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Monday 4 August 2014

The new has launched today as the unique industrial and interior design trends website within the WGSN Group, with significant upgrades to technology and user experience.

In the spirit of "better together" we’re excited to announce a new location for our blog, too: visit to catch our daily blog posts.

First Light by Dana Cannam for Another Country

Wednesday 30 July 2014

UK manufacturer Another Country will launch its first lighting collection during Maison & Objet in Paris this September. Designed by Dana Cannam, the First Light pieces are made of brass and ceramics and will be available in three versions (pendant, table and floor) and three colours (black, natural and terracotta).

Homebuildlife subscribers will be able to see our full coverage of Maison & Objet in September.

Mad Men collection by Waterford

Mixology collection by Waterford
Waterford is paying tribute to the Mad Men television series, which will air its final episodes in the spring of 2015. The brand's collection of barware accessories celebrates the indulgently daring style of the late 1950s and early 1960s, when conformist looks gave way to bolder attitudes and fashion. Deep cut patterns and large gold or platinum bands decorate the fine crystal, making for luxurious yet timeless pieces.

Creative pop-up concept: Marimekko x Common Ground, Hong Kong

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Finnish interiors brand Marimekko redecorated Hong Kong's Common Ground tea show as a Finland-themed pop-up cafe to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Unikko print. The combination of branding and hospitality created a surprising experience that generated word-of-mouth.

Homebuildlife subscribers can see our full report on creative pop-up concepts in Asia here.

A bathroom designed for men by Falper

Monday 28 July 2014

Italian bathroom brand Falper is focusing on the mens' market with the development of its George collection, a line designed for men that aims to evoke a sense of luxury with a virile strength.

Barock by Renate Buser at the Bellelay Abbey Foundation

Friday 25 July 2014

Protagonist of this year’s edition of the Bellelay Abbey annual art exhibition, Swiss artist Renate Buser presents Barock – a monumental photographic installation that celebrates and highlights the baroque architecture of the abbey.

The Color Condition: designer interview

Thursday 24 July 2014

Homebuildlife caught up with the creators and designers from The Color Condition to find out more about their vibrant paper streamers.

Text prints and patterns

Quick Brown Fox wallpaper by Identity Papers
Single-letter and initial prints, handwritten script designs, calligraphic letters as well as bold graphic fonts and statement slogans are increasingly applied to a variety of home interiors. From cushions, rugs and bedding to wallpaper, ceramics and lighting, modern or classical typographies are used as the basis for exciting prints and patterns.

Subscribers can see our full report on text patterns here.

Scribble wallpaper by Maison M

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Parisian design store Maison M is launching a collection of colourful wallpapers by French interiors stylist Veronique Villaret. Each design is the blown up version of a simple scribble made with crayons. Spontaneous childlike squiggles are thus turned into contemporary wall art, to be hung as a one-off statement width of paper, or to cover entire walls with rainbow-like colours.

Beyond Smart: A Quest For The Humane by Arash Eskafi

Arash Eskafi - Beyond Smart from Konstfack on Vimeo.

For his graduation project, Konstfack Industrial Design student Arash Eskafi imagined a world in which 'smart' products have taken on human-like behaviours and tendencies: carpets wiggle when walked on and fruit bowls tilt towards their owner to offer them a snack when they get home.

Lifelike reactions are increasingly being built into technology and homewares. For more examples, Homebuildlife subscribers can see our graduate show trend report, Appliances & Electronics.

Unboxed by

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Interiors e-tailer has launched its very own social network, Unboxed. The online community enables users to connect with other customers in their area, and take a virtual house tour to see how they've styled the products purchased from the website.

Drawing tables by Tian Tiang

Monday 21 July 2014

Come & Draw table by Tian Tiang

Chinese, Stockholm-based designer Tian Tiang creates versatile furniture for children. Her main motivation is to nurture their creativity and stimulate their imagination. She thus came up with two types of drawing tables, the Sketch coffee table and the Come & Draw table. Each comprises a stack of colourful sheets of paper, encouraging spontaneous games and wild brainstorming.

Summer 2014: the outdoor life by Seletti

Seletti’s summer 2014 advertising campaign is focused on a special way of outdoor life, conceived to present the brand's new Festival collection using a selection of traditional products with a contemporary twist.

Flowering Transition by Marcin Rusak

Friday 18 July 2014

For his graduation project, Royal College of Art student Marcin Rusak created an installation exploring flowers, including a vase made of petals and a series of scents comparing the strong smell of flowers from a garden to the weaker scents of those sold at a florist or a supermarket.

Alchemical jewellery by Sofie Boons

Jewellery and scent designer Sofie Boons has developed a collection of scent objects that disperse or preserve fragrance in innovative ways.

New stationery collection by Christian Lacroix Maison

Thursday 17 July 2014

Christian Lacroix Maison continues its collaboration with stationery manufacturer Libretto, started in 2010, and has launched a new range of products in bold and colourful prints.

