Thursday, 28 April 2011

Pedrali at Salone del Mobile

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Bene, Living spaces: Learning spaces

In the current Bene Office.Info series, Bene take a look at spaces with special identities and examine the ways in which their design and functionality operate. This time: spaces that educate. ‘Spatial pedagogy’ and ‘learning architecture’ as catalysts on the path to knowledge and diversity.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

See how Mirra chairs mirror nature and your body

The Mirra Chair from Herman Miller
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Two Danish Design Giants joined

Two Danish Design Giants joined forces at Salone Internazionale del Mobile

Like Carl Hansen & Søn, the design company Georg Jensen also has a portfolio that includes some of Danish Design’s greatest icons. This has inspired the two brands to enter a creative partnership that has resulted in a spectacular Special Edition created especially for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011.

Carl Hansen & Søn, in cooperation with Georg Jensen, will present the new office furniture in a special golden version produced in just one set for the Milan show. Wegner created the new office concept as part of the CH100 series. Carl Hansen & Søn brings workplace aesthetics to the next level with the CH110 desk and accompanying office chairs CH111, CH112 and CH113. All stainless steel parts on the CH110 desk, the CH111 and CH112 chairs, the CH102 sofa and the CH106 coffee table are coated with 24-karat gold. The exclusive detail imbues the furniture with a warm and welcoming glow that will bring a smile to the executive floor.

Knud Erik Hansen, third-generation owner of Carl Hansen & Søn, explains about the special Milan edition:

"Managing a design heritage such as Wegner’s must be done with respect and devotion – something we are very aware of in our daily work. But if anyone was innovative and had an eye to the future, it was Wegner. Therefore we thought it would be interesting to talk to Georg Jensen, and to see what could come of bringing their masterful approach to metalworking together with Wegner’s masterpieces of design. As a designer, Wegner was also something of a contemporary King Midas: much of what he touched turned into golden examples of form meeting function, with a beauty that perseveres for generations.”

Save the date: Onoffice talk on May 10th

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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Allermuir Open Days

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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

Comprising a system of coloured silicon tiles and differently shaped steel frames, ‘roofer’ by Benjamin Hubert for Italian lighting manufacturers Fabbian involves the consumer in the design process of the pendant lamps.

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Friday, 22 April 2011


NUNSWITHGUNSDESIGN won the 2010 idFX interior design awards at 100% Design. The newly launched design label designs new environments and it recycles old ones through the refurbishment and re-modeling of existing buildings and their interiors.
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The SCP Easter Egg Hunt

This long weekend SCP is having an Easter egg hunt. Pop into our East or West stores where, from Friday onwards, eggs of all sizes will be dotted around the store waiting to be found. Bring the kids to join in with the hunt while you browse our new summer products .

We will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
See the SCP website to check our special Easter opening timings.

On your marks...

Thursday, 21 April 2011

RIBA: Pupils and Teachers Deserve Better Than Flatpack Schools

In its response to the Review of Education Capital led by Sebastian James, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) warned the Government against building overly-standardised "identikit" schools.
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Poppy receives Design Guild Mark.

David Fox design is pleased to announce that the Poppy chair for Tonon italia has received the Design Guild Mark. An award for excellence in British furniture design. More information

For further information on the product please email for UK enquiries please contact 07946 851319


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Herman Miller Wins Social Innovation Award for Best Sustainability Performance

Herman Miller has won a 2011 Social Innovation award for making substantial gains in reducing its CO2 footprint, while maintaining a strong financial performance over the past year. The company significantly outperformed other nominees in its category - Operations: Best Sustainability Performance - to guarantee it an award, bypassing the shortlist stage.
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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Actiu furnishes the new airport in Alicante

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Furniture Design Summit 2011: Re-Defining American Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design's furniture design department will host the first-ever university-sponsored furniture industry conference, "Furniture Design Summit 2011: Re-Defining American Design," May 9-10 at SCAD Savannah. The American Society of Furniture Designers and Metropolis magazine are partnering with SCAD for the summit.

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Design scores: STAR

At this year's prize competition of the renowned red dot award STAR, designed by Jehs & Laub for Renz, was successful and assigned with the 'red dot award: product design 2011'. Besides the design, the international jury assessed the products on their innovation level, functionality and quality. Renz are very pleased to receive this award.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

New FLO Light

Foster + Partners has worked with specialist Italian lighting manufacturer, Lumina, to develop FLO, a reading light that integrates the latest dimmable LED technology within a streamlined, curving form.
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21st Century Furniture III - The Arts and Crafts Legacy

Until 1 May - The Millinery Works Gallery, London, N1 Sn event for studio designers to showcase their handcrafted pieces of furniture.

