Kelly Swallow vs Banksy

Kelly Swallow, who is best knows for her colourful patchwork chairs and beautiful upholstered furniture, has taken some inspiration from one of the UK’s best loved artists…the unknown Banksy. For those of you who came across his street art you will probably recognise the image at the centre of this design. This chair’s simple soft colours, make it very versatile and perfect for a cosy stylish home.

Kelly Swallow's Banksy chair

Kelly Swallow’s Banksy chair. Photo courtesy of Kelly Swallow.

Islington has it’s fair share of Banksy treasures, decorating the walls a number of buildings on Essex road. Who would have thought that street art and upholstered furniture would be so compatible.

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Marni’s Salavaged Colombian Woven Chairs

Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

The chairs are crafted by former prison inmates in San Gil, Colombia and the colour combinations were chosen by the Marni team. Each chair is made using a traditional Colombian weaving technique using multi-colored PVC threads woven around the seatbacks and armrests to support the structure. 

Marni Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

Marni Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

The Italian fashion house has displayed a number of these chairs at No.19 Greek Street. The Marni project collection consists of 20 colours, 7 models and 21 variations for 80 chairs, 10 deckchairs and 10 tables, made in limited series.

Marni Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

Marni Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

The chairs are constructed from salvaged materials, using concrete reinforcing bars for the core structure and the seatbacks and armrests made from coloured plastic pipes.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

September – Month of Design and Inspiration

September is a great month for design and architecture, with the start of the London Design Festival tomorrow, as well as Part 2 of the International Architectural Showcase and London Open House allowing people to look around London’s most significant buildings.

The London Design Festival will be hosted at numerous venues all around London, including the Southbank Centre, the V & A. It will feature over 300 events and exhibitions demonstrating the best of design from all around the globe. The designers range from fashion, ceramics to landscape design and architecture.

Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism at the London Design Festival

The wide variety of events allow you to look at vastly different areas of design and see how these may relate to or complement each other. One of the main pieces to look out for is the immersive rubberised space in the centre of  Trafalgar Square. The space is created by BE OPEN together with the London Design Festival. It plays with the idea of “design you can’t see” (mock up shown below).

“design you can’t see” in Trafalgar Square

The main hub of the festival will be the V&A, watch the video below to see what events and exhibitions the museum will be hosting.