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The annual London Design Festival began on Saturday, September 17th and will run until Sunday, September 25th. Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans founded the festival in 2003 with the concept of creating "an annual event that would promote the city's creativity, drawing in the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to deliver an unmissable celebration of design."
Now in its 14th year, the festival has grown to over 400 events and has spread all over London.

Tom Dixon Harvest Festival Party

For this year's festival, designer Tom Dixon continues his running theme of "furnishing and food," bringing unique design and cuisine to London's Wharf Building at Portobello Dock in Ladbroke Grove. Dixon writes that their mission is "to design, illuminate and furnish the future with innovative lighting, furniture and accessories of longevity, simplicity and a materiality inspired by Britain’s unique heritage."

Tom Dixon and Goldfinger Studio collaboration

Dixon is also premiering a range of benches and tables named Trellick, designed as a collaboration with London based Goldfinger Factory. Goldfinger Factory is an award-winning design, carpentry and teaching platform centered around recycling materials, building bespoke furniture, and allowing artisans to become self-sustaining through craft.

Goldfinger Factory Trellick Building

The exclusive Trellick range has been named after the building in which Goldfinger Factory is situated.

Trellick Range from Tom Dixon and Goldfinger Factory

Tom Dixon's project at Portobello Dock will last the duration of the London Design Festival, from September 17th to the 25th. The Trellick product line is available through a crowdfunding project, which will help Goldfinger Factory expand and reach more members of London's artisan community.
Find Goldfinger Factory's crowdfunding project at 

Another site specific installation constructed for the London Design Festival is Omer Arbel's "44" design in London's Barbican Centre. Arbel, the creative director and founder of Bocci, has created a sculptural work comprised of over 300 free-poured aluminum forms, with intertwined lights. 

 Omer Arbel 44 at the London Barbican Centre

"As the sculpture, 44, descends into the space and expands, it punctuates the spaces of the Barbican foyer, engaging with notions of weightlessness and mass, craft and mass-production." Each unique aluminum form in "44" is cast by, pouring molten aluminum into a large canisters filled with rock-like resin shapes." They are then suspended from thin wire with low voltage electricity powering interconnected lights.

Close up of the aluminum forms in 44

Arbel's "44" will be on view at the Barbican Centre until April 18th, 2017.
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Moooi unexpected welcome

In central London, Dutch based Moooi celebates the design festival with a continuation of their Unexpected Welcome theme, along with the UK introduction of Paul Cocksedge's foam Compression Sofa.

Kit Miles custom Moooi carpet design for the London Design Festival

Also on display from Moooi is a custom Moooi Carpet design by award winning surface designer Kit Miles. Miles has created a 150 square meter carpet specifically for the entrance of the London Design Fair exhibition and explains that the abstract design is "based on the interplay of shadows and light, inspired by classic Mediterranean architecture, infused with the graphite and urban sprawl of London." 

Find Moooi's showroom at 23 Great Titchfield Street, London.

Lee Broom Opticality

For the London Design Festival, British designer Lee Broom is running a brief exhibition, titled Opticality, out of his East London flagship store. For Opticality, Broom has overloaded his store with his Optical collection of floor lamps and pendants and continues the Op Art theme premiered at Salone del Mobile.

Entrance to Opticality

Broom writes, "The store will become a surreal space inviting visitors to step into an immersive optical illusion. Visitors will become part of the installation as they journey through an infinity of reflections."

Inside Lee Broom Opticality

In Broom's Opticality, mirrors cover the walls and floor with a striped path down the center of the space, leading customers through what appears to be a never ending optical illusion.

Opticality opens on the 21st of September and runs to the 25th.

