CATCHING THE NEXT WAVE



 

'Wave' wallpaper by Katie Ridder

‘Wave’ wallpaper by Katie Ridder

 
Over the past six months, A-Gent of Style started noticing around him the ancient Asian pattern of the wave and also fish scales. Suddenly, these two scalloped designs seem to appear everywhere before him and A-Gent soon realised they were ubiquitous – in shops or restaurants,  in the streets, in fashion, design and home magazines, online of course and many other appearances. What turned into a game of ‘spot-the-pretty-fish-scales-pattern’ almost ended up in an obsession and even hallucinations.

This is a compilation of all the images and photographs A-Gent of Style has accumulated featuring waves and fish scales in all their various shapes and representations. Now, you too might start noticing them everywhere.
Will you catch the bug!?

 

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard in Jean-Paul Gaultier, Oscars, 2008

 



Jarrod Lim Koi Chair

Jarrod Lim’s ‘Koi’ Chair

 

'Pot Pourri' Wallpaper by Neisha Crossland

‘Pot Pourri’ wallpaper by Neisha Crosland



Le 1947 restaurant by Yannick Alléno, Le Cheval Blanc, Courchevel

Le 1947 restaurant by Yannick Alléno, Le Cheval Blanc, Courchevel





Owl lantern by Soane

‘Owl’ lantern by Soane

 

Korla’s Grand Kyoto Koi

Korla’s ‘Grand Kyoto Koi’

 





Mountains tile by Ann Sacks

‘Mountains’ tile by Ann Sacks

 

Ashanti by Fortuny

‘Ashanti’ by Fortuny

 

'Fish Scales' iPhone by Jonathan Adler

‘Fish Scales’ iPhone by Jonathan Adler

 

Piccadilly Circus tube station, Glasshouse Street exit

Gate at Piccadilly Circus tube station, Glasshouse Street exit

 

'Easton' fabric by Dvid Hicks, 1968

‘Easton’ fabric by David Hicks, 1968

 

Danish cabinet by Julian Chichester (as seen at Decorex 2013)

Danish cabinet by Julian Chichester (as seen at Decorex 2013)

 

'Fish Scales' shower curtain by Jonathan Adler

‘Fish Scales’ shower curtain by Jonathan Adler

 

'Caducee' clock by Jean Dunand, 1913 , estimate €100,000-120,000 at Felix Marcilhac auction, Sotheby's http://bit.ly/1dvv2Hl

‘Caducee’ clock by Jean Dunand, 1913 , estimate €100,000-120,000 at Felix Marcilhac auction, Sotheby’s, 11-12 March 2014 http://bit.ly/1dvv2Hl

 

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior, 1955

Fiona Campbell-Walter in Dior, 1955

 




Koi Dining Table

‘Koi’ dining table

 

Nippon wallpaper by Mimou

‘Nippon’ wallpaper by Mimou

 

‘Feather Fan ‘wallpaper by Cole & Son (Photo by Domino)

 



Cole & Son feather fan wallpaper

Cole & Son ‘Feather’ fan wallpaper

 

'Acid Drops' hand-blown glass lights by Curiosa&Curiosa

‘Acid Drops’ hand-blown glass lights by Curiosa&Curiosa

 

Restaurant MANGER, Paris

 

Gaston Blood Orange wastebasket

Gaston blood orange wastebasket

 





By Atelier XJC

By Atelier XJC

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

'Chou Chou' wallpaper by Sister Parish

‘Chou Chou’ wallpaper by Sister Parish

 

Haveli Pollen tile by Neisha Crosland

‘Haveli Pollen’ tile by Neisha Crosland

 

By India Mahdavi

Interior by India Mahdavi

 

Table by Al Deco

Marble and brass table by Al Deco (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 



Kyle Bunting Cow Hide Rug

Kyle Bunting Cow Hide rug

 

Tate Britain by Caruso St. John

Staircase at Tate Britain by Caruso St. John

 



Diane Von Furstenberg S/S14

Diane Von Furstenberg S/S14 (from Hamish Bowles’ Instagram – it’s an obsession!)

