May Design Series 2014 – Top Picks

Interior Design Inspiration

I went to May Design Series for the day to get some interior inspiration and I certainly came home with a lot! I do apologise for the delay in blogging but I have had a very hectic few weeks which involved job stuff, moving house, snagging and being a bridesmaid for my sister's wedding!! I suppose it is better late than never though hey!

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This was my first time visiting May Design and I somehow managed to get a VIP press pass! I had a great day and met some lovely people. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to visit the Furniture Hall on the left hand side, but I did get a chance to see everything in the DX and lighting section. The DX section was the place to find fresh and market leading solutions for both your contract and domestic interior projects with companies showing unique, innovative and high-design signature pieces – produced in the newest materials, with the latest technology.

See below for my top product finds of the day, in no order of preference

1. Sits

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Sits is a Swedish company specialising in seating for both the residential and commercial sector. Their stand had some great retro style pieces in some nice pastel colours ready for the Summer. I particularly liked the 'Elsa' and 'Greta' armchairs pictured above in a tan leather and textured grey fabric from their exclusive range. They have also just released a range of occasional tables which go great with the sofa's and chairs. www.sits.eu

2.Natuzzi Revive Chair's

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These new lounge chairs were presented for the first time in the Milan furniture show. They boast unique features, such as Natuzzi Responsive Recline (a weight-compensating mechanism that intuitively detects changes in body posture), dynamic armrests, complete 360 degree movement from the base and a footrest that also tilts. They were so comfortable! www.natuzzi.com

3. Materia  - Mosa Tiles

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Materia is the global network in the area of innovative materials which encourages joint innovation on the road to a more beautiful, sustainable and high-quality built environment. They had a stand at May Design showcasing their top pick of the latest materials. I particularly liked these tiles by Mosa. You can create an interesting feature wall with lots of different sized tiles. I am also obsessed with grey at the moment!

4. Armourcoat Surface Finishes

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 Armourcoat is a company that produces amazing surface finishes for Architecture and Interiors. I actually first found this company when researching for my Uni final project, so it was great to see it in real life! They do a selection of lovely pearlescent plastered finishes in a large selection of colours , that could be used as an interesting wall feature in the commercial sector.

5. Exenia Lighting

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This was my favourite stand of the day, it was made from wooden pallets (see slide show below). Exenia is a new lighting company based near Florence, in Italy. I love the industrial style pendant lights - you can customise the look by contrasting gloss & matt finishes, choosing a different colour/finish on the inside and outside of the light. I really liked the rusty finish that they do - the industrial look is very in at the moment! www.exenia.eu/en/

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6. Drop Chair - Fritz Hansen

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Arne Jacobsen's iconic Drop chair has been revived by Danish company Fritz Hansen and was shown in one of the DX Freights. I love this chair! I assume the design was inspired by a teardrop , but for me what comes to mind is the old film 'The Cone Heads'.

7. iGuzzini

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iGuzzini do some great lighting effects that can create dynamic shapes and luminous lines for Architecture and Design. The first thing that sprung to mind was Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin, and then I actually found out afterwards that iGuzzini often work in collaboration with Libeskind! I went to Berlin 2 years ago and I luckily had the chance to visit Libeskind's Jewish Museum ; it was absolutely amazing Architecture, with striking linear and angular forms that are present throughout the design and lighting.

8. Casamania

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This was the first time I have ever encountered 'Casamania' and I loved the products! I'm a big fan of unique and interesting design, something that doesn't fit the 'norm' . These products definitely fitted that category 🙂 I loved Fabio Novembre's 'His' and 'Her' chair which is basically a moulded Arse. I wonder who's bum it is, apparently it is a secret of Fabio Novembre's!!

9. Kivo - Herman Miller

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I really liked the modular concept of this office divider. You can add-on as many components as you like to create an interesting acoustic panel that can be adapted to suit your needs. It reminds me of the Eden Project dome. The designer did a talk about the thoughts behind his design during Clerkenwell Design Week but unfortunately I did not get to see it.

10. Hitch Mylius

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I am usually drawn to Italian design in furniture but I came across this British company who do a lot of felt upholstered furniture for commercial interiors. They do some great designs with lovely colourful fabric options. I am obsessed with felt anyway so it was good to find!

I had a lovely day, unfortunately I missed the glorious weather as I was indoors most of the day but I had a nice stroll along the Docklands area of London and then sat outside with a Fish and Chips to end my day!!

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Natalie xxx

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