Christmas Shopping20% off your Christmas Shopping at Aram Store!

Can you hear that?  Yes… that’s the sound of jingling bells so, for one night only on Thursday December 3rd, Aram Store will be spreading a little Christmas cheer by keeping its doors open until 9pm and offering 20% off all accessories (in store only).  We’ll also be providing festive refreshments so you can browse through all the wonderful gift ideas we’ve put together this year with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a mince pie in the other whilst Nat King Cole croons you into a Christmassy mood. Here is just a small selection:

Totem Stag Stendig Calendar

Left: Totem Stag – £24.00 Right: Stendig Calendar 2016 – £46.00

Left: Tolomeo Pinza lamp - £111.00. Right: Bird on a Stand - £8.50

Left: Tolomeo Pinza lamp – £111.00. Right: Bird on a Stand – £8.50

3D Fish Florero Vase Cover

Left: 3D Fish Sculpture – from £19.50 Right: Florero Paper Vase Cover – £14.50

Koto Candle Paolo Game

Left: Koto Scented Candle 190gr – £25.00 Right: Paolo Game – £34.50

Besides our shopping event in the Store that evening, there will also be added attractions up on the third floor where The Aram Gallery will be holding a private view in advance of its latest show whilst down in the basement area, the Aram Contracts team will be celebrating and unveiling their newly refurbished workspace and showroom.

Aram ContractsPlus, Katie Treggiden, journalist and editor of the confessionsofadesigngeek blog, will be previewing the third edition of her fabulous Fiera magazine and offering 20% off new subscriptions.

So as you can see, there will be lots to see and do and drink and eat so we do hope you can make it along for what should be a fun and festive evening here on Drury Lane…  Merry Christmas from all at Aram Store.


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Icon Magazine 150th Edition

The new Icon magazine goes on sale this week. With brand new content, under three new sections of Lifestyle, Architecture and Objects, the new Icon is all about design in everyday life. Whether innovative tech and fashion or cities pushing up beautiful skylines, it’s pacier and more wide-reaching than ever before. The new brand direction distils the best design from places, people and things. From personal kit, to restaurants and hotels, to the neighbourhoods and cities home to the most creative, intriguing design scenes. This is a magazine for you to sit back with at the weekends to keep up-to-date, to keep you engaged, and simply for you to enjoy.

In addition, Icon maintains its panel of top-flight contributors with solid, thoughtful critiques on latest works, reports from major events (and the stories of the emerging talent that is found there), as well as commentary.

The 150th issue showcases fresh design talent from Slovenia and Bosnia, explores two new hotels in upstate New York and asks if architecture can be a catalyst for change in Albania. Plus Sean Yashar, an LA Design Agent talks about how he helps to cultivate the careers of design talent via The Culture Creative.

Click the image below to go to the sampler.

Icon Magazine PreviewARAM STORE

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Grand Repos ChairThere’s no place like home. It is where you can gather your thoughts, family and friends. And at this time of the year it glows: heart-warming becomes more than a state of mind. The perfect setting for Winter Stories – seasonal tales for each and every generation, full of ideas, with a gift at their heart. So this Winter, when you order either a Grand Repos chair or an Eames Lounge chair in any combination of finishes, you can choose a free gift from a special selection from Vitra’s ‘Black Collection':

Eames Elephant

The Eames Elephant – deep black polypropylene finish only

Sunburst Clock

George Nelson’s Sunburst Clock – black and brass finish only

Hang It All Black Edition

Hang It All – black edition only

LTR Table

LTR Table – black laminate and black frame only

Girard Cat and Dog Dolls

Girard Cat and Dog Dolls – small size (17cm h) only

The offer runs until 31 January 2016 and is available both in store and online. Once you have placed an online order for a Grand Repos or Eames Lounge chair, we will contact you to ask which free gift you would like to choose.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman Black EditionARAM STORE

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Celebrating Charles and Ray EamesWithin his handwritten notes for a speech he gave at U.C.L.A. in 1949, Charles Eames scribbled down ‘design is a full time job’, a philosophy which will clearly be defined for all who visit a new exhibition – The World of Charles and Ray Eames – which opens at the Barbican Centre tomorrow.

