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A tour of a luxury residential development – One Park Drive in Canary Wharf.

There is so much more to Canary Wharf than meets the eye. I’ve always thought it was just a financial hub with large banks and offices.

My perception have since changed following a visit to the area.

There is a real buzz in the air. The restaurants are amazing, there are many creative events, and don’t get me started on the shopping choices. Above all, it is a local community too.

There is a palpable sense of economic and social regeneration in the more deprived surrounding areas. Their ‘Making Sustainability Real’ report made interesting reading, particularly on how they have tackled problems with initiatives to help their local community and environment. I was interested to find out that Canary Wharf had reclaimed 23 acres of land – Wood Wharf.

Wood wharf is being master planned by Allies and Morrison Architects. It will soon welcome in 3600 new homes, 380000 sq ft of retail space, 8 acres of public spaces, plazas and parks.

There will also be boutique malls,public art, an NHS surgery and a primary school.

Wood wharf has now reached a prominent milestone in its development with the installation of Water Street bridge, which connects the original Canary Wharf estate to the new district. Last week, I got to see the progress being made on One Park Drive, one of Canary Wharf’s landmark residential building in Wood Wharf. One Park Drive Canary Wharf One Park drive is positioned at the head of the dock and is designed by renown architects Herzog & de Meuron who also designed the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, China.

It will have 58 storeys and 483 apartments. Since the launch in May 2017, over 60% of the development have already been sold. The development will include state of the art amenities designed by GA Design. The reception, concierge, lounge, library and cinema are located on the ground floor. There will be an exclusive health club, including a 20 metre pool, gym, studio space and spa with stunning park views from the first floor. One Park Drive offers three typologies of apartments : the Loft, Cluster and Bay. I’ve labelled the photo to give you an idea.

Each apartment has a balcony offering generous views over the surrounding docklands and across London. Here is one of the Cluster apartments. The interiors have been designed by Goddard Littlefair. The Cluster apartments comprise one bedroom. There was certainly no shortage of storage with a wall of cupboards.

I love how mirrors were used to make the corridor seem wider. This kitchen within the open planned space of the Cluster apartment is just so elegant.

I particularly like how the doors can be folded into slots when opened. That’s such a clever idea for small space living. This is the kitchen in one of the Bay apartments. The Bay apartments usually have 2 bedrooms. This is the larger one. This is the second bedroom. Again, there are ample wardrobe space and clever use of mirrors. Here is a Loft apartment designed by Bowler James Brindley. Here’s another view. The Loft apartments have wraparound terraces with beautiful views of the outdoor green spaces and waterfront. Sliding doors acting as walls can be slid back to create a larger sense of space and to maximise lighting.

How cool is this feature? If you want privacy, then simply slide shut the doors and cloud up the glass panels with a flick of a button. I haven’t shown you all the bathrooms in the apartments, but believe me they are spectacular.

I particularly adore this cylindrical shower room sandwiched between a luxury dressing room and a stylish bathroom. Here is one of the terrace spaces of the Loft apartments.

It’s great to have a large outdoor space in an apartment don’t you think?

Everything about this set up is lovely. I can see our family sitting there in the Summer.

Behind the table is a gorgeous terracotta cladding that also adorns the building.

So, what do you think? I’m seriously tempted. I can’t wait to go back to see One Park drive when it’s all completed.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The blog post is not a sponsored piece. All opinions are my own).

New homeware brands and talents from Tendence 2018.

I have just returned from a fabulous trip to Tendence, an international trade and consumer fair in Frankfurt, that I’ve previously written about here.

I thought I’d show you a few of my favourite new homeware brands.

It was fun to explore the up and coming designers at the Talents section of the fair.

Two of the talents I selected coincidentally had a ‘hands’ theme to their works.

First, I’d like to introduce you to  Anna Štěpánková and Tereza Rosalie Kladošová, who both graduated with a Masters degree from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 2016.

Tereza’s major was in fashion design and Anna studied product design. Their fun and colourful woollen rug collection, called Chopit, featured human hands with food.

The image above is of a hand and pretzel. Here we see the hand dipping into sauce. Next, I’d like to introduce you to Verena Rempel, whose beautiful artistic work feature in an exclusive bedding and cushion cover collection.

