All posts tagged: design

The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar Launches New Cocktail Menu

Discover the hotel’s illustrious history through 20 cocktails The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy has delved into its star-studded (but also lesser known yet equally compelling) history as a source of inspiration for its new 20-cocktail drinks menu. Combining well-loved ingredients with more unusual essences like paper and leather, the drinks aim to transport you right into the stories that inspired them. Try Incognito (Patron Anejo, popcorn, Averna, Martini Rubino, walnut – £30) which celebrates the Savoy as Katherine Hepburn’s hotel of choice, whose staff exercised the discretion she needed, and following a stay at Claridge’s where due to the formal dress code, she was unable to pass through the lobby so had to use the staff entrance, or The Savoy Delivers (Bacardi Carta Ocho, Martini Bianco, lime, honey, Indian Spices – £16) which recounts the tale of when a page boy travelled all the way to India to hand deliver a package that a maharajah had left behind. The menu itself takes the form of a beautifully illustrated pop-up book, with one story for …

Light it up: Anglepoise x Paul Smith

Bring light, style and a flash of fun into any room with this Paul Smith-designed Anglepoise lamp. Subdued shades of grey, blue, green and purple are conducive to a cool and calm working atmosphere whilst the orange accent brings a spark of energy when levels are lagging. And of course, you get the usual high quality construction and freedom of movement that comes with an Anglepoise lamp. This should help get all your bright ideas flowing in next to no time. Anglepoise + Paul Smith Type 75 Desk Lamp, Edition Two. £160,

Take Note: XiN – 3D-printed jewellery

With 3D-printers now available at many a designer’s disposal, the race is on for the most fantastical and extravagant of pieces but what to do if you’re of an impatient nature? Well, you could try taking note of this jewellery range for starters.   Created by Chinese designer Xinran Lu, jewellery brand XiN already boasts three collections that have all been 3D-printed in London and which are now available to buy and wear, with prices ranging from £400 to £8,000. The ‘Shan-Shi’ collection (pictured) – translates as ‘Mountain Lion’ in Chinese, features bold, intricate but minimalist shapes along with luminous gemstones and diamonds that have a mesmerising effect on anyone who catches sight of it. Each piece is designed digitally before being 3D-printed, coated in precious metals and hand-finished with any precious stones added along the way. Here, Xinran gives us some insight into the process behind creating the pieces in his collection. “When I finish a digital model, I send it to the 3D printing workshop. Once I have the 3D printing wax model …

Tom Dixon Sandwich café opens at Harrods

Could this be the most stylish sandwich shop in London? Literally sandwiched between the two Tom Dixon furniture concessions on the third floor at Harrods, is this marvellous new sandwich café designed by Design Research Studio – the interior arm of Tom Dixon. It features cosy, club-style interiors with dark blue, deep green and burgundy hues, offset by statement brass lighting, marble-clad tables and pierced metal screens, all previously unseen. The café, which also serves hot breakfasts, cheese and charcuterie boards and salads, has a great selection of gourmet sandwiches. They may have eye-watering prices (from £11.90 – £18.50) but they have some pretty mouth-watering options, such as: – Roasted Scottish beef with celeriac romoulade, horseradish and crispy shallots on a crusty roll (£12.90) – ‘London Porker’ barbecue hog roast with apple coleslaw and English mustard in a crusty roll (£12.90) – Poached lobster with mango relish and Thousand Island dressing in a soft glazed roll (£18.50) Tom Dixon Sandwich, Third Floor, Harrods, Knightsbridge

