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Fin Dining Chair by Matthew Hilton
One of Matthew Hilton's most iconic designs is his Fin Dining Chair, which has been used in contract projects worldwide including the University of Oregon Jacqua Center
designed by ZGF Architects LLP, and The Olde Bell Inn designed by Studioilse in collaboration with 6a Architects. This solid wood dining chair is an example of both the thoughtful engineering and sculptural nature of Hilton's work. The complex shape is made of 8 components, joined with a combination of lap joints, mortise and tenon joints and locating dowels. Long grain to long grain connections throughout ensure great joinery strength, while CNC machinery allows for the intricate shaping of the form. Ergonomics were carefully considered in the design process, resulting in a chair with outstanding comfort.
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Maison et Objet
At Maison et Objet from 20-24 January, Charlene Mullen will exhibit new textile designs alongside classics from her range. Visit to see the warmth and depth that embroidery brings to her designs. Her work will also be displayed on the Francois Bernard trend booth at the fair. Maison et Objet, Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte, France. Charlene Mullen stand at Hall 8, Now Section, CBis112
Suite named ‘Best Bed’ at Wallpaper Design Awards
Autoban's Suite Bed was named Best Bed in the Domestic Design category at the Wallpaper Design Awards 2012. Wallpaper writes, ‘With its wrap around timber headboard padded in soft fabric, this cosy cocoon of a bed is the best place to spend winter.’
Benjamin Hubert wins Audi-Mentorpreis by A&W
On 15th January during imm Cologne, Benjamin Hubert was awarded the Audi-Mentorpreis by Architektur & Wohnen. He was hand selected by the magazine and by Patricia Urquiola, winner of the Architektur and Wohnen Designer of the Year 2012 award. An exhibition in honour of Patricia and Benjamin is on display at imm Cologne until 22nd January.
Dezeen Screen: De La Espada at Qubique 2011
In this video, filmed by Dezeen at Qubique, Luis De Oliveira presents De La Espada's designer-led brands and discusses the unique business model. View this and more films about Qubique on the Dezeen Screen website.
Nomination for Designs of the Year award
Design studio, Spin, is nominated for the Design Museum's 2012 Designs of the Year Award in the Graphics category for the Matthew Hilton brand identity and website. The winner will be announced at the Awards Night at the Design Museum on 24 April.
Read select features
Recent editorial coverage includes lengthy features AD Germany, Cubes, and Financial Times How to Spend It and. Read these features here
In AD Germany, Soren Rose says about De La Espada founder, Luis De Oliveira, ’Normally, a company produces a lamp with you, and if things go well maybe a mini-series. But he develops an entire collection with you right from the beginning!’
In Cubes, Matthew Hilton describes his relationship with De La Espada thus, ‘I retain complete freedom in creative direction and running of my brand - I design the furniture and products, take the photos and commission the design of my graphics and website, etc. I think this collaboration is truly a great thing for me – I feel empowered and I think that is reflected in the products we produce.’
Financial Times How To Spend It
Jenny Dalton writes in Financial Times How To Spend It, ‘De La Espada´s wooden collections are both beautiful and well conceived, and if one trend in interiors form the past decade has come to represent the times, it is this: solidity, a return to craft, and a renewed appreciation of the beauty of timber or hunks of stone or metal.’
Further recent press
Further coverage includes Wallpaper, Vogue Living, AD France, AD Spain, Dwell, Elle Decoration, Elle Decor Italia, Elle Decor India, Neo2, RUM DK, The Guardian and more. View more press here