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Tour This Contemporary Home Set In Idyllic Woodland Location Near Helsinki

This impressive contemporary new build in amazing woodland location 35 minutes from Helsinki is home to Tuuli and her family. A house in the middle of the forest with a vegetable garden next to it is a home of my childhood dreams, so when I saw this house I couldn’t resist to see and find out more.

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Could you tell me a few words about yourself?

I am an art teacher by education, but also studied marketing at the university.  My occupation is related to marketing, but interior design has been one of my passions since the early age. I see myself as artistic and visual person. I really enjoy doing ceramics and visual arts during my spare time.

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Could you tell me a little bit about the house? How did you come up with its’ design? 

Before this house, me and my husband had designed a few houses on paper and also had bought a plot near to our current house. We used to live in a traditional wooden house also located near to a forest. Although we were happy with the surroundings of that house, we were dreaming of a modern, simplistic home.

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After finding this beautiful plot next to a pine forest and a small lake, we were totally excited and sold the plot we had earlier bought. We also found an architect who’s design concept felt like a good match with our ambitions. The architect had earlier designed modern summerhouses in Finland of a similar design and style. Instead of using wood as a building material (which is a traditional material for houses in Finland), we chose to build with concrete elements.

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There are 3 bedrooms, an open plan living, kitchen and dining area, a large tv room, 2 bathrooms, sauna, laundry room and a storage in the house. Altogether 250 square meters. We have two large outdoor terraces on both floors for outside cooking and relaxing.

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The location of the house is very interesting, it seems to be in the middle of the woods – such a beautiful position! And a vegetable garden – are you interested in growing your own fruit and vegetables?

The house is situated in a small village in the Southern Finland close to large forest areas. Neighbourhood is newly built with large plots and just nearby, there is an area with cozy, picturesque summerhouses from 1950’s-1970’s.

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We really love the location of our house in the middle of woods since we like to spend time outdoors and in the forest picking berries and mushrooms (like most of the Finns! 😊).

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Gardening has been important for me for many years, but lately my interest has grown into growing my own vegetables and berries, like blueberries, blackcurrants and raspberries. That’s something I want my kids to learn as well, that food does not come from the grocery stores, it can be grown in your own backyard or even terrace.

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How would you describe your interior decorating style? What are your favourite homeware brands and where do you like to source your furniture and accessories? 

My interior decoration style is quite minimalistic and quality materials are important for me. I would rather buy furniture that lasts decades instead of buying something ”too trendy” for just a couple of years.

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I adore Danish design classics like the Wishbone chair and the AJ lamp. But our interior decoration is a mix of furniture / interior decoration items from different brands like Bo concept, Carl Hansen, Fogia, Cane-Line, Sits, Hay and Vitra. To avoid having a feeling of living in an design store, I like to spice up the decoration with hand-made ceramics and pieces of art. I like to use warm tones and wood in the decoration for a cozy feeling. Although I like black and white Scandinavian interiors, I feel that they are not for me.

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Nowadays I buy decoration items mainly from the web, but I like to visit design shops during holiday trips for instance in Denmark & Sweden.

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What is your favourite place in the house?

My favourite place in the house is our upstairs terrace even though it can be used only for a limited time period from spring to late autumn due to cold weather during winter time in Finland. I love to have my morning coffee outside in the terrace listening to birds singing and trying to see a glimpse of the lake between the woods.

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And finally, something about future plans. Any new purchases or redecorations you are planning for this year?

When it comes to future plan of purchases: I will travel to Aarhus, Denmark to look for sofas for our downstairs TV room space. It sounds arrogant, but we haven’t found a single sofa that feels like a right match for a 50 square meter space from the retailers in Finland. But you know how it can be, sometimes you have to make an effort to get something you really want to have, right! 😁”

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Instagram: @_by_tuuli

Canvas Home Sample Sale 11 – 13 April

From the 11th to the 13th of April Canvas Home will be holding a sample sale at their London Shop. There will be items from their previous collection as well as discounts on the new lines with prices starting from £2.00. A huge variety of tableware, glassware, ceramics and cutlery will be available.

