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#COSHAMIEMET: VELVENOIR’S ALEXANDRA SCHAFER

TALKING ART & INTERIORS WITH THE CONTEMPORARY ART CONSULTANCY & GALLERY: Interior design and art have long been connected on multiple levels. From home décor implements to both fields interacting in galleries and public spaces, from inspiration to practicality and beyond, art and design go together in perfect synergy from the very beginning. After all, design itself is a branch of the art world – on the practical and progressive side, with less focus on personal expression and more focus on function. Nevertheless, the two need each other just as much, and it takes a specialised consultancy to navigate the thin line in between. VELVENOIR is one such international contemporary art consultancy and gallery that focuses on residential, commercial and hotel projects.   [caption...

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#COSHAMIEMET : JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT

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ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING DESIGNERS OPENS UP ABOUT HIS WORK AND FUTURE PLANS: Jean-Louis Deniot is the man behind what most of us may refer to as “the French interiors of our dreams”, in a nutshell. On a global scale, Mr Deniot’s authentic design approach has garnered international acclaim and a beyond-impressive portfolio of clients and high-end projects. Securing himself at the forefront of a competitive interior design scene, Mr Deniot practices a “classical-contemporary” approach to his work, exploring the balance between the old and new with a type of style that is not easy to come by. [caption id="attachment_4926" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Image Courtesy: Jean-Louis Deniot[/caption] Knowing what he would do with his life from an early age, Mr Deniot has spent most...

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HOW DO TRENDS ACTUALLY WORK FOR INTERIOR DESIGN?

OUR INTERVIEW WITH  LAURA HAMMETT'S INTERIOR DESIGNER MAVIS CHOW ON WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2017: Every year, there’s talk about trends and dominant themes in design for interiors – from fabrics to surfaces and down to accessories in home décor, people talk about trending colours and materials, and what’s coming next. Unlike fashion, however, trends don’t really fade away quickly and are not easily replaced. They take a while to settle in, and often use the voices of the design industry influencers to gain ground and become ‘the norm’. Back in the 1950s, the appearance of Brutalism scared a lot of people – it was something so different and visually ‘brutal’ as opposed to the classicist curls and grandiose architecture, that it...

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#COSHAMIEMET: SAMUEL CHAN

 DISCUSSING DESIGN PURITY AND CRAFT PRINCIPLES WITH ONE OF THE UK’S LEADING DESIGNERS Back in 1988, famed design historians Charlotte and Peter Fiell were looking at new furniture pieces exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society in Pimlico, London. They were admiring works by emerging designers who would later go on to shape the world of interior design as we know it today. Amongst these newcomers was Samuel Chan, whose design was part of the stylish contemporary movement that was poorly represented on the British market, and went against the dominating Postmodernism of David Linley and the English country-house look. Samuel Chan was a much welcome breath of fresh air. [caption id="attachment_3760" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Samuel Chan (Photo Credit: Channels Design/Samuel Chan)[/caption] According to the Fiell’s,...

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#COSHAMIEMet: LayerHome.com

THE INNOVATIVE PORTAL FOR BUYING AND SELLING PRELOVED DESIGNS The retail furniture industry generates an average turnover of £14.329M each year in the UK alone, with a plethora of mid-to-high-end brands accounting for a healthy majority of this figure. A smaller but still nonetheless percentage is generated by luxury furniture and home accessories. An even smaller segment is fueled by sales of pre-used objects of interior design. Surprisingly enough though, up until last year, people were left with no choice but to try their luck on EBAY, if in search of unique or beautiful pieces of furniture that wouldn’t leave them bankrupt. The hunt for affordable antiques was a gamble between reasonably priced dealers (chances being slim to none) and scouring through...

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#CoshamieMet: Copper Dust

UNDERSTANDING THE INTERIOR DESIGN WORLD FROM THE P.O.V. OF EMERGING DESIGNER COPPER DUST: The design industry is the ninth biggest employer in the UK, generating £71.7 billion in contributions to the economy in 2013 alone. An estimated of 580k people are currently working across the sector, with another one million designers employed in non-design related industry. According to the Design Economy 2015 report published by the UK’s Design Council, from 2009 to 2013 there’s been a significant increase in the design economy’s GVA (gross value added) of 27.9%. In other words, design is a lucrative business in the UK. So it’s no wonder that more and more graduates from artistic backgrounds and disciplines are joining the world of design. Despite so many...

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#COSHAMIEMet: Marcel Wanders

THE CREATOR OF ALESSI’S CIRCUS COLLECTION & THE KNOTTED CHAIR OPENS UP IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH COSHAMIE: The New York Times named him the ‘Lady Gaga of Design’ and by all means Marcel Wanders has built up an international brand on the foundation of love, beauty and innovation, much like the pop icon. Marcel’s designs have redefined how we look at the objects in our lives, crossing boundaries and thriving in creations away from normality. He was expelled from the Eindhoven Design Academy, but graduated cum laude from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. He opened his studio in Amsterdam in 1995, and in 1996 he gained international fame for his Knotted Chair, now iconic for its combination of hi-tech materials...

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#CoshamieMet: Studio deFORM

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDERS VÁCLAV MLYNÁŘ AND JAKUB POLLÁG: They are young. They are extremely ambitious and ridiculously talented. But most importantly, they have a wonderful vision of the future in design and technology in our lives. Václav Mlynář and Jakub Pollág founded Studio deFORM in 2011, while they were still students at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. The Studio later moved to London, where the designer duo continued their studies at the Royal College of Art. They’ve worked with some exquisite labels as individual creatives (Buster+Punch), and they’ve built an impressive client portfolio through their design practice (Lasvit, Okolo, Nike, Heineken, Bomma and Fiat, to name but a few). Most importantly, they’ve broken boundaries and...

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#CoshamiePeek: Richard Miers

INSIGHTS FROM THE MESMERISING WORLD OF GARDEN DESIGN: They say that if you want to be happy for a lifetime, you should plant a garden. Following that ethos, Richard Miers Garden Design has built a reputation across the UK for its bespoke landscaping prowess, bringing dramatic movement and powerful contrasts to outdoor spaces in order to create tranquil and inspiring scenes that improve one’s existence. In his quest to create beautiful, relaxing and memorable gardens for his clients, founder and designer Richard Miers brings the pre-existing style of the house and its surroundings together with his unique touch and flair for symmetry. More often than not, his garden projects can be classified as works of art, deeply rooted in thousands of...

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