Monthly Archives: September 2011

‘Jumped Up Joiner’ at Tent – Blog Tour 2011

Continuing on with ‘Blog Tour 2011’ and adventures at ‘Tent London’ I had the great pleasure of meeting fellow Yorkshire man and ‘Jumped Up Joiner’ his words not mine furniture design and maker Mr Anthony Hartley.

Anthony launched his new collection of dynamic contemporary furniture designs at ‘TENT’  they even have their own names from Mr Smith the second, Mrs Smith, Ednas 1 and 3, Sidney and Harrington. NB: This furniture is not Edible!

Anthony Hartley

Mr and Mrs Smith the second

Anthony, creates dynamic and engaging furniture of the highest technical quality. He produces each piece by hand, from original drawings through to finished product.

Anthony Hartley Mr & Mrs Smith the second

Mr & Mrs Smith the second

His furniture  is based on  on forms and colours which describe motion, giving each piece a sense of force and movement tightly constrained by the strong shapes and materials

Edna 1


Edna 1

The technical integrity of the pieces is achieved through his years of experience of joinery and creating furniture by hand, understanding the technology and science of his materials and pushing to the limit the stress of woods, ply and plastics. Hand finishing and the closest attention to detail means that each piece looks amazing and performs perfectly.

Edna 1

Anthony Hartley

Edna 3

Anthony Hartley

Anthony Hartley

For more information please click here 


Blog Tour 2011 

And here I am trashing Anthony's beautiful creation to compensate for the damage here is my blog 😉


In Love with ‘TENT’ & Meeting Studio Pepe HeyKoop

I Heart Tent London

TENT LONDON at the Old Truman Brewery down Brick Lane 

Tent London Brick Lane

Outside Tent London

‘Like a Virgin’ this was my first time to visit TENT, I really had no idea what to expect from the multi-faceted design event taking place over the London Design Festival, especially when met by two bouncers (security) on the door.  It took me straight back to my old Skool rave days…… “Your names not down your not coming in” …. how cynical of me to think such a thing ….they were infact friendly and showed me to the entrance of TENT up the Truman Brewery Stairs………..

Up the stairs to TENT

Entering into Tent, I was over overwhelmed at the ultra cool ambiance it radiated… Having spent my early 90’s at art college a wave of nostalgia came over me, a pleasant serenity in my surroundings I really felt I belonged in this place… it was right up my street….. and that is when I fell in love with TENT!


Now in its fifth year at the Old Truman Brewery, Tent London presents over 200 international exhibitors, showing the very latest in contemporary interior products – furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories

This blog is Part 1 of many of my TENT LONDON 2011 experiences, I loved TENT so much that I feel it deserves to be featured on ‘Dreamwallstyle’ many more times… so watch this space for more TENT LONDON blogs……


Tent Show Features: Dutch furniture designer Pepe Heykoop, so on this recommendation in the show directory and perfectly situation right next to the entrance,  off I go to introduce myself to the talented Pepe HeyKoop and find out more about ‘The Skin Collection’ that was being exhibited at TENT.


Studio Pepe Heykoop TENT

Pepe Heykoop sidetables-lamp photo by-annemarijne-bax

The skin Collection is a reaction to the 25-30% excessive waste produced by the furniture industry. The furniture pieces used are existing, modified and covered in leather leftovers.

The Skin collection from Studio Pepe Heykoop at TENT

The Lampshades are part of a charitable initiative with Tiny Miracles foundation – a Netherlands-based organisation that focuses on building lives and changing futures of the women and children living in the red light district of the city of Miracles’ Mumbai India.

Studio Pepe Heykoop TENT London

Leather Loops Pepe HeyKoop Tent London

what a nice chap Dutch furniture designer Pepe Heykoop

For more information:

Pepe Heykoop

Scaring poor Pepe HeyKoop at TENT London - Dont worry he enjoyed it!

