Monday, 29 November 2010

Lean in Nord Architecture's Shingle House

On the shingle beaches of Dungeness, young firm Nord Architecture showcase the latest commission by Living Architecture - the Shingle House. The second completed home for Living Architecture series, the project aims to produce a number of rentable holiday homes around the UK, all designed by established and emerging architect talent.

We at Relay particularly like the Shingle House, not only for it contemporary structure, but also its stylish interior - including the Lean floor and wall lights by Orsjo.

The house sleeps eight and is available to rent now.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Örsjö's first UK design show

Örsjö Belysning is proud to announce their participation in ‘The Sleep Event 2010’ as their first UK Design Fair.

With over 60 years experience providing unique lighting solutions for a host of different environments, Swedish lighting company Örsjö presents the UK market with an exciting and broad range of innovative products. Örsjö will present a selection from their extensive collection to the UK Hotel market, including Aria by Claesson Koivisto Rune (below) and Pin by Matti Klenell.

Come visit us on stand G21 at Sleep Event 2010
24-25 November at Islington Business Design Centre, London

Are you being served?

With the trend for pop-up shops on the increase few have done it with such style and panache as Studio Voltaire as they launched House of Voltaire this month in Mayfair.

Nestled upstairs at Rupert Sanderson's west-end showroom, this artist-led venture is selling a diverse selection of limited editions and original pieces by leading contemporary artists and designers including Martino Gamper, Gary Webb and Richard Nicoll.

With an interior designed by 6A and exhibition graphics by Apfel the House of Voltaire brings a boutique glamour to Christmas shopping. On our Christmas wish list are Matthew Darbyshire and Grace Spooner's dip-dye bags, dog bowls by Donald Urquhart and some very nice bird boxes by artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan (all below).

All proceeds go toward funding Studio Voltaire's programme of exhibitions and events in their south London gallery space. If you around today do pop around and see design critic Alice Rawsthorn take over shop keeping duties. Other guest shopkeepers include Betty Jackson, Emily King and Julie Verhoeven.

Open Monday - Sunday 12-6pm
11 November – 4 December 2010
Upstairs at Rupert Sanderson
19 Bruton Place, Mayfair W1, London

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Relay on Facebook

Relay Design Agency is now on Facebook.

We seem to take a lot of photos on our travels, but until now haven't really done a lot with the photos, so we though we would start a Facebook page as an easy and convenient way to keep everyone updated. So, as well as our website, newsletter, this (rather fetching) blog and our Twitter feed, you can also keep tabs on us on our Facebook page here. Isn't technology great?

Don't forget to "Like" us!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Interieur 2010, Kortrijk and Orgatec 2010, Kӧln

Design shows are like buses - you're almost guaranteed that two come along at once. Every second year the Belgian town of Kortrijk is host to Interieur and as soon as that closes its doors everyone decamps to Cologne for Orgatec, the largest office show on the block. It is a major commitment for any manufacturer who decides to show in both locations.

Let's start at the beginning with Interieur - an accessible and sophisticated show. Generous stands, wide aisles and 6 halls meant it was easy to see everything in a day without being completely worn out. Stand designs were imaginative and ample space was given to young designers within the main show. The focus was firmly on Belgian and Dutch design, but the big Italian brands like Moroso also had a presence.

Overall, the trend seemed to follow Milan - muted backgrounds with splashes of vibrant colour, however this time the colour had the volume turned down slightly. Milan's acid yellow and fluorescent green became mustard and apple green.

Zeitraum launched Morph Kid, the latest addition to the incredibly successful Morph family. Scaled down and with bright felt seat cushions Morph Kid maintains the sleek design credentials of its big brother but adds a playful edge.

Below are some of our other highlights from Interieur. We have uploaded an album of images to our Facebook page here with a more detailed impression.

One week later and everyone was in Cologne, Germany for Orgatec - a mecca for anyone with every the remotest interest in office design. The industry giants like Vitra and Herman Miller had vast stadium-sized stands which certainly drew the crowds, but the smaller stands proved to be just as (if not more) interesting.

We spent a couple of days with Buzzispace on their first ever Orgatec stand and the reaction to the collection was amazing. Having previewed the new Buzzibooth and Buzzihood products at 100% Design in September, we thought we knew what to expect but with people from as far afield as Canada and Australia getting excited about the range, it meant we were run off our feet. Just the way we like it!