Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Winter Sale Preview at SCP

The SCP Winter Sale starts this year on Friday 30th December at 9.30am and will run until Sunday 5th February 2012. SCP will be offering up to 50% off ex-display items, 20% off new SCP upholstery and furniture orders, 15% off all other new furniture and upholstery orders, 20% off all rugs and 10% off all new lighting orders.
Thursday Lates: SCP East will be open until 8.00pm on Thursday 8th, 15th and 22nd December offering wine and mince pies.
Their Christmas opening hours are as follows from 28th November:
 Mon-Fri: 9.30am - 7.00pm
 Sat: 9.30am - 6.00pm
 Sunday: 11.00am-5.00pm
 Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd: 9.30am - 8.00pm THURSDAY LATES with mince pies and wine
 Sat 24th Dec: 9.30am - 4.00pm
 Sun 25th - Thurs 29th: CLOSED
 Fri 30th: 9.30am -6pm SALE STARTS
 Sat 31st: 9.30am - 6pm
 Sun 1st Jan 2012: CLOSED
 Monday 2nd: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Sparkle the Dark Up at the Design Museum

Friday 2nd December, 6-10pm
Warm up your winter with the glowing glamour of Design Overtime. Be photographed in one of Tom Dixon's festive fantasies, get into the Christmas spirit with a mix of hands-on cracker and card making, followed by the inevitable visit to Design Museum Shop for expert gift wrap guidance.

Friday, 25 November 2011

iF Closeup: iF Kicks Off Video Podcast Series

iF launched a monthly video podcast series entitled "iF closeup." The first podcast in the series takes a closer look at the jury session for the iF design awards 2012 - the first large common jury for all four iF competitions: the iF product design award, the iF communication design award, the iF material design award and the iF packaging design award

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Herman Miller and MASS Design Group Partner for a Better World

Herman Miller announced a collaborative partnership with MASS Design Group (MASS), which includes an employee volunteer program where Herman Miller lends resources and employee support to MASS projects in Rwanda and Haiti. Herman Miller will also sponsor a fellow in an upcoming MASS Design Group fellowship program.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Sleep Event

Starts Tomorrow (23rd) - 24th November

The Jill Chair from Vitra

The Jill chair is the result of the first collaborative work by Vitra and Alfredo Haberli. Inspired by the early days of plywood moulding, Jill explores the modern boundaries of this technique while offering a surprising level of comfort.

Monday, 21 November 2011

RIBA Urges Architects to Embrace Localism

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has called on architects to use their skills and expertise to help communities make the most of their new planning powers and create exciting and bold visions for the future of their areas.

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Clement Joscelyne

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Gunni & Trentino and arturo alvarez get together again in Madrid

Given the success they experienced in Barcelona Gunni & Trentino and arturo alvarez are getting together again, this time in Madrid, to show people the infinite possibilities that the firm’s lamps provide in customized lighting.

Moooi at Design Post

Moooi lands at the beginning of 2012 in Cologne, Germany with an exciting exhibition including inspiring designs and iconic pieces!
If you are planning to visit imm Cologne (the international furnishing show) from Monday 16th to Sunday 22th of January 2012, don't forget to pass by Design Post to appreciate a unique Moooi presentation.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Should a gift be practical or beautiful?

Greg Bettis and Charmaine Holland Join KI Europe

KI are pleased to announce two new members to its Sales Team.

Greg Bettis, former MD of Sedus Stoll, Clerkenwell, has been appointed with the remit of developing opportunities in the Business Sector in London and the South East.

Greg brings with him a wealth of experience, with 25 years in the office furniture industry, his main focus will be major projects in addition to developing the reseller and specifier channels.
Greg has worked for dealers and manufacturers, and his knowledge of the systems furniture and seating market will be invaluable as KI enters an exciting phase of new product launches.The introduction of the new bench and task seating ranges recently developed will complete a locally manufactured product portfolio enabling KI to be a total workplace solutions provider.

