Monthly Archives: December 2011

Wish a Tangerine Dream

The Wishbone Chair in Tangerine

The colour Tangerine is said to be the Colour for 2012. Combine this latest colour trend with a design classic for an example a Carl Hansen & son  ‘Wishbone Chair” then you will get your wish ….. a ‘Tangerine Dream”

The Wishbone Chair

The Wishbone Chair 

The Wishbone Chair is a classically elegant and lightweight sculptural dining chair. The top rail is carefully steam curved to enhance freedom of movement and provide additional comfort. This design is a compact masterpiece of craftsmanship. More than 100 stages in the manufacturing process involve genuine handwork, including the seat, which is hand woven from 120 meters of paper cord and can last for up to 50 years. Hans J. Wegner designed the Wishbone Chair for Carl Hansen & Son in 1949, and production has continued uninterrupted since 1950. RRP from £391 ex VAT

For more details visit the website here www.carlhansen.com 

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HOME: New Trade Event for Homewares and Interior Accessories

Home: Launches January 2012

HOME is the first and foremost interiors event of the new calendar, opening 15th – 17th January 2012. Register now at www.home-london.net to ensure you are the first to see and select standout products for the new buying season, many of which are making their worldwide debut at Home.
Offering a wide range of stunning classic, contemporary and ‘Homegrown’ British designed furniture, lighting and interior accessories. The event will be divided into three distinctive sections representing the cream of each of these sectors.
In the Modern Home section, visitors will discover the very latest in contemporary interior products. Modern Home will house both the well-established design companies alongside younger boutique brands.

Blue D1653 by Royal Delft

Lazy Linda by Royal VKB stand D30

One company taking centre stage in the Modern Home section will be 95% (stand D30). They will be showcasing new products from both their contemporary brands; 95% Danish and 95% Dutch. One of the shows most exciting and exclusive launches will come courtesy of 95% Dutch with their worldwide launch of Blue D1653 (stand F22), the new contemporary brand from the Traditional Dutch porcelain company Royal Delft who will be sharing a stand with Royal VKB. 95% will also be presenting new products from Ferm Living, &tradition, Eva Solo and Kvadrat.

Hybird collection by Seletti stand E40

 

School Joke chair by Seletti

Leading Italian design brand Seletti (stand E40) will be launching their Hybrid Collection at HOME. A series of plates, bowls, mugs and cups and saucers, this quirky and colourful collection illustrates the juxtaposition of Eastern and Western porcelain in one piece.

Cope wall clock by Leff

Brick Clock by Leff

Scrapwood Wallpaper By Peit Hein Eek Stand E42

Pad Home (stand E42) will be bringing some key brands to HOME: the award winning furniture brand Flux; Leff Amsterdam who will be launching no less than 54 wall clock designs and hip Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek and his amazing scrapwood wallpaper.
Other big names not to miss launching new product include Stelton, Alessi, LSA,  International Sagaform , Jonathan Alder and The New English.
There is much to see and be inspired by at HOME. As well as the established global brands there will be an abundance of talent and new offerings from the UK’s accomplished brands and freshly discovered independents.

Alison Appleton Stand F45

Dry Table by Alex Bradley for Authentics Stand E20

Sonne Light by Naomi Paul for 5ml Stand J24

Ceramic designer Alison Appleton (stand F45), whose work has sold all over the world through retailers such as John Lewis, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, Anthropologie and Zara Home, will launch the Alison Appleton Collection of delicate, beautifully crafted dinnerware at HOME.
 Authentics (stand E20) continue to collaborate with a select group of young British designers, developing compelling products that are helping to build the reputation of a new generation of British design across the world. At HOME Authentics will be showcasing two new designers; Alex Bradley, winner of Homes & Gardens Young Designer of the Year 2011 award and Harry Allnatt a  discovery from this years New Designers exhibition. Another company pioneering the cream of emerging new designers is 5ml Design Collective (stand J24) who will be introducing a new eclectic ensemble of interior led products from British and European design independents.

Clare Nicolson Stand B60

Mini Moderns Stand J41

Michelle Mason Stand C53

Contemporary retro is a strong emerging theme amongst designers at HOME. Clare Nicolson (stand B60) will be launching her new collection of digitally printed interior textiles and accessories; striking designs that incorporate vintage fabrics with bold graphics.
Interiors brand Mini Moderns (stand J41) will be exhibiting their latest wallpaper designed in collaboration with artist Rob Ryan. Michelle Mason (stand C53) will show her exciting collaboration with Decca’s heritage music label, which features a new collection of cushions and ceramic tableware, which has recently been snapped up by Paul Smith.
To ensure you see all these new product launches and countless others at the first opportunity register now for HOME at www.home-london.net 

Normanby Hall Country Park the Jewel of North Lincolnshire

DreamwallStyle took time earlier this year to visit Normanby Hall Country Park. This blog post is a follow on post from the Normanby Park Peacocks http://wp.me/pIRfz-fY

Normaby Hall in Autumn picture credit North Lincs Leisure

Normanby Hall Country Park, has been described as the Jewel of North Lincolnshire, set in 300 acres of exquisite parkland and is only four miles from Scunthorpe off the B1430.

