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Design Best Christmas Gift Shop – Luxury Homeware Brands at 70% Off

A multi-brand Christmas gift shop with a difference opens 13 – 16 December at the Old Truman Brewery. Expect beautiful homeware and accessories from the likes of Hay, Tom Dixon, Anglepoise and many more discounted up to 70%. The products have been hand-selected by Design Best for their gift-ability and include candle holders, cushions, throws, trays, containers, lights and small furniture from some of the best brands in the homeware world. Everything will be discounted from 30% to 70% and will be small enough to carry home or fit in a taxi. 13 – 16 December 11am – 9pm, Sunday until 6pm 8 Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL Design Best was founded by Jessica Hatch and Helen Arvanitakis a year ago with an ambition to make design accessible for all. It offers discounted products from some of the best loved British and international furniture, lighting and home accessories brands in a single location for multi-brand flash sales. “I’ve always loved being able to buy fashion labels at discount through sample sales and pop ups. …

5 Best Office Chairs For Home

For design conscious people a standard office chair no matter how comfortable and ergonomic it is would be perceived as a bit of an eye sore – normally it is not the most beautiful thing. Hence comes the urge to replace it with a dining chair, as it’s so much easier to find something you would love. But what if you want to combine aesthetics with comfort, especially if you work from home and have to spend hours at your desk? In this week’s blog post I decided to explore what other options we have and there are quite a few. Scandinavian brands particularly stand out. To begin with I would like to share a couple of images from an Instagram feed of @yitai_hu  that caught my eye recently. Her home office of  is a perfect example of how to create minimalist and calm work environment without compromising on your personal style.   Aluminium Chair, Charles and Ray Eames, Vitra, From £1,910 A design classic by Charles and Ray Eames, but also at the top of the budget. …

Meet Marianne of Scandinavian Touch (Whitstable, UK)

In summer me and my family went for a day out to one of our favourite seaside destination – Whitstable. I always try and get a moment to myself so I could have a quick run around the local shops. This is where I have found a gem that is Scandinavian Touch, run by Marianne Ofstad. It was actually only their second day since opening but the shop looked very enticing and full of interesting brands, some of them I haven’t seen before. Scandinavian Touch stocks a variety of Norwegian brands such as ceramics by Ment, Kristin Antonsen and Goform, lighting by a Norwegian brand Northern, furniture by Ygg & Lyng, as well as other Scandinavian brands – Danish glassware by Holme Gaard, Art tiles – Danish hand printed tiles, handmade rugs by Danish Linie Design, handsoap and cleaning products by Danish brand Humdakin, Danish handknits by Stinne Gorell, frames and shelving by Moebe and Swedish tiles by Marrakech! I was keen to learn more from Marianne about her business, so I asked her a …

Must Have Pieces From MENU Collection

Danish brand Menu is well known for bringing to the market designs by contemporary talents from around the globe and Scandinavian masters whose work has stood the test of time. They have collaborated with such names as Norm Architects, Note Design Studio, Studiopepe to name a few. In their own words their obsession is creating clever solutions for modern living. They want to make beautiful objects for everyday use. The result is a collection unified by simple and functional Scandinavian look with strong aesthetic value. Wherever they can, they work locally with craftspeople around the world. Their Autumn/Winter 2018 collection is out and I have made a selection of my must have pieces from among the new additions and older favourites. Carrie LED Lamp They beauty of the lamp is that, as name suggests, you can carry easily it anywhere. I imagine it working perfectly outdoors on a summer evening, on windowsill where it would be difficult otherwise to hide a cord or in a bathroom, like shown on the picture. Carrie LED Lamp supplies 10 …

Trend Report: Autumnal Reds In Interiors

As I sit at my table writing this post I am looking out of the window onto my sunlit garden but you can tell that autumn is well and truly here now. At the back of the garden I can see my neighbours’ tree covered in beautiful bright red and orangey leaves. When my interior magazines arrived at the beginning of the month I noticed that these autumnal colours are reflected in interiors this season. Just look at the covers of Elle Decoration. 

The Highlights of London Design Fair 2018

Last Sunday was the final day of London Design Festival. The major events across London included Decorex International, Design Junction, Focus at Chelsea Harbour, London Design Fair as well as multiple design events and installations hosted by museums, galleries and shops. With so much going on and so little time it’s very hard to choose. My choice was limited by the fact that I only had one free day available – 23rd September, the last chance before the festival came to an end. This year I opted to visit Shoreditch district and went to check out London Design Fair. With 36 countries participating in the fair, there was loads to see but I quickly realised that most of my favourite products fell into a couple of categories. I really like discovering artisan made individual and natural products, and there were quite a few ceramics manufacturers whose work attracted my attention. Have a look at these. Camilla Webb Carter produces her work in a workshop in London. I particularly liked her decorative hexagonal tiles that can …

Designers Guild Warehouse Sale!

Passing information about this warehouse sale to anyone who might be interested. What a shame I won’t be able to go! I hope you will pick up some good bargains! Enjoy up to 75% OFF Fabric, Wallpaper, Bed & Bath and Home Accessories Friday 21st September 10.00 – 18.00 Saturday 22nd September 09.00 – 16.00 Sunday 23rd September 10.00 – 14.00 FREE PARKING – Postcode for car park – NW10 7PS Designers Guild, Unit 10, Matrix Park, 900 Coronation Road, London NW10 7PH 02078937400

Trend Report: Fringe Light

Fringe lights are one of the biggest trends this season, but I first fell in love with them a few years ago when I discovered the original 1960-s fringe chandeliers by Hans-Agne Jakobsson. Hans-Agne Jakobsson designs can be found for example on 1stdibs.com where they go for about £4,000 and more. Another one I have later discovered that just took my breath away, is this one by Dimore Studio. This one is truly amazing, but judging by the picture at the top of the post, not only my budget would never stretch to it, my house would not be big enough either. A few years ago before fringe became big again I also came across Curiousa & Curiousa. They specialise in handmade glass blown lamp shades in multiple colours – beautiful designs. And they have a model with a very long fringe – a statement light. These are gorgeous lights, but how about something more affordable? Not to worry, at the moment there are plenty of choice that can suit different budgets. I have researched the …

4 Unmissable Shops to Visit in Hastings

I can’t believe summer is over and kids are back to school. Apparently this is the hottest summer on record and somehow we managed to take the last week of August off to have our family holiday together – probably the only week when we didn’t have beach weather. But the first days of September weren’t that bad actually and in the attempt to prolong summer we went to the nearest to us seaside town – Hastings. 

Best Reusable Coffee Cup That Also Looks Good

I have finally come across a reusable coffee cup that is as eco friendly as it’s beautiful! The disposable mugs we get with our take away coffee are non-recyclable, something I didn’t realise until recently. For a while now I have been meaning to be more organised about remembering to take one of the reusable mugs we keep at home but it rarely happens. A couple of days ago I had an e-mail from Waitrose in my inbox informing that they are starting to faze out their disposable coffee cups we get with free coffee. We will still be able to get free coffee, but will need to have our own cup with us. I totally agree with this new policy as I am sure it will bring much more positive results than just relying on voluntary choice. Unfortunately the majority of reusable cups I have come across just don’t look good. But on the same day I heard the news from Waitrose, I read about the Australian “Huskeecup”, one of the most eco friendly …