‘Evolve or die’: Hendzel + Hunt at Green Week

Back in March of this year, Hendzel + Hunt hosted a spin off 24HR Design Challenge, open to students at London College of Communication, during the University’s Green Week. The range of events sought to champion intelligent and ethical creativity with a selection of workshops, exhibitions, screenings, lectures and design challenges taking place throughout the week.

The University’s annual Green Week is full of interesting ideas and innovative designs.

“A platform for showcasing current good practice, Green Week will see students, staff and guests collaborators utilize design and media thinking to unpick this year’s themes of waste, transport, consumption, biodiversity and water”.

This years theme was ‘evolve or die’ and the video shows the diverse results of the challenge. The video featured on Hendzel + Hunt’s website was created by Netta Peltola.

From Furnishings to Fashion

Artist Jeanie Mellersh and Ellen Fellows

Three of Ellen’s jackets made from silk sari off cuts on a tailored base.

Ellen Fellows works in her studio in the New Forest in England to produce the unique vibrant jackets, boots and other clothing.

Ellens Workshop

Ellen’s workshop at Godshill in the New Forest England

From the cut-off pieces of Indian Silk saris, Ellen has fashioned a series of brilliantly coloured jackets.

Jacket Ellen Fellows

A unique blouse made from silk originally intended for
school ties

Ellen's Workshop

Jacket in Pied Piper style with Liripipe hat

Ellen started by making jackets for herself by the time she had made over 40, her husband suggested it was time to make them for other people too.

A military style jacket worn by Ellen

A military style jacket worn by Ellen

This prompted her to start her own business and she founded Bellesque. Ellen has taught herself the skills she needs for creating these beautiful clothes.

Floral jacket by Ellen Fellows

Floral jacket by Ellen Fellows

Making jackets remain Ellen’s passion and this continues to be at the heart of her business, although she has recently also started creating fantastic boots.

Boots Ellen Fellows

Thigh high boots made from recycled boots and furnishing fabric

Using boots from charity shops, she adds thigh-high leggings frequently made from furnishings and discarded cloth.

Boot made from recycled materials

Boot made from recycled materials

By reusing old materials made from disused furniture and cut off silk she does not only create beautifully original pieces but also gives it a second chance to be beautiful.

Sari cut offs

Sari off cuts from India

Zoe Murphy: Reinventing the British Seaside in Style

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

British designer Zoe Murphy promotes the idea of ‘Loving what belongs to you’ by printing onto recycled furniture and textiles. Her imagery is inspired by her seaside hometown – Margate in Kent, England adding a story and charm to her work.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

After graduating with a first class degree in Printed Textiles in 2008,  Zoe decided to pursue her passion for recycling and reusing discarded furniture. She also seeks to encourage others to consume more carefully and with more responsibility.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

The prints she uses to upcycle existing furniture and textiles draw their inspiration from her seaside hometown of Margate, Kent. Like many seaside resorts in the UK, which used to be buzzing with holiday makers and the brights lights of tourist funfairs and arcades.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

They remain a mere shadow of their past glory with many landmarks being left empty and run down.  These small reminders of better times come with a certain charm and glamour.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

Zoe incorporates Margate into her pieces to reflect her core values of finding potential in things that others may have forgotten and discarded. She brings her vintage furniture back to life giving it a new face and a new lease of life.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

Her re-use of mid twentieth century furniture pieces and patterns has been noticably inspired by the Formica style so prevalent in her home town, giving her work a 1950s feel.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

This relatively simple and elegant furniture is transformed into vibrant and optimistic new work with an entirely new identity.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

The theme of reusing and recycling is central to Zoe’s work and she places particular emphasis on the importance of re-using as much of a material as is possible and using environmentally friendly products.

Zoe Murphy. Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Zoe Murphy. Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

Zoe’s furniture has previously been selected for the ‘New Designers’ showcase in Islington, she has also exhibited in the Tent London ‘Talentzone’ section and at ‘Meuble Paris’ as part of the Maison Objet shows in Paris.

