Friday, 29 October 2010

Tokyo Designers Week

Starts today (29 October – 3 November)
This years theme is rather broad: ‘Environment’

Various venues, Tokyo

SCP Lansdowne sofa

The Lansdowne sofa by Terence Woodgate is a modern take on the classic Chesterfield. Originally designed in 2003, this piece has remained on the top sellers list. It has a solid beech frame with elasticated webbing covered in multi-density foam and stainless steel legs. It is a fine example of the elegance and timeless qualities that Terence Woodgate infuses into his designs. A chaise version is also available to create a sofa system.

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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Clerkenwell Design Week 2011

The Sleep Event

HI-MACS® Essential Light for Oakley

Eyewear and clothing brand OAKLEY’s showroom in Barcelona, designed by Spanish studio Machado Arquitectos, is completely made from the stunning lucent range of HI-MACS® Solid Surface.

Offices without personality, utilitarian flooring, suspended modular ceilings and rounded columns covered with plasterboard. These were the characteristics of the space that architects from the studio Machado Arquitectos found at 39 Juan de Austria Street in Barcelona. The challenge? To transform it into the brand new showroom, OAKLEY.

The Studio’s first decision was to empty the space and leave only the essentials: the structure and wall coverings. From that starting point, the main concept was to create an open space where boundaries were blurred, without doors or walls, multiple paths for multiple uses, the simulation of infinite space and light as an integral part of the interior architecture.
“The research for the perfect material that fills all these needs was long and complex, but we finally found the Solid Surface HI-MACS® - an acrylic stone with the ability to be thermoformed, with the rigidity of rock and the incredible ability to be translucent. The boxes were lamps, giant satellites in motion!” says Sebastian Machado.

Two stunning “floating” satellites of different size - rounded light-boxes made out of backlit HI-MACS® Opal - were placed in between the columns, creating independent spaces dedicated to different uses as functional space organizers. The rounded shape of the light-boxes – the main focal point of the showroom - was inspired by Oakley’s brand logo, which are completely suspended and separated from the ceiling, floor and walls.
The Showroom of 350sqm space - with its irregular floor plan - is completed by a reception, bar area and an office.

About Machado Arquitectos
Architectural firm Machado Architects based in Barcelona since year 2004, works on a wide range of projects - from offices, art centers, single and multi family houses to shop fitting - where the common denominator is the constant research for sensitive and evocative spaces, inspired by new ways of living and use of contemporary society, and the research for new generation materials that offer new possibilities to architecture and design.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010



The National Magazine Company and London’s prestigious new School of Communication Arts are the latest customers to install Cardboard Future’s 100% sustainable Paperweight Desk.

As the world’s first fully-specified mass production workstation made entirely of cardboard, the desk was launched to media acclaim in February. Early adopters included entrepreneur PY Gerbeau, CEO of X Leisure; US video conferencing company FocusVision Europe; Johnson Controls; and Global Prepaid Exchange. Now Natmags has selected the desks for its hot desk project rooms and advertising and media students at the School of Communication Arts will all be working on cardboard when the school opens on 20th September.

Designed by Mary Dorrington Ward and engineered by Pat Doyle, the Paperweight Desk is manufactured in the UK from 76% recycled paper and is 100% sustainable and recyclable. Built to meet European legislation for strength and stability, it can take up to 100kg and is the first of a series of cardboard furniture products to be launched by Cardboard Future over the next 12 months.

The specially made corrugated board is coated with a highly water-resistant cellulose varnish and can be assembled in just a few minutes. It has full cable management, legs that can be positioned inset or outset, and a top surface that can be used as a dry-wipe board.

No screws, staples, glues or tools are required for assembly. It has a 12-month warranty, or clients can pay a small monthly fee and get the product on a rolling lease which includes a brand new upgraded desk every 18 months!

The launch follows a two year programme of research and prototyping. Cardboard Future chief executive Rod Fountain says: “We are aware that cardboard furniture has enjoyed a mixed press over the last fifty years and it is going to take an exceptional product to win over the cynics. But we think we are launching the right product at the right time – it’s elegant, extremely eco-friendly, and excellent value for money.”

Initially available in pure white, a palate of standard colours will soon be available and customers will also be able to specify their own colours or designs.

“This is a great fun product but it’s also very robust and will last for many years,” says Fountain. “We think it’s a joy to work at because it is soft and forgiving. It is actually quite an intimate product and a very different experience to working at a conventional steel-framed desk.

