KLC Design School | Graduation 2015

KLC school of Design student graduation;  for 2015 Heal’s sponsored and presented the Heal’s Award for Bespoke Design. For one of the KLC Diploma students at the Graduation ceremony.

The judging had occurred the week before with a university-jugging panel, and representatives from the Heal’s product and trade teams (Laura Hart, Madeleine Rasmussen and Kirsty Whyte), joined to see the graduate exhibition.

Chairs set up before graduates and guests arrived.

Chairs set up before graduates and guests arrived.

It was very exciting as no one knew who has won until the award was announced by Kirsty (Product and Design Manager) in the ceremony.

The Winning Students work was Philippe Bougué.

The design journals and completed project work of this student, evidence the amount of thought and care that is invested in their designs.  The sketches, drawings and visuals demonstrate the thorough way their creative design ideas are expanded, refined and resolved and the high standard of detailing achieved.

Madeleine Rasmussen, Laura Hart  Philippe Bougué and Kirsty Whyte enjoying a celebratory glass of bubbles by Philippes work

Madeleine Rasmussen, Laura Hart  Philippe Bougué and Kirsty Whyte enjoying a celebratory glass of bubbles by Philippes work

As you can see from the photos of his exhibition space; very well considered and stood out as going the extra mile.

Attached are a few pages from Philippes final portfolio.

For information on the other award winners please follow this link.

For more information about the graduates of 2015 follow this link.

There is also a short video about this years awards to come soon.

New Designers | 2015 | Designer of the Year Award

New designers; the annual platform from design graduates from all over the UK from a huge spectrum of courses. 2015 was the 30th anniversary of the exhibition. With a long list of successful alumni.  

Split over 2 weeks: Part 1 (Textiles & Fashion, Costume Design, Jewellery & Precious Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass, Contemporary Design Crafts) and Part 2 (Furniture, Product & Industrial Design, Spatial Design, Graphic Design, illustration, Animation, Motion & Digital Arts) and One year On. 

For week one I was kindly invited to be part of the panel by Isobel Dennis (director of Upper street events & New Designers) to judge the coveted BDC New Designer of the Year award...I couldn't believe it had been 12 years since I was a fresh faced graduate manning my stand optimistically talking to every passer-by with fingers crossed for my "big break". 

Thankfully I wasn’t alone in the task; the other panel members were:

Laurie Robertson Director of Anorak .

Marlene McKibbin director of Marlene McKibbin Jewellery

Carolina Calzada-Oliveira; MD and Publisher for Global Colour Research & Mix Magazine.

Kathryn Hobbs Head of product at Oliver Bonas. 

Grant Gibson Editor at Crafts Magazine

I hadn't met any of the judging panel before (quite unusual for the small creative world) but was a lovely, diverse, knowledgable group; that I truly intend to keep in touch with in the future.

Arriving at 8:45 to a breakfast and large tea; I was prepped and ready for the day. Little did I know how exhausting a difficult coming to the final decision would be. Especially as it was one of the hottest days of the year and we were in a large greenhouse! (It was originally the Royal Agricultural hall from 1862).

After introductions we addressed the task in hand; how to pick one winner and one runner up out of thousands of graduates; that we all agree on!

To guide us we had a Judging Criteria:

PASSION

This person’s work should reflect their personal values and incorporate this into the thought processes of how their work might develop from here.  They should be able to demonstrate their passion for what they do and have an understanding of its potential future and commercial viability.

INNOVATIVE

Through a blend of personality, talent and drive, innovation should sit at the very core of this individual.  They will display a proactive way of looking at things in fresh and original ways. 

QUALITY

This individual’s work should demonstrate quality of making, drawing, composition and presentation.  Clarity in their thought processes demonstrating cohesion within their collection ensuring a common thread, style or story.

INSPIRING & ENJOYABLE

The candidate to have an open, ‘can do’ attitude towards their work and achievement.  Be able to bounce back when obstacles or disappointments face them enabling them and their work to thrive.

With the judging criteria in mind and only a limited time, we split up and covered the vast space of graduate stands.

Spotting work that caught our eye, chatting to the graduates about their work and process behind it and picking up postcards making sure to note that stand; as my brain quickly started to get overloaded with all these creative delights.

Highlights from my allotted areas were:

Emily Baddeley

Emily Baddeley

Abigail Britton

Abigail Britton

Mohammad Mujahid

Mohammad Mujahid

Hannah Townsend

Hannah Townsend

Marian Ripoll Vaquer

Marian Ripoll Vaquer

Eva Radulova

Eva Radulova

Lynn Tunney

Lynn Tunney

Shannon Bartlett-Smith

Shannon Bartlett-Smith

Kate Timson

Kate Timson

Chenchen He

Chenchen He

Aelita Pliushyte

Aelita Pliushyte

Sarah Tran

Sarah Tran

Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly

Then the first round of discussion and coffees began; poring through the mountain of postcards; collating the shortlist.

After another round we had the final 6;

Marcia La Madrid - Textiles

• Hannah Rafaat - Textiles

• Olivia Qi - Textiles & knitwear

Natalia Lees - Knitwear

 Amy Stringer - Jewellery

Megan Falconer - Silversmith

En Massé we surrounded each shortlisted designer to find out the process behind the design and have an insight of the person and their future ambitions. It was so interesting to hear more about their work.

