Monthly Archives: July 2011

Design of the Day – Forget tank-top and think chunky knit!

The cold nights and winter weather will soon be jumping on us out of the blue. Mini skirts and tank tops will be exchanged for knee high boots and chunky knits, which is everyones favourite winter warmer. Well this Design of the Day will certainly make you want to gear up the fire and get ready for Mr Frost.

Phat Knits is a collection by Netherlands Designer, Bauke Knottnerus, who creates oversized knitted pieces for interiors using large threads. This piece looks like something a giant Grandma has knitted and would be a perfect snuggle rug for any room.

The collection is currently on display at the Mode Museum in Belgium  until 14th August 2011 for your perusal and is sure to take the winter worries away.

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The UK’s first degrees in Retail, Outdoor and Heritage Design start on Monday!

As August is literally on our doorstep and the British summer practically slipping through our mitts, it can all get a bit doom and gloom. But for us design enthusiasts, there’s something great to look forward to! Look over the hill and into next Monday you’ll find three new interior design courses, Retail, Heritage and Outdoor Living,  the first of their kind in the UK.  The National Design Academy in Nottingham will launch these sparkling new courses next week that will give students the chance to study a specialist area of interior design.

Retail design is becoming huge business with companies wanting their shop interiors to be more cutting edge than the competition. Window displays need to be bigger, brighter and bolder than the last to attract every last fashionista!

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Design of the Day – Have a ball of a time!

Good afternoon campers! I hope you had a ball this weekend. Speaking of round things, I’ve just come accross these uber bright ball chairs by Finn Stone for Bodie & Fou. Made from recycled ABS (virtually indestructible polypropylene) these coloured balls of fun can be used inside to add a modern touch or outside for your summer bbq!

The chairs were inspired by Vernon Panton’s use of colour and shapes and are suitable for any bottom over the age of 6. Costing £165 each from notonthehighstreet.com, adding this piece of colour to a room could be very expensive, but it would certainly make it pop.

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Design of the Day – Pantone bag for life

 

Strut your stuff and look the bees knees with one of Pantone‘s trendy shoulder bags. Made from cotton and hiding a zipped pouch for your pennies, the bags are available in three of colours exclusive to Pantone.

You can pick one up from www.illustratedliving.co.uk for under £30 and also choose from a range of matching purses.

 

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Baaarmy head to toe ceramics

 

I met  one half of the Yas-ming duo, Yasmin Dilekkaya, at this years New Designers at London’s Design Business centre.  I was exploring the One Year On exhibition, curated by Jethro Macey, when in passing their collection stopped me in my tracks – a display full of the weird and wonderful was just my cup of tea.

Yasmin Dilekkaya and Ming Wai Sung both studied at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester and have been working together since they graduated last year. They’ve created a collection of ceramic mugs, plates, bowls and chop stick holders with the heads and bottoms of animals – how fun! The head and bottom of the animals are made in separate moulds and then carefully attached to the plate, mug or bowl.

If Yas-Ming make you squeal with joy and you want to fill up the cupboard with a heard of animal friends, then you can head down to Magma in Covent Garden or YSC@HOME in Yorkshire.

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National Design Academy Graduation 2011

Congratulations to all who worked so hard to get their degree qualifications and made the journey to Trentham Gardens for the 2011 National Design Academy graduation ceremony, hosted by Staffordshire University. Everyone looked smoking hot in their frocks and suits. Here’s the video, so sit back and enjoy the day again and again!

Video: Kellie Hill

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Design of the Day – Bums on seats!

Today’s Design of the Day is a cracker and gives a whole new meaning to “bums on seats“. Designed by Fabio Novembre for CASAMANIA, these His & Her seats certainly compliment the derriere. Moulded polythene casts of the back of a male and female body from the waist down to the legs, make the shape of the chair. So when seated, from the back, it looks like you’ve got no clothes on whilst tucking into your fish n’ chips – classy!

The design is born directly from the Panton chair and is meant to reflect the beauty and harmony of the human body. The chair comes in a variety of colours from purple and yellow to orange and green, including clear which is my personal favourite. Costing around £300 each they’re certainly not cheap but if you have the pennies why not!

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Sick of how your flat looks? Move a couple of walls in minutes. No problem.

Renting can be a nightmare if you’re the creative type who wants to make a flat a home but don’t have permission to paint let alone knock a few walls out. It can be very frustrating,  I was once told that if I wanted to put a mirror up I’d have to write to the letting agency and owner for the go ahead.

And as buying a house is near impossible nowadays, renting a small apartment is the only option for many young professionals who have to make do with either a basement dungeon or first floor studio inclusive of kitchen, shower and loo in the bedroom.

This can all change with the brilliant invention from young Interior Designer Henry Parker. Having recently graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester, I met  Henry at this years New Designers event in London. He has cleverly created a flexible apartment which can be changed to suit any person’s lifestyle.

Named the Adaptaflat, this revolutionary apartment consists of various maneuverable walls that are connected to tracks on the ceiling. So in effect, when you get bored of the layout or need to make some space for the family popping over, you can jig a few walls around and Bob’s your uncle!

The living spaces are the same size as an average two bedroom apartment and the walls can be clamped down to avoid any mis-haps. Listen to Henry’s interview with The Design Hub to find out more!

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A treasure trove of design gems at New Designers 2011

Well I’ve made it back from the New Designers Show 2011 part 2 which is being held in London’s Business  Design Centre, feeling shattered after two whole days of intense interviews and general press duties – but well worth it! I’ve come away totally inspired and have huge admiration for design students everywhere.

