• 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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  • Craft and Design Month May 2011

    Posted on 4th May 2011 by Andy.

    All hail the great British craft fair. The great events which draw hundreds of people from miles around to marvel and artistic creations, learn about ancient skills and traditions, and taste as much free homemade cheese as they can. The craft fair is an institution in itself, and seems to attract a certain type of person. But if you’re looking for something that’s unique, that won’t be in hundreds of high street shops across the length and breadth of the country, the craft fair is the place to go. From handmade silver jewelery to finely crafted oak furniture that you would never find anywhere else. You can really boast about these pieces, because they’ve been made with TLC and really make a statement in the home. May 2011 heralds Craft and Design Month, where hundreds of events are detailed on the website to help raise the profile of British crafts. Supporting our own designers and crafts people is a great achievement, there is so much variety and excitement in crafts. Bringing back age old crafts like sculptured willow weaving: for great furniture and trellises in the garden, not only beautiful designs to look at, but practical and functional too. Also creating pieces from the newest technology such as digital craft which can be completely personalised like photographs made into giant pieces of art, great for the family home or a thoughtful personal gift. So if you’re thinking of something to do at the weekend, or fancy spending on a piece of art and craft that will really make that particular room at home or special person feel amazing, take time out to visit the events across the UK for the British Craft and Design Month. Visit to find events in your area, oh and don’t forget to try the chilli cheese, it’s very nice.

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  • Controliss Recommends Another Great Show: Scandinavia Show 2010

    Posted on 1st October 2010 by Lee.

    Scandinavia Show 2010

    As if we didn't have enough creativity in London, the first Scandinavia Show 2010 featuring Nordic interior design will be coming to London and running from 9th-10th October 2010. New interior design styles will be featured as well as Scandinavian exports that will surely tickle your imagination. From fashion to food, travel and design, you will be delighted with astonishing creations from the top designers and companies of Scandinavia. Scandinavian design harks back to the 1920's when the modernist movement did away with complicated decorations and started the clean lines and functional design of today's Scandinavian furniture and accessories. Today, the Nordic decorative style is known for its durability and beauty. Exclusive objects will be brought to this show, such as the Iitala Aalto vase, which was featured in the World Fair in Paris in 1937. So don’t forget to view this Finnish glass masterpiece by Alvar Aalto in November. Exhibitors in the Scandinavia Show 2010 include Skandium, Skandi Living, Danish Homestore, BoConcept, Northlight Design, Ekornes, Clas Ohlson, Bang & Olufsen, and Pandora. Furnishings made by Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Poul Volther, and Johannes Andersen will also be featured. The Show is centrally located at the popular Olympia Conference Centre on the Hammersmith Road, London. At Controliss blinds  we're complete fans fans of the pure simplicity and beauty of Scandinavian design, read this article on Scandinavian style kitchens

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  • Controliss Recommends: London Design Festival 2010

    Posted on 30th September 2010 by jenny.

    London Design Festival

    London becomes the centre of creativity once again as the London Design Festival 2010 goes in full swing. If you haven't gotten around to attending an LDF event, here's a list that is still ongoing. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the headquarters of the LDF, so be sure to drop by this museum, too. A Living Space-Curated by Kit Kemp: Commissioning art and craft for the home This event runs until October 2 at the Contemporary Applied Arts, 2 Percy Street W1. Design Director of Firmdale Hotels, Kit Kemp is displaying unique creations from the top British craftspeople. The CAA Gallery showcases an imaginary Bloomsbury Group sitting room. Tecta: Hidden Classics Arup is featuring German design company Tecta at 110 Drury Lane WC2. Tecta’s modernist take on interior design is pioneering. They’ve been around since the 1920s and the 1930s. You’ll see Marcel Breuer’s F41E lounger and Hans Wegner’s CH468 chair which are rightful iconic pieces of the Modern movement.  This event runs until October 13. Hands On Theatrical installations and automata from Central Saint Martin’s graduates will be featured in the Arts Gallery, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn WC1. Catch them now until October 29. RCA at the LDF Of course, the Royal College of Art will not miss LDF. From September 23 to October 7, RCA will play host to seven exhibitions, including Design Products Collection where you can buy works of art by RCS recent graduates and staff tutors. Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore SW7 Off the Floor You only have until October 2 to enjoy the work of Fabien Cappello and Daniel Heath. Advocates of reusable design, the tandem will feature creative works of art made from limestone that were salvaged from the Heathrow Terminal 2, the oak drawer bottoms of the Natural History Museum and parquet flooring rescued from a north London school. Visit Retrouvius, 2A Ravensworth Road NW10 for this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Midwinter Modernist: the iconic designs of Jessie Tait Bulthaup, the company that makes designer kitchens will showcase Jessie Tait’s crockery from the 1950s. The exhibit will only be around until October 1, so you better hasten to 36-42 Clerkenwell Road EC1 or you’ll miss these mouthwatering delights. Gastrotypographical-Assemblage: the designs of Lou Dorfsman CBS Television’s “ad man” Lou Dorfsman is the focus of an exhibit in the Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road EC2. The event will run until  October 30. The exhibit will feature Dorfsman exciting career as a graphic designer in the United States.

