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01224 824164 www.alarisavenue.co.uk Kingston upon Thames KITCHENCRAFT LTD 14 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1EY

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70 DESIGN 35 CREATIVE REVIEW News from the design world

36 THE TOP TEN

All our favourite floral things

INSIDER 14 CALENDAR

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16 DECOREX

Kicking off London Design Festival

18 100% DESIGN

A preview of the UK's biggest trade show

20 DESIGN JUNCTION A show of diversity in design

22 CERAMICS IN THE CITY London's best ceramicists in one place

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At home with the design director

47 WHAT'S YOUR TYPE? Top typography products

48 DECO DELIGHT

Art deco chic in the East End

54 FAUNA & FLORA

A sneak peak at Gucci's new home line

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DESIGN Art fairs & festivals for your calendar By H E L E N B R OW N

S TA R T A R T FA I R Saa t c hi Ga l l e r y 14~17 September Unearth tomorrow’s art today as the Start Art Fair returns to the Saatchi Gallery. On display are works from the world’s emerging art talent, such as Australia’s NG Art Gallery, along with new exhibitors including French painter Eric Lacombe and rising Chinese artist Ye Hongxing whose kaleidoscopic landscapes juxtapose elements from East and West. Duke of York’s HQ, SW3; startartfair.com

SCULPT AT KEW Kew G ar de n s 18 September~15 October Discover one of the UK's largest exhibitions of sculpture at the inaugural edition of Sculpt at Kew. Explore a trail of abstract pieces installed throughout Kew’s Botanic Gardens, featuring one of Britain’s leading contemporary sculptors Simon Gudgeon, international artist Mark Dedrie and life-sized animals by Piers Mason. Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9; kew.org

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C hur c h S t r e e t 24 September Alfie’s Antique Market and Westminster Council are hosting one of London's largest antique based events. Over 50 dealers from across the country will join the merchants from Alfie’s in a one-stop shop design destination. Expect some of the largest collections of high-calibre antique pieces in Europe, as well as dining from London’s best street food stalls. Church Street, NW8; antiquesanonymous.london

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B e rk l ey Sq u a re 15~2 0 September 100 exhibitors from across the art, antiques, design and decorative art spectrums will descend on Berkeley Square as the LAPADA Fair returns for an eighth edition. With prices ranging from £500 to £500,000 and above, sought-after pieces appeal to both the establishes collector and the first-time buyer. Blending eclecticism and artistry, the fair is a unique stage for artistic talent from across the globe. Berkley Square, W1J; lapadalondon.com

DESIGN FRONTIERS

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S o m e r se t H o use 18~24 September Design Frontiers establishes itself for the first time in London with an exploration of future-thinking and a selection of installations that test the frontiers of the industry. Expect everything from automotive to fashion, product design to graphics and digital to performance, from 30 leading international designers. Strand, WC2R; designfrontiers.co.uk

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15 October Modern Shows are setting up shop in east London's incredibly brutalist venue of Goldfinger’s Hagerstown School where visitors can chat Eames, Jacobsen and Bertoia with Modern’s many experts. Expect a huge variety of high-quality furniture from over 55 dealers. Weymouth Terrace, E2; modernshows.com

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL VARIOUS LONDON LOCATIONS 16~24 SEPTEMBER

This week-long festival celebrates its 15th edition with a blockbuster schedule from the world of design londondesignfestival.com

TRANSMISSION

Room 94, V&A Inspired by Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, British designer Ross Lovegrove has created a spectacular 25-meter fluid, free standing piece in response to the rich scenes of wealth depicted in 15th century tapestries.

WHILE WE WAIT

Gallery 64B, V&A Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas will debut their installation While We Wait. The structure is an immersive space in which visitors can enter, as if standing in the Cremsian Valley of Palestine.

VILLA WALALA

Broadgate Renowned textile designer Camille Walala has created an exuberantly colourful landscape in the heart of the city, intended to inject a bit of joy into what may otherwise have been just another day in the office.

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old colours, intricate designs, unique inspirations and high-quality products are all present in the works of Decorex’s featured designers. Wallpapers, cushions and fabrics include both trendy and timeless prints perfectly suited to make statements and finish off a room. Rugs and carpets in varying patterns and textures are anything but boring and will add interest, tying together vibrant colours and stylish furniture. While makers like Larusi and Sotis prove that minimalism and neutrals are still popular, Decorex will show that a shift in design has happened. A Rum Fellow, Newton Paisley, Witch and Watchman, and Beome Design are just some of the makers following the mantra that more is more when it comes to interior design.

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A contemporary dining area from WIS London, part of the interiors section at 100% Design 2017

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s the London Design Festival takes over the capital, its cornerstone event 100% Design will take place from 20-23 September, returning to its home at Olympia London. The UK’s largest trade show will mark its 23rd year, bringing together architects and designers to its impressive venue, an architectural masterpiece in its own right with floodlit rooms ideal for the event. Leading design journalist Max Fraser has been working on the show as the content editor. This year’s theme is Elements, which will be translated across the festival’s installations, features, show design and talks programmes. The theme will explore the basis of design, from materials to the stories behind each product through the process of development. The event will host hundreds of exhibitors, from architects, designers, specifiers, retailers and developers, and welcome over 27,000 visitors. Two major events taking place are Dealer Day, a professional programme of networking, seminars and talks for this influential design community, and Talks With 100% Design. The talks will explore contemporary trends and the future of design. The event will be split up into five distinct sections: interiors, workplace, kitchens & bathrooms, design & build and emerging brands.