The level of work was exceptional, from furniture to textiles and product designs to Interiors, if I was a robot I’d definitely have a design overload!

Firstly I’d like to say CONGRATULATIONS to all the New Designers 2011 winners, they’ve worked so hard to gain recognition from the UK’s freshest student design event and of course their peers.

Here are some of my favourites and the names of the other winners can be found on the New Designers Website.

Luke Diaz Habitat Innovation Winner - Bucks New University

Judges thoughts: “We admired his innovative construction and use of material. We enjoyed his overall charm, warmth and character. The low storage with woven sliding doors is a product with soul.”

Oksana Akishyna - Interior Design Association Winner AIU London

Judges thoughts: “Oksana’s portfolio showed refreshing clarity and at times mesmerising presentation that was refined and at a professional standard.”

Northumbria University - Best Stand Award

Judges thoughts: “Northumbria have a huge variety of inspirational products on display. The graduates have made clever use of recycled materials-creating a highly polished and professional presentation.”

Brinley Clark - Business Designer of the Year winner University of Hertfordshire

Judges thoughts: “Brinley has got design in his bones. Passionate, inspiring and intelligent, with a wicked  streak of humour. His pigeon project is ‘shit’ – go and find out more!”

The event was split into three floors and then sub divided into specific design sections so it was easy to make your way around. Although, it wasn’t easy walking around each section without stopping to look every few steps and swooning over another fantastic design.

The One Year On section, curated by award winning designer Jethro Macey, showcased 50 specially selected designers who’ve set up a business in the last 12 months. In this wonderful room, I came across Imogen Heath who launched her first ever collection at the show. Her mid-century patterned wallpaper and fabrics instantly dragged me in. Imogen was just as colourful and sweet as her designs which are inspired by her love of geometric composition, art deco and contemporary art.

If you’re just as head over heals in love with Imogen’s designs as I am, you can bag a cushion from £48 – £55 and wallpaper for £100

As I  was interviewing Imogen, just opposite us a group of talented artists and illustrators under the name of Secret Wars, were doing a live graffiti demonstration on their white stand. Their creative flair attracted the attention of lots of visitors who stared in amazement at how effortlessly they drew – I couldn’t take my eyes off them!

After, finally pulling myself away from the One Year On section, I had a good gander on the first floor and came across a product which The Design Hub had already featured as a Design of the Day – the Tweetingseat. Created by Product Designer Chris McNicholl, who’s recently graduated from the University of Dundee in Product Design, the Tweetingseat has caused a huge stir.

The seat takes reality and combines it with the virtual world by taking pictures of anyone sat on the seat and uploading the image to a live Twitter feed. This is done by one camera in the shape of the blue Twitter bird which can be mounted above the seat and another camera inside the seat that takes an image of anyone standing in front. So in the end you get two images uploaded to Twitter – genius!

Chris McNicholl speaking to Kellie Hill

As well as the tweeting seat causing a buzz with social media lovers, some feel this idea of sharing images on Twitter of people unaware they have been papped is unethical. When asked, Chris told me he welcomes the debate and encourages it. Listen to Chris’ interview!

Innovative furniture makers

The level of talent and skill shown by the students at New Designers was breathtaking and one designer rom Plymouth University certainly took the biscuit. Michael Carroll had created a chair without using glue or nails.

Named “Tankard“, this chair is held together with…. well you’ll have to watch his interview to find out!

The young furniture maker also made a table using metal bars which resemble the shape of a mouse trap.

Another talented chap, Luke Diaz from Bucks New University, won the New Designers 2011 Habitat Innovation Award for his Eco cabinet that he bound together with hemp twine. Like Micheal Carroll above,  he didn’t use a single nail or drop of glue. I see a trend developing here!

Diaz taught himself how to weave the twine and create the doors of the cabinet, which I think make it look beautifully organic and earthly. He also designed two stools, a smaller cabinet and hanging stand to complete his sustainable furniture range.

Interiors

We’ve all had to live in a boxy apartment or a ground floor flat that resembles a dungeon (like myself) when starting out on the career ladder.  Having to cook, sleep and shower in the same room is something which the majority of yuppie’s (young professionals) put up with until the day comes and a promotion lands on the table.

And if you’re like me and LOVE to decorate but also rent, it’s fair to say that the landlord wouldn’t be too happy at the next inspection to find two walls knocked out and the living room changed into a bedroom. Renting makes it near impossible to flex those creative fingers.

Well, I met young innovative Interior Designer, Henry Parker at New Designers 2011 and he has come to the rescue with a city apartment perfect for the hard-working yuppie’s, that want to make their flat into a home.

Adaptaflat is an apartment which is flexible, moveable and totally brilliant! These living spaces are the same size as a two bedroom flat but have maneuverable walls. Yes, you heard right, you can move the walls  in the apartment to suit your needs, lifestyle or make space for Saturday night’s party. Somebody PLEASE commission this!

How does it work? There are a series of custom made tracks on the ceiling of the apartment which the walls are connected to and this allows them to be moved in the desired place and clamped down when positioned. Want one? Then listen to Henry Parker’s interview with The Design Hub and learn more about this clever design or click HERE to go to his website.

 
 
 
 
 
Images: New Designers 2011, Imogen Heath, Kellie Hill

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New Designers 2011 Gallery

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