Month: September 2015

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Travel: St Mawes

St Mawes, lovely St Mawes, where I escaped to for a few late summer days in early September. The small, historic old fishing village curls around the Roseland Peninsula, just around the shoreline of Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall. Picture-perfect white houses line the harbour at the mouth of the Percuil River, with rolling hills in the distance and the sea beyond. This is a place to take your time and relax, away from the hustle and bustle of bigger Cornish towns: stroll along the harbour and people watch, take a small ferryboat to the remote St Anthony headland opposite and visit the church and lighthouse, dip your toes in the water at its pebbly beaches, or simply take in a Cornish cream tea in the sunshine.   We stayed at The St Mawes Hotel on the waterfront in the centre of the village. With doors flung open onto the street, French cafe-style chairs to sit outside on and the aroma of fresh coffee, the place is immediately inviting. There’s also a slim balcony on the level …

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I wish I lived here: the loft-style home of an artist

It’s been ages since I did a ‘I wish I lived here’ post. I guess sometimes there’s so many beautiful homes out there on the internet, but not always ones where you fall in love with the whole apartment. I always admire sleek, monochrome interiors but can never really see myself living in that way. I would love to have a clean, neat and tidy home, with painted white floors, white walls and not a mark anywhere, but sometimes life just gets in the way, right? That’s why I immediately fell in love with this slightly rustic, characterful artist’s home in Stockholm – it looks lived-in and loved, with exposed brick walls, pieces of vintage furniture and intriguing art work everywhere. It’s styled by Josefine Hååg, hasn’t she done a wonderful job? I love the loft-style windows that divide the little paint studio to the bedroom, the rough plaster wall and mix-match of old and new. Oh how I’d love to have a little studio space like this, with light flooding in and music softly coming out from the record player… All images …

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LDF15: Capsbury at designjunction

London Design Festival is in full swing and one event not to miss out on is designjunction. It’s even bigger and better than last year. Spread over two venues in central London, including the former home of Central Saint Martins (there’s still paint splatters on the walls), you’ll find a mix of cutting-edge brands and newer labels, pop-ups and installations, live workshops and retail stores. My top tip? stop off for a Noble Espresso coffee and Danish pastries at Wrong for Hay or check out Lotta Agaton’s beautiful styling for String Furniture. Down in the basement you’ll also find British brand Capsbury, who has collaborated with five designers – Daniel Schofield, Catherine Aitken, Ester Comunello, Suliman Innab and Alexander Mueller – for this year’s event. Established in 1999, Capsbury’s main aim is to change the perception of furniture produced in India. For the past 15 years, it has been an own-brand supplier to some of the biggest UK retailers, including John Lewis. But recently, Capsbury has been working with designer Alexander Mueller to relaunch as a design-led supplier of contemporary furniture and accessories …

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Travel: Hauser & Wirth and At The Chapel, Bruton

Last week I headed down to Cornwall for a much-needed break, stopping off on the way in the small town of Bruton. An unassuming rural Somerset town you might think, but Bruton is fast becoming a must-visit cultural destination, thanks to art gallery Hauser & Wirth and the stylishly-pared back restaurant with rooms, At The Chapel. There’s the newly opened Caro as well, a homeware and coffee shop, which also has covetable rooms for an overnight stay or two. (And that’s not to mention the host of celebrities that live in the small town: Cameron Mackintosh, Rhys Ifans, Sam Taylor-Wood, Phoebe Philo and Alice Temperley, to name a few…) Forget London or New York, this is the obviously the place to be. I’ve visited both At The Chapel and Hauser & Wirth before, once again on another stopover on the way south west – you can see my my review of At The Chapel here, and a post on when Hauser & Wirth first opened here. Hence, this post is much more of a photo story, sharing my most recent snaps and …

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LDF focus: Hem Autumn 2015 collection + pop-up

London Design Festival is nearly upon us (19-27 September – I’m so excited!) and here’s one brand to look out for. Because, not only will online design brand Hem be presenting pieces as part of ‘Ten Designers in the West Wing’ in Somerset House, it will also be opening a pop-up store in London’s Seven Dials – it’s first UK store. With new products launching this autumn, Hem will be bringing the wow-factor at Somerset House with 44 pendant lamps tethered to a grand piano. Each of these lamps will illuminate at the touch of the piano’s keys. The lamps are its new playful Alphabeta lamp (below) designed by Luca Nichetto. Described as ‘the world’s first digitally-customisable lamp’, it has more than 10 billion possible combinations (yes, you read that correctly…). Crafted in Venice, Italy, the steel design comes in eight different shapes with interchangeable tops and bottom shades, each available in a variety of bright colours as well as black and white. Quite fun, don’t you think? ‘My inspiration was really an ambition to create an alphabet; a system …

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Styled: COS x HAY’s curated collection

Beautifully simple and modern clothing brand COS has been subtly working with contemporary Danish design firm HAY for years, you might have seen their minimal HAY rails used in stores to display clothing for example. But in an exciting move, the two Scandi-style brands are teaming up to present a carefully curated collection of objects, available online and spread out in all their neat and organised glory in the COS Kensington High Street store. COS heads of design Karin Gustaffson and Martin Andersson have handpicked items from the HAY range, from their distinctive, colourful trays to unusual glassware, porcelain cups and cotton quilts – ‘We made sure we selected items from across the HAY range so that there’s something for every room, occasion and price point, we like to describe it as HAY seen through the eyes of COS,’ says Andersson. Mette + Rolf Hay, the co-founders of HAY add: ‘At HAY we see ourselves in between fashion and architecture and in working with COS we feel like we have found a perfect home.’ I think this really …

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Q&A with… North Limited

North Limited is a group of exciting, young Icelandic designers that create furniture and home accessories. Made up of tableware designer Sigríður Hjaltdal Pálsdóttir of BYBIBI, design studio FÆRID and product designer Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir, their designs ‘aim to integrate the enjoyment of using simple beautiful things in your everyday life’. I love their approach – they each work under their own brand, but they support one another in the design processes, share a network and exhibit together. For the past five years, they’ve been making a name for themselves in their native Iceland. Having only recently started exhibiting together as a group, they will be showcasing some beautiful new pieces in the Emerging Brands section of 100% Design at the London Design Festival this month. I caught up with them just before the festival begins to find out a bit more about their philosophy and the designs that will be on show. How and when did you found North Limited?  We had previously exhibited in larger group shows together at DesignMarch in Reykjavík, but the real game changer for us was when we …

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My styling for Frost + Dutch / GIVEAWAY

Thankyou, this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Ronda who has won a Frost + Dutch print! I’m so excited to show you some styling I did for my very good friend Saskia Frost of Frost + Dutch. Saskia is one of my oldest and dearest friends, I’ve known her since I was about 7 or 8 years old. At school she was always the most creative out of all of us, doodling and coming up with beautiful sketches and charcoal drawings (which she still does). While we were all struggling with form and shadows, it just seemed to come naturally to her. We always knew she would go on to do something uber creative and share these talents with the world! After studying Fine Art at university, Saskia set up Frost + Dutch with her mother Marianne a couple of years ago – the name comes from both their surname and their nationality (Marianne is Dutch, Saskia is half Dutch). Based in my hometown of Guildford, Frost + Dutch are already quickly building up their portfolio, …