Normanby Hall and the sunken garden: picture credit North Lincs Leisure

Normanby Hall is a regency mansion, and was the home to the ‘Sheffield Family’. In the 18th Century John Sheffield became the Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, he built a fine mansion in London called Buckingham house. His son sold the house to George III and it is now known as Buckingham Palace.

Normanby Hall - Sun dial: picture credit North Lincs Leisure

Former Dukes of Buckingham and original owners of Buckingham Palace.  With the fine examples of Regency, shown in elegant rooms, Victorian and Edwardian furniture. This regency mansion is steeped with history, for all the family to enjoy.

Normanby Hall - the rear of the Hall: picture credit North Lincs Leisure

In the 1820’s Sir Robert Sheffield decided to demolish the existing house at Normanby and re built the house that stands before us to enjoy today.  The house was designed Sir Robert Smike and was built between 1825 and 1830. The house was extended and altered to designs by Walter Brierley between 1906 and 1908 to complete the grand house that is still the focus to Normanby Hall Country Park.

Normanby Hall: picture Credit North Lincs Leisure

The ‘Regency Hall’ is magnificent, set in beautiful woodland and surrounded by herbaceous borders in the secret and sunken Gardens.

The main Drive to Normanby Hall in Autumn: Picture credit North Lincs Leisure

Normanby Hall

Normanby Hall wood carving

Normanby Hall

Normanby Hall: Picture credit North Lincs Leisure

If you missed my previous blog post about the ‘Normanby Hall Peacocks” then please click here http://wp.me/pIRfz-fY

DreamwallStyle will be featuring another post the Normanby Hall award winning Victorian Walled Garden very soon so keep checking back, or follow the blog for updates.

Christmas at Normanby

http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/NorthLincs/Leisure/NormanbyHall/Christmas.htm

Andy Murray gets witty with the Walls!

Andy Murray Design

Andy Murray picture by Mike Byrne

Dreamwallstyle had the great pleasure meeting Scottish award winning product and furniture designer at this years ‘Tent’ part of the London Design Festival. With his down to earth personality and oozing with design talent it was only natural that Andy Murray wanted to get witty with the walls! ……

Andy Murray being witty with the walls AKA Dreamwallstyle

What inspired you to become a designer? 

I’ve always been interested in designing, drawing, painting and making things. My parents always remind me of a story when I was 3 and at nursery school, the teacher took them aside to ask if they knew what I wanted for my christmas. Turns out I wanted sellotape and cardboard boxes. I got 27 roles of tape…to this day Im not sure what I did with them. I actually wanted to be an artist, but I never got into any art courses, so applied for a Product Design course as I was blown away by what you could do on CAD.

Andy Murray Designs at this years TENT london

What sort of background training did you do?

I have a masters in Inter-disciplinary Design and an undergraduate degree in Consumer Product Design, both from Edinburgh Napier University.

Andy Murray Designs - Flat shape book end

What was the first product you designed? 

My first product probably goes back to when I was in school. We had a great art and design department, and I spent my final year living in there. The first product was probably a wooden time captule, that I hand made, but the most memorable product was a wooden and metal table lamp that I carved, welded and handmade a paper shade for – I successfully fused and blew up all the power sockets in the department because of my dodgy wiring, thankfully I now know how to do it correctly and get it checked by a professional.

Andy Murray Designs - Sea Defence Light

How long have you been professionally working in product design? 

Professionally been running Andy Murray Design for just over a year. I launched my first collection at London Design Festival 2010, a year after finishing university.

Andy Murray Designs Stool Table

What makes your products special do you have a unique signature? 

I wouldn’t say I have a unique signature. I like to push the boundaries of modern and traditional manufacturing methods and materials. I try to create something that makes you think or even question how its made or what its made from. I like to make things that are visually pleasing, almost like a sculpture or a painting.

Andy Murray Designs Blue Shelves

Where do you take daily inspiration from? 

Everything thats around us. Design is not a job, its a lifestyle. I sleep, eat and live it. I am constantly looking at how things are made, what they are made from and even thinking how could I make this better.

Andy Murray Designs Red Chair

Tell us more about your award achievements?

In 2008 I was awarded a D & AD In a Book award for a conceptual deodorant can for Rexona, then the following year I won 1st prize in the D & AD student awards for Product Design & Furniture Design. It was to design a piece of furniture to join Matthew Hilton’s collection of furniture. I submitted my Sea defence coffee table and shelves, out of 26000 entries from around the world across the 22 categories I was the only Scottish person to be nominated. The comments from the Judges which included Matthew Hilton, Dave Britton, Sebastian Conran, Sebastian Bergne and Kenya Hara were that it was ‘iconic, sculptural and elegant’, that was a huge honour to have them judge my work. In March 2011 I was honoured with the John Logie Baird Young Innovator of the Year Award for the work I had done desiging cutlery that can be used as household tools, bending wood using a simple vacuum press to manufacture my furniture and my self published book on how to make bags, belts, wallets and more from a humble tea towel.

