Monday, 31 October 2011

Danish Royal Couple attends opening of Carl Hansen & Son showroom in New York

Driven by major progress in Europe, Carl Hansen & Son, a Danish-owned furniture manufacturer, is turning its sights on success in the US market and opening an exclusive showroom in New York. The Danish Crown Prince and Princess were among the first guests at the official opening, at this world-class Danish design store.

Knud Erik Hansen (CEO, Carl Hansen & Son) together with HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary at the inauguration of Carl Hansen & Son's new showroom in SoHo, New York.

Carl Hansen & Son, a Danish-owned manufacturer of designer furniture, has just officially opened its new 6000 sq. ft. showroom in SoHo, New York, an occasion presided over by HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary. Launching the new showroom was also part of the official export drive where exponents of the best in Danish design were represented.

By establishing a showroom and sales organization in New York, Carl Hansen & Son is significantly stepping up its commitment to the US market. “The US has always interested us and was actually one of our first export markets way back in the 1950s. After years of success and significant growth rates in the European market, we have chosen to invest heavily in our US activities to realise the huge potential and growth opportunities in the North American market. Establishing our new showroom is therefore only the first step in building up our organization in the USA,” explains Knud Erik Hansen, CEO.

Carl Hansen & Son's strategy for the US market is to target its activities towards architects and professional buyers. Establishing a showroom is therefore a vital factor in showcasing our range for this target group. The company has achieved this successfully in Copenhagen, Denmark, where an impressive showroom was recently opened in a large industrial-style complex in a thriving new design district.

“We can see that Americans are appreciating elegant and simple designs more and more. A prime example is world-famous Danish architect Hans J. Wegner with his legendary Wishbone Chair,” says Thomas Vagner, President, Americas, adding: “We take American consumers seriously which is why we want to meet their need for shorter delivery times and greater flexibility.”

Carl Hansen & Son's products are sold all over the world through a network of sales subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, China and now the USA as well as through its own sales representations in Hong Kong, the UK, Germany, Norway and Sweden in addition to local agencies. Knud Erik Hansen concludes: “We are expecting a great deal from this initiative and are looking forward to writing a whole new chapter in the multi-faceted story of this century-old, family-run company spanning several generations.”

M&S receives FIRA innovation award for Somoma folding wardrobe

FIRA are pleased to announce that Marks and Spencer have received their prestigious FIRA Innovation Award for its novel Sonoma folding wardrobe.

The unique folding design includes a hidden hinge detail on the side of the wardrobe, which enables the product to be transported flat and folded out on delivery. The Sonoma wardrobe now takes just five minutes to assemble, a reduction of some 40 minutes from the previous non-folding Sonoma design.

'Magically' let your interiors grow

“Magic” is a breakout stool system, Designed by David Fox, and Produced by international furniture manufacturer Boss Design. Since its launch at Clerkenwell design week last year, the product has been featured in a number of schemes. Click the image to enlarge.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

HI-MACS is key to superb wetroom design

Designed and made by Bespoke Surfaces Ltd, a specialist designer of bespoke kitchen and bathroom designs, their new wetroom display features the solid surface material HI-MACS® which especially lends itself to this type of application.

The floor, walls, vanity unit with integrated basins and wall storage alcoves are all fabricated from HI-MACS® – the natural stone acrylic material with specialist properties like a non-porous, impervious, hygienic and low maintenance surface.

Being a solid surface with seamless joins HI-MACS® obviates in need for grouting where dirt or germs can gather.

The wetroom is a fantastic creation with two Vado shower areas including a Vado Ethos ceiling-mounted shower head surrounded by embedded LED downlights and a wall mounted mirror/TV unit. The other shower area is equipped with dual stalk-mounted heads with the main pad head being adjustable and the other smaller head removable for hand-held use on an integrated chrome hose.

HI-MACS® was also selected for its thermo-formability which didn’t inhibit the designers or fabricators in any way. The floor is HI-MACS® Beach Sand to distinguish it from the walls and units which are all in Nougat Cream.

The vanity unit with integrated twin basins uses standard HI-MACS® basins, (CB465) which proved perfect for the overall project design.

Bespoke Surfaces Ltd says that the special properties and opportunities offered by HI-MACS® as a material was essential to the project and made the whole concept feasible.

A similar bathroom would retail at about £30,000.

HI-MACS® by LG Hausys +44 1732 424240
Bespoke Surfaces Ltd +44 1892 862 698

Saturday, 29 October 2011

And So To Bed

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And So To Bed has showrooms throughout the UK t: 0808 144 4343

20% off SCP Upholstery until October 31st

Get that Oscar sofa you've always wanted or that pouffe to complete your new living room with 20% off at SCP until 31st October.

