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 

London Design Festival 2013 - 2/4

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Two days in to LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL (LDF) 2013 and this year I wasn't exhibiting anything personally at 100% Design; but that didn't mean I escaped the stress setting up a display and covering myself in paint!

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Made.com was representing at 100% Design; with a small selection of products from Simon Denzel's Lichen shelves to Steuart Padwicks Fonteyn Dresser.

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A dab hand at designing the stand and painting it..not bad for a 7 day turnaround from being offered the space to set up!

100% Design 13–Setting up

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LDF was firmly underway and so we're the evening events. Celebrating the newly refurbished Heals flagship store was event 1; and what a transformation. With a new layout and high end feel; it's lighter brighter and encourages you to discover all the floors.

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All the items from the acclaimed Heals Discovers 2013 were on display. As well as Sebastian Cox, Matthew Elton and Ian Archer, Heals have collaborated with CASS and their third year graduates selecting their top three for customers to vote for.

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There were also showcases in the window for their existing designers; its great to see Heals optimizing on their current design talent, they certainly know how to treat them as their Designer Dinner shows!

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Plenty of Prosecco and designers to rub shoulders with; also some unusual musical drama from Silent Opera, David Irwin, certainly seems moved!

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Tuesday was already here; next job taking French and Italian journalists around LDF pointing out trends, products and designers to promote the Brits abroad. First stop the Design Museums "The Future is Here" exhibition. Where the crowd sourced Love bird sofa for Made.com was featured alongside, 3D printers, modular housing and personalised lemon squeezers.

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Up on the 3rd floor was a display from the Designers in Residence,below Objects – Identity parade.

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Then onto the ever expanding DesignJunction at the old sorting office on New Oxford street; with a huge queue for entry despite the poring rain I knew it would be good!

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Designjuntion was the most superior show of all LDF for me; especially at its size (competing with 100%, Tent and Decorex). With just a good mixture of established brand, small independents and new creative talent.

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Farrow and Ball had a little instillation of their new 2014 colours, there was also a talk on Pattern & Colour in the Home; very informative, although my skirting board now needs painting!

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Lighting |

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Foldability’s  new The Sonobe CollectionOrigami lights which creates complex and beautiful layering of tones of lights, emanating from the centre.

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The modular lampshades of Apollo by International. Designed by Marc Bell and Robin Grasby, each piece is independent and can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of shapes.  The instillation looked great.

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Blown SW3 by & Tradition explores the shadows created by patterned glass.

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Looming above this mini room set of carefully crafted maquettes is the Turned and Spun lamp by Magnus Long Studio.

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Some modernised retro lampshades by Shepherd Wheel.

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Homeware and Accessories |

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Absolutely love these dinky anodized letter tidies by Gavin Coyle.

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From VW+BS comes the Stilt collection, created from purple clay; a traditional Japanese teapot material.

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The textured and faceted wood trend continues; I have my eye on one of these highly crafted vessels from the Experimenta range by The Andes House.

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Wood and polished copper also runs though many projects, Studio Brava based in Chili use local resources of both materials. The design concept is so the inner and outer can either be used as one piece to save space or separated into to two.

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Ali Miller had some of her new customised pieces on display, displayed by some eye-catching wallpaper in her signature style.

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One of my highlights of all of LDF was the Patternity stand (I been an avid follower of the blog and Instagram for a few years now). Which had some beautiful striped ceramics, created in collaboration with Richard Brendon. one for the Christmas list.

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Furniture |

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Dare studio was out in force with a large stand and furniture for every room. New to the Stand was the Katakana dresser, with  cleaver little mirror with hidden storage.

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Barnard debuted with 4 brand new pieces.

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Midcentury Modern has its own zone at the show, with multiple companies , I have blogged about before – lovely stuff indeed.

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Modus Furniture presented the strongly named Norse Chair by Simon Pengelly, following the trend of wooden curved back feature chairs, they come in  a selection of colours but I favour the wooden finish.

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They also extended the successful Noughts and Crosses range by Michael Sodeau into completing tables.

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Simon Pengelly was also busy with his own collection.

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I liked the colours used on these funny little units by Dean Brown, Callum Brown and Namyoung An.

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Another Country; have successfully moved away from their signature rounded leg furniture. Creating another original collection in the form of their new ‘Dining Table Three’ the tables trestle base is influenced from industrial furniture; so it can be used in commercial or domestic interiors.

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The interactive Poke Stool by Kyuhyung Cho for Innermost, adds a nice bit of fun and colour, to a simple product.

And other things that caught my eye |

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Brilliant courier backpack made from English Oak Bark Tanned Leather by Amble; tangible quality.

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The Sorting office itself is a great space with some of them remnants from its past life still present.

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Joy of Design exhibition featured photos by Barbara Chandler a best selling photographer and design and interiors journalist.  The photos were for sale and the money raised will go towards Out of the Dark a furniture restoration workshop for disadvantaged young people.

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Hi-tec 3D printing and crowd sourced design; you can’t escape it!

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Not as hi-tech but highly skilled and made by hand, Brooks, the saddles are a piece of art, which could be mounted on a wall as well as sat on!

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I originally spotted the Lovely Pigeon notepads in the Design museum, and I was pleased to discover the rest of the design collection was just as fantastic!

I had to make a little purchase of some Copper Triangles earrings – lush!

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Following the mint theme, the pleasingly shaped Monocle speaker by Native Union.

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These exquisitely delicate vessels and art, made from Porcelain by Fenella Elms.

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The FAO shop with their new exclusive lines in their monochrome glory.

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The talented Lindsey Lang extended her successful floor tile range.

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One of the 6 pop-up cafes was The Camden Town Brewery Bar in association with TFL, the benches were upholstered in this great moquette design.

Next stop the ETA awards.

Weekend Meanderings–Copenhagen

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I love all things Scandinavian (apart from the pickled herring) especially one if my best friends Rebecca, half of the Green Suitcase in Copenhagen.So a catch up weekend sprinkled with creativity and culture was just what I needed.

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kirsty Whyte_Design_copenhagen_blog (3) Even tough we brought the UK weather with us our spirits couldn't be dampened, and in true Dane style we still went out cycling.

Some creative highlights were:

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An amazing flee-market in the Veterbro area, where vintage shops and car boot style stands jostled for space next to each other. It was amazing; designer sample clothes, mid-century furniture, lighting, ceramics and locals selling off once valued possessions.

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Unfortunately my suitcase wasn't quite big enough to fit most of these amazing pieces; next time I'll come prepared.

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Tivoli -

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The Tivoli gardens are a must for adults and children alike; originally opened in 1843 as an amusement and pleasure gardens, it has evolved over time, my favorites parts are the mid century style Pavilion and the Chinese theatre. Looks like I’m not the only one.

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There are many cool designer furniture high-street shops too. Being the design geeks we are it was fun walking around them. Which included Illums Bolighus, Stilleben and the highlight Hay House.

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Couldn’t resist a small purchase.

kirsty Whyte_Design_copenhagen_blog (11) Hay House - Blink and you'll miss it on the busy ...... Shopping street. Away from the bargain hunters and tourists you go up a lovely stairwell to Hay House. Filled with products and room sets from the Hay catalogue as well as selected items from other designers.

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kirsty Whyte_Design_copenhagen_blog (4) I also popped into Normann Copenhagen to say high and check out the flagship store. The Ready Hook/Mirror are now in stock so I made a purchase (thankfully they have me a special price) all I need now is a flat to put them up in!

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Amongst all the walking we managed to get the obligatory snap of the Little Mermaid too.

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Can't wait to go back.

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