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Your Home Needs This: Cylinda-line by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton

So in my regular series Your Homes Needs This, profiling design classics and timeless pieces of furniture that I feel everyone should have in their home, we have so far: Aalto’s vase, Lassen’s candleholder, Wegner’s chair and Saarinen’s table, to name a few. Picture this lovely scene and, if you’re partial to a cup of tea to quench the thirst, or even the odd tipple, then you might just need some cocktail and tableware in there too. Step in the subject of today’s post – the Cylinda-line designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen for design brand Stelton. Designed in 1967, and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the series has become a true classic, synonymous with Scandinavian sophistication and a spot of mid-century glamour. The clean lines, instantly recognisable handle and elongated spout have helped secure its place in design’s hall of fame. From elegant coffee pots, tea pots and creamers to ice buckets, martini mixers and the revolving ashtray, together they are now the essence of Stelton’s DNA and the centrepiece of its portfolio of high quality Scandinavian designs. I’ve written about Arne Jacobsen …

The making of Alvar Aalto's famous vase

Your Home Needs This: Alvar Aalto vase

My series ‘Your Home Needs This’ is all about profiling beautiful design classics and timeless pieces of furniture that I feel everyone should have in their home. And this one is the perfect example – the Alvar Aalto vase, produced by Finnish glass manufacturer Iittala. If I had to name my favourite piece of design, ever, this would be it. It’s by my favourite architect and designer, Alvar Aalto, and it’s my favourite object at home. I love its soft, sinuous form that makes it truly unique – there’s nothing quite like filling it with flowers and enjoying its sculptural shape day after day. The Aalto vase has become a true classic in Scandinavian design, found in the homes of every Finn and in museum collections across the world. Compared to the highly decorative objects being made at the time the vase was first created, the organic shape of the vase was a revolutionary statement. Inspired by waves in water (Aalto means ‘wave’ in Finnish), it’s a simple design whose tactility appeals to the senses. It’s lost none of its allure …

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Your Home Needs This: Louis Poulsen PH5 light

This week I’m turning the focus of ‘Your Home Need This’ to lighting – and in particular, Louis Poulsen’s PH5 light, a mid-century-style pendant with a striking, curved silhouette. In case you forgot, Your Home Needs This is all about profiling beautiful design classics and timeless pieces of furniture that I feel everyone should have in their home. I want to bring the focus back on the designer and give you a little back story about how they were created. So here we go… The PH5 was designed by Danish designer Poul Henningsen in 1958. He began collaborating with Louis Poulsen in 1925 and continued to work with them up until his death in 1967, creating designs that are still famous today. Henningsen studied architecture at the Danish College of Technology in Copenhagen and started designing his own lighting after he found traditional lights to be incompatible with his smart modern interiors. He never actually graduated as an architect though, and became more known for his lighting as well as his work as a journalist, critic and author. He once said how he was …

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Your Home Needs This: by Lassen’s Kubus 4 candleholder

For this week’s ‘Your Home Needs This’, I’m looking at by Lassen’s Kubus 4 candleholder – a classic design you’ll have seen over and over again in beautifully styled Scandinavian homes. Designed by Danish architect Mogens Lassen, a pioneer of Danish Functionalism, the Kubus 4, as the name suggests, is a minimal cube-shaped frame topped with four slender cylinders for candles. Like many designs it took a while to come into fruition, finally taking the shape we know and love in 1962. But, good things come to those who wait. It may have been created over 50 years ago, but the Kubus 4 shows no sign of going out of fashion or losing its allure – for me, it’s a truly timeless design that would not look out of place in the portfolios of many young contemporary designers making waves out there today. Lassen designed the Kubus 4 as a reaction against the overtly decorative and elaborative candleholders found in homes of the time. Inspired by the Bauhaus and its geometric shapes, he believed good …

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Your Home Needs This #04: Eames Occasional Table LTR

It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘Your Home Needs This’ feature here, I had such good intentions of keeping it a regular series, as happens with all these things… But, a visit to the fantastic World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery last weekend reminded me to get back on track, and profile another must-have design object that is on my wishlist or in my own home. It could easily have been an Eames lounge chair or the playful plastic DAW chair, but this time my eyes settled on the Eames’s Occasional Table LTR, still in production by Vitra. Designed in 1950, the Occasional Table is petite (just 25cms high) but perfectly formed. It’s comprised of a rod base supporting a plywood tabletop, traditionally covered in black or white laminate. During the late 1940s, Charles noted ‘the fantastic things being made of wire’ and began experimenting with metal wire rods and mesh. The Eameses eventually developed a mass-production technique for simultaneously welding wire rods. It was first used for their large lounge chair and plywood chairs (the DCM and LCM) …

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Your Home Needs This #03: Saarinen Tulip Table

Happy Friday! Here’s the third instalment in my ‘Your Home Needs This’ series, where I profile a must-have design object that is on my wishlist or in my own home. Previously it’s been the Vitra Toolbox and Alvar Aalto’s Stool 60 but this week it’s the turn of Finnish architect Eero Saarinen’s modernist Tulip Table, produced for furniture manufacturer Knoll. Saarinen’s Tulip Table (although I think sadly mine might be a copy…) was the first grown-up purchase I made for my flat – it was a steal at around £75 from eBay (above). It’s slightly chipped and rough around the edges but I still think it’s absolutely beautiful. The dream would be a marble-topped version…! I love it’s single, sinuous leg and that retro, mid-century look; it looks perfect with mismatched dark wooden chairs or curvy Thonet’s, slotted into a cosy corner of a room. In fact, it’s quite versatile, it looks right at home in a sleek, contemporary home but doesn’t look out of place in a vintage setting – there’s also mini versions for coffee tables and bedside night stands. The making of the Saarinen’s …

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Your Home Needs This #02: Alvar Aalto Stool 60

Hello, and hope you like the new look of the blog! It needed a bit of an update and I’m a little bit in love with this new wordpress theme, it allows me to do so much more. I hope you like it too. This is also my second post in the series ‘Your Home Needs This’, an (almost) weekly series profiling one must-have design object that is on my wishlist or in my own home – you know, objects and furniture that beautiful, but functional and timeless too (see the first post here, it featured the Vitra Toolbox). This week, it’s the turn of the stool 60 from Artek, one of my favourite pieces of furniture in my own London flat. It’s also by my all-time favourite Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. Created in 1933, the simple, but perfectly formed, stool is based on a round seat and three quintessentially Aalto, bent plywood legs. It can be stacked up and is incredibly versatile, whether for a bathroom stool, bedside table, coffee table or dining chair. It’s the perfect height …

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Your Home Needs This #01: Vitra toolbox

‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ – William Morris I’m starting a new series on the blog – ‘Your Home Needs This’ – where each week I will profile one must-have design object that is on my wishlist or in my own home; you know, those little objects you keep seeing everywhere and really, really want (and have done for ages). The name came out of the way I make excuses for buying new objects for myself, often telling myself – ‘I need this in my life’, ‘it would look perfect here’, ‘it really would complete the room’, ‘oh, that would be really useful’, any excuse really…! Yet, I’m not just talking about buying needlessly, I am all too wary of the digitally-driven need to constantly consume and purchase the next ‘It’ item. I like my furniture and products in my home to be built to last – my favourite items, that I will keep forever, are my Eames DAW chair, my Alvar Aalto …