The Kartell by Laufen bathroom collection is born

March 7, 2013 by

Visitors to ISH in Frankfurt (12-16 March) will be the very first to see the results of an exciting new collaboration between two world leading brands – as the Kartell by Laufen collection is unveiled.


Kartell, the Italian brand and world leader in the industrial production of furniture and interior design items made of high quality plastic, and Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen, one of the world’s leading companies in the production of high end ceramics for the bathroom, are pleased to announce that they have signed an agreement for the design, production and world distribution of a complete new line dedicated to the bathroom under the Kartell by Laufen brand name.

The artistic direction for the whole project has been entrusted to architects Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, the internationally famous designers and trend setters for bathroom ware.


The collection will be previewed for the trade sector at the ISH trade fair (in Frankfurt, 12-16 March), with the full range on show in Hall 3.1 Stand B51.

It will then be unveiled for the general public on the occasion of the next Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano (9-14 April).

A complete new bathroom collection developed through the synergies of the two brands. The Kartell by Laufen bathroom project will be distributed through the Laufen retail channels throughout the world.

Throughout the duration of ISH, Laufen will be running architectural/design tours, giving architects and designers the full run-down of this exciting new collection. Limited spaces available and can be booked in advance.


Ferruccio Laviani on the new Kartell Taj table lamp

March 7, 2013 by

The new Kartell Taj Mini curved arch shape table lamp is a sculptural light by Ferruccio Laviani, available in 7 colours. The Taj Mini is perfect for bedside, side table, desk or shelf, and is a smaller, more discreet, versatile version of the ‘Best of 2012’ Interior Design winning Taj lamp (below).



Designer Ferruccio Laviani describes the design process for the Taj and the Taj mini:

The name ‘Taj’ pretty much came about by chance. When I saw an image of the lamp in black and white on a piece of paper, the first thing I thought of was an elephant’s tusk.

Taj was conceived as a table lamp, but as the project progressed, we realised that it could just as easily sit on a bedside table or in other areas of the home. I really like how it has its own distinctive style, a far cry from the Bourgie model.

I also like how the lamp is a kind of sculpture that anyone can own. In fact, its essential and bold form (almost like a comma) meant I didn’t want to clutter it with too many finishes or combintations of materials.

I therefore opted for just four finishes: two full colours (white and black) in addition to transparent and opaline. The latter came about by chance as well. There was a matt version amongst the initial prototypes, and I really liked the lalique effect, so I added it to the range.

We decided to design a smaller version of the lamp, as soon as we had wrapped up the main Taj project. The main difference from Taj senior is that I decided to focus heavily on the colour range. I felt that it was important to offer slightly more alluring colours seeing as the object is smaller, helping the lamp blend seamlessly into a range of different settings.

The Taj mini is available in the UK from Connections Interiors.


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Poltrona Frau Museum opens in Tolentino

March 5, 2013 by

Poltrona Frau has opened a new 1400 mq museum in Tolentino, central Italy, to exhibit the company’s iconic pieces.

The publicity material has a nice sketch of the building.

Poltrona Frau museum sketch

It is designed by Michele de Lucchi to showcase the “Intelligenza delle mani” – the intelligence of the hands.


Tolentino has a new space. Alive and open. Which goes beyond the traditional museum concept, weaving together different stories and telling about the company’s first 100 years. The Poltrona Frau Museum, designed by Michele De Lucchi, is a rigorous industrial architecture created inside the Poltrona Frau facility. On display is a collection of furniture, drawings, images and materials never before displayed to the public. An area of 1400 m2 of design and “l’intelligenza delle mani” – ‘the intelligence in our hands’.
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UK-based Harrison to energise T.G.I. Friday’s architectural design in the US

January 18, 2013 by

Harrison shared their award-winning design for Nando’s flagship restaurant at Stratford Westfield on the blog last year.

The London and Birmingham-based architectural and leisure brand consultancy has now undertaken a successful UK revamp of the T.G.I. Friday’s look, and has headed across the Atlantic to help energise the iconic brand in the USA, the country where it was first launched nearly fifty years ago. Below are project images of the TGI’s in Oprey Mills, Nashville.

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The move is part of an international design strategy by T.G.I. Friday’s parent company, Carlson Restaurants, which has spent the past three years working with Harrison on a new global design plan. The first stage is currently being rolled out to over 30 existing sites across the US, and in new restaurants, most recently in Nashville, Tennessee.

Harrison managing director Philip Harrison said: “T.G.I. Friday’s has to be one of the most iconic restaurant brands in the western world. It has over 900 sites globally and I have to say it is a great privilege and a massive compliment to be asked to advise on its design profile, particularly in the country where it all started.

“One of our key areas of focus for the T.G.I. Friday’s product is on ‘brand drift’. As is usually the case with high profile names in long-term existence, market positioning gradually ebbs away from some of its key values. We are helping Carlson re-connect with the brand’s core propositions and re-invigorate its unique selling points in an impactful way for a modern customer marketplace. The concept is moving from one of functionality to one of personality.”


Harrison explained that the changes the company are currently making to the brand reflect the complex nature of service positioning in the US’s diverse hospitality market.
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Revival Heritage – keeping designs from the past alive

January 18, 2013 by

Jack Hall’s Revival Heritage blog aims to revive the work of architects, designers and gardeners of the past 500 years.

