mushroom heaven

30th September 2010

With London Design festival well and truly over and the fashion and design world has moved its gaze to Milan and Paris it gives time for pause and thought.

Mostly nothing was new as Milan Furniture Fair earlier this year was of course the main showcase, but there were a few fantastic surprises.

My firm favourite was the fantastic Studio Toogood with their Supernatural project.

Collaborating with New Forest forager Mrs Tees they had the most fantastic mushroom installation that was rich in colour and scent and offers the ultimate in the new urban rural. They also had a room scented with the smell of woodlands by Francis Kurkdkian. (bang on trend for scent as part of the overall offering and a key update for the primitive trend we have seen so much of recently)

Beautifully presented alongside was a cafe (with La Fromagerie) and their new furniture range based on using the simplicity of 3 main elements: wood, stone and brass which they created working with english craftsmen such as stonemasons and carpenters.

I also LOVED the raw earthyness of their bones door handles cast in interesting metals and materials.







3D lace

27th September 2010

Rachel Harding’s 3D lace caught my attention at TENT during London design festival. Finding inspiration from human dysfunction and a glimpse into a more digital future and based on scientific and cultural research she designs hybrids of technology.

Using rapid prototyping techniques she has created these 3D lace forms.For more of her work have a look here

Stephanie Grace Foy


Stephanie Grace Foy


Yasmin Siddiqui


Yasmin Siddiqui


Fashion materiality

21st September 2010

As fashion week turn to design week I think that it is only right and fitting to showcase two fledgling designers who use materials and processes perhaps usually used more for product rather than clothing.

Stephanie Grace Foy's collection during Kingston Universities Body Laboratory created an audible 'gasp' at the sheer beauty and simplicity.

Working with plastics and vinyl she has moulded and vac formed them to represent fluid fabrics. Blended seamlessly or worn as accessories her pieces are beautiful.

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Also showing as part of the Body Laboratory was Yasmin Siddiqui. Taking her initial inspiration from a cardboard toy from Muji (inside info!) she has learnt to tool and cut leathers and wood slotting them together as a huge scale puzzle.

Cleverly using the waste leathers from her cut outs she reduced waste and created a beautiful collection that sits somewhere in between art, product, fashion and theatre.


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Both these designers will be showcasing their work at Tent London alongside other fashion futurists, well worth a visit.




Objects with a void

20th September 2010

With lots of exhibitions popping up for design week it is going to be hard to cover it all, but this looks worth a visit.

Titled 'Objects with a void' it showcases the work of 6 designers who have examined new ways of recognising the role of voids in objects.

Working across a series of disciplines designers such as Studyoportable and Paul Elliman have explored materiality, graphics, form and of course voids.

The show runs from 18 - 26 September 2010 (11:00 - 18:00)
2nd floor, 3 Yeoman’s Row
London SW3 2AL



Home sweet home

20th September 2010

I love how Mary Katrantzou has played with her trompe l'oeil prints this season really demonstrating her skill taking it into real three dimensions this season through her styling and forms.

I particularly love the lampshade skirts and dresses and those where fringing blends seamlessly from real to printed.

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