Win this 15″ So Sottsass plate from Darkroom


The London Design Festival has collaborated with Darkroom for a festive give-a-way!


To win this 15″ So Sottsass plate that forms part of Darkroom’s collection of playful products inspired by the postmodern visionary Italian Architect Ettore Sottsass simply enter your name and email on the link below.

Hand painted in their London studio, the plate is for decorative use only and looks great wall mounted. Combining bright colours and bold shapes, these decorative plates look most impressive when hung together as a triptych.


London Design Festival / Darkroom


Print: ‘Big and Small’ collection by Nathalie Du Pasquier at the Wrong Shop


Above: NdP L1, 2014 – £650

Iconic textile designer Nathalie Du Pasquier founding member of the Memphis group couldn’t be more relevant in today’s design world. With the huge interest in postmodernist design young designers are discovering her work and high profile brands are eager to collaborate with her. Continue Reading…

Etsy’s first UK Pop-Up Shop opens in December

Etsy House Pop-Up Shop CHristmas 2014 is set to launch its first Christmas pop-up shopping experience in the UK selling a curated collection of the finest handmade and vintage gifts from over 100 independent creative businesses across the UK.

The shop will be stocked with handmade gifts, home decorations, jewellery, stationery and much more. Visitors are invited to participate part in live crafting by Etsy artisans and workshops led by Etsy designer-makers.

This three-day event located in Covent Garden follows on from the huge success of Etsy’s first ever pop-up shop in Soho, New York in 2013, which attracted over 20,000 visitors during the 10 days it was open. It is the first time this same format will be executed outside of the US.

Etsy House will open in London from 5th – 7th December at 5 Great Newport St, London, WC2H 7HY (nearest tube Leicester Square) from 10am – 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 12pm – 6pm on Sunday.


Children: A modern bunk bed


Gisela Vidallé studied the construction of the reversible Kura bed by Ikea and extended the structure wrapping it in wood veneered MDF to create the ‘Little Forest House’. Continue Reading…

Skandium Competition: Win 2 tickets to Nordic Film Festival


The Nordic Film Festival returns to the UK from 26th November to 7th December with another eclectic mix of fresh and classic features, docs and shorts, showcasing some of the most celebrated and emerging filmmaking talent of the Nordic region.

The first person to correctly answer this question wins two tickets to Architecture, Design & the City – double bill of films*

Q: The director of Let The Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is brother to the director of the Millennium Trilogy films. What surname do they share?

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Documentary exploring the legacy of Lego: the inspiration for some of today’s most imaginative and revolutionary architectural projects. Featuring renowned artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Bjarke Ingels.


Documentary about the construction of Reykjavik’s first purpose-built concert hall, from concept to creation, featuring conversations with the mind behind the building’s majestic façade, international artist Olafur Eliasson.

30th November from 4pm at The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Rd (near Kingsland Rd), London N1 5ET

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Warehouse Sale: LSA International

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LSA International,

Unit C2,

The Dolphin Estate,

Sunbury On Thames


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Map: LSA International


The Vegetarian Cottage by Cousins & Cousins


If you have outgrown your property and are thinking of expanding your living space as opposed to moving take a look at this Victorian home in Hackney, East London designed by Architects Cousins & Cousins.

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Terence Woodgate is equity crowdfunding!

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Above: Terence Woodgate, Solid pendant in cararra marble

When an established name takes up crowdfunding, normally the domain of emerging talent to expand their business, you take notice. The designer in question is multi award winning designer Terence Woodgate.


Motivated by the successful launch of his new LED lighting company Terence Woodgate Lighting Limited the designer is looking to secure an investment of £150,000 in return for 17% equity in the business. With over 25 years’ experience of lighting design, Terence has an excellent understanding of the exciting design and production opportunities that this technology presents.

Woodgate comments, “I launched my lighting company because I believed in the huge potential of LED technology, particularly with the increasing digitalisation of our homes, and I saw an opportunity to marry design and technology. The success we’ve enjoyed to date has backed up this belief and we’re now seeking to use equity crowdfunding to raise investment to fuel our growth. Equity crowdfunding offers an exciting and democratic way for anyone to invest and we’re very excited by this chance to share our plans with a new audience.”

The LED bulb uses 90% less energy than the incandescent bulb, which will be phased out by 2020. So there could not be a better time to explore or invest in this area, particularly with the growing interest in energy consumption and climate change.

You are invited to join the company at the RSA on Thursday 20 November at 6.30pm to learn more about Terence Woodgate Lighting Limited and to discover how they plan to use the investment raised to fuel growth.

To view the full portfolio from Terence Woodgate Lighting, please visit

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Styling Inspiration from Hay:

Distortion / Curved shadows / Odd angles


“BACKYARD by | n” for Seibu Sogo department stores in Japan


Nendo referenced the hidden world of retail in the design of a new stand-alone store, coined ‘BACKYARD’ by | n.  The original brand stocking Nendo designed products is located in Tokyo at the Seibu Sogo department stores and the Yokohama Sogo department store. Continue Reading…

JANINGE collection by Form Us With Love for Ikea


Form Us With Love have designed a brand new collection for IKEA entitled ‘JANINGE.’ The aim of the collaboration was to develop the perfect multi-purpose chair, one that is both aesthetically pleasing and quick to maintain. 

“The great idea behind the JANINGE collection is the democratization of design, to create a durable construction, based on the needs of both domestic and public environments,” says Åsa Hederberg, product developer at IKEA. 

The range is available in white, grey and yellow and sold at a remarkable price. 

Form Us With Love / IKEA


Student Competition: Design a Clerkenwell Design Week window display for Designworks Tiles

Tile manufacturer and supplier Designworks Tiles has launched a competition for UK based students enrolled on a design related course.  Students are invited to design a window display for the company’s St John Street, Clerkenwell showroom on the theme ‘What does London mean to you?’

The installation will be in place in time for the prestigious Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2015, meaning the winning display may be viewed by some of the 50,000 attendees that visit the area during the event, providing an excellent platform for showcasing the designer’s work to the industry.  In addition, the winning designer will receive a cash price of £1,000. Continue Reading…

Textiles by Laura Slater


Above: Assemblage / Configure Collection

Add some print to your home. We recommend the art inspired collection by Laura Slater, who translates drawing concepts onto cloth merging textures, collage and mark making. Each item in her collection has its own unique surface pattern due to the hand rendered nature of her technique. With the festive season around the corner the screen printed wares will be the perfect gift for modern interior fans.

Laura Slater


Oáza Mirror by Klára Šumová and Dirk Wright


Czech designers Klára Šumová and Dirk Wright recently released their latest research-based collaboration – the ‘Oáza Mirror’. This luxurious everyday item resembles a traditional children’s monkey drum. Continue Reading…

Origami 6 lamp by Francois Champsaur for the 5th Edition of the Cabinet de Curiosites by Thomas Erber


Francois Champsaur has designed a limited edition lamp exclusively for 5th Edition of the internationally acclaimed Cabinet de Curiosities of Thomas Erber exhibition opening this month in Bangkok. Entitled the ‘Origami Lamp,’ the striking laser cut steel light emulates a folded piece of origami. Continue Reading…