Taster of London Design Festival ‘Blog Tour 2011’ in pictures

Blog Tour London 2011

It really has been the most fantastic full on four days in London for the ‘London Design Festival’ with the  Modenus ‘BlogTour 2011’. Meeting  fellow American & Canadian design bloggers, oh what fun did we all have. From visiting Sir Terence Conran’s Penthouse, to meeting the delightful talented Lee Broom, to being in complete ore of Barbara Chandler, delicious dinner parties with the blog  tour sponsors, and of course attending all the London design shows just pure indulgence of complete design heaven …. a big thank you to Modenus for making ‘Blog Tour’ special it really is a ‘Dream’ come true. Over the next week I will be covering more in depth blog posts of the ‘London Design Week’ and the experiences of ‘Blog Tour 2011’. Im now back home in Grimsby a world away from the antics of London, I’m trying my best to get back to reality, and absorb in all the Design.  This blog post is in two parts to give you a sneaky taster of ‘Blog Tour’ 2011 in photographs, lots more to come, so enjoy……..

My famous Irregular choice union Jack shoes that my fellow bloggers on Blog tour adored!

Im ready for the London Design Festival and Nor running doesnt suck!

Let the London Design Festival Begin

Outside Tent on Brick lane

At Sir Terance Conrans Penthouse L-R Susan Serra, me, Jonathan Legate, Michelle Jennings Wiebe, Tamara Matthews - Stephenson

Sir Terrance Conran Macaroons

On Sir Terance Conrans Terrace L-R Mae Hacking, Elsie Jones, Mollie Magill, Tamara Matthew-Stephenson

The View from Sir Terance Conrans Penthouse

Jo - Mydeco at Sir Terence Conrans

Sir Conran's Penthouse

Blog Tour in Sir Terence Conrans Kitchen

The roof at Sir Terence Conrans

Panel Discussion at Design Junction, Mydeco, Mix publication, Lee Broom, Carole Dear Designers, Barbara Chandler

Finally meeting my twitter friend of two years the awesome Leslie Carothers

When Madonna met Lee Broom 'VOGUE'

Andie Day and Susan Serra

Barbara Chandler - Love London

Candid shot on the Streets of London Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo, Jonathan Legate, Michelle Jennings Wiebe

Jonathan Legate London

Jonathan Legate & I Blogtour London

Bob Borson (George cloony) and Mama Veronika Miller Modenus

Delightful Holly Becker at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

Stacey Bewkes at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

Arianna Trapani and Michelle Carangi at Achica Living dinner At Atlas Fulham

At Samuel Heath Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Ana, me, Vanessa and Gemma

Paul Anater eating his Cake!

Nicky Haslam at Decorex

Leslie Carothers, Mollie Magill, Michelle Carangi listening to Nicky Halsam at Decorex

Lee Broom - Salon

Blog Tour – The World Designed – London 2011 presented by Modenus

Dreamwallstyle will be traveling down to London 23rd – 26 September for the London Design Festival,  spending time with ‘Blog Tour 2011’. I’ve been asked on many occasions what is ‘Blog Tour’? so this blog post will explain a little more about who is involved,  the sponsors, media partners and of course the bloggers. Dreamwallstyle will be on ‘Blog Tour NYC’ in March 2012 but more to come on this exciting news shortly……… so lets find out more about ‘Blog Tour 2011’

Blog Tour 2011

About Blog Tour 2011

Modenus, the online design resource, in collaboration with MMPI (Merchandise Mart Properties Inc.), the producers of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show and are organizing Blogtour 2011 and Blogtour 2012. The tours will bring bloggers from US and UK together, first at London Design Festival in September of 2011 and then again during New York Design Festival in March of 2012.

The mission of Blogtour is to further the understanding and awareness of design in the US, UK and Europe and support networking and information exchange between design bloggers, designers, artisans and manufacturers while providing more exposure for international design events.


About Modenus

Modenus is the leading hub for interior design professionals and design enthusiasts.  It is based in the USA with an office in Brighton, England. features a curated product catalog with inspired products primarily from the US and UK; an online collaborative project management tool for design professionals; daily blogs about products, designers and events and directories for interior designers, artisans and trade service providers.

