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gREat night out for RE

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

To the Homes & Gardens Designer Awards at the British Museum where the champagne and the conversation flowed.  Black & Blum won the product designer category and Ptolemy Mann the fabric designer award but we were particularly thrilled that RE-Found Objects from Corbridge, Northumberland got the accolade for retailer of the year, one of the judges commented that their business is like a “flea market on my lap top”, and I raise my very large tea cup to them and their ‘other’ partners Alan and Vic, Up North. Well done you’ve established your own brand in under 8 years!

Simon, worried that Jenny's got the magnum of champagne?

and congratulations from Kelly Hoppen

during the nervous wait

Mr Alessi’s little tea pot

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Those of you who have been avid readers of the blog since its launch in January will know that I am partial to a large cup of tea to kick start the brain cells, and may have seen my giant tea cup in an earlier post. So, I thought you might like to see my new tea pot, a going home present from Mr Alessi who I visited last week. It was designed by his father Carlo in 1945 and is part of the new Alessi Miniatures range

a tea pot with big ambitions

Mr Alessi and the giant teapot

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

On Thursday I did a day trip to Milan to put together a feature on the wonderful Mr Albert0 Alessi, the third generation of his family to take the reigns of the tableware and gadget making company known for its quirky designs. It was a long day, not just the flights but the hour’s drive to the factory and then on to his home on the banks of the beautiful Lake Orta ( and back again to Milan Malpensa for the last flight). And thank you Mrs Alessi for the home made foccacia with rosemary straight from the oven and cups of strong black Italian coffee which provided a kick start for those  of us who had got up before sunrise.

and the Giant Teapot

A Giant lavatory brush at the Alessi factory

Times Mag spots Award Winning Seat

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Forget the Golden Globes and Oscars – the Branca chair we featured on the cover of The Style Pages of The Times Magazine on Saturday 19th February has won the Furniture section of The Brit Insurance Design Awards, well done to Sam, Kim and everyone at Industrial Facility . The chair and table  will have its official UK launch at the Aram Store next week with an exhibition entitled Turn, Twist & Branch Off for more details see Aram Store

The Brit Insurance Design Award winning Branca chair