Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Submerge Into The World Of Moooi Mermaids

Marcel Wanders' most recent art project Mermaids, immerses us into the world of Moooi.

"To be submerged into water is to be in a place free from the constraints of gravity, free to explore a multi-dimensional universe. Here, like Atlantis, the world of Moooi is enveloped in water, fit for discovery. I invite you to join the mermaids in this alternative state of being" Marcel Wanders

Moooi London From the 19th of September 2011
Moooi London presents Mermaids by Marcel Wandersat the London Design Festival 2011

Nest will be launching the Moroso collection on their website very soon.

Moroso has been designing its sofas, armchairs and accessories since 1952 with well-known designers including Ron Arad, Carlo Colombo, Marc Newson, Toshiyuki Kita and Patricia Urquiola. They’re sofas and armchairs are constructed to the very highest quality.

The ‘My Beautiful Backside sofa’ is a firm favourite with the Nest team. The sofa is available in so many compositions and finishes, from two and three seater configurations to chaise-longue, day bed and corner sofa configurations, the Moroso My Beautiful Backside sofa range is adaptable to any environment.

A carefully selected range from the extensive Moroso collection will be available to buy online at by the end of September.

For even more inspirational ideas for the home and garden and 1000’s of products to search and buy, visit or pop into their new showroom in Sheffield.

New from TEC72

West Midlands based Office Interior Design Solutions company TEC72 are pleased to announce the launch of their latest unique product range, along with the relaunch of their company Website.

TEC72 approached multi-award winning furniture and product designer David Fox Designs to produce a bespoke modular seating system titled the “Bean” ands its smaller brother the “Pod”.

The concept is a change from the conventional linking or bench seating system. The “beans” organic shape draws inspiration from the natural fluid shape of a Bean, and can be loosely arranged to form relaxing interior landscapes, or set in a more regimented side-by-side or back-to-back format to meet the schemes perspective. The “Pod” combines effortlessly as part of this modular solution. Manufactured from wooden frames with CMHR foams, the “Bean” and “Pod” can be covered in a choice of contract fabrics, and is finished by chrome or powder coated steel rails, to appear to hover seamlessly above the floor.

TEC72 Managing Director, Duncan Godwin commented, “The Bean & Pod are unique in their design, and working with someone of the calibre of David has been a pleasure.” He added, “We are already seeing huge interest in the product, and have already installed the system at a number of sites in the UK”.

TEC72 are a multi-disciplinary interior design & bespoke furniture manufacturer and supplier, who provide unique solutions to working environments and front of house solutions to the Corporate and Public Sector.

Formed in 2010, TEC72’s Senior Management Team have over 35 years experience in delivering projects of the highest quality. The “Bean” and “Pod” can be viewed at the TEC72 showroom in Halesowen, West Midlands, or on the companies new website

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

SHH Creates Cool, Calm and Classic Interior for London Townhouse

Interior Designer Susan Knof of London-based architects and designers SHH has created a new home for private clients in Hyde Park, London, which combines understated elegance with practical and flexible spaces for real family usage, set within a classic, white stucco Victorian townhouse.
Click here to read more

Grand Designs Live 2011

Grand Designs Live 2011, running from October 7 to 9, is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with over 500 exhibitors across 6 different sections.
Read more here

Monday, 29 August 2011

red dot: best of the best @ The ARC Show 2012

The red dot product design competition has existed since 1955. Its award, the “red dot”, is an internationally recognised quality seal. The best products, awarded for pioneering design, receive the “red dot: best of the best” award.

Winner in the ‘Lighting and Lamps’ category were the On Line Lighting System. On Line is a unique lighting system designed with simplicity and seamless integration in mind. Produced by Eden Design, who really push the architectural design & technical envelope, it’s constructed from quality and precision parts & powered by high output dimmable Led’s, with an array of different optics & wattages this system is totally adaptable and would future proof any project.

Click here to read more

Friday, 26 August 2011

A London Design Festival Special

To mark this year’s London Design Festival It’s Nice That and The Lollipop Shoppe will be producing 5,000 copies of a free magazine designed to complement the official festival guide and the Icon guide. It will be sent out to selected people in the industry that both parties work with and also handed out at tube stations, because a key part of the project is to bring this huge design event to the attention of those who might not even know it’s happening.

Within the magazine there will be features focusing on the different areas of design represented at the festival, interviews with key figures in the design world and some hints and tips for complete beginners looking to experience what the festival has to offer for the first time. So we have Wayne Hemingway on why Britain is so creative (it’s the weather apparently), James Dyson on how we must use education to make sure we don’t have a lost design generation, Deyan Sudjic, Felix de Pass and others on their festival hopes, a tour of London’s hidden design gems and our own guide to this year’s must-see shows.

