Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition


The work and legacy of Stanley Kubrick, one of celluloid’s greatest film directors, is celebrated at London’s Design Museum. The Fizz takes a sneak peek…


With its futuristic sets and intelligent technology, epic 1968 sci-fi movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, by legendary US film director Stanley Kubrick, has always been a firm Fizz fave. Rotating stairwells, pre-iPad tablets and spaceports with distinctive ‘Djinn’ chairs by Olivier Mourgue are just a few details which have become iconic design moments on the silver screen, while the HAL 9000 computer (arguably the movie’s biggest star) is a precursor to Alexa and Siri.

Now ’Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’, proving a hot ticket at London’s Design Museum, goes behind the scenes to show how Kubrick created his masterpiece along with other classic movies including ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Barry Lyndon’ and ‘The Shining’. Running until 15 September, the must-see exhibition dedicates a room to each film displaying handwritten notes, early scripts, costumes, props and models. Rejected designs by US graphic designer Saul Bass for promotional posters for 1980 horror flick ‘The Shining’ are on show, as is a recreation of Howard Johnson’s Earthlight Room from ‘A Space Odyssey’. The droog (gang mate) costume from 1971’s dystopian crime film ‘A Clockwork Orange’ still has a certain frisson today from its associations with ‘a little of the old ultraviolence’.

ABOVE: The gravity-defying rotating stairwell from Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
ABOVE RIGHT: Artificial intelligence in the form of the HAL 9000 computer from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
BELOW FROM LEFT: English actor Malcolm McDowell as chief droog Alex in ‘A Clockwork Orange‘; A droog costume in the exhibition

Kubrick liked to exercise total control over each of his projects, which almost always drove him to recreate places and spaces on a sound studio rather than go on location. Many of ‘The Shining’’s Rocky Mountains-set scenes in The Overlook Hotel were shot at the UK’s Elstree Studios as were the infamous Dawn of Man ape scenes from ‘A Space Odyssey’. An ingenious projection method was devised to create the illusion that the ape footage was shot outside, just one example of Kubrick’s many experimental processes explored here.

BELOW: The entry to the Design Museum exhibition features a montage of scenes from Kubrick’s films demonstrating his signature ‘one-point perspective’ technique


ABOVE: Stanley Kubrick directs Jack Nicholson on the set of cult classic ‘The Shining’

Kubrick’s ground-breaking design collaborations, including his work with acclaimed German-British talent Ken Adam on set designs for 1964 black comedy/political satire ‘Dr. Strangelove’, are also celebrated in the exhibition. Since Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999 few film directors have made as big a mark as the great auteur. We highly recommend heading over to the Design Museum to discover why.

‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’ is on now until 15 September 2019 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8. Book in advance online to avoid disappointment as select dates are selling out fast.

Pictures: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc; Ed Reeve

Bohinc Studio

Lara Bohinc, the fashionistas' favourite jewellery designer, has a chic new London space to play house in. Step into her gem of a showroom...


‘Jewellery for the home’ is how Slovenian jewellery designer Lara Bohinc describes her venture into furniture, lighting and accessories. Having wowed the fashion intelligentsia with her delicate filigree jewellery designs since graduating from London's Royal College of Art in 1997, Bohinc is having the same effect on the world of interiors.

So much so that she launched Bohinc Studio in 2016 to continue her foray into homewares and has now opened a new showroom in West London to share the results. Set on the ground floor of a Grade II-listed townhouse, it's the perfect setting to view her elegant marble, brass, glass and ceramic collections, backdropped by period cornicing and bold geometric-patterned marble floors.

ABOVE: Lara Bohinc's new West London showroom
ABOVE RIGHT: Designer Lara Bohinc
BELOW: Bohinc's 'Collision Console' table, £15,550, and 'Collision Large Table Light', £4,815

Bohinc’s first furniture design the rotating marble-and-brass ‘Solaris Kinetic Table’, part of the 'Lunar Collection' for Lapicida, can be seen here but we’re particularly taken with the new ‘Collision Console’ table, also for the luxe UK stone specialist. A star piece in her chic showroom, the simple geometric shape echoes Bohinc’s jewellery, albeit on a much larger scale. Also on show is the ‘Fortress’ collection of ceramic vases, inspired by octagonal towers at Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia, sinuous Murano glass 'Venturi' vases, and the deconstructed gold-and-white ceiling and table lights from the ‘Collision’ series.

