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2 0 M ay Haggerston School Back with a bang for another stellar edition, Midcentury East brings together the very best in vintage from Britain and beyond. Guests can expect furniture, ceramics, glass, wooden, metal smalls, vintage posters, art, rare Danish silver jewellery, lighting, fabrics, rare Berber rugs and more, with prices ranging from £15 to £15,000. Weymouth Terrace, E2; modernshows.com

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Ongoing Houghton Hall Norfolk’s grandiose Houghton Hall acts as the backdrop to Colour Space, a series of 46 new works by Damien Hirst which are a development of his iconic Spot Paintings. The exhibition also includes a number of Hirst’s most celebrated sculptures, installed throughout the 18th-century house and gardens. Houghton Hall and Gardens, Norfolk, PE31 6TY; houghtonhall.com

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19 May Geffrye Museum Though the Geffrye Museum has closed its doors for a two-year development project, its front gardens remain open for an action-packed programme of spring and summer events. Chelsea Fringe Day will celebrate the joys of urban gardens with plant and herbal workshops, stalls, lawn games, botanical cocktails, street food and more for all to get stuck into. 136 Kingsland Road, E2; geffrye-museum.org.uk

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Fro m 10 M ay Fl ow G a l l e r y Jochen Holz’s glass art comes to Flow Gallery in an exploration of lamp working, a rarely practiced glass blowing technique that produces rich textures and complex shapes. Ranging from functional tableware to one-offs and sculptural neon lighting, Holz’s work aims to disrupt perfection and break down the pristine of natural glass. 1-5 Needham Road, W11; flowgallery.co.uk

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Fr o m 2 5 M ay Marlborough Fine Art Plenty of Room for All Sorts of Happiness is the latest show from Werner Büttner featuring new works made over the last two years, together with a rich selection of paintings from the 1980s. Imbued with a dark humour, Büttner’s work pursues survival in a sordid world. 6 Albemarle Street, W1S; marlboroughlondon.com

Print, Pattern and Popular Art Fr om 2 5 May House of Illustration Enid Marx was a textile designer, printmaker and illustrator who helped define mid-20th century design. This exhibition will be the most comprehensive retrospective of Marx’s work in the last 40 years, bringing together over 150 pieces that include patterned paper for Curwen Press, book illustrations for King Penguin. stamps, posters and prints. 2 Granary Square, N1C; houseofillustration.org.uk

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Alessi has launched its first home fragrance selection, designed by Marcel Wanders. Called The Five Seasons, the collection is a love song to nature and available as diffusers, scented candles and room sprays. alessi.com

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demonstrations, hands-on craft workshops and a programme of talks, interviews and discussions featuring some of the most fascinating individuals working in global craft today. This year sees 49% of 2017’s participants returning for another edition, with 51% of the festival’s content being entirely new for 2018. With 227 events, 70 exhibitions, 41 workshops, 87 talks and 61 live demonstrations, there is certainly something to suit all. Over the course of the week, you might learn the intricacies of Swiss horology, British millinery and Danish ceramics; blend your own fragrances, print your own books and craft your own tableware. There is also

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the opportunity to hear the stories behind crafted works and iconic luxury products direct from their makers. But this still only scratches the surface of what London Craft Week has to offer. The disciplines represented range from jewellery and leathercraft to printmaking and carpentry, and involve both established makers of global standing – including the likes of Tom Dixon, Bill Amberg and Georg Jensen – and emerging talents on the cusp of their careers, such as the ceramic artist and Woman’s Hour Craft prize winner Phoebe Cummings, and the 2018 Arts Foundation Award winner and The New Craftsmen glassblower Jochen Holz. With more than 275 taking part in this year’s festival, one of the core aims of London Craft Week is to celebrate and support the community of independent makers in Britain and beyond. By looking past the static beauty of an object to the dynamic story behind its making, London Craft Week aims to highlight and celebrate every dimension of craftsmanship: material and technique, talent

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and imagination. This year’s festivities are sponsored by dunhill and Purdey who have partnered to produce the Home of Craftsmanship: a creative hub and focal point for press and visitors, celebrating the craftsmanship and heritage integral to dunhill. Every room of Bourdon House will be transformed through a fascinating and immersive demonstration of craftsmanship, alongside a series of short films. Purdey is renowned for making the finest-quality shotguns, rifles and shooting equipment and this iconic British company brings the same attention to detail and craftsmanship to their clothing and accessories. For London Craft Week they will be hosting a series of demonstrations in their beautiful Audley House store. Elsewhere, The AMAZING CHINA exhibition at the Hospital Club promising a fascinating overview of contemporary and traditional techniques and aesthetic philosophy, while Experience Kyoto at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch will shed light on Japan’s wabi-sabi making culture through regional crafts and cuisine. Many of Switzerland’s most revered small watchmaking houses – including Laurent Ferrier, Romain Gauthier, Ludovic Ballouard, De Bethune, Ferdinand Berthoud, Graham, H. Moser & Cie, and Moritz Grossmann – are brought together by William and Sons. And, across its stores in Chelsea, Marylebone and Selfridges, The Conran Shop hosts Global Market, gathering international makers such as Danish furniture designer

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Carl Hansen & Søn, Japanese ceramic miniaturist Yuta Segawa and Dartmoor lifestyle brand Feldspar, for live craft demonstrations and exhibitions of slip-casting, textile painting, cane weaving and more. All of this, plus a series of meet-the-maker talks and interviews, exclusive exhibitions and one-off events at leading retailers, rare insights to some of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands and fashion houses and Behindthe-scenes access to some of London’s most iconic, offthe-beaten-track and otherwise unexplored locations. Taking place across the city, some London Craft Week events and experiences are ticketed, most are free to attend and many are held on a drop-in basis. A full list of events can be found on the London Craft Week website. Authenticity is at the heart of London Craft Week and the programme aims to attract a broad audience united in their appreciation of imagination, individuality, passion and skill. It bridges iconic heritage and contemporary brands as well as independent makers and allows them to tell their stories. Each year, with the city as its backdrop, this week-long event shines a spotlight on artists and makers and celebrates a golden age of creative talent.

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“He was fascinated by Dada and Surrealist art” He continued working throughout the 1970s and 1980s living in Ireland mainly writing novels and film scripts. His health was beginning to fail, but in the last few years of his life he found a perfect outlet for his creativity, having been so intimately connected to the visual arts from cinema to ceramics. He was fascinated by Dada and Surrealist art, and built a studio to create a collection of extraordinary collages. The 45 collages in this exhibition were created in the last few years of Mankowitz's life. His son Daniel rediscovered them last summer, buried within the entire archive which had been in storage for the 20 years since his death.

