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…
leebroom.com 

'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

Gucci goes home

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Luxe Italian fashion brand Gucci has launched Gucci Décor, a new line of interior accessories that brings a little wildlife into the home...

BY DEE IVA

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The house of Gucci is getting ready to dress our homes this September with Gucci Décor, a new line of furniture and decorative accessories full of animal magic.

Colourful embroidered cushions, upholstered chairs, scented candles, metal trays, folding occasional tables, wallpaper and incense holders are just a few of the items in the range with prices ranging from £140 for an incense burner to an eye-watering £21,000 for a decorative freestanding silk room divider.

Feline faces, bumble bees and slithery snakes adorn tableware and cushions referencing motifs already seen in Gucci’s recent collections of clothing and accessories.

But it’s not only the eye of the tiger that has caught our attention. We’re also entranced by the mystic astral eye that gazes out from circular metal trays and the graphic treatments of the ceramic candle holders. 

ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glossy black metal 'Tigers' print folding table, £895; 'Star Eye' round metal tray, £480
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Octopus' three-panel jacquard folding screen, £21,060
BELOW: 'Kingsnake' oval metal tray, £795; 'Kingsnake' embroidered velvet cushion, £895

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: It's the eye of the tiger on this upholstered 'Chiavari' chair with embroidered motif, £1,830; tasseled velvet cushion in emerald green, £895; and round metal tray, £450
BELOW: Witty ceramic candle holders use bold colour, type and 3D details. Pink porcelain 'Fumus Modern Future', £220; pink 'Inventum Butterfly', £320; blue 'Fumus Star Eye', £240; 'Esotericum Chevron', £220

All of this has been masterminded by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, which also explains the presence of the cute ceramics in the Gucci Décor collection. Michele is also creative director of Florentine ceramic company Richard Ginori which produced the witty candle and incense holders.

Last, but not least, are the Chiavari chairs with their hand-embroidered velvet cushions. We love the fashionforward colour palette and bamboo detailing that brings a touch of the Orient to a traditional Italian design.

It looks like it's time for well-heeled homes to get their Gucci on...
gucci.com

The Gucci Décor range of home accessories is available now online and in selected Gucci stores
 

IKEA Jassa Collection

IKEA's new limited edition 'Jassa' collection celebrates vibrant South-East Asian pattern and colour, from textiles to tableware

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Get in a mix-and-match mood as IKEA's new limited edition 'Jassa' collection brings vibrant colour and pattern to your pad. Launched in March for Spring/Summer 2017, the range takes inspiration from South-East Asian crafts, especially Indonesia and Vietnam, from brilliant batik-influenced cotton textiles to curvy rattan loungers and rustic ceramics. The focus is on natural, handmade pieces and organic shapes for easy living, helping you escape the 9 to 5 even if you're just holidaying at home.  

ABOVE: Hand-painted stoneware 'Jassa' plates, from £3 for a side plate, £3.50 for a plate and £9.95 for a serving plate, IKEA

ABOVE: 'Jassa' floor cushions as soft seat, £10 each, with cushion cover, £4; Cushion covers on stairs, from £4 to £7, with flatwoven rug, £65; Rattan sofa, £79, with cushion covers, from £4; Cushion covers on head, £4 each; Rattan easy chair, £49, with pre-cut fabric, £12; Rattan loungers, £85 each, cushion covers, £7 each, and bamboo pendant lamp shade, £15, all IKEA

Maverick Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is one of the key talents behind the exotic range, which aims to 'turn up the heat' by bringing summer indoors. 'Jassa' embraces light, laid-back furniture, from loungers, sofas and easy chairs to a coffee table and room divider, as well as pendant lights, cushion covers, seat pads, loose fabrics, flatweave rugs, vases and stoneware plates. Savvy storage solutions include baskets, bowls and bags, and there's even a straw hat and wind chime to get you in a tropical mood. Designs also embrace natural materials, such as cotton, rattan, water hyacinth, seagrass, and bamboo.

ABOVE: 'Jassa' armchair with tightly woven seat, £39, and cotton cushion covers, £4 each
BELOW FROM LEFT: The 'Jassa' collection includes bags, £9 each, in assorted colours; Bamboo coffee table, £25, with stoneware side plate, £3, floor cushions, £10, each, cushion cover, £4, and blue chair pads, £5 each; Pre-cut 'Jassa' fabric, £12 each, cushion covers, £4 each, and flatwoven rugs, £25 (back) and £65 (front), all IKEA

Pattern- and colour-clash are part of 'Jassa''s charm. 'There are lots of competing colours: pinks and yellows and blues and greens. To begin with, you wonder how they can possibly work together. But in the end they just do!' says range designer Paulin Machado. Handmade in collaboration with skilled Asian craftsmen, many pieces are also unique. 'Jassa ceramics are all sprinkle-glazed by hand,' says designer Iina Vuorivirta. 'It's not a controlled industrial process so they all turn out slightly different!' While Piet Hein Eek hoped to achieve 'simple efficiency', creative leader Karin Gustavsson wanted to transform familiar hand-woven natural fibre and batik textiles into 'something new and exciting'. We think they succeeded...
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IKEA's 'Jassa' collection is in global stores for a limited period only from March 2017. See regional websites for local prices

House of Holland x Habitat 2017

House of Holland's latest eye-popping designs for Habitat are seriously fashion forward with colour dialled up to the max...

BY DEE IVA

The arrival of Spring in the UK also heralds the launch of fashion designer Henry Holland’s second homes collection for Brit interiors brand Habitat: House of Holland x Habitat.

Taking cues from House of Holland's SS17 catwalk collection 'Free To Roam' and the Romany travelling community, it's a riot of colour and clashing patterns, mixing giant florals with gingham checks and hot pinks with acid greens. Key pieces are the ‘Misty’ armchair and footstool in shocking Schiaparelli pink velvet with bright blue trim, the 3D handcarved ‘Folklore’ rug and the reversible ‘Boho’ bedding set (cute florals on one side and slashed up checks and gingham on the other). Accompanied by embroidered slogan cushions and a lime green mesh throw, Holland's collection is bold and brazen and very now.

ABOVE: 'Folklore' rug, £450
ABOVE RIGHT: Brit designer Henry Holland
BELOW: 'Misty' armchair, £595, and footstool, £195; 'Boho' bedding set, from £120

If you’re hanging out at London's hipster hotel The Hoxton in Holborn you can even ‘try before you buy’. The #henryforhabitat collection has been given a suite throughout March, showcasing artwork and furnishings from the new range. 

BELOW: The Hoxton goes Holland...

It’s available to book for a limited period for £199 per night but you can also win a night’s stay plus dinner for you and a guest by entering Habitat’s ‘Find Peggy’ competition. All you have to do is spot where Holland’s pet pooch is hiding in the suite. To enter the competition click HERE.

The House of Holland x Habitat 2017 collection is available now online and in Habitat, 196-199 Tottenham Court Road, W1, London
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