 

Piccolino Mosaic Fishscale tile by Ann Sacks

‘Piccolino ‘Mosaic Fishscale tile by Ann Sacks

 

The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors

The Musket Room by Alexander Waterworth Interiors



'Mountains' linen by Galbraith & Paul

‘Mountains’ linen by Galbraith & Paul



Grille behind a till at House & Fraser, London

Grille behind a till at House & Fraser, London

 

Loto Glace leather hide by Studio Art

Loto Glace leather hide by Studio Art (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 



Arch in Midnight by Clay McLaurin Studio

‘Arch’ in Midnight by Clay McLaurin Studio

 



Glass Scales by Bob.Fornal

Glass Scales by Bob Fornal

 

By Tami Ramsay

Bed linen by Tami Ramsay and ‘Moon’ fabric by Katie Ridder on the headboard

 

Surface by Brian Gennett

Various surfaces by artist Brian Gennett

 






Mosaic floor at the Fitzwilliam Musuem, Cambridge

Mosaic floor at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge



Silk screening

Silk screening

 

Iphone cover by Cle

iPhone cover by Cle

 

Napkin

Napkin

 

Dinner plate by Jonathan Adler

Dinner plate by Jonathan Adler

 

'Mermaid' mirror by Tse Tse

‘Mermaid’ mirror by Tse Tse

 

Penhaligon's at House & Fraser, London

Penhaligon’s at House & Fraser, London

 

Shagreen cabinet by Maitland Smith

Shagreen cabinet by Maitland Smith

 

Potomak Studio

Ceramics by Potomak Studio (as seen at Maison&Objet 2014)

 

Leather goods by Faure Le Page

Leather goods by Faure Le Page

 



The Mayfair Arts Club

The Mayfair Arts Club

 

Holland & Sherry new quilted fabric (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2013)

Holland & Sherry new quilted fabric (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 

TL Furniture brass and marble table

TL Furniture brass and marble table

 

Bed linen by Jonathan Adler

Bed linen by Jonathan Adler

 

Ann Sacks tile

Ann Sacks tile

 

Wash Porcelain Lamp by Arturo

Wash Porcelain Lamp by Arturo

 

Cafe Pinson, Paris

Cafe Pinson, Paris

 



'Demi' wallpaper by Harlequin

‘Demi’ wallpaper by Harlequin

 

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 'Ecailles argent by Le Manach

‘Ecailles argent by Le Manach

 

le Manach's 'Ecailles' (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

Le Manach’s ‘Ecailles’ (as seen at Paris Deco Off 2014)

 

Dinner setting by Miles Redd

Dinner setting by Miles Redd

 

Urban Outfitters rug

Urban Outfitters rug

 

Australian Aboriginal design

Australian Aboriginal design

 

Coordonne tiles

‘Coordonne’ tiles

 

Hartmann Risler et Cie (Rixheim), 1800

Hartmann Risler et Cie (Rixheim), 1800


Gents at The Zedel restuarant, London

Gents at The Zedel restaurant, London

 





Finally, a shelf at home with some of A-Gent of Style‘s favourite packaging.
Not strictly waves or fish scales, more of an (Art Deco) fan shape this time
but that’s another blog post!







STRIKING: THE JOY OF LIGHT



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A few years ago, A-Gent of Style‘s apartment was burgled. After the initial shock of this violation of privacy and the traumatic experience that lingered, A-Gent realised only a fortnight later after the incident that the glass vase which was resting in a corner of the kitchen was missing. This vase contained a much cherished collection of matchboxes collected over the years from various places such as restaurants, bars, hotels, coming either from London, the UK or a long list of far-flung holiday locations from all around the world. Often, we grieve less the loss of an object with a commercial or material value than being bereft from a treasured and irreplaceable memento imbued with a strong sense of attachment, sentimentality and nostalgia. With hindsight, it was as much astonishing as comical to think the burglars would have taken the risk of getting caught for the sake of such a petty loot.
A-Gent of Style and the policemen reached the conclusion the burglars must have been a bit…batty, in every sense of the word!