Wallpaper* to Launch Monthly iPad Edition

Wallpaper* will be launching on the iPad, offering enhanced features, state-of-the-art video, sound, animation and photo galleries. Click here for more information

Monday, 18 April 2011

Claremont Group Interiors Complete the Design and Fit Out of Legal Ombudsman Headquarters in Birmingham

Claremont Group Interiors have completed the design and fit out of the new offices of The Legal Ombudsman at Baskerville House in the centre of Birmingham. Click here to find out more


Introducing the latest collections from Enea.

LOTTUS by Lievore Altherr Molina For more information visit

Introducing...The Christian Lacroix Home Collection

Click here to be the first to shop Christian Lacroix's fabulous home fashion collection.

Crest Contract Interiors take on two new suppliers

Crest have recently added Nomon and Nonuform to their ever expanding portfolio. Nonuform – design award winning shelving systems in aluminum. Nonuform is a Swedish company with 30 years experience of aluminum. All manufacturing and handling of their products takes place in Sweden. They have a wealth of experience in efficient production and distribution, and take the environment into consideration. Aluminum is 100% recyclable and all wastage is sent back to the supplier for remelting. Most of their products are made from extruded aluminum, a light, highly durable material.

Nomon clocks.

Nomon manufacture and sell clocks of distinction. They create unique, contemporary designs that compliment the modern workplace and home.They reflect the beauty in the everyday things that surround us. Their clocks mark with style the passing of time.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Triumph Furniture

Triumph Furniture have played a major role in the British furniture market for over 60 years, and have unfortunately now gone into administration. However they are currently looking for a new buyer.

New Designs by Pininfarina at Milan Furniture Show 2011

Pininfarina is launching three interior design projects at the Milan Furniture Show 2011. Click here for more information

HI-MACS® brings a new shape to kitchens and bathrooms

Offering a whole host of properties, since it was formed, the refined HI-MACS® Natural Acrylic Stone has been used to fit out all kinds of interiors and exteriors, making them look most elegant and giving them that touch of design, technology and quality. In fact, the acrylic stone which forms part of the new “solid surface” generation is made up of 70% natural stone powder, 25% high quality acrylic resin and 5% natural pigments. Multi-purpose, HI-MACS® is acclaimed by many a great designer, including David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid, who have recently used it at the prestigious Hotel Puerta América in Madrid. Its wonderful quality, blending solidness, flexibility and robustness, make HI-MACS® the ideal material for unending modelling and designing, thanks to properties which far outweigh those of more traditionally-used materials. Furthermore, with excellent thermoforming properties, we are now seeing an almost infinite designer product range. Non-porous, HI-MACS® retains its beautiful colours for a long time and is very durable. Plus, its inconspicuous joints make for irreproachable cleanliness. Today, HI-MACS® has turned the history of fitting unique homes over onto a new leaf…! HI-MACS® is an ideal material which will adapt to anything in the home, especially kitchens and bathrooms: as real “living” rooms, their requirements in terms of technical innovation, custom-built storage, not to mention the importance of the aesthetic aspect, are now as critical as those in other rooms. In fact, in the last few years, kitchens and bathrooms have been the two rooms in the house which have changed most. In addition to technical advance, this has also come about through sociological change.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Not in Milan? No Worries... Moroso's at Tent.

Not heading to Milan this week? Have no fear, the mac-daddy of them all - Moroso will be at Tent London in 2011.
Moroso work with designers such as Ron Arad, Carlo Columbo, Marc Newson, Toshiyuki Kita and Patricia Urquiola as well as nurturing new design talent.

Furniture with growth potential: extendable tables

"Thonet 1130"; Designer: Naoto Fukasawa

'Which piece of furniture plays a more dominant role in your life? Your table or your bed? Most of us have both, but whereas a new phase of life or a new relationship often tends to make us exchange a narrow bed for a wider one, without expecting to have to downsize again, many people prefer to retain a certain amount of flexibility in the size of their table. Accommodating one or two people only or a group, extendable tables can be adapted to a romantic tète-a-tète, a family with children or even a large festive gathering.'
Architonic present the various types and systems which are available here

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Limited Time: SAYL Chairs Available in 2 Days


FAVN; the Danish name for embrace, is a new sofa designed by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen.

