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No sign of approaching winter gloom with plenty of bold & bright colours on display at this years TENT LONDON, most noticeably within textile accessories. Featuring displays and interactive installations of upcoming trends including: Bleep; retro technology in bold primary colours with a twenty-first century twist, and Burst; an exploration on how the colour green is evolving from season to season, all fashioned through the Trend Trail Talks & Tour by Mix magazine.
Our latest product, coming soon. A simple and honest desk-top perpetual calendar, consisting of a single piece of laser-cut steel and two magnetic indicators moved by hand. In a world where everything is automated, where machines and devices will tell you the date at the touch of a button, It's occasionally nice to work it out for yourself.
Ever feel your creativity is bound within the box? This may have just been taken to its logical conclusion. The Koloro Desk from Japan's TORAFU ARCHITECTS consists of a personal desk space like no other. The room like interior has a number windows / shelves, desk accessory slots for personalising, and storage hooks. Each desk starts off identical, apart from in colour, but when filled with the users possessions and personality that each desk becomes its own unique interior space within the larger office environment.
Just can't seem to get enough of these beautifully intricate and incredibly atmospheric miniature scenes from the Japanese company Terada Mokei. Astounding when you think their only intention is as architectural model accessories. Each set is based around a single colour which fits so well with the depicted scene, truly inspirational...
Continuing our colour and wood theme; here Dutch designer Lucas Maassen employs his three sons to create original furniture pieces. They are paid one Euro for every piece of furniture they paint, but as they can only work three hours a week due to Dutch child-labour laws, the results are a concentrated effort, creating a truly unique aesthetic. Only the key parts of the furniture, presumably decided by the sons, receive the colour coating. Or as in certain cases; only the surfaces that are within reach.
We've been working on a new product using wood with colour, I came across this bench which I love. Its the longest bench in Britain and seats 300 people. Its was designed by Studio Weave and is situated in Littlehampton.
In our Tangerine Dream post, we highlighted products using bright orange tones. One designer - and his prolific use of the colour in question - was in no doubt of making our list. Tom Dixon's 'Fluoro' orange has been a prominent feature within both his product range and his brand identity for many years. pictured: a: Fluoro floor light b: Fluoro light c: Tote bag d: Fluoro peg chairs in the Tom Dixon bar at IDS WEST e: Off-cut stools in (you guessed it) Fluoro. images: www.tomdixon.net The striking presence created by this colour was a major inspiration behind the gift box packaging of our upcoming wire fruit bowl. Although we have to mention the fruit of the same name:
We've always loved Lucy Turner's work and it's great to see her getting such critical acclaim. Lucy specialises in laser cutting Formica to upcycle retro furniture. She has now teamed up with some big names such as John Lewis and Lane Crawford. It's really nice to see her working with some amazing hotels and see her work in beautiful interiors all around the globe. Well done Lucy!

This weekend Block will have a presence at Port Eliot Festival. We will have a slot in the permanent gallery on the Eliot estate; 'The Long Gallery' which houses work by the renowned artist Jo Lanyon. www.thelonggallery.co.uk We've always loved and been inspired by his work and use...

The recent success of the film Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy has enabled the Brighton based illustrator Matt Taylor to produce a beautiful set of paperback covers for Penguins most recent incarnation of the famous spy series by John Le Carre. His use of colour ranges...

Meekyoung Shin, Ghost series, 2009-2011 - part of 'Sinopticon: Contemporary Chinoiserie in Contemporary Art' - is on display at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus (also at Saltram House, Plymouth Arts Centre and Plymouth College of Art Gallery) until the 7th of July. Meekyoung Shin has produced a series of soap vases for the exhibition, the colours are beautiful and subtle.
Tomoko Azumi is no stranger to minimalism and multifunction (see: Table=Chest). Her Verso/chair has been designed to become a staple product for the Cornish design collective MARK. Its versatility not only creates an adaptable product, but also brings about a wide scope for creative colour/texture variations and combinations, enabling a ‘mix & match’, personal approach. Its attractive simplified form, together with easily interchangeable components gives it the scope and longevity that was required from it.
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