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2- Home Interior Trends curated by Claire Phillips-Stanford
3- Recognising talented folk & featuring exceptional goods
4- This blog is dedicated to design devotees everywhere
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The Loco by Studio Boot for Ixxi
Ixxi famous for their wall hung pixleated images have a new collection of geometric patterns that accompany their successful figurative range. Add a feature wall, tile a whole room or a door, the possibilities are endless and you can dip into the tiled wall trend/look with ease as no tiler is required. The tiles can be attached and removed easily which is a bonus if you change your home regularly. Alongside the tiles you receive a booklet of patterns that come with the pack to inspire you to create up to 32.642 graphic designs. The Loco box contains 50 cards, is available in the colors Pink (fluorpink/warm grey/red/white) and Yellow (fluoryellow/warm grey/green/white) and costs € 149, – (186 USD).
S/S/A/W LOVES: Compat Notebook & Keyboard Memo Pad, Katy & June
Pulse featured 500 exhibitors in five sections, Home, Gift, Fashion Accessories, Wellbeing and Launchpad. It is a must see show for retailers to discover brand new collections and innovative products. The highlight of the show was the excellent Launchpad section, it is an integral part of the success of Pulse showcasing 120 emerging and enthusiastic designers, who were delighted to be presenting their work to the 7000 serious buyers from independents, multiples, e-tailers and department stores for the first time. Without further ado here are the final highlights of the show plus another one of my trend boards.
BEST OF THE REST:
Both Dicky Bird and Red Brick North have emulated the theme in their own signature style to print for different products, Dicky Bird created cards and RedBrick chose to translate images onto scarves. A special mention goes out to the designer Karen Mabon of Red Brick North not only for the scarves but also for her innovative packaging which I tweeted about live from the show @SSAWhometrends.
TREND: the Laboratory trend appeared at the shows in January 2012 and now moves into the card and textiles market.
DETAIL: graphic prints and muted brights
CONTEMPLATE: Linear graphic prints with bright accents.
Amongst the quirky retro inspired papergoods at Lovely Pigeon I discovered Kirsty’s brand new contemporary collection of geometric jewellery. In contrast Red Brick North offered a graphic feminine approach in enamel, both highlight the considered selection process by the shows curators i.e. high quality design led goods.
Captain Hook Lamp, Dan is your soulmate
S/S/A/W loves the Captain Hook Lamp and also the product name. This very versatile lamp designed by Brooklyn designer Dan McMahon has an extra long coloured lead and is aesthetically appealing when unravelled or wrapped around the handle. Take a look at his website to discover how he approaches other products.
Cluster, Jill Shaddock
The ceramic work at Pulse was particularly strong and here is another example of the craft at its finest. I like the composition of the clusters, the number detail and the mix/match colour palette. A winning combination and also Jill ticks all the boxes for the Cluster trend with this combination.
Wood print, Mr Wingate
Refreshing to see a print not so figurative, here Sam Wingate plays around with trompe l’oeil effects.
Studio Lav successfully experimented with print and scale, zooming in and out with the geometric linear prints on bone china.
Archipelago, My friend Yarn
Eva and Lisa Holst, mother an daughter team fuse graphics and textiles disciplines making cushions that evoke Swedish nature and jumpers from the 1970′s. Look out for the prints that will follow shortly.
NY Bike Lovers, Emma Cowlam
Finally: The last tip would be to check out the embroidered / printed illustrations by Emma Cowlam. As you can see she can draw, but she can sew also. Head to the site to see the selection of images available, I particularly like the fantastic bride and groom.
That all design folks!
BRAND STAND: HAM
Jo Ham a farmer’s daughter launched an unexpected range of designs that capture comic moments in the life of a pig, horse and rabbit. Their playful lifestyles are translated into prints and applied to a growing collection of products. If you like clean, minimal and eccentric designs you will not be disappointed.
STANDOUT STYLING: WRAP
The unmistakable magazine from Wrap that explores the best in contemporary design and Illustration has been well documented. It is stocked at fine establishments in the UK such as Tate Modern, the Design Museum, Magma and Foyles and many other countries. At Pulse Wrap stood out not only for the magazine but the super styling. S/S/A/W loves the new look geometric parquet flooring linked and painted with colours from their current magazine. An excellent idea for flooring courtesy of Wrap.
BEST IN SHOW / CARDS CONTINUED:
One of the finest selection of cards at Pulse came from Dear Prudence designed by Laura Ruth Vickers. The narrative collection sensitively depicts nature at its quirkiest and its best, also hinting at Laura’s formal training as a textile designer. Whilst exploring the versatility of Textiles she printed greetings cards, set up a stall in Brick Lane and sold out the first day. Following her success Laura immediately started publishing her own greeting range and is busy developing the range to include further products, lookout for her new notebooks coming shortly.
1- Harley Boden
The most prominent trend at the show was seafaring and it was interpreted across the board in most product categories. Harley Boden introduced the Buoy cup and saucer in ceramics that played around marine imagery and Buddug created hand rendered plates with placements of ships. The theme reached textiles with Mengsel featuring graphic seascapes whilst Timbergram showed fish on their wooden postcard range.
PATTERN: Linear / Graphic
CONTEMPLATE: Vintage tattoos.
Fika Tea Set, Ralli.
Brother Louis Ralli & sister Sophie Ralli graduated from Central Saint Martins and were exhibiting at Pulse on the college stand. They combined their talents, one specialises in Product and the other in Ceramic Design to produce outstanding, simple designs with efficient use of space and all manufactured in the UK.
S/S/A/W loves: the original, clean & graphic style at Purpose and Worth and the naive illustrations from Louise Naunton Morgan. Both were exhibiting on St. Martin’s stand alongside Ralli (above). Small group of designers on the stand but the work shone. More in the next series.
