ROOT5 X SEASONAL GEOMETRY - Christmas Events

ROOT5 X SEASONAL GEOMETRY - Christmas Events

It's been a long year, with some exciting events for our designers, which meant a little break from Root5.  Next year we will be back, with more geometry, colour and innovative design.

Our yearly opening of the HQ, our Christmas Open Studios will begin Thursday 4th December, continuing through the weekend.  Come and visit us for new jewellery and pieces from previous collections by Sian Evans and Jenny Parker of Root5 history, and friends FESWA and Charlotte Emily Fisher.  There will be some Root5 archive too, and 3 new Christmas card designs for 2014.

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Root5 Senses Spaces @ Royal Academy

Root5 Senses Spaces @ Royal Academy

Imagine you had a large handful of brightly coloured straws to play with.  All those potential structures, shapes, figures you could make. Sound like an ideal sunday afternoon? This is just one of the experiences at Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined is Spring's blockbuster exhibition at the Royal Academy (thanks to Diébédo Francis Kéré).  

Inviting 7 architecture practices to inhabit those historic galleries, and in one case giving you the opportunity to get right up inside vaulted ceiling and mouldings of that very architecture (Pezo von Ellrichshausen), the website promises us to ask the questions 'how do spaces make us feel?' and 'what does architecture do for our lives?'.

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Root5 International, Shenkar!

Does this Art and Design School look cool or what? There is something really special about the Israeli attitude to architecture... At some point we saw gold coloured lamp posts on the highway and tried to imagine a local council in the UK sitting around the table and deciding that gold, not a half dead burgundy or a wishy washy green, no a perfectly chic matt gold would be the most suitable colour to accessorise the street view with. It does help that there are palm trees everywhere but there is something of a new world optimism, possibly called naivety back in the UK, that creates the strong sense of line and colour in the bold architecture of Tel Aviv. It's Root5 International these days, something tells me the next post will be coming from Munich! 

Does this Art and Design School look cool or what? There is something really special about the Israeli attitude to architecture... At some point we saw gold coloured lamp posts on the highway and tried to imagine a local council in the UK sitting around the table and deciding that gold, not a half dead burgundy or a wishy washy green, no a perfectly chic matt gold would be the most suitable colour to accessorise the street view with. It does help that there are palm trees everywhere but there is something of a new world optimism, possibly called naivety back in the UK, that creates the strong sense of line and colour in the bold architecture of Tel Aviv. It's Root5 International these days, something tells me the next post will be coming from Munich! 

Dizengoff Fountain

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In the midst of Tel-Avivian Bauhaus and built on top of the original garden city sits the, now raised, Dizengoff square with its much loved and hated fountain. This city is so design led that the debate is not between Victorian aesthetic conservatism and the new but about Disco versus Bauhaus. Of course here at Root5 we like a little Disco with our Bauhaus...

David David's Perfect Geometry

David David's Perfect Geometry

David David is meticulously covering the world in it's patterned vision. Root5 is thrilled to have some of these pieces in our newly launched web shop and we wanted to know a little more about what goes on behind the scenes... I talk to David Saunders about the rise and rise of his perfect geometry. Saunders is incredibly passionate about his work and his attitude leaves me with the impression that this is a label in it for the long haul which will keep on growing until it’s a household name. As a business the two brothers fight their corners between realism and imagination and the results are beautifully balanced and exciting.

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Root5 x Frieda Munro

Frieda Munro is a good friend of Root5.  We featured herText rings in the launch of the Root5 web-shop: spelling it out Dirty Eyes, Fuck Yeah, Eat Me and our fave the Pi Ring, you know, for when you really need to know Pi.

We're really excited to have a sample of her new collection of hand-dyed acrylic pieces in the Winter Edition, featuring ombre pinks, candy colours and cleverly reminiscent of DNA mapping. Compulsive laser cutting combined with traditional dying techniques, this is a great example of Frieda's hi/lo tech approach.

Available in the web-shop and showing in our Open Studio & Christmas Shopping event this weekend, here's a preview.

Root5 x Christmas Shopping

Root5 x Christmas Shopping

The Winter Web-Shop is live, with Jewellery, Accessories, Prints, Scarves, Badges and above all design that we have chosen because we really like it. We hope you do too.

