Month: June 2016

A light, summer workspace with Design Letters

A light summer workspace with Design Letters & Friends

One of the good things I’ve found about moving is it allows you get a little bit organised with all the ‘stuff’ in your home – declutter, reflect and start afresh. We’ve been packing boxes and the place is an absolute tip, but it meant that I could throw away all the piles of papers and rubbish in my home office; pens which weren’t haven’t worked for years, magazines I’ve never read and keep the things I really want. I’ve still had to work in all this chaos, so when Copenhagen-based Design Letters & Friends approached me to style a summer workspace, I knew it was the perfect breath of fresh air I needed to still keep a bit of sanity and beauty around the place! Founded in 2009 by former journalist Mette Thomsen, Design Letters & Friends is well known for its bold, minimal collection of objects, many based around typography hand drawn in 1937 by the famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Having studied architecture, I’m a huge fan of the modernist Jacobsen – he’s up there with my ultimate faves along with Alvar …

Palissade collection by the Bouroullec brothers

COS x HAY Garden Collection

I’ve written about the love affair between fashion brand COS and Danish design brand HAY previously, when they presented a carefully curated collection of objects together back in autumn last year. Now, with summer finally approaching, they’ve added to that edited-down set of Scandi-style designs with garden furniture and accessories. From grey plant pots and glass bowls to minimal metal chairs and trays for summer entertaining, there’s plenty of easy ways to bring the simple, modern style of the two brands outside in the open air. Central to the updated collection is a set of anthracite-shaded chairs and benches by the French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Developed over the course of two years, this Palissade collection is made from powder coated steel and includes a dining chair, low lounge chair, table, ottoman and bench. Classical in form yet simple in construction, the slatted designs are elegant and timeless while modern and light at the same time – I can equally see them in a overgrown floral garden in the countryside or a sleek modern terrace in the city, or …

On my radar: 7 new furniture designs

On my radar: 6 new furniture designs

Often I receive news releases or spot new designs out and about at furniture fairs, but they don’t immediately manifest themselves into blog posts. There’s been a couple of lovely pieces that have popped up on my radar recently so I thought I would pen a post dedicated to 6 new (to me) furniture designs. There’s lovely Scandi finds, newly launched initiatives and a homewares pop-up in London this month. Scroll down and enjoy… Skagerak Hang Chair This Skagerak chair, designed by Chris L. Halstrøm, transforms the humble deck chair into a contemporary lounge chair for both inside and outside. In development since 2012, the simple steel frame and padded seat is inspired by architectural elements such as suspension bridges and traditional rope bridges. There’s something quite Japanese about the design, with its simple but solid black framework. Erik Jorgensen I discovered Erik Jorgensen at Clerkenwell Design Week in May – I’m in love with Savannah sofa designed by Swedish designer Monica Forster with its smooth, minimal lines. Handcrafted in Erik Jorgensen’s factory in Denmark’s Svendborg, the chunky wooden structure is wrapped in saddleback leather …

A weekend in Venice off the beaten track

Travel: a weekend in Venice off the beaten track

Last weekend I was in beautiful Venice for the opening of the architecture biennale. It’s one of my favourite cities in the world – I’ve been a number of times and stayed for five weeks back in 2012, also for the biennale – so returning to the city of water was like coming home. I found myself fitting back in like a local, dusting off some rusty Italian and knocking back the spritz like I had never left… I wanted to share some tips and places to visit off the beaten track and away from the streams of tourists. There’s so much more than San Marco square and the Grand Canal – there’s old palazzos filled with contemporary art; little cicchetti and bacaro bars hidden down alleyways; sunny squares with shuttered windows; ornate medieval churches tucked away behind doors and narrow streets filled with washing lines and buzzing with local life. So put down the map. I really think Venice is best seen by following your feet, and noses for the food of course, wherever they will take you. …