Thursday, 30 June 2011
Tesco's Homeplus virtual subway stores mixes QR technology and retail with public spaces. Time-poor commuters in South Korea can ‘shop’ the billboard-style advertisements that simulate traditional store shelves. Every item in the virtual store has a QR code beneath it and items can be added to the shopping basket, by scanning the code with a phone. When finished, the shopper sends the list to Tesco’s on-line delivery service, for home delivery.
WGSN-HBL subscribers can read more about retail apps below.
Digital DIY & decor: interiors retail analysis
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Design Sponge at Home (Official Book Trailer) from The Panic Room Videos on Vimeo.
This week's choice is much-awaited, and has just become available to pre-order. Written by Design*Sponge editor Grace Bonney with a foreword by Jonathan Adler, Design*Sponge at Home will be published in September 2011, bringing together a vast array of home tours, DIY projects, before-and-after stories, and resource guides.
HBL loves: the blog, which is a team favourite - and so we're sure to enjoy the book just as much. More information on Amazon here.
Labels: Book of the Week
|Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 © Peter Zumthor; photograph: Walter Herfst|
Renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor unveiled his new Serpentine Pavilion this week, in an annual tradition that sees the London gallery select a different architect to design the structure each summer.
|Root Brush & Tooth Powder by Saadiqah Rahman|
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
|Astor Wohnideen GmbH|
As the weather warms up in the northern hemisphere, consumers look forward to al fresco dining and traditional outdoor barbecues: the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) reports that 70% of American adults prefer cooking outdoors, as it is "more fun and relaxing than dining out".
This has led to retailers offering different products to fit an array of spaces for outdoors as well as indoors, and sees a range of barbecue types providing a variety of grilling and cooking options. Here, WGSN-homebuildlife profiles a key trand within the product offer.
Edited by Pascal Panagiotidis, Supertacular is a stylish blog which reports on the worlds of architecture, art, fashion, graphics, interiors and photography. Stories are carefully selected; it's worth reading today for this project alone - a Homebuildlife favourite.
HBL loves: the top banner, used to highlight particularly beautiful or interesting projects, and effectively elevating them to the status of magazine features.
|Lombok's Tottenham Court Road store|
Lombok’s stores and website now offer Earthborn paint’s full range of eco-friendly Claypaints and Eggshell wood finishes. Lombok customers can view all 36 colours and take home paint colour charts or a mini Earthborn sample pot.
Monday, 27 June 2011
With awareness of sustainability now common and LEDs no longer a novelty, consumers want something else from their lighting products. Playful themes are highly appealing to our emotions; with this in mind, designers are finding interesting and sometimes quirky ways to interpret this concept.
All UK Habitat stores except three in central London are set to enter administration as part of a deal to sell the indebted designer furnishings and homewares chain, putting 900 jobs at risk.
UK home furnishing retailer Habitat has been bought by Home Retail Group, the owner of Homebase and Argos, for £24.5m. The sale includes three London stores, its brand designs, UK website, and intellectual property which means the future of 30 other Habitat UK stores remains uncertain as the remainder of the firm enters administration. The Home Retail Group will now stock Habitat goods in concessions in Homebase stores.
Subscribers can read the full news story here.
Thursday, 23 June 2011
London-based textile studio Wallace Sewell have sent us photos of their new A/W 2011 collection. The range comprises colourful scarves and tactile woven cushions, and continues the studio's interest in vibrant colour and tapered geometric pattern.
|Unique Mono-Block Resin Chairs xxx by Sam Durant|
The Art of Not Making: The new artist/artisan relationship by Michael Petry (Thames & Hudson, 2011) is a weighty new coffee-table book which explores the relationship between successful artists and the artisans and craftspeople who realise their work for them. Featuring interviews with over a hundred contemporary artists, none of whom fabricate their own pieces, the book considers issues of authorship and creative originality.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
|Alma table by Roberta Rampazzo|
Brazilian designer Roberta Rampazzo has launched a new table, made from wood scraps with an acrylic frame. The idea is to show how noble wood can be even in its most unused form.
|USB key by Alain Berteau for Tamawa|
Tamawa have sent us images of the collection they will be launching at Maison et Objet this September. The Belgian design brand is dedicated to finding creative new uses for Bakelite beads, and this autumn will see the plastic spheres used as USB sticks, a watch, a light and a salt and pepper grinder.
|Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects for Solo Houses|
Solo Houses is a new architectural project which aims to give up-and-coming architects a chance to make their mark, affording them free rein to create as they choose. Close-knit collections of up to a dozen buildings are planned, designed to function as second homes - the architectural equivalent of haute couture.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
|The Dell Inspiron IM5030/S2800|
The Dell Inspiron IM5030/S2800 will be sold exclusively in department store La Curacao's eight branches in California and in Phoenix, Arizona, where a large percentage of the population is Hispanic.