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“People tend to look to the poster boys of the abstract movement without recognising women’s contributions”

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ne of Chelsea's biggest attractions, the Great Pavilion will exhibit over 85 of the best nurseries in the world and play host to some of the most prestigious florists in the business. There will be interactive plant science displays in the Discovery Area and a Hampshire Carnivorous Plants section to watch as the prey becomes the predator. Or help celebrate alpine specialist D’arcy & Everest’s 25th anniversary.

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he Artisan Gardens combine traditional materials and methods with the most innovative recent design approaches, and are dotted throughout Ranelagh Gardens. Always a favourite at the show, it’s possible to observe rustic materials married with stylish, modern twists as a tasteful combination between the contemporary and the classic. The gardens will also showcase artisan products and the highest quality detailing.

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new feature for 2018, the Chelsea at Twilight event will take place on Friday evening. For the first time, the Chelsea Flower Show will open its doors for an evening event from 8-10PM. It will feature a live band, an artisan food market and wandering artists – but most excitingly, the chance to enjoy the Artisan Gardens by twilight as a farewell to the show for another year. Tickets are limited, so speedy booking is essential.

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he aquatic theme of the Pearlfisher Garden subtly suggests how the natural beauty of the ocean is being irrevocably damaged. Large aquatic tanks surround the central piece – a three-dimensional pearl diver, and suspended Tillandsia will hang from the top of the tanks to produce an algae effect. Live fish and coral will feature, as a final reminder of those which are most deeply affected by our damage of the planet; making it the most poignant and evocative exhibition this year.

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new place to sit and contemplate life, the inception of the Garden of Health and Wellbeing is a result of research that focuses on the beneficial qualities of plants and trees to general welfare. The garden aims to show that both gardeners and those simply in the presence of flora and fauna can achieve a sense of calm and tranquillity, thus championing the immense power of plants. It’s little wonder that Prince Charles famously takes the time to talk to his plants.

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he Space to Grow Gardens are a collection of new exhibitions for 2018 that focus on designs for the naturally smaller urban garden. The designs will show how to maximise on the space available, aiming to provide inspiration for London dwellers who are struggling to plant the minimal terrain that comes with an urban townhouse. Great for anyone London-based looking to give new life to their outdoor space.

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ardin Blanc with Raymond Blanc will be returning to the Chelsea Flower Show with day and evening packages in the food and hospitality area. Package depending, options include exclusive access to the Jardin Blanc area, breakfast, a fourcourse lunch and Afternoon Tea designed by Raymond Blanc himself, as well as botanically themed cocktails. The evening package offers canapés and a champagne reception, musical entertainment and dinner. A great (and delicious) way to ensure you’re fully fuelled for some serious flower foraging.

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L I G H T WO R K Vita Copenhagen Modern design is part of the Danes’ national identity, and from on-trend shades of saffron and green, to neutral shades of grey and white, VITA copenhagen has a vast lighting offering. All of VITA copenhagen’s lights have been designed to be flat pack, cutting down on transportation costs and carbon emissions - therefore reducing the carbon footprint of each light. vitacopenhagen.com

GRAPHIC ART IIttala Iittala Graphics is a collection of unique visual expressions placed on the humble mug. Four international designers have displayed their creative freedom on an object that is part of our daily life. iittala.com

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Th e R u g S e l l e r Inject new life into an old faithful; geometrics and bright jewel tones are a match made in heaven. Bright hues can really ramp up the impact of geometric designs; we love the Rug Seller's Moderna multicoloured rug, from £59. therugseller.co.uk

F LOW E R FA I RY Vitra Vitra's Nuages vases are made of coloured, anodised aluminium or ceramic and come in several different sizes. Reminiscent of a cloud, the vase can be grouped into clusters or largescale configurations. vitra.com

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The Miral towels by Becksondergaard are as stylish at home as on the beach and come in two colourways. £38 becksondergaard.com

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Striped sheets contrast fetchingly with patterned wallpaper for a visually arresting bedroom. Sophie Stripe bed linen set, £14-£115 secretlinenstore.com

SECRETS AND LIES

Jonathan Adler's colourful striped Vice Canisters are customised for everything from calories to weed. From £28, uk.jonathanadler.com

THE HANG OF IT

Striped towels look stylish when draped on a hook – and contrast them with spotted ones for extra interest. fermliving.com

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SEA BLUES Marimekko's new collection of textile prints includes the lovely Siluetti stripe bed linen, inspired by the meeting of sky and sea on the horizon.

WALL STORY

Farrow & Ball's Block Print Stripe wallpaper comes in a variety of colourways and creates a striking backround for any room. farrow-ball.com

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The relaxed, lightly crinkled Merlo bedding is made from stonewashed cotton and comes in a subtle and stylish stripe. From £29 made.com

POT LUCK

Kahler's iconic Omaggio vase is a design classic and it comes in silver, pink, grey and turquoise as well as in the original navy and black. kahlerdesign.com

LIFE IN MONOCHROME

The bold design of the Amadeus bone inlay bedside drawers is hand-crafted using traditional techniques. £299 atkinandthyme.co.uk

MODERN LOVE

Rug Society's graphic Prisma rug is a modern design inspired by classic Bauhaus shapes. rugsociety.eu

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White City’s new Television Centre development has launched its stylish apartments that reference the building’s past. HOME takes a tour Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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“ Rear Window meets JG Ballard inside a Victorian prison – but in a good way”

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eople feel strongly about the Television Centre building in White City. It’s a local landmark and a national icon, having appeared in our living rooms through our televisions for decades. So when it was sold to a property developer, it seemed to many as though a part of our collective identity was at risk. In 2008 Peter Beacham, English Heritage’s heritage protection director, said: “This building is not just architecturally important. As one of the first purpose-built television studios in the world, it represents the moment when Britain led Europe into the television age”, and a year later its Grade II listed status was decided. Fears that this popular structure’s character would be lost in its redevelopment were widespread. But now that the mixed-use, residential led development has launched, all stylish apartments and a Soho House hotel as well as a new cinema and an imminent outpost of the Royal College of Art, there’s a sense of optimism about the whole thing. The BBC’s legacy is very much celebrated in the sensi-

tive remodelling of the listed site and lots of design details reference its broadcasting past: fonts in public spaces seem familiar and the flats take inspiration from the original midcentury design. The first residents have now moved into Television Centre and the public is able to access the iconic Helios courtyard and forecourt for the first time. New show apartments are designed by the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) with interior furnishing by renowned British designer Suzy Hoodless and prices start at £725,000 for a one bedroom apartment. Television Centre’s homes sit in the existing circular Grade-II listed Helios, overlooking the gilded statue of Helios the sun god at its centre, and the newly-built Crescent, with views over a Gillespies-designed private courtyard garden and tranquil vistas across Hammersmith Park. The distinctive

