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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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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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Home inspirations for Autumn Winter 2019

If you are looking for good design at a low price point then you need look no further than J D Williams autumn winter 2019 ranges. They have produced two very different looks .

Arthouse Tonal Mineral Wallpaper £18

         The first is called Far Away and is my favourite. It takes inspiration from autumn coastal escapes, across rural landscapes and through hardened elements. There is a very strong Scandi feel in both the materials and colours used in this collection. Reflected throughout is a palette of cold, natural aquatic tones-inky blues, deep green hues and teals contrasted with pearly white, terracotta and purple grey.

Eva Smoked glass desk £129, Klara Office chair £69,
Graham & Brown Abstract framed Canvas £129, Set of 4 bamboo baskets £39

Artisan in mood yet sophisticated in design; water colour prints take center stage in dreamy inky hues paying homage to the rolling seas and rugged coastal scenery. Particularly beautiful is the Isla Digital Print bed linen from £25 for a Duvet Set.  There is the glorious Florence bedhead in cotton velvet from £299.

Watercolour lines Cushion £20,Set of 2 rush lined baskets £29,
octopus cushion £22, Navy Boucle Throw £30, Havana Rug from £55, Halo Grey Speckle 2 Piece Mug set £28, angle poise desk lamp£35, Navy Florence Curved Bedstead from £299

         The furniture is modern and clean lined and very good value.

The second collection is called Palace Design. This collection carries on the very strong Luxx trend heading towards Art Deco that has been around for a few seasons. It is a new take on boudoir design.

Gaia Foot stool £299 Blush Glass Vase £16

 The designers say it reflects a contemporary combination of feminine tones with masculine designs creating a truly refined collection. The range includes luxurious materials from brushed brass to soft velvets, softly tinted glass to satin finishes.

Mahogany, Verdigris and smoked gold are lifted with hints of light ecru, palest of pinks and soft yellow tones. Rose velvet beds are dressed with satin sheets embossed with linear floral and intricate geometric designs, whilst rose velvet button-back chairs are styled with the palest pink marble accessories and set against gold angular furniture.

Once again the prices are all very reasonable. I feel this is a look that looks fabulous if well maintained but would be unforgiving and start to look tacky if not kept tidy, polished and super clean. The two pieces of product that stand out are the Gaia Foot Stool £299 and the Blush Glass Vase £16

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Top Drawer SS 2019

Top Drawer Spring Summer 2019

Top Drawer is the place where retailers view, inwardly digest, and then order for next season from the wholesalers and small independent companies. Due to its scale—11 curated sectors spreading across the entirety of Olympia London—and mix of brands across the lifestyle spectrum, Top Drawer attracts a range of retailers; from concept stores, museums shops, boutiques and independents to multiple retailers, garden centres and supermarkets.

The show lasts three days and can be exhausting, and just how many scented candles does a woman want?

This season they have called the show ‘Out of the Ordinary’, a great strap line and there is much to be seen that is out of the ordinary.

Talks and trails are included in the show and its diversity is such that I bumped into two friends of mine, the first a retailer on the look out for her shop, and the other a museum shop curator with a different clientele.

Gifts, hospitality, jewellery, accessories, well being, craft, cards food and home accessories are all on show and within these groups are sub sections:

 Mr: is a showcase of accessories, jewellery, design- led life style brands for the modern man.

Robin James founder of Men’s Lifestyle blog ‘ Man for himself’ said

“MR is such a great addition to Top Drawer London. I was really impressed by the brands and think that it can only get bigger and next season.”

Spotted: Is curated by Charlotte Abrahams a freelance writer author and curator specializing in design and applied arts. Think new; think market ready, original, hot talent, across all lifestyle sectors.

One of my favourites spied in ‘Spotted’ is a collection of fun textile products designed by Lorraine Ireland. Her company is called Oh Sew Home. Based around her love of mischievous and cheeky seagulls. www.ohsohome.com

Many companies are homing in on the need to be more sustainable and ethical, whether it is finding replacements for, or the reuse of plastic. The aptly named

Bees Wax Wrap Company have a reusable alternative to cling film. www.beeswaxwraps.co.uk

Another bees wax wrap company, who take their mission so seriously they don’t even produce business cards but put all their details on a chalk board so that you could photo them. www.GoodToBee.co.uk

As the owner Madeleine says

‘With GoodToBee I had the chance to create something from start to finish. Not just the wraps but a commitment to myself, and everyone else. Everything I now do and in every way I can, I will be as sustainable, ethical and low impact as I can be. Our fabric is  Global Organic Textile Standard. The beeswax is sourced from sustainable local hives just a few miles away, and we use only organic jojoba oil. Our packaging is 100% recycled post-consumer waste and my beautiful stamp is made from sustainably managed oak with a sapling being planted for each one the company makes. And we never use plastic in anything we do.

