Design in Derbyshire

November 30, 2012 by Derventio Studio | Comments Off on Design in Derbyshire

Design and manufacture from John Smedley,

Representing the best of Derbyshire Design from just up the road in Lea Valley.

Great British design and manufacture at it’s finest.

“We’ve been representing GB since 1784, and proud of it too. Operating in the same mill in Matlock, Derbyshire, very little has changed in the way we do things. Dedicated to making quality British made garments, we wanted to celebrate this truly Great British year by showcasing our very special manufacturing heritage.

Our British campaign is launched with a film. Chapter one : Representing Great Britain is a beautiful display of the many parts of our production process. Each machine and work station has been carefully recorded to create a ‘British Made’ soundtrack. It shows our passion for quality knitwear and for the people who have lovingly crafted our garments for over 200 years. We hope you like it.” John Smedley

June 10, 2012
by Derventio Studio
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Olympics – The Greatest Show on Earth

The Olympics are the icing on the cake for a great summer in Britain, St Pancaras Station is suitably adorned.

It is traditional for Olympic rings to appear around the host city ahead of the Games.

“The rings will be a powerful symbol for millions of visitors using the iconic station that the capital is poised and ready to welcome the world’s greatest sporting stars and put on the best show on earth.” Boris Johnson

The rings, which were built in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, were secretly assembled and installed at St Pancras over seven nights.

The logo of five interlinking Olympic rings was designed by the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, and has been a symbol of the Games since 1914.

Coloured blue, yellow, black, green and red, the rings represent five continents and are linked to show unity between the world’s athletes in the spirit of the Olympic movement.

The worlds longest Champagne Bar

May 21, 2012
by Derventio Studio
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Kings Cross – Redevelopment

Kings Cross; Opened in 1852 and named after a huge monument of King George IV, which previously stood where the station is now situated.

The Station has undergone a £500 million refurbishment project, the most striking element is a new concourse roof.


May 19, 2012
by Derventio Studio
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Derbyshire’s Ancient Tradition – Well Dressing

Well Dressing is the traditional practice of adorning Water Wells with flowers, although since Victorian times these have become elaborate designs made up of individual petals.

Union Flag Well Dressing

This year the wells mark the start to a great british summer, with the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 summer Olympics being the main themes.

Tissington is said to be the recent origin for one of the summers most colourful traditions, initiated as a blessing for avoiding the plague that devastated the local area. Well dressing has it’s roots in the pagan thanks to the gods for giving clean water.

A beautiful way to start the summer, the detail, craft, skill and love that go into the Well Dressings are all traits we look for at Derventio Studio.


April 21, 2012
by Derventio Studio
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Running Repairs

We came across these two street furniture restorers on the way to the Most Show in Milan this morning.

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They must be good, there was a queue around the corner.

April 17, 2012
by Derventio Studio
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Derventio at Poltrona Frau

Derventio were delighted to be at the Poltrona Frau Group’s Design village cocktail party.

Design Village Milan 2012

We had a great time checking out the design village and the latest designs from Cappellini, Cassina, Nemo and of course Poltrona Frau.
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Great drink, food ,and people… all the elements for a great Cocktail Party.

design Village milan 2012