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Alessi is one of the great Italian design factories, founded in 1921 in Crusinallo, Italy. The company has consistently been a provocateur in the redefinition of ordinary house objects.
Alessi is responsible for some of the most recognisable designs of the 20th-21st centuries, working with the leading designers and architects and standing out for the high quality of its products. The company has a strong bond with the traditions and cultural background of its area. All the items made of metal are still manufactured at the Headquarters in Crusinallo, in north Italy. Alessi is today considered a research workshop in the field of applied arts whose inherent attitude, whilst relying on contemporary industrial technology and processing equipment, is strongly rooted in hand crafted culture.
Alessi is Cultural-Agenda's longest-standing client.
Contemporary British Silversmiths is the only professional body exclusively representing UK silversmiths both nationally and internationally. The association was set up in 1996 with the aim of raising the profile of the unique craft of silversmithing through public exhibitions.
In promoting the design and creativity of the silversmith, it has worked closely with institutions such as the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Christie’s London and the Silver Trust Collection at Downing Street to create bespoke exhibitions that support its aims of promoting contemporary silver to a global audience.
In March 2016, Contemporary British Silversmiths launches Silver Speaks an 11-month long series of events to be held around the country to celebrate the exceptional level of creativity and skill in British silversmithing today. The spotlight will shine on some of the most exciting artists and designers exploring the diverse applications of the material, from the experimental to the traditional, the sculptural to the functional. It will showcase the remarkable uses of silver and how works can be commissioned to enhance contemporary living, architecture and fashion.
Silver Speaks is sponsored by the Goldsmiths’ Company. The focus of the programme, Silver Speaks: Idea to Object and the supporting public symposium Silver in Contemporary Life, are produced in collaboration with the V&A.
Contemporary Applied Arts is London’s original multi-disciplinary applied arts gallery, championing and promoting the very best of British craft.
It is a maker membership organisation, which was founded in 1948 and registered as a charity in 1967.
Members include prestigious and distinguished artists as well as emerging designer-makers who create one-off or batch-produced decorative and functional pieces in ceramics, glass, jewellery, metal, paper, textiles, wood and furniture.
CAA members’ work is showcased in a gallery space at Bankside where the makers’ talent and artistic excellence are celebrated through a varied programme of exhibitions and events.
Dedar Milano is design for fabrics. Since 1976 Dedar has blended its intimate knowledge of artisanal craftsmanship with constant style exploration, passion for fine fabrics with a touch of chromatic intensity. Located in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, Dedar's London showroom includes a textile library to offer architects and interior designers a comfortable venue in which to browse, handle and freely coordinate the fabrics collection.
Patterns, embroideries, basket weaves and colours enrich fine materials to create fabrics, curtains, drapery, trimmings, wall covering and unique upholstery fabrics.
Decorex International is the UK’s leading design show and the only one of its kind in the UK for the luxury interiors market.
Established in 1978, Decorex is firmly recognised among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, architects, specifiers, retailers and property developers.
Boasting more than 400 exhibitors from leading names to emerging talents, this annual four-day show takes place each September in the prestigious location of Syon Park. Attracting nearly 14,000 visitors from across the globe, Decorex 2017 (17-20 September) will be exploring design collaborations as this year's show theme by focusing both on the strength of its past and current relationships and importantly looking towards those future partnerships.
Founded in 2005, British silk bedding specialist, Gingerlily, has been creating its luxurious collection of silk bed linen, bedding, nightwear and accessories for more than a decade. Designed in-house and expertly made using the finest quality silk – ‘A’ grade long strand mulberry – to promote natural, healthy sleep.
Recognised as the leading name in silk bedding and present in more than 20 countries worldwide, Gingerlily is available from the world’s premier department stores such as Harrods, Bloomingdales, Printemps and El Corte Ingles as well as leading specialist and independent retailers.
The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers
The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers
LAPADA the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers is the UK's largest society of professional art and antiques dealers and remains a trusted resource for collectors and trade alike.
Established in 1974, it has more than 550 members (from the UK and 16 countries internationally) who are all experts in their fields. The dealers' specialities range from fine art, jewellery and furniture to contemporary works, sculpture and ceramics.
LAPADA offers a referral service to both established collectors as well as to first-time buyers looking for trusted dealers and quality, authentic items of art and antiques.
LAPADA Arts & Antiques Fair occurs annually at Berkeley Square and welcomes more than 25,000 visitors.
