Louis Poulsen & Poul Henningsen

We have recently been working with the Danish lighting company Louis Poulsen on their brand identity. This has been a fascinating project particularly looking into their history and the works of their most seminal lighting designer Poul Henningsen.

Louis Poulsen brand booklet designed by Howard Wakefield in collaboration with brand strategy partners White Cloud.

Louis Poulsen brand booklet designed by Howard Wakefield in collaboration with brand strategy partners White Cloud.

When presenting a mood board of a style direction for imagery we included these images below, to convey simplicity and elegance. A space where the product would become the focus.  As soon as they were seen we were told how remarkably aligned our thinking was to Poul Henningsen's own home which was under renovation following years of neglect.

Poul Henningsen's home is undeniably functionalist throughout, with clear similarities to our mood presentation. The building set out to avoid unnecessary decorative elements and to use simple profiles and materials with broken colour surfaces. The building used light and proportion to strong effect. Henningsen showed that you can have fun while sticking to the functional aesthetic, look at his wallpaper choice for the master bedroom and hallway which is taken across the ceiling too. He clearly didn't take himself too seriously either as Henningsen himself to described the building as "the ugliest house in Gentofte".

Read more about the renovation on Drachmann Arkitekter 

Colour and Form

You may have noticed that we are making a few changes. 
Firstly a new name Colour + Form and a new website in the making.
This will bring together, on one site, both sides of what we do - Graphic Design and Surface Pattern Design

We look forward to revealing everything in the New Year

  

 

 

Neon: art, music, fashion & interiors

I have to admit, I love a bit of neon. The colours are so vibrant, the glow it gives, its playfulness. We have to thank French scientist, Georges Claude, who developed and patented these wonderful glowing light tubes. During the last decade, neon has seen a rebirth, and artist, architects, and interior designers are beginning to rediscover its exciting possibilities. 

For all lovers of Neon, a must see is the exhibition Neon: The Charged Line at Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. It explores how artists have worked with neon, from the 1960s to the present day. Coinciding with the famous 'Illuminations', also on show are some rarely seen 1930s designs highlighting Blackpool's pioneering role in the history of neon in the UK.

Above images from theguardian.com

Neon has been popping up all over the catwalk recently too. 

"Spring 2017 Fashion Trends from New York Fashion Week: Neon Colors" WWD article By Mayte Allende on September 19, 2016

"...two of Spring’s prevalent trends thus far: ruffles and neon." Vogue article by Alessandra Codinha September 27, 2016

 

So Neon is set to be hot in 2017. With increased crossover from the catwalk to interiors, you can bet you will see Neon appearing on many products and designs for the home too. This is particularly exciting as our latest fabric design is all about Neon. 

Our love of art and music has inspired the design for Neon Lights. We have been long admirers of Dan Flavin and music legends Kraftwerk. The combination of Kraftwerk’s track “Neon Lights” and Dan Flavin’s light sculptures was the creative spark for this design.

Here are some great examples of how neon transforms a room.

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Where to go to get some fantastic neon furniture I hear you ask. Let me introduce to you the king of adding pops of neon to up-cycled furniture Jay&Co.

Our Neon Lights fabric can be bought as fabric by the metre, cushions and shades. You can also order this fabulous cocktail chair by Galapagos Designs upholstered in Neon Lights.

 

While you ponder how you might add some neon to your home I'll leave you listening to Kraftwerk's Neon Lights.

 

 

 

Colour and pattern at Decorex 2016

This was our first year showing at Decorex and we were thrilled with the response to our fabric designs. I was delighted to see interior designers really ready to embrace colour and genuinely excited to discover something bold and new.

 

I am please to say I did manage to escape the stand and quickly run round the exhibition on my own hunt for colour and pattern. I no doubt missed some things, but here is what caught my eye.

Don't be shy to use colour and pattern on your floor. These bold designs from PintonSonya Winner and Angie Parker certainly add impact.

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Velvets were on show in abundance, I particularly like the bold colours of I&JL Brown especially when teamed with patterned velvets on the backs adding extra personality to the piece.

 

Some carefully chosen accessories can really make a wow with colour and that is true of these pieces from The Lacquer Company and this gorgeous paint-dripped bunny from The Wyecliffe Galleries

 

 

Marble has been a material used with great effect recently but I have never seen it dyed. These tables are by Silo Studio and I really look forward to seeing more from them in the future.

 

Finally my favourite textiles on show had to be Black Pop. I have long admired their bravery and they didn't disappoint on their stand.

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Sitting Comfortably at British House: Rio Olympics 2016

Wow the Olympics are underway and off to an exciting start. Here at Parris Wakefield Additions we are proud to have been selected to be a tiny part of it by being an official contributor to British House.

 

British House is in the gorgeous grounds and buildings of a historic residence situated in Parque Lage designed by British landscape artist John Tyndale in 1840.

The official home of all things British at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, British House will celebrate the sporting achievements of Team GB along with the expertise, creativity and dynamism of the UK and its capital, London. 

The schedule for the house is jam-packed with conferences and talks on everything from sports to music to Shakespeare.

 

The cushion design selected to go in the courtyard at British House is called ‘Bliss’. This design is a real celebration of colour, the colour palette is incredibly up-lifting. I always love watching people’s faces when they see the design for the first time, as they just can’t help but smile. That is why we named it Bliss meaning perfect happiness; joy and delight. 

Hopefully, we can put a smile on the faces of Team GB and all the visitors to British House.

 

 

 

The guiding principles of British House are celebration, inspiration, and collaboration, and we are immensely proud to be a part of it and represent British textiles.

To find out more about British House go to www.britishhouserio.com

#BritishHouseRio

 

 

Threaded Structures & Glass Sculptures

This week two art installations caught my eye, both contemporary sculpures placed in historic buildings and both explore reflections, light and transparancy.

The first is Les Voutes Filantes by Atelier YokYok for the 2015 Cahors June Garden Festival. 
The architects designed a threaded structure in the middle of a sixteenth-century gothic style cloister in St Stephen’s Cathedral. 

Different types of arches – lancet, ogee, semicircular – shape each threaded tunnel-vault differently, while at the same time mirroring the gothic cloister surrounding the installation. The choice of colour and the playful interaction with light make this such a wonderful piece that subtly changes through the day.

Read more at:
http://www.frameweb.com/news/les-voutes-filantes-by-atelier-yokyok
http://www.atelieryokyok.com/#/les-voutes-filantes-1/

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The second is Reflective 3 by Carlo Brandelli for Pitti Uomo 88 Designer Project and can be seen in the central courtyard of the Medici Palace in Florence.

The commanding 6 x 6 metre square unites 20 rectangular glass panels, encased by 25 bronze mirrored podiums, and explores the notions of reflection, transparency and narcissism. Transparancy and precision geometry are also key elements in his S/S 2016 collection for Kilgour.

Type it, design it, enjoy it

Yesterday I discovered Type to Design - an instagram generated font.
I spent way too much time playing / exploring all the different possibilities, so I warn you now it is rather addictive.

Its creators were inspired by 36daysoftype.com, a typographic design challenge in which participants explored the endless graphic possibilities of type and uploaded them to Instagram. #36daysoftype

To highlight the thousands of awesome variations of each character, you can type in anything you like and typetodesign.com uses the Instagram 36daysoftype uploads to create a randomly generated font.

Have fun