Find more details on the London Design Festival and those displaying at


PRESS RELEASE: June 23, 2016 - (Los Angeles) On June 23rd 2016, THE NEW, a gallery project by Twentieth, will debut with “Elemental”, an exhibition by Christopher Boots featuring new and limited edition works. Coinciding with the Los Angeles Design Festival, the event also marks the launch of THE NEW, a separate exhibition space located adjacent to Twentieth. 
Based in Melbourne, Boots received an industrial design degree in 2005 from Australia’s National School of Design. Since founding his studio in 2011 his work has grown an international following and includes projects for Hermes and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Christopher Boots - Smokey Asterix
Smokey Asterix
Christopher Boots Nepenthes
Using elemental materials such as iron, copper, quartz crystal and even gallium, Boots produces works that combine technical skill with a refined formal sensibility.
Boots references his Greek heritage frequently, and his embrace of foundational themes of Greek thought such as Geometry, Beauty and Mythology permeate the work.
Greek philosophy’s quest was to distill all things to their essence, their most elemental. Whether in Euclid’s elements of geometry or Democritus’ first concept of the atom, Greek thought explored the possibilities of nature’s abstracted and universal essence.
Diamond Ring by Christopher Boots
Diamond Ring
Crystal Orp by Christopher Boots
Crystal Orp
That a fascination with paring down nature to its essence coexisted in a culture that simultaneously embraced the elaborate dramas and narratives of mythology is not lost on Boots. Just as a fascination with nature’s elemental forms persist from ancient times to now, so does a celebration of the human theatricality that surrounds them.
THE NEW is a gallery project by Stefan Lawrence focusing primarily on limited edition design and is co-curated by Daniele Albright.
The space is directly adjacent to Twentieth.

Oracle Triplet
Christopher Boots Prometheus I and 2
Prometheus I and II

For more information, press interviews and previews:

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NYC x Design

For the final portion of our NYC x Design coverage we look at more updates and product launches at ICFF from designers represented by Twentieth.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Christopher Boots Phasmida

Christopher Boots
Australian designer Christopher Boots is showing his work for the first time in New York at this years' fair.

Christopher Boots ORP art shot

Boots is showing a large selection of his lighting designs and has engaged international architectural firm Woods Bagot to "create a truly harmonious sanctuary of light" for this event.

Christopher Boots Oracle 7 Rings

Boots' exhibit includes many of his chandeliers, pendants and sconces as well as a few exclusive one-off lighting designs.

Find Christopher Boots' display at booth 1275.

RBW Cinema Chandelier

Rich Brilliant Willing
Rich Brilliant Willing is showing their new Cinema Chandelier along with a line of collaborations with the founder of the Rockwell Group, American architect and designer David Rockwell.

RBW Cinema Chandelier Detail

Rich Brilliant Willing explains the Cinema Chandelier as "A subtle display of cutting-edge technology, both in the fine-tuned warmth of the LEDs and in the construction and craftsmanship."

Rockwell Sconce

RBW collaborated with David Rockwell on the design of three lights, a pendant and two sconces.

Rockwell states that "each piece in the collection has a transformative quality," and that "through variations in size, configurations, and light, each piece in the collection can solve any number of aesthetic and functional needs for residential, hospitality, and contract settings."

RBW Rockwell Sconce   RBW Rockwell wall sconce side view

Find Rich Brilliant Willing at booth 1432.

Skram Arak Lighting Line

Skram, based out of North Carolina, has released a variety of new items including tables, case goods and for the first time, lighting, with their Arak line.

Skram chairs at ICFF

Skram's new Piedmont chairs and stools are available in dining, counter, and bar heights. The line is offered with steel or wood frames in various finishes.

Skram Altai Museum Bench

Skram's Altai Museum Bench has been nominated by Interior Design Magazine and ICFF as a finalist for a NYCxDESIGN Award.

Find Skram in booth 1910.

Asher Israelow Lincoln Chair

Asher Israelow
Asher Israelow, a furniture and architectural designer based in Brooklyn, will be at ICFF showing his studio's latest creations, which will include the Lincoln collection, the Codex desk, and a collaboration with furniture designer, Dmitriy & Co., titled the Ottone Club Chair.

Asher Israelow Lincoln Lounge chair

Israelow describes the Lincoln Lounge Chair, pictured above, as, "A seat to relax with the crossword, or plot global domination."

The Ottone Club Chair

Asher Israelow Studios will be showing with Dmitriy and Co. in booth 2226.

Luteca Air Sofa

New York based Luteca will be continuing their tribute to notable Mexican architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez with the introduction of Vazquez's Equipal Table. 

