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Stuff Crush; 2.10.12

a second London Design Festival special of objects we were lusting over...

Stuff Crush; 2.10.12
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Fashion, art, interiors, gadgets and so much more; Stuff Crush is our weekly address of objects we lust…

Bold prints, retro aesthetics and DIY principles – here’s the second instalment of our Stuff Crush London Design Festival special editions; and a rather lovely one it is too…

Stuff Crush; 2.10.12


NgispeN; Amateur Masters A Chair

Constructed of polycaprolactone wax, which in this instance also serves as a metaphor for the creative energy in people, The Amateur Masters were designed by Jerszy Seymour as a result of a series of exhibitions deliberating utopia and an amateur society. Whatever the reasons, we absolutely love the classic modernist forms of this piece.



Larkbeck; Asa-No-Ha-Highboy & Sakura Sideboard

Showing for the first time at London Design Festival was Larkbeck; made up of Rafe Mullarkey & Laszlo Beckett. Debuting two new works – the Sakura Sideboard and the Acer Console – alongside older pieces; the clean, straight lines of the works (such as on the Asa No Ha Highboy, pictured above) are juxtaposed by their doors’ deeply detailed relief frontage. Impressive.



DesignK; Tea For One Teatable

Having been on my feet all day, admittedly, I was drawn to the Tea For One Teatable initially as I saw a teacup and cake. Constructed from solid ash wood with vibrant waxed cotton strings or natural leather entwining the legs, this sturdy and transportable little piece comes fitted with a ceramic plate – which superbly fits a cuppa or muffin. And, if you want to make it more personal, you can have your own plate made.


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Anthony Hartley; CABLE

Furniture designer and maker, Anthony Hartley’s new collection encompasses his familiar bold colour mix whilst the actual product is anything but familiar. CABLE allows you to mix and match colour combinations, and being assembled with a cable-tie can be flattened and set up an unlimited amount of times… without the need of tools. You choose the colour of the furniture and the tie and the great thing: if you have a set and get bored of it, you can swap and change to create fresh looking pieces everytime.

Anthony Hartley


Rachel Powell; Etched Lampshade Collection

We love the retro look of these lampshades by recent UAL graduate Rachel Powell. Carnaby is the Drum shade, Twiggy the pendant and Fleur, the tub shade. Handmade, the etched veneer pieces can be purchased complete with a vintage base or on their own – and did we mention? Each shade is edged with silk. Fancy.

Rachel Powell


Dare Studio; Cage Lights

These lights by Dare Studio, constructed by powder coated or plated aluminium, are available in three different sizes and colours. Designed by Sean Dare, Cage echoes the sort of bold brutalism you’d expect to see hanging in a dusty former-GDR warehouse – with a sleek nod to contemporary design that drags it into the 21st century.

Dare Studio

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Artek; 2nd Cycle with twentytwentyone

Not new, but my they still look good. Designed as part of Artek’s environmental strategy (collecting old Aalto chairs from flea markets, schools, homes, and giving them a new lease of life) the furniture remains true to its original design keeping an authentic aesthetic. Some may think it looks old and decrepit, we simply love the vintage style.

Photo © Marco Melander



Deryn Relph; Retro Rainbow

Selling her wares at Craft Central‘s One Day Designers Sale – along with over 30 other UK designers – was textile designer Deryn Relph. We were drawn to the colourful material, bold prints and stripes of her collection Retro Rainbow which continues her exploration of retro-designs, nostalgia and the use of colour to evoke positive emotions.

Deryn Relph


KAMKAM; Dressed-up furniture series

KAMKAM’s stand was full of lovely and intriguing pieces (including a child’s wooden train and a peculiar looking chair named Jail Chair which two people can sit on in a range to manners) and their Dressed Up series. Comprising a cabinet and stool, the former can be opened and closed in a variety of ways due to the door being made of fabric or leather; whilst the latter is a functional object with secret storage behind the material. The Gentlemen range resembled a male suit.


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