Brazilian blog COMBI on board is run by graphic designers Laressa Quaglia and Naia Ceschin, and is updated daily with interesting news and images from the fashion, print, graphics and design industries. There's a focus on colour, and on fun - nothing is taken too seriously.
HBL loves: its lively tone of voice. An energetic way to keep up with the latest events.
The Arnhem Mode Biennale in the Netherlands is fast becoming one of the must-see events on the design calendar. Running for one month at the AkzoNobel building in the city of Arnhem, the show adopts music, scent, film and photography as vehicles for designers to express their visions in conceptual vignettes and innovative installations. The displays offer inspiration for a range of disciplines, from interiors to VM and retail.
Ines Kaag and Desiree Heiss, founders of fashion label Bless, tapped into the concept of Faux Real at Arnhem Mode with a leather-cloaked car installation. Bless subject matter is often surreal in nature, and by ensuring it retains some level of functionality, this deceptive accessories exhibition begins to reference a Radical Neutrality viewpoint.
Sunday, 19 June 2011
|Image Credit: David Woo, Flickr|
|Dragon Boat Collection by TREE, Hong Kong|
|A Bespoke Journey by Andre Fu|
Labels: Designer Profile
|'Sprout' by design students at Hong Kong Polytechnic University|
|The Rug Company at Lane Crawford, Hong Kong|
Friday, 17 June 2011
This infographic, commissioned by GOOD magazine and created by Column Five Media, visualises the results of a poll by Pew Research and Smithsonian magazine which asked the American public what they thought life would be like in 2050.
66% of those polled think that artificial limbs would by this time be able to perform better than natural ones; 53% expect space travel to become normalized; and 74% predict that our energy will comes from sources other than coal, oil or gas. More information on the findings here.
Currently showing at the National Theatre in London is a retrospective of the work of British textile designers and sisters Sarah Campbell and the late Susan Collier. The Collier Campbell designs provide nostalgic, visual memories and a special relevance for those who grew up with their iconic fabrics.
|Rie Nørregaard, Susan Towers and Susy Korb of Omhu|
Meaning "with great care" in Danish, New York-based Omhu is a design studio and online retail store aimed at supporting people's abilities as they change throughout life. WGSN-homebuildlife met with co-founders Susan Towers and Rie Nørregaard during New York Design Week to discuss their growing business.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
|Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council|
The Crafts Council have released their policy briefing for June 2011, a document which details recent measures taken by the British government which will affect the craft industry.
|Karla Black, Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011|
The 54th edition of the Venice Biennale has already been dissected by the throng of international press and buyers who descended on the Arsenale and Giardini for the opening days in early June - but with the event running until November, there's plenty of time to plan your trip.
WGSN-homebuildlife highlights three of the must-see national pavilions to add to your itinerary; subscribers can click here to see our full top ten.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
|CandleStacks by Victoria Delany|
Craft selling fair Origin is held each September as part of the London Design Festival, and is a consistently reliable destination for finding talented, emerging designer-makers. This year will see a number of first-time exhibitors, including Victoria Delany, whose colourful tableware aims to “provoke a joyful dining experience".
|Momentum at Neocon 2011|
WGSN-homebuildlife reports live from NeoCon 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, with three emerging trends from the influential trade fair.
Multi-level seating: A focus on redefining the collaborative workplace has inspired multi-level seating, which creates a dynamic environment where an arm rest turns into seating space, and people have adequate distance between each other to comfortably talk.
Modular geometry: Bringing modularity to the next level is a puzzle of shapes that create an endless array of geometric, aesthetic and functional possibilities.
Moss: Moss green is an important accent colour, seen on textiles, furniture and carpeting.
Subscribers can read our full live report here.
Isaac Cordal's book 'Cement Eclipse' (Carpet Bombing Culture, 2011) documents a series of small-scale interventions he has made in his local area of East London, transforming grey and mundane urban landscapes into humorous and thoughtful dioramas.
Presented at the ICFF in New York last month, The Sidebar Project was a collaboration between two American design studios: modernist tableware manufacturers Teroforma and furniture brand urbancase. The studios, who are based on opposite coasts of the US, share a passion for well-crafted furniture and this cocktail bar and collection of barware is the first in a planned series of collaborations called Crafted.
|Huang Yong Ping, ART HK11|
With over 260 galleries from 38 countries represented, the fourth edition of the Hong Kong Art Fair continued to build on its reputation as Asia's foremost contemporary art fair. This year, one of the key themes to emerge at the fair was that of beautiful decay.
London-based design practice Study O Portable created the Fuzz series of bowls by building up layers of coloured ceramic resin over a wax mould. WGSN-homebuildlife spoke to Bernadette Deddens, one of the practice's founders, to find out more about the project.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Leipzig-based designer Yi-Cong Lu showed a collection of adaptable furniture at DMY Berlin this week which enables the user to "individually adjust living spaces".