Also shown are Alexander Díaz Andersson's designs which fuse Mexican culture with Swedish design. And find new color options for Luteca's popular Air Sofa and Agave Dining Table, both
are exhibited in black, at their booth, 1826.

Kenneth Cobonpue chair

Kenneth Cobonpue
This year Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue will be showing as part of Design Philippines.

Cobonepue's work incorporates Filipino cultural technique with a contemporary aesthetic. He explains, "Designers from across Southeast Asia are creating truly original designs from local natural fibers, making use of the abundance of skilled craftsman. Such consummate artisanal skills, passed through generations from master to apprentice and drawn from hundreds of years of tradition, not only embraces our rich culture, but uses it to create our future."

Kenneth Cobonpue at ICFF

Kenneth Cobonpue and Design Philippines are exhibiting in booth 1866.

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this year's NYC x Design festival.

NYC x Design

Ladies and Gentlemen...the main event! The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) starts off on May 14th and runs until the 17th.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair

With over 500 exhibitors and an estimated attendance of over 30 thousand, ICFF still remains the must see of NYC x Design. So many of the lines we represent are there that we will bring you two separate days of coverage.

Laurent Light from Lambert et Fils

Lambert et Fils
Montreal lighting designers and manufacturers Lambert et Fils will be releasing their new Laurent collection which include 6 new pendants and chandeliers with the theme of globes penetrated through their equators by brass and black steel ornaments.

Lambert et Fils side view of Laurent

The company founder Samuel Lambert feels, "The different variations make it an apt lighting fixture for the home as well as for applications in the public realm where Laurent can really take on its fullest dimension through a rhythmic repetition."

2 light Lambert et Fils Laurent

Find Lambert et Fils at ICFF booth 1454.


Mater Designs at 2016 ICFF

The Danish Design brand Mater will be premiering their new contemporary LED Liuki Pendant. Created by Finnish designer Maija Puoskari the Liuku design uses "wood and glass with a sustainable long-lasting light source".

Mater Designs' Liuku Pendant selection

Mater Design founder and CEO, Henrik Marstrand describes the Liuku Pendant as capturing the "beauty of Scandinavian elegance, characterized by the blond oak wood, calm colors and honest materials."

The various shapes of the Liuku Pendant's fixtures are made with European oak and the hand blown shades are available in several pastel tones.

Mater Designs Danish Classic

Mater will also be reintroducing a line titled, The Danish Classics, which feature designs dating back to the 1950's and honors Danish designers Ejvind A. Johansson and Jorgen Baekmark.

Mater will be displaying at booth 2156.

Tom Dixon mini etch pendants

Tom Dixon
At ICFF, British designer Tom Dixon will be continuing his tribute to the basic material building blocks used in many of his projects. He writes, "Visit us at ICFF New York to find out more about the substances that we shape, the raw matter that we form into these extraordinary objects for everyday use."

Tom Dixon Flask Oil Pendant with Fresnel Lens

For this exhibition, Dixon will be showing two collections that premiered at Salon del Mobile and one new line debuting at ICFF. These collections include Curve, Fade and Flask Oil. Pictured above is a pendant from the new Flask Oil line which features a fresnel lens.

Etch pattern on Tom Dixon Mini Etch Pendant

Find Tom Dixon at Booth 1704 in the Javits Center during ICFF.

Stickbulb at ICFF

New York based Stickbulb will be attending ICFF with their largest display to date. They will be showing their new Diamond X Chandelier along with many other designs from their current line.

Stickbulb Diamond X Collection

Find Stickbulb's display in booth 1848.

Our second day of ICFF coverage goes out this Monday.

NYC x Design

Starting this week many designers and brands are hosting exhibitions, talks and product reveals in their showrooms. This is a great opportunity to be immersed in their aesthetic!
Here are some of the events from the designers Twentieth represents.

Moooi the unexpected welcome

As part of NYC x Design, Dutch design company Moooi will host a RSVP only preview of their 2016 carpet collection with a cocktail party and live performance by the Akie Bermiss Trio.

Moooi 2016 carpet selections

This event will take place at Moooi's New York showroom from 6-9pm on Thursday May 12th. Moooi's showroom will be open from Tuesday to Friday and hold special weekend hours, from 11am-6pm.

