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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 …

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 …

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. …

Stable House by Frama

The Stable House is one of a few preserved villas in Copenhagen. The building originally functioned as stables for the horses that carried water from the lakes, and the protected facade was created in 1878 by Georg Møller. Frama Studio has completed the residential project, where a series of stylish details included pivoting brass shutters, a terrazzo floor and a custom-made bed wrapped in solid Douglas fir. The result is a light, warm yet minimalistic feel where every detail of the custom-made furnishings and interior has been thought through. Year: 2019 Client: Private Location: Copenhagen Services: Interior Architecture Photographs: Erik Lefvander     framacph.com

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 …

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: www.oluce.com; www.skandium.com  

Deco Moderne: Heal’s AW19 Collection

For AW19 Heal’s introduces two new collections Deco Moderne and Modern Nostalgia. Deco Moderne was inspired by the glamour of the Art Deco era and carefully blends 1930s influences with contemporary design elements. Touches of gold and delicate etching hark back to the gilded era while contemporary shapes and finishes give the collection a modern feel. A key part of this collection is collaboration with London-based designer, Genevieve Bennett. Her Knot collection, which includes two mirrors, pendants and a rug, is the first of its kind at Heal’s involving a designer working across several categories. Her mirror designs feature intricate etching onto solid brass while her Deco pendant – Genevieve’s first foray into lighting design – combines linear detailing with an opaque, spherical bulb and glass cloche creating a piece with a vintage feel. The Knot Rug demonstrates Genvieve’s instinctive command for pattern and her commitment to creating pieces which are timelessly elegant. Flowing lines loop together to form a distinctive motif which is enhanced by the contrast of shiny viscose detailing against a matte woollen finish. You can …

10 Of The Best Marble Coffee Tables For Your Home

If you want to add a lot of texture to your interior by combining various materials, if you want to add refinement and a touch of glamour, if you love natural materials with timeless appeal, look no further than marble. Apart from white marble, other options have been becoming more and more popular with green, black and warm beige and brown tones to choose from. White is still a very appealing colour, as it seems to be a classic with a lot of longevity in it. A good thing, is that although looking luxurious and refined, marble does not always have to be an expensive choice. I have made a selection of my favourite designs, offering some high end classics like an iconic Eero Saarinen Tulip table and a beautiful Plinth coffee table by Menu, as well as more wallet friendly options by La Redoute and Ferm Living. Whatever the price, my search focused on simple, classic shapes and designs that will stand the test of time.   1. Ts Coffee Table Ø80cm, Black/White Marble, …

Made in London: Kaymet Trays

Did you know that there are over 3,000 manufacturers in London? It came as a surprise to me that there are still so many manufacturing industries surviving and thriving in London. Kaymet is one of them. They have been hand making anodised aluminium ware in London since 1947. Their classic designs, evolved over the years, feel fresher today than ever. Evocative of midcentury glamour they have simple and timeless beauty about them. Kaymet products were first produced at a factory on Kennington Lane, near the Elephant & Castle, London and ever since then their manufacturing has always been in the same area of South East London. If you are interested to know more about what diverse enterprises can be found in London, take a look at and follow Instagram @madeinlondon.uk, created and curated by Kaymet’s Mark Brearley. In 2013, after a few decades of difficulties, the company reinvented itself and refreshed its’ identity. From 2018 all products are hand made at Ossory Road. The updated design are produced in a variety of striking colours and laminates.   …