Design Milk, February 2014

I covered Stockholm Design Week for Design Milk in my role as Editor at Large. These are the posts I wrote.
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  • Twelve at the Stockholm Furniture Fair – click here to read the post
  • Woven Light: Swedish School of Textiles at Greenhouse – click here to read the post
  • Fornasetti at Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm Design Week – click here to read the post
  • Talk With Stockholm Furniture Fair Guests of Honour GamFratesi – click here to read the post
  • Favourites from Greenhouse at the Stockholm Furniture Fair – click here to read the post
  • Wood Tailoring at Stockholm Design Week – click here to read the post
  • Favourites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 – click here to read the post

Design Milk, October 2013

Another highlight of Dutch Design Week was the demonstration Floris Wubben gave me of how his Crown Vase is made. Here’s the post I wrote for Design Milk…
Floris Wubben

I went to Sectie-C to meet Floris Wubben where he had opened his studio up to the public alongside 79 other designers for Dutch Design Week. Floris very kindly gave me a demonstration of how his Crown Vase is made. Launched for Design Week, it’s so new that the first ones were still warm when he put them on the plinth!

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Design Milk, October 2013

This is a round-up post for Design Milk covering my favourite finds from Dutch Design Week 2013 in Eindhoven in my role as Editor at Large…
Dutch Design Week 2013

Eindhoven feels like a city of possibilities. It’s an industrial city, once populated by textile and cigar factories and latterly the Phillips empire—it’s now full of huge empty buildings. This could make it feel like its time has passed, but the creativity, optimism and confidence of this city makes it feel like it’s the brink of its big moment. Dutch Design Week offered incredible diversity – of disciplines, of new versus established designers and of applied versus conceptual work. These are just some of the things that caught my eye.

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Design Milk, October 2013

One of the absolute highlights of my trip to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week was seeing Piet Hein Eek’s space – this is my report for American design blog, Design Milk…

Piet Hein Eek

Visiting Piet Hein Eek’s space was one of the most inspiring parts of my trip to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week. In his final exam, Piet wrote: “If you want to function successfully and design beautiful objects, you need to make sure that your environment is a stimulating one and that you feel like a fish in water.” He said that creating this type of environment, your daily reality, is much more important than setting all kinds of goals for the future.

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Design Milk, October 2013

This is my report for Design Milk from textile manufacturer Vlisco’s HQ in Eindhoven as part of Dutch Design Week 2013…
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You might assume that Vlisco was a West African company selling to the Dutch, but in fact quite the opposite is true. Vlisco have been making traditional batik fabric in Holland since 1846, when Pieter Fentener van Vlissingen founded the company. Because genuine Indonesian batik was very labor-intensive and therefore expensive, he spotted an opportunity to automate the dyeing process to make the fabrics more affordable.

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Design Milk, October 2013 (video)

In October I went to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week and collaborated with Daniel Nelson to make a short film for Design Milk about the Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show. We got the film live while we were still in Eindhoven making it the first film coverage to come out of Dutch Design Week…
Design Academy Eindhoven

The Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show was definitely one of the highlights of Dutch Design Week. Every year the Keep An Eye Foundation awards four students a grant of €11,000 to continue the work they’ve started at the academy. I spoke to five of the finalists about their work.

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Design Milk, September 2013

An in-depth look at the making of Joanna Ham’s newest venture into the art world – a series of complex screen prints entitled Woman…
JOANNA HAM

Joanna Ham is a really exciting new artist who burst onto the scene with the launch of her Woman series at Craft Central’s Imprint during the London Design Festival. Based in London, she is better known as the creative force behind homewares brand HAM, through which she creates bold black on white prints depicting farmyard animals taking part in uniquely human activities. Whilst beautifully created and meticulously executed, they perhaps bely the talent of this young artist, who has a BA(Hons) from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. If that’s the case, her newest work, released under her maiden name Joanna Ham, is about to set the record straight.

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Design Milk, September 2013

Another post as part of my Design Milk London Design Festival coverage – this time about an installation in the Royal Festival Hall as part of designersblock…
Gerald Lazerides

Gerald is a paper dog who was created in 2008 as part of a rebranding exercise carried out by British design studio Lazerian. Since then, it seems Gerald’s taken on a life of his own. Lazerian founder Liam Hopkins collaborated with fellow 3D designer Richard Sweeney to bring Gerald to life. The original Gerald was made from a flat paper pattern, which was hand cut, folded, and glued.

