Made in London: Johnetté Taylor

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-johnette-taylor/design_milk_johnette_taylor_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Johnette_Taylor_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Johnetté Taylor" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about leather bag-maker <a href="https://www.netteleathergoods.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Johnetté Taylor</a>. &#8220;Being a creative person, it becomes really difficult to go along with how things are supposed to be,&#8221; she says. &#8220;You start to realize that: &#8216;I could be creating something that allows me to make my own money, which allows me to make my own decisions.'&#8221;
Inspired by the migrations of her native American and African American ancestors and a school trip to England, France and Spain aged just 16, Johnetté moved to London when she was 20 to learn more about design. “My impression from a young age was if you’re not where you want to be, find the place you’d like to be,” she says. “From the day I landed at Heathrow Airport in 1998, the world opened up
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Made in London: Johnetté Taylor

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-johnette-taylor/design_milk_johnette_taylor_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Johnette_Taylor_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Johnetté Taylor" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about leather bag-maker <a href="https://www.netteleathergoods.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Johnetté Taylor</a>. &#8220;Being a creative person, it becomes really difficult to go along with how things are supposed to be,&#8221; she says. &#8220;You start to realize that: &#8216;I could be creating something that allows me to make my own money, which allows me to make my own decisions.'&#8221;
Inspired by the migrations of her native American and African American ancestors and a school trip to England, France and Spain aged just 16, Johnetté moved to London when she was 20 to learn more about design. “My impression from a young age was if you’re not where you want to be, find the place you’d like to be,” she says. “From the day I landed at Heathrow Airport in 1998, the world opened up
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Surface Pattern Designer Kangan Arora Is Branching Out

                                <em>In the latest of our monthly series profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our editor at large Katie Treggiden talks to London-based designer <a href="https://www.kanganarora.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kangan Arora</a>.</em>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/surface-pattern-designer-kangan-arora-branching/design_milk_kangan_arora_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Kangan_Arora_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Surface Pattern Designer Kangan Arora Is Branching Out" /></a>
                                Born in Northern India and resident in London, surface pattern designer <a href="https://www.kanganarora.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kangan Arora</a> takes inspiration from everywhere and, as a result, her work is every bit as bold, vibrant and colorful as you might expect.
She was born in Ludhiana, a city known for its hosiery mills and industry, where her family still runs a textiles business originally established by her great-grandfather. “From a really young age I was surrounded by beautiful fabrics, embroideries, and prints,” she says. “I remember going on buying trips with my dad and helping him choose stock for the showroom and feeling quite pleased that I had made a small contribution and my opinion had counted.” Despite this early start, it was by no means a foregone
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Made in London: Chris Keenan

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-chris-keenan/design_milk_chris_keenan_02/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_02-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Chris Keenan" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about ceramicist <a href="https://www.chriskeenan.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Chris Keenan</a>, who began working with clay in his mid-thirties after a 12-year acting career, when he began a two-year apprenticeship with <a href="http://www.edmunddewaal.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Edmund de Waal</a>. &#8220;I bought pots from Edmund to begin with because I wanted to make a connection with something,&#8221; he says. &#8220;I grew to love using and living with his work and when I learned that he was considering taking on an apprentice I wrote to him to make my interest clear. If I wasn&#8217;t going to act anymore I wanted to be taught to make pots by Edmund. I was his first apprentice, I knew nothing – he had to teach me from scratch.&#8221; Chris set up his own studio immediately after completing his apprenticeship – that was 1998 <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-322135" src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-810x810.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="810" srcset="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-810x810.jpg 810w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-100x100.jpg 100w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-800x800.jpg 800w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-768x768.jpg 768w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-300x300.jpg 300w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-500x500.jpg 500w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-320x320.jpg 320w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-110x110.jpg 110w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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Online Design Store Hem Opens Stockholm Showroom