The offer applies to all SCP own brand upholstery and pouffes which can be made here in the UK in the leather or fabric of your choice and delivered to you in 6-8 weeks.

Friday, 28 October 2011

All new at Nest

Nest has launched their brand new website and to celebrate they are offering readers a very special present!

Receive an incredible 15 per cent off your first online purchase when you use the promo code ‘newnest’ at the checkout.

New features include an express check out, a streamlined design, a ‘Shop by’ navigation column so you can customise your view and better links with social media profiles.

The new website has been designed and built in order to make the shopping experience much quicker and easier. Nest worked in conjunction with Kleber Design Ltd.

Inside World Festival of Interiors

Inside is a new festival in Barcelona, celebrating the finest interiors and their creators through a series of curated events, talks, installations and a prestigious awards programme.

CCIB Forum
Rambla Prim, 1-17Barcelona

2-4 November

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Gunni & Trentino and arturo alvarez will show a lighting installation in Barcelona

Gunni & Trentino and arturo alvarez come together to carry out a lighting installation in Barcelona. Click here to read more

Inspired Design

Yves Béhar is founder of fuseproject, a San Francisco-based brand and product design firm. He is known for tackling big challenges and pushing the boundaries of technology and design.

Learn more here

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

High Five from Carl Hansen & Son

Carl Hansen & Son is a Danish-owned furniture manufacturer established in 1908. The company is headquartered in Aarup, Denmark, and currently has a staff of around 120. Carl Hansen & Son is one of Denmark’s oldest manufacturers of high-end furniture and the world’s largest producer of furniture designed by Hans J. Wegner. With solid roots in Danish cabinetmaking traditions and an understanding of the latest in production technology, Carl Hansen & Son creates furniture that lasts for generations. Designer furniture from Carl Hansen & Son is sold all over the world. See more at

Bespoke Upholstery From Heal’s

Heal’s have recently relaunched their bespoke upholstery service, ‘Made For You’. Customers can create the sofa of their dreams with this service, covering a contemporary sofa or armchair with the fabric of their choice.
22 sofa, 7 armchair and 6 love seat styles are available to customise in a choice of fabrics. Fabric books from all the major design houses are available in-store for customers to make select from with over 10,000 fabrics and leathers. These fabric books include Designers Guild, Romo, Osborne & Little, Sanderson, Harlequin, Missoni and Kvadrat. Whether it’s a classic Mistral sofa in a bright Marimekko print, or a modern modular sofa in leather, customers can ensure that their new sofa will fit perfectly in their interior scheme.
Experienced Heal’s staff are on hand to advise customers on fabric choices, and to ensure a seamless service from start to finish. The bespoke upholstery service is available in all 6 Heal’s stores, and further information can be found online at

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


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Home - a new retail trade show for London

January 2012 sees the launch of HOME, a new retail trade show from Clarion Events.

Positioned alongside, Top Drawer, Clarion's already successful giftware event; HOME will offer an inspiring selection of stylish, high quality interior accessories, lighting and occasional furniture, from some of the best design companies in the UK and Europe.
The first interiors event of the new calendar, HOME, will provide retailers, press and trade professionals, an opportunity to be the first to see and select unique products for the new buying season, just a few steps away at Earls Court 2.

15-17 January 2012

VONDOM & Qubique Berlin

VONDOM are pleased to inform you that they will participate in QUBIQUE.
They look forward to presenting their new collections.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Leather Edition Acapulco Chair

The leather edition Acapulco chair by Ocho was inspired by the Mayan weaving technique. Crafted entirely by hand just a few miles from Acapulco, ensuring its character and authenticity. This item is made using 100% leather cord and a chrome plated iron frame, built and packaged in two pieces to reduce volume and transportation costs.

Livery Company launches new sustainability award for British furniture manufacturers

The efforts of British furniture manufacturers to become greener are to be recognised by a new annual award from the industry’s Livery company, the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.

The Furniture Makers Sustainability Award is open to British manufacturing members of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) administered by FIRA International and which aims to recognise improvements in furniture manufacturing sustainability. There are currently 65 eligible companies in the scheme and they are being invited to compete for the new award.

The trophy will be awarded to the company which, in the judges’ opinion, has made the most notable improvements in sustainable manufacturing during 2011, in such areas as environmental waste, energy, packaging and transport management, purchasing policies, employment, training and education. The judges will take into account the size of the business concerned so that the relative importance of the progress can be measured.

The winner will be presented with the trophy next May by the Master of the Company at its annual Installation Dinner in the Mansion House in the City of London. It will be retained for one year. Shortlisted entrants will also be offered the opportunity to apply for a Manufacturing Guild Mark.