To celebrate and offer the opportunity to see and try all these lovely things we are hosting a 3-day Christmas Shopping Event at our studio: Top Floor, 111-113 St John Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JA on 12th/13th/14th December. We hope you can join us!

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Root5 x Fabric Lenny

Root5 x Fabric Lenny

It's really exciting to have a selection of Fabric Lenny's prints here for the Root5 Winter Edition.  A part of our journey, Fabric Lenny took part in our 2012 Christmas Pop-Up . His distinctive prints and live projection drawing had us all mesmerised.  

The few words on his colourful and interactive website state 'I love Colour, Cardboard , Collaborating and live projection! For me everything starts with drawing, it's a way for me to propagate ideas, clarify thinking and make discoveries.'

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Root5 x Zander Olsen

Root5 x Zander Olsen

Zander's Tree Line Series has really captured our imagination. Google Zander Olsen and you immediately see just how far his quietly beautiful photographs have travelled.

The series create illusions. Trees in the landscape, bound in white fabric form new horizons and draw our attention to the lines and shapes in nature. Perfectly proportioned.  

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Beige will kill you, Sue Kreitzman told me so...

Beige will kill you, Sue Kreitzman told me so...

She’s a leading lady in the recent Fabulous Fashionista’s on channel 4, has a multitude of big shows on and is all over the national press as we speak. We are talking about none other than the magnificent Sue Kreitzman. After being famously bad at art in school, a successful food writer with 27 titles to her name and an avid collector of stuff Kreitzman burst onto the scene as an outsider artist.

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Root5 x Sophie Thomas

Root5 x Sophie Thomas

We've known Sophie Thomas for a while. She is an alumni of Central Saint Martins where she studied BA Jewellery and an MA in Design. Sophie uses bold colour, striking shapes and an innovative use of material. We've chosen 4 pieces from Collection.02 . A series of statement rings which have also been designed to be worn as pendants.

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Root5 loves...Winter

Root5 loves...Winter

Seasonal Root5-ness is upon us. Forget THAT John Lewis advert, we're launching our long awaited Winter Edition Web-Shop. We'll be introducing new jewellery, accessories and prints to the collection and additionally, some fab Christmas exclusives (and all the old faves). To celebrate, we will be hosting a Christmas shopping event at Root5 HQ in Clerkenwell 12th- 15th December to showcase the new work and to give you the chance to see all these products personally.

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Root5 loves...Uniqlo x 10-Gruppen

Root5 loves...Uniqlo x 10-Gruppen

We left Root5 HQ in search of winter coats...an adventure to that infamous Central London shopping street reserved only for the hardiest folk. On,  the first late-night shopping Thursday of the season. 

 Forget boring woollen coats. Look what we found below. Our favourite '10 Swedish Designers' or '10-Gruppen' brand. Root5 discovered them whilst sheltering from the rain in Götgatan on a whirlwind Stockholm trip earlier this year. This is a collaboration with that other staple of quality Japanese basics, Uniqlo

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Best sick bags in the world...

It turns out several people, including me and Sian, here at Root5 collect these, frankly awesome, sick bags. I had a lot to say about them in a previously written post but it got deleted (yes, hello, I am Laurie and just learning how this blog works). Really it speaks for itself. Super quality and great design. They are all slightly different as well so you could sort of say "unique". Well, almost... It's just inexplicably brilliant when a big corporate accidentally does something slightly genius. Also really good for keeping cheese in, just saying.

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Hollie Paxton at Moving on

Design Week was great. We especially loved seeing the lovely Holly Paxton showing work at Designersblock with the super cool RCA alumni collective Moving On. Other people on show included the talented Izzy Parker and Phylicia Giliamse. The pieces were brilliantly displayed in pizza boxes. Very much looking forward to finding out where they are moving onto next!

 

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Root5 loves Fufu!

We don't know exactly how you eat it or what it tastes like (we do know its West Central African and a staple food also eaten in the Caribbean) but the packaging is amazing. Good design from places like this often goes unseen by a design audience. Even if in full view it can be covered by a cloak of other-worldliness and not in your usual isle, a bit like you might not know How groovy Ethiopian Jazz is because it's in the World Music section rather than just Jazz. So, here is a bit of both even though we know Ethiopia is definitely not in West Africa... (click the link for music)

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