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Emily Forgot's "Neverland" Exhibition at KK Outlet Gallery, Shoreditch
It's a bold move to invoke the mythical name of Neverland. For many, it already brings substantial associations pertaining to youth and imagination. And yet, graphic artist Emily Forgot (a moniker adopted by multidisciplinary artist and designer Emily...
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Studio Visit: Charles Lethaby Lighting
British lighting designer Charles Lethaby’s cozy, high-ceilinged studio is located in Walthamstow. The east London area has become something of a creative hotspot, with plenty of emerging brands setting up shops or studios here. Lethaby is one of around...
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Sebastian Cox’s Glenlivet Drinks Trolley and Two New Scotch Expressions
At last year’s London Design Festival, one of the pieces that truly stood out at the V&A’s “The Wish List” exhibition was the well-crafted wood workspace that Sebastian Cox made for Terence Conran. Now, the young British designer has teamed up...
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London Design Festival 2015: Interview with Patternity
The last time Cool Hunting spoke with Anna Murray, the co-founder of Patternity (along with Grace Winteringham), it was 2013 and the pattern-obsessed duo had just launched their Pattern Power festival in the Londonewcastle Project space on Redchurch...
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London Design Festival 2015: Jesmonite
One of the most exciting things about big design events like London Design Festival is the opportunity to see which materials designers use to make their dream creations come alive. Typically, there’s at least a few unusual materials and interesting...
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London Design Festival 2015: Lee Broom’s Flower Shop
Cool Hunting favorite Lee Broom always puts a tremendous amount of thought into how his unique designs are displayed. Earlier this year, at Milan Design Week, Broom created his own department store. For London Design Festival, he chose to showcase...
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London Design Festival 2015: Tom Dixon’s Multiplex
Tom Dixon is a man with lots on his plate—and chances are it’s a plate he designed himself. The British designer is something of a Renaissance man: his company not only has its own restaurant, but it’s now also designing stationery and scented...
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Jug
Japanese ceramicist and RCA grad Ikuko Iwamoto takes a Buddhist approach to her medium, and her flexible thinking leads to pieces that are both sculptural and functional. These meticulously hand-dotted, slip-cast porcelain jugs—designed for “a bizarre...
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Bitmap Blankets
Part of the "So Sottsass" display at London's Darkroom shop, Zuzunaga's pixelated Bitmap Blankets are a bold abstraction of a physical place. Each of the three cities, Tokyo, Shanghai and Barcelona, are photographed and compressed, then woven with...
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Megatropolis Collection
Brooklyn-based illustrator Mark McGinnis added a creative touch of his local turf to a bone china collection for London design shop SCP. The detailed Megatropolis collection features humorous ruminations on urban living, with each piece decorated by...
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London Design Festival 2014: Fresh Staples
Our previous look at this year's London Design Festival highlighted a few select newcomers for 2014, but equally exciting are the shops, satellite fairs and institutions you come to count on during any city's annual design week. Below are some of...
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London Design Festival 2014: New Highlights
Each year the London Design Festival joins together a city already bubbling with creativity to celebrate the best in design happening both at home and in studios abroad. While festival staples like DesignJunction, The Shoreditch Design Triangle, the...
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Tom Dixon, Maison & Objet's Designer of the Year
by Caroline Kinneberg Tom Dixon might have received an OBE from Her Majesty in 2001, but that hasn't made him blasé about winning other awards. Cool Hunting sat down with him last week at the latest edition of Maison & Objet, Paris' colossal biannual...
FOOD-DRINK
Wrong For Hay's Design and Dine
"Food is a major part of my life," British designer Sebastian Wrong tells us while sitting in the back garden of the new Hay and Wrong for Hay showroom in London's historic St James's neighborhood. Like many urban dwellers, Wrong is also fascinated...
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Fern Cycling Shoes
Tracey Neuls' Fern boot—designed exclusively for Tokyobike—features a rubber sole perfect for pedaling in, and a precautionary reflective strip down the back keeps cyclists stylishly safe while in transit, on or off the bike.
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London Design Festival 2014: 100% Norway Preview
Bergen, Norway, has a reputation for being the rainiest city in Europe, but it’s also one of the prettiest—colorful, historic wooden houses overlook its harbor and the city is set in a picturesque valley surrounded by green mountains. Additionally...
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London Design Festival 2013: Gift Guide
Each year the London Design Festival showcases an impressive range of design concepts coming out of Britain and beyond. Teeming with one-offs and prototypes aimed mostly at prosumers and journalists, the week-long, city-wide exhibition also includes...
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Tube150 Limited Edition Oyster Card Holders
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, TfL commissioned 10 UK designers to apply their talents to an Oyster Card holder. Created in collaboration with Designjunction and Outline Editions, the limited edition range includes...
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Burano Plate
Italian design duo Alcarol highlight the natural beauty of wood that's been affected by seawater and mollusks by recycling old timber poles sourced from the docks in the Venetian Lagoon. Their studio, which also operates as a woodshop and showroom...
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Throw
Wrong For Hay is an aptly named, collaborative collection of furniture and homewares conceived by Danish design label HAY and London-based designer Sebastian Wrong. To further enhance the already-brilliant range, they tapped eccentric fashion designer...
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Race Rocker
Design enthusiasts enjoying the recent resurgence of steel rod furniture should look to that of pioneer Ernest Race. The self-taught British designer turned to metal after WWII forced the country to ration more traditional materials like wood, and...
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London Design Festival 2013: Hunting & Narud
by LinYee Yuan Rough quarry granite, matte steel and a highly polished copper mirror are the elements that make up one of the most visible design objects at this year's London Design Festival. The sculptural Copper Mirrors series from Norwegian...
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Specialty Coffee Map London
London isn't just all about tea. From Climpson & Sons on Broadway Market to Kaffeine near Oxford Circus, there's a palpable coffee culture all over the city. To help navigate the multitude of cafes or discover new roasters, pick up this easy-to-read...
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Pilot Necklace
A "nostalgic take on the futuristic," Jessie Harris' handmade Pilot Necklace is inspired by 1960s sci-fi imagery. Each piece is made to order, and the rose gold plated pendants are shined to an alluringly glossy finish.
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Tortoise Floor Cushion
The doyen of covetable knitted creatures, Donna Wilson celebrates her 10th anniversary this year and has a new collection to mark the occasion. This tortoise floor cushion is as comforting to tuckered-out tikes as it is easy on the eyes for design...
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