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Stay Home with Simple Shape: The Simple Pleasures of Life

SEEN fell in love with homeware company Simple Shape at first sight. It was founded in 2015 by Helen Osgerby with the simple premise that working with good people and making good things made good sense. It did indeed, and still does, make good sense: Helen curates only the best crafted things for the home, beautifully designed with thought to their purpose, and are made by British and Irish craftspeople (established as well as emerging makers), with love and care.

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We Are All Californians: California Designing Freedom

What do LSD, surfboards, iPhones and start-up garages all have in common? California. From 24th May to 15th October, the Design Museum will host an exhibition called ‘California Designing Freedom’ which explores how ‘designed in California’ expresses a distinctive approach to design and life.

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Big and Bold: The Era of D.I.S.C.O.

The eighties are back, baby! Big, bejewelled pieces are taking over the catwalk and with its asymmetrical shapes and clashing patterns; the Shalimar collection from Evra Jewellery is leading the way for Spring 2017 with cuffs, rings, chokers and earrings, you can revel in a catalogue of colour this season. Evra always finds a great way to reinvent previous decades and bring them bang up to date.

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Delaktig, the “top secret” Design by Tom Dixon for Ikea

Tom Dixon and IKEA have been collaborating to create Delaktig, a modular sofa and bed. The collaboration was announced during the Swedish brand’s Democratic Design Day in June, when they announced more collaborations with other brands and designers like HAY.
Delaktig will be available from April 2017, after presentation in Milan Design Week.

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LOVE Turntable: Smart Music Designed by Yves Béhar

SEEN is willing to bet you’ll want to play vinyl through such a fashionable system. Everything these days is vintage, maybe because the past is more comforting than the present. Vinyls are back big-style. But this time there is a new way to play them, through the Love Turntable.

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Barber & Osgerby Present Tibbo: Bringing the Inside Out

The acclaimed design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have a diverse body of work that spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site-specific installations, as well as gallery and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. SEEN loved their installation Forecast in the courtyard of Somerset House at last year’s Design Biennale.

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Ikea Brings the Flat-pack Funny: Trump’s Wall

It’s a small comfort but one that SEEN clings to desperately: turbulent times often result in funny, satirical spoofs. There have been a variety of responses to the American president’s plan to build a continuous barrier between the USA and Mexico. Architects have responded variously: Estudio 3.14 (a Mexican firm) drew up plans for a pink wall inspired by Luis Barragán while Miami studio DOMO Architecture suggested landscaped features.