Speaking about Blogtour, CEO Veronika Miller says:

“We organized Blogtour in response to the extraordinary amount of digital buzz we saw coming from the bloggers we had worked with in the past and we wanted to create an initiative that would bring bloggers to the main trade shows but also allow enough space for them to explore the wealth of design on display at smaller venues so they can provide their readers and social media following with a first hand look at the festival, in what is a bloggers signature style: Enthusiastic, vibrant and chock full of personality.

We have always been commited to showcasing the best design products from both sides of the Atlantic and bringing these amazing bloggers to see their peers along with all that is fresh and exciting in interior design was the obvious next.  We are really excited by this – it’s going to be huge!”

Lets Meet the 2011 Bloggers

Paul AnaterPaul Anater is a St. Petersburg, FL-based writer, speaker and designer.  His blog, Kitchen and Residential Design, has grown in three years from an online resource for his clients to a must-read design resource for thousands of monthly visitors.  In addition to his blog, he maintains an active Twitter and Facebook presence. A prolific networker, Paul prides himself on his ability to connect people, ideas and brands. While no stranger to design shows, this will be his first time at the London Design Festival.
Stacey BewkesStacey Bewkes is the creator and author of Quintessence, an upscale lifestyle blog, known for its rich, well-researched editorial content.  Its blogazine format presents daily style inspiration on topics ranging from interiors and fashion to art, architecture, travel, wine and film.  Her monthly BEHIND THE Q feature, entertaining and thoughtful video visits with select stylemakers, is a popular favorite.For more than 17 years, Stacey was an art director at Simon and Schuster, responsible for the creation and printing of book jackets and covers.  This combination of style and substance and a lifelong passion for great design, prepared her perfectly for her current endeavors.  In addition to the blog and other writing assignments, new projects include creative direction of web sites within the fashion and design industries.  The orange “Q” can also be followed on twitter and Facebook.
Tim BoganTim Bogan heads up Modenus in the UK.  An ex-journalist, communications specialist and plain English enthusiast he can be found wandering along the Brighton seafront, cooking unbelievably good risottos, eating ice cream and reporting back on the UK‘s vibrant furniture, decoration and interior design artisans and innovators.
Bob BorsonBob Borson AIA, LEED AP, earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, and is a Dallas based architect, speaker and writer.  During his time in school, he studied in Europe for 6 months having been selected for the London/Lugano Study Abroad Scholarship and is a previous recipient of the Dallas Chapter AIA “Young Architect of the Year” award.  Bob started the website Life of an Architect in January 2010 to learn how to use the new tools of social media to connect with people, create a casual forum to discuss design techniques and trends, and evaluate new materials and products.  Since its creation 18 months ago, his website has grown to become the 3rd most visited architectural blog site in the world.  Bob is an Associate Principal and Studio Designer in the firm Bernbaum Magadini Architects.Life of an Architect can be found at, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Michelle CarangiWith over 12 years experience as an illustrator and graphic artist, Michelle Carangi has further extended her design capabilities by producing and art directing product photo shoots and national ad campaigns within the home furnishings industry.Michelle is also a blogger focused on interior design at Holley & Gill, Style Director at Pure Green Magazine and a contributing blogger for Poppytalk and HGTV Canada.
Leslie CarothersLeslie Carothers is the Chief Energizing Officer of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, a global social media agency headquartered in Houston, TX.Founded nine years ago, Leslie has over twenty nine years of experience in the luxury design niche, and her company provides luxury furniture, design and lifestyle brands custom tailored social media strategies and execution capabilities.She micro-blogs as @TKPLeslie and founded the Twitter chat #GetPublished, which brings together design editors and the design community to create dialogue and opportunities.  She curates helpful social media articles on is an international speaker and oft quoted source on social media and the writer of’s Retail Ideas blog.

In her spare time, she reads and collects books and indulges in photography and pancakes.

