Wednesday, 26 October 2016


During the London Design Festival Alessi held a launch party at Harrods to introduce their new collection by design guru Marcel Wanders of Moooi. A vivid circus theme from harlequin patterns to clowns and ballerinas. I like the stainless steel bowls and their happy patterns but not so sure about the china and glass jars. One jar in glass, with a horse pattern that could have been picked straight from the Internet, with a metal lid, was sold for £35. This kind of jar can be found in any candy- or gift shop for a couple of quid. The china I feel like I have seen before, at Marimekko in the 1960s, by the Ten Group in Sweden, by Ikea and lately (before Alessi) Charlene Mullen (see below). I am not sure what is going on here. Marcel himself was at the event (dressed in jeans and a "shaggy" jacket). I am sorry to have to say, being a huge fan of Marcel Wanders and Alessi, that this collection feels fabricated and not designed at all.

Bowls in stainless steel and china bowls in two sizes.

The launch at Harrods was a happy and joyful experience in spite of the "fabricated design".

This bottle opener are numbered and one of the more "unique designs" of this collection.
Pieces shown during London Design Festival at and by Charlene Mullen in Shoreditch.
More by Charlene Mullen...

Charlene Mullen's work again.

Charlene Mullen.
This bowl was part of a small collection by Ikea two years ago. In this collection there was also a wallpaper and a coffee cup with saucer.

Thursday, 13 October 2016


Concrete is on! I just love this version of the Eames Chair. A cynical approach to design. Brutal design! Seen at 100%design.

Another very hard material but the real contrast to concrete. Expensive, elegant and untouchable for the big part of the world. Still going strong, again. 100%design.

Copper, brass and other metals are the given material for accessories within interiors right now! With this geometric surface just right 2017! Shining pieces here to stay. Copper is at the moment found on all metal domestic products, from vases to lamps, cutlery, kitchen utensils, soap dish etc...Designjunction.

Monday, 10 October 2016


This extraordinary chest of drawer was shown at 100%design during the design festival. Somehow it makes me think of the trends in fashion at the moment. Similar design idiom with abstract and irregular shapes. The mother of pearl effect and blues and pink! 

The shades of blue was reoccurring during the festival, from pale blues and turquoises to darker blues heading towards petroleum. Here an impressive way of walling at 100%design.

Marble, gold and petroleum blue velvet. It could not be more trendy just now. The right combination of materials. 100%design.

More velvet and irregular patterns from the Spanish stand at 100%design.

Velvet, blues and greens from Kirby Design in collaboration with Deadgood Design at Designjunction. Invitingly soft and decorative.

More exclusive and high end sofa in petrol by Holly Hunt.

Softer forms on sofas and "puffs", 100%design, in blues and black! More soon...