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PATTER N & COLOUR 114 Palette An all-indigo scheme, plus eight ways to work this sophisticated shade in your home COVER IMAGE: INGA POWILLEIT (WILD LIFE, P186)

128 WIN! A selection of home accessories worth over £5,000 131 Report Design historian Lesley Jackson tells the story of the long-standing British love afair with pattern 137 Material world Make a style statement by filling your home with a vibrant mix of patterns, prints and colours 147 Report We delve into our archive to find – and share – our brightest and most inspiring features from the past 25 years

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T H IS MON T H’S CON T R I BU TOR S Lesley Jackson Profession Writer, curator, historian Feature A brief history of pattern, p131 Influences The 1950s and ’60s; there was an explosion of creativity after the war. I’ve spent years researching this fascinating era and there’s still lots more to learn. My house is furnished almost entirely with post-war furniture and textiles, which are a constant source of inspiration. I can’t get enough! Favourite design object It’s hard to choose, but I’ll plump for a large ‘Mother Pumpkin’ pot by Kate Malone. It has a fabulous shape, a wonderful kinky curling handle and stunning crystalline glazes, both inside and out. It’s pattern, form and colour combined

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Jennifer Goulding Twitter: @JennyGoulding Profession Writer Feature Quiet beauty, p196 Likes In no particular order: books and independent bookshops, especially Nomad in Fulham and Mr B’s in Bath; my daily cooee; a nap (I’m aware that makes me sound about 80); the Saturday papers Interiors style I’m not a fan of anything too ornate or fussy. I prefer clean lines and simple designs, but I also like some colour and pattern Perfect day My family enjoys visiting Lucknam Park hotel in Bath, so having all of us there with my toddler in good spirits would be lovely

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Some of my personal favourite colours for the home…

This month, continuing our 25th anniversary year of celebration, we’ve taken a closer look at pattern and colour – two things that I believe no happy home should be without, but that many avoid for fear of getting it wrong. Admittedly, the wholesale adoption of pattern, as seen in our shoot on p137, is a rather larger commitment than merely contemplating a nice new cushion – but as our biannual Pattern Books prove repeatedly, there are so many fabulous prints out there that it’s almost a crime not to choose at least one for use somewhere in your home. My only caveat is that wallpapers work to maximum efect when applied to a single wall that’s uninterrupted by doors, windows, alcoves or funny angles, while fabric is best contained as a signature piece of upholstery or drapery, or as a repeated detail via smaller accessories. But when it comes to the use of colour, I get very excited. My personal mantra has always been to think of paint like make-up: easy to apply, fun to use, simple to change, so what have you got to lose? I love the stage in any redecoration project when that first roller full of a new hue hits the wall. It’s such an optimistic moment as you witness rooms being almost instantly updated or completely transformed. So why are so many people afraid of it? As the French artist Fernand Léger once said: ‘Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water.’ Indeed, colour has the power to afect our emotions, to soothe or excite. It can render rooms cool and calming, or heat them up. The point being, if you don’t use colour, you deny yourself the opportunity to make your home really work for you. And when I speak of ‘colour’, I don’t mean going all out on a vivid orange lounge

‘INVESTIGATE WHICH COLOURS YOU REALLY LOVE AND THEN GO FOR IT. BE BRAVE AND PAINT A WALL TODAY’ ‘Blackened’ by Farrow & Ball: the perfect palest light white blue grey

‘Light Blue’ by Farrow & Ball: really a slightly greeny blue grey

‘New Lime’ by Mylands: the colour of my front door

or crimson bedroom; the subtlest tones can have an enormous impact too. Lest we forget, the study of colour therapy dates back to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India, so it’s not just interior design wafe! Put simply, the energy relating to each of the seven core colours of the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) is said to resonate with the seven main chakras, or energy centres, of the body. In short, colour can heal – physically, spiritually and emotionally. So if this issue inspires you to do one thing this spring, let it be to investigate which colours you really love and then go for it. Be brave and paint a wall today; I guarantee it’ll make you happy.

Editor-in-Chief PS We singled out indigo as our hue of choice for this month’s Palette (see p114), as it’s the colour that relates to the brow chakra, which is associated with individual responsibility, integrity and trusting one’s intuition. No surprise, then, that this is a universally appreciated colour, utterly timeless and a historical favourite.

‘Spring Breeze 1’ by Dulux: a glorious yellow with a twist of lime

PPS It’s always best to build up to using colour one wall, ceiling or surface at a time. I recommend working it as complete walls – that is, paint your skirting boards and any decorative rails or trims too. Don’t just frame patches of plaster, paint the whole damn thing! Follow me on Twitter @MOgundehin Join me on Facebook

‘Fire Cracker 1’ by Dulux: a proper deep blood red (great for the inside of cupboards)

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‘Lampang’ cushion, £68

‘Palisade’ dinner plate, £20

SHOP SMART There are few places we’d rather spend time shopping than Anthropologie’s beautifully curated stores. Having taken London and Edinburgh by storm, the American homeware and fashion emporium has opened a branch in Guildford, Surrey. Spread across a five-storey historic building, it stocks the inspirational selection of furnishings and accessories we have come to expect from the brand, including this botanical-print ‘Lampang’ cushion (top). With another outpost scheduled to open in Bath in May and a product collaboration with interior designer Kit Kemp planned for autumn, this high-street hero is one to watch. 149 High St, Guildford GU1 (anthropologie.eu).

‘Chanda’ rug, from £58 for 60 x 90cm

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Do it now! Book a place at ‘DM25’, the Design Museum’s series of talks to celebrate its 25th year. This month, director Deyan Sudjic talks to Thomas Heatherwick about his past and future projects (including the Garden Bridge planned for the River Thames) and what’s next for his design studio. March 24; Shad Thames, London SE1 (dm25.org).

H A P PY F E ET Not only is a soft rug perfect for sinking your feet into after a hard day’s work, it’s also an ideal way to bring colour and pattern to your living room. Our pick has to be premium-rug specialist Golran’s new ‘Triangles’ collection by Bertjan Pot. Taking the ancient kilim weaving technique as a starting point for creating geometric patterns, the designs are hand-knotted in a luxurious silk-and-wool mix. Available in an array of contemporary colours, they’re guaranteed to liven up your lounge. From £1,850 each, Moroso (moroso.co.uk).

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4 ‘Strappy’ reclaimed fir table, £495, Loaf (loaf.com) 5 ‘Penny’ ceramic jug, £35, Habitat (habitat.co.uk) 6 ‘Leblon’ patchwork cushion, £75, Mumo (mumo-uk.com) 7 Scrap-wood ‘Trash Cans’ by Piet Hein Eek, £170 each, SCP (www.scp.co.uk)

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D AY S L E E P E R Looking for an alternative to a sofa? Then invest in a day bed. From classic designs in soft, buttery leatherbyItaliancompany Busnelli (1) to modern reimaginings by Another Country(2)andcocooning formsbyStockholm-based Mass Productions (3), we’ve spotted plenty of options that look good, ofersupremecomfortand will provide a focal point for any room. 1

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An appreciation of tea involves much more than steeping a humble teabag; there are now plenty of ways to embrace the drink’s exotic side. Design duo VW + BS – Voon Wong and Benson Saw – have released the ‘Silt’ ceramics collection (4). The pieces are made of unglazed purple clay, which softens water for better-tasting tea. Meanwhile, beauty brand Fresh has launched a ‘Black Tea’ treatment lotion (2), which contains fermented black kombucha tea to protect skin from the damaging efects of free radicals. Natural medicines expert Dr Simon Jackson has created a trio of herbal teas that includes the delicious ‘Expedition’ (3), a mix of rooibos, antioxidantrich baobab and honey. Finally, try out two new afternoon teas: a British-themed spread in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House (1) and an experience with a ‘seasonal tea library’ at The Modern Pantry (from £19.50; themodernpantry.co.uk). 1 Tea at the Royal Opera House (from April, £37.50; roh.org.uk/tea) 2 Black Tea Age-Delay Treatment Lotion, £38, Fresh (020 7486 4100) 3 ‘Expedition’ tea, £15 per jar, Dr Jackson’s (drjackson.co.uk) 4 ‘Silt’ ceramics, from £44 for four cups, VW + BS (vwbs.co.uk)

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Don’t miss! The Classic Car Boot Sale at the Southbank Centre will see more than 100 traders sell their wares from the back of vintage vehicles lined up along the banks of the River Thames, along with street-food vans and DJs playing vinyl records from an open-air Routemaster bus. March 15–16; Belvedere Road, London SE1 (vintagefestival.co.uk).

COOL CUISINE Throw some shapes on your kitchen work surfaces with these sculptural chopping boards by East Londonbased designer HaidŽe Drew. Inspired by the V&A MuseumÕs silver galleries, the four-piece ÔHandledÕ collection is made from sustainably sourced bamboo. From left ‘Flo’; ‘Bar’; ‘Orn’; ‘Lux’ chopping boards, from £40 each, Haidée Drew (haideedrew.com)

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Wine and cheese – most of us love consuming both, but how many of us really know much about either, let alone how to combine them to best advantage? These courses will fill the void. • Experts from Paxton & Whitfield, famous for its historic cheese shop on London’s Jermyn Street, lead a masterclass at the nearby St James’s Hotel and Club. The three-hour session takes place on Saturdays and will introduce you to pairings of British cheeses, seasonal food and a variety of wines. The price includes a three-course cheesebased lunch, wine tasting and a glass of champagne, plus a Paxton & Whitfield goodie bag. £99; see online for dates (stjameshotelandclub.com). • Juliet Harbutt – known as the ‘Cheese Lady’ – is a leading authority on cheese and runs a variety of courses around the UK. We like the sound of her two-hour ‘Singing the Blues’ evening masterclass, which takes place at the Old Woolman’s House in Churchill, near Oxford, on April 16. It’s a crash course in blue cheeses made using everything from cow to bufalo milk. You’ll be able to taste 14 varieties, including some rareties, accompanied by wines, breads and condiments. £60 per person (thecheeseweb.com). • Eschewing a traditional approach based on geography in favour of a focus on the physical qualities of wine and cheese, the two-hour ‘Science of Taste’ class at London’s Neal’s Yard Dairy ofers a range of unorthodox taste combinations – for instance, Milleens, an Irish cows’ milk cheese, with sake. The next class is on April 5, but there are more throughout the year. £60 per person (nealsyarddairy.co.uk).


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B R A N D WAT C H L I G N E R O S E T One brand that’s really impressed us this season is French company Ligne Roset. Known for its collaborations with leading names in contemporary design (including designer-of-the-moment Philippe Nigro), as well as its support for emerging talent, the firm has filled its latest collection with beautiful, ergonomic and comfortable pieces. With everything from graphic-print rugs and clever storage to decorative accessories and inspiring lights, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s our pick of the best pieces. 1 ‘Parachute’ pendant lights by Nathan Yong, from £93 each 2 ‘Ruché’ chair by Inga Sempé, £2,765 3 ‘Chart’ rug, £637 4 ‘Mixte’ cabinet by Mauro Lipparini, £2,758 5 ‘Owl’ floor light by Jun Yasumoto, £280. All Ligne Roset (ligne-roset.co.uk)

Do it now! If you haven’t seen the ‘Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object’ exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery, now’s the time to pop in. The American artist has transformed the space with his striking and colourful mouth-blown glass sculptures. Until April 5; 144–146 New Bond Street, London W1 (halcyongallery.com).

3 O F T H E B E S T… E A S T ER T R E ATS At the top of our Easter wish list this year is the decadent ‘London Gin’ egg by Prestat (1). Inside its beautiful box is a milk-chocolate egg full of white-chocolate trufes flavoured with gin, lemon and juniper. We also love Charbonnel et Walker’s Peter Rabbit collection, which includes these charming chocolate bars (2), and the salted caramel egg by Melt Chocolates (3) – the box features a design by illustrator Lisa Jones. 1 ‘London Gin’ Easter egg, £15, Prestat (prestat.co.uk) 2 Peter Rabbit chocolate bars, £3.99 each, Charbonnel et Walker (charbonnel.co.uk) 3 ‘Rita Rabbit’ salted caramel egg, £12.50, Melt Chocolates (meltchocolates.com)

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E V E RY O N E ’ S TA L K I N G A B O U T Q U I LT I N G Where can I see quilts? At ‘Things We Do in Bed’, a new exhibition at Danson House in Kent curated by novelist and quilting fan Tracy Chevalier. Expect to see quilts from the 18th and 19th centuries, plus contemporary pieces by artists including Grayson Perry and Sue Watters. April 1–October 31; Danson Park, Bexleyheath DA6 (bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/dansonhouse). How can I learn? Book a one-day ‘Patchwork Foundation Piecing’ class at Liberty and learn to make perfect blocks with a paper pattern. At the end of the day, you leave with a patchwork tote. The next class is on April 26 (£50; liberty.co.uk). Or, to find a local quilting group, visit quiltersguild.org.uk. What can I buy? The V&A Shop sells fabric bundles with eight pattern designs based on 18th- to 20th-century textiles from the museum’s collection. Perfect for kickstarting that project. £14 (vandashop.com).

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Judging by its ultra-slick furniture, you’d imagine that German brand Böwer was a young company – but that’s far from the case. The firm dates back to 1888, when it was founded as a village carpentry shop; today,itsellsworkbycontemporary design heroes from Konstantin Grcic to Sebastian Herkner. The focus is on timber pieces in natural finishes and translucent colours that allow the wood grain to show through – we love the space-saving, wall-mounted ‘Desk Pad’ and the ‘Container’ storage vessels in bold colourssuchasforestgreenandred. ‘Desk Pad’ (on wall), approx £1,320; ‘Container’ vessels (far right, on sideboard), from approx £82 each, all Böwer (boewer.com)

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G R E AT DA N E S Danish brand Ferm Living is all about peppy geometric prints and cool materials. Its latest collection includes a number of covetable pieces, from beautiful brass desk accessories and posters printed on recycled paper to an organic cotton tablecloth with a quirky scribble print in indigo ( for more on this magnificent colour, see our Palette feature on p114).

4 O F T H E B E S T… EN V ELO P I N G A R M C H A I RS These cosy, cocooning forms bring together contemporary style and ergonomic design

From top ‘Pen’ tablecloth, £112; posters, from £26 each; frames, £38 each; desk accessories, from £22 for a brass pencil pot, all Ferm Living (fermliving.com)

‘Longwave’ armchair from Diesel and Moroso’s ‘Successful Living’ collection, £1,980, Moroso (moroso.co.uk)

‘P22’ lounge chair by Patrick Norguet, £1,530, Cassina (cassina.com)

Do it now! Check out the latest innovation from Philips – its ingenious ‘Light Strips’. They can be run along a shelf to add depth, under the TV to accentuate your viewing experience or around a favourite fixture for some design flair. Simply download the free app to your smartphone or tablet to control their colour and brightness, all at the touch of a button. £79.95 for a two-metre strip (philips.co.uk).

‘Hamilton’ armchair by Henrik Petersen, from £2,263, Bo Concept (boconcept.co.uk)

F E AT H E R E D F R I E N D S This month we’re lusting after designer Vicki Murdoch’s ‘Jungle is Massive’ bird cushions. The silk creations, which have black velvet backs, will make a feature of any sofa or armchair. ‘Peter the Parrot’ and ‘Barry the Budgie’ cushions, £125 each (silkenfavours.com).

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SCENT ICON A N T O N I A’ S F L O W E R S Of the innumerable floral perfumes on the market, most are the vision of a perfumer – but would they be diferent if they had been created by a florist used to working with living blooms rather than essences? Antonia’s Flowers ofers an answer to that question. Launched in 1984, it was the debut fragrance of Antonia Bellanca, a New York florist, who named it after her shop. Spending day after day surrounded by flowers had given her a heightened sensitivity to their distinct scents and she spent a long time trying to find the perfect floral perfume. Disappointment ensued; none of the commercial scents smelled, to her, like the living blossoms she encountered at work. Bellanca decided to create her own fragrance instead, enlisting the help of French perfumer Bernard Chant and asking him to bottle the kind of cool, petal-meetsfoliage-meets-earth smell that hits you when you walk into a florist’s shop. She wanted freesias, her favourite flowers, to be integral to the scent. In order to achieve this, an innovation called ‘living flower’ technology was used. This involves reconstructing the aroma of real flowers using a combination of natural and synthetic notes, based on the perfumed air that swirls around the bloom – a kind of fragrance mimicry that results in a highly naturalistic efect. The element of air is also important – in its opening notes in particular, Antonia’s Flowers has an exhilarating, ozonic quality that conjures up the sensation of sunlight and scent drifting on a warm breeze. It has none of the cloying femininity of many floral perfumes, despite its pink, daisy-stoppered bottle. Indeed, fragrance expert Luca Turin classifies it as a ‘restful, masculine lavender’ because of its cool, powdery drydown. From £42 for 50ml, Liberty (liberty.co.uk). Don’t miss! Ceramicist Edmund de Waal’s new commission, ‘Atmosphere’, for Margate’s Turner Contemporary gallery. Inspired by the landscape of clouds over the North Sea, de Waal has created a series of suspended vitrines that contain 200 celadon and grey porcelain vessels. March 29–February 8; The Rendezvous,Margate CT9 (turnercontemporary.org).

With its luxuriously soft finish, velvet is the material of the season. We love this ‘Andersen Quilt’ sofa (1) by Rodolfo Dordoni for Italian furniture company Minotti, which features beautiful velvet upholstery. If you can’t stretch to the price tag, why not give your existing sofa a style update using velvet cushions or fabric? Here’s our pick of the best.

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W H AT ’ S I N S T O R E ? Keen to invest in the best contemporary furniture? Then make sure you visit Harrods, whose homeware department is taking a new direction following the store’s extensive renovation. The recently launched ‘Harrods is Home’ concept stocks a range of brands – Tom Dixon, Amy Somerville and Talisman are highlights – and features pieces such as this sofa (above right; £1,995) from Bo Concept’s new ‘Fusion’ collection (boconcept.com). Products have been divided into four diherent themes, including decadent ‘retro glamour’ (pictured). What’s more, with two pop-ups in the pipeline – by quirky Dutch superbrand Moooi and the people behind cool London restaurant Les Trois Garçons – the store is set to become a world-class destination for interiors (harrods.com).

