The blackest building on Earth
In February 2018, Asif Khan and his London-based architecture firm unveiled the Vantablack-coated Hyundai Pavilion in Pyeongchang. Studded with thousands of pinprick points of light, the otherwise blackest-of-black exterior is like a vision into the depths of outer space. The stars are on rods, all set at different depths, creating a three dimensional vision of space in which the “universe” seems to move as you walk past.
Inside, meanwhile, the pavilion is completely different. The interior is a stark, bright white throughout, with a water installation with drops of water running through channels carved into the floor. The droplets represent the hydrogen that formed at the beginning of the universe, the same as contained within the stars represented in the building’s exterior. On a more prosaic and commercial level, the whole thing is a reference to Hyundai’s latest venture into the world of fuel cell-powered vehicles.
Asif Khan’s London-based practice works across the fields of architecture, industrial and furniture design. It is dedicated to pushing these disciplines in innovative and unexpected directions.
In recognition of his design and delivery of the MegaFaces Pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Asif was awarded a Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Innovation. This is the first time the panel have awarded the prestigious prize to an architecture studio or a Russian project.
Asif’s notable recent works include being shortlisted, from over 1700 applicants, for the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, ‘Radiant Lines’ for the Light in Winter Festival 2014 in Melbourne, a shortlisted design for the UK Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 and ‘Parhelia’ for Swarovski at Design Miami. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Asif was commissioned to design and deliver Coca-Cola’s landmark pavilion in the Olympic Park, following Coca-Cola’s search for the UK’S best young architecture studio.
In 2010 Asif was the first architect to be chosen for the Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum London and was awarded Designer of the Future in 2011 by Design Miami. Asif lectures globally on his work and in the past has spoken at Harvard University, The Royal Academy, London, India Design Forum and Design Indaba in Cape Town.
Asif was born in South London and studied architecture at The Bartlett School, University College London. In 2004 he graduated as the best student in the faculty, was awarded the Donaldson medal and received a full scholarship for further study at the Architectural Association.
Visit the Website: www.asif-khan.com
Spectacular handcrafted lighting in unique editions of one by Ango to animate your space
Angus Hutcheson - Chief designer, Ango
“observing, dreaming, experimenting, developing some more and then realising with light”
Angus is a British designer based in Thailand for the last ten years, dedicated to working with light.
Forging new forms, using materials that were to hand, many of them natural, the Ango collection was gradually built up, and gained recognition in Thailand and internationally, with a string of awards and special pieces being shown at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Hara Museum in Tokyo, and V.I.A in Paris.
Angus graduated in architecture with Honours at the Architectural Association in London.
Visit the Website: www.angoworld.com
Tala is a young British lighting brand with a mission to create exquisite products that have a positive impact.
Guided by the founding promise of Conservation Through Beauty, we want to accelerate the low carbon economy with thoughtful product design and transparent practices. The company was founded by four friends at the University of Edinburgh with a shared passion for design, technology and sustainability.
Our distinctive design rubric combines classic decorative qualities, British industrial influences and pioneering LED technology. What makes a Tala bulb unique is its uncompromising focus on both design and sustainability.
Visit the Website: www.talaled.com
Sympathetically combining original recycled fabrics in both antique and vintage chair designs, RhubarbLondon creates eclectic handcrafted furniture that is perfectly tailored to advocates of historical design. At the heart of any RhubarbLondon design lies its distinctive upholstery, sourced from completely original archives. When you purchase a RhubarbLondon chair, you can be certain that you’re getting a one-off piece of furniture.
Proudly crafted in Britain, each bespoke design embodies a piece of history; exquisitely blending rare and antique fabrics and military uniforms with expertly applied upholstery techniques and tailoring. RhubarbLondon’s iconic designs strive to push the creative boundaries of history and design, constantly endeavouring to bring you new and inspiring products.
The creative driving force behind RhubarbLondon is Shaun Brownell, who has been designing and making these evocative pieces since 2013.
Visit the Website: www.rhubarblondon.com
Utopia & Utility is where we combine the functional and the fantastical.
