Goop London Pop-Up

Goop brings its Californian-inspired beauty, fashion and homewares collection to the UK with its debut London pop-up store, a blend of British craftsmanship and West Coast chill


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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop has opened in its first UK pop-up store – in London’s Westbourne Grove – and we’re already feeling enriched.

Combining retail therapy with their open-minded and holistic approach to wellbeing as a lifestyle, it is far from wacky and a brilliant new destination for anyone interested in Californian-vibe beauty and style.

Expect a chic, curated collection of Goop’s own-line products, including luxurious, high-performance skincare drawing on organic ingredients, Italian-made limited edition clothing, and pretty plates and glassware by brands such as Mud Australia, Nude Glass and CB2. The understated homewares range features tempting cushions, throws, tableware and kitchen kit.

You’ll also fall for the light-filled, nature-inspired surrounds created by London-based interior designer Fran Hickman. Her vision for the store references the Zen-influenced monochrome paintings of Yves Klein and early physic gardens devoted to the study of restorative plants. Fran worked with local design talents to bring the space to life – Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart for planting, Pinch for furniture and beauty displays, Nest Design for the electric-blue curtains in the dressing area, and Vitsoe for its iconic shelving systems. Architectural salvage firm Retrouvius supplied a vintage museum cabinet.

ABOVE: The entrance to Goop’s London pop-up shop is filled with plant displays by Nikki Tibbles.
ABOVE RIGHT: Goop’s own-line detoxifying salt bath soak G.Tox. £30 for 680gm

ABOVE: A deep blue colour scheme channels the ocean on the basement fashion floor; industrial chipboard delivers an inexpensive yet effective display system in the homewares section, flanked by sunny gold paint; Pinch’s smart red ‘Joyce’ cabinet and ‘Clyde’ side table with stripped floorboards and tile details; the ‘Imo’ bench by Pinch in a restful foliage- and light-filled space at the front of the store

Goop celebrates its 10-year anniversary with this London outpost – slated to stay open until 27 January 2019 – setting the stage for further international boutiques. Goop fans in search of their simple yet elegant contemporary pieces can also shop online.

Goop, 188 Westbourne Grove, London W11

Sydney Indesign 2017


Sydney Indesign 2017 brings two days of design fun to town, from product launches to happening precincts 


Whether you're in the design industry or simply a passionate design hunter, Sydney Indesign will tempt you out to play. Held every two years, it hits town this Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August, offering '2 Days, 4 Districts, 50 exhibitors, 300+ brands and $50,000 of prizes to be won!' Just register for free at any participating showroom to join in the fun, which includes product launches, special projects, seminars and design store gatherings. Cue bubbles!

For #SID17, the action is focussed on Sydney's growing inner-south design precincts, Alexandria and Waterloo, with a host of design showrooms and studios welcoming visitors across both districts. In Alexandria, look out for LightCo (100 Collins Street) celebrating a new lighting collaboration, and Savage Design (40-42 O'Riordan Street), launching its 'Dave', 'Dale' and 'Rob' ranges of architectural hardware. In Waterloo, Cafe Culture + Insitu's pop-up (1F Danks Street) will showcase the 'Rail' modular office table system by German duo Kaschkasch for Zeitraum.

ABOVE: Vibrant outdoor 'Vega' aluminium wicker chairs and bistro table by Maiori at Obodo, which will showcase new designs at The Venue

Alexandria also features two curated multi-brand group shows. The Venue (55 Doody Street) hosts around 30 select design brands, including furniture, lighting, outdoor living, surface materials and more. Look out for fab modernist-inspired, Minneapolis-born brand Blu Dot, launching its 'Cat's Pajamas' lounge chair, as well as Hong Kong-based designer Sean Dix's four fresh furniture launches for Obodo. Get a taste for Dutch contemporary design at NL Curated, prior to its Surry Hills pop-up this October, or savour Japanese and British talent at Sydney-based SeehoSu's stand, sharing designs by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison for Maruni.

ABOVE: Blu Dot's new ash and bent powder-coated steel 'Cat's Pajamas' lounge chair, featured at The Venue, available in five colour combinations

Discover a dozen more brands at group show B2 Studios (46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria), which features Sydney talent Tom Fereday's work for Dessein, Gavin Harris's new 'Toku' range for Australian furniture-maker Schiavello, plus Melbourne label Didier's latest furniture and local industrial design studio So Watt's freshest creations in Pioneer, the show's dedicated Australian design hub.