“We think it has very wide applications and we already have a lot of interest from large public and private sector organisations,” says Fountain. “It looks great in the home, but it’s also a solution to the growing need for flexibility in the workplace. You can have a whole team up and running from scratch in 24 hours with no hassle and very little cost. When the team’s work is finished you can take the desks down and store them in minutes or we will take them back and recycle them into new furniture products.”

Fountain and Dorrington Ward previously worked together at design furniture dealership Roundhere, which was bought by the Hambledon Group of Winchester in March 2008. The Hambledon shop was among the first to stock the Paperweight Desk.

For further information please contact:

Rod Fountain
Cardboard Future Ltd
+44 (0) 1306 646548
+44 (0) 7957 424976

Vibia Design New Product - Link

Architecture on the ceiling.

Design by Ramón Esteve.

Like the skyline of a great city... The modules of the Link lighting system allow you to create silhouettes and volumes on the ceiling to suit every room and every location.
Link consists of four modules in different sizes and heights which connect to one another to offer a wide range of geometries which fit perfectly into the architecture of the ceiling.
They only require one electrical connection and their light source is dimmable and efficient.

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Designers Guild Mid-Season Sale

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Top Companies to Visit During Orgatec 2010

Welcome to the new HermanMiller Store

'Get real. And a great deal more at the HermanMiller Store. You'll find everything for living, dining, and working on the homefront.
And, we make it easy for you to learn more about our great products, with features that let you zoom in on front and back views and see every product option on screen.Visit us now for the real experience.'

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Decorex International

Starts today (26th – 29th October)

Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3

Monday, 25 October 2010

Orgatec Starts Tomorrow

26-30 October

Cologne International Expocentre, Cologne, Germany

Artifort Kortrijk Stand

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SCP London Design Festival Review

SCP had a busy schedule during the London Design Festival in September. They hosted a trio of exhibitions at their flagship store SCP East, presenting the entire 2010 SCP Collection, the new Sundara collection of rugs made in collaboration with Donna Wilson and the launch of new British manufacturer All Lovely Stuff. They were delighted by the response to the exhibitions and would like to thank everyone involved with the shows. Shoreditch was particularly busy during the Festival, in part due to the Shoreditch Design Triangle event. They look forward to next year.

de Sede Orgatec invite

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Friday, 22 October 2010

Bene Orgatec News 2010

At ORGATEC 2010 in Cologne, Bene are showing the office as a living space, realised in an exemplary manner with the newest products from the Bene Collection. With innovative room layouts and contributions in the areas of acoustics, lighting and media integration.

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Visit brühl at Orgatec in Köln from 26. to 30. October 2010

Vilagrasa at Orgatec

One more year Vilagrasa, manufacturer of office and contract accessories, and urban furniture, will be attending to Orgatec to present its novelties.
Visit them at hall 9.1 stand A-041 and follow their news at

Jordi Blasi is the author of this recycling containers with different formats and capacities. Their shape, a simple abstraction of an open box, makes it easier to put the waste into them. The colour of the inside and the simplicity and conclusiveness of the pictograms clearly identify the type of waste they are holding. A simple formal exercise that turns the iconographic plasticity of a cardboard box into a functional waste container. The adaptability and mobility of the upper part of the containers allows for multiple combinations in different spaces, both in large public areas and in offices and working areas, allowing to create recycling islands.

HI-MACS® and Ora-ïto, a unique collaboration

Exhibited for the first time worldwide in London during the 100% design show, Ora-ïto created an inspiring monolithic HI-MACS® sculpture with an architectural feel, which performs at the same time a highly practical function: the structure of the sculpture reveals a seat in one unique fluid design.

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Danish Crafts at Skandium from November 4th - December 5th 2010

Danish craftspeople and designers present new Danish design in London.

