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Marimekko takes a new direction

Finnish design house Marimekko introduces Marimekko Kioski, a curated collection of unisex streetwear pieces. The first edition of Marimekko Kioski features a range of androgynous, wearable wardrobe staples and the brand’s iconic, bold patterns from the Sixties. The collection will launch in September.
 


“The first edition of Marimekko Kioski is a collection of athleisure pieces such as hoodies, caps, T-shirts and shoppers. I wanted to create unisex streetwear that introduces our most iconic flower print, Unikko, to a new, urban crowd,” says Marimekko’s head designer Satu Maaranen.


Marimekko’s famous poppy pattern Unikko was born in the Sixties as a rebellious act of doing things your own way. After Marimekko’s founder Armi Ratia announced that Marimekko would never print a flower pattern, the opinionated Finnish designer Maija Isola protested by designing an entire series of floral prints, among them Unikko. ‘The flower of rebellion’ stands for creativity, courage and freedom, and Marimekko Kioski updates it for the modern day.


Finnish design house Marimekko was founded in 1951 and has since become known worldwide for its bold, original prints. Marimekko Kioski introduces the Marimekko brand and values to a new generation of urban youth, with reinterpretations of the design house’s iconic patterns and colors alongside products that have not been part of the collections before.

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Want to know what Ikea are up to ?

Then look no further than here, to discover the three key trends for AUTUMN / WINTER 2019

This season, we’ll see stripped back interiors dominate city dwellings in the Urban Minimalist trend, with functionality and versatility taking centre stage as the next generation champions a more fluid and transient lifestyle.

At IKEA, they believe that small changes around the home can make everyday life more enjoyable. That includes something as simple as being able to switch off your smart appliances by tapping your smartphone.

The Connected Home trend showcases the next generation of home technology from IKEA, allowing you to create a totally bespoke and smart set-up within the home that works perfectly for you. Connected Home also offers a range of smart bulbs that can be dimmed, change temperature and even completely switch to a different shade with the flick of a remote.

This clever function is especially useful for when the winter months arrive, as you can create a customized feeling of warmth and light in your home. Not only is this great for setting the mood of a room, but also beneficial for overall well-being.

 “For ultimate style and functionality-opt for a sofa from the DELAKTIG range- created in collaboration with Tom Dixon. The platform for living allows you to customize and adapt to the changing needs of life, as you can customize the platform with a lamp, a shelf or even an extra arm rest to reflect your personal style.

Last but not least, for those who love getting creative with colour, rich hues take the spotlight with the Jewel Shades trend this season.

IKEA know how important it is to make a house feel like home, no matter the size or layout. Whether you are looking to completely revamp your space this season, or simply give it one or two updates to keep it fresh and interesting, included are a range of products both big and small to suit all.

Calm and well-organized homes have never been more in demand when it comes to interiors, with our increasingly busy and fluid lives, combined with smaller living spaces, demanding practical yet stylish design solutions.

A fusion of muted colours and tranquil neutrals paired with edgy accessories, Urban Minimalist is all about beautiful and sophisticated functionality that is both adaptable and relaxed, with a hint of modern coolness.

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:

The urban Minimalist trend caters to your changing needs whilst exuding a sense of individuality. Less is more with this look, its aim is to create a space that is both understated and distinctive by using fewer furnishings. This will result in a calming space that you’ll enjoy spending time in.

Furnishings and home-wares with multi functionality features are key to turning rooms into flexible spaces.

In this trend whilst maintaining the comforts of home, with more of us living in urban environments, and adapting to small space living, storage has never been more key. The OMBYTE storage collection is designed to be both easily transportable and multipurpose, making it the obvious choice for city dwellers who don’t stay rooted for too long.

To achieve a minimal and modern aesthetic keep your living space tidy with the HANTERVERK hand-woven baskets, crafted by artisans in India as part of IKEA’s latest social entrepreneurs collection.

They are ideal for keeping your belongings stored away, whilst  still maintaining a neutral colour scheme.