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residences have taken inspiration from Television Centre’s original mid-century modern design, all sensitively reimagined to provide intelligent and comfortable homes that cater perfectly to contemporary living. Apartments that face inwards to the inside of the ‘doughnut’ have views of other windows; it’s a bit like Rear Window meets JG Ballard inside a Victorian prison, but in a good way. They’re mostly all sold already, with people apparently selling houses in Holland Park to downsize here. One person reputedly bought his apartment off-plan, choosing a very particular one because it had been his BBC office for many years. Retain many original features, such as exposed concrete beams, aluminium-framed windows, polished concrete flooring and distinctive, gently-curving walls. Suzy Hoodless had the idea of creating original designs using archival images and she commissioned a series of textiles from international design studio Vanderhurd. The resulting dhurries take inspiration from Television Centre’s iconic façade, its original broadcasting satellites and the minimalist interiors. The colour palette is evocative of the 1950s when the building was first constructed, and they all feature Television Centre’s famous 26 ‘Atomic Dots’, a Grade II-listed design feature created by architect Arthur Hayes which will is retained as part of theredevelopment.

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Vanderhurd’s creative director Christine Van Der Hurd said: “Our designs pay homage to the building’s original use, while contributing to its future.” The specially designed pieces include two 100% silk hand woven dhurries used as wall hangings, one of which depicts the recognisable façade of Television Centre and the other is inspired by the building’s satellite dishes – all 20 of which were decommissioned, with the last taken down in the summer of 2015. Alistair Shaw, Managing Director of Television Centre, said: “AHMM have created a building that is both respectful to the original and also updates it significantly for the present day, retaining an important BBC presence while opening it up to the city as a whole. At once a home, a place of work and a true destination, we look forward to welcoming all to Television Centre as it relaunches.” Television Centre is at the heart of a £8 billion ten-year regeneration of the wider White City area, which will form a new hub of activity, creativity and academia in west London. A thriving neighbourhood will see the arrival of new shops, restaurants and educational facilities, as well as the creation of up to 4,000 new homes, over two million square feet of office space and 20,000 new jobs.

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ew York is much vaunted as a place that fosters dreams. Few, though, can have been launched into the world quite so fully formed as Alex Nutting’s, and after so brief a spell in that insomniac of a city – its famous sobriquet proving, for her at least, entirely apt. Restless from an uninspiring office job, in 2014 she boarded a plane on a whim to take up a fortnight’s internship at Saipua, a florist in Brooklyn that was busy shaking off all the prescribed rules of formal floristry. Four years later, she and her sister Jess have together taken up residence in an old railway arch in Shepherd’s Bush, scrubbed up after a decade’s dereliction, as the cavernous studio of their own florist, Aesme. It is where they prepare for their myriad glamorous events and perennial round of (always stylish, probably thanks to them) weddings; it is where they hold their beguilingly titled workshops, such as Fruitful August and French Rococco; and it’s where some 22,000 Instagram disciples follow their every cascading arrangement and perfect posy, doubtless sighing at the beauty, almost as a reflex. Aesme’s trajectory has been a rocketing success, but, as Alex explains, none of it has been the result of the meticulous planning one is always told is requisite for starting a business. “When I went to New York, I’d been interested in flower arranging as a hobby, and in a naïve way, I probably thought, ‘oooh, maybe this is something I could do.’ So I did this training with Sarah Ryhanen who is the founder of

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Saipua, and it threw me into an amazing world. I’d only ever bought flowers in the traditional sense in shops – I had no idea there were studios doing these extraordinary things. Sarah has a farm west of Albany where all her flowers come from – it really opened my eyes to what things could be.” Fired up from her Brooklyn sojourn, Alex and her sister Jess, who was similarly stuck in an unrewarding job, met for coffee. By the time they drained the contents of their cups, they’d hatched a plan to start a business, and with that crucial milestone dispatched, Alex enrolled in the only traditional floristry training available in the UK. Promptly she realised that she loathed everything about it. “It was so tight and formal!” she says, groaning at the memory of its stiff and stifling cornucopia of rules. “It was flowers by numbers and it went against every reason I’d wanted to pursue it in the first place. It totally suffocated the idea of floristry as an artistic medium, so I left after this first level.” Happily, the sisters remained committed – perhaps more so – despite the shaky start, resolving instead to look to the source for their education: Mother Nature herself,

and more specifically, those gardens whose aesthetics they admired, where nature had been harnessed where strictly necessary, but otherwise permitted the crucial freedom so conspicuously lacking in her training. “We spent six months travelling the country, going to Sissinghurst and Great Dixter and Charleston, and taking notes of all these plants we wanted to grow, having no idea if we could. Those ran parallel just happened to run parallel with the realisation that we’d have to grow our own plants if we wanted to do this properly.” Aesme started out in Oxford, where the sisters began incrementally doing friends’ – and then friends’ of friends – weddings. All the while they were busy experimentally planting a patch of garden at Jess’s boyfriend’s family farm in Hampshire, where serendipitously an allotment sized patch of bramble had just come available. “That first year we got loads of sweetpeas, and we were astonished at the difference between using these and using imported flowers. It was a transformative realisation.” Since then, the garden has expanded, along with the whole Aesme operation (so named as a twist on a char-

