A fun way to use some unwanted crockery and glassware is to make a cake stand. You can use old saucers and plates for the bases and glasses, small candlesticks and vases for the stands in the middle. Make sure everything you are using is clean and dry, mark the centre of your plates and play around with how you’d like your cake stand to look. Mix up some Araldite epoxy to the instructions on the packet and using a cotton bud, apply to the vases/glassware and place in the centre of the plate. I would recommend leaving it to dry overnight, but you can add more levels and create the cake stand of your dreams!
Monthly Archives: September 2010
On September 29th, 2010 by Pippa Jameson.
Yesterday was a crazy day, I started early doors and headed over to Decorex (I will blog about my favourites later today) and then I headed all the way back to Spitalfields Market to Origin. This exhibition has always been a firm favorite as I LOVE looking at all of the designer makers work (it finishes today so hurry down if you want to take a look). Run by The crafts Council, it’s their annual showcase of original contemporary craft. I remember spending many a day at the Crafts council researching for my textile degree; I was always using their huge selection of books and information to research designers. The event was extremely busy to say the least and so it was a little tricky to take any pics. I have used the photos from the Origin website to list my favourites (below).
Desiners, from top left: Ollie Zwitserlood, Lubna Chowhary, Justine Allison, Lowri Davies, Christian O’Reilly, Janine Partington, Claire Crouchman, Chris Keenan, Betty Pepper, Kaori Tatebayas, Abigail Brown, Sarah Thirwell, Yoko Izawa, Tina Vlassopulos, Virginia Graham.
On September 29th, 2010 by Pippa Jameson.
If you are a lover of Liberty like I am, you will be extremely excited to know that Liberty’s long established Haberdashery and Fabrics Department is to nearly double in size as the department expands and re-launches this October 2010. The store is going to stock the entire range of Liberty prints! Also on offer are the popular sewing school classes and by popular demand, the reintroduction of Liberty’s elasticated ready-to-sew skirts in printed fabrics. Click here for more Liberty fabrics
Fabric: Caesar B
Fabric: Toria D
On September 28th, 2010 by Pippa Jameson.
It’s incredible to think that Heals is 200 years old; and still going strong. The store has always pioneered great names and has been responsible for showcasing some monumental design pieces. Lucienne Day was one such designer and as a way of paying tribute to her and in line with the latest trend in 50′s style interiors, Heals are re-issuing her famous Calyx fabric from 1951 (seen below). Lucienne Day created many beautiful collections that continue to be an inspiration to the design industry.Lucienne and Robin Day
Below are some original posters from Heals in the 50′s & 60′s; aren’t they great!
Moving forward to modern time, Heals are still showcasing current and new talent with British designers like Mathew Hilton and Kay + Stemmer and more recent designers such as Lee Bloom (who I featured in my London Design Week post) and Benjamin Hubert. Then there are the staple names such as Tom Dixon, Ligne Roset and Vitra.
Click here for Heals full collection
On September 27th, 2010 by Pippa Jameson.
The following pictures are a great example of beautiful interior design; they are from the The One Room Hotel, the new micro mini boutique hotel that opened it’s doors in the very trendy Shoreditch. The creators; James Russell & Hannah Plumb used London Design week to showcase their new project (furniture, lighting, interiors) and had their first guest staying at the hotel after the exhibition drew to a close.
The hotel consisted of ‘one bedroom’ along with a small bathroom and a little kitchen area. All the furniture was custom built to fit the space and consisted of beautiful reclaimed pieces of metal and woonden furniture that had been lovingly brought back to life by the talented couple. The chest of draws was crafted using an old metal frame and the drawers were made from vintage suitcases that had been cut in half; very cool. The soft furnishings were textured and sumptuous; almost with a feel of The White Company or Kelly Hoppen Home but a little more rustic. The paint palette was a mixture of earthly warm greys & creams topped of with the odd bunch of vintage looking hydrangeas. The whole look was very cosy and organic. I think it was really well constructed and when you stepped inside the space, it didn’t feel cramped or claustrophobic. To view more of Jamesplumb’s projects, visit the following website. The One Room Hotel by JAMESPLUMB, photo by Gisela Torres
On September 23rd, 2010 by Pippa Jameson.
It’s been a really good few weeks in the office as we’ve had a couple of new people join; Gemma who is an illustrator, and Gurmeet, who’s an architect. There must be about 15 of us now all in creative fields including designers, producers & writers.
Work has been manic as ever. I’ve been helping with some propping for the BBC Electric Proms Awhich is going to look great. Also finalising the script for the Christmas virals, which we are now shooting on the 5th & 6th and also propping for a Sega commercial. It seems that the busier I am, the more I love my job (signs of a workaholic me thinks!) Hopefully I’ll be able to publish some stuff soon.
Finally, we recruited the lovely Meghan Plowman who will now be our Global Contributor for Pippa Jameson Interiors. Welcome Meghan!
On September 22nd, 2010 by Pippa Jameson.