The intention is, for the magazine to have the authority to appeal to those in the creative industries but also to be accessible enough for those who have never attended a festival event before.


Autumn Winter 2011 at Heal’s is Perfectly Natural. Launching in-store and online, this season’s main trend is a showcase of contemporary and designer furniture and accessories in beautifully crafted natural materials and textiles in organic tones.

A celebration of genuine craftsmanship and design, our sophisticated and stylish Autumn hot picks will make a house feel like a home, a haven of calm, warmth and comfort, providing a sense of reassurance in a world of flat packed, won’t-last-till-teatime home furnishings.

Wood is deeply ingrained in Heal’s heritage and within this naturals trend we see a mix of wood finishes. Solid wood furniture in walnut, oak, ash and beech and luxurious leather furniture prevail over modern alternatives such as high gloss lacquers and glass.

Key pieces in furniture include: the Chill sofa in tan leather, the Hi-ho adult rocking horse, Cowhide dining chairs and the Twist nest of tables by Kirsty Whyte for Heal’s Discovers.

Nature, home and Heal’s; three reassuringly timeless concepts that will never go out of fashion. Touch wood.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

New to TONON - Twisty 504

Stefan Heiliger developed for Tonon a new project in his typical style. Neither a chair nor a lounge this time, but a floor lamp, with sinuous eye-catching shape, availlable in two different heights.

Vittorio Bonacina in the UK

Crest Living is proud to announce the representation of Vittorio Bonacina in the UK, and even more delighted to be the only retail space in England with their products on display.

Crest Living, 242 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2BB +44 (0) 20 7225 7066

Multiplex at The Dock for London Design Festival 2011

Portobello Dock
344 Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5BU
19th – 25th September 2011
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Thursday - Late night shopping – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Set on an industrial waterside estate, The Dock, hosted by Tom Dixon and sponsored by Derwent London, is rapidly turning into an epicentre for design and innovation. During the September festival expect indoor, outdoor and water-based installations, exhibitions and workshops from exhibitors such as Aston Martin, Moooi, Innocent Drinks and UP Projects’ Floating Cinema as well as the launch of Kitchenette, The Dock Kitchen’s lunch-time extension.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Tent Loves..

Tent Loves is a series of three beautiful installations, commissioned by Tent London. The installations will be produced by designers and curators each working in different materials. The series will consist a collection of stunning hand-blown pieces by Gillespie Glass; the unusual ‘skin collection’ of hand-stitched soft leather lamps and furniture by Studio Pepe Heykoop; and a selection of Bute wool ‘shelters’ curated by JJam and designed by Tortie Hoare, Shell Thomas, Studio Henny van Nistelrooy, We Do Studio and Elena Corchero. These thought provoking works will be positioned at focal points around the exhibition

Register now for Tent London at

Shoreditch Design Triangle

The Shoreditch Design Triangle will be taking place again this year as part of the London Design Festival. It promises to be a fantastic event bringing together thirty-one local galleries, shops and studios.
On Tuesday 20th September most locations will be staying open late and hosting an array of special launches, parties and workshops.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Midcounties Co-operative Case Study

KI provided a tailored storage solution for Midcounties Co-operative's new headquarters in Warwick, when they brought several satellite offices to one site. An extensive filing audit of current storage practices was carried out and KI's efficient 800 Series storage system enabled them to carry out a rigorous file reduction programme. Cicada Interiors designed a well coordinated refreshing scheme in RAL 6027 Light Green with practical graphite grey compact laminate tops to provide a light and open space for the new way of working.

James Burleigh at designjunction

James Burleigh have tables and benches in over 100 shades.

designjunction - London's most anticipated design destination
Victoria House Basement 37 - 63 Southampton Row London WC1B 4DA

Monday, 22 August 2011


Republic of Fritz Hansen™, the world's most revered Danish furniture design brand, is joining forces with Skandium, London's much-loved Scandinavian design emporium, to launch the first Republic of Fritz Hansen store in the UK – during the London Design Festival (17-25 September 2011).
The Republic of Fritz Hansen flagship store will be in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia district, and will uniquely showcase the entire furniture collection by Fritz Hansen alongside a specially curated range of the best interior accessories by some of the most premium Scandinavian design brands such as Iittala, Georg Jensen and Louis Poulsen.
The UK's love affair with Scandinavian design, which is all about clean, classically modern and fuss free interiors, is set to grow this Autumn, as the pared down aesthetic dominates design trends, with refined furniture pieces and neutral toned textiles conveying timelessness, sustainability and craftsmanship - perfect for today's economic climate of considered purchases..