Charmaine Holland has been appointed as the new Higher Educational Sales Manager.

Charmaine has had experience in creating innovative spaces within Building Schools for the Future projects. She will be using her knowledge and her area of expertise in Academy Schools, Independent Colleges and Universities in order to help promote the vast range of educational furniture and storage products that KI have to offer, including the recently launched Lecture Hall and Auditoriums ranges provided to Colleges and Universities.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Nest reminisces

Nest has been inspired by Mad Men and The Hour to bring you their selection of the best 1950s ‘lounging’ products.

Team the gorgeous new Fritz Hansen Favn sofa with the classic and elegant Carl Hanson CH008 coffee table for a brilliantly 50s feel.

For a slightly different take on the trend pair the simple Knoll Florence Knoll three seater sofa with the bright and fun Cassina Petalo occasional tables. The Florence Knoll sofa has the KnollStudio logo and Florence Knoll's signature stamped into the base of each frame, to guarantee authenticity.

Or if it’s a lounge chair you seek, Nest have the perfect option with the Fritz Hansen leather Egg lounge chair designed by Arne Jacobson, alongside the infamous and beautiful Vitra Noguchi coffee table.

Simply add some atmospheric lighting into the mix to create the perfect lounging experience.

For even more inspirational ideas for the home and garden and 1000’s of products to search and buy check out or visit the showroom in Sheffield.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Starts tomorrow (16th) - 20th November 2011
Earls Court London

arturo alvarez sets up a spectacular display at Gunni &Trentino Madrid

Using five different but complementary models from its CORAL collection of pendant lamps, arturo alvarez is presenting one of its most spectacular pieces, both due to its size as well as for its constructive beauty, at Gunni & Trentino at C/ Basílica, one of the most spectacular showrooms in Madrid.

With this sculptural piece, arturo alvarez aims at giving decorating professional ideas so that they can create as many combinations as possible in their lighting, depending on the needs of the relevant project.

The CORAL collection is composed of five organic shapes that recall objects on the seabed. The warmth of the light that passes through the material created by the company and which has become its star material, puts the final touch on the entire arrangement.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Herman Miller + Mattiazzi: Nitzan Cohen

In June, Herman Miller announced their exciting partnership with Mattiazzi, and now, with Nitzan Cohen's He Said and She Said chairs available at the Herman Miller store, they can finally share the elegant designs.

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Arper renovated corporate communication wins its first iF Communication Award

Arper corporate identity has won the iF communication design award 2012: an internationally recognized label and a symbol for outstanding achievements in design.
The international jury, consisting in experts and renowned designers, awarded Arper with the prestigious German prize, for the first time in the “print media - corporate communication” category.
The project was carried out by the New York design firm 2X4 in collaboration with the studio Lievore Altherr Molina and Arper internal design team. It entailed the updating of all communication materials, and involved an evolution of the company’s brand language and corresponding graphic identity.
The goal was to extend Arper key values (synthesis, harmony, systematic formal rigor and customization, colour, play and a mindfulness toward the environment) from product design to an integrated corporate communication system.
The new graphic language is aesthetically pure, refined, playful and pragmatic and broadcasts a unified, coherent and inspired message. It uses the building blocks of historical modernism, in a bold, contemporary way, creating a clear and stable frame to feature a lyrical, informative narrative about Arper products and culture.
Photography created by Scheltens & Abbenes helps to articulate this message. These still-life images describe the design systems, modularity, diversity of options, and ethos inherent in the form of each product collection.
Thanks to this award, the project will be on display at the iF design exhibition in Hannover and Hamburg, at the multi-media exhibition in the city of Haikou (China) and at the iF online exhibition (starting February 2012). The awards night will be held on 10th February at BMW World in Munich.

The Floral Collection...

