Friday, 31 December 2010

HI-MACS® wishes you a Happy New Year

Lima collection from Morgan

The new Lima Collection by Morgan Design Director Katerina Zachariades has made its debut at The Sleep Event, Europe’s premier exhibition that focuses entirely on the design and development of hotels.

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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Clerkenwell Design Week will be back May 24th -26th 2011!

The festival will take place between 24th and 26th of May 2011 and will bring together a varied and vibrant programme of events taking in debates, discussions, presentations, exhibitions, street parties, workshops and installations all in the name of celebrating and embracing design. The festival was a great success in 2010 with over 18000 people registered and over 150 events. 2011 promises to be even bigger and better! Click to find out more

SCP Winter Sale // 30 December

The SCP Winter Sale begins today, 30th December 2010 with up to 60% off discontinued lines and ex-display items, 20% off all new SCP upholstery orders, 15% off all other upholstery orders and 10% off all lighting and rugs.
In our East and West stores, we have large selection of ex display items; two Balzac armchairs and ottomans in leather at 50% off, a number of Oscar armchairs and sofas up to 35% off, sofas by Donna Wilson and Terence Woodgate and Compass trestle tables by Matthew Hilton at 30% off. There is also discounted ex display lighting and home accessories on offer.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

fci Clearance

We're clearing over £500,000 of end of line & ex-display furniture stock from our NW9 showrooms at genuine clearance prices.
To view a copy of the latest furniture clearance list CLICK HERE.
As always, we offer unbeatable deals on all new orders on ANY brand or designer. (don't buy elsewhere until you get us to do a price check for you)
Dining, seating, bedrooms, kitchens and much, much more. Lots of parking on site.
Open 7 days a week. (closed on the 1st Jan 2011)
The fci winter sale is now on and you are invited.

Eames Wire Chair Tattoo

Click here to see what we think is pure dedication to furniture.

HI-MACS® specified by Zara in Milan

HI-MACS® is the material chosen for the installation showcased in Milan in the sumptuous hall of the Zara store in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.
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Saturday, 25 December 2010

Seasons Greetings from The Furniture Industry Blog!

Thank you for visiting The Furniture Industry Blog, we hope you will continue to visit the site in the new year.

Best regards,

The Furniture Industry Blog Team

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas from David Fox Design.

At this festive time, David Fox design would like to thank you for your continued support, and to wish you a very merry christmas, and prosperous 2011.

Monday, 20 December 2010


Let your imagination soar!

Cirrus sails can be used to create fluid sculptural forms to act as dramatic focal points with the added benefits of acoustic control, sunscreening and protection from the elements.

Our specialist fabrics enable Cirrus sails to be used in vertical or horizontal planes, or twisted into exciting and novel forms. You can use Cirrus sails singly or in multiple configurations, and they offer a subtle alternative to traditional partitioning for spatial division.
Made in the UK, Cirrus Interior Sails are available in standard shapes and sizes and a choice of over 20 special order colours. Cirrus Interior Sails are made from a special fabric containing Lycra which is inherently fire retardant and flexible, allowing it to stretchup to 30% in any direction, making installation incredibly simple – decide on your fixing points, stretch the sail into position and hook the integral silicone loops onto your fixings.

These sails are designed to last and can be taken down and popped into a washing machine; the quick-drying fabric means the sail can be reinstalled straight from the spin cycle.
Full instructions and fixings are suppliedwith each sail.

Friday, 17 December 2010

SENGTAI at Maison & Objet

SENGTAI will exhibit his new collection of furniture and accessories at the Maison & Objet fair in Paris from January 21st to January 25th 2011 (Paris-Nord Villepinte).

We will be located in:

Hall 1 Ethnic-Chic Booth F53

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Hospitality 2011

24-26 January 2011
Register for FREE and save the £20 entrance fee

Kristalia Work in Progress on Elephant…

Presented for the very first time in at the most recent edition of Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, the new version of the Elephant chair, with wood legs, is currently being worked on. This project fulfils an entirely contemporary wish to combine apparently contrasting materials to create a new combination of techniques and aesthetic experience. It has been designed by the creative pair at Neuland Industriedesign, the design studio of Eva Paster and Michael Geldamacher, who have also designed the already well-known versions in polyurethane and leather. Here is Michael at work on a prototype of the new Elephant during a recent trip to the Kristalia headquarters.