Hannah Rafaat

Hannah Rafaat

Olivia Qi

Olivia Qi

I loved Olivias colour books, she was so methodical and had a great eye for tone and hue.

I loved Olivias colour books, she was so methodical and had a great eye for tone and hue.

One of Amy's pieces beautifully modelled by fellow judge Marlene

One of Amy's pieces beautifully modelled by fellow judge Marlene

Then back to the final coffee! 

By 4 pm we had actually come to a decision, with a few passionate pleas, but no arguments! 

We even had a lovely surprise gift of some special edition Absolute vodka and a sketch book; both of which will come in very handy with the creative process!

At 6 we joined the other guests in the executive centre to enjoy the extremely tastes Absolute Vodka cocktail reception!!

The buzz and excitement from the graduates and their special guests was palpable; I was excited for them and to hear their cheers of glee as their names were called out.

The award was presented by Director General of the CBI, John Cridland CBE. A Big congratulations to all.

The runner up was Natalie Lees from Ulster university. 

‘The judges commended Natalie for her restrained but brave use of colour. Her pieces are sophisticated, mature, elegantly constructed and resolved.’

The Winner of the BDC Designer of the Year 2015 was Olivia Qi.

‘The judges admired her innovative use of material, tenacity, depth of research and subtle use of colour. She has massive potential.'

Award Prize:

Winner Receives

£1,500 cash prize sponsored by the Business Design Centre.

£1,000 worth of legal advice & services from specialist intellectual property lawyers, Briffa, including a year's free membership to their DesignProtect insurance service.

£2,030 worth of invaluable accounting and taxation advice from Creative industry accountancy experts; Rhodes & Rhodes.

Dedicated ½ day focus with creative sector PR consultancy Four Colman Getty, worth £500.

I even popped back at the weekend; just to make sure I hadn't missed anything! Visiting One Year on and even making a purchase on Jake McCombes stand! 

Milan Furniture Fair | April 2015 | Trends

Across the Salone 2015 from the main fair to the design districts, there was a hive of activity. With a feeling of optimism quirk and colour. I've taken over 600 photos so there was certainty plenty to catch my eye.

As well as key materials like Marble, that isn't going anywhere, other emerging materials are becoming more prevalent. A cross upholstery, velvet and show wood frames. Contrasting material finishes with chrome and metallics but also dead Matt finishes. Composite and upcycled materials, used in chairs and tables. And plenty of colourful stained timber.

The next decade revival is the 80's, with Memphis patterns and block graphic shapes.

Rho Fiera Show highlights so far hearing the TOG designers speak about launching their new items. Ercol's new Flow chair designed by Tomoko Azumi had some beautiful details. Designers to watch for the future in the Satellite Andreas Bergsaker and his dictate lights. Hanna Kaaina Heikkliä and her miniature glass trees.  

Further afield and into the city I was served in the Lee Broom department store; a great space with plenty of new products. 

Composite and upcycled materials: The Alifi chair by Jasper Morrison for Emeco - made from 100% industrial waste. 

Composite and upcycled materials: The Alifi chair by Jasper Morrison for Emeco - made from 100% industrial waste. 

Stained timber, in bright colours with the grain showing through beautifully demonstrated by "Out of Space" in the Salone Satellite. 

Stained timber, in bright colours with the grain showing through beautifully demonstrated by "Out of Space" in the Salone Satellite. 

Pink and red, this trend was beginning to emerge at Maison et Objet; with classically non-complimentary colours being paired together. Using tonally within the same colour pallet. 

Pink and red, this trend was beginning to emerge at Maison et Objet; with classically non-complimentary colours being paired together. Using tonally within the same colour pallet. 

The theme for 2012-2014 was Ombre, this is now moving on to graduated colour and multitonal colour. a more pixilated approach to a gradient of colour. 

The theme for 2012-2014 was Ombre, this is now moving on to graduated colour and multitonal colour. a more pixilated approach to a gradient of colour. 

Gone are the days of high gloss, not a dead matt finish almost chalky surface is emerging. From biscuit fired ceramics to injection moulded chairs by Kartell. Above; powder coated shelves by Alex Ortega Design Studio and ceiling lights by Andreas Bergsaker.

Gone are the days of high gloss, not a dead matt finish almost chalky surface is emerging. From biscuit fired ceramics to injection moulded chairs by Kartell. Above; powder coated shelves by Alex Ortega Design Studio and ceiling lights by Andreas Bergsaker.

Back to the 50's when everything was Sputnik inspired, now the Moon and cosmos seem to be a source of inspiration once again. " My Moon, My table" by Diesel. Full Moon light by EY Products and top left "Inverted Space Table" by BCXSY x Calico Wallpaper, which was a captivating surface finish. 

Back to the 50's when everything was Sputnik inspired, now the Moon and cosmos seem to be a source of inspiration once again. " My Moon, My table" by Diesel. Full Moon light by EY Products and top left "Inverted Space Table" by BCXSY x Calico Wallpaper, which was a captivating surface finish. 

