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Hay London Showroom

Thursday, 4 August 2016 14:44:41 Europe/London

It’s got four legs, cuts an impressive figure in any setting and scares the life out of my mother-in-law’s parrot.

 

Standing sturdy and supreme above the rest, it’s a tiger of a thing. And if something about its superior stance can reduce Jack the precocious African Grey to a squawking mess, then so much the better. What's not to love about the Hay About A Stool (AAS)?

 

For your average devotee, it's the durability of the AAS, or its simplicity that swings it. But for me, it's all about the fact that, after 15 years of being tormented by this pecking parrot, I can finally sit down in peace, without fear of being swooped on.

 

Every time I settle myself in this great all-rounder, my feather-brained foe takes one look at the AAS’s robust oak legs and inexplicably turns his back, shrieking: “It’s scary Jack, but I can cope…”

 

Never has the temptation to splash out on a job lot of these been greater. And with all sorts of options including different bases, seat colours and fabrics, it’s not just me who is all of a flutter about the About a Stool. Nor is it just about the stools – the Hay About A range extends to many, many chairs (some available in leather) and tables. Check out our website.

 

And then there’s the Hay Hee Stool, which is not as funny as it sounds, but just as striking, with its slender metal lines. Also available in Lounge and Dining Chair versions, the gorgeously galvanised wire is rust-proof, so in terms of outdoor use and longevity, you’re certainly laughing.

 

Similarly, if the name of another Hay range -  Copenhague - triggers memories of the song “Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen”, you could do worse than to tune into these wooden wonders. The key again is that, based on an old university chair, these are more simple than Simon, and every bit as tempting as his pies. The classic design is dished up in a table adaptation too, with many colours to tempt the palate, not to mention stools, with an extra toppings menu of upholstery options whetting your appetite.

 

But while my taste buds are tickled by these seats, that’s nothing compared to the soft spot I have for Hay’s Mags sofas, which come in both standard and soft versions.  

 

The Mags may be minimalist, but with add-ons like chaises longues and corner modules, plus oodles of options where colour and fabric are concerned, the possibilities are endless. Deep-seated and with high armrests, it is endearingly durable.

 

The Mags Soft, meanwhile, is so squidgy I could squeeze it. Call me slushy, but something about this more relaxed counterpart makes me melt. Team it with a Hay cushion or three and again, with limitless laid-back compositions, the world really is your open-hearted oyster.

 

The real pearl in Hay’s shell though, is for me the Hackney Sofa. Quite aside from its foldable frame which allows for easy manoeuvrability, it boasts a single-section cushion generous enough to sleep on. And it positively wooed me to snuggle up to it. Available as a seductive two- or three-seater model, the initial impression when I first clapped adoring eyes on the blindingly beautiful blue version will  stay with me for a long time.

 

And judging by its name, the Don’t Leave Me table, a cute little side number, evokes similar sentiments, as do the Tray and Slit tables, all in the most captivating colours. Rather more plus-sized models like the Frame Table and T12 also make a big impact. Meanwhile, alongside Woody Shelving and the Pinocchio Rug, the Strap Mirror on the wall is one of the fairest of all Hay’s goodies.

 

But on reflection, it's a certain feather-ruffling parrot-defeating seating that raises the biggest smile with me.

 

Hay - did you hear the one about the About A Stool? A little bird told me...

 

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Fantastic Plastic

Thursday, 28 April 2016 12:52:00 Europe/London

Not since I saw what it did to Michael Jackson’s face has plastic made such an impact on me as the day I discovered Kartell.  

In the kingdom of Kartell, everything from tables and trays to shelving and seats sit in synthetic splendour. Not for this leading Italian manufacturer the possible weariness of wood or the mediocrity of metal. All is crafted in fantastic durable plastic.

 

From Phillippe Starck’s iconic Louis Ghost Chair to (non-surgically-enhanced) chests like his Ghost Buster, it seems a splash of plastic is all that’s needed to transport any setting to one of transparent or glossy glory.

 

Be it Bellini’s Dune tray in searing Fuchsia, Urquiola’s Kite Shelves in Amber or a striking Green Only Me mirror, the colours alone offer a facelift for the most fading of facades.

 

And, as I discovered at Kartell’s newly-opened flagship store in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, whether you’re plumping for plastic of the see-through or ‘solid’ variety, they have it in spades. And all is environmentally-friendly.

  

Digging deep into this treasure trove in swanky SW3, I unearthed more than a gem or two. I struck gold straight away with the discovery of Masters Chairs in the Metallics range flanking a row of Yoshioka Invisible Tables.

