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Mint: avantgarde in London

| Designbest editorial staff

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t the heart of the Brompton Design District in London, not far from the famous Victoria and Albert Museum, there is a small trendsetting shop. Opened in 1998, Mint has soon become a main port of call for design enthusiasts, both in Britain and abroad. The secret is in a constant search for new ideas and experimentation with new materials and innovative techniques. The results is an eclectic mix of designer furniture and unique pieces created by artists and craftsmen.

 

Mint shop-windows, almost at the corner with Brompton Road. Brompton Design District, Central London.
Mint shop-windows, almost at the corner with Brompton Road. Brompton Design District, Central London.

 

Lina Kanafani, the founder.
Lina Kanafani, the founder.

Lina Kanafani is the mind and soul behind Mint. With her great confidence, she combines elegant designs with handcrafted products and innovative pieces by emerging new talents.

 

Light Reflection, springtime display at Mint.

Every year Mint organizes a special springtime show. Themes may vary, but the final aim is always a quest for originality.  An outdoor chair by Moroso shares the space with less-known pieces, like the glass lamp by Lasvit, which hangs in the centre of the room and surprises viewers with a different light at each step. What’s more glass sculptures by Pia Wustenberg unite poetry and functionality. They even hold flowers and visitors can also used them as a seat

 

When Things Bloom, spring exhibition at Mint.
When Things Bloom, spring exhibition at Mint.

 

“When Things Bloom” was an event organised in partnership with the Brompton Design District and a group of designers who were chosen for their skills at reinterpreting nature in an emotionally intense way. The selected pieces are fun and functional at the same time. The exhibition showcased various surprising aesthetic ideas, which busted a good mood in the viewers, like the  Piantama lamp on the Mogg wood trunk.

 

A Spatial Surprise , exhibition for the London Design Festival.
A Spatial Surprise , exhibition for the London Design Festival.

 

Another important element in Lina Kanafani’s creative eye is her attention to unusual methods for the manipulation of space. For this exhibition she selected bigger and smaller objects which represented dynamic interpretations of space by more than 50 designers. They mostly were young and emerging talents, but a few well-known designers were also present in the mix of the event, which was organized in cooperation with Established and Sons.

 

Always a different display at Mint.
Always a different display at Mint.
Italian design is a must in every set-up.
Italian design is a must in every set-up.

 

Here, each exhibition is a different experience; experimental pieces by young design students are paired up with iconic masterpieces.  The photo on the right shows the M marble table by Mangiarotti – part of the Mangiarotti Collection by Agapecasa - and works by Roy McCakin, displayed for an event dedicated to nature.

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Design project

 

2 North Terrace

Alexander Square

London SW3 2BA - UK

Tel +44 (0) 207 225 2228

Fax +44 (0) 207 225 1550

Opening Hours
Mon - Sat ; 10:30 - 18:30
Thursdays  10:30 ‐ 19:30
Sundays closed

info@mintshop.co.uk

www.mintshop.co.uk

 

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