Dates:

11th April 2019 from 10am to 6pm

12th April 2019 from 10am to 7pm

13th April 2019 from 11am to 5pm

Address:    

57 Amwell Street 

London

EC1R 1UR 

United Kingdom

www.canvashomestore.co.uk

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Interior Designer Alison Anderson on Her Favourite British Made Brands And Local Shopping

I am very interested in British made products and it seems at the moment it’s quite an exciting area with new, small, individually crafted, artisan brands starting up and thriving. There is definitely a revived interest towards local and hand made. 

I had a chat with an interior designer Alison Anderson, whose house featured in one of the recent posts, about her love for local and sustainable products and she told me about a few of her favourites:  

“I’ve very much a supporter of well made British products and I’m setting up an on-line shop later this year to sell a curated selection of products for the home.  I’ve been busy meeting suppliers and discovering new makers and their amazing products, so it feels like a completely natural extension to my business.

I’m on a bit of a mission to fight back against the throw away culture that’s become so ‘normal’ and I love incorporating beautiful finds in my designs that have been well made by talented craftspeople with purpose and passion.

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It’s easy to become caught up in the latest fashions and trends, but a well designed home shouldn’t be based on what is or isn’t in.  For me it’s about incorporating timeless elements that will last. 

A company like Haeckels really appeals to me because it’s about a way of living and everything they do is driven by passion.  I discovered their shop during a trip to Margate, along with Junk Deluxe, which is also definitely worth visiting. 

 

Another favourite is A S Apothecary, who are based in Lewes in East Sussex, where I grew up. They are a small batch distillery and grow their own organic plants to incorporate into their fragrances and creams.

Lewes is one of my favourite shopping haunts for home products.  Unlike most high streets, it’s full of quirky independent stores and really does offer something different.  From Victoria, Revive and Closet & Botts are just some of my favourites.

In terms of fabrics and wallpaper,  Charlotte Jade is the place to visit (online only). Her designs are modern, fun and are a great way to introduce pattern into the home.   The quality of her velvet fabrics is exceptional.”

What British made brands do you love? Have you discovered any recently that you are excited about? 

To find out more about Alison Anderson Interiors visit www.alisonandersoninteriors.co.uk.

5 Interior Designers Reveal Updates They Will Be Introducing to Their Own Homes This Year

I am very excited about this post today. I have asked five interior designers whose work I find very inspirational to share with me their plans for their own homes – what changes and updates they are going to be making and what trends they will be introducing this year. These ladies represent such a variety of styles but there are definitely a few ideas in common on what’s going to be big in 2019. One of the major positive points for me is that “anything goes”! But read on for more inspiring thoughts and images of their work that is definitely a feast for the eyes.

Katie Monkhouse

Katie founded her design studio north of San Francisco in Marin County two years ago. In September of 2018 she moved with her family to the UK and is working on getting up and running in Harrogate. Her designs are focused on creating gorgeous family-friendly interiors that actually enhance the way you live in your space.

“This year I am really looking to be thoughtful and mindful of what comes into my home. I like to take a ‘fewer, better’ approach to my home (and my client’s homes!). Instead of giving in to impulse purchase and trends, I like to have a plan for my home and really think about if the item I am coveting fits into the design.

I have a love for antiques and that is always something I allow myself to indulge in. I live around the corner from a great antique shop and I stop in there every week looking for objects and unique items I can use for styling.

Other than that I have a ‘wish list’ comprised of items that are more of an investment – for example, an Akari floor lamp (this one is a little, well a lot, out of reach), a Chesterfield for our sitting room, and a fab antique rug for our living room, and lots of art. I try to convince myself that if I don’t give in to the small purchases that don’t make as much of an impact, I will be able to justify the bigger ones when I find them.

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And if I wasn’t living in a rental at the moment I would be painting my daughters room Dead Salmon by Farrow & Ball, my bedroom would be wallpapered with Marthe Armitage paper, and I would treat my son’s room to some gorgeous new curtains made of Zak & Fox fabric.”

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Caz Oliver

Owner of beetle & WILDE – killer interiors & homewares with bite. Sustainable vintage with a natural history edge.