Jeff Koons retrospective: Whitney Museum, New York

A playful retrospective showcasing the full scope of artist Jeff Koons' work is currently on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Pigeon Toe 2014 collection

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Portland-based homewares brand Pigeon Toe has launched its 2014 collection, which is a 'celebration of life-long learning and traditional handcrafts' according to founder and designer Lisa Jones.

Fungi design: The Future of Plastic

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Italian designer Maurizio Montalti has created a series of objects made using fungal mycelia, which he proposes as a tangible alternative to plastic.

Salon de Parfums: Harrods to launch new fragrance space

Monday 14 July 2014

High-end British department store Harrods will unveil a brand new fragrance retail concept in September. Salon de Parfums will feature exclusive bespoke perfumes and personalised services in an elegant, immersive retail space.

Homebuildlife subscribers can read our preview of the space here and see our report on how the fragrance retail experience is evolving here.

Couleur Café by Carte Noire

Friday 11 July 2014

Coffee brand Carte Noir has released a series of colour-coded videos documenting the making process of different desserts. Called Vert, Jaune and Rouge, the videos tie into growing consumer interest in 'going backstage', as explored in our trend report, Storytellers.

Funfair VM: A/W 14/15 trend

Thursday 10 July 2014


Traditional summer themes were reworked for the forthcoming season at this month's autumn/winter press previews, where the funfair emerged as a key trend for VM.

Patchwork Present: crowdfunding gifts

Gifting company Patchwork Present applies the idea of crowdfunding to buying gifts. Users create a goal that their friends and family can all contribute money to, so that instead of getting lots of little presents, they can save up for the one big thing they really want.

La Cerise sur le Gateau: collection preview

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Launching in September, the new collection by French textile brand La Cerise sur le Gateau is a fresh take on the minimal look. Blue grids seem traced with a pen directly onto the surface of a linen and cotton mix. The simple design is lifted by an embroidered line of vivid colour or gold thread.

Marble Eyewear collection by Budri

Budri, the marble inlay's Italian atelier, has launched a collection of marble eyewear.

Miniature art gallery: Saks Fifth Avenue, New York

Tuesday 8 July 2014

New York department store Saks Fifth Avenue has transformed its windows into an art gallery, where miniature 2D figures peer at photographs of luxury products.

Beyond Repair by Beatrice Brovia and Nicolas Cheng

Monday 7 July 2014

Beatrice Brovia and Nicolas Cheng have created a collection of tableware and vases that are repaired using 3D printed reconstructions of their missing or damaged parts.

O Artista e a Bola: World Cup inspiration at Oca Museum, São Paulo

Marcia Xavier

To celebrate Brazil hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Oca Museum in Parque do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, is honouring the ball with an exhibition called O Artista e a Bola (The Artist and the Ball).

Salvaged wood furniture by John-Michael Ekeblad

Friday 4 July 2014

Designer John-Michael Ekeblad has created a range of furniture made from salvaged wood, retrieved from a 19th century cottage in Sweden.

Mathias Kiss by Pierre Frey

Thursday 3 July 2014

During Milan Design Week 2013, Mathias Kiss presented his Igloo sofa, covered in a blue marbled fabric. The designer had found inspiration for it in his background as a Compagnon de France, when he restored the marbles of ancient monuments.

The fabric was created through a collaboration with French textile company Pierre Frey, which has now adapted it to make it available to the general public as part of its 2014 collection. Named Portor, from the original black marble with golden veins, the fabric is available in four sophisticated yet modern colourways.

Character coffee: Licensing Expo 2014

One of the stand-out trends from Las Vegas' Licensing Expo this month was that of character coffee licenses - including Grumpy Cat's 'Grumpaccino', Popeye the Sailor's 'Popeye Energy' coffee, and Krispy Kreme's ground coffee.

Paul & Joe x Madura: new home range

Parisian fashion brand Paul & Joe and textile company Madura have teamed up to create a collection of linens and soft accessories to dress up the home with.

Shanley Farms: Live from The Summer Fancy Food Show 2014

Wednesday 2 July 2014

One of our top picks for exhibitors at this year's Summer Fancy Food Show is California-based Shanley Farms. With three products on display - Citriburst Finger Limes, Morro Bay Avocados and Sierra Sweet Kiwis - the brand wowed visitors with its high quality and innovation.

Photo-real renders by Apparent Reality

Italian studio Apparent Reality applies 3D technology to interiors, creating images with an extraordinarily photo-realistic value.

Vintage and Floral patchwork quilts

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Log Cabin by the Sea quilt
Vintage and Floral handcrafts luxury patchwork quilts, combining English country style with vintage American patchwork patterns dating from 1759 - 1950.

Patch of Sky: connected lights by Fabrica

Monday 30 June 2014

Amun in sunny weather conditions

Design research lab Fabrica has created a series of three lamps that show the weather conditions in friends' locations around the world.

