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Offbeat and hauntingly beautiful. Women (and men) with wild hair and faces full of expression. They seem to have been frozen by a spell and yet their personalities still shine through.
The figurines have ever so slightly whimsical shapes but the poses they strike are recognizably real.
Melanie uses the raku method of firing the ceramics (the traditional method used for Japanese tea bowls) that results in a deep crackle glaze and enhances the mysterious and enigmatic appeal of these wonderful creatures.
What do you think of them?
Renowned as the top and most anticipated event for Interior Designers in the UK, Decorex never fails to deliver. With 307 exhibitors this year it was a visual delight. You can always rely on a stimulating array of interiors products and designs and plenty of wonderful inspiration…
The underwater theme of the foyer designed by Nicolas Haslam and Colette van den Thillart of NH Design.
Saturated colour from Charlotte James
One of the many sample boards on the Clarke and Clarke stand.
The simple beauty of flowers from Susannah Hunter.
Bejewelled cushions from Spina Design.
A contemporary moment from Aram Store. Loved that book frieze!
Eclectic at it’s most colourful best from Graham and Green.
Traditional at it’s best from Nina Campbell.
Global influences in abundance at Ecco Trading.
I could go on and on….
Origin, the contemporary craft fair.
Situated in the Old Spitalfields Market in London’s creative East End, Origin shows a diverse range of high quality original craft. I’m always drawn to the ceramics, metalwork, glass and paper sculptures but there is also a stunning range of jewellery and knitwear too.
And there’s still time to go.
Origin, 22-28 September 2011 | Old Spitalfields Market London E1 6EW
Tent London, now in it’s fifth year was bigger and better than ever before. 225 exhibitors in five halls and seven galleries located in the Old Truman Brewery in Londons East End and showing the best in contemporary interior design products.
It’s been a mad dash this weekend to fit everything in but here are just some of my personal highlights.
100% Design opened today.
Probably my favourite exhibition of all during The London Design Festival. So many great new products and some old favourites too. I’ll be there over the weekend and one of the stands I’ll be visiting is Miss Print who will be launching their new fabric and wallpaper designs.
Aren’t they fabulous?
100% Design Earls Court, London. 22-25 September.
A breath of fresh air!
Don’t get me wrong, I love this time of year, but I find shopping for clothes a bit depressing. All of those muddy, drab colours! Thank goodness for Designer’s Guild. At least our dinner tables can look bright and cheerful.
I just adore those mugs and saucers!
Summer may be over but there’s still so much to look forward to.
I’ve a little trip planned in a couple of weeks time. A long weekend in the country with the BF and two old friends and I plan to do all of the above and very little else!
The London Design Festival has begun.
Nine days of shows, events and exhibitions from 17th to 25th September and a chance for London to show off and establish itself as the creative capital of the world.
The Victoria and Albert museum is a good place to start, to meet friends and to pick up information but it also has some very inspiring installations commissioned especially for the festival and events itself. I popped along on Friday and these are my own favourites.
‘Timber Wave’ is a unique installation by Amanda Levete Architects and Arup at the Cromwell Road entrance to the museum. Made of American red oak it is a three-dimensional latticework spiral that is 3 storeys high and quite breathtaking.
‘The Textile Field’ by the Bouroullec brothers is 240 square metres of soft undulating fabric and probably the only exhibit that the V & A positively encourage visitors to walk on. ‘We have decided to provide a kind of furniture element that helps people to relax their bodies and so relax their minds,’ says Erwan Bouroullec. Watch out you don’t fall asleep!
‘Beyond the Valley’ is an interactive experience in the British Galleries section of the museum. Here you can change patterns, add gold leaf, create new shapes and share creations on your own ipad on iphone. The wallpapers, fabrics and prints, also on display, are beautiful fantasies of flowers, living creatures and forests just waiting for the imagination of the visitor. I loved this and intend to go back for a play.
I was also very taken with the ‘Designer Maps’ by Johnson Banks. The museum were mindful of the fact that it can be a large and daunting place to visit so they asked five individuals (Annie Lennox, A S Byatt, Judi Dench, Lulu Guinness and Tom Dixon) to chose their favourite aspects of the V&A and the resulting exclusive ‘tour maps’ can be used to follow a special, personal tour through the Museum. They also look very pretty.
If you would like to see more information about the London Design Festival have a look at the guide from page 55 in Heart Home magazine. Shameful plug I know!
Images 1 and 4 from the V&A website. 2 and 3 my own.