Bright Young Things 2011: Everything Else
OK, to end what was meant to be a week-long highlight to kick off the new year yet has inexplicably sprawled out over seven weeks, I give you my final tips for the (stylish) top. Normal service to resume after this!
Furnish – charmingly witty Bunny vases with flowers forming the ears
Haoshi – Taiwanese design house featuring a whimsical update of the retirement gift classic – the carriage clock. The figurines rotate inside the piece giving an innovative way of telling the time
Twenty5ive – a combination of a rocking chair and stool, this curious little number is reminiscent of a spider but in a charming, rather than horrifying-phobia sort of a way
Brigid Strevens – after a sexy, feminine table inspired by surrealism? Then the Stiletto is for you
Penelope Batley – stunning collection of supersized necklaces doubling as a somewhat extravagant light. Also in the range are giant light pendant earrings to put even Pat Butcher to shame
Anya Keely – creates fantastical, Victorian influenced artworks and objects from found items and ephemera
Shawn Soh – kooky sleek products abound from this Korean-based designer, including this upside-down standard lamp, furry ‘relation-sheep’ stool and ‘A tree becomes a book becomes a tree’ bookcase
Ize + Studio Toogood – uber-stylist Faye Toogood continues to conquer the design world, this time branching out into product design. Based on pieces in her collection, she has collaborated with Ize to produce a collection of door and cabinet handles and coat hooks, designed to ‘bring the tactule textures of the natural world to the usually geometric realm of hardware’. Toogood is definitely one to watch throughout 2011.
Cathrine Maske – through combining photography and glassware, Catherine isolates images, encapsulating them in glass to produce a surreal, isolated effect
Daily Life Clock – gorgeous conceptual clock from designer Dongjin Byeon, the musing behind the design is how time seems to fly the older you become – hence, rather than hands, the time is told by figurines of an elderly woman (the ‘hour’ hand), a young adult (the ‘minute’ hand) and a dog, racing round in place of a second hand.
Tortie Hoare – creator of one of 2010’s most talked-about design pieces, this slimline desk is formed of boiled leather and wood which almost seamlessly blend into one another to create a slick yet tactile laptop workstation
James UK – future design classics in the making abound courtesy of the James’ who run this design outfit. Think mid-century modern with a modern twist
Alex Bradley Design – airing your laundry never looked so good but thanks to this multi-purpose indoor/outdoor table-cum-clothes airer (perfect for teeny flats), knicker-drying on radiators can become a thing of the past. Hurrah!
& then – stunning shaker-inspired cabinet range featuring on-trend colour blocking panels
Ercol – the 90-year-old heritage brand shows it can still keep up with those hip young things by collaborating with the ever-fabulous Donna Wilson on a chunky-knit recovering of its bench seat, plus releasing a special edition tri-colour nest of tables (available at twentytwentyone) http://twentytwentyone.com/displayProduct.asp?productID=2993
Mark – this Cornish collaborative continue to go from strength to strength, with slick modern designs produced 100% in the UK, such as this Slide/Sofa by Anna Hart and Kay + Stemmer’s Shaper/coffee table
Decode London – check out the textile floral credenza by Jethro Macey – with white gloss lacquer units beautifully contrasting with the floral image embossed into its Corian doors, as well as the striking C Shelves and Heavy Desklight featuring on-trend red flex.
Phew! Back soon with something a bit less substantial…