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How To Hygge with Anthropologie

This post is a quickie and more visual than word inspired. For Autumn /Winter 2019 Anthropologie are getting cosy, the Scandinavian way, with natural woods and welcoming – home warmth. A contrast of textures, weaves and fleeces and velvet are used in abundance.

There are some beautiful metallic small home accessories including flickering lights, organic scents and subtle glimmer.

All aglow

Beautiful bedding includes layers of plush and pin tucked texture for a guaranteed good night’s sleep.

Rest Assured

Lovely sitting room furniture and accessories including sumptuously deep cushions and a Kershaw chair.

And Breathe

The Monroe Accent Chair comes in two different shades of velvet teal as shown here and also silver grey

Monroe Accent chair

Jimena Occasional Chairs Appliqué Design

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Thinking of an interior update? Look no further than Marks & Spencers Autumn Winter 2019 range

I, like many of you, am saddened by the downward spiral that M&S seem to have got themselves into. Apart from Bra’s and pants, nothing in their fashion range has appealed to me for a long time. However they have excellent food offerings, and their interior products and furniture are stylish well made and well priced.

With the changing season as we move towards Autumn, we instinctively feel the pull towards a cosy, welcoming space to withdraw into.

Whether your interiors preferences are inspired by rich colours, warm tonal shades or restful neutrals M&S Autumn Winter collection offers simple stylish updates for any home to create that perfect retreat from the busy day.

         Contemporary designs are blended with classic influences to create a timeless collection that will give your home enduring style.

Decorative accessories and statement textiles offer an instant  interior refresh  alongside modern upholstery and furniture designed with on-the-go family living in mind.

 Seasonal colour highlights of peacock tones, sea foam and teal are paired back with an accent of warm nectarine to kick off the new season. Classics are re-imagined in casual shapes and textures, while layered textiles and metallic accessories offset easy living with a soft, modern glamour.

Decorative florals adorn plush velvets for a new take on maximalism, while delicate blush corals are paired with deep aquamarine and petrol tones for a bold yet sophisticated interior.

Underpinning the colour stories for the season, this new take on cleansing neutrals creates a stylish canvas on which to layer your favourite pieces- creating an oasis of tranquil, that will always remain timeless. Yet again it feels as if the Scandi look is a strong influence.Casual layering and relaxed textiles in calming tones of ecru and warm grey make for easy styling and create a war, serene palette for the home.

         This Autumnal story of rich mulberries spans a jewel-toned palette of deep boysenberry, rich oxblood and delicate heather.

Highlights of dark charcoal and black give this classic colour story a contemporary feel, while statement prints in casual fabrics are juxtaposed with marble and brass accents for a glamorous feminine collection of seasonal pieces.

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Marimekko takes a new direction

Finnish design house Marimekko introduces Marimekko Kioski, a curated collection of unisex streetwear pieces. The first edition of Marimekko Kioski features a range of androgynous, wearable wardrobe staples and the brand’s iconic, bold patterns from the Sixties. The collection will launch in September.
 


“The first edition of Marimekko Kioski is a collection of athleisure pieces such as hoodies, caps, T-shirts and shoppers. I wanted to create unisex streetwear that introduces our most iconic flower print, Unikko, to a new, urban crowd,” says Marimekko’s head designer Satu Maaranen.


Marimekko’s famous poppy pattern Unikko was born in the Sixties as a rebellious act of doing things your own way. After Marimekko’s founder Armi Ratia announced that Marimekko would never print a flower pattern, the opinionated Finnish designer Maija Isola protested by designing an entire series of floral prints, among them Unikko. ‘The flower of rebellion’ stands for creativity, courage and freedom, and Marimekko Kioski updates it for the modern day.


Finnish design house Marimekko was founded in 1951 and has since become known worldwide for its bold, original prints. Marimekko Kioski introduces the Marimekko brand and values to a new generation of urban youth, with reinterpretations of the design house’s iconic patterns and colors alongside products that have not been part of the collections before.

