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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
5- The shop: www.springsummerautumnwinter.co.uk
Every now and again I discover an item of clothing destined for my wardrobe and to be passed on down the generation as a family heirloom to my daughters. I love all of Valentino’s lace dresses so it would be difficult to select one from the collection. The structured lace look is feminine yet modern and combines sheer with opaque.
Take the trend off the catwalk into the home and use sparingly to create a subtle statement with a piece of fine lace.
MORE TRENDS: S/S/A/W Collections – Interior trend magazine
The Grapefruit, Arnold Goron
Hello all, I am back from my much needed blog holiday and to ease myself gently into the transition from S/S to A/W I am starting with a bright colour palette to liven up a clinical white room. The Grape Fruit light Designed by Arnold Goron is perfect for this update with the 13 different colour pendant lamps, each hand-thrown instead of cast. The lamps also each have different forms and sizes and are available upon request from www.arnoldgoron.com
Fresh: coloured bulbs.
Idea: group table lamps together for a variation on the theme.
1st: GREAT BRITAIN- Lee Broom- Crystal Bulb, £109
2nd: JAPAN- Ryosuke Fukusada, Wooden Light Bulb
3rd: SWEDEN- Eric Therner, Diamond Light, Rockett St. George, £35
Since the demise of the classic incandescent bulb designers reacted and are busy redesigning the previously ignored object. S/S/A/W have selected the bulbs that have suprised and lead the way.
In first place Lee Broom has individually hand blown each nostalgic lead Crystal Bulb and cut the glass with a classic crystal pattern. Second, Ryosuke Fukusada created the prototype of The Wooden Bulb using a traditional technique known as Rokuro which covers the surface with a thin layer of wood fine enough to allow the light shine through and third place goes to Eric Therner who describes his Diamond Light design as a ‘sculpture, with a function’. All winners and future classics.
Now it is possible to match your bulb to the style of your room, whether you choose one of the above or the cult filament bulbs it will be an object that you will consider alongside other decorative accessories from now on.
Bow Bins, Cordula Kehrer for Areaware
There is good and excellent design, these bins fitter into the latter. Designed by Cordula Kehrer for Areaware and commissioned by fair trade Ngo Preda the collection aims to raise awareness of the role of hand made goods and craft based cultures in the global economy. The indigenous Aeta people made the rattan and plastic bins mixing traditional basket weaving techniques with colourful plastic. The results are superb and the Bow Bins are show stopping, unpretentious products that are being snapped up by some of the most respected curators of homewares in design. Available in the UK at SCP.
Top: Songbirds Mobile by Berit Lüdecke & Kerstin Reilemann, £38.50
Middle: Fixie Bike Brooch by Daniel Derby, £25
Bottom: Cake Stand by Anouk Jansen, £35
Howkapow is fresh, fun and filled store with must have home and giftware from new and independent designers. Husband and wife team Rog and Cat How trawl the design world filling their shop with memorable goods, so if are struggling to find a gift for a friend or loved one look no further, you will not fail to impress with any of these pieces. S/S/A/W favourite: the Songbird Mobile.
Kaars, candle by Blauwe Beker, £10
S/S/A/W RECOMMENDS: Blauwe Beker
Blauwe Beker launched in May with a small capsule collection designed by RCA Sculpture graduate Alexandra Strachan. The sneak peek is enough to convince me that there are more great products on the horizon, now I am well and truly hooked. Take a moment to evaluate not only the new products but consider the impressive styling and the colour palette which appears across the board. The initial range is only available to be ordered via email at present with the online shop coming soon.
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.