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“We don’t place more importance on, say, a rose, than on a gorgeous weed or a vine or a root”

acter, Esme, in a French novel they both love). The speed with which the sisters have gathered momentum, considering that four years ago both were total neophytes, is astonishing, but is doubtless rooted in their reverence for nature – a respect that isn’t always at the heart of floristry. “We wanted to keep everything connected to the garden,” explains Alex, ruminatively. “We wanted it to be evocative and deeper than just buying pretty things from the flower market, which seemed somehow shallow. The idea is to connect floristry to horticulture, and to collect ingredients without hierarchy. We don’t place more importance on, say, a rose, than on a gorgeous weed or a vine or a root. It somehow also connects us back to our childhoods, on-off between the city and Wiltshire – our memories are all of the sound of bumble bees, of heat, and long summers full of sensory joys. Oh, and we read ALL of Constance Spry!” The result is astonishingly beautiful; modern yet dripping with romance, that oft-overused word ‘timeless’, and above all, exquisitely painterly. Quite how radical such commitment to the seasonal and, where possible, the home-grown, is can only really be appreciated when you consider the normal modern parameters of flower selling. Some 90 per cent of consumer-bought bouquets, bunches and blooms hail from Holland’s industrial-sized flower auctions. Alex and Jess have been to see for themselves. “I don’t want to be too damning, because in some ways the Dutch industry is extraordinary – you have these monolithic airport-sized markets of flowers catering to millions. The flowers are imported from across the globe to Holland, auctioned and then brought to Britain. But it has had an affect, insofar as it has killed off the British flower industry,

and only now are we seeing a few small scale growers, though it’s hard because there’s not enough land.” The quality too, inevitably suffers when flowers travel long distances. “You have to consider why we buy flowers,” says Alex thoughtfully. “At its heart, they are as tokens of nature, of what’s going on outside. But for your flowers from the supermarket to last ten days on your table, they have to be refrigerated and covered in chemicals. They’re toxic really.” She remains optimistic, nonetheless. Marks and Spencer and Waitrose are, she says, trying to buy more British flowers, while there are good farms in Lincolnshire that can supply in volume. For her part, along with Jess, Alex has created a pocket in Shepherd’s Bush – via Hampshire – which changes with every nuanced shift in season and is so abundant with garden flowers trailing enticingly that it works a spell of enchantment on all who enter. Not, she says, that it isn’t serious work. “It’s not at all glamorous!” she laughs. “It’s really bloody hard work, bleaching buckets and working insane hours. It’s physical and messy and exhausting. But when we’re in the garden in the sunshine, amongst the wild crazy hedgerows, knowing we’re bring some of that back to the city, suddenly it’s all worth it.” aesme.co.uk

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JONATHAN ADLER Large stacked acrylic egg, £298; jonathanadler.com

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WOOD CHAIR, 1988 MARK NEWSON (1963–)

The Wood ood Chair was designed by Mark Newson for an exhibition in Sydney of chairs made from Australian wood. Newson's approach to design is not simply to tinker with existing typologies, but to take a lateral look at them and imagine the perfect version.

MIES CHAIR, 1969 ARCHIZOOM ASSOCIATI

POLTRONOVA (1969 TO PRESENT)

In the 1960s and 1970s, Italy was a melting pot of radical design thinking. Perhaps most influential in this creative climate was Archizoom, a design studio founded in Florence in 1966. In designing the 1969 Mies chair, Archizoom set out to both honour and critique the larger-than-life legacy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who had passed away that year.

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HEART CONE CHAIR, 1959 VERNER PANTON (1926-98) VITRA (1960S TO PRESENT)

• During his creative peak in the

late 1950s, Verner Panton fused Scandinavian Modernism with a futuristic Pop Art aesthetic, focusing especially on stark geometric forms that set him apart from his Danish peers. The idiosyncratic take on the classic wingback chair derives from Panton's original Cone Chair that arrived a year before and takes its name from the distinctive heart-shaped silhouette of its large, projecting wings.

STITCH CHAIR, 2008

PEACOCK CHAIR , 1947 HANS WEGNER (1914-2007)

The Peacock Chair was first shown as part of the Living Room for a Yong Family at the 1947 Cabinetmakers' Exhibition in Copenhagen. Wegner launched several spindle-back chairs inspired by the English Windsor chair, often with a unique feature, such as the distinctive back slats that give the Peacock Chair its name.

ADAM GOODRUM (1972–) CAPPELLINI (2008 TO PRESENT)

• With his award-winning Stitch Chair,

Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum was looking to create a folding chair unlike any other – one that could fold completely flat. Made entirely from laser-cut aluminium, with a polished lacquer finish, the Stitch Chair has multiple hinges which allow it to fold and reduce to a mere 15mm thick. It is a fresh take on the folding chair, both fun and practical.

DE LA WARR PAVILION CHAIR, 2006 BARBER & OSGERBY

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Osgerby were commissioned to design a chair for the renovated De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, they created an innovative aluminium chair that respects the history of the modernist landmark, its rear skid leg referencing the crisp lines of the architecture and its colour a nod to the building's original wooden chairs.

CAFE MUSEUM CHAIR , 1898 ADOLF LOOS (1870-1933) J&J KOHN (1898)

Designed in 1898 for a Viennese coffee house, the Cafe Museum Chair refined a model first developed by German-Austrian cabinetmaker Michael Thonet in the mid-nineteenth century. Bentwood furniture was light, durable and affordable –practical qualities which make it a perfect choice for commercial spaces.

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MUUTO Thomas Bentzen Cover Chair muuto.com

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MODISH LIVING Allegro Leather Dining Chair; £439 modishliving.co.uk

WHARFSIDE Mylon; From £1,340 wharfside.co.uk

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Beetle Dining Chair; £259 chaplins.co.uk

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MINIFORMS Valerie Dining Chair; £420 gomodern.co.uk

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Fan Dining Chair; £575 tomdixon.net

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The Legacy Danish ceramics company: Kähler Words P E A R L B OY D

“Today, they reinterpret the best from their artistic ceramic heritage”

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he story of Kähler begins in 1839, when the Holstein potter Herman J. Kähler opened a small ceramics workshop in the city of Næstved. However, it was not until his son, Herman A. Kähler, took over the workshop in 1875 that the ceramics adventure gathered speed. With production of international art ceramics, the groundwork was laid for one of the greatest successes in Danish ceramics history. With handicraft experience passed down from generation to generation and great insight into the versatile moulding potential of clay, Kähler has now been at the cutting edge of Danish ceramic art for more than one hundred years. Since its foundation in 1839, Kähler has been showing its works of art at exhibitions and museums all over the world, and the vision is to restore Kähler as an internationally acclaimed ceramic workshop with a strong artistic inheritance.