         “A beige base colour palette is key to brining a calm atmosphere to an urban minimalist room invoking calmness and impressions of an open spacious atmosphere. But whilst this is a foundation to the look and feel, don’t view it as the only colour. it’s also the perfect canvas for bold statement pieces.

The MARKERAD collection designed in collaboration with Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, Virgil Abioh, blends high cultural references with street cred to create fashion-forward home-wares. From the slogan “temporar” wallclock featuring a sleek white-on white design, to the iconic Mona Lisa backlit artwork, this collection offers accessible and affordable statement interiors for metropolitan millennials.”

Comprising of deep yet vibrant tones that add a touch of opulence to any living space, the Jewel Shades colour trend makes a bold statement this season.

A rich and sophisticated palette of emerald green, sapphire blue, amethyst purple, and ruby red forms the crux of this head-turning interiors look. All of these shades are reflective of precious gemstones that people dress themselves in when celebrating, signifying that the party season is upon us.

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:

‘The luxe tones found within the Jewel Shades trend re truly designed to dazzle creating a dramatic yet equally comforting mood in the home. Create a beautiful and eye catching setting by being brave with colour and experiment with different fabrics and finishes to get the look you desire. Textiles play a huge part in creating a feeling of decadence with this trend. Whether you decide on opulent velvet or sumptuous satin the look and feel of your furnishings will enhance the overall richness of your space.’

To make any room really stand out from the crowd this season pair complimentary colours together, such as red and green, and orange and blue. The ruby coloured STRANDMON wing chair, for example, create a luxurious look, perfect for getting cosy and reading a good book during the winter months. For a simpler change opt for something like the HILLEBORG curtains in a rich plum shade. Made from recycled PET bottles, they prove that sustainability and style can truly go hand in hand.

Although the focus of this trend is centred around colour, don’t be afraid to add some prints into the mix. The new VONSBAK rug will add a timeless and vintage look to your living space with its oriental pattern and comes in a deep teal shade.

Technology is becoming more and more integrated into our homes, allowing us to live smarter and making our everyday lives a little more seamless. Living spaces with smart home-wares that are stylish, functional, and innovative, making life around the home that little bit easier. The Connected Home trend embraces this notion by hero-ing smart products that have the ability to link and interact with each other, making the home an interconnected hub that caters to a variety of your needs and desires.

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:

‘Technology can now be found integrating its way into our homes in ingenious ways, making everyday life easier and more efficient, not to mention more environmentally-friendly. The Ikea Home smart app previously know as the TREDFRI app is currently being developed even further to clear for a wider, unified eco-system of smart products all of which you’ll be able to control at the touch of a button within the app itself. Smart speakers and lighting are a great way to create a home that  works perfectly to control at the touch of a button within the app itself. The latest SYMFONISK range blends both together to bring cutting-edge design with high quality sound to create a look that blends in and stands out simultaneously.’

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A sneak peak at Atelier Swarovski A/W 2019 collection

Crista centre piece by the late Zaha Hadid

I was invited to view Atelier Swarovski’s home décor range including the new additions for Christmas. If your idea of Swarvoski is just glitter and twinkle, you are wrong.  The home collection is gleaming, glossy  and very sophisticated. Here I show just some of the collaborations that have taken place between the company and up market designers who are at the top of their game.

Atelier Swarovski was founded, by Nadja Swarovski, in 2007, as a showcase for creativity, craftsmanship, master cutting and material innovations.

Nadja Swarovski is the granddaughter of founder Daniel Swarovsk, who in 1892 patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.  

Atelier Swarovski ‘s home décor collection was launched at Milan design week in April 2016, it comprises functional and decorative objects for the home.

         In recent years the company has excelled in both its PR and marketing strategies and are well known in the fashion, jewellery and now interiors markets. They have collaborated with the top designers in all these fields to produce some beautiful and dazzling products.