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/online-design-store-hem-opens-stockholm-showroom/design_milk_hem_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Hem_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Online Design Store Hem Opens Stockholm Showroom" /></a>
                                Online furniture retailer <a href="https://www.hem.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hem</a> has opened its first showroom in the heart of the Swedish capital.
Located on the ground floor of a brass-clad art museum, the glass box is surrounded by the green space of Vasaparken and showcases the brand’s latest collections, which include collaborations with designers such as Philippe Malouin, Max Lamb and Luca Nichetto. Originally established as One Nordic in 2012, Hem is one of the online pioneers in the furniture and home accessories market. “There is all this beauty [in the design industry] that normal consumers and the rest of the world never takes part in,” Hem founder Petrus Palmer told Design Milk. “It doesn’t really trickle down into the rest of the community, and they are left with few options, and low quality options. I wanted to do something that was both beautiful and accessible, so I started what was to become Hem.” Petrus
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Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/interview-danish-designer-anker-bak/design_milk_anker_bak_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak" /></a>
                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/?attachment_id=313034" rel="attachment wp-att-313034" data-wpel-link="internal"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-313034" src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="810" srcset="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-810x810.jpg 810w, http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-100x100.jpg 100w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-800x800.jpg 800w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-768x768.jpg 768w, http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-300x300.jpg 300w, http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-500x500.jpg 500w, http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-320x320.jpg 320w, http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI-110x110.jpg 110w, http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_FI.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></a>
Danish designer Anker Bak is one of a crop of new designers third-generation furniture company Carl Hansen & Søn is collaborating with to create new products to sit alongside their iconic back catalogue. Design Milk caught up with him to find out more… What is the most important thing to know about you? Things take time, and that is the mantra I try to live by. I try to be patient and not hurry things. That comes naturally to me now, but for ten years I struggled with it – maybe it is learned. I try to create so many designs but the goal for me right now is to stop and live out in the fresh air for three months, then I feel I can design something again. I have bought a small camper van, so I am going to a yoga retreat in Sweden then to Amsterdam for
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Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/interview-danish-designer-anker-bak/design_milk_anker_bak_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak" /></a>
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Danish designer Anker Bak is one of a crop of new designers third-generation furniture company Carl Hansen & Søn is collaborating with to create new products to sit alongside their iconic back catalogue. Design Milk caught up with him to find out more… What is the most important thing to know about you? Things take time, and that is the mantra I try to live by. I try to be patient and not hurry things. That comes naturally to me now, but for ten years I struggled with it – maybe it is learned. I try to create so many designs but the goal for me right now is to stop and live out in the fresh air for three months, then I feel I can design something again. I have bought a small camper van, so I am going to a yoga retreat in Sweden then to Amsterdam for
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Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/interview-danish-designer-anker-bak/design_milk_anker_bak_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Anker_Bak_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Designer Anker Bak" /></a>
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Danish designer Anker Bak is one of a crop of new designers third-generation furniture company Carl Hansen & Søn is collaborating with to create new products to sit alongside their iconic back catalogue. Design Milk caught up with him to find out more… What is the most important thing to know about you? Things take time, and that is the mantra I try to live by. I try to be patient and not hurry things. That comes naturally to me now, but for ten years I struggled with it – maybe it is learned. I try to create so many designs but the goal for me right now is to stop and live out in the fresh air for three months, then I feel I can design something again. I have bought a small camper van, so I am going to a yoga retreat in Sweden then to Amsterdam for
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Interview with Danish Artist and Designer Naja Utzon Popov

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/interview-danish-artist-designer-naja-utzon-popov/design_milk_naja_popov_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Naja_Popov_07-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Artist and Designer Naja Utzon Popov" /></a>
                                <a href="http://najautzonpopov.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Naja Utzon Popov</a> is the first female &#8216;solo artist&#8217; that Danish furniture brand <a href="http://www.carlhansen.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carl Hansen and Søn</a> have worked with (they also work with design duo Strand + Hvass – Christina Strand and Niels Hvass), and she has designed their first serious foray out of furniture and into textiles. Design Milk caught up with the Danish artist, designer and ceramicist to find out more&#8230;
What is the most important thing to know about you? That I’m not only a designer but also an artist. My two creative worlds run parallel to each other and cross over. I wouldn’t really consider myself a designer or an artist, it is more a creative process. Your grandfather is Jørn Utzon, the Danish architect responsible for the Sydney Opera House. Your mother is Lin Utzon, an eminent Danish artist, and your father is the acclaimed Australian architect, Alex Popov. Tell me about the influence
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Made in London: Daniel Heath

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-daniel-heath/daniel-heath-wallpaper/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/daniel-heath-wallpaper-810x456.jpg" alt="Made in London: Daniel Heath" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-in-London/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month’s video is about British surface pattern designer <a href="http://www.danielheath.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Daniel Heath</a>. With the strapline &#8220;salvaged and crafted artisan surfaces,&#8221; Daniel hand-draws his historically inspired illustrations before applying them to everything from wallpaper and fabric to reclaimed slate tiles and antique mirrors mounted onto coffee tables.
Now based in the heart of East London, Daniel moved to the capital to study at the Royal College of Art. “The main influence this time had on my work was the idea that someone with training in textile design can apply their knowledge to other outcomes,” he says. “I worked with a lot of different people on a range of projects, often simultaneously. I remember running up and down the stairs because the lifts would be out of action and the departments are split across
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Behind the Scenes at the Carl Hansen & Søn Factory