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The longest running section at 100% Design is back, heavily featuring mid-century and Art Deco-inspired designs. Brand Bow and Arrow will launch Olinda, a new collection of armchairs, sofas and furniture, while Mullan Lighting will premiere a new range of lights for hotels at the show. Cuir Inde is celebrating the European launch of Madheke at the show, Poppy Westwell is bringing velvet cushions, and WIS London is showcasing exclusive handcrafted wood materials. Quence, Jack Badger, Lindsay Taylor, Ian Parker Furniture, James UK and Design London are more names to look out for.

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This section is dedicated to office spaces, a market where interest in design is growing. Further, companies are relying on new designs to improve both productivity and the experience of the workplace itself. To demonstrate the functionality of these pieces, the area will host the Arper Bloggers Lounge for the second time. The lounge will be available to digital press looking to do work, hold meetings and re-charge. The Workplace station covers desking, seating, electronic innovations, acoustic panels, storage systems, lighting and flooring. Featured brands include Alki, Kinnarps, Framery, Okamura and Lintex among others.

“The UK’s largest tradeshow will mark its 23rd year” K I TC H E N S & B AT H R O O M S

Jules Table, Madheke

This section brings together high-end manufacturers and exhibitors responding to the demand from the hospitality and interior design trade, demonstrating quality innovation across components, materials, equipment and effective use of space. New launches come from Pietraelite, who will be launching a new mechanical fi xing system for ventilated facades and French-based Concrete LCDA recognised for its innovations in concrete for interior architecture. Esthec Terrace will launch a 100% recyclable and sustainable terrace system at the show.

DESIGN & BUILD Rialto Valet and Norton Chair, Madheke Ava Armchair, Mambo Unlimited

With a materials showcase, surface innovations, technology and home atomation, this section is the largest at the show. Debuting at 100% Design is Timbertherm, Interwall Flooring Ltd and VIMAR SPA. Expect to see Sky-Frame, the world’s leading sliding window system manufacturer, rain-screen cladding manufacturer Domus Facades, Ermetika srl, Grestec Tiles and Mobilane UK, who will show their ranges of living walls

EMERGING BRANDS A celebration of the latest ideas, this section reflects 100% Design’s ethos to launch new talent, having previously done so with Ella Doran, Tom Dixon and Barber Osgerby. Exhibitors this year include newcomers Oddot and Grace & Thorn LTD. Expect to see TMI Laura Itkonen, Elizabeth James, Thirty Line Design, Mash.T Design Studio, Citradi, Mairi Helena and Alguacil & Perkoff LTD.

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esignjunction presents more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands to the world’s leading design professionals. It’s a junction connecting the industry – a place to meet, do business and be inspired. Returning this month to its spectacular King’s Cross location for the annual London Design Festival, the event is set to be even larger than last year. The 2016 edition attracted 27,000 visitors over five days and now it will expand to take place across five destinations including Cubitt House and Cubitt Park, The Canopy, Granary Square and The Crossing - a mix of global furniture,

lighting, accessory, material and technology brands will exhibit alongside pop-up shops, installations and interactive features. Granary Square will feature headline projects including a new collaboration with Renault UK. Renault will showcase their design philosophy in a unique and playful way, creating an immersive experience around the concept ‘Beautiful Life’. Renault TreZor, voted the ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ by the Festival Automobile Jury will make its UK debut at the show. Distinctive detail such as the analogue volt-meter and the animated honeycomb cooling vents on the bonnet make this concept a must-see for designers. Also on display will be the results of Renault’s collaboration with Central Saint Martins’ MA Industrial Design students, who are undertaking a brief on the future of modularity in car design.

“A place to meet, do business and be inspired”

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Cubitt House and Cubitt Park will present a stellar line-up of international design brands including Lammhults, Design House Stockholm, Friends and Founders, Fredericia, Icons of Denmark alongside Channels, LSA, Decode, Another Country and Very Good & Proper. Lightjunction - the decorative lighting section - returns with a curated mix of leading global lighting firms. Since its inception, lightjunction has attracted world-class brands including Artemide, DCW Èditions, FontanaArte, Marset, Northern Lighting, Örsjö and Slamp. The Crossing will house installations from Corian, Kirkby Design, Blackbody and partnership projects. This year designjunction has teamed up with design-led watch brand Rado, to launch the first-ever UK edition of the Rado Star Prize design competition.The Rado Star Prize UK will target the next generation of young British designers working across interior, industrial and technology design, culminating in a spectacular exhibition and awards ceremony at the show. The Canopy will be a temporary pop-up venue for premium retail brands and emerging design labels, selling everything from fashion accessories to technology, ceramics, glassware and stationery. The line-up includes Areaware (Under Stone Marketing), Moxon, One We Made Earlier, Tom Pigeon, Sarah Straussberg, Oggetto and Dashel. This year, designjunction launches a brand new talks programme at The Office Group in King’s Cross. The space, designed by Wells Mackereth and Studio Downie Architects, will host presentations, discussions and demonstrations across two days set to challenge, provoke and engage with 21st century design.

