I regularly find inspiration in architecture and hard materials and surfaces. Some of my current favourites are Louis Kahn, Mario Botta and Carlo Scarpa…..
Laura Knight Studio
Pattern Makers and Designers of stationery and gifts. Made in the UK.
Our aim is to prove that colour and pattern can be simple, contemporary and minimal.
This space is for the eye catching, inspirational or simply beautiful.
Had a busy few days in London during Design Week last month and saw some great pieces. Here are a few of my favourites;
The V&A was a triumph as usual. Barber & Osgerby's daring feat of engineering and design, 'Double Space' was incredibly impressive, as was Zaha Hadid's powerful yet beautiful sculpture in the central courtyard.
I cannot resist stopping by Mint while in this part of London. It never disappoints to inspire with their collection of innovative furniture and products. I particularly loved the pieces by Wiktoria Szawiel.
My first visit to 19 Greek Street introduced me to a great collection of design pieces made using interesting materials and processes. I will certainly be back here again.
Whilst visiting Berlin, I set out on a pilgrimage to the modernist fans' very own mecca: the Bauhaus. Take the train to Dessau and discover this wonderful place of timeless classic design. You won't be disappointed.
Inside the school (left)
The master's houses (below)
I've just got back from a fantastic trip to Berlin, which both satisfied and surprised me. It's a wonderful place to find yourself, especially for a creative professional. Plentiful are the stunning galleries and museums, great shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and of course a sobering and incaptivating history. I also coincided my time here with the DMY Design Festival dates, so a worthwhile trip to the vast, disused Templehof airport where it was being held, was included.
I stayed at the Michelberger Hotel on the edge of the Friedrichshain district. A great hotel and a great location, right by the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin wall. It's worth heading over for this graffitied historic landmark, as well as it's bars and restaurants, even if you aren't staying here.
My overall feelings of Berlin are very fond ones. The people are friendly and helpful, the culture is varied and experimental. The constraints of the past are gone (not long since however) and Berlin's people are building their city up in a way it hasn't experienced before. There's a real sense of change afoot here. I left wanting more, and planning my return.