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…

Hooked by Buster and Punch

hooked by buster and punch lifestyle.jpg

Inspired by the lifestyle of 80s rockstars and custom-made motorcycle owners, Buster + Punch is one of my favourite new design studios. Founded by Massimo Buster Minale, the company operates from a Battersea railway arch and a brand new store in Stockholm. The pieces are dark and sexy and unmistakably rock and roll. But they’re…

Swimmer Plates by Alice Mara

swimmer plates by alice mara from cavaliero finn

Remember the London Olympics when we all tried to get tickets and mostly failed? Or ended up with seats at things we never really thought we fancied. But then remember how in the end it was all so exciting that we loved it anyway, even if we never thought that dressage, boxing or synchronised swimming…

A Desk byAlex

A desk byAlex from occa-home

Inspired by the clean straight lines of the modernist period, A Desk is the latest piece from the studio of Alex Swain, whose earlier creation, A Stool, has been featured on these pages before and hailed as a contemporary classic by The Guardian. Both pieces owe their existence to the classic entrepreneurial spirit that I…

Fluted Glass Table Lamp

fluted zahra glass table lamp from rowen and wren.jpg

Remember the days when a bulb was something that had to be hidden in a lampshade at all costs? The outrage when the very first eco bulbs came in and they were so big they stuck out of the top of every shade? And how in the end it wasn’t the shades that got bigger…

Storybook Tea Towels

storybook tea towel by heather alstead

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 onto the market. I have featured the work of Heather Alstead before and I love her witty hickory dickory clock so…

In Praise of the Glass Jar

mason jar light from uniche interior furnishing

When it comes to versatility the humble glass jar might just be the winner. I, perhaps rather boringly, have them on my shelves for storing things. But it turns out that they’re so much more than that. Recently I have seen them in hotels where they are used as lighting, as cocktail shakers and in…

Piano Rolls as Wall Hangings

vintage piano rolls make great wall hangings

Hanging pictures on the wall is all very well but what about these for something different. Vintage piano rolls from The Mint List. Each one is different and you could hang just one in an alcove or group together a small number for more impact. The perfect present for any piano players in the house…