Charles and Ray Eames with DCM chair frames

Charles and Ray Eames with DCM chair frames

The behemoth of a design office that this husband-and-wife duo put together in mid-twentieth century California worked across such varied fields as furniture, product and graphic design, film, photography and architecture, and everything from personal letters, original drawings and artwork to furniture prototypes will be on display throughout the gallery until February 2016.

Here are just a few of their instantly recognisable, iconic designs:

Eames Lounge Chair Ottoman

The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

Eames RAR and DSR chairs

Eames Plastic Chairs – the ‘RAR’ (left) and the ‘DSR’ (right)

Eames Soft Pad and Aluminium Group

The Soft Pad EA219 chair (left) and the Aluminium Group EA116 chair (right)

Eames Plywood Group LCM LCW

The Plywood Group LCM chair (left) and LCW chair (right)

Hang It All and Eames Elephant

The Hang It All (left) and the Eames Elephant (right)

Anyone with a keen interest in the hugely influential Eames legacy of designs needs to visit the Barbican this winter to discover that they were about so much more than just moulded plywood and plastic. The exhibition runs from 21 October 2015 to 14 February 2016 – click here for more information.


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Marine d'Abord - design for a rugUntil 7 November 2015, the Osborne Samuel Gallery in Mayfair presents Eileen Gray: The Private Painter. Although some of the paintings were displayed at the Centre Pompidou in 2013, this is the first time these works have been exhibited in the UK. Miss Gray left many of her personal possessions after to her death to her close friend and biographer Peter Adam and amongst them were paintings that formed a private pastime for her, to alleviate the stresses of her professional life. Made between the 1920s and the 1960s, the paintings are in mixed media – mainly gouache and collage. Also included in the exhibition are photographs taken throughout Miss Gray’s career and personal possessions including her drawing table, cigarette case, monocle case and a plan chest made to her own specifications in 1926.

Aram Store has lent several items to the gallery to compliment the exhibition, including the famous E1027 Adjustable Table, the Blue Marine Rug and the Castellar Rug – original sketch designs of which also feature amongst the works displayed. The Osborne Samuel Gallery is located at 23a Bruton Street London W1J 6QG –

The Exhibition is accompanied by the publication of a new book Eileen Gray: The Private Painter published by Lund Humphries which draws together many of the paintings with an appraisal by art critic Andrew Lambirth alongside a personal recollection by Peter Adam, based on his conversations with Miss Gray and her niece, the eminent artist Prunella Clough, on the nature of painting.

Eileen Gray Untitled Collage 1930

Untitled (1930) – mixed media collage

Untitled painting - Eileen Gray

Untitled (1930s) – gouache and collage on paper

Still Life with Kpan Mask - Eileen Gray

Still Life with Kpan Mask (1920s) – silver gelatin photographic print

Design for a Circular Rug - Eileen Gray

Design for a Circular Rug – pencil on paper (produced as the St Tropez Rug)

All images courtesy of the Osborne Samuel Gallery


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Flo Bedside LampThere’s still another few weeks to go until the clocks go back but it’s already feeling like Autumn is upon us with these beautifully crisp, blue mornings followed by an ever earlier dusk. At this time of year, attention always turns to our lighting at home which along with your electric blanket and slippers can go a long way to providing a warm, cosy atmosphere for us to return to each evening.

So, as a gesture to the changing of the seasons, Aram Store is offering 15% off our entire lighting* range throughout the whole of October (*excluding online orders for Moooi).

Browse through our collection of table lights, floor lights or pendant/wall lights… Here are just a few examples to offer a little inspiration:

Daphinette LED Lamp

The Daphinette LED Lamp by Tommaso Cimini, now £213.35

Snoopy Lamp

The Snoopy Lamp by Achille Castiglioni, now £489.60

Romeo Soft T1 Lamp

The Romeo Soft T1 table lamp by Philippe Starck, now £432.65

The Melampo Terra floor lamp by Adrien Gardère, now £282.20

The Melampo Terra floor lamp by Adrien Gardère, now £282.20

Eileen Gray Tube Light

Eileen Gray’s classic Tube Light, now £413.10

Contact the store for more information and for lighting not displayed on our website.


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Stendig CalendarI know that statement sounds a little like the title of a fantasy novel but it does in fact describe a cultural institution that has been annually coveted by the design conscious for almost 50 years.

