Spring Cleaning My Blogging Space

It sounds like only a few months ago that I announced a blog redesign here on my blog, (that’s because it was). A blog space can be one of those tricky things. If it doesn’t feel quite like home and if it doesn’t feel ‘just right’ you can’t force it. So, it was for those reasons that I decided to take that creative plunge to redesign and have a reshuffle of my blog. For me, blogging has always been an evolutionary experience and since completing my studies I’ve been exploring a variety of creative disciplines. These have included graphic design, fashion, illustration and photography. The essence of my blog is what has always driven me to write, creative and evolve. My blog is a creative space for my readers, followers, and those who might be a little curious, to stop by, take a sit and delve into my creative blog. Extending my passion of interiors, in a space that now feels more like home, you can expect to see more relevant & interesting interviews with new designers, as well as products and photography right here.


Clerkenwell Design Week: The Review

  1. Clerkenwell Design Week saw daring stools from the Dare Studio this season. Polished copper frames with warm velvet seating is just what I need.
  2. Bert’s Barge was docked on the Clerkenwell Bay as part of the new Bert & May Spaces concept. Designed in collaboration with Designer & Stylist Laura Fulmine and RaT Architecture, the wall and floor surfaces were complete with Bert & May finishes. I could quite easily get used to barge living.
  3.  I’ve become slightly obsessed with this colour explosion Pinch sofa. In celebration of their 10-year anniversary this was a collaboration between Timorous Beasties  & Pinch to customise their existing Noelle sofa with Timorous’ customised ‘Graffito Velvet’ fabric.
  4. Simple, playful and humorous – HJEM Chelsea College of Art & Design graduate Emma Richmond’s collection is a combination of functional design with an alpine inspired twist.
  5. The Taz Pollard new ‘Bite Me’  ceramic collection certainly tickled my interior taste buds – great for adding a much needed pop of colour.
  6. Gubi adorned the new House of Culture space at the Old Sessions House. With a different interior scheme segmented within this cultural space I took a shine to the Gubi range.
  7. It was a pleasure to meet Design K – and his latest collection, the Geometric Range – (more to follow soon on the blog).
  8. A fusion of origami, art and functionality, Helena Ambrósio has creates these ornate, less than ordinary ceramic pieces for the home.
  9. Matt Pugh: A champion for modern British design Matt’s creation of the candle clusters in bright neons & natural materials  caught my eye. Such a great piece for the home or for an interior styling project.


The Invisible Store of Happiness

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 is literally almost upon us and each year I await with bated breath as to what surprises they will throw at us each year. It’s no surprise that Clerkenwell Design Week is one of my favourite design events due to its pure authenticity, materiality and the emerging designers that show. Rather than reviewing the same familiar designers, this show is always filled with a refreshing splash of creativity through those that show and those that create installations to accompany the show. This lead me to the invisible store of happiness a project supported by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and curated by bright stars Furniture Designer/Maker Sebastian Cox and Artist Laura Ellen Bacon. These two crafters have combined their skills & craftsmanship to curate a unique installation for the entrance of the historic Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell.  Sebastian and Luara have used rich woods such as maple and cherry to manually sculpt, bend and secure this monumental sculpture. Sustainability is key to both designers and the woods used have been carefully considered. According to Sebastian – “We can also use data from AHEC and the US Forest Service to calculate how quickly timbers we use get replaced in the U.S. forests through natural regeneration. I was fascinated to see the speed at which the timber I used in the Wish List project [for the London Design Festival 2014] was regenerated in the American woodlands. I believe the entire design community should be more aware of LCA and we should be dedicated to measuring the environmental impact of the things we design and make. Similarly, people should be able to know the true environmental impact of the things they buy and have in their home. Projects like this demonstrate the importance of things like LCA”.

Below I’ve included a visual dialogue of the detailed design process undertaken by both Sebastian and Laura in the curation of the invisible store of happiness.

PHOTOGRAPHY | CARO COMMUNICATIONS – Invisible Store of Happiness
| 19-21 MAY 2015

Fiera Edit at May Design Series

So you’re curating an exhibition as part of the May Design Series entitled the Fiera Edit – How did this collaboration come about?

May Design Series approached me after I launched Fiera Magazine. Fiera is an independent magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs, so they asked me if I could curate an exhibition of work from the new designers I’d spotted on my travels. The Fiera Edit features work spotted at Northmodern Copenhagen, the Stockholm Furniture Fair and Ambiente Frankfurt. 

With a plethora of rich talent out there what was your initial criteria for selecting the finalists for this special project?

I wanted to feature work that was original, that was visually striking, and / or that solved a problem or made the world a better place in some way. I was really impressed with the quality of the work that I found at the three shows I visited and some of the pieces I’ve included in the show even tick all three of those boxes! I’m really excited to see all the work come together in one place. 

Fiera magazine really champions new, emerging talent as well as giving them a platform so early in their career. How has the process of creating the magazine [especially with issue 2 nearing completion] whilst working with these creatives shaped your ideas & focus for the future of the magazine?

I believe that design has a tremendous power to make the world a better place, and I think new designers are still optimistic enough to try to do just that. I have been really inspired by young designers taking on some really tough challenges through design. Fiera exists to make sure their ideas reach a wider audience, so it’s my job to make sure the magazine keeps getting better and better, so the audience we reach keeps getting bigger and bigger. 

Fiera Edit will be on display at the May Design Series 2015 show from 17-19 May



In celebration of my post on the ‘rise of the indie mag‘ I’ve teamed up with Fiera Magazine’s Editor Katie Treggiden to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of Fiera.  To be in with a chance of winning a copy just send your name, instagram handle and your favourite interior topic to hello@hopdesignstudio.com by 5 June.