WHITE NOISE Two things set Unmonday’s ‘Model 4.3’ apart from the average portable speaker. The first is its hexagonal shape – you can rotate the device to set any of the panels as the primary speaker, or turn it upside down to mute it – and the second is the ceramic casing, which you can retain even if you wish to update the hardware or software. The speaker streams music wirelessly from Apple gadgets and comes with an optional leather carrying case. Speaker, £577; case, £205 (unmonday.com)

Oh, joy! Three of our favourite books have been adapted for the theatre. The book Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Faber & Faber, £7.99) is the tale of a group of boys stranded on an uninhabited island who make their own rules – with disastrous consequences. The play Matthew Bourne’s touring contemporary dance production ohers a new take on a classic tale. April 2–December 6 (new-adventures.net).

GENTLEMEN’S CLUB Valentino’s new men’s scent, ‘Valentino Uomo’, is not only an irresistibly smoky blend of white leather, cedarwood and cof cofee, ee, it’s also a design object in its own right. The striking fl flacon acon was inspired by a bottle of fi fine ne liqueur, with faceted cuts on its glass that are reminiscent of ornate brickwork on an antique palazzo. £46 (020 7494 6220).

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The book A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines (Penguin Modern Classics, £8.99) is the story of lonely Yorkshire schoolboy Billy Casper, whose life is transformed when he befriends a wild kestrel. The play Adapted by Jonathan Watkins for Sheeeld’s Crucible theatre, Kes combines dance, physical theatre and puppetry. March 27–April 5 (sheeeldtheatres.co.uk).

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The book Orlando by Virginia Woolf (Vintage Books, £7.99) spans three centuries – yet the protagonist only ages by 26 years. A key theme is gender: one day Orlando wakes up as a woman. The play Playwright Sarah Ruhl is in charge of this genderswapping adaptation starring actress Suranne Jones as Orlando. Catch it at the Royal Exchange in Manchester until March 22 (royalexchange.co.uk).

Stop press! French style icon Inès de la Fressange launches a limited-edition fashion collection with Uniqlo in March. Expect a mix of chic, comfortable designs, workwear and pieces inspired by France’s tricolore flag (uniqlo.com).

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ORIGINAL AND BEST Joining in the trend for bringing back classic designs, Scandinavian manufacturer Gubi has revived Mathieu Matégot’s fabulous 1950s ‘Copacabana’ chair and table, which showcase the Hungarian-French designer’s patented ‘rigitulle’ technique for combining metal tubing with perforated sheet metal. The chair’s comfortable organic form and sumptuous leather upholstery make it an elegant addition to any living room. For the ultimate in understated glamour, complete the look by investing in Matégot’s modular ‘Demon’ shelving system. ‘Copacabana’ chair, £1,369, and table, £689; ‘Demon’ shelving system, £1,820, all by Mathieu Matégot for Gubi, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk)

MICRO TREND TEAL Take your cue from the catwalk this month with our pick of the hottest shades of teal, turquoise’s more sophisticated sister. Appearing at Elie Saab’s SS14 show (pictured), this vivid tone takes its name from the Eurasian Teal duck, which sports it around its eyes. Rebecca Thompson, senior colour anddesignmanageratDulux–which has hailed teal as its colour of the year – recommends combining it with greens such as mint, duck egg or emerald for a fresh, natural efect, or teaming it with indigo, denim or navy for an ‘oceanic feeling: cool, dynamic and welcoming’.

Flat emulsion in Teal, £36 for 2.5 litres, Paint & Paper Library (paintlibrary.co.uk)

Flat emulsion in Teal, £39 for 2.5 litres, Zofany (zofany.com)

Shown right, from top: ‘Electric Blue’; ‘Cool State’ (narrow stripes); ‘Sea Urchin 1’; ‘Hawaiian Blue 2’; ‘Emerald Delight 3’ (on desk) matt emulsions, all £24.29 for 2.5 litres, Dulux (dulux.co.uk)

Matt emulsion in Teal, £49.91 for 5 litres, Ecos Organic Paints (ecosorganicpaints.co.uk)

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I N S I D E S T O RY R EP E T TO It may seem strange for ELLE Decoration to feature a company that makes ballet pumps – but Repetto, established in 1947, is much more than a fashion brand. Its heritage represents a unique mix of craft and culture, and its historic boutique will set interiors lovers’ hearts aflutter. Even its logo, which is suggestive of typewriter script, has an artistic pedigree, having been designed by Surrealist artist Leonor Fini (named as a Style Icon in our June 2012 issue). Visit Repetto’s Paris store – open since 1959 – on rue de la Paix and you’ll get a sense of the label’s history. Amid crystal chandeliers and crimson seating, shoes in every colour of the rainbow are laid out on glass-topped tables featuring delicate metal bases that recall the tracery of shoe ribbons and bows. Walls of pink satin pointe shoes

are a reminder that this is still a professional business – Repetto has kitted out the likes of Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Indeed, brand founder Rose Repetto’s son, Roland Petit, was a dancer and choreographer, and her first ballet shoes were created for him. It was Brigitte Bardot who made Repetto a symbol of French style. In 1956, she asked for a dance shoe to be turned into streetwear, and wore it in the film And God Created Woman; today, her ‘Cendrillon’ pump is the mainstay of the collection. In the 1970s, Serge Gainsbourg (pictured) – who suhered from sensitive feet – fell for the ‘Zizi’ lace-up jazz shoes created for dancer Zizi Jeanmaire; Repetto made him a brand ambassador. So, if you fancy following in the footsteps of Bardot or Gainsbourg, walk this way. From £185 (repetto.com).

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RAINBOW BRIGHTS Want to add colour to your world? Take inspiration from the vivid shades used for the ‘Happy Oece, Happy Home’ project in Milan by Spotti and Studiopepe for USM (above), or marvel at artist Gracjana Rejmer-Cánovas’s jewel-toned textile hangings (3), on show at Habitat’s Platform gallery. Then check out Cubit’s stacking shelves (2) in 15 new shades, including Indigo, Jungle Green and Fuchsia. Complete the look with Swedish brand Kosta Boda’s rainbow-hued ‘Oval’ bowls (1).

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SEE THE LIGHT Space Copenhagen’s ‘Copenhagen SC6’ pendant light for Danish brand &Tradition proves that great design is all about the details. The cage-like metal suspension and industrial-style rivets take the piece from plain to perfect, as does its matt finish (andtradition.com).

1 ‘Rosa La France’ mural, from £95, Surface View (surfaceview.co.uk) 2 Cellularose Nutri-Baume Intensive Relief Balm by By Terry, £68, Space NK (spacenk.co.uk) 3 ‘Cabbage Rose’ paperweight by John Derian, £55, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk) 4 ‘Rose’ candle, £20, The White Company (thewhitecompany.com)

FIVE - STAR DRAMA If you see one film this month, make it ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, Wes Anderson’s 1930s caper about Monsieur Gustave, a concierge at a hotel in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. Gustave becomes a murder suspect when a dowager dies under mysterious circumstances and bequeaths him a priceless painting in her will. With the help of his loyal friend, lobby boy Zero Moustafa, he escapes prison and goes on the run until her real will – revealing that she was the owner of the hotel and is leaving it to him – is discovered. Out now.

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Quote unquote ‘Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.’ Aldous Huxley

Pink roses are everywhere this month. When it comes to homewares, John Derian’s Victorian-style ‘Cabbage Rose’ paperweight (3) strikes the right note, or try customising a wall with Surface View’s ‘Rosa La France’ and ‘Rosa Baronne Prevost’ murals (1). For botanical inspiration, read From Marie-Antoinette’s Garden: A Horticultural Album by Elisabeth de Feydeau (Flammarion, £29.95), which focuses on the French queen’s passion for roses, both real and decorative. Relax with The White Company’s new ‘Rose’ candle (4), a quintessentially English scent, or pamper yourself with By Terry’s Cellularose Nutri-Baume Intensive Relief Balm (2), a quenching pink cream that uses healing rose extracts to replenish weathered skin.

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Glass jug, £24.21; bottle with cork lid, £20, both House Doctor (housedoctor.dk)

Laundry bag, £12.99, H&M (hm.com)

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Not many of us have the space for a whole utility room in our homes – however much we might like one – but this arrangement shows a simple, streamlined way to achieve the dream. The slim floor cupboards along one wall enable you to keep services such as the washing machine and tumble dryer hidden away in one place. Compact open shelving above is used to store essential kit, and the all-white palette radiates cleanliness and light. Recreate the look with our pick of the best accessories for stylish yet practical living. 66 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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SHELF LIFE If you’re looking for efcient storage solutions, why not go modular? Italian furniture stalwart Lema will have you decluttering your home in an instant with its latest ‘T030’ compositions. Designed by Piero Lissoni, the series of floorstanding or wall-mounted systems can be configured as you please, with versatile chests and containers as well as integrated shelving. £5,200 ( left) and £3,053 as pictured ( lemamobili.com).

M I C R O T R E N D M E TA L L I C S The latest homewares prove that the metallic trend is here to stay. Take inspiration from this glamorous take on a moody interior (below) and check out our pick of the best products for updating your home, from glossy copper surfaces to gold-embellished glassware and brass pendant lights.

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HUNG UP We love this clever take on customised wall art – not just plates, not just a landscape, but a witty amalgamation of the two. Anthropologie sells collage plates designed by Swarm, £500 for a set of seven (anthropologie.eu), or why not commission an artist to do something similar?

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Jamie Seaton is the co-founder, with his wife Jessica, of fashion and homeware label Toast (@JasSeaton_Toast; toast.co.uk). My favourite piece of music is (Are You) the One That I’ve Been Waiting For? by Nick Cave, for its capture of those pure, amazing, transcendental moments of new love. I’d like to add Schubert’s last three piano sonatas, which seem to weave their threads around our existence and render it gorgeous. The music I am currently listening to a lot is rebetika – the wild, keening Balkan blues of the 1920s, often played on a bouzouki (pictured). A greatmoderntakeonthiscanbeheard on Ciğden Aslan’s album Mortissa. One of the wonderful things about books is less that they influence one but rather that they seem to coax into the light ideas that one is already groping for. It’s almost a magical process by which one finds oneself led to just the right book, making manifest inchoate feelings or ideas, at just the right moment. Here are two: The Midnight Folk by John Masefield, which my father read to me when I was four or five years old and opening doors on the magic possibilities of the imagination; and Living by Zen by DT Suzuki, which I read when I was in my mid-twenties.

At the moment I’m reading The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos by Patrick Leigh Fermor (John Murray, £25). It’s the last book in the trilogy that tells of his walk from London to Istanbul between the wars and was put together posthumously by Artemis Cooper and Colin Thubron. It’s romantic, elegiac, erudite and very entertaining. If I had a free day in London,Iwould spend it going around the galleries. There’s a favourite Velázquez and a favourite Rembrandt in the Wallace Collection (pictured) that I visit again and again. I love Sam Fogg’s gallery, on the corner of Cork Street, which shows Gothic and medieval art. Or, for a really indulgent free day, I would have a long lunch with my wife and friends at Locanda Locatelli. My favourite destination in the world is Kyoto (pictured). I love to go to one of the Zen temple gardens in the morning before any crowds arrive. The app I love and use most is, boringly, Chambers Dictionary. I love words, their derivations, their resonances, their various uses and what they reveal of the cultures and times that use them.

H I G H - ST R E ET H I T Statement lighting doesn’t come much hotter than BHS’s stunning ‘Dexter’ cluster pendant. The steel and copperfinish design cannily rocks the outline and metallic trends in one fell swoop, and will look striking in any hallway. £250 ( bhs.co.uk). Quote unquote ‘The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it, but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.’ Germaine de Staël

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PERFECT PRINT Italian fashion house Etro is known for its lush patterned textiles, and its new scent, Jacquard, pays tribute to that heritage, weaving together contrasting notes of iris, jasmine, sandalwood and musk that recall the label’s hothouse fl florals orals and exotic paisley prints. The hand-painted bottle features a design inspired by its spring/summer fashion collection. £112 (020 7493 9004) . APRIL 2014 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK 73


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HOW TO DO… TERRARIUMS

CHANGE THE RECORD Once a recording studio frequented by music legends Prince and The Rolling Stones, the Olympic Studios in Barnes has now been transformed into an independent cinema with a stylish cafe and dining room. The cinema, whose red design is inspired by traditional theatres, has reclining seats, bespoke mini brass tables and an old-fashioned sweet shop; the industrialstyle cafe and dining room (pictured) mixes cement floor tiles with vintage bentwood chairs and copper wall lights. You might not be able to make music here anymore, but you can definitely have a good time. 117–123 Church Road, London SW13 (olympiccinema.co.uk). Quote unquote ‘Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.’ Nathaniel Hawthorne

OK CORRAL This cosseting new ‘Corral’ lounge chair by Bill Amberg for Case Furniture features the designer’s trademark soft Italian leather. There’s also a felt version, but our money’s on the leather option, which will improve over time. £2,800 in leather; £1,800 in felt (casefurniture.co.uk). 74 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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How do I do it? Terrariums should be planted in open or sealed containers depending on the kind of plants inside, says Isabelle Palmer, author of new book The House Gardener (Cico Books, £25) and founder of The Balcony Gardener. Humidity-loving succulents do well in closed vessels, while sun-loving species thrive in open containers. Place your terrarium where it will get plenty of natural light, but take care: Palmer warns that ‘direct sun can “cook” the plants’. Do terrariums need a lot of watering? Kally Ellis, founder and managing director of florist McQueens (mcqueens.co.uk), advises: ‘They like humid conditions, so keep them away from fires and radiators. Water them little and often so that the roots don’t get waterlogged.’ In a closed environment, condensation from the leaves is re-absorbed by the roots, which helps to keep plants hydrated. Tell me more… If you want more guidance, book a terrarium-making day class with expert John Newstead at Glass from the Past in Essex (next class May 17, £80; glassfromthepast.co.uk). The Balcony Gardener sells ready-made terrariums. From £75 (thebalconygardener.com)

WORDS: EMMA KAY (HOW TO DO) PICTURE: PAUL RAESIDE (CHANGE THE RECORD)

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THE ROAD AHEAD New Dublin-based organisation Roads bills itself as a ‘cultural lifestyle brand’ with no boundaries: its first projects include a perfume collection and a publishing house, reflecting founder Danielle Ryan’s broad ambitions. We particularly like these re-editions of classic titles with modern, design-led covers (£9.99 each). Plus, check out the website for recommendations of cool films, music and events (roads.co).

Stop press! Illustrator Esther Coombs is known for her intricate ink drawings and decorative upcycled products. This month, she’s running a one-day glass-painting workshop at Making Space, an arts venue in Havant, Hampshire. Take along your unwanted glass vessels, from jam jars to vases, and use specialist paints and techniques to give them a new lease of life. March 15, £48 (makingspace.org).

H I G H - ST R E ET H I T Next is working this season’s trend for all shades of green with its latest collection of homewares. The tonal ceramic vases, knitted cotton pouf and cosy checked blanket are our favourite buys from the pocket-friendly range. Ceramic vases, £14 for a set of three; ‘Pod’ pouf, £70; blanket, £25, all Next (next.co.uk)

KIDS’ CLUB Maggie & Rose is a cool members’ club for families founded by friends Maggie Bolger and Rose Astor, with outposts in Kensington and Chiswick. The idea? Just because you have children, there’s no need to compromise on style. In the Chiswick space (pictured), adults can eat pizza on the roof terrace or have cofee in the brasserie while children hang out in the play area, which is designed to look like a mini farm – and there’s even a Routemaster bus in the garden for parties. 1 Essex Place Square, Chiswick High Road, London W4 (maggieandrose.com). 76 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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“Master of the Chair”: that is how Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner is known all over the world. The CH24, popularly known as the Wishbone chair, exemplifies this with excellence. Created from pure natural materials, it is a brilliant example of Danish cabinetmaking traditions represented for generations by Carl Hansen & Søn.

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3 OF THE BEST… ART EXHIBITIONS TO SEE THIS SPRING

Quote unquote ‘Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself.’ Søren Kierkegaard

‘Cézanne and the Modern’ at Oxford’s Ashmolean museum is a showcase of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by 19 artists – including Amedeo Modigliani, whose portrait of Jean Cocteau is pictured. Pieces by Cézanne abound: expect plenty of Provençal landscapes. March 13–June 22; Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 (ashmolean.org).

‘Mondrian and Colour’ at the Turner Contemporary explores Piet Mondrian’s varied colour palette, from the earthy shades that the Dutch painter favoured in his early career to the bright suns and glowing moons of his landscapes and his later abstracts in primary colours. May 24–September 21; Margate CT9 (turnercontemporary.org).

N A M E T O WAT C H L I S A J O N E S S T U D I O Who is she? Actually, it’s a ‘they’ – couple Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood, who met studying Fine Art at Middlesex University and have been working together as illustrators for the past 14 years. These days, Underwood does most of the drawings (Jones concentrates on colour), which adorn greetings cards, wrapping paper, textiles and homewares such as clocks and ceramics. What makes them so special? The animal prints. There are cheeky monkeys and sausage dog mugs, hand-printed round wooden clocks with cat faces, and notecards depicting cute hedgehogs and owls. ‘We think we can capture their characters; everyone says how funny they look,’ says Jones, speaking on the telephone from the pair’s home, an old post mill on the South Downs. Where can I buy their work? As well as online, you can find their cards and wrapping paper at the Barbican Art Gallery, Paperchase and Twentytwentyone. Magma bookshop sells their homewares (lisajonesstudio.com).

BAGS OF CHARM Marimekko’s bright ‘Toimi’ bags are brilliant for the ofce. Part of a collection based on diferent paper sizes, this one is big enough to hold A3 sheets. Plus, it has plenty of pockets for pens, notebooks and other essentials. £185, Skandium (skandium.com). 78 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ at Tate Modern is the first show devoted to the artist’s paper cuts. They were the final chapter of his career: when ill health prevented him from painting, he started making maquettes for tapestry, ceramic and stained-glass window designs. The ‘Blue Nudes’ series (pictured) should be a highlight. April 17–September 7; Bankside, London SE1 (tate.org.uk).