Andy Murray Designs - Sea Defence collection 2010

Andy Murray Designs - Cutlery

What are your visions for the future? 

To keep creating great products that people can buy for their homes and offices. To explore and develop new materials and manufacturing processes, and try showcase great products that are made in Britain.

Andy Murray Designs - Flat Egg Cups

Andy Murray Designs - Light

Andy Murray Designs Book 'Made By'

Dreamwallstyle would like to thank  Andy Murray for taking the time to talk to us, we absolutely love our purchase the ‘Witty Walls’ poster, this  is now proudly on display in the ‘Dreamwallstyle’ office.

To find out more about Andy Murray Designs please click here http://www.andymurraydesign.com/

Witty with the walls is now on the Dreamwallstyle office wall - by Andy Murray Designs

1st December 4-8pm: Cut out the Light. Talks and drinks featuring Noma Bar and Jake Dyson.

There is only one useful thing that winter brings to the design world and that is the opportunity to explore the dark.

Darkness allows us to look at the possibilities within the world of artificial light. Light is the cover we add to space but what about the power of containing light. What happens when we purposely set out to ban light or seek to contain and control light?

SCIN GALLERY

The SCIN Gallery, the new Clerkenwell based Materials and Architecture Sourcing Gallery and Library, explores the notion of light control through its new event, Cut Out The Light.

The event looks at both the artistic and engineered opportunities to interfere with light in collaboration with award-winning graphic artist Noma Bar

Noma Bar Award winning Graphic artist

and renowned product designer and lighting engineer Jake Dyson.

Product designer & lighting Engineer Jake Dyson

Noma Bar will be exploring a range of materials offered by The SCIN Gallery that work by either pulling in light to interact with them or forcing light to remain within the material. This, together with his brilliant cut out images, will be visually explosive as light takes the form of the positive diecut.

Jake Dyson will install his new DMX Light system that he is currently developing with the purpose of being able to control light quality and direction wirelessly. He will also showcase his new LED Light that will last for 37 years and is a breathtaking feat of light engineering.

These two influential designers are accompanied by some additional investigations into photo-luminescence and a talk about Jake’s exploration into his new lighting technologies.

The SCIN Gallery
27 Old Street
Morelands
London
EC1V 9HL

Visit the website http://www.scin.co.uk/

Direction to SCIN GALLERY

Meeting Louisa Blackmore of West Egg Interiors

West Egg Interiors

West Egg Interiors

West Egg Interiors is an online boutique store, with inspiring collections of antique, vintage furniture and decorative home accessories. Today’s Dreamwallstyle blog is an interview with  Louisa Blackmore the brain child behind West Egg Interiors so lets find out more…..

Louisa Blackmore Founder of West Egg Interiors

 What inspired you to start up west egg? 

I had an idea in about 2008, to create a company selling restored antique & vintage furniture. My parents had always collected and restored antiques and it was something I was probably unconsciously drawn to. I think people naturally take such a pride in their homes and in recent years there was a sort of “under the radar” backlash against the mass-production of furniture. We seemed to be the Ikea generation, limited funds lead to flat pack homes. You walk into your friends’ house and have the same bookcase / coffee table. It was like sim city or something. I felt there was an answer and that it was West Egg.

West Egg Interiors

Where did you get the name West Egg?

I got the name from my favourite film the Great Gatsby. If you know the book you’ll know Nick lives in a modest cottage next to Gatsby’s mansion. The cottage is small and the interior is styled simply, with lots of mis-matching wooden furniture and muted colours. For me, it is the perfect blend of comfort, charm and simplicity and sums up the style of furniture and accessories I love to find, restore and pass on.

West Egg Interiors

How long has West Egg been trading? 

West Egg has been trading for 8 months now and is going really well, the response has been amazing. An almost unbelievable dream to come true. It is sometimes difficult to get my head around how much my life has changed and how much happier I am than just this time last year. West Egg is my full time obsession these days!

West Egg Interiors

What is the future for West Egg?

Well the plan for 2012 is to continue slowly and organically growing the business and build up a much bigger selection of stock on the website. We recently did a quick 10 question survey and the main change people want to see on the website is more stock – we’re working on it! I’m also working on doing more workshops on furniture painting and restoration which have been really popular. I really believe in sharing information and love to show people how to transform pieces themselves, it’s a great skill and something that is fun and rewarding to do. I’ve also recently starting doing home visits (half and full day) where clients might have 4-5 pieces of furniture that need updating or some TLC, we put together a plan of action for each piece and they can then follow up with me by email and phone as they go.

West Egg Interiors

One thing to clarify on the Ikea thing – Louisa loves modern furniture for her functionality especially in the kitchen, and antique office chairs are a big no-no for her  – mixing it up is Louisa’s ultimate interior style. Here is a blog piece on this: http://westegg-interiors.blogspot.com/2011/10/is-old-new-new.html

West Egg Interiors

To find out more about Louisa’s West Egg Interiors then please click here http://www.westegg.co.uk/

West Egg Interiors

DreamwallStyle would like to thank Louisa for taking the time out to talk to us about ‘West Egg’, we wish you all the best and may 2012 continue to be successfull.

West Egg Interiors