Monthly Archives: February 2011

Design of the day – Orla Kiely’s exclusive collection for Citreon

 

Legendary  print and fashion designer Orla Kiely, has created a special collection for car manufacturer Citreon. The DS3 1.6 Hdi range, compiles of four designs, each boasting one of her signature retro prints; Green Acorn, Multi-stem, Spot Stem and Multi-Acorn. The individual print is layered on the roof of the car and everything from the head-rests, wing mirrors, wheels, mats and windows are customised. It’s the perfect style-mobile for any fashionista.

The website is beautifully composed with each car set in a miniature cardboard box which twirls around like its magic. Then a scenic theme pops up and the car becomes a piece of furniture or fashion accessory, poised in the middle of the box. Oh it’s wonderful!

Now, what about price I hear you shout! Well, depending on what your preferences are and what you want customised determines how much you pay, roughly the prices start from £16,000.

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Taking the leap of Design – Karen Lane talks interiors

After she couldn’t resist anymore, Karen Lane took the leap of design and is now running a successful interior design business, Autograph Interior Designs. Karen left college without any qualifications, but that didn’t stop her, she was determined to become a great interior designer and started a Diploma course at The National Design Academy in 2007. After flying through the course she progressed onto the Foundation Degree qualification and is now studying a BA Hons in Interior Design. Her story is inspirational and proves that anyone with enough belief can achieve success. Kick your shoes off and enjoy her interview… Continue reading

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Design of the day

Mad Potters Tea Party!

Based in  Stoke-on-Trent – the heart of the potteries,  The New English Ceramics are made using over 250 years of traditional skills and techniques.  But this collection isn’t a batch of boring plain white plates and cups, it has twists of gothic art, eccentric prints and stunning hand painted gold detailing. With this lot on your dining table you’re sure to be a show stopper!

The New English Collection was founded in 2009 by Paul Bishop and his wife Judith, it reflects the increasing demand for origional products which represent our contemporary culture and lifestyles.The company launched it’s new range “The Mad Potters Tea Party” in Berlin last month and revealed to the world 118 new pieces. A written description doesnt justify how magnificant these pieces are, you just have to see them.

Follow the link to see all the products and how the show went! CLICK HERE

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Images from: The New English Collection and Annie Bertram

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Top 10 ways to promote your new business on the cheap!

Here is the whole list of the best ways to kickstart your new business from blogging to competitions and freelance to work experience. Get your note pad out and start scribbling. Continue reading

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Next weeks feature preview!

After she couldn’t resist anymore, Karen Lane took the leap of design and is now running a successful interior design business, Autograph Interior Designs. Karen left college without any qualifications, but that didn’t stop her, she was determined to become a great interior designer and started a Diploma course at The National Design Academy in 2007. After flying through the course she progressed onto the Foundation Degree qualification and is now studying a BA Hons in Interior Design. Her story is inspirational and proves that anyone with enough belief can achieve success. Kick your shoes off and enjoy her interview…

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Panic over!

Sorry everyone, we’ve had a huge boob today with the layout and frankly everything to do with the website, but after many hours faffing with CSS our fab web developer has sorted the problem. I apologise for the hiccup but were back on now!

thedesignhub team

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Design of the day

Da Bomb!

This fantastic chair is certainly a stunner and would be a perfect piece to get everybody talking. Designed by Italian company Adrenalina, “The Bomb” chair is made from thick foam and the red fabric is meant to represent the concept of “challenge”.

98 cm high by 150 cm wide and concealing pointy spikes, it may look uncomfortable but the piece is made to give the derrier extra comfort. Although it does remind me of the female temperament, beautiful and stunning like the colour red but can turn spiky and sharp in a moment! It’s so true…

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Spatial Planning and Technical Drawing video

Lead by Liam Kerrigan, a tutor at The National Design Academy, students learned how to create a design/room plan and demonstrate that design clearly with a variety of techniques. Click and enjoy!

Video by Kellie Hill

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NDA Rendering workshop moodboards

NDA students learned a variety of ways of how to render a room design, lead by NDA Private Clients Practice Manager James Pilling. The National Design Academy Workshops are available to students and non-students. For more information or to book your place on a workshop visit www.nda.ac.uk

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Top 10 Cheap PR Trick to kickstart small businesses

Top Tip #9

Offer your services as volunteer speaker at various events. You will be highly regarded by your peers and portray yourself as a respected professional with a respected business.

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