Inspirational London-based Spanish artist and designer Jaimie Hayon has designed this fabulous sofa for Se. As its name suggests, it’s inspired by the shape of a beetle, but it has a pleasing 1950s feel about it, making it very on trend and extremely glamourous. I have fallen completely in love with its sleek grey upholstery and gleaming gold-laquered steel frame. Yes please.
This hip range of fabulous wallpapers takes classical ideas and gives them a contemporary twist. Designed and produced by illustrator and textile designer Alice Gates and former Living Editor at British Vogue Vanessa Barneby, the wallpapers are visually stunning while a closer look reveals the designers’ wry sense of humour.
I was privileged to get a sneak preview of the collection while I was working with David Nicholls, Design Editor at the Telegraph Magazine, and I’ve been meaning to add them to my blog ever since. The papers range from collages of nostalgic British photographic prints, to damask stag and thistle patterns and iconic heraldry motifs. Prices are from £65 – £75 per roll (width 52cm length 10m).
The popularity of deer antlers of all shapes and sizes and in a multitude of finishes has known no bounds in our homes over the last few years. Now, you can even have a deer shaped showerhead to greet you every morning in the shape of Samuele Mazza and Allesandro La Spada’s design for the Majestic Bath Collection for Milldue. The collection takes its inspiration from the ‘fairy world’ and is designed to be a complete bathing experience with furniture crafted out of stainless steel and Murano glass.
Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri are the duo behind Beirut based furniture company, Bokja. Both women love vintage and antique furniture and textiles and have created a concept that expresses their love for this age old culture and aesthetic while remaining truly contemporary in style and form. I have to admit to being completely in love with several of their pieces, particularly the 1950s chairs that have been upholstered in vintage fabrics from the Silk Route in wonderful vibrant colours.
The pair have taken the interiors world by storm, with their creations appearing in publications from Vogue to House and Garden and Elle Decoration. Definitely one to watch.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, my thoughts have turned to my favourite tipple, Champagne… If you are lucky enough to need storage for lots of lovely bottles of fizz, what better way than with a vintage French Champagne rack? I love these wooden racks, full of character and warmth, which bring a bit of character to the kitchen or wine seller. If you love the look, but are not so keen on the dark wood, why not paint it a lovely pale grey or off white… This one is available from online vintage specialist Metro Retro, which stocks a large range of vintage and industrial furniture and accessories.
Wonki ware (love the name) is a range of pottery from South Africa, conceptualised by the potter Di Marshall in her small studio located on the Garden Route on the Southern coastline of Africa. Di’s vision was to provide employment for the local people and today she has a large team of Wonki Ware potters producing beautiful and unique ceramic tableware from her studio and supplying their products to interiors stores around the world.
I love the deliberate imperfection that the technique creates, which gives the range a wonderful organic earthy aesthetic while still being incredibly stylish and very beautiful. Too good to be hidden away in a cupboard, I would display these on a shelf in the kitchen, just ready and waiting to be filled with warming winter soups or vibrant summer salads.
Wonki Ware is stocked around the world and you can find out more at wonkiware.co.za. In the UK, the range is available through such diverse retailers as Jamie Oliver and Amazon…
I absolutely love these witty gift tags from new online store Papermash. There’s nothing like a bit of humour to lift the spirits and you can attach these to your favourite bottle! Visit http://www.papermash.co.uk for more fab paper gifts.
This week’s Interior Design Notebook in the Telegraph Magazine features Melanie Porter’s vintage chairs reupholstered in knitted designs. Combining the current vogue for all things craft, knitted or needlework with the enduring appeal of vintage furniture, Porter has hit upon a clear winner with her latest project. Below is David Nicholls’ piece on Porter for the Interior Design Notebook page, which I assist him with…
Over the course of her 10-year career, the knitwear designer Melanie Porter has worked for brands including Burberry, Pringle and N Peal. Now she is applying her skill to furniture, taking vintage chairs and upholstering them in her one-off knitted designs. Shown here is Bob, a 1960s chair that has been dressed in a hand-knitted patchwork cover.
He took two months to create and costs £2,000. Prices start at £1,200 (melanieporter.co.uk