Month: June 2017

Jackson & Levine for Habitat - simple dining - imagery Kristin Perers for www.habitat.co.uk

The new Jackson & Levine collection for Habitat

Stylish supper club duo Jackson & Levine have launched their debut homeware collection for Habitat. Featuring handwoven table linens, easy-to-wear aprons and striped napkins, the pieces are designed for simple, informal dining. Perfect for intimate suppers for two, laid-back Friday nights with friends and thrown-together gatherings in the garden this summer. If you’re not familiar with Jackson & Levine – broadcasters Laura Jackson and Alice Levine – they host a London-based supper club. The girls first met at a jumble sale and bonded over a shared love of food. The supper club started life out in Laura’s warehouse flat in east London in 2012, inviting as many people as they had chairs, and has since grown to become a successful food and lifestyle business, with tickets for intimate dinners selling out in seconds. At these highly sought after events, popping up in places like a canal-side ceramics factory or a hidden art gallery, they serve up simple, seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients. They’re curated to be fairly informal affairs, much like an informal dinner party with …

IKEA day bed - Upcoming collections to look forward to from IKEA - HJÄRTELIG collection

News + upcoming collections from IKEA’s Democratic Design Day 2017

The other week I went to Älmhult in Sweden, the birthplace of IKEA, for the company’s Democratic Design Day 2017. This annual global event is used as a platform to invite press into their ‘house of curiosity’ and reveal all the latest news and future collaborations and collections coming up. And let me tell you, there’s lots to look forward to! IKEA has always had the aim of making design accessible for the many. It’s something I really believe in too – design that is not an elitist thing only a few can afford, but something everyone can tap into. Now their design process is based on five key pillars: Form, Function, Quality, Sustainability and Affordability – a common language through the company to measure what is good in design. It informs every product right from the beginning, to ensure IKEA keeps pushing for simpler, smarter, and better looking objects for the home. This means they want to combine beautiful form with good function, long-lasting quality, produced in a sustainable value chain with a low price. Says Marcus Engman, Head …

Tips for choosing a sofa to suit your home - Galloway Corner Sofa by Darlings of Chelsea

Tips for choosing a sofa to suit your home

A beautiful, well-suited, well-proportioned sofa can make or break a living room scheme. It’s the focal point and centrepiece of a space, around which everything else is evolved. It’s also an investment buy that’s used and enjoyed day in day out, so it’s important to get it right from the beginning and ensure it suits both the style of your home and your lifestyle. Choose well and you’ll end up with a sofa that can endure as well as adapt with you. My current sofa looks the part, but it isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world. I wish I had spent more time researching sofa designs and a little more money, so I’ve teamed up with Darlings of Chelsea to share some tips for choosing a sofa. 1. Measure up Make sure you measure both the size of your living room and the size of your doorways (including your front door!) to ensure your new sofa is right for your space and goes with the rest of your furniture. ‘This is so important, both to make …

First look: IKEA x HAY Ypperlig collection - Democratic Design Day - grey HAY sofa

First look: IKEA x HAY YPPERLIG collection

Last week I attended IKEA’s Democratic Design Day 2017, a global event for launching the furniture group’s new products, collaborations and collections, held in the rural Swedish town of Älmhult where the very first IKEA store was built. I’ll share lots of exciting news in a separate post, but first I thought I’d share my favourite of them all – Danish brand HAY‘s much-anticipated YPPERLIG collection. When two greats of Scandinavian design come together with similar values, it’s bound to produce interesting results. The collaboration between IKEA and husband-and-wife duo Rolf and Mette Hay of HAY really seems like the perfect meeting of minds – both share an ambition to make good design accessible to all and an eye for sophisticated industrial manufacturing. Comprised of 72 pieces, YPPERLIG is a collection of understated yet contemporary staples that explore the functional and emotional needs of the modern home. From day-beds and sofas, through cushions and candleholders, to shelving and stools, the collection combines technical innovation with simple, pared-back design. The pieces are predominantly designed for the living room but could seamlessly fit in elsewhere in the home. They’re clean and minimal, while maintaining …

Pure Linen bedding white, grey, blush

Pure flax bedding by Telu Linen Co.

There is nothing better than a bed freshly made with linen sheets – the soft texture and relaxed, naturally crumpled fabric looking oh so inviting. But where to buy it? Telu Linen Co. is a new luxury textile company selling pure flax bedding and wool throws – without the luxury price tag – that has just launched on Kickstarter. The family business was founded by Cornel and Michelle Driessen, who found inspiration for the name Telu from their children’s names, Tehila and Lukas. Telu Linen Co. shortens the supply train, dealing directly with manufacturers in Free Trade Partners countries and passing savings on to customers. So you get the luxurious experience of linen, without the hefty mark-up. Telu Linen Co.’s products are created from 100% pure linen made from raw flax. It’s a naturally strong fibre that’s breathable and temperature regulating, perfect for the warmer evenings, but equally ideal in winter. The duvets come in a lovely soft blush (is it millennial pink now?!), grey and pure white. Don’t these images make you want to dive right in to their crumpled folds? …

New Herman Chair Upholstered with Fiord by Kvadrat by Ferm Living

On my radar: new furniture designs and home accessories from my favourites

Today’s ‘On my radar’ is a round-up of simple chairs, tables and accessories by some of my favourite Scandinavian brands. From Muuto and MENU to Fredericia and Ferm Living, there’s a focus on celebrating the honesty of natural materials and the craftsmanship that goes into making these designs. Workshop chair by Cecilie Manz for Muuto Workshop is a simple, new chair designed by Danish designer Cecilie Manz for Muuto. I spotted the design at Muuto’s new showroom in London (on Baltic Street East) and fell in love with its sturdy shape and clean lines. The chair’s frame and legs are made of solid wood, while the gently rounded back and seat are made of veneer. It’s an understated, honest design that celebrates craftsmanship, highlighting the beautiful, refined joints and natural grain of the wood. Manz says of her design philosophy: ‘I design things that have a meaning to me. My general idea is always to have a clear argument legitimising the designs that I make. Function is essential, and if I cannot formulate a good reason for a new product, it is better to refrain from making it.’ …