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Showtime: Jaime Hayon and BD Barcelona at Milan Design Week 2017

Last year was the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Showtime furniture line. It was a great series. For this season, acclaimed designer Jaime Hayon has been working with the Spanish brand BD Barcelona Design and relaunched new versions. Designs have been revamped with new materials, fabrics and finishes. As ever, Hayon’s quirky, fun take has been embodied in a line that has lots of personality. From 2006 to 2010 Showtime had a distinct style contrasting classicism and modernity. The inspiration was MGM musicals, and the new versions are presented in 2017’s Milan Design Week.

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SEEN saw the Multileg Cabinet in 2016 at BD Barcelona’s Clerkenwell showroom. It is a showstopping modular, multi-purpose and multi-leg cabinet with several possibilities of leg design inspired by different styles. It supports multiple configurations and offers optional accessories for the interior.

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For 2017, more Showtime pieces have been released including the Lounger, which has the elegance of the series, the comfort that is required in this type of armchair and the unmistakable seal of Hayon’s unique design style. The Lounger comes in a new range of materials too, including leathers from the Panama, Florida and Vintage collections, and various fabric colours, as does the Low Lounger: a new version with the lowest backrest, specially designed for the contract market and with the unmistakable Hayon style. The curved wooden frame is comfortable thanks to the padded seat, back and sides.

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BD Barcelona Design thought it is time to realise a new version that is stripped right back but complements the original design. It is called Showtime Nude and has wooden legs and really is almost naked. It is slightly retouched but visibly more organic in form. The new chair comes with different finishes in natural or stained wood, and a simple cushion as the only accessory.

Seen this week

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Freeman Releases ‘Lay On’

West London-based singer-songwriter and abstract artist, FREEMAN released his debut single on Catapult Records on the 22nd of September 2017. SEEN has been listening and enjoying the chilled-out vibe.

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.