“First up is the dining room. It’s directly off the kitchen, which is black and white so any design needs to work with that. Warm tones will be big this year and I’ve been fancying a mural of some kind behind the black banquette seating for ages. So deep chocolate brown, mustard & burnt orange with some black and white too. Kind of an Art Deco meets Memphis design. A round Tulip dining table and oversized vintage ceiling light will set it off nicely!!

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I think sustainability is set to take centre stage in 2019, and it’s been really important for us since we started beetle & WILDE 6 years ago. So for all our projects we’ll be sourcing vintage products where we can, upcycling & shopping the house!!”

www.beetle-and-wilde.co.uk

Julia Alexander

North London based Julia, is a regular speaker at events such as Grand Designs and Ideal Home Show. Julia offers a whole host of services, in and around London. These range from design consultations and sourcing (eg lighting, furniture, accessories) to managing design projects and bringing in trades people. She also specialises in Home Staging – doing up properties for sale or rental on a minimal budget, to attract the right target market and make maximum returns for both the residential market and property developers. Julia is passionate about training and runs styling workshops via Alex and Bro.

“Our home is in need of a full renovation. Everything needs doing – electrics, heating, flooring, kitchen, bathrooms. Designer’s homes are always the last to be done! I am enjoying the planning though.

What I am excited about in the design world for 2019 is that we’re at a point where ‘anything goes’ if it’s well-executed. Your home is about what YOU love. Evident from all the different style tribes on Instagram! Mixing unexpected colours, bringing in pieces from different eras – it can all work.

Additionally I love that vintage and upcycling is gaining more momentum, it really can suit any décor style and you can always add in something vintage, even if it’s just a print. We have collected lots of vintage and antique pieces – some we inherited and some we’ve bought,  I’m looking forward to building a scheme around them in our own home.

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www.juliaalexander.co.uk

Cat Dal

Founder of Cat Dal Interiors based in Primrose Hill, London. Cat Dal Interiors specialises in luxury interior design with a Scandinavian ethos.

“I have used a lot of natural textures in the home, as this always adds depth and warmth to an interior – texture is key and can really change the way a space feels. I have applied a lot of this to my lighting also. Natural woven textures such as linen, bamboo, and seagrass add interest and offer the room a relaxed, bohemian feel, and we’re seeing this type of lighting more and more in the home.

I have always loved a fusion of traditional with modern in the home, so in my own I have lots of layered tones and textures, and vintage pieces alongside contemporary furniture.”

www.catdalinteriors.com

Elena Romanova

Elena runs a residential interior design practice based in SW London / Surrey. Her projects range from a one-room makeover to a complete house refurbishment. I recently had a chat with Elena about her practice, her style and what inspires her. You can read the interview here

“After months of delay and procrastination I have finally made it my New Year resolution to tackle the guest bedroom. It used to be a nursery but the kids moved to a different room ages ago and it became an overlooked room with confused identity.

One of my suppliers had some powder blush cotton velvet end of roll piece and ironically, it was the exact amount I needed for the guest bedroom window! So It was meant to be. Having considered all sorts of bold schemes, I have in the end settled on the idea of taking that gorgeous muted peachy-pink all over the room blending the curtains in with the walls.

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This colour is normally reserved for little girls’ rooms.  However, its appeal has become much wider recently and I’ve found myself really drawn to well-executed rooms in that palette.  I am not someone who would do it in my living room but a guest bedroom seems like a perfect place for it! Plus it will provide a nice rest from the intensity of colours in other rooms  (there are some moody greys and greens around).

There is something so serene and ethereal about the softer and more muted shades of pink. A little bit of grey, black and blue will keep the scheme from appearing too sweet and make it feel very contemporary.”

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www.elenainteriors.co.uk

 

House Of Hackney Sample Sale: 30 – 31 March

Exciting news! Another House of Hackney sample sale is going to take place at The Box at the end of March.

The BOX is a new venue designed to accommodate sample sales, pop-ups and product launches. You can register on their website to receive updates of events they hold throughout the year – fashion and interior sales by high end brands.

At House of Hackney sale you can discover amazing pieces from their interiors, home accessories and fashion collections with prices starting from just £10.

