• Japanese design

    by  • Monday, August 3, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Japanese design has always been an inspirational source within interiors but it’s the uncomplicated style that highlights traditional craft, natural materials and solutions to everyday life that is starting to make waves in the mainstream. As well as inspiring ideas for lighting, ceramics and utility pieces, brands are featuring and collaborating with Japanese designers.



    Forward thinking: Marks & Spencer picked up on this trend for summer, focusing on wood finishes, simple silhouettes and hand-painted ceramics

    Nayoko desk, £549; Nayoko dining chair, £199, Marks & Spencer

    The Japanese design philosophy is a way of life; it’s the pared back and uncomplicated forms, also mirrored in Scandinavian style, that has had such a big influence in emerging trends over the last few years.

    An obvious place to start and a familiar highstreet brand is Muji. The basic packaging design, works with the idea of ‘su’ meaning plain or unadorned but the luxury comes in the visual simplicity. You just have to take a look at their stationary to see it in action.


    A few favourite finds by Japanese designers & influenced by the style:



    1. Uka stripe cup, £6.95, Nkuku; 2. Double oven glove, £28, The Organic Company range, Liv; 3. Brass trivet, £65, Oji Masanori range, Native & Co; 4. Koichi bowl, £19, Toast; 5. Flow chair, Tomoko Azumi range, Ercol; 6. Plisse lampshade, £30, Habitat.


    John Lewis’ AW15 trend report highlights the timeless appeal of functionality, simplicity and quality inspiring furniture makers like Another Country, all key features of Japanese style. For A/W 2015  Ercol have collaborated with Tomoko Azumi to create the Flow chair, launching in September (see above).

    At Pulse design show earlier this year we spotted Danish textile brand The Organic Company, their 100% organic cotton kitchen, bedroom and bathroom textiles reflect that uncomplicated, practical but beautiful design ethic. Their latest release is The Cloth, which is based on traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, which can made into a re-usable bag, a tea towel, table cloth, to wrap presents…the list goes on.




    Design utility-ware shops Objects of Use and Native & Co stock a plethora of Japanese utility pieces, including Japanese designer Oji Masanori’s brass accessories (see favourite finds above). British- Japanese ceramic designer Reiko Kaneko combines the influence of her early years growing up in Japan within the forms of her tableware (see below).





    (On ladder) Linen Tea Towels; £12 each (On top shelf) Copper Kettle, £220; Japanese Wooden Bath Bowl, £85; Brushes from £8.00 – £155.00, Native & Co.



    1. Wakayama brushes from £8.50, Objects of Use; 2. Sumac wax candles, £28; Native & Co; 3. Mashiko pestle and mortar, £25, Reiko Kaneko; 4. Copper oroshiki graters, from £35, Objects of Use.


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    Fresh for summer ’15: don’t miss the new season collection from St Jude’s

    by  • Friday, July 31, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Renowned for putting a modern twist on traditional, nature-inspired motifs, St Jude’s Fabrics & Prints has established itself in the hearts of print-lovers thanks to its distinctive style, bold use of colour and flowing illustrations.Birch-Tree-Sun

    This summer, the brand is launching Birch Tree Sun (above), a new fabric and wallpaper from designer Angie Lewin. Inspired by her 2006 wood engraving Five Trees and her 2010 screen print Winter Birches, the design features an interwoven series of cascading rivers, sun-like orbs and clusters of cross-hatched trees. Available in five colourways, pick your favourite from mustard and sea blue, coral and sage green, teal and slate, terracotta and grey, and a moody ink and turquoise option, all at £54 per m.


    The brand has also relaunched the fish-adorned Deep Sea fabric (above). Created by Emily Sutton, it follows her enchanting Curiosity Shop design, and comes in three beautiful colourways. Choose from pops of Coral in a stormy blue scene, enlivening aqua and cool grey, or a palette of lively blues over fresh white. Inspired by enchanting relics from bygone eras and afternoons spent in Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, her intricate prints look beautiful as both curtains and accessories alike, and cost £54 per m.


    For a taste of these designs on a smaller scale, printmaker and St Jude’s co-founder Angie is also selling a selection of limited-edition prints. Produced as linocuts, wood engravings, lithographs and screen prints, her unique pieces are reminiscent of plants set against the roaring sea and sky of North Norfolk and the Scottish Highlands. post-460

    Perfect for nature-lovers, these woodland-inspired artworks are available online, and will also be shown at The Bankside Gallery in November. For a pretty illustrative piece, check out the tranquil The Honesty Blue screenprint (above), which was commissioned by the V&A.


    Credits: Birch Tree Sun will be available soon; Angie Lewin, photographed by Alun Callender; Honesty Blue screenprint (unframed), £295, V&A


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    House plants, house plants, house plants!

    by  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I have a slight obsession with house plants, I know they’ve always been there, but suddenly they are everywhere! My wilting windowsill of plants are a sorry sight, whilst I was browsing for some creative inspiration at The Room Edit the lush green displays put my attempts to shame! It has, however, given me some ideas for more than average planting ideas…what do you think?







    The terrariums can arrive fully assembled so there’s no excuse for not having green fingers! Jewel terrarium, £54.95, Penta terrarium £59.95, The Urban Botanist. See the full image at The Room Edit.





    Off set succulents and cacti with rustic and colourful glazed earthenware containers. Tenderling pots, £3, Anthropologie. See the full image at The Room Edit.




    Brighten up a corner with layers of lush greenery. Bittergurka hanging planter, £8 per section, Ikea; Wrapped navy hanging planter, £30, Urban Outfitters. See the full image at The Room Edit.




    Ok, strictly speaking not house plants but it’s still a stunning way to get some greenery into the room. Retro glass bottles, from £28, Nordic House. See the full image at The Room Edit.





    Metal planters add that element of utility style, perfect for bathrooms and kitchens. Graslock plant pot, £16, Ikea; Metal plant pot, £6.99, H&M. See the full image at The Room Edit.

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