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Design Milk, September 2013

Bjorn Andersson launched at Tent London during the 2013 London Design Festival – I interviewed him for American design blog, Design Milk…
Bjorn Andersson

Bjorn Andersson spent 10 years working as an architect on projects that took him all over the world from New York to Shanghai. He has recently relocated to Berlin to open his own studio and focus on industrial and lighting design. The launch of his first product range Cutting Corners at Tent London marks the official launch of Bjorn Andersson Studio. He has already been named “Newcomer product of the month” by German architecture and design site BauNetz and now it’s our turn to get to know him…

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Design Milk, September 2013 (video)

This is the second part of a film I worked with the 100% Design film crew to make for Design Milk, talking to up-and-coming designers about their inspirations and making processes…
100% Design film

This is Part 2 of the inspirations and making stories behind some of our favorite designs at 100% Design in which four more designers tell us about their work. It was fascinating to discover that Steuart Padwick’s Penguin Pick-Up Table was designed in just an hour in response to an immediate need.

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Design Milk, September 2013 (video)

I worked with 100% Design’s film crew to create two short films for Design Milk, interviewing a number of up-and-coming designers about their inspirations – here’s the first one…
Lorna Syson 100% Design

2013 was another great year for 100% Design with the Emerging Brands and International Pavilion areas being particularly strong. We asked our favorite designers to tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind, and the making of, their products. Here are the first four – look out for Part 2.

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Design Milk, September 2013

This is a Q&A with textiles designer Sian Elin that I wrote for Design Milk. Sian was exhibiting at Tent London as part of the London Design Festival 2013…
Sian Elin

I have loved Sian Elin’s work since she launched at Tent London last year, so it was great to see her back one year on still going strong – and even launching new products. I thought it was about time I found out a bit more about what makes her tick. We talked eastern inspirations, what defines good design, and favourite colours

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Design Milk, September 2013

This is a profile piece I wrote for American design blog, Design Milk, on one of the stars of 2013’s London Design Festival, Kangan Arora…
Kangan Arora

I met Kangan Arora when she was exhibiting with other Central Saint Martins graduates at Pulse last year, so it was great to see her with her own stand at designjunction. We talked inspirations, childhood dreams, 60s Bollywood music and masala chai… here is the designer describing her work in her own words:

My country inspires me endlessly. I like visuals more than words. My work is about colour, print and pattern… and a bit more colour for good measure.

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Design Milk, September 2013

This is a Q&A with design graduate Alex Mueller that I did for Design Milk as part of my LDF13 coverage – he’s definitely one to watch…
Alex Mueller

Every year at the London Design Festival there is one new designer who appears to be everywhere, one young person who bursts onto the scene with such gusto that they cannot be ignored – the ‘man of the match’ if you like. This year, that man was Alexander Mueller.

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Design Milk, September 2013

One of my favourite shows at 2013’s London Design Festival was Imprint, an exploration of the medium of print, at Craft Central. This is the post I wrote about it for American design blog, Design Milk…
Imprint Craft Central

Imprint at Craft Central was a celebration of print in all its forms. It showed that print can be more than just ink on paper – and it also showed that ink on paper can be pretty impressive in its own right. Even the poster (designed by Turnbull Grey) impressed with on-trend neon orange and grey and a gorgeous printerly quality.

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Design Milk, September 2013

This is a post on one of my favourite London Design Festival shows, 100% Norway, for American design blog, Design Milk…
100% Norway

It’s the 10th anniversary of 100% Norway and co-curators Henrietta Thompson and Benedicte Sunde have really pulled out all the stops to make this a stand-out show. In this short film, they talk about their curation of 10 established Norwegian designers alongside 10 rising stars.

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Design Milk, September 2013

Continuing in my coverage of the London Design Festival in my role as Editor at Large for Design Milk, this is a post on the new collaboration between Sebastian Wrong and Hay…
Wrong for Hay

On a cold, rainy day in London, I turned a corner into what Dan Cruickshank described as “one of the most evocative and most famous of London’s 18th century streets.” I found my way to number 16 and was ushered inside to another world.

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Design Milk, September 2013

Continuing my coverage of the London Design Festival for Design Milk, this is a post about the launch of the Mini Moderns Remix project at the East London Design Show…
Mini Moderns Remix

I’ve been a fan of Mini Moderns for as long as I’ve been going to the London Design Festival—I think the secret to their success is that they are constantly upping their game; constantly pushing themselves. Remix is the best example of this yet and a really exciting project.

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Design Milk, September 2013

Part of my role as Editor at Large for American design blog Design Milk is to cover European trade shows, which of course includes the London Design Festival. This is a post covering the best of the V&A…
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The theme of the 11th London Design Festival is “Design is here, there and everywhere” – an attempt to remind us that all things man-made have been designed. The V&A is the LDF hub again this year, and the installations both stand alone and draw attention to the incredible design already within the V&A.

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