Throughout its near 140-year history, Fritz Hansen has produced a rich portfolio of furniture classics, thanks to a series of partnerships with visionary designers and architects, including Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Hans J. Wegner, Poul Kjærholm and Jaime Hayón, who designed the new FAVN™ sofa to be launched on the market in September 2011 and which will also be available at the new store. Many of the company's furniture designs are instantly recognisable, such as Arne Jacobsen’s Egg™ and Swan™ chairs.
A joint venture with Skandium – London's foremost retailer of contemporary Scandinavian furniture, lighting and kitchenware for the home and office – Skandium has sourced exclusive pieces and hand picked collections that will be initially available for sale exclusively at the Republic of Fritz Hansen Store. This includes a comprehensive glassware showcase, vintage and contemporary Danish accessories, and a discerning range of cookware and inspirational lifestyle books.
The Republic of Fritz Hansen Store makes a welcome and timely addition to London's design retail scene, and is set to be a veritable haven of Scandinavian cool, housing the dream combination of both design brands under one roof. The store's interior design and layout will exemplify Scandinavian design, with clean, simple lines and natural materials.
Housed in a magnificent duplex space in a period building, the store commands a prominent position, cornering Margaret Street and Great Titchfield Street. Large, double-volume windows flank both streets, which will be filled with enticing room set displays showcasing the very best and latest Fritz Hansen furniture and Scandinavian products. The store aims to be London's leading design pitt stop where buyers, interior designers, architects, stylists, journalists and design fans can meet, source the latest Scandinavian design offerings and be inspired.
Jan Vejsholt, Fritz Hansen's Vice President, UK and Ireland, comments: “We see enormous potential for Scandinavian design in one of the world’s most creative and design led cities. Our shared appreciation for quality design makes the Fritz Hansen and Skandium partnership the perfect combination for creating a successful Scandinavian retail experience."

“We are honoured to have been invited to help realise the retail vision of such a legendary Scandinavian manufacturer as Fritz Hansen," says Magnus Englund, Managing Director for Skandium. "Given free hands to come up with a selection of accessories that underline the Fritz Hansen brand… we're looking forward to the public’s impression of the latest addition to London's great design shops."

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Daily Telegraph Journalist and Home Expert Alison Cork launches 'Alison at Home'

Journalist, broadcaster and home expert, Alison Cork is delighted to announce the launch of Alison at Home, an exciting new destination for all things home.
As well as producing content for television as This Morning's interiors expert, Alison continues to bring a sparkle of domestic fairy dust to her national newspaper columns, magazines and website. With a furniture range and two books also under her rather stylish belt, Alison’s interiors offerings are diverse yet undeviating in their message:"Better home, better value, better life"

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Fine Cell Work - "Love'in" Workshop

Thursday 22nd September
As part of Multiplex at The Dock for London Design Festival, a stitching workshop is hosted by Fine Cell Work with Karl, an ex offender who spent time at HMP Bullingdon. They will be demonstrating some of the intricate skills that Fine Cell Work prisoners learn, participants will make their own pincushion from upcycled and vintage fabrics.

Berlin Trade Fair

The Berlin Trade Fair only accepts high end design furniture brands and is held at the Tempelhof (an old airport) in Berlin.

Artifort will be sharing a space during the event with Palau and Pastoe.

Friday, 19 August 2011

The Sleep Event

Booking is now live for The Sleep Event Hotels & Leisure Conference, 23-24 November 2011, Business Design Centre, London.

Book now & save £100!

KI's Lucky Seating

Lucky is a very elegant, comfortable, multi-purpose chair that is characterised by its sculptured form, latest manufacturing techniques and exclusive two-colour finish. Lucky’s soft flexible shape adapts to the body well and follows its movements, the single-body structure in polypropylene has a differentiated surface with an anti-slip matt finish on the seat and a polished finish on the outside. A sophisticated and functional solution that gives the chair a fresh image in vibrant or neutral colours.

The new brochure is now available to download from the KI Europe website

Søren Rose Studio and De La Espada- Launch at LDF 2011

De La Espada has teamed up with Scandinavian design firm, Søren Rose Studio to produce the outstanding Park Avenue Collection. Nine pieces will debut in September at Tramshed 2011 as part of London Design Festival.
Designer Søren Rose says, “The furniture collection for De La Espada evolved out of an architectural project which we have been working on for a client for the last 2 years - a penthouse and rooftop at Park Avenue South in New York. We used this project and the client's needs to incubate these products. All of the pieces are designed for real people and the result is a very dramatic collection that combines the best of the Scandinavian furniture tradition with a New York contemporary feeling.” The collection exhibits true craftsmanship while exploring new material combinations including cork, marble, aluminum, brass, fabric and natural wood. Using solid, beautiful materials, the collection is simple in nature yet obsessive in detail, resulting in long-lasting, timeless pieces that offer a fresh take on modern living.

