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Mulberry Home on Amara

This March sees the launch of the exclusive Mulberry Home collection available at Amara. The 27 piece collection consists of cushions, draught excluders and door stops in the newest fabrics launched by Mulberry Home.

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As well as featuring some of Mulberry Home’s most iconic prints and designs, the collection also includes some new prints for the season.

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A favourite fabric of ours is Wild Geese depicting the bird’s majestic flight.  The print has been sourced from a pattern book held in the archives.  It was originally produced around 1880-1900 as a silk velvet dress fabric.

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The collection will be available to buy at Amara from early March. Prices start from $123 for a door stop and $231 for a cushion.

For more details click here.

Design Shanghai- next month

Design Shanghai, Asia’s leading international design event, returns one more,  presenting an impressive selection of installations and features at this year’s show, running from 9th to 12th March 2016 at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Below are some top picks.

beyond object

Beyond Object is a London based design label focusing on desktop objects and home accessories. They believe functional objects can be designed and crafted as art. Nice!

Pingze

Pingze’s bamboo screens are eastern in style and history, yet perfect for a modern Western home. As more and more houses need dividing and separating, these do a gret and subtle job.

Frank Chou

We love this pared back East meets West table and chair design by Frank Chou Design Studio. The angle of the chair and the wood used, mirrors the curves of the table base.

zotem, kim thome

One of this year’s highlights is a new, bespoke version of Zotem, a dynamic installation conceived by London-based Norwegian designer Kim Thomé for Swarovski. Originally created for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the spectacular installation will be customised for exhibition in the new venue.

For more information click here.

 

Iittala x Issey Miyake

What do you get when you combine a ground breaking fashion designer with an iconic homewares brand? This lovely lot!

iittala and isey miyake

Combining Scandinavian and Japanese craftsmanship and design, Iittala X Issey Miyake brings a unique collaborative collection of  ceramics, glass and home textiles in gorgeous pastel shades and usable sizes.

iittala and isey miyake

It’s the palette we are most excited about as well as the materials. They seem so luxurious and on point, but aren’t hugely expensive. Skandium are stocking them in the UK.

iittala and miyake

The collection consists of 30 items. The play of textiles and pentagon forms of the glass and ceramic objects is an invitation to touch and feel the material, while the colour scheme is inspired by the awakening of spring and the blossoming of flowers. The textile products are created based on Issey Miyake’s original folding and pleating techniques that have been used in its clothes making since late 1980s.

Click here for more information.

Grayson Perry Doodle

Turner Prize-winning British artist Grayson Perry has put pen to paper for Epilepsy Action’s National Doodle Day auction. There are a number of ‘doodles’ by artists of various disciplines all available to bid for on ebay here.

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry

The artwork will join those by Natsko Seki, Sir Peter Blake, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Stephen Hough and dozens more in the National Doodle Day eBay auction. Children’s writers including Shirley Hughes (Dogger), Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman) and Anne Fine have also contributed drawings.

Korky Paul

Korky Paul

A particular favourite is this great one by Korky Paul.

Kali Stileman

Kali Stileman

And this gorgeous bright image by Kali Stileman

Epilepsy affects around one in 100 people in the UK and 87 people are diagnosed with the condition every day. Each year Epilepsy Action directly helps over 1.3 million people through a range of services, including the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, specialist nurse scheme and award-winning website, epilepsy.org.uk

Jardin Chic from Galerie

Sometimes it’s comforting to go for the traditional and British brand Galerie, have got that covered (forgive the pun) with their new wallpaper collection Jardin Chic.

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The designs are simple, vintage and pleasing to the eye. They would work perfectly as a feature wall in a bedroom, or if you are lucky enough to have a large space, could easily go across all walls.

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The wallpaper has a very traditional yet up to date feel to it with the patterns not seeming over-crowded, clustered and fussy as many older styles tend to do. The colours are rich and well-matched.

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The new range is really reasonably priced too with rolls starting at £24.95 for a 10 metre roll- great price for a quick update!

Click here for more information.

Wendy Morrison Rugs

New for Spring/Summer 2016 and continuing her exploration of nature, rug designer Wendy Morrison has created her new Orient collection with gorgeous rich colours and Art Deco inspired design. All the rugs are hand tufted wool with viscose highlights to create a shimmer which bring the design to life.

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We love the peacock tree above. Stunning colours and beautiful craftsmanship create something you would probably not ever want to tread on!

mount orient, wendy morrison

This gorgeous cut out from a rug named Mount Orient is a rich and textured piece, with vibrant colours and again the bird motif.

wendy morrison, rug

The above rug looks stunning in this white and neutral room and creates a wonderful centrepiece, bring the splashes of colour in the rest of the room to life. All rugs start at £990.