An annual "must visit" in the antiques, art and design cognoscenti's calendar, the annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in the centre of London's leafy Berkeley Square in Mayfair, presents an exciting range of carefully sourced and provenanced art, antiques, design and decorative arts.
Over 100 knowledgable and distinguished dealers offer exceptional works (from BC to 21st Century) across a breadth of disciplines, including furniture, jewellery, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art.
Works on offer, which range from £500 to hundreds of thousands, attract the most discerning collectors while also guiding first time buyers. Each exhibitor, all members of LAPADA the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, adhere to the strict Code of Practice ensuring high quality and authentic products.
The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, within its opulent 'Tree Lined" tented structure complete with cafés, bars and restaurants, runs 21 - 27 September 2015 in Berkeley Square, Mayfair.
The London School of Architecture is an independent and charitable institution that brings together practice and academia to offer architectural education that is empowering, relevant and accessible.
The school offers a distinctive two-year postgraduate programme with academic partner London Metropolitan University that is delivered by world-renowned architects and tutors and is supported by over 35 practice partners.
Nigel Coates is a provocative designer of architecture, spaces and furniture. His HQ in Bloomsbury combines an architectural laboratory, a furniture design studio and gallery.
His product designs have been produced by renowned international brands including Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Fornasetti, Slamp and Alessi while his architectural designs include the much-lauded Wall in Tokyo, the Hubs in Sheffield and the Geffrye Museum in London.
Many architectural exhibitions include Nigels's works such as Ecstacity at the Architectural Association, Mixtacity at Tate Modern and Picaresque at the Triennale Design Museum. A prolific writer, he has written a number of books including Guide to Ecstacity and Narrative Architecture.
Nigel is Professor Emeritus at the Royal College of Art in London and is Chair of the Academic Court at the newly founded London School of Architecture.
Shalini Misra Limited is a multi-award winning London-based architecture and interior design company, with a diverse portfolio of projects all over the world.
The practice was founded in 1996 by interior architect, designer and property developer, Shalini Misra. Its ability to incorporate clients’ needs within characterful, functional and timeless interiors, where colours, textures, art and design are masterfully combined, has fostered a loyal clientele.
Art plays an important part in the practice’s interiors. Working with leading artists, galleries, craftspeople and antiques dealers around the world, it offers a client service for sourcing and curating art collections.
Internationally acclaimed design studio, Vanderhurd, has for the last 35 years been designing and creating bespoke rugs, carpets and textiles for discerning customers.
With studios in London’s Portobello Road and New York City’s Crosby Street, and representation in Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore and Sydney, the company works with interior designers for both private and public spaces.
Vanderhurd is recognised for its innovative approach to design. It prides itself on its inherent understanding and development of the art of weaving. With longstanding working relationships established with skilled artisans in India who hand craft their designs, the studio offers only the best quality.
The company evolved from the inspired designs of its founder Christine Van Der Hurd. Who worked for Etro, Osborne & Little and Yves Saint Laurent after graduating from Winchester Art College in the early 1970s. Following a move to New York City Christine worked with Angelo Donghia and Jack Lenor Larsen. It was the creation of a bespoke rug in 1980 that brought about a pivotal shift, and the design studio was born.
Synonymous with comfort, quality and craftsmanship, British bed maker Vispring has been making luxury beds since pioneering the world’s first pocket sprung mattress in 1901.
To this day, every Vispring is handmade by master craftsmen in the company’s factory in Devon. Using traditional techniques, each bed is made to measure, using only the finest natural materials.
Vispring’s beds are internationally recognised as the luxury choice; its bespoke craftsmanship popular with sophisticated customers across the globe, from Europe to Asia, North America and the Middle East.
For over a century, Vispring beds have been used by luxury liners and hotels such as The Dorchester, Gidleigh Park and 45 Park Lane. Vispring also has a long-standing partnership with Princess Yachts and creates bespoke mattress designs for the berths onboard its luxurious yachts; as with all its beds, no shape or size is impossible.
Choosing the perfect bed is an important decision; a good night’s sleep is proven to foster a happy and healthy life. As Vispring’s philosophy says – sleep well, live better.
Smallbone of Devizes exemplifies the finest in bespoke kitchens and painted cabinetry. Founded in 1978, Smallbone was the first company to offer traditional luxury handmade farmhouse-style kitchens following the English craft tradition of furniture making.
Created by highly skilled crafts people trained in the art of turning and joining, all designs embody the quintessential English aesthetic which has earned the company an international reputation.
Recent projects include the luxury Manhattan apartments at ONE57, Walker Tower and Stella Tower.