Category Archives: Just In

White goodness: stunning handmade ceramics by Emma Alington

Browsing the many inspirational stands at Design Junction a few days back, I spotted Emma Alington and spoke to her about her latest collection of handmade ceramics.

After graduating in 2013 with a first-class honours degree in Ceramic Design from Central St Martins, Emma took the brave step of setting up her own business. Now working from her studio in Berkshire, England, Emma designs and creates her own ceramics collections.

Beautifully crafted, each piece is tactile and functional. Choose from cups and mugs in three sizes (tiny espresso, medium cup and larger mug) plus several sizes of carefully crafted bowls, and plates and a jug.

The china comes either in white or decorated with a shimmering gold rim, and finished with a simple black heraldic motif:

 

How to choose? I’d opt for the upmarket gold rimmed designs for celebration china (they would make ideal wedding gifts) whilst the microwave and dishwasher-proof white design is a treat to use every day.

Shop directly through Emma’s website or search for stockists; you can also contact Emma for bespoke commissions: www.emmaalington.co.uk .

 

 

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Best buy – winter toned baskets

The first snowfall here in a couple of years and the countryside has ground to a halt, with winter making its presence felt once more both indoors and out. A day spent snowed in reinforces my awareness of everyday life’s clutter: these fabulous felt baskets in tones of cool ivy and charcoal grey suit today’s mood perfectly….
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With stiff sides, the baskets hide much from view, and I love the contrast stitch detail. Sold as a set of three, £52 from Nordic House.

 

Shades of autumn at Zara Home

Get set for autumn at Zara Home: you’ll find an abundance of animal prints, balanced with textured plains:

Zarah Home bedlinen via findthedetails.com

fringing, chevrons and feathers….

Zara Home bedlinen via findthedetails.com

White and creams brought to life with oranges, rusts, and reds:

Zara Home tableware via findthedetails.com

Navajo-style stripes:

Zara Home throw and blanket via findthedetails.com

And lots of metals, such as this mirrored table set… This appeals, as it’s sold as a set of three tables, yet works just as well as one single console or side table:

Zara home table via findthedetails.com

And in the bathroom, the textiles and accessories are, as always, a strength: this autumn you’ll find pared down versions of their wilder patterns in softer tones, plus roughly textured baskets, stools and storage:

Zara Home bathroom accessories via findthedetails

[all images, Zara Home]

All just in, at Zara Home. Happy September! Jx

Just in: Arkiv wallpapers by Sandberg

Combining both the best of both old and new design processes, Swedish wallpaper design house Sandberg has drawn on a wealth of archive material – both their own and sourced from Sweden’s rich architectural and design history – to create their first digital wallpaper collection.

Launching this spring, Arkiv includes fifteen different highly detailed patterns: pictorial designs of trees and chairs; buildings (in particular the Nordic Museum) and architectural elements such as doors; as well as maps, Japanese woodblock prints (highly popular in 19th Century Sweden), and digitally reproduced images of popular Sandberg designs and sketches:

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.comFrom the top: Justus, Gunnars Stolar, and Nordiska Museet from Chaper One: Architecture, Arkiv collection, Sandberg

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

From the top: Georg, Tang and Botanica from Chapter Four, Sandberg Archive, from the Arkiv collection by Sandberg

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Top: Hiroshiges Regnskyar and below, Eishi, from Chapter Three: Japanese Woodblock prints, from the Arkiv Collection by Sandberg

My favourites are these two, with their very different but equally calming tree motifs:

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Sandberg Arkiv papers via findthedetails.com

Top: Carlsbergs Trad, and below: Eden, both from the Arkiv Collection by Sandberg

[All images, Sandberg]

The Arkiv collection launches this spring; visit Sandberg for detailed global stockists information.

Sneak peak: John Lewis Spring/Summer 2014

Take a break from silver, glitter and sparkles this pre-Christmas week and mellow out with a sneak look at the beautiful press shots from John Lewis’s spring summer collection for 2014. There are two key trends; Expressions, which combines materials (wood, upholstery fabrics, wallpapers) in warm, detailed and textured neutral shades with others (glass, metallics, soft furnishings) chosen in flashes of contrasting brights: orange-hued copper (copper is definitely having its moment), citrus yellow; warm rose; rich purples and blues:
01 John Lewis Heming Sofa, Expressions Cushions (1)

The Brushstrokes wallpaper is a particular favourite; new for this season; shown here in Smoke colourway, the pattern is also available as an upholstery/drape fabric. The painterly Expressions framed prints are part of the new range; styled here alongside Content by Conran side tables (they come as a nest of three for £199), and a Heming sofa in Porto Grey.

05 Why Wood Dining Table, and Chairs

Why Wood circular table, £399; dining chairs, £125 each

02 Expressions Tall Vase, Hurricane Lamp

Accessories include: Rose gold hurricane lamp, £12; pink hydrangea stems £30 for 3; purple and blue tall glass vase, £35; copper bowl, £5, all John Lewis

Also new in store this spring is the Croft collection: think upmarket utilitarian; traditional crafts; nostalgia (but without any twee-ness…) in a 21st-century-pleasing palette of soft neutrals, blues and greys:

17 John Lewis Croft Cushions, and Throws

Tiny check stripe cushions £20 each; basket weave throw, £70; reversible cashmere throw, £110; natural ribbed knit throw, £80; all from the Croft collection by John Lewis

16 John Lewis Perth Chair, Sparrows Cushion

Perth armchair, £900; Sparrows cushion, £28; cream bottle vase, £35; Charm Lily rug, £125, all John Lewis

12 John Lewis Croft Tableware

Croft tableware: jug, £22; tumblers, £4.50 each; dinner plates, £10 each, ceramic ivory cutlery, from £3.50 a piece, all John Lewis

14 John Lewis Croft Utility-1

And there are plenty of products to make your utility area scrub up nicely: whitewash wooden crate, £35; dustpan and brush set, £29; platters, from £15; storage jars, from £6; dolly pegs, glass brushes, glass cloths and jug, all from John Lewis

18 John Lewis Joanie Butterfly Bedlinen, Basket Weave Throw

Natural Joanie butterfly double duvet cover, £80; tiny check striped cushions, £20; light grey basket weave throw, £70, all John Lewis.  

All photographs, John Lewis

The products will be in store in the New Year; till then Happy Holidays, Jx

Sneak Peak: M&S Autumn/Winter 2013 home collection

With the skies grey and the airy blustery, the new autumn/winter ranges which are currently launching are looking as though they’d be right at home now during our ”summer”-time months. So wrap yourself up and relax with this preview of what will be in store this winter at M&S:

leather armchair

Shades of the club house: colours are deep, dark and warming; materials natural (leather, glass): just accessorise with open fire, magazine and dog (optional)…. There are unexpected, quirky details, such as this vintage-style lamp with bird motif:

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Delicate tableware includes these Lace bowls:

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Whilst for more practical, everyday use, go for the new compact range of bamboo furniture:

bamboo furniture

The collaboration with Conran contines with new furniture and accessories; cosy up in this deep Wollaston Loveseat:

loveseat conran desk m and s

Two of this year’s passions – grey and ombre (or is it dip dyeing?) – come together to create  these sultry, elegant glasses:

glassware

The best elements are decorative, detailed and patterned, as seen below, from the ornate metal ceiling light to the bed, with its deep buttoned headboard upholstered in tactile, neutral fabric. Finish the look with textiles and details in a mix of patterns and prints drawn with nostalgic or natural motifs:

bed

[all images M&S Home]

[products in store from early autumn onwards, contact M&S for details]