Showing posts with label Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Design. Show all posts

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Introducing Tortus Copenhagen

I recently came across Tortus Copenhagen during Tent London and was immediately drawn to their beautiful products. Tortus designs and produces high quality hand-made ceramics in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Run by Eric Landon and Karin Blach Nielsen, they both are graduates of prestigious European schools for art and design and have nearly 40 years of ceramic experience between them. 

'Our production is based on a seamless dialogue between design and hand-work which drives an ever-evolving production of ceramics rich in form, colour and texture, making each encounter with our objects something unique'.

I simply find their colours and delicate forms absolutely stunning, wouldn't you agree? 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Studio Pinwu

As mentioned previoulsy one of my my favourite brands during Milan Design week was by Studio Pinwu. Here, designers Zhang lei from China, Christoph John from Germany and Jovana Bogdanovic from Serbia spent the last 2 years researching natural and traditional materials used in the Yuhang region of China. The results are a collection of furniture pieces which focus on the original local crafts such as bamboo, water silk floss, porcelain and paper. They definitely caught my eye that week and so here are a few example of their lovely products.

 Material: porcelain and beech wood.

  Material: Bamboo paper and beech wood.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Milan Design Week Highlights 2013

As promised here are some snaps of the things that caught my eye during Milan Design Week. I couldn't possibly show everything I saw in one post but I thought I would give you a quick overview of all the fab products and installations I got to see. 

 Il Duomo.

This That Other Collection for e15 by Stefan Diez; Crystal Bulb Table lamp by Lee Broom; Open Minded by Jolanda Van Goor; Patchwork Glass vases by Nendo.

Light Bowl by Tweelink; Jar RGB by Arik Levy for Lasvit; Lù Tables by Yuhang for Pinwu; IDI Studio.

Folding lamps by Nika Zupanc; Made in Japan at Most; Clip candleholder by Nendo for Discipline; Studio job by Lensvelt.

 Gù Colour chairs from Pinwu; Scalo Milano; Sliced Table by Frederik Roijé; Moooi.

Moooi Salone del Mobile presentation 2013 via Savona

 Luò Lamp by Pinwu; Dum, Stars on Stripes; Juuyo Peach Flowers By Lorenza Bozzoli for Moooi; Pendant Lights from It's About Romi

Maarten de Ceulaer; Revolving room at Moroso & Kvadrat showroom by Patricia Urquiola; Bell Lamp Medium by Marcel Wanders for Moooi; Nodules by Ross Lovegrove for Lasvit.

Revolving Room. Image by Alessandro Paderni.

The New English; Vivienne Westwood at 100% Design; Y5 Chair by Sami Kallio Studio; Melogranoblu.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Living Room Concept Ideas

As many of you know I am working on my new home and rather excited that it is slowly coming together. Today I thought I would share with you the concept behind the living room. We have original terracotta flooring and high vault ceilings so I feel it is important to keep certain elements quite classical. However I love to mix in some contemporary pieces keeping it quite cool and industrial at the same time. So far we have ordered that exact sofa featured on the moodboard and those white unit shelves. We restored the fireplace and covered it in bricks - the exact one is also shown below. Still many bits and bobs to buy but I am longing for a trunk to act as a coffee table and dreaming of a similar rug to the Jonathan Adler for the Rug Company - it's divine but not within my budget. I currently have two Kartell Bourgie lamps that were given to me as a wedding present - thought it would be nice to incorporate them over a rustic console table... Anyway it's still a work in progress and as many of you know sometimes we move away from our initial concept plans as more ideas evolve - I guess that's the beauty of design.

Victor Sofa, Flexform; Tripos floor lamp, Pottery Barn; Trunk by Darlings of Chelsea; Actual Fireplace; Rug by Jonathan Adler for The Rug Company; Kartell Bourgie Lamp, John Lewis; Rustic solid oak console table, Home Barn; Shelving unit 'Giorno Jazz', Doimo Design.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Let There Be Wood

Here is my wishlist for all things pretty in wood. A neutral tone that is so versatile in many surroundings... I have been lusting after that penguin for quite sometime now, isn't it adorable?!

