On the sofa with

Nadia Sofia Taseer & Aamer Fatah

Date
November 26, 2018
Founders, Hemghar

Years of travel and research in Asia and Europe led Nadia Sofia Taseer and Aamer Fatah to create Hemghar, a company with a collection of new and vintage rugs. Nadia, who is half Swedish and half Pakistani, previously owned a vintage clothing label in London, while Aamer worked for his family’s long-standing marble business in Pakistan. Each rug, sold through Hemghar’s website, is a piece of art that will live in the customer’s home for decades to come. We sat down with them in their Notting Hill home to talk rugs, culture and interiors.

Design To Shape Light for Maggie’s

Date
October 08, 2018

Design To Shape Light has been a particularly satisfying project for the Friends & Co team.  Our client, Danish lighting company Louis Poulsen, asked us to conceive an exhibition that could benefit a chosen charity, Maggie’s. We drafted in another client, lighting designer Paul Nulty, and together we asked architects and other creatives to explore […]

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has just released a short film celebrating the beauty, strength, versatility and sustainable credentials of American tulipwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) which was used to construct MultiPly, one of the Landmark Projects of the London Design Festival 2018 (LDF18). MultiPly is a nine-metre high, carbon-neutral, flexible construction made up of 17 modules of […]

On the sofa with

Spandana Gopal

Date
September 17, 2018
Founder, Tiipoi
What they do:
Product Design
What we do for client:
Marketing, Public Relations

Spandana Gopal is the founder and creative director of Tiipoi, a London-based brand with a vision to create a new relationship between the UK and India through modern design. Tiipoi’s products are inspired by good materials and the simplistic and utilitarian forms of daily life in the Indian household, where nothing is wasted.

In 1970, industrial designer Dieter Rams drafted a design manifesto that proclaimed ‘good design is long-lasting’. Vitsœ, the furniture company that Rams co-founded in 1959, celebrates this epithet for London Design Festival (LDF) this year, with ‘A Sense of Belongings’, a collection of over 20 treasured possessions that have been used, repaired, and cherished for […]

Wood Awards 2018 Announces Shortlist

Date
July 31, 2018
What we do for client:

Twenty buildings and twelve furniture and products projects have been shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2018.  Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards are free to enter and aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, […]

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