Each object we design is handmade and unique, and our signature products are called 'Stacking Vessels'. Utopia & Utility focuses on craft manufacturing, combining function and fantasy in objects that are handmade.
The Stacking Vessels combine several materials and makers in a unique object.
Each piece consists of a set of individual containers, stacked together to create a sculptural vessel shape. Once disassembled each part becomes functional, serving as different bowls and vases.
Visit the Website: www.utopiaandutility.eu
Taula Interiors - an exclusive collection of contemporary furniture available in innovative ceramic finishes.
Welcome to Taula Interiors
We distribute to the trade an exclusive collection of contemporary furniture available in innovative ceramic finishes, which provide great resilience and beautiful textures.
Visit the Website: www.taula.co.uk
BOEME DESIGN - for those who are committed to sourcing statements pieces from a bold non-conformist portfolio.
Established in 2011 by Jo Bound, Boeme set about creating a furnishing brand of beautiful fabrics and interior products.
The foundations of Boeme lie in the emphasis on originality of design, quality of product and
‘Made in England’. Created in the Boeme studio from Jo Bound’s original fine art paintings ; exploration into the natural world of plants, landscapes whilst experimenting with painting techniques keeps the Boeme aesthetic alive.
These joyous, expressive works are translated with a wealth of experience in textile design.
Underpinned by the skills involved in UK fabric printing. Boeme now distributes it’s products worldwide with future design collaborations in the making. The Boeme signature appeals to those, who are committed to sourcing statements pieces from a bold non-conformist portfolio.
Visit the Website: www.boeme.co.uk
Chadder and Co. Have the Finest Collection of Luxury Roll Top Baths, Taps, showers and bathroom Fittings. Specialist in Bathroom products, manufacturing in England, we offer a fully bespoke design range on many of our products. Our Bespoke toilets are perfect for hotels, bars and clubs.
Simple classic traditional baths and fittings have enduring appeal, but searching for the exact style you require can be a challenging task.
Martin Chadder has been collecting and restoring antique baths and antique fittings for many years and a choice from his enviable collection of original roll-top baths is the perfect starting point from which your whole bathroom can be created.
These truly splendid traditional classic pieces, collected from around Britain as well as imported from France, are completley refurbished and restored to the highest standard and finished to your taste and style.
Recognised as one of Britain’s finest traditional luxury bathroom product designers, famed for his cast metal designs, as well as commissioned work, Martin’s experience in antiques also enables him to offer the exclusive Chadder & Co. Collection. A range of luxury products which can be found in many homes where attention to detail and quality are paramount.
Visit the Website: www.chadder.com
Anne Kyyrö Quinn - interior textiles based on three-dimensional structure rather than smooth surface ornamentation.
Resembling artworks more than conventional fabrics, the contemporary creations produced by the Anne Kyyrö Quinn studio are not textiles as you once knew them. Cut, sewn and finished by hand, our unique choice of luxury natural fabrics are crafted into interior textiles designed to harmonise timelessly with any setting. Each product is conceived as a gesture of simplicity, yet, we make space for bold colours, rich textures and striking motifs.
Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s sculptural approach has pioneered a new genre of interior textiles based on three-dimensional structure rather than smooth surface ornamentation. Our products are based on a portfolio of core designs inspired by organic shapes and expressed with bold simplicity. Whether crafted into bespoke acoustic wall installations or textile art pieces each design has a tactile feel that appeals to the eye as well as to the hand. As we merge twenty-first century design with textures inspired by the natural world, our products bridge the gulf between the urban interior and the natural landscape, and bring an elegant, unassuming beauty into everyday life.
Our commitment to design excellence makes Anne Kyyrö Quinn one of Britain’s leading manufacturers of handcrafted interior textiles. Since the studio was established in 1999, our products and bespoke textile services have been distributed internationally to design showrooms and retail outlets, and marketed by independent agents.
From our base in London, we provide a consultancy service for special residential or contract projects, working with architects, art consultants and interior designers to create tailor-made pieces for a wide range of interior settings. As Anne Kyyrö Quinn’s products continue to gain acclaim in leading interiors around the world, our commitment to quality, innovation and design excellence travels with them.
