365 Objects Of Design

Black Bowl with Spoon

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I always say that I don’t like soup. And it’s true I don’t crave it in winter like some people do. It’s not my comfort food of choice. That would be lasagne. But sometimes soup is what I need. And, let’s be honest, I’m a sucker for a gadget and this bowl is that. I…

Copper Cafe Chairs

copper chair on navy wall

  Saturday breakfast. The one day of the week (well ok one of two) when you can afford to laze around over breakfast. Put jam on your toast. Have a second cup of coffee. Slowly. And laze about with the morning papers in French cafe bistro style. These simple chairs go rather well with that…

Lighting by Jonathan Adler

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Jonathan Adler must be wonderful to meet in real life. He is clearly one of those people who always knows the right thing to say. Sadly I missed the launch of his groovy new London shop earlier in the year so I didn’t get the chance but today I wanted to give you his words…

Leather Daybed

leather daybed

There’s something about a daybed. I don’t know what it is but I just love the idea. Perhaps it’s the thrill of an illicit lie down in the middle of the day. Perhaps, as in the case of this one by Antonio Citterio for Flexform, it’s just the beautiful and simple pared back design. After…

Hearts and Skulls from Anatomy Boutique

Anatomy Boutique, Mexican Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Wallpaper £120 www.anatomyboutique.com (Simon Midgley PR)

Aren’t these great? They’re by Emily Evans, who spent ten years as a freelance medical illustrator and teacher of anatomy, before setting up the Anatomy Boutique. I love these cheery Day of the Dead skulls, but check out red wallpaper below. It’s actually hearts. Emily started creating bespoke products for customers who wanted something a little…

Navy Quilted Chair

navy quilted chair

Like many of you I have been conducting a secret flirtation with navy blue – secret only because I still love grey – but the site of this chair means I may have to confess all and bring my affair into the open. It’s navy, it’s quilted with dark wood and I love it and…

The White Company General Store

glasses from the general store

It feels extraordinary that The White Company has been going for 20 years. An idea that was so groundbreaking back then is now an accepted part of how we live; layers of white, different textiles and a simple, yet luxurious, feel. To celebrate that anniversary, the company has launched The General Store, a collection of…

HB Pencil Lamp

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What with all this talk of schools and getting organised and so on, it felt like this was the perfect light for the time of year. The HB Pencil Lamp is by the husband and wife team Michael & George, otherwise self-styled as Designer & Delegator. There are two versions; the tall floor lamp, which…

Freestanding Bath

freestanding bathtube concrete wall from westonebathrooms.com

It’s Saturday so it must be time to relax and perhaps sink in to a bath for that relaxing soak you’ve been promising yourself all week if only you had the time. But you probably won’t get round to it. I know I never do. I look at that beautiful freestanding bath all week and…

A Desk for a Home Office

desk by ebbe gehl at john lewis

So now that both children are at secondary school and I am determined to reorganise the spareroom so that it works as a home office for me (as well as him) the issue of finding a good desk seems ever more pressing. On a trip to John Lewis to buy school shoes last week (now…