I’ve just come back to the office after a few hours of London Design week. I’ve been running (or should I say cycling) around East London like a mad women trying to fit it all in! There are some really beautiful pieces on show and all very inspirational but one thing that really stood out as well as the designers was Redchurch Street. My husband use to have an office there until recently and so it’s been really interesting watching the place develop over the last few years. First came Shoreditch House then the odd gallery, The super trendy Boundry and now you can’t move without coming across a modern art installation (all behind graffiti doors), a trendy (and usually overpriced) deli or a quirky boutique shop. I absolutely love the change and really enjoy looking at all the designers work, especially on First Thursdays BUT, some of the people are painfully trendy and the hairdos!! Anyway, back to the matter in hand, I am going to post my favourite finds over the next few posts. The first designer I wanted to talk about is the brilliant and innovative Lee Broom.
Lee’s work never disappoints us and his latest collection was no exception. It’s called One Light Only (OLO) and is showing in non other than…Redchurch Street. The collection is inspired by Art Deco jewellery and fashion from the late 1970′s. I think the lights are beautiful – what you think? Also shown are some of Lee’s older pieces.
For more information on Lee Broom visit his website
On September 22nd, 2010 by Meghan Plowman.
Having such a love of graphic design and all things pretty and floral, I can not resist the timeless and beautiful work of 1950’s designer Florence Broadhurst.
Her collections of wallpaper, fabric and print designs are still manufactured and supplied today in a variety of colours. What I adore most is the Japanese influence in her work, featuring fans, bamboo, flowers, cranes and geometric shapes, in a contemporary graphical style that is so wonderfully distinct. Wander through more of Florence Broadhurst’s fabric and lifestyle galleries here: Signature or purchse her designs here
Feature by Meghan Plowman
On September 21st, 2010 by Pippa Jameson.
The London Design Festival is a must for anyone creative. It’s a nine day celebration of London looking at all design disciplines.
A Gust Of Wind by Paul CockSedge
Friday 24th September at the V&A
There are simply hundreds of individual design events happening over the nine days including; meeting designer makers in their studios at the V&A , the opportunity to attend a seminar on a favourite topic of design, exhibitions of ceramics, jewellery, textiles, glass, fine art, sculpture, art that’s for sale and much much moreFramed by Stuart Haygarth
I couldn’t possibly mention all of the events but below are is a list from the ‘Interiors’ section from A – N. It’s a very busy event so I would advice you to book on to any of the seminars or events that you are interested in. Click here for more information
Art Works – Oiva Toikka at Vessel
Vessel Gallery presents new & unique art glass works by Finnish master Oiva Toikka for his 50th anniversary at Iittala
Vessel Gallery, W11 2PW
Bernhardt Design unveils Monica Förster’s latest creation Vika
Bernhardt Design unveils Monica Förster’s Vika and introduces Jaime Hayon’s Bardot at Brands Limited, Clerkenwell
99 St John Street, EC1M 4AS
BoConcept 2011 Collection Launch Event
A weekend event with interior design surgery and a showcase of art and design
BoConcept, W1T 7NH
Cohesion Glassmakers’ Network group selling show
Zest Gallery, SW6 1RS
A world first look at brand new product, industrial and interior design from Studio Torsten Neeland
11 Chance Street, E2 7JB
Blueware by Studio Glithero at Sigmar
Studio Glithero’s beautiful interpretation of traditional blue and white porcelain tiles
Sigmar, SW3 4AS
Ceramics in the City
Ceramics in the City, a 3-day selling fair, returns to the Geffrye with stunning new work by 48 selected ceramicists
Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA
Change of Season at Ligne Roset City Showroom
Ligne Roset City presents an exciting new layout to welcome the UK arrival of its stunning new collection
37-39 Commercial Road, E1 1LF
Czech & Speake
Window display of collection of furniture and accessories
39c Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6DN
Decorex International 2010
Decorex will showcase a unique collection of top end, design led interior products from the industry’s finest suppliers
Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SR
Design Against The Clock
Design ‘performances’ at Established & Sons LIMITED. Established & Sons LIMITED will also act as a Design Café
2-3 Duke Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6BJ
Designers from London
New accessories concept store Darkroom presents ’Designers from London’
52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LL
DRINK, SHOP & DO
Design shop & cafe bar launch; emerging designers – retro & vintage; cups of tea; creative nights with beer & cocktails
9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX
At Focus/10 great design takes centre stage
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, SW10 0XE
Focus (A center emitting and receiving light rays)
Martha Freud’s first collection of lighting, furniture and tableware is displayed at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden
24 Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ
Global Industry at The Dock
Global Industry at The Dock is a creative hub for design in the Portobello Dock Canalside estate in Ladbroke Grove
Portobello Dock, W10 5BU
14 Days of Food and Design from Helsinki
Londonewcastle Depot, N1 7SL
HIVE Open Studio Pop Up Shop
HIVE opens the studio to view latest interior products and lighting all for sale to the public
6 Shardeloes Road, SE14 6NZ
Mint is pleased to present ‘Homework’, an exhibition promoting the Best of New Design for LDF 2010
2 North Terrace, SW3 2BA
INEKE HANS MIND-SETS
Mind-Sets is a retrospective of Dutch designer Ineke Hans’s work and her first solo exhibition in the UK
The Aram Gallery, WC2B 5SG
In Every Dream Home
New works by Paul Kelley, Studio Glithero, Freddie Yauner and Tina Roeder in a new collaboration between FUMI and FENDI
Gallery FUMI, EC2A 4BA
Caravan and hand-printed wallpaper artist Deborah Bowness play with scale!
