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Series Four - a new furniture collection by Another Country

On my radar: recent furniture finds

With a whirlwind, design-packed September, taking in the delights of London Design Festival, I’m sharing some of my recent furniture finds that have caught my attention over the past few weeks. There really was so much to see and take in, but I’ve whittled it down to: the best stackable chairs and stools, the smartest, minimalist lounge chairs and consciously-designed tables, plus new updated versions of design classics that you need to know about. PAIR by Benjamin Hubert for Fritz Hansen Previewed at London Design Festival last month before the official launch at Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, young, up-and-coming London-based designer Benjamin Hubert has designed a stacking chair for Fritz Hansen. Designed and built to stand the test of time, the chair has been developed and refined over three years using more than 30 prototypes. Embracing Fritz Hansen’s long-established aesthetic for well-crafted modernist forms, the minimalist design is made of a form-pressed plywood seat shell with an injection-moulded polycarbonate backrest, building on the techniques already used for Arne Jacobsen’s famous Series 7 and Ant …

London Design Festival guide

Top 12 things to see at London Design Festival 2016

It’s that time of the year again – London Design Festival. From 17 to 25 September the capital transforms into a hive of creative activity, from large-scale urban installation and inventions, through pop-up exhibitions and design destinations, to open studios, design tours and trails. There’s A LOT to see and get your head around, so here I’ve done the hard work for you and picked my must-see highlights for London Design Festival 2016. designjunction, King’s Cross, 22 – 25 September Now in its sixth year, designjunction returns to vast new home in my old haunt, King’s Cross. The theme this time is Immersed in Design. Across four main sites, there will be 200 international brands exhibiting, hundreds of new products launches, plus pop-up shops and street food vans to fuel up on as part of the inaugural King’s Cross Creative Quarter (KXCQ). Monopoly-style houses will be descending on Granary Square, while Satellite Architects has designed a spectacular scaffold-like facade structure to conceal designjunction’s temporary two-storey pavilion. Made of 4,000 lightweight modular components, the structure will …

Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

Beynon: modular crafted furniture

Beynon is another fab find from London Design Festival’s show designjunction in September. Founded by graphic designer Richard Davies and industrial-design specialist Keinton Butler, Beynon creates adaptable, heirloom-quality, modular furniture systems that can be expanded and reconfigured over time. The lovely, almost retro pieces are inspired by the modular furniture systems of the 1950s – open, solid and accessible systems designed for compact living and built to last. The Beynon Core range is centred upon a simple wooden unit that can be combined, stacked and interlocked to create almost any piece of furniture; a table, chest of drawers, shelving unit or sideboard maybe. The units come in three sizes that can be vertically stacked or connected side by side. Accessories such as drawers, doors and shelves, as well as solid brass handles and cross brackets can then be added as needed. The system uses a simple, tool-free connection system that cleverly only needs a turn of a coin – perfect for when you’ve moved house and mislaid the toolbox! The range comes in solid oak and oak veneer but Beynon will …

Daniel Schofield - Arch Tables for Capsbury

LDF15: Capsbury at designjunction

London Design Festival is in full swing and one event not to miss out on is designjunction. It’s even bigger and better than last year. Spread over two venues in central London, including the former home of Central Saint Martins (there’s still paint splatters on the walls), you’ll find a mix of cutting-edge brands and newer labels, pop-ups and installations, live workshops and retail stores. My top tip? stop off for a Noble Espresso coffee and Danish pastries at Wrong for Hay or check out Lotta Agaton’s beautiful styling for String Furniture. Down in the basement you’ll also find British brand Capsbury, who has collaborated with five designers – Daniel Schofield, Catherine Aitken, Ester Comunello, Suliman Innab and Alexander Mueller – for this year’s event. Established in 1999, Capsbury’s main aim is to change the perception of furniture produced in India. For the past 15 years, it has been an own-brand supplier to some of the biggest UK retailers, including John Lewis. But recently, Capsbury has been working with designer Alexander Mueller to relaunch as a design-led supplier of contemporary furniture and accessories …

HEM Autumn 2015 collection

LDF focus: Hem Autumn 2015 collection + pop-up

London Design Festival is nearly upon us (19-27 September – I’m so excited!) and here’s one brand to look out for. Because, not only will online design brand Hem be presenting pieces as part of ‘Ten Designers in the West Wing’ in Somerset House, it will also be opening a pop-up store in London’s Seven Dials – it’s first UK store. With new products launching this autumn, Hem will be bringing the wow-factor at Somerset House with 44 pendant lamps tethered to a grand piano. Each of these lamps will illuminate at the touch of the piano’s keys. The lamps are its new playful Alphabeta lamp (below) designed by Luca Nichetto. Described as ‘the world’s first digitally-customisable lamp’, it has more than 10 billion possible combinations (yes, you read that correctly…). Crafted in Venice, Italy, the steel design comes in eight different shapes with interchangeable tops and bottom shades, each available in a variety of bright colours as well as black and white. Quite fun, don’t you think? ‘My inspiration was really an ambition to create an alphabet; a system …