Soon we'll all have shoulder pads too - with the 80's and memphis patterns making a strong resurgence. Vases from spazio Rossana Orlandi, The Drunk table and Light by Lee Broom and Kartell items and display by Ettore Sottass, one of the original designers from the Memphis movement. 

Soon we'll all have shoulder pads too - with the 80's and memphis patterns making a strong resurgence. Vases from spazio Rossana Orlandi, The Drunk table and Light by Lee Broom and Kartell items and display by Ettore Sottass, one of the original designers from the Memphis movement. 

Velvet - used in subtle tones to emphasise the curve and surface of an upholstered piece. I totally love the jewellery-like quality of the "Stay Dinging Chair' by Se. 

Velvet - used in subtle tones to emphasise the curve and surface of an upholstered piece. I totally love the jewellery-like quality of the "Stay Dinging Chair' by Se. 

Milan this year was all about amazing spaces.

There have been some really grand settings, with the juxtaposition of modern design and historical buildings from the Louis Vuitton objets Nomades to the Caesarstone swing installation. Nendo had been extremely prolific this year with the Museo Della Permanente full of 1 years work; the display was executed using his elegant attention to detail.

Max Lamb exhibited 42 of his seat designs at Via Zecca Vecchio 3. With his designs doing the talking in the pared down space. 

Max Lamb exhibited 42 of his seat designs at Via Zecca Vecchio 3. With his designs doing the talking in the pared down space. 

20 large vases by Philipe Malouin for Caesarstone.

20 large vases by Philipe Malouin for Caesarstone.

Caesarstone swing installation

Caesarstone swing installation

For most grown ups without young children, it had been a while since we had so much fun..you can see the blurred smiling face of David Irwin.

For most grown ups without young children, it had been a while since we had so much fun..you can see the blurred smiling face of David Irwin.

Nendo - Museo Della Permanente. 

Nendo - Museo Della Permanente. 

Louis Vuitton objets Nomades

Louis Vuitton objets Nomades



Press | High Street Heroes Feature | Ideal Home Magazine | March 2015

During London Design Festival 2014 at the annual Heal's Designers dinner, I was lucky enough to be put in touch with Ginevra Benedetti, who is a interiors and home journalist. From that conversation I was subsequently featured as an Ideal Home Magazine "High Street Hero' - very exciting indeed. Especially as they have previously featured such esteemed designers as Theo Williams, Bold & Noble (I own a few of their prints), Mini Moderns and Orla Kiely!

Big thank you to Beth Davis, who quickly took some flattering shots early one morning in the office. 

March issue 2015 - Front Cover

March issue 2015 - Front Cover

The Abacus Low bed for Heal's | The Novak Tallboy for Heal's | Lucinda Armchair in Herbarium fabric for Heal's | Mini studio team discussion 

The Abacus Low bed for Heal's | The Novak Tallboy for Heal's | Lucinda Armchair in Herbarium fabric for Heal's | Mini studio team discussion 

Maison et Objet | Cologne | January 2015 | Trends

With the Cologne Fair and Maison et Objet right at the beginning of the year, this was a perfect opportunity to walk off the added wait of Christmas! With many design halls to cover and trends to scout out.

Below are the key trends I spotted across colour and materials; still with an Autumn Winter vibe, but sprouts of spring colour coming through. 

Dirty pastels and complimentary shades of peach and turquoise are still very prevalent. Slightly bolder hues now being used as accent colours.

Dirty pastels and complimentary shades of peach and turquoise are still very prevalent. Slightly bolder hues now being used as accent colours.

Where midnight blue and oxblood have previously been segregated to christmas; they now seem to be here for the full season! With contrasting neighbours of PINK/RED and NAVY/MUSTARD.

Where midnight blue and oxblood have previously been segregated to christmas; they now seem to be here for the full season! With contrasting neighbours of PINK/RED and NAVY/MUSTARD.

Petrol and peacock blue will stay right until AW15 and beyond, especially in velvets and metabolised finishes. The colour has been given texture and depth and can be easily refreshed for SS16.

Petrol and peacock blue will stay right until AW15 and beyond, especially in velvets and metabolised finishes. The colour has been given texture and depth and can be easily refreshed for SS16.

Lots of contrasting tactile textures displayed next to each other. Cold concrete with warm walnut. Luxurious bright velvet with soft matt mid tone leather. Shine powder coated metal rod and natural tan leather.

Lots of contrasting tactile textures displayed next to each other. Cold concrete with warm walnut. Luxurious bright velvet with soft matt mid tone leather. Shine powder coated metal rod and natural tan leather.

Marble is not going anywhere! Still plenty of tabletops and accessories. But no longer just black and white, deep greens are making their way though. Also marble effect, from marbled paper to digitally printed marble patterns, used on tabletops and walls.

Marble is not going anywhere! Still plenty of tabletops and accessories. But no longer just black and white, deep greens are making their way though. Also marble effect, from marbled paper to digitally printed marble patterns, used on tabletops and walls.

Lots of brass and copper, used in conjunction with ceramics, leather, cork and timber. More zinc passivated sheet and hot dipped galvanised finishes.

Lots of brass and copper, used in conjunction with ceramics, leather, cork and timber. More zinc passivated sheet and hot dipped galvanised finishes.

The hand crafted and 'perfect inperfections' still a main draw to visitors; some elements could be used commercially. Architectural inspired ceramics & strangely I noticed allot of infinity mirrors. 

