|Yeowww! at Interzoo 2014|
International pet supplies trade fair Interzoo opened its doors to an expected 30,000 visitors yesterday in Nuremberg, Germany. This year's edition demonstrates the growing market for pet tracking technology as well as showcasing fresh ideas for colour, print and pattern across product.
Benefit Cosmetics will open a pop-up pink pub called Gabbi's Head on 12th June. Serving pink cocktails and canapes while showing all of the major games, the pub will also be home to Benefit beauty artists, who will offer complimentary brow waxes, skin care sessions and make-up.
Young Italian design duo Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli of Mathery Studio, now based in Melbourne, have created Pastello - Draw Act, a space that broadens children's passion for drawing by inviting them to draw in unusual ways.
Monday, 26 May 2014
Design studio A+A Cooren has partnered with upholsterer Ateliers Philippe Coudray to create the Merybench sofa, presented at this year's edition of Parisian design event D'DAYS.
Its softened, rounded structure is imprinted with partially quilted motifs instead of the usual all-over treatment. This creates a subtle yet very modern tone-on-tone embellishment.
At this year's edition of Clerkenwell Design Week in London, W Hotel is showcasing the prototypes of three drinking glasses, the result of a collaboration between the hotel and one of the event's exhibitions, Platform.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
French entrepreneur Coco Brac de la Perrière has been organising Silence & Mindfulness dinners for over a year, but while these confidential affaires have so far been reserved to influent French personalities, she is now making her concept available to the general public. On 30th June, guests will be able to buy tickets for a one-off dinner at the Electric, accepting to embrace conscious silence, in order to reconnect with others and with themselves.
The idea behind these dinners is to simply pay attention to the experience one is taking part in, without judgement and without pernicious distraction. While the marriage of silence and food may appear contradictory in an epicurean country such as France, these events allow their attendees to focus on the moment more entirely. An opera singer and other interludes of poetic emotion will punctuate the evening.
For the fourth year running, Waitrose and the National Farmer's Union have collaborated on a stand that celebrates both horticulture and agriculture at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. For this year's display, the companies have been inspired by the extreme climate change; designer Penny Riley explains, "We wanted to highlight the problems growers endured with the flooding."
Monday, 19 May 2014
|Photo by Michael Franke|
Iron, china, brass and wood are skillfully matched in Drummonds' new bathroom collection to launch at Clerkenwell Design Week. Designer Christopher Jenner wished to illustrate the enduring English country house aesthetic, but offering a more urban expression of this quintessential English style. The result is a series of handcrafted bathroom units, uniting traditional carpentry and foundry skills.
The collection also shows a growing interest for bathroom aesthetics inspired by other areas of the home such as the living room or kitchen. The quality of the materials used and the modernity of the lines embraced make these free-standing units suitable for furnishing living areas.
Friday, 16 May 2014
|London Design Festival 2014 identity by Pentagram|
|Tom's Kitchen. Photo by David Griffen Photography|
Next week's RHS Chelsea Flower Show has inspired two restaurateurs to launch special menus inspired by the show's beautiful horticultural displays.
Tom's Kitchen has created a light and floral menu that includes crab with basil mayonnaise, cucumber and nasturtium leaf; cod with apricot rose and saffron; and courgette and pistachio risotto with courgette flowers.
Booming Vases are the result of a collaboration between Italian ceramist Alessio Sarri and Analogia Project (the Italian design duo of Andrea Mancuso and Emilia Serra). The aim of the objects is to explore two opposite essential elements: air and matter, representing power and fragility.
Monday, 12 May 2014
Made from a combination of essential oils and natural aromatic plants, along with vegetal glycerin and various oils, Savons Gemme® faithful reproduce the colour and surface effects of colourful stones and minerals such as onyx, quartz, opal, garnet, malachite, amethyst or marble.
Friday, 9 May 2014
Parisian concept store My Crazy Pop specialises in gourmet popcorn. Available in 15 different flavours, both salty and sweet, the popcorn is freshly made in a mini factory behind the shop, and ties into the rise of childhood food flavours, revisited for grown-ups.
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Opening June 19 at Milan's Triennale Design Museum, the upcoming exhibition No Name Design, curated by Franco Clivio and Hans Hansen, will include 900 objects classified by function and type, material and form - and all missing any form of obvious branding.
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Le Lit National, a French manufacturer of high-end bedding since 1909, has launched its first collection of outdoor accessories. From cushions to mattresses, the range takes the lounging and napping from the bedroom to the garden.
Architecture studio Maccreanor Lavington has recently completed the refurbishment of a metro station, originally built in 1970, in Bijlmermeer, Amsterdam. The stainless steel façade, a material chosen for its durability and low maintenance, is decorated with an intricate floral design.
The laser cut motifs allow natural light to flow through the entrance and create lace-like projections on the floor and walls, turning a regular metro station used by over 100,000 residents every day into an inspiring, stimulating place.
Karoline Rerrie is an illustrator and print maker based in Birmingham, UK. Her latest collection celebrates the warm spring weather and longer daylight hours, with floral and bird designs in vibrant colourways.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
|Photo by Hufton+Crow|
Selfridges today launched The Beauty Project, a ten-week celebration of all definitions of beauty, which includes an experiential in-store installation called Fragrance Lab that promises to match customers with their own character, distilled into scent.