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.

Merging Traditional and Stucco Designs

Artists Jessica Stockholder and Patrick Chamberlain envisioned a large expansive space to serve as a studio for Jessica which would allow her to work on her sculptures.

The couple worked with architect Joseph Bergin to create a suitable extension. They had a clear idea in mind from the very beginning, telling Bergin “We want stuccoe cubes“.

The existing garage attached to the house was demolished to make space for the studio. The new studio includes a 600-square-foot section for cars.

Stockholder often creates her work in relation to wall surface and space, so she wanted a lot of blank wall space. The walls in her new studio range from 12 to 16 feet high.

Bergin also installed clerestory windows above several walls to let in light without taking up valuable space. A large additional window on the back of the studio overlooks the garden allowing you to look out and enjoy a beautiful view.

The connecting space between the studio and the house was a key part of the addition’s design and acts as a mudroom. It blends the two buildings’ styles, combining traditional architecture with the studio’s stucco exterior.

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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.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Recycled Patchwork Silk Footstool, Margate UK

Patchwork Silk Footstool by Zoe Murphy, made from un-picked wedding dresses. The prints are inspired by dense 1950’s formica patterns and are hand dyed using environmentally friendly ink.

Nahui Ollin – Unique Recycled Style

Nahui Ollin bags are made from recycled materials. Every bag is unique and is constructed from old sweet wrappers, newpapers, barcodes, magazines or bottle labels. Nahui Ollin is inspired by ancient South American traditions and mythology.

The bags are crafted using  ancient Mayan weaving techniques. It can take up to four thousand sweet wrappers and as long as four days for an individual artisan to make one bag.

Their unique process ensures that no two bags are the same and despite being made from paper wrappers and labels, they do stand the test of time and weather for tear-free, long-term durability.

Each bag is hand-made from around 1500 individual wrappers and follows a process of folding, weaving and sewing each one into place – sometimes taking up to three days to make. Being that the wrappers are put into place one at a time, each bag is produced in its own colour scheme and pattern, insuring that it is one-of-a-kind.

Although you may expect most Nahui Ollin bags to be colourful and cute, aimed more at young teenage girls than grown women, you’d be surprised at how diverse the range of bags are. There is a huge variety in shape, size and style of these unique bags, whether you are looking for an evening bag, a bag for grocery shopping or a smart bag to wear to the office.

Nahui Ollin is also the name given to a famous Mexican artist’s model Carmen Mondragon by Gerald Murillo (also known as Dr Atl) with whom she had an intense love affair. He named her after the symbol of Aztec renewal meaning “four movement” – the fifth and last epoch and the sun of earthquakes which will result in the extinction of the human race.

Carmen Mondragon also known as Nahui Ollin, this photo also shares a close resemblence to the Nahui Ollin logo.

“According to Mondragón’s own writings, Nahui Olin is a cosmogonic name that signifies the strength and the power of the movements that emit light, life and force.” The Fiery Spirit Of Carmen Mondragon

Nahui Ollin seek to remain ethical as well as sustainable in the production of their goods, ensuring they stick to Fair Trade and Sweatshop free practices in Mexico.

Their growing family of upcycling partners such as Tootsie, Disney, Hershey’s, pez, and Target has allowed them to create a cottage industry helping to support local artisans. The bags are a stylish alternative to the  handbags made by the big designers, they are ethical, sustainable  and you will be sure to have the only one of it’s kind as each bag is individual.

Design London: Lounge Lover Shoreditch

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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.