BELOW: The 'Fortress' collection of vases in white, gold and bronze, from £625

Welcome to grown-up glamour for the well-heeled home...

Bohinc Studio, Ground Floor, 59 Kensington Gardens Square, London W2. Open daily from 10am to 6pm by appointment only

Knoll UK Annual Sample Sale

There are some serious discounts to be had at Knoll's annual one-day sample sale in London this weekend. Your home will thank you...


If you’re mad for Mies van der Rohe, swooning over Saarinen or bonkers for Breuer then Knoll’s annual London furniture sale on 19 November is where you need to be. Up to 70% has been slashed off the recommended retail price of iconic designs such as Eero Saarinen’s ‘Tulip’ chairs and tables, Marcel Breuer’s slinky ‘Wassily’ chair and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Barcelona’ chair as well as more contemporary pieces including Barber & Osgerby’s 2014 ‘Compact Armchair’.

ABOVE: 'Compact Armchair' by Barber & Osgerby, £6,283 RRP, now £999; 'Bertoia Plastic Side Chair' by Harry Bertoia, £251 RRP, now £59; 'Barcelona' leather chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, RRP £5,755, now £1,999 (for red leather version); 'Tulip' side tables by Eero Saarinen, £647 RRP, now from £247 (for white laminate version with white base)
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Wassily' chair by Marcel Breuer, £1,333 RRP, now £399 (for canvas version)

US brand Knoll holds the licence for these classic designs that never go out of style so if you’re in the market for the real thing at a knockdown price this is the one sale you can't afford to miss. With Christmas on the way, make sure you get something you really really want...

Knoll Annual Sample Sale, Knoll International, 91 Goswell Road, London EC1. Saturday 19 November 2016, 10am-4pm. All items subject to availability on the day. #KnollUKSale

LDF 2016 – All The Fun Of The Fair

September means just one thing on the design calendar – the annual London Design Festival. Here's our handy guide for making the most of #LDF16…


Each year the London Design Festival gets bigger, with a multitude of showrooms, installations, launches and talks all vying for your attention. Running over nine days until 25 September, 2016's edition features seven official Design Districts popping up around the capital, five major Design Destinations, inspiring new multicultural showcase the London Design Biennale, specially commissioned Landmark Projects, a happening hub at the V&A museum, and hundreds of events citywide, fanning out from Central London. Here's how to access all areas...

North London sees the birth of the King's Cross Creative Quarter with the arrival of designjunction, one of the festival’s most popular shows. This year designjunction is split into four distinct areas. The Crossing, in Central Saint Martins, will house interactive installations and flash factory demonstrations; The Canopy is a dedicated shopping zone for 70 luxury retail brands; contemporary lighting show lightjunction will strut its stuff alongside 100 leading design brands in Cubitt House; and Granary Square will be home to eight pop-up Monopoly houses exhibiting immersive design experiences.

ABOVE: Online interiors emporium Rockett St George brings a taste of the tropics to The Hoxton hotel in the Shoreditch Design Triangle

ABOVE: North London's Granary Square gets new housing courtesy of designjunction

South London enters the fray with edgy independent design show Designersblock taking over the Oxo Tower on the South Bank again and another new Design District, the Brixton Design Trail, making its mark with 'Rebel Rebel', a themed set of events inspired by the late David Bowie. Stellar design duo Eley Kishimoto will dress the sails of London’s only inner-city windmill in their iconic ‘Flash’ pattern, you can buy directly from designer-makers at the Crafty Fox Market, and type fiends can fill their boots at Dalton Maag’s experimental typography workshop.

ABOVE: The world's most fashionable windmill by Eley Kishimoto, Brixton Windmill is part of the Brixton Design Trail

In East London, the Shoreditch Design Triangle's cluster of streets hosts large established brands such as Lee Broom, SCP East and Kvadrat, and smaller independents like Charlene Mullen and Factorylux showcasing their latest collections. The East End’s premier design shows Tent London and Super Brands have rather confusingly gathered under new moniker the London Design Fair to show a clutch of cutting-edge international designers, luxury labels and young designer-makers. Look out for Magnus Long’s yin-yang ‘Antumbra’ table lamp for Pietre di Monitillo, a bewitching mix of touch-dimmable black and white illuminated marble.

