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From must-have chairs to innovative storage, here are the interiors products that are exciting us this summertime. MDKtm


THE BOWL / Riflessi glass bowl, £12, habitat.co.uk
THE LAMPSHADE / CartOn C1 by Tabitha Bargh, recycled cardboard, £75, tabithabargh.co.uk
THE ARMCHAIR / Kustom Armchair by Bark furniture, made to order, barkfurniture.com
THE STORAGE / Pallet Tall Drawer System by Joined+Jointed, £1,365, joinedandjointed.com
THE CHAIR / Cowrie chair by Made in Ratio, shaped plywood, £2,000, madeinratio.com
THE FLOORLAMP / Bobby floor lamp, £60, habitat.co.uk
THE PRINT / Ice by Howard Hodgkin, edition of 350, £1,000, countereditions.com
THE FRAGRANCE / Cut grass candle by The White Company, £16, thewhitecompany.com

Light & line.

Although only built in the 90s, Skywood House has become an architectural icon. All clean surfaces and long lines reflected lake-side in woodland, it has come to represent the idealised contemporary living space. You may not have heard of it, but you’ve certainly seen it, as it’s constantly used as a location for advertising and film. Quite an achievement for a four-bed in Uxbridge. This 272 page love letter documents Skywood’s life from sketch to build along with its impact on modern design and popular culture. Definitive coverage of a definitive building. MDKtm

Skywood House by Phyllis Richardson, £42, thamesandhudson.com

808+909=

The iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine changed dance music in the 80s. Its booming, reverbed kick has become a defining sound and whole genres of music have emerged around it. Electro or Hip Hop would not exist without this machine. Its successor, Roland’s TR-909 drum machine, then became the sound of House music throughout the 90s.

Since their invention, both drum machines have been constantly sampled and their sounds still dominate. Roland have – finally after decades – recognised this and released a new machine, the TR-8, which combines both iconic drum machines into one unit. It’s a huge move for those still addicted to bass and heads straight to the top of our Want List. Boom! MDKtm

For more information see roland.co.uk

Cross stitch.

Over-size stitching and floral tapestry would usually have us grabbing for the scissors here at MDKtm but this contemporary twist by WovenGround has made our Objects of Desire list. Using a base of felt, with patterns scaled to give the feel of over-pixelation, their worn graphic nature manages to mix edge with textures of the lovingly home-made. MDKtm

Canevas Flower rug by Gan Rugs, £1,760 and Canevas Abstract cushions, various sizes, £165 each. Available at wovenground.com

Designjunction

One of the essential shows of the London Design Festival 2013 – which is now in full-swing – is Designjunction. With three industrial floors showing the latest in contemporary furniture and interiors there are some dazzling and innovative products on display. MDKtm was at the preview launch and, amid the vast array of stunning designs, found these two Objects of Desire. The first is the Cowrie chair by Made In Ratio, elegantly shaped out of a single flat piece of laminated plywood. It’s also as comfortable as it is beautiful. The second is another chair with an innovative use of manipulated plywood. The Dent Stackable by Bla Station subverts the notion of machine perfection and shapes a 3D landscape out of the veneer, crumpling it like a sheet of paper. MDKtm

For more information see madeinratio.com, www.blastation.com and thedesignjunction.co.uk

[05.06.13] Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. MDKtm

Facet.

Heading straight to the top of MDKtm’s objects of desire list is this family of LED desk and floor lamps by Arihiri Miyake. They can be positioned at various angles depending on which facet of the concrete base you rest them on. MDKtm

For more information see arihiromiyake.com

Living on the edge.

Do you like to furnish your space with products so modern they were just a light bulb appearing above a designer’s head about a week ago? Then you know hunting along the high street just doesn’t cut it. Where do you buy that solid concrete kitchen, the rug like a wild lawn or that sofa shaped like a mountain range? From gasp-inducing avant garde to sensible simplicity, The Design Book is the ultimate coffee table catalogue of new products and where to find them. MDKtm

Available from laurenceking.com

Locked safe.

This elegant bike locking concept by Lee Sang Hwa, Kim Jin Ho and Yeo Min Gu is one of those rare product design moments when you wonder how a solution so obvious – now you see it – hasn’t been arrived at before. The saddle simply folds back over the rear wheel and a cutout section locks it. Quick. Simple. Done. Problem-solving design thinking of the highest order. MDKtm

For more information see red-dot.sg

Vertigo.

For their Beautiful Steps installation series, artists Lang/Baumann build daring staircases in surreal real-life situations. Certainly beautiful (and sometimes scary), installation #2 on the side of a building in Switzerland definitely leans towards the latter category. Vertigo sufferers look away now. MDKtm

For more information see langbaumann.com

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