Hull UK City of Culture 2017

To celebrate Hull being the UK’s City of Culture for 2017 we have released a collection of Limited Edition images available as art prints and canvases.

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Taken during the Made in Hull opening event (1-7th January 2017) the images capture the city like it has never been seen before, with large scale projections onto it’s buildings and illuminated skylines. The city centre installation, soundscapes and live performances during the event celebrated and told the story of the last 70 years of life in the city.

From scenes depicting the devastation of the second world war, through to the good times. The event enabled the visitors of the city the opportunity to explore Hulls heritage and the lives of the people who made it.

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The collections striking images contain so many colours they are sure to suit most office or residential interiors scheme. Even if you decide to change your decor you are sure to find that these collectable prints will still fit and provide lasting pleasure and prices start at just £40.

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The large scale 60×30 inch canvases are digitally printed directly onto a high quality canvas material before having a laminate applied to protect the image. The canvas is then mounted by hand onto artists stretchers with adjustable tensioners by a member of our skilled team. These canvases have been limited to 27 only.

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The collection of Art Prints are available as A3 or A2 fine art paper prints framed or unframed and will be Limited to just 2017 of each. The framed prints use a simple black matt coated wooden moulding and are ready to hang. Each image is embossed with the companies original Limited stamp and hand numbered.

Our company’s story began with Donald Innes and his photography studio, which he opened in Hessle in 1947. Our gallery showroom is in that same building alongside the Innes Photographers studios. Donald spent his early career as a photojournalist and by the mid 1950’s he headed up one of the most successful freelance photographic press agencies in the North of England.

Each of his pictures documented everyday life in Hull and the surrounding area, providing a unique insight in to people’s lives during the 50’s and 60’s. Innes are incredibly proud to have been asked to provide images from the The Donald Innes Heritage Collection to feature as part of the amazing projected art installation, Made in Hull.

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The Heritage collection of images are also available to purchase from our gallery and website having been lovingly restored and brought back to life on beautiful archive quality fine art paper by Donald’s son Ivor and the team at Innes. Images include old sporting shots of Hull City Football Club and Hull Speedway, as well as what was Hull’s booming fishing industry, with delightful shots of fish being landed from trawlers at Hull’s docks.

 

New Year Blues…..

New to our website is the beautiful New Ultramarine tones that are freshly available as part of this years collection of pieces from Finnish brand Iittala.

To celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence 2017 Iittala has created a special edition collection themed around an ultramarine blue colour, loved by Iittala fans around the world.  The deep glowing ultramarine colour has been made with a special glass recipe in Iittala’s glass factory in Finland as tribute to the clarity and true warmth of the Finnish national character.

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The beautiful ultramarine tones are central to the design of this years Annual bird, Egg and Cube by Oiva Toikka as well as the Finland 100 Dove also by Toikka.

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This stunning tone of blue has also been added to the Alvar Aalto collection of vases as well as the Kastehelmi range of plates, jars, tumblers and votives.

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In some ranges the new year also brings the discontinuation of a few colours, but in their place two beautiful new colours, dotted blue and light blue have been added to the ever popular Teema range of dinnerware.

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Christmas is Coming…..

It’s the first day of December and so it’s time to really start thinking about Christmas, whilst the little ones are frantically opening their chocolate advent calendars we have something a little different for the adults, these beautiful Advent Candles from Rosendahl.

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We’ve got lots of lovely gift idea’s for everyone and beautiful decorations and accessories for your home too so lets get Christmas wrapped up!!!

Carl Hansen & Sons – Black Editions and Mourne Textiles

For a limited period you will be able to purchase a selection of Classic Carl Hansen pieces in Special Black Edition’s for a Special Price.

The Black Editions Campaign will run from the 1st of October – 21st December 2016. Included in the campaign are classic designs of dining chairs, lounge chairs and footrest’s all in black finishes. Newly available are black powder-coated bases for the Oculus and Wing chair and some beautiful New Textiles.

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Shell Chair Black Edition Silver Grey Mourne Fabric

Following the success of the the collaboration between Carl Hansen & Son and Mourne Textiles during London Craft Week, Carl Hansen have decided to offer three fabrics from Mourne as part of the Black Editions. Mourne has developed it’s hand made Donegal fabric into a machine woven textile for the Carl Hansen collection.

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Heritage Chair Black Edition Charcoal Grey Mourne Fabric

I think the fabric is absolutely perfect for an Autumn promotion and I am planning a beautiful feature in the Gallery of the Heritage chair in the Mourne fabric in the run up to Christmas.

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Mourne Textiles was founded by a Norwegian, Gerd Hay-Edie, the grandmother of Mario Sierra who now runs the business. The company have been producing textiles from the foot of the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland for over 60 years.