Eternal Star by Daniel Libeskind

One of Swarovski’s major collaborations has been with Daniel Libeskind. For Christmas he has created Eternal Star. It showcases his dynamic architectural vision in a stunning collection of standing and hanging ornaments. The irregular- shaped crystals encase a complex 3D laser-inscribed star, expertly designed to create wondrous reflections and refractions both inside and out.

Eternal Star by Daniel Liebskind

         If you are looking for a gift, rather than a decoration, Daniel Liebskind’s championship-size chess set is both a functional object and a remarkable art piece. The set fluently combines materials from the world of construction and artisan craft in a handcrafted board etched with maps of Milan and New York – the two cities where architect Libeskind lives and works. The bespoke crystal chess pieces in this truly unique piece are an ode to some of Leibskind’s most iconic buildings.

Crystal Chess set designed by Daniel Libeskind

The two crystal kings take the form of the Freedom Tower in New York. The Queen, also in crystal, is represented by Libeskind’s City Life tower in Milan. The silver Bishop is the L Tower in Toronto, the marble Knight the Tor Di Valle in Rome, the concrete Rook is Century Spire in Manila, and the aluminium Pawn takes the form of the Pyramid Tower in Jerusalem.

Soft pond collection is by Nendo one of the world’s most celebrated design studio’s. Designer Oki Sato embraced the mesmerizing qualities of Swarovski crystal to recreate the effect of water in a lake as it travels from the deep to the shallows, from darkness to light.

Soft Pond designed by Oki Sato Nendo

The crystals were made by gradually increasing the thickness from top down, starting with 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, then 7mm. They were also tapered so they become thinner towards the outer periphery, to create a gradient effect within the same depth of water. The result is a small vessel that resembles a small pond scooped up and placed on the table. The trays come in four different sizes, all with change of cutting at the same thickness, aimed to make the depth of water appear the same when using several vessels at the same time.

Facet Collection by Aldo Bakker

Dutch designer, Aldo Bakker, returns with the Facet Collection a series of stylish crystal objects inspired by his first collection for Atelier Swarovski Home, including bottle stoppers and playful paperweight lenses. The pieces encapsulate Bakker’s fixation with a purity of form and materiality, achieving the perfect balance of function and beauty.

Lumen by Barbara Berry

Celebrated interior designer Barbara Berry has produced Lumen her first collaboration with Atelier Swarovski Home, Barry designed a range of multi-functional candleholders and vases in mellow hues. Brass and gunmetal effects accent the clarity of the crystal for a riveting juxtaposition of materials that coincide in perfect harmony. The versatile pieces play with compositions of color and light – always a focus of Barry’s – which bring intimate warmth to her magical home décor.

British designers Fredrikso Stallard

Fredrick Stallard

Design partnership Fredrikso Stallard create works that thrive on a raw sense of energy, chaos, destruction and recreation, to allow them to experience the world in new ways, and to see it differently.

Exploiting the subtle aspects of texture, material, volume, light, movement and contrast, the works function on a four-dimensional graph, between the twin axes of time and space. For Atelier Swarovski they have produced produced dramatic lines of vases, bowls and candle holders that create an incredible play of light illuminating any room in a stunning showcase of innovation and master craftsmanship.

Vessel by John Pawson

Renowned architect and designer is John Pawson he has produced Vessels for Atelier Swarovski. Candle-holders, vases and bowls made up of deceptively simple looking convex and concave surfaces. The concave surfaces act as a lens playing with the optics of crystal, while the irregular facets are perfectly calculated to maximise the extraordinary clarity and refractive qualities of the material.

Lux Orbit by Tord Boontje

Lux Orbit is by  Tord Boontje. Originally from the Netherlands,  he studied at the Eindhoven Design Academy and then the  Royal College of Art in London, before setting up Studio Tord Boontje.

Made from combinations of corian, glass and Swarovski crystals, the collection includes lanterns, wine coolers, nut bowls and caviar sets. Intended to be used with friends at a party or for a special occasion.

The scattered arrangement of crystals and polished curved surfaces took inspiration from the colours of the cosmos, patterns found in nature and star formations, with an added futuristic twist.

