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Urban cabin The MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN for London Design Festival 2017.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the MINI LIVING Eco concept home called the URBAN CABIN, at the OXO Tower Wharf’s courtyard, in London’s Southbank.

Following my previous trip to Milan, to see MINI Living’s ‘Breathe’ installation, another small space living concept , I was excited to see their new project this year, being unveiled at the London Design festival. Urban Cabin MINI LIVING is a long term project by MINI that explores the different concepts of shared living, in an era of ever increasing urbanisation and housing space shortage.

The project aimed to explore a more ‘conscious’ way of living, by reducing our personal carbon footprint, but staying true to design. MINI Living Urban Cabin This year MINI had designed a 15 square metre URBAN CABIN in a fine Copper casing. They have partnered with local architect Sam Jacob studio for a touch of London character to the space.

Sam Jacob studio had added two modules to the cabin, the first of which, is a shared kitchen to symbolise the importance of food markets in a modern culture.

You can see the dining table that extends outwards from the internal kitchen in the photo above. Here’s a view from outside in. The table is multi functional and will easily accommodate a gathering of people for a shared meal. I got to enjoy a cold coffee press workshop by Sandows at the Cabin’s kitchen table last weekend. I’ve never considered drinking cold brew coffee, and now I’m a convert. Around the kitchen space is a shelving unit with a little display of small space living essentials. Here it is again, captured in a mirror on the opposite wall. The second add on by Sam Jacobs studio to the URBAN CABIN, is this structure called the Stack, which internally houses a micro library. The design was a response to the closure of many of England’s public libraries in an era of digitalisation. The Stack resembled a pile of books, and was made of many different materials, ranging from Terazzo, foam and acrylic. This is the internal micro library, filled with books of a London theme.

For the duration of the London Design festival, you can bring a book to swop for another at the shelf.

I have added my all time favourite romantic novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ into the mix. I love this large louvre window of the URBAN CABIN, as it gave that feeling of continuity from inside to the external world. So how do you feel? Is this concept of small space living for you? I think it’s a brilliant, with lots of elements that can be extracted for future homes.

The URBAN CABIN will be up until Sunday 24/09/17, so catch it whilst you can. The installation will be travelling next to New York, where a new local add on design will transform the space.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post is a sponsored collaboration with MINI. All views and opinions are my own.)

blackbody-lights-london-design-festival-photo-by-little-big-bell Last week was London Design Festival 2016. I really enjoyed it this year. Can you believe I’m already anticipating London Design Festival 2017?

Being an interiors and design blogger, this was an important date for me in the diary. There was so much happening from the UK interiors scene all over London, but I had to narrow down my list of places to visit on the weekend.

I was excited to learn that Designjunction, one of the large design Trade shows, was changing its venue from Oxford Street to Granary square in King’s Cross, a now regenerated area with many amazing restaurants. It’s also where the famed Central St Martins school of art is located.

Designjunction is definitely the place for interior design and decoration inspiration. It is one of the large London interiors events, where interior designers converge on, during London Design festival.

I thought I’d give you a visual journey of my favourite finds.

The lighting masterpiece above is by Blackbody. Stunning right? Blackbody uses OLED technology in their lighting, a component based on the latest development of nanotechnology. The light emitted is energy efficient, sharp and clear. kirkby-design-designjunction-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell Green is still very much on trend this Autumn. I’m totally in love with this quilted velvet sofa with its hexagonal patterns. It’s called Cloud FR and is by Kirkby Design. pink-hallway-console-table-by-bethan-gray-london-design-festival-photo-by-littlebigbell Green may be in, but pink in my eyes never go out of fashion, and just look how wonderful pink and green goes together.

This pink console table by Bethan Gray was one of my favourite finds. In fact, it was so popular that it made Top Post on London Design Festival and Designjunction’s hashtag on Instagram when I posted it.

It’s part of Bethan’s Shamsian Paua collection , which uses Paua abalone shell inlay sourced from the coastal waters of New Zealand and has been paired with birds-eye maple. band-table-by-bethan-gray-in-rosa-marble-and-brass-designjunctuion-photo-by-little-big-bell This beautiful side table is also from the same Shamsian Paua collection by Bethan Gray. This piece really embodies that girly glamorous and luxury lifestyle don’t you think? cool-wall-mounted-wooden-shoe-rack-by-we-do-wood-london-design-festival-photo-by-little-big-bell Check out this shoe rack made of sustainably sourced bamboo by Danish brand We Do Wood. Would look great in a contemporary Scandinavian style home and of course for those with amazing Jimmy Choos or Manolos to display. loop-shelving-london-little-big-bell This is called the Loop shelf and is also by We Do Wood. The supports for the bamboo shelving comes in brass or black steel. design-house-stockholm Don’t have a conservatory or garden, but want to embrace the indoor greens trend?