Images taken from Zoe Murphy's official website

Images taken from Zoe Murphy’s official website

She is an exciting new young designer to watch out for and shows at exhibitions and events all around the country, she is based in Margate and her works are available to order from her studio.

Autumn in England

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year, the leaves cover the ground in all sorts of different colours making the forests and parks vibrant and beautiful. Here are some photos of the New Forest where the ground is covered in pink, green,  orange and brown.20121128-190447.jpg

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Design London: Lounge Lover Shoreditch

Photo courtesy of Lounge Lover

I recently had drinks in Lounge Lover in Shoreditch. After hearing people rave about it for several years I was surprised it was still so popular, as many bars have a relatively short life span. Just a short walk from Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street, it’s tucked away in an old brick warehouse building on Whitby Street next to the popular fine dining restaurant Les Trois Garcons.

Photo courtesy of Lounge Lover

Lounge Lover opened after the owners of Les Trois Garcons – Hassan, Michel and Stefan decided to convert a defunct meat packing factory  into a stunning space in 2003. As soon as I walked in I realised why it’s charm and eccentric style was still attracting the fashion crowd after all these years. It’s almost like stepping into the world of Alice and Wonderland, away from the busy high street and cold East End streets.

Photo courtesy of Lounge Lover

When you step inside, a beautiful maze of hanging plants and draping materials welcomes you in, leading you to flamboyant sofas, red drapes and an abundance of surreal artwork. Antique street lamps line the bar and small wooden carousel horses hang from the ceiling looking over glass tables and plush chairs. The vibrant and colourful decor creates a perfect atmosphere for a night out or a post dinner drink. There is a huge range of exotic cocktails to choose from and if you’re feeling hungry, you can order tasty Japanese inspired tapas.

Photo courtesy of Lounge Lover

The long main room leads into a succession of themed areas such as the Cage featuring a large swan in its centre, the Dolls House which hosts a large hippos head at its entrance, as well as the Baroque and the Gold Room allowing guests to experience a range of different interiors.

Photo courtesy of Lounge Lover

The large oriental vases, antique wall hangings and mismatched chandeliers almost give the impression you are in a cave of raided vintage treasures. However the decor works exceptionally well and the colourful lighting adds to the extraordinary feel along with the very fitting electro lounge music.

Photo courtesy of Lounge Lover

Lounge Lover brings a taste of decadence and lasting style to Shoreditch, with its eclectic decor and delicious cocktails continuing to attract the fashion and celebrity crowd even after all these years.

LASSCO: Salvage, Lunch and Other Curiosities

I recently went for lunch at Brunswick House in Vauxhall, not realising this was a hotspot for antiques and salvaged goods.

The Georgian townhouse looks a little out of place surrounded by the overbearing characterless high rise office buildings around it.

Walking into the old building with an endless ceiling and charming decor was like stepping into another world, away from the busy traffic and stressful office life.

There were old mirrors and clocks on the walls and random pieces of furniture were dotted around, such as a garden gate or an old sewing table.

What makes Brunswick House so fun, is that all the furniture is for sale. There are a huge range of different pieces available, from door knobs to large antique baths.

The rooms are used to display the objects but also serve as function rooms. A perfect setting for creative projects and fashion shoots as well as parties. This also serves as an inspiration for designers and decorators showing ways in which the furniture can be used.

The cafe served delicious traditional food from the small daily menu. Before my lunch arrived I had a chance to peer around the magnificent old building.

Had it been smaller it would have looked cluttered, instead the vast expanse of the building made it look like an exhibition space with a cosy cafe tucked into the middle.

Brunswick House is part of LASSCO a company that specialises in restoration and architectural salvage. They rescued the then derelict building from squatters in 2004 and slowly restored the old Georgian mansion to resemble its grand history.

The Parlour in Brunswick House before restoration

Ballroom of Brunswick House in 2004

The former home of the Dukes of Brunswick which was built in 1758, it looks a little different now with busy roads replacing the three acres of parkland once surrounding it. However it is wonderful to see that such beautiful old buildings can still be saved and be restored to a level where they can be used as busy functional spaces that everyone can enjoy.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Tin chair – Newark antiques fair, England.

Tin chair at the Newark antiques fair, England.