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Lives of the (usually) rich and (sometimes) famous….

If you’re bored at your desk and fancy a bit of household snooping that will leave you with raised eyebrows (and possibly the need to breathe deeply after viewing), then check out the wonderful and yes, sometimes weird, homes of the designers profiled on the admirable The Coveteur:

Manolos: just line them up on your geometric black/white stairs, after you’ve let your three year old loose with a sponge roller and some pink paint: no one will notice this decorating faux pas!

all images courtesy of The Coveteur 

It’s impossible not to admire their unique styling methods (shoes on china? shoes on stairs?) but the amount of STUFF these (usually) successful designers own frequently makes me want to lie down in a nice, empty, white room…. What do you think?

 

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Emerging Textile Designers, Sofa.com

Whether you are personally involved with textile design or simply shopping for curtain fabric in John Lewis, there’s no escaping how many fabrics there are in existence.

The constant challenge facing designers, from textile students to global companies, is to create new, original fabrics. Whilst fabric house archives are fantastic for initial inspiration, the new design must push boundaries, whether those are of colour combinations, pattern intricacy or behind-the-scenes production methods, whilst simultaneously remaining a design that we’re going to want to live alongside.

So Sofa.com‘s latest competition is great news: they’re celebrating the best emerging textile designers with their current competition to choose a fabric design that will become one of the latest upholstery fabric options for their sofas, chairs, beds and footstools.

Alongside the main judging panel, there’s also People’s Vote for shortlisted nominees, giving us the chance to vote for our favourite fabric from their final selection of 15 (plus there’s a chance to win £1000 to spend at Sofa.com)

I’ve narrowed mine down to a shortlist of four, see below…

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Isabel Crossman (above) was inspired by Slim Aarons’s images of the 1960s jet-set…

Natalie Raines (below) also looked to the 1960s, siting the bold yet simple Swedish designs from this period as her inspiration:

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Sarah Victoria Roberts (below) coral-inspired fabric is a repeat pattern in easy-to-live-with modern neutral tones

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Emily Thompson (below) mixes the bold colours of Morocco with motifs sourced the Arts & Crafts and Art Deco movements.

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Which ones do you prefer? You can see all the nominees and vote for your favourite directly on the Sofa.com website here

Cockpit Arts – Open Studios Nov/Dec London

The supremely talented designer-makers who form Cockpit Arts are opening their doors for some ultra-special shopping at the end of November. A great place to kick start any Christmas shopping, come here too to be blown away by the talent: as well as ceramicists, stationers, home furnishing experts from textiles to lighting, there are also plenty of designers creating jewellery and clothing for adults and children.

If you can’t make it to their two London venues during these open studios (dates and details listed below) then do click on Culturelabel: the makers from Cockpit Arts have just started using this wonderful resource to sell their products online.

Here are some of my favourites for both Christmas, gifts and the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the products above are designed, produced and created by members of Cockpit Arts.

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios are taking place at their studios in Holborn 30 Nov – 2 Dec, and in Deptford from 7 – 9 December. See http://www.cockpitarts.com/shopping-events for detailed info.

(Background info: Cockpit Arts is a social enterprise that’s been helping artists and craftspeople develop their businesses since 1986. Culturelabel curate and collect art and artist-designed products, sourced from UK-based and international galleries, museum stores and  more)