We now have a Facebook page for you to view all of our latest news. Over the last year we have been better at updating this than our website! To see more about what we have been up to, please take a look here.
We wanted our very first range of terracotta to be something special so we worked with Borralheira in Portugal on the technical side as well as the shapes. The terracotta is high fired to achieve a very low porosity and can correctly be described as stoneware and with this in mind we have called the material ‘Terrastone’. The range is called Borda and the first orders have just left the factory.
Our concept range for Ideal Standard is going from strength to strength. The latest addition to the range is Concept Freedom which is designed for less abled and older folk. So often, the products for this market are perfectly functional but downright ugly. Our ambition with the design was to create products that we would all be happy to have in our homes.
We have always wanted to re-design the schools products for Armitage Shanks, so we are very pleased to see the launch of our new design ‘Splash’ which includes basins too. The small WC for infants has handles on the side of the seat so the little ones don’t feel scared about disappearing down the toilet.
Being an entirely organic range, Isola was a slight departure from our usual design style. Launched back in 2006, it has become a successful line for Costa Verde and we have added many new items. A new brochure was needed and we enjoyed working with Portuguese food stylist and photographer, Monica Pinto to create one.
Our latest design for Ideal Standard, Tempo was launched at KBB in Birmingham earlier this month. The softer shapes reflect the trend away from the hard edge minimalist designs that have dominated the last decade.
At the press event, Robin described Tempo as a geometric shape that has been tumbled up and down a pebbly beach by one of those atlantic storms.
We have added coupe plates to our Saturno range for Costa Verde and we went a step further than usual with this project having designed the plates we went on to design the brochure. We spent a very enjoyable day with Food Stylist Emily Jonzen and Photographer Ria Osborne
A lovely image taken at the Almas Factory in Portugal showing a range of colours available in the new Stak range
We are really happy to be featured in this months Homes and Gardens Magazine. The article by Emma J. Page really captures our ethos at Studio Levien and the lovely photographs by Alun Callender reveal how we design through modelmaking. To read the full article, click here.
Last week we launched an updated and refreshed website. Our homepage showcases some of our favourite designs featuring the forms and textures and functionality that Studio Levien has at its heart. For a look behind the scenes, click here.
Concept/Connect was launched in 2008 on the day that Lehman Brothers Bank collapsed. The range has gone from strength to strength and we have now added Concept/Connect Space to make better use of available space in small bathrooms.
Robin was asked to sit on a panel with Tricia Guild and Neisha Crosland at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. The theme of the interview by Giles Kime from Homes and Gardens Magazine was ‘Design Trends and Working Methods’. Giles told the audience that most of them would have used one of his washbasins to which Robin responded – “you’re being too polite, most of them have sat on one of my toilets!”
We were amazed to win second prize in the annual Plagiarius competition at Ambiente this year. GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH, Cologne, Germany (under their own brand “Galeria Home”) were selling a copy of our Isola Porcelain range for Costa Verde– Spot the difference!
To keep up with the current trend for all things home-baked this is our take on the traditional pie bird, a bit mean we know to put a bird from a cold climate in a hot pie…
To see more of the range please click here
Understated but with personality. Early indications are that we have a hit on our hands.
Studio Levien have greatly enjoyed working with Designers Guild on three new ranges of tableware, Jinshi Porcelain, Saraille Stoneware and Watelet Fine China. They are available in John Lewis and Designers Guild Stores. To see more click here.
We are delighted to be part of the John Lewis Design Collective. The inspiration for this design is a propeller which like so many objects designed purely for maximum functionality also look beautiful.
We are very excited to be working with Raymond Blanc on a new range of tableware to follow Chanterelle. After our presentation we took on the daunting task of providing lunch for a two star Michelin chef. Our young chefs Florence and Sophie did us proud and scored 9 1/2 out of 10 which is unheard of here at Studio Levien – the wine might have helped!
A close collaboration between ITTC, Hankook, John Lewis, Raymond Blanc and Studio Levien has produced the Chanterelle Fine China tableware range. Raymond challenged us to design something clever and fun. Our response was the Olive Dove, when you have eaten an olive pop the stone in her beak, Voila!
Inspired by the wine growing terraces of the Douro Valley in Portugal, Terrace Stoneware was launched at Ambiente
Launched at Ambiente, this Sushi set has been added to the Isola range.
To celebrate 100 years of Herdmar, Century cutlery is launched at Ambiente.
Due for launch at Ambiente in the spring, these designs created with Cad Cam technology welcome the cache pot to the 21st Century.
We are very happy to be working closely with Raymond Blanc on a tableware range. Raymond challenged us to design some clever and fun items, here he is testing the egg cup.
A ‘fine dining’ range with extra wide rims and stretched elliptical serving items.
We would like to thank all our friends and clients from around the world for their support over the last 10 years, here’s to the next 10! To see our press release, click here.
After the awards were made to this year’s incoming Royal Designers and Honorary Royal Designers, Robin took over from Chris Wise RDI as Master of the Royal Designers for Industry He then gave his inaugural address, Elusive Rightness in Design. To download a written version of the address, click here.
Sottini has launched Santorini, designed by Studio Levien. There are two basin shapes and complimentary furniture, this is the Bow 55cm basin.
“My aim is to blur the edges between the cultivated and the natural world”. To read more click here.
Held every year in Frankfurt, Ambiente is the largest consumer goods fair in Europe.
Villeroy and Boch – New Cottage
An eclectic collection of shapes, from sculptural leaves to soft rectangles and circles.
Villeroy and Boch – Home Elements
Some new additions to the range. To see more click here.
Almas – Epuré
‘Super Simple’ in credit crunch colours. To see more click here.
Australian Fine China – Beachcomber
Inspired by Pipi shells. To see more click here.
Porcel – Ballet
Flowing movement in fine porcelain. To see more click here.
Dalper – Inova
The soft blend between the blade and handle of the knife is a breakthrough for Dalper.
Lenox – Aspen Ridge
Rounded shapes offset by a crisp double step detail. A favorite on the wedding lists in America.
Dansk – Edesia Glass
A family of ‘hand cut’ waists. To see more click here.
Costa Verde – Isola Colour
Eye-catching colours launched at Ambiente. To see more click here.
Our brief was to design the ‘new square’. To see more click here.
Our new neighbours round the corner in Great Suffolk Street have an exhibition space at the front of their office.
We created a cascade of our blue foam models, from toilets, to tea pot knobs to inform passers by that craft skills are alive and kicking in many industries.
The role of Master Elect starts in November 2009 and continues for two years.