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London. Since the fair has been running, ceramics have become more and more popular – and we like to think Ceramics in the City has played a role in raising the profile of ceramics. The fair is one of the highlights in the museum’s calendar and each year is part of London Design Festival.” Whilst one of the driving ambitions of the fair is to give a platform to a wide spectrum of artists, with some 50 exhibitors showcasing their work, it is nonetheless a struggle to whittle the number of applicants down, says Dixon, despite the five-strong team of judges, whose expertise are exceptional to a man. “We are always overwhelmed by the quality of the applications,” she says. “We look for for a rich variety of styles and techniques, and a good price range; as well as a mix of established makers and rising talents. This year’s selection panel included Karen Bunting, Sue Herdman, former editor of Ceramic Review, and Sonia Solicari, the museum director and former Curator of Ceramics at the V&A.” One of the 50 who more than makes the grade is the winningly appreciative Kirsty Macrae. “I am so excited to be selected for this year’s fair,” she enthuses. “It has a great reputation for attracting some of the best established and emerging craftsmen, so I feel really privileged to be selected among such talent.”

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IKUKO IWAMOTO Nucleolus Pofu Flower Vase

RHIAN MALIN porcelain vessels

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Privilege cuts both ways, and for the aspirant collector, Macrae’s work is an exciting place to start, particularly since her work so consciously references its place in the long tradition of ceramics. “I create work which distorts traditional pottery into abstract sculpture,” explains the artist. “The forms reference 17th-century slipware vessels which were used to drink alcoholic drinks such as “bragget”, a concoction of fermented ale, honey and spices. I explode the form, scale and decoration of these vessels to produce a contemporary take on these traditional pots. My work is largely influenced by my background as a painter and I feel that it occupies a space somewhere in between two and three dimensions.” For the general public, the fair represents an excellent opportunity to meet the makers, from the rising talent to the established, amongst whom is Alex McCarthy. His tactile work spans vessels to jewellery, its inspiration found in nature and its appeal in the near-irresistible urge to touch it. “The tactile qualities of my artefacts are inspired by textures that surround us such as; tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life,” he says. “The

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TONEVON KROGH candlesticks, doubling as vases, hand thrown stoneware clay with barium based glaze

thrown vessel is used as a canvas to investigate the properties of these surfaces. No two pieces are ever the same; this is intentional, as I feel each piece has its own story to tell. I want the viewer to interact with the work through touch and perhaps see if they can feel the pot’s journey. It is the range of textural qualities that can be obtained from different clays and materials taken from the ground that really excites me as a ceramicist.” Anna Whitehouse is a first–time exhibitor who loved coming to the Ceramics in the City fair long before she was in a position to show her work at it and thus thoroughly appreciates the accolade of having been selected. “To be chosen for Ceramics in the City is an honour when I know competition is tough. I first visited the show when studying 3D Design at Manchester Metropolitan University and always hoped I’d be able to show my own work there one day.” For Whitehouse, the value in the fair isn’t just in the prestige; it is to be found in the opportunity to swap tales from the studio with fellow ceramicists and pick up

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inspiration along the way. “As a self-employed ceramicist you spend a lot of time alone in the studio so being able to exhibit your work after weeks of hard work – as well as talking to visitors about the process and to other ceramicists about the ups and downs of a potter’s life – is a fantastic opportunity and a real perk of the job!” she effuses. Her beautiful work explores her fascination in marks of erosion and an on-going exploration of tactile objects. Based in Harrogate North Yorkshire, her practice is informed by the local and outdoor life. “Experiences like scrambling over rocks in the Dales to scouring the beach for fossils near Whitby can be seen echoed in the work,” she says. The beauty of the fair – aside from the chance to buy original artwork – is in its eclectic scope and, as reflects Emma Dixon, its buzz as the museum transforms into a riot of colour and a hive of activity. Trends to look out for this year include pops of colour and splashes of gold, Japanese and Chinese influences and work inspired by natural organic forms and storytelling – but mostly the point is to find artworks that you see the beauty and preciousness in. In the words of Grayson Perry, the art form’s towering champion, “I like the idea of my art being a covetable object; I like preciousness. A lot of art seems to flaunt its throw-away character… But you have to sail out into the dangerous sea of fine art with these crafted works.” Amen to that.

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Life in Colour

At the London Design Festival, colour is emerging as a major trend – especially in bold, graphic patterns. Here are some highlights Words

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Celebrating 25 years of their stylish textile collaboration, Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell are showing their graphic weaves at designjunction ahead of their solo show at the Fashion and Textile Museum in October.