Visit the Website: www.annekyyroquinn.com
LUMETRICA is a UK-based up-cycling and interiors studio created by British designer Lucy Javanshir. We make original, one-of-a-kind products designed to bring a unique twist and contemporary feel to your home, or workplace. Contact Lucy for bespoke commissions!
Visit the Website: www.lumetrica.co.uk
GONG has a range of lighting collection like the Retro one is made of metal, the Bizz collection is made of coton, and the silk one. Fréderic Michel starts his chairs collection and mirors.
Visit the Website: www.gong.co.uk
Fameed Khalique - an unmatched resource to wow clients on commercial, residential, hospitality and marine projects.
The Fameed Khalique Collection
Our celebrated collection of innovative materials, drawn from around the globe, offers designers an unmatched resource to wow clients on commercial, residential, hospitality and marine projects.
Our sourcing service will seek out the materials you need but can’t find. Whether budget, time or finding exactly what you need is the challenge, our team will work tirelessly to source or create a solution for your project.
Visit the Website: www.fameedkhalique.com
Neal Jones Furniture specialises in designing luxury English furniture of the highest standard.
Neal Jones offers a highly personalised bespoke furniture design service, encompassing suites for private dwellings, corporate spaces, superyachts and standalone pieces. Neal brings together traditional cabinet making techniques with the best contemporary engineering, producing furniture which is both beautiful and highly functional.
Neal founded Neal Jones Furniture in 2009, having trained and worked with a number of fine furniture makers, including Viscount Linley, Stewart Linford, Silver Lining (Chester) and R & D Davidson (London Mayfair).
Since inception, Neal Jones Furniture has worked with some of the best interior designers in the country and designed bespoke furniture and suites for numerous private clients including royalty and British nobility.
The initial inspiration for a unique furniture design develops from getting to know you, viewing your property and understanding your preferences, desires and practical needs. Our clients are involved at every stage of the bespoke furniture design and crafting process, beginning with a client meeting. We listen to your requirements and design something that is not just unique, but unique to you.
Visit the Website: www.nealjonesfurniture.com
Lee Broom is one of the UK’s leading product & interior designers. Since 2007 he has released over 75 furniture and lighting products, which he designs and manufactures under his own label and has created more than 20 products for other brands. He has also designed over 40 commercial retail, restaurant, bar and residential interiors.
He has won more than 20 awards including the prestigious British Designer of the Year Award in 2012 and won his 4th award in 3 consecutive years in the British Design Awards for his renowned lighting product, the ‘Crystal Bulb’ in 2013.
In April 2015 Lee Broom received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success. The company received the award in the category of International Trade, in recognition of achieving significant international growth and increased year on year export figures.
A supporter of British manufacturing techniques, Broom designs, manufactures and retails his own collections, in addition to collaborating with leading brands including Christian Louboutin, Mulberry and Matthew Williamson.
Having started out in theatre school - a beginning which has greatly influenced the sense of drama and narrative that his collections create - Broom’s career took a change of direction after he won a fashion design competition at the age of 17. This led him to meet and then go onto work for the legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, after which he studied for a degree in fashion design at Central St Martins. Fashion is still a great source of inspiration and The Guardian commented, “Lee Broom is to furniture what Marc Jacobs or Tom Ford are to fashion.”
During his degree, Broom provided décor advice to a number of independent bars across London, which cemented an organic move into interior design. In 2007 the Lee Broom label was launched with his first furniture collection entitled ‘Neo Neon’ which received critical acclaim and since then he has launched two new collections each year during Milan Design Week and The London Design Festival, which sell globally. His products are now sold in over 120 stores and in 40 countries worldwide.
Lee Broom has been described by The Financial Times as “Among the most respected British Talents”.
Visit the Website: www.leebroom.com
George Smith has become synonymous with beautifully crafted furniture. Every sofa, chair, chaise and stool is lovingly made in our workshops in the North of England. George Smith, the early nineteenth century furniture maker, is still a strong influence in the way we make and design our furniture. Equally, we are driven to make contemporary pieces relevant for our lives today.
