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Indian lights from Lemonlu London

by Alexandra Thomas on August 14, 2010  |  0 comments
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Glam up your lighting with these beautiful pendant lamps from Lemonlu London. £59.95

Pendant lights have always been one of those accessories I never seem to get right.

Table lamps and floor lights aren't a problem, I know what works well in my rooms and, sorry to blow my own trumpet, but usually get it right.

Ceiling shades however, is a different matter all together.

Which is why I'm rather taken with these Indian pendants from delightful online store, Lemonlu London.

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Made from hammered metal, their intricate detailing it perfect for giving a room an exotic twist wthout feeling too over the top. The outer part of the shade is painted white but look underneath and you'll discover zesty lime or vibrant colour-of-the-year turquoise.

Perfect for adding a subtle splash of colour to any scheme, these lamps will work well in any room from hallways to bedrooms.

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Lottie Lion cup, plate and bowl set from Too Much Too Young

by Alexandra Thomas on August 13, 2010  |  0 comments
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Give little ones a tea time treat with this Lottie Lion cup, plate and bowl set from Too Much Too Young. £30

When it comes to little people's tableware, it can be tricky to find the right thing.

While you obviously don't want something too grown up, you may be like me and not particularly favour Disney characters either and want something a little less, well, commercial.

Cue Too Much Too Young, a wonderful website for little ones accessories.

They have everything from traditional toys to decorations for small people's bedrooms, all without a whiff of Snow White and her seven followers.

What really caught my eye were the delightful cup, bowl and plate sets. Featuring the cutest of characters such as Nellie Elephant and Lottie Lion, they will make feeding time a treat, not a chore.

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100% Norway goes green

by Emma Foale on August 12, 2010  |  0 comments
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PanelPiece, Scandinavian Surface, £28, designed by Ann-Tove, Katrine, Kristine and Åsne, printed in Sweden.

100% Norway will be at this year’s 100% Design showcasing the best Norwegian design companies and manufacturers and their range of sustainable and eco-friendly designs.

Showcasing a variety of Norwegian companies, including established and up-and-coming designers’ work, 100% Norway are set to impress at this year’s 100% Design. This will be their seventh appearance at the exhibition which helps designers from Norway expose their talents and ideas to the British market.

100% Norway will be exhibiting an array of impressive sustainable and eco-friendly designs, including tables, chairs, ceramics and textiles which all utilise natural materials. The line-up of contemporary manufacturers includes LK Hjelle, Fora Form, Fjordfiesta, VAD and Variér, among many others. Designers Petter Knudsen and Steiner Hindeness collaborated with furniture company VAD to create a collection of pine seating. The designers have used traditional Norwegian methods of handling wood and local pine to bring us a stylish, contemporary and sustainable chair.

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Retro tables and chairs from Sauherad Series, Price on request, designed by Øyvind Wyller.

Also, Scandinavian Surface will be showcasing their selection of PVC free wall coverings which incorporate a green philosophy by using environmentally friendly ink in the manufacturing process. With striking images inspired by nature, such as dramatic coastlines, steep mountains and cascading rain, the designs provide beautiful backdrops.

With regards to the importance of producing green products, Henrietta Thompson, Curator of 100% Norway, claims that “Sustainability is an important issue for designers everywhere, and it’s come to be expected of the new generation emerging to incorporate environmental considerations in their work from the beginning. Norwegian designers are perhaps more aware of this than many, as they are so often inspired by the natural environment in their work.”

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Fine bone china, Price on request, designed by Wik and Walsøe.

The exhibition will be taking place at stand G40 at 100% Design, Earl’s Court, from 23rd-26th September 2010. You can find out more about 100% Norway at www.norway.org.uk.

Bird of Prey coat hooks from Beetroot

by Alexandra Thomas on August 12, 2010  |  0 comments
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Add a touch of nature to your storage with these Bird of Prey coat hooks from Beetroot. From £40

Where to hang my coats is a constant problem for me.

A long but ridiculously narrow hallway means I can't squeeze in a traditional coat stand and believe me I've measured most of them going.

At the moment, a failure to reach an agreement with him indoors about what to do, means coats languish on the sofa in the dining room (the fact we have a sofa in our dining room makes us sound posher than we are - there was simply nowhere else for it) which is, to say the least, annoying.

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However, I think i have solved our coat storage quandry courtesy of Beetroot. While having a nose around the site, all in the interest of bringing you the latest up to date interiors you understand, I stumbled across these rather fabulous Bird of Prey coat hooks.

Crafted from steel, they depict birds of prey in flight and also have a rather handy hook. Available in a matt and polished finish, they come as either single or double options.

Absolutely perfect for those short on space, they make a great alternative to boring, plan hooks.

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TENT London: 23 – 26 September 2010

by Catherine Gregg on August 11, 2010  |  0 comments
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Spiky Spiky Bowl by Ikuko Iwamoto, stand F21, TENT London

Sneak a peak at what’s on show at TENT London.