A distinguished panel of judges will consider the entries which need to be received by November 25. They are:-
Hugh Garforth-Bles, Master of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
David Walton, chairman of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme Steering Committee
Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Group
Barbara Chandler, freelance writer, journalist and photographer

A representative from FIRA will act as technical advisor to the judges.

De La Espada - Qubique

This week, from 26-29 October, De La Espada will exhibit in Berlin, for Qubique, the Next Generation Trade Show. They will present a selection of over 40 new products launched by their seven designer-led brands at Fuorisalone in April and London Design Festival in September. Booth H6 19, Berlin Tempelhof, Platz der Luftbrucke 5, 12101 Berlin, Germany

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Tent London – the round up

The out-standing mix of international design companies showing their latest products and concepts at Tent London and Superbrands London 2011 was broader than ever this year. With 224 exhibitors, (80% more than in 2010!), the floors were awash with the most eclectic range of high-end furniture, lighting, accessories and installations yet.

L to R: Brick Lane entrance, Jan Plechac


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Friday, 21 October 2011

PLAYDESIGN party Berlin - Qubique

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Homes & Interiors Scotland Exhibition 2011

Homes and Interiors exhibition starts next week - click here to visit the Homes & Interiors Scotland Exhibition website


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Red Dot Award: Product Design 2012

Red Dot Award: Product Design 2012 registration will open October 26, honoring the best, most outstanding and trend-setting product designs.

Read more with Dexigner

Thursday, 20 October 2011

arturo alvarez - RHIZOME by Matali Crasset, 2011

A metal plate distributed in the space like a mobile element. It is inspired by a rhizomatic structure. The base element forms a suspension waterfall shaped by starting from a central spot branched out in order to diffract the light in a subtle manner.

The lighting source is protected by a core and diverted by white reflecting panels that generate brightness. The endings amplify the gesture of the branches, give them personality and a contemporary flair.


New at Aram Store. Click the image to enlarge.

Thonet 405 PF and 406 PF Padded Armchairs by Stefan Diez

The use of bentwood for excellent seating comfort has always been a hallmark of Thonet's seating furniture. Introduced three years ago, Stefan Diez's 404 chair series has further developed this theme, using new wood processing techniques and building a bridge between tradition and contemporary interior design. Thonet has extended the successful 404 collection with two new and distinctive designs: the 405 PF and the 406 PF padded armchairs, furniture that provides relaxing seating comfort for the home as well as for hotels, restaurants and bars.

For more information please click here

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Moooi: Inspirations

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Ayala Serfaty: In Vein

November 1st - December 23rd, 2011

Opening reception Tuesday, November 1st from 6PM - 9PM at Cristina Grajales Gallery 10 Green Street, 4th Floor New York City 212.219.9941

Archtober 2011

Archtober is New York's inaugural Architecture and Design Month, a festival of architectural design activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October.

Read more here

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Tom Dixon London Shop

The new collection for Tom Dixon is now on show at the newly designed London shop. Tom has also chosen a handful of new international brands, including Lighthouse Knitwear, brand new award winning wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek and stationery by Present & Correct.

For more information please click here

Artifort / Dutch Design Week 2011 /

Monday, 17 October 2011

Terence Conran: The Way We Live Now

The Design Museum marks Sir Terence Conran's 80th birthday with a major exhibition that explores his unique impact on contemporary life in Britain.

Read more with Dexigner

It is all about zzz

Sancal has launched its new bed collection: Tea, Tea panels and Patchwork.

Low temperatures are coming, so Sancal invites you to spend time in a warm, more comfortable way, under design headboards and dreamy beds: in their new product line.

In this dream world you can choose what your ideal is, from among Patchwork by Rafa García, Tea bed or Tea panels by JM Ferrero from estudihac. It is a universe where the choice is entirely yours, and can create your own composition, from an endless array of textures and colours.

Dreams have no limits, so, let’s DREAM!!!

Tres Tintas - New Collection Patchwall

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

SCP New Products

A/W 2011 Collection at SCP

Remember when this time of year meant new pencil cases and school shoes? At SCP it means brand new armchairs, storage and textiles. Their designers have been squirreling away and have come up with some exciting new additions for Autumn 2011.

Newcomers to the SCP fold, Rob Ryan and Faudet-Harrison, bring you a height ruler and an armchair respectively, while Donna Wilson has been extremely busy coming up with new colourways for their Welsh textile ranges Nos Da and Bora Da . Gareth Neal has designed his second piece for SCP, a perfectly proportioned coatrack named Marvin and Peter Marigold's popular Sum shelves will soon be available in walnut.