Key items will include wallpaper, cushions, lampshades, fabric and washbags in a range of the brand’s beautiful and bold prints, such as Limerence, Artemis, Palmeral and many of their other iconic prints.

SALE TIMES:

Saturday 30th March: 10am – 6pm

Sunday 31st March: 11am – 5pm

ADDRESS:

The BOX

4–6 Ram Place,

London E9 6LT

(off Chatham Place)

For full details please check out their website.

 

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Preparation for Spring in Stephen and Karen’s London Apartment

As the days are getting longer and warmer (particularly this week that’s been the warmest few February days on record) I have noticed my neighbours spilling out into their gardens rushing to tidy up their outside space, opening the windows wide and welcoming the early change of season. A this time of year with new enthusiasm we are starting to think of seasonal changes to our homes. I have asked Stephen Thomas who works for a London branch of B&B Italia to share with me his thoughts on how he is planning to prepare his home for spring this year. Stephen shares a Victorian London apartment with his wife Karen Yuen who works for Clippings.

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“This time of year after a long dark and dismal winter, where the early afternoon around 4 O’clock begins with the flick of a light switch,  where the interior of the apartment has been filled with the scents of heavily braised, slow cooked meals eaten from bowls on the coffee table, and the living memory of box sets dramas, and packets of chocolate biscuits remain and clutter your thoughts till it’s time to turn out the lights, and sleep, only to return to the morning, get out of bed, and flick the light switch again to begin your day, the first feeling of Spring can really make you jump.

Getting home after a day at work, and realising as the balsamic has hit the olive oil and your salad is still sitting half in sunlight from the kitchen window. Your feet are bare, your arms and legs have been exposed, and your body has reminded you that it’s time to turn off the timer to central heating. And you haven’t even turned the lights on yet.

The change of season, always makes me feel like it’s time for a change of interiors. You can’t always run out and replace everything you have. We have things that are permanent, and expensive, and that we love to have around us. But these are also seasonal, and where possible, I like to change. Here are something’s I can do without much expense, and just a half a day’s organisation, and a little thought.

I will be stripping clean the overloaded shelves laden down with vases, nick knacks, holiday trinkets, pointless small bowls, and useless space stealing personnel things that make winter warmer, cosy, and far more comforting, and seem to choke, and stifle the start of Spring and summer. I will be making our home, less personal, and only have displayed on those freshly cleaned shelves single loved items. One simple vase, will sit on a meter long shelf, looking a little standoffish, and more supermodel, rather than a mass of lovely little items, resembling an old school class photograph, which in a midst the heat of a summer day, can just be annoying and too demanding on the eye and mind.

I’ll be removing throws that sit like annoying Aunties on the sofa, that smother you in winter, and hold you hostage on the sofa through the colder months warning of disease, that end up smelling like cough medicine, and unwashed tracksuit pants.

I’ll be rolling up the rugs, and hiding the winter wear on top of the wardrobe, exposing as much floorboard as possible,

I’ll be removing door snakes that stop the winter cold sweeping in under the doors, and greet the warm breeze into the apartment without interruption.

I’ll be removing the curtains, and letting the sun shine its way in without interference, and open up the inside to be more of a part of the summer external.

All cushions, and family photo frames will be stashed away [with love] till I am ready to be comforted again by them when the colder months come back.

The view from the window, I also consider as an interior. Windows are like frames for artwork, so the garden will be cleaned up, removal of all death that winter has killed off. My front room has various shaped windows so I will be trimming hedges, and replanting flower boxes, this year I’m thinking of filling them with wild grasses, that look like they’ve been stolen from the sandy shores of the seaside. And refilling pots, with blueish coloured plants, that look like they could have been pulled out of a craggy mountainside of a Greek island, and placed strategically outside my window. It will be a flowerless, dry landscape, in fact, in will be like my little London apartment has been picked up and strategically placed by the seaside in a sleepy town overlooking the Mediterranean.

I am also in desperate need of bedside table lights. It is a room draped in white linen, with a gilt edged mirror hung over the bed, reflecting the garden landscape outside, and a Grande madam of a chandelier that hangs, in her own place, framed inside a bay Window.

