Thursday, 14 April 2011

Beyond the Fridge - Wallpaper

Roll up, roll up! We're going to be showing off our range of wallpapers at Grand Designs Live 2011 (April 30th until May 8th at Excel London). It's our third year at GDL and we're looking forward to meeting lots of lovely people again. It's always great to get out there, show our wares and get some valuable feedback about the designs.

This year we have been busy creating new products and adapting some of our most popular designs for fabric and wallpaper. It's incredibly exciting to see all the rolls of paper lined up and I've been in my element making the repeat patterns and choosing colours.

Our wallpaper is produced from a material that does not expand when it comes into contact with the moisture of the paste. The wallpaper is applied dry (i.e the wall is pasted , not the back of the wallpaper) which makes the application process much easier and eliminates bubbles forming under the paper. If you would like to know more please visit Beyond the Fridge- Wallpapers

'Millefiori' in a choice of three colourways

'Millefiori on Black'

'Cupcake Plant' x 6 colours

'Cupcake Plant' on Blue

'Utensils' x 9 colours

'Utensils Naturals - Blue'

'Marbles' and 'Paper Boats'
'Marbles' on White

Monday, 11 April 2011

Design Heroes - Hans J Wegner

Okay I admit it, 'my one weakness' has to be for chairs. And lot of the chairs that I adore most were designed by the Danish designer Hans J Wegner. He has been referred to as 'Master of the chair' and it's a well deserved title as he designed over 400 chairs in his lifetime. And I love them all! 

Hans Wegner has received a long list of prestigious awards, including the Lunning prize, the grand prix of the Milan Triennale, Sweden’s Prince Eugen medal and the Danish Eckersberg medal. He is also an honorary Royal designer for industry of the Royal Society of Arts in London which was awarded to him in 1959.

Hans Wegner's furniture is in Museum collections around the World, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Here's just a few of my favourites.

Hans J Wegner
The extremely elegant 'Peacock' Chair

The 'Butterfly GE-460' 1976

'Cigaren GE-240' Teak 1955
The 'Wishbone' Chair
The 'Wishbone' chair is a Hans J. Wegner classic. It was designed for Carl Hansen & Son in 1949 and has been in production since 1950. The Lollipop Shoppe in Brighton sells the Wishbone in an array of gorgeous colours. And in my dreams I have one in each colour around my dining table.. sigh!