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New moods – furniture for autumn/winter 2017

With thoughts turning indoors as autumn progresses, I’ve been drawn to some recent new furniture launches. It’s easy to underestimate how a smaller piece of furniture can alter or influence the look and feel of a room: and the well-thought-out designs of these simple, versatile chairs and tables will bring modern style and comfort to many rooms.

Nordic House have just launched a capsule collection of sleek, contemporary metal-framed chairs that bring an instant update without taking up huge amounts of space. The Odin chair has a black or Cognac-coloured leather seat; the Butterfly chair comes in black or brown leather:

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Luxe leather butterfly chair in black £450, Nordic House 

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 Odin leather chair in cognac, £545, Nordic House 

 

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Log and kindling table, £395, Nordic House 

Tall, compact side tables (not console tables) are hard to find, so I’m delighted to discover two styles this month. The log and kindling table at Nordic House (above), made from wrought iron with a wood top, gives wood-burning stove lovers a contemporary alternative to the traditional fire-side basket – and provides extra surface space for lamps, mugs etc…

For a more pared-down design, the streamlined Copenhagen tray table by Danish design house Norm Architects is lightweight and comes with handles so it is easy move around, should you wish to move it from room to room. It’s also the perfect height to sit beside a high bedstead (antique beds + modern mattresses are often too tall for modern bedside tables), or in a hall; as a drinks table, or on a terrace or balcony for groups of pots plants.

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Copenhagen tray table by Norm Architects from Menu, £179.95, Clippings.com 

Spotted at Design Junction, Design House Stockholm‘s new Wick chair, below, is a curvy, comfortable chair that sits as well as a desk as it does at a table, and was inspired by plaited Swedish wood baskets. Visit their website for local stockists and online sales.

 

All these shots of stoves are prompting me to light mine now, so happy shopping! Jx

 

 

 

 

 

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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 .