Kelly Hoppen talks carpets

At DesignCurial, we were offered the chance to interview Kelly Hoppen to find out more about her new, debut carpet collection. During Sleep, the Hotel Design Event that took place in London at the end of November, renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen revealed her new venture – into the world of carpets. Teaming up with leading carpet manufacturer Brintons, Hoppen has created a bold new collection of contemporary woven carpets for the commercial sector. Entitled Kelly Hoppen by Brintons, the distinctive, contemporary collection consists of thirteen geometric designs that are perfectly on trend, reflecting Hoppen’s award-winning design style. Despite her...

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Christopher Jenner designs interiors for new Atkinsons Maison

Multi-disciplinary studio founder Christopher Jenner has designed the interiors of perfumer Atkinsons’ new Maison in Mayfair. With a long history of being the perfumer to British aristocracy, Atkinsons has returned to its roots in Mayfair with the opening of their new Maison in Burlington Arcade. The new flagship sits a stone’s throw away from 24 Old Bond Street, the iconic address where the company first took up residence in 1832. Previously famed for their distinctive fragrances amongst the court of George IV, Atkinsons has given responsibility for their flagship store’s interior design to London based designer Christoper Jenner....

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Grown Furniture: Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova explore biofacture

Collaborators Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova have created a collection of ‘grown furniture’ entitled Mycelium + Timber. First presented at Design Frontiers 2017, furniture designer and maker Sebastian Cox has collaborated with design strategist and thinker Ninela Ivanova to create new pieces of ‘grown furniture’. The furniture, made up of stools and lampshades, is made using mycelium (fungus) and wood. Christened Mycelium + Timber, the furniture is brought to life using freshly cut wood waste from Sebastian’s woodland, which has been myceliated with the fungus species Fomes fomentarius. This fungus creates the piece as it grows, binding the...

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Focus: Q&A – Robin Chadha

Robin Chadha brings us up to date with the latest projects for citizenM’s design-led, value-conscious accommodation What does your role at citizenM entail?I’m chief marketing officer, but my role goes beyond that to encompass everything to do with the experience of the guest, from the physical and digital right through to music, scents and uniforms. I am also a member of our creative board, which includes our regular design practice Concrete and our in-house team of architects, designers and stylists. We look at upcoming projects and consider all sorts of questions about what each hotel needs. My job...

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Nulty lights up Waterloo’s iconic graffiti tunnel, Leake Street

Cutting-edge lighting design consultancy Nulty recently completed their work on the regeneration of Leake Street Arches, including lighting 300m of Leake Street, one of London’s most popular urban street art locations. Linking Lower Marsh to the South Bank, Leake Street – also known as the iconic ‘graffiti tunnel’ – was brought to fame by infamous street artist Banksy, and is now one of London’s most popular urban street art locations. Being one of the few walls in the UK that artists can legally express their art on, it is the prime location for graffiti artists worldwide to leave...

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EcoWorld Ballymore launches botanic-beauty penthouses at Wardian London

Last week, EcoWorld Ballymore launched their twelve luxury penthouses at Wardian London, which are now officially for sale. Last week, EcoWorld Ballymore launched their twelve luxury penthouses at Wardian London, which are now officially for sale. The penthouses will offer residents a botanic oasis with magnificent, panoramic views of Canary Wharf and the City of London. As Wardian London’s premier residential units, the penthouses overlook the South Quay of London’s Docklands and sit atop two towers which rise to 50 and 55 storeys respectively. Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the development takes inspiration from the Wardian case –...

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jaehoon jung’s helmet allows workers to place accessories with a magnetic snap system

more often than not, construction workers are exposed to many hazards in specific situations like tunnel excavation. jaehoon jung’s unit-helmet is a result from interviews with swiss construction workers, which has adopted a modular system that makes it easily assembled or disassembled. this enables workers to actively respond to volatile surroundings. all these accessories can be easily replaced by means of the magnetic snap system. and the unit is able to be attached to many fastener systems that are ergonomically situated on top of the helmet, allowing the accessories to be assembled in combination with the other units, which...

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skibsted + biomega extends its product portfolio with the AMS E-low electric bike

design consultancy firm skibsted collaborates with biomega, a premium urban bicycle brand, to introduce its the third generation AMS E-low bicycle — the first ever low-step electric bike the company has produced. biomega has extended its product portfolio to include its first low-step electric bicycle, the AMS E-low electric bike, which mixes moped power and configuration with a city bike for urban and peri-urban commutes. the AMS E-low’s geometry holds the body in a slightly inclined, yet head-up position for navigational ease and exceptional balance     skibsted‘s biomega AMS E-Low is a semi-monocoque pedelec that provides a smooth daily ride. its mix of...

