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On September 22nd friends and designers joined to celebrate the Private View of White Canvas for LDF16, the Brompton Design District was bustling with activity! Please enjoy this short film by Emiliano Verrocchio that captures the evening at Mint perfectly.

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On Thursday 12th May, we celebrated with designers and friends at the private view of our new exhibition, Spring Forms. We hope you enjoy the taste of our evening below…

Video by Emiliano Verrocchio

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It’s only been a month since our annual exhibition for LDF came to an end, just about time to revive those precious moments, we hope you enjoy the video!

Video by Emiliano Verrocchio

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Mint celebrated the arrival of summertime with its annual May exhibition, Contours of Spring, featuring over 30 carefully selected international designers who have greatly contributed to contemporary craft.

Continue reading to see some highlights of the exhibition.

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As we have watched the nights draw in and the New Year finally approach we have found our selves reflecting on the past year.  In 2014 Mint has celebrated its’ most successful year to date as well as its’ 15th birthday!  We have scoured the UK for hidden design gems, and visited our usual international hot spots as well as a few new locations in search of the latest emerging talent.  Lina was also invited to judge at two different awards: Designblok in Prague, and the Interieur Awards at the Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk in Belgium.

When I asked the Mint team what was their favourite trip of the year, it was unanimous . . . Prague !

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The medieval ‘Astronomical Clock‘ is one of Prague’s best known landmarks.  Located in the Old Town square.

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One of our favourite Christmas messages this year came from Massimo Lunardon Company.  Looks as though they have really go into the Christmas spirit in this video !

Merry Christmas one and all !

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From everyone at Mint we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a magical time over the festive period.  Below you will find Mint’s December & New Year opening hours, but don’t worry there is still plenty time for you to make that all important Christmas gift purchase !Christmas-Card-2015

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Since it’s founding in 1998 Mint has been dedicated to showcasing the latest emerging talent, regularly commissioning artists and designers to create one off, exclusive and limited edition pieces   From it’s first premises on Wigmore Street in Marylebone to it’s current location on North Terrace, Mint has developed into an established trendsetter months if not years ahead of the crowd.   Mint’s creative merchandising brings together cutting edge, offbeat designs in a unique way that has become synonymous with the store’s identity. We’ve put together some of our favourite pieces from over the past 15 years.  Continue reading for photographs of Mint over the years. Enjoy !MINT-Clock1. Lenin’s Head 2. Tour Table 3. Spaghetti Vase 4. Nouveau Jug 5. Cellula Chandelier 6. Jig-Saw Mirror 7. Smoke Chaise Longue 8. Clay Chair 9. Jewels Chaise Longue 10. No Screw No Glue Desk 11. Storm in a Teacup 12. Centipede Bench 13. Resin Candelabra 14. Bird Light 15. Venetian Oak Side Table.

 If you have any questions about any of the products featured above please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on the contact details below.

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At this years LDF exhibition Mint showcased an exclusive range of crowns by London based fashion designer, Phoebe English.  The luxury Womenswear label focuses on creating garments that pay attention to precision and surface engineering. By reviving lost or little-known techniques she hopes to raise the profile of construction- as opposed to decoration- and bring a new dimension to the London design scene.

The handmade crowns are crafted from abstract glass beads threaded through copper wires with a result that is both chaotic and elegant. The head piece can be worn at a special occasion or merely hung on wall as art. Below you can watch a film showcasing Phoebe’s latest AW14 collection and I have included photographs from the A/W 2014 catwalk show.

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It’s been a busy month for Mint’s owner Lina. Besides being on the jury for the Biennale Interieur Awards in Kortrijk, Lina was selected to be on the panel of judges for Czech Designblok, along with Milanese gallerist Rossana Orlandi & owner of the Dutch design store Frozen Fountain, Cok de Rooy. The judges had to choose between 20 finalists in the product category and after much deliberation, they decided upon Marlene Huissoud’s From Insects collection.

Coincidentally, winner Marlene Huissoud is one of the recent graduates whose intriguing & unique From Insects vases were selected for Mint’s London Design Festival exhibition, Elements of Craft.  Marlene forms her vessels by collecting the bio-waste propolis produced by the common honey bee.  The propolis has a similar characteristic to glass which means it can be blown and shaped to create fantastic forms as shown below. You can still catch her vases in store at Mint now.

Below you will find a selection of photographs taken from the welcome ceremony at the awards as well as photos from the after party ! Enjoy !

Designblok ran from the 7th – 12th of October 2014. For more details on the events that took place please visit the Designblok website.

FRH_3956Lina presenting the award for best overall design to Marlene Huissoud.

1frominsects4 2Marlene Huissoud’s ‘From Insect’ Vases as seen at Mint

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