Emergent materials and their associated technologies are continuing to change the way that architects and designers work and the way that users engage with products. In recent years we have seen technology exerting a massive influence on the material advances we make, but at the same time new priorities have started to make an impact
Zara Siddiqui-Lester is the talented textile designer behind the colourful company The Colour Union. Her expressive use of colour, type, space and bold pattern has resulted in these fantastic collections of flamboyant furniture and splendiferous soft furnishings.
Lucy Turner is a furniture and surface designer based in Penryn in Cornwall. She creates bespoke contemporary furniture by rejuvenating reclaimed iconic and vintage pieces using the latest technology and materials. From cut-outs to engraving and modern forms of marquetry, Lucy’s designs embrace bold colours and patterns and breathe new life into unwanted furniture
Many of you have probably already spotted these intriguing lamps by Evil Robot Designs as they graced the pages of the September issue of Elle Decoration. It was whilst flipping through the most recent issue that I first spied them and I must admit it was love at first sight. Evil Robot Designs is the
Denis Milovanov is a designer who uses dead or damaged trees to carve sculptural furniture pieces. The trees can be up to 250-300 years old and would not normally be used by furniture makers in traditional furniture making processes.
I love looking out for interesting products for kids to use in the home and a while ago I wrote a whole post all about great furniture for kids. I also really like this idea by Seattle-based designer Peter Bristol. Perfect for little ones who are learning to dress themselves and put away their own
James UK is an award-winning contemporary British furniture brand supplying unique, high-end, design-led furniture to trade, retail and the general public. All products are handmade in the UK by a network of expert manufacturers who combine traditional techniques with modern technology.
Edward Teasdale is an artist, woodworker and furniture maker based in Cumbria, where he produces beautifully crafted furniture from found wood. He appeared on the UK Crafts scene in the 1980s at a time when creative salvage, recycling, and wider environmental issues were having a strong influence on design theory and practice. Using found wood
For the June issue of the newsletter sent out by World Interiors News I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazingly talented designer Lee Broom. You can read the interview in Q&A format below and for those who are interested you can view the full article in the newsletter here.
So it’s Monday and the start of another week. I hope you are all well rested after the weekend. I have a great post for you to kick-start the week, one which I have been seriously excited about all weekend. For anyone who is not aware of Made.com I seriously recommend that you read on
Last week I had a lovely email from Caroline over at Bubbledrum introducing me to her lovely site. It is not an exaggeration to say that I was in awe of all the lovely products that they stock and I just couldn’t understand how I had never come across this fabulous little shop before. Owned
British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert recently launched his 2011 collection of furniture and lighting. Benjamin studied Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University and graduated in 2006. He went on to open his own studio in London in 2007 where he works on a diverse range of projects across the furniture and lighting sectors. He
For the latest edition of INSIDE, the monthly newsletter produced by WAN Interiors, I was lucky enough to interview Sean Sutcliffe, the co-founder of British furniture manufacturer Benchmark. Here is the interview. Thirty years ago, the modern British furniture scene was dominated by small designer makers and lacked any real retail presence. Sean Sutcliffe, co-founder
I first discovered Lars Contzen back in December 2008 when I interviewed him for Designer magazine. You can read that interview here and find out all about how he uses colour, pattern and form in his surface designs. Anyway, earlier this year I noticed that he was again involved in some very exciting new projects,
Photo credit: Alexander Fanslau Burgeoning urban populations have led to city dwellings becoming increasingly smaller and as a response many designers are seeking to create furniture that has a smaller footprint, is multi-purpose or that can be folded away for easy storage when not in use. With his Private Space furniture collection German designer Jannis
The Dcube Group of Companies is based in Vancouver/Burnaby, BC, Canada and is overseen by Mehran Mansouri. From its main business of high-end hotel architectural millwork, the company has expanded into the development of furniture and last year presented the Mansouri Collection 2010. The idea behind the Mansouri Collection 2010 was a desire to be
Appartements Privés is a new range of furniture produced by French company Elitis. Featuring beaten leather with big, glossy, metallic crocodile scales, scratched wood and savannah fur, the collection pays homage to the animal world. Designed by Philippe Delzers and incorporating bronze sculpted handles and glass cabochons, bronze bases made to look like wood or
I did a post on the vintage chairs by Kelly Swallow a few weeks ago, which you can read here. I was so impressed by her beautiful patchwork chairs and the way in which each one of her creations takes an old chair that is full of history and breathes new life into using the
Today I came across this absolutely beautiful furniture by designer Kelly Swallow. All of her chairs are individually sourced vintage pieces, so each one has its own unique charm and personality. Kelly uses an exciting collection of fabrics ranging from vintage to designer including the likes of Kenzo, Zoffany, Liberty, Andrew Martin, Designers Guild, Osborne
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing furniture designer and maker John Makepeace about his illustrious career, his involvement in sustainability and education, and his forthcoming exhibition at Somerset House in London. The interview was published today in Inside the monthly newsletter produced by World Interiors News.
In recent months, I have come across quite a few innovative interiors products inspired by the great outdoors. This got me thinking that there are some really interesting ways to liven up your living room and bring the garden inside the house. So I’ve decided to do a quick round-up of my favourite products that
Designed by graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister for Dutch design collective Droog, the Darwin Chair is covered in 200 different sheets of paper, each in different patterns and colours. When the top sheet gets dirty or worn the user can simply tear it off revealing the layer below. Where each sheet is removed the perforation eventually
I have recently had the pleasure of getting to know Renata of Muslavi Gallery, the sole UK distributor of the furniture and homewares designed and produced by the Polish company Laskowscy Design. I blogged about their products some time ago and I now have the good fortune to be the proud owner of my very
Helen Amy Murray is a London-based designer who caters for the luxury market with her bespoke textile service. Her unique process involves carving sculptural relief within textiles such as leather, suede, wool felt, 100% silk and high-tech non-woven materials. For the most part, Helen’s work is focused on interior applications, predominantly upholstery and ranges from