Experience a chair molded to the body’s shape

Thursday, 18 August 2011

naughtone sideboards

We have been making credenza's (or sideboards as we like to call them) for our clients for a long time. Often these are supplementary products to our table ranges and we match colours veneers and leg details.

As they have always turned out so well we have decided to launch the naughtone sideboard as a product in its own right.

Any colour.
Any size.

Optional veneer panels or complete veneer sideboards.

Optional decorative tops in marble, painted glass, corian, or a material of your choice.

To see more information on sideboard click here

Tom Dixon in Asia

From 27th September a series of events with Tom will take place in Bankok, Beijing, and Manila. Flash Factory shows the processes of industrial production and will be brought directly to the customer. A limited number of Etch products will be made and sold on site at each event to visiting customers.

For more information visit the Tom Dixon website.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

New table lamp from Louis Poulsen

A Bright Idea in a Small Package

Louis Poulsen is launching a new PH table lamp in September, it is part of 2/1 family, which also includes a chandelier, a pendant and a wall light.

The PH 2/1 table lamp is the smallest of the PH three-shade range, ideal in rooms where one wants to create small points of light to add atmosphere or highlight the room dimensions.

PH 2/1 table is perfectly detailed and an excellent example of the precision Louis Poulsen invest in their products. The light source used also reflects the miniature size, but without compromising light quality. PH 2/1 table comes with a clear halogen bulb. In addition to its good colour reproduction, it has been further optimised using a matte glass screen to ensure soft comfortable lighting. The new table lamp can help improve lighting comfort in any room. The three opal glass shades have been hand blown and match the high quality three-layer glass shade that characterises Louis Poulsen's PH products.

With the addition of PH 2/1 table, this beautiful table lamp is now available in three different sizes. The best-known is the extremely versatile PH 3/2 table lamp, with a top shade diameter of 30 cm. The grand PH 4½-3½ is the flagship of the table lamp series and has a top shade diameter of 45 cm.

PH 2/1 table comes with a high-gloss chrome frame and hand-blown three-layer white opal glass shade. The cord is black plastic with an integrated switch. The halogen lamp can be directly connected to 230V mains power. The lamp has a height of 355 mm and a shade diameter of 20 cm.

The PH 2/1 retails at £465.00

Job Seeker

Visit the Job Posts page of the blog to see the C.V of a university graduate looking for employment.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

KI's New Piana Alessichair by David Chipperfield

Piana is a simple, iconic, general-purpose folding chair, designed by David Chipperfield. The design aimed to produce a well-made chair in a material which expresses its utilitarian and transient nature. The matt finish and tactile qualities of the chair render it both comfortable and robust.

Copies of the new brochure are available to download from the KI Europe website.

Fritz Hansen and Skandium to open in London’s Design District

Republic of Fritz Hansen has announced it is joining forces with Scandinavian design emporium, Skandium, to open the first Republic of Fritz Hansen store in the UK.

Located in the heart of Fitzrovia design district, the store will play host to premium Scandinavian design brands, with furniture by Republic of Fritz Hansen and a specially curated collection of interior accessories by brands such as Iittala, Georg Jensen, and Louis Poulsen.

The collaboration represents Republic of Fritz Hansen's first UK store, while also being the furniture company's flagship headquarters.

Click here to read more

Monday, 15 August 2011

naughtone August 2011

Here is a sneak preview of our viv chair with a beautiful solid oak stacking base. This option will be officially launched in September but we are taking enquiries now and we are very excited about it!

Viv-wood is the first in a series of new products we will be launching in good old wood. Keep an eye out for them over the coming months or have a look at other woody options hiding in our range (audrey stool, hush with oak legs, clyde with oak legs.)


Steelcase, global leaders in office furniture and workplace solutions, have launched their new RoomWizard II, an innovative product helping teams organise meetings and book public spaces.

According to a recent Steelcase Workplace Survey, 40% of workers waste up to thirty minutes a day searching for a place to do group work.* The RoomWizard seeks to drastically reduce this.

How people go about scheduling space varies widely within organisations, between buildings and across individual spaces. First-come-first-serve, post-it notes and even corporate calendar systems haven’t proven effective.

