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CDW PREVIEW: Zaha Hadid Gallery to unveil exhibition with Fritz Hansen

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CDW PREVIEW: Zaha Hadid Gallery to unveil exhibition with Fritz Hansen

For Clerkenwell Design Week 2019, Fritz Hansen partners with Zaha Hadid Design to present ‘Shaping Reality Through Time’, an exploration of Fritz Hansen’s design evolution…

To celebrate a decade of Clerkenwell Design Week, design studio Zaha Hadid Gallery has partnered with Fitz Hansen to exhibit ‘Shaping Reality Through Time’, which will be held at the Zaha Hadid Gallery, 101 Goswell Road, London between May 21 – June 13.

On Tuesday May 21, to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, a talk will take place between Fritz Hansen head of design, Christian Andresen and Zaha Hadid Architects head of interiors, Kar-Hwa Ho.

The story of Fritz Hansen’s design evolution can best be told through the series of chairs produced since the cabinet maker Fritz Hansen obtained a trade license in 1872, before beginning his own furniture production company.

‘Shaping Reality Through Time’ will offer a rare glimpse at aspects of the Heritage Exhibition, brought to the UK for the first time from Alleroed, Copenhagen – home to the original factory plant and current Head Office.

This London exhibition will include anniversary pieces, early examples of the signature laminated technology still in use today, original prototypes and limited editions, alongside newer pieces launched at this year’s Milan Design Week.

Hansen has worked with Zaha Hadid Design to co-curate and edit the exhibition with a specific focus on chairs carrying a shared aesthetic and design DNA, typified by sculptural form and organic lines.

‘Shaping Reality Through Time’ will also see pieces revealed in the UK for the first time, following their launch at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, April 2019 including ‘Plenum’, Fritz Hansen’s 2018 first dedicated contract furniture piece. Arne Jacobsen’s ‘Little Giraffe’ was first produced in 2019 but created 60 years ago for the S.A.S Royal Hotel, Copenhagen; A new piece by Jaime Hayon will also mark ten years of Hayon’s ongoing collaboration with the brand and heritage pieces will include the limited edition PKO – Fritz Hansen’s first collaboration with Poul Kjaerholm as well as Henning Larsen’s ‘Kar’.

Much of Hansen’s furniture begins life as an imaginative sketch before being transformed into functioning reality through impeccable craftsmanship, precise technology and excellence of materials. Pieces such as the original Swan, Drop, Egg – as well as Nendo’s more recent N01 and Hayon’s earlier Ro – perfectly illustrate the continued evolution of sculptural and at times almost flamboyant expression. The exhibition will be further bought to life with original sketches and drawings as part of an illustrative timeline supporting the historical journey.

Hotel Designs are proud media partners for this year’s highly anticipated Clerkenwell Design Week

Main image credit: Zaha Hadid Gallery/Fritz Hansen

Interior of the Tom Dixon The Factory

Tom Dixon Studio opens The Factory in London

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Tom Dixon Studio has opened The Factory in Kings Cross, London, which will serve as a pre-production small batch manufacturing workshop for the design studio…

The brand has been characterised from its earliest beginnings by a fascination for manufacturing with investigations into craft and heavy industry and experiments in precision digitalised machinery. “Now that we have moved into our new HQ at Kings Cross, we felt an urgent desire to start making stuff again ourselves,” said Dixon. “We have dedicated a space – The Factory – where ideas can be tested out and prototypes created. The Factory is not hidden deep in the recesses of the building but is prominent at the entrance to our shop,” he explained.

The Factory has been conceived to encourage the public to participate in the joys of construction, fabrication and assembly. Over the next few months, it will be set up and then reconfigured variously as a pickling and bottling plant, a ceramics workshop and an electronics assembly line. It will kick off in the first couple of months with geometric pendant lighting (‘Make Your Own Etch Dot Pendant’ Workshop, with a limited batch of just 600 pendant lights produced solely at the Factory).

Additional Information about The Factory:
Dates: 9th May – 1st July 2018
Location: Tom Dixon Flagship Shop, The Coal Office (Granary Square, Kings Cross)
Workshop theme: ‘Make Your Own Etch Dot’ (a revisited version of our best-selling Etch shade)
Cost: 2hr Factory experience + a limited-edition Etch Dot (32 cm diameter) = £250

The Factory experience also includes:
• A certificate of authenticity
• An introduction to our design & manufacturing processes
• A Tom Dixon-designed Factory uniform
• A Flat-pack with tools & instructions
• Factory Manager to assist you throughout the process

The first Factory will run for 8 weeks, opened on the Wednesday 9 May and will run until Sunday 1 July. 

Light-grey sofa in living room with detailed chandelier above

RPW Design unveils natural elements in The Capital Suite

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Interior design firm RPW Design has completed the creation The Capital Suite in the award-winning InterContinental London Park Lane. Designed to suit the needs of todays’ top executives and boasting state-of-the-art facilities, the inspiration for the design concept for the suite was drawn from the nature and history of Hyde Park, which surrounds the hotel and its storied location.

The suite itself is situated on the first floor of the hotel and features two private en-suite bedrooms complemented by interconnecting living spaces, which can be used for both work and leisure. In addition, the boardroom and living areas can also be hired independently from the bedrooms, or the 2-bedroom suite can be hired as whole, including the full complement of working, living and dining areas.

“In keeping with the hotel’s luxurious offerings, The Capital Suite at InterContinental London Park Lane accommodates the needs of today’s business executive desiring the utmost in privacy and luxury. RPW Design has designed an innovative collection of spaces which cater for business meetings as well as entertaining and relaxation without having to transverse the hotel itself,” says Ariane Steinbeck, Managing Director of RPW Design.

The Boardroom, which can be directly accessed through the Suite’s private corridor, is the centrepiece of The Capital Suite, and can as a result be easily interconnected with any other rooms. On the opposite side a private office and additional meeting room have been created, which can be linked to the Boardroom, hence creating a fully equipped boutique office within the Hotel.  By designing this specific combination of work and living spaces, RPW Design have successfully created a versatile space that affords the highest level of privacy with multiple luxury living and working spaces.

Overlooking Hyde Park, great attention was given to the selection of naturally luxurious materials, such as soft leathers, stone and walnut timbers as a basis for the colour schemes, resulting in a classic, natural and relaxing environment suggestive of the park itself.

Accompanying the use of natural materials, every detail has been individually designed to adhere to the leitmotif. Design touches contain tasteful homages to London’s greenery such as bespoke bronze handles evocative of tree branches for the cabinetry. Artwork and accessories draw on Hyde Park’s equine traditions and the historic location of the hotel.  Bespoke stitching details of the Plane, the tree that populates and represents London’s Royal Parks, are incorporated into the headboard design. The green landscape of the park inspired textures, patterns and themes within the carpet designs and artworks, such as the bespoke carpet, designed and developed with Tai Ping Carpets.

Design touches include decorative bronze panels, manufactured by Decca, which frame the bed by resembling windows with climbing foliage and songbirds.

RPW Design worked alongside world renowned Art Consultant Peter Millard to resource bespoke artworks that function as intriguing windows into an artistic interpretation of the theme. An example is the resin sculpture on the bathroom mirror that evokes the Serpentine through the exploration of form, movement and materials.

In addition to the Captial Suite, RPW Design will also be redesigning the guestrooms at the hotel.