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London Design Festival 2016

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London Design Festival 2016

Since we are now all simmered down after a without a doubt, hectic Design Week, we thought we would share with you a few photos captured during LDF by our team.

The Day2 Team spread out in attempt to visit as much as we could in the time we had as well as juggling our work in the office. We managed to get to Design Junction, V&A, London Design Fair and 100% Design. As you'll probably agree, we only managed to capture a small snippet of London Design Festival but we enjoyed it all the same. Now on to Orgatec!

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Milan Design Week 2016

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Milan Design Week 2016

Day2 visit Salone Internazionale Del Mobile for Milan Design Week

 

Finally, we have been able to write a small post about the Day2 trip to the 2016 Salone Internazionale Del Mobile!

BUSY as Milan Design Week always is, it was another hugley successful Italian trip to see what the lovely furniture manufacturers worldwide have to offer.  We wanted to put ALL of our pictures up here (as there was so much to see) but it felt like we were overloading you a bit... so we've decided to put up just a few of our favourites and a couple of trends that we noticed while we were out there. Enjoy! And to see more images nip over to Pinterest.

Trend: Forestry. One of the most obvious visuals that stuck out on a majority of stands this year was greenery! The resurgence of the very 1970s trend of house plants and florals was definitely prominent at this years Salone.

We love this new collection of the Catifa 46 by Arper this year with a polished plastic back in a 'soft yet complex palette' available in colours - rose, petrol, yellow, ivory and smoke. All can be paired or contrasted an array of fabrics and frames.

The Arper stand was also showcasing an array of exciting new products/variations for the Meety, Yop and Parentisit which we were big fans of.

Trend: Luminous/Bright colours. Throughout many of the stands we visited, there was a real push for brightly coloured furniture. Especially noticable was in these images of Meritalia with their very colourful modular seating, Moroso with their almost ethnic collection by Tord Boontje and Kartell with their surreal salon of colour.

Another item that we were a particular fan of (as well as the lovely couple having a snooze on it in our picture) was the Moroso Belt sofa by Patricia Urquiola. The sofa is made up of folded cushions held together by knitted belts.

'Urquiola's aptly named Belt range comprises large fabric-upholstered cushions that double over to form the sofa backs.' Read more about the range.

Trend: Linnear/woven. As you can see from the amount of pictures we have of this, it was particularly prominent throughout the show, particularly in Moroso with their ethnic influences. Other linnear trends stuck out through Gebrueder Thonet Vienna with their woven Hideout Chair, Fermob and Alias showed a variety of linear indoor and outdoor furniture aswell as Lammhults with their Dexter stool.

Another couple of products we had to mention was the Lofoten modular system by Casamania (pictured left). It looked like a new take on Ben Grimm and we like it just as much if not more! Another product we are a fan of and have specified many times before was the Tiptoe sofa by Sancal (pictured right). Sancals stand was set in a soft 'Space Age' 'Futura' style. Read more about it here.

Last but certainly not least we paid a visit to the Walter Knoll stand displaying their range of a new take on an old classic collection. Huge fans of their sleek lines and beautiful finishes, they were, as usual, on point with this year's stand. Items which stood out to us were their new 375 single seater and sofa, extendable table (pictured far right) and the classic Heely chair in blue velvet (pictured middle right)

Click here to see more images of what they had on display.

 

As mentioned above, to see more of our images taken at the show take a look at our Pinterest Page!

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Aimée visits Bilbao!

Back in November 2015 our lovely A&D support, Aimée, was invited to visit the prestigious Basque Living event in Bilbao, Spain. A great short trip thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who was lucky enough to go along. On her return she filled us all in on everything she saw, so we thought we'd share that with you...

The group, largely made up of architects, designers and furniture consultants were introduced to a variety of new products and some new manufacturer names; most of which are now very much being specified on our current jobs. A name that particularly stood out is Treku, who just so happened to be the ones who kindly sent the invitation, we were particularly impressed with their innovative modular storage solutions.

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Other names which we were impressed by were Sellex and their Fast tables, with rapidly interchangeable tops. Aimée told us, “The Fast tables are brilliantly versatile, it was great to see a flip top table designed in such a unique way”. Other names included Enea and their Lotus chair, B-lux lighting and Ondaretta, all of which are now considered for upcoming and current projects. 

As well as enjoying the design and furniture scene, Aimée was able to see the wonderful city of Bilbao. Taken on 2 architectural tours around the city; Aimée was able to see the sites from the Guggenheim Museum to major architectural transformations in the Ensanche and not to mention the lovely surprise pieces of sculptural art (Salvador Dali for example) dotted around the city. Even simply seeing how much the architecture housing the transporation systems has improved in both the airport and the underground was impressive. The whole trip was rounded off with fantastic company and spoilt with 10 course tapas meals and lots of fine wine!

These are just a few of the pictures that Aimee took on her trip however we will be showing some more on Twitter and Instagram in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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