Massimo Vignelli

The Milanese graphic and product designer, Massimo Vignelli, designed the Stendig Calendar after receiving a commission from its namesake, Charles Stendig, the furniture dealer and importer, who shared a building in New York with the Unimark International design company who Vignelli worked for in the early 60’s. Stendig asked Vignelli to design him a calendar that could be used as a promotional gift he could give to architects and designers and the original version of the calendar was branded with the Stendig logo opposite an alternating image, throughout the months, from the ranges of furniture that Stendig was importing into the States at that time. The design of the calendar we sell today was realised in 1966 by Vignelli and so significant was its impact that it was taken into MoMA’s Collection that year.

Examples of Vignelli's work - infographic courtesy of

Examples of Vignelli’s work – infographic courtesy of

Vignelli described himself as an “information architect” and was credited for introducing a European Modernist point of view to American graphic design which was made clear by the more high-profile commissions he began to receive throughout the ‘70s. American Airlines, IBM, Ford, Xerox; all these companies were employing his expertise whilst people shopping at Bloomingdales, Barneys or Saks Fifth Avenue would be leaving these stores with a Vignelli-designed shopping bag in their hands. He was also responsible for creating a whole new graphic identity for Knoll International in the late ‘60s as well as contributing two furniture designs for them: the Handkerchief Chair (collaboratively with David Law) and the Paperclip Table.

New York Subway Map 1972

New York Subway Map – 1972

His largest yet most controversial commission came in 1972 when he was approached by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and asked to re-design the New York City Subway map.  But, upon its release, the map was not received favourably by subway riders because it didn’t correspond, geographically, with the streets and locations of the stations above.  By graphically simplifying the actual snarling routes of the subterranean lines into straight, coloured columns that ran north to south, east to west and landmarks into blocks of colours (Central Park was represented by a grey square), he somehow managed to baffle the ‘strap-hangers’ so much that complaints were made and the MTA were forced to replace it in 1979.  However, 40 years on, Vignelli’s original NYC subway map is considered a thing of beauty by design aficionados and is hanging on the wall at MoMA.  War won, aesthetically.

But back to the Stendig Calendar and a little insight into its enduring appeal which, fundamentally, is due to its simplicity. The size (90cm x 120cm) and bold, black and white Helvetica font make it dramatic in appearance yet its timeless design fits perfectly within any environment be it the office or home; modern or vintage.  It’s presented in the European style, where Monday starts the week, and is printed on twelve sheets of sixty pound weight offset paper stock which is perforated along the top edge so last month can simply be torn away.  And, for those inclined, it even has a recyclable aspect to it whereby the redundant sheets can be kept and used for gift wrap.

Stendig Calendar 2016For real clarity on the inspiration and thinking behind Vignelli’s design for the Stendig Calendar, his own mission statement says it all:

I like design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable. I like it to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless.

Our stock of the 2016 Calendar has just arrived so don’t miss out because we always sell out quickly!


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Carl Hansen OfferUPDATE: for ONE weekend ONLY – 27-29 November 2015 – the CH24 Wishbone chair is included in this offer, in these selected finishes: natural oiled oak, white oiled oak, soaped oak, oiled beech, soaped beech, oiled walnut, oak painted black, beech painted black and beech painted white – all with natural papercord seat.

We’ll say this quietly… there’s only 14 weeks left before Christmas! But, if you’ve been thinking about refreshing the seating around your dining table for lunch on the big day, we have a special offer for you in conjunction with the great Danish brand, Carl Hansen & Son.

Hans Wegner CH20 CH29

The CH20 chair, left, and the CH29 chair, right

Hans Wegner CH33 CH88

The CH33 chair, left, and the CH88 chair, right

Hans Wegner CH36 CH37

The CH36 chair, left, and the CH37 chair, right

Hans Wegner CH46 CH47

The CH46 chair, left, and the CH47 chair, right

From now until the 11th of December, we are offering six chairs for the price of five on a selection of Hans J Wegner’s iconic designs including the CH20, CH29, CH33, CH88, CH36 & 37 and the CH46 & 47 (the CH24 ‘Wishbone’ chair is excluded from this offer).