The newly redesigned RoomWizard is a web-based room scheduling system that solves this dilemma, allowing employees to easily book rooms or spaces ahead of time. With its easy ‘Red Light/Green Light’ feature, it is easier than ever to see at a glance what areas are free.

Kim Williams of Steelcase explained: “In today’s interconnected business world, workers need to be able to collaborate without being interrupted. With RoomWizard II when workers need a space to meet, whether it’s open or closed, they can reserve it instantly and get to work.”

RoomWizard works with a variety of calendaring systems, allowing meeting spaces to be managed via web, laptop or smart phone. It can also be controlled directly from its touch screen face.

It can also be used with Steelcase’s Snap Tag App. The iPhone app captures whiteboard notes, connects with RoomWizard II and sends the content directly to meeting participants.

For further information please contact Ramsay Smith or Chessie da Parma at Media House International on 0207 710 0020.

Wet look, dry process… A Creatif stretch ceiling never needs decorating

No wet trades makes for a fast install, low maintenance and no worries
CLICK HERE to find out more about Creatif’s world-class stretch ceilings

Multiplex at The Dock - London Design Festival

Saturday, 13 August 2011

New in at The Lollipop Shoppe – Klaus Haapaniemi textiles - signature collection

These whimsical textiles are the signature collection from artist and designer Klaus Haapaniemi. Haapaniemi has collaborated with designer and art director Mia Wallenius to create this delightful range of nature inspired cushions, throws and scarves. Using pure and luxurious materials, such as wool, silk and linen, they have combined traditional weaving techniques with modern prints and sophisticated colours. Previously, Haapaniemi has created prints for Diesel, Levi’s Cacharel, Clements Ribeiro and Marimekko.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Delightfull presents the first lighting novelty for Decorex, 2011

“A touch of classicism and sophistication”

New – Miles Floor

Miles brings back the elegant atmosphere of the 50’s. With a delicate gold plated frame, a charismatic lampshade and a black marble base, Miles Floor Lamp will provide you or to your projects, a warm and comfortable environment, perfect for a room or a quiet place in the living room.

Delightfull invites you to see this and more lighting design novelties at Decorex International, 2011, in Chelsea, during London’s design Week, one of the best design festivals in Europe, from 25 to 28th of September.

Furniture Retailer Peter Green joins The Furniture Ombudsman

The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO), which aims to inspire consumer confidence in the furniture industry by raising standards and improving service, is pleased to welcome furniture retailer Peter Green to its growing list of members.

Peter Green, an independent family business, was established over 55 years ago and offers living, dining, home office, beds and bedroom furniture, as well as flooring and accessories to furnish homes from their large stores in Southampton.
By joining The Furniture Ombudsman, Peter Green has demonstrated their commitment to the consumer. Through their membership, the retailer has agreed to follow the scheme’s Code of Practice and pledged to act responsibly within the furniture industry.
Managing Director, Adrian Oates said “At Peter Green we offer a high level of choice, quality and service as well as peace of mind that purchases are secure and of a high standard. Above all, our customers expect honesty. We have chosen to join The Furniture Ombudsman as we wanted to show that putting the customer first is highly important to us.”

The Furniture Ombudsman also offers an impartial and independent dispute resolution service for both consumers and furniture retailers. By joining The Furniture Ombudsman, Peter Green is offering their customers additional reassurance.
Kevin Grix, Head of The Furniture Ombudsman said “We are very pleased to welcome Peter Green to our list of members. When purchasing from a registered member of The Furniture Ombudsman, the consumer benefits from additional assurance that they will get a fair deal from the retailer. This in turn helps raise standards within the industry as a whole and increases the confidence of consumers purchasing from registered members of the scheme”

For more information on The Furniture Ombudsman and to watch a short film explaining The Furniture Ombudsman service, visit


The Artwood Bespoke collection takes wood flooring and accessories to a new design level allowing you to create a one off piece to suit any requirement. Every piece of timber is treated like a work of art, individually finished by skilled hands to bring you a unique perspective on wood flooring. View more from Artwood

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Maison & Objet

Please be reminded of Maison & Objet, taking place 9th-13th September 2011

The European Hotel Design Awards have just announced the 2011 shortlist

Here is a small selection of the outstanding entries that show European design, architecture and development excellence at its best...
Four Seasons Hotel, London, England
Grand Cafe Pearl, Hilton the Hague, The Netherlands
Hotel le Parc Renaissance Trocadero, Paris, France
Mint Hotel, Tower of London,London, England
The Savoy, London, England
Vidago Palace, Portugal, Spain
W London Leicester Square, London, England
To view the full 2011 shortlist or book your table at the Sleep Event awards please click here

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Only 7 weeks to go!