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olour will never get old. For the London Design Festival, Farrow and Ball are hosting a colour week wrapped a fleet of London’s iconic black taxis in their brightly coloured wallpaper designs. Decorated from boot to bonnet with rich textures and expressive patterns, the taxis will be dotted about the city at LDF venues and Farrow & Ball showrooms. Drop by the Islington store for a unique exhibition from sculptor, artist and woodworker Joel Parkes, or visit Marylebone for a stunning installation curated by trompe l’oeil artist Michael Angove. Farrow & Ball has partnered with Print Club London from 21 to 23 September to offer free screen print workshops at its Chelsea and Hampstead locations. Colour and bold graphic designs abound throughout the event, with angular squares and stripes recurring everywhere.

Lara Görlach is a printed textile designer specialising in the traditional craft of silk screen-printing, working to bring it to the forefront of contemporary design practice. From her East London design studio, Lara offers a bespoke screen-printing service focusing on translating patterns onto textiles for seasonal collections of interior, home and lifestyle products. laragorlach.com

SO F T FOCU S In her studio in West Yorkshire, Anna-Lisa Smith designs simple, striking contemporary textiles for the home. All pieces are woven in local mills using the finest quality Lambswool and are hand finished in the studio. anna-lisasmith.com

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TI LE CO U N CI L Turkishceramics will present a striking and fully immersive ceramic installation that will be created for designjunction's central fountain space on Granary Square.

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TRUE COLOURS

Sophie Smallhorn’s work spans sculpture, screenprints and site-specific installations but she’s reluctant to call herself an artist. HOME visits her north London studio Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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ophie Smallhorn’s work is all about colour. Her projects are diverse, ranging from small sculptural pieces to large architectural installations via screen prints and corporate commissions. It was Sophie who created the coloured panels for Stratford’s Olympic Stadium, the large-scale colour wraps that defined the building’s zones, which she worked on concurrently with the little 3d models that she loves best. Scale isn’t an issue for her; colour is. Of course there has been no clear career path for this, and Smallhorn started work as a carpenter, ‘making furniture under slight duress’ – in retrospect, she says, the pieces she made ‘were actually overgrown pieces of sculpture with a bit of function thrown in’ and not actual pieces of furniture at all really. ‘Bloody hideous, they were – pieces that involved colour and I added some plastic parts.’ She was never interested in making furniture, but she was interested in the technical aspects of working with wood. Her degree was ‘like an extended foundation course’, a course at Brighton then called Wood, Metal, Plastics and Ceramics, which allowed her to experiment with everything, so it was only in her final year that she specialized, majoring

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in wood and minoring in plastics. Alongside the reluctant furniture she started making ‘small funny pieces of offcuts’ where she’d experiment with stains. ‘They were just sort of pieces and nobody took much notice of them but I guess they were sort of sculptural pieces – when I left college that was where my interest was.’ Was she calling them anything? ‘No, because I didn’t know what they were really.’ Clearly there’s a lack of available vocabulary to describe what she does. And the semantics continue with a debate about whether she’s an artist or a designer – she’s reluctant to label herself as either. ‘Essentially I had done a design degree so I wouldn’t have had the confidence to call my pieces art or sculpture,’ but when she put on an exhibition of her ‘funny offcut pieces’ in Ledbury Road, they became somehow legitimized. By that stage they weren’t stained but painted wood and had evolved into geometric colour studies designed to be hung on the wall. From that first show, Smallhorn found a dealer. ‘It was Francis Graham Dixon saying, "okay, I’m a fine art dealer and this is art" that made it all begin.’ They still don’t really have a name but the small 3d pieces are arrangements in colour. ‘They’re purely intuitive, not rooted in any sort of method or system; they are about proportion and spaces between and the negative space between elements,’ she explains. And everything else has followed from there. ‘As I’ve gone on they have grown in scale largely because of the opportunities I’ve been given, so a corporate space might allow you to do something site specific for a foyer. So my work is split into domestic scale and larger site-specific pieces. Because my

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sounds like a world away from making small models in a studio – it’s hard to imagine how her skills transfer. But for her it’s not so different. ‘I literally broke it down into small components and made lots of models. I work in a low-tech way anyway so I’d go to them with funny collaged mockups. It was amazing to be part of that.’ Again, her design background came into the fore. ‘When I’ve been offered opportunities to work on very large projects, full of compromises and constrains and briefs, I’m happy to take that on when a pure artist might not be.’ From this work with colour, it’s a natural progression to screen printing, she says, because it’s ‘another vehicle to play with colour. You can achieve hard-edged graphic structural compositions.’ With screenprinting you can print two colours and create three with the overlay. ‘I love printing with four colours and creating eight,’ she says. Her next project is an exhibition featuring 100 prints made in 100 days as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Her work is very popular with Swiss collectors, she says. ‘They love a straight line. I’m not a tidy person but the work is very organized and contained,’ she laughs.