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Want to know what Ikea are up to ?

Then look no further than here, to discover the three key trends for AUTUMN / WINTER 2019

This season, we’ll see stripped back interiors dominate city dwellings in the Urban Minimalist trend, with functionality and versatility taking centre stage as the next generation champions a more fluid and transient lifestyle.

At IKEA, they believe that small changes around the home can make everyday life more enjoyable. That includes something as simple as being able to switch off your smart appliances by tapping your smartphone.

The Connected Home trend showcases the next generation of home technology from IKEA, allowing you to create a totally bespoke and smart set-up within the home that works perfectly for you. Connected Home also offers a range of smart bulbs that can be dimmed, change temperature and even completely switch to a different shade with the flick of a remote.

This clever function is especially useful for when the winter months arrive, as you can create a customized feeling of warmth and light in your home. Not only is this great for setting the mood of a room, but also beneficial for overall well-being.

 “For ultimate style and functionality-opt for a sofa from the DELAKTIG range- created in collaboration with Tom Dixon. The platform for living allows you to customize and adapt to the changing needs of life, as you can customize the platform with a lamp, a shelf or even an extra arm rest to reflect your personal style.

Last but not least, for those who love getting creative with colour, rich hues take the spotlight with the Jewel Shades trend this season.

IKEA know how important it is to make a house feel like home, no matter the size or layout. Whether you are looking to completely revamp your space this season, or simply give it one or two updates to keep it fresh and interesting, included are a range of products both big and small to suit all.

Calm and well-organized homes have never been more in demand when it comes to interiors, with our increasingly busy and fluid lives, combined with smaller living spaces, demanding practical yet stylish design solutions.

A fusion of muted colours and tranquil neutrals paired with edgy accessories, Urban Minimalist is all about beautiful and sophisticated functionality that is both adaptable and relaxed, with a hint of modern coolness.

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:

The urban Minimalist trend caters to your changing needs whilst exuding a sense of individuality. Less is more with this look, its aim is to create a space that is both understated and distinctive by using fewer furnishings. This will result in a calming space that you’ll enjoy spending time in.

Furnishings and home-wares with multi functionality features are key to turning rooms into flexible spaces.

In this trend whilst maintaining the comforts of home, with more of us living in urban environments, and adapting to small space living, storage has never been more key. The OMBYTE storage collection is designed to be both easily transportable and multipurpose, making it the obvious choice for city dwellers who don’t stay rooted for too long.

To achieve a minimal and modern aesthetic keep your living space tidy with the HANTERVERK hand-woven baskets, crafted by artisans in India as part of IKEA’s latest social entrepreneurs collection.

They are ideal for keeping your belongings stored away, whilst  still maintaining a neutral colour scheme.

         “A beige base colour palette is key to brining a calm atmosphere to an urban minimalist room invoking calmness and impressions of an open spacious atmosphere. But whilst this is a foundation to the look and feel, don’t view it as the only colour. it’s also the perfect canvas for bold statement pieces.

The MARKERAD collection designed in collaboration with Louis Vuitton’s artistic director, Virgil Abioh, blends high cultural references with street cred to create fashion-forward home-wares. From the slogan “temporar” wallclock featuring a sleek white-on white design, to the iconic Mona Lisa backlit artwork, this collection offers accessible and affordable statement interiors for metropolitan millennials.”

Comprising of deep yet vibrant tones that add a touch of opulence to any living space, the Jewel Shades colour trend makes a bold statement this season.

A rich and sophisticated palette of emerald green, sapphire blue, amethyst purple, and ruby red forms the crux of this head-turning interiors look. All of these shades are reflective of precious gemstones that people dress themselves in when celebrating, signifying that the party season is upon us.

