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Vitra Christmas Promotion

Oct 29, 2014

Starting from Saturday 1 November, we're running two fantastic offers in conjunction with Vitra.

The Vitra 2014 Christmas promotion runs until 31 December and entitles you to a free gift with the purchase of one of our selected lounge chairs.

Purchase one Vitra Grand Repos Lounge Chair and receive one Ottoman or one Panchina free of charge

Vitra Grand Repos Lounge Chair and Ottoman - Panchina

Designed in 2011 by the highly acclaimed Antonio Citterio, the Grand Repos Lounge Chair offers superb comfort thanks to its soft padding and adjustable seating positions. With sloping armrests and a elevated back, the chair holds a sense of importance and grandeur whilst also being incredibly elegant and inviting. The Ottoman and Panchina offer additional comfort for stretching out your legs and fully reclining in the chair.

Purchase one Vitra Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman and receive one Prismatic Table or one Eames Wool Blanket free of charge

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair

Vitra Prismatic Table-Vitra Eames Wool Blanket

With its executive appearance and confident stance, the Vitra Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman is instantly recognisable and highly sought-after. It was first designed in 1956 by Charles and Ray Eames, who are two of the most important figures of 20th century design. A modern interpretation of the classic English club chair, the Eames Lounge Chair is made of moulded plywood with leather covers and plush cushioned seating. We definitely recommend it as one of our comfiest design choices.

The Vitra Prismatic Table was designed in 1957 by American-Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi, who took the traditional Japanese paper folding techniques and used them as inspiration. Its hexagonal geometric form would fit perfectly into both traditional and contemporary home environments, making it the perfect free gift of choice to compliment your Eames Lounge Chair.

If you’d rather have something to keep you cosy, then the Vitra Eames Wool Blanket is the perfect free gift. Produced from 100% merino lamb’s wool, the blanket is incredibly soft and lightweight whilst keeping in the heat on a cold winters night. The 1947 Dot Pattern references Ray Eames abstract paintings from the 1930s, meaning you’ll also be receiving a modern piece of art as well as a blanket.

Eames Office

© Eames Office

About Vitra

Vitra Collage

Combining exceptional engineering skills with the knowledge and expertise of leading international designers, Vitra has never failed to stay consistent and prevalent. Established in 1950, the successful Swiss company has manufactured some of the most well-loved classics of our time, from the DCW Eames Plywood Chair to the Eames Hang It All Coat Rack. A personal Nest favourite is the Vitra Uten.Silo, which we’ve filled with modern accessories in our Sheffield-based showroom!

Vitra Uten silo

The reason that Vitra has continued to thrive for so many years is simple. Their designs are not only aesthetically pleasing to the masses, but they’re also highly durable and functional, with a strong focus on comfort and the use of quality materials. We’re always spotting the Vitra DSW and DSR Eames Plastic Side Chairs on television, in restaurants and in commercial spaces, which definitely proves something about their reputability!

Our team have been fortunate enough to visit the iconic VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein many a time, which is the home to Vitra’s flagship store and their timeless Home Collection. You can read about the exciting and informative trips of our Sales Consultant Chelsea and Web Editor Jessica over on our blog.

VitraHaus

For further information about Vitra or these exciting offers, please call
+ 44 (0) 114 243 3000 (option 1) or email shop@nest.co.uk.

*Offer cannot be supported for project orders. Offer is only valid between 1 November 2014 and 31 December 2014.

Focus on Fredericia

Oct 23, 2014

History

Fredericia

First established in 1911, Fredericia’s sudden growth prevented the bankruptcy of a famous international furniture exhibition in the town of Fredericia. Despite blooming in popularity before WW2, their subsequent journey was tainted with instability and slow progression. Unable to keep up with the post-war demands for modern design, Andreas Graversen stepped in with Børge Mogensen to reinvent the otherwise dwindling product line.

Andreas Graversen, Børge Mogensen and Thomas Graversen

Andreas Graversen, Børge Mogensen and Thomas Graversen

It was during the following years that Fredericia became renowned for its rustic, robust and distinguishable Scandinavian designs. In 1955, Andreas Graversen’s son Thomas took over the company and continues to produce the best of his father’s and Mogensen’s designs to this day.

Today, the legacy of Fredericia’s most iconic designers still lives on and the brand is more relevant than ever. With a primary goal of producing only boundless designs that aren’t made to please the majority, Fredericia’s designs are some of the most timeless and humbly-loved of the past century.

We take a look at some of their most characteristic and pioneering designs and give you inspiration on how to style them into your home.

Fredericia Stingray Rocking Chair Wood 

Fredericia Stingray Rocking Chair Wood

Designer Thomas Pedersen added a contemporary twist to the classic rocking chair with his 2002 interpretation. The fluid shape of the stingray fish was the clever inspiration behind this prominent chair and allows for a body that moulds into one curvaceous shape. Available in Makassar Brown or Grey, Walnut or Oak White, the masculine wood body is in keeping with the traditional and Scandinavian aesthetic of the brand.

