Thursday, 16 September 2010

Fresh and Funky Design

I was having a look to see what the latest must haves are and came across some retro designs in furniture. Bright and vibrant colour is in! and so is retro! here are some images i've come across that got me excited.

This classic bentwood chair £99 from The Conran Shop, is based on the iconic 1855 original Michael Thonet model. It's curves are made by steaming wood, bending it and then letting it harden into a curved pattern. The frame is made from solid beech and has a perfectly round beech plywood seat. This chair is quite fashionable at the moment and will make a simple yet stylish addition to a dining room or kitchen.

The extremely durable A Chair from Xavier Pauchard is rumoured to take one hundred manual operations to create it, meaning that no two are entirely the same. The French style bistro chair, launched in 1934, is made of powder coated steel and is both lightweight and extremely durable. Its robustness makes it suitable to be left permanently outside and it can stack up to 10 high The unyielding popularity of the product has resulted in it entering the collections of the Vitra Design Museum, MOMA and the Pompidou Center. Selling at The Conran Shop for £185 a piece the chair is very good quality however if scratched the exposed metal will rust.

The Mademoiselle Chair in missioni fabric is designed by Philippe Starck, the lightweight, robust and innovative design combines an injected moulded base of transparent polycarbonate with a comfortable seat which is covered in a soft fabric. This version features the striking Missioni pattern, which will add a splash of colour to an interior, from the Conran Shop selling at an astonishing £527. I love the injection of wild colour and pattern with the simplistic plain look of the chair legs. A set of these chairs would look incredible as a focal dining point with a glass dining table.
I love this!! This chair is from a website called and was £688, now £379, The moon chair, was designed by Mike To. The Moon Lounge-style Chair combines retro design with high-tech modern manufacturing methods. The comfortable and lightweight chair is durable, easily cleaned and can be used either indoors or outdoors. If you are looking for a retro touch, or if you just want to add something special to your living space, the Moon series offers all the zest of 60s design with 21st century comfort and durability.

Antoher find that I love is this Firefly Glow Stool again from costing £79 (was £159). The Firefly collection is a colour selectable lighting system for both inside and out. The Firefly Glow Stool is ideal for putting in the garden, on the terrace or in the living room. The Firefly collection also includes a buoyant, waterproof glow sphere. When switched off, our Fireflys return to their white unlit state. Amazing!!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Exciting Wallpapers

I was reading through the October issue of Livingetc and came accross this double page spread, I fell in love with the image as soon as I saw it, it looks so simplistic yet so beautiful.
The floral wallpaper called Zephirine, is from the Designers Guild costing £55 per 10m roll, which I think is pretty good, and would look stunning if used on a feature wall. I love how the stripes complement this floral wallpaper too. The striped wallpaper called Closet stripe 351, is £78 per 10m roll by Farrow & Ball which is quite pricey but worth it if it completes the look.

Im very much into this style of design as in the past I have designed just using hand drawn lines for example

This is one of my designs - 'Carnation, Turquois background'

Another double spread that I found really quite interesting was the take on lace. Vivienne Westwood has created a 3D designed wallpaper which can add depth to any small area. At £55 per 10m roll from Cole and Son, this I think is one of my highlights from the magazine!!

This wallpaper reminds me of lazer Cutting techniques adding depth to a piece.

'Lazer Cut garnment', Image taken from

I Couldn't help but share these ideas with you as they got my quite excited!!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

My Website

I have finally set up a website, it's not a published domain as of yet but its a starting point for me to show you some of my creativeness and textile work.
I have a mixture of images on there from my drawings to textile furnishing designs, from photoshop montages to photography.
I've very much enjoyed putting this website together and continually update it.
I've also got another blog on there with things I've created and exhibitions I've visited. so take a look and let me know what you think.

see you soon

Exhibition - Cardiff Design Festival


i've just seen that my submission for the Cardiff design festival is on their website.

check it out!