Taking place at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, TENT London plays host to the best of contemporary and vintage design, digital innovation, architecture and interiors from established and emerging design studios and suppliers. With a global exhibitor list and an international audience, TENT London is a diverse and vibrant showcase of forward-thinking design across all disciplines. Competitions run throughout the event and there are five separate shows to explore, communicating a real sense of excitement around design. This year sees TENT expand its digital design show, launched in 2009, and present Origin: The London Craft Fair for the Crafts Council at Old Spitalfields Market. TENT enables exhibitors to trade in one-off orders meaning that you’ll have the opportunity to buy new and unique pieces direct from the designers.

Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to…

Tent London is the hub of the event, showcasing cutting-edge contemporary design with a rich multi-disciplinary mix of furniture and lighting, ceramics and textiles, materials, accessories and more. It’s a chance for both established and up-and-coming designers to launch new products, sell to the public and secure commissions. Expect to see an inspiring array of lighting, furniture and interior accessories from newcomers Kitty & Dude, Paola Lenti, Moore Designs, Lizzy Mary Cullen, The Modern Garden Company and Curiousa & Curiousa. Also working on new designs are Ercol, Miller Goodman, Mini Moderns, Zoe Murphy, Ikuko Iwamoto, Kyungwon Kim and Jon Male who will be returning with new and impressive exhibits.

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Blown glass pendant lamps by Curiousa and Curisoua, stand F24, TENT London

Tent Digital is the only annual showcase for digital creatives and digitally enabled design during the London Design Festival. Launched last year, it was immediately tipped as the highlight of the Festival. Exhibitors are sourced globally within the interaction design and augmented reality industries. Described in 2009 as containing all the best bits of the Science Museum this is the playground at TENT. Work on display is thoroughly interactive, engaging and responding to visitors in beautiful, surprising and entertaining ways. With the increasing integration and intervention of technology in daily life, this is one of the fastest growing and innovative design disciplines. Digital designers and companies will show curious visitors a glimpse of the future with interactive installations and a programme of talks.

Tent Selects showcases the next generation of world-class designers, hand picked by the Tent Selects panel. The panel is seeking out the most promising design graduates from the class of 2010 in UK and abroad. The show will include the best examples of emerging talent in furniture, ceramics, textiles, graphics, jewellery and product design. The aim is to provide the next generation of designers with a platform to raise their profile and gain access to industry and media contacts. The closing date for applications to exhibit is August 10th and we’ll let you know the lucky few to be chosen.

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Ceramics by Ben Murdoch, stand F29, TENT London

Circa proves that good design is timeless. This biannual show features iconic designs alongside little known investment items and rare pieces of design history. This year Circa presents a refined selection of dealers who are specialists in a particular era or type of vintage furniture, lighting, accessories or art. It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy design icons and hidden gems, chat to knowledgeable dealers and celebrate the best of vintage style.

Origin: The London Craft Fair will hosted by TENT for the first time this year. Previously held at Somerset House, the Crafts Council exhibition is an annual showcase of original contemporary craft, this year bringing together 220 of the most innovative makers from the UK and abroad. Located in the newly refurbished Old Spitalfields Market (23 -29 September), Origin offers a rare opportunity to buy directly from the makers. With the new timing and new location, it’s great to see craft gaining a greater presence at the London Design Festival.

It’s a rare thing for a design show to bring together both contemporary and vintage pieces, digital technology and traditional craft in one place. It makes for a fantastic atmosphere and an absolute must-see event.

How to... get your home ready for autumn

by Emma Foale on August 11, 2010  |  0 comments
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Kigoma trunk, £599, Holding Company

We look at the various ways you should prepare your home for the colder and darker months in style.

While we’re still hoping that our English summer lasts for as long as it can autumn is slowly approaching, so it's a great idea to get your house prepared for the colder weather and drearier days. Miserable weather can lower your mood, however with rich tones and luxurious textures you can feel warm and cosy in your home.

Try introducing oranges, reds, yellows, browns and purples into your interior as these autumn shades that will bring warmth and richness to colder rooms.

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As autumn approaches, it’s time to start getting autumn accessories out of storage. Start by giving your heavy curtains an airing and cleaning your bedspreads and blankets. Store your summer accessories such as lighter duvets and throws in ottomans or chests, to keep your home organised in a stylish way. The Velvet chesterfield ottoman from The French Bedroom Company gives a warm texture and a luxurious look to your bedroom. While Lombok’s Canton black lacquer blanket chest and the Kigoma trunk from The Holding Company are both smart solutions to long term storage and come in a variety a sizes and styles to suit both traditional or contemporary schemes.

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Clarissa Hulse’s Grassflowers hand-printed silk cushion, £80, Heal’s

Soft furnishings

You can’t deny that changing over to your warmer, heavier weight duvet doesn’t bring a comforting feeling inside, knowing that you can snuggle up and retreat under the covers as the colder nights draw in. Also, swap your lightweight throws for heavier ones made from chenille, wool, faux fur or cashmere for ultimate luxury. Throws have a versatile quality which allows you to use them on your bed or your furniture, or even as a blanket; they are available in any colour to match your style, and why not try combining throws of different textures and shade to layer your look.

If you have natural wooden flooring it can feel cold underfoot, adding a rug to create a warm feeling and cosy appearance. Try the Kemal beige rug from Puji or the 100% pure wool Artic rugs from Rockett St George.