Tent London, 22-25 September 2011
Click here to register

Benjamin Hubert x De La Espada -Inaugural collection at LDF 2011

Benjamin Hubert will launch a range of furniture and lighting in collaboration with De La Espada during the London Design Festival.
The inaugural collection will be revealed on the 22nd of September at Tramshed 2011.
Inline with Benjamin Hubert’s material-led design process, the project utilises a range of natural materials including, granite, ash, marble, blown glass and leather in a celebration of the handmade. The raw materials are given an industrial edge with an emphasis on new construction techniques, a progressive typology and a function-led minimal aesthetic.
The range includes a dining table, side tables, dining chair, lounge chair and pendant light.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Steelcase Wellness @ Work Breakfast

For your information the Steelcase Wellness @ Work Breakfast this Thursday has been postponed- possibly until the 9th of September but we will keep you updated.

Arper awarded its first Compasso d’oro

Design by Simon Pengelly

Nuur is the archetypal table: a single, spare plane floats above four slender legs. The result is aesthetically pure but flexible. A universal system based on the simple principle of four corner legs, four rails and a top, Nuur adapts to diverse applications and environments.

Table tops are available in square or rectangular formats in either colored laminate or wood veneer. The structure is available in polished or painted aluminum.

The Compasso d’Oro has marked its 22nd edition with a prestigious ceremony in Rome. The leading Italian design prize recognises excellence in project work, products and research. This year Arper’s Nuur table has been awarded the Compasso d’Oro.

Recently, La Pelanda - the Testaccio branch of Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) - hosted the triennial Compasso d’Oro award ceremony. The award was conceived by Gio Ponti in 1954 and is promoted by the Industrial Design Association (ADI).

An international jury, made up of 8 members from both academia and the professional world, was presided over by Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis. The panel awarded 19 projects from over 200 entries which are now on display in the La Pelanda exhibition until September 25th, 2011. The jury commented that the Nuur table was awarded for its feeling of exceptional lightness and attention to detail in its design.

Arper’s CEO, Claudio Feltrin, who founded the company in 1989 with his father Luigi and brother Mauro, said “receiving the Compasso d’Oro is a very important goal for Arper; the jury’s decision on Nuur gratifies all of us and represents an acknowledgment of our company’s production skills and effectiveness. Over the past ten years, we have invested heavily in research, technology, environmental sustainability, communication and our commercial network, a complex commitment at the core of product projects, and design and functionality. Being awarded the Compasso d’Oro encourages us to keep on track, developing the policies and choices that Arper has made so far”.

George Nelson

George Nelson-inspired 2011 Select Tray Table now available from Herman Miller

Friday, 5 August 2011

Boss Design launch the Fairfax collection

Leading British seating designer and manufacturer Boss Design is delighted to announce the launch of the new Fairfax seating range.

Fairfax breaks the mould with its elegant low back design; masculine linear form and tapered seat cushion, to deliver an aesthetically refined collection with an impressive level of comfort.

Designed in-house by Boss Design, Fairfax is ideally suited to corporate reception and executive lounge areas. The range which comprises of an armchair and three-seater sofa offers the utmost attention to detail and a level of upholstery to rival the very best collections in the world.

Mark Barrell, Design Director, Boss Design said;

‘Fairfax is a piece of upholstery that depicts exactly what Boss Design’s stands for – exceptional quality, outstanding design and unrivalled comfort. From the outset we knew that Fairfax would be a bold yet luxurious sofa. We were keen not to make compromises at any stage of the design process.’

He adds:
‘The collection surpasses expectations in every sense of the word. From its exceptionally comfortable tapered seat through to the refined leg detail that gracefully lifts Fairfax off the ground to demonstrate the collection’s outstanding quality upholstery’.

The collection is available in any leather or fabric option and may be specified with accompanying scatter cushions. For more information call the Boss Design information line on 01384 455570 or 0207 253 0364. You can also visit our website at

