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Make 2014 a year of timeless colour: beautiful paints from Belgium

New year: which means new must-have decorating colours for 2014 from those in the know: for Pantone, it’s a slightly stomach-turning shade of purple/pink they’ve named Radiant Orchid (for me, it’s not a shade that suits the cold light in northern hemisphere homes – though down in New Mexico, Marie from Breaking Bad would’ve been mad for it). For Dulux, 2014’s colour is a much more livable-with shade of Teal, whilst Farrow & Ball suggest a rather lovely deep blue balanced by shades of stone, warm grey and apple green.

If you’re in the mood for some more paint colours that will appeal for far longer than 2014, do take a look at the inspirational Emery & Cie shades, which are rich, timeless and striking:

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Based in Belgian, Emery & Cie produce their ultra-matt acrylic emulsion and gloss paints in these atmospheric, strong shades, all designed to make your walls sing. Take your pick from their handpainted paint charts:

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….which and come either as the pure colour (two above), or as a shade chart depicting each pure colour diluted with a specific quantity of white (two below):

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Beautiful: the perfect choice for classic paint colours. Visit Emery & Cie for more info and to discover the rest of their collection (exquisite wallpapers, tiles, ironmongery, furniture, lighting………all for the wish list!). Enjoy! Jx

Gehry comes to London: Battersea Power Station

For years, as buses and trains ferried me across the River Thames and back, like many Londoners I watched as the magnificent Battersea Power Station stood empty; occupying a huge, derelict wasteland site, right on the banks of the river, all the while looking like this:

Work started on the long overdue redevelopment in Autumn 2012 and the consortium have just announced today that two of the world’s leading architecture practices, Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners will be working together on the site’s regeneration, creating residential homes along what will be known as the High Street, leading to the completed Power Station looking something like this:
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[images, Battersea Power Station redevelopment consortium] 

Whilst Foster + Partners architecture is integral to the fabric of this city: it’s impossible to go far in central London without coming across some of this remarkable team’s work (think: Canary Wharf Underground station; City Hall; the Great Court at the British Museum, the Millennium Bridge just as a start), this will be the first time that a Gehry building has been built in London. Gehry Partners’ work challenges our conceptions of what form and shape a building should take, working within its chosen landscape; altering it, always thought provoking yet supremely functional, whether the practice is creating a world renowned art gallery, such as the Guggenheim in Bilbao, northern Spain (below), or a restorative space for cancer sufferers and their families (Maggie’s Centre, Dundee, two below).

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[images, The Guardian

Take a train trip into London any day at the moment, and the skyline will be dotted with dozens of angular cranes creating new buildings: some wonderful to look at, others more… interesting (the under-construction skyscraper, so-called the Walkie-Talkie caused a stir this summer with its car-melting properties…).

I can’t wait to see how the Gehry vision, together with the Foster vision, translates into creating part of what will be a completely new area in south London to explore and discover; relax and live.

Lovers of blue and white, part IV: reinterpreting Japanese ceramics

Continuing my love of blue and white, (see previous posts here, here and here) I’ve just come across this new concept by Japanese design studio nendo, which has worked with Gen-emon to create a new series of porcelain tableware. Gen-omen is one of Japan’s most respected and long established traditional porcelain kilns, and nendo has taken some of their classic motifs, from small florals to geometric shapes; keeping the signature (and much loved) blue/white colour combination but playing with scale and the elements of the patterns to reintrpet the designs for today’s living:

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[all images, Designboom; products by nendo and gen-emon

By playing with the possibilities of pattern to plain; blue on white to white on blue, and using traditional motifs, the porcelain is beautiful both individually and as an eclectic group of several pieces. From plates to bowls, pots to spoons, this collection is definitely on my wish list!

Colourful, textured, covetable: West Elm comes to London

Super-popular in the US and coveted by those in the know around the world, American interiors giant West Elm is set to open its first ever UK store this autumn on London’s Tottenham Court Road, W1. Here’s what to expect:

Textiles are textured, tactile and detailed:

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Tableware is designed with the same attention to detail; adding the tiniest pattern and creating pieces with thoughtful shapes turns white china into objects that demand to be displayed:

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Upholstered furniture has tight, clean lines:

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The autumn/winter colour palette zings with ornate, jewel shades of gold, peacock blue, amethyst and cobalt:

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And the scene is set for winter entertaining with mercury glass candlesticks: 

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[All images courtesy of West Elm]

The shop opens late October; happy shopping! If you can’t get to the London store, the US website does offer international shipping for some non delicate items. Visit West Elm for more details.

Sneak Peak: Heals AW13 press launch

A quick pop into the Heals Autumn/Winter press launch to preview their designs for the coming season, and design lovers are in for a treat: in the autumn Heals will unveil a completely new lighting department in their flagship West End store, filled with stunning lamps made from a huge variety of diverse materials and in all shapes and sizes, from breath-taking flowing jelly-fish style pendants, to patchwork standard lamps and glowing chairs, as well as a fabulous selection of accessories from ceramics to textiles:

These delicate ceramics with their dip dye caught my eye:

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The jelly fish light had everyone gasping in amazement:
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….quite lovely and surprisingly relaxing to watch as it ebbed and flowed….

There were lots of glass pendants – some with a decorative trim:

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One for me: I do love coloured glass vases and bottles:

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Fabulous cosy textiles:

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Individual patchwork lamps:

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…. and a modern-day kitchen chair: one for the most important diner in the house: …

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I’m also particularly excited about the work Heals are doing with Out of the Dark – this fantastic charitable social enterprise recycles and revamps salvaged furniture, simultaneously training disadvantaged young people in craft, DIY and work skills. Check out this fab coffee table, below – and do click on this Out of the Dark link to find out more about this inspirational project.