My favourite piece to provide comfort and warmth at any time would have to be the Ivory Sheepskin bean bag from Heal’s. Its ivory colour will match any scheme and its sumptuous soft and fluffy texture makes it the perfect treat for your home.

Window Treatments

Poorly dressed windows can allow cold air in and warm air out so make sure you choose your window treatments carefully. Swap your lightweight curtains for heavier fabric ones such as velvets or rich damasks or try layering lighter fabrics with blinds for a dramatic look. Use thermal linings to help eliminate draughts and save you some money on your heating bill; if you have a particularly cold room you can also add an interlining made from 100% cotton which makes your curtains look fuller and more lavish. For natural, made to measure curtains and blinds try www.naturalcurtaincompany.co.uk.

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Moooi Random Pendant light, £342, Utility

Accessories

This is the time of year when you can go overboard with cushions, and you can mix and match to give a playful and colourful look that will liven up your room. With turquoise, Pantone’s colour of 2010, you can add metallic shades to bring an opulent look; this look is achieved on Clarissa Hulse’s Grassflowers hand-printed silk cushion from Heal’s. The useful yet cute Stripe Doggy draught excluder from Graham and Green made from blue stripe cotton with a wool tail, will keep the warmth in your room and keep draught at bay.

Lighting

With the days and sunlight hours getting shorter you will want to make the most of the natural light in your rooms; try hanging mirrors opposite a window to reflect the light throughout a space. The rectangular Venetian mirror from Sweet Pea & Willow has eye-catching detail, and would look stunning in a living or dining area, or a bedroom to create the illusion of more light and space. For extra light, invest in some pendant lighting which is more atmospheric and aesthetically pleasing than ceiling mounted lighting. Pendants look great as decorative pieces hanging singularly for task lighting, or they can work well when placed in a row above a dining table. Decorate tables and fireplaces with candles to create a relaxing and welcoming ambience that is perfect for evenings spent at home.

Chain Circle cushions from Cushlab

by Alexandra Thomas on August 10, 2010  |  0 comments
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Cosy up and get ready for autumn with these gorgeous cushions from Cushlab. £75

Cushions are my absolute passion when it comes to interiors.

Show me a cushion and I'll find somewhere to put it and much like handbags, I have a new favourite every week.

Sometimes it's plain ones, sometimes patterned, sometimes designer, sometimes highstreet.

The fact is, that I just adore them.

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So it'll come as no surprise to you that Cushlab is my kind of website.

Home to cushions designed by Rebecca Barton, Cushlab is to me what Louis Vuitton's new "maison" is to a couture addict.

I could have shown you all Rebecca's cushions but that would be a bit slly seeing though you can log on and have a peek yourself, which meant I had to choose my favourites.

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This was no mean feat but in the end I managed to whittle it down to these Chain Circle designs. Available in Cream and Grey, these intricate cushions are perfect for adding texture to any room. I can't wait to get them in my home ready for autumn.

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A stitch in time: Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, Nadine Sterk and Merel Karhof

by Catherine Gregg on August 10, 2010  |  0 comments
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365 knitting clock by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, to be launched in a limited edition run later this year.

Designers take on the knitting machine.

We’re used to seeing time divided up neatly on diary pages and calendars, and attributing the convenient labels of past, present and future. But time marches on regardless: the future becomes present the present becomes past, and time becomes indefinable. Intangible and beyond our grasp, time is essentially an abstract concept: the invisible fourth dimension.

German designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen’s knitting clock, ‘365’, gives materiality to this invisible presence. The passage of time is translated in the lengthening of knitted fabric. Shaped like a house, evoking traditional German cuckoo clocks, 365 holds a circular knitting machine with 48 needles, a thread spool, a thread holder and a ball of alpaca wool. Moving in a clockwise direction, each needle denotes half an hour, and one round of knitting is completed in a day. Rolls of ‘more time’ yarn last for a year, by the end of which the clock has created a two metre long knitted scarf. Presenting the knitting clock, Wilhelmsen was one of six graduates from the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) who showcased their work at DMY International Design Festival in June this year. 365 will be on show at 100% Design London in September.

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Sleeping Beauty knitting lamp by Nadine Sterk, POA, ateliernl.com

Mimicking organic growth over time, like the lengthening of human hair, Wilhelmsen’s clock is reminiscent of another innovative take on the knitting machine by Dutch designer Nadine Sterk. Sterk’s Sleeping Beauty is a mechanical lamp that ‘grows’ like a plant in the light. And just like a living organism, the lamp is equipped with all it needs to develop. Switch on the bulb and it begins knitting slowly around the light to create its own shade, pausing only when the light is turned off. The bulb generates enough energy to keep the knitting machine moving, at a rate of two rows an hour. Nadine Sterk exhibited Sleeping Beauty at Dutch Design Week’s Graduation Galleries in 2006.

