Friday, 27 January 2012

Design Awards 2012 Winner

SORRY GIOTTO Light from Catellani & Smith

MIUU by Arturo Álvarez

Fabrics that wrap bodies, fabrics that wrap light, ready to highlight colours and joint together in different forms. 
A beautiful volume and a pleasant and fresh texture that reminds of petals of suggestive flowers.

The designer keeps on exploring the possibilities of weaving with different materials and recreates ancient flavours. The fabric gets voluptuousness and delicacy.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week Returns for 2012

London’s premier celebration of design is preparing for its third showcase in 2012. After attracting record visitors over the last two years, with over 24,000 registered visitors in 2011, CDW 2012 looks to be bigger and better, cementing itself as the UK’s leading architecture and design destination.

Taking place across Clerkenwell 22-24 May 2012 and sponsored for the second year running by Jaguar, the three-day fest brings a vibrant programme of events – spanning product launches, parties, auctions, debates, pop-ups, exhibitions, installations, open studios and workshops. The Farmiloe Building (a former lead and glass merchants warehouse) and The House of Detention (a subterranean Victorian prison) will be showcasing the latest product and furniture innovations from both home grown and international manufacturers as well as a wealth of design and architecture talent.

Clerkenwell is also home to over 60 furniture design showrooms with many staging exclusive new product launches, talks with high profile speakers, installations and VIP parties.

No CDW is complete without public installations - this year Aberrant Architecture, the UK based multi-disciplinary design studio and think tank recognised for their interactive projects, is set to be one of 2012’s highlights with a travelling theatre that aims to delight and engage the CDW community by drawing on Clerkenwell’s rich theatrical history.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012


American office furniture maker Steelcase agreed to a voluntary recall of about 11,000 “Amia” desk chairs due to a fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Eat, drink, talk, read, work

The dining/kitchen table is often the hub of the home, where you eat, drink, talk, read, work and much more.

Nest has a fantastic range of dining/kitchen tables and chairs to suit a range of styles. Whether it’s wood, glass, plastic or a combination of finishes you are looking for Nest has got it covered.
A table that will stand the test of time for generations to come is the E15 Bigfoot diningtable. The solid wood legs always include the centre of the tree. Each leg measures 13.5 x 13.5cm and intersects with the table top featuring the end grain with its annual rings. Every table is unique and totally beautiful.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Crest Contract Interiors / Crest Living

Crest would like to advise all of their clients, suppliers, friends and contacts that following the unexpected  announcement by "Few and Far" of closing the shop in Brompton Road at the end of February, that Crest Living  and Contracts will continue to trade but from a new location.

It should be stressed that Crest Living and Crest Contracts have absolutely no commercial connection with "Few and Far" or Priscilla Carluccio, it is an  independent company and whilst affected by the closure in terms of location, is in no way affected in terms of continuing to trade.

As the news was only recently made public, it has left Crest with no alternative but to find temporary office accommodation whilst they continue to search for a new home, where they will be able to continue to promote and sell the high quality product offering on display at the current shop.

At the same time it is their intention to develop their on line sales through an improved web site, suitable for the high quality of products and services which Crest aim to supply to their clients. Crest will aim to keep everyone informed of progress with these plans.

Should any of their clients feel concerned about their orders, warranties or deliveries please feel free to contact Crest either at the shop prior to closing or at any time after the 1st February from their new office location which will be announced once suitable premises have been finalised.

Crest would like to thank all of their customers for their support and interest in their products during their most enjoyable stay in the Brompton Road and look forward to meeting and the opportunity of supplying them again, at some time in the future.

Crest would also like to wish Priscilla and the staff at "Few and Far" good luck with their future business. 

Monday, 23 January 2012

Design PRIMA announces new exhibitors

Design PRIMA, the only exhibition where serious contract culture meets the latest in creative design, has generated significant interest since the announcement of its return.

With many brands recognising the importance and influence of Design PRIMA in the marketplace, they are pleased to announce that some fantastic companies have now confirmed their attendance. Signed exhibitors include Atmosphere Contracts & Design, Bruynzeel, Edge Design, Kinnarps, Staverton, and Templestock.

Graham Ross, Managing Director for Atmosphere Contracts & Design commented: "Being focused on the contract interiors market PRIMA offers the perfect platform for Atmosphere to showcase the latest innovation for our Omega range of executive office furniture. We will be launching the new product at PRIMA and introducing it to the architects, designers and specifiers that the show attracts, who are looking for new designs and innovations in this sector. We are looking forward to meeting old friends and seeing new faces at PRIMA 2012."

