Inside Chanel

Inside Chanel is an impressive online project telling the story of the iconic fashion house and its founder, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel using a series of videos. 

The project started last autumn when the website was launched.

The final five films are in the process of being released, each combining black and white graphics with archive footage and photography related to a different chapter in the story of Chanel and its founder.

The story of the young Gabrielle Chanel is presented in Chapter 6, ‘Mademoiselle’ in the video below. 

Take a look at the project here and tell us your favourite bit of Chanel’s history. 

Imposing shoe design by architects

Zaha HadidJean NouvelJulian HakesWhen an architect jumps into the shoes of a fashion designer you get some surprising results.

Have a look at how architects Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and Julian Hakes have taken an unexpected and imposing approach to shoe design.

Zaha Hadid has designed a pair of chrome-plated shoes with 16.5-centimetre cantilevered heels for United Nude. Her architectural background can be seen in this limited-edition pair as it features a striated surface resembling geological formations similar to those used in her projects, such as the Galaxy Soho development in Beijing

Italian brand Ruco Line teamed up with architect Jean Nouvel, who designed Pure; colourful leather and rubber boots unveiled earlier this year at an exhibition in Milan. According to the architect this collection reduces the concept of a shoe to its purest form. (Pair 2).

Architect Julian Hakes’ Mojito shoes offer a refreshing shoe experience during the hot summer season. The Mojito shoe doesn’t include a footplate and it has no sole or upper but instead supports the foot on a continuous loop. (Pair 3)

These beautiful shoes are eye-catching but they may not be very practical. Anyway, have a look at more incredible shoe designs by architects here.

Milan Design Week 2013 Showcase

Pure shoeTools for Life3 Nuns StoolMilan Design week took place at the beginning of the month, an event that showcases the latest designs from around the world, with a focus upon furniture.

Many architects have worked in collaboration with manufacturers to design pieces to be shown here, and so ArchDaily has compiled a list of what they feel are the Best Architect Designed Products from the week.

The list includes work by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line, where he explored fashion, creating Pure – a high quality trainer that idolizes “purity of form”.

Also featured is Tools for Life,  a new furniture range designed by OMA for Knoll and Ron Arad’s 3 Nuns Stool for Moroso’s American Collection.

Take look at the full list here.

Designs of the Year Awards 2013 Nominations

The Shard LondonOlympic CauldronRain RoomThe Design Museum has announced the nominations for Designs of the Year 2013. Seen as the Oscars of the design world, the nominations will go on display in the museum from 20th March, whilst the winners will be decided by a jury and announced to the public on the 17th April.

Last year’s winner was the London 2012 Olympic Relay Torch, and this year still has some Olympic contenders with the Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studio being nominated.

Other nomination’s include:

Acrhitecture – The Shard, London, UK
Designed by Renzo Piano
Digital – Rain Room
Designed by rAndom International

Fashion -Prada S/S12 RTW Collection
Designed by Miuccia Prada

See the full list of nominations here.

Home: the must-see homewares and interiors event

Home ShowHome ShowHome ShowSunday 13th January see’s the opening of Earls Court’s anticipated homewares event, Home.

Running until Tuesday 15th January, the event managed to establish itself last year, and the second outing is promising to be even bigger, taking up both Earls Court 1 & 2 alongside Top Drawer.

The show hosts a compelling cross-section of stylish, design-led homewares and interiors products from the very best of UK and international companies, featuring over 220 brands, the majority of whom are making this their exclusive UK appearance. This is the ultimate buying destination for the trade, with the two events presenting collectively over 1000 design-led brands.

Register for free here.

Design comes to London

Design Junction
Tent London

Super Brands London100% DesignWith the London Design Festival fast approaching we thought that it would be useful to highlight some of the key destinations for interiors, furniture and product design.  

The Festival runs from 14th until 23rd September and encompasses all forms of design from Graphic Design to Fashion. The key destinations below mostly cover interiors and furniture however for details of other design events you can view a calendar on the London Design Festival website.  

100% Design – 19th-22nd September, Earls Court  

Decorex – 23-16th September, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea  

Tent London – 20th-23rd September, Old Truman Brewery  

Design Junction – 19th-23rd September, The Sorting Office, W1  

Clerkenwell Design Week – 21st-23rd September, Various Venues, Clerkenwell  

ICON Design Trail, September, Various Venues  

Super Brands, 20th-23rd September, Old Truman Brewery  

Before 1980, 22nd September, Central Islington Library  

For full details of all these events please click on the event title to go to their websites.

Here’s to a great festival of design!

CAMAC’s Student Wallpaper Design Competition

CAMAC Design Competition
CAMAC wallpaper Design

To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of AWN Pugin, a master in the use of colour, pattern and ornament and who was an ardent campaigner for the Gothic style, CAMAC Design partnered with the Fashion & Textile Museum to organise a wallpaper design competition.

Best known for his interior designs of the Palace of Westminster, Pugin was one of the first to promote the idea of ‘honesty’ and ‘propriety’ in ornament and design, enlisting ornament as a moral influence in society.

CAMAC Design has partnered with the Fashion & Textile Museum in London’s Bermondsey Village, which was founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes. The museum showcases a selection of designs from entries to the 4th Annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition during its current exhibition Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion.

A second display of students’ work is also on show at Ramsgate Library in Kent until 20th August. Ramsgate is where Pugin designed and built The Grange, his family home, and also nearby St Augustine’s church.

The full exhibition will be held in London from 14th – 20th September, forming part of the 10th London Design Festival. Set up to build links between new designers entering the creative industries and the professionals already in it, CAMAC Design is a new company founded by Caroline McNamara, an experienced event and exhibition organiser, and Vice Chair of TEXERE, Textile Education and Research in Europe.

For more information please click here.


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