I will probably get two small modern chrome bedside lights. Something opposed to the chandelier and the mirror, and more designed the natural flow of the linen. I consider them like 2 small modern earrings on an understated but very well dressed middle aged former model”.

 

 

 

Maria Sigma’s Handwoven Designs – The Beauty of Sustainable Craftsmanship

I have always been interested in hand made individually crafted designs and brands produced locally in the UK. Over the last few months I have become familiar with quite a few really interesting UK brands that I would like to start introducing to you on my blog. London Design Fair was a really good place to meet talented crafts people. This is where I saw Maria’s beautiful textiles.

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Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles is a London based award-winning textile brand specialising in hand-woven textiles. By using exceptional natural materials Maria creates textiles and furniture pieces for projects large and small, commercial and residential, combining expertise in made-to-measure throws, cushions, rugs, furnishing fabrics and many more.

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Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles collection celebrates a timeless high aesthetic via ‘zero waste’ design and production ethic, combining a contemporary approach with traditional weaving techniques whilst focusing on raw natural materials and texture. Individually designed, handcrafted and fully customisable.

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Inspired by her Greek heritage and by the colour palette of the British landscape, in combination with a love for maths and craftsmanship, Maria makes vibrant, yet minimal, contemporary textiles that creatively interpret long-established traditional craft techniques and styles. By emphasising the raw quality of the materials and texture and removing any superfluous elements, her work pays close attention to usability and aims at producing high-quality luxurious interior products designed to become timeless heirlooms.

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High quality and sustainable natural fibres (British wool) are key to the philosophy of her work, in which the aspiration for textile longevity through simplicity and sensibility is essential. Weaving is her way of putting the everyday chaos in order with a view to making something honest and beautiful out of it.

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Maria’s love for textiles started while she was studying Conservation of Art Works in Athens. Through her studies of Textile Conservation she had the opportunity to come across exceptional textile historical pieces and get in depth knowledge of different techniques of textile making and fibres.

In 2010 Maria decided to come to London and do a second degree in Textile Design, specialising in handweaving at Chelsea College. During her degree in London and after having the basic knowledge of how to use a dobby loom and basic weave structures, she discovered how much more she enjoyed playing with texture. It magically made sense why she was using her fingers to draw instead of a brush – it was all about texture! She gradually started removing colour and focusing on texture. Not only because it is much more sustainable to use undyed yarns and matches with her ‘zero waste’ philosophy, but also because it was challenging to aim to make something beautiful with totally different rules. With a lack of colour. Or, at least, what she thought colour was all about, until then.

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After graduation Maria received the Cockpit Arts | ‘Clothworkers’ Foundation Award for two years (2015 & 2016) where she enjoyed the provision of studio space and business support and she started setting up her own Textile Design business as a professional weaver under the label ‘Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles’. In 2017 she achieved investment support from The Prince’s Trust and Virgin Start-Up Scheme and with their support she invested in a new floor Dobby loom and officially launched as Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles.

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Her vision is to have a sustainable creative craft-based business. In the next two years she aspires setting up her own weaving studio/showroom and space for workshops. Her goal is to sell one-off pieces through small high-end boutique shops and galleries, and collaborate with interior design studios for bespoke commissioned work. Among her plans is to collaborate with furniture makers and create together a series of upholstered hand-made furniture.

On top of her standard collection of hand-woven products she also offers textile design and colour consultation services to individuals and professionals for interior spaces but not limited to it.

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So far she had the honour to collaborate with exceptional interior designers, architects, fashion designers, magazines and galleries such as Susie Atkinson Interior Design Studio where they created bespoke big-scale Ottomans for Beaverbrook Country Club; and MAKE the new gallery space for craft of Hauser & Wirth Somerset where she participated at the inaugural exhibition with a series of one-off Wall Hangings.

