Design spy: homeware gets a modern makeover
Zaha Hadid is set to launch a homeware collection; Fortnum & Mason tea service gets an edgy makeover; and Harrods Home is revamped with a one-stop luxury shop.
1. Zaha Hadid is going into homeware. The London-based architect who designed the 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre — now open to the public — and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery extension, is launching a home collection in Milan in April.
Judging by her penthouse in Clerkenwell, pictured, expect curvy pewter, glass trays and structured, futuristic pieces. It will all be available to buy from September.
2. Fortnum & Mason gets a modern makeover with ceramic designer Richard Brendon's new tea service, which comes in F&M's signature duck-egg blue edged with gold. Brendon, who is in his twenties, is on a mission to make bone china edgy and cool. From £35 for a mug to £175 for a teapot. A display of the range runs from April 14 to May 25, with Brendon taking Q&As on April 19, 11am-4pm (richardbrendon.com).
(Above left) Sebastian Cox oak and hazel coffee table (£795); Amy floorlamp in aluminium and brass (£1,609) at Harrods; and (right) this Tom Dixon Planet Chair (estimate £5,000-£8,000) goes under the hammer at Sotheyby's on April 1st
3. Watch young furniture maker Sebastian Cox at work and see how he uses British hardwoods to create pieces such as this oak and hazel coffee table (£795) exclusively for Heal's. See him showcasing his skills in store on March 22-23 (heals.co.uk).
4. Harrods Home has had a revamp and turned itself into a one-stop luxury shop with all the big brands from Vitra, Moooi and B&B Italia to Tom Dixon, Ligne Roset, Lalique and Delightfull, spread over two floors and 135,000sq ft. Be inspired by the room sets and amazed by the sheer quantity of stuff. The Amy floor lamp, pictured, in aluminium and brass, costs £1,609 and is inspired by late singer Amy Winehouse's beehive hairdo (harrods.com).
5. Calling young collectors. Sotheby's is reaching out to a new generation of buyers with its Made In Britain auction of 20th-century art and design, with estimates from £400. As well as British Studio pottery and photography you'll find furniture such as this Tom Dixon Planet Chair from 1986, made with frying pans, ball bearings and ladles with an estimate of £5,000 to £8,000 Viewing from March 20 to 31. The auction is on April 1 (sothebys.com).
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