Launchpad at Pulse 2011

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Just a super quick review from Pulse London, featuring the Launchpad area. Pulse ran from Sunday 5th to Tuesday the 7th of June this year, and took up it’s usual residency at Earls Court, London.

Below are some quick snaps of what caught my eye, apologies for the image quality, I only had my phone!

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In the Entrance were a selection of Pulse highlighted products. I loved the buttons!

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As you will have seen in my previous post, Design Exchange magazine and my self joined forces for their stand, featuring the Hound Occasional Tables; a modular design with a tessellating shape, so the user can change the configuration to suit their needs, or just stack them away after use.

DeMagazine, were offering half price subscriptions £10 for 5 editions; a bargain. To see the most recent online e-edition or to subscribe, visit the DEMagazine website.

IMG_1254My favourite products in all of Launchpad were on the Fun Makes Good stand.

With a refreshingly simple stand layout, letting the products do the talking.

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The designs are by Elenor Young, who I met back in 2009 at 100% design. The use of shape, colour, print and textiles really appeal to me.

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With small affordable gift ideas.

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And also high end, hand made Origami inspired, cotton and leather patchwork pouffes. I would like one!

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Peter Ibruegger, has expanded on his The Moustache Mug range, adding a bowler hat sugar bowl. So no mug ever need to be under dressed again! It think these two look like the Thompson twins from TinTin.

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Some new cute additions to Shan Annabelle Valla’s ceramic animal range. In front you can see the porcelain bunny range, with gold lustre decoration Available as a pair for £50.

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Over to We Love Kaoru next, with her new range inspired by the Rorschach Test. What can you see?..Butterfly, horses, fox and rabbits? Well depending on what Kaoru saw, the subtly overlaid images of the animal within the ink blots. Below; horses, how clever is that!

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I wasn’t bribed to say that with her sweets either.

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Designedmade exhibited their Molecular range. The pattern, which represents the combination of iron and carbon atoms that make up the material itself.

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Onto some 2D designs, here is a card by Lesser Spotted, which brought a smile to my face. All cards used are photos of real locations, with no Photoshopping. On the reverse of the card is a map of the UK and where the place is located.  I feel sorry for the people that live in Nobby!

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On a more naughty note where cards and products by Polite.DS_Hungover_600_largeThey are most recognised for their ranges by David Shrigley, above is a limited edition from a card set.

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One of their new products is the Venice box set by Peter Blake.

The Box contains 20 Postcards, Lithographically printed in Britain, and is presented in a hand finished box, designed by Blake and made in Stockport.

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Tamsin Howells has been busy with some new ranges. I really love the brooches using vintage clothes patterns.

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There were textiles and knitwear by Hilary Grant, these knitted cushions were great, the layering effect was a great idea.  This is one way I’d always keep my cushions tidy!

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Then Finally this brightly coloured stand, created quite a stir, most of the day surrounded by keen buyers. The Animal mugs, bowls and hooks by Yas-Ming Ceramics. you can catch them again soon at New Designers, as part of ‘One Year On’.

I hope to see them and lots of budding new designers work there myself.

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