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Future City Scenario - Wind Knitting Factory by Merel Karhof. Wind knitted scarfs, £40, Wind machine, POA, merelkarhof.nl

Animating space, both these beguiling objects have a Willie Wonker appeal to them and a surreal presence in the home. Exhibited at the Royal College of Art graduate show in 2009, London-based Dutch designer Merel Karhof’s Wind Knitting Factory seems to epitomise this gonzo style of thinking. Connected to a wind turbine attached to a building like a satellite dish, the circular machine knits from the outside of the building through the window, powered by the wind. The knitted material is harvested from time to time and rounded-off into individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label documenting how much ‘time’ has been knitted into it and on which date. The Wind Knitting Factory was installed at THEKEY.TO, an international event celebrating green fashion, lifestyle and culture, during Berlin Fashion Week earlier this month.

All these designs use knitting to give a physical presence to the passage of time. Time is no longer lost, but captured in the knitted creations. These designs speak to a modern desire for more time, and a tendency to regret its passing. Siren Elise Wilhelmsen’s contention that time is something that unites us all, probably goes some way to explain why these knitting automata are so captivating.

Coming soon: Orla Kiely’s first book ‘Pattern’

by Emma Foale on August 09, 2010  |  1 comment
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'Pattern' by Orla Kiely, published by Conran Octopus, September 2010

Giving a personal account of what informs and inspires her work; Orla Kiely delves into the world of pattern and explores colours, print, texture and form.

In her first book, Orla Kiely explores the one thing that has informed and inspired her work: pattern. For everyone who has fallen in love with her unique designs, this is the perfect chance to enjoy an insight into her creative process.

‘Pattern’ is, in a sense, a gift to her followers; she gives a personal account into how pattern has had such a huge effect on her designs across all the mediums she works in: fashion, design, textiles and interiors. Inside, her knowledge of how pattern transforms objects fills the pages, and she looks at the impact of scale and proportion, rhythm and texture, and dimension of colour.

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Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely’s creative passion flows throughout the book: “Pattern is not a trend for me, to be taken up one minute and abandoned the next when the winds of fashion change. Pattern is in me. Pattern is my life.” Her words are embellished with beautiful illustrated examples, and she provides her readers with a friendly guide to using pattern with finesse and confidence. The book is spilt into six chapters, one being centred on ‘Home’ which concentrates on decorating and furnishing your home, with advice from Orla on how to bring out your personality in your interior design.

‘Pattern’ by Orla Kiely is published by Conran Octopus, and will be available to buy from 6th September 2010. (Hardback, £25) It will also be available to buy from Amazon.

You can also find out more about Orla Kiely and her designs on her website at www.orlakiely.com.

100% Design

by Catherine Gregg on August 09, 2010  |  1 comment

Sneak a peek at what’s on show at 100% Design.

100% Design London represents the best of contemporary interior design and architecture in the UK and internationally. Held over four days at Earls Court Arena, the event features world-renowned interiors show, 100% Design; architectural and interior materials exhibition, 100% Materials; and a showcase of emerging design talent, 100% Futures.

100% Design

Celebrating its 16th birthday this year, 100% Design is well established as a key event in the international design calendar; attracting architects, interior designers and industry insiders as the place to meet innovative suppliers and source new products. Showcasing the finest in contemporary design, the exhibition spans furniture, lighting and textiles, to kitchens, bathrooms, and interior fixtures and fittings. 100% Design is acknowledged industry-wide as the place to unveil new products and the rigorous selection process ensures that only original designs are exhibited. It’s a unique opportunity to explore and experience the cream of the crop, offering a one-stop-shop for industry professionals and design lovers alike. British design will be represented by such celebrated companies as Race Furniture, with new and classic pieces from the Ernest Race Festival of Britain portfolio; Anne Kyrro Quinn celebrating ten years at the show; and Gray Concrete with concrete wallpaper as seen in Manolo Blahnik’s Dublin store. This year sees an increase in international pavilions with individual and group deputations from Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Norway, Spain and more. Once again, 100% Design is hosting the prestigious Blue Print Design Awards. Awards include Best New Product, Best Exhibition Design, Most Promising Talent and Best Use of Materials; judged by industry insiders, the winners will be announced on September 23rd.

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Onice Fantastico, natural stone surfaces by Antolini Luigi & C, stand C70, 100% Design

100% Materials

Significantly expanded this year, 100% Materials offers a dedicated platform for suppliers specialising in materials innovation and a source for architects and interior designers. Along with over 350 exhibitors, hand-picked for their creativity and originality, this year’s show features an inspirational seminar programme curated by Mix Magazine. Exploring the interaction of technology, design and wellbeing, the aim of the programme is to discover new ways to improve urban spaces and interiors, taking nature and ecology as inspiration. The programme includes speakers from Architects of Humanity, Pocket Habitat and Stylgraph, with discussions around innovative new materials, processes and colour trends. As part of the colour consultancy Global Color Research, Mix Magazine will introduce the latest colour trend predictions for Autumn/Winter 2011/12, and reveal how these global trends can be adapted to different environments. Sustainability is the watchword this year, with exhibitors showcasing experimental surfaces and creative applications for natural, composite and recycled materials. As well as new product launches, expect to see live experiments from Chris Lefteri’s materials laboratory.

