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DESIGNERS OF THE YEAR: Doshi Levien
This prolific, multitalented brace afflicted us this year with an arrangement of cross-discipline designs
Infusing the automated with the affection of the handmade is the appearance abaft Doshi Levien, the architectonics flat set up by Nipa Doshi and her bedmate Jonathan Levien 18 years ago. Whether designing a sculptural basement accumulating for Moroso, geometric alfresco Jacquard fabrics for Kettal or a alternation of rugs based on affiliated folk adornment for Nanimarquina, the artistic duo has an certain adeptness to adapt the alone architectonics accent of anniversary aggregation they coact with.
This year that includes B&B Italia, for whom they accept created the balanced ‘Bay’ accumulating of alloyed alfresco furniture, and two upholstery bolt – ‘Raas’ and ‘Lila’ – for Kvadrat. ‘The activity for Kvadrat started with colour research,’ says Doshi. ‘We looked at sources as assorted as Chinese ceramics cups, 17th-century Indian miniature paintings, Corbusier murals and Sèvres ceramics. Afresh we alloyed about 150 shades in the flat and gave the comminute our hand-painted samples to bout to the yarns.’
This layering of analysis and a hands-on access is archetypal of the pair. ‘We sit adverse anniversary added and I carve with wire and card; Nipa draws, paints and makes collages,’ explains Levien. ‘The aftereffect comes from the chat amid us and our altered processes.’ Alongside assignment for all-around brands, the brace additionally acquisition time for explorative projects: a accumulating of limited-edition, organic-shaped lights based on acceptable Japanese hairpins is due to barrage abutting year. ‘This is our fourth ELLE Decoration Award but our aboriginal from Britain, so it feels absolutely special,’ concludes Doshi.
NEW DESIGNER: Yinka Ilori
This designer’s colourful, Nigerian-inspired designs wowed us with their blithesome storytelling
Yinka Ilori began upcycling chairs nine years ago for a university activity aggressive by Martino Gamper’s ‘100 Chairs in 100 Days’ (for which Gamper revitalised 100 old burst chairs). Aback then, anniversary of his chairs – identifiable by their colourful corrective legs and Dutch wax bolt seats – has been accustomed a parable-themed narrative. Yet while these pieces accept become his calling card, the accomplished year or so has been a axis point for Ilori, who is now in address for larger-scale architectural projects. ‘My accomplishments is appliance making, but I appetite to actualize added context,’ he explains, citation as examples his ‘Estate Playground’ accession at the access to the CitizenM auberge in Shoreditch – based on adolescence memories of a London amphitheater – and addition at the Africa Centre, breadth four sets of stairs represented altered walks of life.
The abutting 12 months attending set to be aloof as active for the designer. Not alone has he won an ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award but, calm with Pricegore architects, he has won the agency for ‘The Colour Palace’ – the summer’s Dulwich Pavilion, which is aggressive by bolt in Balogun bazaar in Lagos. Plus, he will be reimagining Battersea’s Thessaly Road railway arch into an alternate amplitude alleged ‘Happy Street’. ‘My architectonics is based on analysis I did into how there are 16 types of happiness,’ Ilori says. ‘I appetite to use colour as a agitator to accomplish bodies feel good.’
FABRIC: ‘Arco Geometrics’, Kirkby Design
Creative administrator Jordan Mould talks us through the acceptable designs, which bless 1970s allure © Jenny Lewis Introducing the winners of the ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Awards 2019
Over the accomplished nine years, Kirkby Architectonics has fabricated a name for itself with fabrics that generally nod to awakening opulence. The latest collection, ‘Arco Geometrics’, appearance architectural references gleaned from trips to Milan and London, which accept been translated into patterns such as ‘Mirror’ (shown on cushions, above), with its audible 1970s feel. ‘It is bisected matt and bisected shine,’ says Mould of the fabric, which can be acclimated for upholstery and curtains. ‘We added glassy viscose with a bright brownish aftereffect to cautiously adverse with the cotton, which agency it catches the ablaze absolutely well. We like the use of absolute metals in interiors, and “Mirror” ties in accurately with that.’
Describing the ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award as ‘an honour’, he believes that it is important for the aggregation to abide to advance boundaries aural the industry. ‘We don’t appetite to blow on our laurels; we try to accumulate the cast beginning and accompany commodity new to the marketplace.’ This adulation of addition has fuelled collaborations with the cast of Eley Kishimoto and Tom Dixon (for the latter, at 2018’s London Architectonics Festival, Kirkby Architectonics manipulated photographs of textured surfaces, such as antithesis and hair, into bristles hyper-realistic designs digitally printed assimilate affection clover and scoured linen). As for 2019, apprehend ‘textural designs in the spring, followed by colourful, adventurous patterns’.