Wool is Maria’s material of choice because of its excellent qualities. A natural insulator, multi-climatic, long-life, non-allergic and odour resistant material, it is also renewable and biodegradable, which makes it the ideal raw-material for human and environment friendly textiles. Because wool is a living, breathing ‘smart’ fibre, it improves the air in enclosed spaces, improves sleep, provides comfort and ensures safety. By choosing wool you’re already obtaining a product made from a renewable source, that’s naturally durable and requires less chemical cleaning than other fibres and when it comes to the end of its long and useful life it is completely biodegradable.

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Maria runs regular Frame Weaving Workshops.

The workshops are usually a 4-hour class designed to give students a thorough and intensive grounding in hand-weaving. Students will learn foundational weaving skills, such as warping, loom set up, colour blending and structure, and basic weaving techniques and patterns. The aim of the class is to not only cover a wide range of styles but also encourage the student to develop his/her own distinctive voice as a weaver. You can make a small wall hanging, pieces for a patchwork, a clutch bag or an abstract artwork, and plenty more.

Frame weaving is the best first step for someone to get familiar with what weaving is, learn the terminology and how to use tools and equipment. It is also great for someone who wants to create fibre art pieces. All materials will be provided. A small wooden frame loom, weaving tools and instructions booklet will be also provided in a recycled-cotton pouch to take home.

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Maria’s next Weaving from Waste Workshop will be taking place on 17th February at Craft Central. You can find details of the venue and pricing on Maria’s website.

On 23rd February she will be running Frame Weaving Workshop from Waste at Harvey Nichols. You can buy tickets for this workshop here.

Some more dates for your diary:

18 – 23 February – pop-up  shop with The Maiyet Collective.

From 21st March Maria will be participating in Why Craft Matters? exhibition at Harewood House. More details here.

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www.mariasigma.com / instagram: mariasigma.woventextiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Classic: Snoopy Table Lamp by Flos

Today I’ve decided to write about one of my favourite design classics – Snoopy lamp. I absolutely love it’s chunky simple form somehow in contrast with the luxurious material – quite an interesting choice of marble. The lamp was designed in 1967 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and inspired by the Charles Shultz invention, and popular cartoon character.

 

 

Let’s enjoy a few images of the lamp in situ which prove versatility of this iconic design.

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Image – AD Magazine, interior design -Lecoadic Scotto

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Scott Schuman’s (The Sartorialist) and Jenny Walton’s New York apartment

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Image – Louise, www.mortilmernee.dk

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Image – Henrik Nero

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Image – Sedsel Roug

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Image – Olivier Amsellem

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Image – Tina Seidenfaden Busck, www.theapartment.dk

Skandium Pop Up Sale

13 Margaret St, London W1W 8RN

Saturday 2nd February, 10.30am-6pm
Sunday 3rd February, 10.30am-6pm

Join Skandium’s second pop-up sale!  Shop warehouse clearance, ex-display and discontinued lines with up to 70% off!

Brands included: Fritz Hansen, Gubi, Iittala, Marimekko, Muuto, Menu, Louis Poulsen, HAY, Carl Hansen & Søn, String, Vitra, Knoll, Montana, Flos & more…

Best Statement Chandeliers on a Budget

In my opinion great lighting is worth splashing out on – especially a centrepiece chandelier. It’s like shoes or a handbag in an outfit. You can spend more money on a show stopping item of lighting and then save on other pieces. The eye will be drawn to it and the overall look will be finished and expensive. With a chandelier, in my opinion, the bigger the better, ceiling height allowing of course. There is nothing worse than a lamp too small for the room hanging lonely in the middle of the ceiling. Fortunately, there is no shortage of oversized designs that are very much a trend at the moment. Finding one on a limited budget is another thing!

If I had unlimited funds I’d probably go for amazing mid century Italian designs like Venini or Stilnovo. But what options are open to us if we can’t afford these classics or expensive contemporary designers?

I decided to have a look around and see what can be found on a more modest budget. Unfortunately a large centrepiece chandelier is unlikely to be a complete bargain and would still be an investment on any level. But if there are going to be only a few most important purchases for your house, I think a chandelier should be one of them. My main principle when researching the lights for this post was to keep well within £1,000 and in most cases around £500 and below.

Here is what I have found.

