Volume II

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

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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…

Objects of Design: Wooden Rug

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Believe it or not this is not the first wooden rug I have seen. I was going to buy one from Seletti a few years ago but realised that it was quite thick and that if I forgot to step up onto it I would stub my toe, so I abandoned the idea for practicality’s…

Objects of Design: Scoreboard Coathanger

scoreboard coathanger from e-side

Hall storage: always useful especially at this time of year when you might have the odd guest. Hall storage is a vexatious issue because everyone wants something different so I make no apologies about returning to the subject on a regular basis. I have already featured the rather ingenious Hat Tree which is adaptable and extendable…

Objects of Design: Swedese Furniture

swedese log bench

Continuing the best of the Mad House, I really did enjoy learning about this company. Amid all the shouting about the Paris trade show Maison et Objet 2014, there was one name which seemed to keep popping up or, perhaps once I had noticed it it seemed like it was everywhere. That name was Swedese,…

Objects of Design #364: Leather Wall Tiles

leather wall tiles by studioart for rubelli

Earlier in the week, I ran a post on the return of Anaglypta wallpaper which proved as polarising as I expected. But then I was sent details of these leather tiles, which I’m happy to predict will not provoke such a strong reaction (well not until you see the price anyway). So it got me thinking…

Objects of Design #363: Storage Stool Magazine

use old magazines to make a stool like this one from hockenheimer

Now I don’t know about you, but my house is being taken over by magazines. And not even gradually. There is a pile of half-artfully half out of control on the coffee table. There is a (growing) stack under the coffee table. By the bed. On the empty chair at the end of the kitchen…

Objects of Design #362: Danish Lighting

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I came across this Danish lighting company a couple of weeks ago and loved their products. They create modern interpretations of classic lamps which are as functional and sleekly beautiful as you would expect. The lamps above and below are part of the Caravaggio collection designed by Cecile Manz. Made from metal and available in…

Objects of Design #361: Design Vintage New Collection

weekday blackboard in seven sections

Design Vintage sells a wonderful mix of vintage, retro and industrial pieces and when owner Lisa Brass emailed me the other day to show me pieces from the new collection, I thought they would be perfect for the blog. As a trained interior designer, Lisa mixes up all the above styles with some natural tones,…