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Aria: contemporary, design-led homewares for 2013

A recent desire to revisit of one of my favourite parts of London, Islington: now an interiors shopper’s paradise, but for me, years ago was simply home: somewhere I lived and played as a small child. A little fun with filters on these images, and the shot of the Mini (shame it’s not an original model) plus the communal London square (empty here but filled with children when school is over) brings the memories back…. If I were to display these shots at home, they’d have to slot into a perspex photo cube: (Remember them? No? Click the link! Hilariously retro) they were perfect for helping your photos fade happily together….

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Nostalgia over, let’s go back with a bang to stylish 2013 with a focus on Aria. Set in an atmospheric hall in Islington, Aria has recently overhauled their website so you can shop their interesting mix of classic, contemporary, design-led homewares wherever you live.

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The high ceilings of Barnsbury Hall provide a stimulating backdrop for their mix of furniture, lighting, ceramics and tableware…..

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Expect to find design classics alongside work from young, super-talented up-and-coming designers: I I love these geometric patterned cushions by the highly regarded designer Tamasyn Gambell:

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Whilst their own Aria Selection range includes contemporary pieces, such as this Embrace coffee table / storage:

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As well as smaller pieces: this French-made Aria Selection china, with its simple dip-dye pattern and block colours, is right on trend:

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All images courtesy of Aria 

Do pay Aria a visit if you’re in the area, or visit their website, if like me, you don’t live round the corner….

Patterns spring 2013, OKA china

It seems we are going mad for patterns this spring, and OKA’s folksy, decorative, colourful Florya china range, part of their new Spring 2013 collection, is right on trend.

Say goodbye to boring white, and embrace these vibrant plates, bowls and mugs….

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With several patterns and colours to choose from, I love the fact the china is sold individually, rather than as a set: leaving us to buy the pieces we wish for, in the patterns and colours that coordinate with what’s already in our kitchen cupboards.

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Florya tableware range, from £7.50 for a sideplate, all available from OKA (0844 815 7380) 

Geometric patterns, Natural angles

Two wintery walks in completely different environments today and yesterday gave me the opportunity to take these images… The first is along a disused railway track in rural Sussex….

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The second just outside London Bridge station, looking upwards on this sunny day at the brand new Shard building….

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A reminder of whether natural or man-made, sometimes the world around us can be more similar than it originally appears.

The angles in both pictures got me thinking about the popularity of geometry in homeware product design currently: there are lots to choose from, but my current favourites include those by Mini Moderns and FermLIVING.

Mini Moderns new cotton dhurries come in fab, zingy patterns and shades:

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Whilst FermLIVING’s geometric patterned homewares, including trays, ceramics and cushions, are styled in muted shades: find them at Cloudberry Living.

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New Rugs by Scion

One of my favourite launches of 2012 is the new brand Scion: and they’ve just added a new, vibrant range of rugs to their collection.

Their first fabulous fabric and wallpaper collection, Melinki, features bright, colourful designs with a balanced mix of both bold and delicate patterns. Now they’ve added a range of rugs that take aspects of these existing patterns and run with them: bursting with colour, some are highly patterned, others geometric, and all are filled with clever shade and textural combinations and/or contrasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All images courtesy of Scion. Rugs available from selected stockists around the UK from November onwards, contact Brink & Campman for more information. 

(A little bit of background for those who like it: Scion is part of the same family as Harlequin; both are part of luxury interiors furnishings group Walker Greenbank PLC. The rugs are designed in house by Scion and produced by Brink & Campman, Dutch rug manufacturers, in both the Netherlands and India, depending on their composition).