New Lighting trends

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As the night’s are drawing in, it seems a perfect time to focus on the work of some innovative lighting designers.

I was able to take a personal look at some of their work, and trends to look out for, at the ICFF contemporary design showcase event earlier this year.

This combination of walnut sits well with the unique excavation technique employed by New York based In.Sek. Designer Ashira Isreal adds quartz crystal to specially blended concrete, creating a torn window effect for the shade, which in turn casts a sprialing light and soft glow across any space.

In Sek Design, New York, Excavation Dune Pendant
In.Sek Design, New York, Excavation Dune Pendant

Created from painted stainless steel mesh, the apparent simplicity of these Arturo Alvarez designed lamps belies their delicate crafting. Fine pleats form two overlapped layers creating two different lamps full of dynamism – two lively shapes born from one, creating the same movement yet at a different tempo.

Tempo Vivace pendant lamps designed by Arturo Alvarez

I particularly like how Iranian-born designer Ali Siavoshi works with everyday objects, transforming them into light fixtures, whilst injecting a sense of humour into these stylish and innovative displays.

Ali Siavoshi lamps on display at ICFF 2016 New York
Ali Siavoshi lamps on display at ICFF 2016 New York

Another designer who creates extraordinary pieces of art and lighting from ordinary “up-cycled” everyday glass bottles, is Altanta based Kathleen Plate. Her innovative techniques and sophisticated designs sit well within contemporary and stylish restaurant and hotel groups.

Smart Glass Art (SGA) custom chandelier designed by Kathleen Plate
Smart Glass Art (SGA) custom chandelier designed by Kathleen Plate

Zac Ridgely is a trained artist who uses his talent in the medium of light, son of a famed Canadian architect he quickly learned how to navigate his way through architectural drawings. The CRISS-CROSS series was created from a genuine desire to blend art with lighting, and this sculptural piece of cut steel rod is carefully arranged and welded in a seemingly random pattern.

Zac Ridgely's Criss Cross wallsconce

Zac Ridgely’s Criss Cross wallsconce

I hope these inspirational creations will give you some ideas for transforming your living or working spaces.

Moody Monday offers a bespoke design service to complement any projects you might be considering, and I’d be happy to discuss these further, Eliza.

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TheMART, an Inspirational Design Center

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We recently wrote about innovative co-working and maker spaces, and the impact they can make not only to boost creativity but with added benefits to health and wellbeing.

Today we expand on the theme, with focus on theMart, the world’s largest commercial building and design center, a truly inspiring center for design professionals and customers alike.

The Merchandise Mart on the Chicago River photo@Mike Boehmer, Flickr
The Merchandise Mart on the Chicago River photo@Mike Boehmer, Flickr

This art deco building has been an icon in Chicago’s history since the 1930s. It still remains a landmark hub for design, innovation and business, and the impact it has made on the surrounding area, with resulting buzz and connectivity for the community around the Chicago river, can not be underestimated.

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TheMART building Chicago Photo credit:Pixabay

 

Developed by Marshall Field & Co to create a central marketplace where retailers could come to buy their wares all under one roof.

Sitting across two city blocks, and with twenty-five storeys of innovation and culture, it is visited by an incredible 25,000 people each day.

Its Design Center, across four floors, is home to hundreds of tenants and offers a space for leading manufacturers with over 115 showrooms, showcasing over 2,500 products.

TheMART also serves as a business hub for interior designers, architects, contractors, business owners and buyers, as well as hosting several trade and consumer conferences and events each year.

 

 

 

Vornado Reality Trust and New York-based A+I unveil transformative renovations. Photo source: Huffington Post/Building Design
Vornado Reality Trust and New York-based A+I worked recently on some stunning architecture renovations for the building. Photo source: Huffington Post

With such an amazing choice of luxury and contemporary design on offer, we’ve space today to highlight just one of the amazing showrooms within theMART.

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Brayton showroom,  Cia Mooney (designed with Robert Leonetti) at theMART photo:ciamooney.com

We particularly like this approach of industrial designer, Cia Mooney, who worked with the design team at Brayton to create this showroom. Using a limited budget, it still creates a huge impact with the space allowing the craftmanship of Brayton’s upholstered and wood framed furniture to take central stage.

Which designer wouldn’t love the opportunity to be included in such an innovative and creative design center?

Contact us at: https://www.moodymonday.co.uk/bespoke/

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Christmas gifts for the style hunter

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We’re delighted to announce a new stockist for Moody Monday’s stylish homeware products. Perfect for that special Christmas gift for friends and family.

The UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery, set in Newcastle’s cultural quarter, the Biscuit Factory, will stock a selection of our cushions, coasters and placemats in it’s cutting-edge store next month.

