Unless you have been hiding under a stone for the past year, you will have noticed how brass is back. Designers everywhere are turning to the newly modish metal, using it to create tableware, lighting and furniture for retailers and collectors alike.
In the grown-up, inky-blue space reserved for customer fittings in Joseph Cheaney & Sons’ new flagship store in London, hang the portraits of the founders. It’s no mere space filler. The canvasses are here for a reason. Perhaps to keep watch, or maybe just serve reminder; a clear sign of the shoemakers’ desire to give heritage a leading role as it bids to write new chapters in a history spanning over a hundred and twenty years.
When renowned Swiss furniture company, Vitra, asked if they could create a pop up display using a series of Anglepoise® lamps to enhance the furniture sets in their stylish Clerkenwell showroom, of course we said yes.
With Christmas just around the corner, you may be interested to hear that British fashion brand, Hobbs, has just launched their first ever pop-up shop in that central London mecca of chic fashion, Marylebone High Street.
Science may trigger unwelcome school memories of frustration at failing to grasp its basic laws. But many of us still fondly remember the story of Archimedes yelling ‘Eureka!’ in his bath on discovering that the volume of his body equalled that of the water it displaced. And, as I discovered the other day, a new exhibition displaying the first drawings of 20 of the world’s most life-changing inventions (not all of them science-based) proves that science and engineering can be both enlightening and entertaining.
Winter: dark in the morning, dark in the afternoon and on some days, never properly light at all. No wonder we reach for the fairy lights to brighten the gloom. Now I love a fairy light as much as anyone, but a Christmas light is just for Christmas, whereas a beautifully-designed lamp will last a lifetime. So in an effort to banish the winter blues, add some seasonal notes and solve your present dilemmas all in one, stylish, swoop, I have compiled a list of must-have lamps guaranteed to light up your winters ...
We’ve all seen it. Two lamps spring to life. In rolls a ball. Back and forth it goes until the smaller of the two gets a touch carried away. POP. Game over. Off slinks the humble little lamp, safe from the gaze of its disapproving senior.
What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?
This is the question Sir Terence Conran put to ten of the world’s leading designers. Their answers make up ‘The Wish List’, an exhibition of fantasy objects come to life, launched last month for London Design Week and on show at the V&A until 24 October.
If you’re one of thousands of visitors still planning to visit Grand Designs Live Birmingham, a 4-day event, which runs until Sunday 12th October, there’s a feature in Grand Technology that’s worth seeking out; it’s called The Tech Box.
Whether you’re planning to visit designjunction during the London Design Festival, or simply keeping a close eye on events via the worldwide web, this designjunction charity initiative is one we urge you to watch.
If you’re inspired by the prospect of viewing the very best furniture, lighting and product design from around the work, presented against a stunning industrial backdrop, visit designjunction during The London Design Festival where we’ll be showcasing three remarkable new collections:
You’d have to have been living in a vacuum over the past few months to be unaware of the 150th years anniversary celebrations of ‘the nation’s favourite high-street store’. The story of how a tiny drapers shop was transformed into a high street institution is just the sort of rags to riches story us Brits love best. Anyone living within striking distance of one of John Lewis’ 42 nationwide stores understandably might struggle to keep count of the endless John Lewis purchases they’ve made over the years.
When British brand, London Undercover approached us last month to ask if they could feature Anglepoise® as guest brand of the month, of course we said yes. Established in 2008 by designer Jamie Milestone, London Undercover has been on our radar for some time. We love the way they’ve brought the humble umbrella to life, inspiring us Brits to enjoy and take pride in what must surely be our most indispensable, everyday British accessory.
In conversation with Confessions of a Design Geek’s Katie Tregidden at Clerkenwell Design Week last month, Sir Kenneth Grange talked candidly about his career to date, Pentagram, the iconic British designs he’s created, his user-centered approach to design, his inspirations, advice for young designers and of course his association with Anglepoise®. Grange’s career has spanned more than half a century, influencing generations of product designers around the world. Here’s what he had to say …
We always get a bit of a rush when we spot our lamps in a stylish interior, or when they’re being used by someone we admire. So when we discovered that influential art director and graphic designer, Veronica Ditting was an Anglepoise fan, we felt we had to ask her some questions:
We’ll be revealing our third new product launch of the year at Clerkenwell Design Week when it opens at 10am on Tuesday 20th May. Anglepoise® + Paul Smith is a stunning new interpretation of our iconic Type75™ table lamp, which combines the unmistakable form and function of an Anglepoise® with the unique handprint of one of Britain’s most admired designers.
If you’re into anti-heroes, graphic novels and comics ranging from Beano to Viz and you delight in a bit of healthy subversion, head for the British Library and see a new exhibition called Comics Unmasked. Opening in London on 2nd May, and running until 19th August, it’s the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics.
If you were visiting the International Salone del Mobile, in Milan last week, you may have passed by the WP store on Via Borgogna, where casual outerwear brand, Baracuta has teamed up with Anglepoise® to create a dedicated window display, celebrating two classic icons of British design.
If you haven’t come across one of the Tate Gallery’s quirky little art films on You Tube yet, we suggest you take a look now. Unlock Art is a Tate initiative, offering a witty inside track on the world of art. With the help of a series of celebrities – including comedian, Frank Skinner, new Doctor Who actor, Peter Capaldi, Girls star, Jemima Kirke - and now Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Kills