Moooi the unexpected welcome interiors.

Exterior of Broom on Broome pop up shop

Lee Broom
London designer Lee Broom crosses "the pond" to establish a month long pop up shop exhibition titled "Broom off Broome."

Interior of Broom off Broome

Broom's temporary shop will include 50 individual designs ranging in price from $110 up to nearly $40 thousand dollars. For the visit he has also created a special light which will only be available here.
See it at "Broom off Broome" at 63 Greene Street, adjacent to Broome Street from May 12th until it closes on June 10th.

Gabriel Scott's Bardot chairs

Gabriel Scott
New York based Furniture and Lighting Design studio Gabriel Scott will be adding a new series of chairs and bar-stools to their collection. Fashioned out of complimentary materials to their Dean and Prong line, the new series, Bardot, will use blackened steel, cooper and brass for the base hardware construction and utilize soft toned French-leather for the seat cushions.

Gabriel Scott's Bardot stool

Gabriel Scott will premier this collection, as well as an accompanying series of lights at 6pm on Thursday, May 12th at an RSVP only party held in their 372 Broome Street, New York City flagship store. Following this event, new items will be on display for the remainder of NYC x Design.

The Kazimir chandelier, by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Roll and Hill
To coincide with NYC x Design, Roll & Hill will open their first showroom, a 4,000 square foot space located at 3 Mercer Street in Manhattan.

The Modo Table Lamp

Roll and Hill will be launching several new products, including a line titled Esper that was developed by Visibility Design Studio. Roll and Hill will also launch table lamps to compliment several already existing lines. The Modo table lamp by Jason Miller Studio, pictured above, is but one example.

Roll and Hill's brand new 3 Mercer Street showroom will open Thursday May 14th.

Esper by Visibility Studios for Roll and Hill

We'll have more updates from the upcoming ICFF fair as the week progresses.

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From April to May the focus of the design world shifts from Milan to New York City. NYC x Design events begin with the Collective Design fair. Created by Steven Learner, the fair concentrates on more of the limited edition, higher end Design/Art world than the other events of the week. In this email we've highlighted the designers we represent that showed in the Collective Design fair.

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Fernando Mastrangelo at Collective Design

Fernando Mastrangelo
New York based designer Fernando Mastrangelo showed his Drift Collection as part of the Collective Design fair. This series is comprised of works built from sand and cement that shift from white to a deep blue.

Fernando Mastrangelo's Coffee Table

In a recent short film on his Drift collection, Mastrangelo explained that his inspiration stemmed from a recent trip to the South America region of Patagonia. He says, "There are six pieces in the [Drift] collection. Each one an attempt to capture the simplicity and elegance that nature does so...effortlessly."

Fernando Mastrangelo's Drift Bench

Mastrangelo continues, "The forms, the pallet were all inspired by seeing the endless horizons [of Patagonia]. I was awe inspired by their sheer mass, grace and boundlessness. Cast sand mimicking the glacial formations. Mirrors recalling the calmness of the sea. Glaciers breaking, disrupting that stillness."

Lindsey Adelman Some Relationships are better than others.

Lindsey Adelman
The Manhattan based designer's short film, "Some Relationships Are Better Than Others,"premiered at the Collective Design fair, along with drawings and a Branching Disc chandelier.
The slow motion film depicts two Branching Burst chandeliers colliding and obliterating each other upon impact. To view the film in its entirety click here...

Lindsey Adelman at Collective Design

The massive Branching Disc chandelier featured Nymphenburg porcelain discs and a brushed brass structure.  This large work organically roots down from the ceiling into the space. Photo courtesy Wallpaper* Magazine.

Julian Mayor Solaris, varnished chair

Julian Mayor
The British artist and designer, Julian Mayor, exhibited his latest creation, Solaris. This chair has a copper finish over varnished steel.

Julian Mayor at Collective Design

Above, Mayor's work pictured in situ at the Collective Design fair, alongside other designers represented by Twenty First Gallery (his NYC representation).

The annual Collective Design Fair opened on May 4th and ran through the weekend. It featured 31 international galleries showing a variety of contemporary designers as well as important twentieth century design.

