• Memory Palace Exhibition

    Posted on 25th June 2013 by Andy.


    Exhibition: Memory Palace Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL When: Now until 20 October 2013 The V&A has brought together author Hari Kunzru and 20 new pieces of art from a selection of leading illustrators, graphic designers and typographers to create what has been described as a ‘walk-in book’. It tells the story of a distant future London where writing and art have been outlawed and what is left of the past are people’s memories. The work on show here each illustrates a passage from the story, which plays on the idea of memory. The contributing artists have been drawn from a number of different disciplines including editorial and advertising, producing pieces that range from sculptures to intricate designs. The exhibition presents a distinctive and original approach to exhibiting graphic artwork and is a brilliant showcase for up and coming British talent. Find out more:  

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  • Orla Kiely

    Posted on 4th July 2011 by Andy.

    Orla Kiely is a designer of clothing and home products, which sell their distinctive ranges across the world. In 1993, Orla Kiely was commissioned by Harrods in London to produce a range of hats after her final catwalk show for her degree. This is when the Orla Kiely label was born. Her collections of soft accessories sold well and in 1994, she collaborated with Dermott Rowan. During her first show at London Fashion week, she secured her first order in Japan. In the following years, Orla was appointed as a consultant for Marks and Spencer, and also to expand ranges for Debenhams.  She then showed her collections on the catwalk at Paris fashion week and secured even more business worldwide. The Orla Kiely brand was growing at a spectacular rate and becoming incredibly popular in Japan and Korea, where her first standalone store was opened. By 2004, Sainsbury’s had contracted Orla to create home ware ranges alongside Sir Terrance Conran and today you will find Orla Kiely home ware and fashion in places such as John Lewis and Shoon. Her well-known multi stem logo is seen and used on a range of bedding, soft furnishings and accessories. She tends to use basic prints with bright retro colours giving a kind of 70’s feel but in a tactful way.

    If you want simple and chic, Orla Kiely design is the way to go, and a lot of people love and admire her collections. You will even find an EVOKE digital Radio designed by Orla. Not only does Orla design home ware, you’ll find beautiful dresses and bags in her collection, some specifically for the modern woman and man, including bags made specifically for Apple laptops and devices. Take a look at the Orla Kiely collection, and brighten up your home with beautiful pieces.

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  • Cath Kidston

    Posted on 9th June 2011 by Andy.

    You may already know some of Cath Kidston's designs, mainly her vintage floral patterns that can be seen in a huge variety of products and purchased from many high street stores and online. Cath Kidston is a British Designer and has a family of great notoriety from her Uncle Charles Allsopp, who was the former chairman of Christie's, to Kirstie Allsopp of “Home Made Home” and “Location, Location, Location” fame.

    Kidston grew up in Hampshire, attended boarding school and at the age of 18 moved to London where she set up an interiors business and opened a shop. Her company grew and grew, people loved or hated her work and eventually in 2010, she sold her company, but remained creative director. Cath famously collaborated with different companies to create iconic pieces that are incredibly desirable, like my perfect summer garden accessory, the Cowboy Tepee Tent which was co-produced with Millets. She has also worked on some fabulous mobile phone covers such as the colourful Electric Flowers and Shooting Stars iPhone cases.

    In terms of home furnishings and interiors, there is a plethora of products that can be found to decorate your home, bringing a warm and fun element to every room. Take a look at the beautiful Cath Kidston Antique Rose Wallpaper, and you can even walk around on stunning Cath Kidston tiles! Bedding and throws are the order of the day in beautiful vintage rose designs, with fluffy eiderdowns to snuggle in. You can pretty much decorate your whole home if you wanted, although it may be slightly excessive. I love the Cath Kidston designs and it’s a joy to see little bits of it dotted around everywhere you go. It brings a warm, fun element to the home, and if like me you’re trying to recreate a vintage feel, it’s perfect. Now, all I need to do is try to persuade the folks at Controliss Blinds to start making their super electric roller blinds with Cath Kidston designs, which would be fabulous!

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  • Clerkenwell Design Week

    Posted on 1st June 2011 by Andy.