For more information click here.

 

Lasvit launch at M&O

LASVIT designer Petra Krausova,  launched her new piece at Maison & Objet. The dynamically-lit sculpture titled Cassia draws its inspiration both from the universe and its star-studded sky, as well as the organic shapes of flowers in a meadow, gently moving in a breeze.

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The sculpture consists of a group of smaller pendants, approximately 15 cm in diameter, each made of hand-blown glass. Every individual pendant represents a flower or a star, depending upon how you observe them.

lasvit

Each takes on a slightly different shape thanks to the use of optical form that allows glass to expand in its open areas. Variations are further enhanced by the monochromatic colour scheme that differs in textures from clear glass, sanded and opaque glass, to pendants with hand-painted gold segments.

lasvit

Cassia excels in its flexibility for interior design. “I wanted to create concept where the client can use a single pendant or groups spanning across ceilings but also spilling onto walls with the optional wall-mounted pieces,” the young designer said, pointing out that each glass element has its own light source with a simple brushed brass socket or wall mounting.

 

French bedroom art….

Slightly off piste here, bear with us. French bedrooms might conjure up images of dangerous liaisons and all sorts of European antics, but when paired with design, this ideology can actually lead to some pretty fun interiors.

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Defaced Duchess

This is amazing. Imagine it above your bath- if you had a massive roll top bath that is. Not so impressive if a tiny bath under a shower.

french bedroom co

Ludwig vamp Beethoven

He was known to be a bit wild with some mental symphonies, but here he is as good old Elton John…..

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Girl with a pearl bubble

One of Vermeer’s most intriguing paintings turned into pop art with a piece of gum.

There are a number of fun pieces of wall art that would liven up any wall, as well as some great offers on beds, interior products and acessories. Some of them are a little OTT if you know what we mean, but hey- there channelling their inner Sun King- what do you expect!

www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

 

Furniture and accessories from Sottini

Bathrooms have the opportunity to be havens from our hectic lives and look beautiful and calming enough for us to want to stay in them. Sottini are masters in bathroom art (as it were….)

Gravina washstand £276, Gravina basin £456

Gravina washstand £276, Gravina basin £456

The bathroom furniture at Sottini is really good value for elegant and well-made goods.

Simeto Uno double vanity basin £594, Simeto wall mounted basin unit £960, Simeto full column unit £636, Simeto mirror from £348

Simeto Uno double vanity basin £594, Simeto wall mounted basin unit £960, Simeto full column unit £636, Simeto mirror from £348

They don’t just provide toilets and sinks either. Mirrors and cupboards are also part of their product list.

Ippari console, two base units, a side unit and 2 worktops £2,038.80, Isorno vessel basin £252, Valsura tall basin mixer £489, Magra mirror from £295,

Ippari console, two base units, a side unit and 2 worktops £2,038.80, Isorno vessel basin £252, Valsura tall basin mixer £489, Magra mirror from £295

We love this off-centred and almost sculpted architectural piece- although not quite sure it would fit into our mini (read absolutely tiny bathroom.)

 

BIS Publishers

We have discovered BIS Publishers, an Amsterdam- based publishing house who have a great online shop. Below are a few little inspiring reads and ideas.

create with artists, bookThe programme ‘Create with Artists’ offers the most inspiring workshops the Stedelijk Museum of contemporary art in Amsterdam has organized for young people over the past decade. Now you can get inspired and boost your creativity with tips from some of the world’s top artists and designers like Viktor&Rolf, Marlene Dumas, Rop van Mierlo, and Rineke Dijkstra.

seema sharma,Seema Sharma’s notebook and sketchbook “Write Nothing in Here’, is full of prompts, assignments, fun facts and quotes from the world of science, arts and philosophy to get you creative and thinking about your own unique ideas and creations. You’ll find out once you get the hang of it, that focusing on nothing really helps to create new ideas.

van boven

This food notebook has handy information on measures and conversions, food names in different languages, a seasonal calendar, and more. However, most pages only feature light illustrations so that you can fill them with your recipes, lists, tips, and memories- makes it so much more personal and a real heirloom.

Click here for more information and inspiration.

North Modern

January is the month for trade fairs it would appear, with Scandinavia’s North Modern opening its doors from 13-15 January.

north modern

The  show is divided into a number of areas, presenting a lively mix of high-end brands, upcoming designers, new talents, galleries, showrooms, special projects and creative spaces within furniture, lighting, design, art and architecture.

qq design

These stunning opaque vessels are by QQ Design– an agency that represents a number of different creatives.

lange

Lange Designs celebrate 10 years on the scene and will showcase their new ranges- tables and chairs to coffee tables and a bar cart. The new designs are a mix of Horst Brüning and Jørgen Kastholm’s designs from the 1960’s and Christian Haack’s designs from 2015.

