Trend: Statement acoustic wall panels


Above: Preview of Arper‘s new Parentesit collection launching in Milan next month by Lievore Altherr Molina

Since 2015 designers have turned their attention to the humble acoustic panel pushing on trend geometric shapes and mixing materials.  A couple of design companies who have taken the product one step further are ArperStokkeAustad,  Form Us With Love for Baux.


Above: Arper

Parentesit designed by Lievore Altherr Molina is an acoustic wall module that reduces background noise and creates an area for concentration. Continue Reading…

Sam Shadid edits his home in an orderly fashion


Controversial art director Sam Shahid recently revealed his tranquil home to the New York Times. Far removed from his hectic life in fashion this minimal three-storey apartment defines his personal style.

Shadid told Cathy Horyn: “At work, I have so much stuff around me. And then you come here and it’s serene, calm.”

He gave architect David Piscuskas free reign to reflect his “American Pure” style. Armed with a couple of references to work with — no lamps, Tadao Ando, and Kjaerholm, Piscuskas created a light, airy apartment inspired by hotels.

“I wanted a hotel, without the feeling of transience.” Continue Reading…

Trend: Directional mirrors




Detroit based studio Alex Drew & No One develop functional modern furniture and objects using unique materials. Two new mirrors coined ’Simplex and ’Prism’ capture the spirit of the duo and the 1980s trend.

Alex Drew & No One


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Editor’s Pick: Big Round colour layered mirror by Brit Van Nerven and Sabine Marcelis


Six of the best: Mirrors Continue Reading…

Housekeeping: Spring clean


Above: European brand L’eaundry fine fragrance laundry detergent for women (left) and men (right).

With the clocks changing this weekend, the time is right to start spring cleaning. Admittedly keeping your home in order can be a chore, but treat yourself to some of these quality products and it may not be so bad. Top tip make a list of all the jobs you want to tackle and tick off each one when you finish.  Continue Reading…

Exhibitor Alert: Frank Chou at Design Shanghai

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Frank Chou  at Design Shanghai

The show runs from 27-30 March 2015


Retail: Habitat launches new look concept store

A dramatic oversized checkerboard floor marks entry into Habitat’s largest new Mini Habitat inside the Chichester branch of Homebase. The 35th concept store restyled by Habitat Creative Director, Polly Dickens, Creative Manager, Graham Copeland and in-house designer Matthew Long showcases over 1,300 products from the Habitat collection including furniture, upholstery, homewares, textile and lighting. Continue Reading…

Register now: Design Shanghai opens tomorrow


Design Shanghai opens its doors on Friday showcasing the most notable international design, top Chinese design talent and limited-edition pieces from galleries around the world.  Thousands of architects and designers flocked to the first show in 2014 so if you are visiting avoid the phenomenal queues by registering in advance.

Related content: Diary: Design Shanghai 2015

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Above: ‘Prologue’ by Fredrikson Stallard

The show runs from 27-30 March 2015


Register now at: Design Shanghai


News: Furniture brand established by Terence Conran changes its name to Content by Terence Conran

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The modern furniture brand established by iconic British designer Terence Conran in 2003 has changed its name — but retained its philosophy and aesthetic. Now called Content by Terence Conran the name pays tribute to the man who brought contemporary design to the masses. “My ambition has always been to make good design accessible by creating products that work well, are affordable and look beautiful.”

Following on from the success of the Wave sideboard new for SS15 is the geometric Stanford Sideboard — a substantial sculptural piece with a chevron motif cut into the pebble grey doors. This highly practical storage, resting on the white gloss frame perfectly embodies Sir Terence Conran’s philosophy.



Exhibitor Alert: Solo exhibition “nendo works 2014-2015” during Salone del Mobile 2015


Nendo will present over 100 latest works in their solo exhibition at Museo della Permanente from 14th to 19th April. 


Chris Dyson Architects adapts former Gloucestershire gas works


Chris Dyson Architects have completed the refurbishment of a derelict gasworks into a 120sqm sustainable annex for contemporary living. The project is the extension to a nineteenth century stone building in the Gloucestershire countryside, and in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Located by a quiet, minor road, the gasworks was built in 1877 and formerly provided gas for lighting to a nearby country house. The building had been recently acquired by a client with a passion for restoring derelict buildings, and who wanted a house which met both their current and future needs. From its inception the brief for the new building focused on the need to reduce the overall environmental impact during the construction process, as well as meeting the future demands for heating and electricity. Continue Reading…

Editor’s Pick: Big Round colour layered mirror by Brit Van Nerven and Sabine Marcelis


Driving the trend for unexpected mirrors are two emerging Dutch designers Brit Van Nerven and Sabine Marcelis. Two years ago the duo caught my eye when they collaborated on ’Seeing Glass’ a series of reflective glass shapes featured at Dutch Design Week. Continue Reading…

Salone del Mobile 2015: Diamond Washbasin by Paolo Ulian and Moreno for Purapietra


At Salone del Mobile 2015, Purapietra will launch Diamond Washbasin by Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti, the first design from a group of washbasins characterised by fragmentation of the optical surface: Surfaces Collection, a visual game of geometries that cross the hard surface of the marble.

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Styling Inspiration


Styling Inspiration: Masked off


To commission:

Stylist: Romina Fernandez

Photographer: Emma Job


Add a hint of playfulness to your home with these graphic accessories from Vitra


Matchboxes by Alexander Girard for Vitra

Home Complements is a new line of playful design objects, accessories, textiles and furniture from Vitra. The small-scale collection highlights the graphic patterns, symbols and objects of Alexander Girard, alongside classics by George Nelson and Charles & Ray Eames and inspiring objects by contemporary designers.  Continue Reading…

Friday Night Treat: White Chocolate Bark with Salted Pistachios


Try this healthy treat: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan & Paleo

This mouthwatering treat combines white chocolate, salt and pistachios in a simple recipe difficult to resist from Indy Power a university student making waves on the foodie scene with her healthy recipes. The only trouble is a plate of these freshly prepared chocolate chunks won’t last 5 minutes!  Continue Reading…