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

Jake Phipps

We can't resist these shimmering faceted pieces by Jake Phipps, the UK designer whose star is about to burn very brightly indeed

BY DEE IVA

What is it about faceted mirror that holds us in such thrall? Is it the way light bounces off the seemingly random surfaces catching our eye with every move we make? Is it that diamond-like gleam that we find utterly seductive?

Made of mirror polished steel, the 'Stellar Collection' by London designer Jake Phipps pushes our fascination with all things faceted to new limits, taking inspiration from naturally forming amethyst geodes and machine-cut diamonds. We love the way the glittering river of angled mirrors wraps itself around this sleek console (right and above), taking out corners and edges as it goes. That same river also dances across the surface of Phipps' beautiful multi-panelled screen, creating a hypnotic 3D wave of reflections and shadows, while a simple circular mirror is transformed into a dazzling jewel.

Phipps may not be a household name just yet but you're probably familiar with his hat-shaped 'Jeeves & Wooster' pendant lights, seen everywhere from Harvey Nichols, London, to Philippe Starck's uber-chic Mama Shelter hotel in Paris. Another Fizz fave is his bullet-like 'Shell' stool which was one of the star pieces recently commandeered by Heal's to relaunch its contemporary furniture department.

So if you're looking for a statement piece by one of Britain's fastest rising design talents then look no further. Sometimes all that glitters is the way to go...
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ABOVE: 'Stellar' console table, £11,502, limited edition, to order
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Stellar' mirror, from £3,876, limited edition, to order
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Jeeves & Wooster' lights; 'Shell' stool
BOTTOM: 'Stellar' folding screen, from £14,024, limited edition, to order