Today, they take the best from their artistic ceramic heritage and interpret it in a contemporary light. The results are promising new ceramics with broad appeal in a timeless idiom, yet individually interpreted. One hundred years ago, highly respected artists such as Thorvald Bindesbøll, Svend Hammershøj and Kai Nielsen explored ceramics at Kähler. Today, Louise Campbell, Bjørn Poulsen and Jeanette List Amstrup carry on the tradition, with the ambition of bringing art to the people. Kähler Design’s Hammershøi Teapot won in the Household/Tableware category of the 2017 iF Design Awards, elected by a 63-member jury made up of independent experts from all over the world. The teapot has a modern idiom, decorative brass-plated handle and a built-in strainer that controls the pouring speed and filters out the tealeaves. It is a beautiful and functional designer product created in accordance with historical principles of design and tea-brewing. Kähler’s Hammershøi range is designed by Hans-Christian Bauer who draws his inspiration from the original works by Svend Hammershøi for the Kähler workshop in the early 20th century.

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A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN Need more space? Somewhere to be alone? Glorified garden sheds are the solution of choice for Londoners. HOME investigates Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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ho doesn’t love the idea of sitting in their own miniature house in the garden? It’s not just men in their sheds – there are writers in garden offices, designers in garden studios, party people in private garden speakeasys, crafty types in workshops and even radio presenters broadcasting from their very own gardens, all over London. A room of one’s own can take the form of a grown-up wendy house, a hightech soundproofed recording studio or a green-roofed eco shack. All these things are very possible in your own tiny patch of green. Further benefits are obvious. The extra space might mean you don’t have to move house. You can add value to your home for less than the price of an extension. If you are a business, it is tax-deductible and can save you money on rent and the commute. Quite simply, most people seem to love being in a shed on their own. Budgets can be anything from £8000 to £40,000. You could spend even more if you really tried, depending on

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size and finish. If you want oak panelling, lovely floorboards and old French shutters you can creep up to the higher figure. Marc Salmon of London Garden Studios built a garden studio for ceramicist Lou Rota; his other projects have included a 70-square metre studio which has a courtyard zen garden in the middle. Architect Nic Howett built the award-winning Rug Room for a client who makes rag rugs. It is a modest cor-ten steel clad plywood structure at the end of a narrow garden facing both the rear of an early Victorian crescent and a secret garden. With apertures onlooking to both, it is a place to work, read, and make rugs rugs. Offset from the garden’s end, with entrance doors to one side and rear, the building’s angled (double layer) plywood structure is sleeved inside cor-ten steel. With a work table that faces the house and lined in shelves full of fabrics and books, all of these elements help brace and support the structure. The Rug Room although new, feels familiar, its age indeterminable, providing a timeless sense of place. Turner Architects’ Garden Library in Camberwell was shortlisted for the Best New Home Improvement

Project in London last year. It was devised to be a study, spare room and storage for a growing family, where an extension to their flat was prohibitively complex. the deliberately simple, lightweight structure creates a warm and friendly feel for a quintessentially family addition. In Chiswick, award-winning JLB Property Developments designed and built a garden room in a small back yard plot that adds valuable extra space to the terraced house. The new room can be used for a variety of purposes and it utlises an otherwise little-used outdoor area. Garden rooms are set to grow in popularity, whether in tightly packed urban spaces or in large country gardens. They're a good investment and they're a joy to behold – what's not to like?

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Architect Duncan McLeod and set designer Lyndsay Milne McLeod on architecture for wellbeing in their playful west London home Words M Y M O D E R N H O U S E

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Duncan McLeod If you read books about architecture for wellbeing or happiness, one recurring theme is a sense of community. It’s important to me to create a sanctuary, but also to know what’s going on outside my walls. People say that on a street like this in London there’s no sense of community, but I think it comes down to how much effort you make. It gives me a sense of wellbeing to know the names of the local shopkeepers, for example; we say good morning to each other and make the time for a little chat. Lyndsay Milne McLeod I bought this flat in 1994. I was living with some friends from the Royal College of Art when I came for a nose around. I remember thinking ‘there’s a fireplace in the bathroom, I’ve got to have it.’ Then I bought the shop below in 1997 and used it as a studio for set design. Duncan and I started really knocking things about in 2005.

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Duncan The project took about 10 years. Six years of that was DIY – there were long periods when Lyndsay and I spent every night and every weekend on it. We bought each other a steel beam one year… I think we bored a lot of our friends. It was a good project for me though, being a young architect at the time. I learnt everything about how to put a building together, right down to what type of screws you need. Lyndsay I love the house’s sense of potential. Even now, there’s still more we want to do and we really enjoy that process – it’s part of who we are. When you live in a building that you’re doing up, you get a sense of every space and angle over time. The way we use the space has changed now that we have Oban, our three-year-old son, and it’s worked in our favour not to do it all in one quick rush.

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Duncan We extended into the old garden to build the studio. The brief was to have an office that didn’t feel like an office. We wanted something very crafted and soulful. The clerestory windows add a sense of height and drama but also mean that the light is controlled, which it wouldn’t be if we had skylights. The light that moves across the curved oak cladding is beautiful and changes during the day. We have a very human way of working with clients in which we try to define their notions of home, happiness and wellbeing before we design anything. It was the same here and we’ve designed the space to include things that are important to us: woodburning stoves, a projector for films in the living room and the outdoor spaces. The sliding staircase sums up our studio mantra that ‘there’s always a way’. I wanted to store my motorbike indoors. Lyndsay didn’t want to see it, so we came up with a solution that could work for both of us and this is the result. It slides to allow access to my motorbike when I need it, and hide it when I don’t. The whole team stood around thinking about what to clad it with. Someone suggested artificial grass and that was it. When we first installed it, Lyndsay hated it.

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Lyndsay Oban absolutely loves it. And it doesn’t look unnatural, so I think subliminally you still get a sense of nature inside the house. The garden is now raised to the first floor. Oban plays out there a lot. What was great was that even though we built over a backyard, it was disconnected from the flat before. So bringing it up meant that we got more outdoor space and it’s accessible from the flat. It’s win-win. Duncan The neighbouring commercial ground floor gardens are left to go to ruin. I would love for more people on the street to do what we did because if everyone had their gardens up here, you would get to see your neighbours more often and have a better sense of community. Lyndsay This place is really born out of our characters. We like a sense of history and narrative. It’s important to us to feel comfortable and rooted. So we laid the tiles in the hallway in a pattern that reflects the old floorplan of the shop and we planted a mimosa tree on the terrace, directly above one we had to remove for the build. I think it’s important to feel grounded in the history of a place; we didn’t just want to slap something completely new in. Duncan Your house should reflect who you are. When we look back at the project we see a sense of playfulness, exploration and surprise. We’ve got plans to design a yellow monkey cage on the top terrace for a trampoline for Oban and to hang a garden shed on the side of the house where the bathroom is to satisfy my desire for a shed and a treehouse. It’s all a bit of fun, really Even before we had Oban we wanted to design a house that children would absolutely love; I think that’s how a house should be.