Frame Moooi Award 2012

Frame and Moooi are joining forces. The interior design magazine and design label have created an award to raise the bar for furniture and interior design to an all-new level.
Frame and Moooi are both innovators, with Frame focusing on cutting-edges interiors and Moooi striving to be the ultimate word in furniture and lighting. Combining the interests of both organizations, the Frame Moooi Award will target interior designers and architects with the desire to custom create a lamp or furnishing for a specific interior. There’s just one condition: these must be products that can lead a life outside the interior for which they have been designed.
The talented and internationally-celebrated Philippe Starck will be judging the award, which kicks off on the 1st of September 2011 when the online application system will open at When the application period closes on the 1st of December 2011, the entries will be sent to Starck, who will review each of the projects. His shortlisted candidates will be revealed on the 15th of March, 2012.
Frame and Moooi are looking forward to crowning the winner with a jaw-dropping prize of €25,000. The winner will be announced in April at a special award ceremony during the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2012.
The Frame Moooi Award prompts designers to unite innovative interiors with equally as innovative furniture and lighting. Product designers work on commission for manufacturers, with the goal of production and reproduction.
On the other hand, architects and interior designers make furniture and lighting that satisfy an architectural need, respond to a new function or address a specific problem. Many high-profile pieces of furniture and lighting have been designed for a specific context, such as Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair, which was created for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona. Arne Jacobsen designed the Egg Chair in 1958 for the Radisson SAS Hotel in Copenhagen, while the Ear Chair was conceived in 2003 by Jurgen Bey as a mini meeting room for Dutch insurance
company Interpolis.
These and many other iconic products eventually experienced large-scale production and appeared in a wide range of interior projects. Many proved to be so innovative that they earned recognition and inspired others to design similar models. Contextual designs are clearly important for the development of furniture and lighting; they also strengthen the bond between (interior) architects and product designers.
Both Frame and Moooi are eagerly awaiting the opening of the online application system on the 1st of September 2011 and the forthcoming design submissions, which are sure to both impress and strengthen the future of furniture and interior design.

SAYL Chair Wins Again

The SAYL chair and its designer, Yves Behar, continue to attract a lot of attention in the design world.
SAYL recently received the Good Design Award in the Australian International Design Awards and went on to be named Best in Category, beating heavy weights including Dyson’s Airblade. That follows on the heels of Treehugger’s “Best of Green Readers’ Choice” award in the Design and Architecture category, and 2010 Product Design of the Year in the International Design Awards (IDA). Oh, and then there’s the silver IDEA award in the cateogory of “Office and Productivity”! What is so exciting about this chair? The frameless back – inspired by the spans of the Golden Gate bridge in Behar’s hometown of San Francisco – is the first of its kind. It’s an intelligent suspension system that adapts to a person’s movements while providing proper support. It successfully treads that fine line between ergonomics and beautiful design. And it’s affordable. A winning combination.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

SCP Summer Sale Extended!

The SCP Summer Sale has been extended by one final week.

This is your last chance to place new orders at discounted prices. Place your order by Sunday and receive 20% off all new SCP upholstery, furniture and rug orders, 15% off all other new furniture orders and 10% off all lighting and rugs.

Don't miss out on up to 60% off discontinued lines and ex display items.
The sale is extended online and in their East and West stores until Sunday 7th August 2011.

KALA by Arturo Álvarez

Broken lines, an irregular volume of moving and living appearance that reminds us of the changing drawings made by the sand on the great dunes.

MESH WITH SILICONE: Arturo Álvarez develops a new material from the exploration and mixture of daily life materials, in that way appears the combination between metallic mesh and silicone: flexible, washable, malleable so it allows to obtain big volumes, pleated so to provide with a very warm and wrapping light.

Silicone mesh revolutionizes and thrills the markets with volume, different textures and endless possibilities.


Featuring interiors by Morris & Co, this year's seminar theatre will host acclaimed and innovative speakers discussing the latest topics. Hear from designers and names such as; Mark Woodman, Tara Bernerd, Rosemary Alexander, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Piers Gough and Nicholas Chandler, as well as Dan Hopwood... Click here to read more

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Bean sofa for Tec72

David Fox design is pleased to announce the official product launch of Bean + Pod for

Bean is a modular seating system, the concept is a departure from the conventional linking or bench seating system. The organic shape, draws inspiration and fluidity from the natural shape of a Bean, and how the objects scatter randomly, aesthetically working in harmony with no apparent order.

Manufactured from wooden frames CMHR foams, the sofa and “Pod”, are covered in a choice of contract fabrics or hydes, the chromed or powder coated steel rail hovers seamlessly above the floor, creating a shadow gap, as the uplifting angled shape emerges from the ground.

The shapes can be loosely arranged to form interior landscapes, side by side, back to back, formed in a circular installation, the limitations are endless and driven by the creation of the scheme. The complimentary “P” tables range, offer working or lounging solutions.