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training is basically design training and I apply a very design-led process to the way I work, it’s enabled me to keep a foot in both camps.’ Whereas a traditional artist might demand complete creative freedom, Sophie actively enjoys working with the constraints that come from working to briefs and budgets. ‘Even if I’m working on something for myself I normally set restraints in my head. Like I’m not allowed to use any red or something. Otherwise the open-endedness is terrifying.’ Much of her commissioned work comes through architects and her work on the Olympic Stadium was a huge project, taking four years and involving complicated politics and technical challenges. Her brief was to address the building with colour, which

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MacMaster Plywood is having a moment and we're particularly loving plywood lighting. Inspired by the harmonious proportions of the tulip bud, this delicate yet strong plywood floor lamp is from Worcestershire-based wood designer Alex MacMaster of MacMaster Design. £795 macmasterdesign.com

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Iittala Iittala's iconic Alvar Aalto collection has some new additions – the tall vase in various colours, and a set of low bowls in metallic finishes. We're particularly keen on the rose gold ones, pictured. skandium.com

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GO GREEN Richard Brendon A limited edition run of the highly successful teaware Richard Brendon meets PATTERNITY ties in with the announcement that Marrs Green has been voted the world’s favourite colour. Hand-made in Stoke-on-Trent, this striking contemporary bone china teaware is now available in this fresh and vibrant teal shade. richardbrendon.com

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Lumio Lumio's simple, beautiful and functional products include this clever compact lamp and battery pack that folds out like the pages of a book. Recharge your phone with it; use it as a reading lamp and admire its simple beauty. hellolumio.com

Wa t e r m a r k The Watermark Collection's kitchen brassware is handmade in Brooklyn, with each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. Pictured is the Brooklyn deck-mounted two-hole basin set in a brushed brass finish, £1,485. thewatermarkcollection.eu

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Nothing but Flowers

KINGDOM COME

Content by Conran's spacious Aspen armchair comes in various single colours as well as this bold floral and it's a large, impressive piece. £1,379. contentbyterenceconran.com

Florals are fabulous this season. Here are ten of our favourite pieces

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Atrafloor's clever laser-printed vinyl flooring comes in a multitude of designs, all custom printed to order. Think of it as a floor mural. £59 per sq m; atrafloor.com

ANTHROPOLOGIE MEETS LIBERTY

A collaboration made in design heaven, this one. Anthropologie's Liberty print range spans furniture, ceramics and, of course, pretty pinnies. anthropologie.com

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Jonathan Adler's stylish Mrs Godfrey chair comes in a plain mustard fabric as well as this floral Brighton Clay. We know which we prefer. £1,895, jonathanadler.com

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Seedling and Bloom, Tori Murphy's new print, adorns everything from teatowels to quilts via storage baskets, trays and napkins. We like it in pink. torimurphy.com

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BURST INTO BLOOM Black Edition’s Herbaria fabrics and wallcoverings, with their big, bloomy florals on printed velvet, are unashamedly lavish and £80 per roll.

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To celebrate the Rug Company's 20th birthday, they have teamed up with leading designers to create a capsule collection. Pictured is Chiaroscuro by Alexander McQueen, a dark and intense floral rug. therugcompany.com

TRUE BLUE

Royal Copenhagen's Blue Fluted Mega revives a classic design that dates back to 1775, modernising it while respecting its beauty. From £45, skandium.com

BIRTWELL CLASSICS

Celia Birtwell's classic prints have been relaunched by Blendworth. Endearingly quirky, they feature mythical creatures and animals as well as lots of flora and fauna. blendworth.co.uk

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Flowery prints adorn the new collection of cushions, candles, plates and chairs that makes up the Gucci Home offering. It's bound to expand. gucci.com

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Q&A PEARL BOYD: Your house is beautiful.

Did you work on it in one go as if it were a job? Or was it ongoing? TIFFANY DUGGAN: Thank you! I approached it exactly as I would approach one of our projects, which meant working on it in one go. I think it’s really important to design holistically to achieve a balanced and harmonious look. That said, it does take time to add the last few layers of a home, and artwork and accessories did follow later. PD: How long have you lived there and what was it like when you bought it? TD: We have lived in the house for around two years, and spent about six months refurbishing it before moving in. The house wasn’t in a terrible state – but it wasn’t to our taste and it was lacking in character. It had one bathroom serving five bedrooms, so we added two more bathrooms, and went down to four bedrooms, using one bedroom as a playroom for the boys by making a few structural tweaks.

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PD: What first attracted you to it? TD: We loved its grand proportions, high

ceilings and period features. Also, the layout which works really well for us.  The space is arranged over three really wellproportioned floors which means our two boys get a floor to themselves (where they can play with their toys and make a mess), and we get a little sanctuary in the master suite below. However, the biggest attraction was probably that it needed some work and a lot of love…I don’t think I could ever buy something that didn’t. PD: What is your favourite room? TD: It’s so hard to choose but I think it

would have to be our master bedroom. We knocked two rooms together to create a large suite with an open plan dressing/ bathroom space. I remain totally in love with our canopy bed, bateau bath and open plan bathroom. It has a really peaceful vibe and is very much a sanctuary.