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Rhythmical Runner by Print, Tuft & Fold, stand E101, 100% Futures

100% Futures

100% Design London continues to support young designers through 100% Futures, now in its fourth year. Showcasing the best emerging talent from the UK and internationally, 100% Futures promises to be a feast for design hungry visitors. For exhibitors, it’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to meet influential manufacturers, retailers, architects and interior designers. Highlights this year include Norwegian designer-maker Beate Einen’s bespoke glass lighting and sculptural one-of a kind vessels; London-based design collective Print, Tuft & Fold’s exuberant textiles; and Nottingham newcomer, Porcellana & Duomo’s evocative porcelain wall panels. Print, Tuft & Fold is also producing a collection of 18 seating cubes for the main entrance at Earls Court, including an array of kaleidoscopic-inspired carpet cubes, graphic digitally printed cityscape cubes and tactile pleated fabric cubes. Joining 55 others at 100% Futures is James Michael Shaw, winner of this year’s New Designers 100% Design Award. His prize is a 9sqm stand at the event and judging by previous winners, it’s certain to be a must-see. Shaw’s work maintains the delicate balance of form and function, finding beauty in simplicity. Judges were impressed by the ‘strong use of industrial materials’, describing his designs as ‘original and utilitarian’.

Open to the public on Sunday 26th, 100% Design London is a fantastic place to pick up ideas, meet designers and soak up some style.

Apple Green Fishing Light from The Contemporary Home

by Alexandra Thomas on August 09, 2010  |  0 comments
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Add some light to your outdoor space with this Apple Green Fishing Light from The Contemporary Home. Was £59.99 Now £49.99

I've lived in the same flat for eight years this November and every year, on dark, winter evenings, I spend ages trying to get my key in the door (sometimes a little worse for wear I admit) all because I don't have an outside light.

This year that's all going to change because I have decided it's time to invest in an outside light - not least to avoid strange looks from the neighbours as I try and unlock the door with my phone.

Top of my list list is this Apple Green Fishing Light from The Contemporary Home.

Elegant and understated, it looks great and of course will illuminate even the darkest of entrances.

So, if like me, you're fed up of stumbling and fumbling, I suggest you invest in one too.

Tempo Fallen Cube Coffee Table from Tom Schneider

by Alexandra Thomas on August 08, 2010  |  0 comments
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Make a bold statement with this Tempo Fallen Cube coffee table from Tom Schneider. Was £735 Now £624.75

When I was on the hunt for a new coffee table a few years ago, it was to say the least a rather draining experience.

They were either too tall or too short, too big or too small, just the look I was after but cost the same as a luxury holiday or just not right.

I now realise my first port of call should have been Tom Schneider - it certainly would have saved a lot of hassle.

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This Tempo Fallen Cube coffee table is a prime example of Tom's furniture. Elegant yet edgy, bold yet understated, it's simply divine.

I adore the angular legs and glass top which combine to make a very stylish piece of furniture.

The legs are also available in a variety of materials including Cherry, Walnut and Oak and a rather sophisticated brushed stainless steel.

And with over £100 off, it's a bit of a bargain too.

Old Morris Minor cushions from Rosa Blue

by Alexandra Thomas on August 07, 2010  |  0 comments
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Brighten up a sofa or chair with these Morris Minor cushions from Rosa Blue. £10

I have a thing about Morris Minors; whenever I see one I squeal with delight. There’s just something about them that I adore.

So much so I even thing I would buy one that didn’t go just so I could admire its beauty on my drive. Ok, so maybe that’s taking it a little too far.

As a consolation prize, I will settle for one of these retro-influenced cushions from Rosa Blue. Available in Red or Blue, these cute cushions are perfect for adding a retro twist and some colour to a sofa or chair.

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Spotlight on: Original BTC

by Emma Foale on August 06, 2010  |  0 comments
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London desk light, available in black, putty grey and yellow, £350, Original BTC

We turn the spotlight on Original BTC to learn more about their collection of lighting.

Design luminary, Peter Bowles, founded Original BTC in 1990, upon his knowledge of retail, manufacturing and design that has come from the depths of his family history. Peter’s designs are a collaboration of original and classic pieces which have been inspired by traditional factory fittings, childhood toys and iconic 1940’s design. Entirely manufactured in the UK, Original BTC lighting is hand-assembled in Oxford from the finest chrome, aluminium and bone china.

First and foremost, at Original BTC quality of style and design naturally coincides with producing sustainable and practical lighting in order to give the best result. The company is renowned for its relaxed lighting that is suitable for either contemporary or traditional homes. Creating the perfect ambience is essential and Original BTC use precision in detailing and a mix of materials to achieve this; metallic painted, glass or china shades are paired with polished satin or chrome bases. Peter claims that his aim was “to design and produce lights that you are instantly at home with, that will fit easily and comfortably for many years to come.”

The stylish collection covers all your lighting needs with wall and floor lamps sitting alongside table and pendant lights. From bone china, metal and prismatic glass, there are so many fabulous designs to choose from that offer both style and versatility. The influence behind the designs comes from the clean lines of traditional factory fittings and the versatility of mid-century style. Over 70% of the company’s lighting is exported worldwide, and widely recognised by acclaimed French designer Andrée Putman, John Pawson and Terence Conran. Also, you will find Original BTC products lighting up the likes of Gordon Ramsey’s Maze Grill restaurant in London, and making us say ‘Oh là là’ about Paris’ new concept store, Merci. Their lighting is being used in these well known places because it has a classic style that draws attention.

