Design Miami 2014


Design Miami is a celebration of all thing design.

“Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programming, creating exciting collaborations with designers and design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the worlds of design, architecture, art and fashion, and unique commissions from the world’s top emerging and established designers and architects.”


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Sir Hugh Casson

Sir Hugh Casson was a British born enthusiast on 20th century design. He contributed to this as an architect, interior designer, writer, broadcaster and artist. He had a key role in the 1951 festival of Britain as the director of architecture. In 1976 he became the President of the Royal Academy of Arts, holding the post for eight years to become one of the institutions most famous and successful presidents.

Bellow are a selection of his illustrations, including images of the festival of Britain.

The Main Entrance to Kensington Palace.
The Main Entrance to Kensington Palace.
The Hotel Inter-Continental, Marble Arch and Horse guards.
The Hotel Inter-Continental, Marble Arch and Horse guards.
Banqueting House, Whitehall
The Banqueting House, Whitehall.
Pen and wash sketch by Hugh Casson Festival of Britain Showcase
Pen and wash sketch by Hugh Casson Festival of Britain Showcase.
Festival of Britain sketch
Festival of Britain sketch.

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Arne Jacobsen

Jacobsen was an influential architect and designer, creating some of the popular chair design styles that we see today.

This infographic perfectly shows Jacobsen’s Life work. And of course a picture of the man himself.

Here is Jacobsen’s Swan and Egg Chair, recognisable designs that are timeless.

T-chair and tongue chair and the ‘drop’ brown leather chair.

His cutlery designed for the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen and his AJ table lamp.

Jacobsen designed a lot more, from more chairs to buildings, this is just a selection, hope you enjoyed!

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Terence Conran

Terence Conran in his cone chair, by Ray Williams, 1950s
Terence Conran in his cone chair, by Ray Williams, 1950s

Sir Terence Conran has undoubtedly influenced the world of furniture design. Starting with his Design Studio set up in 1956 then with the chain of Habitat stores in the 60s and 70s Conran brought modern, stylish designs to the general public.

From then on he went on to open restaurants and write over 30 books on design philosophy. He also set up Conran Roche an architecture practice and Conran Holdings a group of designers, retailers and architects working all over the world.

Now you know a little about the man, here are a selection of his designs!

Here are a some of his iconic pieces of furniture.

Here are some of his patterns designed in the 50s, bright, bold and geometric.

Here are some of his design sketches, simple but have been turned into some iconic pieces of furniture.

Take a look at current designs:

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Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy

The current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is an exploration of William Morris’ life and the people that he inspired

As an artist Morris designed a range of now recognisable patterns for fabric and wallpaper. They are very nature based incorporating flowers, animals and vines as can be seen above .

William Morris by George Frederic Watts    William Morris, Self portrait

During his time, Morris was known better for his poetry and “ He was a passionate social reformer, an early environmentalist, and an important political theorist.” His lectures inspired and he was dedicated to “transforming human lives”.

“‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ William Morris lecture ‘The beautiful life’ 1880”.  Above are images of Morris’ home The Red House, now a national trust property, designed by architect Phillip Webb. 

His work and ideas have inspired many designers and the Festival of Britain in 1951 was an inspiration for Terence Conran’s and more. Giving them the ideas of making high design accessible to everyone.

Here is a link to the NPG’s page on the exhibition

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