Eliminating plastic can be a daunting prospect but my hope is that family, friends and customers will feel able to make the swap to GoodToBee beeswax wraps and feel empowered that their efforts ‘ are a third Bees Wax wrap company they also sell cushion covers made from luxurious silky feel recycled polyester and organic cotton, all their thread is made from recycled bottles, all cotton is organic, their mailing bags are recyclable, they have a range of reusable products designed to divert waste from landfill or the oceans, their waste is donated to charity and non recyclables put into eco bricks. Their packaging is recyclable and they always try to support local suppliers.

https://www.harrisandhall.com

Bamboo is being used to make many products including fabrics, socks, bowls and cutlery, one of these products is Bamboo Cup designed to reduce the 2.5 billion plastic lined single use cups that go to landfill each year. Made mainly from sustainable, fast growing bamboo fiber and tested to the highest standards by TUV Rheinland, these cups feel lovely to hold. There are over 50 contemporary designs in the collection

www.blueeyedsun.co.uk

Lola and Mawa is décor and lifestyle brand based in the UK selling beautiful products sourced in Africa. The baskets and the indigo fabrics are particularly fine. They also produce a range of baskets made from recycled waste.

They say ‘We value traditional skills and will do everything we can to help artisanal communities to thrive. Every purchase at Lola & Mawu generates meaningful income for the makers and their families. We believe that diversity, the blending of traditions and the partnership between peoples of different cultures is the way to a better world.

Our name is a symbol of that partnership between Lola, the Founder, and Mawu, the African goddess of creation, embodied by the incredibly talented artisans we work with.

Another socially conscious and environmentally aware company is https://paguroupcycle.com/

 Their products are made from recycled materials including leather, inner tubes, wood. As they reclaim, reimagine and reinvent they produce jewelry.

My choices are not all up cycled. There are lots of people with new twists on old techniques or ideas. For example Michelle Harvey from Melbourne creates under the name www.crayonchick.com.au

Crayon Chick has designed and made a range of covetable original products including wall hangings, weave bowls and knot necklaces.

It was nice to see the much loved company Thornback and Peel designers of tea towels, coaster, trays, cosmetic bags and cushion covers. They tend to use one or at most 2 colours and produce very desirable sophisticated designs. www.thornbackandpeel.co.uk

If what you are looking for is a simple natural skincare, bath and beauty range then look no further than the new company Divine and Handmade.

On the food front it was a real treat to find Isle of Wight based company called pinks. Their logo looks like a flying snitch. They make butters, jellies and curds all of which are suitable for vegetarians and are delicious.

www.pinksfoods.co.ukh

With so much interesting design I have only touched on a tiny portion of what is available, but you will see it in the shops and on line in the coming months. Juliet Bawden www.creativecolour.org

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Dunelm Spring Summer 2019

Dunelm have pulled out all the stops and come up with some lovely home wear product for the end of this year and going into next year. They are even selling artificial cacti, flowers and plants. They had a very personable and enthusiastic Anna from Jar and Fern  running a  terrarium workshop, although she admitted to me this was the first time she had used fake cacti. The results looked pretty impressive.

https://www.jarandfern.co.uk

The Cinnabar collection  includes both soft furnishing and ceramics.

The textures used throughout their range are imaginative and beautiful,  they  include printed , woven and appliqued  textiles.

Love the velvet sofa and button down pouffe.

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Tesco Spring Summer 2019

Steven Rowe the head designer describes of home wares at  Tesco describes spring /summer 2019 

“In Fox & Ivy , the focus is on artisan, with watercolour illustrations, chunky weaves and hand-painted decals elevating the finer details. It’s finished with flashes of matt and shine lustre, alongside a colour palette that’s decadent while remaining light, fresh and floral for the season.”