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Stanley pendants, available in solid copper, solid brass, or nickel plate, price depends on size, Original BTC

New for Spring/Summer 2010, the retro-inspired London desk light, designed by Charles Bowles (the son of Founder, Peter Bowles), epitomises modern design with its simple clean lines. It has a spun aluminium semi-sphere shade, solid chrome base and a matching cotton braided flex to give it a tailored finish. The London is available in black, putty grey and yellow to suit any sophisticated study, and its intriguing shape looks great from all angles. Original BTC have also released a new limited edition task light known as ‘Jack’; this is made to order and features a hand-painted British flag featuring the iconic patriotic colours of red, white and blue.

The Stanley Range includes three sizes of pendants which are available in solid copper, solid brass, or nickel plate. Made to order, you can choose a hammered or smooth reflective finish, and they give a spectacular look when grouped together or you can mix metals for a contemporary and interesting appeal. These provide a stunning effect because their narrow cylindrical shape creates a spotlight over a feature, or they simply be used as decorative pieces. The Stanley range was launched in September 2009 along with the Cosmo pendants and table lights, available in ribbed prismatic glass shades, which sparkle and refract light to create beautiful shadow play on the polished chrome bases.

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Tea cup & saucer table light in natural bone china, £117.50, Original BTC

My favourite is ‘The Tea Range’ for its fanciful tea cup and tea pot shaped pendants and table lights which are inspired by 1930’s tableware. They are ideally suited to dining rooms or kitchens to create an imaginative style that takes traditional pieces of tableware, and evolves them into fantastical designs. Staying true to their original design, they are made from bone china like a fine English tea set, giving them a delicate appeal.

So, here is yet another example of how British manufacturing is building and increasing in popularity to support the economy. Original BTC is founded on values that encourage British-made products and designs; in fact Peter Bowles strongly believes in producing excellent quality and good value designs and takes pride in the fact that they are manufactured in the UK.

Original BTC will be exhibiting at 100% Design in London, Sept 23rd-26th 2010. For the complete range of Original BTC lighting, visit www.originalbtc.com, and for more information tel: 0207 351 2130.

Vitra Eames Elephant from Utility

by Alexandra Thomas on August 06, 2010  |  0 comments
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Spoil your little ones with this Eames Elephant from Utility. £139

When I have little ones, along with being able to read and write of course, I will also make sure they have an appreciation of great, classic design.

Apart from anything, they'll need to understand that jumping up and down on my Eames lounger (I will have one by then) just isn't the done thing.

Of course, I can't expect them to have understanding and appreciation of great design unless they have a little bit themselves, which is why an Eames Elephant would definitely be on their bedroom furniture list.

Available in five colours, these elephants are simply beautiful and epitomise Charles and Ray's style to a tee.

I quite fancy having a whole parade of them, how about you?

Michelle Mason collaborates with Livia Firth to reveal the Roseta rug.

by Emma Foale on August 05, 2010  |  0 comments
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'Roseta' rug, Michelle Mason collaboration with Livia Firth at Eco, £159+VAT

This gorgeous, eco-friendly rug is sure to bring a feminine touch and beautiful detailing to any floor.

The collaboration between Michelle Mason and Livia Firth has produced spectacular results. Designed exclusively for Eco Age, the duo have created an environmentally-friendly rug which exudes style and boasts excellent sustainability.

The Roseta rug is uniquely made out of felt from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and will be available in pink and black. However, Eco Age offer a bespoke service which means that the rug can be custom made in a gorgeous range of colours. It has hardwearing qualities but it is soft underfoot and its texture gives a stylish appearance to natural wood floorings.

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'Roseta' rug, also available in black, £159+VAT

Livia Firth, Creative Director of Eco Age, has commented on why she chose to work with Michelle on this design: “I fell in love with Michelle's work a couple of years ago when we were sourcing ethical interiors for Eco Age - it is always elegant and unusual at the same time and totally feminine. We are very excited to do this collaboration with her and to have the first ever plastic bottles rug.... By looking at it, you won't believe it!”

Similar to Michelle’s Stella rug, the Roseta is a contemporary take on lace-making with its intricate cut-out style, giving it a very delicate and feminine look. A perfect talking point for any living area or bedroom, the Roseta encompasses the strength of modern design and the ability to create products that are sustainable and kind to the environment.

Michelle will be unveiling the Roseta rug at 100% Design Earl’s Court, London, Sept 23rd-26th, Stand No. H60. The Roseta rug will be exclusively available from www.michellemason.co.uk and www.eco-age.com.

The Dog Bowl from Me Me Me

by Alexandra Thomas on August 05, 2010  |  0 comments
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Add some canine style to your home with The Dog Bowl from Me Me Me. £60

My love of dogs is right up there with vintage chairs and beautiful cushions, so I couldn’t resist sharing this new discovery from Me Me Me.

