Happy New Year from Designersblock in B’hm

January 30, 2009

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It’s still January and we’ve got 2009 off to an optimistic start by producing a feature area for United Business Media the organisers of Interiors Birmingham at the NEC.

We were commissioned to produce 120sqm where we presented furniture from Alex Hellum, Ercol and SCP. We had future textiles from newly launched collective Puff and Flock, reactive textiles from Sophie Hedderwick and wallpapers from Timorous Beasties. Lighting came from Chunwei Liao, the Wire Collection from new British company Deadgood, Steve Watson and Tea Un Kim.

KithKin unleashed their Trend Generator, the only software any trends researcher really needs and we had interior sculpture by Carola Wochner and animation from Seung Kwan No. Tableware and ceramics were from Arabeschi Di Latte, Freshwest, Haidee Drew and Reiko Kaneko. We had special selections by Michael Marriott and Alison Britton and a tasty new collaboration with Ercol and Timorous Beasties.

Interiors Birmingham also saw the launch of our very first publication. The Companion Magazine for United Business Media.
Edited and produced by Associate, The Companion Magazine features contributions from Jennifer Castoldi of Trendease, Jasmine Labeau from The Future Laboratory, interviews with Sheridan Coakley, Russell Pinch and Industrial Facility, together with plenty more content to keep you company at this start to a new year.

We hope you have a good one.

Here are some pictures from Designersblock B’hm

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Solar Sanctuary, Puff & Flock, Jo Angell

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Bulbous Forms Conjoined, Caroline Saul

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Loglo, Sophie Hedderwick & Wallpaper, Timorous Beasties

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Crocosmia, Carola Wochner

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ExtraOrdinary Furniture, Puff & Flock, Aurelie Mosse

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Transformer Light, Chunwei Liao. Furniture, SCP.

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Blackwell Table, Russell Pinch, SCP. Avery Chairs, Russell Pinch, SCP.

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Second Hand Ceramics selected by Alison Britton for The Companion.

Clockwise from top. Ovals (5), Foliage & Foil (6), Exotics (4), Unfinished Crockery (3).

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Bulbous Forms Collection, Caroline Saul.

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Bulbous Forms Collection, Caroline Saul.

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Furniture, Ercol & SCP. Wallpapers, Puff & Flock, Jo Angel, Graham and Brown.

Wire Pendant Light, Deadgood.

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Furniture, Ercol.

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From front: Chairmakers  Chair, Ercol. Foxtrot Table, Kaye & Stemmer, SCP. Citrus Bowl, Haidee Drew. Holey Bowl,  Haidee Drew. Butterfly Chair, Ercol. Bittern Wallpaper, Puff & Flock, Jo Angell, Graham and Brown. Cross Bowls, Haidee Drew.

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Cross Bowls, Haidee Drew

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Lights, Tea Un Kim. Devil Damasque Wallpaper, Timorous Beasties.

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Love Seat, Ercol. Fabrics, Asma Hussain

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Asma Hussain

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Transformer, Chunwei Liao.

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Transformer, Chunwei Liao.

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Chair, Sophie Hedderwick.

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Animation, Seung Kwan No

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Syringa, Carola Wochner.

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Tiles, Asma Hussain.

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On the floor Left to right. Bird Table, Alex Hellum, Heals. Peg Chair, Alex Hellum, Ercol for Heals. Pallette Stool, Alex Hellum, Ercol for Heals. Pallette Dresser, Alex Hellum, Ercol for Heals. P2 Childs Horse, Alex Hellum.

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Reading Chair, Matthew Hilton, SCP. Napoli Side Table, Matthew Hilton, Ercol. Wallpaper, Timorous Beasties. ‘We’re All In This Together’ Nina Klein, for The Companion.

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Paladina Chest, Tim Fenby, Ercol. MothWallpaper, Timorous Beasties. ‘Space’, Oscar&Ewan for The Companion.

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Wallpaper, Timorous Beasties. Napoli Sofa, Sean Dare, Ercol. Sofa fabric, Timorous Beasties. This was a special collaboration for Designersblock at Interiors Birmingham.

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Three seater, Bud Moore, Designersblock. Jo Angell and Elizabeth Buecher, Puff & Flock.

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Second Hand Chair. Michael Marriott selection for The Companion.

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Second Hand Bowls. Michael Marriott selection for The Companion.

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Left to Right: Chris Eckersley, Michael Marriott, Designers and Duncan Riches Companion editor all reading The Companion together at the same time.

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The mighty Barbara Chandler talking to Jo Angell, Puff & Flock. (see Evening Standard feature 28.01.09)

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Front of House

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Huge Interiors Birmingham Designersblock

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KithKin do it again with awesome timing, NoKreditKrunch here irony. This is the Trend Generator. ‘The only piece of software any trend researcher really needs.’ Developed by Chris Hands for KithKin for The Future Laboratory. A truly wonderous invention that randomly generates trends at the push of a big red button.