Tag Archive for design classic

The Househunter 25/4/14

tickerage mill via savills

Time for our weekly dose of fantasy househunting. So where shall we take our dream wallets and accommodating bank managers this week? Well how about to this newly built property in Wandsworth, south London? It’s on the market with The Modern House for £1,695,000 and has four bedrooms arranged over two floors. I love this idea…

Design Classics #44: Safari Chair

choose from a leather or canvas seat

This chair was inspired by a picture in a travel guide to Africa and has been a design classic since it first appeared in 1933. Kaare Klint was inspired by a British Officer’s chair he had seen in a travel guide for Africa. Apparently, he particularly liked the picture in which the author of the…

Design Classics #27: Arco Light

It was, in the end, perhaps the Lamp wot won it. Following the revelation that Samantha Cameron had bought a fake Arco for her new kitchen at No 10, Michelle Ogundehin, the editor of Elle Decoration, was outraged. Writing on her blog, Ogundehin called Cameron  “cheap, hypocritical and fake”  adding: “That’s all we need, the endorsement…

Design Classics #25: FAB Smeg Fridge

Wallace and Gromit have a SMUG fridge in their kitchen. There’s also one in EastEnders, a show not usually noted for interior design. But despite the gentle ribbing, the Smeg fridge is still an object of desire for many and is, without a doubt, a modern design classic. So widely recognised is it that it…

Our First Competition: Win A Stelton Coffee Pot

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED 9/04/12 To celebrate the two month anniversary of Mad About The House, those very kind people at LLUSTRE.com have donated a rather fabulous Stelton Cafetiere to be given to one lucky winner to be chosen at random. You have until Monday to enter. How to get your hands on this Design…

Design Classics #15 :Duralex Glass

Hands up if you drank from these at primary school? Thought so. These French glasses are a design classic found in French bistros and schools the world over. Rumour has it there is even a picture of Osama bin Laden holding a Duralex glass. The school version is called the Gigogne – slightly rounded and…

Design Classics #14: The Cafe Daum Coatstand

  If you can tell a design classic by how often it is copied, then the Cafe Daum hatstand surely has the credentials. From its illustrious beginnings in 19th century Viennese cafe society, versions of it can now be found on Amazon for about 20 quid, which is actually rather sad. It is perhaps the…

Design Classics #13: The Ercol Butterfly Chair

It might look like a fairly standard kitchen chair but the Ercol Butterfly was groundbreaking when it first launched. What’s more, the clean, simple lines of postwar British design are still as fashionable today as they were 50 years ago. The chair’s designer, Lucian Randolph Ercolani, arrived in London from his native Florence in 1894.…

Design Classics #11: The Tolix Bistro Chair

  The Tolix chair, a favourite of cafes and retro kitchens all over the world, was designed in 1934. It was meant to be outside in all weathers, which is why there are holes in the seats – to allow the rain to drain off. It was immediately popular, not just in cafes, where right…