Mega Knit from Hay

To add a softer and more feminine touch, try draping a pastel-coloured knit throw – such as the Mega Knit from Hay - over the chair.

 

Fredericia 1789 Two Seater Sofa - Plain Fabric with Buttons

Fredericia 1789 Two Seater Sofa - Plain Fabric with Buttons
Despite Børge Mogensen designing the sofa in 1945, this highly sought-after design wasn’t put into production until 1963 thanks to a lack of interest in the post-war period. The ability to lower the sides with characteristic leather straps allows the sofa to be adapted into a classic daybed or chaise longue. Nowadays, its elegant yet simplistic stance makes the 1789 Two Seater Sofa such an incredibly popular product, that it is often copied in various forms.

For a vibrant contrast, try adding an eclectic printed cushion from the likes of Wrong for Hay or Tamasyn Gambell. The vivid geometric pattern of the Wrong for Hay Printed Cushion Full is striking enough without drawing attention away from the sofa itself.

Wrong for Hay Printed Cushion Full

 

Fredericia Spine Rectangular Dining Table

Fredericia Spine Rectangular Dining Table


Paying respect to the impeccable craftsmanship of the 1950s, this wonderful dining table designed by SPACE Copenhagen demonstrates simplistic quality at its finest. The thin metal frame adds a modern touch to an otherwise conventional wood table.

To complement the contemporary features, match the table with a set of black Menu Afteroom Chairs with thin, graphical structures.

Menu afternoon chair

Coming soon

Keep an eye out for the following Fredericia products, coming soon to Nest.co.uk!

 

Fredericia The Hunting Chair

Fredericia The Hunting Chair

Inspired by a matchbox, Børge Mogensen designed this homely and dynamic hunting chair comprised of wonderfully rustic oak and butt leather. Its sloping back and chunky robust structure gives the chair an air of importance and a timeless appeal for passing through generations for years to come.

In keeping with the warm Scandinavian aesthetic, style your chair with a neutral textured rug. The Hay Peas Rug is available in Light Grey and Dark Grey Melange and is beautifully crafted from 100% pure new wool.

Hay Peas Rug

 

Fredericia J16 Rocking ChairFredericia J16 Rocking Chair

This classic rocking chair by Hans J. Wegner is like something out of a fairy-tale. Freedom of movement is a particularly prevalent feature of this exceptional design, which tilts and rocks with ease. This chair is ideal for enjoying quiet independent activities such as knitting, reading or listening to music.

For additional comfort or as a styling accessory, add a plush Soft Grid Cushion from Muuto.

 

Soft Grid Cushion from Muuto


To view more products from Fredericia, check out our full collection. For further information about the brand or to make an enquiry, please call + 44 (0) 114 243 3000 (option 1) or email shop@nest.co.uk.

Focus on Terence Woodgate's Solid Pendant

Oct 16, 2014

Terence Woodgate Solid logo
Terence Woodgate Solid in White MarbleSolid is Terence Woodgate’s first highly anticipated collection, comprised of perfectly engineered pendant lights. Woodgate chose simple materials such as Carrara Marble, Nero Marquina Marble and Walnut based on durability and functionality.

The Carrara Marble version is particularly striking as it has the translucency of skin, allowing a gentle glow to omit through the surface. We have disassembled the light to take you through the different components.

Terence Woodgate Solid disassembled

1) Ceiling rose: The Solid lights come with a conical steel ceiling fixing, powder coated in semi-matt white 

2) Shade: The Solid collection is designed with a cooling air flow system for maximum life and efficiency

3) Unique support design: This support design system allows for the fitting to be adjusted, so that the light hangs completely vertical for a direct even beam

4) MEGAMAN LED lamp: Solid is optimised for MEGAMAN high lumen output LED lamps, which are highly energy efficient with a long life span and excellent glare control 

terence Woodgate Solid

Packaging: Just like the lighting collection itself, the Solid brand identity is minimal and refined. Designed by Charlie Smith Design, the packaging features simple typography and is the same size for each lighting variation. The stickers and accompanying manuals are a vibrant, rich yellow, which is a reference to light.

To find out more about the collection and Terence’s design journey, check out our exclusive interview over on our blog. For enquiries about the collection, please call + 44 (0) 114 243 3000 (option 1) or email shop@nest.co.uk.

Trend focus

Oct 15, 2014

Whether you are looking to make a bold and colourful statement within your living space or create a cosy environment with traditional wood furnishings, there is something for everyone within our extensive collection. We understand that everybody has different tastes, therefore we've focused on four relevant looks that significantly vary in terms of colours, forms and materials. These selections were curated in order to inspire, so don't be afraid to mix and match and make the look your own!