Friday, 14 October 2011

arturo alvarez - HOLES by Bertjan Pot, 2011

Inspired by kites and maths it is a light made out of 20 triangles, 30 bars, 12 connectors and 57 small holes. Lots of beams of light escaping from a polyhedron and giving it life and freshness.

Holes is made with Tyvek®, a non woven and technological material made from polyethylene fibers, lightweight, waterproof, with high tear resistance and completely recyclable.

The Living Room

The Living Room would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to The Living Room exhibition, as well as to all of their exhibitors and their wonderful hosts, Luna & Curious.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Nuna & Adrenalin Best of Awards Online Voting

Nuna & Adrenalin, a fabric collection that David Fox designed for Camira fabrics, has been short listed for the Interior design Magazine Best of Awards.

Click here to vote

VONDOM & Valencia Fashion Week

Valencia Fashion Week has been celebrated recently, where 30 designers fashion shows have been released. The event took place at Agora in the "City of the Arts & the Sciences" of Valencia last September.

The prêt-à-porter collections of the designers through the carpet with a fresh summer air, key tendency for the coming spring-summer season.
Among the trends, fashion and design, VONDOM should be there and was present with the collections like PILLOW by Stefano Giovannoni or FAZ collection by Ramon Esteve, chosen by the well known designer Alex Vidal for furnishing the "Off Zone".
While the sunset, the "Off Zone" warm welcomed the most creative and suggestive fashion shows. The catwalk fashion above the lake of Agora was reflected the silhouette of the models on the water, and the expectant audience relaxed on our armchairs PILLOW, enjoyed with admiration the new trends for 2012.
During the parade rest, the models relaxed on our furniture like SURF by Karim Rashid or JUT by Studio VONDOM. The tables and chairs of VERTEX collection by Karim Rashid were decorated the exterior space and invited the VIPs guest to enjoy the comfort and unique design.

Bistro Stool gets its Own Back

Lloyd Loom of Spalding’s popular Bistro Stool has got a new addition – a back – so you can lean gently back and have a comfortable support.

The Bistro Stool base is bent beech and so is the back rest. The seat, of course, is the famous Lloyd Loom weave. The stools, with, or without back are available in all the 18 house colours and retail at £278 with back, high stool with-out back £249 and the low stool at £220. The low stool is not available with a back. As well as the very popular Bistro chair which retails from £244.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Introducing the Pandul Danish lighting collection, new in at The Lollipop Shoppe

The Pandul collection of classic Danish lamps consists of a series of unique designs from some of the world’s most revered architects and designers.

These beautiful lamps are timeless, giving no hint to the decade they were designed, yet appealing to the modern aesthetic.

The architectural qualities of the Swing VIP by Joergen Gammelgaard saw it cover the front pages of international architectural magazines when it was first introduced in the eighties. It was also immediately bought by The Danish Arts Foundation. Handmade in aluminium, with a solid steel base, the VIP lamp is still considered to be an icon and is currently having a renaissance at Morgans Hotel, New York. Available in black and white - table, floor or wall lamps.


TDS Office Design - Keeping in touch...

TDS are a leading European manufacturer of metal office furniture systems. Their furniture solutions include height adjustable workstations, filing and storage systems, complete with storage options for dividing space and sound insulation/absorption.

For further information on TDS Acior please see or contact Mike Stanton at

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Winners of the HI-MACS® Design Competition 2011

The winners of the 2011 HI-MACS® Design competition organized by LG Hausys Europe have been announced last week at the 100% Design show in London. The winner of the student category is the Naked Lamp, by Mario Fuentes from Spain and the winner of the professional category is the E-Moke, by Daniel Abendroth from Germany.

naughtone case study: marchday

The designers for this space utilised the Logan table range to full potential and specified the table in a striking 4m long shape. This is constructed with a simple bolt together frame and 2 part table top, quickly assembled on location due to the simple tube section design of the Logan table. Around the table are the ever popular viv chair, seen here in bright kvadrat divina melange fabric and matching the table base well with white powder coated frames. The space is finished off with a stunning 4m long naughtone sideboard. Again this was specified in matching white colour to tie in with the rest of the furniture and provide a simple backdrop to the buildings art deco features.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Urban Office Interiors

Urban Office are moving. Please click the image to enlarge details.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

New - The Charleston Collection from And So To Bed

And So To Bed has showrooms throughout the UK - 0808 144 4343

Friday, 7 October 2011

Oxford Garden Unveils New Products for 2012

As a precursor to the Casual Market, outdoor furniture manufacturer Oxford Garden revealed its new products for 2012.