 

The Invisibles, in Transparent Crystal, were a sight for sore eyes, dripping with dining ware by Urquiola and positively glowing, thanks to Starck’s elegant Abbracciaio Candlesticks. And, with Laviani’s FL/Y lamp suspended in glorious Gold above them, this dinner setting promised one rich meal ticket.

 

But all that glitters is not Gold, or even the Chrome or Copper which features so spectacularly in the world of Kartell. Equally dazzling are the Citron Yellows, Cobalts and Violets which sit in polished perfection alongside Transparent Oranges and Smoke Greys in a rainbow chart of choices to make Judy Garland’s heart sing.

 

The wizardry of this flagship store allows visitors to follow a multi-coloured road on a journey past trolleys like Citterio’s foldable Flip and Gastone and a crop of vases such as Sottsass’ Calice and Bellini’s Shanghai.

  

But it’s not just about the zing of startling hues. It’s the sheer (pardon the pun) shape, technology and imagination behind everything. It’s the top-notch designs like Starck’s versatile Top Top side table – unstoppable indoors and out – and thrilling seats like the Urquiola Frilly and Starck’s bowl-shaped Mr Impossible which make any look seem well… possible.

 

For decades, devotees have wanted to get their hands – and bottoms – on Kartell’s iconic stools and chairs;  some stackable (Lissoni’s Audrey, the Papyrus by Bouroullec and Yoshioka’s Ami Ami for starters), others collapsible, such as the deliciously simple Honeycomb by Meda.

 

And shelving and storing need never be boring! Wiggly wonders like the Lovely Rita, Bookworm and now the Popworm (see it and believe) – all by Arad - open up a whole new world for books, while Ferrieri’s Componibili has been successfully and stylishly stowing all sorts since 1969.

 

Roaming through the store, I tripped the plastic light fantastic with flashes of inspiration from Battery and Bourgie Lights and the twinkling Toobe and Take, all by Laviani. Meanwhile, the simplistic joy of his Easy suspension lamp along with bursts of bling from the Bloom had me all but swinging from the chandeliers.

  

And then there was Urquiola’s Jellies range, hooking visitors with everything from coat hangers to carafes. Always a firm favourite, the Jellies inject more youthful optimism into any setting than the sharpest shot of botox.

 

It’s fair to say Kartell has done far more for plastic than Mr Jackson’s surgeons could ever hope to do. After 65 years, this phenomenally successful global brand is still pulling off its fresh-faced yet sophisticated image. And far from showing signs of ageing, there’s every indication that this very smooth operator will continue to stand the test of time.

 

 

Kartell’s flagship store is at 223 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EJ. All items can be ordered through Pink Apple.

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Pink Apple's Vitra Trip

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 12:52:25 Europe/London

He was clearly smitten - and far too busy eyeing the shapely legs and smooth arms to even realise I was watching him. But when he playfully patted the arguably-magnificent rear, I had to do the decent thing and clear my throat to let him know I was there. There, at the Vitra factory, watching this master craftsman put the finishing touches to an Eames Lounge Chair.

 

Never since the film Flashdance has the workshop setting seemed quite so seductive or sparked so many labours of love. The Vitra Campus in Basel, Germany, is where it all begins for all sorts of creations, from George Nelson’s Coconut Chair and Jean Prouve’s Cite to Antonio Citterio’s Grand Repos and Hella Jongerius’ Polder Sofa.

 

And there I was, on a Pink Apple team visit to the sprawling site, playing voyeur to an army of artisans putting their very hearts and souls into every item they so lovingly produced. I watched as the iconic one-piece moulded shell of a Panton Chair was pimped and preened to perfection. Meanwhile, alongside it, carpenters worked wonders with wooden bases to put the rock ’n roll back into the Eames Plastic Armchair.



A little further along the line and the techniques involved in producing the Tip Ton Chair made an awestruck crowd appreciate how it comes to be such a tip top product. And then there was the Panton Heart Cone Chair being swaddled affectionately in Tonus fabric by its doting upholsterer.

 

But if this was Heaven for home furnishings, the quality control room next door must have been Hell. Recognised as an official torture chamber for chairs, this is where the resilience and performance of products are brutally tested. Everything from Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool to the Bouroullec Vegetal Chair comes under fire from robotic arms relentlessly shoving and shaking its Vitra victims.



