Tom Dixon at Greenwich Peninsula

Tom Dixon penthouse apartment at Greenwich Peninsula

The instantly recognisable Thames river loop that literally defines the eastern outpost of Greenwich Peninsula on the London map is currently experiencing a major creative and architectural transformation. Best known as the site of the O2 arena, formerly the Millennium Dome, this industrial wasteland is starting to emerge as a new hub of culture and entertainment.

Masterplanning this in its entirety are developers Knight Dragon, whose ambitious regeneration scheme will see the development of 190 acres of homes, schools and shops, along with a thriving arts, culture and leisure scene catering for both residents and visitors alike.

The first residential apartments designed by SOM Architects and Tom Dixon Design Research Studio are currently under construction and earlier this month I was invited along for a taster of what to expect.

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Summer break

Summer break

I'll be taking a short summer break for the next week or so and unplugging to enjoy a digital detox, although I may share the occasional update on Instagram. Please do follow me there if you'd like to stay in touch.

Meanwhile if you are in a blog reading mood here are a few of my favourite posts from the archives.

 

Interiors

A modern rustic kitchen  |  Paint it black?  |  A Melbourne home with a contemporary colour palette  |  Portrait of a house

Homeware

Olio tableware by Barber & Osgerby for Royal Doulton  |  10 of the best... garden chairs  |  Scented candles with Parisian attitude  |  Scandinavian bathroom furniture from Swoon  |  Dining in

Trends

4 trends shaping interiors in 2015  |  Trendwatch - the new space race  |  Trendwatch - tactile textures  |  Trendwatch - tan leather  |  Trendwatch - the Memphis revival

People

5 minutes with... Sebastian Conran  |  5 minutes with... interior designer Robert Angell  |  5 minutes with Fabien Nauroy of Native Union  |  5 minutes with landscape & garden designer Marcus Barnett

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5 minutes with... Fiera Editor Katie Tregidden

Fiera magazine
Katie Tregidden

Since establishing her award-winning blog Confessions of a Design Geek in 2010, Katie Tregidden has carved out a career writing for publications including The Guardian, Dezeen, Design Milk, We Heart, The Telegraph and Ideal Home. She has also just written her second book, Makers of East London, which tells the story of people who are making things "from spoons to shoes, bells to bikes and chairs to chopping boards" in the heart of the capital.

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, in 2014 Katie launched Fiera, a biannual print magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world's design fairs.

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Name to know | S2 20

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I've followed Hege Morris's beautiful blog Hege in France for some time and love her simple understated Nordic style, so I was excited to discover her newly launched online shop S2 20.

Hege has put together such a lovely collection of things, many of which I haven't seen elsewhere, and I look at a lot of interiors shops and blogs!

"I wanted to create an online shop that really gave individual designers and artists the chance to showcase their talents and passions, as well as capturing the pared back Nordic style I love so much" says Hege who is Norwegian but has lived abroad in the UK, France and China since studying at Strathclyde University.

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Home Update | Camerich low level leather lounge chair

Black leather lounge chair | Design Hunter

Whenever I'm asked to describe our home I always describe it as a continuously evolving project. I'm not sure it will ever be 'finished' as there is always something I want to add, remove or upgrade as my taste and style evolves.

I've been wanting to update our living room with a new lounge chair for some time, but the downside with many statement lounge chairs is that they are designed to work best in a vast sparsely furnished modernist space, not in the smaller Victorian or Edwardian properties that many of us in the UK live in. Our home dates from the 60s but it is modestly sized and I wanted to choose a chair that would have space to breathe.

I really love the elegant proportions of this black leather lounge chair from Camerich. Several of their designs caught my eye but from a shortlist which also included the Arc and the Flora low back lounge chair it was this one that I finally settled on.

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Robert Welch - Design: Craft and Industry

Robert Welch Alveston tea set | Design Hunter

Laurence King publishers recently sent me a pre-launch copy of a new book about Robert Welch by Charlotte and Peter Fiell.

Inviting me to review it is hardly a big ask as Graham and I have long been fans of both the designer and the company and have often given each other selected designs (both historical and current) as gifts at Christmas. As a result we've accumulated a modest sized collection of Robert Welch tableware, candleholders and other pieces.

Robert Welch - Design: Craft and Industry documents the incredible and prolific outputs of Robert Welch, one of the most talented and respected British designers of the twentieth century. It charts his life, from early beginnings at Malvern School of Art and Birmingham School of Art and then onto the Royal College of Art before setting up a successful design practice, workshop and store in Chipping Campden.

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