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Mario Sierra at the loom.

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Historically Gerd had a longstanding and successful relationship with Robin Day and produced fabrics for his range of furniture , even producing rugs to display his furniture on at the Milan exhibition of 1951.

“Of all the rugs which I have seen, only yours have got the character enough as a background for my new designs of furniture to be exhibited at ‘La Triennale de Milano 1951’. Robin Day.

Gerd produced the Mourne Check and Mourne Mist fabrics exclusively for Robin Days collection of furniture he designed for British brand S Hille & Co. and following the success of their collaboration in Milan, Leslie Julius of S Hille & Co contacted Gerd asking to represent her, and to discuss showing her rugs with their furniture in the new Hille showroom in Mayfair.

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In 1954 Terence Conran asked Gerd to supply him with fabrics. The fabric design for Conran became known as The Blazer Design.

During the 1960’s and early 1970’s the company’s production of tweeds for apparel increased significantly. Sybil Connolly and Sheila Mullally both designers from Dublin worked with Gerds fabrics for many years. Liberty was also a loyal customer of Mourne fabrics and the company even produced couture tweeds for British fashion houses including the House of Lachasse as well as Hardy Amies in London.

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Sybil Connolly, Dublin – Spring Collection 1956, Creme Caramel,
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Today Mourne are still producing wonderful textiles, I love their beautiful collection of blankets cushions and rugs.

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Starting today and running until the 30th of October you will be able to find out more about Gerd Hay-Edie and these beautiful textiles at an exhibition that is running at Margaret Howell in London.

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Gerd Hay-Edie – Evolutionary Weaver – The Story of Mourne Textiles
13-30 October – Margaret Howell – 34 Wigmore Street W1
An exhibition exploring the remarkable work of Gerd Hay-Edie, the founder of Mourne Textiles

 

 

 

What HiFi Magazine Sing the praises of Geneva’s Aerosphere

In 2015 What HiFi Magazine named the Geneva Aerosphere Large as the Winner of their category for the Best mains powered Wireless Speaker.

This year it is the smaller member of the Aerospheres’ family’s turn for recognition.

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I am no expert when it comes to sound systems but What HiFi know their stuff and they obviously love this product range. The magazines review goes into all of the technical stuff about what makes the Aerospheres’ produce such an incredible quality of sound, and to top off all of that brilliance? They look fantastic too!

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If you would like to try out the brilliant sound of this small and mighty speaker why not call into our gallery showroom and give it a blast!

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Re-launch of Vilhelm Lauritzen’s Radiohuset Lamps

Vilhelm Lauritzen, was one of Denmark’s most significant architects, he designed many important buildings during the 1930’s in particular the Radiohuset building and the first airport in Kastrup, both of which are listed today as monuments to the modernist genre of architecture and design.

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During the 1930’s and 40’s Lauritzen worked closely with Louis Poulsen to develop many models of light fittings which the company manufactured and marketed for years. The Radiohus Pendant was designed specifically for the Radiohuset and it as well as the Studio lamps quickly became icons.

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Work began on the building in 1934 but it’s completion was delayed by the Second World War until 1941 and the first stage was not officially opened until 1945. This gave Lauritzen plenty of time to develop every detail and create his ideal lighting solution.

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The simple smooth opal glass globe shade, described by Vilhelm Lauritzen himself in the extract below sounds perfect for any modern situation and it’s qualities are something that are equally as relevant to homeowners and specifiers today.

“The light had to fulfil the following requirements: it had to be easy to dust, it must not allow dirt to collect at the bottom or shatter instantly if it was knocked, it had to be easy to replace the bulb and dazzle as little as possible (in any position). Finally it had to be able to serve as a downlight as required. Oh, and it had to look neat.”

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Just like the VL45 Pendant the Studio Light was also designed with functionalism in mind. It is being reintroduced by Louis Poulsen as the VL38 series, comprising of a table, floor and wall versions.

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The Royal Danish Academy of Music took over the Radiohuset in 2008 and at the same time the building underwent a restoration,retaining the original lighting wherever possible. The building is a beautiful today as it was 70 years ago. Louis Poulsen have rightly chosen to photograph the re-introduced lamps in the situation they were originally designed for. The buildings walls and floors of Greenland marble are stunning and the rich tones of the mahogany panels and doors are highlighted beautifully by the warm light from the lamps.

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These lamps look absolutely beautiful, Prices start at £260 for the wall lamp and £310 for the smallest pendant.

 

 

 

New Arrival – Kay Bojesen’s playful creations

Today Kay Bojesen (1886 – 1958) is regarded as one of Denmark’s biggest designer names. He was one of the Country’s most prolific artisans, best known for his playful wooden monkey’s and other wooden toys, he created over 2000 pieces.