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

SCP Contracts New Website

SCP Contracts new website is dedicated to the needs of architects and designers. It features an edited selection of over 1000 products and 2500 images from a wide choice of international brands. SCP Contracts has worked directly with architects and interior designers for over 14 years and takes pride in offering a balanced, thoughtful and creative approach. Browse the new website , or find out more about SCP Contracts here.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


16th - 19th December
A spirited outdoor gathering of food and gifts from the best suppliers in London. Visitors to The Dock Christmas Market can enjoy a curated selection of presents for design lovers inside the newly opened Tom Dixon Shop, and a selection of festive food and drinks on the terrace.

Late Night Thursday 16th December 6pm – 8pm. Enjoy live music from The Bonfire Band, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts in our outdoor living room.

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Surface Design Show 2011

London's leading exhibition for interior and exterior surface solutions returns, premiering the most innovative surfaces in the architecture and design industry.

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Monday, 13 December 2010

HI-MACS - Torre de Cristal

The A-cero studio interior design project was implemented on the top floors of Madrid’s ‘Torre de Crsital’ (Crystal Tower) skyscrapers.

The 50th floor was designed as a polyvalent space for use by all offices occupying the building that are distributed over its 52 floors.

It is a privileged area boasting the latest, most up-to-date audiovisual and IT technologies on the market.
‘Torre de Cristal’ is the second highest building in Spain. It is located in the Cuatro Torres Business Área (Four Towers Business Area), the capital’s new financial sector situated to the North of the Paseo de la Castellana.

The architect responsible for designing the Glass Tower is César Pelli, who was also responsible for designing Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, a national symbol of Malaysia.

The interiors of the 249 metre-high skyscrapers are designed by Joaquin Torres and his partner, Rafael Llamazares. In these towers, A-cero used all available resources to satisfy its clients.

The office block’s public rooms follow a common theme with a clean, modern design creating an elegant, sophisticated and functional environment. The continuous round space was designed by A-cero to match the “sculpted diamond” which, according to Pelli himself, is an attempt to portray a sense of reality through its Crystal Tower.

The company responsible for choosing most of the furniture was Candida Hermida, which followed A-Cero's designs using 9 and 12 mm-thick HI-MACS® Alpine White and 12 mm Black for some of its items.

This required the use of 152 sheets of HI-MACS® and a total surface area of 425.11 m2. HI-MACS® hardness and resistance stands up to the constant daily use of the furniture.

The 14-metre long conference table is a prominent item due to its size, design and incorporation of an automatic screen-raising system that emerges from under the table itself. Thanks to HI-MACS®, which enables parts to be joined together without any apparent joints, the table seems to be made out of a single block.

HI-MACS® is once again evident here in the furniture and floor. The executive director’s office has two tables made out of HI-MACS® Alpine White. Finally, we can appreciate HI-MACS® in some public areas of the offices such as bathrooms (countertops and accessories), the office, and on signs found in the office and distribution area (ancillary equipment and table).

The Glass Tower project is another real example of the endless possibilities offered by HI-MACS® design and applications for the most innovative and state-of-the-art buildings.

Project: Torre de Cristal (Crystal Tower) Interior Design Project
Design: A-Cero – Joaquin Torres Architects
Site: Madrid, Spain
Fabricator: Grupo Cándido Hermida
Photographs: A-Cero – Joaquin Torres Architects
Material: HI-MACS® Alpine White, Black

Mary Portas' business partner Peter Cross, Habitat, The Retail Theatre…

interiors 2011, 23 - 26 January, NEC Birmingham

Whether it’s new products and inspiration, business advice or to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and forecasts, the interiors 2011 FREE four day seminar programme has it all.
Our seminar theatre is located within Hall 2 and is part of ‘thinking space’ which is a dedicated area packed with fresh ideas and inspiration.

If you have not yet registered to attend interiors 2011 ensure you register today to save on the £15 entry fee

Check out the full programme here and see the exclusive, essential and practical help that interiors 2011 have to offer.

Two Columbia Road

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Friday, 10 December 2010

Oscar chaise longue from SCP

The Oscar chaise longue strikes a pleasing balance between modernity and tradition, large in size yet light in appearance. It retains the elegance of the Oscar armchair but the elongated, open-ended cushion creates a touch of luxury. The Oscar chaise longue has a European hardwood frame, jute webbing and hessian straps. It is upholstered with a mix of materials including natural fibres, animal hair and wool and the seat cushion is feather filled. The feet are made from walnut stained beech, with the front two being turned. By contrasting long straight lines with delicate natural curves, Hilton has created a piece that is both reserved and full of humility. The Oscar chaise longue is a piece perfect for those who like their modernity laced with a little familiarity. Available with grey, Molly fabric.