Concrete Wallpaper, by Piet Boon for NLXL.
Following on from the major success of Piet Hein Eek’s Scrapwood Wallpaper NLXL have collaborated with Piet Boon launching the Concrete Series this season. The great thing about this wallpaper aside from the subtle sophistication of the design is that if your walls are uneven they are masked instantly with the irregular pattern formation. Use on walls and ceilings for affordable, long lasting definitive style.
1- 600 exhibitors
2- Home & Gift
3- 160 young designers at Launchpad.
2- Location: Earls Court London
Showstopper: Memory of Falmouth by Takae Mituzani
S/S/A/W: loves this very simple salt and pepper shaker inspired by the Cornish coastline. This slots perfectly into the seafaring trend that was the most consistent themes of the show. (More on this in Series 2)
Childhood: S/S/A/W was on a mission to uncover some showstoppers and found these two beauties. The products play with the consistently popular retro theme for children’s rooms. LADP showed the Offside Coat Rack designed by Greenworks, inspired by the classic tabletop game and Lapin and Me displayed the vintage style hand painted lamps Baby Rabbit Night Lamps. Top of my list for junior home and gift.
‘WOW’ (without wires) speaker, Kakkoii
DETAIL: WOW is a crusader for a new world without wires, plugging or docking. Small in size and big on sound, the speaker wirelessly streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device like your iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, iPad or laptop. It can be recharged over and over again so no need for batteries. It comes in 5 colours is rubber durable with a rubber housing. Having experienced the quality and unexpected volume this is one item I am adding to my wishlist, the white one.
Series 2 tomorrow.
Another Country: Pottery collection, Series 1- handmade tabletop designs.
VGP: Practical / Affordable / trend led designs.
Assembly Room - Burgess Table: flat packed occasional table /powder coated steel / two piece base / solid oak table top / finished in clear lacquer.
www.nlxl.com teamed up with the hottest store in Paris Merci to create Brooklyn Tins a range of distressed looking wallpaper which is distributed by Pad home in the UK.
THAT’S ALL DESIGN FOLKS
DETAIL: CLASSIC COMPILATION / ADD COLOUR / WOOD / METAL
CONTEMPLATE: ENDLESS TYPES OF GRANITE / MARBLE
Following on from Milan the trend for marble is being utilised by some of the most innovative designers who are revisiting timeless finishes, incorporating tradition and longevity into the creative process. Marble and granite are combined with contrasting colours, metal and wood offering unusual interpretations of the classic material, notably evident at Dare Studio and G&T (see previous G&T post).
S/S/A/W SHOWSTOPPER: the installation from textile designer Eleanor Ross.
Various collaborations were evident at the show, Eleanor Ross and Antron met moving away from their comfort zones to demonstrate creativity and versatility all round. String art / design is very relevant and Eleanor has offered a highly desirable rendition of the genre that she should take and translate into a collection of homeware. I wanted to find out a little more from Eleanor :
1- Why did you decide to exhibit at Clerkenwell?
I was approached by Antron carpet fibre as it sought a new way to engage with architects and designers working in the commercial arena. Antron wanted to team up with a designer that could put a fresh and interesting spin on carpet fibre, getting designers to think a bit more about carpet. It’s quite easy to forget that carpet is a complex product of many
ingredient parts and hopefully the installation addressed this, opening people’s minds to the intricacy and detail in something as apparently simple as a carpet. With Clerkenwell’s audience and fresh approach to an industry event, which moves away from the traditional exhibition hall venue, Antron had already decided it wanted to be involved. My involvement and the creation of the installation was to ensure that Antron engaged with its audience in a way that both informed and inspired.
2- How would you describe the atmosphere?
The whole show seems to haves a real energy about it, a buzz that seems to find a way to everyone, even within the dark and mysterious House of Detention. I think the lovely weather, parties and the relaxed approach of everyone involved really helped too.
3- If you could pick 1 thing for your home for the show what would it be?
It would have to be the Manolo Lounger Chair by John Galvin. I’ve exhibited at a few of the same exhibitions as John over the last couple of years and I’m always blown away by the workmanship of his pieces. They are truly beautiful pieces of furniture but the Manolo chair is definitely my favourite, I just love its femininity and softness. Apparently there isn’t one single 90 degree angle in the entire piece.
4- What has been the highlight of your show?
To have my human sized installation create so much interest was the real highlight, it’s always nice to have your work receive appreciation in the public domain. Other than that, I didn’t really have too much of a chance to walk around as I was kept pretty busy with visitors, but one of the ‘I wants’ from the show was definitely the La Boite concept. A docking table for your laptop it also packs in some powerful speakers and they really kept the party going throughout the event with some fab tunes.
5- What trends are you working on?
As a textile designer by trade I work to many different trends, depending on my client and who they are trying to target. For personal work, I often start collections with drawings and photography and then focus in on different sections to translate into fabric. I’m a little bit fixated with contrasting geometric patterns and fibres at the moment.
6- Who stopped by your stand?
That’s the good thing about Clerkenwell, you get a really good mix of people coming along. We had everyone from design bloggers, interior designers and design students through to architects and buyers from some really big brands. I managed to make a few really great contacts for the future and Antron carpet fibre was delighted with the raising of its profile and the leads it generated from the event.
7- What is your top tip for the show?
Just like the Scouts, always be prepared. A big stack of business cards and also some information specifically relating to what you are exhibiting are absolutely vital. People are often interested in what they are seeing, more than who made it so make sure they can take something away that reinforces the connection. It could just be a postcard, but for Clerkenwell we produced a brochure detailing our work. Given that it is a one-off and not for sale, we wanted people to have a permanent reminder of the installation. The biggest tip has to be to plan. The more you plan, the less likely things are to go wrong.