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The Furniture of Ado Chale in Brussels

Sublimating nature seems to have always been the creative leitmotif of famous Belgian designer Ado Chale. Now supported by his children, Ilona and Pierre, he is celebrating 65 years in the furniture business this year. It’s the perfect opportunity for a retrospective, featuring both historic creations and never-before-seen pieces, testifying to both the wealth of his talent and the passing of the torch to the younger generation, who are faithfully and respectfully carrying on the...

Sebastian Blakeley – Serendipity and the Refining of a Design Process

As Sotheby’s celebrate 280 years as an auction house, Sebastian Blakeley celebrates 40 years since setting up his first workshop in Wadhurst, East Sussex. Prior to setting up his first workshop Sebastian had undertaken three years of a cabinet-making apprenticeship and a year working in and learning furniture restoration. About Sebastian Blakeley Sebastian is a product designer who is also an accomplished craftsman with skills ranging from furniture restoration and cabinet-making to metal fabrication. His...

Cameron Design House Launches Kupoli Furniture Range

Award-winning British lighting studio Cameron Design House has unveiled its inaugural collection of statement sculptural furniture, the Kupoli Collection. Designed to captivate, the Kupoli collection seamlessly merges artistry and craftsmanship with functionality. Entitled ‘Kupoli’ after the Finnish word for ‘dome’, every piece from the collection features a bold and mesmerising body composed of domed steel tubes delicately finished with a glass top, creating a playful and mirrored centre-piece. With its extensive background in bespoke lighting,...

Salone del Mobile 2023 Reaches Creative Heights

The Salone del Mobile, the world’s leading furniture and interior décor fair held from 17th–23rd April at Milan’s RHO fairground, attracted overall 307,418 visitors from 181 countries across the globe. Jörg Zutter reports The stakeholders, organisers, exhibitors, visitors and industry experts unanimously agree: the 2023 fair will be celebrated as an enormous success (with a 15% increase in visitors on last year’s edition). The fringe fair FuoriSalone, a parallel event presented during Milan Design Week,...

Hommés Studio Takes Us to the Sun

HOMMÉS Studio, alongside TAPIS Studio, under the umbrella of HOUSE OF HOMMÉS, presents NEOCOSMOS – Take Me To The Sun, a cosmic exhibition that will take place in Milan Design Week, 18th-23rd April 2023. Presented in two iconic sites, it debuts at Salone del Mobile Milano at Hall 18 Stand E01, and will return to Palazzo delle Meraviglie in Museo Bagatti Valsecchi (MonteNapoleone district). After the success of the previous edition, HOMMÉS promises to shake...

Milan Design Week Returns to April Dates

Milan Design Week returns to its usual spot in April, having taken place in June for two consecutive years due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival runs from 17th to 23rd April 2023. As usual the largest event taking place during Milan Design Week is Salone del Mobile, located at Fiera Milano exhibition centre from 18th to 23rd April 2023. The furniture fair anticipates more than 370,000 visitors and presents thousands of brands showcasing furniture,...

Collection of 1930s Gerald Summers Furniture Up for Sale

An important collection of the work of English modernist designer Gerald Summers (1899-1967) comes up for sale in London later this month. The MODERN MADE auction at Lyon & Turnbull on October 28th includes 23 pieces of 1930s furniture by Summers, lovingly acquired over many years. Gerald Summers and his partner Marjorie Butcher opened their London shop, Makers of Simple Furniture, in 1931. For a decade, until the firm’s closed with the onset of the...

Bespoke Furniture Company Ahu Launches Inaugural Collection

High-end and bespoke furniture design brand Ahu has launched its inaugural collection at the 2021 London Design Festival. Based in both London and Istanbul, Ahu produces custom and limited-edition collectible designs that are both functional and sculptural. Each piece is hand-made in Istanbul by master craftsmen in specialised, small ateliers using the highest quality materials and finishes. Founded by long-time friends and Central Saint Martins alumni Eda Akaltun and Mevce Çıracı, the pieces combine works...

Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made Auction Offers Important European Design Works

Celebrating the best of European design from pottery by Hans Coper to jewellery by Henning Koppel and furniture by John Makepeace, Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made auction on October 23rd brings to market important works from across the European design canon. (All images courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull) Works by Modern British artists are headlined by The Red Curtain, a key Camden Town school oil by William Ratcliffe (1870-1955). Dated to c.1916 (it was included...

Continuing the Illustrious History of Furniture Making

Modern British furniture manufacturing leads the world, with its design flair and traditional hand skills setting the highest standards. But what does it take to continue an illustrious history of furniture-making?  British furniture-making has always set the highest standards in design and manufacturing quality, and it’s fascinating to realise how much its styles and materials are influenced by world history.  From the Restoration period of the 1660s-1680s, when the return of the king and his...

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