Friday, 30 March 2012

From Fashion to Furniture "Spring Summer 2012"

The Spring/Summer 2012 runways seen throughout the world,from Paris to Newyork have showcased one very popular trend for this season, colour blocking. Like most things that follow the trends seen in fashion, furniture is doing the same. Now is the time to brighten up your interior with a spalsh of colour.

Chair designed by Alessandro Mendini
"Proust Geomteric"

Although designed in 1978 for the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, Proust was and still is immediately recognized as an icon of twentieth century design for its use of geometric colour blocking.One of the most renowned and essential reference points in the quest for form and aesthetic perfection. Cappellini inherited the piece in 1993 and today Proust Geometrica, reupholstered in a new cotton fabric by Alessandro Mendini and hand-finished according to tradition, preserves the forms of the original armchair while refreshing them and breathing new life into the image and value of the original design.
Chair designed by Marni

Marni is an Italian fashion label founded by Consuelo Castiglioni in 1994.  Renowned for its great color blocking on the runways, it is nice to see that same style applies to a line of 100 new chair designs. Designed and manufactured using metal and multi-colored PVC threads.Each one will be on display at The Milan Furniture Fair next month.

Shelving designed by Brave Space Design
"Tetrad Flat"

With wooden sides and a metal backing, the Tetris Flat is a modular lightweight unit. Blocks can be attached to one another, to the wall or left free standing as a divider for seperating open plan living spaces resembing a life sizes tetris game. But unfortunetly, the bottom line doesn’t disappear when you make that perfect configuration.

Chair designed by Hertzog and Busk
"DIDI Chair"

Danish designers Busk and Hertzog created the DIDI chair for Globe Zero 4. Globe Zero 4 was created in 2008 when the two Danish brands Globe Furniture and Zero 4 merged and became one shared collection.Globe Zero 4 focuses design and development. The company develop and market high quality Danish/Scandinavian designed furniture. 

Update your IKEA Furniture with "Pretty Peg"

Swedish company Prettypegs has come out with a line of stylish and fun customised legs that fit any of your IKEA furniture. Ranging in shape from traditional and classic to contemporary and quirky the possibilities are endless. Customising each shape to your own suitable colour, this clever idea means that redesiging a space in your home does not mean you have to change your furniture too.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Milan 2012 Preview

With The Milan Furniture Fair only weeks away, I decided to treat you all to an exclusive preview of some of the designers and designs that will be showcased throughout Milan during the fair, which will be run between the 17th-22nd of April  in various diffrent locations.


Lighting by Tom Dixon
(above) "The Fin Light"
(below) "The Etch Web"
Mirror by Benandsebastian
Lighting by Louise Campbell

Table by Andy Martin
"Grid Space"

Lighting by Bec Brittain

Lighting by Erich Ginder

FCUK Launch New Interior Range

French Connection (FCUK) founded in 1972 by retail guru Stephen Marks has lauched a new homeware collection which includes lighting,ceramics, bedlinen and a limited collection of furniture. The collection serves up a smart range of products that compliment the fashionable, wearable and affordable clothing that French Connection as so well known for. Irish designer Lorraine Brennan is the mastermind behind the collection.This collection is both sophisticated and stylish with a colour palette of white, taupe, tan and grey to suit any interior.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

"Future Makers 2012" Design Competition

For all the designers and craftsman out there, today is the last day of application for The Crafts Counil of Ireland "Future Makers 2012" awards. This competition is open to all students currently studying a design course or apprenticeship aswel as graduates and practicing designers. Previous winners include Claire-Anne O'Brien and Una Burke.

Best of Luck,

Knitted Stools by Claire-Anne O'Brien
2011 winner
Leatherwork by Una Burke
2010 winner

Monday, 26 March 2012

What I'm Reading.."DIY Furniture"

"DIY Furniture: A Step by Step Guide" written by Christopher Stuart, founder of LUUR Designs, this book features designs by leading furniture designers and makers from around the world including Lindsey Adelman, Uhuru and Rich, Brilliant and Willing. The book shows you how to use simple techniques to make stunning designer furniture. Each design shows in detail hand-drawn diagrams with short easy to follow instructions so even if you have not made or designed furniture before this book is an ideal way to start. Or, If DIY isnt your thing buy it as a gift for the DIY or design-loving people in you life, I highly recommend it.


Up-Cylcling and Eco-Design

After visiting the Irish Furniture and Home Accessories Fair at the RDS this weekend, upcycling and eco design seemed to be a major attraction at this years event with the "Green Design Lounge" featuring upcycled furniture by the Community Reuse Network and live demonstartions on how to upcycle your old furniture at home. So I went on a hunt to find you some the latest and best up-cycled and eco-friendly designs on the market.


Jam Jar Lighting by Boots n Gus

Coffee Stirrers Chandelier by Studio Verissimo
Patchwork Cupboard by Robi Renzi
Sideboard from the Recycled Collection by Kann Design

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Your Daily Gloss

Look out for The Irish Times "Gloss Magazine" out April 5th featuring Bushell Interiors latest collection on sale in their Parkwest showroom. Kitchens, Furniture, Lighting and Bedding by top German and Italian manufacturers such as Presotto, Nicoletti, Foscarini and Allmilmo.

Friday, 23 March 2012

From One Fair to Another "The Furniture and Home Accessories Fair"

The Furniture and Home Accessories Fair 2012 is back for another year from the 25th to 27th of March at the RDS, Dublin. Amoung the exhibitors are a number of great Irish designers and craftsmanship including Ian Carty Cermanics, who's take on Ancient Roman potery techniques result in an organic texture full of character and fluidity. Each design tells a story diffrent to that of the next one.

See you all there.


The Furniture and Home Accessories Fair 2012

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Spring Furniture Fair

The Beacon South Quarter "Spring Furniture Fair" this weekend the 24th and 25th of March featuring furniture by Roche Bobois, Bo Concepts, Soul and much more.

See you all there

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Hello World and Welcome to my new Design Blog

Design Press is here to keep you updated and informed about all things design, wether it be the launch of a new collection of products by national or international designers to the latest on up and coming exhibitions, fairs and show which will be held throughout the folllwoing year. This blog will be my new home to express,publicise and inform all those who, like myself have a passion for all elements of design.

If you have any queries regarding my blog or wish to inform me about any upcoming events that you would like me to post about please do get in touch by commenting, sharing and liking this post.

Hope you enjoy the new blog.