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T H E D E S I G N E R M A K E R J A C K D O H E RT Y dohertyporcelain.com ‘To me, pots are exciting because of their link with people,’ explains Cornwall-based Irish ceramicist Jack Doherty. ‘They are the objects that we use every day, yet they’re not often given much thought. People think, “I’ll buy this mug cheaply because it might get broken”, but if you use objects made with love and care, they are much more personal. They connect in ways that more remote art forms, such as sculpture or painting, don’t.’ Doherty became convinced that ceramics were for him at the age of 19, when he was in his first year of studying ceramics at the Ulster College of Art and Design, after a visit to potter Lucie Rie’s house left him feeling inspired. Over the past 30 years, he has had studios in Belfast and Herefordshire, but he moved to St Ives six years ago to become the first creative director and lead potter at the Leach Pottery. Last year, he decided to leave that

position and moved to Mousehole, where he now works from his studio overlooking the sea. All of Doherty’s pieces (mugs, pots, plates and larger installations) are made from porcelain slip that contains a copper carbonate colourant, and are soda fired to create his signature patina finish. The seaside surroundings are a huge source of inspiration. ‘The colours of my pots range from stony, smoky greys to sharp turquoise with flashes of russet and gold, to reflect the changing sky and sea,’ he says of his latest collection of fine porcelain bowls, called ‘Harbouring’, which will be on show at the Ceramic Art fair in London (April 4–6; ceramics.org.uk). ‘My family were fishermen in Portrush on the coast of County Antrim and now I’ve ended up back by the sea. In a way, living in Mousehole feels like coming home; I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed it.’

WHY WE LOVE… ROOM DIFFUSERS Of late, we’ve seen a surge in launches of reed difusers, which ofer a practical alternative to candles when it comes to scenting your home. They’re low maintenance, as they work by difusing scented oil – so all you have to do is rotate the reeds to top up the scent. They will last for a couple of months, which means you can keep coming home to an ambient aroma, plus they’re more pet- and child-friendly than naked flames. Just take care not to spill the oil on porous or lacquer surfaces, as it can easily stain them. Shown here are some of our favourite new releases. From left ‘Wild Frangipani’ difuser by Ecoya, £45, Liberty (liberty.co.uk). ‘Ode’ difuser, £37, Heaven by Deborah Mitchell (heavenskincare.com). ‘Essence of Joy’ difuser, £60, Ila (ila-spa.com). ‘Etrusca’ difuser, £45, Timothy Dunn (timothydunnlondon.com)

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ercol was established in 1920 by a young Italian designer, Lucian Ercolani OBE. These pieces from the ercol Originals collection are made in our 16,000 square metre factory in Buckinghamshire, England. Ercol furniture remains renowned for integrity in desigand inimitable British craftsmanship.

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HELPING HANDS They say the state of a person’s hands always gives their age away. And considering how much you use and abuse them every day, it’s no wonder they wear out more quickly than the rest of you. However, if, like us, you dislike having greasy paws, you may fight shy of hand creams: it’s easy to find yourself just rinsing the stuf of again. The holy grail of hand treatments would smell beautiful, soften, banish redness, bestow a gratifying translucency of skin and nourish cuticles with no tacky after-feel. Does such a thing exist? Yes – and it’s called Fermitif Hand Renewal Cream SPF15 by Révive. This new potion, though pricey, is one of the best we’ve ever tried. Practical types should reach for a light lotion in a pump dispenser, such as Miller Harris’s ‘Citron Citron’, which comes in a lovely monochrome bottle and is perfumed with lemon, mint leaf and thyme. Which brings us to scent. The best aromatic hand lotions include those shown here by Aesop (mandarin orange and cedarwood) and Rodin (blissful jasmine). Or if you prefer a night-time ritual, try Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Overnight Hand and Nail Treatment, a supercharged serum whose relaxing floral aroma will help you drift of to sleep.

From left Citron Citron Hand Lotion, £26, Miller Harris (millerharris.com). Fermitif Hand Renewal Cream SPF15 by Révive, £55, Harrods (harrods.com). Lavandula Hand and Nail Lotion, £19, Penhaligon’s (penhaligons.com). Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, from £19, Aesop (aesop.com). Olio Lusso Hand and Body Cream by Rodin, £50, Beauty Works West (beautyworkswest.com). Flora No. 1 Hand Lotion, £19, Mitchell and Peach (mitchellandpeach.com). Skinesis Overnight Hand and Nail Treatment by Sarah Chapman, £35, Space NK (spacenk.co.uk). Wooden hands, £14 each, Cass Art (cassart.co.uk)

BRIT CRAFT Don’t miss the upcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy by Walpole British Luxury, a mentoring scheme for up-and-coming Brit designers that pairs them with luxury brands. In ‘Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional’, you’ll see work by past alumni – think ceramicist Billy Lloyd, textile designer Ptolemy Mann and jeweller Jessica Poole – plus the class of 2014 and live workshop demonstrations. Pictured is work by, from left, Gillies Jones, Angus Ross and Out of the Dark. April 3–5 (craftedshowcase.co.uk).

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WHAT’S HOT NOW YELLOW SOFAS

We’ve spied a trend for yellow sofas – sunny statement pieces that will really enliven your space. They come in tones to suit every taste, from understated ochre to vibrant lemon. As demonstrated here by Scandinavian brand Muuto, the colour works well when set against a calming, neutral background of wood and white. ‘Rest’ sofa by Anderssen & Voll, £2,890, Muuto (muuto.com)

‘Mell’ sofa, from approx £3,720, Cor (cor.de)

‘Tempo’ sofa, from £2,800, Natuzzi (natuzzi.co.uk)

SPOTLIGHT ON ARCHITECTURE Last chance to see ‘Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined’ at the Royal Academy, a series of installations by international architectural practices. We love this ‘Blue Pavilion’ structure by Chilean duo Pezo von Ellrichshausen: you can climb hidden staircases to look through portholes at the room’s ornate mouldings. Until April 6; Piccadilly, London W1 (royalacademy.org.uk). 84 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

Opening now ‘Living Laboratory: Richard Pare on Le Corbusier and Konstantin Melnikov’ at the PM Gallery in Ealing, a photography exhibition of some of the world’s most recognisable Modernist buildings, from Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy to Melnikov’s home in Moscow (pictured). March 21–May 11; Walpole Park, London W5 (ealing.gov.uk/pmgalleryandhouse).

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PICTURE: PETRA BINDEL (YELLOW SOFAS, MAIN IMAGE), JAMES HARRIS/ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS (SPOTLIGHT ON ARCHITECTURE, LEFT)

‘Hackney’ sofa by Wrong for Hay, £2,577, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk)


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VISION OF THE FUTURE If you’re visiting Germany over the next few months, it’s worth popping into the ‘Konstantin Grcic – Panorama’ exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum. It’s the biggest solo exhibition of the product designer’s work to date and features several large-scale installations, including his vision of tomorrow’s design studio (pictured). If you can’t make it to the show, why not invest in one of his pieces instead? Here are our top three. March 22–September 14; Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein (design-museum.de).

‘Miura’ stool for Plank, £163, Made in Design (madeindesign.co.uk)

‘Diana F’ table for Classicon, £759, Aram Store (aram.co.uk)

‘Chair One’ for Magis, £415, Nest (nest.co.uk)

Do it now! Book tickets for this year’s Brighton Festival, a three-week celebration of the arts that includes music, theatre and circus performances, plus talks and film screenings. Choreographer Hofesh Shechter is the guest director and his new dance work, ‘Sun’, will open the festival. May 3–24 (brightonfestival.org).

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REST ASSURED A change of seasons can herald disruption to your sleep pattern, especially if you’re among the third of the population that sleeps badly. ‘The Sleep Book’ (2) by physiologist Dr Guy Meadows uses a blend of mindfulness and behavioural therapy techniques to create a five-week plan to cure insomnia. At London’s Sleep School, Meadows runs day-long workshops consisting of discussion and practical exercises that aim to break bad habits (£149; next workshop April 26; thesleepschool.org). The basic premise is to teach you how to stop fearing sleep, since an apprehension of sufering can actually make it happen. Follow up at home with our must-have bedtime kit.

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1 ‘Kantha’ pyjamas, £75, Toast (toast.co.uk) 2 ‘The Sleep Book’ by Dr Guy Meadows, £9.99, Orion Books (orionbooks.co.uk) 3 Deep Relax Balm, £18, Aromatherapy Associates (aromatherapyassociates.com)

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S C A N D I S TAY Denmark has produced its fair share of influential furniture designers over the years – Arne Jacobsen, Finn Juhl, Hans J Wegner and Kaare Klint, to name a few – so next time you visit Copenhagen, why not stay at retro-inspired Hotel Alexandra, which showcases some of their classic pieces? There are design posters and framed sketches on the walls of the lobby, and the bedrooms are dedicated to diTerent creatives (the Arne Jacobsen room is pictured above left). Double rooms from approx £150 (hotelalexandra.dk). Stop press! A pub created by the founders of cool Soho restaurants Polpo and Spuntino? Yes, please. Russell Norman (BBC Two’s ‘The Restaurant Man’) and Richard Beatty have transformed the former Marquis of Granby on Shaftesbury Avenue into The Ape & Bird. Expect craft beers and (natch) top-of-the-range bar snacks. 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 (apeandbird.com).

Q U I ET M O M E N T Writer and artist Siobhan Wall is known for her books celebrating tranquil places to visit in cities around the world. Her latest one, ‘Quiet New York’ (Frances Lincoln, £13), ofers a whole new way to explore this bustling metropolis. HIDDEN CHARM

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Architect India Mahdavi’s home accessories shop is a real discovery. Tucked away on a quiet street in the Saint Germain district of Paris, it sells objects Mahdavi has used in her design projects and wanted to make accessible to the public. Characterised by her signature bold mix of colours, materials and styles, this season’s goodies feature cheerful stripes and graphic prints, and include wicker shopping baskets, umbrellas and cushions. ‘This collection is about breaking the indoor/outdoor barrier,’ Mahdavi says. ‘I try to find a balance between masculine and feminine, the city and the countryside, and the mix of patterns, shades and materials.’ 1 Umbrella, £148 2 Basket, from £107 3 Cushion, £173. All India Mahdavi, 19 rue las Cases, 75007 Paris (india-mahdavi.com)

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T H E S H O P C A R AVA N E , L O N D O N Parisian bed-linen brand Caravane has joined the clutch of hip indie homeware stores in Marylebone, bringing its distinctly French twist on interiors to London. Who owns it? The company was bought in 2011 by husband-andwife team Véronique and Jack-Eric Piedeleu. The pair felt that the shop, launched on Paris’s rue Pavée in 1995, was ripe for expansion so they set their sights on a central London postcode.

What does it sell? Natural linens galore and luxury futons in cotton twill and velvet. Bespoke sofas also appear in the firm’s trademark palette of perfectly muted tones. Why do we love it? With top-notch bed and table linens, scented candles in pretty patterned bags and a madeto-measure curtain service, it’s hard to fault this excellent export. 38–40 New Cavendish Street, London W1 (caravane.fr)

Courtepointe quilts, £245 each

‘Lutz’ candle holders, £42 for a set of three

‘Elior’ desk, £462

Don’t miss! An exhibition at Harrods will celebrate the 250th anniversary of crystal brand Baccarat. It will showcase designs such as the ‘Harcourt’ goblet, which dates back to 1841, alongside new pieces by Japanese studio Nendo. Visit the pop-up shop on March 6 for complimentary engraving and limited editions available for that day only. Until March 31 (harrods.com).

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A N AT O M Y O F A C L A S S I C ‘ 6 2 1 ’ S I D E TA B L E Who’s behind it? Designed by Dieter Rams in the early 1960s, this injectionmoulded table is an ode to the German maestro’s ongoing obsession with the versatility of plastic, which he termed a ‘noble and long-living material’. What’s so great about it? The space-saving design comes in two sizes, which can be used as a nesting pair; when turned on its side, the table will fit neatly over the arm of a chair or sofa. It features a hand-painted, anti-static surface and feet that can be adjusted individually to correct uneven floors. Why buy it now? British furniture firm Vitsoe has just reissued the afordable piece, which is manufactured and finished in the UK. ‘621’ side table by Dieter Rams: small, £175; large, £195, Vitsoe (vitsoe.com)

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T H E R E T R E AT T H E E M B L E M , P R A G U E In a quiet side street that lies five minutes’ walk from Charles Bridge in one direction and bustling Wenceslas Square in the other, Prague’s discreet Emblem hotel is a dream. The palette inside the Grade I-listed building is pared down – bedroom walls are mushroom and taupe; bathrooms are light-grey marble – and pieces by contemporary designers are scattered throughout. There are copper bedside lights (pictured) by Irish architects and designers Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore, black ink illustrations by hip art duo Tomski & Polanski in the hallways on each floor and a statement chandelier by local designers Daniel Pošta and Zdeněk Vacek in the lobby. Head to the M Spa on the fifth floor, where you’ll find a marble steam room, a dry sauna, a rooftop Jacuzzi ofering wonderful views across the city, and a light, airy relaxation room in the eaves.

Treatments include the Candle Ritual, a repairing, nourishing body massage with melted shea butter and gorgeous scented products by French brand Pure Altitude; an exfoliating brown sugar and honey scrub followed by a rejuvenating jasmine wrap; and a cleansing oxygen facial that will leave your skin glowing. Downstairs, try the George Prime Steak restaurant (pictured) for fine dining. Of course, the draw here is the steak, but vegetarians will be happy too, with dishes such as black trufe macaroni cheese and roasted hash browns on the menu. The look is New York-slick with an elegant mix of materials: glass chandeliers, dark wooden floors and tan leather screens. After dinner, make a beeline for Maharal, the members’ club in the basement – it’s perfect for chilling out, evening drinks and games nights in the drawing room. Double rooms from approx £166 (emblemprague.com).

THE ART OF CRAFT Glass artists, upholsterers, wood carvers and metalworkers: these are just some of the traditional craft talents promoted by the Grands Ateliers de France, an association with nearly 70 artisans and ateliers under its wing. Read about these specialists – and swoon over beautiful pictures of their work – in a new book, ‘Master Artisans of the Grands Ateliers de France’ (Thames & Hudson, £95). 94 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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Looking for new ways to update your interior? Visit luxury online members-only lifestyle store Achica for brilliant shopping at up to 70% off It’s a given that you love your home – chances are you’ve spent a long time designing and decorating it to reect your personal style and comfort. Which isn’t to say that there aren’t times when we all crave a little something extra – the quick-change that’s as good as a makeover. A chair, a scatter of cushions, a clever new arrangement of ceramics on a sideboard or shelf: they’re all easy ways to give an instantaneous lift to your decor. And they – alongside a veritable feast of other treasures from well-known designers and international brands – are all to be found on luxury online lifestyle store, Achica. And all at up to 70 per cent o. So what are you waiting for? To join and to nd out more, visit achica.com

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FLOWER POWER Soft blooms in breezy pastels are one of the best ways to channel some on-trend spring fever. Those committed to long-term change may opt to invest in a striking feature wall in handblocked paper. A tea service such as this pretty one by Maxwell & Williams, however, delivers the same style – quite literally on a plate.

TA K E A S E AT Forget moulded plastic and engineered wood – whether you go retro with a style such as this circular seat, above, or select the more modernist stylings opposite, wicker seating must surely be one of the freshest ways to bring some new style into your home.

Making the most of Achica Keep an eye on your inbox: sales start at 6:30am daily and only run for up to 72 hours – use the online calendar to look out for ones that feature your favourite brands. The Achica Living online guide, meanwhile, is full of clever ideas to inspire. And remember, recommend a friend and you’ll share £20 to spend. Only at achica.com

A TOUCH OF CLASS Sometimes the most interesting interiors ideas come in the simplest packages. For all that a pop of colour oers a roombrightening quick-fix, tone-on-tone texture is the decorative equivalent of a slow-burn – combine dierent shapes and patterns in a single colour for an endlessly alluring eect.

GET YOUR FILL Practical, hardwearing and stylish, woven baskets work well to store any number of items, from wooden logs and magazines to children’s toys. A classic, pared-down style such as these, by Hübsch, will fit seamlessly into any setting, be it a rustic country kitchen or minimalist urban loft.

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1&2 Light, £12; notebook, £12, both All Things Moomin (moomin.co.uk) 3 Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words by Boel Westin, £25, Sort of Books (sortof.co.uk) 4 Tray, £21, All Things Moomin (moomin.co.uk) 5 Jar, £29, Skandium (skandium.com) (skandium.com)

S T A I R W AY T O H E AV E N Cofee-table tome ‘The Staircase: The Architecture of Assent’ (Thames & Hudson, £45) finally gives staircases the attention they deserve. From dramatic Rococo stairs at the Schloss Augustusburg palace in Brühl, Germany, to the main stairwell at the Bauhaus School in Dessau (pictured far right), this is an interesting survey of stairways over the centuries.

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‘PH4/3’ pendant light by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, £331, Skandium (skandium.com)

‘Ikono’ pendant light by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen, £280, Nest (nest.co.uk)

‘Warsaw 1’ pendant light, £73, Debenhams (debenhams.com)

Henningsen’s simple multi-shaded aluminium pendant, created in 1960 for lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, ohers a gentle, glare-free glow.

This glass-and-steel light by Danish designer Simon Legald comes in super shades of aqua, red, pink and glacial white.

With a stylish monochrome design, this metal light comes at a pleasantly purse-friendly price.

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This year marks the centenary of the birth of Tove Jansson, the Finnish artist best known for creating the Moomins, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Arabia has added a ‘Tove 100’ mug and set of jars (5) to its ceramics collection, as well as ‘Moominmamma’ and ‘Moominpappa’ mugs. Elsewhere, biography Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words by Boel Westin (3) details Jansson’s lesser-known work as a painter and novelist. Rediscover her exquisite illustrations with the original Moomin story, TheMoominsandtheGreatFlood(SortofBooks,£9.99),andfindallkindsofwonderful homeware at moomin.com or at the Moomin shop in Covent Garden (The Piazza, London WC2; themoominshop.com). Follow @MoominOecial for news of launches and events (a film, Moomins on the Riviera, is out later this year). Finally, visitors to Helsinki should check out an exhibition on Tove Jansson at the Ateneum Art Museum (March 14–September 7; Kaivokatu 2, 00100 Helsinki; ateneum.fi).