The hand crafted and 'perfect inperfections' still a main draw to visitors; some elements could be used commercially.

Architectural inspired ceramics & strangely I noticed allot of infinity mirrors. 

It was interesting to see the core colours remaining, but some evolution to application and execution. Plenty of elements to take on to SS16/AW16.

LDF 2014 | East | Blog 3 of 3

The Final leg of the LDF 14 marathon was East, with such a huge amount of independent exhibitions I had to be ruthless with my time and shoe leather.  Below are my top 20 picks from Eastside.  

Tent & Super Brands

Located at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick lane, this rabbit warren of a venue provides space for independent smaller companies to exhibit under the same roof at ‘Superbrands’ like Ligne Roset, Ginger & Jagger and Munna.

The exhibitors managed to remain smiling enduring sauna-like temperatures, thankfully there was a handy bar inside too!

1 – Kitty McCall – I was immediately drawn to Kittys stand and cushions, before realising I had already purchased two of her limited edition prints at ‘Pick Me up’ earlier this year.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (2)

2 – Daniel Heath Studio, designs and makes Wallpaper, Textile and Surface Design. His most recent pieces have taken a more architectural and art deco style; influence by buildings he cycled by in London.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (1)

3 – Nest Design – Siren chair. at first glance it looks like a plastic chair, but is actually  solid timber reinforced with metal, covered high gloss  lacquer in a swirled pattern.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (3)

4 – Marius Myking .

The 100% Norway section of Tent always has some gems, with refined designs and considered use of materials.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (4)

5 – Hanna Kruse . These Soe limited editions vessels, are almost jewellry for the home, hand made in Germany. Each metal top in gold, silver and copper are hand polished.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (5)

6 – Hannes Lundin - Lith Lith Lundin  - as well as innovative design, the studio is strict about where its materials are sourced and produced from, going no further an 50 KM. all materials used are 100 per cent renewable, biodegradable and free of chemicals. Below you can see the Glimm Stool . Which is a modern take on a traditional hunting stool, so it can be easily folded away- and is very comfortable with its leather sling seat.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (29)

7 – Aorta  - The Heart of Art.

All of Aortas designs are not what they first appear to be, foam veneer, cork cushions, wooden plasters and mirrored paper. Each design can be hand crafted to bespoke specifications.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (30)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (31)

8 – Sebastian Cox Furniture

Just a little tasty detail here of his new Mop stick shelving, using timber coppiced from his very own managed woodland. I love the tactile quality of the wood and expertly finished joints.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (32)

9 – Pernille Sofie Karlsen

Pernille Twist table design uses the properties of the materials, here exploiting the flex and stretch of the timber. I particularly like the simple brass fittings.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (28)

10 - SCP

Despite the torrential rain outside the store and unfortunate power cut; there was still plenty to see inside SCP; be it a little more dimly lit then usual!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (14)

Standing bowl by Fort Standard. There are so many brilliant products within the USA based Fort Standards collection – one stand out piece is the Aluminium cast Standing Bowls; a little bit of architecture for your table top.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (15)

Quilts by Donna Wilson – inspired by traditional Indian quilts made from scraps of fabric. Printed and quilted to give a similar effect.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (16)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (27)

Ishinomaki Laboratory a community based studio pushing the concept of DIY. Above is the AA High stool, that can be used a s trestles – its also really pleasing how they sit together.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (17)

Ceramic pestle & Mortar by Mashiko. Honest materials with a simple execution, the grooves on the inside of the bow, have a functional and decorative purpose.

11 – Minimalux.

The Minimalux house, was an amazing hidden away retreat with in bustling Shoreditch. Formerly the home of founder Mark Holmes. Over 4 floors the Minimalux collections new and old were displayed in an uncomplicated pared down manor.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (6)

Their simple but eye-catching Neon lights, in 5 colours were the highlight. Using powder coated sheet metal and LED lighting, the illusion of neon strips of light were created. One of those design when you think ‘why didn’t I think of that?’.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (7)

Dish 60 – with its highly polished scooped inside draws you in.

12 - Established & Sons

10 years of Established and sons was celebrated with exhibition; Formafantasma: From then on. Which had a series of instillations in their East London office, which considers the passing of time.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (11)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (10)

Above the brush pendulum slowly polishes the strip of brass, showing time passing in seconds.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (8)

above the sail dial opens and closes, showing time passing in minutes.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (9)

above the marble disc slowly rotate – very atmospheric.

