Today we explore the madness of african prints, it recently hit the the fashion industry like a lightning bolt, with the likes high street stores such as Aldo and even Burberry taking part in the phenomenon So today we pay homage to the madness that is the african print.
Today Akua Designs... explores strength. Strength can be explored in many different ways strength evokes a stament, passion love & anger. Each of these images are so strong they make you think of one word, have a look to see if you agree.
Last week Akua Designs... attended The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair in design district Chelsea. It was definitely a show well worth visiting. Showcased in the decadent Old Chelsea Town Hall, created the backdrop for the inspirational set of craftsmanship. The space was divided into three spaces, which created an easy flowing space.
Sotis Studio Ceramics
Tactile quality of the work, encourages you to feel and embrace the ceramics. This is the trademark of Scotis Fillipides. The grainy dark texture creates a great contrast against the 24 carat gold interior.
An independant design company which specialises in reclaimed materials recreating contemporary design to fit in any home. There ethos: durable, beautiful, ethical, and affordable as design should be.
Well when we stopped at the Diane Turner we kept coming back it was like nothing we had seen before, definitely one to watch. Jewellery pieces using a mixture of three materials wood, metal and copper, creating a rustic bespoke piece of individual jewellery.
Contemporary diamond jewellery using a mix of 18ct white and yellow golds, simplicity is the beauty in all the pieces as they say "diamonds are a girls best friend".
Sarah Herriot Design
Architectural inspiration creates the beautiful slices within the metal creating the contrast between the black and silver metal.
Beautiful sculptural candlesticks which will suit any environment dinner or contemporary artspace. The pieces are fluid creating a splash effect , using brass or bronze a beautiful unique piece.
Metal and porcelain at its best, beautiful to be used as a box or as an art piece . Works well as a trio or an individual a statement piece which speaks for its self.
This was the most unusual piece at the fair a great juxtaposition between hard cast concrete versus soft silky copper, a bespoke piece to be matched in any environment.
Alex McCarthy Ceramics
This lava like beauty reminded us of a volcanic landscape a sumptuous landscape filled with gold and beauty.
Well we fell immediately in love with these pieces like nothing we've seen, a rustic feel but so elegant and dainty would make a great christmas present.
Chisel & Mouse
How is this for a bit of fun, detailed craftsmanship of all your favourite sites, nice to liven up your mantle piece.
I came across Jens Risom whilst looking for seating, simply by accident. then I began to think to myself where has this designer been all my life he's right up my street.
Jens Risom is a Danish born American designer, who has recently collaborated with with Rocket and Benchmark, but mainly a designer of the 1950s/60s.
Risom attended the school of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, and trained under the furniture maker Kaare Klint, where his fellow student included Hans Wegner.
In 1939 Risom emigrated from Denmark to the USA, where in 1941 he designed the first range of furniture manufactured by Hans Knoll. He established Jens Risom in 1946, which grew to be the third largest furniture design company in America.
Risom's work can be found internationally including in the Museum of Modern Art. Risom is a Trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his doctorate in fine arts.
I've been quiet for a while collecting information to blog about and boy do I have a lot, but first I will start with Tent London.
A few weeks ago it was London Design Week and my colleague and I decided to go to Tent London, and it was more than impressive in fact inspiring. Fresh, contemporary, different, it was held in the design district Brick Lane, The Old Truman Brewery, please do enjoy my snapshots along the way.