Lamps Plus is one of America’s largest lighting retailers and a sponsor of the BlogTour London Trip I recently went on. For more than 30 years they have been building their business to offer nationwide customers the largest collection of function and decorative lighting fixtures, accessories, furniture and home decor. The Lamps Plus collection of websites includes Lighting Luxury Style, Builders Discount Lighting, Lamps Plus Open Box and 55 Downing Street.
If you are unfamiliar with 55 Downing Street, it launched in May 2012 in the flash sales arena.
“Over the last year, we’ve discovered what designs truly excite our customers most. So we now scour all corners of the globe to source the latest styles,” says Manja Swanson, Chief Creative Officer for 55 Downing Street and Lamps Plus. “From handmade Indian rugs and pillows to furniture produced right here in California, each design on 55 Downing Street has been hand selected on the basis of quality, value and, of course, style.”
Starting early next year, 55 Downing Street will launch the first of three exclusive house brands. The brands – Dahlia Studios, Chateau Lux and Cinnabar Road – will feature artisan soft lines, continental inspired furniture, and globally-inspired imported furnishings, respectively.
The new brand offering will coincide with a re-launch of 55DowningStreet.com. The new site will feature a new blog team and contributors to offer readers a fresh voice and insights into the latest design trends.
I’ve paired items from the Lamps Plus website and 55 Downing Street with images from the London Design Festival to demonstrate how trendy their product selection actually is.
Cox London at Decorex | Irondale Helena Reclaimed Bookcase
Brokis Pendants at Design Junction | Possini Euro Engels
Paris Wakefield Additions at Tent London | Annabelle Modern Flame Chair and Flame Zig Zag lamp
Foldability at DesignJunction | Possini Euro White Cloud Pendant
Tony Miles Designs at DesignJunction | Telestar Lamp
(Lamps Plus is a sponsor for BlogTour London 2013, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share.)
Last week I was checking out Du Verre: The Hardware Co. hardware and the fabulous designers they have collaborated with to create their “design-driven” collections. I was reading about Christopher Smith from East Main Design and the two collections – Polar and Rise, that he collaborated on. The first thing you see on the East Main Design website are the words “Nothing is Boring. The world is way too rich with design possibilities.” I’m hooked and inspired to write this post about the Du Verre designers.
If you aren’t familiar with Du Verre, they are a Canadian manufacturer of quality decorative hardware made from recycled aluminum. While most pieces are die cast, a few are made using sand casting. All of these little works of art are finished by hand.
Clodagh has designed 4 collections for Du Verre so she seems like a logical place to start. Clodagh, principal and CEO of Clodagh Designs in New York, is a legend in the design world who has worked in over 90 countries and marshaled her talents into being able to re-imagine anything her clients ask her to. She has designed everything from interiors and landscapes to packaging and uniforms. Clodagh is well known for her steadfast dedication to the use of feng shui, chromatherapy, biophillia, and sustainable materials. Clodagh’s collections for Du Verre include Primitive, Stacked,Tribal and Kuba.
The Polar and Rise hardware collections were designed by Christopher Smith of East Main Design and Development. He specializes in left of center creative solutions through a deep understanding of consumer markets. His projects range from Branding and Identity to Furniture and Hardware. No matter the project the goal is always the same: achieve moving solutions while striving for sustainable use of materials and efficient use of resources appropriate for the client and marketplace.
Goodman & Charlton
Jeffrey Goodman is a Magna cum Laude graduate from Harvard College, with a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies, and Steven Charlton is an honors graduate from Brighton School of Art in England, with a BA in Graphic Design.
Together the two formed Goodman Charlton, a design firm that now specializes in hospitality, residential interior and furniture designs. Most recently and notably, the team just finished up the grand renovation of the Empire Hotel, near Lincoln Center, where they created a lavish yet modern interior from furnishings around the world. The Marcel hardware collection was originally conceived for the renovation of the Marcel Hotel in New York. It is a fun collection with playful geometric shapes.
William Harvey is an artist, musician and a designer. He is widely known for his innovative houseware and accessory designs for UMBRA and for making sculptures out of found objects. He works out of his studio in Williamsburg, NY where he lives with his family. Harvey is a spokesman for the North Brooklyn Creative Economy Zone and advocates for inclusion of mixed-use and commercial space in new developments. He has designed two collections for Du Verre – Arroyo, a sleek architectural collection and Lotus, an organic sculptural collection.
Heinz Pfleger was trained in Austria and now makes his home in Canada. He is one of North America’s most talented metalsmiths. He was an early collaborator with DuVerre and created three collections. Forged 2 and Forged 3 were created from the original classic Forged Collection and the Pomegranate collection is a series of nature-inspired hardware rich with texture. Pfleger concentrates primarily on one-of-a-kind architectural projects and fine furniture.
Erin Adams is well known in the kitchen and bath design world as premier mosaic tile designer. In her work as both artisan and interior designer, Erin infuses sophisticated urban sensibilities with elements of the folk art tradition. Erin’s mission is to create and produce innovative products that imbue sophistication and grace, inspire self reflection and keep fine craftsmanship alive in a world of mass production. Her goal to collaborate with other artists by pushing boundaries and materials to where they have never been before has led to collaborations with Ann Sacks and New Ravenna Mosaics. Erin designed the multidimensional Offset Collection.