Designersblock

For their 17th Edition Designers block found yet another amazing venue to set up shop – The Old Session House in Clerkenwell Green.  with over 100 multidisciplinary designers inside, there was no time to spare.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (26)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (18)
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13 -  Tomomi Koseki – I had to make sure there were people in this shot to give an idea of scale. her most recent work is about the ‘Journey of the body’. showing how the scale of clothes change as you grow from a child to an adult. The pieces on the right hand wall are part of ‘your time machine’ working with different peoples family photos from when they were children.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (19)

14 – Camilla Barnard – room filled with Camilla’s delightful hand sculpted day to day items. Giving a magical lease of life, with a disregard for straight lines, and fun with scale, each piece is still immediately recognisable. I loved the miniature walkers crisps and then around the corner the enormous working type righter – brilliant!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (21)

15 - Beth Lewis-Williams. Her miniature globe landscapes are fascinating, you can spend forever staring into their 3d vistas. created using both 3D printing and hand carving, their delicacy has to be seen to be believed.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (23)

16 – Giopato&Coombes Editions – Bolle Lamp – the bulbble lights were inspired from precisely that; the lightness of soap bubbles.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (24)

17 – Jake McCombe

I absolutely adored the beautifully crafted bangles and necklaces by Jake McCombe, working from his Brighton based workshop he makes each piece from metal bar. The best thing of all is that he can also make the bracelets to size – perfect for the skinny wristed amongst us!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (25)

18 – Plumen. The star of the show was at the very top of the building – a full size tree in magnificent surrounding; I wish it could stay there forever. A dead and dried tree had been painstakingly taken apart and rebuilt in its historical home, with the Plumen 002 blub interwoven within its branches. The glow refected from the brass chandeliers and bare plaster walls really charming.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (20)

Other pices spotted along the way:

19 – Anu Samaruutel exhibiting in the Shoreditch Design Triangle on Kingsland Road. Her hand painted, collage fashion illustration was beautifully stylised and unique. I’ve also got my eye on her Cubist Jewellry collection.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (12)

20 – Lee Broom.

Nouveau Rebel, exhibited in his flagship store Electra house; from accessories and lighting made from Marble. The Tube lighting, seen below single piece of Carrara marble, with brushed marble ends; luxury incarnate!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_East (13)

Of course there were so many more amazing things seen during LDF14, but hopefully this was enough of a taster for those not lucky enough to make it around this year – an exhausting week, but I cannot wait until next year already!

LDF 2014 | Central | Blog 2 of 3

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Moving across the city centre now (which some might still call west), where there were some of the main LDF14 events alongside little pop-ups. Here is my top 20. Every year there design festival Landmark projects; I’m sure most people will remember the Tom Dixon EPS chair giveaway in 2006. This year Airbnb had set up residence along with the help from 4 design collaborations: Patternity, Jasper Morrison and StudioLSE.

1 -Trafalgar squareA place called home

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (19)
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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (8)

Above is Raw-Edges home, as you can see by the image the walls slide, so you can shrink and expand the spaces. Playful and ingenious…my flat could do with these!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central copy

Next was the geometric and kaleidoscopic Patternity home. I loved the interactive element, so the visitor can actually create new patterns. As you can see I was also chuffed to have inadvertantly coordinated with this instillation!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (20)

The Pigeon fanciers home by Jasper Morrison was pared down, with a witty nod to its location; being surrounded by plenty of pigeons!

2 - Dinner with the designers

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (1)

One of my highlights was the Heal'sDinner with the Designers. For the second year running Heal's invited its nearest and dearest from the design community from designers they work with to journalists and influencers in the design industry, with special guests Philippe and Jasmine Starck. I'm privileged to be part of the Heal's team and loved talking to guest about the new Collections that have been recently launched for AW14 and also the new brand TOG which had its exclusive UK debut on the same day.

The dinner was lovely too!

3 – Aram Gallery

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (23)

Zeev Aram's opinion behind his stores is that any space can be dedicated to an established designer product along side a pieces from a college graduate. The Aram Gallery space was occupied by their Future Stars? exhibit. Many of the pieces had a geometric theme; Kim Thome's Light Array uses flour cent tubes in the already existing space. 

In the above screen Kim uses diffusion lighting gels - usually used for stage lighting.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (27)

Maria Jeglinska's Drawn objects; Her patterns and motifs are hand painted and scale gives them an almost tribal feel.

4 – 19 Greek Street

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (26)

19 Greek Streets key ethos is Design, artistry and sustainability, which creates a fascinating curated space. The work inside the 3 floor converted building freely crosses over from, product, craft to art.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (13)

Above is Vino mirror by Ilna Vuorivirta; where the two mirrors are slightly angled so the person looking in the mirror can see them selves but also the environment their occupying.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (15)

I love the painterly effect  of the above Meltin Pot Table by Dirk Van Der Koij. Which is actually made from all the castoffs and left overs of thermoplastic from his other products.

5 – Wiki House 

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (28)

Wiki house is an open sourced non profit organisation  -   so you can actually download, amends, print/cut and build with no construction skills! They did exactly this for LDF just by Tottenham Court Road and was totally complete in 9 days.

6 – Hay pop up

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The Danish Brand HAY , had the ultimate 'pop-up' space for LDF, prime trading location on the home floor of Selfridges. Setting up they Mini Market populated with Hay and Wrong for Hay products.

Designjunction

Designjunction has now firmly established itself as an essential stop (for several hours) during the London Design Festival, appearing to get bigger every year with an increasing amount of established and up and coming brand clambering for space.

7 – Dezeen and Mini Frontiers. 6 cutting edge designers were tasked with presenting their visions for the future of mobility.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (16)

The Little jelly like cars are Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg creation of a vehicle ecosystem.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (3)

Lucy McRae, created an amazing instillation which included dance, gymnastics, audience participation and allot of silver foil! The silver materials is actually what they use for emergency blankets, the work is based on research by NASA using pressured space suits. Not highly flattering, but surprisingly relaxing if you were lucky enough to have a go.

