A Journey to... Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN

 

Words : Brittany Wilson

Photos : Brittany Wilson

 

In October we spent a couple of days in the truly beautiful Danish capital Copenhagen. In a world of riding bikes, laid back lifestyle, and Scandinavian design, we wandered the streets to find inspiration in every direction we took.

Our first point of call was meeting our Danish friend Nina, who welcomed us with some traditional pastries and homemade bread - a perfect start to the day. Feeling full and ready to hit the streets, we visited the local ‘rent a bike’ shop to pick up our mode of transport for the two days, slowly blending in with the natives.

Within minutes of being in the city it was clear to see that Copenhagen was thriving with culture, beauty, and creativity. Every street we explored was full of life and character, and individual style. Throughout these days we browsed the amazing array of fashion and design shops that Copenhagen had to offer.

One shop that we really liked was the boutique Storm Fashion, which featured a range of great designer street-wear and a fantastic selection of coffee table books. Other favourites included Wood Wood’s flagship store, Acne Studios, the renowned Hay House, and the menswear store Han Kjøbenhavn, who is mostly known for their amazing quality glasses. In Han Kjøbenhavn we were instantly hit with the incredible scents of Le Labo fragrances, and met with friendly service. The store showcased artistic pictures and interiors, whilst presenting a great curation of cutting-edge fashion - definitely one to check out.

Throughout our first day we were told by many people to head to Torvehallerne; a food market with stall after stall selling beautiful wines, fresh juices, and varieties of world foods. Vibrant colours and amazing scents greeted us on our entrance to the lively market. It was the perfect place to hide away from the mid afternoon rain spell, as we dried off and sampled a delicious pizza from Gorms Pizzeria.

The Danish culture is one that we truly felt at home with. Their appreciation for design is like no other, and we can’t wait to explore it again soon.

 

BE CREATIVE • STAY CURIOUS

 

Telegraph Luxury

 

Telegraph luxury is a bi-annual and daily digital publication from The Daily Telegraph. The launch of Telegraph Luxury is the next stage in the Telegraphs digital development; offering something new and exciting to their loyal readership whilst also reaching a new audience. Run by an amazing team of experts and writers, they bring a fresh take on the luxury world.

Henrietta Thompson's article Playing for time, explores how designing for luxury is no longer about opulence but about providing us with the opportunity to indulge in time and slow down from the pace of modern life. 

 

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As the bling bling of flashy luxe ebbs quietly out of fashion, the "new" luxury taking its place is defined by the far more sophisticated qualities of craftsmanship, detail and design...Take, for example, old-fashioned stationery. Investing extra care and minutes in writing a note by hand is mindful and rewarding. Use a spun brass Ajotopen to be further reminded as you unpackage it from its box that "Making a mark represents the first step on the journey from a great idea to great endeavor". An email doesn’t have the same sense of action, does it?

 

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DesignJunction 2015 • VICTORIA HOUSE

DESIGNJUNCTION

 

Words : Brittany Wilson

Photos : Brittany Wilson

 

It was a privilege to sit alongside some amazing brands in Victoria House for DesignJunction. The talent was exceptional and truly inspiring to be around.

Our stand neighbour was the talented textile designer Kangan Arora who specialises in creating Indian-inspired prints. Her new collection of cushions and rugs featured eye catching fluorescent pops of colour combined with a playful geometric print. All cushions are screen-printed, embroidered, woven and tufted by hand. We bought two cushions (Radium Forest & Radium Random Forest), for the AJOTO studio and they definitely haven’t gone unnoticed

 
 

 

Throughout DesignJunction we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the duo behind the Montpellier based brand Mr & Mr. The French designers create functional objects for the home with a quirky twist. Each product stands alone in style, highlighting that once an object has been perfected, they take a completely new take on the next. This approach of solving problems instead of following style is quite refreshing, especially with their added fun in their design. Their work features a multi-use mattress created from sandwiched bubble wrap and cardboard, and a wall mounted wooden lamp that can be adapted to its surroundings, creating a newly lit space with one movement. 

 

 

 
 

 

Another favourite of ours from the event was eyewear brand Banton Frameworks. Jamie and Lucy from Glasgow create ‘build your own frames’, hand-making everything in their small studio in Scotland. This in fact makes them one of the few manufacturers of eyewear in Britain today. Their workshop style stand perfectly resembled this, showcasing them carefully building glasses together in front of the visitors. Their glasses come in a variety of styles and materials allowing you to choose each segment from the frame to the temple, ensuring you can have your perfect pair. The couple also kept us going through the long eventful days by providing us with coffee from their stand machine. Great guys!

 

 
 

 

Other highlights from Victoria House included the Eames Elephants, Not Another Bill, H Furniture, and the gorgeous cocktails from the London based collective The Drink Factory. 

 

 

DesignJunction 2015 • OLD ST MARTINS

 

Following the DesignJunction graphical arrows out of Victoria House lead us to the amazing old college of Central St Martins, which showcased the interior design brands of the event. Within seconds of entering we were introduced to an installation of gold leaves hanging by a delicate thread, creating a beautiful cloud above. 