All the patterns and motives in her designs were from the photos of her hands. Each side of the bedding had a unique design, so you could change up the look of your bed easily. new homeware brands I couldn’t stop myself swooning over the homewares collection at Hubsch Interior.

Check out that gorgeous mirror that doubles up as a clothes hook. As you can see, the round mirror and Terrazzo trends are still going strong . I’m loving that small Terrazzo dressing table mirror on the floor. Don’t you just love the timeless elegance of Scandinavian design?

I found myself drawn to these beautiful candle lantern jars by Eldvarm , made from handblown glass, powder coated metal and tanned leather straps. The colours from the naturally dyed leather were simply stunning. I’m coveting these fireplace accessories, also from Eldvarm. This beautiful rug and cushions are by Elena Schimmel of Minividuals. The rugs from Minividuals are baby friendly because they are machine washable. I captured this image of the Minividuals stall at Tendence. Since we were on the subject of kids, I thought I’d show you 2 other cool children’s products that I found.

These colourful wooden toys could also double up as Home decor, and are by Kumi Mood.

You could pull on Justus the parrot’s cord and it would flap its wings up and down.

How cute is this comics blanket from Pad concept. ?

It would be perfect for my Marvel loving son.  If you’ve been looking for some stylish, easy to wipe clean table mats, then look no further ,

These pastel mats from By May Stockholm   were simply stunning. Talking about pastels, how cute were these cushions from Pytt Living? Their new collection cushions are excitingly now made from recycled plastic. Hope you’ve enjoyed my mini curate of the new homeware brands at Tendence fair.

Next year the fair would be bigger and even better.

I hear there will be an Urban, Modern, Cosy, Adventure and Earth district. Which district will you be exploring?

Wishing you all a lovely start to your week.

( All photography were provided by the brands mentioned in this post, and this is a paid partnership with Tendence only.)

Small space living with MINI Living’s Urban Cabin at LA Design festival.

I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to sunny Los Angeles with MINI LIVING, to see their latest  Urban Cabin.

The last MINI LIVING Urban Cabin I saw was in London, and you can read all about it here.

MINI LIVING is a long term project by MINI that explores the different concepts of shared and small space living.

In an era of increased urbanisation and housing shortage, small space living solutions like these are becoming important.

The project explores a ‘conscious’ way of living, by reducing our carbon footprint whilst staying true to design. LA Design festival This time round, MINI LIVING worked with local LA based architect firm Freeland Buck, to showcase their Urban Cabin at LA Design Festival. The Urban Cabin is a mere 15 square metres and was constructed on top of the roof of an industrial building in ROW DTLA, the hub for LA design festival. I couldn’t get over this stunning far reaching view of Down Town LA, from the Cabin. MINI Urban Cabin LA Design festival There were 3 sections to the Urban Cabin.

Corrina Natter of MINI Living, designed the end sections of the cabin with a kitchen, shower room and bedroom. The frames were Aluminium with a plywood inner.

The cabin sat on a turquoise panel, reminiscent of a pool, with a ladder that led to a roof terrace. Here is the central section of the Urban Cabin, made of colourful graphic panels, and designed by Freeland Buck. I was in awe at how the panels filtered light, creating kaleidoscopic colours and patterns that looked different throughout the day. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this bright and happy orange kitchen inside the Cabin. The rooms are multifunctional with perforated plywood walls that act like a pegboard with pegs holding up shelves.  I love how you can move the shelves around to customise your space. The light coming through the wall create such a lovely dappled effect on the furniture.

You can sleep under the stars by rolling the bed out. Doesn’t that sound so wonderful? It’s so cool that the Urban Cabin connects with its environment.The wall panels can open out like windows. Here it opens up to become a dining table. How wonderful it must be to see the sky when you shower. I was amazed how much could be packed into what seemed like a very small area. I’ve enjoyed following all of MINI LIVING’s innovative concepts so far.

Finally, the first inhabitable co-living space will open in Shanghai next year and I can’t wait to see it.

( All photography are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell. This is a paid partnership with MINI Living but all views are my own).

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