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A COLOURFUL TALE PUCE Exploring the history of a colour Words KASSIA ST CLAIR

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fleas themselves. Dyers ‘distinguished between an old and a young flea, and […] the shades of the body of this insect; the belly, the back, the thigh and the head’. The colour remained popular among both men and women for a century. Miss Andrews, a minor character in Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey, published in 1818, ‘wears a puce-coloured sarsenet [a light silk fabric]’ while taking tea at a friend’s house. A century later in Joyce’s Ulysses, the flamboyant Buck Mulligan, while donning a ‘rebellious tie’, exclaims: ‘I want puce gloves and green boots.’ But the tide was turning. As early as 1885, the ever-disparaging women’s magazine Arthur’s called it ‘extremely unbecoming, except to very fair, pale complexions or to those fortunate ones who “can wear anything”’. For once, Arthur’s was not overstating the case. Puce shades do form a rather unloved and unlovely palette (with a possible exception for the variations used for lipstick). What’s more, because of the opening ‘pyoo’ sound of the word itself, it calls to mind a host of unfortunate terms: pubic, putrid, puke. The colour hasn’t been fashionable for at least a century and is now most commonly used to describe people’s faces when they become enraged or mortified. Louis XVI has, it seems, had his way after all.

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In France today, the word puce is generally used to refer to a microchip; in the 18th century, it simply meant ‘flea’: the very same insect that bore the bacteria responsible for the Black Death and other bubonic plague outbreaks that still erupted sporadically in Europe until the 1720s. So how exactly did couleur de puce – which ranges from pansy-purple chocolate to dull greytoned red to the brownish pink of a nude lipstick – become the most fashionable colour of the age? One fable is that King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette’s husband, wanted to dissuade her from wearing a favourite tadeta gown. Rather than simply telling her he didn’t like it, he gave her this crushingly backhanded compliment: ‘Your dress is the colour of a flea.’ The French queen proved intractable. In 1775, Lady Clermont wrote to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, to tell her that ‘[Marie Antoinette] has desire’d me to wear the uniform, which is a polonaise [dress], couleur de puce’. Soon afterwards, Lady Spencer, Georgiana’s mother, wrote to her daughter from the French court to inform her that she should ‘wear no colour that is not either dos de puce [flea’s back] or ventre de puce [flea’s belly]’. It is a peculiarity of this colour that during the height of the puce craze – the summer of 1775 – shades of puce proliferated as fast as the

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LIFE&STYLE | ARCHITECTURAL ICON

WINTER GARDENS, BLACKPOOL

The entertainment hub that epitomises the golden age of Britain’s seaside resorts Words JO CAULKETT

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens were built in the late 19th century, just as Britain’s seaside resorts were beginning to boom. Cheap rail travel and employers’ Enlightenment-influenced enthusiasm for staf leisure time suddenly made coastal breaks, once the preserve of the upper classes, a possibility for all. Blackpool became a holiday hub as Lancashire mill workers flooded in during their annual ‘wakes weeks’, when the factories closed for maintenance. In 1875, to cope with the year-round explosion in visitor numbers, land was set aside for ‘a pleasant lounge, especially desirous during inclement days’. And what a lounge it was. When the first phase of the Winter Gardens was unveiled in the summer of 1878, the immensity of the project’s ambition quickly became apparent. Italian gardens were soon joined by skating rinks, a lavish opera house, a huge Ferris wheel – whose capacity exceeded that of today’s London Eye – and a lofty palm house (pictured). The latter was set beneath a soaring curved glass-and-iron roof – an architectural style borrowed, along with the term ‘winter gardens’, from the fashionable conservatories of Europe’s grand houses. 102 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

The complex’s magnificently outlandish mix of classical, oriental and medieval architecture created a sense of fantasy and escapism, as diditsimaginativelydecoratedinteriors.Minaret-toppedbalustrades, ornate gilded cupolas and richly coloured woven rugs graced the Indian Lounge, while the Baronial Hall’s intricate plasterwork resembled the oak panelling of a medieval banqueting room. Like all the best names in show business, the site has continually reinvented itself to keep up with the public’s changing tastes. The touring circus shows of the 1800s gave way to jazz acts and cinemas showing ‘talkies’ in the 1920s and ’30s, while by the 1980s, the vast, barrel-vaulted Empress Ballroom had been reimagined as the Stardust Garden nightclub. More recently, the decline in popularity of UK coastal breaks has seen the Winter Gardens diversify to host more conferences and trade shows. Fortunately, the venue was awarded Grade II-listed status in 1973, both ensuring its preservation and confirming its significance as the grande dame of the British seaside’s glory days. Winter Gardens, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 (wintergardensblackpool.co.uk)

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LIFE&STYLE | DESIGN HERO

HANS J WEGNER The Danish designer who changed the face of 1950s furniture Words EMMA LOVE

Who was he? A master chair-maker, Hans J Wegner (1914–2007) was born in Tønder in southern Denmark, became a carpenter’s apprentice at the age of 17 and then spent three years in Copenhagen studying at the Artisan College (now known as the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts). In 1940, at 26, he embarked on his first noteworthy assignment – assisting Arne Jacobsen and Erik Möller with designing the town hall for Aarhus. In 1943, after completing the project, he opened his own design studio in Gentofte. What makes him a design hero? It’s no exaggeration to say that Wegner changed the way people saw Danish furniture in the 1950s. First and foremost a craftsman, he was one of the key players in the Danish Modern movement and always managed to combine functionality with simple, pared-down shapes. One of his first successes was the 1949 curved-back ‘CH24Wishbone’chair(picturedleft)–partofaseriesbasedon antique Chinese Ming chairs – which has been manufactured by Carl Hansen & Søn ever since. In the same year, he designed the ‘Round’ chair, which has two claims to fame: first, in 1950, it was seen on the cover of American magazine Interiors and labelled ‘the world’s most beautiful chair’; then, ten years later, it was chosen as the seat for the high-profile Richard Nixon and John F Kennedy presidential debate. Other stand-out witty designs included the 1947 ‘Peacock’ chair, which had a slatted back that fanned out like a bird’s plume; the 1953 ‘Valet’ chair, featuring a curved backrest shaped like a coat hanger and a seat with storage space and a hanging rail; and the 1961 ‘Bull’ chair (horns optional). ‘We must take care that everything doesn’t get too dreadfully serious,’ he once commented. ‘We must play – but we must play seriously.’ During his lifetime, he designed more than 500 chairs, finally handing the studio over to his architect daughter Marianne in the early 1990s. Where can I buy his work? Carl Hansen & Søn still produces many of Wegner’s products, such as the ‘CH24 Wishbone’ chair, the ‘CH162’ sofa and the ‘CH110’ desk. Skandium (skandium.com)andAramStore(aram.co.uk)areUKstockists.

MUST-HAVE DESIGNS BY HANS J WEGNER From left ‘CH24 Wishbone’ chair, £588; ‘CH445 Wing’ lounge chair, £3,070; ‘CH110’ desk, £7,660, all for Carl Hansen & Søn, Aram Store (aram.co.uk). ‘CH07 Shell’ chair, from £1,919; ‘CH20 Elbow’ chair, £619, both for Carl Hansen & Søn, Skandium (skandium.com)

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Healthy cookbooks that don’t compromise on flavour Words AMY BRADFORD

1 ÔGrains: 150 Recipes for Every AppetiteÕ by Molly Brown (Hardie Grant, £20) is both a recipe book and a catalogue of grains, from familiar varieties such as oats and buckwheat to more unusual types such as faro and kamut. The selection of seed- and grain-based cracker recipes is a highlight.

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2 ÔThe Vegan PantryÕ by Dunja Gulin (Ryland, Peters & Small, £16.99) proves that vegan cookery doesn’t have to be boring. Yes, there is some tofu in here, but there’s also a decadent-sounding aubergine and date chutney and an alternative to Caesar salad laced with edible flowers. 3 ÔSuper Grains and SeedsÕ by Amy Ruth Finegold (Ryland, Peters & Small, £16.99) is a boon if you’ve ever been intrigued by chia seeds, amaranth and freekeh, but aren’t quite sure how to cook with them. There’s a handy grain glossary and tempting dishes such as safron shrimp with barley pilaf.

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4 ÔGreat Homemade Soups: A CookÕs CollectionÕ by Paul Gayler (Jacqui Small, £25) includes 100 favourite recipes collected by the executive chef of London hotel The Lanesborough. It features deliciously wholesome soups and stews – we love the roast chicken soup that can be made from leftovers and the nourishing sardine bouillabaisse. 6

5 ÔFresh and LightÕ by Donna Hay (Hardie Grant, £18.99) focuses on easy recipes that combine healthiness with the odd indulgence, all made using fresh ingredients. Think lemon and goat’s cheese roasted chicken and five-grain porridge.

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6 ÔNathan OutlawÕs Fish KitchenÕ by Nathan Outlaw (Quadrille, £20) brings together more than 70 recipes from the seafood restaurateur, who runs eateries in London and Cornwall. It includes chapters on a range of cooking techniques, from steaming to barbecuing, alongside photography by David Loftus.

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Rites of spring Luxury brands at unbelievable prices – let exclusive shopping club casafina.com bring new-season style to your home Yes, it’s that time again. And what better way to seize the spirit of the season than to inject a little spring freshness into your home? Whether you’re looking for clever storage ideas or colourful accents to brighten up every corner, online shopping club casafina.com makes it easy. Its carefully curated sales feature discounts of up to 70 per cent o a handpicked selection of coveted brands – but with each one lasting just 72 hours, you need to get in quick; sign up and you’ll receive daily emails alerting you to the treasures available that day. And with its clever mix of themed as well as branded promotions, this exclusive members-only website oers all the inspiration you – and your home – could ever need. Find out more and sign up at casafina.com

Clockwise from above ‘Cli’ side table, by TemaHome. ‘Gothic Elegance’ floral cushions, by Fogarty Cushions. ‘Hexagon’ side table, by Leitmotiv. All products have featured as part of previous casafina.com promotions

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Left to right, from back wall ‘White Skin’ oak sideboard, ‘Double Open’ storage box (on oor), ‘Berlin’ oak shelving units, ‘Berlin’ storage boxes in blue and white (on shelves), ‘Oslo’ desk, all by TemaHome. All items have been part of previous casana.com promotions

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PATTERN & COLOUR 58-PAGE SPECIAL This month’s exclusive, pattern-themed anniversary section is devoted to all things bright and beautiful. We share eight ways to work indigo, our favourite timeless hue; take a trip through the history of pattern; showcase our best buys in a variety of striking prints; delve into our archive for inspiration; and track down the latest fabrics, wallpapers and coordinating paints for our biannual Pattern Book. Plus‌ WIN a stunning selection of indigo-coloured home accessories in our giveaway!

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THE INSPIRATION Treading the line between blue and violet, indigo’s position in the colour spectrum is as unsettled as the ocean. Take advantage of this flexibility by using the full range of hues – bright, deep, electric, imperial – on everything from soft fabrics to hard surfaces for a sophisticated look and feel.

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‘Plain White’ natural emulsion by Edward Bulmer, £36 for 2.5 litres, Pots of Paint (potsofpaint.com)

‘Glass Samphire’ matt emulsion, £34 for 2.5 litres, Fired Earth (firedearth.com)

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‘James 108’ matt emulsion, £35 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene (littlegreene.com)

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‘Stow Blue’ matt emulsion by Marston & Langinger, £41.50 for 2.5 litres, Brewers (brewers.co.uk)

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THE PALETTE 1 ‘Semiprecious Stone’, £3,200 per sq m, Fameed Khalique (fameedkhalique.com) 2 ‘Kashmir Ground’ linen by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, £238 per m, Tissus d’Hélène (tissusdhelene.co.uk) 3 ‘Taj Trellis’ wallpaper by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher, £120 per 10m roll, Turnell & Gigon (turnellandgigon.co.uk) 4 ‘Jet Set’ leather by Holly Hunt, £282 per sq m, Fox Linton (foxlinton.com) 5 ‘Nomad’ linen by Westbury Textiles, £222 per m, Altfield (altfield.com)

6 ‘Atelier’ glazed ceramic tile, £299 per sq m, Fired Earth (firedearth.com) 7 ‘Bosforo’ velvet by Brochier, £190 per m, Altfield (altfield.com) 8 ‘Promenade’ glass tile, from £506 per sq m, Ann Sacks (annsacks.com) 9 ‘Zig’ wool-mix fabric, £98.40 per m, Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com) 10 ‘Shang Extra Fine Sisal’ wallcovering, £129 per 7m roll, Thibaut (thibautdesign.com) 11 ‘Square’ trimming, £14.50 per m, Casamance (casamance.com) 12 ‘Abby’ polyester by Odaka, £178 per m, Altfield (altfield.com)

13 ‘Jussäro’ cotton by Aino-Maika Metsola, £39 per m, Marimekko (marimekko.com) 14 ‘Sumac’ linen-mix woven flooring, £1,125 per sq m, Vanderhurd (vanderhurd.com) 15 ‘Harbour Beaded Braid’, £55 per m, Samuel & Sons (samuelandsons.com) 16 Glazed lavastone, from £260 per sq m, Pyrolave Architecture (pyrolave-architecture.com) 17 ‘Ossido’ tile, £420 per sq m, Made a Mano (madeamano.com) 18 ‘Mariner’ acrylic fabric by Westbury Textiles, £74 per sq m, Altfield (altfield.com)

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‘Drawing Room Blue No. 253’ matt emulsion, £36 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball (farrow-ball.com)

‘Carbon Blue’ matt emulsion, £34 for 2.5 litres, Fired Earth (firedearth.com)

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THE INTERIOR It’s perhaps no surprise to discover that a colour as timeless as indigo has an illustrious history: it was used as long ago as 660 AD in the design of Japanese kimonos and recurred frequently in the work of William Morris, who block-printed many of his fabrics with the dye. But far from being merely a heritage colour, indigo is making its way into the modern home. Here are eight ideas for how to harness its potential.

Prints charming When it comes to colour, less doesn’t always have to be more: we love the bold use of floor-to-ceiling indigo hues in this room, where framed handkerchiefs featuring patterns reminiscent of Morris prints make a spectacular wall display. The elaborate nature of the motifs is oJset by the distressed look of the rug, which ties in with the colour scheme but cleverly brings a diJerent texture into play.

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Mix and match The advantage of keeping to a narrow range of colours is that it gives you the freedom to play with shape and texture. Be brave and clash your prints – from stripes to zigzags, anything goes – or create variety by combining soft materials with hard surfaces and sharp lines with sculptural curves. Have fun with proportions, too: here, the surprisingly small size of the framed print makes it stand out against the vast expanse of the white wall. ➤ WorldMags.net

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On the tiles The unusual combination of these Made a Mano tiles to form a striped efect ofers a contemporary

take on a kitchen splashback and introduces pattern in an unexpected part of the home. Plus, indigo’s cool, refreshing tones work beautifully in the kitchen, exerting a calming inuence in a room that is often a hive of activity. Note the choice of bright white cabinets, which form a striking counterpoint to the dark walls.

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In the jeans If you like the idea of colour-blocking but want to avoid having to repaint your walls, consider investing in a statement artwork. We particularly like this patchwork creation, which illustrates an innovative use of denim – a universal favourite for clothing, but less often seen in interiors. The variety of shapes and colour washes creates a unique pattern that is nevertheless kept contained to avoid overwhelming the room. ➤ WorldMags.net

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Cover up Not afraid of using paint in your home? Go to the extreme with an all-indigo living area, matching your

rug, cushions and upholstery to your walls for a modern trompe-l’œil efect. Conventional wisdom dictates that overuse of dark colours can make a room appear smaller, but these monotone walls – deliberately devoid of pictures or other embellishments – actually create the illusion of increased space.

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Grand entrance If you’d prefer not to commit to having a whole wall of colour, try using a vivid shade of paint as an accent to demarcate a particular space. Here, the rich blue that surrounds the room’s entrance sets a mood of stately grandeur in a very simple fashion, while the quirky positioning of the painting helps to take the edge of the seriousness. ➤ WorldMags.net

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Plate up Try hanging a selection of colour-coordinated plates on a painted wall for a dramatic alternative to pictures – here, the mix of sizes forms a geometric arrangement that becomes a pattern in its own right. To balance the intricacy of the plate designs, maintain a simple colour scheme: here, deep indigo walls contrast with plain white floors, with the rug blurring the division between the two halves of the room. ➤

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Collector’s items Another beautiful way to bring indigo into your home is with a contained display of classic blue-and-white ceramics, ranging from Delftware to Scandinavian porcelain by the likes of Royal Copenhagen. There’s no harm in having some diversity as long as the collection is artfully arranged – take advantage of both wall and shelf space, and make sure that your backdrop is plain enough to let ornate motifs take centre stage. ➤

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THE FINISHING TOUCH If you’re not ready to go for all-out indigo on your walls or floors, try introducing hints of the shade in trimmings. Whether you choose a simple ribbon or a more elaborate braiding or tasselling efect, trimmings ofer a stylish but inexpensive way of embellishing furniture so that it becomes unique to you. Here’s our pick of the prettiest options around.