Ongoing cooperation between the recognised British furniture store Skandium and
Danish Crafts now results in a special collection dedicated to Skandium. The
collection is called CC+ for Skandium and is launched on 4 November in London.
On 4 November 2010, Skandium and Danish Crafts launch a bespoke collection of new
Danish craft: CC+ for Skandium. The collection is a result of ongoing cooperation between
Skandium and Danish Crafts and is based on Danish Crafts’ previous successful
collections, the Crafts Collections. The background for the cooperation is the growing
international focus and Skandium’s interest in new Danish craft. The goal is to increase the
sales of Danish craft world-wide and strengthen Danish Crafts’ longstanding branding
efforts. Skandium, which has three design stores in London, has chosen to feature the
collection in their flagship store in London’s leading design district of Brompton.
- Skandium has always focused on Scandinavian design, which is characterised by a very
high level of quality. So far, we have focused mainly on Scandinavian design classics, but
with CC+ for Skandium we are now able to present the new talents in the field of Danish
craft and design, says Magnus Englund, director of Skandium in London.
With assistance from Danish Crafts’ curator for Crafts Collection 14, Nina Tolstrup,
Skandium’s chief buyers have hand-picked 14 of Denmark’s most talented craftspeople.
All the products are curated from Danish Crafts’ previous collections to ensure the artistic
quality and the craftsmanship of the products.

Dutch Design Week

Starts Tomorrow (23-31 October)

Various venues, Eindhoven

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Pedrali ORGATEC 2010

Channels launch 'Gillespie'

British design firm Channels launches a new series of furniture and accessories. The main furniture collection, designed by Samuel Chan, is named Gillespie as tribute to the trumpet leg detail that features throughout the new pieces. The trumpet leg has been used in furniture-making for centuries, usually in a highly decorative form. The Gillespie trumpet leg is a far simpler thing, each one pared down to a piece of solid turned wood. It’s an example of the way Channels revives age-old woodworking principles and provides them with contemporary expression.

The Gillespie collection includes cabinets, tables and seating, adding surprising new silhouettes to the Channels range. Yet it retains the company’s perennial concerns - to achieve beauty, balance and discipline in design and craft.

Topstar Orgatec Invitation

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Wagner-Wellness Orgatec Invite

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Senator at Orgatec



Concentrated Design
The CITRUS lamp, an original design by Oscar & Sergi Devesa, gives any setting a modern, warm light, with its smart, instantly-recognisable shape recalling a citrus fruit. CITRUS is an invitation to savour everyday moments, lighting them in a way which is both clear and intimate at once.
It is designed to be an ideal size for home settings, with a diameter of 50cm at the widest point and 32 at the narrowest, making CITRUS the ideal lamp for placing over the dining room, living room or kitchen/breakfast room table, as you prefer.
A polyethylene diffuser ensures the light is perfectly distributed, which is extremely comfortable on the eye, avoiding all dazzle. The outside panels of CITRUS can be lacquered in black, white or Bordeaux red to fit perfectly into any kind of setting.
The light source is low energy and adjustable, to supply the desired amount of light at all times.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Silverline at Orgatec 2010

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EasyFairs Interior Fit-Out 2011

New Venue - New Dates

easyFairs has listened to the industry and moved Interior Fit-Out to a more central location - The Business Design Centre, which is located within the 'HUB' of London's vibrant architectural and design village. Plus, they have extended the event to three days: 5th - 7th April 2011.

Donald Judd: A Good Chair Is a Good Chair

On Now - 22nd September – 14 November

A chance to see Judd’s drawings and furniture

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Offecct welcome you to Orgatec 2010

Friday, 15 October 2010

Tom Dixon Road Show

Tom Dixon Road Show
Kortrijk, Belgium
15th - 21st October

Tonon Orgatec Hall; 10.02 K20-J21

This year Tonon are launching several new products and also showing some of their "classics" such as QUESTION MARK, MATCHBALL, SYMBOL, EXAGONE, SUNRAY, BRAND, WAVE, SPHERE.

Welcome to Thonet, Orgatec 2010

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Thursday, 14 October 2010

LITE – an Attractive, Innovative and Rational Stackable Chair from OFFECCT

OFFECCT presents LITE, a new stackable chair/armchair designed by Broberg & Ridderstråle Design & Architecture at this year’s ORGATEC trade fair in Cologne.
LITE is the result of a design brief from OFFECCT, where the assignment was to develop a stackable chair that combined pleasing aesthetics with rational function and design.
"The challenge we gave Broberg & Ridderstråle was to create a chair that whilst playing with the idea of how a stackable chair usually looks like, also meets the demanding requirements from public interiors", says Anders Englund, Design Manager, OFFECCT.
The result was LITE, a stackable chair / armchair characterized by a thin profile and a wide arched back. LITE comes with a very competitive price, combining an attractive design with the stringent requirements of a stackable chair - it is easy to transport and to stack, as well as space-efficient and durable.
"Stackable chairs are often narrow and characterized by a slightly anxious expression. We wanted to create a chair with an inviting wide back that nevertheless could be placed close together", says Mats Broberg from designer duo Broberg & Ridderstråle.
"The comfort has also been an important ingredient in the development process", continues Broberg.
LITE can be fitted with accessories such as an arm rest and a foldable writing tablet. It is possible to connect multiple chairs with a linking device. LITE can also be equipped with a removable upholstery for the back and seat, where the removability makes it possible to use the chair also when the upholstery is being washed.
Broberg & Ridderstråle Design & Architecture is a design firm based in Stockholm, Sweden. They have won several awards such as the Wallpaper Design Award and the Elle Interior Design Price. Previously, Broberg & Ridderstråle has designed the table BIRD for OFFECCT.