Planning a visit? Both design districts and the two multi-brand zones will be open on Friday from noon to 6pm (with various Up Late Events at select venues from 6pm until 10pm), and on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. A free hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus on Saturday will help you move between venues. Check out Sydney Indesign's website for an online handbook and maps, list of timed events, the thought-provoking ticketed seminar series (starring international guest speakers) and 15 collaborative installations under The Project banner (this year's theme is 'Click', exploring instant connectivity). See you out on the design trail...

Milan Furniture Fair 2016

It's all aboard for the madness of the annual Milan Furniture Fair, the design industry's equivalent of Fashion Week. Just make sure you've packed comfortable shoes and lots of energy!


It’s that time of year again when the design compass points squarely at Milan, as the northern Italian city prepares to host the world’s largest and most prestigious design gathering, the Milan Furniture Fair. From the biggest international players to small independent designers and graduates, everyone comes together to launch their new collections and to see and be seen.

The Salone del Mobile fair itself, that vast behemoth of halls and walkways on the outskirts of town, is where the big boys tend to set up home but Milan’s design districts – Brera, San Babila, Ventura Lambrate, Cinque Vie, San Gregorio Docet and Tortona – also host a plethora of showrooms, pop-up events and parties celebrating the most important week in the design calendar. There’s change afoot though as a big hole has been left by major British exhibitor designjunction deciding not to show this year and UK talent Lee Broom dramatically downsizing his installation. Usually two of the most anticipated shows during the Fiera, we hope they’ll be back next year in their full glory.

With so much furniture, lighting and accessories to see in a short space of time, it’s impossible to catch everything. Here’s a sneak peek at who we’ll definitely be checking out this year...

ABOVE: 'Fade' polycarbonate lights by Tom Dixon


ABOVE: 'Printed' crystal vases and bowls by Raw Edges; Crystalline nut bowls from the 'Luxe Orbit' tableware collection by Tord Boontje; 'Prism' square and round prismatic trays by Tomas Alonso

We have fond memories of Swarovski's theatrical warehouse installations of the Noughties when we were dazzled by enormous chandeliers by the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Yves Behar. After a spell in the heart of the Salone, the Austrian crystal brand is now stepping back out onto the street again to unveil Atelier Swarovski Home, a new collection of sparkling accessories for the home. Nadja Swarovski has gathered together a stellar line-up of designers including Raw Edges, Fredrikson Stallard, Ron Arad and Tord Boontje and charged them with using Swarovski crystal to create unique pieces in their own inimitable style. We've got our eyes on Raw Edges' beautiful faceted printed crystal vases and bowls, Tomas Alonso's prismatic trays and Tord Boontje's glittering 'Luxe Orbit' tableware.

Atelier Swarovski Home, Via Cusani 5


If you want to grab a bite to eat and still get your design fix, Brit star Tom Dixon has collaborated with Caesarstone to create immersive eatery The Restaurant within a deconsecrated church to launch new lighting collections 'Curve', 'Fade' and 'Flask Oil'. Throughout the week four composite quartz kitchens will serve up tasty treats to Dixon devotees in specially designed dining halls dedicated to the themes of Luminosity, Materiality and Texture. Each explores the type of materials that are core to Dixon's products. The four kitchens, dubbed Earth, Water, Fire and Air, will dish up one course each, with food design studio Arabeschi di Latte curating the offerings.

'Curve' uses thin sheet etched metal to create a glistening geometric lantern, 'Fade' rocks the ombré effect in polycarbonate and 'Flask Oil', inspired by laboratory glassware, explores the allure of iridescence in shimmering glass shades. Also on show will be updated versions of last year's 'Melt' lights and 'Offcut', Dixon's DIY furniture range. Now can someone pass the menu please?

The Restaurant by Caesarstone x Tom Dixon, La Rotonda della Besana, Via Enrico Besana 12


Italian tilemeister Bisazza has once again harnessed the neo-gothic anarchy of Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, aka Studio Job, to create a set of striking mosaics with a digitised contemporary feel. Three new highly decorative designs reference fossilised remains, the Industrial Revolution and random everyday objects.