President Randy Meek said, “Using new materials while adding to well-loved collections, we have worked hard to create an outdoor experience our customers will enjoy.”

Prior to the release of its new products, Oxford Garden will be showcasing its recent photo shoot for the 2012 product line. The behind-the-scenes photo album is available on the company’s Facebook page.

Based in Louisville, KY, family operated Oxford Garden seeks to provide furniture for the outdoors while remaining reasonably priced. Known for its affordable luxury, Oxford Garden creates a classic timeless style of outdoor wood furniture unrivaled in craftsmanship and unique in design.

For more information visit


TEC.72 are a commercial interior design solutions company based in the West Midlands,
specialising in providing bespoke furniture manufacturing and installations to the Corporate and Public Sector.

TEC.72 provide unique solutions to working environments and front of house solutions throughout the UK. “We believe that quality design enhances a consumers relationships with a brand, which ultimately benefits the operations and the business,” commented Duncan Godwin, TEC.72’s Managing Director.

TEC.72 were recently appointed after a competitive tender to manage and design the
refurbishment of the front of house/reception area of Martineau’s, one of the UK’s leading
independent law firms head office in Birmingham. They have since secured the contract to run this brand elevation across the Groups other locations.

“Martineau’s brand evolution and commitment to investing in the future of the firm demanded a newly refurbished reception area which would make a positive impact internally, while creating a stunning first impression with clients”, commented Jon Preston, Marketing & Business
Development Director. He added. “TEC.72’s inspiration design concepts delivered on both levels, turning our vision and brand values into reality.”

The result for Martineau was a niche boutique look and feel that beautifully complimented their
brand, and as Mr Preston commented “…has already made a difference to our corporate and
commercial offering.”

Duncan and his team believe they offer creativity combined with operational understanding, giving them the insight to develop dynamic, stylish yet effortlessly functional working environment solutions.

In June 2011, TEC.72, working with the award winning David Fox Designs, launched the first of its own bespoke modular seating solution, the “Bean”, a departure from the conventional linking or bench seating solutions on the market.

“It has been an exciting first 12 months for the company,” commented Duncan, “and there are
plenty of plans afoot to enhance and grow the ‘bean’ family of products.

KOKET - Love Happens | ...the New Mood of Metal

The New Guilt Mirror

The new darling of luxury furniture has captured the new mood of metal with the Guilt mirror.

Sculptured gold tones of hammered and textured metal with a hint of hard edge surround a perfectly cut convex mirror . The intricate craftsmanship of a jeweler brings deliberate and polished drama to the Guilt mirror making it a go to piece where you will lose yourself in the irresistible vision.

Matt gold, silver, copper metal

W: 160 Cm 63’’ or 125 Cm 50’’ . D: 20 Cm 7,87’’ . H: 160 Cm 63’’ 125 Cm 50’’

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Hay Relaunches FDB’s Classic Furniture

70 years after the launch of the first FDB furniture Hay is now taking on production of quite a few of the classic pieces. Functional and democratic design for the people was the thought behind the furniture production FDB started in the 1940’s. “This democratic thought is close to Hay’s philosophy”, says Christian Skovhus, of Icon of Denmark, brand agents for Hay in the UK.

The furniture is an important part of Danish design history and is very apt for now, a period when people have less money to spend on designs for their homes. “It has always been Hays most important task to produce quality and durable designs at a reasonable price, and that is why we are taking on this project” informs Rolf Hay.

The FDB collection from Hay consists of 5 chairs designed by Poul M. Volther, Jorgen Baekmark and Folke Paalsson as well as a table designed by Jorgen Baekmark. The furniture is made from beech and available in beech as well as in black, white, grey and coral.

Prices range from £118 for chairs. The furniture will be available from November.

The collection will be available at the Hay store in Covent Garden
For stockists

NOON highback de Héctor Diego

Noon adds a new piece to his collection. Two seater sofa, based on the basic concept of NOON, with a much higher back than the rest of the family. With the same comfort and feel that the rest of the other elements of the serie, its high back gives a very strong personality and presence, with an area into another creating a private space.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

VICCARBE Habitat Valencia Fair 2011

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Touch benching system by David Fox for Ocee Design

David Fox design is pleased to announce the Launch of Touch for Ocee Design.

Touch is, a simple yet flexible benching system, a single upholstered unit, links with innovatively shaped tables to form a multitude of furniture

instalation possibilities, “less is definitely more” is the design philosophy adapted, and the product has a reduced, simple timeless aesthetic.

“Working in harmony with the pill shaped laptop tables, and the Asteriod coffee table, Touch is geared to any “touchdown” working, or breakout Environments ”.