PD: You have a mix of dark and light walls. How did you work out which colour should go where? TD: Choosing the paint colours was actually one of the first things I did. When choosing wall colours, I think the starting point should be the consideration of how you want a room to feel, which of course depends on how the space will be used. I knew I wanted dark, moody inky hued walls somewhere and the entrance hall and staircase, being a transitional space, was the perfect place to do this. I chose a wonderful sludgy khaki paint (Fired Earth's Pebble) for the living room. It’s so warm and enveloping and it’s an easy transition from the moody hallway. I went lighter and brighter in the kitchen and master bedroom with Ceviche for a touch of relief. I painted all of the ceilings the same colour as the walls to give the rooms a cohesive, comforting and more contemporary feel… and also to allow for a calming base on

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will follow. One way to keep a house looking and feeling fresh is to make a few seasonal tweaks. Nothing major – but swapping linens, scents, blankets/cushions does make a surprisingly big impact. PD: It’s one thing making a house look finished and beautiful - but how does daily life impact on it? Do you live tidily? And what about your children? TD: I think that it’s really important to plan your home around your actual life – not the one that you aspire to. If you’ve got children, excellent storage solutions are a musthave to avoid the house becoming over-run with toys and we factored these sorts of practicalities in from the start. That said, I wouldn’t say I’m overly strict – the house does get messy and it’s impossible to keep it looking photoshoot ready at all times, but we do our best. Perfection is both unattainable and overrated – life is too short. PD: What are your favourite pieces of furniture? TD: I have three – our velvet Chesterfield sofa, our canopy bed and the blue leopard print armchair in our bedroom. PD: Do you have a signature style and can you describe it? TD: Our projects are pretty varied as they are very much informed by our clients, but the underlying thread that runs through all of our work is a carefully curated mix of old and new, a relaxed and liveable feel… and just a touch of the unexpected. studioduggan.com

which to layer interesting textures and patterns. The colour scheme throughout the house consists of lots of greens, dusky pinks, deep blues with the odd pop of pillar box red and mustard. PD: Is there anything you want to change? Is a home ever finished? TD: I wouldn’t say there is anything I want to change, but there are things I’d like to add and build on. I’m thinking about adding some wall-mounted, glass-fronted Moorish cabinets in the kitchen for extra storage. Also, the garden is still a work in progress and I’ve been searching for the perfect, vintage Paul Frankl bamboo lounge chairs to buy. Inevitably a home will continue to evolve and adapt to the changing needs and desires of its inhabitants, but I do think it’s really important to get the base right at the beginning, and then everything else

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The kitchen has a bright and breezy feel with plenty of boho charm. The encaustic tiles add pattern and colour, and create a wraparound effect that unites the dining area and kitchen as one zone. The tiling also cleverly forms a midheight visual marker, effectively ‘lowering’ the ceiling.

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his converted factory building in London’s East End superbly illustrates industrial design at its best. A 1930s Art Deco building originally used to manufacture aircraft parts, it now houses a creative community that is drawn to its live/ work lofts due to their unique aesthetic, which fuses the grittiness of industrial design with the exuberant architectural detailing for which the Art Deco style is renowned. Designed by Sir Owen Williams, one of the leading architects of the time, the de Havilland building is an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture. The façade – all sweeping curves, dynamic horizontals and huge metal-framed windows – exemplifies the confident face that architecture and industrial design adopted during the social and economic turmoil of the 1930s. Testament to the building’s successful conversion to loft-style housing is the fact that units here are highly sought after by those seeking an inspiring place to call home. With a floor space of approximately 111 square metres/1200 square feet and an interior that was no more than an empty shell with basic electrical and plumbing connections, owner Louise Miller was instantly attracted to the undeveloped loft space. She liked the building’s history as well as the surrounding area, not least because this building and others nearby have attracted a spectrum of creative folk to the neighbourhood.

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“The space was large enough for a threebedroomed apartment but the indulgence of the open-plan feel was too much to forsake” The interior of the loft was a big blank canvas, with bare walls and imposing concrete beamed ceilings set within a beautiful architectural framework, and offered Louise plenty of potential for creative thinking when it came to designing and decorating her space. The loft needed to be divided into areas for living, sleeping and working but, conscious that she didn’t want to lose the sense of airiness or the industrial aesthetic, Louise resisted overly compartmentalizing the interior. The space was large enough to allow for a three-bedroomed apartment, yet the indulgence of the open-plan feel was too much to forsake. Therefore, with the help of an architect, she devised a layout that retained the expansive feel of the space while incorporating a lounge area, kitchen and study plus a raised sleeping area and a large bathroom. Having spent several years living in New York, Louise had plenty of experience of loft living and knew instinctively what would work and what wouldn’t. Her sleeping area is compact, but was cleverly designed to include a dressing area too. The majority of the interior was devoted to a soaring open-plan kitchen, dining and living space that utilises the expanse of the factory’s metal-framed windows and fully embraces the concept of loft living. The real beauty of this loft lies in the interior design and the quirks and eccentricities of some of the chosen pieces. As an interior designer, Louise expends much time and energy sourcing original and custom-made furniture and accessories for her clients. She keeps some of her best finds for her own space, which is home to a constantly evolving mix of utilitarian designs, original Art Deco items and fanciful bohemian pieces too. One of her favourite features is the tiling in the kitchen area, where patterned blue-and-white ceramic tiles cover the floor and extend