Over 1,300 exhibitors at Ecobuild 2011 – register now

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Thursday, 9 December 2010


Sancal's Tea sofa, designed by José Manuel Ferrero, has won the first prize in its category of the BoY awards organized by the US magazine Interior Design.
'This is a very prestigious recognition for furniture design that we really value and received with great pride and that certainly adds value to a product with many qualities.'

'We are really happy and we hope it is the first of many prizes for Tea! '

You can read more here

Kristalia opens a new workspace in the bustling centre of London

A display area in the centre of the cultural life of London, in line with an alternative concept of the work environment: the new Kristalia workspace will open at 20 Broadwick Street, Soho, the legendary London district of art and free expression. The premises are used by Eoffice, a company that provides work environments, also for short periods, for all requirements, in many cities and international capitals. The inauguration, planned for 9th December, will be an Open Day: display areas can be visited all day from 10am - 9pm. From 6pm, Italian Prosecco will be served and visitors can take part in a draw with a special prize: 4 chairs from the Kristalia collection.

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Herman Miller

Introducing: Our new SAYL chairs by Yves Bèhar

Red Dot Award: Product Design 2011

Red Dot Award: Product Design is entering a new round. Designers and companies are once again called upon to enter the global comparison and submit their products.

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Opening tomorrow - the temporium christmas shop

Taking up temporary residence on one of London’s most prestigious consumer streets, the temporium Christmas pop-up shop opens tomorrow on the Brompton Road.

Pick up amazing Christmas gifts from some of the UK’s most exciting design-led brands selling their wares direct to the public.

For 10 days only, expect to find an array of stylish watches, ceramics, glassware, lighting, furniture, books, jewellery and accessories from an eclectic mix of brands.

And if that’s not enough, there is a great selection of giveaway's (for example the British furniture pioneer Case is offering a stunning design classic, the 675 chair by Robin Day, while Canadian brand Bocci will be giving away a beautiful 14 Series cast glass pendant light.)

To enter the giveaway, simply register your details at the temporium pop-upshop between 9 – 19 December.

Opening Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 6.30pm

Thursday 10am - 8pm (late night shopping) Sunday 11am - 5pm

At 221 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EJ
Nearest tube stations: Knightsbridge and South Kensington

So pop in before we shut up shop on 19 December.

New UK Representation for Chat-Board

Crest Contract Interiors are now the UK representatives for Chat-Boards.

Visit for more information, or email

David Fox Design presents Poppi + German Interior Innovation Award.

David Fox Design is pleased to announce, the Poppi chair for Italian manufacturer Tonon, has been awarded the Interior innovation award. The award has been presented by the German design council.

Poppi is a Design by David Fox, and was launched at this years Orgatec. The design is generous in its aesthetic, and a highly comfortable lounge chair, emphasis has been to keep the upholstery looking as slim-line as possible, but to retain that delicately engineered encapsulating shape.

Inspired by the opening of a flower as it blossoms into life, the product is a true statement piece, for any domestic or corporate interior.

We hope you like the product, and its vision. For further information please contact

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2011

The Stockholm Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair is expanding.

Every other year the event also features kitchen manufacturers, and the kitchens zone is now being extended to include bathroom companies, focusing on bathroom furniture and furnishings.

Click here to find out more

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Ralph Capper Interiors

Ralph Capper Interiors are a private family business established in November 1975. We are an independent contract furniture and lighting consultancy working with architects and designers on commercial projects including offices, hotels, football stadia, courts and other design-led spaces. We have dealerships for over 100 exclusive manufacturers of cutting edge furniture and lighting collections from the UK, Europe, US and Canada. We work on an consultancy basis to build the perfect furniture and lighting package for each individual project and budget and guide our clients through the specification and ordering process, before project-managing the full furniture installation and offering after sales service and guarantees.

This year has been a great success for our business. We have won competitive tenders to supply high profile projects such as Peninsula Business Services: 7 floors of furniture for over 600 staff, Manchester Airport Escape Lounge T1: Iconic Furniture and Lighting for an exclusive private passenger lounge, Manchester United Football Club Executive Boxes: Furniture and lighting supply to the most opulent / hi-tech boxes yet at the stadium, University of Lancaster LICA Building: Complete supply of all furniture to this state of the art cutting-edge new-build, University of York: Complete supply of all furniture to library building refurbishment.

