Monday 23 September 2013

{Kids} Juguetes para la crisis by Natalia Aguado

One for the kiddies! Product design student from Escuela de Diseño de La Rioja in SpainNatalia Aguado, has designed these really cool "toys for the crisis". Or as she calls them: Juguetes para la crisis.
It’s a simple toy made ​​with a few basic wooden and cork shapes that can be put together simply. You can swap them around to create different shapes: police cars, boats, buses.... Kids can also let their imagination run freely painting the different pieces. There are endless possibilities!
VIA Natalia Aguado

Friday 20 September 2013

{Design} Woven by Eleanor Pritchard

One of my "coup de coeur" at DesignJunction 2013 was Eleanor Pritchard's work. From her studio in South East London, Eleanor Pritchard and her team design and sample their collection of wool blankets and furnishing fabrics. The collections are developed using high quality yarn and woven by well respected british weavers in a small traditional mill in Camarthenshire in West Wales.
The blankets use bold geometric patterns with a strong graphic feel, the palette includes solid colours and cross hatched neutrals together with sharp accents. It is great modern reinterpretation of midcentury English design. You can find the gorgeous throws in her online shop.

Eleanor Pritchard woven throws
405 Line VIA Eleanor Pritchard
Easterley range VIA Eleanor Pritchard

Eleanor Pritchard woven throws
Totley range VIA Eleanor Pritchard

Wrekin range VIA Eleanor Pritchard

Wednesday 18 September 2013

{Design} At Design Junction 2013 with Simon Jones

I am pleased to share that this evening I went to this year's DesignJunction. In it's 3rd year only, it is one of the newest design shows taking part in London Design Festival. I love how they showcase a few well established designers together with emerging talents. 
One of which is my friend Simon Jones, he has a stand there, showing his latest furniture designs for the first time this year. Simon Jones Studio design architecture, exhibitions & furniture is a young talented London practice. Their work is practical, economic and space conscious, often evolving as refinements and adaptations of existing typologies. 

Here is a general overview of the work exhibited this year: new tables and seating made in their Kentish Town workshop. All the pieces shown share a common theme of folding, stacking or self-assembly. I will post some more about his work soon. In the meantime, you can take a look at his portfolio here.

DesignJunction is there until Sunday, so go and check it out for your design fix. Lots of interesting designers showcasing their newest innovations, pop up eateries and bars. Make sure to visit Simon Jones at stand S16 on the 2nd floor.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

{Design} Royal System modular shelving

{Design} Royal System modular shelving | Rue du chat qui pêche

I went into twentytwentyone today on Islington's Upper street and was pleased to see that they now have the recently relauched Royal system shelving system. It is amazing to see that this minimalist design dates back from 1948. Danish designer Poul Cadovius created the Royal System for the furniture brand dk3You can customise the Royal System to your own needs: bookshelves, media storage, workstations, kitchen storage... It offers great possibilities to extend and reconfigure to follow the user's needs. I look forward to seeing more interiors with these gorgeous, modular and lightweight units. It comes in oak, walnut veneer on MDF or in laminate.

{Design} Royal System modular shelving | Rue du chat qui pêche

{Design} Royal System modular shelving | Rue du chat qui pêche

{Design} Royal System modular shelving | Rue du chat qui pêche

{Design} Royal System modular shelving | Rue du chat qui pêche

 {Design} Royal System modular shelving | Rue du chat qui pêche{Design} Royal System modular shelving | Rue du chat qui pêche

Saturday 14 September 2013

{Design} Corner Ladder by Company & Company design studio

Check out this clever ladder design by Barcelona based, Company & Company design studio. The corner ladder is a space saving take on the cumbersome utility tool. It folds into a single pole by folding the rungs of the ladder into slots in the rails. It can be leaned against the wall or used freestanding. The Corner Ladder is a smart ladder storage solution for small spaces.
The designers used a set of clever folding techniques for the most space saving collapsible ladder I have ever seen!
Check out the video to see it in action!

{Design} Million year perpetual calendar

I love the minimal Million Year Calendar. This perpetual calendar is usable forever, simply by rotating each vertical post. No yearly waste! 
Keep an eye out for more perpetual calendars to come.


I have been off for the entire summer holidays, and school has now started again in rainy London. I wanted to share these gorgeous images of materials I picked up on Pinterest. I love the copper, brass, marble... So tactile!

Check out more of them on my Pinterest!

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