And So To Bed.
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Friday, 11 November 2011

Invisible City presents Incunabular

Invisible City, design studio, launches its first handmade furniture collection, Incunabular,designed by Creative Director, Simon Moorhouse. The collection debuts with the Incunabular Side Table, which is available to buy today through Invisible City.

Simon Moorhouse describes the table “as having an irreducible simplicity and is the essence of Incunabular.” The collection takes its dimensions and ratios from the international paper standard ISO 216, Series A. The geometric rationale behind this series is the square root of 2, which maintains the aspect ratio of each subsequent module, i.e. A3, A4, A5 etc.

The collection is handmade in the southeast of England and blends traditional craftsmanship with innovative modern design.It will launch with aside table, sideboard, tallboy and armoire to be released during November.

The debut piece is handmade using high quality, sustainably sourced, solid wood. The side table is available in black American walnut, ash or oak and finished in Danish or white oil. The draw front is available in selected coloursor in matching wood. Additional colours are available upon request.

The complete Incunabular collection will be available to purchase by the end of November through the Invisible City website.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

The ARC Show and Design PRIMA announce unique collaboration

UBM and Design Prima are delighted to announce a unique collaboration which will see The ARC Show and Design PRIMA being staged alongside each other in London in six months time.

Both exhibitions will now be held at the Business Design Centre, in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant areas, from 29 February to 1 March 2012, marking an exciting and innovative initiative which will bring considerable and self-evident advantages to both exhibitors and visitors.

The power and reach of UBM’s Interiors Portfolio, which includes leading interiors exhibitions Decorex International ( and Interiors UK (, and Built Environment brands such as Building Design (, Building ( and Property Week (, alongside Prima’s experience and knowledge of the sector makes for a heady partnership, one unsurpassed in the industry and capable of building the critical mass and resultant return on investment all exhibitors are clearly seeking.

The benefits of staging two established shows with a common audience under one roof simultaneously presenting the products of over 200 high-end companies, cannot be disputed, especially when those companies are the class acts ARC and PRIMA have both shown they can assemble.

The ARC Show Brand Director Andrew Vaughan commented: “There is a natural synergy between The ARC Show and Design PRIMA so we are delighted with this collaboration. Design PRIMA is a complementary event for many of ARC’s exhibitors and the combination will allow us to offer the industry an unrivalled opportunity to grow and develop their business offerings and present their products to a wider audience. I’m looking forward to the next six months and the future of both these events.”

MD of Design Prima, David Field: “Design PRIMA is still the only niche, high-end, contract interiors event in the UK. Prima companies are design led, principled, well researched and connected. Always creative, frequently copied. 'Synergy' is certainly the principal word here. With ARC and UBM, we are joining forces with solid business and media partners bringing commercial benefits for all in this sector.”


Each event, although linked, will have its own defined space within the building and its own signature. The yellow branding of ARC, already in use, remains unchanged and the powerful, well known, minimal ‘open’ staging of PRIMA complemented by Alan Fletcher’s iconic logotype will continue to signal exhibitor confidence and continuity to all visitors.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Savoy | The Restoration

A new book by Siobhán Doran- Savoy | The Restoration

Join Crest Living in celebrating the book launch on Wednesday 16 November between 10am-9pm.

Food and drink will be available throughout the day, whilst you liaise with Siobhán Doran and enjoy viewing exclusive prints on display.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Hitch Mylius is a veritable ambassador for home grown furniture manufacturing in the UK.

Founded in 1971 by designers Tristram and Hazel Mylius, the London-based company has produced contemporary, upholstered furniture for an impressive roll call of public spaces spanning offices, hotels, universities and airports. Clients have included English Heritage, Google, Channel 4, the Guardian Newspaper, British Museum, St Andrew’s University, Kings College Hospital, Eurostar and Forte Hotels, to name a few.

Within the design industry, Hitch Mylius is renowned for their inherent “Britishness” and long-held commitment to manufacturing in the UK. Architects and designers hold them in high regard consistently specifying their products in new and high profile projects.