The new sofa is the result of a creative dialogue and will be launched during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011 at Republic of Fritz Hansen's showroom in Milan."I wanted the sofa to be based on a shell. A shell being hard on the outside, soft and welcoming on the inside." Says Jaime Hayón. "I wanted to create a form that embraces you, something really organic - that's why we named it FAVN." Hayón continues.

Recognized by his fresh, colourful and extrovert design style, the award winning artist-designer is the most recent addition to Fritz Hansen's family tree of designers. Hayón carries forward Fritz Hansen's long tradition of working with some of the world's most talented architect and designers.

"FAVN is an evolution of Fritz Hansen's design language that brings together the qualities of Spanish and Danish design". Says Jaime Hayón. "FAVN is picking up from the long tradition of Arne Jacobsen in the sense that I wanted to create a form that was based on a shell, like the Egg™ and the Swan™ which looks equally beautiful from all angles." Hayón continues.

FAVN is the result of an experimental dialogue and presents an honest interpretation of Fritz Hansen's design values. It represents a true reflection of Fritz Hansen's ambition to achieve sustainable quality in crafting timeless design.

The new sofa is presented in ten unique Designer Selections; light grey, sage green, clear beige, taupe, chocolate, moutarde, red, violet, dark blue and black. It includes a mix of three fabrics to express the form of its three main components; the shell, seat and back and decorative cushions. The combination of texture and tone is appealing to the visual and emotional senses.

FAVN will be launched at Republic of Fritz Hansen's showroom in Milan on Corso Garibaldi, 77 during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011. The new sofa will be available to purchase from Republic of Fritz Hansen stores and selected authorized Republic of Fritz Hansen dealers from around the world as of September 2011.


Poliform celebrates 50 years of the Salone del Mobile with a stand of 1.000 sqm characterized by a rational architecture scaled between tradition and innovation.

Fiera Milano - Rho12-17 april
Pavilion 5Stand A11/B10

Tom Dixon at Milan

Milan Design Week sees the launch of over 15 new products including Bulb and Etch at the Tom Dixon space, 12th–17th April.

The Tom Dixon space will show live the latest trends from in and around Milan through the Broadcast centre, including a live feed from their trend scouts. To follow online, visit their Facebook page.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Moooi at Clerkenwell Design Week

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i Saloni 2011: 50 years young

i Saloni starts today (Tuesday 12th) - Sunday 17th April Click the image to enlarge, or for more information click here

Monday, 11 April 2011

Danish design classics at the office

Carl Hansen & Søn relaunches Wegner office concept Hans J. Wegner was a pioneering force in uniting form and function. Carl Hansen & Søn demonstrates this once again when the Danish furniture producer presents a new office furniture concept at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011 in Milan Pavilion 5, stand E01. Full of thoughtful details and created with unparalleled craftsmanship, with this furniture it’s not just another day at the office! Wegner created the new office concept as part of the CH100 series. Now, Carl Hansen & Søn brings workplace aesthetics to the next level with the CH110 desk and accompanying office chairs CH111, CH112 and CH113. Flawless surfaces of luxurious materials such as oak, walnut and leather exude calm and authority, while the curved legs in polished stainless steel bring a natural softness to the minimalistic design. Typical Wegner. 1 desk - 3 chairs Wegner designed the four pieces in 1970 as part of his larger office series. Carl Hansen & Søn has crafted the relaunch according to Wegner’s original drawings and specifications. Also here, as is clearly revealed in the desk, the devil is in the details. The lustrous desktop rests effortlessly on brushed stainless steel legs. The symmetrical desk drawers are handcrafted with dovetail joints, and their custom handles are ingeniously constructed so they do not pull loose even after years of use. The desk is available in oak or walnut, oiled or lacquered. But what is a desk without a chair? As the master of chair design, Hans J. Wegner also had a few ideas about office seating. He created no fewer than three chairs to complement the CH110 desk – all for different work situations. The robust construction of the CH111 chair makes it perfect for working at a desk or at a conference table. It is built on a frame of solid beech wood. With stainless steel legs and sidepieces, it achieves a discreet beauty that deserves to be seen from any angle. It is available in leather or fabric, with or without upholstered armrests. CH112 and CH113 are variations on a single chair design. Both the conference chair (CH113) and the lower easy chair (CH112) are made ​​of steel and saddle leather, with or without upholstered armrests. With their minimalistic construction, both chairs are ideal in the conference or boardroom, or as stylish design statements in the office. The new designs will be available early summer 2011.


