Monthly Archives: February 2011

Design of the Day

A Job of Grandeur

Eccentric and outrageous, Studio job is a highly regarded Belgian design duo, who are renowned for crossing the boundaries of design and autonomous art. The company was set up by Job Smeets after he graduated in 1998, he met his partner in design Nynke Tynagel while attending the Design Academy Eindhoven and their work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.

This particular design, “The Lounge of Studio Job” at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, stopped me in my tracks. Not only for the exquisite design, but for the ethos behind the project. The rooms are supposed to be a reference to 19th Century affluent gentleman’s clubs, with the rich smoking cigars, wearing top hats and surrounded by flamboyant silks and chandeliers. The Job Lounge is meant for functional purposes and presentations, but is a piece of art in itself.

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Consisting of a cafe, hallway and chapel, all which boast a bold labyrinth floor pattern and vibrant stain glass windows laced in drapes, appear to be a lot more simple with a closer look. The chairs which look heavy and sealed in rich leather, are in fact made from plastic, and the drapes framing the windows are stickers, printed on photographic paper. Finally the most striking feature is the lights, created by Venini, they are the form of an actual female breast which are placed in the ceilings and walls of the rooms. A rather ironic twist on the elitist culture of the 19th Century. Enjoy…

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Patriotic Pieces for Your Home

Images from: notonthehighstreet.com
Moodboard: thedesignhub

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Design of the day

A Royal occasion

Image source: notonthehighstreet.com

Celebrate your national pride and get in the mood for the most exciting Royal wedding for decades with a pair of stupendous “Pip and Pen” vintage dining chairs by Melanie Porter. Individually knitted and felted, the covers give a sweater look and seem extremely comfy! It takes up to five weeks to knit the covers and restore the chairs back to their natural beauty, and a perfect way to inject character into your home.  You can grab a pair from www.notonthehighstreet.com for £1500.

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Robin Birch on business finance and his first lecture at the NDA

I just thought I’d introduce myself and say hello. I’m Robin Birch and I’ve just joined the NDA as its Finance Director. Well, I’ve been in post just a couple of weeks now, so I’m still very much the newbie!

I was a bit puzzled when James (NDA Private Clients Practice Manager) and Natasha (Tutor) sidled up to my desk the other week – ordinarily creative folk keep well away from the finance director’s office unless they want to buy something [smiley]  But hey, pleasant surprise they wanted me to take a slot in the commercial workshop which ran on the 15th Feb. I’m happy to share my commercial experience, just hope students are happy to listen! Continue reading

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Top 10 Cheap PR Trick to kickstart small businesses

Top Tip #8

Become a freelancer as well as a business person. Write articles about subjects within your expertise and demonstrate your professional stature. This will build your professional reputation and people will link this with your business. You can contact local magazines, papers or niche publications like Dezeen and MyDeco.com. Also, many educational bodies like The National Design Academy in Nottingham, (specialists in Interior Design Distance learning courses) commission expert writers to help develop course material for their students. This is a great opportunity to educate others and offer your industry expertise.

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We’ve hit 2000!

thedesignhub has reached over 2000 views in the 7 weeks it’s been giving you you’re daily design fix! I’d like to thank every single one of you who’ve looked at the site and I hope there has been something for everyone to enjoy. I aim to bring your more quirky designs, video’s, interviews, DOD, advice and much more! If you’d like to contribute anything or have a design you want to thedesignhub to feature GET IN TOUCH!

Thank you once again

Kellie Hill

Creator of thedesignhub

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Design of the day

Only for Louboutin

World renowned luxury French footwear designer Christian Louboutin makes sure his boutiques are as beautiful as his shoes. Designers Studio XAG created this window installation for Louboutins’ Mount Street store in London. The brightly lit perspex letters spell out the word “Louboutin” and stacks of his shoes are perched on top for all to admire or drool at! Inspired by the dazzling lights of Las Vegas,  this shop window is made to stop you in your tracks and is an innovative example of fine visual merchandising.

Images from dezeen.com by Susie Rea

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Top 10 Cheap PR Trick to kickstart small businesses

Top Tip #7

Competitions are another way to give your business a good kick-start. You could celebrate the opening or your business with a prize giveaway like store vouchers, a free design consultation, room makeover or design master-class. This will definitely get the public interested because everyone loves a freebie.

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Top 10 Cheap PR Trick to kickstart small businesses

Tip Tip #6

 

” Who you know not what you know” is a very true statement. Do you have any friends or acquaintances who work in the press, local radio or television that can give you a cheeky plug in their article or show? This will give you bigger media coverage and cost you zilch.

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Design of the Day

Modern Medieval

Designer Tortie Hoare studied a BA Hons in Furniture design and craftmanship at Bucks New University, Buckinghamshire. She’s making a huge name for herself with her very successful Leatherwork Furniture Collection. The Butterfly Chair is her most popular piece, with crowds of people admiring it at this years Birmingham Interiors Show.

She created the chair through boiling leather (a medieval process) which enabled her to create 3D shapes and it’s also environmentally conscious, rather than using materials like plastic or resin. The leather is beautifully soft and comfortable and the colourful print ads depth and character to this handmade piece. I just can’t take my eyes off it!

In 2010 Tortie won one of the most prestigious prizes for a new designer, the  BDC New Designer of the Year award. She aims to create ergonomic, durable and aesthetically pleasing furniture. You must check out her whole range its astounding.

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