TOP: 'Industry Amber', 'Silhouette Turquoise', 'Perished', glass mosaics, 100mm x 100mm
ABOVE: 'Festoon', glass mosaic, 200mm x 200mm

‘Industry Amber’ harks back to Britain’s golden age of heavy manufacturing, steam trains and construction. Spacemen, birds, animals, helicopters and ocean liners are artfully collaged together in ’Silhouette Turquoise' and Fizz fave 'Perished’ is a graphic arrangement of human and animal skeletons locked in an eternal dance of death (we love the blue colourway). Accompanied by ‘Festoon’, a swirling display of gold and silver ribbons, this collection of bold mosaics brings the art of storytelling back into our homes. We are suitably entranced…

Bisazza, Via Senato 2


ABOVE: Light up with 'Vent', by Diesel Living x Foscarini. Available in luxe brass effect and pristine white

Diesel Living’s fresh, slightly off-the-wall approach to product design never fails to capture our attention. From the cog-like ceramics of the ‘Machine’ tablewares for Seletti to the multi-faceted ‘Rock’ light for Foscarini, this witty take on interiors is why we look forward to their new collections each year.

The interiors arm of fashion brand Diesel, they’ve joined forces with Foscarini again to transform the humble air vent into a seductive wall lamp. Part of the 2016 collection of lighting, furniture and accessories, the 'Vent' lamp brings a touch of industrial style into the home. We’re loving the opulent brass version, which when activated becomes a blazing halo of golden light.

Diesel Living x Foscarini, Salone Del Mobile, Milan Fairgrounds, Rho, Hall 16, Stand A35, B28


UK designer Lee Broom has surprised everyone with the announcement that this year's show will take place in the back of a van. Cheekily called the 'Salone del Automobile', Broom's delivery van will rock up at key design destinations each day, including Spazio Rossana Orlandi, to show just one new collection of lighting. Inspired by Op Art, the 'Optical' range consists of stark black and white pendant, standard and table lamps that also reference Eighties graphics and early nineties minimalism. The inside of the van will be decked out in neo-classical style in Broom's signature grey but the question on our minds is just how the teeming crowds in town for the Milan Furniture Fair will fit into such a small space. We'll just have to wait and see...

Lee Broom's 'Salone del Automobile' can be tracked at 

The Milan Furniture Fair and Salone del Mobile run from 12-17 April 2016

LDF 2015 – What's hot at 100% Design?

The big daddy of London design shows, 100% Design, is back in a new venue for London Design Festival 2015. All change...


It’s only a matter of days before London’s biggest design show 100% Design throws open the doors to its brand new home at Olympia. Having vacated Earls Court last year (not more luxury apartments puh-lease), there were rumours of it relocating as far afield as the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in the Docklands. Thankfully, 100% has stayed true to its West London roots, retaining its role as the key design event in the west.

This year, 100% Design has collaborated with trend forecasters WGSN to theme the show around colour. ‘Design In Colour’ will emphasise the importance and impact of colour in the home and will highlight the top colour trends for 2016 throughout the exhibition. As usual, the show will have five distinct sectors, Interiors, Design & Build, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace and Fizz favourite, Emerging Brands. The ever popular Talks with 100% Design forums will once again host stellar guest speakers including Ilse Crawford, Yves Béhar, Afroditi Krassa, Lyndon Neri and The Human League founder Martyn Ware.

We’re gagging with excitement so without further ado, here are our five must-see stands this year….


Kirath Ghundoo Interiors
Kirath Ghundoo's geometric wallpapers are unusual in that she has dispensed with the standard notion of a repeat pattern, creating designs that are meant to clash with each other on the wall. However, Ghundoo's tightly controlled use of colour and pattern manages to hold everything together resulting in striking graphic combinations. Her latest 'Mix 'n' Match 15' collection will be on show at 100%, launching the new Tropic and Monochrome ranges inspired by the sea.


Delightfull Interiors
Strike up the band! Portuguese design company Delightfull has tickled our fancy with this witty light fitting. Consisting of 24 trumpet-shaped brass lamps, the 'Botti' chandelier is designed to illuminate a room in multiple directions. Choose from four metallic finishes – nickel, nickel and black, gold or copper and black – and you'll be ready to Charleston till the cows come home!

Bette Kitchens & Bathrooms
It's about time someone redesigned the freestanding bath in a graphic and contemporary way. Bette's BetteLux Shape series utilises the idea of an outline frame to support its minimal bath and basin in the most elegant fashion we've seen for a long time. A range of accessories is also available including a circular mirror and sleek shelf. We reckon the best dressed bathrooms will be channelling this Mondrian-esque look as it's way ahead in the style stakes.

