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The VERY important issue of AUTHENTICITY!

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

With the change in Intellectual Property laws changing this yeah (See here for details: https://www.gov.uk/topic/intellectual-property/law-practice) We thought we’d address the very important issue of authenticity. It is important to know that you buying an authentic product, especially in the design industry, but how do you know what an authentic product is? And WHY is it important? We hear you ask. Well, we’ll leave that up to Eames Demetrius, Grandson of the late great, Charles and Ray Eames, and director of the Eames Office.

 

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/

Welcome…. The Monocle Travel Guide Series!

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The Monocle Travel Guide series reveals their favourite places in each city they cover, from the ideal route for an early morning run to the best spots for independent retail. Full of surprises and quirks, they also feature details design and architecture pages. neighbourhood walks to get you away from the crowds and our favourite places to eat everything be it tasty fast food or something truly celebratory. Monocle have also created these short films to give you more insight into their travel guides, which are definitely worth a watch.

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The London guide will take you on a journey around the sprawling metropolis that we call our capital, taking you away from the obvious into the hidden. This is for those who want to make the most of their stay, feeling like a resident rather than a tourist. Written in an informed but informal manner.

 

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New York can easily live up to its movie-star good looks but it can be a city that surprises, too!

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Paris is not all about picture-perfect cobbled streets and romantic vistas. Our guide seeks to cut through the clichés and steer you away from the tourist-thronged sites to discover the “real” Paris.

S C A N D I N A V I S K

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

It’s our pleasure to introduce to you these gorgeous scented candles from Skandinavisk! With fragrances inspired by Scandinavian nature, you can leave your home smelling like a Norwegian Forest or the coast of Sweden at a strike of a match. We love this short film that the team at Skandivisk has created to share what inspired the product and to really get a sense of the beauty of Scandinavian nature.

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Our Summer Sale Continues….

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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The sun is shining and our summer sale continues this week! You can get 15% off all new furniture and lighting orders, here’s just a small selection of what’s included in our offer. We all so have a selection of ex display items available at up to 60% off, you can view the them all here. To claim your 15% off new orders please apply the discount code SUMMER15 at checkout (terms and conditions apply, see T&C page for full details)

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