At first glance and from the product name, I assumed this was the cutest dog bowl around and couldn’t wait to buy it for my favourite canine friend Frank.

However, on further investigation, it transpired that this is in fact a really lovely, tongue-in-cheek accessory for the home.

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Handmade in porcelain, this little chap makes the perfect alternative to a traditional cake stand or works equally well empty and on a sideboard or mantelpiece.

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Colour watch: Yellow

by Emma Foale on August 04, 2010  |  0 comments
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Yellow Moroccan Leather Pouffe, £100, Rockett St George

Even on a cloudy day, sunshine yellow shades will brighten up your home and put a smile on your face.

From citrus hues and bright daisy yellows to creamy and buttery shades, yellow is a comforting and warming colour. Yellow denotes happiness and colour researchers have found that it raises self-esteem. Yellow daffodils are associated with unrequited love, but yellow can supposedly sharpen memory and concentration skills. Van Gogh saw the potential and power of colour, and claimed that ‘yellow is capable of charming God’: he observed the strength and influence of yellow on our feelings, and this illustrates the impact that this colour can have in your home.

Choosing the right yellow

When choosing a shade of yellow, think about the mood you want to create and how the lighting in your room will affect the look. Daylight won’t make yellow paint so intense, whereas most incandescent bulbs have a very yellow cast that will strengthen your paint colour. Yellow can have warm undertones such as red or orange, or cooler tones of green or brown: choose warm yellows for warm-toned rooms with dark wood furnishings for example, and cooler yellows for a neutral and natural décor. Decide whether you want to use yellow as the focus or as an accent in your room; a room decorated in soft, creamy yellows can give a quaint, country home style, while a splash of bright yellow in a dark room can make a space look modern and give a cheerful feel.

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Mustard yellow Crystal Spring Lamp, £276, Sweetpea & Willow

Tonal scheme

Rich, sunset yellows work well in a monochromatic scheme with black and white because they create a stark contrast whilst neutralising each other’s dramatic effect. While straw and cream shades on walls are offset beautifully by sun-kissed yellows on cushions, vases, lampshades, and other accent pieces. You can compliment yellow with lots of white; drawing inspiration from nature, you can use daisies as an example of how you can create a simple, clean and fresh look. Any living area or bedroom with warm yellow walls can be enhanced and modernised with crisp white furniture, fabric, curtains, throws and mirrors.

If you want to introduce yellow furniture, minimalism is the key because too many large-scale pieces will not work as well together. Block colour is a desired trend and can work well in this case where you can use a couple of small key furniture pieces in yellow, for example an armchair and a pouffe, to inject the power of yellow into your living room without it becoming too overwhelming.

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Yellow colour palette, Benjamin Moore paint collection, image via benjaminmoore.com

Complementary colour schemes

Since it is a primary colour, yellow can be paired with almost any other shade: use orange and red hues to enhance the warmth in a room. Choose one dominant shade and one secondary colour to make this scheme work; varying tones can give a room depth and they keep your space feeling fresh.

For visual contrast use purple, the complementary colour of yellow, to create an equal balance of tone and intensity. Purples and blues bring out the cooler tones in yellow; if you are keen to follow a pastel colour scheme try lilacs and pale lemon shades for a calming and relaxing ambience.

Warmer orange tones of yellow create a sensual and exotic look when combined with luscious aubergines; try this in a bedroom for a rich and sensual ambience.

Accents

Accents are great if you are a bit cautious about decorating all over with yellow; it is one of the most luminous of the colours and reflects a lot of light. Pair yellow with a cooler accent shade such as soothing grey which will neutralise the brighter tones. Choose bountiful floral arrangements to bring a feminine and spring-like feel to any room. Or try gold accents in your artwork, accessories and fabric, to lift your scheme and add a feeling of opulence.

Sink Unit Dresser from The Kitchen Dresser

by Alexandra Thomas on August 04, 2010  |  1 comment
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Create a classic kitchen scheme with this Sink Dresser Unit from The Kitchen Dresser. From £1200

Despite being a "love everything clean and streamlined" sorta gal, now and again I develop a huge crush for country-style kitchens.

You know what I mean, huge flagstone tiles, an Aga and a view of rolling hills out the window – all very Joanna Trollope; I must be getting old!

So, in my dream country-style kitchen, you can guarantee there would be a kitchen dresser from experts The Kitchen Dresser.

My favourite is this Sink Unit Dresser which has been elegantly crafted and features cupboards and plate racks as well as a traditional ceramic Belfast sink.

But what I really love about this product is the bespoke feel to it. You can choose from six different worktops plus 12 of their own paint shades or any Farrow & Ball or Fired Earth colour to complement your kitchen.

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Interview: Turner Pocock

by Catherine Gregg on August 03, 2010  |  0 comments
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Tennis Wallpaper, £60 + vat, Turner Pocock Cazalet

Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock spill the beans.