Concreate Design & Build
Polished concrete is still probably the most urbane floor treatment in contemporary interiors. But unless you're living in a cutting-edge piece of architecture, they're difficult to install, especially on upper floors. British company Concreate has solved this problem with its ingenious system of concrete panels which can be used to tile floors and walls, bringing industrial chic within the reach of normal homes. Available in four colours and suitable for use with underfloor heating, this sustainable and environmentally sound flooring is ticking all our boxes right now...

Esbe Design Emerging Brands
Two snarling panthers challenge each other on this illustrated sideboard by glass artist Esbe. Influenced by Art Deco and Pop Art, her stylised images are printed on to opaque glass before being mounted on to a matt lacquered or solid wood cabinet. The 'Panther' is the first in a new line of bespoke sideboards which also feature trompe l'oeil drawers and doors. We think Bagheera would approve...

100% Design runs from 23-26 September (23-25, trade only; 26, public welcome), Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14;

Sydney Indesign 2015

Inspiring event Sydney Indesign will see industry pros and design hunters alike out in force this week


Australia's premier design festival Sydney Indesign (13-15 August 2015) kicks off this Thursday, promising three days of hashtag-worthy product launches, showroom displays, installations, talks, prizes and parties. Having run for 12 years, and been hosted by five cities (including Melbourne, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Singapore), Indesign: The Event has international cachet, yet still manages to feel bespoke, boutique and local. And while it targets the trade, from interior designers and architects to retailers, specifiers and journalists, it also welcomes regular design fans, with free registration at any participating venue. So pick up a handbook, download the app and discover some fresh design finds...

ABOVE: Hub showroom in Surry Hills design precinct, which represents major international brands including Moroso
Designs at group exhibition Galleria: 'Ombre' lights by Dennis Abalos and Haryono Setiadi for Abalos, 'Byrdie' sofa by Ross Didier for Didier and the 'Setto' low chair by Skeehan for Catapult Design.

The event's buzzing hub Galleria takes over the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh, with an open-plan space featuring more than 70 curated brands, including furniture, lighting, rugs, kitchens and bathrooms, and fixtures and fittings. International and interstate names make the cut, as well as emerging local design houses. Don't miss new Australian talent zone Launch Pad, an exhibition of 12 finalists up for this year's prize, a grant to take their prototype to production.
Galleria, Australian Technology Park, Bay 10-14, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh; Thursday 13 August, 4pm-9pm, Friday 14-Saturday 15 August 10am-6pm

ABOVE: Must-see showrooms include Alexandria's Jardan and TCW (featuring naughtone's 'Fold' table and bench and 'Bounce' dining chairs), and Waterloo's Koda Lighting (launching 'Wireflow' pendants by Arik Levy for Vibia)

Design Precincts
Unlike many design fairs, held in boring, corporate exhibition halls, Sydney Indesign started life as a way to celebrate the showrooms of creative design brands around town. This year you can visit 30 seductive stores in six dedicated design precincts, spread around the inner-west and south, from Alexandria to Chippendale, Redfern/Waterloo, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. Download handy precinct maps, and look out for free hop-on, hop-off shuttle buses to help you connect the dots. Not only do the showrooms capture the essence of each brand, displaying their signature collections in style, but they also offer a chance to see new launches and meet the designers.
Showrooms, Friday 14-Saturday 15 August, 10am-6pm

The Project
Keep an eye out for The Project, a series of installations examining the theme of 'Ritual: The Art of Tradition', created by architects, designers, artists and studios in tandem with Indesign's exhibitors. Expect pinboards, projections and interactive fun. A multi-sensory experience by Karndean Designflooring with Latitude Group (above) explores wood as a base note for scents.

Timed Events
A feast of timed events – some ticketed, others casual – across the three days brings debates, celebrity designers, prize giveaways, and drinks and canapés to showrooms and stands around town. Check out the programme for more details. Habitus magazine will present the LiveLife Design Hunter Series of conversations, including talks at major showrooms Spence & Lyda, Living Edge and Jardan. WorkLife 2015 sees panels of experts discussing 'The Future of the Workplace' at the Indesign Podium at Galleria and select showrooms. DQ magazine's DQ RoundTable discusses design industry issues with a distinctly Sydney flavour. Book early for ticketed events as they may sell out. Finally, let your hair down at Saturday night's Wrap Party. You've earned those bubbles...

Sydney Indesign runs from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 August 2015. Hong Kong Indesign follows from 19-20 November 2015.