Objects of Design #155: Lombok Stool

brass decorative stool from lombok

When it comes to bathrooms, there is one piece of furniture I always want in there (apart from the obvious) and that’s a stool. Perfect for resting a glass of wine or cup of coffee when you’re lounging in the bath. Great for draping a towel next to the shower so you don’t have to…

Objects of Design #154: Roca Bathrooms

urban basin from roca

Another month, another series. This time we are focusing on bathrooms and to kick off we’re looking at Roca, a Spanish company founded in 1917 in Barcelona. It began by making radiators and gradually branched out into cast iron baths, porcelain and finally taps. Now, for those of you planning a bathroom who think a…

Objects of Design #153: Rope Handled Candle Holder

rope handled candle holder from handpickedcollection.com

So as this series of Objects of Design comes to a close (starting tomorrow it’s all about bathrooms) it seemed fitting to end with a candle holder. Now, as much as I love dining by flickering candlelight, I’m always terrified that they’re going to fall over and set fire to the house, which is the…

Objects of Design #152: Boho Rug

boho rug from roseandgrey.co.uk

Made from cotton, this fabulous monochrome rug measures 230cm by 160cm so it’s large enough to sit under many kitchen or dining tables. It’s also a practical colour as the slightly mottled effect means it won’t show the crumbs. I have a very elderly Persian rug under my kitchen table and it is, as my…

Objects of Design #151: Work in Progress Plates

work in progress plates from re-foundobjects.com

I love these plates. They’re called Work in Progress and if you look closely you can see why. They were inspired by 19th century pattern books and come in six different designs. Now, given the price £21 each, I probably wouldn’t buy a whole set, which might look a little too much on the table…

Objects of Design #150: Carafe and Drinking Glasses

Jeevika and Laksha carafe and glasses from nkuku.com

If you are a fan of white crockery (as I am) then you can afford to introduce a little pattern elsewhere and these glasses are perfect for that. Made from recycled glass, they are pleasingly heavy and contrast well with the ultra plain carafe. They’re from Nkuku, a company that works to promote and develop the…

Objects of Design #149: Drinks Trolley

drinks trolley from idyll home

Time was the idea of  a drinks trolley was undeniably retro and not in a cool way. But they seem to have worked their way back into our affections again. Perhaps they are now retro in a cool way and I want one. Especially now that you can find great ice buckets and carafes and…

The Househunter goes abroad (II)

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The Househunter developed a taste for the high life last week and continued to look at properties abroad. This week Venice, Toronto and Uruguay. Which one will you like most? GRAND CANAL St Marco Venice Price: €2,500,000 Agent: Venice Sotheby’s Realty  They say: Exquisite original apartment with double salon, formal dining room, four bedrooms, two…

Objects of Design #148: Bamboo Desile Folding Chair

bamboo desile chair from clippings.com

Another folding chair that can hang on a wall and doesn’t take up much space. Now this one is slightly less a work of art than the first one, but it’s also slightly less a price too. This one is made from sustainable bamboo and can be folded out in either direction so you could,…