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
Kitchen’s don’t come much cooler than this! The Playground collection was designed by Roberto and Ludovica Palomba for Italian kitchen brand Elmar Cucine. Presented for the first time at Milan Design Week this year, Playground is a modular kitchen, which allows planning freedom and customisation for domestic spaces, whilst at the same time bringing a
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
The trend for personalisation has been gathering pace over the past few years as consumers react against standard issue products and search for something that is more tailored to their own personal needs or that will allow them to express their own personal style. As people seek out more unique ways of decorating their homes
Last week I had a lovely email from Caroline over at Bubbledrum introducing me to her lovely site. It is not an exaggeration to say that I was in awe of all the lovely products that they stock and I just couldn’t understand how I had never come across this fabulous little shop before. Owned
If I were to ask you what is being advertised here what would your guess be? Mine would be the latest haute couture collection from one of the world’s top fashion houses. Don’t you agree? To me this looks like a fashion shoot straight from the pages of Vogue, ELLE or Marie Claire. To a
Photo credit: Alexander Fanslau Burgeoning urban populations have led to city dwellings becoming increasingly smaller and as a response many designers are seeking to create furniture that has a smaller footprint, is multi-purpose or that can be folded away for easy storage when not in use. With his Private Space furniture collection German designer Jannis
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
A few weeks ago I interviewed Leatrice Eiseman, colour expert and executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, for INSIDE, the monthly newsletter produced by WAN Interiors. I asked her all about her prediction for colour of the year 2011, her advice on how best to use this new hue and how she goes about
I’ve been meaning to write a post about the proliferation of birds in interiors for some time now. And today I have finally got round to it. I was going to make the post quite broad and include fabrics, decoration and soft furnishings but when I started collecting images I realised that there were more
Have you ever wondered what happens to all those old tyres once they have worn thin and are discarded by motorists? Well, they’re made into a funky range of eco-products for your home apparently. Or at least that is what one innovative company does with them. Tread employs talented artisans who use their traditional crafts
In a recent post about the trend towards knitting in interiors I featured some great furniture, flooring and lighting. Since that post I have come across quite a few more knitted homewares like the hand-crafted wool rugs and poufs by Gandia Blasco and this amazing wallpaper by Surface View, which takes the knitting
Recently I came across these gorgeous padded leather wallcoverings by Italian company Studio Art and I fell in love at first sight, especially with the range above. Admittedly, it is quite a masculine look and quite dark, but I think when used sparingly the effect could be quite dramatic. For example, I think this would
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Victoria Redshaw, MD and Lead Trend Forecaster at Scarlet Opus all about the trends that she predicts will be influencing interior design this year and into 2012. The interview was published today in Inside, the monthly newsletter produced by WAN Interiors.
So unfortunately I am not at Imm Cologne at the moment, as much as I would love to be. But I still intend to cover it in as much detail as possible from the comfort of my teeny weeny home office here in Bristol. As I logged onto Facebook this morning I was excited to
Having recently rediscovered the ability to embed videos into my blog I thought that these films may be of interest. There are two short clips from Deutsche Welle’s Trends 2011 series. The first one is about the interiors and architecture trends we can expect to see in 2011 and the second is about furniture and
Following my previous post on the trend for knitting in interiors I couldn’t resist posting a follow-up when I came across these fantastic wool poufs and rugs by Spanish company Gandia Blasco.
The sumptuous decadence of burlesque has been present in interiors for some time now and I am a big fan of this trend. And whilst I believe that incorporating too many cabaret-inspired products into an interior scheme can be overkill and indeed gaudy and somewhat tasteless, I think that when used sparingly it can make
Many people may not think that graffiti constitutes art and I’m not going to get into that debate here. I personally am a big fan of graffiti, but only when done creatively. I certainly do not agree with the mindless vandalism caused by people simply spraying their tags all over the city. There is nothing
One of the things that is so great about IKEA furniture, apart from its reasonable pricing, quality materials, and ease of assembly is its “hackability”. The furniture is mostly quite simple or minimalist and so lends itself to being adapted and modified to transform it from flat-pack furniture into something far more bespoke.
Whilst researching an article I was writing recently I was sent some information on the trends we can expect to see in the coming year with regards to lighting. The information came from the trends and forecasting department of SeymourPowell, a global design and innovation company, and detailed five key trends that will be lighting
I posted a comment on the Facebook group for ShelterPop the other day in response to a discussion over the whole E-book Vs real books debate. I am proudly sitting on the fence refusing to make a choice between the two. In fact I’m selfishly indulging in both, and sometime at the same time. And
For the January issue of Designer magazine I wrote an article about how the tough economic climate has prompted consumers and specifiers to opt for more long-lasting, better quality flooring products that have a reduced impact on the environment. Flooring manufacturers are stepping up to meet the sustainability challenge and we are now seeing a
So firstly I would like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed all the festivities. I realised today that I haven’t posted anything yet this year and I apologise for this but I have been pretty busy working on some articles that I