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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


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

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[05.06.13] Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. MDKtm


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

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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

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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

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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

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Pop classic.

The classic Eames Lounge chair has been given a bright new twist with this homage in colour-block plastic. The Mal 1956 can be used indoors and out and comes in a range of statement making colours – or try it in white for a restrained silhouette. MDKtm

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Beauty and the beat.

Instead of listening to your favourite track over and over again, wouldn’t it be great if there was software that dynamically created an ever-changing mix that played – well – forever? Infinite Jukebox does just that and was created during Music Hack Day at MIT by Paul Lamere. The software creates a circle out of the track, slices it into distinctive segments and analyses which of these can be seamlessly linked to create a continuously-varied mix. Some tracks work better than others, especially if there is a regular electronic rhythm, and the results can be pretty incredible. All this is coupled with particularly beautiful infographic showing the track being analysed and linked in real-time. Music and visuals for your perfect party. MDKtm

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'Artists are good or bad, not fashionable or unfashionable. The tragedy of art today is that it is caught up in an empty fashion game that goes against the very nature of creativity, as artists are judged to be in or out, not for their merits, but their supposed buzzy immediacy.'

Jonathan Jones The Guardian

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