Design Tourist - Copenhagen

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Today we have access and freedom that are early forefathers couldn’t even have imagined, even my own parents had a fairly limited scope of travel in their lives and were often astonished at the travel I did. Now in a truly western way of living, we pretty much have access to the whole world and with that our horizons have been broadened.  This freedom isn't just about being able to get on a plane but also views formed via the media and the internet about far away shores. I feel very lucky indeed that my work has taken me around the globe and in doing so, has made me want to explore further and see more.  Travel has helped me to build opinions, refine my critique and also discover new and exciting things to cherish.  It really is a privilege that I often take for granted.
Design Tourist Copenhagen, places to visit
Recently I had the chance to be a design tourist in Copenhagen and if you follow me on instagram you’ll know it was love at first sight.  It seems outlandish to state that great design can be found on just about every corner in Copenhagen. But it really can. So here are my (by no means exhaustive) thoughts on the best design hunting spots in town.

Milan Design Week: More from Eurocucina 2016

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Last week I kicked off my Eurocucina highlights from my Milan Design Week trip here. Today I'm going to take you through some of the other trends I spotted while walking the halls of kitchen design and kitchen technology.
In contrast to the hidden kitchen trend there was another consistent trend of open shelving.  Throughout the show kitchen spaces with open shelves were literally on display everywhere. These impeccable styled shelves often came festooned with greenery - another trend spot see below.

Why I picked it - Liebherr Wine Fridge

Friday, 13 May 2016

Milan Design Week with the Design Hounds is a fast paced affair, which includes some lovely meet the brand opportunities through sponsored dinners or events. One such experience was with Liebherr Refrigeration, I was chuffed to know we’d spend some time with this team, as I am a fully paid up member of the Liebherr Refrigeration owner club.  In my own personal kitchen I have a 10-year-old Liebherr fridge freezer and it has kept me very happy.  I love Liebherrs commitment to using great engineering to create solutions that keep food fresh while also being eco conscious and thinking of the end consumer.

I am even happier that they have launched the most perfect product ever. The new compact WKEgw 582 aka the wine refrigerator that’s the same size as a microwave. It holds 18 wine bottles AND I WANT IT. I’m not kidding I really really want this in my life. So why have I picked it?

Milan Design Week 2016: Eurocucina Highlights

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

So I’ve been back from Italy for just over two weeks now and I still haven’t really given you an update on Milan Design Week. Sorry some technical hitches got in the way ;) If you’re on social media you could not have failed to notice the design world was consumed by the most important design event of the year, Salone del Mobile. I even wrote an article over here about how easily it is to be consumed with FOMO during Milan Design Week. The feeling you’re missing out on a design gem or that someone has unearthed the best installation is almost unshakable when you are in Milan as social media just about explodes.

I thought I’d kick off my walking you through my Eurocucina highlights. Every two years the fair hosts EuroCucina, a biannual specialist show that highlights innovation in kitchen design. With a focus on technology, the exhibition showcases designer collaborations as well as innovation in appliances and kitchen furniture design. EuroCucina is an important show in the world of design, as it forecasts the trends across European kitchen design. As the worlds’ press and important buyers and designers also descend on the show it generally predicts where Global trends might lead, particularly in the luxury sector. So here are my picks from the key trends that stood out at Eurocucina in 2016:

The hidden kitchen was a ubiquitous 2016 trend spotted on many stands at Eurocucina (and elsewhere during Milan Design Week). Minimalist in approach these kitchen designs were seen in both luxury materials, like the monolithic stone islands by Strasser and with industrial/pro kitchen elements as seen at Valcucine.

Something for the weekend - London Craft Week

Friday, 6 May 2016

London Craft Week opened for its second year running this week with a wide range of exhibitors shedding light on the connection between craft and luxury. It’s a wonderful time to see exceptional craftsmanship up close and personal by visiting hidden workshops and seeing unknown makers alongside celebrated masters. Last year the first London Craft Week launched with 70 events. This year there is a packed programme of activities with 130 events, demonstrations and showcases happening across the city. Visit for details
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