Gorenje goes retro

Gorenje Retro

Revamped Retro Collection by Gorenje

The Old Timer fridges and fridge freezers by Slovenian manufacturer Gorenje has been around for over a decade. But they have been given a new lease of life through a bright new palette of colours and a funky new name – the Retro Collection.

Aimed at consumers who demand a more individual, lively and daring approach to their appliances, the Retro Collection is available in fashionable colours and comes in three different versions – Chic, Vintage and Funky.

They may be called Retro, but fear not, theses modern new appliances are also brimming with state-of-the-art technology.

As nice as they are though, I think I still prefer SMEG.

Flock wallpapers by Barbara Hulanicki

Skulls

Skulls

Barbara Hulanicki has designed these wonderful flock wallpapers for Graham & Brown. The Skulls wallpaper above is a dark, yet mischievous wallpaper. Barbara says she particularly likes the shock effect that this wallpaper has, as people don’t necessarily see the skulls until they take a closer look.

Antoinette captures the image of a young Marie Antoinette in an ornate frame. The paper relects Barbara’s love of drawing and her experience as a fashion illustrator.

Featuring the ultimate fashion accessory and the vice of many fashion-concious women, Shoes will undoubtedly be a popular choice with the ladies. Again inspiration came from Barbara’s background in fashion.

Antoinette

Antoinette

Shoes

Shoes

For more inspiration read my latest article on wallpaper here

Mrs Dalloway for Gorenje

Mr Dalloway by Nika Zupanc for Gorenje

Mr Dalloway by Nika Zupanc for Gorenje

Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc wanted to transform the mundane role and duties of housewives and raise the expectations we have of kitchen appliances by giving this mini-hotplate a new haute-couture image.

The world premiere of the Mrs. Dalloway mini hotplate from Gorenje, reminiscent more of a cult fashion accessory than of an actual cooking appliance, took place at Milan Design Week in May this year where Zupanc had her own solo exhibition at Super Studio Piu.

The item shown in Milan was a prototype, but according to Gorenje it is considering the possibility of mass production. I for one hope so, after all Mrs Dalloway is the ultimate kitchen accessory.

Bond Collection

Bond Collection

Bond Collection

Bond is the new collection of tiles by Turkish manufacturer Canakkale Seramik & Kalebodur in collaboration with renowned Finnish designer Harri Koskinen. Bond is a collection comprised of concave and convex tiles used in conjunction to give a sense of movement to an otherwise flat surface.

Koskinen says he took his inspiration from the natural movements occurring in nature, such as waves, sand dunes and dry cracked earth. The collection is available in ten colour options that reflect  the natural tones of the sun, sea, sand, water an stone.

Bond Collection2

Bond Collection

Luminescent wallpaper

Nature by Ray Charles

Nature by Ray Charles

Swedish designer Camilla Diedrich has a portfolio full of stunning wallpapers. From her Vivienne Westwood inspired paper to spruce up the corners of a room to the psychedelic Indie Air paper which is due on the market in 2010.

I particularly love the luminescent Nature Ray Charles paper which incorporates  fibre optics to great effect. I can imagine that this wallpaper would provide fabulous mood lighting as well as a great talking point.

For more inspiration read my latest article on wallpaper here

Polska! Year

Polska! Year 2009-2010

Polska! Year 2009-2010

Polska! Year started in Spring of this year and will continue through to 2010. It is a joint initiative of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The purpose of the Year is to bring the communities of Poland and Great Britain closer by strengthening cultural relations and establishing new contacts between Polish and British artistic institutions, artists and organisers of cultural events.

Polska! Year comprises over 200 projects presenting the most interesting achievements of Polish culture and showcasing works of the most outstanding Polish artists to the British public. It features exhibitions of past and modern art, concerts of classical, jazz and contemporary music, reviews of feature films, documentaries and animation, theatrical performances, as well as conferences and seminars.

At London Design Festival this year there was a hive of activity showcasing Polish culture. Young Creative Poland from 19-27 September was a group show of the best young designers emerging from Poland and working in furniture design, industrial design, graphic design, fashion, architecture and innovative engineering.