Grand luxe

Grand Luxe

  1. Bert Frank Riddle Wall Light
  2. Bert Frank Revolve Rise & Fall Pendant Light
  3. Munna Cleo Armchair
  4. Munna Lolita Armchair
  5. Munna Candy Two Seater Sofa
  6. Munna Rose Armchair

Achieve bold and lavish décor with crystal velvet upholstery, extravagant backrests, classic colours and grand silhouettes. The perfect sofas and lounge chairs to complete this sumptuous look can be found in Munna's established collection, which is comprised of furnishings made from only the highest quality materials. Established in 2008, the Portuguese design brand specialises in elegant upholstered goods produced through traditional manufacturing techniques and beholds a very distinctive image.

Munna Lolita Armchair

Pictured: Munna Lolita Armchair

To compliment your sofa or lounge chair, try a timeless brass pendant or wall lighting from Bert Frank. Designed to last a lifetime, their sophisticated lighting tells a story by naturally softening and darkening over time, unless you choose to protect it. The Riddle Wall Light is lined with silk inserts for a gentle warming glow, whilst the Revolve Rise & Fall Pendant Light instantly becomes the focal point in any room.

Bert Frank Riddle Wall Light

Pictured: Bert Frank Riddle Wall Light

Graphic lines

Graphic Lines

  1. Menu Afteroom Chair
  2. Orsjo Aria Floor Lamp
  3. Diesel with Foscarini Cage Suspension Light Large
  4. Menu Kaschkasch Floor Mirror
  5. Diesel with Foscarini Cage Rocket Table Lamp
  6. Magis Lem Round Table

The fine, fluid lines of these sculptural designs emphasise the structural elements of these otherwise simplistic forms. Menu's highly articulate collection is comprised of extremely lightweight steel furnishings with thin frame structures. They recently collaborated with Afteroom, a design duo intrigued by different forms, senses, proportions and materials.

Menu Afteroom Collection

Pictured: Menu Flip Around Table/Stool, Afteroom Chair and Towel Ladder

Arper Leaf Chair, Hay DLM Table and Gubi Pedrera Coffee Table

Scandi woods

Scandi Woods

  1. Muuto Adaptable Dining Table
  2. Ferm Living Wall Wonder Mirror Maple
  3. ArchitectMade Large BIRD Figure
  4. &Tradition Raft Stool
  5. Muuto Wood Table Lamp
  6. Menu Knot Trestle Table Natural Ash

Wood is the Scandinavian material of choice and soft oak or beech can help to create a more natural and homely feel within your home. Scandinavian design is primarily focused on durability and functionality, ranging from homely, rustic design to the contemporary and minimalist. Incorporate your wood products into soft environments with plenty of natural light or mix it up by contrasting with accent colours such as yellow or green. We particularly love the Menu Knot Trestle Table Natural Ash, which is cleverly held together with nothing but unsanded strips of leather.

Menu Knot Trestle Table

Pictured: Menu Knot Trestle Table Natural Ash

Sea of blue

Sea of Blue

  1. Swedese Tree Coat Stand
  2. Muuto Soft Blocks Three Seater Sofa
  3. Luceplan Archetype Suspension Light
  4. Onecollection Finn Juhl Sideboard
  5. Kartell Charles Ghost Bar Stool Light Blue
  6. Vitra Eames Hang It All - White
  7. Hay Dot Cushion Steelcut Trio
  8. Vitra Tip Ton Chair

Blue doesn't have to be cold and uninviting. Different shades of blue can be mixed and matched to create a variety of moods, from demure indigo and navy to energetic cobalt and light blue. The Vitra Tip Ton Chair is a much-loved favourite thanks to its unique forward-tilt action and is available in vivid Glacier Blue and subtle Ice Grey.

Vitra Tip Ton Chair

Pictured: Vitra Tip Ton Chair Ice Grey

How would you recreate these looks? Do you have any design ideas of your own or an image of your home you'd like to share with us? Get in touch with us on Twitter or email Samantha Anderson, Marketing and PR Intern at samantha@nest.co.uk.

Dine with Glas Italia

Oct 8, 2014

Atlantis Transparent Tavoli Alti Dining Table

Glas Italia Atlantis Transparent Tavoli Alti Dining Table

The festive season of hosting and entertaining loved ones is fast approaching, which means now is the ideal time to reinvent your dining space if you were planning to do so.

We’ve recently noticed a great deal of focus on materials such as marble, wood, concrete and statement metallics. However, we thought that glass – a timeless and sophisticated material - deserved a little more attention! Classically beautiful and highly functional, the transparent properties of glass allow for natural light to shine through, therefore helping to create a sense of space within even the smallest of rooms.

Glas Italia HQ

The ideal company for exquisite handcrafted glass furniture is Glas Italia, which was established in the early 1970s and resides in the town of Macherio, Milan. The architectural renewal of their contemporary headquarters was implemented by Piero Lissoni, a renowned furniture designer for Glas Italia. The entire building is like a sculptural art form in itself, with dark vertical plates of U-glas wrapping around the new exterior to create a corporate yet intriguing look. The utilisation of different forms of glass both inside and out reflects the impeccable quality of Glas Italia’s design innovations and principles. Each design is produced with utmost respect by master Italian glass makers and is made to order with a worthwhile delivery time of 6-8 weeks.