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:

‘The luxe tones found within the Jewel Shades trend re truly designed to dazzle creating a dramatic yet equally comforting mood in the home. Create a beautiful and eye catching setting by being brave with colour and experiment with different fabrics and finishes to get the look you desire. Textiles play a huge part in creating a feeling of decadence with this trend. Whether you decide on opulent velvet or sumptuous satin the look and feel of your furnishings will enhance the overall richness of your space.’

To make any room really stand out from the crowd this season pair complimentary colours together, such as red and green, and orange and blue. The ruby coloured STRANDMON wing chair, for example, create a luxurious look, perfect for getting cosy and reading a good book during the winter months. For a simpler change opt for something like the HILLEBORG curtains in a rich plum shade. Made from recycled PET bottles, they prove that sustainability and style can truly go hand in hand.

Although the focus of this trend is centred around colour, don’t be afraid to add some prints into the mix. The new VONSBAK rug will add a timeless and vintage look to your living space with its oriental pattern and comes in a deep teal shade.

Technology is becoming more and more integrated into our homes, allowing us to live smarter and making our everyday lives a little more seamless. Living spaces with smart home-wares that are stylish, functional, and innovative, making life around the home that little bit easier. The Connected Home trend embraces this notion by hero-ing smart products that have the ability to link and interact with each other, making the home an interconnected hub that caters to a variety of your needs and desires.

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK & Ireland says:

‘Technology can now be found integrating its way into our homes in ingenious ways, making everyday life easier and more efficient, not to mention more environmentally-friendly. The Ikea Home smart app previously know as the TREDFRI app is currently being developed even further to clear for a wider, unified eco-system of smart products all of which you’ll be able to control at the touch of a button within the app itself. Smart speakers and lighting are a great way to create a home that  works perfectly to control at the touch of a button within the app itself. The latest SYMFONISK range blends both together to bring cutting-edge design with high quality sound to create a look that blends in and stands out simultaneously.’

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A sneak peak at Atelier Swarovski A/W 2019 collection

Crista centre piece by the late Zaha Hadid

I was invited to view Atelier Swarovski’s home décor range including the new additions for Christmas. If your idea of Swarvoski is just glitter and twinkle, you are wrong.  The home collection is gleaming, glossy  and very sophisticated. Here I show just some of the collaborations that have taken place between the company and up market designers who are at the top of their game.

Atelier Swarovski was founded, by Nadja Swarovski, in 2007, as a showcase for creativity, craftsmanship, master cutting and material innovations.

Nadja Swarovski is the granddaughter of founder Daniel Swarovsk, who in 1892 patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass.  

Atelier Swarovski ‘s home décor collection was launched at Milan design week in April 2016, it comprises functional and decorative objects for the home.

         In recent years the company has excelled in both its PR and marketing strategies and are well known in the fashion, jewellery and now interiors markets. They have collaborated with the top designers in all these fields to produce some beautiful and dazzling products.

Eternal Star by Daniel Libeskind

One of Swarovski’s major collaborations has been with Daniel Libeskind. For Christmas he has created Eternal Star. It showcases his dynamic architectural vision in a stunning collection of standing and hanging ornaments. The irregular- shaped crystals encase a complex 3D laser-inscribed star, expertly designed to create wondrous reflections and refractions both inside and out.

Eternal Star by Daniel Liebskind

         If you are looking for a gift, rather than a decoration, Daniel Liebskind’s championship-size chess set is both a functional object and a remarkable art piece. The set fluently combines materials from the world of construction and artisan craft in a handcrafted board etched with maps of Milan and New York – the two cities where architect Libeskind lives and works. The bespoke crystal chess pieces in this truly unique piece are an ode to some of Leibskind’s most iconic buildings.

Crystal Chess set designed by Daniel Libeskind

The two crystal kings take the form of the Freedom Tower in New York. The Queen, also in crystal, is represented by Libeskind’s City Life tower in Milan. The silver Bishop is the L Tower in Toronto, the marble Knight the Tor Di Valle in Rome, the concrete Rook is Century Spire in Manila, and the aluminium Pawn takes the form of the Pyramid Tower in Jerusalem.