Good design and craftsmanship are key to great furniture and we continue to use the best possible materials to achieve our aims.
Our skills as craftsmen and designers also ensure that your furniture is completely aligned to the way you live and the homes you create. Sizes and details can be adjusted to produce a George Smith piece of furniture just for you.
Visit the Website: www.georgesmith.com
Kernow Furniture has one of the best collections of vintage, retro and antique furniture for sale in the South West of the UK. Specialising in high quality 19th to mid-20th Century furniture, we have hundreds of vintage items available to buy online and dispatched straight from our warehouse in Cornwall.
From antique bookcases and chairs to vintage china and kitchenware, we have carefully sourced and selected some of the finest pieces for you to view and we’re sure there’s something that’s right for you to complete your home or garden.
Visit the website: www.kernowfurniture.co.uk
Haberdashery add value to projects by developing ambitious creative briefs into reality. Haberdashery was founded by designers Mac Cox, Ben Rigby and Daniel Siden, over a common desire to produce narrative driven design through light. They collaborate with some of the worlds leading architects, interior designers, developers, brands and institutions; the practice have now installed 450+ projects in over 30 countries globally.
In 2017 Haberdashery is launching the Evoke collection, consisting of contemporary lighting products inspired by our memories of natural light. The first product is a pendant called Canopy, celebrating the light falling through a forest canopy across its hand blown glass shade. See Canopy on dezeen from late January, and at trade shows starting with Top Drawer in London.
The truly innovative begins in the details. Our method embodies years of research in the various disciplines in paper marbling, which have spanned the globe. The arts of Suminagashi and Ebru, emanating from Japan and Turkey centuries ago are both evident in our inaugural collection.
Subsequent collections build on these traditions, incorporating new techniques, materials and technologies, exploring the possibilities offered by gradients, metallics, woven natural fibers, and recently, NASA telescope imagery. It is our expansion of traditional practices that makes Calico Wallpaper truly unique. By drawing on the past, present and future, we create something entirely new.
Calico Wallpaper began with the inspiration to move art beyond the frame and incorporate its elements into everyday interior spaces. Through experimentation with the re-appropriation of traditional art forms, and the digital enlargement of unique, handmade patterns, the idea was born to create custom fit, non-repeating wall murals.
Balancing background and foreground, texture, color and pattern to create immersive environments, we are continually exploring the expressive possibilities of living space. We work to blend the beauty, play and abstractions of art with the functional utility of design, thereby creating a product that inspires and invigorates the backdrops of our lives.
Calico Wallpaper was founded by Rachel and Nick Cope.
Visit the website: http://calicowallpaper.com
The SCP pouffe collection is a playful response to the problem of occasional seating. Live to lounge on one of Donna Wilson’s 70s inspired bean bags or kick up your heels on a soft yet robust pouffe. Whatever style, design or colourway you go for, you can be confidant in knowing that the lamb’s wool designs are upholstered by hand in our specialist factory in Norfolk by our small dedicated team of pattern cutters, seamstresses, upholsterers, product developers and designers.
Welcome to the woolly wonderland of Donna Wilson: a place where pattern and colour collide and the imagination is free to run wild. From cushions and creatures to sofas and sweaters, Donna’s designs are made with the softest yarns and most vibrant of colours. Chances are you’ve already encountered some of them in your day-to-day lives and travels; from a bright blue Badger cushion nestled on a sofa in London to a Beardy Bob plate at the dinner table in Tokyo, Donna’s products pop up in every corner of the globe.
Visit the website: www.scp.co.uk/collections/pouffes
Met whilst studying Design Products at the Royal College of Art, and graduating in 2008, Jochem Faudet and Jon Harrison went on to share a studio in East London.
In 2011, after several years of successful collaborations they formed Faudet-Harrison Ltd. Working on a cross section of product, furniture, interior and exhibition design they have already built up an extensive client list including, SCP, Thorsten Van Elten, Dunne and Raby, Habitat and The Design Museum.
Both Faudet and Harrison teach on the (BA) ‘Product and Furniture Design’ course at Kingston University London, Surrey, England.