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Dominic Wilcox created an entire driverless sleeper, stained glass car. I think this is the only way you can look up at the stars and they appear more beautiful.

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8 – Flash Factories - Live workshops - were visitors can see industrial and hand made production of items from upholstery, to tiles to cut crystal, which are processes usually behind closed factory doors. Above are concrete geometric tiles being hand made by Bert & May and also upholstery by the Norfolk based Coakley and Cox...here there just finishing off one of my designs; the Cocoon Chair for Heal's.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (4)

9 – Dead GoodI spotted their Naked Chair by Gala Wright and Magnus Long, simple contours and very comfortable.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (6)

10 – Bethan Gray for Workhouse.Workhouses aesthetic is British style and here with their new Ella Sofa Collection; part of  a modern take on the traditional chesterfield.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (10)

11 – Ajoto. One for the Christmas list.Made from one pieces of metal rod (from aluminium to brass) the simple design still feels like luxury, especially the brass versions as they're so weighty - lovely!

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12 - Vitamin. Vitamin had been very busy this year, with several nee items launched at Designjunction. My favourite items were the turned wooden pots with smart shaped lids.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (12)

13 – AMMA Studio. Is a collaboration between interior designer Samuel Amoia and artist Fernando Mastrangelo. There have created these amazing Drum stools, in some beautiful colour combinations. Their organic shapes and textures almost are reminiscent of Nastional Geographic aerial shots of the earth.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (14)

14 –Umut Yamac.Above his Perch light. Made from folded paper and brass; the pivoting brass claws complete the circuit and the light illuminates. This pivot pint also means the light can delicately sway or perch.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (17)

15 – One We made Earlier. Within the shop section of Designjunction were these great chunky necklaces...but which one to buy?!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (18)

16 – Daniel and Emma. I spotted this Auzzie pairs work back in 2010 at 100% Design with their stationary collection. They've now increased there collection in volume and scale; introducing they Mish Mash chairs hand made in Adelaide.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (21)

17 - A Childs Dreaminstillation and charity auction. 19 designers have personalised iconic design pieces from the Ercol stacking chair to Anglepoise lights. At the end of Designjucntion the items were all being auctioned off with proceeds going to aid further research into SIDS, Stillborn and Neonatal Death Syndrome and support grieving families.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (29)

18 – Rhian Malin Ceramics. Apologies for the blurry image - above are the Hand Held Vessels range, thrown porcelain which has then been gently manipulated into shape, to fit the users hand; making each one unique.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (30)

19 – Kaymet. I have been a fan of Kaymets trays and trolleys for quite some time; even being able to vitas their humble factory in East London (blog to come). They have been and making anodised aluminium ware in London since 1947, and even though the designs haven't changed hugely, they would still fit nicely in any home; which a huge range of colours and finishes.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_Central (31)

20 - General Cafe Stop.2014 is the Year of the Bus,  funded by Modus, designed by Michael Sodeau. The benches upholstered in a TFL fabric by Kirkby Design were a welcome opportunity to rest my already aching feet!

With time running out the next phase of my LDF adventure was East.

LDF 2014 | West | Blog 1 of 3

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9 days over 300 events across the city, it was time to set my out of office, charge my camera and put my walking shoes on!The London Design Festival is one of the key events in design calendar and this year firmly established the capital as the premier destination to its international visitors. Time and geography got the better of me over LDF so I only managed to see a fraction of the amazing events, instillations and product launches. Across the next 3 blogs I’ve included my 20 highlights ; which was no mean feet to narrow down!

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V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum is always a key destination during LDF and this year was no exception, with many temporary exhibits creating a truly sensory experience and inspiring environments. After a pot of tea and large scone I was ready to explore.

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1 - Double Space, for BMW. I have never experienced and instillation on this scale before. There are two huge wing-like structures suspended from above; with a highly polished surface, reflecting and distorting the amazing architecture and Raphael cartoons. The forms then gracefully independently move; revolving; constantly changing the space. This mammoth project is residing in the Raphael Gallery until the end of October and definitely worth a look.

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2 – Candella. As you step into the Tapestries room, your eye slowly adjust to the muted lighting and you discover a futuristic green disc seemingly floating in the entre of the room.  Totally hypnotic and immersive in this atmospheric space. The Candela (named after the standard unit of luminous intensity) is the brainchild of a multi-disciplinary team, Felix de Pass, Michael Montgomery and Ian McIntyre. Using the same technology as the glow in the dark parts on the arms of a watch; the disc rotates while a hidden strip of light ‘charges’ the surface, creating and endless flow of patterns that slowly fades.

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3 – Wish List. Walking through from the Architecture rooms of the V&A you are greeted by the beautifully crafted pieces of the Wish List. As collaboration instigated by Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark Furniture and American Hardwood Council.  10 highly esteemed and established creatives/designers were teamed up with up and coming designers/makers to create what they’ve always desired.

Above is the beautifully crafted Cocoon desk for Terence Conran made by Sebastian Cox. This is exactly what I need; a place to escape while designing with no distractions! also you can see a huge turned table by Barnaby and Day for Alex de Rijke; the video is truly worth a watch.