SEATING: ‘Tape’, Benjamin Hubert for Moroso
Hubert’s eye for addition and acceptable architectonics solutions has led to an absorbing ambit of seating
Industrial artisan and botheration solver Benjamin Hubert took afflatus from a snowboarding anorak for his latest affiliation with Italian appliance cast Moroso. ‘The abstraction was to architectonics an account of adipose alfresco appliance and acquisition a acute way of amalgam the bolt panels,’ says Hubert of the ‘Tape’ collection. His band-aid was to administer the band that commonly protects the seams of sports accouterment to a modular daybed fabricated from pieces of bolt that would contrarily go to waste. ‘It seemed accessible that application this band on the seams would accord us commodity functionally added intelligent, with its own beheld appeal,’ he continues. ‘Moroso has stockpiles of offcuts, so we absitively to actualize panels aural anniversary modular block, and afresh comedy with the finishes and colours of the tape.’
Three years ago, Hubert (who says of the win that ‘it’s nice to be appreciated’) rebranded the architectonics flat he founded in 2010 and renamed it Layer, aiming to augment its scope. With his aggregation currently alive on a mix of projects beyond ‘furniture, apparel, carriage and technology’ for abutting year’s Milan Appliance Fair, it’s a action that seems to accept paid off. ‘The way we are set up, it doesn’t amount if we’re designing an autogenous amplitude or a wristwatch, the action is similar. The claiming with appliance is that the botheration of sitting calmly was credible years ago, so now we charge to attending at areas such as sustainability and performance.’
WALLCOVERING: ‘Deya’ wallpapers, Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little
Williamson’s acceptable wallpaper collection, with its wildflower meadow motifs, is abstracted and aerial © Jenny Lewis Wallcovering, ’Deya’ Wallpapers, Matthew Williamson for Osborne & Little
Matthew Williamson’s fifth wallpaper accumulating for Osborne & Little is alleged afterwards the littoral apple in Mallorca breadth he has a home. ‘The ablaze is actual aciculate and crisp, and there’s such accustomed adorableness all around,’ he explains of the consistent ‘Deya’ range, which launched in the autumn. ‘I’m fatigued to attributes in best of what I do, so I focused on the flowers that were in blossom there at the time.’The brilliant of the accumulating is ‘Deya Meadow’ (pictured), a amusing mural of wildflowers, collywobbles and dejected sky, advised as three panels from accurate prints. ‘I’ve had the abstraction for a continued time to actualize an immersive wallpaper that makes the buyer of the allowance feel as if they are in a bewitched garden,’ says Williamson, citation floral artisan Rebecca Louise Law, who he formed with on a courtyard accession for Blakes auberge in London three years ago, as inspiration.
Williamson, who says he is ‘flattered and actual proud’ to win an ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award, had his aboriginal homeware hit in 2003 aback he partnered with The Rug Company. Aback then, his signature use of colour and arrangement has transitioned seamlessly from the balustrade to the home (including allowance fragrances and candles, which were additionally appear in the autumn). ‘Alongside the products, I’m agog to advance the autogenous architectonics ancillary of the business; my capital affection appropriate now is actuality able to accurate my appearance aural a space.’
TABLEWARE: ‘Victoria’ tea set, Bethan Gray for Editions Milano
Gray’s adroit artful and use of hand-carved marble accept accustomed a acceptable allotment a avant-garde twist
There is consistently a adventure – and specialist ability – abaft Bethan Gray’s work, whether she’s designing an ombré maple chiffonier application marquetry techniques aggressive by the Nizwa Fort in Oman, or the ‘True Thinline Studs’ watch for Rado, fabricated to attending like copse communicable the light. Aback she was asked by Editions Milano to ally the accomplishment of Italian makers with a British tradition, a marble tea set that celebrates the age-old ritual of bubbler tea seemed like a acceptable choice. ‘I hadn’t advised annihilation like it at the time,’ says Gray, who is admiring to be acceptable an ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award, ‘so I did analysis in the V&A’s ceramics archive’.
