365 Objects Of Design

Whale Plates

whale of a time plate

  Aren’t these whale plates just gorgeous? As many of you know I don’t like things to be too symmetrical and matchy matchy and I love the idea that the pattern on these plates carries across. Add to that the black and white design and subtle gold rim and I’m sold. They are part of…

Coral and Bone: new lifestyle store

carved cows head and bird cage frm coral and bone

Now this is a good place for that Christmas shopping… Look what I have found. This new online store, which has only just opened, has a great collection of eclectic and funky stuff which, not only do I love, but (and this is important) I haven’t seen all over everywhere else. Coral and Bone is…

Brass Shelf and Wall Lights from Schoolhouse Electric

brass shelf from schoolhouseelectric

Have you come across Schoolhouse Electric? They’re an American company which I have kept an eye on for some time but have held off writing about as their site mentions only US delivery and I know that many of you are in Europe and the UK. But I can resist no longer. Not least because…

Reclaimed Tiles from Bert and May

vintage cement tiles

I love patterned tiles and reclaimed and vintage are among the best. Now, obviously the tile you choose can be dictated by how many are in stock and how big an area you need to tile but, having said that, there is a certain vogue for patchwork tiles at the moment so they don’t necessarily…

Storybook Tea Towels

storybook tea towel by heather alstead

Wouldn’t these make the perfect Christmas presents? I really wouldn’t mind receiving a tea towel if it was one of these. Drying the dishes has never been anybody’s favourite task, but you’ve got to hand it to the designers, they really are trying their damndest to ease the pain with increasingly imaginative tea towels coming…

Formica® Inlay Tables

sea-jade-sideboard

It’s Formica® but not as we know it. Last week I ran a post on the return of Anaglypta wallpaper and how it’s becoming cool again. Well judging by the reaction of some people you’d think I suggested a wholesale return to the 1970s General Strikes and all. There were, in the interests of fairness,…

Coloured Shape Light by Sabrina Fossi

coloured shape light by sabrina fossi design

Oh how I love this light. You know I love a joke or a trompe l’oeil or a hint of the unexpected, call it what you will, and this cartoonish lamp completely appeals. It’s by Sabrina Fossi Design and the idea is that the classic shape serves to highlight its purpose: light. It has to…

Objects of Design: & Tradition

and tradition mayer pink sofa

A couple of weeks ago I showed you the rather fabulous offices of Danish company Butchers & Bicycles with its monochrome colour scheme and gorgeous furniture, much of which came from another cool Danish firm called &Tradition. Well, today I thought it was time to have a closer look at them. Founded in 2010 by Martin Kornbek…

Objects of Design: Copper Chair by Blu Dot

real good chair by blu dot

I love this chair. Made from powder-coated steel it’s basically a flat pack piece of furniture. You simply fold along the lines to assemble. The copper patina will age naturally so it will become more and more beautiful with time. The copper would be my favourite, and, I appreciate that at £299, it’s a hefty…

Objects of Design: New Kitchen from Ikea

PE340004

Today, Ikea launches its first new kitchen for 25 years. Metod (disappointingly pronounceable if you ask me) will replace Faktum, found in so many homes up and down the land. The modular system can be configured in pretty much any way you want – according to Ikea they got to 400,000 combinations before they stopped…