Twittoo Wooo

Love this Briar Owl silver on grey wallpaper by Abigail Edwards.  The grey background is beautifully matt and the owls and branches shimmer and change with the light.


and this is her cream on white wallpaper, Owls of the British Isles.....

www.abigailedwards.com

Intricacies of Design

The delicate, intricate quality of Alison Milner's designs stood out at Tent London 2012.  Her drawings have a freshness and lightness of touch combined here with a eco nature theme.



http://www.alisonmilner.co.uk

The Buddha of Suburbia

Brit interior company Mini Moderns launched their new collections for 2012-13 at the Tent London show last month inspired by the book The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi.


Their 'Festival' design is a celebration of highlights from the 1951 Festival of Britain.  Abstract and geometric shapes combine with linear forms in bright yet soft tones....

www.minimoderns.com

A Short Walk through Tent London 2012

Here are some of the things that caught my eye at the design exhibition, Tent, in London last month.  

The vastness and flexibility of seating possibilities at the Prooff 005 Sit Table by Ben van Berkel, UNStudio.  "Hang upside-down.  Sit straight up.  Move, turn, work, read, consult or relax.  Alone or together," says the blurb.  Not sure about hanging upside down but the rest sound great, if you have the space.  A great piece of Dutch craftsmanship....


Ot.tosa pluma.cubic floor lights by Heke Bukefelder and Jan-Peter ER Sonntag reminded me of the trees in Dr Seuss' recent film The Lomax....
  www.pluma-cubic.com 
 and a gorgeous chunk of coffee table....


 Moving on to knitted everything....


knitted old sofas, and light fixtures.....


even recycled, knitted cinema seats (I hate the world 'upcycled')......


A totally different texture altogether in this mirror finish Aluminium Bench by Takes Fujita for andondesign.com...

and finally a simple, but stunning concrete clock "Facet, Time Piece" which won a 'Brilliant Design' award by JJF Studio.

www.jamiejoseffry.com 


Big Room: Big Table

There's something intensely satisfying about huge tables!  This sleek, elegant table by Ilse Crawford paired with a colourful selection of classic Eames chairs by Vitra looks great against the grey backdrop, which reminds me of the walls at the Royal Academy.  


The beautiful features of the room add to its character, as does the 85 Lamp by Rody Graumans for Droog.




La Vita Loca

Spotted these great Danish lights from newcomers, Vita, at 100% Design exhibition in London.  Fluffy, feathered shapes and crisp, bright pine cones make a striking focal point without looking ostentatious.   





Rough or Smooth

These interiors have something in common - a well thought-out theme - taking into account colour, texture and display rules and each one uses these to create a mood.

A nature-themed bedroom plays on the raw textures of wood, silk, mother-of-pearl and cotton...


Repetition and simplicity bring out the rough and smooth in this hallway for a calm entrance...


An interesting focal point full of texture is created as a table centrepiece in this Victorian residence.  It would work just as well without the pinned butterflies....


Find Your Rhythm

When displaying items around your home remember the laws of symmetry and balance and combine these with colour, tone and theme. 


 and here rhythm has been added to the equation...



Finding a Common Theme...

Display is an integral part of design.  The beauty and colour of individual items can be brought to life when treasured finds are presented sparsely and simply, after grouping artefacts with a common theme or link together, like in this asymmetrical arrangement....


and here in this example, another theme is evident...