Monthly Archives: June 2011

Design of the Day – Cheeky 50’s pin-up cushions from Crumpet and Skirt

I just adore these retro pin-up girl cushions created by Crumpet & Skirt designer Elizabeth Pinnock. Based in London, Elizabeth turned to creating high quality vintage products after her dreams of becoming a Hollywood actress didn’t take off. I think her saucy designs have definitely taken off in my books!

The naughty expressions of the models and 1950’s style would add a cheeky lift  to any chic pad and certainly catch a guests attention. She’s also designed a range of mugs, greeting cards, tea towels and seduced Gok Wan who used her cushions for his Clothes Road Show program earlier this year.

Crumpet & Skirt designs are available in many shops and online so you won’t have a problem trying to snatch a few. You can buy the cushions for around £37 on Brighton POD who are amazing.

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A trip to Philips HQ for the lowdown on the LED lighting revolution

Do you consider yourself as a “dark greeny” or a “ bright greeny?”. I can hear the screams, “what the heck is she talking about!” Well, let me put it like this, do you fit in the “must stop driving, turn all lights off and stay inside before we burn the plant to a crisp category” Or are you the “we can still travel, have fun and live a super dooper life whilst tackling our carbon footprint category”.

The reason I ask is because the popularity of sustainable living is rapidly growing, with most people now actively taking part in one way or another, in fight against harmful carbon emissions by investing in technology such as combi boilers, under floor heating and efficient lighting. We’re now taking real responsibility for our energy usage, whether you chose to be an extreme “dark greeny” or a more positive and flexible “bright greeny”.

Speaking of bright, lighting is one feature an interior designer will spend many hours working out where to place in a design scheme, taking into account colour temperature, colour rendering and the psychological effect that light has. Nowadays, technology has progressed at a super pace, which enables designers to create a desired lighting plan without the huge energy consumption, heat output and cost. Great!

But the knowledge about lighting design can’t just be learned over night, it’s a skill that needs to be developed and mastered. This is why the National Design Academy in Nottingham (including myself!), traveled to Philips’ head office in Surrey yesterday, to explore the revolutionary LED light that will be used the Academy’s design studio’s and make up a possible educational display for students to fully understand all aspects of energy lighting and the bigger picture of sustainable living today.

Previous energy lights have been criticised for being very clinical and cold, however the new age Philips LED lights throws this stereotype out the window. As the largest lighting company in the world, Philips put roughly 5% of their profits back into research and have invested in a thicker phosphor coating inside the bulbs to create a warmer light. This coating can also be adjusted to create a more orange or blue effect depending on the project. Continue reading

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The LED revolution

We are here! Live at Philips head office checking out the new range and prospects of the super energy efficient LED light bulb.

As the largest lighting company in the world, they are pushing the message out about this new age of lighting which goes against the stereotype of the current clinical energy light.

Being forward thinking, the National Design Academy are exploring the wonders of the LED and how to incorporate them into the studios for more effective lighting and a better learning environment.

Also, lighting is very important within the interior design industry and every designer knows it can make or break a scheme. So as technology changes we have the chance to design superb interiors and building whilst looking after our planet.

As I blog away in the middle of a lovely lady’s talk about sustainability I’m becoming very intrigued so I shall pause for now and kee

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Design of the Day – when Design and Street Art meet

Designer and co-founder of design studio Yellow Diva, David Whalley collaborated with Australian street artist Phibs to create this funky vinyl chair which was exhibited at the 2008 Fringe Furniture Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

Whalley based the design on the human body and Phibs graffiti represents Polynesian tattoo’s that was achieved with automotive spray die that soaked into the vinyl upholstery.My eye is instantly attracted to the colourful swirls which bring the chair and the smooth curves which look incredibly comfortable.

I also love the fact that is you look at the piece from the side it resembles a fish shape – not sure if that’s on purpose though!

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Design of the Day – Sat on a thousand balloons

This psychedelic chair created by Israeli industrial artist Pini Leibovich will brighten the darkest of rooms and is intended to created happiness and positivity. A piece of  “Happy Material” collection,  it’s made entirely of balloons – I wonder if it’s bouncy! This super cool chair is a tribute to surrealism and furniture-as-art and is featured in the New olds: design between tradition and innovation exhibition at Israel’s Design Museum Holon last month.

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Vote for us to win the Decorex Loves Bloggers Competition

 

The Design Hub are rocking it with the best interior design blog around, we’ve been shortlisted for Decorex’s Blogger campaign and voting has begun!

The prize is to report live from Decorex 2011 at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea in September. This would be a fantastic opportunity for us to be among some of the worlds best designers and arguably the best design event of the year.

Please show your appreciation if you feel we’re worthy of such an honour and vote for us. 

You can do this by going onto Decorex’s Facebook page and selecting The Design Hub from the top groups of shortlisted blogs. (You will need to click the MORE  tab to see all the full list of blogs.)

Voting only lasts for 1 week and the top three will go through to the grand final.

Click here to go though to Decorex’s Facebook page and cast your vote!

Many Thanks!

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Design of the Day – Solid chocolate human skull from Brighton

It’s Friday and here is a Design of the Day to make you drool! A friend brought this  to my attention and I have never come across anything like it! Created by choccywoccydodah.com I present to you a solid chocolate, hand painted, life-sized human skull weighing nearly THREE KILOS!

I don’t know whether I would want to spoil it and sink my teeth in. Although that could also feel rather strange – sinking my teeth into what resembles a human skull. But anyway its solid milk chocolate!

The skull also comes in a white chocolate version and will cost you £100.

Choccywoccydodah is an Art and Design based chocolatiers in Brighton and in the middle of filming their second series for channel Good Food.  They also make to most fabulous wedding and occasion cakes which blow the ordinary fruit three tier out the water! You’ve got to check them out but be warned you start to crave!

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Deaf Texan artists’ first UK exhibition at the Surface Gallery

Earlier this week I visited the über cool Surface Gallery in Nottingham to see the grand opening of their 2010 Surface Open Show winner’s exhibition. Texas based artist Janet Morrow has been preparing her three week solo exhibition for nearly a year after scooping the prize and is her first in the UK.

A Community of Non-normative Beings” is a body of work examining themes of deafness, disability and otherness and what it means to occupy a non-normative body in a culture where normality is narrowly defined. Striking shimmering sculptures of polythene plastic, polyester organza, ink, rope, helium and concrete among other materials, dramatically occupy the space. Continue reading

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Dragon’s Den survivor preaches the eco design gospel

After stumbling across “Annie” the shopping trolley chair, by contemporary Eco designer Max McMurdo, I just HAD to get in contact with his company reestore and find out more. Max’s approach to sustainable interiors is refreshing and oozes style. But it’s not only The Design Hub who’ve been wowed with his creations, he’s been nominated to be a judge for this years Observer newspaper Ethical Awards and attracted the interest of two business big shots… Continue reading

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Decorex Loves Bloggers and The Design Hub!

All the hard work is paying off and our blog The Design Hub, has attracted the eye of the Decorex team who have featured us on their Facebook site as a nominee for the Decorex Loves Bloggers competition!

Showing their appreciation for the blogosphere, Decorex are giving one lucky Interior Design Blogger the opportunity to report live from the event in September which is held at the prestigious Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

This could be us but we need as many votes as we can to win this amazing prize!

Decorex Facebook followers can vote from Monday 20th June for one week and the blog with the most votes goes through to the grand final!

It would be a fantastic opportunity for The Design Hub to bring you insider scoops on what happens at Decorex 2011 and would greatly appreciate your vote!

Decorex will reveal ways in which to vote on Monday 20th June so stay tuned for updates!

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