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part-way up the wall, effectively demarcating the cooking and dining area without the need for a physical divider. The loft is a haven of eclectic, imaginative ideas, from the vintage wrought-iron cot used as an unusual planter to the idiosyncratic mix of accessories in the living space, where a stuffed bear head, hanging kimono and fringed lantern bring visual interest to the vast open-plan space. The real delight here, however, is Louise’s collection of authentic Art Deco furniture and accessories, which allows the space to retain a sense of its own identity while adding a dash of glamour. The Art Deco period is remembered as a golden age of craft, innovation and imagination, and these pieces speak the same confident architectural language as the factory building itself.

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Louise’s theatrical background has influenced her interior design choices. A juxtaposition of similar items in different styles provides a clever link between the entrance hall and main living space. On one side of the opening is a monochrome arrangement of a theatrical plaster bust on a plinth set against a dark background, while on the other a pastel-hued 1930s figurine sits on a modern sideboard in front of a white wall. The combination sets the scene for the bohemian and eclectic interior beyond.

The living room is a magical mix of colours, textures and objects. Classic Art Deco pieces sit alongside oriental accessories and a palette of earthy terracotta and saffron yellow. Despite expectations that she would paint the beamed concrete ceiling white, Louise retained its raw’

A reclaimed Belfast sink has been installed in the kitchen. Made from stain-resistant ceramic and generous in their proportions, these robust, utilitarian sinks are hugely practical and have an unpretentious, homely feel. Louise’s bohemian touches have extended to the bathroom, where a cabinet containing different types of glassware, from ornate coloured tumblers to champagne coupes, sits in the far corner. The space has an air of relaxed, feminine elegance, with the curvaceous contemporary bathtub and warm brass fixtures. The towel rail is suitably Art Deco in style, and adds an additional touch of finesse.

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Inspiration, design collaborations and interiors tips with British designer Lorna Lucas

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op British designer Lorna Lucas has joined forces with The Lounge Co. to produce an exclusive range of stunning nature-inspired accent chairs. The artist uses wildlife as her muse and has produced three stunning ‘Paradise Bird’ designs for the Chiswick-based furniture firm. The Lounge Co.’s sofas and chairs are all handcrafted in the UK, and the brand were keen to collaborate with home-grown talent. “Lorna’s work demonstrated such an energy, that we were instantly captivated by her confident use of colour and intricate drawing style,”

“Supporting emerging British talent couldn’t be more important ” said The Lounge Co.’s creative designer Jo Butters. “When you meet Lorna you are instantly struck by her whole personality, which is truly reflected in her work. The botanical and greenery trend is an important look for 2017 and supporting emerging British talent couldn’t be more important to our brand.” Mother nature provides all of Lorna’s inspiration and her garden makes the perfect studio when it comes to producing her stunning designs. “My home is pretty eclectic,” said Lorna. “It’s a Victorian terrace and I have a large garden where most of my inspiration comes from. In the summer I work outside and use a lot of the botanicals in my garden and my photography in my work. So I have a lot of colour from the perennials. Then after the summer I’m out of the garden and back into my house but I’m always looking out on to the garden. “This definitely has an effect out my work seasonally; more vibrant in the summer and more muted in the winter.” For anyone hesitant about using bold colours and patterns, Lorna suggests starting small with the odd accent here and there, before taking the plunge entirely. She said:

HOME are offering readers a chance to win an exclusive Paradise Bird chair. Simply send through an email to competitions@zest-media.com with your name and residential address and you will be added to the draw. Deadline for entrants is Saturday 30th September 2017. Lorna’s range launches at the store and online at the end of August. View Lorna’s designs and the full The Lounge Co. range at theloungeco.com, or visit the flagship store at 104-108 Chiswick High Road.

“Paint one wall, introduce some artwork, get a bold accent chair or just throw a cushion on the sofa. If you like the cushion you might become brave enough to go for the full sofa. Always introduce small pops of colour first – if you don’t like it you can always start again. “People are definitely braver when it comes to using colour these days. I think they use a muted palette and then add some colour pop. A lot of people are buying teal at the moment but I do see a move towards yellow. “I do like acid colours quite a lot. I like apple green and I think purple will come back soon, purely because it hasn’t been around for a while and everything always comes back at some point. Also red and green. I love the contrast and the combination always photographs really well. “We’ve already seen blush pink becoming popular and I think it will become more prevalent. I love it actually – I never thought I’d say that but I really do love it. I think pink is the new black.”