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Ves-el; commissioned by Zaha Hadid, designed with Gareth Neal. One of the hardest briefs of all”…Wooden tableware, but not as you know it”.  The signature flowing lines of Hadid’s work has been captured in these vessels; designed using advanced 3D modeling software and  manufactured using 5 axis CNC machine. I like the contrast of the modern with the timeless material and visible grains.

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4 - Human Nature. Created by Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert. Reminiscent of large glass cannelloni, these huge tubes have been created using the same process which was traditionally used for making flat sheet of window glass. The composition of piles and lines of glass become almost architectural or sculptural, making a fragile material appear strong.

100% Design

Celebrating its 20th year 100% Design resided for its last time in Earls Court. Attracting over 30,000 visitors across trade, press and the public, it was a must on the to do list. Not only for the design stands but also for the talks and guest speakers frequenting the Auditorium.

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5 – Talks. I wish I had time to catch more but I managed to attend the pecha kucha; Speakers included Jaime Anley, Tomoka Azumi, Nick Crosbie, Ella Doran, Luke Pearson, Russell Pinch, Dick Powell, Nina Tolstrup and Gareth Williams.

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One of my highlights was DM25 - What Next for Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, hosted by Design museum Director Deyan Sudjic. It was fascinating to hear first hand about their recent Design Museum exhibition “in the Making” and also have a brief incite into the challenges on their largest project yet; the trains for Cross Rail. Their enthusiasm is unbounded, and makes me want to set up a design studio now!

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6 – Naomi Paul – Constructed textile design, crossing over into home lighting. Originally with a background in couture fashion, each light is hand crocheted, and the large loops allow light to emanate and diffuse though the cotton.

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7 - 20 20 VisionBarbara Chandler. Anyone in the design industry who has exhibited their work during LDF would have surely spotted the familiar form of Barbara Chandler with her SLR camera draped around her neck and poised for the next designer or product to capture. Here in her 20 20 exhibition 20 designers have been selected who have exhibited across the show’s history and photographed with their products or in their studio/workshop spaces. Inspiring to see so many establish names in the design community and truly shows what a platform 100% design can be. I was fortunate to be captured by Barbra in one of her Design Portraits while exhibiting at Maison et Object back in 2010.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (5)

8 - Silo Studio. known for their innovative use of material and process, their most recent project is Newtons Bucket. Where these beautiful bowls are created using centrifugal force.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (6)

9 - Sandro Lopez – Parallax table. The balletic base reminds me of a ray gliding underwater. Simple in its conception and beautifully executed. Design London also agreed, selecting it as one of their stand out items.

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10 - Mathias Hahn – Runcible. I’ve been a fan of Mathias’ work for quite some time; being drawn to it without even realising it is his; Runcible is no exception. Made from hard maple, these kitchen utensils, these simple forms have been created sop the user can potentially have several uses for each piece.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (20)

11- The Makings UK. is a not-for-profit initiative to connect makers with the design world around them. I spotted these beautifully crafted objects by Joseph Hartley; the sprung lid clip has a traditional feel with modern lines.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (21)

12 - Orolog by Jamie Hayon. Lots of square a watches popping up at the moment; being slightly watch obsessed, I’m always looking for something new.  The embossed quilted face, was interesting…overall to big for my little wrists though!

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (22)

13 - Faeridfaerid.com.  I really liked the aesthetic of these Berg nesting tables; it encapsulates to big trends at the moment; concrete and graphic geometric pattern.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (23)

14 – Get Clug. This is a clever tidy solution for the cycling addicted; with limited space. Get Clug is funded with kick starter; hopefully not long until mass production.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west

15 – Heal’s Discovers. Of course I had to include the Heal’s Discovers 2014 stand. At 100% the products were able to stand alone as their own collection; giving trade and press the opportunity to see the products first hand and actually speak to the designers face to face about their designs.

Habitat Design Reunion

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (9)

Habitat was celebrating 50 years, so 6 designers they have previously worked with were invited back to create something new, and exhibited at their Platform Gallery on Kings Road.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (10)

16 – In a dimly lit cluster of corridors I came across Aaron ProbynsSmithfield armchair, with a deep seat and soft blue leather it was hard to get up again from a day of walking!

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17 – Lighting – I know its slightly cheating having 2 lights, first is the Crystalline light by Claire Norcross, and the other is Tord Boontjes Bouquet in characteristic floral cutouts.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (13)

18 – Conran. My first spot in the window was the Neat dining chair by Magnus Long, made of stained oak and powder coated metal tube; a modern classic.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (25)

19 – SKandium. Studio Skandium was celebrating is 15th anniversary, and up and coming designer Daniel Schofield designed several new pieces; including the above sofa.

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Kirsty Whyte_LDF14_west (26)

20 – Mint. Last but not least; Mint shop. Which is an interiors and design store, that has an eclectic mix of international high end design that almost crosses over to art.

Next to venture into the city to see what LDF treats can be uncovered!

Heals Discovers: Sampling

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With the winning Heal’s Discovers designers announced, and their products selected, the Heal’s product team can crack on with process of developing and sampling.

Each of this year’s designs are created using a different manufacturing process, so it was essential for the Heal’s team to choose the right supplier for each product. It was important to us to source local suppliers where possible, those with the skills and attention to detail required to deliver the goods for our Heal’s Discovers designers......

