Month: December 2016

Norm Architects new bathroom collection for Inbani

Norm Architects’ new bathroom collection for Inbani

Copenhagen-based Norm Architects has designed a new bathroom suite for Spanish brand Inbani, and it’s everything you would expect from the multidisciplinary design studio celebrated for its clean, pared-back, minimal designs. With a focus on quality, durability and timelessness, Norm Architects’ work draws inspiration from traditions and norms that have been refined for centuries within the fields of design, architecture and aesthetics. This new range, entitled ‘Prime’, is no exception (or should I say a prime example – get it?). Minimal and simple in form, the two white bathtubs and sink that comprise the collection are contemporary interpretations of the traditional antique roll-top baths that have become the centrepiece of the smart, stylish bathroom. The soft, rounded shape of the pieces is inspired by the way the pressure of water shapes and expands an elastic material, like filling a water balloon. They say: ‘This natural and recognisable shape of the designs along with the soft rolled edge makes the pieces extraordinarily appealing to the human eye, as well as inviting, familiar and modern at the …

12 styled days of Christmas

Last minute Christmas gift ideas

I don’t know about you but I’m finding this part of the year especially manic, wrapping up blog posts and work, not to mention wrapping up presents! I’ve done a bit of Christmas shopping here and there but I still have a list of presents to buy for my loved ones. I always try not to, but I think I may be running around like a headless chicken trying to pick up last minute bits on Christmas Eve… But, if you’re like me and still have a few people to buy for, and maybe you haven’t been able to think of what to get them yet, I’ve created this little guide for last minute Christmas gifts. All the items here, handpicked from my favourite independent British shops, have their last deliveries on the 22nd December, so you can relax and know your gifts will be with you before the big day, phew! You can purchase these items right here on my blog, just click on each product for more information, add to cart and you’ll …

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

I can’t stop staring at this beautiful, bright home – it’s like my eyes are willing me into the space. On the market with those clever folk at Fantastic Frank, it’s a lesson in pared-back simplicity. Just as I’m the final throes of my renovation project, painting all the (damn) woodwork, the plain white walls and white washed floorboards are appealing to me. Just look at that cornicing and those big windows flooding the room with light, it’s magical isn’t it? Let’s begin the home tour… The living space has been kept minimal with a light grey sofa and a Moroccan-style rug that adds an element of texture. I love how the String shelving has been spread across one wall to display art and create a cosy reading nook below (even if it might be quite hard to tell which book is which with them all turned the wrong way, still it looks good!). In the corner I spy &tradition’s FlowerPot VP3 table lamp in black, designed in 1969, and named after the hippy days …

Travel guide, a design packed weekend in Antwerp

Travel Guide: a design-packed bloggers tour of Antwerp

When you think of the design capitals of Europe, cities such as London, Paris, Milan and Stockholm might spring to mind. But, there’s another city out there that should be on that list, the slightly more under the radar Belgian city of Antwerp – a Flemish jewel with an emerging design scene that’s giving others a run for their money. With a strong artisanal heritage and cultural legacy, from the 17th century paintings of Rubens and Van Dyck, through the thriving, polished world of the diamond industry, to its cult status in the fashion world with Belgian fashion royalty Dries van Noten, the merchant city Antwerp has developed into a super stylish cosmopolitan centre. Today, young, emerging Belgian designers are putting their stamp on the city, while contemporary concept stores and gastronomical delights are attracting visitors from across the world. There’s certainly more to the city than frites and beer, there’s culture galore, art and architecture, and design by the bucket load, untapped and waiting to be discovered. In October I visited the city as part of a …

beating the january blues

Christmas gift guide for a homebody

I’m back with my second gift guide for Christmas (here was my first gift guide for design lovers if you didn’t catch it) – this time for those who like nothing better than to cosy up at home and nest to their heart’s content. It’s one of my absolute favourite pastimes – to throw a warm blanket across the sofa, light some softly scented candles, dig out a book or two and enjoy the simple pleasure of a steaming cup of tea. Ah, bliss! If you’re anything like me then, you’ll love these carefully handpicked homely products. There’s beautiful, handmade ceramics and coffee cups, cookbooks with hearty recipes and simple ideas to rustle up a meal, plus the odd gift set for those really hard to buy for… You can purchase these items right here on my blog, just click on each product for more information, add to cart and you’ll be led to the checkout. My shop is powered by Showroom, who do all the hard work and nitty gritty, so you can be …

A light, summer workspace with Design Letters

Christmas gift guide for design lovers

It may just be the beginning of December, but I’m feeling decidedly festive already. I’m itching to get the Christmas decorations out and make the house sparkle and glow, but there’s so much to do like painting and decorating for the renovation project first. Which leaves me to write up my Christmas shopping list and get ahead with some online purchasing for my loved ones. I love buying and gifting presents, especially if they’re the more unusual finds that that person may not have come across before. So, I’ve gathered together a selection of choice design pieces and minimal products for the design lovers out there. Hand-picked from some of my favourite independent shops and Scandi brands, there’s iconic design classics such as Alvar Aalto’s vase for Iittala and by Lassen’s Kubus candleholder, as well as beautiful handmade pieces from the likes of Another Country, Cooee and Mon Pote. And making it super simple, you can purchase them all right here from my blog… I hope you might have found a present or two for …