Nom Nom Ombre

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would have noticed that Ombre is without a doubt the buzz trend of this year. It has captured our hairstyles, high street, bakeries and, of most interest to me, our interiors.

Ombre is the french term for ‘shaded’ or ‘graduated in tone’ and is the perfect blend of using light and dark as reflected in nature.

I first observed the trend in our office when DG launched their Saraille fabrics in their last Spring Summer collection. It was without a doubt the design that received the most ‘oooh’s’ and ‘ahhh’s’ from everyone and it is with no surprise as it is an incredibly striking effect of which we should all embrace (while it lasts!).

Your homework this week is to go out and bring some Ombre to your lives…(not to be mistaken with hombres). Here is some inspiration….

Graduated Pink Ombre Pendant Lampshade over neutral white table setting

Graduated Pale Pink Ombre desk painted by Natty by Design

Graduated Pink Ombre Icing on cake

Graduated Pixel Hues Painiting in Living room

Graduated Aqua Saraille(Images : Saraille Fabric by Designers Guild, Ombre Pendant Lampshade by Martha Stewart, Ombre Desk Natty by Design, Ombre Cake by Apt2B Baking CO, Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design – Christiane Lemieux.)

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Inspired by India

Hello again! Its been far too long. I’ve just returned from my first ever behind the scenes photo shoot in Sintra with the team. It was hard work but the results were stunning…I shall post the shots as soon as they are ready for public viewing.

After a day of rest, the new week began with preparations for the new Inspired by India exhibition at Sotheby’s A Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Design – Curated by Janice Blackburn and styled by Trisha Guild (with my colleague and I assisting).

Neon and black Jewellry cabinet

“The show features textiles, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and photography by established designers, such as Alice Cicolini, Rahul Kumar and Sabyasachi Mukherjee and up-and-coming artists such as Els Woldhek and Pia Wustenberg, all of whom have been inspired by the culture, colours and crafts of India.

Commenting on “Inspired by India” Janice Blackburn said: “Crafts we associate with India – weaving, embroidery, metal work and enamelling – are sadly disappearing. The way to preserve these wonderful techniques is to move them forward with well-designed products, which combine traditional skills in a contemporary way without sacrificing their historical context. All the designers I have selected share a passion for India and have produced work which is a successful marriage between the best of fine, original design without compromising the rich tradition of India’s hand-making processes. I am delighted to introduce their work and offer it to collectors through Inspired by India.” – Sotheby’s

Mini Red Ceramic Pots but Rahul Kumar styled on wooden crates

It was felt that the scheme of the show should be very organic and rough- luxe so we procured old pallets and crates from the Sotheby’s warehouse, which btw, was amazing in itself! One of our crates had even contained a Francis Bacon work of art- excited much!

On site we set about stacking the pallets and crates for the exhibitors to display their work on. We hung Designers Guilds banners of fabric, weaved in India, to add colour, give form and balance the room. One of my favourite touches was stenciling on the exhibitors name with a typewriter font onto the wood which had been spray painted in either a neon orange or pink beforehand to add a little funk factor!

Colourful Design Exhibition Featuring Furniture & Art

The results looked fabulous, if I do say so myself. It was so lovely to collaborate with the artists also who all turned up throughout the day to help display their work, not to mention being given the opportunity to help style an exhibiton in one of Londons most prestigious galleries. I really hope the show goes well for the whole team.

Inspired by India is running from 8-15 May 2012 (closed 12th of May) opening times on the website.

(Images by Design88)

Graphic Mayhem

After a bit of sun worshiping on the South bank this weekend, the beau and I decided to head over to Somerset house and check out the new Pick Me Up, the UK’s first annual graphic art fair. We’ve been looking at a lot of graphic art lately as we’ve been keen to put up some interesting prints in our new home, so, the event seemed the perfect opportunity to check out some new talent and original work.

“Pick Me Up Selects is an exhibition of 20 international rising stars of the graphic arts world specially selected by an industry panel. Each artist will be producing new, exclusive work to see and buy” – Somerset House

Illustration of Girl Holding Paper Chain

Although not all the artwork was to my taste it was really interesting to see how the style of works varied between nations. My favourite artists were Paul X. Johnson, Kristjana S Williams, Martin Nicolausson and Sarah Maycock who’s Bear painting below was my most desired.

Big Brown Bear Illustration

Amusingly, on reading an interview with Sarah on It’s Nice That when asked if her portfolio was on fire and she could only save one piece/project to salvage, which would she choose and why? Sarah replied “It’s too big to fit in my actual portfolio, but it would have to be the Bear painting I made for my final exhibition. I stood/sat/lay/crawled on the paper to paint him, so he and I are quite intimate now.”

I obviously wouldn’t have taken away her bear from her but I did walk away with a cheeky print copy!

Looking around the exhibition you really do get a craving to be creative so the gallery wisely invited the most innovative graphic art collectives, galleries and organisations to design site-specific spaces to exhibit, make and sell artworks, offering visitors a chance to experience a behind-the-scenes studio atmosphere.

I had never been to the contemporary graphic art fair before but will not hesitate to go again next Spring when the show returns for its fourth year. I think the gallery has done well to host a dynamic line up of established artists whilst also providing a platform for emerging artists too. So, if you get a chance the exhibition is still on until the 1st of April, go on, be cultural!

(Images: We Hold Secrets by Niki Pilkington & Bear Illustration by Sarah Maycock)