3 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ
Innofa fabrics has joined forces with Frank and new concept store Darkroom to create a collection of one-off accessories
Darkroom, WC1N 3LL
In Residence: London vs Milano
Natuzzi invites two creatives, one from London and one from Milan, to interpret graphically their vision of London
Unit 2 & 3 The Pulse, NW3 6EP
Kvadrat and Cristian Zuzunaga
Kvadrat launches their textile collection by Cristian Zuzunaga
10 Shepherdess Walk, N1 7LB
Let’s Talk About Colour
Let’s Talk About Colour at Ligne Roset Westend launches the new acid-hued, dynamic and youthful collection
23-25 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JE
loophouse open studio
Southwark Bridge Rd, SE1 0EX
Lovely stuff at SCP
SCP East host the UK launch of All Lovely Stüff plus SCP & Donna Wilson launch a new range of rugs
135-139 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BX
Mind The Shadow Gap: Contemporary Architectural Mouldings by Solomon & Wu
Solomon & Wu launch the next generation of interior mouldings in Kings Cross. Design meets architectural detailing
6 Whidborne Street, WC1 H8EU
The Made in Design Collective present their debut exhibition of quietly reassuring design at East Gallery, Brick Lane
East Gallery, E1 6SA
Moooi at The Dock – Global Industry
Dutch design brand Moooi will open the doors of its new permanent showroom & UK headquarters at Portobello Dock
Moooi Showroom, W10 4RH
Moquette for London
Moquette design for London: an evening of discussion at the London Transport Museum
39 Wellington Street, WC2E 7BB
Nendo: Thin Black Lines + Blurry White Surfaces
Phillips de Pury presents the first UK solo show of the Japanese design studio Nendo
The Saatchi Gallery, Phillips de Pury & Company Project Space, SW3 4SQ
Neo Deco Pop-up Shop
Including work by Jose den Hartog & Chris Kabel, Sian Matthews, Nicole Mollett, Gareth Neal and Shan Valla
Space 54, EC2A 3QN
New Barbican Foodhall and Barbican Lounge
Newly re-designed Barbican Foodhall and Barbican Lounge by architects and designers SHH opens September 14th
Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Celebrating everything that Viaduct stands for: originality, quality and the ability to spot talent
1-10 Summers Street, EC1R 5BD
55x40x23 x 10kg. We asked 14 Norwegian designers to design a product that could be transported in their hand luggage
Blackall Studios, EC2A 4QS
On September 15th, 2010 by Pippa Jameson.
I wanted to write about following collection of short stories called The Cardboard Book Project as the author, Jemma Foster, embarked on a fascinating journey to Buenos Aires, Argentina to concentrate on her writing and these books were the outcome. Aside from them looking really stylish, they also support a nation that is in real need of funding as for every book sold in the UK, a book will be donated to Abuelacuentacuentos, (a charity that sends elderly volunteers to read to children in the poorest parts of the country) but most importantly, the books make for a really fascinating read; if not a little quirky!
The collection looks at ideas and philosophical concepts that have niggled, fascinated and haunted Jemma for some time and consist of twelve grown-up short Stories. Here is what Jemma has written about them on her website:
“Inspired by the recycled cardboard books made by the Eloisa Cartonera group, Jemma put together a definitive collection of short stories. The theme of the human senses not only binds the tales together as a body of work but also acts as an umbrella over the ideas and philosophical concepts that have niggled, fascinated and haunted Jemma for some time. The first six of the set explore the traditional, physical senses of touch, taste, smell, sound, sight and the ‘sixth’, while the second group take on the more obscure, mental senses of love, hate, dream, memory, intelligence and insanity.
Below is an extract from one of the short stories called: The Undeertaker
Illustration by Karen Raingold
“Felix de la Rosa had no need for a map, nor a compass, to navigate his way through the Amazon. For many years he had, literally, followed his nose and this time was no exception. You see, Felix’s nose was rather extraordinary. To the naked eye it did not appear to be a particularly interesting or spectacular proboscis – ugly, disproportional and slightly askew – certainly not the sort of snout that an olfactory chemist dreams of.’
A bit about about Jemma’s books:
Often disguised as the bizarre and fantastical, the stories, laced with South American influences, also offer a darker commentary on the curiosities of the human psyche. The names of the characters themselves were taken from the gravestones of those long dead and perhaps forgotten, gathered along her travels from Argentina to Colombia, so that they may live on in a story and be a part of something once again.
Below are some pictures of the Eloisa Cartonera group which inspired Jemma’s collection. Click the link and read more about this publishing company, another fascinating and heartwarming story.
The collection of books can be purchased through Jemma’s website: The Cardboard Book Project