Category Archives: Design

The Big Chair Project

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The BIG Chair Project is the brainchild of the charity, The Better Food Foundation (www.jamieoliver.com/thebigchairproject) founded by Jamie Oliver. After establishing the unique and pioneering restaurant group Fifteen in 2002, they are marking their 10th anniversary with an exciting innovative charity project, The Big Chair Project – where a range of artists and designers have designed and ‘pimped’ up some stunning chairs for an auction and a raffle this month. This exciting project is both a celebration and a much needed fundraiser to help this charity, so do visit their website to either by bid in the auction or buy a raffle ticket to win one of these fabulous chairs – who knows you may become the proud owner of a unique and original Tracey Emin or Paul Smith designer chair for a mere £5!

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Leica and Apple Collaboration // Limited Edition

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Fan of Apple products and photography? At Leica’s special event just over a week ago, after the new Leica M was announced, company owner Dr Andreas Kaufmann revealed that they’ve got a very special limited edition version of the camera planned-designed by the infamous Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive. And this camera will be the ultimate of limited editions based on simple fact: only one is going to be made – so if you have infinitely deep pockets keep an eye out for the auction of this exciting limited edition Apple designed Leica camera of which all proceeds will be donated to charity. The auction will be done in collaboration with Bono, the lead singer of U2. Although it won’t be unveiled anytime soon, as the design process hasn’t even started yet. But be sure to keep an eye out for this exciting limited design Leica camera. 

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Chanel Surfboards

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The renowned Parisian fashion house Chanel have designed a stunning set of surfboards. The haute couture brand have created these fabulous surfboards in the original Chanel classic style; with black, white and red as their chosen colours. Hmmm glamourous surfing, after 18 years of living in Cornwall and barely being able to even stand up; maybe if I were to have one of these chic surfboards maybe it would of been a different story. At $4000 a board, I don’t think I will be getting one anytime soon though.

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Kukee

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I recently stumbled upon an adorable online jewellery store, Kukee. They sell stunning on trend quality products; earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets and great collar cuffs. Prices start from just £1.00 which is amazing as there are some really great original pieces in Kukee’s collection. There are a fair few products that I have just ordered, couldn’t resist.

www.kukee.co.uk

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The Hundreds // Borgore

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The Hundreds is a multi faceted project that houses a clothing and accessories brand, footwear range, eyewear, an online and print magazine as well as retail stores. The Hundreds sell a lifestyle, attitude and give a personal perspective on street sub culture. Inspired by the Los Angeles lifestyle and California culture with Southern Cali’s skateboarding, surf, punk and hip hop cultures. The line is sold in limited quantities in some of the worlds most prestigious street wear and skate boutiques. The website itself is a great site, incorporating interviews and blog content from within and around the subculture. The Hundreds isn’t just a magazine or clothing company. The Hundreds is a lifestyle project that still remains the original personal and direct, and reflective of the community and culture, which is dedicated to their fan base.

One of The Hundreds most recent collaboration is with the Israeli dubstep DJ and producer Borgore, who we all now is infamous for his leopard print. These Borgore inspired Johnson Lows offer ‘ a lux take on a somewhat simple sneaker silhouette’ incorporating Borgore’s signature style.

As much as I am normally into a more of a simpler design, I am actually quite a fan of these! 

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Ek Design

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Love this umbrella coffee holder designed by by Jung-Woo Lee for Ek Design.

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I really want to host another exhibition or art fair in the near future, or perhaps a christmas fair?

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I really want to host another exhibition or art fair in the near future, or perhaps a christmas fair? With a range of artists, zine makers, jewellers, independent clothing companies, cake makers and perhaps even some cocktails thrown in there? I think it would be a great opportunity for local creatives to meet and show what they do.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Design

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This September, London Design Festival will be celebrating its tenth anniversary with hundreds of events across they city; including new projects this year like the ‘Global Design Forum’ at Central Saint Martins on September 18th which will include speeches, panel discussions and presentations. In Trafalgar Square visitors will be taken on a journey using immersive sound installations hosting a series of ‘designs you cant see’, which sounds rather intriguing. The V&A will play host as the festival hub venue again this year, the museum will stage a Rolf Sachs staircase installation amongst a variety of exciting events.

September 14th -23rd 2012

For more information see www.londondesignfestival.com

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O.U.T

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The infamous Wall & Decò is renowned for fabulous, large scale mural like wallpapers, that really make a room. Often found in hotels and restaurants and for private residences by interior designers, Wall and Decò have now introduced an exciting new wallpaper system designed for outdoors….how awesome is that!?!? And for the technical people out there, their OUT (Outdoor Unconventional Textures) system is a three part covering that allows for high quality photographic reproductions and large scale graphic designs to be applied onto outside walls. This system consists of an adhesive, a technical fabric and a finishing treatment. Pretty impressive.

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In Glass Houses

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These visually stunning houses have been designed by Italian design duo Santambrogio aka Carlo Santambrogio and Ennio Arosic, who have designed two beautiful homes constructed entirely of blue hued glass. Each of the houses were built in two juxtaposing locations, giving them a unique relation of both the interior and exterior environments. Every element of the structures are made of glass, even down to the bed frame. Simplicity is key for these designers, eliminating visual boundaries by using glass as the primary tool.

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