West Elm

West Elm’s sphere chandeliers are great if you want to go for size and create as much impact as possible with your chandelier. The good thing also is that they make them in a variety of sizes to fit different rooms. They even have a small 2 light one for a hallway. They are also relatively affordable.

Champignon Chandelier £499 / Sphere + Stem 3-Light Chandelier – Brass £329 / Sphere + Stem 7-Light Chandelier – Brass £499 / Sphere + Stem 6-Light Chandelier – Brass £499

Pooky

I really like Starsky chandelier and have been considering it for my bedroom. It’s as close to vintage as it gets in my opinion and I am still deciding whether to wait around for the real thing or go for this one. It’s on much smaller scale and would suit more intimate spaces like a bedroom.

Starsky Chandelier £430 / Bow Tie 3 Arm Chandelier £310 / Orb Chandelier £435 

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Well, these are actually at the top end price wise but they are quite special (I find Todi particularly interesting), so I had to include them.

Sicile Chandelier £695 / Todi Chandelier £775Amelia Chandelier £695

Herstal

Manola chandelier by Swedish brand Herstal is available to buy through Royal Design website. I think it is a really good value for money and could be become a centrepiece placed in a living room or over a dining table and its’ clean lines would suit more minimalist, contemporary, scandi interiors. The size is good for smaller rooms too.

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Manola 12 Chandelier £347

Holloways of Ludlow

I live not far from one of Holloways of Ludlow shops and pop in there occasionally. They stock such a nice selection of lighting and homeware that it’s always a please to browse. Their online shop offers a huge range of lighting and I managed to find these that fit my brief.

Dahl chandelier looks a bit like Manola but I also like its’ randomness and it’s available a variety of metals – brass, chrome, copper and black.

They are all at 15% discount (the prices I’ve mentioned below), so more affordable at the moment.

Dahl random chandelier £335.75 / Skye glass ribbon chandelier £612 (large) / Celestial chandelier £555.90 / Celestial chandelier £611.15

Heal’s

Heal’s are also still running a 15% discount and I think this design combining bronze, black and white round bulbs looks really great and remind me so much of Stilnovo lights!

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Balance multi arm chandelier black £339

Menu

Scandinavian brand Menu offers a selection of timeless designs through their collaborations with a number of prominent designers and architects. Some items are more expensive but some are actually quite affordable like this Franklin chandelier available on madeindesign.com online shop at £30% discount. I would also see how it would look with white bulbs instead of clear ones for a less industrial look. The shape would look good positioned low in the corner of a room rather than the middle.

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Franklin chandelier pendant £349.97

Graham and Green

On Graham and Green website I found another variation on the mid-century theme of oversized opal globes.

Columbus pendant £560 / Columbo pendant £350

Jonathan Adler

Now, Jonathan Adler chandeliers would normally be definitely out of my price range and sadly it probably still is, but with the current discount it costs £697 instead of £995, so for some of you it might be of interest. This one is a more modest size, but I love its’ shape. I have to say it reminds so much of a similar Apparatus design which I definitely would not be able to afford, that this one somehow seems more within reach.

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Caracas six-light chandelier £697

The White Company

Another good option for those with a more classic taste. I like its’ delicate cylinder glass drops.

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Helston chandelier large ceiling light £425

BHS

And this one is quite a revelation and a discovery made thanks to lovely Caz from Beetle and Wilde. On her Instagram I noticed a photo of her bedroom with Hol chandelier that looked amazing. I thought it was a vintage or a really expensive piece. I couldn’t believe it was from BHS. This is definitely a bargain! If, like in my house, your ceiling is not heigh enough for this chandelier, I have found a couple of alternatives for a similar price.

Hol ceiling pendant £150 / Doral ceiling light £190 / Avanti chandelier £180

Etsy

If like me you are a fan of Venini, the bad news is that I don’t know anywhere where you could buy cheap Venini. But Etsy would be a good place to look at original vintage items. To my surprise there is a good selection of vintage Murano chandeliers at affordable prices. Obviously they are all one offs and selection will be constantly changing but below I have chosen a few lights to show you what you could get in the range of £300 – £500.

I hope this post will make your search for the right lighting for your home a lot less painful and little bit more fun!