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1 ‘Ombré Pleated Fringe’, £29 per m, Osborne & Little (osborneandlittle.com) 2 ‘Harbour Linen Key’ tassel, £42, Samuel & Sons (samuelandsons.com) 3 ‘Baker’ trimming, £40 per m, Casamance (casamance.com) 4 ‘Delano’ braid, £23 per m, Colefax and Fowler (colefaxandfowler.com) 5 ‘Wide Braid’, £9 per m, Sanderson (sanderson-uk.com) 6 ‘Double Diamond’ braid, £36 per m, The Silk Gallery (thesilkgallery.com)

7 ‘Harbour Serpentine Braid’, £39 per m, Samuel & Sons (samuelandsons.com) 8 ‘Square’ trimming, £31.90 per m, Casamance (casamance.com) 9 ‘Brook’ trimming, £13.50 per m, Casamance (casamance.com) 10 ‘Harbour Beaded Braid’, £55 per m, Samuel & Sons (samuelandsons.com) 11 ‘Picot’ braid, £6 per m, Sanderson (sanderson-uk.com) 12 ‘Bullion Twist’ trimming, £60 per m, The Silk Gallery (thesilkgallery.com) E D

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THE ELLE DECORATION ACCESSORIES EDIT 1 This soft linen beach towel by London-based, Brazil-inspired brand Frescobol Carioca is an outdoor essential. £85 (frescobolcarioca.com) 2 Finished with a hand-painted 22-carat gold rim, British design studio Custhom’s ‘Palladian’ range is architecturally inspired. £36.50 (custhom.co.uk) 3 This serving plate by Custhom – part of the ‘Palladian’ collection – is fit for dishing up a feast. £53 (custhom.co.uk)

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4 We love Maija Louekari’s inky blue concentric circle design for Finnish brand Marimekko, shown here on a side plate. £20 (marimekko.com) 5 Embrace the art of taking tea with a set of three ‘Feeling’ cups and saucers by Marie Michielssen. £6.60 each, Serax (serax.com) 6 The Bocci ‘28.d’ table light by Omer Arbel features a grey cable and a stunning mouth-blown glass shade. £592, Twentytwentyone (twentytwentyone.com) 7 Jewel-toned glassware never goes out of style, as this lovely vase by Pentreath & Hall proves. £25 (pentreath-hall.com) 8 This sophisticated glass bottle is the ideal vessel with which to create a delicate, understated display. £19.20, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk) 17

9 Give your table settings a graphic touch with a set of six ‘Blue Ditto’ block-print napkins by Madeline Weinrib. £72.50 (madelineweinrib.com)

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10 The ‘Cubo30’ smooth lavastone board makes a perfect centrepiece for your tabletop. £85, Made a Mano (madeamano.com) 11 The ceramic container of this ‘Architettura Negativo’ candle by Barnaba Fornasetti has an intricate architectural print. £110, Selfridges (selfridges.com) 12 Hand-painted in indigo, each of these ‘Blot Blue’ side plates is unique – and you could win a set of six! £8 each, Habitat (habitat.co.uk) 13 Broaden your horizons with this leather-bound atlas by British brand Aspinal of London. £135 (aspinaloflondon.com) 14 Keep your jewellery safe in this charming box. Its surface, made from antique mirrored glass, catches the light beautifully. £143, Stilleben (stillebenshop.com)

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15 Part of Designers Guild’s ombré ‘Saraille’ range, this linen throw graduates gently from blue to white in colour. £150 (designersguild.com) 16 Join the painterly trend with Marimekko’s ‘Oiva/Weather Diary’ plate. We love its ink-splash design by Aino-Maija Metsola. £32 (marimekko.com) 17 This ‘Tortue’ crystal vase by Lalique is a piece that you’ll treasure forever. £1,950, Harrods (harrods.co.uk) 18 Crafted from stone and sterling silver, this ‘Kiva’ platter, designed by Anna Rabinowicz, will add elegance to any tabletop. £256, Gift Lab (giftlab.com)

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19 Mathias Hahn’s ‘Me’ mirror for Asplund, which has a handle to adjust its angle, marries style and function. £226, Skandium (skandium.com) 20 Put pen to paper with the ‘Ianthe’ pocket-sized notebook, which features a hard leather cover. £45, Liberty (liberty.co.uk) 21 This ‘Geometric’ notepad by Astier de Villatte showcases the brand’s eye-catching 3D print. £8.50, Pentreath & Hall (pentreath-hall.com) 22 Hectic social schedule? The ‘Busy Busy Busy’ notebook by Sloane Stationery is for you. £12.99, Pentreath & Hall (pentreath-hall.com) 20

23 Go graphic with the striking print on this ‘Frequency’ notepad by British textile designer Esme Winter. £8 (esmewinter.co.uk) PICTURE: STUDIO33

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24 Anders Nørgaard’s turned-wood ‘Tulip’ candlesticks for Applicata make a pretty pair. £46 each, Heal’s (heals.co.uk) 25 Give your flooring a painterly vibe with this ombré-eiect ‘Prussian’ wool rug by Bluebellgrey, pictured here as a background. See how it looks as part of a room on p122. £900, Bluebellgray (bluebellgray.com)

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A brief history of pattern The British love affair with pattern goes back a long way, says design historian Lesley Jackson. Here, she tells the story of modern print in the UK, from William Morris’s nature-inspired work to contemporary digital designs

ARTS AND CRAFTS From left ‘Fruit’ wallpaper by William Morris. ‘Seaweed’ wallpaper by John Henry Dearle. Textile design by CFA Voysey. ‘Iris’ wallpaper by Walter Crane

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hen people visit my home, the first things they notice are the bold, abstract textiles hanging on the walls. People assume that they’re works of art because the patterns are so painterly, but they’re actually screen-printed furnishing fabrics from the post-war period by the doyennes of British textile design – Lucienne Day, Shirley Craven and Barbara Brown. In the 1950s and ’60s, ultra-modern patterns in high-voltage hues were the norm in textiles and wallpapers, reflecting the optimism of the era. But following the industrial decline that took place during the 1970s, manufacturers lost their nerve and consumers became more conservative, taking refuge in pallid pastels and magnolia. Cycles of this kind are not uncommon in the history of design. Fashion is a rollercoaster. Members of the younger generation almost invariably scorn their parents’ taste. William Morris – whose vigorous florals are still going strong after 150 years – may seem like an establishment figure today, yet back in the 19th century he was the angry young man of British pattern design. It was his frustration with the somewhat unimaginative furnishings on ofer that prompted him to become a textile and wallpaper designer.

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Historical revivalism and cloying naturalism were the dominant styles at the time; few manufacturers attempted to be original and many bought in or copied their designs from France. Morris wanted to create something fresh and vital that would have a decidedly English stamp. ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful,’ he decreed. Drawing inspiration from familiar English cottage-garden flowers such as daisies, roses and honeysuckle, Morris devised a dynamic new vocabulary of stylised floral patterns. Dense foliage, scrolling leaves and twining stems form the backbone of his designs. Deliberately turning his back on industrial technology, he used natural dyes to block-print his fabrics by hand. Indigo blue – one of the purest and most intense colours – was his particular favourite (turn to p114 to discover our indigo-inspired palette). To make his designs, he would immerse cloth in a vat of indigo before block-printing the resulting dark blue fabric with a bleaching agent to create a white silhouette – a process of dye removal that is known as discharge printing. The remaining pattern would then be printed in other colours on top of the base shade, creating a rich, multi-layered eTect. ➤

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WorldMags.net PROTO-MODERNISTS From left ‘Santa Sofia’ fabric by Josef HoEmann. ‘B53’ textile design by Sonia Delaunay

ART NOUVEAU From left Printed cotton furnishing fabric by Liberty. ‘Waterlilies’ textile design by Harry Napper

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Morris paved the way for a host of imaginative Arts and Crafts patternmakers during the late 19th century, including CFA Voysey and Walter Crane, who teamed up with enlightened manufacturers to create and distribute their textiles and wallpapers. Morris’s ground-breaking design ideas were also influential in Europe, spawning idioms such as Art Nouveau, an exaggerated organic style typified by sinewy plants running rife over ceilings and walls. The Arts and Crafts movement continued to flourish during the early 20th century, but after WWI, fashions began to change as Modernism took hold. The explosive impact of Cubism led to a growing shift towards abstraction during the 1920s, adopted not only in painting but also in pattern design. Sonia Delaunay – a Ukraine-born artist and textile designer who specialised in multicoloured geometrics – applied similar aesthetic theories to both. Other artistic trends, such as Vorticism, Futurism and Constructivism, had a knock-on efect on textiles and wallpapers during the experimental interwar years. One of the main breeding grounds for Modernism was the Bauhaus, the radical German design school established in 1919. 132 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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Its teachers took a dim view of decoration, however, except in the case of woven hangings and rugs. Pattern design continued to thrive in other hotspots such as the Wiener Werkstätte in Vienna, while in

‘Groovy textiles and wallpapers in psychedelic colours were perfectly in tune with the lively mood of Swinging London’ France, fashion designer Paul Poiret and painter Raoul Dufy created electrifying textiles and wallpapers inspired by jazz rhythms and the vibrant costumes of itinerant dance company the Ballets Russes. The Paris exhibition of 1925 – ‘L’Exposition Internationale des

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From left Screen-printed cotton furnishing fabric by Sir Terence Conran for David Whitehead. ‘Blues’ printed cotton furnishing fabric by Cuno Fischer for Frittlingen

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Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’ – provided a high-profile international showcase for all the latest trends. The British were initially suspicious of the Moderne style – or Art Deco, as it was later known – but, by the 1930s, ‘modernistic’ patterns were enlivening the walls, floors and windows of many English homes. During WWII, interior decoration was put on the back burner as the nation focused its attention elsewhere, but, by 1951, homeowners had become heartily fed up with a decade of ‘make do and mend’. As a result, the refreshing new ‘Contemporary’ textiles and wallpapers displayed at the Festival of Britain captured the public’s imagination. Atomic imagery, abstract organic motifs and spidery plant forms reflected the forward-looking spirit and idealism of the early post-war years. Cross-fertilisation between painting and textiles was rampant throughout the 1950s and ’60s. Artists such as Joan Miró, Alexander Calder and Paul Klee were highly influential, inspiring a wave of light-hearted linear patterns categorised at the time as ‘mobiles, doodles and spasms’. Jackson Pollock’s action paintings also had an extraordinary impact, triggering a flood of bespattered Abstract

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Expressionist designs. The dazzling efects of Op Art and the playful cartoon style of Pop Art bore fruit in groovy textiles and wallpapers in psychedelic colours that were perfectly in tune with the lively mood of Swinging London and Carnaby Street. Since the 1970s, when the tide began to turn, pattern design has in general been less audacious, progressing in fits and starts. The zingy textiles and laminates created by Ettore Sottsass and Nathalie du Pasquier for the Italian design group Memphis caused a brief flurry of excitement in the 1980s. The British duo Collier Campbell ofered a vivacious alternative with their colour-saturated prints. At the other end of the spectrum was Laura Ashley, whose neatly packaged period designs sold like hot cakes, tapping into the prevailing yearning for nostalgia. By the 1990s, the time was ripe for change. Ikea began urging us to be more daring and ‘chuck out the chintz’. Since then (thanks in no small part to ELLE Decoration), we’ve unleashed our inner craving for ‘statement’ patterns, not just on curtains and cushions but also on feature walls. Today, anything goes and eclecticism is the order of the day. Cath Kidston’s romantic florals are just as ➤

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Clockwise from top left Fabrics by Nathalie du Pasquier and Ettore Sottsass for Memphis. ‘Egyptian Birds’ print by Collier Campbell

Clockwise from top left ‘Scribble Stem’ print by Orla Kiely. ‘Iguana Superwide’ print by Timorous Beasties. ‘Kaleidoscope’ print by Margo Selby. ‘Easterly’ print by Eleanor Pritchard

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popular as Orla Kiely’s retro prints. Mavericks such as Timorous Beasties, whose flamboyant textiles meld traditional patterns with incongruous imagery, add further spice to the pattern mix. Computer technology has, of course, revolutionised pattern design in recent years. The ability to scan photographs and manipulate

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touch of the human hand, as Margo Selby’s signature range of multicoloured, low-relief, dot-patterned fabrics, made by hand on a traditional loom, demonstrates so well. Eleanor Pritchard is another pattern-led weaver who blends tradition and modernity. Her subtle new upholstery fabrics, exquisitely woven on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, exploit the geometric structure of the weave. Composed entirely of linear elements, the patterns resemble bar codes but also evoke ancient runes. Although Selby and Pritchard both harness the potential of digital imagery, their textiles – like those of William Morris – have heightened sensory appeal. My house is already awash with pattern, but I could quite happily find room for these stimulating textiles. As history demonstrates, fabrics and wallpapers are a wonderful vehicle for artistic creativity. Long may this continue. We Brits have pattern in our blood. Lesley Jackson is a writer, curator and design historian. Her recent books include ‘Alastair Morton and Edinburgh Weavers: Visionary Textiles and Modern Art’ (V&A Publishing, £45) and ‘Modern British Furniture: Design Since 1945’ (V&A Publishing, £40) E D

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one string速 is never like another. here we combined the new practical bowl shelf with shelves and cabinets in oak. of course you can mix colours, components and functions in any way you like and choose your own favourite from an in nite number of possible combinations. welcome to string.se and start trying things out!

bath: shannon bognor regis: contemporary furniture uk ltd bournemouth: so furniture bradford: the home bristol: oskar furniture, the bristol guild of applied art limited cardiff: momentum colne: a white room cornwall: iroka east yorkshire: ivor innes ltd. epping: geoffrey drayton glasgow: tojo design lancashire: design-conscious leeds: funktionalley liverpool: utility london: aram, haus, mobili domani ltd, places and spaces, scp, skandium, twentytwentyone, viaduct manchester: urbansuite milton keynes: panik-design north yorkshire: cimmermann northhamptonshire: pink apple designs ltd. norwich: design house norwich nottingham: atomic interios ltd oxford: central shefeld: nest.co.uk st albans: shiang windsor: urbansuite

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Variety show For head-turning style, fill your home with a rich mix of patterns, prints and colours Styling EMMA KAY Photography ANIA WAWRZKOWICZ

Wallcoverings, from left ‘Palladian’ wallpaper, £165 per 10m roll, Custhom (custhom.co.uk). ‘Enigma’ wallpaper by Kelly Hoppen, £26 per 10m roll, Graham & Brown (grahambrown.com). ‘Parquet’ wallpaper, £105 per 10m roll, Farrow & Ball (farrow-ball.com). ‘Water 1’ stretched canvas by Howard Hodgkin at Warner Textile Archive, £305, Surface View (surfaceview.co.uk). ‘Prince of Quince’ mural by Juliet Glyn-Smith for Conran Fabrics Archive, £270 per 2.5 m drop, Surface View (surfaceview.co.uk) Furnishings, from left ‘U431’ armchair by Jens Risom, £1,560, Benchmark (benchmarkfurniture.co.uk), upholstered in ‘Wicker’ linen, £96 per m, Fermoie (fermoie.com). ‘Taika’ wool throw by Klaus Haapaniemi for Iittala, £159, Skandium (skandium.com). ‘Day Bed One’ upholstered in ‘Large Cubes’ fabric, £2,645, Another Country (anothercountry.com). ‘Perfect Day’ blue cushion by Jessica Zoob, £80, Romo Black Edition (romoblack.com). ‘Magnolia’ floral cushion, £75, Camilla Meijer (camillameijer.com). Ottoman upholstered in ‘Fullerton’ linen-mix fabric by Larsen for Colefax and Fowler, £88 per m, Larsen (larsenfabrics.com) Flooring ‘Parquet’ vinyl tiles by Neisha Crosland, £42.95 per sq m, Harvey Maria (harveymaria.co.uk) ➤

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VARIETY SHOW Wallcoverings, from left ‘Nuvolette’ wallpaper by Fornasetti, £240 for two 10m rolls, Cole & Son (cole-and-son.com). ‘Rue Montorgueil’ wallpaper, £98 per 10m roll, Nobilis (nobilis.fr) Furnishings, from left ‘Herringbone’ marble table by Bethan Gray, £30,000, Lapicida (lapicida.com). ‘Kora’ vase by Studiopepe, £290, Darkroom (darkroomlondon.com). ‘Alice’ board, £239, Bethan Gray (bethangray.com). Bowls by Eric Degenhardt, from £99 each, Böwer (boewer.com). ‘Tab T’ table light by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Flos, £239, Skandium (skandium.com). ‘Dazzle Macaw’ bird, £1,600, Lladró (lladro.com). ‘Capitello Corinzo’ chair by Piero Fornasetti, £2,250, Themes & Variations (themesandvariations.com) Flooring ‘Alalpardo’ tiles, £300 per sq m, Bert & May (bertandmay.com)

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From top ‘Siksak’ cushion by Sylvain Willenz, £71, One Nordic (onenordic.com). Elephant cushion by Josef Frank, £80, Svenskt Tenn (svenskttenn.se). ‘Oslo 3’ cushion by Marianne Diemer for Rouge du Rhin, £62, Folklore (shopfolklore.com) Background (this page) ‘Incarnadine’ matt emulsion, £34.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball (farrow-ball.com)

From top ‘Feuillage’ wallpaper, £160 per 10m roll, Hermès (hermes.com). Ottomans (top and bottom of stack) upholstered in ‘Mobiles’ fabric, £41 per m, Sanderson (sanderson-uk.com). ‘Broadway’ grey pouf (middle of stack), £275, Tori Murphy (torimurphy.com)

From left ‘Feuillage’ wallpaper, £160 per 10m roll, Hermès (hermes.com). ‘Schroeder 1’ side table by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld for Cassina, £1,866, Aram Store (aram.co.uk). ‘Fokus’ tray by Anna Danielsson, £62, Marimekko (marimekko.com). Striped plate, £80, Darkroom (darkroomlondon.com). Pots, from £9.95 each, Darkroom (darkroomlondon.com). Yellow plate by Aino-Maija Metsola and Sami Ruotsalainen, £18, Marimekko (marimekko.com)

From top Laminated black and white cutting boards (three pictured), £24 each, all Ferm Living (fermliving.com). ‘AC10 Haus’ wooden paperweight by Jan Philip Holler for E15, £192, Viaduct (viaduct.co.uk). ‘So Sottsass’ notebook, £8, Darkroom (darkroomlondon.com). ‘Scacco al Cavallo’ incense box, £145; incense stick refill box, £45, both by Barnaba Fornasetti, Selfridges (selfridges.com) ➤

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VARIETY SHOW Wallcoverings, from left ‘Cloud Toile’ wallpaper, £210 per 10m roll, Timorous Beasties (timorousbeasties.com). ‘Tropicana’ canvas by Sue Palmer from the Warner Textile archive, £305, Surface View (surfaceview.co.uk). ‘Mauritius’ wallpaper, £151 per m, Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com). ‘Feuillage’ wallpaper, £160 per 10m roll, Hermès (hermes.com) Furnishings, from left ‘Wrongwoods’ unit by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong, £2,500, Established & Sons (establishedandsons.com). Ottoman upholstered in ‘Rape Blossom’ fabric, from £75 per m, Morag Macpherson (moragmacpherson.com). Planter, £192 for two, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). Bowl by Eric Degenhardt, £82, Böwer (boewer.com). Cup, £9.95, Darkroom (darkroomlondon.com). Rug, £35, Urban Outfitters (urbanoutfitters.com). ‘Smooth’ sofa, from £2,500, upholstered in ‘Soft Jardin Exo’chic’ fabric by Christian Lacroix Maison, £120 per m, both Designers Guild (designersguild.com). ‘Black Marble’ cushion by Suki Cheema, £105, Couverture & The Garb Store (couvertureandthegarbstore.com). Green cushion in ‘Julie’ fabric by Brochier, £234 per m, Altfield (altfield.com). ‘38.3’ pendant lights by Omer Arbel for Bocci, £1,800 for a set (two pictured), Twentytwentyone (twentytwentyone.com). ‘Ernest’ pouf by Donna Wilson, £365, SCP (www.scp.co.uk) Flooring ‘Artisan Majadas’ tiles, £270 per sq m, Bert & May (bertandmay.com)

