Good grief! I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I’ve posted a blog. It’s been a hectic summer, mostly wrapped up with pulling together the Urban London stand for the 100% Design fair in London at the end of September. The stand looked fab thanks to wallpaper & fabric designer Annette Taylor-Anderson‘s (www.atadesigns.com) amazing wallpapering skills, operations manager Melvyn Fickling‘s (www.adriennechinn.co.uk) acerbic wit, glass designer Sue King‘s (www.suekingglass.co.uk) cheerfulness and interior designer Celia James‘s (www.celiajamesinteriors.co.uk) teacherly abilities with our student visitors. Here’s that stand looking pristine just before the show opened:
Annette and I were delighted to have just won the Best Wallpaper Award for our Mind the Gap and Made in Britain wallpapers at the International Design & Architecture Awards, and I was very pleased to be listed as a Finalist in the New Product category for my Grille rug in the Blueprint Magazine Awards at 100% Design.
Our stand was listed in the recommended Design Trail at 100% Design by journalist Barbara Chandler of the London Evening Standard newspaper and Blueprint Magazine, so this guaranteed a constant stream of visitors to the stand.
Here’s Annette and me having a well-earned sit down on the stand:
We couldn’t have pulled the stand together without the help of some great collaborators, including Mohammed Rahman of www.lumenahome.co.uk who made the prototype chairs and stool for us based on a design by high school student Omar Cham in a project I participated in with the after-school furniture club at St. Paul’s Way Trust School in London’s East End.
The full range of Urban London rugs, tiebacks, wallpapers and fabrics was on show, with the wallpaper murals proving a big hit with everyone. Sue King delivered her gorgeous Urban London glass, which I’d specially commissioned to compliment the range — it’s all for sale by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The highlight of the show for me was the visit by the St. Paul’s Way Trust furniture club to the show. All the boys worked really hard on some fantastic designs based on my brief to design a chair or stool which could use my Urban London fabric. Along with Omar Cham and Abdul Tahir who I’ve already mentioned were Tonny Duong who had designed a clever folding chair:
They were accompanied by the multi-talented photographer and teacher Magda Plewa-Ould who was the one who’d invited me to get involved with this wonderful project. I also have to mention “the invisible man”, furniture maker Rick Levene, the co-leader of the furniture club, without whose help the prototypes would never have seen the light of day.
A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the Abdul’s storage stools and Omar chairs and stools will go back to St. Paul’s Way Trust School to fund further development of their after school furniture club.
We’re in the process of downloading all the new products to the Shopping Section of http://www.adriennechinn.co.uk, but in the meantime if you’d like more information about any of the products you’ve seen here, including prices and lead-times (and don’t forget we can do custom sizes!), please contact me on email@example.com .