Amy Beth Cupp DragooAmy Beth Cupp Dragoo (ABCD!) is a lifestyle expert who splits her time between New York City, and the hills of Litchfield, Connecticut.  Amy first studied fine art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, went on to complete a professional chef training program at The Natural Gourmet Institute, and then received a certificate in floral design from Parsons School of Design in New York.Amy is an advocate for the slow home movement, whole foods, and shopping local for quality, not quantity.  She writes, a digital sketch book of inspiration for celebrating a life well-lived.  Here you will find ABCD’s ideas about interior design, color, and building collections.  She also shares her recipes, tips on entertaining, and what‘s cultivating her creative spirit on any given day.You can find Amy on Twitter @ABCDdesigns, and on  ABCD is also a co-founder of #DesignTV, a weekly chat on Twitter where they discuss the finer points of making your house a home.
Andie DayAndie Day is an award-winning interior designer whose inventive solutions have been featured in the Washington Post, Boston Globe’s “G Style” Magazine, New England Home, Kitchen and Bath Ideas®, Design New England and in NECN’s inspirational television series: Dream House.Andie’s Design for Life™ philosophy blends fashion with function to create spaces that are simultaneously alluring and practical.  An accredited member of NKBA and a certified aging-in-place specialist through NAHB, she earned her degree from Bentley College in Massachusetts.  Andie maintains an active blog and can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter @AndieDay and @AndieDayLLC.
Mae HackingMae Hacking is a co-creator of Here in This House, a design blog where she captures the creative and artistic pursuits that she brings into her home. She is a design- and fashion-enthusiast and a retail strategist specializing in creating new businesses and developing brand strategies for iconic American brands. She currently resides in the greater New York City area with her husband and two lovely children.Here in This House can be found at, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Meredith HeronMeredith Heron made her mark by beginning Red Heron Essentials (now Meredith Heron Design Inc) and making her entry into the world of lifestyle television.  Meredith is a regular Host/ Designer on Restaurant Makeover on HGTV/Food networks, Love by Design (HGTV) and Design Match (HGTV/Fine Living USA).  Her work has been featured on House & Home with Lynda Reeves and Save Us From Our House (W Network).In 2011, Meredith launched Sashay, a design blog that focuses on her design process and gives readers insight into the world of design as seen through a designer’s eyes – it’s sassy and a little bit irreverent just like it’s author.Meredith Heron is driven, dynamic, and passionate, with a no nonsense edge, a great sense of humour and a sincere desire to inspire.  With a moxie and style that is inherently Meredith, she blends, creates, discovers, and designs that which can only be best described as personally yours.
Michelle Jennings WiebeMichelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID, is the President/Principal Designer of the premier interior design firm Studio M Inc., based in Tampa, Florida.  Studio M specializes in luxury residential design, but is also well known for their sleek commercial interiors.  Michelle thrives on taking any space and transforming it into both living artistry and functional desirability.  Her passion for interiors is to “develop livable works of art that are timeless.”  She is the editor of her firm’s inspiring design blog m{pression.  In addition, Michelle is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.  She also serves as a Board Member of the International Academy of Design.  Michelle can also be found onFacebook and on Twitter.
Elise JonesElise Jones is a co-creator of Here in This House, a design blog focused on the creative and artistic pursuits we bring into our houses.  It is a place “where design meets reality”.  Elise, a wife and mom of two lovely girls, also serves as the social media director for the mom-community, babybites.  In her free time, she performs in theater, cooks and travels as well as serves on her local public arts council and community theater board.Here in This House can be found at, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Jonathan LegateJonathan Legate has been a student of design from the age of eight, when he began funnelling his allowance into architecture and design magazines.Driven not only by clients’ tastes and requirements, but by their personalities, Jonathan creates homes that express the essential natures of their owners.  It is an organic process that thrives on strong, long-term client relationships in limited numbers.His work is both contemporary and traditional, often in a surprising yet seamless integration.  He has been featured in various media, and in spring 2009 was Canadian Home and Country’s first Nova Scotian cover in its 20-year history.Jonathan’s popular blog is a place full of inspiration, musings, travel and the pieces that come together to make a home.

