Success for Equal Rights for Design Campaign

RAR, Charles & Ray Eames, 1950, VitraRAR, Charles & Ray Eames, 1950, from Vitra

Seen as we are enjoying the best of British sport in London, I thought it would be a good time to talk and celebrate the best in British design and indeed the murky world of fake knock-off design classics.

The core issue in this murky world is that  designs can be copied 25 years after the death of a designer and not 70 years like works of literature, drama, music, film and art. So this leads to lots of designs being copied and sold cheaply unlike this beautiful and real (pictured) RAR chair by Charles & Ray Eames sold by Vitra.

Championed by Elle Decoration UK and Sir Terence Conran, the Equal Rights for Design campaign has hit success as the government has officially proposed to change the law from 25 years for registered designs to the life of the creator plus 70 years.

Sir Terence Conran says, “Design has an important contribution to make to the growth of the UK economy at a time when it is sorely needed. If the UK Government were to change the copyright laws that are intended to protect designers in this country, it would go a long way to ensuring our brilliant young designers can make a decent living out of their creativity.”

Congrats to all involved!

Upcycling by Yinka Ilori, ICFF, New York

Odd one out, table&chair, stacks, Yinks Designs

Last week at ICFF, one of the pieces that caught my eye was this super cute chair by Yinka Ilori. It was so brightly coloured and I loved the height, the shape of the back and the detailing on the right leg. It would be the perfect statement piece in any room.

Yinka Ilori is based in London and is a graduate of London Metropolitan University. With global influences from herringbone tweeds to Dutch wax, Yinka takes old discarded furniture and upcycles it to produce brand new interpretations for  a future generation to love.

For more information visit Yinka Ilori.

Urbio – A Vertical Indoor / Outdoor Wall Garden

Urbio Vertical Garden

I spotted this fabulous vertical indoor / outdoor wall garden at ICFF, called Urbio and created by designers Beau Oyler, Jared Aller and the Enlisted Design team.

So if you don’t have access to green space or it’s very small then grab yourself some of the Urbio pots and start making your own indoor or outdoor wall garden. I love it!

Check out the video below to see how it works. For more information visit Urbio.


Tweet Stool by Jiin Kim Design, ICFF, New York

Jiin Kim Design, Tweet Stool

I love these Tweet outside stools by Jinn Kim Design. Look under the seat and you see the little bird shadow enclosed in the bird-cage style design. But when you sit on the stool the bird shadow disappears and the bird is free. Yippee for the free bird and relaxing in the sun on a lovely stool. For more information visit Jinn Kim Design.

Tom Dixon London Underground Exhibition, New York

Tom Dixon Etch Shade Light

On Friday I made my way in the sunshine to the Tom Dixon pop up exhibition on Bleecker Street, Noho as part of New York Design Week. Titled ‘London Underground’, it’s hidden away in the darkest depths of the Bleecker Street Theatre and is the first ever Tom Dixon satellite show in the USA.

The Luminosity installation showcases the latest lamp and lights by Tom Dixon, fresh from Milan which hang elegantly from the ceiling as you walk around the dark space. It’s all very dramatic and very cool.

And if you fancy a coffee there is a pop up Stumptown Coffee House with free coffee (nice!). Plus if you want to shop are on hand with some fantastic Tom Dixon products.

It’s still open today and tomorrow so head down to check it out. And do let me know what you think below. Which is your fave Tom Dixon light?

For more information visit Tom Dixon.