Turner Pocock is a London-based interior design company providing a tailored service for private residential and commercial clients in the UK and abroad. Established by Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock, the company specialises in sourcing contemporary art and commissioning bespoke furniture. With a keen grasp of design history and an eye for style, Turner Pocock creates sumptuous, liveable spaces in which old and new are deftly combined. A love of colour, pattern and texture is evident throughout, and in a recent venture Turner Pocock teamed up with artist Catherine Cazalet to produce a series of graphic and vibrant wallpapers. We caught up with Bunny and Emma and here’s what they had to say:

How would you sum up the Turner Pocock style?

We’ve been described as having a schizophrenic style because every project we work on is so different – we prefer it that way as it keeps us on our toes! I suppose what defines us is a eclectic approach where we mix contemporary and antique pieces to give a feeling that the room has come together over time – rooms can look over designed and unlived in if everything is new!

You’ve created a series of sophisticated yet playful wallpapers with Catherine Cazalet. What inspired you to create a collection of wallpapers and how the project evolved?

We’d always wanted to get into product design and development and as we use a lot of wallpaper in our schemes it seemed the obvious choice. We also felt there was a void in the market for children’s wallpapers that weren’t clichéd in their use of colour or subject.

What led you to the distinctive sporting and animal prints?

Catherine developed the cricket paper concept while she was in India where they are fanatical about the sport – we felt that the small pattern repeat worked really well and decided to explore other England-centric sports in the same way. Tennis seemed like the obvious second subject. Both sports have a retro feel to them and are quintessentially English. The zebra design stems from Catherine’s paintings/murals of Zebras, which she has become well known for so that was really the starting point.

Who would be next on your list of ideal collaborators?

We’ve got our eye on a fab fashion textile designer who’s based in Singapore at the moment.

As specialists in sourcing contemporary art, how has a love of art influenced your choices in interior design?

Art and accessorising is very important in all our schemes – the pictures/sculptures/objects can make or break a room. Sometimes we will even start scheming from a picture and take the colour/style lead from that point.

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Onslow Chair, handcrafted and finished in customer’s own fabric with stained walnut legs, POA, Turner Pocock

Are there particular artists that you look to when thinking about colour schemes?

We don’t have a huge amount of control over this as the choice of artist is driven by each client and varies hugely depending on our brief. Scale is as important as the style – a grid of small pictures can look fantastic and make a small room feel bigger – likewise a large, dramatic painting or photograph can create focus and hold a room together.

Your work shows a real appreciation, and elevation, of material qualities and craftsmanship. Creating interior spaces that are perceived and experienced sensually, which materials to you particularly like to work with?

We love using different textures/patterns - it makes the experience of a room much more interesting. We use shagreen [shark skin] a lot – our furniture collection demonstrates that!! But we also like to mix the use of stone, wood, lacquer, mirror on wall/floor/joinery finishes. Walls are also a great place to add depth and texture – either with a patterned wallpaper, or grass cloth and polished/textured plaster. Then we finally look at the fabrics and make sure that there is as much variety as possible – mohair, linen, silk, satin. Geometric patterns, plains, stripes!

Many of your furniture pieces have an Art Deco feel to them. Do you have a favourite historical period in terms of interior design and furnishing style?

We mix styles and periods – each era produced fantastic iconic pieces and it’s a question of mixing the best from each period to create a fusion of styles that doesn’t feel over-designed.

How would you advise people on combining historical references and contemporary styling in one space?

They should buy what they love and that way their taste will be what unites the scheme.

Which have been you most enjoyable/memorable interior design projects?

One of our first projects was for a client who didn’t say no to anything! He trusted us and had great existing furniture for us to work around. We’ve also worked on some fantastic projects abroad – in Bahrain and the South of France – it’s amazing how the different lifestyles/environments/light affects the way we design. We love the variety.

If you could design a room for any person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

Matthew Williamson – he has a great sense of style and colour which we’d love to work with.

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Bedroom scheme with bespoke shagreen furniture, by Turner Pocock Interior Design

Which current homeware designers do you particularly admire?

Tom Dixon, Kelly Wearstler’s rugs and fabrics, Ashley Hicks and Neisha Crosland’s rugs and fabrics.

What’s your favourite high-street and high-end home furnishing brand/store?

The Conran Shop and Andrew Martin.

What’s been your best interiors bargain?

We’re both magpies and always keep our eyes out for beautiful useful things. We’re particular fans of framed antique flags and pick them up whenever and wherever we find them – usually from flee markets. Maps are also another favourite find and they don’t cost the earth.

Which three objects would you save if your house was on fire?

We’re both constantly changing how we want our homes to look so the objects are less important –think we’d have to say it would be people and pets! And maybe some precious pictures. It would also give us an excuse to redecorate.

What do think will be the next big trends in interior design?

Hopefully an end to neutral/taupe colour schemes! Luckily we don’t tend to follow trends so it’s not really important to us!

What’s next for Turner Pocock?

We’re working on some exciting projects in the UK at the moment and hope to introduce some new wallpapers to the existing range towards the end of the year. The main aim for Turner Pocock is to do a ski chalet – we’ve both enjoyed living in the Alps at different stages in our lives and have dreamed about creating the perfect chalet ever since!!

Find out more about Turner Pocock’s interior design service and bespoke furniture collection at turnerpocock.co.uk. The wallpaper collection can be viewed and purchased online at turnerpocockcazalet.co.uk.