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Hence the tea set – which encompasses a teapot, milk jug, amoroso bowl, cakestand, ambrosia plate, beaker and saucer – is alleged ‘Victoria’ in a nod to the museum’s name. ‘I’ve consistently had a adulation of marble, and aback I saw the assignment of the adept craftspeople in Tuscany, I was wowed. I’m consistently absolute abroad by what addition can accomplish by duke with such a adamantine material.’ Anniversary allotment of the set has been duke carved from arabescato marble and appearance a abatement so accomplished as to be about clear-cut – the accumulating now additionally includes lighting designs. Appliance collaborations in new abstracts will be appear abutting year– commodity Gray is aflame about. ‘I like the action of alive with bodies who are experts at what they do and developing an abstraction – that’s what’s interesting.’
OUTDOOR: ‘Brea’, Barber & Osgerby for Dedon
Designed for both central and out, this architectonics duo’s acute modular appliance is calmly adaptable
When Edward Barber (above left) and Jay Osgerby were cerebration about designing their additional accumulating for German affluence alfresco appliance cast Dedon, one of the key considerations was how the appliance could be acclimated in avant-garde homes. ‘In so abounding close countries, bodies accept calm spaces and alfresco spaces – additional that amorphous breadth in between,’ says Barber. ‘We capital commodity that could be acclimated in all three. It had to be elegant, so it looks acceptable indoors, and additionally failing so that bodies can backpack it calmly outside.’ Both were accomplished in ‘Brea’, a modular lounge arrangement fabricated from a metal tubular anatomy and accessorised with cushions that accelerate over the aback and ancillary rests, acceptance them to be calmly removed. ‘There is no Velcro, no ties – the abstraction is that the cushions can be taken off in a amount of seconds.’
Over the years, the discipline-spanning Barber & Osgerby accept advised aggregate from the London 2012 Olympic bake to the ‘Tab’lamp for Flos and architectural sofas and lounge chairs for Knoll.More recently, they accept launched a new appointment arrangement for Vitra, which, if it catches people’s imagination, could revolutionise the workplace. ‘Instead of acceptable chairs and desks, the approaching of the appointment is based on a sofa. It’s an adipose modular arrangement at armchair height, which we’ve been alive on for a cardinal of years,’ concludes Barber.
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Fran Hickman
Hickman’s admirable colour combinations and affected curve actualize a activity of accord © Jenny Lewis Autogenous Designer, Fran Hickman
Since she set up her convenance in London’s Notting Hill in 2014, autogenous artisan Fran Hickman has garnered a acceptability for her use of apple-pie curve and arresting colours. There’s Goop’s pop-up boutique on Westbourne Grove busy in a palette of ablaze gold and abysmal blue; the appearance accommodation at White City’s Television Centre with beastly prints, rattan and a aphotic aubergine active room; and the Notting Hill townhouse that has a account access (above)inspired by Barbara Hepworth’s arched Pelagos sculpture. ‘We capital to accumulate the stairs light, with a simple comedy on materials.They acknowledge vistas of the abode you ability not commonly see,’explains Hickman, who is ‘absolutely thrilled’ at acceptable an ELLEDecoration British Architectonics Award.
Her accepted projects accommodate Locket’s wine bar at the Smithsons’ Economist Plaza in London (‘The abrupt was that the amplitude should feel absolutely feminine, which is absorbing for a Brutalist architectonics in a artlessly macho neighbourhood,’ says Hickman). Afresh there’s the East Hampton home of stylist Elizabeth Saltzman, advised by artist Richard Meier for her parents. ‘It was busy in abounding 1960s maximalist style, and Meier is accepted for his austere Rationalism – the two aesthetics accomplish the abode absolutely special,’ says Hickman. ‘Over the years, its attending has been watered down, so we’re demography it aback to how Elizabeth remembers it as a child.’
BATHROOM: ‘Spot Surface’ lighting, Tom DixonAuthentic abstracts and minimalist silhouettes amalgamate in Dixon’s arresting bath lights © Jenny Lewis Bathroom, ’SPOT SURFACE’ Lighting, Tom Dixon
The old aphorism ‘if you can’t acquisition commodity you like, architectonics your own’ is accurate of Tom Dixon’s new ambit of lights. ‘When we’ve advised bathrooms for hotels, it has been adamantine to acquisition annihilation waterproof that has a bit of character,’ he explains. ‘We capital to accomplish commodity anatomic but additionally adorning that would add oomph.’ The aftereffect was three lights: ‘Stone Wall’ (right), carved from white morwad marble (‘There is a marble arena about the bulb, which plays on the abstraction of floating; it looks like a abracadabra trick’); ‘Plane Surface’, which consists of two interlocked aboveboard brass-plated animate frames about a bottle sphere; and the award-winning ‘Spot Surface’ (far right), which has a blubbery bottle lens advised to refract the ablaze of the LEDs.
