Friday, 13 April 2018

#THECOALOFFICE NEW HOME FOR #TOMDIXON @KINGSCROSSSTPANCRAS

This Wednesday I was invited to preview the new home of Tom Dixon and his office, shop, showroom and restaurant. The new "home" is being relocated from Notting Hill to the new creative quarter of Kings Cross.
 King’s Cross is London's new creative quarter, home to 67 acres of inspiring businesses and outstanding architecture, destination restaurants and a vibrant cultural scene. The area’s industrial past has inspired the 50 new and repurposed buildings; the public spaces between them are a mix of parks, streets, squares, and gardens, with Granary Square and its fountains as a heart.

Over 12,000 people now work in the area in companies including Google, Havas, PRS for Music, Louis Vuitton, Camden Council, The Office Group, Vistaprint, Autotrader and ArtFund. A further 800,000 sq. foot of office space remains to be delivered.

King’s Cross has close to 2,000 homes – a mix of private, rental, student and affordable housing – in 18 residential buildings. All have been designed with care; the stand-out development is Gasholders London, 145 apartments built within Grade II-listed cast-iron gasholder frames.

Already known as a foodie hotspot, King’s Cross is now establishing itself as a retail destination. Nike, 18Montrose and Waitrose,
Jigsaw, & Other Stories and Carhartt WIP are already open. The retail vision will complete in late 2018 when Coal Drops Yard, London’s newest shopping street, opens in a pair of redesigned Victorian coal buildings, creating 100,000 sq ft. of boutiques, shops, bars and restaurants in the centre of King's Cross.
Tom Dixon says: 'For us it was imperative not just to find a new office or shop. It was vital to find a new home. London isn't just another city. It is where it all started. We will use these 17,500 square feet in this incredible location as a platform to broadcast our latest ideas in interior design, product innovation and experiments in food, functionality and future living.' 
Come on in with me and take a tour!




The old building must have been where a lot of coal was delivered for the area. Now the home of Tom Dixon, his team, his workshop, his shop, a restaurant and flower shop. Just by the canal at Kings Cross and next door to Granary Square with its dramatic lit fountains and the home of Central Saint Martins School of art. 

The entrance with Tom´s famous chairs and  sofa with new metal legs and lighter fabrics. The interior is "brutal" and industrial. The walls has been left undecorated  giving the place a rough feel in contrast to the gold, soft curves of the furniture and the elegant lamps.

The cafe, and waiting room, are situated just by the entrance. Tom Dixon's lamps are, of course, overused and the new candle collection and tableware are represented on the mantelpiece.

The staircases are also left with an industrial feel and simpleness in harmony with the old building.

During this press preview we were presented a black breakfast with charcoal infuses cheese, bread, meringues, jam and water. Impressingly decadent.

The meringues and in the back, the bread!

The new collection was also introduced and will not be shown in Milan this year. Cobalt blue or Klein blue are the new colour (use to be neon orange). Makes me think of the Conran Shop and sir Terence Conran himself. What gets around comes around!

The different railway arches are home to different part of the collection from lighting to office furniture.

A new collaboration has been started with the florist Wild at Heart where green plants are incorporated into the living area. Very in just now with these greens, takes me back to my youth when no home was complete without a Monstrea plant. I love the big flowerpots!

Tom himself introducing a new way of designing, with the nose! Scented candles is a new (and very commercial) range for his brand.

The railway arches seen from the Granary Square way and by following the arches you will soon find a new shopping area. More about Tom Dixon's new home and collections soon.
Opening Dates and Times
Press Preview: Wednesday 11 April, 9.30am – 11.30am. By invitation only. 
Shop Opening Date: Friday 20 April, 10am – 7pm.
Shop Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm Monday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm Sundays only.
Trade Open House Event: 10 May, 11am – 9pm. Pre-register here: rsvp@tomdixon.net Public Open House Event: 18 – 19 May, 10am – 7pm. Pre-register here: rsvp@tomdixon.net Restaurant: Opening late June 2018.
Address: Tom Dixon, The Coal Office, 1 Bagley Walk, London N1C 4PQ 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

#TEASER #STOCKHOLM MORE TO COME

I have been to Stockholm for the weekend and saw some very interesting and excellent exhibitions etc. Here a small teaser with the view from the restaurant at the Fotografiska Muséet at Södermalm. This Photo Art Museum is genuine in its form. Do not miss it if you go to Stockholm. More later this week.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

#YELLOW #ORANGE #PALEBLUES #PINK #FASHION AND #INTERIORS

Since I work with both fashion and interiors I can see where they walk side by side. This spring yellows and oranges mixes with pink and pale blue and turquoise. (Aside from all pastels, more about that later). Here the version by Scottish designer shown at Fashion Scout for SS18, Katie Ann McGuigan. Note the longer skirt and the footwear.