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/behind-scenes-carl-hansen-factory/design_milk_carl_hansen_19_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Carl_Hansen_19_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Behind the Scenes at the Carl Hansen &#038; Søn Factory" /></a>
                                Design Milk was lucky enough to be given a &#8216;behind the scenes&#8217; tour of the <a href="https://www.carlhansen.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carl Hansen &amp; Søn</a> factory in Denmark&#8217;s Gelsted by third generation owner Knud Erik Hansen.
“Carl Hansen was started in Odense by my grandfather,” Knud Erik Hansen explained. “He felt the best way to support a big family was to have his own business, so from the minute he had finished his apprenticeship, he started. He wanted to supply a first-class product at a decent price, and people liked him, so he was quite successful – he built up a nice business.” That was in 1908 – and over 100 years later Carl Hansen and Søn is still dedicated to making first-class products at a decent price. The company achieves that today in the same way its founder did a century ago, by combining traditional cabinet-making techniques with the most up-to-date machinery of the day.
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British Furniture Designer Sebastian Cox Hails ‘Traditional as Radical’

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/british-furniture-designer-sebastian-cox-hails-traditional-radical/design_milk_sebastian_cox_03/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_Sebastian_Cox_03-810x810.jpg" alt="British Furniture Designer Sebastian Cox Hails &#8216;Traditional as Radical&#8217;" /></a>
                                &#8216;Traditional as radical&#8217; was the title of <a href="http://www.sebastiancox.co.uk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sebastian Cox&#8217;s</a> Master&#8217;s thesis in 2010, and it&#8217;s a phrase he&#8217;s recently revived as the strapline for his British furniture design business. But what does it mean? &#8220;I explored coppiced hazel as part of my master&#8217;s degree in sustainable design at Lincoln University,&#8221; he explains. &#8220;I was using this ancient means of woodland management to create contemporary, designed objects with the potential to change the way people engage with the materials they choose to furnish their homes.&#8221;
When he was studying, bamboo was all the rage due to its sustainability – it is fast-growing and self-replenishing, but having grown up amongst British woodlands, Cox couldn’t help but wonder if the trees on our doorsteps couldn’t offer the same environmental credentials. “I can remember thinking, I’m sure coppicing produces the same result,” he says. Forests in Britain have been coppiced for thousands of
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TID Watches Launches No.3 with Silicone Strap and Transparent Case

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/tid-watches-launches-no-3-silicone-strap-transparent-case/design_milk_tid_watches_04/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_TID_Watches_04-810x810.jpg" alt="TID Watches Launches No.3 with Silicone Strap and Transparent Case" /></a>
                                Swedish design studio <a href="http://www.formuswithlove.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Form Us With Love</a> has once again collaborated with Stockholm-based <a href="http://tidwatches.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">TID Watches</a> to create the third iteration of the brand&#8217;s distinctive timepieces. The TID No.3 is a lighter, optically transparent version of the form set by TID No.1, which slides onto a silicone strap.
“Our venture with TID Watches is built on a desire to experiment and challenge our designs. No.3 is a material reset, taking the silhouette and stripping it down to a skeletal structure, which could be seen as an interesting measure to any design,” says John Löfgren, Form Us With Love creative director and co-founder of TID Watches. The case of the new 38mm watch is made of a thermoplastic material developed in Switzerland called TR90. It is durable and lightweight and waterproof, marking a sportier transition from their previous steel cases. “By introducing a clear material, our ambition is to
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Made in London: Allan Baudoin

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-in-london-allan-baudoin/made-in-london-allan-baudoin/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/made-in-london-allan-baudoin-810x399.jpg" alt="Made in London: Allan Baudoin" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-in-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about shoemaker <a href="http://www.allanbaudoin.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Allan Baudoin</a>. Originally trained in computer science with a Masters Degree in business, this former Apple employee became an independent shoemaker out of a desire to do something with his hands and re-connect with a traditional craft.
Born and raised in Paris, Allan moved to London in 2007. He took a pair of shoes to be repaired one day and discovered that the man who repaired them also made shoes. They get talking and soon a business partnership was formed. “I said, okay, if you can make these shoes, I’ll just handle the business and everything will be easy,” he says. “It just turns out, it’s not at all like this.” He soon found himself getting involved in the making side of the business
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Native & Co Combine Craft and Design to Promote Japanese and Taiwanese Culture

                                <em>In the second of our new monthly series, profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our Editor at Large Katie Treggiden talks to London-based designers and curators <a href="https://www.nativeandco.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Native &amp; Co</a>.</em>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/native-co-combine-craft-design-promote-japanese-taiwanese-culture/design_milk_native__co_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_Native__Co_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Native &#038; Co Combine Craft and Design to Promote Japanese and Taiwanese Culture" /></a>
                                British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green and Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung met while studying on the art foundation course at London’s Chelsea College of Art. They both went on to study product design at Central Saint Martins and bonded over their shared love of cultural projects that were perhaps more conceptual than commercial – Sharon’s graduate project focused on the social identity of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, while Chris explored the rituals of Japanese funeral ceremonies. “Looking back, I think our tutors noticed that we were a team, but were a bit perplexed by our ideas,” laughs Sharon.
As products of a course that, at that time at least, was more focused on training designers for industry, their path since graduation hasn’t
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CDW17: Experiencing Design at Clerkenwell Design Week

