Monthly Archives: August 2010

Exciting New Lighting by Ingo Maurer

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BangBoom! Zettel'z' by Ingo Maurer, 2010

Inspirational lighting designer, Ingo Maurer has designed a new chandelier.  The design for the light is inspired by artist Roy Lichenstein with 80 printed sheets hanging from a frame of stainless steel wires and lit by halogen bulbs.  The illustrations on the printed sheets are designed by Thilo Rothacker and help in creating a colourful and playful chandelier.  The chandelier is called the BangBoom! Zettel’z and is limited edition design of the BangBoom! Zettel 5 which had the same form but featured, instead of illustrations, sheets covered in love letters.  The original chandelier allowed the owner to contribute to their own interior design by clipping their personal love letters to the chandelier.  Ingo Maurer has been creating inspirational lighting for interior design since 1966, when his first piece the ‘Bulb’ table lamp went on sale.

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Second home new-build developments provide welcome relief amidst economic uncertainty

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According to a recent report by Knight Frank, the development of new build second homes have been providing the construction sector with some welcome relief during the recession, and will continue to do so through the current economic uncertainty.

  • After a slight decline of 0.4% in 2008 the number of second homes in Britain rose by 2.6% in 2009, to reach record levels of 245,384.
  • Knight Frank expects to see a further 2% rise in the total to more than 250,000 in 2010.
  • Forecasts by Deloitte and Oxford Economics suggest that between now and 2020 the amount of money spent by Britons holidaying in the UK is predicted to grow by 2.6% a year in real terms.
  • The amount of money spent by foreigners holidaying in the UK is predicted to grow by 4.4% a year.
  • Growth in UK tourism over the past three years has expanded beyond usual popular months with the highest growth in bookings seen in September and October, as well as Christmas and New Year.
  • 67% growth in nights spent in self-catering apartments in the UK between 2007 and 2010.
  • Growing demand is boosting yields. Good quality holiday lets typically offer between 5% and 7% gross rental yields, often achieving higher yields than properties let on shorthold tenancies.

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With increasing numbers of holiday makers looking to the UK as a destination of choice, it’s now more important than ever to ensure that the quality of holiday properties is better then ever. A good standard of accommodation is expected, both in terms of the quality of the development and the architecture and interior design of the individual homes.

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New Simplicity event, Brompton, London

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branca modern interior design chair

The recent event ‘New Simplicity’ based in Brompton, London aimed to bring together famous names and new designers in the furniture world.  Newly named design classics such as the ‘Branca’ chair for Mattiazzi were exhibited alongside new prototypes created using modern 3D printing technologies.  The aim was to show that ‘Even the simplest of things are made using complex processes,’ says curator, Nuno Coelho.

Classic products such as the calculator had been reworked to show that any product, no matter its age can be redesigned to become more functional and user friendly.  The main focus of the event was on simple functionalism in modern interior design and its associated furniture and products.  Many of the designers exhibiting addressed this through the stripping back of ornamentation of everyday products, focusing on product usability and function.  Hopefully these new prototypes and designs are as usable as they claim to be and are the future modern interior design accessories.


Heterarchy enter competition to design multi-faith centre

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As part of the Heterarchy studio’s ongoing interest in designing for Religious and Spiritual groups, we have entered a competition aimed at providing multi-faith communities with solutions that enable them to house all of the different groups within one building.

As challenging as this may seem, our creative director Rosemarie Fitton has this to say, ‘If you trace back the origins of all religions and faiths, you’ll find their symbols and visual language all contain certain underlying elements that are universal. The use of sacred geometry based upon the universal laws of nature give us a great starting point when looking for common themes and meanings. We know it’s entirely feasible to design a [religious and spiritual] centre that can be used by an entire community.’

We’re currently in the process of developing design concepts, looking at both the architecture of the building as well as the interior design. For more information on temple interior design and design for religious and spiritual buildings click here.