We flinched as Eames Soft Pad Chairs were poked and prodded, while the Basel Chair by Jasper Morrison came in for jabbing and jostling. Elsewhere, Frank Gehry’s Wiggle Chair was whipped, while metal bars lashed the Landi Chair. After the equivalent of two years’ constant use/abuse, the findings would be fed back to the perfection-hungry design teams.

 

Back on the factory floor, however, sofas clearly had the softer option as a guide melted into a Mariposa, explaining how designers Barber and Osgerby used plush adjustable panels to make their “butterfly” creation set hearts a-flutter. Also riding high on a tide of approval was Antonio Citterio's Suita, whose sleek legs make it “almost appear to float”.

 

 


And so the Pink Apple team wafted on, drifting among a soothing sea of Alexander Girard Cushions and Eames Wool Blankets, as we soaked up anecdotes of what had inspired the creation of everything from Girard's Wooden Dolls to the Eames House Bird.

 

But for once, romantic idealism took a back seat as we heard how George Nelson’s iconic Ball Clock came to tick its way to fame. It turns out that, after a high-spirited night where Nelson and a couple of friends had drunkenly swapped jokey scribbles, Nelson realised there was mileage in some of the “utterly absurd” doodlings. Those squiggles were tweaked, and so the Ball Clock was born. “To this day, I don’t know who cooked it up,” he later admitted.

 


Which just goes to prove that there’s more than meets the eye to each and every one of these timeless Vitra classics.

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Space planning and design

Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:53:31 Europe/London

Space planning and design

 

At Pink Apple we are always happy to help our customers with any interior design or space planning.


We have just help a lovely customer with their selection and configuration of the stunning Flexform Groundpiece sofa designed by Antonio Citterio.



From a simple sketch and a few photos, we quickly produced a layout to determine the configuration and then produced a simple 3D image to show how the Groundpiece sofa configuration would finally look.



Please contact us if you would like help with your space planning or for assistance putting together your next fantastic sofa configuration.

Posted in Blog By Stuart Hill

Flos Lighting

Wednesday, 9 December 2015 14:00:18 Europe/London

Pink Apple only stock the most cutting edge designs for your home and that is why we are delighted to be able to offer our lovely customers some of the most innovative brands out there at the moment. Flos Lighting certainly fall into that special bracket and we have some excellent products of theirs that you are bound to fall in love with!


As we are all aware, there is far more to home lighting than simply illuminating your rooms and so forth. Flos Lighting have developed a number of floor lights, table lights, wall lights and ceiling lights that combine function and form in an exquisite manner. There Flos IC Ceiling light comes in 3 versions and whether you prefer the Ceiling or Wall Light, Suspension Light or their stunning Table Light, you will have to agree that each of these products will add visual value to your home.


The Flos Miss K has a classic look that is well worth a second or even third glance. Lovers of LED technology will swoon over the Flos Kelvin products as theycombine some serious power with the most elegant lines we’ve seen in a long time. You will have to go a long way to beat the simple yet stylish Flos Tab T LED table lamp, perfect for home or office.


If you were hankering after a table light that looks gorgeous enough to grace any residence, we’d have to suggest the Flos Miss Sissi Set of Two Table Lights without hesitation. Providing diffused lighting in a direct form and designed by Phillipe Starck, nothing comes close to this fantastic product.


For an original take on table lamps for the bedside and pretty much every part of your home, why not cast your gaze over the Flos Glo Ball products? Elegantly shaped with a dimmer switch included, these will add atmosphere wherever they are placed.

For an original take on table lamps for the bedside and pretty much every part of your home, why not cast your gaze over the Flos Glo Ball products? Elegantly shaped with a dimmer switch included, these will add atmosphere wherever they are placed.


The Flos Tatou Table Light is another gem that you really should take a closer look at. Perfect for adding style and class to your home and as with most of the Flos products we’ve already mentioned, they come in floor and suspension lighting versions as well.

Posted in Blog By Nicola Wiseman

Introducing Muuto at Pink Apple Designs

Friday, 27 November 2015 16:28:28 Europe/London

Pink Apple are delighted to announce the arrival of a new brand, many of you will already heard of the Scandinavian design company that have been wowing crowds since 2006, yes we are talking about Muuto! At Pink Apple Designs we aim to offer products that are both contemporary and unique which is why we joined forces with the brilliant Muuto brand, whose product range offers just that. The Copenhagen based company are nothing if not original and when you check our Muuto range on the Pink Apple website, we think that you will soon fall in love with their products.

The Muuto Varjo Rugs are a shining example of how the Scandinavian design elements lend themselves to a quality product that is as stunning as it is practical. The shadow effects are subtle yet striking and constructed using only the finest New Zealand wool.