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Long gone are the days when establishments – bars, reception desks, hotel bedrooms even washrooms – had matchboxes for their guests to take away. Whether you were a smoker or not was beyond the point. Apart from the obvious practical aspect – lighting a cigarette at the venue, a candle or a fireplace back home, or simply giving you the contact details of the establishment – these memorabilia also provided some of us with pretty, decorative objets that made a statement (and screamed “See, I was there!” when they were strategically placed on the coffee table for all to see) with their different sizes, fonts, colours, patterns and logos. They were fun to display, arrange and decorate with and could even start a conversation. Sadly, since the smoking ban, few are the establishments these days which have continued this tradition and still manufacture matchboxes.


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Enters The Joy of Light. This American company manufactures not just plain matchboxes but very special matchboxes with radiant colours and fabulous sometimes quirky designs. “Started from a passion for collecting stick matches as a remembrance of places visited and good times shared”, the Joy of Light currently has eleven collections featuring more than eighty unique designs, and offer custom and private label programs. They specialise in high quality reproduction of both old and new artworks which make elegant gifts or perfect home accessories.

Each 4 inch or 9 inch matchbox consists of a high gloss finish, double lined and color coordinated tray, full striker, and 45-50 matchsticks that have been paraffin dipped to ensure a longer burn time.

By their originality and uniqueness, The Joy of Light matchboxes carry on the almost bygone and instinct tradition of these decorative boxes and will add a simple touch of class to any interior. They also currently fill a void in the market that even a burglar will never be able to take from us. Watch this space to find out the retailers in the UK.


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CoupleBIG

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– All photos by The Joy of Light –



‘A LONDONER IN PARIS’: MAISON & OBJET PARIS JANUARY 2014



 

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Following on from his intoxicating adventures in Paris a fortnight ago which started with Paris Déco Off, A-Gent of Style would like to share with you his first MAISON&OBJET. Some of you might think it is sacrilegious to hear that
 A-Gent had never been before to this arguably biggest trade fair in the design world. But in A-Gent of Style‘s defence, firstly the opportunity to visit the fair had never risen and secondly the opinions about it were very mixed, dare I say it, almost off-putting essentially because of the sheer size and amplitude of it all (two to three days are apparently necessary to cover the whole fair). So with some preconceptions, A-Gent went out to Villepinte on the Sunday, forty minutes north of Paris from Les Jardins du Luxembourg, to see and experiment for himself what the fuss and attraction were all about – last year, just under 80,000 visitors were reported to have attended the fair over the five days MAISON&OBJET was on.


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MAISON&OBJET Paris is a complete showcase for all aspects of design, decoration and the art of living, highlighting current and future trends, which mobilises and brings together the interior design sector under one roof from all over the world. Held in September and January each year in Paris and also recently in Asia and the Americas, retail buyers, influencers, European and global export companies gather at Paris Nord Villepinte to see the latest design developments, find out about emerging trends and plan the next step for their business. A-Gent of Style had decided to concentrate for the first time to Les Editeurs, regrouped under Hall 7 (there are eight halls together) created for fans of Haute creation and unique and exclusive pieces from the best of the decorative world in a profusion of beautiful brands. Additionally, Scènes d’Intérieur brought together for the first time the talents of extraordinary creators, at the crossroads of craft, art and design.




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A-Gent of Style was ultimately very pleasantly surprised by what he saw and some of the wonderful discoveries he made; he even made it to Hall 8! And all under four hours! All very much worth the visit and ploughing your way through the crowds.

Here is his story in pictures:







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