

One To Watch: Tamasyn Gambell

Today I have the fabulous and super talented Tamasyn Gambell on the blog. Tamasyn began her career working in Paris as a print designer for companies like Sonia Rykiel and Louis Vuitton, she then moved to Stockholm Sweden to work for High Street brand H&M. Frustrated with the amount of waste and the fast pace of the fashion industry she started up her own company in 2008 focusing on considered prints and timeless design using the most environmentally friendly processes possible.

Here Tamasyn talks to us about what are her inspirations and what she hopes to achieve in the near future.

When did you realise you had a passion for design?
I have always been passionate about design. My father was an artist and from as young as I can remember I was sketching away with him and going to the Serpentine and the Tate. I think I knew it was what I was going to do in life when I went to Camberwell college of art, where I did my foundation course. The minute I stepped into the print studio I knew I would be a print designer of some kind.

Where do you inspirations come from?
I am inspired by various art and design movements of the past. Art Deco, Bauhaus, Constructivist. I am also an avid flea market goer and collector. I find inspiration in old printed matter such as maps, books, vintage textiles and wallpapers. Living in London you also witness some amazing architecture and this is always key in my work where I often work with grids and blocks.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
This year has been really exciting for me as my work has gone in a new direction. It started with the collaboration with forest London where owner Eva Coppens sourced vintage Scandinavian pieces of furniture and I developed a collection of prints to upholster them with. To run along side it, we also developed a range of cushions and lampshades. These did really well and led me to get in touch with Ercol, for whom I designed a new print to re-upholster their Windsor 203 chair which was re-launched during London Design week. It just feels like a very exciting time and things feel like they are very much heading in the right direction.

What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
I hope to have built a reputation for exciting, bold design that is at the forefront of interior design. 

What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
I love the work of Theo Van Doesburg and Josef Albers. Both of their work has a timelessness which I aim to achieve in my own work and is bold without being ill considered. It has a real purity of form and colour which is very inspiring.

In five words how would you describe yourself ?
Workaholic, driven, dreamer, warm, colourful.

What 5 things couldn't you live without? 
Screen-printing, my bike, my friends and family, food, red wine!

A big thank you to Tamasyn and looking forward to seeing more exciting designs from this talented designer.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Today I'm Loving... Miller Goodman

Fun, bright, playful that's what I love about the brand, Miller Goodman. Run by Zoe Miller and David Goodman they create modern classic artistic inspirational open ended books and toys for kids and adults such as the wooden block game ShapeMaker. Aren't they so pretty and bursting with humour?! They would make the perfect gift as they are so much fun for both the kids & the adults... 

A little warning, there are only 8 weeks till Christmas!!!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Elle Decoration British Design Awards

It's been a busy week here in London but it hasn't all been just hard work... Monday night I was invited to attend the prestigious 11th annual  ELLE decoration British Design Awards; how glitzy is that!

The exclusive awards ceremony was held at the Hansom Hall in the Saint Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London.

The ELLE Decoration British Design Awards 2012 celebrates the best British designs of the year and is dedicated to promoting and supporting the nation’s industry and talent.

The top six designs were voted for by ELLE Decoration readers, John Lewis customers and Telegraph magazine readers from a shortlist of 30 amazing products and buildings. The six favourite designs reflect the best of Britain both past and present, from the country’s rich heritage of hand illustration to the hi-tech designs of the current Olympic year.

Hosted by Michelle Ogundehin, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration, the awards attracted more than 250 guests and an array of awe-inspiring British design talent. Celebrities included: Pearl Lowe, Nicky Haslam, Kelly Hoppen, Roland Mouret and Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries.

The ELLE Decoration British Design Awards 2012 winners, in order of votes, are:

1.    Olympic Velodrome by Hopkins Architects
2.    Olympic Torch by Barber Osgerby
3.    Western Concourse at King’s Cross Station by John McAslan & Partners
4.    ‘Harvest Hare’ Wallpaper by Mark Hearld
5.    ‘Tetra Shed’ by Innovation Imperative
6.    ‘Crystal Bulb’ by Lee Broom

 Editor in chief Michelle Ogundehin.

The Olympic Velodrome designed by Hopkins Architects has been crowned Number One at the awards.

 Interior designer Kelly Hoppen.

 Myself with the lovely Mini Moderns boys Keith & Mark and Kate from The fabric of my life.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Friday Lust List...

Monaco blue is Pantone's colour of Spring 2013. As a favourite colour of mine, I couldn't help but put together a few favourites to feel inspired. Have a great weekend everyone wherever you may be...