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jasper morrison and wataru kumano present ‘stool’ for more trees at maison & objet, paris

at the 2017 edition of maison & object in paris, jasper morrison and wataru kumano collaborate to create ‘stool’ in celebration of more trees’ 10th anniversary — a non-governmental organization focused on forest conservation. ‘stool’ was presented in tandem with teamlab’s ‘blossoming green tea’ digital art installation and is exclusively produced using hinoki, japanese cypress — directly from higashi shirakawa, gifu, in japan. all images courtesy of more trees     more trees was founded in 2007 by composer and musician ryuichi sakamoto to promote forest growth and conservation — not only in japan, but around the world. the organization enters the design...

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fuji kindergarten by tezuka architects awarded 2017 moriyama RAIC international prize

japanese practice tezuka architects has won the 2017 moriyama RAIC international prize for its oval-shaped kindergarten in tokyo. the award is given every two years in recognition of a single work of architecture that is judged to be ‘transformative within its societal context and expressive of the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality and inclusiveness.’ the project was chosen ahead of BIG’s ‘8 house’ in copenhagen; the melbourne school of design by john wardle architects and NADAAA; and the shobac campus in nova scotia, canada, by mackay-lyons sweetapple architects. in total, the prize received submissions from 17 countries across...

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IKEA democratic design day 2017 keynote event live on designboom

on september 22nd, the 2017 DEMOCRATIC DESIGN DAY keynote event – organized for the second time by IKEA switzerland – will be held at ECAL in lausanne. the conference explores thoughts and visions on what the future of living at home will look like. in collaboration with IKEA, designboom invites readers to watch the program presentations through live streaming on friday, september 22nd, 2017.   the keynote speaker line-up includes: antonio scarponi, a zurich-based italian architect and founder of conceptual devices; matali crasset, a french industrial designer and pragmatic within the field; simonetta carbonaro, a consumer psychologist and thought leader of the trade and...

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MAD architects reveals renovation proposal for the controversial montparnasse tower in paris

following an international competition that was launched in 2016, MAD architects has now revealed its renovation proposal for the famed parisian skyscraper, tour montparnasse. the shortlisted design transforms the huge black monolithic building — positioned in the city center — into an artistic lighting installation that presents and upside down reflection of the city. the design creates an upside-down mirage of paris, as if floating in the air     MAD’s design uses concave principles to create an optical illusion by setting every glass panel of the façade to a specific angle, so that the building itself turns into a...

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nouvelle AOM chosen ahead of OMA and MAD to overhaul paris’ tour montparnasse

nouvelle AOM, a consortium of three french firms, has been chosen to redesign paris’ montparnasse tower — holding off competition from OMA, MAD architects, and studio gang. ‘when we took up the challenge of this exciting competition, our focus was on revealing the beauty of the tour montparnasse from the inside out,’ explains the winning team. ‘we achieved this by incorporating radically new uses and crafting a complete sustainable ‘green’ makeover of the façade. the aim is to make the tower an icon of the 21st century energy revolution.’ the redesign seeks to emphasize the horizontal planeimage courtesy of...

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archohm designs a 16,000 sqm green bazaar and concert hall in new delhi

the delhi tourism and transportation development corporation (DTTDC) has invited entries for a ‘dilli haat’ in janakpuri, a residential/industrial area of new delhi. with the DTTDC promoting music all across delhi, the underlying layer that bonded with the overall program shops and bazaars selling crafts and injecting a new life into this part of delhi became its rhythmic ‘haat beat’, with the aid of architecture consultancy firm, archohm. bamboo is celebrated through its extensive and innovative usage as a brise-soleil, screens for baskets and food courts, as sculptures for street furniture or simply as the naturally growing thicketsimage © andre...

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azuma makoto plunges intricate bouquets into the abyss of the deep sea

for his project, ‘sephirothic flower: diving into the unknown’, azuma makoto has plunged enormous bouquets into the abyss of the deep sea. the japanese floral artist presents the work as an installment of ‘in bloom’, a series of experimental projects in which flowers are arranged in situations beyond nature. ‘god to god’ bouquet was placed at a depth of 881 meters with an atmospheric sea pressure of 885 paall images courtesy of azuma makoto     three bouquets of various flowers and a bonsai pine tree were emerged 1000 meters deep into the suruga bay and shizuoka prefecture. azuma makoto‘s creations...

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