Over the years, Hitch Mylius has collaborated with prominent product designers and architects, including Kenneth Grange, Nigel Coates, Simon Pengelly and David Chipperfield, to produce special pieces or ranges, many of which are still in production today. With an impressive 40-year pedigree of designing, prototyping and manufacturing furniture product ranges, each piece is handmade to order, in Enfield, by a highly skilled team of craftsmen.

The anniversary celebration include a new collection of modular seating (hm63) designed by Nigel Coates, additions to the popular range designed by Simon Pengelly (hm86) and a new seating range for the healthcare sector and the elderly, designed by Kenneth Grange. The celebrations culminate with an exciting programme of events during the London Design Festival (details below).

Tristram and Hazel Mylius both have an inherently strong sense of design. Tristram studied furniture design at the Hornsey College of Art (now Middlesex University). His training combined with Hazel’s natural eye for design and passion for textiles, created the foundations of Hitch Mylius incorporating both their areas of expertise.

Founded in 1971, and following the amicable departure with John Hitch a few years later, the company has grown organically and today comprises thirty employees involved in furniture production. The company has overcome four recessions, during the most recent Hitch Mylius recorded their single largest order; 900 sofas for the Princess Noura University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, simultaneously completed with an order for 1300 pieces to furnish the new London Mint Hotel in Tower Bridge.
As far as Tristram and Hazel are concerned, Hitch Mylius’ staff, many of whom have been at the company for 30 years, are their greatest asset. Hitch Mylius works like a finely tuned machine, strong on logistics, skills and training, resulting in beautifully crafted, functional furniture. Its mission is to continue to promote good British design and to demonstrate that the UK can still produce affordable, quality furniture design.

(Re)Introducing the 101: the very first lamp from David Weeks

The 101 is the very first lamp designed and made by David Weeks. It was the start of his lighting collection and represents the artist's––and the company’s––formative beginnings.
Weeks found inspiration for the 101 in 1994 at the 26th Street Flea market in NYC. He was drawn to a typical 1950s desk lamp, purchased it, took it home, and took it apart. Weeks shaped and refined the shade, then hand-formed a new steel structure employing two intersecting loops to provide a weighted base, as well support braces for the uprights and the shade.

The original prototype featured a cloth covered electrical cord repurposed from a vintage iron. But while scouring the hardware section of BHV (Bazaar de l'Hotel de Ville) in Paris that same year, Weeks came across braided, cloth-covered electrical cord that gave the original production version its final touch.
The 101 was the cornerstone of Weeks' original lighting collection launched in 1995. Only 25 of these lamps were made and sold in the first years of the company history before Weeks retired the piece and turned his attention to larger, more sculptural, pieces.

The limited edition 101 has been produced with the last remaining parts that were fabricated for the original design. This hand-signed edition of 20 features powder-coated, hi-gloss white shades, with a nickel plated frame and cloth covered electrical cord. 

The 101 by David Weeks. A hand-signed, limited edition of 20, available exclusively at Tweek.
The Limited Edition 101
Size: 14"H x 16"L x 8"W
Shade: Powder-coated aluminum, hi-gloss white
Base: nickel plated steel
Cloth covered cord with switch on cord.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Surface View add innovative Scandinavian prints and new National Portrait Gallery collection

Innovative Scandinavian Surface prints, and new National Portrait Gallery archive now available from Surface View.

Surface View is a whole world of bespoke interior graphics. Their extensive and uniquely beautiful image collections offer a huge range of possibilities to create bespoke surface products.
With winter fast approaching Surface View introduce the ‘Scandinavian Surface’ collection, this range, from a quartet of innovative Norwegian pattern designers has been in development over the past decade. These unique designs draw their inspiration from the steep mountains, dramatic coastline and the rare outbursts of sunshine that surround the designer’s Bergen based studio. With great care and consideration the designs have been intricately composed with intriguing and surprising details with each image created to form a repeat pattern.

