Manchester School of Art Degree Shows 2015

This afternoon Gabbie and I had the privilege of visiting Manchester School of Art and enjoying a tour of this year’s degree shows from our lovely intern Yasmin who has just completed her degree in Interior Design.

We were massively impressed by the standard of work. Students complete one major project in the final year which involves choosing a building and completely re imagining it’s use through an indepth nine month study. The creativity of the ideas along with the attention to detail and the impressive presentation skills are really amazing.

On our visit we also checked out the Graphic Design, Textiles, Illustration and 3D Design shows all which were equally fantastic.

We are very lucky to have such a world class art school on our doorstep and we wish all the students the very best of luck as many of them go on to show in London and then embark on careers in the design industry.

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A work placement at Curve – Lucy’s experience.

For two weeks in June I had the pleasure of working alongside Ben and the lovely ladies of Curve Interior Design. By working closely with and assisting the designers with product sourcing, sample ordering and helping to create sample scheme trays for some of Curve’s current projects, I was given great insight into the world of contemporary and cutting edge design. Furthermore, I was given the opportunity to sit in on meetings with suppliers such as Pierre Frey and JAB and Alma, which I found particularly interesting for it allowed me to broaden my understanding and knowledge of current top designers as well giving me a clearer eye for the Summer Trends of 2015.

As well as working within the office, Gabbie and I visited Manchester Art Gallery to see their fantastic exhibition – ‘House Proud’, an interesting show which exhibited many design classics which we were able to relate to our current work today. We were thus asked to write a report for Curve’s website about what we saw and our general experience of the show as a whole. By doing this, we were able to concentrate particularly on the development and progression of art and design for the home environment through a range of pieces, exploring a variety of glass, ceramics and metalwork’s – constructing interesting observations.

You can read the blog here .. https://taupetips.com/2015/06/05/house-proud-at-manchester-art-gallery/

My experience working with Curve was hugely fulfilling and it was great fun working within a team and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity. I feel I have learnt lots in two weeks, not only from design awareness but also from a musical point of view… My knowledge of music has been largely expanded through Key 103’s none other than ‘Top 10 at 10’…

Thank you so much for having me!!

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2015 Summer trend report …

Bringing the summer in with a change of fresher and brighter ideas. Different colours are the start of changes between spring and summer.

2015 Summer trend report …

The Colour
Summer is seeing the mismatch of brave colours against the paler shades to tackle winter head on and welcome summer in one big re-design; especially giving you a colour palette that could last the whole of the season.

Maybe mixing a Greek blue, like the deep blue of the Mediterranean along with perfect pairing such as grey or the colour of the season, pale pink. Pale pink has been brought though from spring still showing that you are able to bring through subtle elegance with these new vibrant colours. Pale pink has also been used within the catwalks and interiors throughout last season and still in this season I definitely it is going to be one of the colours of 2015. Other colours are still being included from the spring trend – don’t forget mixing the lighter shades of green and shades of white to bring a soft more natural interior with a modern twist.

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The material
Is marble starting to make a comeback? The rather expensive, timeless rock type was making quiet a big impression during last year’s London Design Festival, but it is looking like it is going to become the elegant material used within interiors in 2015.

When using marble working with a neutral color palette is best, if you are using white marble in particular it can make a room feel and appear more open. Especially because it is coming into the Summer season it can also be used to freshen up you interior as it can add light to dark spaces that are more confined. When you are using marble I definitely think it needs to been chosen wisely and to be used only in small doses, the gleaming stone can always add a classic look to any interior. Using marble subtly and merging modern materials will certainly avoid overwhelming the eye.

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The Patterns
With summer approaching fast, ‘don’t fear patterns’ is the echoing advice for SS15…
Spring Summer 2015 is all about the power of the pattern; highlighting the significance of print as an important element of decoration. It appears bold and powerful patterns are pushing to the foreground of the interior design world, with floral, wildlife and geometry prints screaming attention.

BLOOM
Britain is in bloom. Our love affair with nature and calming botanical boosts continues to grow, encouraged further by the glorious displays at the Chelsea Flower Show. Using this epic phenomenon as inspiration, floral looks for the home are key this season, whether they are blossoming on walls, accessories or just a pretty posy.

Trends appear to be looking particularly towards the summer garden with a fresh, contemporary array of floral patterns, creating elegant and modern classic looks. Floral prints seem to have been teamed with brushstrokes and impressionistic designs, with emphasis particularly falling on water-coloured floral designs.

The key materials are more focused on textile and surface printing with watercolour motifs and brush stroke designs made to appear hand painted and artisanal. This trend is currently prominent on the catwalk too and will continue through to the fall and winter months.

This style appears to be evident particularly in Romo’s new summer collection ‘Saphira,’ a contemporary print, comprised of beautiful colourful blooms on cotton-satin and cotton-linen. It also includes a delicate touch of watercolour, which creates a hazy fusion of colour, as well as clear use of brushstrokes crafting a home-made, textural feel.

Designers Guild’s ‘Orangerie’ Fabrics collection of floral digital prints also reflects this fresh summer trend. Their collection draws together a stunning assembly of some of their most popular digitally printed fabrics, in a reformed array of new colour schemes in keeping with current contemporary trends. They too appear to have fused photography with hand-painted artwork.

