Monthly Archives: December 2009

Hello Mint Bloggers,

For our final 2009 post, we decided to show snapshots of our space. Just a little retail therapy for the eyes until we come back in the new year!

Best wishes for 2010 and looking forward to see you all at mint very soon.

The Mint Team

Exterior view – mint feels like a Bric-a-Brac, yet ever so elegant

Mother & Daughter portrait – pastel on paper  – 2009

Mouth blown glass stems make the perfect Xmas accessory

Our very own xmas tree, recycled from hand carved discarded xmas trees

Images courtesy of Uli Schade – 2009

In October 2009, mint organized a book launch in its new space for Michael Freeman’s The Source.

Michael is an acclaimed photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture and interiors. He has been a long time friend of mint and has taken fabulous shots of our shop over the years.

To order a copy please call +44 207 225 2228 or alternatively contact us via email on

Mint presents the Escapists of Contemporary Design

for the London Design Festival

For our London Design Festival exhibition in September 09, Mint showcased its intriguing and thought provoking show Mint Escapes. The exhibition presented The Escapists of contemporary design as our modern day storytellers who use the medium of design and craft as the interpretive voice of imagination. This project was in collaboration with Max Fraser author of the annual London Design Guide 2009, which featured an article on the Escapists among other groups of current design trends.

Images courtesy of Inge Clemente – 2009

Mint relocates to the Brompton Quarter

With a new decade beginning and another year ending, 2009 was certainly the most eventful year to date.

After operating for eleven years from its iconic Wigmore St shop we closed in March 09 and re-located to the Brompton Quarter, the newly developed design district in South Kensington.

The new showroom, situated at 2 North Terrace, London sw3 and part of the Empire House Building, has prestigious neighbors such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National History Museum and design retailers such as Skandium and Few & Far amongst others.

In addition, the proximity to The Royal College of Art and The Serpentine Gallery established the area as a design hub in Central London.

Mint at 2 North Terrace – Exterior view

Mint at 2 North Terrace – ground floor view

For the opening in July 09, mint presented a show in collaboration with the V&A for their summer exhibition Telling Tales, which explored fantastical narratives in design. Exhibits included a stunning Smoke Mirror by Maarten Baas and a Catastrophe Vase by Maxim Velcovsky. The Smoke Mirror was acquired by the V&A for its permanent collections.

The Smoke Mirror by Maarten Baas, Telling Tales – V&A July 2009

Smoke Mirror by Maarten Baas – mint 2007

Catastrophe Vase by Maxim Velcovsky – 2007

2010 promises to be another year filled with exciting new projects and collaborations. Stay tuned for all the latest updates coming soon.

Warm wishes for 2010.

The Mint Team

Maarten Baas Designer of the year at Miami Basel

Design Miami/, the pre-eminent international fair for limited edition design, nominated Dutch designer Maarten Baas as this year’s winner of the Designer of the Year Award. New work, commissioned for the award, along with a retrospective of Baas’s work, were presented at the December edition of Design Miami.

Each December, the prestigious Award is presented to a designer who has made a significant contribution to the progression of design. The Designer of the Year must demonstrate a long history of consistent work, as well as outstanding work created within the last twelve months. Now in its fifth year, the Award has gone to an impressive list of esteemed designers, including Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, Tokujin Yoshioka and the Campana Brothers.