Q&A with… North Limited

North Limited is a group of exciting, young Icelandic designers that create furniture and home accessories. Made up of tableware designer Sigríður Hjaltdal Pálsdóttir of BYBIBI, design studio FÆRID and product designer Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir, their designs ‘aim to integrate the enjoyment of using simple beautiful things in your everyday life’. I love their approach – they each work under their own brand, but they support one another in the design processes, share a network and exhibit together. For the past five years, they’ve been making a name for themselves in their native Iceland. Having only recently started exhibiting together as a group, they will be showcasing some beautiful new pieces in the Emerging Brands section of 100% Design at the London Design Festival this month. I caught up with them just before the festival begins to find out a bit more about their philosophy and the designs that will be on show. How and when did you found North Limited?  We had previously exhibited in larger group shows together at DesignMarch in Reykjavík, but the real game changer for us was when we …

daniel and emma

designjunction: various works by Daniel Emma

I discovered design duo Adelaide-based Daniel Emma at this year’s designjunction during the London Design Festival. Founded in 2008 by Daniel To and Emma Aiston, they say their work aims to be ‘just nice’, and very nice it is. The studio works on a variety of projects and collaborations from desk objects (you might recognise Wrong for Hay’s cork cones) to installations. ‘We look to create the unexpected from simple objects using simple forms, drawing influence and insight from the diverse culture that Australia presents us with,’ they say. One of my favourites of theirs is the Mish Mash chair above; it’s is made of laminated maple with playful red powder-coated aluminium arms. The chair, along with many of their other designs shown here, was first displayed in BIG!, their first solo exhibition in Australia last year. I also love the ‘cherry on the bottom’ lamp below, a cheeky take on a standard pendant lamp. All image courtesy Daniel Emma, image above: Rodrick Bond


Introducing… Monologue

A fab new design shop has opened on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street called Monologue. I discovered it during London Design Festival and instantly fell in love with its curated collection of stationery and homeware, which at the moment is centred around themes of marble and bright pops of colour (just look at that marble till/workspace unit!). Founded by interior designer Pavel Klimczak, the store focuses on conceptual designs by emerging designers and young talent. It carries a range of furniture by French brand La Chance (the only shop to do so in the UK), including the playful cork and orange stool by Stockholm-based Note Design Studio above, and the distorted blue shelving by Paris-based Charles Kalpakian below. There is also lighting by Helsinki-based Mari Isopahkala, which shows the influence of the Dutch De Stijl movement and the clean lines of modern art. Her tall rectangular light rests on the floor, leaning against the wall, with a red cord twirling down to the green power unit below. It’s almost a piece of art as well as a functional object. Elsewhere, …


London Design Festival at Ace Hotel Shoreditch

The ever-popular Ace Hotel in Shoreditch – the trendiest place to be seen with your laptop and a flat white in hand – is the hub location for this year’s Shoreditch Design Triangle, part of the London Design Festival. For the next week it is holding an exhibition called Super Stimuli, which presents a series of installations throughout the public areas of the ground floor, from the chilled lobby, through to the restaurant Hoi Polloi and the lush, fragrant That Flower Shop. The four London-based designers whose work is on show were invited by magazine Modern Design Review, launched in April during the famous Milan Salone del Mobile. Bethan Laura Wood, (above and below) for example, was inspired by floral temple displays, alterpieces and harvest festivals for her set of slip-cast ceramics and hand-drawn vases. Step down to Hoi Polloi and you are greeted by a riot of colours, wild flowers and ceramics, some made by herself, and others by friends Max Lambs, Martino Gamper and Silo Studio. She has also rethought the familiar foliage …


#LDF14: Seams by Benjamin Hubert for Bitossi Ceramiche

Research into creating mass-produced products with one-off marks from the manufacturing process inspired British designer Benjamin Hubert to create these tactile vessels for Italian ceramic manufacturer Bitossi Ceramiche. They are currently on display this week at Vessel Gallery in Notting Hill as part of London Design Festival. Hubert began the project by studying slip casting – a technique used in pottery for mass-production, often for shapes not easily made on a traditional wheel. He investigated ways of introducing decorative elements to a design, without having to carry out multiple processes. The slip casting mould fortuitously created an interesting additional seam line that would normally be cleaned off and eradicated from memory. Now the seams are the defining part of the pieces, a mark of the manufacturing process, only added to by a matte glaze. Each mould can be rotated to various positions for every piece produced, meaning that no two are the same.        Images courtesy Benjamin Hubert