Stylish contemporary placemats bring a touch of class to any table this Christmas.
Stylish contemporary placemats bring a touch of class to any table this Christmas.

Choose from a delightful range of luxury cushions with the most original decorative patterns. Durable, opulent and exquisitely made – our cushions are the perfect accessories for the stylish, self-assured home owner. Available in sumptuous velvet or practical cotton, in a range of patterns and sizes.

Vulpecula cotton cushions, with Nebulae fabric featured (available in velvet cushions to order)
Vulpecula cotton cushions, with Nebulae fabric featured (available in velvet cushions to order)

What colours and trends will you choose for your table decor this Christmas? We predict contemporary graphics, set against classic glassware and cool white crockery will bring a simple, yet elegant look to any festive occasion.

Our tableware range has been designed to add a touch of luxury to any dining table. Mix and match individual pieces for a polished contemporary style. Super stylish and luxurious, yet practical for everyday use, these eye-catching coasters and placemats make an immediate statement.

Blackkeys design coasters
Blackkeys design coasters

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For those closer to our Edinburgh studio, we continue to work with the Scottish Design Exchange, Ocean Terminal, Leith as well as Concrete Wardrobe, Broughton Street. Pop in and check out our products, or take a look at all our ranges and order online at https://www.moodymonday.co.uk/product-category/boutique/

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The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle http://www.thebiscuitfactory.com/ products available in store mid-November

The Scottish Design Exchange, Ocean Terminal http://www.scottishdesignexchange.com/

Concrete Wardrobe, Broughton Street, Edinburgh http://www.concretewardrobe.com/about.html

Moody Monday UK, order online at  https://www.moodymonday.co.uk/orderingdelivery/

(Gift cards also available)

 

MOODY MONDAY LENDS AUTUMNAL WARMTH TO INTERIORS

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The nights are fair drawing in and as evenings get more autumnal, Moody Monday’s innovative collection of bold provocative prints for accessories include this season’s must-have – sumptuous velvet cushions. Perfect for creating a splash of colour, and adding warmth to any sofa.

 

Nebulae Velvet Cushions

 

Debuted at the ICFF New York earlier this year, this collection ‘STELLAR’ is inspired by the boundless hidden beauty of the sky and space. This luxurious, contemporary collection of designs captures the dualistic nature of the skies with a colour palette evoking both dawn and dusk. Vibrant jewel colours accompany mesmerising geometrical patterns paired against contrasting backgrounds.

From the dazzling colours of the Northern Lights to the abstract patterns of constellations, the depths of sky and space provide an intriguing array of inspiration.

The ‘STELLAR’ collection also consists of four wallpaper designs in varying colour ways, three fabric patterns, two cushion designs, four coasters and a set of matching fabric, coaster and placemat designs. One of our most provocative patterns, Nebulae, consists of strong geometric shapes with intense contrasting colours that creatively interpret the enigmatic nature of space.

Designer, Eliza Kesuma comments, “I love the changing of the seasons, which provide me with fresh inspiration to create new and contemporary prints. The Stellar range of fabric fits perfectly into nights on the sofa. Inspired by patterns of light created at dusk and dawn, the warmth and feel of the velvet cushions are the perfect way to create an instant boost.”

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Available to buy at: https://www.moodymonday.co.uk/shop/nebulae-cotton-velvet-cushion/
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Decorating with Yellow – Ideas and Tips

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Some colours can appear overly dramatic, some can appear moody, but yellow is that colour which can bring instant cheer to a room. Especially when it’s summertime, no home should go without a hint of this colour.

Although usually used as an accent colour , you can go as far as you want in using its summery tones. Switch up the hue and you can get amazing results with the mood or ambience. For a soothing neutral look, go for muted yellows or warm things up with a sun-kissed yellow.

Learn how to create a welcoming scheme and create instant uplift to your space with these ideas.

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In these examples, yellow accessories add the much needed life and colour to these spaces. The shade doesn’t matter as much as the presence. Gray and yellow are a combination which many interior designers like to use. The balance of soft toned down grays and a bubbly yellow is like a match made in heaven.

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No designer does dark rooms as well as Abigail Ahern. Here it is easy to perceive the allure of this gorgeous colour even in a dark space. It almost adds an extra layer of dimension to the already interesting decor.

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Such a contrast with these bright and airy kitchens. The use of yellow makes the room look bigger and creates an even more inviting space.

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Bright ideas for stylish spaces. Fall for yellow as we move very gradually into the next season.

Tell us how you plan to incorporate this versatile colour into your living space.

 

Interior Designers you should follow on Instagram

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Instagram has grown to become a go-to source of inspiration for many a design enthusiast. Whether it’s for design inspiration or to understand what makes your favourite designer tick, following some Instagram accounts is worth your while. Today, we share those that have made the Moody Monday list.

