Design trends: angles

Be inspired by Lynn Chadwick's show-stopping installation of metal sculptures - celebrating the centenary of his birth - at the Royal Academy's Annenberg Courtyard and bring some bold, metallic angles into your home.
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Four show-stopping giant steel "beasts" are currently prowling the Royal Academy front courtyard. The abstract sculptures were created by Lynn Chadwick between 1989 and 1990, using jagged, welded metal sheets, and their installation in Piccadilly celebrates this year's centenary of his birth.

The British sculptor died in 2003, but the exciting planes, angles and points of his works, reminiscent of the ancient Japanese art of origami (paper folding), herald a new wave of modern design for London homes.

1. Scottish Kyla McCallum of Foldability is truly London's new queen of origami, compulsively folding paper or parchment squares into art and design in her east London studio.

She has created six types of pendant lampshade, glueing folded squares together by hand. Each comes with flex, ceiling rose and lampholder ready for an energy-saving bulb.

You can see them in the Tech Box at Grand Designs Live, EXCEL, E16, until Sunday. The design pictured, called Maya, comes in two sizes — the small size (height 220mm) costs £120 and the large (380mm) is £155. From (0759 6697 160).


£45 a roll: Spirit and Soul wallpaper in Axis by Scion (0845 123 6805)
2. Sporting a riot of angles and planes is a new wallpaper collection called Spirit and Soul. This is the Axis design, which comes in four colourways at £45 a roll from Scion, with a showroom in Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, SW10. Call 0845 123 6805 or visit Also shown are Diva and Pucci fabrics at £27 a metre from the Scion brand.


Metal beast: one of four Lynn Chadwick sculptures in the Royal Academy's Annenberg Courtyard until May 16
3. This metal beast is one of the group of four Lynn Chadwick sculptures — Beast Alerted I, Stretching Beast I, Crouching Beast II and Lion I — now being shown together publicly for the first time at the Royal Academy. Coinciding with the installation is the largest-ever survey of Chadwick's work, Lynn Chadwick: Retrospectives, at Blain|Southern and Blain|Di Donna galleries across London, Berlin and New York this month. The spiky, geometric beasts, their stainless-steel surfaces reflecting patterns of changing light, will be in the Royal Academy's Annenberg Courtyard until May 16.


diamond emerald sideboard by Boca do lobo (020 7349 9057)
4. The high-end Portuguese brand Boca Do Lobo calls itself a furniture jeweller — and says this opulent cabinet is "the jewel in our crown". Made entirely by hand and lined inside with gold leaf, it has three sculpted doors opening on to shelving and two drawers. There is more gold leaf on the hand-carved mahogany lion's head feet. The piece measures 180cm long by 60cm deep by 83cm high and costs £18,555 from (020 7349 9057).


the Cuts coffee table by Philippe Nigro (01494 545910)
5. The Cuts coffee table by Milan-based French designer Philippe Nigro has four distinct tops at three different heights — 17cm, 25cm and 32cm. It looks different from each side and its origami-inspired shape resembles a paper aeroplane. Find it at Ligne Roset Westend, 23-25 Mortimer Street, W1, and at Heal's and Harrods. Visit, or call 01494 545910. The price is £1,129.


Fernando Copper Chair by Julian Mayor (07775 516005)
6. The limited-edition Fernando Copper Chair is designed and made by east London's Julian Mayor, a graduate of the Royal College of Art. It is made in facets of welded mirror-finish copper with an enamel varnish, and costs £4,000. The design was developed on a computer, but the chair is folded and welded by hand, a process that brings it to life as the heat distortion mellows the surface. For more information, visit or, or call 07775 516005.


the Flux chair from Southbank Centre Shops (020 7921 0773)
7. The Flux chair, claimed to be "the thinnest furniture in the world", is made from a single sheet of polypropylene. Designed in Holland, it comes flat and unfolds with one easy movement into a basic chair. It costs £89 and comes in pebble grey, ice blue, bright orange (pictured) and white, from Southbank Centre Shops, Belvedere Road, SE1. Visit, or call 020 7921 0773.

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