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Christmas Decorations by Ferm Living

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For those folk who are so busy they have not had time to decorate here is a last minute idea for you. Consider the fine range of modern ornaments by Ferm Living to adorn your tree.  Just add some traditional white fairy lights to complete the look. Continue Reading…

Farewell Fat Architecture

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FAT announced the end of its practice today. The phenomenally successful collaboration will close next summer after 23 years of service in design upon the completion of A House For Essex, designed for Living Architecture (in collaboration with artist Grayson Perry), and the curation of A Clockwork Jerusalem at the British Pavilion as part of the 2014 Venice Biennale (in collaboration with Crimson Architectural Historians and Owen Hatherley).

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Designer Christmas List No.5 by Matthew Hilton

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Not long left to curate your lists so we have gathered a fine group of design folk to help you make up your mind.  Today award winning designer Matthew Hilton, creator of exquisitely made, rigorous and beautiful furniture reveals his top 5 luxury items:

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Watering Can by Carl Aubock, Live Autioneers.

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Deluxe: Driade Maud Carpet at Nest

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Welcome to the first in the series of ‘Deluxe by Despoke’. There are countless minimal rugs on the market, you can scroll online for a while until you come across a design that ‘works’. We determined during our search for rugs it was not easy to do simple well. It is all about the composition and finding the right balance. One of the textbook examples of a successful layout is the Maud Carpet by Driade. This ticks all the boxes with its clean linear yet perfectly proportioned pattern. Add this simple geometric rug from Nest sure to bring a calming influence to any modern interior space.

Also available in black / red from www.nest.co.uk for £3,694.

Trend: Optical Textiles by Hansje van Halem

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Graphic designer Hansje van Halem jumped ship to explore her optical patterns on fabric for ’Try Outs’ posterwall at Utrecht Central train station. Optical prints are set to reign in summer 2014 as seen on the catwalks from designers such as at Marc Jacobs.  Continue Reading…

Visual Feast: Christmas Windows / Displays

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A roll call of some of the fine Christmas windows and displays that take months in planning. Have a break from shopping to view the hard work, each store presents a different take on the festive season, such as a music hall slogan at Selfridges to the advent calendar from Prada at Printemps. Our top tip for the weekend. Continue Reading…

Handpicked Pin no. 9: The alternative Christmas Tree

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Each week we will feature a pin that has stopped us in our tracks. On a festive note we love the alternative Christmas Tree by Michael Johansson. We want one at home. Do you?

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Managing Director’s Christmas list: Ed Burstell from ‘Liberty of London’

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Not long left to curate your lists so we have gathered a fine group of design folk to help you make up your mind.  Today Managing Director Ed Burstell of Liberties, the new TV star, reveals the top 5 items on his Christmas List:

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Editor’s Pick: String Shelving

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At this time of the year I nest, believe me when I say it is not anything to do with pregnancy. It is the anticipation of the multitude of family, plus friends descending on the home that sends me into overdrive. My wares gathered over the last 30 years are dusted and presented strategically for the festive season. Following the labour intensive weekend I caught myself thinking about the string® shelving system, firmly established as an iconic piece of Scandinavian design since 1949. I wonder what happened to my mother in laws set. Who has it? Surely whoever houses the fine piece would not appreciate it as much as me? Much to my dismay it does not reside in my home. So, I will wait for the party to drop a few hints. Meanwhile I look longingly at the images visualising how they would look in my parlour. Our family heirloom is black. I am very partial to these fine specimens. Continue Reading…

Watch: Ontwerpduo

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We are watching: Ontwerpduo

We like: the Tallow Candles handmade in the Eindhoven studio using traditional techniques, available for £15 in the UK from the Conran Shop and the Light Forest for the ceiling or on the wall. It grows where other lights will not go. Continue Reading…

NEW: Ceramics from Piet Hein Eek

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Fat Ceramics is a new collection by eminent Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek in collaboration with Pad Home. The clean minimalist range with its crisp clean lines and desirable colour palette is far removed from his signature ‘Scrapwood’ furniture. Piet opted for thick ceramics over the typical thin resulting in this sought after set. Pad home will launch the wares at Home, 12-14 January 2014 at Earl’s Court, London.

Something for the weekend: Make a grass number

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The Dine Table with a built-in ice bucket by Miguel Mestre

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Chill drinks while you eat with The Dine Table by Miguel Mestre. We love the marine plywood table featuring the built-in ice bucket at the centre of the white lacquered top. Perfect for use at home, in a restaurant, a hotel or any other type of commercial establishment to create an impressive dining experience. Available online at madeiguincho.

The Merchants Tavern by VG&P

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Nestled in the heart of Shoreditch is the new restaurant the Merchants Tavern designed by Very Good & Proper. Ed Carpenter and the team suggested a private club versus modern country. Black leather semi circular seating nods to the 80’s and reiterates the curves of their MT Club Chair. Exposed bricks, log burners and wood paneled areas add atmosphere.

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Inspiration: Floor

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Inspiration: Odd one out

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