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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
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!
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. Lucy is based in Penryn, Cornwall. As well as producing her own collection Lucy has designed bespoke furniture for John Lewis. Lucy also designs for clients such as The Scarlett Hotel.
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'
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...
This January saw the launch of our new range of products at Home London, Earls Court. We had a fantastic response to our new range of Coasters, Bookends and Desk Tidy. Later in January we exhibited at Maison & Objet in Paris for the first time. The show reaches an International audience and attracts the design worlds biggest brands. Paris was buzzing with creativity as Fashion Week fell at the same time!
Gemma Blackshaw is an art historian. She trained at the University of Birmingham, specialising in modern Austrian art after seeing Egon Schiele’s harrowing dry point of 1914, ‘Squatting Woman’, acquired by her tutor for the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Her publications on the history of art and visual culture in Austria in the 19th and early 20th centuries have led to invitations to curate exhibitions for London’s National Gallery and Wellcome Collection. She is Associate Professor in Art History at Plymouth University and has made the city her home. She lives in a Victorian house with vast, serpentine mantelpieces but sadly, no view of the sea.
This weekend we took a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to view The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.
Our lead designer at Block kicks off our new feature ‘My Colourful Life’ ... This yellow vase was my Grandmothers, my mother and her brother bought it in the old Andersons and Mcauleys shop in Belfast in the 60s. It has huge sentimental value, I always remember it on the piano in her front room filled with daffodils. It is a timeless piece and could have been plucked from the Block range!  

To celebrate the launch of our Perpetual Calendar we have opened our sketchbook to show the process and inspiration behind the design. The Calendar is a part of the range of 'Bleep' inspired products including the Desk Clock and Wall Clock, to read more about the trend take...

We were looking forward to our return to Top Drawer this Autumn and the show did not disappoint. A fantastic wealth of UK and international talent were present to make for an inspirational show. We unveiled our new look stand and were thrilled with the...

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