Paul Edwards, Director of Staverton, adds: “Staverton is excited to launch its latest CL furniture range at Design Prima 2012. We believe this event is an excellent platform to introduce new innovations and engage with key industry professionals such as workspace designers and architects.”

As well as impressing visitors with their unique and innovative products, exhibitors at Design PRIMA also have the opportunity to submit their latest and most innovative products for consideration for the newly launched Product Design Awards in association with leading architectural magazine Building Design.

Design PRIMA will take place at the Business Design Centre, London from 29th February to 1st March 2012. For the first time Design PRIMA will be staged over the same period and at the same venue as The ARC Show, attracting even more design professionals to this exciting two day event. 

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Lloyd Loom of Spalding at NEC

At this year’s Interiors UK at NEC  Birmingham  22- 25 January, Lloyd Loom of Spalding will be showing some exciting new products at their stand Hall 1 B35.

They include new dining chairs called Bourne and a romantic bedside table and dressing table in a range named Barton.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Thursday, 19 January 2012


Paris, Maison et Objet | 20-24 January 2012

Philippe Hurel Furniture

20-24 JANUARY 2012


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Zeitraum at IMM Cologne



Within the scope of the IMM Cologne 2012 Vianden and NWW present Thomas Feichtner´s M3 Chair. Neue Wiener Werkstätte stands for tradition, handcraft and design. With Vianden they found a partner with long-standing planning competence, individual customer service and with a high degree of empathy.

Blacksheep Has Moved

New Address;

13-19 Vine Hill

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Why is an authentic Eames design so special?

Sugary, sweet and very chic

There’s no better time to look towards the Spring and start updating your home ready for the warmer days and lighter nights.

Nest love the new pastel trend seen on the catwalks and it’s making a fast beeline into interiors too.

Add pastel shades in pink, powdery terracotta, mint green and soft blue to your home with these perfect lighting and accessory solutions from Nest.

Team them with clean white walls for a super fresh look or antique creams for a more vintage feel.

The Ferm Living Winebottle Candleholder in green and ivory will set the scene perfectly as a centre piece on a dining table.

For lighting you can easily create a pretty, girly look with the Moooi Lolita Suspension light in either pink or grey.

As far as timepieces go the Vitra Ceramic clocks work the trend well.

Freshen up a bedroom with the Hay Polygon Quilt in mint green or powder .

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.

Furniture Retail Quality Group publishes Flammability Best Practice Guide

The new guide – FIRA-FRQG F001: 2011 – has been developed by FRQG to fulfil four major functions:
·         To provide basic information to upholstery suppliers across the global supply chain regarding the requirements of the UK’s Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations.
·         To give a standard interpretation of the testing requirements within the regulations to ensure that all test laboratories around the world are testing in the same way, and hopefully reduce expensive product recalls.
·         To give instructions to test laboratories on test report format to ensure that they are easy to read.
·         To give advice on the age of test reports that will be accepted.

The aim of the guide is to ensure that all suppliers understand their obligations, and that all test laboratories test and report in a harmonised way. The guide can be downloaded for free at

Monday, 16 January 2012

Carl Hansen & Son Strengthens Profile

Carl Hansen & Son have taken over renowned cabinet maker Rud. Rasmussen, creating significant synergy  from bringing together two of Denmark's longest established furniture businesses.

Sunday, 15 January 2012


Visit a distinctive and permanent presentation of the Moooi brand at Design Post, starting together with the international furnishing show imm cologne from the 16th of January 2012.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors

This book is an exploration of the dynamic and innovative architecture and interiors commissioned by Louis Vuitton

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Friday, 13 January 2012

First school chair recognised for ergonomic excellence

The Newton chair by Orangebox is the first school chair to receive the prestigious FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award, in recognition of its exceptional ergonomic design.
The FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award identifies genuine ergonomic excellence in furniture products used in workplace, school and domestic environments by clearly distinguishing those that are outstanding from other products in the marketplace.
In order to receive the Award, safety, user-friendliness and the comfort and well-being of the user are considered, as well as whether the product is fit for purpose both structurally and ergonomically. 
Classrooms have historically been ergonomically challenging environments for students. Dimensional misfit and lack of movement puts pressure on the spine. Furniture must therefore fit the users, support learning environments and be fit for purpose.
The Newton has an adjustable seat and integral footrest to help avoid dimensional mismatch, which can cause fatigue and loss of concentration in the classroom. It also incorporates a simple two tilt sitting position, enabling students to lean back to listen in comfort and to tip forward for a more healthy upright reading and writing position when working at a table. The Newton chair is the first of a number of products the Company is providing aimed at ergonomics in the classroom.