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Wallcoverings, from left ‘Croisette’ wallpaper panel by Christian Lacroix Maison, £452 for a 24m roll, Designers Guild (designersguild.com). Canvas in ‘La Fiorentina’ fabric by David Hicks by Ashley Hicks, £85 per m, GP & J Baker (gpjbaker.com). ‘Flight/Chalk’ wallpaper, £25 per m, Louise Body (louisebody.com). ‘Manila’ wallpaper, £52 per 10m roll, Sanderson (sanderson-uk.com) Furnishings, from left ‘Arnold Circus’ stools by Martino Gamper, £59 each, Twentytwentyone (twentytwentyone.com). ‘Curve’ chair by Wrong for Hay, £1,310, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk). Ottoman upholstered in ‘Manila’ linen-mix fabric, £49 per m, Sanderson (sanderson-uk.com). ‘Labyrinth’ armchair by Studio Job, £2,281, Moooi (moooi.com). ‘Riad’ cushion, £48, Sian Elin (sianelin.com). Planter, £13.90, Serax (serax.com) Flooring ‘Artisan Majadas’ tiles, £270 per sq m, Bert & May (bertandmay.com) ➤

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From left ‘Marble’ wallpaper, £56 per 10m roll, Ferm Living (fermliving.com). ‘Parq Life’ side table by Lee Broom, £3,790, Deadgood (deadgoodltd.co.uk). ‘Cog’ candelabra, £225; tall candle holder, £120; medium candle holder, £100, all Tom Dixon (tomdixon.net). Background (throughout) ‘Manor House Gray’ matt emulsion, £34.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball (farrow-ball.com)

From left ‘Shrine Lux’ pot, £49.90, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). Box by Hay, £27 for a set of three, John Lewis (johnlewis.com). Notebook by Astier de Villatte, £8.50, Pentreath & Hall (pentreath-hall.com). ‘To Do’ notebook by Studio Sarah, £5.90, Quill London (quilllondon.com). ‘Isosceles’ throw, £195, Niki Jones (niki-jones.co.uk). Cushion, £59, Ferm Living (fermliving.com)

‘Wentwood’ wooden carpet by Elisa Strozyk, £2,650, Böwer (boewer.com)

From left ‘Marble’ wallpaper, £56 per 10m roll, Ferm Living (fermliving.com). ‘Ercol Windsor’ chair upholstered in ‘Viaduct’ fabric by Imogen Heath, £635, Winters Moon (wintersmoon.co.uk). ‘Babel’ cushion by Marianne Diemer for Rouge du Rhin, £62, Folklore (shopfolklore.com)

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VARIETY SHOW Wallcoverings, from left ‘Cubism’ cork wallcovering by Innovations, £108 per m, Altfield (altfield.com). ‘Paris Marble’ wallpaper, £150 per 10m roll, Ella Doran (elladoran.co.uk). Canvas in ‘Antoinette’ velvet, £300 per m, De Le Cuona (delecuona.com). ‘Marble’ wallpaper, £56 per 10m roll, Ferm Living (fermliving.com). ‘Tiles D’ wallpaper, £99 per 10m roll, Deborah Bowness (deborahbowness.com) Furnishings, from left Vintage sofa upholstered in ‘Petit Paravento Bark’ linen, £210 per m, Vanderhurd (vanderhurd.com). ‘São Paulo’ patterned cushion by Mumo, £75, Selfridges (selfridges.com). Plain cushion in ‘Ocelot’ fabric by Matthew Williamson, £85 per m, Osborne & Little (osborneandlittle.com). ‘Bau’ pendant light by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt for Normann Copenhagen, from £162, Fabiia (fabiia.com). ‘Diplopia’ table, £2,760, Merve Kahraman (mervekahraman.com). Jug, £95.40, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). ‘Marie’ light by Toni Grilo, £1,560, Haymann (haymanneditions.com). Footstool, £360, Imogen Heath (imogenheath.com) Flooring Woven vinyl tiles, from £66 per sq m, Bolon (bolon.com) ➤

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VARIETY SHOW Wallcoverings, from left ‘In the White Room’ wallpaper, £233 per sq m, Tracy Kendall (tracykendall.com). ‘Fretwork’ wallpaper, £150 per 10m roll, Ella Doran (elladoran.co.uk). ‘Cubism’ cork wallcovering by Innovations, £108 per m, Altfield (altfield.com) Furnishings, from left ‘Hook’ planter, £192 for two, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). ‘Big Fish’ unit, £535, Superfront (superfront.com). ‘Derome’ light, £750, Pinch (pinchdesign.com). ‘Light House’, £62.64, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). ‘Grid’ vase by Jaime Hayon, £374, Gaia & Gino (gaiagino.com). ‘Louis XV Goes to Sparta’ chair by Cerruti Baleri for Maurizio Galante, £4,375, Mint (mintshop.co.uk). Cushion in ‘Jungle’ fabric, £50 per m, Andrew Martin (andrewmartin.co.uk). ‘Bong’ table by Giulio Cappellini, £876, Poltrona Frau (poltronafraugroup.com). ‘Mini’ copper planters, from £32 each, Trunk (trunkhome.co.uk) Flooring Woven vinyl tiles, from £66 per sq m, Bolon (bolon.com). Plants throughout, from £5.99 for a begonia rex, N1 Garden Centre (n1gardencentre.co.uk) E D

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THE BEST and the BRIGHTEST Tastes may change from one decade to another, but beautiful patterns will always have a place in our hearts. That’s why, in honour of our 25th anniversary, we decided to delve into our archive to select some of the most memorable prints, patterns and colours that we’ve come across over the years in locations throughout the world. They’re proof that great design transcends both time and place

Colour confidence We still find fashion designer Catherine Malandrino’s vibrantly decorated New York abode (top), originally featured in our July 2005 issue, inspirational for its fabulously brave use of colour blocking in acid brights. Words Kate Jacobs Photography Ngoc Minh Ngo Pattern power The entrance to the home of film director Baz Luhrmann and his production designer wife Catherine Martin is a stunning combination of tiles, paper and print – a masterclass in pattern clash. First seen in our January 2010 edition. Photography Peter Brew-Bevan

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THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST Princess of prints Fashion empire Pucci has lost none of its power to amaze us – and nor has image director Laudomia Pucci’s lavishly restored, brightly coloured 15th-century Florentine palace (above, featured in our August 2004 issue). Words Joshua Taub Photography Ivan Terestchenko/Lovatt-Smith Interiors The bold and the beautiful Forget white walls and minimalism: the vivid hues in this Gustav Klimt-inspired shoot from July 2006 (right) still make us want to get creative with colour and print. Styling Finola Inger Photography Adrian Briscoe 148 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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Vanishing act The dazzling optical illusions created in monochrome for this July 2003 shoot put a fresh twist on a timeless classic, proving that black and white will never go out of fashion (as if we ever doubted it!). Styling/Production Kamer 465 Photography Paul Barbera/Edson Williams

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THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST Matthew Williamson Famed for his exuberant use of colour, Matthew has given ELLE Decoration regular home updates over the years. Our favourite was this January 2009 showcase (above). Words Toni Rodgers Photography Damian Russell Mistress of modern colour Designer and entrepreneur Tricia Guild has always been ahead of her time. Her London studio (above right), first photographed for our November 1996 issue, is a testbed for her vivacious ideas. Words/Production Ilse Crawford Photography James Merrell Wild rose We’ll always have a soft spot for the pretty pink walls and girly accessories in fashion designer Betsey Johnson’s New York loft apartment (right), as seen in our August 2007 issue. Words/Photography Ngoc Minh Ngo 150 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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Print works From graphic prints to nature-inspired designs, we can never resist a statement pattern, particularly if it’s as eye-catching as any of the colourful fabrics and wallpapers selected for this November 2012 shoot. Styling Olivia Gregory Photography Ania Wawrzkowicz

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THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST Chintz: Flock to it Ducks in a shoot? In ELLE Decoration? Yes, indeed Ă? and here they are in our February/March 1990 edition, which we simply had to reprint. Besides, we still love a bit of chintz! Styling Claire Lloyd and Sophie Laybourne Photography John Mason 152 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

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‘Lydford Damask’ cotton in Teal, £85 per m, GP & J Baker

‘Big Smile’ wallcovering by Jessica Zoob, £495 for two 10m rolls, Romo Black

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‘Grace’ hemp fabric in Cyan by Michael S Smith, £174 per m, Jamb

‘Crescent’ wallpaper in Lake/Cream by Kelly Wearstler, £129 for 5m, Lee Jofa

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‘Sea Urchin 1’ satin matt emulsion, £24.29 for 2.5 litres, Dulux


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‘Dripping’ polyester in Caraibi, £108 per m, Rubelli

‘Sarinda’ wallpaper, £21.54 per m, Tektura

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‘Utopia’ linen in Ottanio, £80 per m, Mark Alexander

‘Jet Set’ leather in Barbados by Holly Hunt, £270 per sq m, Fox Linton ➤


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‘Ivor’ linen in Island Blue, £84 per m, Thorody

‘A Dip in the Lake’ matt emulsion, £34 for 2.5 litres, Fired Earth

‘Shri’ wallpaper, £44 per 10m roll, Harlequin

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‘Ditto’ wallpaper in Johnny’s Jumper, £59.95 per 10m roll, Miss Print


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‘Brushstrokes’ linen-mix fabric, £20 per m, John Lewis

‘Clouds’ cotton, £40 per m, Emily Burningham

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‘Belfour’ wallpaper in Cobalt, £65 per m, Christopher Farr ➤


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‘Stag Toile’ wallpaper in Juniper, £60.50 per 10m roll, Little Greene

‘Manila’ wallpaper in Blue Linen, £52 per 10m roll, Sanderson

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‘Palazzo’ wallpaper, £60 per 8.22m roll, Thibaut

‘Benu Japsis’ polyester, £137 for 2.9m, Christian Fischbacher

‘Botani’ fabric in Lapis by Calvin Klein, £130, Kravet

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‘Jumping’ cotton-mix fabric in Blue Marine, £91.50 per m, Nobilis

‘Ciao’ silk-mix fabric, £286 per m, Madeline Weinrib

‘Cordoba’ linen in Azul, £176 per m, Vanderhurd

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‘Opening Season’ matt emulsion, £19.49 for 2.5 litres, Crown

‘Kizzy’ cotton-mix fabric in Blueberry, £38.50 per m, Voyage Decoration

‘Cloud Study’ wallpaper by Emily Patrick, £38 per 10m roll, Heal’s

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‘Opaline’ linen in Spectre, £55.50 per m, Casamance

‘Tropical Wind’ linen in Grey on Oyster by Michael Roberts, £190 per m, Bennison

‘Urbane Gray’ matt emulsion, £35 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene

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‘Silkyway’ viscose-mix fabric in Celadon, £213 per m, Dedar

‘Samphire’ wallpaper, £80 per 10m roll, Farrow & Ball

‘Kurjenpolvi’ cotton by Aino-Maija Metsola, £39 per m, Marimekko

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‘Chambly Damask’ linen in Lilac, £245 per m, Ralph Lauren Home ➤


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‘Kungsholm’ wallpaper by Sissa Sundling, £96 per 10m roll, Sandberg

‘Veranda Trellis’ wallpaper in Dove, £54 per 10m roll, Zofany

‘Hounds’ linen, £48 per m, Emily Bond

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‘Scrapwood 2’ wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek, £199 per 9m roll, Pad Home

‘Cubism’ cork wallpaper in Braque by Innovations, £108 per m, Altfield

‘Salvador’ matt emulsion, £36 for 2.5 litres, Paint & Paper Library

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‘Selam’ linen in Mulberry, £140 per m, Zak + Fox

‘Royal Daisy’ linen in Vintage Rose, £115 per m, Liberty

‘Figured’ linen in Raspberry Pink, £96 per m, Fermoie

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‘Harriet’ cotton in Raspberry, £14 per m, Clarke & Clarke

‘Casablanca’ linen in Sunset, £276 per m, De Le Cuona

‘Magenta’ matt emulsion, £49.91 for 5 litres, Ecos Organic Paints

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Age of elegance

The latest living room looks are all about old-school sophistication with a contemporary twist. Mix understated modern furniture and opulent accessories with occasional pops of pattern and colour Styling/Words HANNAH BORT Photography JAKE CURTIS Styling Assistant JOANNA JOHNSON

Contrast calming shades of putty with bursts of colour and pattern, but maintain a sense of formality with structured furniture. In foreground, from left Plant stand, £36; pot, £38, both Ferm Living (fermliving.com). ‘Dag & Natt’ rug by Petra Lundblad for Kasthall, £1,944, Sinclair Till (sinclairtill.co.uk). ‘BS1’ floor light by Bernard Schottlander for La Lampe Gras, £740, Twentytwentyone (twentytwentyone.com). ‘Rod’ sofa by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani, £5,880, Coexistence (coexistence.co.uk). On sofa ‘Chunky Denim’ cushion by By Mölle, £69, Folklore (shopfolklore.com). Yellow cushion by Arsalit Artes, £147.50, Maud and Mabel (maudandmabel.com). ‘Nid’ throw, £228, Society Limonta (societylimonta.com). ‘Tiers’ cushion, £62, Caravane (caravane.fr). Square cushion in ‘Stresa’ fabric, £163 per m, Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com). ‘Frank’ ottoman by Antonio Citterio, £785, B&B Italia (bebitalia.com). ‘Printable’ tables by Draga Obradovic and Aurel K Basedow for Baxter, from £1,140 each, Anna Casa (annacasa.net). ‘Rustic’ tea mug, £12, Nom Living (nomliving.com). Vase, £120, Kaori Tatebayashi (kaoriceramics.com). ‘NE0352’ brass vase, £25, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). Spray-painted books, from £200 per foot, The Jones Brothers (thejonesbrothers.com) In background, from left Wall painted in ‘Fence Green’, £41.50 for 2.5 litres, Marston & Langinger (marston-and-langinger.com). Canvas in ‘Palm Jungle’ wallpaper, £78 per 10m roll, Cole & Son (cole-and-son.com). ‘R.I.G’ unit, £1,550, MA/U Studio (maustudio.net). Canvas in ‘Sumi Bronzo’ fabric, £108 per m, Rubelli (rubelli.com). Mirror, £400, Maria Bruun (mariabruun.com). Bauble, £28, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk). ‘NE0351’ brass vase, £53; ‘WI0111’ bottle, £54, both House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). Decanter by Joe Cariati, £450, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk). Books, stylist’s own ➤

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AGE OF ELEGANCE Think of your sofa, side tables and rugs as modules that can be rearranged to suit your needs. A decorative screen is the perfect device for keeping a lounge and home oace separate, as it can be moved to open up the space at a moment’s notice. From left ‘Como’ rug, £6,848, Luke Irwin (lukeirwin.com). ‘Guscio’ sofa with cushions by Antonio Citterio for Flexform, £9,678, Inter Design UK (interdesignuk.com). ‘Easterly’ yellow and grey cushion, £96, Eleanor Pritchard (eleanorpritchard.com). Green cushion in ‘Santiago Vert’ fabric, £139 per m, Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com). Yellow cushion, £50, Larusi (larusi.com). ‘Highwire Tandem’ pendant light, approx £2,059, Apparatus (apparatusstudio.com). ‘W’ side tables by Massimo Castagna, from £882 each, Henge (henge07.com). ‘Lucca’ tumbler by Bitossi, £8, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk). ‘Shrine Lux’ containers: small, £50; large, £80, both House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). ‘Antique Mirror’ box, £129, Artilleriet (artilleriet.se). Rug, £1,050, Larusi (larusi.com). Screen by Space Copenhagen for Stellar Works, £2,446, Staban Tollgard (tollgard.co.uk). ‘Bestlite BL3 M’ floor light by Gubi, £646, Skandium (skandium.com). ‘Sir’ armchair by Archivio Storico for Arflex, £3,890, Mint (mintshop.co.uk). Cushion in ‘Flapper’ fabric, £98 per m, Osborne & Little (osborneandlittle.com). ‘Form’ tray, £125; jug, £90; teapot, £140, all Tom Dixon (tomdixon.net). ‘Lucca’ tumblers, as before. ‘Ascot’ handpainted wallpaper, £537 per panel, De Gournay (degournay.com). ‘M2’ pendant light by Christian Uldall for Helgo, £310, Skandium (skandium.com). ‘Homework’ desk by Bensen, from £1,135, Viaduct (viaduct.co.uk). ‘Antique Mirror’ box, as before. ‘Lens’ round box by Thomas Jenkins for Wrong for Hay, £32, Hay (hay.dk). ‘Visu’ chair by Mika Tolvanen for Muuto, £329, Skandium (skandium.com). Books, stylist’s own. Wall painted in ‘Fence Green’, £41.50 for 2.5 litres, Marston & Langinger (marston-and-langinger.com) ➤