    Last Tuesday saw the start of the Clerkenwell Design Week, a 3-day festival celebrating all in modern design, architecture and creative practices, and best of all it was free to attend. Clerkenwell Design Week was set in the heart of London and this year's festival boasted even more architects and creative people per square metre than last year. It was a great arena for designers to work, and incredibly inspiring. During the festival, there was 60 different showrooms where people were working and creating pieces, as well as exhibiting their own work. There were over 150 events during the festival including “Office Acoustics” from Desso”, “How I built a toaster…from scratch” at Orangebox, and “Spring/Summer 2012 colour trend forecasts” at InterfaceFLOR. These are just a couple of the interesting and inspiring events that you can attend for free whether you’re a designer interested in new technology or need some ideas for the home. Clerkenwell also boasted big names on its books like Lulu Guinness and Nick Munroe, who were asked to create a piece for the festival. Lulu Guinness opted for a giant version of the very popular, pin art office toy. So what did the festival mean to those who are not designers or creative? Well if you are into modern décor or need some ideas to revitalise your home, this was the perfect place to go, you literally get up close and personal with the designers and creators, so you could ask them questions, hear their ideas and rub shoulders with worldwide creative types. There were many incredibly individual pieces that haven’t even reached the public market. It’s one of the most celebrated design festivals in the world, and right in the creative heart of London where designers live and breathe their work. The broad spectrum of events and demonstrations were fantastic as was the various musicians who added to the tremendous atmosphere.

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  • Italian Quirk and Design

    Posted on 19th May 2011 by Andy.

    Staying at a friend’s house over the weekend, I noticed they had a few pieces from Alessi, the contemporary Italian design company, which really caught my eye, mainly because of the colour and shapes and the amusement of me trying to work out what exactly they did. When you think of Italian design you might think of beautiful flowing lines, bright colours, luxury and of course passion and that is exactly what Alessi achieve with a post-modern eye.  Alessi have been creating designer kitchen utensils and other products since the 1980’s. Making something simple like a spoon, something of beauty and high end design.  If you had a keen eye for design you were probably the proud owner of the Whistling Bird Kettle or the Juicy Salif Orange Juicer on legs. These were and still are iconic pieces that everyone recognises.

    Alessi started in the 1920's making eating and drinking utensils out of metal. More and more of the Alessi family joined as designers and architects joining the company to produce some of the most iconic pieces of design in history, which have now become collectors items. Today Alessi produce items for the kitchen, bar and café, electrical items and other quirky pieces.  Strange and beautiful and almost a toy like quality to play with, like this Bird Soy Sauce Bottle.

    So I finally discovered what the pieces that my friend owned are, one was the Anna Cheese Grater, and then there is the Parrot Cork Screw which is brilliant and quite obvious what it does. And finally I find this…

    It took me ages to work out exactly what it is, well it’s the Stefano Giovannoni designed Lilliput salt and pepper set! The little orange guys have magnetic feet and the salt or pepper comes out of their eyes! So random but so great. What I love about Alessi is that you can have just a few key pieces in the home, they are incredibly clever design and great talking points, because of their sleek design and bright colours.  Now I’ve worked out what these pieces did exactly I think I might invest in some Alessi bits, they’re a great gift for someone who appreciates quirky pieces and good design.

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  • And the bride wore...

    Posted on 3rd May 2011 by Andy.

    It was unbelievable how excited the royal wedding commentators were, literally screaming for Kate Middleton to get out of the car so they could see the wedding dress she had chosen and discover who the designer was.

    And the bride wore... Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

    You’ve probably heard of McQueen before, the very lavish and bold designer who unfortunately passed away in February 2010. McQueen was well known for his couture pieces and fixation with British tailoring.

    Sarah Burton joined McQueen as an intern initially, and after 3 years was put in charge of women’s wear.

    After the death of McQueen the design house was urged to continue and Burton carried on his work, successfully producing a new collection and designing the brides and bridesmaid dresses for the Royal Wedding.

