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Barber & Osgerby’s New Works Launched at Salone del Mobile Milan 2017

SEEN had to go and check out Milan Design Week 2017, also known as ‘Salone del Mobile 2017’, because it’s the biggest design event on the planet, serving as an international reference point for furniture design since it began in 1961. We love the way the city transforms into a giant catwalk for all that’s new in design, with nearly every corner turned into exhibition space. And we also wanted to follow the new works by award-winning British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, from the London-based studio, Barber & Osgerby.

At this year’s furniture fair in Milan, they have launched several new and very exciting products, including Aes for Hermès Maison; Bellhop family for FLOS; Mariposa Club for Vitra; TIBBO collection extension for DEDON; and Tobi-Ishi Outdoor for B&B Italia.

SEEN was very much looking forward to the launch of Bellhop, the new lighting family for Flos. Originally designed as a table lamp for the new London Design Museum, the Bellhop family has been adapted into a collection of lamps, including a portable wireless table top lamp, a pendant, a wall light and an outdoor range of lamps.

Aes for Hermès Maison was launched at La Pelota space, the same setting used for the launch of Barber & Osgerby’s first projects with Established & Sons in the mid-2000s. Cast in bronze, in a single-use mould, the sculptural Aes coffee table for Hermès is the first piece from this new collaboration.

Aes Table for Milan Barber & Osgerby

Another striking design by Barber & Osgerby are the new variants of VITRA’s Mariposa family of sofas: the Mariposa Club Sofa and the Mariposa Club Armchair. Both pieces epitomise a design philosophy that seeks quality and expressive flair in a condensed format, exuding an invitingly cosy feel with a modern touch. The slimline body of both the sofa and armchair offers maximum seating comfort, while the compact dimensions take up limited space.

The TIBBO collection is German-based furniture DEDON’s first collection with Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby. Launched earlier this year, it consists of a dining chair, four sizes of dining table, two sizes of bench, a lounge chair, a coffee table and a side table. The TIBBO collection is equally at home outdoors, where it will naturally acquire a silver-grey patina, or indoors, where it will retain its golden hue. With its material mix of teak, textiles and woven fibre for the seats, every piece conveys an exceptionally rich and luxurious feel.

This 56th edition of the Salone del Mobile Milano successfully drew to a close with 343,602 attendees in 6 days from 165 countries, with the participation of over 2,000 companies (34% of them from other countries), which underpinned their close partnership with the city of Milan, confirming the city and the event’s status as capitals of design. A perfect setting for the beautiful designs by SEEN favourites Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

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Fever-Tree’s Very Own Gin School 

London has always had an enthusiastic relationship with gin; right from the days when the water was undrinkable, gin has become the city’s tipple of choice. Imagine SEEN’s joy therefore, when we heard that this month, gin and tonic experts, Fever-Tree, is launching its very own Fever-Tree Gin School.

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Bufle: Launch of the Bubble-Waffle

SEEN has heard much of the phenomenon of the Asian Bubble-Waffle and thus was very keen to sample this Hong Kong import for herself. My guest and I found ourselves in a bright, buzzy bar/café with tables and plenty of counters and high stools. It’s in Rupert Street, between Soho and busy Leicester Square.

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Arthur Hooper’s Weekend Brunch

SEEN has been a huge fan of Arthur Hooper’s since their May opening. It’s handily located close to Borough Market (where much of their ingredients are sourced), so it is with great delight that we hear weekend brunches are now on the menu too.

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Adam Prince King’s New Single

SEEN has been enjoying the latest offering from London native and lyrical pop artist Adam Prince King, who has announced the release of his new single ‘Before The Sun Goes Down’. The single is the follow-up to his debut hit ‘Flamingos’, which went viral upon its release in 2016.

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Arclinea and B&B Italia at the London Design Festival 2017

SEEN keenly anticipates this year’s London Design Festival, taking place from 16th – 24th September. Not least because B&B Italia will launch their partnership with Arclinea high-end designer kitchens. The brand will also celebrate the UK debut of its 2017 collections, including the 20th anniversary edition of the iconic Charles seating system; all to be revealed with a new look for its B&B Italia London store on Brompton Road.