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AGE OF ELEGANCE Create the perfect balance between comfort and austerity by accenting a dark wall or floor with striking metallic lights and cosseting blankets and cushions. Decorative accessories, such as handmade ceramics and beautiful glassware, complete the look. From left ‘Heigh-Ho’ display units by Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia, from £1,259 each, Harrogate Interiors (harrogateinteriors.co.uk). Glass stopper from ‘Mega’ bottle, £29, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). Bottle vase by Joe Cariati, from £195, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk). ‘Nub’ chair by Patricia Urquiola, £1,120, Andreu World (andreuworld.com). ‘Country Garden’ rug, £9,450, Knots Rugs (knotsrugs.co.uk). ‘Paper Plane’ armchair by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, £2,390, Moroso (moroso.co.uk). Cushion in ‘Stresa’ fabric, £163 per m, Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com). Yellow cushion by Arsalit Artes, £85, Maud and Mabel (maudandmabel.com). ‘Franklin Chandelier’ pendant light, £659, Søren Rose Studio (sorenrose.com). ‘Petra’ side tables by Bartoli Design for Arketipo, from £845 each, Chaplins (chaplins.co.uk). ‘Chado’ tea set by Sebastian Herkner, £299, Verreum (verreum.com). Bowl by Michael Ruh, £300, CAA (caa.org.uk). Sideboard by Fabrice Berrux, £4,890, Roche Bobois (roche-bobois.com). ‘Dusty Diamonds’ white vase by Anna Elzer Oskerson, £550, Mint (mintshop.co.uk). ‘True Colours’ vessels, from £380 each, Lex Pott (lexpott.nl). Glass vase, £59, Bo Concept (boconcept.com). ‘True Colours’ vessel, as before. Bottle vase by Joe Cariati, as before. ‘Minipoint’ floor light by Örsjö Belysning, £469, Holloways of Ludlow (hollowaysofludlow.com). ‘Mio’ sofa by Draga Obradovic and Aurel K Basedow for Baxter, £10,408, Anna Casa (annacasa.net). ‘Les Petits Papiers’ cushion, £72, Caravane (caravane.fr). Yellow cushion in ‘Trinidad’ fabric, £110 per m, Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com). ‘Luni Linen’ cushion, £68, Caravane (caravane.fr). ‘Harold’ blanket, £260, Aiayu (aiayu.com). ‘Malla’ throw by Teixidors, £130, Selfridges (selfridges.com). Mug, £12, Nom Living (nomliving.com). Canvas in ‘Breathe’ wallcovering by Jessica Zoob for Black Edition, £295 per 12m roll, Romo (romo.com). ‘Saddle’ marble and leather magazine holder, £995, Noble & Wood (nobleandwood.com). Walls painted in ‘Fence Green’ (left), £41.50 for 2.5 litres, Marston & Langinger (marston-and-langinger.com) and ‘English Grey’ (right), £38 for 2.5 litres, Sanderson (sanderson-uk.com) ➤

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AGE OF ELEGANCE As the space we spend the most time relaxing, entertaining and working in, today’s living room needs to be free and flexible; stick to a few well-chosen pieces that can be moved around to suit you. A corner wall is the perfect nook in which to tuck a neat writing desk. From left ‘P22’ armchair by Patrick Norguet, £2,376, Cassina (cassina.com). ‘Chelsea’ bookcase by Roberto Lazzeroni, from £1,307, Lema (lemamobili.com). Spray-painted books, from £200 per foot, The Jones Brothers (thejonesbrothers.com). ‘Beetle’ chair by Gam Fratesi, £904, Gubi (gubi.dk). Desk by Gabriele Rosa for Zanotta, £1,450, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk). Table light by Note Design Studio for Örsjö Belysning, from £1,271, Skandium (skandium.com). Book, stylist’s own. ‘Decolourized’ carpet by Golran, £13,200, Moroso (moroso.co.uk). ‘Salut’ table by Sebastian Herkner for La Chance, £1,350, Mint (mintshop.co.uk). ‘Lucca’ tumbler by Bitossi, £8, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk). ‘Rod’ sofa by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani, £5,880, Coexistence (coexistence.co.uk). ‘Watercolour Paisley’ throw, £570, De Le Cuona (delecuona.co.uk). ‘Ikat Delhi’ cushion by Chhatwal & Jonsson, £58, Skandium (skandium.com). Gold cushion, £50, The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk). ‘Bloom’ cushion, £55, L&B (lblondon.com). ‘H55’ black-and-white cushion by Elissa Aalto for Artek, £43, Skandium (skandium.com). ‘Dot’ teal cushion by Hay, £68, Skandium (skandium.com). ‘Girard’ table by Alexander Girard, £912, Knoll (knoll-int.com). Copper vase, £52; gold vase, £57, both by Bloomingville, Debenhams (debenhams.com). ‘Lucca’ tumblers, as before. ‘Sconce 2 Rotating Arms’ wall light by Serge Mouille, £2,400, Tanguy Rolin (tanguyrolin.co.uk). ‘Fry’ cabinet, £3,420, Julian Chichester (julianchichester.com). Books, stylist’s own. ‘Ilse’ boxes by Ilse Crawford, from £125 each, Georg Jensen (georgjensen.co.uk). ‘Modo’ pendant light by Jason Miller for Roll & Hill, £4,230, SCP (www.scp.co.uk). ‘Pall’ pouf by Liset van der Scheer for Casalis, £448, Twentytwentyone (twentytwentyone.com). Wall painted in ‘English Grey’, £38 for 2.5 litres, Sanderson (sanderson-uk.com) ➤

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AGE OF ELEGANCE Ofset a period backdrop with contemporary furnishings, statement lights and clever storage solutions – all lifted by accents of yellow, gold and green. Mixing armchairs in dieering styles and colours makes for a less austere space. From left ‘Minipoint’ floor light by Örsjö Belysning, £469, Holloways of Ludlow (hollowaysofludlow.com). ‘Taranto’ rug, £6,848, Luke Irwin (lukeirwin.com). Trolley, £875, Fiona McDonald (fionamcdonald.com). ‘Rustic’ plate, £15, Nom Living (nomliving.com). Beakers, £48 each, Kaori Tatebayashi (kaoriceramics.com). Stationery holder (bottom shelf), £81, Ferm Living (fermliving.com). ‘Guscio’ sofa by Antonio Citterio for Flexform, £9,678, Inter Design (interdesignuk.com). ‘Needsnake50-bb’ cushion cover, £28, Tine K Home (tinekhome.com). Yellow cushion in ‘Trinidad’ fabric, £110 per m; green cushion in ‘Stresa’ fabric, £163 per m, both Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com). ‘Dot’ yellow cushion by Hay, £68, Skandium (skandium.com). Blanket, £30, Zara (zarahome.com). Screen by Arflex, £2,250, Bianchi Furniture (bianchifurniture.co.uk). ‘Oe Cut’ bookcase by Nathan Yong for Living Divani, £1,987, Coexistence (coexistence.co.uk). Spray-painted books, from £200 per foot, The Jones Brothers (thejonesbrothers.com). ‘Masculo’ chair by Gam Fratesi, £780, Gubi (gubi.dk). Sideboard, £2,600, Magnus Pettersen Studio (magnuspettersen.com). ‘Reade’ table light, £324, Søren Rose Studio (sorenrose.com). ‘Nest’ bowl, £22, French Connection (frenchconnection.com). ‘Mega’ bottle, £32, House Doctor (housedoctor.dk). Vase, £59, Bo Concept (boconcept.com). ‘Siesta’ chair by Lievore Altherr Molina, £1,134, Andreu World (andreuworld.com). ‘Folio’ cushion, £54, Caravane (caravane.fr). Blanket, £260, Aiayu (aiayu.com). ‘Bell’ table by Sebastian Herkner for Classicon, £1,632, Aram Store (aram.co.uk). ‘Flash’ table, £365, Tom Dixon (tomdixon.net). Wall painted in ‘Fence Green’, £41.50 for 2.5 litres, Marston & Langinger (marston-and-langinger.com) ➤

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AGE OF ELEGANCE Layer green and grey textures to create a cosy, comforting space. A carefully placed mirror helps to bounce light around a room. From left Canvas in ‘Venier Argilla’ fabric, £143 per m, Rubelli (rubelli.com). ‘Milan’ mirror, £2,850, Fiona McDonald (fionamcdonald.com). ‘Mio’ sofa by Draga Obradovic and Aurel K Basedow for Baxter, £10,408, Anna Casa (annacasa.net). Yellow cushion, £181, De Le Cuona (delecuona.co.uk). ‘Velours Lave’ cushion, £64, Caravane (caravane.fr). ‘Parachute’ pendant light by Nathan Yong, from £93, Ligne Roset (ligne-roset.co.uk). Books, stylist’s own. Titanium cup by SUS Gallery, £345, Mint (mintshop.co.uk). Teapot, £71, Bloomingville (bloomingville.com). ‘Gilliam’ armchair by Rodolfo Dordoni, £4,290, Minotti (minottilondon.com). ‘Cinzia’ throw, £260, Aiayu (aiayu.com). ‘Fading’ mirror by Thomas Eurlings for ENO Studio, £210, Holly’s House (hollys-house.com). ‘Aram High’ stool by Nendo for Gan, £179, Woven Ground (wovenground.com). ‘Vulcain’ table light by Pool for La Chance, £900, Mint (mintshop.co.uk). Walls painted in ‘Fence Green’ (left), £41.50 for 2.5 litres, Marston & Langinger (marston-and-langinger.com) and ‘English Grey’ (right), £38 for 2.5 litres, Sanderson (sanderson-uk.com) E D

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ELLE DECORATION’S PICK OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL HOMES, PLACES AND SPACES

Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake Luis Barragán

Embrace a simpler life… Visit a humble railway cottage in AMSTERDAM (p186) with a glass extension designed to draw in views of the surrounding forest. Then travel to the rugged east coast of DENMARK (p196), where a 1930s beach house showcases craftsmanship both old and new. Next, head to CAPE TOWN (p204) to see a low-maintenance weekend retreat that combines Modernism with Japanese influences, then on to MILAN (p212), where a flat has been transformed by its owner’s passion for salvage. Finally, stop by a pared-back, rustic abode in the mountains of UMBRIA (p218), and finish up in NEUCHÂTEL (p228) in an elegant 1920s apartment that serves as both a home and workspace.

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WILD LIFE

The owners of this railway cottage on the outskirts of Amsterdam tell us how its unusual history influenced the way they redesigned it Words TRISH LORENZ Photography INGA POWILLEIT

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Exterior The homeowner added a glass-walled extension to this 19th-century cottage. ‘Now you fully experience the outdoors here,’ he says Living area The owners like to mix old and new; here, an ‘Octo 4240’ pendant light by Secto (try Skandium) and a Flexform ‘Lifesteel’ sofa sit alongside a vintage Eames chair (try The Modern Warehouse) and a second-hand floor light. The cowhide rug (try City Cows) adds texture Stockist details on p239 ➤

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et on the edge of forest-fringed sand dunes to the north of Amsterdam, this 19th-century cottage has a unique history: a former station house, it is the terminus of what was once a private royal railway leading to the coast. The Railway House, as it has been named, is now home to Jeroen van Zwetselaar, founder of interior architecture firm ZW6, his partner Laura Peters and son Saami, five. Jeroen discovered the property in 2008 and spent three years renovating it to create the ultimate retreat. Step through the front door and you find your focus drawn immediately back outside, into the dappled shade and tranquillity of the surrounding woods. Here, Jeroen tells us about the project and explains how living here has brought a whole new dimension to family life. How did you find such an unusual house? I was looking for special places not too far from Amsterdam and scoured maps of the

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dunes and coastline in the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park to see what I could find. This house is beside the woods and overlooks a meadow. It was built in about 1867 and lies at the end of a small railway that was used by the royal family, who went hunting here. What attracted you to the building? It was dirty and horrible, but we loved the area and we could see that there was a charming little home underneath all the mess. We also fell for the industrial feel of the railway, which forms such a contrast to the sea and dunes. We like this clash and have tried to reflect it inside. What inspired you when you were designing the interior? I think the best colours and themes spring from the building, the atmosphere of the space and its natural environment. Sometimes you have to live in a house for a while before you know what will work there. Here, the house told me what to do. It’s a piece of history in itself, so we decided to keep all the original details and add space and light with a contemporary glass extension.

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Does being in this setting change the way you live? Yes. We spend a lot of time in our garden, especially in spring and summer; even in autumn we like to build a fire outside and have drinks with friends. We keep the garden as natural as possible. It features plants from the dunes and a few shells, but there are also some luxurious touches: a surf shower, a hot tub, a fireplace and a kitchen. We want to make the most of living in nature. Describe a typical day here. Both Laura and I work at home, at the big wooden table. We have an ofce upstairs, but most of the time we sit in the living room because it’s so light. In the warmer months we often take a break and go for a swim in the sea. We have friends round a lot and we have parties, both indoors and out. I like it when, last thing at night, I turn oY the lights, step into the darkness and appreciate the quiet solitude. This routine is guaranteed to give me a long, peaceful sleep. zwzes.nl

Living area Original details play a big part in this house. Exposed brick walls, wooden beams and stone floors all bring the outside in, while a cognac-coloured leather Eames lounge chair and ottoman (try 1st Dibs) and a vintage carpet add touches of luxury Dining area Colourful floral displays give the space a garden-like feel that’s enhanced by the ‘Secto 4200’ wooden pendant light by Secto. The table is from Fair + Fair in Amsterdam and the ‘Meridiana’ chairs are by Christophe Pillet for Driade. A gleaming copper ‘Fat Spot’ light by Tom Dixon sits beside a surfoard that belongs to homeowner Jeroen van Zwetselaar (pictured) Stockist details on p239 ➤

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Kitchen The antique wood-and-steel workbench is the homeowners’ favourite object in this room: ‘It’s huge: over five metres long.’ Try Old Spitalfields antiques market for something similar in the UK Living area The original building and the new extension come together beautifully; the artwork on the chimney breast is by homeowner Jeroen van Zwetselaar Stockist details on p239 ➤

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‘THE HOUSE IS A PIECE OF HISTORY, SO WE DECIDED TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL DETAILS AND ADD SPACE AND LIGHT WITH A GLASS EXTENSION’

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‘THE BEST COLOURS AND THEMES SPRING FROM THE BUILDING, THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE SPACE AND ITS ENVIRONMENT’

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Far left Floral details, stone flooring and a hide rug bring touches of the home’s natural setting into the lower floor. A child-sized table and chair are set up for five-year-old Saami Bedroom Compact but calm, with delicate bedding from Ottomania, the main bedroom suite is a functional, cocooning space featuring a freestanding bath and a pair of river stone sinks from Bali (try Marble Mosaics or Amaris Granite and Quartz for similar) Stockist details on p239 ➤

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Outdoor area Much of the garden’s furniture has an industrial look: a trestle table and two benches, all vintage finds, form a dining area; the concrete kitchen, designed by Piet-Jan van den Kommer, gets plenty of use from spring to autumn. The fireplace, by Dick van Hof, keeps things cosy on cooler nights, while the shady seating area blends the indoor and outdoor worlds. The hot tub, by Floris Schoonderbeek, is a treat all year round Stockist details on p239 E D

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‘WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN THE GARDEN, ESPECIALLY IN SPRING AND SUMMER. WE WANT TO MAKE THE MOST OF LIVING IN NATURE’

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QUI ET BEAUTY Simplicity and craftsmanship underpin the fuss-free interior of this cool, calm family home on the east coast of Denmark Words JENNIFER GOULDING Photography WICHMANN + BENDTSEN Styling HELLE WALSTED

Exterior This 1930s house on the Danish coast was built with its beautiful surroundings in mind; architect Kai Lytthans camped on the site for four months to make sure that the property would stand in the perfect position Living area The ‘Grand’ white-oiled oak flooring, which can be seen throughout the house, is by Dinesen. The space is divided by simple sliding glass doors, keeping the layout open and light Stockist details on p239 ➤

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he lights in Sweden can be seen flickering across the Øresund strait, and the bustling hub of Copenhagen is just 20 kilometres south, yet this house is in the very heart of nature – a beautiful beach lies 20 metres below, and behind it are acres of woodland. It’s a special location and that’s no coincidence – Kai Lytthans, the architect who designed the house more than 80 years ago, camped on site for four months to ensure that it stood in the perfect position. When a friend first told the present owner, Teis Bruun – co-founder of Danish fashion house Bruuns Bazaar – about the property, he had no plans to move, but his curiosity was piqued. ‘The building hadn’t been touched since it was designed in the 1930s, so it was perfectly preserved in some ways, yet very worn down in others,’ recalls Teis, who was instantly taken with it. Like many modern families, Teis and his PR manager wife Marie Sofie were attracted to the idea of open-plan living and wanted a light, airy interior. Structurally, they achieved this by raising the roof, adding several large windows overlooking the sea and turning multiple small rooms into a handful of large ones. They also added an extension, which functions as a play area for their two children, Johan, seven, and Anna, five. Design duo Signe Bindslev Henriksen

and Peter Bundgaard Rützou of Space Copenhagen helped the couple with the redesign and decoration of their home. The interior is characterised by craftsmanship and simplicity. The huge white-oiled oak floorboards seen throughout the house – with the exception of the bathrooms – are key to this look, as is the very pale grey shade on the walls. Furniture, mostly Scandinavian, is used sparingly, as are accessories and art. Luxury comes from the quality of the pieces and the integrity of the materials; there’s no excess or complication, just an inviting sense of calm. And yet, behind this quiet beauty is a home that is regularly visited by friends and family. ‘It’s a great house for socialising,’ says Teis. ‘It’s always filled with life.’ The simple scheme also serves to direct the eye outside – something that would surely have pleased the original architect, who made such eforts to capitalise on the building’s spectacular surroundings. Despite the enviable interior, living here is really all about the outdoors. ‘From the beginning of June to the end of September, we swim every morning in the sea,’ says Teis. ‘At weekends, we ride our bikes in the woods or go for long walks. Afterwards, I like to relax by sitting and reading. I encourage the children to do the same, but that isn’t always so successful,’ he laughs.

