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How To Fill Your Walls With Art On A Budget (Without It Looking Cheap)

Original art costs money but there are multiple ways we can adorn our walls with things we love on a much smaller budget, and they don’t include buying a canvas with a flower or a sunset on it at your local department store. Today I decided to put together all my favourite and most interesting tips to fill your walls with art without compromising on quality and style. Tip 1: Museum shops for prints and posters Whenever I go to a museum I love spending time and browsing in a museum shop. Most of them have a wonderfully curated selection of books, home decor items and artwork, such as posters and prints. My favourite shops include Tate Modern, V&A, Design museum. Many museums, such as National Portrait gallery and V&A also have a Print on Demand service where you can choose from an extensive database of artwork and print to the size you need. A good thing is Museum shop always reflects its’ exhibits collection, so you can easily choose the ones that are closer …

JWDA Table Lamp by MENU – The One Lamp Every Home Needs

About a year ago I set out to search for a table lamp for my bedroom. I have a sideboard along one of the walls and was fixated to place an oversized lamp there to create drama. So how did I end up with a small and minimalistic JWDA? Inspired by traditional oil lamps, the lamp was designed by Stockholm-based designer Jonas Wagell for one of my favourite Scandinavian brands MENU. This light does not shout “Look at me!” but it does possess timeless quality of a future classic. The simple rounded shape of an opal glass and a sturdy base made of a combination of two natural materials, be it marble, concrete or metal (mine is in brass), make it fit perfectly into any context – a bedside table, a desk, a sideboard or on bookshelves. Jonas explains his design philosophy: “I want to create products that can be used every day and become part of people’s lives.” In practical terms, what makes it so perfect is the lamp’s quality of light. The manual …

Prettiest Christmas Decorations By Walther & Co

I have a confession to make – I am not that bothered about Christmas. I am feeling slightly nervous though admitting this in the midst of all the festive preparations. Don’t get me wrong, I do get a little bit excited in the run up, setting the table on Christmas day and opening presents with the kids, but after the festivities are finished, I am quite glad to put all the decorations back into their boxes, sweep up drying Christmas tree needles off the floor and return the house back to normal again. But this was until I discovered Christmas decorations, which I promise, you will want to have on display all year round! I am talking of course about ethereal creations by Danish brand Walther & Co. The brand is a creation by Birgitte Herrig, who named the company after her grand father who travelled a lot in Indonesia and India and always brought back exciting and special objects. This has inspired her to mix Nordic traditions and Asian mystery in a both nostalgic …

James Burleigh Sample Sale 11 – 12 January 2020

James Burleigh is a London based furniture designer and manufacturer specialising in high quality tables, benches, seating and credenza cabinets.  James’s focus since launching the brand in 2002 has been to create products that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. Their signature collection uses laminate in over 100 colours and a choice of solid wood edges to create tables, benches and stools that are visually appealing, strong and durable.  They offer flexibility in terms of size, height and dimension that make their products perfect for today’s work environments, facilitating adaptable spaces that reflect the culture and ethos of each specific setting.  Despite the variety, there is a strong brand identity ensuring that whatever configuration is chosen, an integrated space results. http://www.jamesburleigh.co.uk  

Create Your Dream Home – Design Masterclass with Abigail Ahern

In this masterclass based in her house, Abigail shares her insider knowledge, decorating secrets and tips and tricks of the trade that will enable you to create seductively stylish places overflowing with personality. Take away oodles of inspiration, pick Abigail’s brains and discover all you need to know to create your dream home. I had the pleasure of attending this masterclass myself a few years ago and it was definitely a design highlight of the year for me. Just to visit and nose around her house was worth the money in my opinion but of course you also got a day packed with useful information, socialising with like minded people and a delicious lunch. Apart from sitting and taking notes in the classroom Abigail also took us on a tour around her house stopping in every room and explaining the principles of her design and how she customised this or another object, how she bought something at a thrift shop for next to nothing but combined with more expensive pieces it looked fabulous or how …

