Tag Archive for objects of design

The Perfect Storage Desk

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As much as I love the idea of a simple trestle table or industrial trolley for a desk, I also know that I’m an inveterate hoarder. A creator of piles. A stuffer of drawers. As often as I tell you that you can operate with nothing but a simple table – yes I do work…

City Coat Rack

london city coat rack by michael rosing

Now these are fun. Coat racks in the shape of city skylines. There are around 40 to choose from, although before you get too excited, they’re designed by Michael Rosing for German company Radius Design, so we’re talking about 32 German cities and some others. But the others are a good selection of the big…

Pastel Cushions from Holly’s House

holly's house blue and grey cushions

The Mad House has been a fan of Holly’s House for a while now. A home accessories store which offers an interior design service as well, it was founded by Holly Wick, a graduate of the KLC School of Design. Holly has been sourcing unusual products both vintage and contemporary for her store for a…

The New Craftsmen: Celebrating British Design

ceramic bowls from the new craftsmen

Aren’t these just beautiful? They’re by Sylvia K ceramics and you can buy them at The New Craftsmen, a recently opened store (both in real life and online) which hunts out some of the best British designers and makers from around the country and brings them together in one place. The New Craftsmen currently represents…

Recycled Garden Furniture

white garden furniture from john lewis

There was a brief spell of sunny weather a couple of days ago. Did you see it? Did you sit in it more to the point. It seems to have gone again now but, in the hope that it will return I found this the other day and wanted to show it to you. It’s…

Freestanding Kitchen Unit

freestanding kitchen cupboard from westelm

Now I’m not normally one for painted furniture and the retro look but I would totally make an exception for this. Along with wanting a black kitchen (something it turns out that many of you desire too) I would like to have only freestanding units. It’s hideously impractical I know. I have enough trouble retrieving…

Table To Go

table to go

It’s no secret that I love a clever bit of multi-tasking and this powder-coated steel coffee table is just that. Designed by Christian Flindt for Design Letters & Friends, the pale grey table comes with a strong blue or dark grey folding handle. It works as a side table, coffee table or bedside table, the…

Save or Splurge Leather Armchair

Leather chair chrome arms Karl Chair from Oka Direct

For the third installment of Boom/Bust I wanted to look at leather chairs. I have wanted a battered leather armchair for years but there never seemed to be enough money floating around when I saw the chair and on the rare occasions I could have found the money, I couldn’t find the chair. In the…

Bert Frank Brass lighting

bert frank desk light brass

As there is gentle talk of the recession being over and the housing market picks up again, many designers and makers have spoken to me about business returning at long last. But as one said to me last week, this time people want to spend their money on items that will last. There is a…

The Book Bath

kellybook bath from alternative bathrooms

Oh look at this. And on a Saturday morning too. I don’t know about you but despite the fact that there is a large and luxurious free-standing bath in my house I never ever take a bath. But I probably think about it quite often. A bath is, these days, for most of us a…