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ON THE SHELF Styling the perfect shelfie (it’s not just for Instagram, you know)

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pring is a time of regeneration, a time to breathe new life into old things. This makes it a good moment to give your house a reboot. Taking the overlooked or unloved parts of your home and injecting a fresh new feel with a few small simple tricks is a quick and easy way to kick off your spring refresh. Ranked in the top ten interiors Instagram accounts by British Vogue, Editor of award-winning blog - Mad About The House, Kate Watson-Smyth, shares her top-tips for styling your shelves. H E I G H T Make sure there is variation. Books upright, books on their sides. A tall candlestick and a short one on the pile of books. Let the eye travel along.

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L AY E R Unless your shelf is very narrow, try not to have everything in a straight line. Put the candlestick in front of the postcard that’s propped up at the back. Let the necklaces hang down from the jewellery stand and pool on the book below. O D D N U M B E R S Generally speaking, things group better in threes or fives. If you can mix the height within the group, you’re already halfway there. But that’s not to say you can’t go for symmetrical – a candle at each end, for example. But then bring in some odd numbers.

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R A N D O M S T U F F Of course you want to display your bottles of scent and your family photos, but this is also the perfect place for that fabulous stone you brought back from the beach last summer, or that shell that you haven’t been quite sure what to do with. This is the spot for the random treasures that don’t quite make sense on their own but which mean something to you. But don’t just buy something for the sake of it; this shelfie, as much as the rest of your house, should tell your story. It’s about your treasures or bathroom necessities. It’s not just for Instagram, you know.

by Kate Watson-Smyth of madaboutthehouse.com, published by Pavilion. Illustrations by Abi Read.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE EMPTY S P A C E Designers call this negative space, but it basically means don’t cram it all in. Give your things room to breathe. A N D F I N A L LY If in doubt, a little posy of flowers or a plant will often bring your shelfie to life.

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This wall shelf is an Aalto classic from 1936, using his famous L leg bent wood innovation. 112B is as easy to put as it is to add to, by putting more shelves on top of each other, or side by side. It can be hung with the holders facing either up or down. skandium.com

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The Link shelf is flexible and is a playful way to display your favourite decoration objects and books and other home accessories. A set includes four boards and seven steel shelf holders, which can be mounted in different ways. studiohausen.com

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The herringbone design brings a touch of retro to this beautiful piece of modern furniture. An eye-catching acacia wood veneer showcases the grain of the wood and catches the light to enhance the warmth of the colour, while a stylish geometric brass frame adds a touch of antiquated elegance. cuckooland.com

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otam Ottolenghi’s minimal white stainless steel kitchen at his Camden Town home has all the right ingredients. It’s a beautiful and practical space, where one of the world’s most celebrated chefs can create his individual brand of culinary magic. A perfectly proportioned white matt lacquer island unit nestles in the space, while ample room for Yotam’s food and cookery books has been carefully integrated into the design. Finished in matt lacquer and stainless steel, the streamlined kitchen is handle-free and urban in feel. Yotam is very serious about making people happy through his food, which is often described as ‘sunny’. It’s full of harmonious contradictions: it’s vibrant and bold yet familiar and comforting; it’s beautiful to look at yet close to its original form; it’s full of surprising drama yet always comes together as one; it’s noisy yet peaceful, lip-smacking yet warm, simple yet daring.

“Ample room for Yotam’s cookery books was carefully integrated” Ottolenghi’s food is famously freshly-made and free from preservatives and colouring. Wherever possible, he and his team source goods locally within Britain and Europe. From North London bee keepers and meat curers to cheese makers and seaweed harvesters in the West coast of Ireland, there is just so much energy and passion going into the making of some first-class ingredients. The Mediterranean influence is still strong in his cooking but he is as likely to be reaching for the mirin and miso as he is the pomegranate molasses, olive oil and date syrup. His cupboard is wide, his menu ever-changing and the experiments ever-underway. In his home kitchen as well as in his test kitchen, he continues with both a boundless enthusiasm and an unswerving dedication to detail. The result is some very merry-making food.

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S PA C E Is creating a beautiful setting enough to guarantee a harmonious and happy home life with a family? Probably not without a little help. HOME has some assistance from the School of Life

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mages of beautiful family homes can be seen everywhere. Small children are artfully stumbling down stairs, their hair cutely dishevelled. Breakfast tables feature stylishly mismatched crockery, the crumby remains of a meal scattered elegantly. Sofas have cushions intact. A single pair of shoes is neatly arranged in a hallway. Throws are casually tossed across flawlessly made beds. Swathes of well-ordered space is shot from all angles. If a visitor from another planet were to flick through the pages of a magazine, they’d think humans lived in flawless spaces with decorative objects tastefully displayed on shelves in groups of three. But here are some of the things you never see on Instagram. The total kitchen devastation caused by children baking cakes. Abandoned towels on the floor. Messy piles of dog-eared leaflets. Shelves of tatty books arranged with no regard for size or colour. Yesterday’s coffee cups. Discarded shoes, especially muddy ones, or lone ones. Unfinished craft projects too big for the cupboard. The detritus of family life requires endless clearing up, throwing away, sorting out, and that is, ultimately, what home means. The key to a happy home life, according to the School of Life, can’t be found in a new rug or in matching towels or even in a loft conversion. Happiness comes through emotional intelligence, nurtured through ideas and discussion, and it is entirely immune to the colour of your walls. The reality of family life comprises arguments, sulking, irrational behaviour, door slammingand general emotional volatility – is this what we’re trying to tame with our storage solutions and our careful lighting? If home is a state of mind, how can we achieve the serene yet characterful home life implied by all the heavily styled images?