1.Raft Stool from Skandivis; 2.Ferm Living Cork Tray from; 3.Fiamma Candle Stick from Skandivis; 4.Kuksia Wooden Cups from iam Design; 5.Barton Coffee Table from The Conran Shop; 6.Atto Pendant Lamp by Secto from Skandium; 7.Re-turned Penguin from The Lollipop Shoppe.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Decorating With Neon

Love these images that show how fun decorating with neon can be. A few pops of colour and it brings the space alive. I have to admit I'm not that daring when decorating my own space but I do love the look of it so much. Perhaps it is time to take a little risk - we shall see ;)

Images via Inside Out. Photography: Sam McAdam styling: Vanessa Colyer Tay

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Lindsey Lang New Autumn/Winter Collection

It has been a little quiet here on the blog but last week I was struck down with a dreadful stomach bug. Anyway feeling much better now and it's great to be back in London, back to work. Today I wanted to share with your Lindsey Lang's new Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. Always a fan of her work, I love the darker tones of this collection with the usual  pops of colour... Gorgeous!

Friday, 30 November 2012

English Romantic By Chocolate Creative

I have always been a big fan of Chocolate Creative, a boutique brand that offers unique handmade homewards & accessories. Margarita Lorenzo is the woman behind the brand whom I immediately clicked with, the first time we met. An extreamly friendly woman whose Mediterranean passion is clearly visible. I totally adore this lady and am so proud to see her do so well.

Her new collection, English Romantic is truly lovely. Pretty cushions and door knobs featuring serene scenes from the British countryside. It definitely has that nostalgic element where you feel totally transported. I leave you with these images from the collection and on this note I wish you all a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Introducing Deryn Relph

Welcome to the bright world of Deryn Relph. It has been some time that I wanted to share her work as it is so much fun, and perfect for this time of year. A few bright pops to liften the mood I say. Deryn is a textile designer, with a love of colour, pattern and texture, who likes to think creatively about the use of textiles she designs and constructs. I really like her work as I think its very charismatic, would love to know your thoughts!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Brad Pitt Turns Furniture Designer

Another celebrity turns furniture designer, Brad Pitt launches a collection of furniture designed in partnership with design and craftsman, Frank Pollaro. You can imagine how skeptical I was when I first heard this, I immediately thought (like I am sure many others) 'oh look another celebrity putting his name on a furniture line'. However I dug deep and to my surprise found out that apparently Brad's passion for building & furniture design stems back into his university days. He is truly fascinated by design and took an architecture course for a hope of an easy credit. He has been doodling ideas since the early 90's and his inspirations come from from Charles Renee Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Brad hadn't really planned on doing a furniture collection, he did though happen to have a sketchbook filled with drawings of furniture design. When Frank Pollaro spotted this  he immediately jumped at the chance of collaborating with the actor. How could Brad refuse such a tempting proposition...

Lets not forget also one major factor here, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 Brad turned to his passion for design and helped launch Make It Right Campaign, a great cause dedicated in creating well designed, energy efficient and affordable homes for families from New Orleans who lost everything.

So you see even though a furniture designer he isn't, is it really that bad that he's doing something that he enjoys and is having some fun with it? I am not a complete fan of the collection but I do think some of the table designs are quite slick even though they are not my style at all. Would love to know your opinion on this...

Images via Architectural Digest.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Let There Be Light

My head is quite literally all over the place at the moment. Last week was pretty insane to say the least, jam-packed with meetings, photo shoots, press days and events. On top of all that I am still trying to sort my new place out. It is definitely a work in progress and I am only at the concept stage but so many ideas are creeping in that I'm jumping up and down with excitement... 

I have already been thinking what kind of light pendants I would like in my dining room over the table. I want to keep it quite urban and have a set of them hanging down... In my head I know what I want to achieve, it's just finding the right products, easier said than done! Here are a few of my favourites that I have come across...

 Oh how I love these Crystal bulbs from Lee Broom. A mix of contemporary with a classic edge. 

 These sweet frosted glass chandeliers are pretty cool from Bocci. Perfect for creating some atmospheric lighting.

I could go for something plain and fun with these lights from Muuto.

Or perhaps something completely different to the previous looks, bolder and bigger! These Beat lights from Tom Dixon are pretty exquisite if you have them hanging all three together.

Monday, 5 November 2012

10 Corso Como

I love how every main city has a cool shop that is a must stop. There's Colette in Paris and then there is 10 Corso Como in Milan. Located in an industrial building in the inner courtyard of a traditional Milanese palazzo, you know you are in for a real treat. A destination which consists of a design and fashion store, a restaurant and cafe, a gallery, a bookshop, a terrace and a courtyard garden. A total haven to explore the senses, a definite must stop when in Milan, which is by far one of the coolest cities I have visited. Definitely on par with New York and Paris.