The ROBOTS are coming

September 27, 2010

Beep. Beep. Whirr. BEEEEEEEEP. Retro robots are everywhere this season – so, get with the programme:

If you’re in London, you might have spotted Kram/Weisshaar’s amazing ‘Outrace‘ installation in Trafalgar Square last week (commissioned by the London Design Festival) which involved gigantic robotic arms writing messages from members of the public in the air. Messages ranged from “Caitlin, will you marry me? Love Kevin, not the robot” to “noah is a chicken backside“, but the overall effect was pretty darn cool and, as one message contributor noted, “better than Facebook“. If you’re rocking the robot revival, head to Rose and Grey for robot cushions and bed linen (shown above), then pop along to those stylish French ladies at Bodie and Fou to find replica 1940s-style Japanese Lilliput robots:

Which you can also see on Retro Planet

…and in the new 2011 IKEA catalogue. The stylist was obviously very busy collecting these chaps before the shoot. Or perhaps she just bought two and they multiplied when her back was turned:

Head to SuperniceCaroline McGrath and Ferm Living for robot wall stickers…

Next, visit Graham and Green for robot mugs, Firebox for robot salt and pepper pots, and Tsena for robot paperweights…

Let’s finish our robot round up with a little look at Bold and Noble‘s stunning Alphabot prints…

Right, I’m off to plan our March issue and apply industrial quantities of Touche Éclat to my under-eye area in an attempt to conceal my post-London-Design-Festival fatigue. Sigh. – Ellie

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I’ve just seen the new collection at Rose and Grey, and these cute bird and bicycle designs blew me away! Check them out…


Birds on a wire wall sticker, £69, Rose and Grey

Bird cage cushion, £62, Rose and Grey

Bird cage cushion, £62, Rose and Grey

Velo tea towel, £9.50, Rose and Grey

Velo tea towel, £9.50, Rose and Grey

Bird cage tea towel, £9.50, Rose and Grey

Bird cage tea towel, £9.50, Rose and Grey

Mmmmm, I’m just fantasising about how cool the Birds on a Wire sticker would look in my bedroom… sometimes this job is so hard. Too much temptation! Let me know your thoughts…are you bird-obsessed, too? – Ellie