Inspired by mid-century design with an influence from 1970’s Lunby dolls houses and the simplicity of Scandinavian graphics, surface pattern designer Rachel Powell makes some absolutely lovely wallpapers. She graduated in 2011 from the London College of Communication with a degree in Surface Design and now she specializes in print for interiors. You may have seen her
A few weeks ago at New Designers 2012 not only did I spot the amazing work of Jessica Hogarth, who I featured last week, but right next to her stand was the very talented Louise Tiler whose work also really caught my eye. Louise is a surface pattern designer who creates the most beautifully intricate
Now firstly I must apologize that it has been far too long since my last colour psychology post. When I originally launched this series of posts I intended to run them quarterly hence the series being called Karen’s Quarterly Colour Psychology Questions. However, as many of you know, I got married in April so my attention was somewhat
I first came across the work of Jessica Hogarth at this years’ New Designers at The Business Design Centre in Islington. She was exhibiting in the One Year On section and I was immediately drawn to her stand when I spotted the gorgeous Coastal Cottages wallpaper that she has recently launched in her NOTHS.com shop.
I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned this on the blog before, but until about a year ago I used to volunteer for Age UK. When I first moved to Bristol I decided that it was about time I did some charity work. I was a little apprehensive as I didn’t really fancy shaking
Designer Nico Yektai has been on my radar for a long time now and I really love all the unique and quirky pieces that he makes. His work is unlike anybody else’s I have come across and I have long wanted to find out more about him, his inspiration, design philosophy and manufacturing processes. I
Mini Moderns is an interior brand that I have been following with great interest and admiration for some time now. Specialising in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics, this creative duo never disappoint and every new design that they bring to market is equally as good, if
Scandinavian design has been increasingly dominating home interior trends in the UK in recent years. We British have grown very fond of the clean-lined and useful products that are often made from natural materials that seem to feed our need for emotional comfort. I myself am a huge fan of the design traditions that have filtered through
One of the things I love most about being a design writer is getting to interview the people behind the designs. No matter how great a design is, I usually find that you can never fully appreciate it until you have heard the story behind it direct from the person who created it. In Britain,
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you have all had a great weekend! For today’s post I thought I would feature a really inspirational story. At the moment we are inundated with doom and gloom and sometimes that can get us down a bit. But there are also some absolutely fabulous things going on out there,
As most of you will know by now, I recently started writing for Freshome, one of the biggest and best home interior and residential architecture blogs on the web. Luckily for me that means that my work is read by a far greater audience than I can reach with my own blog. With that in
For my latest article for INSIDE, the monthly newsletter produced by WAN Interiors+Design, I was lucky enough to interview the lovely Ilse Crawford. To hear all about what has influenced her work, and how the human perspective is an integral part of her design philosophy you can read the full article here.
I’m happy to say it’s that time again! October presents us with our quarterly opportunity to interrogate colour expert and consultant Karen Haller about the psychology behind the use of colour in interior design. Karen has already given us an insight into yellow and grey in the two previous posts that have been part of the Karen’s Quarterly Colour Psychology Questions series. And
A while ago, I was lucky enough to interview designer Giles Miller for INSIDE, the monthly newsletter produced by WAN Interiors. The interview featured in issue 7. Below you can read the full interview in Q&A format.
Anthony Hughes is a young surface designer and trend forecaster who has recently graduated from Huddersfield University with a BA Hons in Surface Design for Interiors & Fashion. He was selected to exhibit at New Designers this year and his work was shown at Part I. Whilst I was unable to go see Anthony’s work
Shaker Kitchen from DeVOL Back in March I invited colour expert and consultant Karen Haller to take part in an interview all about the colour yellow and its use in interior design. The post has been a massive success, one of the most popular of all time in fact, and because of this, Karen and I have decided to
For the June issue of the newsletter sent out by World Interiors News I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazingly talented designer Lee Broom. You can read the interview in Q&A format below and for those who are interested you can view the full article in the newsletter here.
So it’s Monday and the start of another week. I hope you are all well rested after the weekend. I have a great post for you to kick-start the week, one which I have been seriously excited about all weekend. For anyone who is not aware of Made.com I seriously recommend that you read on
As you may or may not know, I’m heading out to Helsinki Design Week in September and I’m already finding it hard to contain my excitement. I’ve never been to Finland before and I can’t wait to see what the city has in store for us design geeks as it prepares to take on the
Heath Ceramics have teamed up with House Industries to bring us these gorgeous 3D clay house numbers celebrating the legendary Neutra and Eames fonts.
For the latest edition of INSIDE, the monthly newsletter produced by WAN Interiors, I was lucky enough to interview Sean Sutcliffe, the co-founder of British furniture manufacturer Benchmark. Here is the interview. Thirty years ago, the modern British furniture scene was dominated by small designer makers and lacked any real retail presence. Sean Sutcliffe, co-founder
I first discovered Lars Contzen back in December 2008 when I interviewed him for Designer magazine. You can read that interview here and find out all about how he uses colour, pattern and form in his surface designs. Anyway, earlier this year I noticed that he was again involved in some very exciting new projects,
For the latest edition of INSIDE, the monthly newsletter produced by WAN Interiors, I interviewed Samuel Wilkinson about his Plumen 001 award-winning designer lightbulb for Hulger. The annual Brit Insurance Design Awards hosted by London’s Design Museum is widely considered to be “the Oscars of the design world.” The competition showcases the most innovative and
Image 1. Janicskovsky‘s Photos on Flickr Image 2. Lemon Cookies via Pinterest (source unknown) Image 3. Lemons via Decor8 I’m not really one to follow trends, I tend to stick with what I like and what appeals to me on a personal level rather than following fashion. However, just sometimes there are a few trends