Glas Italia Tables

Alister Transparent Rectangular Table

Atlantis Tavoli Alti Dining Table in white

Mirror Mirror Table


One of Glas Italia’s main design principles is all about exploring the limitless possibilities of glass, through complex manufacturing processes and working with some of the world’s most talented designers. The designs range from classy and luxurious to vibrant and extravagant, with subtle variations of tone and colour.

  • The Alister Transparent Rectangular Table was designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, a highly attentive designer known for combining comfort and elegance through architecture and furniture design. The rectangular table top almost appears as if it is floating, thanks to the sharp sloping angles of the extralight glass table legs.
  • The white glossy lacquered version of the Atlantis Tavoli Alti Dining Table by Lorenzo Arosio transforms a formal yet graceful design into a sleek statement centrepiece.
  • Jasper Morrison is known for his playful furniture and the Mirror Mirror Table is no exception. Comprised of double-faced mirrored slabs, this glossy and effortlessly glamourous table is well-suited to both traditional and modern settings.

Make a statement by complimenting a Glas Italia table with a dramatic pendant or suspension light.

Flos Taraxacum 88 Suspension Light and the Foscarini Caboche Suspension Light Transparent

Taraxacum 88 Suspension Light
Caboche Suspension Light Transparent 

Glas Italia Faint Table

Post Modern Table

  • Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the Faint Table features a sleek ombre table top which fades from a pure white finish into complete transparency on the opposite side. This daring effect transforms an otherwise unconventional and simplistic table into an intriguing masterpiece. Quirky and unusual designs aren’t a new concept for Patricia Urquiola, who has also worked on showrooms and restaurants and in architecture and franchising. Some of her most notable works are the Comback Chair for Kartell and the romantic Smock Swivel Armchair for Moroso.
  • Piero Lissoni has taken the traditional antique table leg and transformed it into a contemporary work of art with the Post Modern Table.

Dark side of the moon lifestyle

Dark side of the moon

The Dark Side of the Moon Table

When light shines through this unusual table designed by Piero Lissoni, an eclectic rainbow of vibrant colour merges together to create a subtle yet mesmerising glow. These psychedelic colours are highly reminiscent of the 1960s and 70s and would look fantastic coupled with a classic chair. A white, black or rich walnut design from the likes of Fritz Hansen, Tom Dixon or Cherner would make the perfect accompaniment.

A white, black or rich walnut design from the likes of Fritz Hansen, Tom Dixon or Cherner

Fritz Hansen Ant Chair with 4 Legs
Tom Dixon Y Chair Sled Base
Cherner Side Chair

Shop Glas Italia today.

If you wish to find out more information about Glas Italia, please call + 44 (0) 114 243 3000
(option 1) or email shop@nest.co.uk.

Rabari: Nani Marquina

Sep 30, 2014

The Rabari 1 Rug from Nani Marquina recently won the Silver DELTA Award, which is awarded to designers and brands from around the world for outstanding design. This recent victory is one of many for the 25 years that Nani Marquina has been around. 

Nani founded the company in 1987 and it has since continued to grow as a strongly-routed family business, with ambition and enthusiasm never crumbling along the way.

Rabari 1 - Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien - Handmade in India.jpgThe jury’s assessment for the Silver DELTA Award.

The jury’s assessment for the Silver DELTA Award.  

 

We recently caught up with Nani to find out more about the brand and the work behind the Rabari collection.

Nani Marquina was founded in 1987 and has seen an incredible amount of success since. Is this what you imagined for the brand when you first started out?

Not really! When I first started designing carpets, the manufacturers in Spain could not support me. Therefore, I was ‘forced’ - in a way - to create a business that would make my designs accessible to people. At that time, it was not clear what the company would evolve into, but 27 years later, I can say that I am very proud of it and of where we are now.


Despite the company’s growth, Nani Marquina is still very much a family business. What do you love most about working with your family?

The most important thing for me is that I work with people who have a shared point of view. We share the same future-vision, and it is not short-term, but very much long term. The company is an incredibly important part in our lives and it is shown in every decision we make and every task we complete.

Nani Marquina Rabari 2 Rug 

Nani Marquina Rabari 2 Rug


We adore your latest collection, Rabari, which is a collaboration with design duo Nipa Doshi and Johnathan Levien. Can you tell us a bit more about how this collaboration came about? Have you always been fans of their work?

It all begun in 2009, in Milan. I discovered Doshi-Levien’s work during a presentation at Moroso and, after some years investigating designs, colours, textures and techniques, we have been able to present this collection. I love what they do, their sensibility and the way they work. It excites me!


If you had to choose, which would you say was your all-time favourite design from the collection?

Rabari 1.


What is your favourite colour?

Orange.


You exhibit your rugs at design fairs all over the world including Milan and New York among others. Do you have a particular favourite show?

The Salone Internationale del Mobile in Milan is my all-time favourite fair.