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Tom Dixon shows at Super Design

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Opens today! | 14 - 17 October SUPERDESIGN

SUPERDESIGN returns with a powerful line up of international galleries.

Now in its fourth year, SUPERDESIGN has cemented its reputation as London’s most important and innovative exhibition of contemporary design art pieces. Bringing together collections from leading galleries and pioneering international designers at a crucial time in the art calendar year.

Spread over 1,500 sqm of exhibition space, SUPERDESIGN will feature specially commissioned, unique and limited edition pieces from world-class international galleries including The Apartment, D&A-Lab, Quadrige, Mitterrand-Cramer, Tom Dixon, Herve Van Der Straeten and Vessel Gallery.

SUPERDESIGN seeks to emphasise the current synergy between design and the visual arts with innovative and ground breaking displays that present modern design in a fresh and invigorating light.

Opening Hours
Thursday 14 October 10am - 6pm
Friday 15 October 10am - 8pm
Saturday 16 October 10am - 6pm
Sunday 17 October 10am - 4pm

Victoria House Basement Bloomsbury Square London WC1 BADA

Viaduct creates lounge areas for Lotus at Paris Motor Show 2010

Viaduct have created a series of lounge areas for the Lotus stand at the Paris Motor Show.
Asked to supply contemporary furniture for areas such as the office, customer lounge and VIP lounge, Viaduct looked to identify the furniture classics of the future.
Furniture selected includes the Lotus Chairs and Hi-pad bar stools by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini, Axel sofas by Gijs Papavoine for Montis, Happy chairs by Roger Persson for Swedese, and Zero In side tables by Barber Osgerby for Established & Sons.

Next stop for the Lotus stand is the LA Auto Show from 19-28 November

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Interstuhl unveils transformed London showroom

German furniture brand Interstuhl’s re-engineered showroom in London, designed by UK-based award-winning architectural practice ORMS, was unveiled on 7 October 2010.

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Bene - Kasper Salto

Normal, Active, Passive - The new stackable NAPTM, designed by award-winning Danish designer Kasper Salto for furniture design manufacturer Republic of Fritz HansenTM, definitely has all the makings of a classic.

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MSL - New Reception Desk Ranges

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Pavilion of Art and Design

Starts today (13-17 October)

Berkeley Square, London, W1

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

SUPERDESIGN | 14 - 17 October 2010

SUPERDESIGN - London’s leading design art exhibition returns with a powerful line-up of international galleries held during the Frieze Art Fair.

SUPERDESIGN are proud to be working in partnership with Location House who have provided the perfect venue. Location House is an exclusive venue hire agency with an exceptional portfolio of Central London event spaces, visit for further information.

14 - 17 October Victoria House Basement Bloomsbury Square London WC1 B4DA

Now in its fourth year, SUPERDESIGN has cemented its reputation as London’s most important and innovative exhibition of contemporary design art. Set within the imposing venue of Victoria House, the exhibition brings together collections from leading international galleries and pioneering designers.

Spread over 1,500 sqm of exhibition space, SUPERDESIGN will feature specially
commissioned, limited edition pieces from world-class international galleries including The Apartment, D&A-Lab, Quadrige, Mitterrand-Cramer, Tom Dixon, Herve Van Der Straeten and Vessel Gallery.

Devised by gallery owner Patrick Brillet, SUPERDESIGN is a curated event designed to showcase the ingenious capabilities of producers and designers and the inspiring collaborations that exist between the two.

Opening hours:
Thursday 14 October 10am - 6pm 7pm - 10pm (private view)
Friday 15 October 10am - 8pm
Saturday 16 October 10am - 6pm
Sunday 17 October 10am - 4pm
Free entry

Cocoon™ Workpods… Create your own personal oasis

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SCP Contracts - Website Launch