Mollie MagillMollie Magill is managing editor of Robin Baron Simplifying Fabulous!, a design blog that inspires and empowers readers to create a home that they love.After graduating from Fordham University in New York City with a degree in Communications and Journalism, Mollie was the Senior Associate Editor at Cottages & Gardens Publications, featuring regional design and lifestyle in the Hamptons, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Westchester.  She brings her love for writing, design, photography and social media to life with Simplifying Fabulous! and as a freelance writer for sites including AOL’s, and, the go-to online source for vintage furniture, antiques, art and jewelry from around the world.Join in on the Simplifying Fabulous! fun on and Twitter@RobinBaron.
Veronika MillerVeronika Miller is a lover of all things design, whose successful career paths in marketing and interior design led to the development of Modenus which she now heads up as Chief Eternal Optimist.  When not scouring the globe for gorgeous products and developing new design management tools she is building Modenus‘ communities on TwitterFacebook,LinkedIn and social media sites that probably haven’t been invented yet.
Carmen Maria NatschkeCarmen Maria Natschke is the creative force behind the upscale design digital publication,The Decorating Diva, which features content on design, luxury interiors, the decorative arts, creative inspiration, market reports, trends, modern art and architecture.Carmen, a former Software Engineer turned Design Editor, has successfully expanded The Decorating Diva from a small, relatively unknown blog into a popular publication that is well-known and respected within the design industry for its interviews, articles and market reports, and is listed in the top one percent of all websites tracked by ALEXA and Technorati and resides in the top one percent on Twitter (@decoratingdiva).Carmen’s dynamic personality and passion for design have made her a much sought after personality for design events.  Her most recent venture was an exciting design challenge for HGTV Home by Shaw.Carmen is looking forward to sharing her design discoveries from the London Design Festival with The Decorating Diva’s international audience.

Tamara Matthews-StephensonTamara Matthews-Stephenson is a NYC residential interior designer, freelance writer and author of lifestyle blog, Nest by Tamara.  She earned a BA in English from Castelton College, and later an interior design certificate from Parsons School of Design.  Tamara learned the ins and outs of the design business when working for various interior designers.  In 1999, she started her own design firm, and now merges her former experience in publishing with her design training by penning Nest by Tamara.  She writes for websites and magazines, including a weekly column called East End Nest for East Hampton magazine, Dan’s Papers.  Tamara’s been invited to take part in several events as a Lifestyle expert since she writes about design and entertaining with a trained and cultivated eye.
Susan SerraSusan Serra, CKD, CAPS, author of, is President of Susan Serra Associates, Inc., a kitchen and bath design firm, for 20 years.  Susan is an award winning designer and has served as a judge for national kitchen/bath industry competitions, a consultant to major brands, is Sears’ official “kitchen” blogger and a speaker on kitchen design in the US and abroad.  A go-to source for the media on kitchen design issues, Susan has been featured 30+ times in Meredith publications alone,, HGTV, NY Times, LA Times, Martha Stewart radio and many others.  Susan has just introduced her own collection of kitchen cabinetry,Bornholm

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HAY Shop opens in Seven Dials – Covent Garden.

Icons of Denmark is delighted to announce the opening of a Hay shop in the heart of London.  Christian Skovhus, Managing Director of Icons of Denmark, said “we are VERY EXCITED about the new Hay Pop-Up shop which will open at 67 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, in Covent Garden. The pop shop will be open for 4 months.

The entire range, including many brand new products, will be on sale in the large two story shop. The long awaited bed linens and various new rugs will be available in the UK for the first time.  Hay has proved a great success in its native Denmark and judging from the short time it has been available here it looks as if it will be just as well received in the UK.

Hay Shop


A facebook page for Hay,  has also just been launched, here customers will be able to see new products and enjoy offers now and again.

Hay’s ambition is to encourage Danish furniture design’s return to the innovative greatness of the 50’ and 60’ in a contemporary context.

Opening hours will be 10 am to 7 pm Monday to Saturday


Textile Artist ‘Helga Matos’ Launches her ‘New’ Collection.

DreamwallStyle was first introduced to the very talented contemporary textile artist & designer, Helga Matos earlier this year at the Surface Design through our good friend Francoise Murat  Helga creates unique and original textile art that engages the senses at all levels, showing her keen sense of observation and fascination with the world around her. So lets take a look at Helga’s New Collection….