 Nani Marquina Rabari 3 Rug

Nani Marquina Rabari 3 Rug


Shop Nani Marquina today.

If you wish to find out more information about the Rabari collection, please call + 44 (0) 114 243 3000 (option 1) or email shop@nest.co.uk.

Introducing Two.Six

Sep 24, 2014

“Here, we are happy people, with smiley faces and colourful minds. We are proud of this.”

Swithy Stool - Bi Silla Chair - Pinkit Side Table - Around U desk

Two.Six aren’t just any ordinary design brand. With a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, the Two.Six team produce designs that are vibrant, distinctive and reflective of their positive outlook on life. We’re very proud to introduce their design collection to Nest.co.uk and in celebration of this, we caught up with the CEO of Two.Six to learn more about the brand and its influences.

Two.Six YPSY Valet Unit

Two.Six YPSY Valet Unit 

Can you tell us a little bit about Two.Six and how it all started?
Two.Six is a Portuguese furniture brand and design editor divided into two segments: Two.Six Design and Two.Six For Kids. Our design studio favours simple lines, hot colours, and clever details. Think touchable stripes of lacquer and quirky fabric accents, combined with handsome natural wood, of course. Two.Six produces timeless pieces that assume, however, a leading character and that are functional and of high quality. Aesthetically rich and challenging for its creativity, the Two.Six collection is made of versatile objects that naturally coexist in eclectic environments. Two.Six was born the 26th of October 2012. It's our project, our dream. We are proud of our work as a team. We believe that our products reflect this hard work and dedication and our way of living.

Two.Six is based in Portugal. Can you tell me how your surroundings have had an impact on the company and its ethos?
Portuguese architecture from Souto Moura and Siza Vieira influences our work. Simple lines, clever details.

The Two.Six collection features lots of bright colours. Is this something that is intentional, or something that happened organically?
Two.Six is colourful energy so, it happened organically. Here, we are happy people, with smiley faces and colourful minds. We are proud of this. It’s amazing having people from different countries using our products. We want to be a part of their lives, inspiring their days.

Where do you look for inspiration?
At this moment we have collaborations with designers from different countries. Each designer comes with a point of a view, a background and a story. This is so inspiring!

You have worked with some exciting names in design, including Cedric Bernard and Tim Defleur. Do you have any other exciting collaborations in the pipeline?
Yes, we do! At this moment, we are working with Silvia Ceñal (Spain), Marco Gallegos (USA), Tim Defleur and Cedric Bernard (France) and Portuguese designers Cristiana Macedo, Ana Fonseca and Domingos Ferreira. But we will introduce new products designed by 5 new designers! We are super excited about these new collaborations and partnerships.

Two.Six is becoming more and more widely known both nationally and internationally. Where do you see the company in 5 years time?
We will introduce new products in both collections: Design and For Kids. We will continue working to have sales representatives in different countries. And we will continue our work to surprise Two.Six clients. We look to create links for life and we believe in lifetime relationships.

Two.Six Pinkit Table

If you wish to find out more information about the collection, please call + 44 (0) 114 243 3000 (option 1) or email shop@nest.co.uk.

Introducing Terence Woodgate ‘Solid’

Sep 16, 2014

“I am a modernist at heart, still preferring subtraction to addition. I still consider that art and design can make the world a better place.”

Terence Woodgate

Not one for making a bold statement, Terence Woodgate is known for producing thoughtful, unassuming and functional designs. After years of designing for other brands, he has recently released his first collection called Solid, which is comprised of perfectly engineered and beautifully simple lights utilising MEGAMAN LED technology. We are very proud to be welcoming Solid to our extensive lighting collection. To help you to get to know the man behind the genius, we asked Terence a few questions about his journey and how he landed at making his own collection…

‘Terence Woodgate Solid Pendant Light Walnut

Terence Woodgate Solid Pendant Light Walnut, £157

Here at Nest.co.uk, we are thrilled to be welcoming ‘Solid’ to our collection. We understand that you wanted to start your own brand in order to be in control of every aspect of the production process. Are there any other factors that encouraged you to venture out on your own?
It enables me to be more adventurous in terms of design and more exacting in terms of manufacture. It also gives me the opportunity to act more swiftly and directly. The brand has already benefited from the direct contact with retailers and users. Such direct feedback is invaluable.

The Solid collection is comprised of pendants and down lights made from Carrara and Nero Marquina marble, oak and walnut. What inspired you to use these simple materials?
I think because they are just that - simple yet noble materials that will last. One of the benefits of LEDs is that you can use them in close proximity to such materials. I used marble for some accessories I designed way back in the early 90s. I loved the touch and feel of the material. It has this wonderful provenance having been carved throughout time by sculptors, because it has the translucency of skin. Yet, I was still surprised how the spilled light from the LED managed to penetrate 12mm of Carrara to give a soft glow to the base.