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TOM DIXON A/W 2019

The designer Tom Dixon is based in a fabulous old building called The Coal Office

in Kings Cross. He has his headquarters, studio, and shop there. He also owns the adjoining restaurant/cafe , which uses many of his products. I was there last week with other journalists to view his new products, mainly his new fragrances that come in the form of candles, room diffusers, soaps and hand lotions. There were also a couple of new  drink ware ranges  for hot and cold drinks and some very nice coat hooks and other artifacts called Swirl. Whilst I was there I took the opportunity to view his furniture, textile and lighting ranges that he sells in his shop. everything is thoughtfully designed and very beautifully presented.

            Tom Dixon started his recent adventures into the peculiar world of fragrance a few years ago with his Eclectic collection that was structured around the exotic smells of London, Royalty and Orientalist.

This year he has refreshed the vessel form that hold the candles, with an elegant, new slim waisted metal container and added two more refined perfumes to the collection – Underground and Alchemy.

Underground is described thus, ”In the dark subterranean, hidden below the surface, rhizomes secretly grow and slowly develop the fresh, sharp intense fragrance of ginger. This is combined with woody Haitian cardamom to make the unique scent of Underground.

Alchemy is influenced by the endless search to transform basic materials into a valuable substance, sharp black pepper, woody cypress, eucalyptus, exotic patchouli and smoky guaiac wood combine to create the precious perfume of Alchemy.

The London fragrance captures the smell of red brick and London parks with crocuse and nettles, and the salty smell of Thames at Dagenham. Encased in a copper vessel with marble lid.

Orientalist is inspired by the faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands, giant cinnamon sticks on beach stalls and the musky smells of the Chinese herbal market. Encased in a brass vessel with marble lid.

Royalty is a reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones, strawberry jam and the drive home in a ‘52 Bentley with tatty leather seats. Encased in a nickel-plated brass vessel, with a marble lid.

Tom Dixon has also created travelers gift set with a  trio of mini scented candles contained within a hand-spun vessel formed of copper, nickel and brass. The scents are created to capture the essence of travelling, trading, and the nostalgic past within the future of British life.

Swirl is a mysterious new material that resembles 3D marbled paper yet has the weight of stone. Tom Dixon has designed some new Swirl hooks that celebrate the little details that are often missed, the hidden bits of functionality that are often the first touch point in a space yet go unnoticed. A series of small and large hooks made from powdered residue from the marble industry, mixed with pigment and resin to create a variety of surprising colour combinations.

Brew kettle and filter set recognizes coffee making as a form of art and coffee drinking as one of our few remaining contemporary rituals. In response to consumers now being more educated and curious about coffee, Tom Dixon have introduced the Kettle and Filter set to the Brew family to encompass the different ways to create a good cup of coffee.

The Kettle and Filter set allows you to prepare and serve coffee simply and quickly, whilst still retaining the flavour and quality. The unusual thin and elongated shape of the kettle spout is essential for precise pouring and taste.

Tank is characterised by a hand painted copper band, Tank takes its sculptural cue from the functional shapes and volumes of scientific glassware. Minimal yet decorative for a multiplicity of purposes of drinking, pouring, storing and displaying drinks, the new Tank copper gift sets recognise our love for drinking stories.

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Oliver Bonas autumn and winter range 2019

This week Oliver Bonas showed both their new interior and clothing ranges for this autumn and winter to the press and influencers.

This is a company that goes from strength to strength in both their home-ware and fashion collections. They know the look their core customer wants, that being a mixture of sophisticated, modern with some humour thrown into the mix.

There are two main themes running through both the home and fashion collections. The main theme is Enlightenment and Orient Express is the capsule collection. This could also be described as Art Deco or Luxe.

There is a great deal of glass , mirrors and glamour. Oliver Bonas produce cocktail ware, including drinks trolley’s which, a little bird tells me, always sell out. Talking of cocktails there are drink mixing kits, and gorgeous glasses, lovely mirrors, rattan furniture, picture frames and planters.

