Lamp Gras at Tent London

Lamp Gras at Tent London

The first show the BlogTour group attended in London was TENT, a collection of over 200 exhibitors from 26 countries. There was most definitely an eclectic indy flavor at this unique trend setting show held in the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. With a huge range of products, many continued the theme of old and new.

One of my favorite booths was that of the iconic Lampe GRAS. Designed in 1921 by Bernard-Albin Gras for use in offices and industrial settings, it quickly became a cult favorite of many design legends including Le Corbusier (in his studio below), Jacques Ruhlmann and Eileen Gray, who appreciated it for its modern and functional aesthetic.…

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Creative Collaboration: Samuel Heath & Victoria + Albert

Creative Collaboration: Samuel Heath & Victoria + Albert

Two of our BlogTour sponsors have already realized the advantages of creative collaboration. Samuel Heath and Victoria + Albert are both British brands based in the Midlands. They had attended many of the same trade shows but it was when they each settled into their beautiful showrooms at the fabulous Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, that they recognized their compatibility and now show each other’s wares in their respective spaces.

I was already a longtime fan of Samuel Heath. Their classic fixtures have always been on my radar for great design and craftsmanship. Founded in 1820, their fittings represent the best of enduring heritage and new technology.…

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The Future of Art as Seen at the V&A

The Future of Art as Seen at the V&A

One of the most popular London Design Festival-sponsored installations at the Victoria and Albert is “Textile Field” by the French Bouroullec brothers, Ronan and Erwan. Created in collaboration with Kvadrat, the forward thinking Danish textile company, this seemingly simple concept is brilliant. Made of stripes of colored textiles and foam, the large expanse (30 x 8 meters) is like a giant lounge chair in the space.

The Raphael Gallery, built in 1865 during the artist’s heyday, was a serious, reverent room. Housing seven enormous cartoons, the Victorian space could be quite intimidating. The installation changes all that, offering visitors (like our group above) a new perspective and comfortable setting to appreciate the paintings.…

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BlogTour: Old & New at the V&A: Murray Moss

BlogTour: Old & New at the V&A: Murray Moss

What an incredible whirlwind of a trip BlogTour was. Design 24 hours a day with nonstop visual inspiration. Thanks to Heathrow and the good people at Virgin Atlantic, I have my laptop back and am ready to share some of this amazing experience.

As I just returned yesterday evening, I am still in the throes of processing all that I saw but one theme was abundantly clear – the juxtaposition of old and new. This was especially evident at the beautiful Victoria and Albert museum, where the London Design Festival had several stunning installations.

One of the most publicized was iconic design purveyor Murray Moss’ curated  “Industrial Revolution 2.0: How the Material World Will Newly Materialise.” Working in conjunction with eight designers, he commissioned 3D printed projects to be created (printed) in one piece by Belgian 3D printing pioneers Materialise.…

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Report from the London Design Festival

Report from the London Design Festival

I’m afraid, dear readers, you will have to wait until my return to read about my fabulous adventures here at the London Design Festival. I unfortunately lost my laptop in transit and have not been able to post or obviously upload any photos. Needless to say, this has been a frustrating experience but please know that I will have much to report next week. It is been a nonstop frenzy of visual and conceptual stimulation. If you are on twitter, you can follow along at the hashtag #BlogTour2011. So – off to meet the members of SBID this morning. Cheerio and talk to you soon!!…

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Creative Collaboration: Legos in London

Creative Collaboration: Legos in London

My love for legos is no secret. I have written about them before here and people who know me understand my mild obsession admiration for this incredibly clever and creative product. Did you know that since their introduction in 1949, legos have become the most popular toy in history? Clearly I am not alone, for it seems lately the fervor for legos has spread more widely throughout the artistic community, culminating with this current ambitious creation, the “LEGO Greenhouse”. A large scale installation in Convent Garden, this is the first fully functioning greenhouse built entirely from LEGO bricks.

LEGO UK commissioned designer, Sebastian Bergne, to create a lego installation as part of the London Design Festival 2011.…

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Hanging out at Fashion Week – the Mercedes Benz Star Lounge

Hanging out at Fashion Week – the Mercedes Benz Star Lounge

I’m always amazed by all the towering shoes I see at Fashion Week. Between waiting for shows and standing in line, there’s a fair amount of time on your feet. So it’s terrific to have a place to sit, relax, have a drink and regroup. The Mercedes Benz Star Lounge is just such a spot. This year the space was designed by Wesley Cadle, who I had the pleasure of meeting in his space.

Cadle is the perfect southern gentleman and was generous enough to take a few moments to discuss his vision for the room. Like many of the spring collections’ designers, he was inspired by the elegance of the past.…

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Fashion Week Spring 2012 – CHADO Ralph Rucci

Fashion Week Spring 2012 – CHADO Ralph Rucci

CHADO Ralph Rucci’s Spring 2012 collection was nothing short of breathtaking. It is in a league of its own.  The gorgeous fabrics and incredible workmanship really qualify it as more of a couture collection in my eyes. And Rucci has a loyal following of women who are willing and able to pay for it – think Deeda Blair, Iris Apfel, Jamie Gregory, Charlotte Moss, Carmen Dell’Orefice and Whoopi Goldberg, all at the show. My view of the front row with Bill Cunningham and Hamish Bowles.

“Chado” is the name of the ancient Japanese tea ceremony, the essence of which is respect, tranquility, grace, and integrity.…

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Fashion Week Spring 2012 – J. Mendel

Fashion Week Spring 2012 – J. Mendel

I’m always interested in the synergy between different design venues, so I was very curious when Gilles Mendel cited Dorothy Draper as his inspiration for his Spring 2012 collection. “I approached my collection much like the way Ms. Draper approached designing a grand space. I combined the bold with the elegant to make easy sensual clothing that would suit the chic lifestyle of my clients.” And chic they are indeed. Sitting across from me were Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose The Row collection is one of my favorites.

The show started with an obvious nod to Draper’s strong contrasting interiors, such as her 1954 design for the Essex Hotel in New York.…

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Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Michael Kors

Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Michael Kors

Although we’re anticipating fall soon, this week in NYC was all about spring. Yesterday I attended some of the Spring 2012 shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. After several seasons now at Lincoln Center, the producers of the event, IMG, really have it down pat. Everything seemed to move like clockwork.

First on the agenda for me was Michael Kors. You can always count on him for some version of classic glamour. The inspiration for this show was “memories of Africa” done the Michael way – “the rustic modernism of the Lebombo Lodge…soft djellabas and caftans…raw beauty… artisanal textures…earth tones of limestone, olive and clay…” And if this is his vision of a trip to Africa, sign me up!…

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