Light Nero Marble

Terence Woodgate Solid Pendant Light Nero Marquina Marble, £197

You’ve partnered with MEGAMAN, one of the leading and most efficient LED lamp manufacturers. How did this partnership come about?
I have been designing professional technical lighting for museum galleries, offices and shops for many years. You get to know the good LED manufacturers. I designed an exterior light for Paviom and we used a MEGAMAN LED lamp that impressed me. MEGAMAN is a professional company that has only ever made energy-saving lamps.

You’ve previously stated that you’ve always worked within the Charles Eames model of design, which is to be aware of any constraints and to design within those. What constraints did you encounter when designing the Solid collection, if any?
I wanted to optimise the incredible efficacy of LEDs, so we worked hard on designing the fitting to allow the LED to work at its optimum. The life and efficiency of the LED is improved if you allow for cooling airflow to disperse the little heat which they create. Testing by the Lighting Industry Association proved the thinking.

One constraint, which I think is very important but often overlooked, is glare. We placed the LED deep into the fitting without compromising the beam.

You’ve received many design industry awards throughout your time as a furniture and industrial designer. Which is most significant to you?
Becoming a RDI (Royal Designer for Industry). It’s significant because ‘sustained excellence’ is the criteria and one’s work is considered by your peers and design heroes. Plus, there is no commercial influence whatsoever. There is also ongoing commitment, meeting up over the year to consider newly proposed designers.

We’re proud to sell a selection of your designs, such as the Punt Dot Sideboard and SCP Parallel Shelving System. Is there a particular design of yours that you’re most proud of?
I think like all designers, we feel most engaged with our latest design. It is where the sum of our skills and experience are applied; therefore I am very proud of Solid. I've had the chance to work with some great companies like Punt and SCP. The Surface Table for Established & Sons was special for the result, the experimentation and for working with one of the greatest Formula 1 designers John Barnard RDI. I thought I was exacting until I worked with John.

Light Carrara Marble

Terence Woodgate Solid Pendant Light Carrara Marble, £197

You established your first design studio in London in 1988, after training as a furniture designer at the London Guildhall University. Has your perception of design changed since those days?
I really don’t think it has. I am a modernist at heart, still preferring subtraction to addition. I still consider that art and design can make the world a better place. However, I am uncomfortable with design becoming fashion.

We understand that you are inspired by contemporary and 20th century modernist art. Are there any designers in particular that inspire you?
I am very much inspired by contemporary art. Design is a fusion between art and technology. Designers that get the balance right are the ones that inspire. Ingo Maurer is one lighting designer that I admire, mainly for his courage. The work of friends like Sam Hecht, Jasper Morrison, Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby is all inspirational.

How do you see yourself developing the Terence Woodgate brand over the next year?
The focus will be only on lighting, as it is such an exciting time with lighting going digital and the possibilities this presents for integrating with home control systems. We already have some exciting lighting designs in development. It is also our intention to invite other designers to work with the brand.

Brand Identity

Check out the Terence Woodgate Solid collection.

If you wish to find out more information about the collection, please call + 44 (0) 114 243 3000 (option 1) or email shop@nest.co.uk.

Treat your garments

Sep 10, 2014

A clothing rack doesn’t have to be one of the last things you think about when furnishing your home. Instead of purchasing a rack just for its function, think about incorporating a statement design or something simple yet innovative into your home.

We’ve selected a diverse range of racks, stands and hooks based on aesthetics, but all with two things in common: strength and durability. Now that we’re into the autumn season in the UK, there has never been a better time to make a purchase that you may have otherwise not thought about. Once you've read the blog, check out the product selection page to shop the featured designs.

Colour pop

Injecting colour into your home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process and can be done through even the tiniest of accessories. Choosing a bright and colourful rack helps to draw attention to an otherwise ordinary product.

Muuto The Dots Coat Hooks

Muuto The Dots Coat Hooks - £95 for a gift set of five

Despite their function, The Dots are not to be fully concealed. These iconic coat hooks by Lars Tornøe are designed to be arranged decoratively on the wall, making them a wall feature as well as a practical accessory. To add a pop of colour to your home, The Dots can be purchased in exciting colours such as Tangerine, Yellow and Green.

Fritz Hansen Tree Coat Stand

Fritz Hansen Coat Tree - £738 in Multicoloured

The Fritz Hansen Coat Tree may appear to be light and fragile, but it’s actually a robust and practical design by Sidse Werner. The Multicoloured version still manages to be elegant despite its vibrancy and would look fantastic coupled with your brightest jackets and scarfs.

Zanotta 303 Aster Clothes Stand

Zanotta 303 Aster Clothes Stand - £390

If you want a more subtle version of the Fritz Hansen Coat Tree, then this clothes stand is the perfect choice. Designed by Alessandro Dubini, the Aster Clothes Stand is such a beautiful and carefully implemented product that it won the Good Design Award in 2010. Purchase yours in Red, Green or Light Blue to make this stand a significant and impacting feature in your room of choice.

