, with its strap line “Product of Cornwall,” is so much more than just a “range of furniture and lighting designed for home, work and leisure,” as the website describes it.
MARK Net chair
Since its launch at 100% Design in 2008 (at which the Net chair scooped the Blueprint 100% Design award for best new interior product) it has been putting Cornish design and Cornish designers on a national if not international stage. Continue reading
Posted in interviews
Tagged 100% Design, Blueprint, British Design Awards, Cornwall, Elle Decoration, furniture, John Miller, Kay+Stemmer, Net chair, Newlyn, port eliot festival, Product of Cornwall, St Ives, UCF, University College Falmouth, Wave Table
I was recently very privileged to meet, and spend almost an hour talking to, ‘the father of British furniture design,’ John Makepeace, ahead of his first solo exhibition, which opens at Somerset House on 16th March 2010. I am pleased to report that he was both fascinating and lovely.
Invitation to John Makepeace: Enriching the language of furniture
Here’s what we talked about…
I believe you first saw furniture being made when you were just eleven. How did this come about? Do you remember what you felt at that time? Continue reading
Pendant no 1 in ash
I love Tom Raffield’s beautiful steam-bent wooden creations – they are so clearly inspired by my favourite corner of England; the wild West(country). He very sweetly agreed to an interview, which is as inspirational as his creations… Continue reading
I first spied the Furniture Magpies
at this year’s Tent
and loved their quirky brand of ‘up-cycled’ furniture. With a manifesto like “We don’t believe in good furniture going to landfill when it can be redesigned into a piece that people can love all over again,” what’s not to love?
Furniture Magpies' "Hang on to your drawers"
The magpies were kind enough to answer a few questions for me…
I rushed back from the West Country on Saturday and headed straight over to the East side of town for this year’s TENT, and boy was I glad I did!
Tent London 2010
Hosted in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane; Tent London is one of London Design Festival‘s edgier events… Continue reading
Posted in out and about
Tagged coadg, flux chair, furniture, furniture magpies, London Design Festival, margate, Old Truman Brewery, penelope jordan, Tent London, textile, zoe murphy
A very long time ago, I read somewhere* that the average person sits in seven different chairs every day, and had an idea; to photograph every chair I sat in for a day. Here’s how I got on:
Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair
I spent most of the day sitting in this chair working at my dining table (you guessed it, an Eero Saarinen Tulip Table!). I needed the cushion to get myself high enough up to work comfortably on the laptop – they were obviously designed for…
Heartbreakingly, as you can probably tell from this sad little unused wristband, work commitments kept me from Clerkenwell’s inaugural Design Week, so I’ve trawled the net for the best bits.
Clerkenwell Design Week wristband
Many thanks to the bloggers who did make it for sharing the following: