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
From the Tribe was started out of a long-term love affair I have had with Africa.
I have spent my life making wildlife documentaries all over the world, but Africa is the place that has captured my imagination. Over the years I have collected all sorts of pieces and brought them back to our family home in the UK. When friends encouraged me to source lovely things from my travels and start a lifestyle of inspirational pieces, From The Tribe was born.
Many of my clients come from the design world; I source hand carved tribal bowls which are then transformed in to bespoke lights in New York, beaded tribal chairs for architects, galleries and restaurants in Europe and America.
There is such a rich tradition of beautiful handiwork and skills in Africa. By bringing their products to a wider market, the livelihoods of these artisans and their communities are empowered and improved, enabling sustainable trade and economic autonomy. I do not have large numbers of our pieces, as they are all bespoke.
We have enjoyed creating a contemporary tribal vibe in our home - a little corner of Africa here in Bristol in the UK.
Every piece reminds us of a very special place, an adventure or of people that we have met in far away places.
Feel free to contact me for more detailed information on any of the pieces. I can also source specific pieces and designs for you... I can find almost anything.
Visit the Website: www.fromthetribe.com
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
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
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.
Christopher Wray has been established since 1964 and in this time has created a trusted brand. Noted throughout not only the UK, but all over the world for innovative and imaginative lighting and furniture.
A successful foundation was built on the supply of antique oil lamps, from this grew the manufacture of traditional style lamps, as well as the design of innovative and imaginative modern lighting. This served as a catalyst for the growth of the company and more recently the brand has brought its distinctive touch to the provision of furniture, offering a complete interior experience. Our years of knowledge affords us the ability to provide a reliable and customer centric service.
Visit the website: www.christopherwray.com
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
We are dedicated to bringing you classic and timeless ranges of furniture, stunning collections of glassware and home interiors accessories in leather, nickel plate and ceramic alongside an extensive collection of lighting.
Our range is constantly updated with exciting new additions and evolves around our central theme of timeless elegance, whilst our design team in London draw inspiration from the India Jane archive of original Colonial and Classical European collections.
We are sure that you will find many essential new additions to your home.
The first India Jane retail store opened in Hampstead in 1991 followed by Sloane Street in 1992 and the first Kings Road store in 1994. With established roots in Chelsea, we opened on Kensington High Street in 2007 and a second Kings Road store in January 2010. Spreading further afield, Our Richmond store opened in 2011, followed by Bath and Marlow in 2012 & 2015.
Spring 2016 saw the relocation of our Kensington store, moving to a larger premises at 130 Kensington High Street.
From our extensive distribution centre in West London we supply the Interiors retail trade throughout the UK and Ireland and have a network of over 200 stockists who stock a selection of the India Jane range.
Visit the website: www.indiajane.co.uk
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
Media 3000 is as unique and versatile as your home: a vast array of elements and colours. Choose from alpina white, cubanit grey or sahara, fine matt lacquer or radiant high gloss lacquer.
Available with 1 drawer or 2 drawers.
This item has an approx delivery time of 6-8 weeks
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
Established in Italy as specialised glassblowers for three generations and for 35 years in their UK Head Office in London the Borghese family are devoted to the art and science of chandelier manufacture.
Rocco Borghese grew up in the Borghese family environment surrounded by glass and glass blowing and now designs all the company’s chandeliers and wall lights.
Public and business buyers are able to view Rocco’s designs at showrooms in Chelsea, North London and Los Angeles. Transportation and installation of the chandeliers can be arranged worldwide.
Visit the website: www.roccoborghese.com
Furniture for social spaces
Frövi is a brand dedicated to furniture for eating, meeting and relaxation spaces within corporate and community environments.
Through innovative design, high quality manufacturing and space consulting, we fulfil the market’s need for design-led, affordable social furniture.
Visit the website: www.frovi.co.uk
It's about more than furniture.
The Sebastian Cox workshop and studio were founded in 2010 on the principle that a traditional approach could be radical and that the past can be used to design and make the future. Without nostalgia or sentimentality but with respectful inventiveness and new technology.
Together with his team, Sebastian immerses himself in our material history and reinvigorates traditional materials and ways of making to drive change in our material culture.
Visit the website: www.sebastiancox.co.uk
Since our beginning in 2003, Mallory Custom Lighting has firmly established itself as the supply destination of discerning designers seeking to complement their projects with the best that bespoke lighting can offer.
We are proud to have worked with hundreds of clients on custom projects, from simple and delicate Venetian chandeliers, to large architectural lighting installations, including complex Hotel chandeliers and clean angular modern custom lighting designs. This is thanks to our close relationships, cultivated over many years with expert Italian lighting designers and skilled lighting manufacturers.
You won’t find our products on the high street. We are proud to have sourced our knowledge and ranges through years of field work, by visiting all our manufacturers personally.
Back in 2003, our family run business launched the first Italian lighting collection to those who appreciate the finest quality lighting. The "Made in Italy" marque means so much to us because it encompasses the values that are important to you and to us: Excellence in design, innovation and quality of manufacture.
Over the years, the market has become flooded with imitations, and we are often asked why we choose not to offer such low cost reproductions. The only answer to that question is that we care dearly about our reputation as the "go to" company for Italian lighting, and we are unwilling to offer our valued customers pale replicas of the real thing. We have come to know our clientele well; you are the connoisseurs and we will only offer you the best.
Thanks to our small and dedicated team of buyers, and a combined experience of over 4 decades in the industry, we are able to offer you the most comprehensive range of quality hand-crafted lighting direct from the Italian manufacturers.
Visit the website: www.mallory-custom-lighting.co.uk