365 Objects Of Design

Gold Lustre Cups

gold spotty cups and mugs from lunalighting.co.uk

After yesterday’s stripes it seemed only fair to look at spots today. Aren’t these pretty? Made by Anna Perring, of Luna Lighting, these are the latest addition to her range which also includes lots of tea light holders. Anna is based at Cockpit Arts, a studio in Bloomsbury which provides affordable studio space and support…

Striped picnic blankets and cushions

grey striped garden cushions from nordic house

It’s been nearly a week of sunshine (not that I’m counting or anything) and operation fantasy garden is in full swing. I’ve found the perfect elegant lounging chair, some great accessories for eating outside and now this gorgeous quilted picnic blanket and cool striped cushions. I’m not one for bright colours and florals so it’s…

Picnic with Plumo

eat outdoors by plumo

There’s no going back now. I have unpacked the deck chairs and cleaned them off. Never mind that I was wearing thick sweater while I was doing it, the sun was out, the sky was clear and I have banished winter from my garden. All this lovely weather makes me want to eat outside. I…

Inuk Design from Greenland

inuk design greenland

When I started this blog I wanted to show you products and designs that you might not otherwise find yourselves. I also wanted to help the smaller designers and manufacturers reach a wider audience so they might increase sales and you might be able to find those individual pieces that give your home its personality.…

Garden Lounge Chair

metal lounge chair garden

I hardly dare think it, let alone write it, but perhaps, just perhaps it is time to think that summer might be around the corner. There is blue sky with fluffy white clouds, there is a yellow orb peeking shyly out from behind them and the lawn definitely needs mowing. This metal lounge chair is…

Raven Hanger

raven hanger by Ingibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir.

As those of you who follow me on twitter may be aware, I was recently invited to Iceland to visit DesignMarch, the annual design and fashion fair, now in its fifth year. I wrote about the event last year for The Financial Times and was thrilled to be invited to see it for real last week.…

Zinc Topped Furniture

vintage and zinc furniture from quirky interiors

Now you know we like to mix it up a bit here at the Mad House, so after yesterday’s ultra-modern customised Ikea kitchens, it’s time for a little industrial vintage. Which, incidentally, I would totally put into a contemporary Ikea kitchen. I don’t know why I’m saying “would” since I have done just that but…

Customise Your Ikea Kitchen

custom made grey doors for an ikea kitchen from superfront

We’re all familiar with the concept of the Ikea hack, a design phenomenon that is even supported by the store itself, but until now it has been mainly about DIY versions. I know people who have repainted their doors, or even had new ones made and spray painted. I bought the cupboards but sourced my…

Tractor Seat Stools

tractor seat stools from fade interiors

Look! Just look at these. Height-adjustable stools made with old tractor seats. I have been looking for something like this for ages. Ever since the vintage Singer sewing machine stool snapped in half (I’m blaming the eldest child for swinging on it) we have been hunting for a suitable replacement. The old Singers ones seem…

Universal Expert

sebastian conran's universal expert collection

Created by Sebastian Conran (son of our Tel) Universal Export couldn’t be more British and yet I discovered it for the first time when browsing round the newly opened London branch of US store westelm. The name is a play on Universal Export, the fictional import-export company of James Bond which is a moniker that only…