London Design Festival

Paul Crofts Studio creates Isomi showroom in former London print factory

Original features are paired with blackened steel in modular concrete furniture brand Isomi's first showroom, housed within a former print factory in London's Clerkenwell (+ slideshow).

To reflect the UK brand's greyscale aesthetic, Paul Crofts Studio opted for a minimal material palette with dark metal accents when designing the interior.

"The concept was to use a reduced material palette which reflects the brands concept of a single material per addition," Paul Crofts told Dezeen. "The choice of blackened steel was partly inspired by the Isomi brand palette which to date has all been in black and white."

The studio was keen to respect the existing warehouse building, and has reinstated original features such as a crane and double loading doors.

Related story: Paul Crofts Studio sinks seating areas into floor of London office"The building previously had a lift in the centre that was used for moving palettes of paper," said Crofts. "We essentially stripped it right back and inserted the essential exposed services whilst retaining the original character."

Visitors enter on the courtyard level, where they are offered an insight into the brand's design process and current direction at a working studio.
Upstairs, existing brick walls have been removed to enable natural light to flood the showroom. Additional furniture was purposefully omitted in order for focus to remain on the brand's core collection.

As well as heading up his eponymous studio, Paul Crofts is Isomi's design director and is responsible for the brand's product line.
"My ethos for the design work I do for Isomi is that the materials should be honest and natural," said Crofts. "By natural I mean used straight from the factory without secondary processes applied."

The move to extend the company's output into concrete came about when Crofts began exploring the possibilities of applying the material to furniture products.
"I've always been fascinated by the possibilities of concrete," said Crofts. "It is such a structural, pure material, and I wanted to bring its essential qualities to my work for Isomi."

The Concrete range includes three modular systems titled Chamfer, Volume and Lintel and launched during this year's London Design Festival – coinciding with the showroom opening.
Previously, Paul Crofts Studio submerged seating areas below the floor in a advertising agency Fold 7's office, and added screen-printed tables to a west London crêperie.
Photography is by Annabel Elston.
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Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
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Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
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Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
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Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
The post Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons appeared first on Dezeen.

Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
The post Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons appeared first on Dezeen.

Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
The post Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons appeared first on Dezeen.

Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
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Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
The post Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons appeared first on Dezeen.

Raw Edges designs bespoke edition of Stack drawers for Established & Sons

London Design Festival 2015: design studio Raw Edges has updated its Stack drawers for this year's London Design Festival, using leftover materials to create multicoloured side panels (+ slideshow).

Originally designed in 2008, the drawers were constructed from sheets of lacquered wood when they were put into production by UK furniture brand Established & Sons.

"When working on the production pieces for Established & Sons in 2008, we explored colourfulness and were delighted to find out that other people are drawn to its colour combinations," said Raw Edges co-founder Shay Alkalay.

Having been approached by the company to create a bespoke model for the 2015 London Design Festival, the design duo have created five sets of drawers that are randomly stacked off-centre in either eight-or 13-drawer formations.

Although the new model is based on the same structure and mechanisms, Raw Edges has swapped the existing side panels for a mismatch of materials found in their studio.

Related story: Raw Edges shapes Endgrain wooden furniture to reveal colourful patternsPieces of cutting mat, pegboard and plaster-resin composite Jesmonite form multi-textured side panels, along with offcuts of dye-soaked wood from the studio's Endgrain furniture range.

"We wanted to make combinations that are related to everyday work in our studio," Alkalay told Dezeen.

"We always work with material swatches and often combine small samples to achieve interesting combinations," he continued. "Here, we have built up a collection of many panels so that we could play around with them like swatches, but here they are in fact final design."

The design duo also took the opportunity to use materials they hadn't previously worked with, including marble and solid-surface material Corian.

Each of the colourful compartments in both the eight-drawer and 13-drawer towers can be pushed open from both sides, producing a "random and irregular" formality.

The designs were unveiled at an exhibition at the Established & Sons showroom in Shoreditch as part of this year's London Design Festival, which runs until 27 September.

Raw Edges was established by Alkalay with partner Yael Mer. Earlier this year, the studio installed a dye-soaked wooden floor across the sculpture gallery at English stately home Chatsworth House.
The duo were also amongst four designers who installed their interpretations of "home" inside house-shaped pavilions in London's Trafalgar Square for the design festival in 2014.
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