Top fashion, fabric, and jewellery designers are giving your television-viewing experience a designer twist. To celebrate its 10th anniversary this Christmas Sky TV is launching ten limited edition Sky+HD 1TB boxes, exclusively designed by some of Britain’s favourite fashion mavericks: Agent Provocateur, Basso & Brooke, Celia Birtwell, Farrow & Ball, Jay Jay Burridge, Julie Verhoeven, Matthew Williamson, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Ilincic, and Solange Azagury-Partridge.
This exclusive collection offers eye-catching gadgets that will give a whole new dimension to any living room, bedroom, or study while giving people control over a wide choice of programmes from Sky. What you will get is over 50 HD channels, recording time of up to 240 hours of HD or 740 hours of standard definition programmes, the ability to record two channels while watching a third recorded programme, and the ability to set the box from a smartphone or iPad to record something while on the move. The box is also 3D-ready, so anyone with a 3D TV can watch Sky 3D at no extra cost with a subscription to Sky World HD, and the Sky Anytime+ enables you to choose from a huge library of TV programmes, box sets, and movies to watch on demand.
One of the most interesting versions of the box is from fashion designer Matthew Williamson who has put on a print taken from his new SS12 collection. The collection, which has a slight Japanese touch, is made notable by cut-out areas of the Tokyo skyline visible within the distorted floral motifs. Sky’s idea is to make sure that the designs stand out in the customer’s homes.
Since Sky’s launch in 2001, the company has always revolutionised the way Britain watches television and is now used more than 35 million times a day. The company boasts that more than 8.3 million homes now have Sky+.
The stunning collection is priced at £49 for existing Sky customers.
To pre-order check: www.sky.com/designerboxes
About the designers:
Agent Provocateur was founded in 1994 after the opening of its first boutique in Soho, London. Today, the name has become an iconic, globally recognised brand, which breaks new ground with every collection and raises the benchmark in the world of lingerie. It is known for its craftsmanship, its fit, its appreciation and use of beautiful fabrics and its playfulness. The brand is sensual and timeless.
Basso & Brooke
Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke are the pioneers of the digital print process in fashion who made history with their groundbreaking, 100% digitally printed collection, which won them the prestigious Fashion Fringe award in 2004. Then in May 2009, Michelle Obama made headlines by wearing one of the label’s pieces, making them one of the very first UK designers to be worn by the First Lady.
Celia Birtwell is known as one of England’s most influential and celebrated textile designers, muse to David Hockney and wife of Ossie Clark. She was recently awarded a CBE for her services to the fashion industry. She has been the face that launched a thousand prints and has been a major contributor to the world of interiors and fashion. Over the years Celia’s whimsical and playful prints have been adorned by such prestigious names as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Paloma Picasso, Talitha Getty, Patty Boyd, Twiggy, Marianne Faithfull, Kate Moss, Keira Knightley, and Sienna Miller.
Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball produces paint and wallpaper as per traditional processes in Dorset where the company began. Farrow & Ball paint represents the ultimate in its depth of colour and elegance of finish. Its wallpapers are unique, traditionally block-printed using Farrow & Ball paint to apply the design to paper. Farrow & Ball is renowned the world over as colour expert and supplier of decorative paint. The Farrow & Ball Sky+ box features one of the company’s most popular damask wallpaper designs, The Silvergate Papers BP 877.
Jay Jay Burridge
Brought up on Star Wars, Atari, and Lego, Burridge welcomed the arrival of hip hop culture in the UK. His name suddenly became cool at school when he had something to doodle or graffiti. He was one of the first to pick up a spray can after ensuring he had the necessary permission rather than risking the gauntlet with the police. His work has been worn by Madonna and bought by global brands such as Adidas, Sony, and Levi’s.
Julie Verhoeven is an artist and designer based in London. After studying fashion she began her career assisting John Galliano before embarking in the fashion industry as a designer, illustrator, creative director, and tutor. Verhoeven’s own fashion label, Gibo by Julie Verhoeven, was launched in September 2002, and she went on to collaborate with global brands including, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Mulberry, and H&M.
The luxury fashion house, Matthew Williamson, was founded in February 1997 by designer Matthew Williamson and CEO Joseph Velosa. Matthew Williamson’s collections have continued to gather momentum, bolstering his reputation as an internationally renowned designer and one of the UK’s leading designer talents. In February 2002, Matthew showed for the first time during New York Fashion Week expanding opportunities through the press and attracting a wider audience commercially. Matthew Williamson won the Red Carpet Designer of the Year at the 2008 British Fashion Awards, after previously having been awarded Elle Designer of the Year in 2004 and the 2005 Moet and Chandon Fashion Tribute Award. He has also been nominated three times for Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
The Australian/British designer Richard Nicoll came from the Vatican of fashion schools—Central Saint Martins in 2002. Before launching his solo label in 2005, he gained a reputation working alongside Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton. He immediately stood out from other young designers with his androgynous women’s collections that were both romantic yet futuristic. This remarkable originality led to him receiving numerous awards, including Best Young Designer at the Elle Style Awards in the spring of 2009. His designs attract fashionistas everywhere, including names like Sofia Coppola, Diane Kruger, Sienna Miller, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, and Kylie Minogue.
Belgrade-born Roksanda Ilincic has been showing her womenswear collections in the London Fashion Week for the past 3 years. During this time she has honed and refined her beautifully crafted demi-couture, notably her evening dresses, that combine elements of 40s and 50s Parisian haute couture, which she slices with her unmistakable modern cool. She is highly regarded for her unique sense of colour, tonal shades, and her work with bold colour in a subtle palette, as well as her innovative application of decoration.
Solange Azagury- Partridge
Lucky Solange Azagury-Partridge had a life of waking up to diamonds and jewels. Her passion for design, her acute and unconventional sense of beauty, and her instinctive understanding of the meaning and roles of jewellery have led her to become the trailblazing jewellery designer of her generation. Solange was handpicked by Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford to be creative director of the iconic Boucheron house from 2001 and 2004. She is now busy expanding her brand and has opened boutiques in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Singapore, and Hong Kong, with more openings on the horizon.