No worries, get your very own wooden greenhouse designed by Atelier 2+ for Design House Stockholm. So cool right? geo-fleur-at-designjunction-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell Or maybe get these cute ceramic pots from Geo Fleur. brass-geometric-pots-photo-by-little-big-bell Or these beautiful origami metal pots. floor-story-designjunction-photo-by-little-big-bell Now for some colourful finds. This carpet with the very on trend colour palette of green, blue and clay is by Camille Walala for Floor Story. tom-pigeon-designjunction-photo-by-little-big-bell I always have a soft spot for the prints by Tom Pigeon and adore this new collection called Playso named because they comprise of bold, playful patterns influenced by childhood building blocks. designjunction-whos-casper-movement-on-the-ground-little-big-bell This is a Caspar stool by Modus. It was part of a charity project called Who’s Caspar? where high profile creatives were asked to customise a stool and then placed for auction.

The proceeds would go towards supporting refugees at the forefront of the European crisis. Do take a peek at all the other customised designs. colourful-notebooks-designjunction-photo-by-little-big-bell Finally, I couldn’t resist snapping these colourful leather bound books. cubitt-house-designjunction-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell Hope you have enjoyed my curated finds at Designjunction 2016. I will be back with more, including my curated finds from the London Design Fair 2016 that took place in Shoreditch.

The above Cubitt House design was by Satellite Architects who worked alongside Danish designer Peter J. Lassen. interiors-ideas-from-london-design-festival-2016-photo-by-little-big-bell ( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell).

future-and-found-curate-featured-on-little-big-bell London Design Festival for 2016 is now in full swing. There are just so many amazing things to see and experience.

I may not be travelling from show to show, but I have kept my finger on the pulse. Social media has cast a wide net, and nowadays it is possible to watch what’s happening from the comfort of your own home.

As I watch, I’m taking note of, and teasing out the cool and new emerging brands that I should explore.

For me, it is about spotting those unique products or brands, whose designs will not only stand out, but will transcend the test of time, and have a broad commercial appeal.

With that in mind, let me introduce you to Future and Founda design concept store based in North London and online. I am always impressed with how Future and Found is able to curate and bring together an on trend collection.

I have decided to do a little edit from their shop, using my colour predictions for the upcoming seasons. winter-2016-colour-trend-cushions The colours I feel instinctively drawn to for this season, can be likened to a make up palette of eye shadows.

It is one filled with shades of nudes, earthy tones and pinks, whilst punctuated by bright pops of semi-precious stone colours, such as greens (Aquamarine and Emeralds), small doses of purples, fuchsias, orange and blues.

The cushions above by Ferm Living, which can also be bought from Future and Found, reflects this Autumn colour palette. face-pot-by-group-partner-at-future-and-found-featured-by-little-big-bell-blog Earthy tones of sand, such as this light wood Gustave stool, and shades of clay such as this speckled face plant pot are the sort of colours I visualise Spring 2017 to be.

Orange is a difficult colour to use for interiors in large doses, but I think it looks wonderful when used in moderation, as an accent colour over a nude palette. josette-table-lamp Lighter woods such as Ash, Beech and Oak is regaining popularity, and I predict will continue into 2017.

The above is the Josette table lamp. It is both a lamp and side table. Such a great space saving idea. No more standing lamp bases getting in the way of the side table right?  wall-secretary-desk Here’s another cool space saving idea in light wood. It’s called the Wall Secretary Desk, and hangs on the wall with three functions in one. It can be used as a shelf, a console or a desk. You can pick from a selection of drawers in mint, yellow or grey. dash-pot-at-future-and-found-featured-on-littlle-big-bell Green as a colour is still holding its own in interiors, especially with the continued popularity of indoor plants.  ferm-living-concrete-pots Check out these grey and ochre concrete pots to hold your indoor greens. I would love to have them in my home. muuto-stacked-modules-from-future-and-found-featured-on-little-big-bell How about these storage module shelves to hold your indoor plant collection?

I must say, I’m rather attracted to that marble effect, smooth grey concrete wall too. table-tiles_future_and_found These pretty table tile coasters are perfect for adding pops of green to your interiors, if you are not too keen on looking after plants.
future-and-found-at-designjunction-little-big-bell Last but not least, Future and Found is exhibiting some of their goods at Designjunction for the London Design Festival. It’s at 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross.

The whole event at Granary Square is amazing and will be on till Sunday 25th September 2016.

If you have a chance, you should go explore. Wishing you all a wonderful week. winter-2016-colour-trend-cushions

( This is a collaborative post with Future and Found. Photos courtesy of Future and Found. All opinions are my own.)

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