 
 

Several individual spaces stemmed out from each and every corridor of the historic building, from the ground floor to the forth. We thoroughly enjoyed the artistic vision of Swedish designer Niclas Hoflin, the man behind RUBN Lighting. His beautiful lighting came in all shapes and sizes from contemporary desk lamps to tall sculptural pieces. Mixing silhouettes and materials such as beautifully polished brass in clean lines and wire threads moulded into messy bundles, he created a modern take on lighting, whilst keeping a traditional Scandinavian approach. When chatting to Niclas he confirmed that the whole room was in fact all his work. This was quite a space to fill, so he was already showcasing that DesignJunction’s Lightjunction was not something to be missed. Throughout the show there was a great curation of lighting from several brands including LUUM, Brokis, and Joel Hoff.

 
 

Walking upstairs lead us to the new French furniture company La Chance Paris. Collaborating with a designer for each piece they create, La Chance Paris showcase individual work from a selection of cosmopolitan designers, that all embody a sophisticated design style.

 
 

We particularly liked ‘Salute’, an occasional table created by German designer Sebastian Herkner. Disc trays in a range of metals simply slotted onto a solid marble cylinder to create a simple yet stunning table. The rich tones of dark green marble against the warm copper was our personal favourite colour combination. Other favourites from La Chance Paris included The ‘Mewoma’ table by Jonah Takagi, and the small desk pots by Beaverhausen, a Belgian design studio. 

 
 

Set in one of the old Central Saint Martins classrooms was Dyke & Deans workshop style room. They focused solely on the product, showcasing the unique shapes of bulbs, shades, and range of coloured cables, which can all be mix-and-matched by the customer.  Their stand was awarded Best Trade Stand at DesignJunction, and it’s clear to see why.

 
 

There was definitely too much amazing work in the Old College of Central Saint Martins to see in our hours visit, but we left inspired, and have no doubt that all visitors would agree.

 

AJOTO AT DesignJunction 2015

 

During London Design Festival we showcased at the renowned Designjunction event in Victoria House, Holborn. With visitors queuing round the block, DesignJunciton welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors over the five days, resulting in the most successful show to date.

Sitting in a wonderful setting amongst some great design brands and shops, we proudly presented our new launch collection to the public, press, and buyers.

 
 

At AJOTO we truly believe that is important to celebrate the soul and craft that goes into making each and every tool we create, and therefore wanted to reflect this in our stand design. We created an informative display for our visitors, exhibiting the materials and processes behind each tool, from the foil blocked packaging to the precision machining of solid brass bars. This display proved to be a great success, with visitors expressing their delight on the honestly and educational content.

 
 

In contrast to our museum like exhibition, we created a section that reflected our studio in Manchester. Here visitors could come by and have chat, learning the story of AJOTO and the hidden details within the tools.  The range of Pens were all available for visitors to test, with people making scribbles, doodles, and even some works of art, all to be featured on our ‘Make Your Mark wall’.  Everyone from all ages got involved, with several youngsters showing the rest of the visitors up with their masterpieces of trains, minions and finding Nemos. After four busy days of pens touching paper, it was hard to reach any further up the wall, so help had to be called in from our taller DesignJunction neighbours to reach the top.

 
 

DesignJunction was an extremely enjoyable experience and we received a reception that truly surpassed any of our expectations, so thank you to everyone that came down and took to time to come by our stand. It was great meeting you all. In the next year we will be involved in some exciting events so keep your eyes peeled for updates.

 

ILLUSTRATING THE SHOW

 

On the opening night of DesignJunction we had the wonderfully talented London based illustrators Joe Gamble and Alice Bowsher as part of the AJOTO team. During the evening the duo walked around both buildings playfully documenting the guests and atmosphere with their AJOTO Brass Pens. These amazingly characterful drawings were given out as complimentary keepsakes to the guests.

 
 

Limited edition screen-printed postcards were also available to purchase from our stand, featuring work from both Joe and Alice, and Manchester based illustrator and screen-printer Crooked Cartoon. Each postcard represented what it means to make your mark, with each illustrator having their own creative style and interpretation. This was the first of many exciting future collaborations for AJOTO, and you will soon be able to find the remaining postcards available for purchase on our online shop.

Photography shot by the incredible Flore Diamant

 

Vogue

 

VOGUE is one of the most influential voice in fashion and has been a cultural barometer for over 100 years. VOGUE places fashion in the context of culture and the world we live in — how we dress, live and socialize; what we eat, listen to and watch; who leads and inspires us. VOGUE immerses itself in fashion, always leading readers to what will happen next. Thought-provoking, relevant and always influential, Voguedefines the culture of fashion

VIRGINIA VAN ZANTEN was tasked with picking her top 12 brands of the London Design Festival and we made her pick!

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There are few things more frustrating than discovering something at a design fair only to be told that it might not go into production...We pre-shopped finds from dozens of vendors and picked our 12 favorites, like modern planters, graphic prints, rhodium-plated pens, and more, above.” 

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With Love Project

 

With Love is a site dedicated to finding people who produce things with a passion and purpose. It is brought to you by Chris Roberts and Rob Evans and documents their search to find individuals who truly care about what they do and what they produce. Asking one single question along the way... "Why do you do what you do?” 

 

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AJOTO’s story is one which projects an open approach to educating the customer to every step of the manufacturing process and Chris’ meticulous focus on detail elevates each piece to another level.

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