This month sees new collection, the National Portrait Gallery, added to Surface View's extensive portfolio of imagery.

Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery, London, holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Granted special access, Surface View have curated their own refined selection of striking and commanding portraits.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Homegrown British Talent at Home

Homegrown is the EXCLUSIVE new addition to Home, the definitive new trade event for the very best in homewares and interior accessories. Homegrown offers buyers and retailers the ultimate opportunity to discover the BRAND NEW, emerging British talent guaranteed to make a huge impact for 2012.

The Homegrown sector is one not to be missed, consisting of the crème de la crème of British brands offering an exclusive chance to see the newest and most innovative products from lighting, graphic wallpaper to soft furnishings and interior accessories.

Register now online for free entry

Above: Design Instinct

Exhibitors confirmed to Homegrown include:

Room 39, Design Instinct, Green & Blue, John Green Designs, Woven Oak, Snow Home, Chocolate Creative, Alex Garnett, Surfacephillia.

Light of Fancy

Create a warm and inviting atmosphere for when you are at home with clever lighting. Receive 10% off all lighting* at SCP throughout November to help banish the darkness and brighten your day.

Visit SCP online or instore for more details and to check out their extensive range of pendants, floor lamps, desk lights and bulbs.

* Offer excludes Tom Dixon products.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Gothic revival at Nest

Nest loves the revival of the gothic look and can’t wait to recreate the ambiance these perfect pieces will create - especially as the winter really creeps in.

With a subtle hint of gothic madness you can’t get better than the Magis Troy chair, which will look prefect in any dining setting.

Bring a touch of humour to your home during the winter months with the fabulous Moooi Rabbit light.

For a more classic take on the trend look no further than the Kartell Louis Ghost opaque armchair.

Let the walls do the talking with the iBride Cornelius the Monkey Gentleman tray – an antique tray that does look just as good on your wall as it does carrying your afternoon tea.

The Norman Spine rug has a dramatic print in grey and black shades - designed for all of us who love fashion and design.

If just a touch of this trend is enough for you then try the Diamentini & Domeniconi Millelancette wall clock.

For even more inspirational ideas for the home and garden and 1000’s of products to search and buy check out or visit the showroom in Sheffield.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Call for Applicants: Frame Moooi Award

Thinking of applying for the Frame Moooi Award?

Submit your work before 1 December 2011

Hosted by Frame and Moooi, the inaugural award is looking for the best furniture and lamps that have been designed for a specific interior. The winning project will be chosen by the award’s juror: Philippe Starck. Finalists will be published in Frame magazine, while the winning project’s designer will receive the grand prize of €25,000.
Applications will be accepted from interior designers, product designers and architects; developers, funders, contractors and other associated organizations can also enter on behalf of architects or designers with their consent.

Submit your work at


With immediate effect ELLIPTICAL INTERIORS LTD new contact details are as listed below:-

120 Pitt Street

The new telephone number is 0131 554 4900
The new fax number is 0131 554 0504

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

New choices for you to build your chair, from Herman Miller

Furniture Retailer Home of the Sofa joins The Furniture Ombudsman

Stratford-upon-Avon based Home of the Sofa has become a member of The Furniture Ombudsman, an organisation which aims to inspire consumer confidence in the furniture industry by raising standards.

Independent furniture retailer Home of the Sofa specialise in high quality handmade English sofas, chairs, chaise lounges and footstools. They join a long list of independent retailers and large well-known brands alike in their pledge to work in a way which is both fair to the consumer and the furniture industry. The company has demonstrated their commitment to the consumer by joining The Furniture Ombudsman and signing up to a Code of Practice.