Punt ElX Coathanger

Punt ELX Coathanger - £326 for coloured versions

Indicative of curved palm tree leaves, the intriguing hooks on the ELX Coat Hanger make quite a statement. To bring a hint of colour into your home, choose this curious design by Vicent Martínez in rich Red, Mustard, Blue or Green.

 

Country chic

The brand Another Country base their designs on the British country kitchen style and traditional Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork, whilst SCP are strongly focused on function and durability. Create a homely and traditional feel in your home with these wooden coat racks.

Another Country Peg Rail

Another Country Peg Rail - £145

If you are aware of the designs from Series One of Another Country, then you will recognise distinctive elements and features in the design of this peg rail. Each of the rounded pegs is turned in the same way as the furniture legs, which makes for an iconic and elegant product that would look the part in a cosy environment.

SCP Crosscut Coat Hooks

SCP Crosscut Coat Hooks - £71 for five hooks

The clever design techniques of Faudet-Harrison have resulted in a product with a minimal and understated appearance, yet a rather ingenious structure. The hooks fit neatly into cross cuts in the steel and sit perfectly level across the wall.

SCP Jeeves Coat Rack

SCP Jeeves Coat Rack - £185

The Jeeves Coat Rack is an articulate British design by Kay + Stemmer, as part of the SCP Boxed Collection. The clever miniature pegs are ideal for hanging keys, so you no longer have to search the house when you’re in a rush!SCP Timberly Hall Rack

SCP Timberly Hall Rack - £175

Everyone loves something that is nostalgic of their childhood and the Timberly Hall Rack is just that. Evoking memories of simple wooden toys and childhood building blocks, this practical rack features multiple grid holes, which allows the pegs to be moved. Designed by Rich Brilliant Willing, this excellent design features in the SCP 2011 collection.

 

Classic contemporary

Classic and iconic pieces from designers such as the Eames’ and Mathieu Matégot will always look contemporary in any environment, despite their growing age. Therefore, it is worth making an investment!

Gubi Mategot Coat Rack multi Colured

Gubi Matégot Coat Rack Multi-coloured - £119

Designer Mathieu Matégot was part of the French army, in which he got captured and was not released until 1944. After this time, he designed a multitude of contemporary and innovative designs, such as this fun and functional coat rack which combines organic forms and lightness to create a sense of joy.

Vitra eames hang it all coat rack

Vitra Eames Hang It All Coat Rack - £207

The Hang It All is instantly recognisable, as it was designed by the famous duo Charles and Ray Eames in 1953. Implemented as a design for children to hang up their belongings, the Hang It All has since become an iconic must-have in the home. Vitra and the Eames office developed Red, Green and White versions of the Hang It All to celebrate what would have been Ray’s 100th birthday in December 2012.Swedese Tree Coat Stand

Swedese Tree Coat Stand - £594 in White

Designed by Michael Young in collaboration with Katrin Olina, the elegant Swedese Tree Coat Stand has become an iconic symbol for stylish homes within Sweden. The fantastic thing about this stand is that it’s also ideal for hanging unconventional items from the branches, such as statement lighting or jewellery.

Zanotta 300 Sciangai Clothes Stand

Zanotta 300 Sciangai Clothes Stand - £660

The beautifully designed Sciangai Clothes Stand by De Pas, D-Urbino and Lomazzi is inspired by the traditional Chinese game Shangai, with the folding hangers simulating the starting process of the game. Simplistic and functional, this premium Italian design would look fantastic in a naturally-styled or minimalistic environment.

 

Modern simplicity

Simple doesn’t have to be boring and can sometimes make more of a statement than the more complex designs.

Sancal Pauli Coat Hanger

Sancal Pauli Coat Hanger – Large: £217, Small: £176

The Nachacht design studio was formed by the industrial engineers Mark Bergold, Julian Jaeden and Martin Schmid, who designed the Pauli Coat Hanger with Meccano in mind. This influence is instantly recognisable from the structure and appearance of the design, which is versatile for any environment.

ByAlex A Coat Stand

ByALEX A Coat Stand - £150

The British design brand ByALEX has one simple ambition and that is ‘Purity by Design’. Unzipping this notion, all of their designs aspire to be effortlessly functional, wonderfully simplistic and exceptionally crafted. The A Range featuring the A Coat Stand is pretty self-explanatory – it’s based on the A-frame.

Magis Birds on a wire Coat Hanger

Magis Birds on a Wire Coat Hanger - £250 for five hooks on polished aluminium bar

Magis are known for their quirky yet tasteful designs and the Birds on a Wire Coat Hanger is a subtle example of this. Although the coat-hanger is simple and refined, there is an element of playfulness about the design from Edward Barber and Hay Osgerby.Zanotta 350 servonotte Bedroom Clothes Stand

 

Zanotta 350 Servonotte Bedroom Clothes-stand - £355

Designed in 1986 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the Zanotta 350 Servonotte Bedroom Clothes-stand is an elegantly simple and highly functional product. Despite being described as a bedroom clothes-stand, this graceful design would also add a sophisticated touch to any bathroom.

