Objects of Design #54: What a Corker

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  Cork is having a bit of a trend moment this year and I love the simplicity of this mirror, which reminds me of the shape of the mirror that my Grandmother used to have on her dressing-table ( minus the handle) but created from a more modern material. Well, modern when it’s used for…

Objects of Design #53: Pharoah Pendant Light

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The beautifully twisty Plumen 001 bulb was everywhere last year and now there is an equally lovely shade to go with it for those who feel that a naked bulb will never be quite right. This deceptively simply shade looks like a mirror when the light is off and looks like a plain reflective, or…

Objects of Design #52: Photosynthesis Lamp

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I just love the idea of this lamp. Created by Israeli designer Meirav Barzilay it’s a metal grid into which you plant the vine of your choice and, as the plant grows it creates a natural lampshade. Simple. Clever. You must use an energy-saving bulb though as that provides the right sort of light. The plant isn’t…

Objects of Design #51: Trifold Mirror

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How often have you wished you could just bend the edges of the mirror to get a better view? I know I have. This beauty solves that problem and manages to look both modern and retro at the same time. It measures 39cm high and 85cm across so that’s also plenty of space for more…

The Househunter 19/4/13

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This week The Househunter found her dream abode in London, then popped down to Kent for a breath of modern air before flying up to Scotland for a little Baronial tradition. ST ANNE’S COURT Soho London W1 Price: £3,600,000 Agent: The Modern House They say: Extremely rare example of a freehold in the heart of…

Objects of Design #50: Mad About Cushions

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Well you can see why I had to include these can’t you? Designed by Barbara Coupe, who started her textile company in 2002, these cushions, and others from her collection, have been featured in several glossy magazines. I’m very tempted to ask her to create a Mad About The House version for me …. I’ll…

Objects of Design #49: Tea Towels of the Week

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  There are some chores which remain boring which ever way you look at them and drying up is certainly one of them. Despite that, I must confess to a sneaking love for tea towels. No. I don’t know why either. Maybe it’s because they are affordable bits of loveliness. Some people put a lot…

Monochrome Magic in Holland

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On the recent blogtour trip to New York, I met Dutch blogger Desiree, of Vosges Paris and she has kindly allowed us to have a nose around her fabulous home in Amsterdam, which like Desiree herself, is dressed almost entirely in black and white. As fellow lover of monochrome, I am delighted to welcome her…

Objects of Design #48: Leaning Shelves

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For anyone who rents their home or who thinks they may have to move in the not too distant future, the issue of storage is always a vexed one. The renters need portable stuff they can take to the next place, and the owners need to wrestle with the question of whether to build and…