I recently developed a design concept for a luxurious city apartment in London. Above you find a snapshot of the design concept. To explain a little more about what I did and why, find my ‘design philosophy’ below.
The Tower, at the beautiful location of St. George Wharf on the London Thames river, is a unique building in many ways. Its shape, its location and the construction techniques taking into account environmental sustainability. While creating a concept for an apartment in this building, I tried to make optimal use of these unique features, while also taking into account the lifestyle of a busy international client.
The concept I created is based on the following: comfort, 5 star luxury, style, modern, timeless and international. In addition I considered and integrated the latest home technology features based on ease, need and sustainability.
The provided structural layout of the apartment was inspired by the form of a Catherine wheel and was therefore slightly unusual, but above all unique. To emphasise the uniqueness, I elaborated on the form of the Catherine wheel when developing the floor plan. As a result the layout provides a natural consistency with the structure of the building. Read The Rest
The London Design Festival has come to an end, unfortunately. With bags full of information and a head full of inspiration, it’s now back to business! During the festival, a visit to Tent was high on my list, and it proved to be right up my street. As a result, there is simply too much I want to share, so here are just a few things I liked:
- the ‘Festival’ mix and match tableware design collection of Mini Moderns, a collaboration with homeware brand Magpie.
- the DEK table lamp by Khairul Hussin, where the coiling of the cord (usually the ugly part) has become part of the design. The lamp is made of recycled felt and oak wood.
- the concrete collection by Ivanka Studio, including their stunning floor/wall tiles.
- La Bibliochaise by Nobody & Co is a chair and bookstorage at the same time. It has hidden wheels and the leather cushions colors are customisable.
There were so many things I liked about Tent: the cutting-edge products, the innovation, and even the location (the Old Truman Brewery). I wish I didn’t have to wait a whole year!
Only a few days left until The London Design Festival starts. During 9 days, more than 280 events across 25 design disciplines will be held across London. With so many events, getting the most out of the festival requires some rigorous planning. What definitely should be on the agenda is a visit to Tent London: a progressive exhibition where you can see the latest contemporary interior products. One product that will be launched during Tent London, and that should definitely be on your ‘must see’ list is the Muffin Pouffe.
The Muffin Pouffe is a brand new product design from Matteo Bianchi, Italian born designer and Director of Daruma Design Ltd. Having been very successful as an interior designer (and in my opinion ‘one to watch’) Matteo turned his hand to furniture design, of which the Muffin Pouffe is the result.
As the name suggests, it’s a muffin and a pouffe, but it’s more than that. As Matteo describes it: “This luscious and functional cushioned stool is not just a regular seating item, it is humorous and stylish, bursting personality, and it also includes a hidden storage. Made with the finest materials, prime-cut leather from North Italy area of Veneto and optimum solid woods, the feeling you get couldn’t be more overjoyed. These ingredients give you unlimited options in finishings and colors for you to bake your own Muffin, according to one’s personal taste!”
I asked Matteo who he sees as his typical customer Read The Rest
28.. 27.. 26 days to go until Chelsea’s Royal Hospital grounds will transform into what is considered to be the event in the interior design industry: Decorex. It almost feels a bit like the time towards Christmas, where the excitement grows and everyone seems to be talking about only one thing.
With nearly 300 exhibitors, exciting features created exclusively for the show around this year’s theme ‘Cherished Places’, and a name for being trendsetting and innovative, I believe my excitement is justified.
Diana Yakeley, President of the British Institute of Interior Design, explains why she believes Decorex is an event not to be missed: “Free from the large corporate suppliers of office furniture or carpet tiles, designers have a chance to see the more desirable and unusual suppliers on well designed stands – it should be on everyone’s agenda for late September.”
Your Decorex journey will start as soon as you arrive at the lobby, which designers Nicky Haslam and Colette van den Thillart turned into a surreal, theatrical space with (to speak in interior design terms) a good portion of drama added.
As you explore further, you will discover exquisite trend setting products, come across new materials, find beautiful craftsmanship and (for the savvy minded) see the latest innovations in home technology. You will (re-) discover established names of the industry and meet the emerging designers of the future.
There will be new product introductions too. Such as the ‘Charleston Collection’ of beds and furniture designed by Nina Campbell for ‘And So To Bed’, which will be launched at Decorex, to name just one.