A silversmith by trade, Bojesen completed an apprenticeship with Georg Jensen, and graduated in 1910. He produced a wide-range of items including jewellery, cutlery, teapots and silverware.

After his marriage in 1919 the arrival of his son Otto sparked his imagination and brought back memories of his own childhood when his father (publicist Ernst Bojesen) cut out wooden figures for him to play with. Encouragement of a playful imagination and creativeness lead to Kay’s hidden talent, an ability to create wooden characters and toys brought to life with soul and humour.

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It was in the 1930’s that Kay Bojesen started to indulge his interest in wood and set about creating a range that lived up to his ideal that design should be round, soft and have a good feel to it.

‘His idea was not to create lifelike copies of real animals or to be too sophisticated or focus too much on detail, but instead to create imaginative toys in designs based on a child’s own world where ‘lines need to smile’. The wooden toys had to be simple, solid and inspire children to play.’

And so here is the first piece to make his way into our gallery, the Monkey who was originally born in 1951.

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Comprising of 31 parts he is made of limba wood and sustainable teak. Every single member of the monkey family is produced in Denmark, and is absolutely unique. The Monkey is poseable and available in three sizes.

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The loveable Dachshund was born in 1934 and is the perfect friend for life, an ideal gift for birthdays and christenings.

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Gifts for life, the collection really does have something for everyone, from being a popular toy in the playroom to a much-loved design icon in any home.

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Kay Bojesen died at the age of 72 and left an important design heritage behind that is now guarded closely by his four grandchildren. The Rosendahl Design Group has been chosen by the Bojesen family to develop, manufacture and distribute their grandfather’s popular designs. Since Kay Bojesen’s legendary shop in Bredgade closed back in 1990, many of his products have not been in production.

The Rosendahl Design Group has reintroduced several of Kay Bojesen’s designs which are produced on the basis of his original drawings and with great respect for Kay Bojesen’s strict standards for materials and craftsmanship.

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Carl Hansen – CH22/CH26

Every Piece Comes with a Story

The CH22 Lounge Chair was the first design in Hans J. Wegners debut collection created exclusively for Carl Hansen & Son in 1950.

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This first series of his work included now iconic designs such as the CH24, better known as the Wishbone Chair, and the elegant CH25 lounge chair.  Wegner constantly strove  towards creating designs of organic simplicity, sculptural, comfortable and with outstanding stability. Like these two classic designs the CH22 shares many of these design elements so characteristic of Wegner including the hand woven paper cord seats.

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The CH24 or Wishbone Chair

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The seat of the CH24 is constructed with 120 m of paper cord that lasts up to 50 years before replacement and the CH25 is hand woven using a unique pattern that requires more than 400 metres of paper cord. It takes a trained craftsman 8 to 10 hours to complete a single chair. 

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The CH25 Lounge Chair

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In designing the CH22, Wegner also created a blueprint for transforming the lounge chair into a dining chair – a design that has never been manufactured and was evidently not even produced as a mockup. This previously unknown design, has the model number CH26.

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The CH26 chair has finally been brought to life in line with Wegner’s original sketch. Its curved organic shapes and exceptional craftsmanship make it a true Wegner classic.

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Both The CH22 and CH26 have good ergonomics, a sturdy construction made of solid wood with a form-pressed veneer back and characteristic organic shape curved armrest supports.

The CH26 serves as both a dining chair and desk chair, and Wegner has taken the table height and chair usage carefully into account in its proportions and construction.

The chairs are available in solid oak and walnut as well as in a combination of these woods with various finishes. The seat is available in natural or black paper cord. Both are currently on display in the Innes Gallery showroom.

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Fathers Day Gifting

Here is another great Offer that would make a perfect gift idea for Fathers Day. It’s on Sunday the 19th of June this year.

fdo_a5_2Whilst Stocks Last the Iittala Essence Plus range of glassware is available with this fantastic saving of 40%.

The range is designed by Alfredo Haberli and has been created to enhance the taste sensation of wine,  so why not give a bottle of wine as well as a box of Essence Plus glasses to makes his enjoyment complete.

 

Fathers Day Gifting

Fathers Day will soon be here. Why not treat him to this fabulous Block Light by Design House Stockholm. Whilst we have stock the light is available at an amazing offer price.

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Designed by Harri Koskinen the Block Lamp which became a design classic as soon as it was launched in 1996. The Block Lamp has been showered with design awards ever since including: Excellent Swedish Design in 1998 the Design Plus Award at the Ambiente Trade Fair in Frankfurt as well as Best New Product at the accent show in New York in 1999. The lamp became part of MoMA’s permanent collection in 2000.