Cassina First UK Exclusive Sample Sale 7 – 15 December 2019

Founded in 1927, Cassina launched industrial design in Italy during the 50s by taking a completely new approach which saw a shift from handcraftsmanship to serial production. The company was pioneering in the way that it showed a striking inclination for research and innovation, combining technological skill with traditional craftsmanship. For the first time important architects and designers were involved and encouraged to envision new designs to be transformed into projects, a characteristic that still distinguishes the company. Today Cassina continues to represent new ways of living, offering complete and harmonious settings that bring together the best of contemporary design. From 7th to 15th December 2019,  Cassina PopUp Store on 31 Thurloe Place, London SW7 2HQ will display a vast selection of new Cassina products from previous collections at exceptional prices. Expect finds including Cab chairs by Mario Bellini – with and without arms; LC4 Chaise Longue , LC2 and LC3 armchairs and sofas by Le Corbusier, Jeanneret and Perriand; the Feltri armchair by Gaetano Pesce; Naan dining table by Piero Lissoni, Mister Sofa by Philippe …

Design Trend: Portable / Cordless Lamps

In the past few years we have seen more and more portable light design appearing on the market. This is a welcome trend – cables can be hugely unattractive and the need to move a lamp around is dictated by our modern life styles. The versatility of a rechargeable portable lamp means this is a growing market. So what’s available out there right now? I have discovered some very attractive cordless lights suitable for different budgets. Carrie Lamp, Menu In Denmark, where winters are cold and long, creating a warm, cozy atmosphere is a way of life. There is even a Danish word for it – hygge. The idea behind the Carrie LED Lamp is to honour hygge in the context of modern living. Lightweight and portable with a USB charger, the possibilities of the lamp are endless. Use it as a bedside lamp, on an office desk or as an alternative to candles on the dining table. Carrie is also perfectly sized for picnicking in the park, festival-going or moonlit walks on the beach. …

Trend Alert: Seashell Inspired Designs

Organic but intricate forms of sea creatures is a great source of inspiration for home decor. Reminiscent of art deco designs today seashell motifs in furniture and accessories are as popular as ever. Here is a selection of my favourites.   Eichholtz Sofa Messina This elegant sofa is inspired by the sumptuous sculptural silhouettes of Art Deco armchairs.   Feather chair and bed, Anthropologie This collection is a result of Anthopologie’s collaboration with a Welsh designer Bethan Gray. The award-winning designer ‘s love of detail, texture, and luxury defines her signature style. In this collaboration, she embraces both sleekly geometric and fascinatingly biomorphic silhouettes and endows them with an eclectic, yet modern touch – the result is a glamorous, head-turning collection. This Art Deco inspired shape of arm chairs and sofas is very popular at the moment and you will be able, no doubt, to find multiple variation on the theme by different brands. Although this one is called feather, to me it also looks very much like a shell. This particular chair and bed …

House of Hackney Sample Sale, 30 November – 1 December 2019

House of Hackney’s Christmas sample sale is coming to the Box! Discover amazing pieces from their interiors, home accessories and fashion collections including fabric, wallpaper and cushions in a range of their incredible maximalist prints such as Mamounia, Artemis, Palmeral and many more. Key items will include lamp shades, washbags, china crockery and kitchen accessories, plus lots of stocking fillers! Prices will start from just £10. SALE TIMES: Saturday 30th November: 10am – 6pm Sunday 1st December: 11am – 5pm WHERE: The BOX 4–6 Ram Place, London E9 6LT (off Chatham Place)   For more information and for directions see The Box website.    

Design Classic: Atollo Table Lamp

For many years now, Atollo has no longer been a lamp, or rather, it has no longer been just a lamp. It has become a myth, an icon: one of the best known symbols of Italian design wordwide, one of the very few products which people recognise and call with its own name. Designed in 1977 by Vico Magistretti, over the years, Atollo has become the archetype of the table lamp, winning the Compasso d’Oro in 1979 and completely revolutionising the way we imagine the classic bedside lamp. The geometric shapes that compose it – cylinder, cone and hemisphere – have resulted in a product that is decorative and essential at the same time, disconnected from the historical period and the fashions of the moment – a luminous sculpture from which nothing can be removed to which nothing can be added. And which nothing can copy. The lamp can be purchased from here. Source: http://www.oluce.com; http://www.skandium.com