Community of Craft pop-up with Blue Guy Pottery

Blue Guy Pottery | Design Hunter

As part of their ongoing Community of Craft project, which aims to explore the importance of craft in the 21st century, and how it can help build and shape communities, both locally and globally, style magazine Jocks&Nerds and Detroit based Shinola are collaborating on a unique pop-up series in the Shinola London store.

Over the coming months five different craftspeople will be setting up their workshops in the Soho store. Members of the public will be able to watch them working, learn what is involved in their craft and purchase their own bespoke items.

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Outdoor Living

Garden and outdoor living spaces | Design Hunter

With the oncoming summer months very much on my mind at the moment, I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to putting my feet up and enjoying the garden again. Mr P and I have been busy redesigning ours in readiness, with new architectural features and planting going in for 2015.

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Behind the scenes at RHS Chelsea with Tom Raffield

Royal Bank of Canada garden at RHS Chelsea 2015 | Design Hunter

To coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show, Design Hunter is this week focusing on gardens and outdoor living. Today I'm excited to be featuring a behind-the-scenes guest post from lighting and furniture maker Tom Raffield who has designed a specially commissioned feature bench for the Royal Bank of Canada show garden at RHS Chelsea this year.

Using a specialised steam bending process Tom created the 8m long piece at the request of the garden's designer, Matthew Wilson of Clifton Nurseries.

"The concept for the garden was inspired by the flow of water," said Matthew. "The various components of the garden weave in and out and I wanted the garden furniture to extend that theme. It was also important to me to use the skills of a crafts person employing traditional techniques and using sustainable materials, in keeping with the theme of the garden. Tom's work is in keeping with all of these ideals, and is a celebration of the wonderfully tactile qualities of wood. Because his design is quite open in structure the plants behind are visible, creating a wonderfully colourful backdrop to the flowing lines of the garden."

The complex sculptural form, made from sustainably sourced olive ash wood, is designed to mimic the flow of water. Here is Tom's account of the design process.

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May Design Series 2015

The Fiera Edit - May Design Series 2015 | Design Hunter

Now in its third year, and going from strength to strength, the May Design Series at London's ExCel has quickly established itself as one of the UK's must-visit interiors events.

I went along on Sunday, the opening day, and spent a good afternoon touring the event, catching the odd seminar and of course seeing lots of great new interior offerings.

Here are just a few of the things that caught my eye this year.

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The Wide View

I’ve just received this lovely wide and beautifully minimal curved LED monitor from Samsung, and so to review it properly I will be putting it to the test with my Design Hunter online activities over the next few days.

More to follow soon...