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This design by Michael Bambino takes the tired dated principal of office Tambour units and re-invents it creating a new innovative workspace for the home. His design, the Tambour Table, has a sliding top which folds neatly down the back of the table to reveal handy desk storage. This also allows the desk to be placed against a wall and still use the under desk storage available. Within the construction of the desk there is integrated cable management to hide all those messy cables and a power source. This design oozes modern, fresh, contemporary design and uses an old tired design in a creative, useful and innovative way. Great Design!

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Today I went to John Lewis and had a wander around the furniture section and was very impressed. So impressed with one particular designer that I felt the need to tell all you guys / gals about her. Bethan Gray is a leading furniture and lighting designer who works for many leading manufacturers and retailers. The studio ethos is simple design with intriguing details to excite. They certainly deliver on this. Their love for high quality craftsmanship, solid honest materials, shapes and textures ensures all the final products have a unique flavour.

Slide, featured above, is a very cool shelving unit where functionality is not compromised. The interesting mix of white sliding doors and shelving allows you to hide those bits and bobs in your minimalist contemporary flat.

Noah is a family of pieces using high quality natural materials to create a luxurious range, with great durability and practicality. Not only does it look good but it has the ability to extend to suit any situation. The simple lines, clean joints and honest use of materials create a unique design. This restricted use of materials and finishes creates a unified modern design, suitable for any designer pad. The table set below made from solid oak, veneer and painted MDF tops with an A-frame base are a nice set of tables. The contrast between the different finishes and materials are simple but effective in uniting them with the rest of the Noah range.

I really admire Bethan Grays design philosophy. The idea of using honest materials, craftsmanship and simple solutions to create unique, new, fascinating and practical designs is something I believe gets lost in the techno society we live in today. Not only is her work visually great but functionality and everyday practicality is not reduced or restricted. Very glad I popped into John Lewis and great work Bethan!

Some more of Bethan’s work is below…

The Argonaut collection by Christina Skouloudi Design Studio and Athanasios Babalis, consists of six items for the table top. Manufactured from wood and steel these simple, clean, contemporary designs ooze current trends and lifestyles. Below are the six items from the collection.

From the collection my personal favourites are the laptop case, the tray and pepper / salt shakers. The simple use of materials, clean lines and contrasting textures create an honest aesthetic to the products.