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                                Now that new product launches are instantly disseminated the world over through social media and blogs like this one, design festivals have to try harder to reward those who visit in person, whether that&#8217;s through hyper-local design or live experiences. Clerkenwell, a tiny area of London that gets its own festival due to the sheer number of creatives based there (there are rumored to be more architects per square foot than anywhere else in the world) and its <a href="http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Week</a> is no exception.
Commissioned by our very own Editor at Large, Katie Treggiden, the Curved Twist installation at Desso‘s flooring showroom was created by Kia Utzon-Frank and Faye McCaul, combining Kia’s patent pending Louver Twisting Comb system, a frame made from recycled yogurt pots, and 21,500 dichroic rods that Faye knitted into a screen that changes color depending on the light and angle it is viewed from. It really came alive in natural daylight and had
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Made in London: Rachel Scott

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                                This is the second our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/made-in-london" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about rug-maker <a href="http://www.rachelsrugs.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Rachel Scott</a>, who has been hand-weaving rugs since 1976 when the carpet on her stairs wore out and needed replacing. &#8220;I was trying to think of a way to make a braided rug that would go upstairs,&#8221; she explains. &#8220;I met a friend in the street, and she said, &#8216;Welsh wool is the thing&#8217;. I hadn&#8217;t thought of spinning wool until then. I just started with an old bedstead, which I wound my warp around.&#8221;
She was immediately hooked, enjoying the slow pace of weaving, and has been making rugs ever since. “Wool is this wonderful fibre,” she says of the material she works with every day. “It’s so strong and it wears so well. There are 60 breeds of sheep in Britain. We
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British Designer Tom Raffield Is Steam Bending His Way to Success

                                <em>In the first of a new monthly series of profiles of designers based in the UK and Europe, our Editor at Large <a href="http://design-milk.com/author/katie/" data-wpel-link="internal">Katie Treggiden</a> talks to steam bender extraordinaire Tom Raffield.</em>
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                                It&#8217;s hard to know where to start a profile of British furniture designer <a href="http://www.tomraffield.com/"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Tom Raffield</a>. Based in Cornwall, the far southwesterly tip of the UK, he invented a new technique for steam bending wood while still at university and has built a business around the complex forms it enables him to create. Not content with making furniture and lighting, he and wife Danielle have recently built a family home, entirely clad with steam-bent wood, so impressive that it was featured on <a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grand-designs"  rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Channel 4&#8217;s Grand Designs</a> and was described by presenter Kevin McCloud as &#8220;Tom&#8217;s masterpiece; the summation of his life&#8217;s work.&#8221;
He has invested in his local community, working with Cornish craftsmen and training apprentices from the local
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Milan Design Week 2017: Färg & Blanche’s Armour mon Armor

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                                Stockholm-based Swedish-French design duo <a href="http://www.fargblanche.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Färg &amp; Blanche</a> are known for their experimental upholstery, which in the past has seen them sew through wood and form objects from molded felt. Inspired by a three-month residency in Japan and in particular by the armor worn by Samurai warriors, for their latest furniture collection, they have been putting metal through their hardy sewing machines.
“We were fascinated by the mix of hard and soft material, and how they attach to each other,” says Blanche. “The different pieces create a shell when combined together, a protection in three-dimensional form. We were also intrigued by the fact that this armour conveyed a strong sense of the personality of these warriors.” For Salone del Mobile, Fredrick Färg and Emma Marga Blanche held a solo exhibition in the former church – now theatre, Teatro Arsenale. They showed a retrospective of their work together with 10 new furniture
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Made in London: Archie Proudfoot

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                                This is the first in a new monthly series of short films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">William Scothern</a>—we&#8217;re calling them <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/made-in-london" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a>. The first film is about <a href="http://archie%20proudfoot/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Archie Proudfoot</a>, an artist and sign painter whose work uses the techniques and the aesthetics of traditional signage to explore our relationship with language. Watch:
Having graduated from studying a degree in English Literature during a recession, Archie went in search of work that would satisfy his yearning for an ‘interesting job’. “It was quite soon after the financial crash of 2008, and the employment sector was not great,” he says. “If you wanted an interesting job, you were going to have to put in quite a lot of time unpaid. And I thought, well I’ll just invest that time in myself.” He specializes in the reverse-glass gilding process, often choosing to isolate a single word or phrase
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