 

 

 

 


Please take a few moments to discover thefull Muuto range currently availableat www.pinkappledesigns.co.uk. We always do our utmost to bring our customers the latest and greatest in cutting edge brands for your home furniture, lighting and accessories and Muuto will soon be a firm favourite, that much is for sure.

Posted in Blog By Nicola Wiseman

Celebrate Christmas in Style with Pink Apple!

Thursday, 12 November 2015 15:40:11 Europe/London

Here at Pink Apple we know exactly how special this time of year is for all of our lovely customers and that is why we have really pushed the boat out as far as stocking up with wonderful products are concerned! We’ve some lovely Kartell furniture just ready and waiting for your perusal and we have also managed to find some incredible deals on Vitra products just for you.

If you are looking for a chair that looks even better than it feels, we’d love to recommend the Magis Puppy Chair. This abstract design actually looks like a real puppy and is always a favourite with kids and adults alike. This terrific gift choice comes in size colour choices and four sizes. Or perhaps you’d prefer a product that not only organises your coats nicely but also looks fabulous? In that case, the Vitra Hang It All should be on your Christmas shopping list for sure. With stylish design that really works and some imaginative color combinations, The Hang It All will add charm and functionality to your home this Christmas and way beyond

If you need a little more time in your home and have had enough of traditional clocks, take a look at the modernistic Vitra Ball Clock. This George Nelson designed timepiece really has it all and will brighten up your home not only on Christmas day but for the whole year without missing a single beat. In terms of high end quality products, we have the brilliant Bang and Olufsen B&O Play BeoPlay A2 Bluetooth speakers just for you. These serious speakers are a must for the music fan in your life and what better way to give a Christmas gift that shows how much you care?

Did we mention that we now stock Kartell furniture already? Well, how about the elegant Kartell Bourgie Light by Ferruccio for the perfect Christmas present? These manage to combine both a traditional style with classic lines and are available in a myriad of beautiful tones. Sometimes simple is best and we believe that our Architect made Wooden Chubby Birds will put a huge Christmas smile on everyone’s faces. The oak handmade cuties are designed by Kristian Vedel and are presented in either Natural Oak or Smoked Oak.

 

Finally, how about replacing that boring clock radio with a real work of art that oozes class and functionality in spades? The Geneva Sound system Model XS DAB+ is an incredible digital radio that has a sound system you just have to hear to believe. Bluetooth enabled and with a bass response that will certainly surprise, this awesome Christmas gift will last for decades and has more options than you will probably ever need!

 

So this Christmas, come over to Pink Apple because we have the gift options that you will love and we even offer a fantastic Free UK Delivery service that will make even more sense when you decide to pick something special for your loved ones.

Posted in Blog By Nicola Wiseman

Have yourself a merry Vitra Christmas...

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 09:29:00 Europe/London

‘Tis the season to be jolly…but forget the fa-la-la-la-las, and settle for simply decking your halls with a free gift from Vitra.

The manufacturing moguls are offering, as part of their Home Stories for Winter promotion, one of five complimentary goodies with every purchase of their iconic Charles & Ray Eames Lounge Chairs or Antonio Citterio’s Grand Repos.*


 

Any of the five freebies would look good on a Christmas wish list – be it the Hang it all, the Occasional Table LTR – both by Charles & Ray Eames – or Alexander Girard’s Wooden Dolls Cat & Dog set.


And, while boughs of holly are all very well, wouldn’t the other gifts on offer – the George Nelson Sunburst Clock or Eames Elephant – be so much more, well…jolly?!


Each beautifully-crafted as though by Santa’s elves themselves, these selected gifts form part of Vitra’s Black Collection, in which re-editions of classic pieces nestle alongside new accessories, all in black.


Black Collection


Somehow everything in the Collection, which also includes the Eames Plastic Armchair RAR, George Nelson’s Triangle Clock and Eames Wool Blanket -  just seem to work so well in Black. So much so, that it may well leave you wondering why anyone would bother dreaming of a White Christmas.  


*Vitra’s free gift promotion runs until January 31, 2016

  

Grand Repos – Limited Edition

Grand Repos Limited Edition


If it were a person, the Razzle Dazzle Grand Repos chair would be a plus-size curvy model cruising down the catwalk in a blaze of geometric glory.


Because the fashionistas at Vitra have launched a limited edition* of this world-famous chair, dressing just 350 of them in a new two-tone zinc-coloured fabric.


Making its debut in a mix of wool and polyester, the cutting-edge pattern puts a playful, highly contemporary spin on the timeless design of this iconic seat.