Jonathan Adler

Be prepared to feast your eyes on beautiful interiors to stimulate all the senses. His bold and colourful style always comes through. The designer, ceramicist and author also shows off his home decor collections.

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Abigail Ahern

It’s amazing the way this talented designer can create such dark alluring interior spaces. She also keeps followers updated on happenings in her London store.

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@abigailahern

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly transports us into her world through inspirational photos. She is inspired by anything and everything – graphics, interiors, nature, architecture, patterns.

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@kellywearstler

Justina Blakeney

Her Instagram feed is a haven for all things relaxed and boho-chic. The interiors blogger shows that a home can never have too many plants. Her blog, The Jungalow has quite a generous following too.

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Kelly Hoppen

Her designs are so elegant and classic with a sophisticated twist. Follow the British interior designer to stay updated on her interior design projects and her fun lifestyle.

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@kellyhoppen

All images were sourced from Instagram

What we saw at ICFF 2016: Inspiring Lighting

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Did you know we just launched a new collection? Sure you’ve either met us at ICFF, heard about it on social media or one of our newsletters. Well, yes we launched our new ‘Stellar collection at ICFF a few weeks ago.

Anyone who has exhibited at a trade show knows how tiring and full on they can be. But it’s all a labour of love. We enjoy making connections with potential and existing clients. To top it all off, the feedback to the new designs was fantastic.

ICFF 2016 Moody Monday stand

The Moody Monday stand

Amidst the great time we spent at our booth, we were sure not to miss out on all the contemporary design on offer in the Javits centre. A stroll round the hall packed with eager exhibitors, and we found some interesting products.

As far as product design goes, outside of our product lines, one of the areas that continues to fascinate us is lighting design. Grab a seat and enjoy the highlights from the Moody Monday perspective.

blog1_ICFF lighting4Sketch light, Work and Design by Rafael Avramovich

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Quite special, aren’t they. Which of them was your favourite? Look out for more interesting designs from our ICFF trip over the next few days.

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Design of the Week: The Restaurant by Tom Dixon and Caesarstone

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It’s been over 2 weeks since the Milan Design Week 2016. We weren’t there but we kept our ears pealed to the ground. One of the notable highlights was the impressive pop up restaurant designed by Tom Dixon in collaboration with leading quartz manufacturer, Caesarstone.

The interactive installation called “The Restaurant” was based at the Milan Children’s Museum (MUBA) in the historical Rotonda della Besana in Milan. It was made of four conceptual kitchens. With inspiration from the four elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire, each kitchen creates a multi-sensory experience for guests.

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The British designer, Tom Dixon designed each dining area to feature colours and materials based on each element whilst showcasing Caesarstone’s designs. Tom’s product design also features albeit with secondary prominence. We definitely have a soft spot for his lighting ranges. They are so exquisite.

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“In Milan this year, we wanted to collaborate with Caesarstone to inspire architects and designers through a radical interpretation of how food and surfaces can interact in different ways, delivering a food experience that challenges all the senses in an exercise of materiality, luminosity and texture. Reflecting on the four medieval elements, we have created totally distinctive smells, tastes and visual experiences within each room.” Tom Dixon.​

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Image credit: www.tomdixon.net

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Our Stellar Collection is debuting at ICFF New York 2016

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“Stellar is a luxurious, contemporary design collection inspired by the boundless beauty of the sky and space.”

Debuting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)  in May 2016, our new collection ‘STELLAR’ is inspired by the boundless hidden beauty of the sky and space. This luxurious, contemporary collection of designs captures the dualistic nature of the skies with a colour palette evoking both dawn and dusk.

The ‘STELLAR’ collection consists of four wallpaper designs in varying colour ways, three fabric patterns, two cushion designs, four coasters and a set of matching fabric, coaster and placemat designs.

Moody Monday will be launching STELLAR  at ICFF.

Level 1, Booth 2503
Jacob K. Javits Center, New York
14 – 17 May 2016
For more details, visit our exhibitor profile at ICFF. Come and say hello. We look forward to seeing you.

Destination Inspiration: Creative Office Designs

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Long gone are the days when office spaces were clinical and lacked personality. Thankfully we’ve moved on from multitudes of white cubicles and stark boring set ups. These days, companies are paying more attention to the design and quality of their workspaces. The usual suspects like Google, Pixar, Skype get top marks in this department. But they’re not the only ones making a change. We share two other examples that show creativity and character in office design.

1) Nuon Amsterdam office

Architects: Heyligers Design + Projects

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2) Axiom New York office

Architects: BHDM Design, Photography by Adam Macchia.

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