We hope this mini guide will help you to make an informed decision about which coat racks, hooks or stands will look best in your home. If you want to view a wider selection, then please visit the Hooks & Coatstands page or if you would like more detailed advice, please call + 44 (0) 114 243 3000 and choose option 1 or email shop@nest.co.uk.

Christian’s Trip to DesignTrade

Sep 3, 2014

Last week, our Managing Director Christian Hawley took a short but exciting trip to Copenhagen for DesignTrade, the largest design and furniture trade fair in the city. We caught up with him to find out where he stayed, where he ate and most importantly of all, what he saw!

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Upon arriving in Copenhagen, Christian and his wife Debbie headed straight to Relæ, an exceptional restaurant voted the 53rd best place to eat in the world. Two of the most memorable perks of this restaurant was the delicious local beer and the quirky pull-out cutlery draws, which also held the menu. After an afternoon of travelling and feeding their appetites, it was time to get a good night’s sleep. Christian and Debbie stayed at the First Hotel Twentyseven courtesy of Muuto, which is conveniently located in the city centre.

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If you’ve ever been to Copenhagen, you’ll know that the majority of people ride bikes around the city. In fact, Copenhagen has been voted the best city for cyclists and is now officially the first Bike City in the World. As well as taking in the wonderful sights of people young and old cycling around the city, Christian also stumbled across the gravestone of Hans Christian Andersen, the world-renowned Danish author. He visited Illums Bolighus, a large interior store that can best be described as the Danish version of Harrods. Unfortunately, the third floor of furniture from design icons was closed, but there was still plenty more to see elsewhere.

Strøget is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets and features an abundance of shops from Gucci and Mulberry to the offices of Muuto and HAY. Christian was invited to a private dinner with the owners of Muuto, held in the attic space of their charmingly designed office. They enjoyed a feast of Danish food and French wine, before taking a tour of the office. One of Christian’s favourite aspects of the tour was the individually coloured rooms, designed to demonstrate different areas of the home.

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The next morning, Christian was invited to view a selection of new Muuto products, including the Fiber and Cover Chairs. These designs are focused on comfort and simplicity, with the idea of creating strong identities from almost ordinary objects. He’s also got his eyes set on the Balance Vases, which are designed to stand as sculptural silhouettes with or without flowers. Afterwards, Christian made himself at home in the showroom, which was made to feel homely with plenty of foliage and fresh flowers.

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The Sunday morning began with a short meeting at Muuto and a pleasant train journey to DesignTrade, which passed through the trendy Ørestad district of Copenhagen. Christian spied the eye-catching Bella Sky Comwell Hotel on the way, which is the largest hotel in Scandinavia. These fantastic sights set the mood for the rest of the day at DesignTrade, where Christian was immersed in new products from established brands such as MENU, Skagerak, Normann Copenhagen and La Chance. As pictured, the Rocky Credenza has a fantastic depth that is difficult to capture in photographs, but looks remarkable in person.

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As well as seeing designs from well-known brands and those that we sell, it was also interesting for Christian to discover smaller brands with high-quality products. One of these was Plain Crafts by Søren Ulrich, who aims to create simple designs inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese woodworking tradition. Christian also met with Anne Rosenberg, the designer of beautiful Scandinavian textiles under the brand RosenbergCph. Featured at the show were perfectly-refined Canvas and Wool Cushions, plus soft Wool Throws. Anne Rosenberg is enthusiastic about being respectful to the environment and uses only high-quality, organic fine cotton.

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More unusual designs were also seen during his visit. As pictured, the brush chair was one of the most unconventional of those and although it is a striking concept, it certainly doesn’t win any points for the comfort factor!

Ferm LIVING made a superb comeback with their new AW14 collection, which is designed for embracing the small and sincere moments within everyday life. This collection featured the vibrant Small Cabinet and Hook Candleholders, amongst many others. Most interestingly of all from other designers was the Danish Fuel Jerry Can, which is handcrafted and remade from old Jerry Cans. These are fantastic for a multitude of uses, making them both a versatile and unique choice for storage in the home. The Innermost Glaze Light was also presented in a new lustrous black finish, which creates a more current adaption of the original product. Innermost are all about combining British elements with influences from all over the world, which results in unique and exciting products.

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Christian and Debbie ended their trip with a romantic meal at Geist, the restaurant where Christian proposed to Debbie 2 years previous. The atmosphere is relaxed yet alive with culture and enthusiasm, with the opportunity to watch the chefs cook in front of you. Christian enjoyed an eclectic dish of blue stilton with chocolate, which made for an unusual yet divine combination. One of the dishes also featured edible flowers, which is a rising trend within Scandinavia. Not only are edible flowers a healthy alternative to the ordinary, but they can transform the appearance of even the simplest of dishes and have an element of luxury too.

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Overall, Christian and Debbie had an unforgettable time and arrived back in England with some fantastic inspiration for new products and potential new brands. Watch this space!