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Interview with Simon Key Bertman…

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

We’ve just got some great new textiles in stock from a TLS favourite – Simon Key Bertman

Whilst we were discussing his new products we also asked him a few small questions…

I am currently designing….
Very nice throws, in paler colours than I am used to for a very well-reputed design company.

I am reading….
About patterns, textiles and cargo bikes

I couldn’t live without….
I can’t live without biking with my cargo and my family.
Also I can’t live without aesthetics, arts and sciences. Its inspires me to create new patterns and colours.

My favourite designer is…..
Sol LeWitt

I collect…..
My old-fashioned bikes, electrical bikes, cargo bikes and electrical cargo bikes.

My next project is….
Something that I do not know about yet, I like surprises!

Take a look at new products now in-stock from Simon here…

One of our favourite pieces has to be this multicoloured Chess Cotton Throw!

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If you want to learn more about Simon’s work head over to his website for a great selection of products and more insight into this designer.

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Interview with Anthony Burrill…

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

We sit down with Mr Anthony Burrill for a little chat about life, design and work.

I am currently working on…

I am currently working on new ideas for more wood block prints. I haven’t made any for a while so I’m looking forward to getting my hands inky.

I am listening to…

I am listening to the sound of birds outside my studio window. I live and work in rural Kent, the spring bird song is glorious.

One thing I couldn’t be without…

One thing I couldn’t be without is my beautiful wife and gorgeous children.

I would like to own a piece of art by…

I would like to own a piece of art by Graham Sutherland, I like his gentle English surrealism.

I collect…

I collect books, I find beautiful books hard to resist and usually justify it to my self as ‘research material’.

I wish I had designed..

I wish I had designed the Polo chair, but Robin Day beat me to it. I love its simplicity of design, elegance and democracy.

My next project is…

My next project is a book, with lots of words in it and a few pictures.

 

Take a look at these new notebooks based on Burrill’s woodblock prints, made in collaboration with Rubberband products.

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Visit Anthony Burrill’s website here…

Carl Hansen & Søn Celebrates Wegner’s 100th Birthday

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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On April 2, 2014, Hans Wegner would have turned 100, and Carl Hansen & Son is marking the occasion with a special tribute to the man behind such iconic designs as the Wishbone Chair, Shell Chair and Wing Chair.

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All CH24 Wishbone Chairs ordered on April 2nd will bare the date and Wegner’s engraved signature. The engraving is made on the wood’s surface with a laser, reproducing the signature with a high degree of detail in keeping with Wegner’s high standards of craftsmanship. The engraving will be discreetly located on the underside of the chair.

- To take advantage of this limited time offer orders must be placed before 10am on April 2nd. Orders placed after this time will not be eligible for the engraved Hans Wegner signature –

Take a look at the wide range of CH24 Wishbone finishes available here

Tina Marie Bensten Ceramics

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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We are very pleased to be new stockist of Tina Marie Bensten beautiful ceramics.

Below is a bit of information about the designer and some insight into production and her workshop.

Tina Marie graduated from the Design School Kolding in Denmark in 2005 with an MA in Ceramic Design and has been working as an independent ceramist ever since. Up until last year Tina Marie made all her products by hand in her workshop in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, but as popularity for her products grew she knew she had to expand production to keep up with demand. One of the key requirements she knew right away was that she wanted to keep production in Denmark.

“It gives me great joy and satisfaction to expand production, but to keep it in Denmark. It may sound over the top, but the thought of being part of keeping and developing know-how and creating jobs in my own country is very appealing to me.” Tina Marie Bensten

Through a colleague she found a workshop on the small island of Langeland in the southern part of Denmark. This workshop, consisting only of a husband and wife team, now carry out the casting, first firing of and also some of the hand painted colouring of Tina Marie’s products. It took several visits to each other’s workshops and the sharing of knowledge and techniques to ensure that everything ran smoothly. One of the things Tina Marie did have to teach the ceramists on Langeland was how to hand paint as this is a more unusual feature of her products.

Check out Tina Marie’s range here

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Take a look at more of Tina Marie’s work on her website here…

The Paradiset Collection from Gubi

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The TLS Team can’t wait to get our hands on these new pieces from Gubi!

Gubi is proud to have acquired the rights to yet another amazing Swedish female modernist designer. New for 2014 – The Paradiset (Swedish name for Eden or Paradise) Collection, designed by Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist in 1956. This timeless and iconic collection was created during Holmquist’s employment with NK – Nordiska Kompaniet in the 1950′s and holds a soft simplicity. All designs are unique in their appearance – light, clean lines and gracious with an air of romance.

The first piece was the feminine lounge chair – Eva Chair and later followed its masculine counterpart, the Adam Chair, and finally the Paradiset Sofa.

Check out the range here…

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