Lee Broom Wins "Designer of the Year" in London!!!

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has been named "Designer of the Year" at the
2011 British Design Awards,
a competition organized by English Elle Decor,
and the London Telegraph!!!!

I was lucky enough to meet Lee and see his collection "Salon"
at the London Design Festival!!!
He was charming 
and the collection was beyond chic!!!

Upholstered in wool or leather in neutral shades, 
accentuated by metallic or pale powder-coated stud details,
the collection was inspired by 1930's elegance!!!

Harkening back to the glamorous days of decades past,
I knew the furniture would be "at home"
in a chic NYC penthouse or Hollywood Hills mansion!!

I imagine a cocktail party with "manhattans" as the drink of choice,
women in slinky satin dresses with long cigarette holders .....
and lots of smoke swirling!!!!

Sheer decadence!!!!

White Is The New Black @ "Whiteout" in London!!!

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"WHITEOUT" 
is a collection of 38 divine experimental chairs,
created by Danish manufacturers and designers that .....
"present work in a non-commercial forum to set innovation free."

Established in 1981, the exhibition has presented to the world 
chairs that have become "classics" .......
Nanna Ditzel's Trinidad chair,
Poul Kjaerholm's PK24,
and Hans Wegner's Circle chair. 

The innovative and exciting chairs I saw in London at the
are seeds for contemporary design, 
and have the potential to one day be the "new classics."

Chairs Filled Tent London during the Design Festival!

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Tent London, one of the largest design trade-shows 
taking place during the 2011 
was home to a melange of odd & unusual seating!!!!!

In an assortment of colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes!!!!

Or, maybe by then I was so exhausted that possibly .......
that's all "the accessorator" saw!!!!

Karen Ryan's Sit Chair Project Takes to the Street!!!!!

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My friend, English artist Karen Ryan is probably one of the 
most interesting and talented women I know!!!!

Her "Sit" chair project" for the 2011  London Design Festival 
could not be found at any of the usual venues!!!!

 

"The "sit" chair project is an alternative response to London Design Week 2011. I have taken two chairs, one from my dinning room table and one from my bedroom, both of which had been previously discarded. I designed the "sit" brand for the use of these chairs, the brand identity is hand stamped upon a newly prepared surface area on each individual chair."

"Through mass consumerism we are used to looking at design as objects of desire fed by what is fashionable and are own delusions of need. I want to divert the gaze and alter the senses. I am taking both "sit"chairs out onto the streets and photographing people sitting on them with my mobil phone."

"I consider the "sit" chair project a relevant design and comment on contemporary furniture design today."
- Karen Ryan -

 

I spent last Thursday evening with Karen, 
walking around London's Brompton Design District!!!!
 
Being with Karen is always a brilliant treat for me ......
and I was beyond over--the-moon that
one of her chairs joined us!!!!!

Moroso/Flos Showroom Adds Galleria Illy Pop-up!!!

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In London, Italian design giants Flos and Moroso 
share a spectacular showroom!!!!

For the London Design Festival, they are co-hosting Galleria Illy,
a divine installation showcasing a program of .....
art, literature, science, design, food, and wine events!!!

The entire space is extraordinary,
from the outside ..... in!!!!

The window design, interior colors, pattern, and structure
are over-the-top eye candy!!!

The furniture is Moroso at it's best .....
and the lighting from Flos is spectacular, as usual!!!

The computer that lets you to design your own coffee label 
and then prints it is technologically au courant!!!

The entire package is this "accessorator's" dream come true!!!