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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 …

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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 …

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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? …

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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.’ …

Sustainable cushions and home accessories from Happy + Co

Sustainable cushions and home accessories from Happy + Co

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favourite home interiors brands of the moment – Happy + Co. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen their black and white striped cushion popping up in my photos. It’s a piece that has in many ways inspired the design direction of my living room – focusing on a monochrome colour palette and lots of simple, clean lines. Now I want to delve a little deeper and tell you more about Happy + Co’s back story and socially responsible ethos. ‘We believe happiness starts at home. It’s a philosophy that informs all that we do and every product we design.’ Happy + Co creates smart, sustainable furniture and home accessories that are designed to brighten up the home and be noticed. There’s hand screen-printed cotton cushion covers with bold, eye-catching patterns, handcrafted mugs stamped with the brand’s signature cross, and best-selling monochrome tableware.     The designs are inspired by the team’s travels, whether it’s Bondi palms, Bogong butterflies or Palm Beach. But more than just taking from a place and …

Introducing Australian design brand SP01 - minimal design - contemporary furniture - black dining table with black wire chairs

Introducing Australian design brand SP01

Here’s a new find I want to introduce you to. Founded last year, SP01 is an Australian design brand that creates minimal, hand-finished furniture. Conceived in Australia and designed and made in Italy, the pieces have a focus on rigorous design and honest materials. Evoking a sense of Scandinavian design, their furniture is fresh and contemporary, at home in a beachside terrace as much as in a London townhouse. As SP01 say, they ‘combine down-under cool with tried-and-true Italian quality’. For their first collection, SP01 collaborated with Milan-based studio Metrica on a series of elegant wooden tables, coffee tables and upholstered armchairs and sofas. I first spotted the brand though at this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, where Australian designer Tom Fereday was exhibiting his outdoor collection for SP01. His range of metal chairs, stools and tables were designed and tested to withstand the toughest outside environments, the Australian outdoors but would suit any minimal home. Coming in a variety of bold colours, the powder-coated bent steel wire chairs were a stand-out of the fair. The sculptural shapes and geometric-patterned seats look striking …

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Creating a calm haven with grey wood flooring

I love the look of my white painted wood floors, but to be honest they’re a pain to maintain, showing up every bit of dirt and starting to chip in places. Original wood floors look great, but if I could do it all again, I’d probably opt for a more durable oak flooring in a light stain. So when Woodpecker Flooring got in touch, I was intrigued to discover their range of grey flooring. Their warming ashen shades and dusky hues, hand-finished to perfection with lacquer or oil to bring out the natural texture, are timeless but contemporary. Each range, from Salcombe to Harlech, is inspired by natural landscapes, seaside towns and woodland forests, with the intention of capturing an element of nature and bringing it inside. Woodpecker say: ‘Our family grew up in the timber industry. Passionate about the personality, life and atmosphere that wood flooring brings to the home, we’ve loved working with this natural material for more than two decades, from our very first small factory all the way up to the thirteen manufacturing facilities that we have …

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

I do love simple, hand-crafted ceramics, and today you’re in for a treat. I want to introduce you to Mleko Living, a Kraków-based design studio with a mission to simplify and improve our everyday lives. The studio was founded in 2017 by Katarzyna Goluszka and Michal Zaluski after they developed a mutual interest in architecture, aesthetics and design while living in different European cities. They have just launched a lovely, new collection of stoneware products for daily use titled Canvas. The lookbook you can see below is beautifully fresh and simple, highlighting the beauty of the material and clean design. Natural and relaxed, the images show the pieces in use, with gently creased linen, ringed coffee stains and delicate greenery. Very spring-like – it really is like a breath of fresh air! They say, ‘The objects act as a plain canvas, which we paint upon. The pieces bring ease and harmony into our everyday life and leave us room for assigning meaning and value.’ The collection is handmade in a family-run ceramic factory in southern Poland and comprises a bowl, flowerpot, vase, carafe and mug. …