And the chic and cheerful material is complemented by some pretty fancy footwork, namely a completely different base.


The usual die-cast aluminium feet have stepped aside to make way for an ultra-modern base frame, powder-coated with a dark grey metallic finish.


Clinging to the contours of this Antonio Citterio classic, the irregular lines of the print, boosted by the base, thrust the Grand Repos Limited Edition well and truly into the limelight.


*Starring at a showroom near you until January 31, 2016.

 


Lounge Chair & Ottoman – New Beauty versions     

Eames Lounge Chair - New Beauty edition                              

 

What’s black or white or plum all over? Or even olive or brandy? It’s no riddle – the world-renowned Charles & Ray Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman now comes in 22 premium leather colours.


Vitra have boldly taken beauty a step further by proudly presenting this iconic piece in a huge fresh host of hues.


And they’ve gone one better by offering some of these shades alongside the option of new combinations of wood veneers and base frames which make up the aptly-named Beauty versions.


Until recently, in a nod to its classic character, the prized and prestigious Eames Lounge Chair was available in only a few tailored forms.


It’s thanks to a partnership with Dutch designer Hella Jongerius that individual tastes can now be catered for so personally, and with such appetising results.


Yet, even with so many choices on the menu, every possible configuration of this globally-recognised item remains as distinctive as ever.


Simply put, the Charles and Ray Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman – in Classic or Beauty versions – quite rightly continue to sit high, and very prettily so, in this game of thrones.

 


Please contact Pink Apple on 01582 227 701 or email sales@pinkappledesigns.co.uk for help with your purchase.

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Harry Bertoia’s birthday

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 09:29:46 Europe/London

Bertoia Side Chair

As far as talented artists go, not many can match up to the brilliance and individuality of Harry Bertoia. In fact, there had seldom been such a creative mindset that has made the successful transition into commerce and industry. Not only was Mr Bertoia a visionary who could turn his dreams into a very beautiful reality, but his ideas were also practical and very marketable at the same time.


Early Years


Although Bertoia was born in Italy, it was in the USA where he grew up and he got his education in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit School of Arts and Crafts was where he started to develop the precocious talent that would leave such a huge impression in the world of furniture and design. Harry Bertoia set up a metal work shop in California after graduating from college and moving away from the area and his first shop. Advised by Herbert Matter and friends, Bertoia was allowed to express himself in his new arty surroundings and the results were spectacular.

Knoll productions


Instead of making furniture that suited a purpose and not much else, Bertoia decided to explore his imagination in tandem with creating products and this proved to be a very smart move. Harry Bertoia is credited with designing a series of furniture that would influence a whole generation of products and designers over the next 50 years and beyond. Knoll certainly benefited from this as he spent his time within their premises as they gleaned plenty of inspiration in return for their investment.

Pink Apple and Bertoia’s inspirations


If you love the designs of Harry Bertoia and appreciate the sublime style that only Knoll can manage, Pink Apple are delighted to bring you some of their most sought after pieces. From the spellbinding Knoll Bertoia Diamond Chair to the sumptuous Knoll Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise, the spirit and inspiration of Harry Bertoia is alive and well at Pink Apple and we are waiting for you to pay us a visit today!

Posted in Blog By Nicola Wiseman

We have moved.

Friday, 12 June 2015 16:51:09 Europe/London

We have moved.

 

They say moving can be one of the most stressful things in life, but with lots of hard work, plenty of planning and sufficient optimism, it is certainly achievable.

After nearly 8 years at Castle Ashby, we finally said “good bye” to our home from home.

 

 

Having found new showroom space in the idyllic grounds of the Luton Hoo estate, we got to work space planning our new offices and showroom layout.

 

 

Using our own in-house team, we firstly produced 2D cad layouts to work out the general layout and then created some 3D sketches to approve the space.

 

 

The actual move day come around quickly, but thankfully we had used the opportunity to carry out a big tidy up.

The first things to go into the new space were the minimalist String bookcase system and the Vitra display wall.  This was followed soon afterwards by the office desks to allow us to set-up the IT systems and finally the showroom furniture.

 

 

It was a fantastic opportunity to furnish the new showroom from scratch, but it did prove to be one of the hardest parts of the move.  How do you fill the space with the huge array of wonderful pieces which we sell?

 

Thanks to the team for all their effort and hard work, the transition was as smooth as could be and I can’t wait to settle into our new surroundings.

 

Why not come by and see the new showroom for yourself?

Posted in Blog By Stuart Hill

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