We're delighted to present our new collaboration with the talented textile designer Eleanor Pritchard. Eleanor designs and manufactures beautiful upholstery fabric using high quality yarns that are suitable for contract use and we've teamed up to create a new look for our solid oak Long Eaton Bench. Upholstered in Aerial fabric : Totley Orange and Rowridge Blue, the Long Eaton is a smart looking bench.
New arrival... Our new spun aluminium pendant light, the Quayside, is a minimal take on the industrial pendant lights from a bygone era. We'll be launching the Quayside in four different colours (red, white, grey and yellow) at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week: May 19th - 21st. We'll be up on the 2nd Floor in the Farmiloe Building... only 4 weeks to go...
If you fancy a trip across the Channel you can now see the Hyde and Burgess Compact ranges at Moore Design, a furniture dealer in the heart of Paris. With their stylish new showroom and their varied range of products this looks like a great place to visit...
We have just recieved some photographs from event organisers Innovision from this summer's British Business Embassy that was held at Lancaster House in The Mall. The BBE was a unique event that was hosted by UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) during the Olympic & Paralympic Games and we were delighted to be a part of it. During the BBE this prestigious Neo-Classical building had 18 of its rooms transformed to showcase modern art and design from both new and established British designers, photographers, furniture makers, and sculptors. We're proud to say that two of our Finsbury sofas upholstered in Camira Blazer featured in the State Dining Room amidst good company in the form of the Matador Chair by Terrance Conran and a Damien Hirst artwork. Other contributors to the event included: Paul Smith, Jasper Morrison, Barber & Osgerby, Ross Lovegrove, Ron Arad, Pearson Lloyd, Matthew Hilton Bethan Gray, Dare Studios, Thomas Heatherwick & Grayson Perry.
So we're just surfacing from 4 days stood inside a windowless shed in Earls Court but I'm pleased to say we're all still smiling! It's been an enjoyable show at 100% Design this year from both a visitor's and an exhibitor's perspective... plenty to see and good attendance. We were located at the far end of the hall in the 'Futures' section where there was a good mix of people and product, from the elegant timber furniture of Young & Norgate to the experimental and exciting concept lighting & architecture of D*Haus.
Elsewhere in the hall there was an equally eclectic mix - from the elegance of Dare Studio and minimalism of Pottinger + Cole to the complete over the top audacity of Maximo Riera's animal chair collection (which everyone seemed to be talking about!)
This year also had a large international input with stands showcasing contemporary design from Norway, Korea and Argentina to name but a few... but our favourite was 'South West View' Contemporary Design from Chile - particularly the natural simplicity of the woven lampshades by The Andes House.
All safely packed and currently in transit, our 6 new stacking chairs are on their way to Milan for next week's show; the AR004 makes it debute at this year's Designersblock show in Zona Isola. We'll also be showing the AR001 and AR002 in new fabrics... so if you're at the show this year please pop by and say hello.
Designersblock Milan 10:10
Dates 14 - 19 April 2010
Location Revel Scalo d’Isola Via Thaon De Revel,3 20159 Milano (Zona Isola)
Hours of opening Wednesday 14 - Sunday 18. 10.00 - 19.00 hrs Mon 19 - 10.00 - 16.00 hrs
Cocktail Thursday 15 April 1900 - 2200
During the past 9 months we've been working on some new designs for a few furniture pieces, one of which is currently being prototyped and should be ready in a couple of weeks. We have manged to make some great contacts and join some extremely useful organisations along the way, Hidden Art and Designers block are but to name a few.
Probably best known for her 'Loopy Table' (which is now in its 13th year of production) acclaimed designer Lynne Wilson exhibited her current ideas and sketches of work in progress. Lynne spoke about her extensive research into pattern, repetition, layering and collage, and as interesting as it was to see this work in development, I must admit it did leave me wondering where it was all leading to and whether there was a tangible conclusion.