More from Katie, here a flimsy romantic dress for summer 2018.

A more 60s inspiration à la Courèges. Paul Costelloe.

Stripes are always around in interiors, at the moment more than ever, and the same goes for fashion. Note the colour scheme and the Missoni inspiration on the zig-zag cushion. Osborne & Little.

Hanging in clusters and preferably in glass. Lamps from Poliform at Chelsea Design Centre.

Terracotta/burnt orange mixed with pink and gold. The new sofa are kidney shaped and in velvet! Chelsea Design Centre. More soon.

Friday, 30 March 2018

#CENTURY OF THE CHILD #V&AMUSEUMOFCHILDHOOD #LONDON

Today is the first day of "Century of the Child" at V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green, London). I was privileged to attend the press preview and got personal guidance by one of the curators herself, Elna Svenle from Vandalorum Museum of Värnamo, Sweden. This exhibition about Nordic Design for Children has an origin in a bigger exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 2012 and has since travelled around the world. This version is concentrated on Nordic Design and how these countries were pioneers in putting the child in focus. The exhibition borrows its title from the groundbreaking book "The Century of the Child" by Swedish social theorist,  Ellen Key published in 1900. Ellen Key envisioned that during the 20th century children would become the centre of the adult´s attention. Her ideas on encouraging children´s creativity, education and rights have permeated Nordic Designs and have shaped the content of the exhibition.  

The layout has the historic exhibition on one side and on the other there are play areas for the children made up by some of the exhibited designs like Aalvar Aaltos functional furniture etc. Furniture, graphic Design, fabrics, clothes and books etc in a Nordic mix from the start-up-packs that parents gets in Finland (and now in Scotland) to books by Tove Janson (Mumintrollet, Finland, Elsa Beskow and Astrid Lindgren. A good variety of design but perhaps not so easy to read if you are not of Nordic descent. I missed seeing a lot of this designS and how it has survived and are still very much alive all over the world. Think Baby Björn and the baby carrier (not shown), more of the Ikea Furniture. Polarn and Pyrets still successful children´s clothes, Astrid Lindgren´s books, more of Elsa Beskow´s wonderful drawings etc etc.

In Finland you get a starter pack with all you need for your newborn from the bed (cardboard) to flannels and clothes.

The uneven football pitch are designed by a Swedish artist and will make everybody a player since the ball will go in unpredictable directions.

A den for storytelling inspired  by a Norwegian igloo-looking "tent" that was built from building scrap wood in the north of Norway, and Danish furniture/toys in foam that inspires kids to play and build.

Lego, still going strong and most children's favourites! Denmark!

This sunlamp charges in the day and gives at least four hours of light at night and will help children in deprived areas without electricity to do their homework. Danish design.

Trip trap trull. The Norwegian child seat grows with the child and has become a classic and timeless design. The exhibition will end on 2 September 2018. It has it´s weaknesses in places but gives a fair idea of how important the Nordic Countries has, and are, for the development and rights of the children in society today, at least in Europe!






Tuesday, 27 March 2018

#EASTERINSPIRATION A LITTLE TEASER!

Easter is coming, time to decorate some birch branches with feathers like in Sweden?
Just a simple little inspiration for Easter from Habitat. Gather ceramic vases in the middle of the table and fill with different green leafs. In Sweden we hang decorative eggs, chickens, feathers etc on birch branches...Why not do as the Swedes do? More from London Design Week later this week.


Saturday, 24 March 2018

#LONDONDESIGNWEEK2218 PART 2 #LDWSS18

London Design Week started, as always, with breakfast with Tricia Guild at her flagship store on Kings Road. Here pictured with (to the left) Living etc.´s editor in chief Suzanna Imre.

Giardino Segreto, the secret garden. A new collection of wallpapers that brings the garden into your house. Fabulous drawings and mixes so well with Tricia's love of contemporary furniture, vases with her so significant way of displaying cut flowers and plants. A new take on her own style.

Right down my street. I love jugs. And this traditional shape never goes out of style. In green at DG of course. More tomorrow...

Friday, 23 March 2018

#LONDONDESIGNWEEKSS18 #LDWSS18

London Design Week started, as usual, for me at William Yeoward on Kings Road. Unusually colourful and contemporary with a white corner sofa filled with a mix of velvet cushions in orange, blue, green and ochre yellow! And what about the white sprayed bottles and glasses disguised as vases. Brilliant!

The new corner sofa with happy company of a new, also very contemporary, rug with circular and geometrical pattern. Mixed with simple and crafty ceramics and glass this made a very young and vibrant room set!

William Yeowards so significative lamp bases in glass was matched with a red stripey wallpaper and pineapple and tropical fruity ornaments in unglazed ceramics. More from London Design Week tomorrow! From now on there will be more frequent reporting from me from London. Follow this space!