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HI-MACS® at Milan Design Week 2011

It’s just around the corner! The famous Milan Design Week will be opening its doors from 12th - 17th April 2011. Come and visit us! LG Hausys exhibition - VERTIGO, portals to the new world Innovation/Imagination Face to Superstudio Più Via Tortona 54, Milan - Italy You can also find us at: Temporary Showroom TOO LATE Via Tortona 12, Milan - Italy from 12th - 17th April, 10:00 to 21:00 p.m. Press Preview: 11th April, 15:00 - 20:00 p.m.


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Milan from 12th to 17th April: Salone del Mobile, Salone Ufficio, Euroluce. Do not loose this occasion!

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Luminaire Adds Alternative to Their Collection

Luminaire announced it's new collection Alternative by Spanish designer Joan Lao. Click here for more information

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Modus presents their latest collection at the Milan Furniture Fair

Award-winning British furniture manufacturer, Modus, will present a selection of their show stopping international design talent at Milan's Salone Internazionale Del Mobile this April (11-17). At designjunction, Zegna headquarters on Via Savona, Modus will be displaying work from its stable of renowned designers, including new designs by Monica Förster, PearsonLloyd, Kirsty Whyte, Michael Sodeau and Clåesson Koivisto Rune.

Modus at designjunction, Zegna headquarters on Via Savona 56a, Zona Tortona, Milan Press Preview: Monday 11 April 3pm – 8pm

Open daily 10am – 8pm

Part by PearsonLloyd A simple and uncomplicated sofa and lounge chair range, the Part Sofas modular components makes it easy to specify and configure. The cubic outer frame is offset by the softer upholstery of the seat and back, emphasising comfort, whilst remaining calm and neutral. Available as a chair, 2 seater and 3 seater, Part can be upholstered to the floor or supplied with turned timber or steel legs.

Drew by Kirsty Whyte The Drew range comprises a meeting table, a coat stand and high and low occasional tables with steel rod. Their striking geometric form gives the effect of an optical illusion. All pieces in the range have bases available in three powder coated finishes with glass or solid tops available for the tables.


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Friday, 8 April 2011

Artifort / Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011

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Clerkenwell Design Week - For your information

It has come to attention that FX magazine have been implying that they are part of Clerkenwell Design Week and have distribution throughout the event. The Clerkenwell Design Week team would like to confirm that FX has never supported the event and to their knowledge have never shown any interest since its conception. For a list of publications supporting the event please visit The Clerkenwell Design Week team have asked FX magazine to ensure that their sales staff do not continue to imply that they have any involvement with Clerkenwell Design Week.


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Milan Design Week

Starts Next Week - 11th - 17th April

Officine Stendhal (Spazio Giovannoni)

Milan, Italy

Thursday, 7 April 2011

ISO 14001

Its official... naughtone has been certified green! We have recently had IMS International up to naughtone HQ to demonstrate our existing environmental commitments and explain our targets for becoming even greener. Being environmentally responsible is something people expect from us, but the ISO 14001 certificate we’ve achieved following this independent verification avoids any doubt. To see more information click here

Zeitraum in Milan: You are cordially invited

ZEITRAUM have teamed up with the new London-based illustration magazine WRAP to produce a stunning backdrop for their 2011 collection. Please come and say hello.

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Milano 2011

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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2011

The 23rd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 14-17, 2011, will turn New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center into a global summit for what's best and what's next in design. Click here for more information

A.G. Spalding&Bros and Pallucco a Brera with Fortuny

During the Salone 2011 in Milan, Pallucco will present Fortuny Giudecca 805, the lamp designed by Mariano Fortuny y Mandrazo in 1907, realized with the luxurious fabrics produced by Fortuny, the world renowned textile factory he established on the island of Guidecca in Venice nearly a century ago. The timeless icon of Pallucco will light up the A.G. Store at Brera District Design, a chic and stylish frame. Can't make Milan?- Pallucco lights are on display at Crest Living, 242 Brompton Road.