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LA WITH STEVEN HARRINGTON

Studio    |    A City With
21st November 2014

Steven Harrington’s work has featured in galleries across the world and he is currently busy preparing for a show in Europe (details TBC), following a large retrospective of his work in Known Gallery in LA last year. Given his Californian pedigree and the effect this has had on his art, we caught up with Steven to give us a guide to LA.

STUDIO JOURNAL : THE CLOUD CLUB

Studio    |    Studio Journal
14th November 2014

The Chrysler Building is a New York institution. All 77 floors of the art deco skyscraper are deep-rooted as part of New York’s recognisable skyline and fondly ingrained in the genetic makeup of the city that never sleeps.
However, vacant and lost in the fabric of the building is the Cloud Club; un-kept, desolate and still occupying the 66th, 67th and 68th floors. The onetime playroom of Walter P. Chrysler and his fellow moguls opened in July 1930 and has since been ravaged by time and neglect.

MARTIN BRUDNIZKI FOR THE URBAN ELECTRIC COMPANY

Martin Brudnizki    |    Martin's Journal
6th November 2014

As interior designers, we’re accustomed to creating bespoke pieces for our clients. Whether it is designing the perfect object for a project or if we feel the functionality of the design dictates a need for something specific. We often work with specialist manufacturers to create custom made designs. It is this experience that I felt placed us in the perfect position to launch product collaborations and I’m excited to announce our work with American lantern-design luminaries, the Urban Electric Company.

Studio Scrapbook: Abandoned Interiors

Studio    |    Scrapbook
31st October 2014

All Hallow’s Eve is upon us and rather than run for the hills, here at MBDS we’re getting inspired by the derelict beauty of abandoned abodes.
Images of Havisham-esq interiors taken in grand houses which have since grown to be un-kept and perilous have been fascinating us; as we attempt to envisage how beautiful they must’ve been in their prime. The haunting beauty of peeling wallpaper, chipped ceiling eaves and worn furniture fabric evokes a melancholic mystery and curiosity into the lost decadence of these houses and the lives of the residents whom once lived there. We’ve collated a selection of images from both past and present to intrigue, inspire and perhaps even spook.

TALKING TO: PATTERNITY

Studio    |    Talking To
10th October 2014

Where we see pavements, plants and the pedestrian, Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, the creative minds behind PATTERNITY see sequence, shapes and above all, patterns. The London-based research and design duo of Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham the former a photographer and art director, the latter a surface and textile designer revel in making connections between images and so founded pattern-focused practice PATTERNITY in 2009.

STUDIO JOURNAL: HORST: PHOTOGRAPHER OF STYLE

Studio    |    Studio Journal
3rd October 2014

Horst, one of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century, is celebrated this autumn at London’s iconic V&A Museum. In a retrospective unlike any other, the ‘magician of light’ has over 250 works on display, giving us the chance to discover Horst’s journey of inspiration and follow his 60 year career through every photographic art form and trend. From the Vogue fashion stills and surrealist art movement, right through to his exploration of post-war nature imagery and interior photography.

MILAN WITH OLIMPIA ZAGNOLI

Studio    |    A City With
19th September 2014

With Milan Fashion Week in full swing, we caught up with Milan native, Olimpia Zagnoli, to get her thoughts and recommendations on the city she calls home.

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL: EIGHT EVENTS TO ATTEND

Studio    |    Studio Journal
12th September 2014

All eyes are on London next week as the city plays host to the London Design Festival. First staged in 2003, LDF plays a big part in the global design calendar, providing a platform for London’s burgeoning design community to flex its muscles and affirm its position center stage in the creative world.

RECIPES: DAPHNE'S GRILLED SQUID WITH CAPONATA AND ROCKET

Studio    |    Studio Journal
5th September 2014

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and following an MBDS redesign, Daphne’s remains Chelsea's favourite Italian eatery. Famous for its celebrity following and loyal customer base, the Royal Borough's go-to restaurant has always enjoyed the limelight, ever since it was opened by theatre agent and discoverer of Richard Burton, Daphne Rye in 1964.

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STUDIO TOP SPOT: GALERIE KREO

Studio    |    Studio Top Spot
21st August 2014

As one of Paris’ top proponents of collectible design, Galerie kreo’s arrival in Mayfair, London is a welcome addition to the capital’s expanding contemporary design scene.

LONDON WITH SOLI ZARDOSHT

Studio    |    A City With
15th August 2014

Many creatives are able to lend their eye, hand or taste buds to a variety of different disciplines. However specialising and succeeding in these fields is what makes a true polymath. Soli Zardosht definitely falls into the latter of these categories, as she left her role as a successful menswear designer to combine her Persian heritage and love of cooking to bring a taste of the Middle East to Dalston.

STUDIO JOURNAL: QUENTIN BLAKE ‘INSIDE STORIES’

Studio    |    Studio Journal
8th August 2014

Whether we think back to the political satirist James Gillray and his infamous 19th century illustration entitled ‘The world being carved up into spheres of influence between Pitt and Napoleon’, the fact Honoré Daumier’s political cartoons find themselves in the cannon of European art or the interest surrounding the front cover of The New Yorker – it is evident that illustration has long had a special place in our hearts.

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Amsterdam with Julien Rademaker

Studio    |    A City With
16th July 2014

As art collector and curator of the interior blog Gevonden op Marktplaats, Julien Rademaker has an exceptional eye for detail and a profound knowledge of art and design history, providing him with the perfect skills as a furniture collector and gifted interior stylist. Having spent weekends browsing through flea markets, we thought there was perhaps no better person to talk to for our guide to Amsterdam and so Julien kindly agreed to show us his favourite sites of the city.

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STUDIO SCRAPBOOK: AMERICAN VINTAGE

Studio    |    Scrapbook
3rd July 2014

As our New York Studio looks to celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow (and the London Studio enjoy their summer party), we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on American style. Indeed, whether we think of the quintessential American dream or the effect Hollywood’s movie stars and the burgeoning New York art scene had, vintage America has and continues to impact our designs.

STUDIO JOURNAL: RCA GRADUATE SHOW 2014

Studio    |    Studio Journal
27th June 2014

With RCA alumni including Henry Moore, Sir James Dyson, Thomas Heatherwick, Christopher Bailey, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Zandra Rhodes and Orla Kiely, it isn’t hard to see why the annual Graduate Show is a good barometer in how the future of design is shaping up.

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