Jeff Goodman was an innovator in the field of architectural glass. He passed away in 2012 after a valiant battle with cancer. Apart from running Jeff Goodman Studio, which he established in 1989, Goodman was a board member for the Ontario Craft Council and for the Glass Art Association of Canada. He was also a mentor and advisor at Harbourfront Centre and he taught at Sheridan College. Before he passed away, Goodman had completed a major commission for the Baha’i Temple of Light, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, in Santiago, Chile. Jeff was another early collaborator with Du Verre and his hardware series called The Jeff Goodman Collection is appreciated for its Zen-like qualities.
Scot Laughton is an award-winning Industrial designer. He established Scot Laughton Studio in 1992 and has designed furniture and products for furnishings companies such as Keilhauer, Nienkämper, Pure Design, and Umbra. He is a founding member of Furnace, a collective committed to producing thoughtful, functionally appropriate, minimalist designs through collaborative effort. His Series 3 hardware collection for Du Verre is both bold and subtle, making use of elegant shapes, planes and organic curves to create a finished product that is as fantastic as it is practical.
The Rio hardware collection is designed by Du Verre co-founder, Gina Lubin. Inspired by ancient ruins and symbols, Rio’s patterns have an air of mystery and a one-of-a-kind feeling. Rio knobs and pulls are as much art as a functional piece of design. Rio has an exotic look and sculptural feeling with each piece hand finished. Gina’s focus on detail and texture combined with perfect function reflect her philosophy of simplicity; “Form, function quality and originality – with these ingredients you can create a sustainable and beautiful environment. Wellness, balance and harmony are the wonderful byproducts of good design. Through quality comes pleasure and peace of mind.”
Du Verre can be purchased through designers and dealers as well as online. Check the Where to Buy page on www.duverre.com for more information.
(Du Verre is a sponsor for BlogTour London 2013, but the views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine, and I will be honest in what I share. You, the reader, are my top priority and it is my goal to make sure you can trust the content and integrity of this blog.)
Spitalfields Market is a great London institution – in a huge old Victorian building with a metal and glass roof, surrounded by cool shops and restaurants – the center of the building is filled with traditional market stalls and 100′s of eclectic independent traders selling their finest wares.
Aside from the market stalls, there are some great independent retailers too like OneDeko; a contemporary furniture store and Elemental; a vintage/retro lighting and furniture store.
Just outside Spitalfields is The Lollipop Shoppe , offering international furniture classics, lighting and home decor. Major Brands such as Vitra, Knoll, Artek, Cassina, and Fritz Hansen are featured with an eclectic collection of accessories.
With such a tight schedule I hardly know where to start. Leave comments on your favorite places at Spitalfields.
Spitalfields takes its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary’s Spittel that was founded in 1197. Lying in the heart of the East End, it is an area known for its spirit and strong sense of community. It was in a field next to the priory where the now famous market first started in the thirteenth century.
From its small beginnings in the 17th Century, Spitalfields Market blossomed. Traders working from a collection of sheds and stalls did their best to meet the needs of London’s rapidly growing population and their appetite for fresh fruit and vegetables. Their success made Spitalfields Market a major center for the sale of fresh produce, trading six days a week.
In 1920 the City of London acquired direct control of the market, extending the original buildings eight years later. For the next 60 years, Spitalfields’ nationwide reputation grew, as did the traffic congestion in the narrow streets around it. With no room for the expansion it so badly needed, the market was forced to move and in May 1991 it opened its doors at its new location in Leyton, east London.
At the end of 2005, the Spitalfields completed an 18-year regeneration program. This resulted in the creation of two new public spaces, Bishops Square and Crispin Place, a public art program, an events program, the restoration of several historic streets in E1 and a selection of carefully selected independent retailers and restaurants.
I’ve been wanting to write about the new faucets from Blanco for a while and now seems like the perfect time. If you have not already heard, I will be going to London as part of the BlogTour London 2013 founded by Modenus CEO Veronika Miller. Blanco is one of the fine sponsors for this trip.
The new faucet collection from Blanco is making a Splash. Beauty and Performance go hand-in-hand with water-saving options.
The new series includes the Victorian GRACE II, the sleek ALTA COMPACT, the elegant HILAND and the graceful NAPA. Blanco’s tradition of high quality materials and innovative design is carried forward in this collection. With all the possible design and color combinations, most homeowners are sure to find a faucet that fits their style and needs.
Traditional Design for today’s world. Pull-down and Pull-out Faucet Design with dual spray 2.2 GPM flow rate Chrome or Stainless Steel finish
Transitional Design for any decor Pull-out faucet with dual spray 2.2 or 1.8 GPM flow rate Chrome or Stainless Steel finish
Elegant high arc design with gentle curves Pull-down and Pull-out Faucet Design with dual spray 2.2 or 1.8 GPM flow rate Chrome or Stainless Steel finish
This series of solid brass faucets retail from $375 – $525 and include a Limited lifetime warranty.
For three generations, BLANCO, the German innovator of finely crafted sinks and faucets, has passionately elevated the standards for luxury sinks, faucets and decorative accessories.
BLANCO offers a large variety of award-winning kitchen sink designs at all price points, with bowl configurations, bowl depths and installation styles available in both stainless steel and granite.
BLANCO has a long tradition of environmental stewardship and their production facilities operate to strict DIN EN ISO 14001 environmental performance standards.
Showing their commitment to provide their customers with unsurpassed service, Blanco has produced educational how-to videos on www.blancoamerica.com. The videos offer step-by-step tutorials designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about sinks and faucets including: How-to change a ceramic faucet disk cartridge.