Library Interior Design Awards 2012

The Library Interior Design Awards is a biennial competition co-sponsored by the American Library Association and the International Interior Design Association

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Carl Hansen & Son Invite for Cologne

If you are visiting, why not check out the Carl Hansen & Son booth!

HOME opens it's doors in 3 days!

HOME is the first and foremost interiors event of the new calendar, opening this Sunday January 15th for three days.
Register now at to ensure you are the first to see and select standout products for the new buying season, many of which are making their worldwide debut at Home.

Fix Your Table

‘Fix Your Table’ is the new design from Philiippe Allaeys for Moca. An oak table with its planed parquet top has a natural wooden touch. The minimalistic design gives the table a clean but elegant appearance. The available lengths of the table are 2.6 or 3.1 meters.

For further information visit

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Ligne Roset Wins 2011 Good Design Award

Ligne Roset have been honored with a 2011 Good Design Award for Ploum sofa, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

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The Design Guild Mark 2012

The Furniture Makers' Company are calling for entries for The Design Guild Mark 2012. The Design Guild Mark rewards excellence in the design of furniture in volume production.

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Aqua at IMM Cologne

Aqua’s year long exhibition at Design Post Cologne will be updated for the International Furniture Fair IMM Cologne. Together with the atelier’s partner Artimeta, Aqua presents its latest furniture and lighting pieces. 

Address Design Post Koeln, Deutz-Mülheimer-Str. 22a, 50679 Cologne
Date & times Mon, January 16 – Fri, January 20; 09:00 am – 20:00 pm
Sat, January 21 – Sun, January 22; 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Poppy Chair by David Fox Receives Good design Award

The Poppy Chair, a David Fox Design for Tonon Italia has been awarded the 2011 Good design award.

The award was founded in Chicago in 1950, and is the oldest and worlds most recognized program for design excellence, and has credited design legends such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Harry Bertoia.

The award is the Fourth major international award for Poppy. It’s an honor to be recognized in an awards scheme that has credited so many quality past, and present international design stars, and only hope we can continue current successes” commented David Fox

Monday, 9 January 2012

Chevron House by Andy Martin Architects

Responding sensitively the existing Edwardian architecture, Chevron House is a new 5 bedroom family house in the creative suburb of West London.

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100% Design Singapore

100% Design, a contemporary interior design exhibition presenting the latest furniture, lighting, accessories, wall and floor coverings, will be launching its next installation in Singapore, following 100% Design London and 100% Design Shanghai.

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Best of Year Awards

VIBIA entered the Halley into the Interior Design, Best of Year Awards 2011....AND WON!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Home working

Whatever your style or needs Nest has the perfect solutions for your space.

If you’re looking for a desk that will fit a classic interior, then look no further that the Vitra Home desk (£3,514.80), which is as graceful as it is decorative. Its refined, elegantly produced base and understated colours is one of George Nelson's design classics. Originally conceived as a ladies' desk, today it has many uses as a small workstation at home.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Tonon IMM Cologne

Tonon are exhibiting at  IMM Cologne and included in their display will be the new "UP" chair which has recently been awarded Interior Innovation Award 2012. Should you be attending this exhibition please ask for either Andrea Bandera or Matteo Tonon who will be pleased to show you this latest product. 

Tonon IMM Cologne Exhibition 16th - 22 January 2012 Hall 11.2  Stand 031 m

Just add colour from Montana

Colours add character and expression

Colour can make all the difference and change our perception of a room – from cold to warm, subtle to elegant, wild to explosive. It personalises a room.

Christian Skovhus Managing Director of Icons of Denmark said “ using colour is an art which requires some degree of courage. The surroundings may invite the use of strong colour or light subtle colours. The Montana colour palette offers seven colour families consisting of 49 colours in lacquer and veneer. Just let the colours express your personal style”.

The seven colour families are:
Black Zone, White Zone, Urban Nature, Candy, Coco, Global and Manga 
There are 42 different 4 depths, 49 colours and 10 designs and prices start at £250 per unit.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

arturo alvarez - Happy new year!

arturo alvarez will be closed for holidays from January 2nd till 8th.

Sale Time!

It's that time of year again- the January sales are very much underway. Here are our top products;

Case furniture are offering up to 40% off in their sale, and the sale includes some great pieces including the Theo Sofa by Matthew Hilton.

SCP are offering up-to 50% off ex display, and 20% off new orders. Our preferred sale item is the Motley Ottoman by Donna Wilson with 30% off.

And, for Crest Living's first January sale they are offering 20% off all new orders, and some spectacular offers including up-to 60% off ex-display items.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year!

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