Adrenaline may just be enough to keep you going, but why not recharge at the enchanting riverside Café and Ranelagh Restaurant, designed by Broosk Saib, or drop by the exclusive Champagne Bar, designed by Martin Hulbert. What’s nicer than a combination of bubbles and design and indulge in true style?
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the show, find sanctuary at ‘And So To The Beach’, the ultimate coastal retreat, created by ‘And So To Bed’. This stand promises to be utterly tranquil with a soundscape of waves and gulls, and the perfect place to relax and find inspiration. Read The Rest
I have a thing for innovation, whether it be the use of a new material, a new manufacturing technique, or just a different interpretation of an existing concept. For this reason, I particularly like exploring work from designers fresh out of university as they often literally have a ‘fresh look’ on things. Here are a few (of many) products from graduate designers I like. Hope you like them too.
Industrial design graudate at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich Florian Schmid designed these stitched concrete stools. These stools are made of the material concrete canvas, where a fabric cloth is impregnated with flexible cement. When in the desired form, water is added which then hardens. I love how these stools have a roughness and softness to them at the same time. The bright coloured stitches give them a funky look.
Freya Swell is a 3D Design graduate from the University of Brighton and designed the Hush, a cosy ‘cocoon’ seat made from 100% wool felt. The seat allows you to withdraw and enjoy some private space and time. I noticed many cocoon type products this year, perhaps it’s following a trend of escaping from everyday busy lives and people wanting some ‘me time’. Living in London, I definitely would like to escape sometimes. I saw this at New Designers a month ago (for my review see here) and when you see it you just want to jump in.. Rumour has it (unverified) she is currently in talks with Fatboy to commercialize it.
Also at New Designers this year, but in a different discipline, were the ceramic bowls from Jill Shaddock. Jill, a 3D Design graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, has already won quite some awards with these stunning bowls (love the colours!). The bowls are made through a method called ‘slipcasting’, where slip (liquid clay) is poured into a plaster mould and excess water is drawn out leaving a layer of solid clay. Read The Rest
Another (residential) interior design project I added to my portfolio and I’d love to tell you a little bit more about.
As an interior designer ‘in the making’ (with a background miles away from art or anything alike), freehand drawing is one of the areas I need to make myself more comfortable with. So for this project I did a lot of practicing. Above you see a snapshot of the project, including some of the drawings.
The brief was to design the interior for a London apartment in a Victorian building in London. The home owners are a young couple with busy lives, both work related and social. The apartment is situated on the ground floor of a typical Victorian house with a small garden at rear. At the front of the house there are traditional bay windows.
My intention was to design an interior where the couple could entertain, work and relax. I chose for a contemporary look with modern features, but with a warm feel. This is reflected in the choice of materials and colors. I went for a combination of stone and wood and used a lot of warm greys and textured whites. Read The Rest
It’s already August, and with lots of interesting events coming up in September, now is the perfect time to start planning and registering. From the 17th until the 25th of September The London Design Festival will be held in the creative capital of the world (well, at least of Europe). This annual festival includes over 250 events and activities in different design disciplines. Please find here the absolute must-not-miss-events during the festival:
1) 100% Design
For cutting-edge contemporary interior design, it includes three exhibitions under one roof: 100% Design (interiors), 100% Materials (surfaces) and 100% Futures(emerging talent). WIth over 21,000 trade visitors this is one of the biggest events.
- When: 22-25 September
- Where: Earls Court
- Entry: free to trade visitors who register online no later than 16th September
- Website: http://www.100percentdesign.co.uk/
After many hours of hard work, I’d like to show you my interior design for a restaurant/bar at the Thames River in London. The design brief was to design a two level restaurant/bar, carefully taking into account the relationship with the river and neighbouring buildings. The restaurant would have to provide meals at lunchtime and evenings and the bar would be fully licensed with drinks to be available with or without meals. The (rather unusual) structure of the building was a given, but the design was completely up to me having great flexibility and many layout options.
Last week I visited New Designers 2011 in London for the first time, an exhibition showcasing more than 3,500 newly graduated designers from across the UK. I visited the second part, which covered (amongst others): Furniture Design, Spatial Design and One Year On. The latter consisting of 50 selected designers who are one year on into their business. My overall impression of the exhibition was: wow! Read The Rest
For those of you who have read my previous blog posts, the name Margo Selby may sound familiar. Margo Selby is a textile designer based in London, and thanks to the British Institute of Interior Design I had the pleasure to meet her. Margo talked about her background, her drive, showed her work and gave a tour through her studio in London. Read The Rest