Living area To make the most of the surrounding views, homeowners Marie Sofie and Teis Bruun (pictured with their two children, Johan and Anna) added several large windows. The ‘Birdie’s Nest’ pendant light by Ingo Maurer (try The Conran Shop) is a playful counterpoint to the ‘PK63’ table by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen and a Beni Ourain rug. The ‘Alzabile’ floor light, by Ignazio Gardella for Azucena, was sourced from The Apartment, a Copenhagen shop and design studio. Its base complements the marble used around the fireplace and in the hallway, where a Tom Dixon ‘Ofcut’ stool adds a splash of colour Stockist details on p239 ➤

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Kitchen/dining area A Dinesen table is teamed with ‘Series 7’ chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen and a ‘Bench with Back 444’ by Ilse Crawford for De La Espada (try Twentytwentyone); above the table hangs a trio of ‘Beat’ pendant lights by Tom Dixon. For less formal dining, there is a breakfast bar with a pair of ‘High Stools’ designed by Space Copenhagen for Mater Stockist details on p239 ➤

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THE INTERIOR IS CHARACTERISED BY CRAFTSMANSHIP AND SIMPLICITY

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THERE’S NO EXCESS OR COMPLICATION HERE, JUST AN INVITING SENSE OF CALM

Bedroom Pared back and sophisticated, the main bedroom is furnished with a pair of ‘PK22’ chairs by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen and a day bed by Rune Bruun Johansen, which the owners found at Danish concept store The Apartment. The bed is dressed with a linen bedspread from Merci in Paris. Elegant veined black marble is used to striking eKect in the bathroom, which features a capacious freestanding bathtub Stockist details on p239 E D

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OPEN HOUSE

Characterised by a Japanese aesthetic and natural materials, this contemporary house in Cape Town is a laid-back, low-maintenance weekend retreat that brings the outdoors in Words EMMA LOVE Photography GREG COX/GAP INTERIORS/BUREAUX Production SVEN ALBERDING

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Living area A retractable glass wall allows the living room to open directly onto a patio area, where the homeowners like to entertain guests in summer. The interior and exterior walls are clad in cypress wood from the grounds, reinforcing the connection between inside and out ➤

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Dining area The table and feature wall are made of cypress wood from trees that were felled on site; the retro purple chair is from The Modern Garden Company. A built-in bench next to the wood-burning stove is a cosy spot for reading in winter Portrait The homeowners’ daughter Alex and her boyfriend, product designer Jasper Eales, relax in the dining area Stockist details on p239

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eramicist Yola Bergh and her husband Martin spend the majority of their time on their rooibos tea farm in South Africa’s Western Cape, but as often as they can, they head south to their home in Newlands, a suburb at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The couple bought this plot of land in 2008 to be nearer their four children – Olof, Robert, Alex and Amelia – who live in and around the city. Yola commissioned Chilean, Cape Town-based architect Antonio Zaninovic to design the three-level house, which has five en-suite bedrooms and a large open-plan living space, dining area and kitchen. Here, she tells us more about her family’s second home. What do you like about the Newlands area? We’re a minute away from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and we have a view of Table Mountain. There’s a reserve behind the house where we can go hiking, but it’s only a seven-minute drive to the city centre. Plus, Cape Town has what we call a South-Easter wind, but it doesn’t blow in our area. If you live anywhere else in this city, you’re always holding on to your hat! Why did you decide to commission Antonio Zaninovic as your architect? Two of his previous buildings belong to friends of mine, so I’d seen his work, which has a similar feel to that of Frank Lloyd Wright. I think his style combines a Modernist sensibility with inspiration from Japanese architecture. Where does your enthusiasm for Japanese interiors stem from? At one time, Japan was the world’s biggest importer of rooibos tea, so my husband and I have been visiting the country for years. Their interiors style is incredibly functional and often incorporates wooden elements. They seldom import timber, though, not even from a diferent area of the country: they use what has been felled locally. When we built this house, we got a lot of our wood – for the dining room feature wall, dining table and floors – from two Monterey cypress trees that were growing on site. What was your brief for the architect? We have a big property on the farm back in Clanwilliam and we didn’t want to replicate that, but we’re used to having lots of space. It was important to link the inside with the outside, so we have windows that retract into the walls to make the most of the beautiful sunny climate. Antonio also understood that being a big family means the house is always full. We like to invite friends over, so we needed a ‘Zen’ home to entertain in. He fulfilled the brief perfectly – it’s the house that I always wanted. antoniozaninovic.com ➤

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WorldMags.net ‘WE LIKE TO INVITE FRIENDS OVER, SO THE HOUSE IS ALWAYS FULL. WE NEEDED A “ZEN” SPACE TO ENTERTAIN IN’

Kitchen This area is part of the open-plan living and dining space. At one end of the room, a wooden bench and a cowhide rug (try City Cows) form an additional small sitting zone: a display cabinet, commissioned from Turkish designer Yelda Bayraktar and made by Wood 4 Africa, separates this spot from the kitchen. The etching on the wall is a limited-edition piece by South African artist Philemon Hlongwane Stockist details on p239 ➤

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WorldMags.net ‘THE STYLE OF THE HOUSE COMBINES A MODERNIST SENSIBILITY WITH INSPIRATION FROM JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE’

Bedroom This light, airy room looks out over the garden. The chair is a Parker Knoll design and has been reupholstered in bouclé fabric; the felt cushion is from LIM in Cape Town Bathroom A latticed wooden screen separates the Japanese-style bathing area from the bedroom Stockist details on p239 E D

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Homespun charm This simple, light-filled apartment in Milan is defined by its unique collection of furniture, all handcrafted by its creative owner Words JO FROUDE Photography FABRIZIO CICCONI Styling FRANCESCA DAVOLI/LIVING INSIDE

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Kitchen/dining area The kitchen is homeowner Costanza Algranti’s favourite room in the house. Units made from reclaimed galvanised iron with a stainlesssteel countertop combine a handmade, patchwork-like look with an industrial, contemporary finish. The dining table, which has a salvaged copper top, is surrounded by vintage bistro-style chairs (try The Old Cinema). On the wall behind it, boxes crafted from recycled wood provide quirky shelving for books Stockist details on p239 ➤

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sk design-conscious homeowners to name their favourite furniture store and you’ll get a variety of responses. Some will cite a well-known showroom stocked with classic models, while others might reluctantly reveal their neighbourhood secret. Markets, antiques shops and high-street brands are all likely to get a mention, but there aren’t many people who would echo Costanza Algranti’s reply: her number one destination for furnishings is always the landfill site. Costanza, a designer, is a passionate believer in giving things a second chance. For more than 20 years, she has been breathing new life into discarded materials, first by collecting the flotsam and jetsam that washed up on the beaches of her native Livorno, and more recently by searching through Milan’s scrapheaps. 214 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

Her light-filled apartment in the city’s Isola district is a calm, welcoming space furnished almost exclusively with her own pieces, which are handcrafted from recycled wood and metal. Costanzahaslivedherewithhernephewandcreativecollaborator, Pietro, for the past year. ‘This is an amazing district – it still has small artisanal workshops,’ she says. ‘All kinds of lovely people live here, and I immediately felt at home.’ The building was once a social centre that provided a range of cultural activities and entertainment. By the time Costanza moved in, it had been transformed into apartments and the surrounding area, formerly an industrial district, was on the up. Just a stone’s throw from her workshop and exhibition space, this was the ideal base for the designer, who enlisted architect Lorenzo Viola to help her reconfigure the interior.

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Every home reflects its owner’s style to some extent, but here, Costanza’s personal aesthetic runs through every piece in every room: the apartment is the ultimate showcase for her creations. Wall-mounted boxes – each one meticulously sourced and reworked by hand – provide practical and varied storage solutions throughout, while more elaborate projects include a wardrobe made from a patchwork of reclaimed wood. The scrap metal, broken pallets and corroded copper gutters that Costanza salvages today may not have the obvious romantic appeal of the driftwood with which she once worked, but she clearly believes fervently in the beauty of industrial materials. This enthusiasm, combined with her eye for design, has resulted in a unique home for which each piece has been carefully crafted. costanzaalgranti.it

Living space Folding glass doors separate this open-plan area from the terrace outside, allowing light to flow throughout the space. The homeowner designed the sofa, which has storage concealed in its recycled copper base, and the pendant light – made from recovered iron – that hangs above the kitchen sink Terrace The vibrant outdoor space is filled with plants, from bamboo to chilli peppers, and has wooden flooring that was salvaged from a local restaurant. Lanterns are stored in a Sunlight soap crate (try Baileys for vintage packaging) Stockist details on p239 ➤

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Wall-mounted boxes made from reclaimed wood are used for storage. The wardrobe is crafted from a patchwork-like mix of salvaged timber

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Bedroom Most of the furnishings here have been made using reclaimed wood in contrasting shades. A series of panels are inlaid into the concrete oor in lieu of a rug, creating a striped efect that is echoed in the bed base. Even the pared-back staircase (left) is made from recovered materials: oxidised iron rails with wooden treads. Try Retrouvius for salvaged timber Stockist details on p239 E D

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Natural selection

Nestled in an ancient forest and offering breathtaking views, this charming Italian home blends humble rusticity with high design

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Terrace This shady outdoor space is the perfect place for the family to unwind together and enjoy the stunning views of Lake Trasimeno and the Appenine mountains beyond Dining area This is the heart of the home. Taking centre stage is a rustic, lime-washed refectory table that the homeowner made, surrounded by mismatched seats that include a black ‘In Between’ dining chair by Sami Kallio for &Tradition (pictured front right; try Viaduct for similar). Suspended from the six-metrehigh ceiling is a chandelier made from five vintage ‘PH5’ pendant lights by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen (find originals at Skandium) Stockist details on p239 ➤

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t’s Modernism meets the Middle Ages,’ says Danish photographer Kristian Septimius Krogh of his Umbrian retreat. Located on the outskirts of Preggio, a small village dating back to the Etruscan era, the house is set on a rocky slope and surrounded by 10,000 square metres of dense oak forest. It’s the perfect hideaway for when Kristian, his wife Lise and their two children – August, 22, and Anna, 13 – need to escape from bustling Copenhagen. To this end, their contemporary, architect-designed villa is simple in style and soothing to spend time in. Picture windows draw the eye outside to the breathtaking views of Lake Trasimeno and its nearby medieval towns, soft green hills and blue-tinged mountains. ‘We had to create a sense of the building’s history from scratch, as it’s brand new,’ explains Lise, referring to the lack of ostentation that’s intended to reflect her home’s humble beginnings: the plot was previously occupied by a ramshackle shepherd’s cottage with no water, gas or electricity. Kristian and Lise were originally fixed on the idea of a traditional stone house, but once they started working with architect Marco Carlini, he persuaded them that something built from wood and plaster – with high ceilings, open rooms and lots of light and air – would be more usable and afordable. Marco devised the living area on the ground floor, which has sliding glass doors that transform the space into an open-sided, covered terrace in the warmer months. With the Umbrian sun beating down throughout the day, this terrace ofers some respite from the summer heat, as does an outdoor saltwater pool, which Kristian and Lise designed with a dark grey tiled bottom to mimic the look of a forest lake.

Inside, contemporary Italian design meets a clean, Nordic aesthetic – think crisp white walls, cool slate floors and exposed wooden ceiling beams. Against this, Kristian and Lise have layered a mixture of Danish design classics, high-street pieces and photographic art, as well as rustic benches and tables made by Kristian using leftover wood from the building work and oak stumps found in the forest. While the home may be stylish, it is also conducive to a refreshingly back-to-basics, natural existence. The family source their water from a well and have installed solar panels on the roof. ‘Following the changing seasons here is a gift,’ says Kristian. ‘Sometimes it’s so quiet that it feels as if we’re completely alone.’ marcocarlini.com

Kitchen Sleek black concrete-and-steel worktops and a ‘Fortebraccio’ light by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan are teamed with a vintage French chair (try Broste Copenhagen for similar) and a display of second-hand chopping boards in a marriage of modern and traditional designs Stockist details on p239 ➤

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Sunroom The homeowner made the sofa, side tables and cofee table (try Ian Mankin for similar). The sofa seat, which is topped with bright, colourful cushions, is wrapped in a patchwork quilt by Massachusetts-based design studio Crispina. The canvas ‘Butterfly’ chairs are often moved out onto the terrace Living area Antlers hung with straw hats are mounted above the fireplace; a handmade wooden bench and a Jieldé floor light (pictured above left; try Made in Design) sit alongside it. The filing cabinet is topped with a creative display of lampshades and a candlestick, all sourced at flea-markets Stockist details on p239 ➤

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WorldMags.net Contemporary Italian design meets a clean, Nordic aesthetic – think crisp white walls, cool slate floors and exposed wooden beams

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Bathroom The floor’s checked pattern is created with grey tiles in contrasting shades. The white wooden towel ladder is from Ilva (try The Orchard for similar) Bedroom Modern furnishings in monochrome tones – such as a linen bedspread by Tine K Home, silver wallpaper and Ikea bedside lights – are mixed with more rustic items. The bentwood chair, ornate mirror and side table are all second-hand gems, while the chest of drawers is a vintage piece that was found at Danish dealer Skjold Antik. An antique door knocker from a flea market sits on top of a pile of art, design and photography books Stockist details on p239 ➤

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Bedroom A south-facing glass door leads to a pool area and reveals fabulous lakeside views. The crisp black-and-white palette keeps things fresh, while the homeowners’ love of modern design is reflected in the room’s statement lighting – a ‘Posy Angelis’ floor lamp by Philippe Starck and a pair of black ‘Kelvin T’ table lights by Antonio Citterio, both for Flos. Silver wallpaper by Designers Guild and white concrete tables from Danish store Ilva add a tactile, ED luxurious feel; a set of silver wall-mounted pegs, arranged at diferent heights, make an artful storage solution Stockist details on p239 ee

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‘Following the changing seasons here is a gift. Sometimes it’s so quiet that it feels as if we’re completely alone’

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Window on the world

White walls, polished wood floors and period details lend understated elegance to this 1920s apartment, which works as both a peaceful home and a design studio Words TESSA PEARSON Photography CATHERINE GAIL LOUD/MY DAY WITH/LIVING INSIDE Production CHRISTIANE NILL

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Terrace Like the inside of the apartment, the exterior of this early 20th-century building in Neuchâtel features an unusual mix of Art Nouveau details and industrial elements. Both the dining area and the homeowner’s studio have access to this large covered terrace, which overlooks lush greenery. A vintage bistro table is a peaceful spot for a quiet tea break ➤

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ith views of water, open sky and the Swiss Alps in the distance, the small lakeside town of Neuchâtel is a fittingly romantic setting for this elegant abode. Part of a large house built in the 1920s by a book publisher, the apartment is now the home and studio of graphic designerandinteriordecoratorMélanieRaetz.Boastingvastwindows, an abundance of gleaming, polished wood, delicate Art Nouveau detailing and a scattering of industrial elements, it’s the perfect live/work space for Mélanie, who first fell in love with the house and its rambling garden more than a decade ago. Here, she tells us how she and her neurologist husband Davide came to call it home. How did you find the house? Serendipitously! We came here for dinner once when it belonged to a friend, and I told myself that one day I would live here. Ten years later, my sister called me up and told me about an apartment available for rent that she thought I’d like – and it turned out to be the same one! Did you do a lot of work to it? The house had been rented out for a long time so very little has changed, which I think adds to

its charm. Even the kitchen and bathroom are original. It was in need of a bit of TLC, so we repaired and restored what we could. Other than that, we simply painted the living spaces white and the bedrooms a soft, soothing taupe. What kind of home were you trying to create? I wanted it to be a place that would nourish the spirit – a serene and liveable space where I could combine work and my personal life with ease. How does living here make you feel? Lucky. I know I would never find an apartment quite like this one again. It’s very special because it’s not bourgeois like other properties of the same era. I think that’s because it was built by an intellectual. It’s simple and functional with an industrial feel, but it still has a romance about it. We have a large garden and a big covered terrace; it’s incredibly peaceful here. It’s my refuge from the fast-paced world outside. How do you like to spend time here? In the day I’m normally working but I take regular tea breaks out on the terrace. In the evenings we often have guests over for dinner, and in summer they love to linger outside and enjoy the garden. We have an open-house policy – it’s such a beautiful place and we like to share it with people.

Dining area A mismatched set of vintage dining chairs by Charles and Ray Eames (try the Aram Store) and Arne Jacobsen (try Fritz Hansen) surround a well-worn wooden table that homeowner Mélanie Raetz (pictured above, in the doorway of` her studio) found at a flea market in Geneva. Above the table hangs a salvaged industrial pendant light (Retrouvius and Lassco are good sources), which feels in keeping with the home’s utilitarian style Stockist details on p239 ➤

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‘It’s peaceful here. It’s my refuge from the fast-paced world outside’

Living area Gleaming timber and polished stone make for an unusual flooring combination. A custom-made day bed is perfectly positioned to capitalise on the enormous wraparound windows and leafy surroundings. Crockery is displayed in an antique cabinet – a piece that the homeowner has revived by mounting it on a low table and painting both in a soft grey-green hue ➤

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Living area A streamlined ‘Domino’ sofa by Emaf Progetti for Zanotta and a classic lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames make a stylish seating arrangement . The ‘Twiggy’ floor light is by Marc Sadler for Foscarini (available at The Conran Shop). The simple furnishings and white walls allow the Art Nouveau accents to take centre stage, without overwhelming the light-filled space Stockist details on p239 ➤

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Studio Vintage industrial storage makes for a fuss-free yet characterful study, where the homeowner spends most of the day. An early 20th-century wooden mirror hangs above the corner ďŹ replace, which transforms this airy workspace into a cosy bolt hole during the winter months E D

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Caresse Crosby The American publisher and peace activist who held court from her bed

Caresse Crosby (1892–1970) came from a high-society Boston family not unlike those portrayed by Edith Wharton. Her childhood home was an elegant brownstone, and her father ran a business manufacturing horse-drawn carriages. She remembered growing up ‘in a world where only good smells existed’. But she liked to flout its conventions. As a debutante, she cast of her corsets in favour of a more comfortable garment made from two handkerchiefs and some ribbon – the first bra. She secured a patent for her invention before selling it on; it proved to have a big future. Crosby married in 1915, but soon left her husband for wealthy playboy Harry Crosby. The pair eloped to Paris in 1922, where they set up an avant-garde publishing house, the Black Sun Press. Crosby acquired an exotic new identity after the eccentric Harry took exception to her plain Christian name, Mary, and her nickname, Polly. 250 ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK APRIL 2014

What makes her an icon? The Crosbys lapped up the bohemian atmosphere of 1920s Paris, with its Surrealist artists, poets and left-wing intellectuals. They rented an apartment in an 18th-century town house, where they hosted parties in their bathtub and greeted visitors in bed. Joining them

‘Visitors were invited to autograph the stairwell with coloured paint’ was their black whippet Narcisse Noir, whose claws were painted gold. At the Black Sun Press, the Crosbys sought to unite art and literature, publishing works by authors from James Joyce to Ezra Pound illustrated by modern artists such as Max Ernst. These cultural icons were drawn to the couple’s rambling mill outside Paris, Le Moulin du Soleil, whose ten bedrooms

were each decorated in a diferent rainbow shade. A stairwell doubled as a guestbook: visitors were invited to autograph its whitewashed surface with coloured paint. After Harry committed suicide in 1929, Crosby continued their publishing work, launching a literary magazine, Portfolio (its contributors included Jean-Paul Sartre and Pablo Picasso). She also bought 16th-century Italian castle Rocca Sinibalda and, after WWII, set about turning it into an artists’ colony. It would be a bastion of the peace movement, a self-supporting community with cottage industries such as carpetweaving and pottery. Crosby’s worsening health meant she had to be carried around on a litter, and she died before achieving her ambition. Instead, she is remembered as one of literature’s most colourful figures. To find out more Read The Cramoisy Queen: A Life of Caresse Crosby by Linda Hamalian (SIU Press, £39.95). E D

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