Helga Matos Textile Artist at Francoise Murat

Helga Matos Textile Artist Francoise Murat Textile Art Collection

Brazilian weaver and Royal College of Art graduate Helga Matos’ unconventional use of textile-based materials such as copper, rubber and magnetic tape to name a few, encourage us to connect with her intricately woven digital fibres in ways which stimulate intriguing responses.

Helga Matos at Francoise Murat

During London Design week, DE Magazine has chosen to Collaborate with Helga at Designers Block. Helga has already featured in past editions of DE magazine and highly recommend to all to come and visit and see her work during the Designer Block event.

Showing in collaboration with de magazine at DesignersBlock event during London Design Festival  come and visit Helga Matos experimental work on the DE Magazine stand, 1st Floor, Stand 6C

Farmiloe Building 22-25 September 2011 / 10:00 – 19:00

34 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY

Helga Matos at Francoise Murat

Helga Matos at Francoise Murat

Helga Matos at Francoise Murat

Helga Matos at Francoise Murat

Helga Matos at Francoise Murat

The Scin Gallery – Materials & Architecture Showroom Launch

SCIN Gallery is an independent London based Materials and Architecture Showroom  that showcases the very best of contemporary and innovative materials for the architect and interior designer, it is the physical manifestation of its online Materials Database.

microkinetics by sarat babu

The Gallery, housed in a cool refurbished warehouse style building has an extensive materials library, an installation and event platform for the young and gifted to show the latest materials thinking and development , and 2 gallery floors presenting international companies with either material or architectural Components . Materials ranging from translucent concretes and new knotted yarns to soft porcelains and  hybrid composites, sit alongside new acoustic panels, responsive external membrane technology, task lighting and the latest in photovoltaics.

3D waste photo credit Nash baker

The Companies within SCIN’s galleries range from UK quarried and produced stone to Swiss metal coated polymers to Italian Ironmongery using Vapour deposition machinery bought from NASA.  Each Company has products and stories to tell that will capture the imagination of those that come. The SCIN Gallery is very much the case of the the Sum of the Parts being greater than the whole and we are only as good as the Materials , Components and Processes they find time after time.

Flawed Concrete

This week,  SCIN launch a new Materials and Architecture Gallery, in the presence of HM Queen she radiates in 8100 3D fekt pixels by Melissa Watts.

A close up of Melissa Watts 8100 felt Pixel of HM Queen

Melissa Watts HM Queen at Scin Gallery

HM Queen Felt Pixel by Melissa Watts

Melissa Watts HM Queen Felt pixel Scin Gallery

Maud Design - HM Queen in 8100 3D Felt Pixels by Melissa Watts

Queen pixelated Maud Design - HM Queen in 8100 3D Felt Pixels by Melissa Watts

Scin will open with ‘ Fondle & Squeeze’, this is a chance to come and see some of the truly gifted material designers including invisible pattern from Alicia Tam, open her umbrella, step under and get a friend to photograph and see what happens;  latest 3D printing to create a new building exoskeleton called Monocoque from Neri Oxman, knotted textiles by Emily Hiller and amazing new acostic panels from Feek.

KnittedWall Muurbloem photo by MateriaNL

Hemptextile zoubidatulkens

crumpled concrete

In addtion for the more Architecturally minded, exquisite UK produced Stone and non scratch Italian ironmongery using rocket science technology and Dreamwall new panel Emphasis is on show.


Royal cocktails from 6pm (today) 20th September for EVERYONE that mentions ‘Dreamwallstyle’ The Official doors open 11-5pm onwards. Special opening 11-2 Sat 24th September

The SCIN Gallery, Morelands, 5-23 Old st, London, EC1V 9hl, nearest tube Barbican. 

SCIN Gallery is the connector between the specifier and supplier, the architect and designer, the creative and cognition, by housing materials that fascinates, innovates, questions, and inspires.

wood Fibre Cement

Phenomenon tiles

Emphasis by Dreamwall


Scin Gallery

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