• 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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  • Design Icons :: Vivienne Westwood

    Posted on 13th February 2011 by yasmin.

    When we think of the long standing British design icon that is Vivienne Westwood, we think of everything that is whacky, fun and fabulous. Born in 1941 in Glossop, Derbyshire, Vivienne Westwood is one of the most internationally renowned fashion designers of the past 30 years. Vivienne began designing cloths back in 1971 which shortly followed with the opening of her first shop ‘let it rock’. Vivienne really hit it big time when she met her then lover and business partner, Malcolm McLaren; through this interest Vivienne got the chance to dress the Sex Pistols in clothing from her store. From then on Vivienne soon became synonymous with the punk rock era and still to this day many of her items remain with that theme. In 1981 Vivienne showed her first collection in London named ‘Pirate’, the show put her firmly on the fashion map and the rest they say is history. Today, Vivienne Westwood is synonymous for her funky sense of style, love of outlandish textures and bold prints. Her designs have generally stayed within the fashion world, however, over recent years her designs have thankfully branched out into home interiors.

    Perhaps one of her most famous home interior designs, Vivienne created the union jack rug and other carpet designs for ‘The Rug Company’. Vivienne’s tattered union jack rug is British patriotism at its best from one of the greatest British designers of our time. Vivienne Westwood is perhaps one of the most controversially eccentric and tremendously  artistic designers of our time, her prints are fabulously original and perhaps in the future we will see more of them on such items as wallpaper, curtains, home furnishings and remote control blinds, let’s face it; we all need a little bit of Vivienne Westwood in our lives!

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