Soft pond collection is by Nendo one of the world’s most celebrated design studio’s. Designer Oki Sato embraced the mesmerizing qualities of Swarovski crystal to recreate the effect of water in a lake as it travels from the deep to the shallows, from darkness to light.

Soft Pond designed by Oki Sato Nendo

The crystals were made by gradually increasing the thickness from top down, starting with 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, then 7mm. They were also tapered so they become thinner towards the outer periphery, to create a gradient effect within the same depth of water. The result is a small vessel that resembles a small pond scooped up and placed on the table. The trays come in four different sizes, all with change of cutting at the same thickness, aimed to make the depth of water appear the same when using several vessels at the same time.

Facet Collection by Aldo Bakker

Dutch designer, Aldo Bakker, returns with the Facet Collection a series of stylish crystal objects inspired by his first collection for Atelier Swarovski Home, including bottle stoppers and playful paperweight lenses. The pieces encapsulate Bakker’s fixation with a purity of form and materiality, achieving the perfect balance of function and beauty.

Lumen by Barbara Berry

Celebrated interior designer Barbara Berry has produced Lumen her first collaboration with Atelier Swarovski Home, Barry designed a range of multi-functional candleholders and vases in mellow hues. Brass and gunmetal effects accent the clarity of the crystal for a riveting juxtaposition of materials that coincide in perfect harmony. The versatile pieces play with compositions of color and light – always a focus of Barry’s – which bring intimate warmth to her magical home décor.

British designers Fredrikso Stallard

Fredrick Stallard

Design partnership Fredrikso Stallard create works that thrive on a raw sense of energy, chaos, destruction and recreation, to allow them to experience the world in new ways, and to see it differently.

Exploiting the subtle aspects of texture, material, volume, light, movement and contrast, the works function on a four-dimensional graph, between the twin axes of time and space. For Atelier Swarovski they have produced produced dramatic lines of vases, bowls and candle holders that create an incredible play of light illuminating any room in a stunning showcase of innovation and master craftsmanship.

Vessel by John Pawson

Renowned architect and designer is John Pawson he has produced Vessels for Atelier Swarovski. Candle-holders, vases and bowls made up of deceptively simple looking convex and concave surfaces. The concave surfaces act as a lens playing with the optics of crystal, while the irregular facets are perfectly calculated to maximise the extraordinary clarity and refractive qualities of the material.

Lux Orbit by Tord Boontje

Lux Orbit is by  Tord Boontje. Originally from the Netherlands,  he studied at the Eindhoven Design Academy and then the  Royal College of Art in London, before setting up Studio Tord Boontje.

Made from combinations of corian, glass and Swarovski crystals, the collection includes lanterns, wine coolers, nut bowls and caviar sets. Intended to be used with friends at a party or for a special occasion.

The scattered arrangement of crystals and polished curved surfaces took inspiration from the colours of the cosmos, patterns found in nature and star formations, with an added futuristic twist.

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TOM DIXON A/W 2019

The designer Tom Dixon is based in a fabulous old building called The Coal Office

in Kings Cross. He has his headquarters, studio, and shop there. He also owns the adjoining restaurant/cafe , which uses many of his products. I was there last week with other journalists to view his new products, mainly his new fragrances that come in the form of candles, room diffusers, soaps and hand lotions. There were also a couple of new  drink ware ranges  for hot and cold drinks and some very nice coat hooks and other artifacts called Swirl. Whilst I was there I took the opportunity to view his furniture, textile and lighting ranges that he sells in his shop. everything is thoughtfully designed and very beautifully presented.

            Tom Dixon started his recent adventures into the peculiar world of fragrance a few years ago with his Eclectic collection that was structured around the exotic smells of London, Royalty and Orientalist.

This year he has refreshed the vessel form that hold the candles, with an elegant, new slim waisted metal container and added two more refined perfumes to the collection – Underground and Alchemy.

