Liga Studio

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New design brand Liga Studio's sexy storage boxes had the wow factor at the recent London Design Fair. The Fizz is suitably hooked...

BY DEE IVA

We love a bit of ombré at the Fizz so when we saw these striking pieces at the London Design Fair we were instantly smitten. Simple, functional and good looking, they tick all the right boxes. Formed from powder-coated steel, the 'Liga' range is made up of a small box, bedside and coffee table which double up as multi-functional storage units. The punchy colour combinations teamed with the fluorescent orange central ligature (which acts as a hinge) are breathtakingly beautiful and hard to ignore.

It’s the first collection by Liga Studio, young design duo Pierre Alexandre Cesbron and Matthieu Muller, who collaborated on the project while studying at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. It’s an impressive debut, making Liga Studio one to watch. We’re keeping our eyes peeled…
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ABOVE: The debut collection of 'Liga' storage boxes is available by special order, price on application
ABOVE RIGHT: From left, Matthieu Muller and Pierre Alexandre Cesbron
BELOW: A fluorescent nylon hinge separates the two sides of the horizontal ombré lid

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BELOW FROM TOP: Each unit has a simple bi-fold lid which lifts up to access the internal storage; Liga Studio's stand at the London Design Fair during September's London Design Festival 2017

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Liga Studio will be exhibiting at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Holland from 21 to 29 October 2017 ddw.nl

LDF 2017 – Bethan Gray x Shamsian

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Welsh designer Bethan Gray launches new additions to her hit 'Shamsian' collection at designjunction 2017

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Modern marquetry is having a moment, and it's largely thanks to Welsh designer Bethan Gray, who wowed visitors to last year's designjunction fair when she launched her 'Shamsian' collection of furniture featuring the oft-forgotten craft. For this week's London designjunction 2017 showcase in the King's Cross Creative Quarter, Gray will be expanding the range, revealing gorgeous new monochrome marquetry as well as a stunning marble tea set on her stand at Cubitt House. Yes, marble!

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Inspired by Omani design and architecture, Gray's 'Shamsian' pieces were produced in collaboration with respected Omani artist Mohamad Reza Shamsian and his team of skilled craftsmen based in his studio in Muscat. The handmade 'Nizwa' cabinet, which debuted in 2016, features intricate marquetry on dyed Italian maple veneer, teamed with solid brass. Originally seen in a seductive greeny-blue hue, for 2017 it has been reissued in a more subtle palette running from black via grey to white like a dip-dyed effect. The new monochrome finish was achieved by applying a graduating variation in shade across the cabinet by hand, resulting in an ombre from white to black. The result is super-chic and striking, and will fit easily into contemporary homes.

TOP: Bethan Gray perches on her 'Nizwa' cabinet, part of her striking 'Shamsian' collection, re-released for 2017 with monochrome marquetry
ABOVE: Fading from black to grey and white, the new 'Nizwa' cabinet was hand-crafted using a technique called 'stain shading' with solid brass overlay

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ABOVE: Gray's new 'Dhow' cabinet series takes its cue from Gulf sailing boats, and will also be on show at designjunction 2017
BELOW: The original greeny-blue 'Nizwa' cabinet from 2016, featuring luxe pattern created by inlaying/overlaying solid brass and paua shell inlay into coloured solid wood and maple veneer

Also turning heads for 2017 is the new 'Dhow' cabinet series, sporting a swirly, wavy pattern. "For the Dhow collection, I have taken inspiration from the dhow sailing boats of the Gulf region," says Gray. "Traditional dhows were propelled by large triangular lateen sails made of cotton and sewn together in strips. The sails were bound to the hull using ropes made from coir, which created a unique and textured lineation. This lineation has informed the distinctive elegant curved patterning found on the 'Dhow' pieces.'

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Marble also earns a starring role on Gray's stand, but not harnessed in the typical furniture or surface materials. Instead, she has dared to use it to design her hand-crafted marble 'Victoria Teaset' in a new collaboration with Editions Milano. Consisting of a teapot, milk jug, tea cup and saucer, sugar bowl, cake stand and dessert plate, it's worthy of a place in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Inspired by fine vintage ceramics in the archive of the city's V&A Museum, it features a relief pattern, hand-carved from Arabescato marble by Italian master craftsmen. The fine edging and elegant shape adds delicacy, with a glam touch care of the contrasting brushed brass handle. The best of British tradition meets Italian glamour, ideal for a romantic 21st-century tea date. Now that's what we call a modern ritual...
bethangray.com; thedesignjunction.co.uk

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ABOVE: Launching at designjunction this week, Gray's 'Victoria Teaset' for Italian high-end furniture and objects brand Editions Milano adds marble chic to the elegant tradition of taking tea

Bethan Gray will be at designjunction on stand A7 in Cubitt House, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, N1, from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017. See our home page for ticket registration for the fair which is open from 11am each morning (click here for varying closing times and prices).

LDF 2017 – Lee Broom goes back to black

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The Fizz takes a walk on the dark side to see Lee Broom's new collection of black beauties...

BY DEE IVA

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Brit designer Lee Broom has been a firm Fizz favourite ever since he arrived on the design scene in 2007. His mix of clean lines, luxe materials and classic-with-a quirk stylings made him an instant star. Since then he’s become an award-winning designer and a major international brand stocked in savvy stores all over the world.

For London Design Festival 2017, Broom has raided his extensive archive of furniture and accessories to take a handful of his iconic designs over to the dark side. Pieces that were previously cast in white marble, brass and chrome have been reissued in jet black to mark the tenth anniversary of the Lee Broom brand. 

ABOVE: The surreal all-black tableau installation for LDF17 at Lee Broom's Shoreditch flagship store
ABOVE RIGHT: Lee Broom, pictured with his 'Crescent' lights
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Fulcrum Candlesticks Black', from £295; 'Fulcrum Light Chandelier Black', £1,025

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During LDF, Broom’s showroom on Rivington Street will host ‘On Reflection’, a surreally blacked out darkroom to showcase his new capsule collection. Most of the designs will be in a limited edition of 10 but the new ‘Fulcrum’ and ‘Carousel’ lights will be available from November.

BELOW: 'XL Carousel Black' chandelier, £6,750; 'On The Rock Black' glasses, limited edition of 10, price on application

ABOVE: 'Hanging Hoop Chair Black', limited edition of 10, price on application; 'Podium Globe Vase Black', £395

We’re hoping to hop on to the blackened hanging ‘Hoop’ chair at some point, black martini in hand. A little black magic goes a long way…
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'On Reflection' runs from 20 to 24 September at Lee Broom, Electra House, 95 Rivington Street, London EC2, as part of the London Design Festival 2017. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm

Lee Broom portrait: Arthur Woodcroft