Young Creative Poland

Young Creative Poland

Polska Folk took place at Tent London from 24-27  September and was an exhibition of new work from young Polish designers who have reached back to traditional folk designs, materials and manufacturing processes in making their work.

Polska Folk

Polska Folk

Unfortunately, this year I was unable to take time off from work in order to make the trip to London Design Festival. Both Polska Folk and Young Creative Poland would definitely have been at the top of my list of things to go and see. But fear not, the net is awash with round ups of the designs that were exhibited. I won’t be posting everything here on my blog, but Dezeen has a special feature on Polish design at the moment  so if you are interested I suggest you click here.

A bit of light reading?

Swan XL by Martela

Swan XL by Martela

This is exactly what I need in my house and is possibly one of the most stylish floor lamps I have ever seen. Designed by Eero Aarnio, Swan XL is an oversized version of the Swan table lamp also produced by Finnish company Martela.

Aarnio reported designed XL by producing life-size drawings of the lamp and placing them next to his favourite arm chair to see what it would look like.

Available in black or white, this lamp would make one trendy reading lamp and it would go really well with your dalmatian!

Landscape bathroom for Roca

The Roca Landscape by Yar Rassadin

The Roca Landscape by Yar Rassadin

Russian designer Yaroslav Rassadin has designed this intriguing bathroom concept for Jump the Gap, an international design competition held by sanitaryware manufacturers Roca.

Landscape is made from thick silicone or rubber and can be moulded into different shapes depending on how it is to be used. The use of an air-pump can completely change the nature of this bathroom allowing both space and water to be saved.

From a shower tray to a deep bath and a shallow seated bath to a Japanese style Ofuro bath, this is one versatile bathroom suite. Rassadin was voted a finalist in the competition, but was pipped to the top post by an entry from China.

You can view the other finalists and the winning entry here.

The Landscape collection

The Landscape collection

You can read my interview with Yar Rassadin here

Westwood does Wallpaper

Trompe l'oeil by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son

Trompe l'oeil by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son

Vivienne Westwood is undoubtedly one of Britain’s biggest design icons famed for her anarchic fashion designs which revolutionised British fashion and became her trademark style. Now the Grande Dame of British fashion, credited with creating the look of the punk rock movement, has put her signature to a new line of wallpaper.

The Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son wallpapers are all based on signature designs from her fashion collections such as the iconic Squiggle print from the Autumn-Winter 81/82 Pirate collection and the more recent Cut-Out Lace from the Spring-Summer 07 I am Expensiv collection.

The wallpaper designs are all quinessentially Westwood from Vivienne’s Lace, which was handrawn by Westwood herself and contains her signature, to the rebellious Union Jack flag and the Trompe l’oeil paper which features the inimitable drapery techniques used by Westwood in her couture.

“It is good when my ideas get carried over into other artistic media. This collection is a perfect opportunity to be able to work with a heritage company like Cole & Son and to see my ideas from fashion translated into the world of interiors and wallpaper,” said Westwood.

Union Jack by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son

Union Jack by Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son

For more inspiration on wallpaper, read my article on wallcovering trends here

Future Talents

The winning design by John Walsh

The winning design by John Walsh

This year saw the launch of a brand new competition in bathroom design. ‘Future Talents’ is run by brassware manufacturer Triflow Concepts and was held as part of this year’s London Design Festival in September.

The competition aimed to encourage students and designers to submit designs for a pioneering new kitchen or bathroom tap or accessory. Triflow received over 80 entries for the competition which was judges by a panel comprised of renowned architect Zaha Hadid, editor-in-chief of Wallpaper* magazine Tony Chambers,  interior designer David Collins and Times columnist Caroline Roux.

The judges chose a shortlist of their favourite five designs, which were then put to a public vote4 on the Triflow stand at 100% Design last month. According to Triflow all entries received great interest, but one design in particular racked up 35 percent of the public vote making it the most popular entry.

‘Trees’ by John Walsh will now be produced by Triflow Concepts and Walsh will receive royalties from sales of the tap as well as walking away with £1500 in prize money.

The four runners up

The four runners up

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