Veuve Clicquot invites you to design your own Mailbox

Calling all creatives! Get your design hat on – there is €10,000 (and Champagne) at stake. Champagne house Veuve Clicquot has launched The Re-Creation Awards, an international competition in which members of the public are invited to submit their own Veuve Clicquot Mailbox gift box designs for the chance to realise their creation, as well as pocket a lovely cash sum. The American mailbox-style gift box was inspired by Madame Clicquot’s archived letters to her clients. The winner will have their design turned into a 2015 limited edition mailbox that will see worldwide distribution, and which will be unveiled at Milan Design Week. They will also receive €10,000 and be featured in Wallpaper* magazine. The winner will be chosen from a pool of 20 finalists who will all be flown to Hotel du Marc, Veuve Clicquot’s hotel in Reims, France. The competition boasts an international judging panel including designers Tom Dixon, Pablo Reinoso, Ferrucio Laviani and Central St Martins Professor Nicholas Rhodes. The deadline for entries is 15th November. Entries are to be made at …

Take Note: acrylicize – design masterminds

Giving whole new meaning to the act of ‘decorating the office’, art and design studio acrylicize has made a much sought-after business out of making art work in the workplace They’ve created design pieces and art installations in the headquarters of some of the biggest brands in the world and it doesn’t look like the work will let up any time soon bit its inception had pretty humble beginnings. Created whilst at university James Burke, together with his friend Paul Arad, tapped into a concept which looks into new ways of encouraging people outside of the art establishment to engage with art. Burke explains, “I wanted to develop something that could be appreciated by a wide spectrum of people so looked at doing something new with the simple ‘picture on the wall’ concept. The idea of acrylicize was to update the traditional canvas and develop a contemporary alternative using modern materials and technology. That’s where the use of acrylic came in and with it the name acrylicize.” Fast forward a few years and Burke and …

A design philosophy: Plain Simple Useful by Sir Terence Conran

Plain, simple, useful. It’s a design mantra that has served Sir Terence Conran well. It is also one that we should take heed of when looking for our own interior and design inspiration. Of looking to objects and surroundings that are indeed plain, simple and useful, Sir Terence Conran explains, “They are as much the antidote to pointless complexity and superficial styling as they are to the shoddy and the second-rate. Applied to the house as a whole, this approach results in interiors that are effortlessly stylish, confident and timeless. In such surroundings, colour sings out, pattern adds verve and there is plenty of room for the expression of personal taste.” Conran’s new book serves as a guide to help you make the most of your living space, from cooking and working, to sleeping and bathing, and all at a cost you can afford. It provides insight into the designs and techniques employed for an orderly and functional home and includes his recommendations of items that can help to enhance easy and contemporary living – …

The best story not yet told? The Story of Design

It is easy to take for granted those little things which enable us to tick along comfortably and efficiently, day in day out, without appreciating just how good we’ve got it and how far we’ve come, and in just the past few years alone, in the design and technology stakes. Our demand for more and better than we currently have is an overwhelming and never-ending quest that is the driving force behind modern day innovation and design – mainly through the means of technology. As Charlotte and Peter Fiell, design historians and authors of The Story of Design, explain, design is simply a means of problem-solving, a quality that is built into our DNA, the result of which has and will continue to shape and improve the way and world in which we live. The Story of Design, seemingly the first book of its kind, chronicles this very evolution of design from rudimentary stone tools made by chipping away flint in the pre-historic era, to the advent of mass manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution which …

Here come the water works at Coq d’Argent

If you want to learn about making an entrance, enter through the atrium space at City restaurant hangout Coq d’Argent. Greeting you there is this grand installation made from glass bottles and strips of blue and lilac ribbon cascading from above and winding its way around the bottles in imitation of a waterfall. Created using 1,000 Belu water bottles, which were collected and recycled for the purpose by restaurants in the D&D London group in support of WaterAid, it took a whole weekend for British designers Emerald Mosely and Christina Ballard to erect. A pretty and thoughtful art feature, this is an entrance worth remembering.

Fine feat of design – the ramabowl

Bowl over your guests by setting one of these porcelain beauties down at the dinner table. The bowl, each one hand-made and brushed with paint containing very fine particles of crushed 24 carat gold to give it an iridescent effect, is modelled on the original, which was created for a luxury restaurant in Japan. And the logic behind the striking geometric shape of the bowl? To ensure each person receives the same amount – the star shape at the bottom marks the pouring line and this is revealed only after you have finished the serving. The ramabowl costs £65.