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Hello Mint Bloggers,

Spring is finally here and with only a few more weeks to go before the summer hits (experts predict a record breaking heat wave), we thought we would give you a little taste of our outdoor furniture collection so you can plan your summer accordingly! No excuses for staying indoors. Give us a call for more details:

Dehors Sofa (2-Seater)

Designed by Michele De Lucchi – Philippe Nigro, 2008

H 65.5 x W 166 x D 87 cm

The Dehors collection is designed to create an ideal “garden living-room”, inspired by nature and the irregular shapes of plants. In particular, the supports deviate from the usual vertical lines but nonetheless create a solid framework in which each counterbalances the other. The result is a wavy structure that abandons any claim to architectural rigour but offers an unexpected degree of comfort.

Dehors welcomes a naturalistic form of architecture and introduces a new and dynamic logic of comfort. The wide, asymmetrical seats invite the body to adopt an extreme variety of positions, from the most formal to those that encourage greater relaxation.

This is an aggregate system of furnishing, comprising armchair, sofa and chaise-longue. The 100% UV-resistant acrylic fabric covers are available in a range of colours, including brown grey, warm light grey or white, and the seat and back cushions may be mixed and matched.

Tio Table

Chris Martin, designed 2009

café table with triangular marble top and metal wire structure

Triangular Top: H 72 x Diam 58 cm


Tio Chair

Chris Martin, designed 2009

stackable chair in metal wire for indoor/outdoor use

H 77.5 x W 50 x D 51 cm

Available in different sizes, finishes and colours

“The design for “Tio” was the end result of a few months of thinking, sketching and sculpting. My point of departure was to arrange a fan of wires into a comfortable seat and then connect them in a straightforward and logical frame, which minimized the amount of steel used.

So really the appeal comes from pragmatic thinking, executed within the restraints of the materials characteristics and according to an industrial production process. Sounds clinical, but the result is something I find very pleasing. For those who find steel wires too hard, we have developed an upholstered cushion to give extra comfort during long dining sessions.” – says Chris Martin

For more information on our outdoor range, please call us on +44 207 225 2228 or email us at info@mintshop.co.uk


Reveal Cabinet, designed 2009
reclaimed pine floorboards
H 180 x W 100 x D 42 cm
Prototype

The “Reveal’ cabinet is a piece made from recycled floor-boards, the simple form of the exterior contrasts with the rough character of the planks from which it is made. There are cut outs that allows for storage and display. When opened the cabinet reveals a set of different size and proportion boxes. Both the boxes and the negative space between them can be used for
storage.

The cabinet is made to order, various woods and sizes available, price on request.

‘Reveal’ was our main furniture piece used to display objects and ceramics from our Chez Czech exhibition, running until April 31st, 2010.

All images courtesy of the great Inge Clemente

Chez Czech installation, Mint

Mint is pleased to announce ‘Chez Czech’, a retrospective of Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky to take place over the month of April 2010. To complement Velcovsky’s extensive body of work, Mint will also exhibit a selection of works by other emerging and established Czech designers.

Vase of Vases by Maxim Velcovsky

Well renowned for its array of established talent in glassmaking and ceramics, Czech design is increasingly building a reputation at the forefront of experimental avant-garde design across the field of applied crafts.

Landscape Bowl by Jakub Berdych

Of the new crop of designers to take centre-stage, Velcovsky is among the most notable as the 2007 Designer of the Year for Czech Grand Design. Co-founder of the multiple award-winning Qubus Design Studio, Velcovsky’s work has recently been exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s exhibition ‘Telling Tales’.

Catastrophe Vase by Maxim Velcovsky

In addition several of his works have been purchased by international museums for their permanent collections.

Milk Bottle by Jakub Berdych

Kafkanistan by Jakub Berdych

Mint will be presenting his most recent limited edition series ‘Vase of Vases’ made for the Krehky Collection. Also exhibited will be a number of his other limited edition pieces produced exclusively for Mint including the Catastrophe Vase, Underground Souvenirs, and Melting Beauty.

Underground Souvenir by Maxim Velcovsky

Crystal glassware by Ivan Jelinek

Other highlights to ‘Chez Czech’ include Jakub Berdych’s limited edition collection of glass bowls, Klara Sumova’s wooden Love Lamp, hand-blown glassware by Ivan Jelinek and a selection from the Qubus collection.

Love Lamp by Klara Sumova

Special thanks to Nina Tolstrop who designed the fabulous wooden cabinet, currently used for our Chez Czech display. More information on this to follow soon.

Chez Czech will run from 1st – 31st April 2010 at Mint, 2 North Terrace London SW3 2BA t. 0207 225 2228