It’s a hard life… last night on an unexpectedly warm late summer evening we were sipping our favourite British fizz, Nyetimber and mingling with London’s design cognoscenti in the Orangery in Kensington Palace Gardens for the Elle Decoration British Design Awards (BDA). The BDA’s recognise the beautiful, useful, and original work by British designers and our friends at Pinch, Russell Pinch and his wife Oona Bannon have been nominated in the category of Best British Brand, alongside other luminaries of the design world, Tom Dixon, Present & Correct, Sitting Firm and Plum & Ashby. We're thrilled that not only there is such a resurgence  in British Design and manufacturing and that it is receiving the recognition it deserves. The voting is open until 30th September 2013 so there’s still time to cast your vote at www.britishdesignawards.com....

[caption id="attachment_915" align="alignnone" width="450"] 100 % Design[/caption] [caption id="attachment_912" align="alignnone" width="450"] Roundhouse friends at Tent[/caption] [caption id="attachment_914" align="alignnone" width="450"] Tent & Design Junction[/caption] Phew! What a hectic couple of weeks. Not only have we been busy in the Roundhouse Wigmore Street showroom hosting our own London Design Festival event, where we launched new bespoke finishes and designer ceramics but we’ve also been out and about at the London Design Festival. Roundhouse is a design-led company - we make a point of supporting new (and established!) British design talent. With this in mind we wore out our poor feet checking out the latest designs and innovations at Tent London, Design Junction and 100% Design last week and we’re so glad we made the effort. We were really impressed by exciting new designers, work by old friends and were particularly pleased to note the resurgence of British design and manufacturing. We saw many old friends; architect Peter Morris, who offered free advice, Quooker hosted a welcome coffee bar and showed their designs in collaboration with leading British designer Nick Munro, and designers Ikuku Iwamoto and Stuart Carey whose work we’ve shown in our showroom having spotted them at the Royal College of Art. We took lots of inspirational photographs and here we’ve picked out just a few highlights.  ...

Roundhouse is home to a number of design students each year who come to us from Nottingham Trent University to experience life at the sharp end of bespoke kitchen, furniture and product design. Over the past few years we’ve been very impressed with the calibre, commitment and creativity of those who have spent time working with us and a significant number have gone on to become permanent members of the Roundhouse team. This year is no exception, so when Roundhouse Managing Director Craig asked Simon Farthing, one of this years intake, to come up with a design solution for a sink cover to be used in our newest concrete work surface, he jumped at the chance. Simon designed a simple solution. A wooden board that slots neatly into the recess around the stainless steel sink, that can slide across to cover the sink, creating a chopping board for food preparation. The design is as stylish as it is practical and has already been used by one of London’s top chefs at a recent cookery demonstration held in our showroom. It’s good to know that we can spot such emerging talent!...

With the introduction of our new Driftwood and concrete finishes, the Roundhouse flagship showroom in Wigmore Street has a bit of an industrial/shabby chic vibe going on, with the addition of our ‘new’ up-cycled stools and lights. Our reclaimed stools had a former life in a sewing factory and were spotted by Roundhouse architect, Victoria in a vintage shop in Hastings. The latest additions however, had a more exotic past. Three heavy-duty pendant lights hung above our polished concrete work surface have travelled the world on a Russian super tanker and were found by one of our designers Peter, in a marine reclaim salvage specialist in Devon. Sitting on an industrial stool in our beautiful state of the art, bespoke Urbo kitchen it’s fun to imagine the overhead lights swaying around as the super tanker sailed the seven seas!...

[caption id="attachment_895" align="alignnone" width="450"] Canapes from Libby Isaacs[/caption] The Roundhouse team loves good design, good food and of course, good wine. So what better way to celebrate our London Design Festival launch of our new kitchen designs and an exhibition of James & Tilla Waters ceramics, than a champagne tasting and a cooking demonstration? Giancarlo Caldesi left his Marylebone restaurant temporarily and brought a flavour of Italy to our new Concrete and Driftwood kitchen, where he demonstrated his cooking flair using the Gaggenau appliances. With the able assistance of Gaggenau home economist Sarah, Giancarlo created an amazing array of pizzas and left everyone wanting their own steam oven after producing the most mouth watering beef imaginable. George Burroughs from Louis Roederer Champagne talked us through tastings of the fabulous Brut Premier NV, Winner of the Decanter World Wide Awards 2013 - Gold Medal and NV Champagne Trophy and Brut Vintage Rose NV. Roederer kindly donated a silver ice bucket which was raffled at the end of the evening to a lucky recipient. Delicious and beautiful canapes were provided by Libby Isaacs. Giancarlo Caldesi cooking up a storm...

The Roundhouse team is getting very excited about the opening of our flagship showroom as part of the London Design Festival, which takes place from 13 -21 September 2013. We’re busy unwrapping beautiful ceramics from James and Tilla Waters to display during the festival. We met the Waters at the Homes & Gardens Designer Awards, where they too picked up an award, so we’re particularly pleased to be showing some of their lovely porcelain tableware in our newly refurbished Wigmore Street showroom. Roundhouse, as ever, is keen to support British design, and this is the fourth such collaboration with British ceramicists. James and Tilla are steadily building a reputation and a devoted following among the ceramic cognoscenti. Their teapots, cups, jugs and bowls in unusual colour combinations are as elegant as they are practical. The duo’s ceramics will be shown in our new Concrete, Marble, Driftwood and Metallic displays and all their work will be for sale. London Design Festival 13 -21 September Monday – Friday 10.00 -18.00 Saturday 10.00 -17.00...