• Posts Tagged ‘design’

    Sneak peek of icon Sue Timney’s new collection for Marks & Spencer

    by  • Sunday, February 7, 2016 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Famed for her maximalist aesthetic and eclectic, quirky designs, Sue Timney has worked in interior design for over 30 years. Her accolades include serving as President of the British Institute of Interior Design, and receiving the Prince Philip Designers Prize for Design of the Year. She’s also worked closely with The Laura Ashley Foundation and collaborated with The Rug Company and House of Fraser, as well as releasing a series of books.


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    A new retro-inspired textile and wallpaper collection from Scion

    by  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Launched at Déco-Off in Paris over the weekend, British textile and wallpaper brand Scion have created a gorgeous, new, retro-contemporary range of printed fabrics, voiles and wallpapers named Lohko (named after the Finnish word for ‘blocks’), with an assertive, architectural feel.


    Panels (L-R): Plexus 120497 £29.00/mtr, Sula 120471 £29.00/mtr, Lohko 111291 £49.00/roll, Nendo 131818 £36.00/mtr, Lohko 120485 £29.00/mtr, Malva 111312 £39.00/roll, Vector 120481 £29.00/mtr & Tetra 120494 £29.00/mtr                                                                       Upholstery (L-R): Plains One 130458 £31.00/mtr, Plains Six 131236 £35.00/mtr                                                                                                    Cushions: A selection from Lohko, at Scion.

    The graphic Lohko collection features asymmetric motifs, bold slabs of colour and repeating, cut-out geometrics that defy the laws of gravity and proudly break the rules of design. Over-sized abstract boulder motifs, simplistic tulips and linear stem wallpapers are particularly exciting and I love the chic colour combinations used.


    1.Malva wallpaper, 111310 £39.00/roll 2. Lohko wallpaper 111295 £49.00/roll 3. Sula wallpaper 111320 £39.00/roll all Scion.

    Bearing the distinctive style of Scion Designer Hannah Bowen (responsible for the playful and whimsical Guess Who? collection we featured on the blog last September), she has cleverly created energy and movement in her designs though the use of irregular patterns, confident freehand lines and self-assured colour combinations. She explains: quote

    Channeling non-comformity, irrepressible energy and measured exuberance, the collection uses specially-developed slug-textured grounds, emphasising Lohko’s abstract quality and highlights repetition within the shapes, whilst its colour palette channels with a hint of black, and includes new tones for 2016 of Spice, Paprika and Blush.


    1.Modul wallpaper 111305 £39.00/roll 2. Vector wallpaper 111303 £49.00/roll 3. Tocca wallpaper 111317 £37.00/roll 4. Priya wallpaper 111299 £39.00/roll all Lohko at Scion.

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    The perfect Christmas gift: a coffee table book fit for every friend

    by  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    The 1st of December is always something of a turning point. From ripping into the Advent calendar to tucking into the first mince pie, it’s officially the season to be jolly from the moment the clock strikes 12. Then the week ticks on and that initial  joy is swiftly rugby-tackled by impending dread, not least from the endless list of presents to be bought. One of my favourite go-to’s has long-been the coffee table book: they’re crammed full of sumptuous images, decadent to behold and fabulous piled high on, well, a coffee table, as well as being the perfect price and, most crucially, delightfully easy to wrap. So, whatever your friends or loved ones are passionate about, here are 5 of my favourites to look out for this Christmas:BirdFor the: Food Fanatic

    Book of choice: A Bird In The Hand by Diana Henry, £20, Octopus

    What’s inside: From lazy summer feasts to cheery pick-me-ups, this beautiful book is packed with delicious recipe ideas to transform the humble chicken into a scrumptious centrepiece. With 120 global-inspired dishes to choose from, including Vietnamese lemongrass and chilli chicken thighs, smoky chicken salad with roast peppers and almonds, and a pomegranate, barley and feta-stuffed roast chicken, it’s full of guaranteed crowd-pleasers that are destined to become family favourites. A food-lover or keen cook’s dream!

    EamesFor the: Interiors Addict

    Book of choice: The World of Charles and Ray Eames by Catherine Ince and Lotte Johnson, £29.25, Thames Hudson

    What’s inside: Single-handedly responsible for shaping the designs of a generation, Charles and Ray Eames’ unique vision is still abundant on the high street today. This stunning book lets readers delve into their lives, including film, architecture and furniture projects, as well as personal letters and writings from Charles and Ray themselves. Looking to while away a chilly afternoon this winter? Don’t miss the corresponding exhibition at the Barbican, which runs until 14 February 2016.


    For the: Make-up Maven

    Book of choice: Face Paint, The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge, £18.99, Abrams Image

    What’s inside: Delving far further than the surface art of make-up, Lisa’s new book is an exploration into face and body decorating reaching back hundreds of years. Arguably the first real historical book on the subject, Face Paint looks into the social and political implications of make-up, as well as materials, icons, cosmetics and the impact of make-up on women as a whole. More than just a make-up book, it’s a glorious journey into the history of an incredible art form.

    VogueFor the: Jewellery or Fashion Aficionado

    Book of choice: Vogue, The Jewellery by Carol Woolton, £75, Octopus

    What’s inside: Straight from the pages of British Vogue, be veritably dazzled by the intoxicating array of jewellery nestled inside this sumptuous tome. Take your pick from over 300 images, including jazz-age-inspired glamour, rock ‘n’ roll royalty, diamond-encrusted tiaras, and sculptural cuffs, all shot by the most notable photographers of the century.

    100-InteriorsFor the: Globe Trotter

    Book of choice: 100 Interiors Around The World, £12.99, Taschen

    What’s inside: Whizzing around the globe from cover to cover, this just-released edition is a smorgasbord of the world’s most irresistible properties. From riots of colour in Hong Kong to concrete art in Berlin, and densely pigmented riads in Marrakech to London’s finest period properties, soak in an amazingly diverse range of styles, all with individuality, authenticity and spirit and their core. Got a well-travelled friend who’s a bit of culture vulture? This one’s for them.


    Still hankering after the perfect present? Opt for a slightly lighter version with a gift that keeps on giving (12 times, to be exact) and pick up a subscription to Ideal Home. Priced from £24.99 for 12 issues, it’s a fab way to spread a little Christmas cheer all year long!

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