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Ms. Pink tells her story in Four Objects

Ms. Pink is one half of East London design duo Quirk & Rescue. They specialise in wallpaper, cushions, fabric and bespoke hand-painted furniture. All their designs are original, based on elements as diverse as typography, music and 19th century optical illusions. Together with Mr. Black they have created a signature style using bold colours combined with flat graphics, resulting in a range of products that are both classic and modern.

We met Quirk & Rescue earlier this year at the Home trade show and have been in love with their striking work ever since. Here Ms. Pink shares with us Four significant objects in her life…

Cushions

This pic is of our first cushion collection, a collection close to my heart as I spent a lot of my youth going to gigs. I was (and still am) a huge music fan and the cushion that resonates the most is the Punk one.

At the age of 13 my mum let me have the afternoon off school to travel through to Glasgow to see The Damned,my favourite band at the time. Apart from the fact I had to travel by train from Edinburgh I look back and realise this was quite radical of her,she was a teacher at my school!

Punk and its ethos stayed with me for many years,there are aspects of it in our work.
*Some bands I saw, The Clash, The Damned, The Undertones, AC/DC, Boomtown Rats, Motorhead and many many more.

(Check out more of Quirk & Rescues brilliant cushions designs here)

Glass

This is a corner of our living room and it encompasses what we love, colour and shape. Some of the glass is Danish Holmegaard but some is cheap and cheerful, I don’t care about brands or labels, if it looks nice that’s enough.

Trays

Trays are my main love (after kids and partner of course!). I love everything about them,the bright colours and simple patterns.
There are approx 64 lining the stairs in our hallway and I delight every time I see them. Sounds OTT but they always make me smile. I will never stop collecting them and my heart beats faster every time I see one I haven’t yet got! (see more of Ms. Pinks collection here… www.pinterest.com/quirkandrescue/70s-tray-collection/)

Children (not objects but so important in my life)

Our middle son made these for my birthday a couple of years ago. I framed them and they are on the living room wall much to his nearly teenage embarrassment (He’s almost 13)

I love children’s art/drawings/work as its always so real and not at all contrived.

Needless to say the pledges on it only lasted a couple of weeks!

I love the picture beside because its such a rare occurrence that all 3 of our kids are together enjoying the same thing. With the eldest being 17 and the youngest being 6 days out altogether are rare. Here they all sat for over an hour throwing pebbles into the waves. Bliss!

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Pulse London, Earls Court

What a fantastic surprise to see our Vases on the HUGE Pulse posters on the front of Earls Court! It was a brilliant start to what turned out to be a great show, thank you to everyone who came to visit our stand!
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Jamie Antoniades tells his story in Four Objects

Jamie is one half of design duo J-me. Having studied design at Central St Martins Jamie founded the company in September 2000 by Jamie with his brother Mark. Their desire was to create products for the design conscious. Since their launch the have won many awards  and successfully exported the J-me brand globally. J-me products show a love of design, attention to detail and a sense of humour. The company is located in the creative hub of London’s Oxo Tower, and Jamie and Mark are still the lead designers of a growing dynamic team. Check out their website here

Jamie talks us through 4 objects and their significance to him…
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NEW Product – PegBoard

This week we are launching our new PegBoard. We have been using our peg board clad wall in the studio (below) for our own design process for years. It is such a creative media and perfect for displaying materials, samples and ideas.


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Neon Inspiration

Our Malvern stockist Kozihaus inspired this weeks colour blog with her beautiful window display. As an official Cambridge Satchel stockist she teamed her gorgeous Neon Satchels with our Vases. We love the way the Neon display pops out of the shop window! Kozihaus also has an online shop, check out Donna’s fantastic range here.

As it’s National Stationery Week we thought we’d share some of the beautiful Neon stationery that makes us go weak at the knees! Future & Found has a carefully curated range of stylish accessories available online and in store. Their blog is also worth a visit, full on their top picks and inspiration.


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IVANKA win Dulux Let’s Colour Award 2014

We first met Hungarian company Ivanka at Tent London in 2012. We were blown away by their amazing use of colour in their concrete designs. We were so pleased to see them take home the Dulux Let’s Colour Award for ‘Colour Innovation in Technology & Design’ earlier this week. The Dulux awards are an inspirational celebration of the outstanding use of colour over the past year. To see all the winners click here

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Coasters get a Wood & Formica Makeover

We are pleased to announce our new Block Coasters are now in stock. We gave the much loved Target Coaster design a makeover using Wood and Formica. The new material allows us to add even more colour to the Coasters as each is 2 tone, for example above Orange on 1 side, Blue on the other. Our colour palette includes on trend pastels and of course we have mixed it up with the unexpected colour pairings!

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Lucy Turner tells her story in Four Objects

To celebrate the launch of our new wood and Formica Block Coasters we have invited designer Lucy Turner to share with us Four Objects that are of importance to her.

Lucy specialises in customising furniture and interiors with the clever use of laser cut Formica®laminate. Each piece is painstakingly inlayed giving the laminate a fresh and unique  look. She takes a fresh and inspiring approach by creating and cutting her own designs using Formica laminate and applying them to pieces of furniture.

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Thinking Pink…

This Spring we see beautiful blushing interiors. Pink is everywhere, be it a hot bright or a pale pastel we cannot get enough of the colour of the moment.

Heal’s – ‘Coming up Rosy’

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Martin Blum tells his story in Four Objects

Martin Blum from Anglo-Swiss partnership Black & Blum was born and raised in Switzerland. He gained an industrial design degree from the highly respected course at the University of  Northumbria. Martin joined forces with Dan Black in 1998 and they based themselves in London. Martin’s cultural and design reference is a juxtaposition of his Swiss youth and enduring love affair for all things British. Take a closer look at Black & Blum’s fantastic designs here…

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