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Journal

Musings on the things that make up, and take up a life. The Simon James Journal is a carefully curated source of inspiration.

Established & Sons returns to Milan 2017.

2017 is the first year the brand showed at the fair itself. As the company enters a phase of renewal and regeneration, with a new team, new commercial approach and a change in leadership.

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16.02.17

Massproductions - Interview with the Founders

"All of the most sophisticated products in our lives are mass produced, from a Bic Biro to a production line car. We want to achieve that level of sophistication in our furniture. High quality in high volumes."

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Profile21.11.16

Mahsa - behind the name

Mahsa Willis' design process is very emotive and instinctual, "I like to build moodboards and contemplate ideas that resonate with how women are feeling, living and dressing." In our interview with Mahsa we find out more about the woman behind the brand.

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03.07.16

Machines and Hands

Mattiazzi operates with their own machines and hands, and has developed a healthy obsession for woodworking. Since 1979, when brothers Nevio and Fabiano Mattiazzi founded the company, Mattiazzi has steadily cultivated its local manufacturing culture. Their highly specialized craftsmen operate the most sophisticated machinery available to the wood industry. Operating such machines is an art and Mattiazzi disproves the modern myth that mechanized manufacturing is not a craft.

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09.11.16

Weave In / Weave Out- A fabric by Simon James and Textilia At Work

Early in 2016 - in search of inspiration and fresh direction for the AT WORK brand, the Textilia team approached Simon James with the idea of a NZ fabric / NZ furniture collaboration. With a shared enthusiasm the project’s journey began. Our essential vision was to develop a quality NZ wool product that was entirely in keeping with the clean simple aesthetic that is Simon James.

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08.11.16

Danskina Cocoon features at Maharam 2016 NeoCon

In the last decade, Maharam has worked exclusively with the British conceptual artist, Liam Gillick, and the American architect, Neil Logan, to transform its Chicago showroom into a flexible gallery space in which a minimum of product can be shown to its best advantage. Retaining these principles, Maharam invited Ransmeier to propose a novel experience based on his “thoughtful yet minimal approach to product design,” says Mary Murphy, Maharam’s Senior Vice President of Design.

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29.11.16

The making of Peel - by The Earnest Workshop

An insight into the hands on production of the Peel Coat stand by The Earnest Workshop.

19.07.16

Paris Georgia Basics – How To Wear

Stylist Paris Mitchell recently showed Vogue.com ‘How To Wear’ her Paris Georgia Basics range of luxe essentials this season. It’s all about layering these slips and jackets for a timeless, trans-seasonal look for your wardrobe

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08.11.16

A portrait of the Danskina production

Danskina's made-to-order rugs bring a new, warm design language to commercial and residential spaces alike. Produced by skilled makers in the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Nepal and India, all our rugs are characterised by their distinctive textures, unique use of colours, and innovative structure.

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08.11.16

Making of the Parison Pendant by Nat Cheshire

Nat Cheshire talks us through the design and production process of the Parison Pendany by Resident

22.03.16

Massproductions - The Design Bar

Massproductions understated and elegant furniture collections cleverly and knowingly flirt with time and form, making them a perfect fit for this year’s design bar.

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08.11.16

‘designed from the yarn up’

‘designed from the yarn up’, Hella Jongerius about Danskina rugs Argali, Dew and Fringe

22.01.15

The Story of a Chair

Events, errors, dialogues, models and tests. Sam Hecht describes the birth of the Branca Chair, from his encounter with the Italian firm Mattiazzi. An interview by Francesca Picchi

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22.01.16

Massproductions Showroom

No 51 is part of “Allén”, a sleek, dark, neomodernist building designed by Johannes Norlander, with a no nonsense industrial touch that anchors it in the history of it’s surroundings.

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12.02.15

Eyrie

On the 1st December 2014 Resident conducted an iconic photoshoot at a remote cabin north of Auckland, New Zealand. The location is called Eyrie. The buildings were designed by Nat Cheshire and received the coveted Home Design Award for 2014. Photography by Simon Devitt.

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01.04.15

New Ground Floor Opening

Simon James has created a new residential and retail focused space at the Upper Queen Street showroom.

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08.11.16

Jamie McLellan explains the thought behind the Spar Floor Light

Jamie McLellan talks about his design process behind the Spar Light and Flyover table for New Zealand manufacturer Resident.