ABOVE: Hand held in black and white... Magnus Long's dimmable marble 'Antumbra' lamp, part of East London's London Design Fair

In West LondonBrompton Design District, South Kensington, is where you’ll see new collections from Italian design houses Cassina, Poltrona Frau, B&B Italia and Boffi, and the V&A is the place to spy intriguing installations by some of the world’s most innovative designers. Influential major trade showcase 100% Design returns to Olympia, having set up home there last year. Divided into five sections – Interiors, Emerging Brands, Kitchens and Bathrooms, Design and Build, and Workplace – it’s the festival’s largest show, with a public day on Saturday 24 September.

ABOVE: Kevin Stamper's pixellated 'Morning Storm' cabinet will be on display within Luxury Made, a new decorative exhibition in the Interiors section at 100% Design

If you’re short on time here are five Fizztastic installations to see during London Design Festival 2016…

‘Glaciarium’ by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovski  
A glittering collection of chandeliers and accessories by design’s edgiest duo
Fredrikson Stallard, 10 Warner Street, Holborn, EC1

Jaime Hayon for BD Barcelona retrospective
Retrospective celebrating Jaime Hayon’s 10-year collaboration with Spanish brand BD Barcelona
BD Barcelona, 12-14 Berry Street, Clerkenwell, EC1

‘Opticality’ by Lee Broom
Lee Broom’s 'Optical' lighting is displayed in an immersive installation at his showroom
Lee Broom, 95 Rivington St, Shoreditch, EC2


London Design Biennale
Inspiring installations, artworks and prototypes from 37 countries around the world
Somerset House, Strand, WC2

'Visioni' by Patricia Urquiola for cc-tapis
Patricia Urquiola's graphic rugs debuted at the Milan Furniture Fair and now hit London
Ebony and Co, 15 Saville Row, Mayfair, W1
The citywide London Design Festival runs from 17-25 September 2016; see events for individual dates and opening hours.

LDF 2016 – designjunction KX: 'Who's Casper?'


The charitable face of design will be championed again at designjunction King's Cross where cute cork stools raise money for the refugee crisis


Here at the Fizz we’ve always been partial to a bit of cork. It has steadily been regaining ground on the design scene over the last few years with everyone from Jasper Morrison to Fabien Cappello and Ilse Crawford revisiting its warm and tactile quality.

At April's Milan Furniture Fair we spied quite a few cork designs but the witty ‘Casper’ stool by designjunction's Creative Director Michael Sodeau for Brit brand Modus particularly caught our eye.

Now ‘Casper’ has been chosen by designjunction to raise money for the charity Movement On The Ground, which is generating funds to help the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Design world luminaries including Moritz Waldemeyer, Ross LovegroveTom Dixon and Autoban have been invited to customise the stool in their own inimitable style and the resulting designs will be on display through the exhibition. The identity of who designed which stool will be kept secret to challenge the cult of the ‘named designer’ and highlight the value of the nameless and anonymous refugee.

ABOVE: Cork 'Casper' stools by Michael Sodeau for Modus
ABOVE RIGHT: Michael Sodeau, designjunction Creative Director
BELOW FROM LEFT: Tom Dixon, Moritz Waldemeyer, Seyhan Ozdemir Sarper and Sefer Caglar of Istanbul architecture/design duo Autoban

‘We are delighted to support such an important cause through our charity auction 'Who’s Casper?', which uses the talents of designers, architects and artists to highlight the importance of the individual, whatever their identity,' says Deborah Spencer, Managing Director of designjunction.

Each stool will be sold in an online auction throughout the duration of designjunction to raise money for Movement On The Ground.

We think it’s a great idea and will enjoy trying to identify the designers behind the cork customisations. If you want to channel your inner Sherlock Holmes then there’ll be a social media competition during the show where you can try and guess who’s done what. Be warned though, it’s harder than you think… 

designjunction runs from 22-25 September 2016 at 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1. Ticket prices from £12 in advance or £15 on the door

STOP PRESS! DesignFizz readers can get 50% off the ticket price online in advance. Click this link and enter the code DESIGNFIZZ when prompted