Thursday
Aug302012

The Third Generation Furniture Project

The Third Generation furniture project by Jason Fletcher, an Industrial Designer who recently graduated from the MA programme at Central St Martins, attempts to use the industrial process of modularisation to convert waste material and devalued objects away from landfill and into functional components for reuse instead.

The project seeks to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about the re-use of consumer goods through considered design. Each piece is designed or refurbished with standardised connective parts and sections allowing flexibility and variety in use and re-use over time.

www.jasonlloydfletcher.com

Wednesday
Aug292012

Design Hunter loves...

...the pure forms of this Bauhaus inspired furniture project by photographer Fien Muller and artist Hannes van Severen.

More about the project here.

www.mullervanseveren.be

Monday
Aug272012

Avenue 32

I'm not a fan of autumn. I know some people relish its promise of cosy evenings indoors and leaf crunching walks. I don't. I usually dread the back-to-school feeling and the drawing to a close of the summer months that the end of the August Bank Holiday weekend signals. But I'm really quite excited about knuckling down to things this autumn. I'm looking forward to London design week and have lots of exciting work projects in the pipeline.

And one of the things I have always loved about the onset of autumn is that each year when it arrives it seems like a great opportunity to plan an entire new wardrobe (fantasy or otherwise) for the months ahead. So when I was asked if I would like to run a post featuring some of my favourite pieces on the Avenue 32 clothing website I happily agreed.

As usual the handbags were the first thing I checked out. The range on Avenue 32 includes this textured fine leather Pashli bag iconfrom Philip Lim and a beautiful contemporary classic python skin oversized tote iconfrom Calvin Klein.

This slimfit classic hooded duffle coat iconby Chalyan is timeless. Made from waxed cotton canvas, it has a detachable quilted inner warmer for the transition from autumn through to winter. Here I've teamed it up with a bright cerulean blue ribbed jumper iconby Cedric Charlier.

If you are getting married or have a special occasion coming up and are in need of an evening dress there are some beautiful Temperley gowns, like this Edwardian inspired long silk lace gown. I also adore Giles Deacon's ivory swan pleat dress - there's a matching brocade coat too so it would be perfect for a winter wedding.

If I could pick just one thing though it would be a pair of these classic mens' style pyjamas by Poplin. Named after classic style icons like Audrey, Bardot and Marilyn, my own favourites shown here are the blue and white striped Mitford iconand the Shrimpton iconin navy cotton with white satin piping. Perfect for autumn evening snuggling. 

1. Pashli Satchel by Philip Lim | icon2. Python Tote by Calvin Klein icon| 3. Waxed Cotton Duffle Coat by Chalyan icon| 4. Blue wool side slit jumper by Cedric Charlier | 5. Long silk crown gown by Temperley icon|       6. Ivory swan pleat dress by Giles icon| 7. Mitford short PJs by Poplin icon| 8. Shrimpton Classic PJs by Poplin icon

In association with Avenue 32

Friday
Aug242012

Trendwatch: Faceted Design

While humble, heritage inspired design that looks to the reassuring familiarity of the past has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the past couple of years, this is increasingly being counterbalanced by designs that offer a more futuristic outlook.

This faceted P.A. dining chair by Copenhagen and New York based, Soren Rose Studio (above) popped into my inbox yesterday. One of the latest additions to their Park Avenue collection manufactured by De La Espada, it's due to be launched at The Tramshed in London next month.

I've noticed a lot of faceted designs around recently. In contrast to the celebration of the craftsman and the handmade touch that is the hallmark of 'heritage-inspired' design (like the numerous 'modern windsor' chairs that have been launched over the past year or so), these geometric forms hint at a renewed appreciation of science and engineering. As well as referencing the design possibilities created by new digital technologies, they also draw inspiration from the rhythms and patterns found in nature, such as crystal formations and molecular structures.

'One Light Only' by Lee Broom

 

Sofa by Lazerian.

Neon yellow resin ring by Isharaya.

2D 'faceted' design via Pinterest.

Flexible tactile wood by Elisa Strozyk.

Minimal and architectural, this is a technological beauty that occupies the intersection between science and art, introducing a modern, clean cut edge whilst continuing to cater to our desire for a return to purity and simplicity.

Tuesday
Aug212012

Creative Upholstery

Polly Granville creatively restores and reinvents old pieces of furniture using innovative detailing and beautiful fabrics to create very individual contemporary pieces.

This outsized 'Fraser' chair features a vintage tapestry set into one arm. A cross stitch design mimicking the two trees in the tapestry peeks out from the opposite leg and the tree motif is echoed again on the back cushion where it has been delicately stitched onto two large buttons.

The 'Bromyard' is a handsomely unusual chair upholstered in a striking and opulent fabric by Zoffany. The shell motif from this fabric has been replicated onto the seat using a kind of "negative" embroidery.

I particularly love the way a knitted panel has been used to upholster a section of this 'Telford' chair (more about knitted furniture in this post). The panel was specially commissioned and is held in place by 82 hand sewn buttons. The seat of the chair is covered in a beautiful Kenzo fabric, which is perfectly shown off by the sweeping curve of the frame. The trim is by Tana Lawn from Liberty.

As well as restoring and reinventing furniture to make unique one off pieces Polly also reupholsters old much loved pieces. If you have a sofa or chair that is in need of some TLC you can contact her at www.pollygranville.com

Monday
Aug202012

Scandi Chic

Achica are currently running a Scandi Chic promotion. The collection is full of quirky Nordic pieces in a mainly monochrome colour palette, mixed with wood, metal and rattan.

Lots of the pieces have a slightly industrial feel, like this simple white console table (£159), inspired by traditional architects' tables. I'm currently on the hunt for a new desk and this one would fit just perfectly in my office.

I've been noticing quite a lot of rattan around recently (see my pinterest board). This sweet chair is £139.

Here are a few more pieces from the collection that caught my eye:

      1. Tontro table  |  2. Zinc fire tray  |  3. Folded paper lamp  |  4. Aluminium chair  | 5. Chamber candlestick  |          6. White porcelain flower pot  |  7. Birch forest screen.

Achica is a members-only luxury lifestyle store, where members can indulge in an array of private sales, each open for just a short while. The Scandi Chic promotion runs until Wednesday 22 April.

This is a sponsored post.

Thursday
Aug162012

Diving bunnies and other animal antics

I feel fairly confident in saying that if you are a bunny lover you will love this new range of screen prints by HAM. Who could resist these diving and bouncing rabbits?

If you happen to prefer pigs, there are pigs too. Pigs and cake, pigs on scooters and even a pig mowing the lawn. There's also a horse.

Jo, the artist behind HAM, strongly believes in supporting British industry and has carefully selected UK suppliers to help her craft her products. There are Lincolnshire made aprons and tea towels, greeting cards printed by a press in Worcestershire, fine bone china mugs created by a pottery in Stoke on Trent and the screen prints are fashioned by Jo herself in her East London studio.

To celebrate HAM's first year, Jo is giving away a Bouncing Rabbit and Diving Rabbit screen print. For your chance to win simply head over to the HAM facebook page and 'like' your favourite. A winner will be picked at the end of August.

The HAM range is available to buy online at hammade.com Selected products are also available from Liberty.

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