The School of Life, Alain de Botton’s centre for the pursuit of emotional intelligence, has a few tools to offer. Many of them are simply conversation starters – but they’re very well thought out (not to mentioned elegantly packaged, so they also work as decorative objects for shelves). We start with 100 Questions: Family Edition, which is a simple box of cards, each featuring a leading question that can apply to all ages. It’s designed to be an improvement on this familiar exchange: “How was school today darling?” “Fine.” “Did anything interesting happen?” “No.” “What did you have for lunch?” “I can’t remember. Stop asking me things.” Instead, here are ‘100 carefully composed questions designed to get you into imaginative, thought-provoking conversations between children and adults’, neatly packaged ‘for families who enjoy lively discussions and meaningful conversations,’ it says. It’s pitched to be revealing, rather than exposing, and to appeal to all ages. In my household, everyone is keen to play. First question: ‘If you had to join someone else’s family, whose would you choose?’ Ouch. This could easily lead to one of our oft-revisited rows which begins with the recrimination: “Stella’s mother would never put spinach in macaroni cheese. I wish I lived with her.” But happily the ensuing conversation is remark-

“What are we trying to tame with our storage solutions?”

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ably civilised, leading seamlessly into the following cards: What’s the best thing about your family? And the worst? Again, getting quite close to the bone but without actually bruising anything or slamming any doors. Answers to ‘The best way to get me to do something I don’t want to do is…’ are predictable, involving money and chocolate, while more wide-reaching questions reveal heartfelt convictions about plastic in the oceans and global consumption and waste. Soon we’re in an intense and wide-reaching discussion spanning capital punishment, the value of learning maths, the existence of God and whether parenting should be strict. Everybody learns something new about each family member, whether it’s the smell they most associate with school or their best ever dream. Further questions include: ‘What makes you feel lonely?’ ‘How strict will you be as a parent?’ ‘Describe your ideal school day’, and the devastating: ‘Do you think your parents and siblings spend too much time on phones/computers?’

While we’re shopping at the School of Life – and on the subject of time spent on phones – we’re distracted by a stylish glass sand timer with enough yellow sand to mark out 15 minutes. This is another row-abater. When our youngest refuses to address her homework, we instate a 15-minute rule. Screen time can come in 15-minute increments. So can question time. And quiet time. And tidying up time. This doesn’t work for everything: 15 minutes is long for toothbrushing, showering and the naughty step. Needless to say, the curvy timer looks nice on a shelf too. If anything, we're all striving to increase communication without shattering the emotional bonds that hold a family, and a home, together. Ultimately, creating a lovely space for to inhabit is important, but it needs to be filled with what the Germans might call ‘lebensinhalt’ – literally, life content. (The School of Life also has a whole set of cards on the subject of German untranslatable words, but that’s another conversation).

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SHELF LIFE STRING We love this modular String shelving system as styled for a kid’s room. Build a library wall, display knick-knacks and make a design feature of a work space – all while creating an inspiring, stimulating environment for your child. Starts at £81; skandium.com

PLAYING HOUSE FERM LIVING The Funkis house has downsized and now comes in miniature. We love its nod to contemporary architecture, simple lines and modernist feel; keep it minimal or use it to house little books, toys, or bricks. £99; themodernnursery.com

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hildren’s furniture and toys” is how Uuio defines itself online – a spare, straightforward description that both reflects the German brand’s minimalist ethos and belies the beguiling nature of its products. Design is at the heart of the Uuio project, which began with an effort to reimagine the humble high chair. The result, which forms one part of the broader Uuio SIB furniture concept, is a modern masterpiece combining a classic form with high-end materials and functional simplicity. The remainder of the collection is just as enticing – from Uuio TRE, an arboreal spin on building blocks hewn from solid oak, to Uuio ONN, a multicoloured wool rug made in Germany from completely natural fibres. But our current favourite is Uuio VII, a child’s bed crafted from oak and featuring a softly angular design and fun yellow struts under the mattress. The effect is one of playful dynamism, albeit a dynamism of the most stylish and structured sort. Available in two sizes, it’s soon to be reworked as a daybed – which we’re sure we’ll be seeing all over Pinterest and Instagram before the summer is out... shop.uuio.de

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RELEASE YOUR INNER CHILD eri Meri’s team gets their design inspiration from a very emotional source: their memories of childhood. Especially all the waiting—they remember every big moment that they spent in breathless anticipation. Whether it was opening up a big present, waiting for friends to join the birthday party, or some other longest shortest moment in time, they try to imbue that excitement into their supplies. You should try it yourself. As you start listening to what your kid wants, try to exercise your empathy muscles a bit and remember the imaginative possibilities you used to have. It turns out you still do, you just might have put them on mute.

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“Don’t let a unicorn party turn into unicorns and astronauts”

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BUT DON’T GO (TOO) WILD kay, we know we’re contradicting ourselves a bit, but remember: you are the adult here. Meri Meri suggests that once you get into the right state of mind for your little one’s dream theme, you start limiting your focus. Don’t let a unicorn party turn into “unicorns and princesses and astronauts and pirates.” Pick one and go deep: pick out matching supplies in your theme (which Meri Meri happens to have well in hand) and absolutely nothing else. Save your time and energy for the party itself – after all, the aim is to have fun with the planning and to throw an event that everyone enjoys!

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s a fashion brand that unashamedly adopts the bold Pop Art patterns and colours reminiscent of the 60s, Marni’s transition into furniture was always going to be visually arresting and statement centred. The 2018 Salone del Mobile Milano (Milan Design Fair) in April provided the perfect opportunity to show off their wares – and it didn’t disappoint. Artisan workmanship is a distinctive feature of Marni projects linked with Salone del Mobile, and, as with last year, they chose to collaborate with a range of communities in Colombia by adapting and reinterpreting the classic cultural designs for Marni. The result: a carefully curated, bright display of chairs, baskets, and more intricately detailed benches that capture the essence of Colombia.

The Colombian Playland theme from the 2017 exhibition was a bold combination of metal, painted wood and woven coloured PVC cord that invited its audience to reinterpret the concept of “play”. Throwing caution to the wind, Marni dispelled preconceived ideas about the function of furniture, and with practicality far from the finished product, they were free to explore what defines play with this cultural collusion. The same is true for 2018, but with several additions to the collection. This year boasts truly unique pieces: papier-mâché and bead chickens, colourful cacti and weaved chairs that adopt an almost human-like quality. Each and every piece would be a bright addition to any home, and brings a touch of the ethnic from Colombia to Milan and beyond. And while the designs stand out because of their unusual design and bright colours, the humanitarian aspect of the collection adds another, more enterprising approach to design. Crafted using techniques from

local Colombian artisans, each product is the result of four days work – produced entirely in Colombia by a group of women from Villanueva, in the Casanare department. Having taken the time to learn the intricate trade from artisan craftsmen, Marni’s vision has afforded them the opportunity to find freedom and independence through their work. Marni have thus created a range that truly captures the essence and cultural heritage of Colombia, while ensuring that their own distinct stamp carries through in the designs. The Salone del Mobile project will also be making a contribution to a children’s charity for every piece sold, and if the quality of design and attention to detail is anything to go by, then they will be raising a lot of money indeed.