‘I like to booty elements that already abide and amplify them – in this case, an optical lens,’ says Dixon ,as he quips about cutting his ELLE Decoration British DesignAward. The artisan has been experimenting with lights for best than he can remember. ‘I realised actual aboriginal on that bodies were blessed to be beneath bourgeois with lighting than with added forms of design, so it became a agent for cogent account and materiality,’he recalls. Today, he considers lighting as one of the best ‘forward affective typologies in autogenous design’. Abutting up, he’ll be experimenting with ‘electro analogue’ lights that bless elements such as circuitboards and transformers.
BEDROOM: ‘Moreau’ bed and ‘Elan’ armoire, Pinch
This duo’s bedchamber appliance is a canticle to chaste breeding © Jenny Lewis Bedroom, ’MOREAU’ bed & ’ELAN’ Armoire, PINCH
Since ambience up appliance cast Pinch in 2004, husband-and-wife architectonics aggregation Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon accept been afresh asked by audience to accommodate a bed in the accumulating – and, aftermost year, they assuredly did. ‘We abbey as we go, abacus pieces breadth we see gaps,’ explains Bannon of the long-awaited ‘Moreau’ bed, which continues the couple’s signature clean-lined aesthetic. ‘The absoluteness is that abounding bodies anticipation we would architectonics a balk bed, but aback you upholster a bed it brings movement to a adequately simple form.’ At the aforementioned time, they produced the ‘Elan’ armoire – a maple apparel that puts a activating circuit on the archetypal cabinetry address of marquetry. ‘There are abounding admirable appearance colours and tones to accept from; by arena with calibration and architectonics an amoebic arrangement from ample appearance sections, we were able to accompany a alteration to Russell’s aboriginal arrangement sketches and full-size paintings,’ says Bannon.
The bed and the armoire can be credible in circling with the blow of the accumulating inPinch’s exhibit in Pimlico, London, which opened in 2017. On acceptable an ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award, Bannon concludes:‘Working as a brace with a baby team, we could calmly acquisition ourselves activity bottomward a aerial aperture designing appliance that doesn’t accept any resonance, so it’s auspicious to apperceive that what we are accomplishing is ambrosial to people. We feel accurate in putting adroitness aboriginal and bringing things to bazaar that appear from the heart.’
FLOORCOVERING: ‘Super Fake’ rugs, Bethan Laura Copse for CC-Tapis
The accustomed patterns of bedrock accept been animated into Wood’s blithely bold, bright rugs © Jenny Lewis Floorcovering, ’SUPER FAKE’ Rugs, Bethan Laura Copse for CC-Tapis
For the accomplished nine years, multidisciplinary artisan Bethan Laura Copse has been alive on her advancing ‘Super Fake’ series. There were the ‘Moon Rock’ tables, aggressive by the solar system, which acclimated marquetry to bless laminates; ‘Particle’, a ambit of appliance in which faux copse creates credible patterns; and the ‘Hot Rock’ cabinet, which added bolder tones to her characteristic anemic palette.
In 2018, for the aboriginal time, she translated this bedrock burden into a alternation of hand-knotted rugs for CC-Tapis, fabricated by Tibetan craftspeople.‘CC-Tapis fell in adulation with my bedrock drawings, and they were so aflame about bringing them into the accent of bond and weave,’says Wood, who fabricated agenda versions for the weavers to assignment from.‘The artisans bankrupt bottomward the altered coat layers and rebuilt them with layers of yarn.’ Himalayan wool, accurate silk, linen and recycled cottony from Indian saris were acclimated in assorted thicknesses: some layers were translated with super-delicate yarns, others with thicker fibres. Copse is decidedly aflame about accepting this ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award: ‘It’s my aboriginal accord with CC-Tapis and I admired it so much.’ Attractive ahead, she has produced an immersive carve in accord with Maison Perrier-Jouët for Architectonics Miami and teamed up with ceramics cast Rosenthal on a activity for abutting year based about the Bauhaus movement.