Design Reunion by Habitat

Friday 27 June 2014

Simon Pengelly for Habitat

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Habitat will launch Design Reunion, a collection of six pieces created by acclaimed designers who have previously collaborated with the brand. Shin Azumi, Tord Boontje, Sarah Campbell, Claire Norcross, Simon Pengelly and Aaron Probyn worked closely with the brand's creative director Polly Dickens to develop a range of statement pieces.

Jacky Tsai for Shanghai Tang

Chinese luxury fashion and home brand Shanghai Tang has collaborated with contemporary artist Jacky Tsai to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Shanghai-born Tsai created a series of original artworks which were applied to a capsule collection of limited edition products, including tableware and candles.

Herman Miller launches two new office systems

Thursday 26 June 2014

Public Office Landscape by Yves Béhar for Herman Miller

As part of its Living Office concept, Herman Miller has launched two new office systems: Locale, designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Collin of Industrial Facility; and Public Office Landscape, designed by Yves Béhar and fuseproject.

Meet The Makers: behind-the-scenes at Selfridges' food halls

Selfridges has announced an eight-week summer campaign that will introduce customers to the artisans and producers behind the delicacies available in its Food Hall.

Launching on Monday, Meet The Makers will include special food tours and demonstrations as well as Meet the Michelin, a dinner series hosted by Michelin-starred chefs, and Make My Magnum, a dessert bar in which you'll be able to customise your own Magnum by dipping it into chocolate and applying a range of coatings such as chilli and rosebuds.

The Hero Light by Buster + Punch

British design brand Buster + Punch will launch its Hero light at Designjunction's show-within-a-show Lightjunction this September. Designed by Massimo Minale, the light is made of bronzed gun metal, brass, matte rubber and LED bulbs.

Find out more about what the London Design Festival has in store for attendees in our event preview.

Gaetano Pesce: the time of diversity

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Montanara, 2009

Running June 26 to October 5, a comprehensive retrospective at the MAXXI Museum of Rome will stage the work of Gaetano Pesce, the avant-garde Italian architect, designer and world-renowned artist.

Nest announces developer programme

Smart thermostat brand Nest has announced a new developer programme and partnerships with industry leaders including Whirlpool, Jawbone and Mercedes-Benz. By connecting Nest with wearable technology, cars and home appliances, the company hopes to bring about a "conscious home" with appliances talking to each other to seamlessly respond to consumer needs.

Homebuildlife subscribers can read more about the possibilities of the connected home in our CES 2014: Home & Lifestyle report.

Hand-crafted parasols by Sunbeam Jackie

Ideal for the summer season, Sunbeam Jackie's luxury, hand-crafted parasols are made of a patchwork of antique, vintage and designer fabrics.

HEMA opens in London

Monday 23 June 2014

Dutch interiors and lifestyle chain HEMA has opened its first shop in London near Victoria station, offering a range of affordable homewares, fashion, beauty and food products.

Desktop Fireworks by Tomomi Sayuda

Royal College of Art Design Products graduate Tomomi Sayuda has created a range of stationery that bursts into celebration when its user presses a button.

Moskva: Urban Space at Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

Friday 20 June 2014

Moscow's installation at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale highlights elementary shifts in architecture throughout the city's past, and reveals new urban possibilities. The exhibition features inverted prisms that hang from the ceiling with photographs of familiar buildings attached to them.

Dark materials: Project Nox
by Felicity Taylor

Thursday 19 June 2014

On show at Central Saint Martins' Material Futures graduation show this week, Felicity Taylor's Project Nox explores the experience of darkness through touch, fragrance, sound and surface.

Cath Kidston autumn/winter 14/15

For its autumn/winter 2014/15 home collection, British brand Cath Kidston has developed a range of products using the concept of time, literally and metaphorically.

The Geometry of Pasta by Here Design

Here Design has created a cookbook that guides readers through the perfect sauce and pasta shape combinations. In The Geometry of Pasta, shapes are illustrated in bold black and white alongside simple methods and instructions, creating a visual and easy to follow guide.

GROW: The contemporary garden fair

Opening to the public tomorrow on London's Hampstead Heath, new contemporary garden fair GROW will bring together 100 carefully selected exhibitors selling plants, furniture and gardening accessories.

Manhole covers and gratings win the 2014 Compasso d'Oro design award

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Founded in 1954, the prestigious Compasso d'Oro design award has been awarded this year to the Sfera collection of manhole covers and gratings, designed by Giulio Iacchetti and Matteo Ragni.

Ekocycle Cube by & 3D Systems: 3D printing from Coke bottles

Musician and entrepreneur has collaborated with 3D Systems to launch a 3D printer that uses filament recycled from used Coca-Cola bottles.

Available later this year, the Ekocycle Cube will retail at $1,199 and will be supplied with 25 print designs selected by The printer will be able to create objects up to 6 inches cubed, using filament made of 25% recycled plastic.