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[All products from Heals, all photographs Find the Details] 

Which designs appeal to you most? The products will be in Heals stores and online in the early autumn and beyond. Until then, enjoy the summer! Jx

Pale and interesting or bright and bold? New Earthborn paint shades for A/W 2013

If, like me, you love the versatility of paint, then don’t miss the new colours just launched by Earthborn for Autumn/Winter 2013. Keeping a keen eye on emerging colour trends, Earthborn’s palette of 60 shades includes deep warm reds and inky blues for those who love darker hues:

Earthborn paints, via findthedetails.com

These warm shades (colour names include Fruit Salad and darker Ruby Ribbon) create a cosy, autumnal look, whilst the deep blue Button Tin, below is offset with soft lilacs, taupes and creams (try Damson Mousse and Lily Lily Rose).

Earthborn paints, via findthedetails.com

Earthborn paints via findthedetails.com

Perfect for fans of sunny yellow: don’t miss this retro citrus shade, Daisy Chain, above.

Greys and gentle pinks are also having a moment right now: this colour story below is inspired by the Yorkshire Moors and includes colours such as Inglenook, Tuffet, and Cat’s Cradle:

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And there can never be enough pale blue paints: here styled up in a kitchen, these soft blues include Gingham and Dorothy, but the shades would work equally well in bedrooms and bathrooms: Earthborn paints via findthedetails.com

[All images, Earthborn]

All Earthborn paints carry DEFRA’s EU Ecolabel, (awarded to high quality products meeting strict environmental and product standards) and the colours come in several finishes, including Ecopro emulsion; Claypaint which has a natural clay content and a soft mellow finish, and Eggshell, suitable for woodwork.  

See the full colour range here, and do let me know: which is your favourite?

Happy Friday! 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:

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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:

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

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

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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:

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[all images M&S Home]

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

Architecture News: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2013: launch week

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, an annual temporary structure in the heart of central London, draws architecture experts and lovers from around the world during its brief life in Kensington Gardens. The temporary nature of the building is key: its impermanence allows its architects to create awe-inspiring spaces that challenge our perception of what, in fact, makes a building.

This year the architect in question is internationally highly-respected Sou Fujimoto, and he has chosen to create a mysterious, airy, confusing, awe-inspiring space made from thousands of latticed thin steel poles: 

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[Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2013, designed by Sou Fujimoto, Image credit Iwan Bann

These poles give the pavilion an ethereal semi-trasnparent appearance both on approach and within: it was important to his design that the pavilion is set within the leafy surroundings of Kensington Gardens. Fujimoto, describing his design work: ‘A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and man-made merge…. not soley architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two’.

Visit the pavilion until 20 October, for more information about The Serpentine Gallery click here. 

Let the sun shine: Spring 2013 trends at Marimekko

Happy post-Easter week to you all, and on this, another, grey grey Friday I’ve decided to go hunting for Spring, as it looks as though it won’t find me this year. For sunny, cheerful fabrics that make you and your rooms smile, Marimekko is hard to beat, and so if you’re as fed up with grey skies as I am then dive into their new Spring 2013 collection.

With a global fanbase that’s been increasing since the 1960s, Finland’s iconic Marimekko has done it again this year; their new fabric and home decor collection zings with colour and bold pattern. I’ve taken a shine to their cheerful fruit-filled Kompotti fabric; you also find elements of this design on a new tableware collection:

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And everyone’s favourite floral, Unikko (originally designed in 1964 and still one of their best-selling fabrics for both homewares and accessories), is now available in this welcome mix of blues, soft sage green and white:

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Other fabrics in the new collection feature painterly techniques that create vibrant patterns for this summer:

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When it comes to clothes, their fashion is not for the colour-shy, but will any sneaker-lover be able to resist Marimekko’s new collection for Converse?

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Converse’s classic high top and a new, more feminine platform sneaker get the Marimekko treatment, with designs in several of their classic patterns available through Converse and at some Marimekko stores from this spring,

Shop for Marimekko fabrics and home decor at their standalone shops or concessions: check their website for suppliers close to you (currently there are no online sales through their website).

Let’s hope the sun shines soon, and happy weekends to you all.

Just in: Chic, easy-to-live-with homewares at Loaf

Just in time to catch the first tempting rays of spring sunshine (at least round these parts, the sun is trying to make an appearance after months lost….) is the new collection from Loaf.

From sturdy painted kitchen tables to soft rugs and covetable, squishy cushions, materials are natural (wood, metal, linen) and colours span a gentle palette from subtle neutrals (greys, creams, off-whites) to modern pastels.

Here’s my pick of the best:

Loaf - Bobbin bed is priced from £645 for a double low-res

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A modern take on a traditional bedframe above; whilst textiles are textured; colours soft: love both the bedroom rug and generously sized feather-filled linen cushions…

Loaf - Dolly storage trolley £295 low-res Loaf - High Wire storage unit £155 and Geronimo chair £145 low-res

Bathroom pieces include metal trolleys and locker-room storage: a gentle interpretation of the currently on-trend industrial, utilitarian look

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There are plenty of dining tables, plus mixable dining chairs…

Loaf - Snow Compact kitchen table is priced at £395, Geronimo metal chair is priced at £145, Cafe au Lait chair £115 low-res

Loaf - Splay kitchen table priced from £895 low-res

This delicately decorated bedlinen below is a favourite: slightly folksy, slightly Scandi, but yet (phew!) not twee: the design successfully captures the look of vintage linen:

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All images from Loaf

Predominantly an online business, Loaf started out in 2008 with a capsule collection of well made, well priced, chic beds and have taken it from there. Take some time out to browse their site for the full range and let me know what you think; some pieces are already there whilst others will be in stock shortly.