All posts by Neil Byrne



nolii is a new lifestyle-focused tech accessories brand co-founded by Benjamin Hubert, Creative Director of strategic design agency, LAYER, and tech and design entrepreneur, Asad Hamir. Inspired by the creative and entrepreneurial spirit that defines London and today’s fast-paced, nomadic lifestyles, nolii’s mission is to deliver beautiful, highly functional products that solve everyday problems for people who depend on their tech to stay connected. Continue reading nolii

Iceskating shelters by Patkau Architects

Plywood: Material of the Modern World

Last week I headed to the V&A for the private view of their latest show – Plywood: Material of the Modern World. As the name suggests, this free exhibition at the entrance to the V&A looks at plywood’s use within furniture and architecture, and the role it currently plays in digital design.  The informative exhibition explains how plywood is made and charts its historic use from the humble tea chest, through to its use in the aviation and automobile industry. Continue reading Plywood: Material of the Modern World

Stellar Works

Stellar Works: Salone del Mobile and ICFF

Tomorrow worked with Shanghai-based global furniture brand, Stellar Works on the international launch of  the new 2017 collections by Neri&Hu, Yabu Pushelberg, Crème / Jun Aizaki and Space Copenhagen. Tomorrow devised and drove a six-month strategic PR plan involving media relations and events organisation at Salone del Mobile in Milan (April) and at ICFF in New York (May). Working in close collaboration with the Stellar Works global marketing team, Tomorrow helped to distill key messages around the new products, prepared a comprehensive multi-media press pack and established an image library to support these key launch events.  For Salone del Mobile in Milan, Tomorrow planned and managed a press preview at the Stellar Works installation in Zona Tortona and was on hand throughout the design week to meet press and manage onsite interviews with Yuichiro Hori, founder and CEO of Stellar Works and designer collaborators. In addition, Tomorrow worked with a leading production company to orchestrate a party in celebration of the new collections for key press and opinion formers.  At ICFF in New York, Tomorrow provided on-site media relations support, greeting members of the press, supporting interviews and attending a series of one-on-one briefings for Yuichiro Hori with key US and international publications, including Wallpaper* and Surface magazines. Tomorrow also planned and managed a drinks reception at the Brooklyn studio of Crème / Jun Aizaki to mark the launch of a special Indigo edition of the award-winning Exchange Chair. The six-month PR campaign has secured more than 80 pieces of print and online press coverage in leading architecture and design publications around the world, including in Architectural Digest, Dezeen, Designboom, Wallpaper*, Azure, Interior Design Magazine, Elle Decoration and Frame.

Serpentine Pavilion by Diébédo Francis Keré

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

The annual Serpentine Pavilion is a great moment in the London design calendar. Now in its 17th year, the Pavilion, commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery,  is designed by an architect who has no previous built projects in the UK – previous Pavilion architects include the late Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor and last year, Bjarke Ingels. This year’s joyous Pavilion is designed by the Burkina Faso born, Diébédo Francis Keré, founder of Berlin-based Kéré Architects. Continue reading Serpentine Pavilion 2017

textile triptych by Leonardo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone

Loewe Craft Prize 2017

While in New York last week I paid a visit to Chamber, a beautiful design gallery adjacent to the High Line at W 23rd St, to check out the 26 finalists for the 2017 Loewe Craft Prize. First established in 2016 by Jonathan Anderson, Loewe creative director and the Loewe Foundation, the Loewe Craft Prize is an annual international €50,000 prize ‘recognising an outstanding work of craftsmanship that pairs an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods.’ Continue reading Loewe Craft Prize 2017

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: the Art of the In-Between

While still in New York post ICFF I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. Kawakubo’s sculptural pieces are perfect for a museum show and she is the first designer to be celebrated with an exhibition by the museum while still alive since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. The Art of the In-Between is arranged according to nine dualisms, including Absence/Presence, High/Low, Fashion/Antifashion and Object/Subject. Continue reading Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: the Art of the In-Between

Nox by Alfredo Häberli for Astep

Astep at Euroluce 2017

Astep is a design company founded by Alessandro Sarfatti, the grandson of legendary lighting designer Gino Sarfatti and the son of Riccardo Sarfatti and Sandra Severi –  who with Paolo Rizzatto founded Luceplan.  Astep brings to the domestic landscape, the experience, knowledge and the future-oriented outlook that has been nurtured by the Sarfatti family for three generations, and bridges it with the latest developments in digital technologies. The name Astep indicates the necessary motion of a never-ending journey – the journey of evolution. It points to a natural but essential move towards the creation of something that’s better, more substantial, and more worthwhile. Astep represents an admiration for timeless inventions: objects that – regardless of when they were designed or made – retain their edge, their capacity to affect our lives, advancing the manner in which we live. Tomorrow worked with Astep on an international press strategy in the run up to Euroluce in April to supported Astep’s debut at Euroluce and the launch of a new light by Alfredo Häberli as well as the launch of Flos with Sarfatti, a new company formed in partnership with Flos what will reissue the lighting from the Gino Sarfatti Archive. Tomorrow secured a three page feature in the Milan preview issue of Wallpaper* magazine (May issue) on Flos with Sarfatti as well as over 50 pieces of coverage on the new Astep products.


Natur & Nicolai Bergmann by OEO Studio

OEO Studio

OEO Studio is a multi-disciplinary design studio, established in Copenhagen in 2003,  which focuses on product design and interior architecture and brand innovation. The award-winning studio is headed by designer and creative director Thomas Lykke and CEO Anne-Marie Buemann. With a great sense of respect and empathy, OEO Studio seeks to touch and inspire people on an emotional level, to create engaging and meaningful design. Continue reading OEO Studio

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 The Barbican

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

On Wednesday I went to the private view of The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 at the Barbican. This compelling and immersive exhibition is the first to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

Featuring the work of over 40 architects, ranging from the renowned and internationally celebrated to more obscure architects little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.

At the heart of the exhibition, and taking over much of the lower gallery, is a full-size recreation of the monumental Moriyama House (2005) designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA. Walking through the fully furnished rooms, with many personal artifacts from Nishizawa himself, you get a real and strangely intimate sense of what it must be like to inhabit this remarkable house.

The other half of the lower gallery features an eccentric Japanese teahouse made from charred wood, specially commissioned for the exhibition from acclaimed Japanese architect, Terunobu Fujimori. This is a thoughtful and accomplished exhibition that explores the very unique sensibilities of Japanese domestic architecture.

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. Until 25 June