Hans Wegner CH33 chair

The CH33 chair with a leather seat

You can order sets of the same chair and finish online (simply place 6 chairs in the basket and the value of 1 chair will be applied as a discount) but if you wanted to mix and match chairs or finishes – e.g. 4 x CH36s and 2 x CH37s or 4 x black CH88s and 2 x red CH88s – this can be arranged in store or by phone/email. If you are mixing and matching, the least expensive of the six chairs will be free.

Hans Wegner CH88

CH88 chair in smoked oak with a black frame

Standard 8 week lead times will apply so, if this offer has made you slant your head at your current set of dining chairs, don’t delay in placing your order to make sure that you receive the new chairs in time for Christmas. Please contact the store for more information.


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London Design Festival 2015

Aram Store presents new work by Michael Anastassiades during The London Design Festival.  Launched at Euroluce 2015, the products will be shown as a collection for the first time in the UK.  Forms are geometrical balancing compositions which focus on the sphere.  Products are from the designer’s own manufactured collection and will also include pieces produced by Italian manufacturer Flos.

Amongst the new work is Mobile Chandeliers, a series which is a continuation of Anastassiades’ earlier designs from 2008.  Curved and linear forms in black lacquered brass partner with mouth blown opaline glass spheres.  Happy Together pendants come as single globe and brass rod or in groups of four or ten.  To the Top is one design in a series of table lamps which references the iconic MT8 or Bauhaus lamp by Carl Jacob Jucker and Wilhelm Wagenfeld.  The diffuser rests on a brass tripod base which gives the appearance of balancing blocks that are about to fall down.

Michael Anastassiades Mobile Chandelier 9

Michael Anastassiades with Mobile Chandelier No 9 – photographed by Hélène Binet

Michael Anastassiades Happy Together Pendant Lamp

Happy Together 10 Pendant Lamp

Michael Anastassiades To The Top Lamp

To The Top Lamp

The exhibition runs from Monday 21 September to Saturday 10 October.


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Reaction Poetique CollectionAt this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Cassina presented a new collection – designed by Jaime Hayon – of objects inspired by both the organic shapes of Le Corbusier’s architecture and by his artwork for the Pavilion l’Esprit Nouveau. Buildings such as the famous chapel at Ronchamp and the government buildings of Chandigarh in India exhibit sensuous structural forms made possible by advances in concrete technology at the time. The Pavilion de L’Esprit Nouveau was a temporary building constructed in 1925 within the framework of the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris. For Le Corbusier, it was a chance to show his provocative ideas on architecture and urbanism that he had begun to develop with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret since 1922.

Le Corbusier - Chapel at Ronchamp

The Chapel at Ronchamp

Le Corbusier - Chandigarh

Vihan Sabha building in Chandigarh

Le Corbusier - Esprit Nouveau

Nature morte (still life) du Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau, 1924 Image courtesy of Fondation le Corbusier © FLC/ADAGP

The name itself stems from Le Corbusier’s own eclectic collection of “objets à réaction poétique” (objects of poetic reaction) which consisted of shells, stones, bones, and machine parts – the products of nature as well as the products of industry that spoke to him of creative energy in its infinite potential – which resonate in his surrealist paintings.

Taking a loose interpretation of these forms, Jaime Hayon has created trays, centrepieces and side tables, all rigorously produced in solid ash-wood stained black with a low-gloss finish.

Reaction Poetique Collection

The Réaction Poétique Collection remains true to Cassina’s well-established heritage in working with wood, where skilled handcraftsmanship is combined with industrial innovation. These items are branded with the Cassina logo and accompanied by their own identity card to guarantee the authenticity of each single piece. They are also presented in a special packaging to highlight the inimitable quality of the project.

Jamie Hayon

Designer Jaime Hayon with some of the collection. Image courtesy of Axel Dupeux for The Wall Street Journal

“I wanted to create useful objects for the modern home such as trays and side tables, but with sculptural elements interplaying forms, light and shadow. It was a very strict, almost religious challenge to use only one material and one finish, exercising my design philosophy,” says Hayon. “I feel this restriction actually became an opportunity to showcase the beauty of the wood, along with the expert mastery of Cassina’s carpentry workshop.”

The Réaction Poétique Collection is on display in store now.


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