NYC x Design began on the 3rd of May, and will stretch just past the middle of the month.

Many contemporary lighting and furniture designers will host openings, product reveals and talks during this two week period which we will continue to highlight in a series of updates.

Wrapping up our Salone del Mobile coverage we've highlighted a few short films featuring our designers.

Salone del Mobile logo 2016

Lee Broom

Broom's exhibition, "Salone del Automobile" drove from London to Milan and once there continued moving. In this short film, Broom narrates that journey and shows better details of his new Optical series in that space.
Broom also announced last night that his "Salone del Automobile" was nominated for the Milano Design Awards 2016, marking it as one of the top 16 design shows out of the over 1500 installations!

Tom Dixon's Earth, Fire, Ice, and Water

Tom Dixon

Designer Tom Dixon, produced a short film covering his Earth, Fire, Water and Air lines, as well as his kitchen space collaboration with Caesarstone.

Lindsey Adelman with the Nike Nature of Motion Show

Lindsey Adelman 

Designer Lindsey Adelman is featured in this fun sequence from Vogue showing Nike's "Nature of Movement" exhibition. Adelman is pictured on the vertical video screen 4th from the left, moving brass objects alongside fellow participants in Nike's group show.

And lastly, two interviews from Moooi designers on products being shown in this years Salone del Mobile. The first video features Moo
oi cofounder, Marcel Wanders, on the Space Frame Lamp he designed.

And the second with Arihiro Miyake, on the LED lit Coppélia chandelier, designed for Moooi.

Thank you for following our designers through Salone 2016. We look forward to bringing you products and events during ICFF in May.

Mattia Biagi's Chair

Italian born and currently based out of Los Angeles, Mattia Biagi returns to his homeland with two projects in this year's fair. The first is with luxury furniture retailer Promemoria, titled Panama Bronze. It's on display at Promemoria Showroom Via Montenapoleone 8 / Via Bagutta 13 Milan.

Biagi’s second work, “Touch Me Is Okay," is on display with innovative flush-to-wall door manufacturer Linvisible at Palazzo Litta, corso Magenta 24, Milan.

Mattia Biagi at Salone del Mobile 2016

Linvisible describes this work as "a metaphysic and contradictory environment [where] the visitors cannot enter the room; but the installation, which rotates in the space, instead wants to be lived and discovered through the senses."

Kenneth Cobonpue at Salone del Mobile 2016

For Milan, designer Kenneth Cobonpue is showcasing new collections by Federica Capitani, Budji Layug and the photographs of Minty. Cobonpue is located at Hall 12 - Stand C08.

Moooi at Salone del Mobile 2016

Amsterdam based Moooi is participating at Salone del Mobile at Via Savona 56 with a “paradoxical theme of Rebellious Harmony.”
Moooi states that “The center of this year’s presentation is Moooi’s new collection” which includes “22 new pieces majestically presented in beautiful compositions on pedestals and carefully placed inside a mysteriously dark and seductive ballroom.”

 Paul Cocksedge's Marble couch for Moooi

Integrated into the exhibit are several components from outside artists, including a “partnership with the young British art photographer Rebecca Bathory,” a marble version of the Compression Sofa designed by Paul Cocksedge and other works by a variety of artists.

Moooi’s statement explains:
“This year, Moooi is proud to reveal new furniture, lighting and carpet designs by 17 different designers, both acclaimed and emerging: Arihiro Miyake, Barbara Broekman, Bertjan Pot, David/icolas, Edward van Vliet, Klaus Haapaniemi, Kustaa Saksi, Lorenza Bozzoli, Maison Christian Lacroix, Marcel Wanders, Noortje van Eekelen, Paul Cocksedge, Rick Tegelaar, Ross Lovegrove, Tricia Guild, Umut Yamac, and Valerio Sommella.”

 360 Panorama virtual tour of Moooi at Salone del Mobile 2016

Similar to last years presentation, Moooi is also splitting their exhibition into sections, which will consist of “14 luxuriously captivating, and elegantly styled home settings.” Preview these settings in a 360 panorama walk through virtual tour of Moooi's new collection linked to above.

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