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TRIBAL
Continuing with natural selection and neutral hues, in terms of pattern, we zoom in on nature, combining it with a mix of global traveling influences and decadent tribal patterns. Layering and dappled light effects as well as printing and bleeding are pooled together with bold colour mixes and fragmented, tessellated geometrics to form a dramatic, striking look for this summer. Looking particularly at one of our favourite designers, Missoni, their new summer style reflects upon this bold tribal statement, incorporating bold, vibrant colours with the tribal, geometric pattern, as well as the likes of Pierre Frey and their new wallpaper collection.

‘Designers are looking at traditional crafting processes and modernizing them with new materials and colour combinations to create something innovative and otherworldly.’

Following this idea, in Clerkenwell Design Week, designer Patricia Urquiola, produced Tierras in which the ever-popular geometric pattern seems to have been combined with the newest technological implements with the concept of traditional, handmade productions. The warm earthy colour palette, with contemporary bright accents compliment as well as create striking contrast to suit individual styles.

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The Conclusion
While looking at the different trend I was looking at many different collections and designers that we look at a lot of the brands have taken inspirations from these trends to keep all their collections up-to-date. One of the patterns we talk about in these trends is tribal pattern and one designer that take elements of tribal pattern within their fabrics to get these dramatic pieces of furniture and accessories used in different interiors.

I also think that the ‘Girandole’ collection is perfect for summer as the bright colours and vibrant patterns. The burst of this colour will definitely add dimension and definition to the interior, Missoni have definitely executed the trends perfectly this season.

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Another designer that has included one of the trends within his recent collection is Lee Broom. Within the collection he has used marble in many of his new products which can range from lighting all the way down to candlesticks. This collection has showed that marble has been used more than just its more popular use of kitchen tops and simple coffee tables.

All in all with the trends over Summer you can see that there are many changes from Spring but we have also retained but developed certain trends we previously mentioned. I hope that this blog help you complete the perfect summer interior and we will see how the trends further develop within the seasons to come.

Happy summer everyone!!

House Proud at Manchester Art Gallery

This week Gabriella and Lucy, our two interns had the opportunity to visit the fantastic exhibition ‘House Proud’ at Manchester Art Gallery .. here they report back on some of the design classics they saw, and how they are still relevant to our work today.

Look out for our Summer Trends blog coming next week.

Currently exhibiting at Manchester Art Gallery, House Proud, is inspired by the Gallery’s own Industrial Art Collection, nostalgically scanning a period in the 1930s when the Gallery took the lead in acquiring and displaying home furnishings which revealed mass-produced and limited-edition pieces, focused particularly on those with a very strong, contemporary design aesthetic. The present exhibition draws upon some of the ways in which the boundaries between art and design for the home environment have developed and progressed since then, exploring a range of glass, ceramics and metalwork within furniture design.

In order to improve and enhance the design and distinction of pieces, contemporary artists were deliberately employed as fundamentally, this exhibition shows how functional objects came to be seen in a new light. The show includes items designed for industrial production by artists such as Dame Laura Knight, Eric Ravilious and John Piper. Furthermore, many of the designers included in the display were influenced by contemporary art, particularly Neo-Romanticism, Abstraction, Surrealism, Op and Pop Art. Additionally, the exhibition also includes paintings and works on paper, alongside textiles and wallpapers from the Whitworth art gallery.

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Vertical – 1937
Designed by Ben Nicholson 1894 – 1982
Made by Edinburgh Weavers 1937
Tapestry woven cotton and rayon
Nicholson’s usually abstract and constructivist art has been translated into this textile design. The sculptural effect has been achieved through using the contrasting weaves and the varieties of textures formed by the combination of cotton and rayon. This strong juxtaposition has been used to a great effect, formulating a rich architectural rendition. Once again, this piece reflects upon fashionable neutral tones with splashes of bold colour, which is prominent within this Summers trend.

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Aircraft – 1938
Designed by Marion Dorn 1899 – 1964
Made by Old Bleech Linen Company Limited 1938
Screen-printed linen and rayon
Marion Dorn produced designs for both mass-produced and bespoke textile furnishings and rugs, Aircraft, having been particularly successful for it was used to furnish ocean liners. Movement is cleverly evoked within Dorn’s design, portrayed through darting birds in the form of silhouettes, provoking the feeling of flight and levitation. This combination of pastel and neutral colours, is particularly relevant to this years Spring and Summer sophisticated palette, as well as the minimal pattern which has been kept simple and graphic, creating a fun approach.

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Crawling Couch – 1987
Designed and made by Jon Mills b.1959
Beaten, welded and patinated steel
Mills was one of several sculptors in the 1980s that chose to up-cycle and reuse scrap materials as a statement against mass consumerism. Mill’s Couch is perhaps a prime example of this mode of rebellion for it was originally inspired by a traditional upholstered chaise-longue. He has deliberately reworked this typically luxurious style of relaxation and comfort to form a particularly surreal, uncomfortable and rather menacing piece. Mills has used rusted reclaimed steel, leaving the hammer marks and bolts visible. Together with the extreme sharp edges, spiky back and clawed feet, the feeling of unease and discomfort is generated, contrasting effectively with slick, high-tech modern design. Furthermore, the robust, industrial design of this piece is very fitting with current popular trends.

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Calyx – 1951
Designed by Lucienne Day 1917 – 2010
Made by Heal’s
Screen-printed linen
Using the English tradition of basing a pattern on nature, Day has designed an innovative, stylised pattern, which appears to highlight geometric forms within the natural world. This design reflects current trends, perhaps more particularly upon the key botanical and geometric prints, providing a layering effect.

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A very interesting read thank you Gabbie and Lucy 🙂