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On my radar: furniture finds for July

A very happy new week to you. Today I’m rounding up some of my favourite furniture finds that I’ve discovered recently. From traditional Danish chairs to new takes on classics and more contemporary offerings, all these simple furniture designs share a focus on the honesty of materials and a dedication to expert craftsmanship. F chair by Rasmus Bækkel Fex for Brdr. Krüger Danish furniture artist and designer Rasmus Bækkel Fex has created a contemporary take on the traditional Shaker chair for design company Brdr. Krüger. Inspired by the classic design’s simplicity, honesty and craftsmanship, the F chair is a refined interpretation, made of a minimal wooden frame and updated with a durable polyester webbed seat. The chair, as with all of the brand’s furniture, is carefully hand-crafted at its family-run workshop just outside Copenhagen. The seat is hand-woven to give it a bespoke geometrical pattern that catches the light, while the back rest is gently curved for comfort. The simple, rectangular frame, with its multiple slender rungs, give the F chair a clean, contemporary expression. The black version, seen below, …

New IKEA hacks from Danish design company Reform

New IKEA hacks from Danish design company Reform

I wrote previously about Danish design company Reform (see it here) – they create fronts and countertops that enable you to hack and redesign your IKEA kitchen units with designs from renowned architects and designers. It’s been one of my most popular posts ever, so it obviously resonated with you lot! You might be interested to hear then that Reform has launched a couple of new ranges that can transform the affordable into something that looks truly bespoke. Showing how the worlds of eating, living and dining are merging into one space, the new designs widen the scope of Reform’s offering to include cabinets and sideboards for living rooms and perhaps even offices. Let’s take a closer look at them… Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm Up-and-coming Copenhagen-based designer Chris L. Halstrøm evolved her range around the design of the door handle. For this set of doors, the handle isn’t just an add-on serving purely a function, but an integral part of the design. Inspired by facades and window shutters in classic Japanese architecture, the handle becomes part of a frame …

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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 …

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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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 …

Vipp bathroom - 5 simple bathroom collections for the design conscious

6 simple bathroom collections for the design conscious

My bathroom is the least bit pretty but I thought I would dream a little and share with you 6 simple bathroom collections for the design conscious out there. From modular vanity units to smooth, sculptural bath tubs, I think you’ll appreciate these minimalist, well-crafted designs just as much as me. Mya Collection by Studio Altherr for Burgbad Launched this year, Barcelona-based Studio Altherr has designed a bathroom collection for Burgbad inspired by traditional Shaker furniture. Reducing the design to the bare essentials, the new Mya collection brings past and present together with a focus on natural materials, craftsmanship and an appreciation of simplicity. Studio Altherr describes the ethos as ‘warm minimalism’. It feels very Japanese too me. The collection comprises a vanity unit, stool, full-length mirror, towel rack and room divider. The simple pieces are made of solid oak, with slender, rounded legs and dovetail-jointed drawers. Real wood veneer is used for the fronts and frames, with leather handles, while the tops of vanity units are finished in white ceramic with a softly rounded washbasin. Nothing is superfluous, joints and hardware …

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On my radar: 5 homeware finds for April

While I didn’t get out to Salone del Mobile Milan this year – the annual furniture and design extravaganza – a host of new homeware launches have caught my eye recently. So here are five new finds for April, from affordable smart lighting solutions that can easily be incorporated into the home to modular sofas and simple side tables, enjoy! Lune sofa by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen Fritz Hansen has launched a new modular sofa called Lune designed by Jaime Hayon. Born out of Hayon’s previous designs for the Danish company – the Ro wingback chair and the cocooning Fri armchair – Lune has the same curvaceous lines and smooth, sculptural contours. The name in Danish means the feeling of everything being just right or something being at an ideal temperature – a little bit like hygge, it could be lying on the sofa under a favourite blanket or the snow falling outside while a fire burns warm inside. The Lune sofa comes in a multitude of possibilities, from a small two-seater to a large, …

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On my radar: new furniture finds for November

Hello… I’m back from three weeks in Australia! And the blog now deserves a little love. I tried to make a conscious effort to disconnect from the web (bar the odd instagram post of course…) and not check my emails everyday. I hadn’t had a proper holiday in ages, and with all the stresses of the renovation, I really needed a break. We’re all constantly sharing and connected that sometimes it’s good to take a step back, take stock and revaluate what it is we’re doing. I hope I can now come back to the blog refreshed, ready to give you some lovely, fresh content. It’s also meant that on my return there was lots of new design and furniture finds sitting in my inbox waiting to be shared with you! So, I thought I’d share one of my ‘On the Radar’ posts with four new minimal product launches to watch out for. Enjoy… Dowel Jones Dowel Jones is a young design studio set up in 2013 by Dale Hardiman and Adam Lynch in Melbourne, Australia. Funny that …