Based on the success of the last 12 months and the quality of the projects we have won and delivered, we entered our company for the sought-after industry award ‘ MIXOLOGY NORTH COMPANY OF THE YEAR 2010’ and in acknowledgement of our 35 year anniversary, we took the entire team along including (now retired) Ralph and Susan Capper to the Awards Evening at The Palace Hotel Manchester on Thursday 25th November. In front of over 500 industry colleagues, competitors and professionals we succeeded in winning this prestigious award. The presenter read out the following to the sell-out crowd:

‘Our final award of the evening is the Company of the Year.
We have been genuinely impressed by the standard of entries we have received for these awards.

Of course the quality of presentation of an award entry is far from the be all and end all of our judges decision-making process.

One entry however, stood out for us in terms of presentation and also content.

The Mix Interiors Company of the year award winner is, this month, celebrating its 35th anniversary

Back in November 1975 our winning company’s founder, having already established himself firmly in the North West as Northern Sales Manager for Hille International, formed what was to become an institution in Manchester and the North West, and a name synonymous with high quality furniture.

Today the company is confounding the economic climate and continues to flourish. In fact it has. this year ,been involved in a number of the biggest and most prestigious projects in the region, including the Peninsular Project, the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport, Lancaster University and Manchester United Football Club

The company was founded by a great man called Ralph, who we’re delighted to say is here tonight. Today it is run by Ralph’s son Ben, with exactly the same passion, expertise, integrity and honesty.

Mix Interiors Company of the Year 2010 is….


We are absolutely overwhelmed by the award, the awards evening and the response we have had from family, friends, associates, clients and suppliers. The evening was an real celebration for our team – in addition The Peninsula Project won ‘COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD’ for the interior design team we worked with ID:SR.

ID:SR also scooped the award of DESIGN PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2010.

For more information visit

Jamie Oliver's New Restaurant

Design Research Studio, the interior design arm of Tom Dixon, has designed the interior for the latest Jamie Oliver project Barbecoa. The project includes a 200 seater restaurant, 40 seater bar, a take-away venue and butcher.

Address 20 New Change Passage

Click here for more information

Winter Designer Furniture Clearance SALE at fci.

The fci Winter Sale is now on.

We're clearing over £500,000 of end of line & ex-display furniture stock from our NW9 showrooms at genuine clearance prices. To view a copy of the latest furniture clearance list CLICK HERE.

As always, we offer unbeatable deals on all new orders on ANY brand or designer. (don't buy elsewhere untill you get us to do a price check for you)

Dining, seating, bedrooms, kitchens and much, much more.

Lots of parking on site.Open 7 days a week.

The fci winter sale is now on and you are invited.

Replaceable moving wall finish from CREATIF

Not just a pretty face.....Creatif make revelations with a ‘peel off’ face to moving wall panels.

A clever combination of our BigVista wall covering and standard moving wall panels means that the face of your moving wall can be updated in minutes.
Solid blocks of colour, peel off fabrics, hard hitting promotional graphics one week, subtle hues of nature the next.....this revolutionary discovery at Creatif offers a true solution for interior environments where the visual message must be kept fresh and topical, or where acoustic absorption is key.

What are the benefits of BigVista on moving wall panels?
• Improved acoustic absorption – additional acoustic interlayer provides a truly acoustic absorptive medium
• Interchangeable finish – change the colour or change the graphics
• Maintenance – machine washable fabrics
• Replacement – damaged or tired fabrics can be changed for newfabrics creating the impression of a new wall

Go quite literally off the wall on your design schemes with the BigVista moving wall finish from Creatif. For pricing, case studies or further information, make contact with the Sales team at Creatif on 01133 391 1970 or

Herman Miller - Launch of the Cross Platform Screen

The Cross Platform Screen launches Today - December 7 2010.

Designed by Barry Jenkins of Broome Jenkins and developed by Herman Miller’s International R&D team the Cross Platform Screen has elegant architectural lines and a clean modern aesthetic.

Whilst the Cross Platform Screen has been designed to work with multiple Herman Miller products, the screen is initially offered to be compatible with Abak Environments only.

From December 7, the Cross Platform Screen can be ordered through EOS in the 20 day HM Solutions catalogue.