Velvet chairs and fringing on lamp shades carry on from this season but with new twists of colour, shapes and length of fringing. 

Part of Enlightenment is Sanctuary. This includes mosaic, ironwork ,ceramics and plants, and baskets. Oliver Bonas now sell real and faux plants in their larger stores.

There is a vast array of baskets, pouffés, throws and cushions. The pouffe’s are particularly original.

Another best selling line for Oliver Bonas are items decorated with letters of the alphabet, and also the letters themselves.

Always great with decorative patterns, from August the company will be selling some very nice bags and cushions with lovely surface designs.

New this season, are Oliver Bonas own brand of decorative filament light bulb.

Last of all I must mention the very the simple ,but lovely art works in the form of textural wall hangings and bright prints.

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MINTED

On the 4TH July The Royal Mint launched its first jewellery collection ever, designed and made by in-house experts in silversmithing techniques at The Royal Mint .  

          The collection, envisioned by luxury jewellery designer Philippe Cogoli, has been made at The Royal Mint from start to finish, using traditional coin pressing techniques that pay homage to the heritage and expertise gained from over one thousand years of coin minting expertise.  The designer, took inspiration from the design of the first ever £2 coin which was minted in 1997, and has deconstructed details of the design to create a truly unique collection that references the original coin. The range includes elements that capture and reflect the evolution of technology, with individual geometric designs. 

The Motto collection is named after the “motto” that is stamped into the original £2 coin and attributed to Sir Isaac Newton’s famous saying “Standing on the shoulders of giants”. The geometrically designed range is made from sterling silver and includes unique items ranging from cufflinks and tie pins to earrings and bangles, along with other stylish silver gifts. The collection is a beautiful handcrafted range made in-house, a new and exciting step for The Royal Mint. 

Helen Cooper, Director of Gifting at The Royal Mint, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Phillippe Cogoli, a talented designer who has built on the heritage of The Royal Mint and the silversmith craft to create this beautiful new collection. The Motto collection is the first range of jewellery to be created by The Royal Mint’s experienced team and is an exciting development for The Royal Mint brand.”

Philippe Cogoli, designer of the Motto collection, added: “The main inspiration behind the Motto range was the fantastic design of the original 1997 £2 coin.  When we saw the potential of the geometric pattern which is stamped onto the coin face, we realised that it reflects an evolution of technology. The idea was to transform the motifs, and design them in a way that is unique but also aligns with The Royal Mint heritage. It was a fantastic collaboration with The Royal Mint team and I feel privileged to have been chosen to work with them. 

In contrast to Motto is the feminine, yet contemporary ‘Sprig’ collection is a first for The Royal Mint and marks an exciting development in their gifting range. The collaboration with Sarah Jordan was designed and made in the UK with the oak and acorn motif featured on many coins throughout history proved vital.

Taken from the original 1936 design of the silver Sixpence, the acorn design appealed to Sarah due to her childhood spent in the Derbyshire countryside. However, the motif was updated to create a sleek, unique theme which formed the basis of the Sprig range, from stud earrings through to a choker necklace.

Sarah Jordan has been designing and manufacturing jewellery for 30 years having won a number of prestigious awards including UK Jewellery Designer of the Year. Sarah set the trend of the organic, fluid style seen in the jewellery industry today which has been beautifully transferred into the Sprig collection.

The new collections are  now on sale, available from www.royalmint.com/gifts

With the art of silversmithing having first emerged in Britain in approximately 300 A.D, both collections build on the amazing heritage of craftsmanship that is still alive in the UK today. 

 Silver has long been an important part of human lives. Having once been available only to the incredibly rich, imports from South America resulted in the precious metal becoming more widely available and the desire for fine jewellery increased. Silversmithing is an age-old tradition that has stood the test of time, innovating as technology has changed, ensuring the craft is still maintained to this day. 

Pieces start from £80 and are available from www.royalmint.com/gifts  

About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage. 

Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries.

The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history – authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:

  I was lucky enough to attend their press launch and see for myself the elegant, classic and timeless designs. As well as the jewellery, later in the year, they will also  be selling a fine china money box, a beautiful teddy bear and Sterling silver  Christmas tree decorations. 

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You won’t believe where I bought this !

This week I attended a fascinating panel discussion, on the latest trends and interior developments created by the Sainsburys and Argos design team for Autumn Winter 2019 The event was chaired by Kate Watson Smyth, from ‘Mad about the house’

The teams work together but Argos tends to sell more furniture, the smaller accessories are sold in Sainsbury’s.

There are five key trends this season. They reflect the different ways in which we live today: often renting, flexible living, traveling  so we only live in our homes for part of the week. Sometimes letting out our places as Air B&B and often living in quite small places . Some of us have remote working styles, which may mean we work from home.

Trend 1. Japanese inspired, called Kanso Living. This is for a home that is neat and uncluttered. It has a monochrome base.   

Colour Psychologist Karen Haller was on the panel.

‘Black, white and grey are psychologically known to offer protection, safety and a sense of space whilst at the same time being very calming. This minimal pallet lowers the emotional noise”  

Although there is no colour as such, there are many textures and patterns. Included is a ladder shelf unit that looks good, saves space and you can take it with you when you move.

From the head of design  “We did lots of mark making in the studio and then translated those marks  into different kinds of surface design using a range of scales from quite large on bedding to teeny tiny on ceramics.’

Trend 2 Highland Lodge. I would describe this look as modern country with touches of rustic wilderness, such as pale oak furniture and  country touches including images of flowers and animals such as hares on ceramics and textiles. A favourite in this range is light washed oak furniture, including a beautiful four poster bed that retails at just £400

This collection has muted colours that are excellent to use in the UK where they fit in with the prevailing  blue light rather than warm yellow as found in

Mediterranean countries. These blue based tones help us to reconnect with nature and bring the outside in, they fit in well with the grey story that has been popular over the last 5 years Interiors.

Trend 3 . Apartment Apparel This is a very vibrant and exciting collection, it is the Sainsburys Argos take on the centenary of the Bauhaus . There are some exciting juxtapositions of colours, including a much coveted harsh orange velvet sofa which, by the way, is child friendly.

Table-ware is playful and brave with a pallet of mustard and oak that work with a deep navy that runs throughout the collection. The mid century styling helps make small spaces feel bigger.

The pop of colour in this collection attracts the eye and makes the shopper curious about the pieces.  

  • Karen Heller ‘Strong colour creates emotional energy and the volume is  turned up, we see colour before we notice anything else. To work, these colours need a warm yellow base and also need yellow lighting. This is a party place for extroverts.’

Trend 4.  Palm Luxe

With it’s grey soft pale pallet , this look is quite glamorous. There are lots of metallic although mainly silver. Inspired by beautiful hotel lobbies. It is opulent and nods towards preciousness. It is quite a showy look influenced by  old Hollywood glamour. It is aspirational and has the feel of a cocktail party with soft music playing.

 Another expert on the panel pointed out that this is a look that will stand out in the rental market and also appeals to those who love Show Homes. It happens to be a very instagramable look, that is very easy to shoot.

Trend 5. Loft living   This look includes loads of natural wood.

Sainsbury/Argos sponsor new designers exhibition each year and choose a winner from those presenting their work. This collection was designed by a winner and has taken two years to come to fruition.

Designed very much with  the young of today in mind who live much more minimally than their parents did, with far less in the way of possessions. They may be working from home and so the solution is a desk storage bedding collection that is all encompassing and super flexible for easy living. It is a  continuation of the successful industrial modular look with contrasting textures carried over from last season.

Many of the pieces are multi functional such as the desk/ dressing table which is easily packed away if more space is needed.

As well as these key looks there is also a quite sophisticated non gender stereotype children’s range.

 All in all a very impressive range of products.