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Ingvar Kamprad: The man who helped Britain “Chuck out their Chintz”

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It’s the end of an era for IKEA. Ingvar Kamprad, the fascinating billionaire who drove the same ageing Volvo for over 20 years, was best known as the founder of interior giant IKEA. His recent passing made the design world stop a moment and reflect.  His death has been a chance to take stock of the […]



Pantone Colour of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet 18-3838

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It’s the time of year where the design industry awaits the announcement of ‘Colour of the Year’ from different industry leaders and Pantone delivered, recently revealing Ultra Violet [Pantone 18 – 3838] as their Colour of the Year 2018. Pantone define Ultra Violet as ‘Inventive and imaginative’ and credit the colour with lighting the way to what is […]



Exciting Interior Collaboration for Joules & DFS

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The much loved British lifestyle brand Joules, recently announced it’s partnership with well known furniture retailer DFS. This exciting collaboration has created a collection of sofas, armchairs and footstools featuring some of the company’s most famous iconic prints and fabrics. These high quality, uplifting pieces are the perfect way to refresh any room in the […]



NDA Turns 30 – 30th Anniversary Celebration

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On Friday 1st December, to officially mark the start of the NDA’s 30th Anniversary year, the National Design Academy held a celebration highlighting the fantastic achievements of the past 30 years of student success for the NDA. The event bought together NDA partners Staffordshire University, Leicester College, Central Lotus and AIM Awards, as well as […]


Dulux Colour of the Year 2018: Heart Wood

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Dulux have announced their Colour of the Year 2018 as Heart Wood. Heart Wood, Dulux Colour Future’s 2018 choice is a warm, heathery mauve shade. The colour was handpicked by the research team at Dulux Colour Futures for what it represents and its relevance to the current global climate. When observing the colours diverse use in the […]