Hornbak & Co

The Copenhagen-based furniture agency Hornbak & Co will bring the four brands: arper, Zeitraum, Offecct and Kasthall to northmodern in January.

For more information on North Modern and to visit their not-particularly-easy-to-navigate website, click here.

Dowse studio

Brighton-based design shop Dowse have some great products- perfect for the home and for presents.

mimo, dowse

This hand-stitched print retails at £70 and was  inspired by a trip to Miami. Taking influence from the graffiti and street art as much as the art deco & modern architecture there.

dowse

We love this gorgeous layered shard necklace that takes inspiration from the trend for many pieces on one necklace.

dowse design

We are obsessed with organising our home office space, especially given the new year and the chance to get everything ship-shape- this  wire mesh memo-board should help.

dowse design

How about these metallic herb planters to blow your mind? Living in cities usually means tiny kitchens and no greenery- not here!

For more info on Dowse, click here.

Assemble- Turner Prize Winners

The creative collective that is Assemble will make an appearance at Top Drawer this January. Featuring in the show’s new new talent hub ‘Spotted’, they will be showcasing products from the Granby Workshop.

assemble, granby workshop

The workshop is a new social enterprise making handmade products for homes. Set up by Assemble and launched through their nomination for the Turner Prize 2015, all products – including door knobs, mantelpieces, furniture, fabric and tiles – are manufactured using processes which embrace chance, so that each is unique, developing in the hands of the people making it.

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We are particularly fond of these sawdust ceramic handles. Individually wrapped in tin foil, burnished clay knobs are buried in a bbq filled with sawdust, set alight and smoked for 12 hours.

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Assemble champion a collaborative working practice that blurs the line between client, designer, builder and public. Their involvement in projects covers a broad range of disciplines and interests – underpinned by the belief that a more diverse approach leads to richer results. This year they became the first design practice ever to win the Turner Prize in the UK.

Fabrics and Wallpaper for 2016

2015 was definitely the year for stunning wallpaper with Cole & Son, All the Fruits, House of Hackney and more getting in on the action. Wallpaper rolls were adorned with mis-matched patterns as well as different colours. Below we have picked a few fabrics and wallpapers that have caught our eye, going into the next season. Both brands have been inspired by places in their designs- geographical creativity!

Olily, dutch, wallpaper, behang

Behang Adults by Oilily

This subtle patterned wallpaper by Dutch fashion house Oilily is inspired by four Dutch places.  Four typical villages inspired Oilily’s product designers Roland and Johanneke. Each of these locations had its own characteristic shapes and colour schemes, which in turn created lovely contrasts in the wallpaper designs.

Behang young adult, Oliliy

Behang young adult

Oilily have also made a range for young adults that would sit happily in any teenagers- or grown ups- room. The two luxury wallpaper collections were created with hand painted, drawn or sketched prints. This means striped patterns are not composed of meticulously straight lines and polka dots are not perfectly round, creating a traditional and completely one off feel.

Indian summer, art of the loom

Art of the Loom’s latest collection entitled ‘Indian Summer’

Art of the Loom’s new Spring collection is inspired by India. A collection of contrasts, it sees the vibrancy and the frenetic energy of the country, hinting at influence from embroidered saris, flowers for the temple, painted trucks and decorated camels. Art of the Loom’s designs are brought to life in rich, vivid tones and stunning textures, perfect for the Spring/Summer season.

 

Art of the Loom

Art of the Loom- Agate

The fabric, although inspired by a country renowned for it’s vibrant colours, could easily be introduced into a neutral colour scheme. We can see the above Agate on long drop curtains. And we want.

For more information on Oilily click here and Art of the Loom here.

Hend Krichen

Hend Krichen is a London-based designer whose practice manufactures and retails handmade luxury home-wares and accessories. We have had our eye on here for a while. We have seen her at 100% Design, CDW and more.

hend krichen

The main focus within the practice is producing beautiful timeless objects designed to enrich everyday lives through the use of the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship. The teracotta and the copper colours work together beautifully in the above vases.

hend krichen

These coasters would brighten up any table.  They have been designed to enrich everyday lives and utilise the rich artisanal skills and craftsmanship in Tunisia. Patterns dating back to 1700’s when the concept of the tile designs were first introduced in North Africa, bringing history into your home.

hend krichen

This copper wall hanging plate would look perfect all year round, but has a certain Christmas feel to it. Intricate patterns taken from various dates in history in Tunisia and applied onto the surface by hand make this a timeless object.

For more information on Hend and her products, click here.

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