Jon Harrison is currently Acting Course Director, (BA) ‘Product and Furniture Design’.
Jochem Faudet is a visiting lecturer who teaches on a selection of projects across the 3 levels throughout the academic year.
Visit the website: www.faudet-harrison.com
Educational furniture manufacturer British Thornton has announced the launch of new anti-bacterial furniture for nurseries.
The new furniture Design features a child friendly anti-bacterial coating, with a surface treatment that includes properties that prevent bacteria from living on the surface of panels.
The aim of the newly designed ‘Trudy’ range is to significantly reduce the bacterial count found in furniture, especially in nursery environments.
The new range, which was designed by the company’s team, led by product design director Jonathan Clark, builds on the success of British Thornton’s existing trudy brand, which was first launched in 2008 and boasts annual sales figures of around £3m.
Gerard Toplass, CEO of British Thornton, said: “We were very keen to expand our offering to include a suite of Products specifically designed for nursery children and our design team has worked tirelessly to bring this to life.
“It’s safe to say that we’ve all been blown away by the result – the quality of the craftsmanship is second to none and we feel this will really fit with what nursery managers are currently looking for. We can’t wait to see the furniture in nurseries up and down the country.”
Furthermore, British Thornton has successfully launched its new design hub, which was completed at the back end of last year. Based at its Keighley site, the ‘Hub for Innovation and Design’ has expanded its Studio design capacity by 25%.
Established in 1967, British Thornton designs and manufactures furniture for the education sector out of its facility in South Street, Keighley.
Visit the website: www.british-thornton.co.uk
We see ourselves as solution providers, completely immersed in design, with a clear ambition to turn dreams into reality.
Our desire for innovation and pursuit of creative solutions to complex issues helps set out a path that leads to new summits and continued achievement.
Working together as a team comes naturally to us, and we’ve embraced it at every level, from our Co-CEOs to our studios and project teams.
Visit the Website: http://comelite-arch.com
Using reclaimed, authentic aircraft parts, from both military and civilian aircraft steeped in history, Fallen Furniture take pride in exploring the most innovative ways to breathe new life into these remarkable feats of engineering to design and create pieces of art and furniture.
Each piece of Fallen Furniture is meticulously crafted with an emphasis on originality and personality, resulting in a distinctive and decorative tribute to aviation heritage and engineering, guaranteed to intrigue, to captivate, and to inspire conversation in any home or place of business.
With a strong belief in design as applied art – there to be used as well as admired – inspiration is drawn from a number of different periods: from the Art Deco movement of the early 1900s to the Parisian craftsmen creating robust industrial furniture and lighting in the 40s, to the 21st century eco design movement.
A design process and ethos has been born that centres on celebrating a single, beautifully engineered aircraft part and marrying it with an eclectic mix of sustainable metals, woods and textiles to create a truly unique product of elegance, functionality and modernity.
Working from a restored 17th century building on the outskirts of the creative heritage city of Bath, a strong focus on British manufacturing and craftsmanship is adopted, with all elements of production based in Britain. This enables complete quality control over every piece that leaves the workshop.
Visit the website: www.fallenfurniture.com
Barrington London is inspired by the great French decorators of the 1920s.
The stars of the age cultivated and united the best in home grown craftsmanship to create interiors of unprecedented refinement and luxury.
Our specialist agency likewise seeks out British talent across disciplines ranging from decorative lighting to embroidery. We match our partners with the country’s finest designers, and together they accomplish interiors of true excellence and beauty.
Visit the website: www.barrington.london
Nina Campbell established her company in 1974 as both an interior design practice and a shop selling home treasures from all over the world.
Today Nina Campbell, a world-renowned interior designer, is known for her stylish interiors as well as for her collections of fabrics, wallpapers and accessories.
Nina’s designs are epitomised by luxury, practicality and a sense of wit. Integral to the Nina Campbell collections is a colour palette that has been developed with a decorator’s eye, and one that is constantly evolving so that new and existing designs work beautifully together.
Visit the website: www.ninacampbell.com