The designer's minimal, problem-solving approach mirrors our autumn/winter 12/13 macrotrend Radical Neutrality, which sees the design industry "balancing extremes, dissolving dissonance, and creating with moderation and reason. Radical neutrality is the design version of fashion's new modesty. This serene revolution focuses on intelligence, function and subtle decoration."
|Talila Abraham at PromiseDesign|
Israeli design was impossible to overlook at this year’s Milan Design Week. Two poignant exhibitions - Thinking Hands by Bezalel Academy and PromiseDesign, a government-supported show highlighting Israeli designers - left many visitors in Milan pondering not Italy, but Israel, a country that seems to be bursting at the seams with young design talent.
In a major new report, WGSN-homebuildlife looks at the impact of up-and-coming Israeli designers on the international design scene.
US lifestyle store Anthropologie's blog, Etymologie, takes an unusual approach to blogging: one word is chosen, and posts are then made which represent or reflect that word. The current choice is "legacy", with posts on the topic ranging from family tartan to a series of photographs of abandoned buildings in the Yugoslavian landscape.
HBL loves: that everything, from theme to layout to colour palette, fits so precisely with the image Anthropologie has engineered for its brand - and yet feels fresh.
Monday, 13 June 2011
|Ian Cheshire Chief Executive Officer of Kingfisher (eastern European nation)|
Bloomberg reports that Home improvement retailer Kingfisher plans to double the number of Castorama stores in Poland. Kingfisher which also owns the B&Q chain in the U.K, intends to increase store numbers from 60 to around 120 and convert its Brico Dépôt stores to the Castorama banner.
“We will continue to build stores because there’s a lot of unoccupied market space [and] there’s evidence of a more sophisticated, decorative and aspirational customer, so we can see top-line growth in that.” said Ian Cheshire Chief Executive Officer of the eastern European nation, Kingfisher’s third-largest market.
|Twitts by Tomo Kimura|
The four winners of designboom competition Hands on Door Handles, run in collaboration with Colombo Design, have been announced. Fighting off more than 6,000 other entrants to claim the prize, the winners are Alexander Hoffart, Mattia Albicini, Kliment Ivanov and Tomo Kimura - whose Twitts design was "the free-style winning entry".
|Ikea plans for largest store in Oslo|
The Oslo branch located in Furuset, currently has one of the highest sales turnovers of any Ikea store worldwide. Håvard Løkke, a Spokesperson for Ikea in Norway, said: “The point is that we want to offer customers in Oslo a full Ikea catalogue. We cannot today. The matter is up for discussion in the Oslo municipality.”
London hotel Andaz Liverpool Street is hosting Gardens, an installation by artist Nuala Goodman, for the duration of this month. Goodman has worked with Italian design brand Moroso to upholster a selection of its pieces, adorned with floral and nature-inspired motifs, which are arranged through the Andaz's main lobby area.
Friday, 10 June 2011
|Lara Meissen and Lara Cixi by Jakob Schlaepfer|
The development of digital printing and high-res photography has produced a wealth of macro-scale imagery, and window treatments are a great way to bring larger-than-life photography into home interiors. Smaller-scale digital designs include symmetrical pattern, juxtaposed flowers, butterflies and other details that create a hyperreal explosion of form and vivid colour.
Thursday, 9 June 2011
19.0 from Bocci on Vimeo.
This video by Vancouver-based design studio Bocci shows how each of their '19' bowls is creating, using the process of sandcasting. Bocci explains: "19's are made of recycled brass at the oldest foundry on the West Coast of Canada. The overspill oxidizes instantly during the pour, producing a highly textured surface which stands in contrast to the interior of the bowl surface, which is polished to a near mirror finish."
|L'Italia in croce by Gaetano Pesce; photo by Marilia Pederbelli|
The Italian pavilion at the Venice Biennale welcomes visitors with this sculpture by Gaetano Pesce, shown in collaboration with Italian design brand Cassina. Entitled L’Italia in croce, or The Crucified Italy, the 7.5 metre high sculpture depicts a blood-red Italy nailed to a black cross; Pesce hopes it will prove "able to shake up feelings”.
The Venice Biennale runs until 27 November 2011.
|Booth preview, Qubique 2011. Image by A. Bröckel|
This October will see the launch of Berlin's newest furniture fair, Qubique, which will be held in a decommisioned airport, and promises to take a "holistic approach" to the tradefair experience.
|Senior Design Factory|
Zurich-based association the Senior Design Factory teams up groups of people, young and old, to take part in creative projects together. The first branch of the project, comprising a studio, workshop and retail space, opened in March, while the second branch is set to include a small restaurant and is scheduled to open this summer.