Five minutes with Fine Art Lamps designer Mark McDowell

Fine Art Lamps designer Mark McDowell takes five minutes to talk to us about his work and the importance of The Design Awards. Fine Art Lamps have had their Allegretto Pendant, shortlisted into The International Product Design Awards 2013. The piece was submitted by Rebecca Scott.   Name of Company: Fine Art Lamps Position within company: Designer Website: What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Clean yet functional with a sense of style. Design

Graham & Brown take their place on the shortlist

To apply for The International Product Design Awards 2013 please contact – Graham & Brown have secured their space on the Wallcovering shortlist with a collection from Steve Leung. Leading wall decoration brand Graham & Brown has launched its first collaboration with critically acclaimed Hong Kong born, Chinese architect and Interior Designer Steve Leung. The collection features seven contemporary designs, inspired by the Orient with a distinct western influence. The range includes hand drawn climbing florals, stylised geometrics and

John Cullens Stunning Lighting Scheme Reaches The Shortlist..

To enter The International Product Design Awards 2013 please contact – John Cullen Lighting, based on the King’s Road, have been shortlisted into the Lighting – Scheme category. The multi-million pound house, covers 7,700 sq ft comprising of a three storey basement  the full width and depth of the site, with a four storey mews house  above. The design brief for the lighting design was balancing the needs of the traditional architecture of the exterior and above ground floors

5 Minutes with Fabiaan Van Severen of Indera..

After reaching the shortlist in the International Product Design Awards with the Crossed Legged Lounge Chair Fabiaan Van Severen of Indera answers our design questions.   What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Although all kind of styles have been tried out, the importance of design lies in the making of quality products that can stand time. Without forgetting new technologies and experiment, the most important thing is making products that people like, and will


  British-born, French-based multi-disciplinary designer Alex McDiarmid is the founder of McDiarmid Yacht & Design. Alex has worked with some of the leading names in yacht design across the UK, France and Italy, including Gilles Vaton, Philippe Briand and Tony Castro. This week, the design team reached the shortlist for the Concept Design over 50 Metres Award with MY Iwana. We look forward to sharing some images and information on the 85-metre project very shortly. In the meantime, we take


The International Yacht and Aviation Awards will be celebrated at the Dorchester hotel, London, on Friday 19 April 2013. The Mangusta 165 #07 is the latest yacht to reach the shortlist in the International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013.           Completed at the Viareggio yard, she boasts a stunning interior by Overmarine Group’s design department. Overmarine Group was also responsible for the exterior styling, along with Stefano Righini   At 49.9 metres, Mangusta 165 takes the

5 MINUTES WITH Lahra & Chicco Tatriele

Members of The Design Society and The World’s Most Glamourous Hotels, FIVELEMENTS Co-Founders and Creative Directors Lahra & Chicco Tatriele shed a little light on bridging traditional wisdom with contemporary innovation: What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Integrative sustainable design with human practicality and sensible technology. What are the key influencing elements at present? Environmental, social/cultural, functional & economical feasibilty. What sort of projects are you working on at the moment? The expansion of

Du Parc Kempinski Reborn as One of Switzerland’s Most Luxurious Residential Developments

Du Parc was shortlisted for the International Hotel & Property Awards 2013 in the Residential Redevelopment / Renovation category, hosted by luxury interior design magazine design et al. Positioned above Lake Geneva among Lavaux’s UNESCO-protected vineyards sits Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences. Once a historic hotel, opened to the public in 1907, and now, thanks to a sensitive renovation project, set to be reborn as one of Switzerland’s most luxurious residential developments. Du Parc has been carefully restored, renovated and converted

DESIGNER IN PROFILE 5 minutes with… Pouné Parsanejad Mitchell

Pouné Parsanejad Mitchell, Director of Pouné Design was shortlisted for the Asia-Pacific Design & Architecture Awards 2013  for Gwinganna Health Retreat. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Design is becoming more and more innovative, designers are experimenting with new materials and juxtaposing them with traditional ideas and design elements. There is a big move towards using recycled or reclaimed materials which is essential to the principles of ESD. What are the key influencing elements at present?

London Legend – Cafe Royal Opens

For almost two centuries, Café Royal has stood elegantly at the heart of London charming worldy sophicates and shoppers alike, indulging conversation over high teas and hosting famed celebrity gatherings behind its velvety curtains. That was, until 2008 when it closed to undergo a £90 million redevelopment that saw it transform from a cafe into a 159-room luxury hotel. This summer saw it open a new chapter, to coincide with the London Olympics 2012. And by February 2013 visitors can