    As well as highly fashionable clothing ranges, McQueen has produced inspiring Home furnishings using his famous skull motif and lots on interesting creative designs, such as those produced for The Rug Company.

    Not only rugs but vibrant print wool cushions:

    And other accessories such as limited addition crockery pieces.

    So much like when it comes to fashion, it’s always sensible to have a statement piece, which you have splashed out on, but is timeless and can be utilised in many different ways. The same goes for home furnishings, and when it comes to McQueen there are some fabulous pieces out there, you’ve just got to have the time and patience to search for them, plus you don’t have to be royalty to own something by McQueen or Burton, in fact a lot of retailers, like high street fashion retailers, take on trends from the high class designers, such as Dwell, who offer fabulous “designer look pieces” but not at the high end price you would pay for a named piece.

    I must admit Kate Middleton did look amazing in the dress, and so did her sister, so hats off to Sarah Burton who created such an elegant timely look, fit for a Queen.

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  • Dining Room Inspiration

    Posted on 7th February 2011 by yasmin.

    The central focal point of an inspirational and inviting dining room is the dining table and chairs with beautifully designed feature pendant lights and controliss remote controlled blinds coming in an extremely close second. We love the implementation of the monolithic walnut wood slab top and sculptured abstract base of the Italian designed Bonaldo big walnut dining room table. Measuring 3 metres x 1.08 metres (110in x 43in) this dining room table certainly lives up to it's name. The good news for those of us with smaller floor plans to work is that the big daddy version is also available in 2.5 metres, 2.2 metres and 2 metres.

    Considered a design masterpiece you would never believe the Poul Henningson made Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke Suspension Light is over 40 years old. This unique and widely imitated design allows you to view the piece from all angles without ever being able to directly see the central light source.

    The first Artichoke lights were actually designed originally for the Laneline Pavilion in Copenhagen and they are still in use to this very day. The lights are now available in two sizes in white, copper and stainless steel finishes. This truly inspirational piece of sophisticated and functional dining room art for commands a premium price tag though so be sure to look around and find a design that suits your budget.

    The nature and location of the dining room within a property often means that there are larger windows such as patio doors, french doors and our favorites the contemporary and popular bifold folding doors. The exceptional functionality and luxurious one touch operation of the Controliss Electric blinds are a perfect way to add that extra level of sophistication that will really make the difference when it comes to the overall ambience of your interior dining space.

    One of the most popular window blinds for use on bi-fold doors are remote control Roller blinds that can be battery powered with everyday AA (LR6) batteries or supplied with mains powered 240V motorisation options for complete integration into the properties electrical supply as well as home automation systems. Be sure to checkout the ultra contemporary Controliss Viveza Platinum Roller blind fabric with its modern metallic appearance.

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  • Cool Britannia - Patriotic Interior Designs

    Posted on 7th July 2010 by Lee.

    Wallpaperspace is a UK based design/print company with extensive experience in the design and manufacturing of wallpapers. All the designs available are based on their own ideas or developed from vintage and antique documents.

    Controliss blinds love the Cool Britannia Union Jack design it's available as wallpaper and soft faux suede cushions in a variety of colours. We've picked out a couple of Venetian blinds in Satin Navy Blue and Satin Fire Red which will perfectly compliment the Red and Blue colours of this fantastic wallpaper. Hand-produced in their own print workshop, combining modern print technology with long-tested traditions of wallpaper design and manufacturing they produce a superior quality, 180gsm wallpaper with a smooth, matt print surface and non-woven backing (paste-the-wall). Each individual roll of wallpaper is printed to order eliminating excessive waste and the need for extensive warehousing keeping the profile of our carbon foot print low. Great care and attention to detail prevails in order to produce a range of wallpapers that are superior in quality and design. Bespoke and printed to order the wallpapers are available to buy online directly wallpaperspace.

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  • The Best of British Design - usTogether

    Posted on 9th June 2010 by Lee.

    Controliss Blinds were simply amazed by these inspirational high-end bathroom designs by usTogether. The sleek architectural lines and uncompromising designs are perfectly complimented with the hi-tech minimalism of our remote control Venetian blinds.


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