“Tec 72 approached me to design a piece of seating for them, after meeting with the team, they offered a dynamic, passionate, and willing to listen approach to developing new product, in-terms of quality, they have been instrumental in ensuring finite detail was adhered to, and have produced a quality product”

“from little acorns grow big oaks, is a design philosophy of David Fox, when design marries with quality craftsmanship, and ambition, then the results can only be a proactive step in the right direction”

The product is upholstered in the Nuna fabric, a David Fox design for
See also Adrenalin, for a more hospitality feel

Herman Miller to Partner with Italian Manufacturer Mattiazzi

Beginning September 1, 2011, Herman Miller will become the exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada for Mattiazzi, manufacturer of wood dining chairs and tables.
Read more here


BB chair by Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi obtained the Honorable Mention Award at the XXII edition of the Compasso D'Oro, the world's most authoritative design award estabilished in 1954 from an idea by Gio Ponti.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


Sir Terence Conran's Hector Bibendum light, which has been designed to celebrate Original BTC’s 21st birthday and the Michelin building’s centenary, will celebrate its UK launch at 100% Design. Hector Bibendum, a fresh take on the Original BTC Hector light, takes its inspiration from the iconic Michelin man’s layered tyre body while retaining Original BTC’s signature cotton-braided flex.

‘I have used Original BTC’s classic lights for over 20 years. The Conran Shop was one of the first retailers to stock them’ says Conran


100% Design brings you the Blueprint Awards at Earls Court. Exhibitors are encouraged to sign up now to enter the 100% Design Blueprint Awards.
Hundreds of designers enter these prestigious awards, now in their 15th year. The highly sought after plaque is a mark of originality and quality from across the spectrum of exhibitors at the show and garners international respect from manufacturers and media alike.Many winners go on to become celebrated names including Benjamin Hubert and most recently Natalie Dewez who was commissioned by Established & Sons after winning her award in 2010.

This year's illustrious panel of jurors includes Johnny Tucker, Editor, Blueprint; Deyan Sudjic, Director, Design Museum; Alison Stafford, Director, Moooi; designer Hector Serrano; Martin Saxby, LG Himacs©, Benjamin Spriggs, Associate Editor, Sunday Times Style; Rebecca Stewart, Arup

The Blueprint awards are open to all exhibitors at 100% Design (including 100% Materials and 100% Futures) and are free to enter. Deadline for entry is 25 July 2011.

The categories are:
Best New Product Design
Best Stand Design (judged onsite at the show)
100% Futures Most Promising Talent
Best Use of Materials

The winners will be announced on Thursday 22 September.

Monday, 1 August 2011

FIRA welcomes hm63 to the FIRA Showcase

FIRA is pleased to announce the most recent addition to the FIRA Innovation Showcase – the new hm63 seating design from Hitch Mylius.

The FIRA Innovation Showcase offers a unique platform for furniture designers and manufactures to display innovative new furniture products. The Showcase is visited by hundreds of furniture industry professionals on a monthly basis as they visit the headquarters of the Furniture Industry Research Association in Stevenage.
The latest item to be displayed on the showcase is an hm63 seating unit from Hitch Mylius, designed by Nigel Coates. The hm63 chair is part of a new family of upholstered seating which features low, pebble-like units that can be laid out in structured patterns. The chairs can be used either individually or scattered throughout a space to provide organic seating arrangements.

Robin Phillips, of Hitch Mylius said, “We are very happy to have hm63 on display as part of the FIRA Innovation Showcase. Each of the three elements of the hm63 collection is generously proportioned and can be specified with or without a backrest. The adaptability of the product offers a variety of uses for both public and private spaces. We began working with Nigel Coates in 1994 and his Oxo seating range that we launched in 1998 is a consistent bestseller and is still in production today.”
Products displayed as part of the FIRA Innovation Showcase are put on display for four months and are accompanied by an information panel about the product. The Showcase offers a unique opportunity to gain extra media coverage when launching new products, as well as a way to display the product to others within the furniture industry.

Silver Crush Table by Fredrikson Stallard

London-based Fredrikson Stallard have created the Silver Crush table.
Table ‘Silver crush’ 2011 Glass, stainless steel, polished aluminum
H32 x W130 x D100cm Editions David Gill, limited to 8 + 2P + 2AP

See the best Northern design talent at Design Event

Back for the seventh consecutive year, Design Event 2011, takes place from 14-18 October, with a rich line up of the best design talent from the north of England. This years theme is Happiness and the event opens with Design Event MART, a curated selling exhibition at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Friday 14 – Sunday 16 Oct), championing over 30 design companies from the North. Visitors can expect to see and buy the latest designs in furniture, lighting and home accessories from award-winning and internationally acclaimed designers, Deadgood, Susan Bradley, Lazarian and many others.