Monthly Archives: March 2011

BIID Team up with Grand Designs Live to give you discount ticket deals and free passes

BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) have teamed up with the organisers of this years Grand Designs Live show to bring you an exclusive free day pass to the show and up to 50% off tickets prices during the weekend.

Book your ticket before the 15th April and get free entry on a weekday from 3rd – 6th May. All you need to do is visit www.granddesignslive.com and quote BIIDFW on the booking page.

Don’t panic if you can’t manage to swindle out of work on the Friday, with this code TRDNINE you can buy a weekend ticket for only £9 instead of £14! You only have a couple of weeks to grab your ticket before they all run out so hurry!

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Design of the day – Disguise your iPad with a cool undercover case

For anyone who is remotely like me when it comes to protecting your valuables, you’ll already be in the habit of zipping up your pockets and bags or watching for possible thief’s eyeing up your new MP3 player. Well, this invention designed by Tobias Wong and Chelsea Briganti, will be right up your street.

The Undercover iPad case looks to other people, just like an ordinary envelope, but in fact it hides your iPad from sight. Instead of showing off your shiny new toy to passers by, you can go about your daily business having fun with your iPad knowing that it’s cleverly disguised. I can’t find a price for the gadget so if anyone knows – give me a holla!

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Be quick submit your entry for the Design Awards 2011 before June

It’s your time to shine and show off that creative flair you’ve got! Entries for The Design Awards are flowing thick and fast so if you fancy your chances and want your design to be crowned Design of the Year, get those creative juices flowing and submit before it’s too late!

Organised by the publishers of  Designer magazine, the award scheme is supported by over 30 UK suppliers (including Siemens, SMEG and Candy) and celebrates innovative design across the home.  The competition categories include:

  1. Kitchen Design of the Year
  2. Bathroom Design of the Year
  3. Living Space Design of the Year
  4. Sustainable Design accolade Award for the best environmentally friendly design

The 2010 winner for Kitchen Design of the Year (over 25k) was  Ainhoa Bilbao, Bulthaup Mayfair and for under 25k Kieron Bell, Kitchens International. Joe Burns & Geraldine Maurice, Oliver Burns Interiors were the winners of the bathroom of the Year Design and Paul McAneary, Paul McAneary Architects scooped Living Space Design of the Year.

As well as the above, an additional category opens tomorrow (1st April), Product Innovation Awards which champions real innovative design and highlights the importance of driving creativity and forward thinking.

To enter the Design Awards you need to download and entry form PDF from the Designer magazine website and send your submission before 1st June 2011.

Good Luck!

Image By Joanna Ford – www.joannafordinteriors.au

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Greatest gadget’s gallery ahead of April’s Gadget Show Live

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Design of the Day – Bottoms Up door bell

The “Bottoms Up” doorbell is a quirky re-invention of the boring old one toned ringer we usually associate with a doorbell. Freelance designer Peter Van Der Jagt, has worked for a number of huge design companies such as Karlsson, Pressentime, Authentics and  KesselsKramer. He’s won a number of awards including the Red Dot Award in 2007 for his “Tile Kitchen”.

 I bet you’re wondering how on earth this door bell works! When the bell is pressed an electromagnet mechanism in the centre hits the crystal wineglasses to create a sharp tone – a symbolic toast to guests. You can pick up this design from Droog.com for £110.

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Paris in spring

I’ve never been to the capital of love and was extremely fortunate to be whisked off at the weekend. I wanted to capture my trip in a way which represented how I would look back on my memories in my head. Confused you may be, but try this… when you reminisce, what do your mental memories look like? Well – this is how mine are! Enjoy the mood boards I’ve created and inhale the architectural beauty that is Paris in Spring!

Of course, as a Francais newbie, I had to capture the iconic Eiffel Tower. I played around with the colour in the picture to add an aged effect which I’m very pleased with – especially the purple sky effect. (Confession – I’m also a Photoshop newbie believe it or not!) Also, there was no doubt that I HAD to experience the street of high society, home to Versace, Christian Dior, Prada and the famous  5* Plaza Athenee Hotel -  Avenue Montaigne.

Below is a classic French restaurant, Lasserre, which was poised beautifully at the end of Avenue Montaigne. The middle picture is my partner who so thoughtfully organised our Parisian trip and at the bottom, graffiti which was written on the top of the tunnel where Princess Diana tragically died.

The spiked tower below which pierces the French sky, belongs to the historic Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. It reminds me of the spine that sticks out of the gruesome alien in the film Alien – very eerie. The stair case instantly struck me when we checked into our hotel – the range of bright colour, variety of materials and unusual design was an eclectic piece to feature in the centre of the hotel.

The carousel below looks like it’s bounced back from the 1930′s with the stained yellow film staining the accent colours. The man featured below was carefully re-arranging his souvenirs perfectly in line – the concentration was intense. But I adore this picture, it heavily contrasts with the romantic and luxurious stereotype that is attached to Paris. It humansises the city and exposes its roots.

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Get the spring feeling – make your home and garden bright

Design of the day

The sun is starting to creep out, the birds are chirping in the mornings and green leaves are sprouting – spring is upon us! As we start to say goodbye to our winter warmers and dark colour palette, we’re starting to brighten our homes in harmony with the season change. Created by Laurie Cinotto of La La Laurie, these cute handmade bird lanterns are the perfect way to bring a bright and cheerful mood to your home or even your garden in celebration of spring time.

Crafting is this spring/summer ‘s hottest trend, as many people try to stretch the pennies they’re fining lots of creative ways to spruce up their home without spending a fortune. Even Linda Barker was spreading the craft message in her chic styling seminars during this years Ideal Home Show. So if you want to make your own array of  chic birdie lanterns click HERE to get the DIY step-by-step guide and get sticking!



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The National Design Academy release cutting edge magazine

 

VISION

Check out the spring VISION Profile Edition and get your design fix. This edition explores how designers’ image changes over time and how they market themselves to the public. You’ll find articles about Kelly Hoppen, Jonathan Ive and Australian designer Joanna Ford.

Created bimonthly by tutors at The National Design Academy, an institution who specialise in Interior Design courses, VISION is eclectic and cutting edge.

As well as gripping articles you’ll also find us in here too! So don’t waste anymore time, download the mag and get inspired.  CLICK the VISION tab above.

Photography by Liam Kerrigan

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Colourful retro and green living designs by young British designer

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This young designer has stolen my heart with her brightly coloured and patterned eco designs. She gives her designs life, re-modernsises retro and promotes ethical and green living – a ten out of ten from me!

After graduating from Loughborough University in 2008 with a 1st in Textile Design, British designer Zoe Murphy was selected for The New Designers Showcase in Islington, where she was shortlisted for Designer of the Year Award and has since attracted a huge amount of attention.

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Download a ribbon to help Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster appeal

Design of the Day

The natural disaster that happened in  Japan has hit  the world hard. As a way of showing support and contributing to relief efforts, British architect John Pawson has designed a number of images depicting a white ribbon with a red spot that people can download in exchange for a donation to the disaster appeal. The images can be used on emails, websites, blogs and social networking sites -  a suggested donation of £1 can be made online at www.redcross.org.uk/JapanTsunami After you’ve made a donation you can shout it to the world by posting on Twitter and Facebook – you can also get your friends and family involved too!

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