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The Edit 001.

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,
THE LAMPSHADE / CartOn C1 by Tabitha Bargh, recycled cardboard, £75,
THE ARMCHAIR / Kustom Armchair by Bark furniture, made to order,
THE STORAGE / Pallet Tall Drawer System by Joined+Jointed, £1,365,
THE CHAIR / Cowrie chair by Made in Ratio, shaped plywood, £2,000,
THE FLOORLAMP / Bobby floor lamp, £60,
THE PRINT / Ice by Howard Hodgkin, edition of 350, £1,000,
THE FRAGRANCE / Cut grass candle by The White Company, £16,

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,


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

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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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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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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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Light and line.

For a temporary structure, the Barcelona Pavilion caused a permanent shift in architectural thinking. From the moment it existed, style and architecture would never be the same again.

Created by Mies van der Rohe to promote a new and modern Germany at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, the Pavilion was a revelation of clean linear forms. Architecture at that time was still dominated by classical shapes with grandiose embellishments. The Pavilion gave a glimpse of a new aesthetic. One where space and light and the rigour of geometry were the focus. Quietly ignored at the time – dismissed as an abstract exhibition piece – it stood for only seven months before being torn down.

In the decades after it was destroyed, both van der Rohe’s reputation and that of the lost Pavilion grew in stature. In its absence, the building took on a mythical status, promoted by a new, exciting art form. Photography.

Thirteen photographic master prints existed of the Pavilion – the Berliner Bild-Bericht prints – and, apart from a few drawings, were the only visual record of the structure. The prints themselves became iconic and were widely reproduced, keeping the idea of the building in the forefront of modern architectural thinking.

Although the prints and architectural ideals were beautiful, the building itself didn’t exist anymore to experience physically – and the memories of those who had actually walked around it were fading. The Pavilion was in danger of only ever remaining an abstract idea.

In 1980 a push to reconstruct it began with work starting in 1983. Parts of the original site foundations were uncovered and building materials were sourced with the provenance of the originals – quite a task as they included ancient Greek marble and onyx from the Atlas mountains. Drawings were researched, the Berliner Bild-Bericht prints themselves were used as reference and work was finally finished in 1986.

To experience the Pavilion as a building rather than a photograph is essential for anyone with an interest in design and architecture. The long lines and sharp shadows from the Barcelona sun are hard and graphic, softened with light from the shallow pebble pool bouncing on the hot surfaces. The form may be stark and geometric but, inside, the beautiful materials reflect each other, complex but calm and ever changing as the sun shifts. Light and line, beautiful in three dimentions as well as two. MDKtm

For more information see The Barcelona Pavilion is an MDKtm2 Essential Location.

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