- Designer Lindsey Lang has been on my radar for some time but it wasn’t until she recently launched her new range of encaustic floor and wall tiles that I really felt compelled to interview her here on the blog. Granted I loved her colourful, geometric cushions and kitchenware collections but as you all know nothing sends my heart racing quicker than wallcoverings and flooring. I wanted to find out how Lindsey got to where she is today, what inspires her work and what we can expect to see from her next. Here is what she had to say….
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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to jet out to Stockholm for the Electrolux Design Lab 2013 Finals. As Official UK Blogger for the competition I have been closely following each stage and reporting back on the progress. The competition had been narrowed down to 8 finalists who were flown to Stockholm from as far afield as Sao Paulo, Madrid and Singapore, to present their individual concepts in front of the jury and members of the international press. I attended the event with Kasia E Slobodzian-Taylor, one of my readers who won the opportunity to accompany me on the trip via a competition that Electrolux allowed me run here on the blog. We had a great day, it was pretty full on but I thought you might be interested to hear what we got up to who which young designer came out on top.
Set somewhere in the bustling beauty of Brighton’s South Coast, the founders of i gigi have crafted their skills into the pages of the exquisite book A Life Less Ordinary, a catalogue of their inspirational ideas and trends, published by Cico Books. A captivating journey through their rural lives, Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre have submitted their ideals to the page, the breath-taking styling captured between the hard bound covers of the shabby-chic-come-heirloom-dependant design bible. The cornerstone of their store, and indeed their homes, is a romantic philosophy carved from their inspirations, found pieces and highly sought after styling, modelling their abodes into a classic vision of design beauty.
If you are a regular reader of my blog and love design as much as I do, I think it is safe to assume that you have at least heard of Iittala, the Finnish design brand that specializes in interior design objects, tableware and cookware. Founded as a glassworks in 1881, Iittala has strong design roots in glasswares and art glass but over time, it has expanded its range from glass to include other materials, such as ceramics and metal all the while keeping true to its key philosophy of elegant and timeless design.
In 2007, Iittala launched its Taika (‘Magic’ in English) series and this has since become one of the company’s most popular series. This year it has expanded the range to feature a number of new items, including a few home interior design pieces such as a cushion and a throw.
The Design Council has been working with the Arts & Humanities Research Council to measure the value that design thinking brings to small businesses. What it found is that design thinking does so much more than just make products look nicer or work better, it improves the way a business operates. Their research found that not only can design thinking increase the range of products a business develops, but it can also lead to more inspiring workplaces, happier staff, better service and, as a result, greater customer satisfaction.
Something super exciting has happened for my husband and I over the past few weeks. We’ve gone from thinking we would never get onto the property ladder to being home owners. I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are to finally be living in our own home! One thing that I am particularly excited about is being able to decorate exactly how we want to. After six years of living in rental properties, we are well and truly over magnolia paint. However, having only lived in rental accommodation we have never had to decorate so being faced with the endless possibilities of what we could and should do, is all a bit daunting. I wanted to make sure we are fully informed before embarking on this redecorating adventure so I decided to consult the experts in order to get some top tips and advice for anyone in the same position as us. And who better to consult than Sarah Cole, Director of Farrow & Ball.
One of the things that I really feel holds me back as a blogger is my complete and utter lack of confidence when it comes to styling and photography. Whilst many of my favourite bloggers take all their own photographs and often style their own shoots, this is not really something I have been comfortable doing as I have never believed I have the skills needed. However, this is an area I would really like to progress into and I guess practice makes perfect right?
As you all know, I do love a good trend post, so when I received a press release from John Lewis outlining their Autumn/Winter 2013 interior trends, I couldn’t wait to share them with you. There are actually six different trends they identified but I only want show you my three favourites here today as these are the ones I feel like I could most incorporate into my own home.
Ironing is perhaps one of the least glamorous household tasks in my eyes. Along with hoovering it is probably one of the domestic tasks that I least enjoy doing and because of that I generally tend to save up my ironing until there is a whole heap of it waiting for me. There really isn’t much that could convince me that ironing could be something to look forward to. Well that was until I spotted these new geometric ironing board covers by Brabantia which are based on warm geometric patterns, combining fresh pastels with black lines on white backgrounds. Now I’m not saying I would enjoy ironing anymore, but if my ironing board was clad in one of these Warm Mathematical covers at least it would be a pleasure to look at the board, right? And with geometrics being one of the big interior trends that has surfaced recently, these three new covers – Peaks, Fields and Dunes- are going straight on my lust list! What do you guys reckon?
I’ve been following Ashley Sutcliffe on Twitter for a good long while now and when he contacted me to ask if I’d like to feature him on The Design Sheppard I jumped at the opportunity. Ashley has over 10 years of experience working in retail and customer service and 10 years of design training to Masters level. He has worked for lighting, furniture and home accessory retailers and has developed a knack for being able to source and provide the perfect items to complement or create the perfect look or design for any taste. He is the founder of the shop Live Like The Boy which is based in Colne in Lancashire but he also sells his wares online so make sure you check out his website. I wanted to find out more about ‘The Boy’ and luckily Ashley agreed to answer my prying questions. Here is what he had to say…