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  • Get Ready for Heritage Open Days 2010

    Posted on 29th August 2010 by jenny.

    Heritage Open Days

    We at Controliss appreciate England's significant architectural history; that's why we're pumped to find out that Heritage Open Days 2010 are set on September 9-12. If you'd like to take a peek at wonderful properties that are usually not open to the public, mark these dates in your calendar. You can now discover for yourself these architectural wonders without having to shell out cash for the entrance fees. Founded in 1994, Heritage Open Days are organised by local volunteers, property owners or managers in cooperation with English Heritage. They hold tours and other events that focus on England’s culture and local architecture. Heritage Open Days are very popular in England. Just this year, the organisers are estimating that they’ll be welcoming about 1 million visitors. From September 9 to 12, you can explore hidden architectural delights in various English cities, towns, and villages. All these for free! This year, Heritage Open Days will cater to military history enthusiasts, romantics, and environmentalists.

    A Glorious Past

    Known as the Battle of Britain Command centre, the Bentley Priory in Stanmore, Hertfordshire has opened its doors after 70 years of being a Royal Air Force base. You can also visit the World War II Beacon Hill Radar Tower in Harwich, Essex and the Royal Air Force College in Cranwell, Lincolnshire. If you’re into classical architecture, check out the domed vault of the 18th century ironstone Gothic Temple at Stowe, Buckinghamshire. From this temple, enjoy breathtaking views of the Stowe Landscape Gardens. Another great example of the Gothic Revival style is The Grange in Ramsgate, Kent. Built in 1845, it was the former home of Houses of Parliament architect Augustus Pugin.

    Romantic Getaway

    If you’re in love and in the mood for some romance, head on to No. 3 Alexandra Gardens in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Distinguished composer Edward Elgar honeymooned in this elegant Victorian villa that overlooks the Isle’s south coast. Jane Eyre fans can journey to the Peak District National Park where they will find the Elizabethan North Lees Hall. Charlotte Bronte was reportedly inspired by this Hall when she described Mr. Rochester’s Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre. Speaking of Janes, the former home of Jane Austen’s brother Chawton House in Hampshire is also part of Heritage Open Days.

    Modern Architecture

    Technology buffs and environmentalists alike will enjoy touring the Aardman Animation headquarters in Bristol. This sustainable building is the home of the force behind Wallace and Gromit. You can also visit the glass-encased office block designed by Norman Foster. Marvel at this kidney-shaped Willis Building in Ipswich, Suffolk which is guaranteed to evoke the admiration of modern design enthusiasts. Relive the 1970s with the Anderton House in Barnstaple, Devon. If you want more modern design structures, Bristol offers Basil Ward’s The Concrete House which was built in 1934.

    European Heritage Days

    Heritage Open Days is England’s participation to the European Heritage Days. Today, about 49 countries participate in this memorable event. The United Kingdom holds four European Heritage Days, including Open House London, Scotland’s Doors Open Days, Open Doors Days in Wales and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland.

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