Underground is described thus, ”In the dark subterranean, hidden below the surface, rhizomes secretly grow and slowly develop the fresh, sharp intense fragrance of ginger. This is combined with woody Haitian cardamom to make the unique scent of Underground.

Alchemy is influenced by the endless search to transform basic materials into a valuable substance, sharp black pepper, woody cypress, eucalyptus, exotic patchouli and smoky guaiac wood combine to create the precious perfume of Alchemy.

The London fragrance captures the smell of red brick and London parks with crocuse and nettles, and the salty smell of Thames at Dagenham. Encased in a copper vessel with marble lid.

Orientalist is inspired by the faint memory of an Indian wedding with rose petal garlands, giant cinnamon sticks on beach stalls and the musky smells of the Chinese herbal market. Encased in a brass vessel with marble lid.

Royalty is a reminiscence of tea time with a pot of Earl Grey, scones, strawberry jam and the drive home in a ‘52 Bentley with tatty leather seats. Encased in a nickel-plated brass vessel, with a marble lid.

Tom Dixon has also created travelers gift set with a  trio of mini scented candles contained within a hand-spun vessel formed of copper, nickel and brass. The scents are created to capture the essence of travelling, trading, and the nostalgic past within the future of British life.

Swirl is a mysterious new material that resembles 3D marbled paper yet has the weight of stone. Tom Dixon has designed some new Swirl hooks that celebrate the little details that are often missed, the hidden bits of functionality that are often the first touch point in a space yet go unnoticed. A series of small and large hooks made from powdered residue from the marble industry, mixed with pigment and resin to create a variety of surprising colour combinations.

Brew kettle and filter set recognizes coffee making as a form of art and coffee drinking as one of our few remaining contemporary rituals. In response to consumers now being more educated and curious about coffee, Tom Dixon have introduced the Kettle and Filter set to the Brew family to encompass the different ways to create a good cup of coffee.

The Kettle and Filter set allows you to prepare and serve coffee simply and quickly, whilst still retaining the flavour and quality. The unusual thin and elongated shape of the kettle spout is essential for precise pouring and taste.

Tank is characterised by a hand painted copper band, Tank takes its sculptural cue from the functional shapes and volumes of scientific glassware. Minimal yet decorative for a multiplicity of purposes of drinking, pouring, storing and displaying drinks, the new Tank copper gift sets recognise our love for drinking stories.

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Oliver Bonas autumn and winter range 2019

This week Oliver Bonas showed both their new interior and clothing ranges for this autumn and winter to the press and influencers.

This is a company that goes from strength to strength in both their home-ware and fashion collections. They know the look their core customer wants, that being a mixture of sophisticated, modern with some humour thrown into the mix.

There are two main themes running through both the home and fashion collections. The main theme is Enlightenment and Orient Express is the capsule collection. This could also be described as Art Deco or Luxe.

There is a great deal of glass , mirrors and glamour. Oliver Bonas produce cocktail ware, including drinks trolley’s which, a little bird tells me, always sell out. Talking of cocktails there are drink mixing kits, and gorgeous glasses, lovely mirrors, rattan furniture, picture frames and planters.

Velvet chairs and fringing on lamp shades carry on from this season but with new twists of colour, shapes and length of fringing. 

Part of Enlightenment is Sanctuary. This includes mosaic, ironwork ,ceramics and plants, and baskets. Oliver Bonas now sell real and faux plants in their larger stores.

There is a vast array of baskets, pouffés, throws and cushions. The pouffe’s are particularly original.

Another best selling line for Oliver Bonas are items decorated with letters of the alphabet, and also the letters themselves.

Always great with decorative patterns, from August the company will be selling some very nice bags and cushions with lovely surface designs.

New this season, are Oliver Bonas own brand of decorative filament light bulb.

Last of all I must mention the very the simple ,but lovely art works in the form of textural wall hangings and bright prints.