Rachel Spence, Director at Home of the Sofa said; “We believe in delivering exceptional customer service but things can occasionally go wrong. By partnering with The Furniture Ombudsman (TFO) we can ensure that any complaint is followed up on and handled in the appropriate manner. Any queries, claims or disputes relating to the condition of the products at the time of delivery or within the guarantee period may be referred to and managed in conjunction with TFO.”

Rachel continued, “Our TFO membership means that we have access to a comprehensive range of information and support services aimed at reducing the level of complaints and offering our customers peace of mind, this ensures that buying from Home of the Sofa should always be a pleasurable experience.”

With TFO membership, any queries, claims or disputes may be referred to and managed in conjunction with The Furniture Ombudsman. The independent TFO dispute resolution service is administered by adjudicators and is recognised by the European Commission.

Through their membership of The Furniture Ombudsman, Home of the Sofa has agreed to follow the scheme’s code of practice, and pledged to act as a responsible retailer within the furniture industry.

The Furniture Ombudsman aims to inspire consumer confidence in both the furniture and home improvements industries and offers an impartial and independent dispute resolution service for both consumers and furniture retailers. By joining The Furniture Ombudsman, Home of the Sofa is offering their customers additional reassurance and further demonstrating that they are a responsible furniture retailer.

For more information on The Furniture Ombudsman, and to watch a short film explaining The Furniture Ombudsman service, visit
With the economic climate still up-in-the-air, it’s time to invest in classic design pieces that will stand the test of time.

So love your Nest and re-discover design with these top five classic investment pieces from Nest.

Display your clothes in style with the Vitra Hang it All coat rack, designed in 1953 by Ray Eames. This is an iconic item that you and your family will treasure forever. Now also available in three special edition colours, it costs £182.00.

Tell the time in style with the Vitra Sunflower wall clock. Designed by George Nelson in 1949, it is simply beautiful and stunning and costs £692.40.

The Cassina LC2 sofa designed by Le Corbusier, is featured in the design collection of the Museum of Modern Art. It costs £4,938.00 and is now available with beautiful coloured frame options.

The BL2 table lamp from Bestlite achieved the status of a national icon when Winston Churchill had one standing on his desk during the Second World War. Designed in 1930 by the English designer Robert Dudley Best it proved a great success and still is today. Buy a bit of history for £349.00.

This classic investment selection wouldn’t be complete without featuring the Vitra Lounge chair and ottoman – this has to be the ultimate investment piece for the home and family. Prices range from £4,777.20

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

An extreme cold chamber from HI-MACS®

In  2011 Globetrotter Ausrüstung opened a new branch at the Isartorplatz in Munich, Germany. In a retail area of 6,500 square metres outdoor enthusiasts can find everything their hearts desire: a range which includes rain chambers, canoe pools, climbing tunnels and also a high-altitude cold chamber made using HI-MACS®.

New Look and New Products at Tom Dixon Shop

VOID LIGHT MINI references the Olympic Games medals. Made from sheets of spun metal, the double-walled shade conceals a small but powerful halogen bulb which gives a soft but
directional light. Available in stainless steel, copper and brass. From £225

FAN is a modern take on the classic Windsor chair, making an exclamation mark in any environment. Spindles of wood are carefully turned, thinned and steam bent to create the slatted silhouette. Available in natural or stained in our new highlight colour, indigo.
From £1,200

BULB is an energy efficient oversized light bulb designed in reaction to the phasing-out of the incandescent bulb and the unattractive aesthetic of most CFL replacements. It is a CFL light bulb that can be used without shade, individually or as part of one of three chandelier frames. Available from February. From £125

Winner of an Editors Award at the 2011 International Contemporary Furniture Fair,
Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek’s digitally printed Scrapwood Wallpaper, gives the illusion of a
distressed wooden plank surface. Based on the Scrapwood furniture series also available
in the shop, it is shown here with Wingback, Beat and Base.

Available in 6 styles, the paper is made from a double-layered non-woven material. Paste
is then applied directly to the wall rather than the paper, removing the usual fuss of