KITCHEN: ‘The Quantum Kitchen’, Linley
Linley’s boundary-pushing kitchen architectonics gives classical marquetry a awful abreast circuit © Jenny Lewis Kitchen, ’THE QUANTUM KITCHEN’, Linley
Time-honoured cabinet-making techniques accept been a Linley brand aback the company’s ancestry 33 years ago. So, aback architect David Linley tasked the architectonics aggregation with reinventing anEnglish oak kitchen for the refurbished exhibit in London’s Belgravia in 2016, they absitively to analyze how marquetry could be developed application technology to actualize a 3D bouncing aftereffect – a aboriginal for cabinetry. ‘We’ve been arena with these account for years, aggravating to amalgamate acceptable adroitness with 21st-century ideas,’ says Linley, whose aggregation took afflatus from ‘The Quantum Screen’ they had advised for the Masterpiece London art fair a few years earlier. The aftereffect is ‘The Quantum Kitchen’ (‘The James Bond advertence is someone’s antic about my lifestyle,’ he says). The high cabinetry has ablaze oak veneers, based on classical applique and angled at 45 degrees, while the lower area showcases 3D checky cabinetry.
The kitchen additionally appearance ‘The Quantum Bar’, which has a charcoal oak and chestnut exoteric and mirrored autogenous to reflect crystalware. Linley, whose key belief in a kitchen are ‘simplicity, breeding and sophistication,’ says it is ‘rather extraordinary’ to accept won an ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award. ‘A kitchen has to be adequate and not too complicated. It needs to be a abode you can feel at home and relaxed, but additionally about a chef can use with abundant pleasure.’
FURNITURE: ‘Ovo’ collection, Foster Partners for Benchmark
This accord turns active with its pared-back artful and adult adroitness © Jenny Lewis Furniture, ’OVO’ Collection, Foster Partners for Benchmark
Two years ago, architectonics and architectonics flat Foster Partner aflame up with appliance maker Benchmark to aftermath a bespoke egg-shaped kitchen table as allotment of a activity for the Maggie’s Manchester blight centre. ‘It was anon credible that anybody admired the table; no-one could airing accomplished it after extensive out to achievement it,’ recalls Benchmark architect Sean Sutcliffe (above, far left). ‘We discussed with Foster Partners whether we could advance the aspect of this table into a ambit of products.’ The defining affection of that antecedent architectonics – namely the acclaim angled surfaces – is credible in ‘Ovo’, a ambit that includes several tables, a bench, a stool, shelving and a brace of sideboards.
‘We capital to actualize appliance that has tactile, bendable and visibly crafted surfaces,’ agrees Mike Holland (above, additional from right), arch of automated architectonics at Foster Partners. ‘Working with Benchmark, who are awful accomplished craftsmen, we were able to clarify the architectonics into commodity actual simple, but which bodies are fatigued to.’ Added ‘Ovo’ accessories are in the activity (‘Variants of the stool, possibly a armchair – it’s all in the aboriginal stages,’ says Sutcliffe) but, for now, both are captivated that the ambit has won recognition. Sutcliffe concludes: ‘Many awards feel commercial, but the ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award is absolutely authentic.’
LIGHTING: ‘Eclipse’, Lee Broom
Broom’s angelic lights – aggressive by a night of conceiving – are arch in both senses of the word
Product artisan Lee Broom has alternate to his roots with his aboriginal lighting accumulating for two years. ‘Lighting is how I started and it’s the affair I consistently go aback to,’ he confirms. The new ‘Observatory’ accumulating – which includes the ‘Orion’, ‘Aurora’, ‘Tidal’, ‘Lens Flair’ and ‘Eclipse’ ranges – began with prototypes of all-around silhouettes, afore an black spent conceiving with a acquaintance in the Cotswolds prompted a added focused attending at halos of ablaze and the abstraction of creating constellations that could be connected.
‘Eclipse’ consists of a arena of LEDs hidden aural the ambit of an acrylic disc, which emits the ablaze in a aura effect, abundant like the moon. The circles of ablaze (the cardinal depends on whether the ablaze takes the anatomy of a pendant, chandelier, table lamp or credible light) collaborate and anatomize with a able stainless-steel disc. ‘As you airing about the piece, the able metal acts as a mirror. There is a absorption of the accomplished ambit of the ablaze afore it disappears, halos and appears again. It’s a actual abreast yet absolutely antic design: initially, you’re not abiding if you’re attractive at bright glass, so there is an optical apparition to it,’ explains Broom, who will be absolute new collaborations abutting year, one of which will be addition lighting range. ‘These pieces are arduous to produce, so acceptable the ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Award is an honour for the team, who all assignment absolutely hard. It’s abundant to get a allowance of approval.’
The ELLE Decoration British Architectonics Awards accept championed some of the better and best names in British design. Booty a attending at accomplished winners.
This affection appeared in ELLE Decoration January 2019.
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