Jason Wu Spring 2013; Pendant light, Muuto; Little Edie Purse, J Crew; Monaco Blue Pantone iPhone Cover; Ikat Cushion, Very; Cord Chain Coloured Stone Necklace from Zara; Drinks Cabinet, Christopher Guy.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Designer Inspiration: Kelly Wearstler

I am a big fan of Kelly Wearstler, as an interior designer I find her so much fun and totally daring. I love the fact she takes risks, follows no rules and basically has a fab time doing what she loves. With Kelly it is always a case of mixing up colours and patterns that normally you wouldn't even think twice of placing them together but with her they just seem to work. With a great eye for detail and colour, I'm in awe of her bold approach and dynamic style. Here are some images from her latest project, a gorgeous 11,000 square foot house on Mercer Island, Washington. Luxurious is definitely one word to describe it.

Images by Mikkel Vang for Elle Decor.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

One To Watch: Melody Rose

Today on the blog I get to speak to the lovely Melanie Roseveare, canadian born designer of Melody Rose. Selling gorgeous upcycled vintage ceramics I couldn't but help fall in love with these pretty pieces. I wanted to find out more about the lady behind the brand...

When did you realise you had a passion for design?
I've always had a passion for art and design. When I was young I would secretly redesign our family home and everything in it. My mother would find materials draped around furniture in my early bid to create sculptural shapes.

Where do you inspirations come from?
My inspirations come from the different areas of my life and every day things.  I can be inspired by walking around favourite places like Portobello Market; by things that make me laugh or even nature 'watching' from my studio window.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
It's been an such exciting time and each week there seems to be something new.  I was very proud to send almost 250 pieces to Sidney last month to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Also, showing my work at Tent, part of the London Design Festival in September was brilliant as I got to meet so many designers and people from around the world. 

What do you hope to achieve in 5 years time?
I'm incredibly happy with how well Melody Rose has done so far. I would like Melody Rose to continue to grow and it'd be interesting to work on collaborations with other designers. Working on something with a designer like Vivienne Westwood would be amazing.

What famous artists/designers do you admire or inspires you the most?
I love Grayson Perry's ceramics. His Turner Prize winning show was a real influence on me and inspired me to learn as much as I could about 'printing' onto ceramics. I'm also a huge fan of Vivienne Westwood's dramatic and wonderful clothes that feel incredibly modern but left back in time.

In five words how would you describe yourself?
Girl who couldn't stay still.

What 5 things couldn't you live with out? 
Diet coke, wine gums, my kilns, mascara, my husband (even though he's not a thing).

A big thank you to the lovely Melanie for taking time out to answer these questions. Good luck with the future and lets hope to see that collaboration with Vivienne Westwood ;)

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Choosing The Right Chairs

I'm moving into a new space and I am particularly excited for the obvious reason that I get to decorate! It's a slightly dark space with terracotta flooring, so it has a very traditional element. I want to mix it up with some modern pieces but still maintain a classic element to the design. I will probably go for a wooden dining table (still deciding) but I need some funky chairs. For me interiors need to have an element of fun, my home needs to be an abode of playfulness. Therefore I want some multicoloured chairs to lift the space up. The problem is which chairs do I choose, I have so many favourites. Who knows maybe I should opt for a mix of different designs to fill my hearts content. Here is a look at the ones that I am particularly drawn to...

The classic Eames DSW chairs - well it's not really a surprise that it's at the top of my wish list. Available from Vitra.

I adore these Mika Tolvanen Visu chairs from Muuto - the colours are right up my street.

Ercol, a favourite classic of mine, How can I not resist the temptation of the windsor chair or the Butterfly chair in an array of gorgeous colours.

Kartell's Louis Ghost chairs & Victoria Ghost chairs have become a statment piece over the last few years. Available from Graham & Green.

Urban Chic with these Tolix classic 'A' chairs - I'll have one in every colour please. Also available from Graham & Green.

Fritz Hansen, Series 7 chairs in Ash finish - I heart for the pink and grey. Available from The Conran Shop.

Monday, 15 October 2012

East End Inspiration

For me the best part of my job is continuously checking out homes. I love nothing better than having a good old nose around, it's so therapeutic. In the latest issue of Heart Home  magazine I was particularly drawn to this East End flat, designed by talented upcoming designer Cassidy Hughes. Wouldn't you agree it looks pretty damn cool?! 

Fabulous photography by James Balston.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Friday Lust List...

The sun is shining and I am still not ready to let go of that summer feeling. So here is my lust list of all things pretty in gold... Happy Weekend!

1.Futagami Lamp, Neest Boutique;  2.Coast Duanna Dress, John Lewis; 3.Loveknot Earrings, Joyus; 4.Scarlett Johansson for Vogue Russia, Photography Victor Demarchlier; 5.Gold Glass Candle Holder, Luna Bazaar; 6.Monica Vinader Gold Chain, Liberty; 7.Gold Stretch Cuff, Ingenious; 8.Gold Stripe Iphone Case, Kate Spade.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Think Pink

It's October, breast cancer awareness month so today I have gone all pink. It is really important to show our support so make sure to check out the Breast Cancer Campaign website for ways in which you can help...

Images: Anna Gunselman via Shelter Interior Design; Liz Ham; Martha Stewart Weddings; Nostalgic Sentiments Tumblr; Room for Dessert; Lucia and Mapp via Flickr.