Lead-time: 20 days
Configurations: Desk-up / Modesty / Floor Standing
The screen is single rail hanging
Heights: 1055mm / 1105mm / 1205mm
Widths: 600 – 2000mm

Colours, materials and finishes:
Finishes: White (X1) and Metallic Silver (MS)
The screen is available in an extensive range of fabrics.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Hay Fever at SCP Contracts

SCP Contracts is delighted to announce the arrival of four new chairs from innovative Danish manufacturer Hay. The designs, called About A Chair, Shanghay, Ru and Tube offer specifiers a wide choice of bases, finishes and upholstery options. Hay are just one of the many international brands that SCP Contracts supply to architects and interior designers, visit their new website to browse an edited selection of over 1000 products and 2500 images.

Buy Tom Dixon Online for Christmas

Guaranteed delivery for Christmas on all products in stock from Tom Dixon if you order by the 15th December. The full Tom Dixon collection is available to buy online - select a delivery date that suits you.

Click here to buy online

RIBA Annual Lecture from David Chipperfield

On Today (6th December)
Royal institute of British Architects, London, W1

New Items In Artifort Stock Collection

From now on, the Mare 2.2-seater, 2.5-seater & 3-seater in Amdal 180 will also be available from stock. The Artifort Stock Collection now comprises the Orange Slice, Little Tulip in Interglobe Wool 47 (red), 63014 (orange) and 07 (black), the two Orange Slice anniversary editions (Woton & Anime) and a colourful collection of Swamps. You can find a complete overview on their website

Stock Collection

Agent’s / Representatives

Agent’s / Representatives page coming soon to the blog.
If you are an agent, please contact us so we can include your information

Italian Design Street Walking

Italian Design Street Walking is a 6-week program of exhibitions, events and special promotions at 20 of the best Italian furniture and lighting showrooms in New York City...
Click here to read more from Dexigner

Friday, 3 December 2010

Mint Christmas Shopping Day - Saturday December 4th 2010

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Best of the Sledge’s

Sibis Rodel Lattensitz child's sled

German made child’s sled is made of sustainable, steam bent ash. The sled comes with a detachable red chord, which makes it easy to pull through the snow. The sled is ideal for children aged from 2 to 8 years. Manufactured by Sirch. Available from SCP.

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Thonet S333

Sleigh riding fun for the entire family. The form and materials of this sledge are reduced to an absolute minimum. The skids and seat frame are produced from a single bent stainless steel tube. It has excellent sledding properties, runs perfectly straight, has optimal gliding properties and is easy to steer. The cantilever seat frame acts as a shock absorber and counteracts any unevenness on the slope. A robust weather-resistant mesh is stretched on it. For transport, several sledges can be stacked, and when walking it can be carried like a backpack.
Stainless steel honed frame, plastic mesh in silver, havana or black. Black textile leash with Thonet logo. The dimensions are oriented towards modern racing sledges.

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ACHICA – Meet Godfather of Design – Sir Terence Conran

ACHICA Living is delighted to share an exclusive interview with Godfather of Design – Sir Terence Conran. They take a look inside the design legend’s home, find out what his alternative career would have been, chat artists and inspiration and discover how to ease the torment of ‘designer’s block’…

To read the full interview, click here

LEILA Soft Design from Pedrali

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RIBA Annual Lecture from David Chipperfield

6th December

Docomomo-UK has announced that 2011 RIBA Royal Gold medallist, David Chipperfield, will be delivering the annual lecture this year. His speech will focus on how the modern movement in architecture has influenced his work.

Royal Institute of British Architects, London, W1

Architonic meets Jasper Morrison

Jasper Morrison's new 'HAL' range for Vitra, 2010: 'We've spent three years working out what shape it should be. You'd be amazed how many one-piece shells aren't worked out at all, which are not comfortable'; photo Marc Eggimann ©Vitra

Click here to read the interview

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Bolon flooring in Cappellini’s new showrooms

Recently Giulio Cappellini opened his latest Cappellini showroom in Paris. Not one showroom is like the other, since he always wants to adapt the concept to the special atmosphere of the city and the place itself.The Cappellini showroom in Paris is dominated by Bolon’s flooring NOW Pink, which also underlies the colour of the walls and ceiling.

Read more here.

Christmas Eco Design Fair - Islington

December sees Assembly Room wrapping up warm and heading off to Islington this weekend. So if you fancy a mince pie and a glass of spiced cider with your Christmas shopping, what better way to spend your day than with a visit to Islington's Christmas Eco Design Fair at Islington Town Hall... and if you fancy grabbing a bargain before the end of the year they will be selling off a couple of ex demo pieces at the fair, at a festive price.

For more information visit Assemblyroom

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