In honour of Mad Men’s last ever episode that aired last night in the UK, we draw inspiration from the award winning set design that has captured the 1960’s period. We pick our favourite ‘Mad Men’ inspired interior pieces to help you inject some 1960’s glamour into your interior…
Our source of inspiration this week is F.Scott Fitzgerald‘s classic The Great Gatsby, we look at the set design from the cinematic adaptation of the famous novel. Talented Set Designer Catherine Martin was tasked with designing the glamorous 1920’s sets to depict the roaring 1920’s…
We look at the huge 3D printing trend that is improving the cost, speed and projected time lines of several Interior Design projects, from fashion, jewellery and interior to large-scale architectural projects. Take a look at our top 3d printed design projects…
The New Design Britain Awards are one of the most important competitions in the UK for young design talent, giving recognition to students for innovative and ground-breaking work and providing an opportunity for INTERIORS UK to encourage new young stars and look to the future of the furniture industry. Our very good friend over at the National Design Academy – Anthony Rayworth, was once again on the judging panel in the categories of Furniture and Accessories this year, and gives us his overview of the winning designs.
Daniel Schofield – Winner – Furniture
Daniel’s passion for design focuses on the creative exploration of materials, industrial processes and user interaction, working closely with factories, workshops and manufacturers to produce contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories. By giving each of his products an individual story of their own, Daniel hopes to create timeless pieces that have an extended lifespan, reducing their impact on the environment.
Born in the UK, Daniel trained as a graphic designer, then a carpenter before studying Furniture and Product design at Sheffield Hallam University, during which time he worked in New York for leading Manhattan based interior design practice and specifier, DDC.
Graduating in 2011, Daniel soon set up the Sheffield based studio, specialising in adding extra value and narrative to mass produced and limited edition products.
Daniel Schofield Studio has already received national and international acclaim and exhibited at a variety of shows across the country.
‘Shifty’ Desk – Winner – Furniture
“The Shifty desk / hallway stand is designed as part of the secrecy range of furniture I produced. Unsuspecting people presume that the storage compartment is the draw on the front. What they don’t know is that by pulling the FSC Ash work surface, the whole top slides open revealing the hidden storage area, perfect for personal papers and electronic equipment. By doubling its size and having the work area come towards the user, the desk also lends itself perfectly to small space living”.
Cristiana Ionescu – Winner – Accessories
Cristiana believes that besides functionality, sustainability and global design issues, other important aspects of design are aesthetics, humour and sentimental value. Cristiana’s winning entry ‘The Three Bears’ is a set of stools for children who also like to scramble all over them. Made of felt over a steel frame, The Three Bears are a witty and fresh take on the classic Charles and Ray Eames ‘Elephant’ illustrated below.
Standard of work
The overall standard of work was excellent. Innovation and design thinking was clearly in evidence as was the understanding of commercial considerations and awareness of the wider context in which their products were to be located. Craftsmanship and functionality underpinned theoretical and commercial frameworks with all work being made to a standard which not only allowed the concept to be clearly presented but demonstrated understanding of client requirements and aesthetics, whether these were commercial or residential.
Finally, once again, a very heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Tony Hollyer, Awards Co-Coordinator, UBM; Tony works tirelessly to ensure that the judging experience is enjoyable, professionally conducted and clearly articulated.
Stands dedicated to fabrics and soft furnishings were disappointingly in fairly short supply this year but there were some useful and elegant fabrics on display. Ian Mankin is a great example and the family continues to weave its own fabrics in Lancashire, as it has done for six generations.
They were the first weaving mill to receive the Global Organic Textile Standard indicating that all their fabrics use natural fibres and no chemicals are used in the weaving process.
Whilst their range is not extensive, they specialise in stripes and checks which have evolved from their trademark ticking designs, producing a very English feel to their fabrics. To compliment the fabrics, they also have a range of wallcoverings, accessories and reclaimed furniture available on the website.
They have also developed a range of plain fabrics to compliment the stripes and their entire product range provides timeless designs that will not date; providing a staple diet for interior designers.
For clients with modern tastes, Tom Schneider presented an interesting collection. As with previously highlighted Starbay, Tom Schneider’s work reflects the beauty of wood with contemporary curves flowing through all his pieces.
The new Atlas Collection shows fluid simplicity with glass tops completing the sculptured look for a range of products including dining, console, lamp, coffee and media tables. The signature curves are present through all his ranges of furniture and are constructed using veneers of maple, oak, cherry, ash and walnut.
Every piece of furniture is individually handmade by a team of craftsmen without large scale machinery. Furniture is only made once you have chosen exactly what you want. This means that, by ordering a Tom Schneider piece of furniture, you are choosing a truly unique, inimitable creation. Most of the designs are made using unique, innovative methods from workshops full of handmade formers and unusual jigs which helps create the distinctive shapes.
The flowing curves are created by laminating plywood, which is many thin layers of wood glued together, to form incredibly strong shapes. They are then skillfully veneered by hand.
Look out for students seminars organised by the NDA Interior Design school at Tom Schneider’s north London Showroom later in the year.
Starbay is an international brand of upscale furniture in solid rosewood. Their Avant Garde series was inspired by classic furniture from the British Colonial past and could easily have adorned a luxury ocean liner or colonial mansion in the time of the Raj. The style reflects the Parisian Art Deco era of the 1930s and would provide an excellent range for any designer trying to re-create the atmosphere of that period.
Emanating from France, their collection includes distinctive colonial pieces not commonly found in ranges today. Beautifully crafted in American Black Walnut with a range of leather trims and upholstery, this range is distinctive and would undoubtedly create a talking point in an art deco, colonial or plantation style setting.
Their ranges include Bedroom, Office, Living Room and Dining Room furniture and also includes lighting.
The weather was not particularly kind to those exhibiting and visiting at Interiors UK in Birmingham this year – with most of the UK under quite a few centimetres of snow – however, it did mean that browsing the show was actually surprisingly relaxing!
Its always great to use these exhibitions to see what trends will be in the retail stores in the coming years, get inspiration and ideas for upcoming projects and find new suppliers – and this year’s Interiors UK was no exception.
Over the next few posts we’ll share our favourite highlights of the show – and also look at the New Design Britain Awards Winners, from our colleague at the NDA Interior Design school, Anthony Rayworth who was on the judging panel again this year.
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As Autumn sets in and the leaves turn amber and fall from the trees, my time as the Editor of The Design Hub has come to an end. I do hope you have enjoyed my posts over this last year, I have certainly enjoyed sharing them.
The Design Hub will not end with my departure, it will continue to explore the exciting world of Interior Design with inspiring articles and industry coverage.
I am leaving to pursue a new career in freelance PR, photography and videography.
I wish all you all the very best in your journey with interior design, whatever guise that may be.