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TALKING TO: EMILIE PUGH

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1st December 2016

Working with unconventional mediums has acted as a way in which to express emotions and reinforce concepts for artist Emilie Pugh. From bleach and gunpowder to incense and chemicals, Emilie’s work takes on an otherworldly quality, deeply rooted in human emotion, nature and experiences. We caught up with Emilie to find out how she found herself taking the road less travelled and what lies ahead for her inspirational work.

TALKING TO: SUNNY TODD

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17th November 2016

Nestled in the idyllic Herefordshire countryside you will find Sunny Todd; a refreshing textile company brought together by husband and wife team, Sunny and Emma. With patterns characterised by bold, clean, graphic shapes that are fun and dynamic, Sunny Todd is breathing new life into the textile world. Though young, the dynamic duo have certainly made an impact already, with their patterns spotted in Heal’s, Le Bon Marche and Liberty. The future is certainly looking as bright as their prints so we decided to catch up with Sunny to find out more.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: MUSEE DE LA VIE ROMANTIQUE

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1st November 2016

Located in the romantic neighbourhood of New Athens in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the Musée de la Vie Romantique is a hidden treasure. The residence and its courtyard, garden and two artists’ workshops have retained all of their original charm and are famed for their Romantic connotations. Once a place where Dutch painter Ary Scheffer received Parisian socialites during the Jullet Monarchy, including Delacroix, Rossini, Sand, Chopin and Tourgueniev, the residence held witness to some of the most pivotal movements within the art and literary worlds. It now offers a unique space in which the paintings of Scheffer and his contemporaries are displayed.

A CITY WITH: UPSTATE NEW YORK WITH EMMA TUCCILLO

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25th October 2016

New York; though you may not first believe, is an incredibly green and diverse landscape. From the forward thinking and iconic New York City to the wondrous Finger Lakes towards the Canadian border, New York State is a sight to behold. We caught up with Emma Tuccillo, founder of And North, an online site dedicated to exploring quirky places in the wider area to discuss where to go for a weekend away from the city, what the state’s best secret is and when’s best to visit. Our bets are on all year round.

STUDIO JOURNAL: MBDS REVIEW BIENNALE INTERIEUR

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20th October 2016

Last week two of our FF&E designers, Freya and Natasha, travelled to Kortrijk in Belgium to visit the Biennale Interieur. This was the first time members of the MBDS family experienced Biennale Interieur so we caught up with them to find out what they thought of the 25th edition of the Flemish design and product biennale. Biennale Interieur aims to promote creativity in product development, the living environment and design and this year combined the behemouth of creativity; the Texture Museum, also located in the city.

TALKING TO: HANNAH WOODMAN

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12th October 2016

The southwest coast of England has long been favoured by artists, its dazzling light and unpredictable and dramatic weather its greatest asset. From the artist colony of St. Ives to the artistic communities dotted along the shorelines, Cornwall and Devon is a behemoth of creativity. We caught up with one artist, Hannah Woodman, who is born and bred in Devon to find out more about making a life and career along the craggy rocks and under the dramatic sky.

COPENHAGEN WITH TINA SEIDENFADEN BUSCK

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6th October 2016

For years people have flocked to Copenhagen to see some of the best and most iconic domestic designs; from Finn Juhl to Hans Wegner, the modern home owes so much to Danish Design. More recently it has also become a place where foodies gather, keen to sample the latest in modern Nordic cuisine all whilst taking in the characterful surroundings. With its rich history, superb architecture and infamous "free city", we thought it was about time we found out more about the city. We caught up with Tina Seidenfaden Busck, founder of The Apartment, a treasure trove of 20th century furniture, contemporary art and design, to find out more about the Danish capital.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: THE END OF HISTORY

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28th September 2016

Located in New York’s West Village is The End of History, a cavernous shop brimming with mid-century finds, rare ceramics and vintage hand-blown glass. Established in 1997 by Stephen Saunders, the store now holds approximately 10,000 unique items. Organised by colour and form, each piece forms a vivid landscape of design; ranging from acidic orange and bubble-gum pink to cool blue and classic ivory. Italian Murano glass rubs shoulders with Danish designs in the most pleasing of ways.

TALKING TO: SANDY SUFFIELD

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21st September 2016

With an eye for the witty and ever so slightly out-there, art director and set designer Sandy Suffield's creations are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. From cinched in waists and perfectly retro food slicers to pearl-filled bubble baths and dressed-up scarecrows, Suffield's portfolio is humorous, clever and vast but above all, accessible. We caught up with Sandy to find out more about her methodology, her ongoing project Things&People and what jovial idea is next in line.

OAKLAND WITH JAMES SYHABOUT

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13th September 2016

Just across the water from the bright lights of San Francisco is Oakland, an urban dwelling fast becoming the place to visit in SoCal. Marked by industrial cranes, Oakland may not be the first place you think of when visiting the sunny state but look beyond the industrial aesthetic and you will discover a town rich in diversity, history and culinary assets. One of which is chef James Syhabout, a local through and through. Fleeing Thailand with his family, Syhabout found himself immersed in the Oakland way of life from a very young age. We caught up with the two Michelin Star chef to find out where’s best to go whilst staying in this up and coming town.

STUDIO JOURNAL: ROBERTO BURLE MARX: BRAZILIAN MODERNIST

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7th September 2016

Best known for his iconic seaside pavements on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, Roberto Burle Marx was one of the most influential landscape architects of the twentieth century, yet he remains relatively unknown outside of his native Brazil. This summer the Jewish Museum in New York City has sought to set the record straight and bring the brilliant and bold Modernist designs into the limelight.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: CHOOSING KEEPING

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1st September 2016

With a fresh autumn term just around the corner, we’ve been looking for new stationery to equip us for the year ahead. No longer seen as a daily necessity, stationery is currently experiencing a design revival. From tortoiseshell fountain pens to gilded notebooks, the days of Bic biros are long gone.

TALKING TO: CLARE TAYLOR

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17th August 2016

A year on since the unveiling of the newly designed Academicians’ Room at the Royal Academy of Arts we caught up with Clare Taylor, Head of the Keeper’s House to find out how the revamped members’ club has fared over the last twelve months.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: THE CITY RELIQUARY

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17th August 2016

Hidden away in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, lies The City Reliquary, a community museum displaying found artefacts from all over New York City. Through the permanent display of quirky artefacts, annual cultural events and rotating exhibitions, the museum connects visitors to both the past and present of New York; it is a melting pot of cultural discovery.

Talking to: Laura Gillingham

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11th August 2016

The art of calligraphy has seen a boom in the last 10 years with the fashion now for a style which is looser and more free flowing than traditional calligraphy. It is an art form in itself, perfected by years of practice and a dedication to forming letters on a blank page. We caught up with Laura Gillingham, founder of Embellishing the Ordinary, to find out more about how she first got into this beautiful style of art, her opinion on today's fashion for calligraphy as well as what lies ahead for her business.

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