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oking around stately homes is a national pastime so prevalent in the over 35s that it ranks alongside bemoaning the weather, listening to Radio 4 and downing industrial amounts of tea, while doing both of the former, for sheer Britishness. And for those not inconsiderable numbers of enthusiasts, Blenheim Palace surely ranks as one of the country’s very finest examples – the more so for not actually belonging to the Crown, despite its titular palatial credentials. The monolithic power of its façade, the sweep of its long drive and the spectacular setting within its estate, overlooking a 40-acre lake created by the mighty landscape genius, Capability Brown, provide all the constituent parts of a national treasure, which is fitting on two counts; first, that its status as a world heritage site makes any such claims official. And second, that it is the birthplace of another national treasure: Winston Churchill, who made his arrival in the world, two months early, on a November night in 1874 in a room off the great hall where his mother,

“Its great masses of stone are best viewed at a distance”

Jennie, had been dancing hours earlier. The wartime prime minister and prolific utterer of the pithy remark said of his birthplace: “At Blenheim I took two very important decisions; to be born and to marry. I am content with the decision I took on both occasions.” Britain’s best-loved leader remained fond of Blenheim, in the chocolate-box pretty town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, throughout his life – he is even buried in the nearby village of Bladon, which adjoins Blenheim Park. It’s an affection he shares with a great number of appreciative visitors from home and overseas, as well as with keen architectural historians. Conceived on the grandest of scales in 1705 by talented architect John Vanbrugh, the famously imposing façade is a rare example of the lesser-seen, and notably severe, English Baroque style. Its great masses of stone are best viewed from a distance – a deliberate design feature since, in the 18th-century, the architectural emphasis in grand country houses was to create an impression of strength and power. Duly, as you approach the central Great Court, where three blocks of the seven-acre building come together, dotted with pillars and pilasters, the effect is to make one feel very small indeed. Happily, as a 21st-century stately home visitor, the sensation is more impressive than forbidding. The residence of the Dukes of Marlborough for three centuries, its astonishing edifice is a fittingly grand façade for the 187 rooms that lie behind it – some of which are open to the public, and others of which remain as private quarters for the incumbent Duke and Duchess. While we can but guess at the repository of treasures in their private apartments, there is plenty to be getting on with in the public areas; the stunningly appointed mansion is crammed full of artefacts

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and art works, from relics of the Battle of Blenheim to paintings by Van Dyck and Reynolds, marble sculptures and stuccoed ceilings and walls. Before you even set foot inside the house, the sweeping grounds are enough to make even the unimaginative feel like a Jane Austen character. That’s thanks to the great Capability Brown, hired in 1764 to redesign the gardens. His most notable achievement was the construction of the Great Lake, achieved through a hugely complex process of damming and cascading the river nearby. A less ‘capable’ designer might well have flooded the palace, but Brown’s much-vaunted skill saw the construction through. Today, the beautiful park remains much as Brown intended it: a testament to his great genius, and a joy to walk through today as then. Back at the house, visitors are free to roam much of the ground floor, a circuit of which reaches its decorative crescendo in the breathtaking saloon, Blenheim’s state dining room. Used just once a year for the family’s Christmas lunch – a grander setting could scarcely be imagined – visitors will find its long table perennially set for dinner, replete and gleaming with china, silver and crystal. Chequered black and white tiles add to the high drama of the towering room, whose frescoes were painted in the 18th-century by the French artist, Louis Laguerre. Do linger long enough to spot his self-portrait forever looking down on the family’s annual festive repast. The whole attitude of magnificence begins at Blenheim’s gates, and gathers momentum up the long drive through the Capability-Brown-designed estate, complete with lake, until you enter the Great Hall. A companion piece of sorts to the saloon, the entrance hall dwarfs visitors as they enter, its 64-foot high ceilings encouraging the gaze upwards, thanks to tiered marble pillars and arch-

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ways arranged in symmetry on either side of the walls. It is the very articulation of the triumphal spirit – which makes sense, given that the Marlboroughs came to live at Blenheim thanks to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough’s military triumphs during the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in his notable victory in 1704 at the Battle of Blenheim in Bavaria; in gratitude for his achievements, the king ordered that the nation give Marlborough and his descendants a large expanse of Woodstock to construct a palace worthy of their service. No grand stately home is complete without its library, and Blenheim Palace being the very stateliest of them all boasts a fittingly grand collection. The Long Library, once a picture gallery but converted by the 9th Duke, stretches a full 180-foot long and reaches 32 feet high. So extensive is it that it is the second longest room in any British stately home, making it the ideal place for the display of its 10,000 tomes. Lucky readers with time to linger could peruse its well-stocked shelves for yawning great hours, taking breaks only to gaze wistfully upon its views across to the Water Terraces. Above the bookcases sit a number of portraits of notable historical figures, including Queen Anne, King William IIII and the first Duke, as well as member of the current family. Do take time to note, too, the Willis Organ which sits at the end. Commissioned and installed in 1891 by the eighth Duke, its inscription reads: “In memory of happy days and as a tribute to this glorious home we leave thy voice to speak within these walls in years to come when ours are still.” It is a sentiment that, along with so many of the riches found in the palace, speaks to anyone who visits this glorious building; it is likely that most will leave with their own memories of happy days spent dreaming here.

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ach room channels 1920s and 1930s design, with vintage pieces, hand-knotted rugs and rainforest showers. Brass and mahogany furniture, chandeliers and richly patterned furnishings feature heavily, while Roberts radios playing on arrival add to the sense of fun and excitement when checking in. Busy cityslickers are able to purchase last-minute pieces for work or play from NET-A-PORTER and have them delivered direct to their hotel room the same day, and there are pre-mixed cocktails in the mini bar, ready to pour into crystal glasses for a nightcap.

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Colour is at the very heart of everything Bridie produces. Formerly a specialist painter of interiors, she has continued to keep up the practice through her homeware range. MY FAVOURITE PIECES FROM THE CURRENT COLLECTION… are The End of Day Confetti Turned Lamps. The strengthened glass columns are painted by me, then assembled with unfinished brass top and bottom plates. Over time the brass will develop a mellow patina.

MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER… is Italian Architect Gio Ponti, especially his painted ceramics.

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