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Hot, new design collective discovered at Designersblock 2009 28 September, 2009

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Some of the most exciting pieces I found at Designersblock last week were from new design collective Tales of Design.

Fresh out of college and formed only weeks before Designersblock opened its doors, the collective consists of six fresh-faced and excitable designers whose common goal is to ‘create innovative, fun and meaningful furniture‘.


Image credit: Tales of Design

Sensibly, the group support and inspire one another but are not tied to the collective. Each member has free rein to venture out on their own, giving their individual talents room to flourish and allowing for personal successes. The result of this flexibility and understanding is a collection whose pieces are totally diverse but beautifully cohesive, much like the collective itself.

We interviewed one the designers, Jenny Walsh, who encourages people to ‘make friends with her furniture’. The Chase bookcases (above) store your favourite books while keeping your favourite pages open for quick reference. Clever design with a beautiful abstract style.


Image credit: Tales of Design

Her My City coffee table (above) has a map of Dublin city embedded in its surface. The white, angular shapes represent the city’s buildings, whilst the walnut plan ‘reflects the more organic pattern of human movement visible just below the surface of every city’. Not only is the table clever and considered, it is also designed to encourage interaction and engagement. Jenny told us that she writes ‘meet me here’ notes for her housemates and leaves them on the corresponding points of the map. Love it.

This is a collective with warmth and innovation in abundance and pieces to match. Definitely one to watch.


Another favourite from Designersblock 2009 28 September, 2009

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I said I’d be back with more delights from Designersblock and here I am, true to my word.

After my ride on Chichi the Rocking Piano I was left in a lighthearted mood, and followed my nose for fun to Peter Ibruegger’s stand. As it happens, I found the perfect companion for my discerning nose in the form of  a moustache. A family of moustaches actually.


Image credit: Peter Ibruegger

Ibruegger has created three, cheeky mugs (above), with a different moustache on each side to let you masquerade as you sup your coffee. You can choose from feisty Fu-Magnum, enigmatic Mustafa-Chaplin and cheeky Maurice-Poirot. I’m definitely going to be investing in a Magnum mug for my PI-loving best friend.

Rocking pianos and NASA tested chairs at 100% Design 24 September, 2009

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I’ve just returned  from 100% London and am so excited I decided a blog was in order. Immediately. Before I’ve even had a cup of tea. Yes, it was that good.

As I type, Earl’s Court Exhibition Hall is teaming with more forward thinking designers and beautifully formed, innovative designs than you could ever hope to see in one place. And some of the edgiest pieces can be found at Designersblock, which is exactly where I scampered off to when we arrived.


Image credit: Sarah Davenport

There was a whole lot of exciting design to take in, from story-telling ceramics and cactus chairs to Design Boutiquer Ella Doran’s welcome hut, with a roof made of her beautiful tea trays. But I can’t give everything away all at once, so here are two of my favourites:

First up was glamorous, flame-haired designer Sarah Davenport with her coquettishly-named rocking piano, Chichi (above).  Chichi is a beautiful and whimsical piece which rocks you gently as you tinkle her (I think she’s a girl) silver keys. Inspired by a sense of liberation that was awakened in Sarah at the Milan Furniture Fair, Chichi is her way of putting the soul back into design and communicating the value of making dreams happen. I love how the piece pushes the boundaries of traditional design with a subtlety and softness that makes her quirkiness seem graceful and her rebellion romantic. She’s very seductive is that Chichi.


Image credit: LYX

Next up was the amazing furniture range from Scandinavian designers LYX. I fell in love with the Wing chair (above), which is absolutely huge, beautifully formed and perfect for cuddling up in. But that’s not all. This amazing piece is made from the biggest single piece of bend wood ever used to create a chair and was the first chair to be certified by NASA. Sitting in the recliner is ‘the closest you can get to weightlessness’, its designer Micheal Malmborg told me.


Image credit: LYX

But the crowning glory in LYX’s collection was the brand new Hyperlounge chair (above). This little beauty is so new that Designersblock 2009 is its world premier. Wowsers. Described as a ‘chameleon that can adapt to a setting or dominate it’, the chair is futuristic and very funky. I saw it in understated wood and wool, but it is also available in seriously sexy polished aluminium and white leather.

And that’s your lot for today. But fret not – by lunchtime tomorrow I will have shared some more of my highlights from today’s trip. Can’t wait!