On the blog, Jack will post visual evidence of lost country houses and estates plus other material that celebrates the work of artists, architects, designers, builders, carpenters & joiners, sculptors, masons and landscape designers / gardeners of the past 500 years.

The Revival Heritage flickr account is a treasure trove of historical material as the interior photographs below show.

Burwell Hall Lincs reception room REVIVALHERITAGE
Burwell Hall, Lincs reception room. Built by 1760 for Matthew Lister, descendant (possibly grandson) of Martin Lister, vice-president of the Royal Society and Royal Physician.

Temple Belwood REVIVALHERITAGE billiard room 1905
Billiard room of Temple Belwood with full size table. Temple Belwood was a complete rebuild of an existing house in 1787 by William Johnson.

Feedback and submissions to the archive are appreciated and welcomed. Images may be used for non-profit activities with a direct link to REVIVAL HERITAGE blog or flickr account.
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Wavin and the Art of Plumbing at DesignersBlock

December 19, 2012 by

Wavin, a company normally associated with functional, technical building services products such as drainage and plumbing pipework, has shown how plumbing can be used to create art.

Cutting edge furniture designer Yard Sale Project contributed to the London Design Festival DesignersBlock installations with a striking high-aesthetic chair made – from plastic plumbing products.

Wavin and the Art of Plumbing at DesignersBlock #1
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A new tweeter on the block

December 13, 2012 by

There’s a new tweeter on the scene – a rotational ceiling light from Deltalight.

Tweeter introduces new levels in flexibility, both in movement and in lighting application. With Tweeter Deltalight introduces the ERS – Ex-centric Rotation System (patent pending). Both versions are characterized by an asymmetrical hinge joint, combining extreme rotation and tilting abilities, all in one swift whirling motion.

The application of the Ex-centric Rotation System not only upgrades movement of the fixture, but more importantly also provides advanced lighting abilities. The rotation mechanism was designed so that the light beam is not cut off, resulting in maximum efficiency, and enabling a wall wash effect.

Available with high performance led, halogen or discharge lamps, Tweeter recessed caters for both the residential as the professional market.

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Nooks and crannies

November 28, 2012 by

Nooks and crannies, window seats, those little ‘extra’ spaces that are thought through and judiciously placed in a building by clever designers. Do them right, and they become enjoyable wee corners to read, chat, sleep, work or just think. Get them wrong and they’ll sit empty or become havens for clutter. Windows are an ideal place to put them, to enjoy and make use of some natural light. At the basic end, an extended low windowsill may suffice, but let your creativity run wild and you may end up with something like the trapezoidal window with ‘scoop’ seat below.

Bookworm by Atelier 010

via Contemporist

Window seat in an MSP office, Scottish Parliament

Pic – Adam Elder/Scottish Parliament
Photograph ©2004 Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

DIY Reading Nook

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Via Freshome: 36 window seats

North Kingsway Residence by ALTIUS ARCHITECTURE INC

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Bathroom innovation in materials from Laufen

November 26, 2012 by

The variety of choice can be a key asset of any brand, but the success of design, whether in a hotel or a home, relies on the importance of understanding the qualities of the materials it works with, on a practical as well as aesthetic level.  Here Laufen, explain this in the context of their wellness options available in solid surface, steel, acrylic and ceramic.

2012 saw the launch of Laufen’s first solid surface bathtub, as part of its new Palomba Collection. Solid surface has many advantages for the hotel bathroom, chief among them being the possibility to carry our repairs should any surface defects arise and its low sound transmission, so guests won’t disturb neighbouring rooms when it’s time to take a bath.

Ilker Hussein, Manager Global Projects at Laufen, comments: “Laufen is the only global manufacturer that is able to manufacture baths and shower trays from steel, solid surface and acrylic and ceramic – and there is a place for each of them, and a key benefit for each of them.“

However, it is not just wellness products – it is Laufen’s knowledge of crafting bathroom pieces from ceramic that has led to its success on a global level. The company is pioneering a new ceramic material, which results in ceramic pieces being up to 40 per cent lighter than fine fireclay, and with a brilliant white finish minus the normal yellowish tinge which is common with ceramic products. This new material allows much finer and sharper edges to be created and blurs the aesthetic lines between ceramic and solid surfaces.
However, the implications of this go well beyond aesthetic with a positive environmental impact due to lower weight of distribution alongside easier installation.

Ilker continues: “Washbasins are often the main focus of the hotel bathroom and by recently starting to offer solid surfacing for a seamless finish or ceramic basins that can be cut to fit in any space Laufen gives hotel designers total freedom of creativity.”

For hotel bathroom washbasins, however, ceramic still has the edge over solid surface in terms of practicality, in many instances, not least as it offers very high scratch, chemical and heat resistance. Ceramic can also be used to introduce individuality to the bathroom by adding colour, as it can be manufactured in various colour finishes including white, white matt, warm grey, black and matt black.

All in all, Laufen’s ability to craft fine bathroom pieces from a wide range of materials brings a whole new finesse to the hotel bathroom, at a time when contemporary design being pushed to its limits. Visit Laufen at London Sleep 2012, Stand G21 + G23, on 21-22 November 2012 to explore and discuss the material possibilities.

Telephone: 01530 510007

A Herman Miller furnished workspace

November 23, 2012 by

Some nice images by flickr user nkeppol, Nick Keppol a graphic designer from New York, of his home studio.

New Workspace


Herman Miller Aria Desk, Embody Chair, Eames Wire Base Table, Artemide Tolomeo Desk Lamp.

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