• Textiles by Tori Murphy

    by  • Friday, June 27, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    Known for her pared-back style and repetitive patterns, I’ve admired Tori Murphy’s work since I spotted her at Tent in 2012. This year her business turns two and she’s shaking up her monochrome colour scheme with a fourth collection of punchy, hot pinks. Designed in Nottingham and woven in Lancashire, Tori’s aim is to support local British craftmanship and now has a team of people working for her in a former coal depot. Cushions, throws, poufs and accessories, this is a lovely British homeware brand to watch.

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    Little Greene’s colour highlights

    by  • Friday, June 20, 2014 • 3 Comments

    Little Greene gets confident with colour, showing how to mix their existing historic shades with bold, trendy accents. I love their new photography and perfect colour combos…

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    From Top: Portland Stone with Atomic Red; Celestial Blue, Marine Blue with Bronze Red; Yellow-Pink with Lamp Black; Basalt with Orange Aurora. From £35 for 2.5litres of Absolute Matt Emulsion.  All Little Greene. 

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    Hema comes to the UK

    by  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 5 Comments

    Have you heard of Hema? It’s a bit like a Dutch version of the Danish Tiger stores crossed with Ikea. They have almost 700 stores in seven different countries in Europe and last week I went to the opening of the first UK outlet in Victoria, London. There aren’t many stores where you can pick up a pink frying pan, a genuine Duralex Picardie glass for 60p (I bought 6. I couldn’t not), pretty patterned tape, a decent makeup brush and a packet of stroopwafles all in one trip.

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    This ‘variety store’ reminds me of a posh Woolworths with more of a design aesthetic. They are also opening a larger store in Kingston and Bromley later this month and a UK online shop is due to launch later this year.

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