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Design Junction – What did we love?

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Every year, during London Design festival, Design Junction showcases the worlds pinnacle brands, and what they have to offer. This year was a special one, as it was the first in the trade shows new permanent home of Kings Cross. Recently developed, Kings Cross is fast becoming the design hub of Central London.  The space is modern and oozes creativity. Based in and around Central St Martins School of Art, it’s not hard to see why the ‘creative quarter’  was selected as Design Junction’s new venue.

Although we thoroughly enjoyed the whole event, and everything we saw, there were a few stand out pieces that we would like to share with you!

The Green House By designed by Atelier 2+ for Design House Stockholm, at Design Junction 2016

The Green House, an amazing concept from Atelier 2+ for Design House Stockholm. This indoor green house creates “a room within a room for nature”. The sculpture, which is small enough for indoor use, creates art out of plants by putting them on a pedestal, in this incredible design piece.

Series four Stackable stools from Another Country at Design Junction 2016

Launching their Fourth collection, Another Country brought us the rather appropriately named Series Four. A collection consisting of a Dining Table, these stack able stools, a dining bench and a day bed.

Series Four Day Bed by Another Country at Design Junction 2016

Inspired by traditional English kitchen table design and 20C modernism, Another County’s Series Four collection, was created using a strong architectural design aesthetic, which brings their classic influence into the 21st Century.

Contemporary Wooden Furniture by Another Country at Design Junction 2016

This idea of creating a modern alternative to classic design has been a feature though out all four of collections designed by Another Country.

Shelf by Felix De Pass for VG&P at Design Junction 2016

Wedge Shelf designed by London based creative, Felix De Pass for VG&P. Collaborating with architects and designers across the globe, VG&P provide stylish and practical design using quality materials and craftsmanship.

Wedge Shelf by Felix De Pass at Design Junction

Felix De Pass, started his studio in 2009 after graduating from the Royal College of Art. He was initially asked my VG&P to design a multi functioning storage rail, answering the design brief, De Pass came up with ‘Rail’. Following the success of the Rail, VG&P asked De Pass to expand on his design and he created the Wedge Shelf.

Long Chair designed by Marcel Breuer for Isokon Plus at Design Junction 2016

London design brand Isokon Plus was founded in 1935 by British visionary, Jack Pritchard, who was hugely inspired by the Bauhaus Movement, and believed that architecture and design had the ability to improve British society. Continuing this philosophy, eight decades on, Isokon Plus is working with some of Britain’s leading design talent as well as continuing to manufacturer classic pieces such as Long Chair, which was designed by Bauhaus graduate Marcel Breuer in 1936.

Donkey 3 by Shin and Tomoko Azumi from Isokon Plus at Design Junction 2016

Isokon Plus continues to collaborate with contemporary design talent, such as Shin and Tomoko Azumi, who created Donkey 3 in 2003.

Who's Casper? in partnership with Modus Furniture at Design Junction 2016

We loved this colourful stool from Who’s Casper? In partnership with Modus Furniture.. This product has a fantastic concept behind it; Who’s Casper? asked 16 creatives to customize a Casper stool, originally designed by Michael Sodeau, but which designer is responsible for which stool is left unknown! The stools are available to bid on now, all proceeds going to the charity, Movement on the Ground, supporting refugees at the forefront of the European crisis

 

http://designhousestockholm.com/collections/furniture/greenhouse/

https://www.anothercountry.com/

http://www.verygoodandproper.co.uk/

http://www.isokonplus.com/

http://whoscasper.co.uk/

 

Otl Aicher’s Posters for the 1972 Olympics, held in Munich, Germany.

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

With the 2016 Olympics kicking off in Rio this week, we thought we’d take a look at some Olympic history in the form of the posters created by Otl Aicher for the 1972 Games held in Munich, Germany.

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Otl Aicher, hard at work.

Aicher was born 13th May 1922, and is regarded as one of the leading Graphic Designers of the 20th Century. In the early 70’s he was asked to head the design team who created the promotional posters for the 1972 Olympic games, held in Munich, Germany. His work for this project has become iconic, especially Aicher’s use of the Pictogram system, in which a pictorial symbol is used for are word. Aicher was also the creator of the first Olympic Mascot, in the form of Waldi the colourful Dachshund, a concept which has been popular ever since.

The element we love most about these iconic posters is the use of colour, the designs themselves are reasonably simplistic, and yet the technique of printing bold colours in layers creates movement, atmosphere, and great graphic design!

Thank you to http://www.1972municholympics.co.uk/

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Waldi, the first ever Olympic Mascot.

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A perfect example of the Pictogram system.

 

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Image Credit: http://www.1972municholympics.co.uk/

Gubi and Normann Copenhagen at Maison et Objet, Paris, 2016.

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Maison et Objet is Paris’ answer to design week, and this spring both Gubi and Normann Copenhagen, not only released some new products but also wowed us with their amazing show stands, and we wanted to share them with you. Give us a call if you wish to discuss any of the products featured!

Gubi:

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Normann Copenhagen:

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Back in Brighton

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We are very pleased to announce the opening of our new store on the Brighton seafront.  The store is located in the historic and newly refurbished West Pier Arches. Among the arches are 10 retail units with products ranging from knitting and crochet to dining tables and chairs. This area will also become home to the new i360 viewing platform which will provide stunning views of Brighton and the surrounding areas. Construction on the i360 has just started, so we’re sure to get a great view as this amazing development takes place.

To find us just look for the old West Pier and we’re on the seafront almost directly in front of it.

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Images – © Kevin Meredith

We also recommend you take a look at some of our neighbours in the arches for a great range of products and services. See the list below.

Brighton Photography – Photography gallery, www.brightonphotography.com

Banana Louis – Hair Studio

Artist Anon Brighton – Original clothing and artwork, www.artistanon.com

Bailey Alexander Gallery – Art Crafts and Jewellery, www.baileyalexander.co.uk

Small Folk Run – Children’s clothes and interiors, www.smallfolkrun.com

Mia Beach – Knitting and crochet specialist and ladies clothing, www.i-foundyou.com

The Hat Hut – Hats, bags and accessories

Mumo Pop-Up-Shoppe

Friday, June 1st, 2012

We are very pleased to announce our London store will host a pop-up-shoppe by Mumo, which will include a special exclusive collection of tea towels, place mats, runners and coasters.

A little information on this great brand – MUMO is an interiors brand with a difference. We work with a variety of ethical but eclectic fabrics, and transform them into objects of desire for your home. We are all about giving the internationally aware, design conscious consumer the chance to support ‘fair trade’ principles by indulging in their love of chic and luxe!

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