Read the full post by clicking HERE.

 

Yoo Home launches at Harrods

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June 11th 2014 was the launch night for the new showroom of YOO Home at Harrods. The launch was after hours; so guests were directed up the floors to the exclusive space, which had more of party vibe,  with cocktails, DJ's and Glamourous guests. One of YOO Homes Design collaborators is Dare Studio who was kind enough to invite me along to rub shoulders with the design glitterati.

For more photos  visit the YOO Facebook page. Kirsty Whyte Yoo Design Harrods

Heals Discovers: CASS - London College of Furniture

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London College of Furniture - CAS - HEALS DISCOVERS Furniture that houses new technology, is designed to suit a particular manufacturer’s process or explores the notion of ‘Britishness’ – how would you approach these briefs from Heal’s? Students at The CASS London College of Furniture did just that, as part of the annual competition that we run in conjunction with the renowned London design school.

The undergrads on product design courses at The CASS, which counts designer William Warren amongst its tutors, were given a semester to work on one of three live briefs, each with a different focus: technology, materials and.....

Read the full post by clicking HERE.

 

Heal’s Discovers: The Finalists - TOM PARFITT

  Tom-ParfittOur last (but certainly not least) Heal’s Discovers 2014 finalist is Tom Parfitt. His future as a designer was clear from a young age – he’s come a long way from constructing toys from cardboard boxes…

After leaving school in 2005 Tom Parfitt started an apprenticeship in cabinet making at British furniture brand Benchmark, who manufacture the Heal’s Cranborne range. Having worked there for five years, surrounded by the work of prominent designers such as Russell Pinch, Tomoko Azumi and Steuart Padwick, he decided to formally study furniture design. During his degree in Furniture: Design & Make at Rycotewood in Oxford, which works in partnership with Bucks University as part of the National School of Furniture, Tom developed new design skills and explored methods of working.......

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Array Bowls - Back in Stock

I have a small batch of ARRAY BOWLS available to buy directly from kirstywhyte.com. These items were previously available via Paperchase when they were licensed by Arevalo, and I have a small number available to buy. Add a touch of color style to your home! Array is the fresh, iconic and stylish way of storing your five a day fruity treats. Each fruit bowl is made from one single piece of folded sheet steel. So there is very little waste from production. Made in England.

Once they're gone....theyre gone. Use the discount code ARRAYBOWLS20 to obtain a 20% discount.

Head to the shop HERE.

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Into the woods - Coppicing

On a bright but chilly Friday morning a group of welly clad Londoners consisting of UK journalists, bloggers and the Heal's furniture team gathered outside Heals HQ. Ready for a woodland adventure into the Kent Countryside. Kirsty Whyte_Blog_Coppicing_Seb Cox_Heals (2)

Reminiscent of a school trip we piled onboard a minibus; excited with the prospect of clean air and green fields. We were blessed with one of the first dry days of the year; the sun even poked out behind some clouds.

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The purpose of our little excision was to join Designer Seb Cox and representatives of Grown in Britain, to learn more about our neglected British woodlands and how they can be sustainably managed to save our native woodland animals alongside harvesting a useful and exportable commodity.

We learnt that Ash is the new oak in furniture production and ranges like the new Cranborne collection, manufactured by UK company Benchmark are just the beginning.

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One of Sebs beautifully crafted Suent Chairs were in pride of place near the hearth, this chair uses the same techniques as the Heal's Oak and Hazel Collection. 

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But we were just in the woods to learn there theories behind the husbandry of Woodland management we we're there to graft too. Part of Sebs long term commitment to this cause is buying and managing his own area of woodland by the ancient process of Coppicing. - which is cutting back the old growth to allow space for new straight rods to grow back. Clearing light to the woodland floor for the flowers as well as producing beautify straight pieces of timber that can be used from fences to furniture.

Wrapped up in multiple layers and fuelled on a big bowl of porridge we then we're put to task (after a short safety introduction about our tools for the day; a Bill Hook and Bow Saw).

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The blue sky and warming rays were very welcome.

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Smoke from our mountainous bonfire, created from the unusable treetops.

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Huge tree scared by lightening.

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Plenty of coat hooks for hanging those unwanted layers.

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After several hours chopping away and using muscles I forgot I had, we stopped for a well deserved lunch break. Lovingly prepared by Sebs Nanna (and amazing cook) soup, homemade Scotch eggs and sausage rolls. Suitably full and spoilt we cracked on with the last felled tree of the day.

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Curious of some other tools of the trade Seb had brought along we then had a spoon making demonstration; it looks much easier than it is in practice!

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Sitting back to admire our achievement for the day by the crackling bonfire; over a cool bottle of beer and celebrating we still all had 10 digits!

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Above; the fruits of our labour ready to be turned into furniture.

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The cleared area of woodland, after our team effort.

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As the sun began to disappear over the horizon we headed back to the minibus; a little more exhausted and muddier that us city dwellers are used to.

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Rather like toddlers after a busy day we then promptly fell asleep on the way home!

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A fantastic and educational day, big thankyou to everyone who made it possible.

For More information about Coppicing watch the video of Seb Cox below:

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