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The smaller pieces of the collection are of porcelain and are produced by Richard Ginori, the renowned Florentine company founded in 1735. With access to the skills of this historic porcelain factory, Michele has designed a range of distinctive, patterned crockery featuring a green and white Herbarium decoration. There are also idiosyncratic Richard Ginori-made porcelain scented-candle holders, which display House patterns. The Herbarium floral print is in evidence here, as are geometric chevrons, a striking, solid pink colour and the ‘eye’ design. Animals from the Gucci Garden – bees, butterflies and cockerel heads – are rendered in porcelain in 3D and are attached to the pots and their lids. There are also small incense holders where 3D stag beetles and bees support incense sticks.  There will also be a range of unconventional wallpapers, coming in silk, vinyl and paper, for those who want to make a bold decorative statement. A postcard design taken from the pre-fall 2017 collection sits alongside a floral pattern from fall/winter 2015-16. The premium wallpaper is in silk and displays Michele’s take on the famous Gucci Flora design. Gucci Décor will be launched from September with a progressive global roll-out in Gucci flagship stores, online at gucci.com and selected specialty stores. There will be no dedicated area for the collection within Gucci stores. Instead, to emphasise Alessandro Michele’s notion that these pieces are simply another way to dress in Gucci, they will be spread throughout Gucci store interiors, integrated with clothing, accessories and shop fittings. gucci.com

ashion and furnishings collide this season with the launch of Gucci Décor. The King of quirk Alesandro Michele has brought his geek chic aesthetic to the line, which covers everything from cushions and chairs to tables and trays. The idea behind the collection is not to prescribe a particular decorative look but to provide elements that allow for living spaces to be customised. In other words: a more flexible and personal approach to decoration. It’s Gucci’s contemporary romanticism brought into the home. The pieces in the new collection feature a number of motifs that are recognisable from Michele’s catwalks. All the patterns, colours and decorative tropes have been inspired by his fashion designs and have been reimagined for furniture, furnishings and crockery.  Reflecting his magpie-like attitude to design, the pieces fuse traditional techniques and historic prints with trend-led clashing colourways.

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aunched in 1950, the Plastic Chair by Charles and Ray Eames was the first massproduced plastic chair in the history of furniture. A 20th century design classic, this versatile chair, now manufactured by Vitra, offers comfortable seat shells in a multitude of bases, shell colours and upholstery options, including the striking steel wire ‘Eiffel’ design. The Eames Shell Chair was designed on the principle of adaptability, offering innumerable configurations to serve a wide variety of applications and environments. It’s what makes the chair a classic worthy of museum collections—and living rooms, laundromats, lobbies,

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and cafés. It’s what makes it a great first piece of furniture to buy in your 20s, that’s still worthy and relevant enough to hand down to your children 20 years later. Charles Eames famously said: “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” With the molded plastic, fiberglass and wood shell chairs, as well as the wire chair, the Eames couple created a universal response to what everyone wants from a  chair: a simple, gracious form that fits any body and every place. Borne out of Charles and Eero Saarinen’s early investigations molding plywood at Cranbrook Academy in 1939, and continued with Ray at the Eames studio in Venice, California, the molded chair is exemplary of the Eames desire to make “the best for the most for the least.” With each new form, finish, and configuration, the Eames continued to push the boundaries of what the shell chair could be: after experimenting with single-form plywood and stamped metal, they turned to fiberglass and experimented with bent wire; when fiberglass production  proved unhealthy for the environment, the decision was made to switch production to a safer plastic; and now, with advancements in safe fiberglass composition and dynamic veneer technologies, the evolution continues with Molded Fiberglass and Molded Wood Chairs. During LDF 2017 , Vitra’s Clerkenwell showroom will welcome visitors into the Eames Plastic world by showing eye-catching new displays and carefully selected beauty combinations of the Eames Plastic Chairs. Visitors will experience Vitra’s new configuration tool which uses the latest visualization technologies allowing customers to create a chair that fits their home or office perfectly. Through use of the tool, visitors can enter a competition to win their own Eames Plastic Chair. vitra.com

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e’ve been here for about three years and it’s changed a lot. Before, we were living on Wharton Street, close to our design studio in Clerkenwell, but we needed a larger house to fit our expanding family. We have three children, Pip, Kit and Marni, so we narrowed the search down to postcodes near good schools that would still allow us to walk to work. The house was pretty run down and had been vacant for over a year. The bedroom was deep red with gold cornicing, and the hallway was various tones of salmon and purple. We weren’t able to do a full renovation straight away so we’re doing it as we go along. Hopefully we’ll manage more once Marni’s a bit older and starts sleeping through the night! Ideally we’d like to knock thr ough the basement to make use of the full width of the property and achieve a more modern space – but we need to find the time to design it. The next project is likely to be the main bathroom – we’re working our way from the top down. It’s quite a blank canvas now. We’ve put our stamp on it through pieces of furniture, things we’ve made and things we’ve collected over the years. The litho print in our bedroom was a proof print from a limited edition run by an artist friend in New Zealand. He has this studio in Auckland that’s in a listed boat shed and it’s right over the water – you can open up the back and jump straight in. The print was a surprise present for Kam’s birthday.

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We also have a bit of an issue with our collection of chairs. As a product designer it’s always a dream to design a chair and we’re in the process of doing it with Vincent Sheppard at the moment. This prototype is in rattan but we’re also developing a furniture range in their signature Lloyd Loom – wire wrapped in paper – it’s a completely different process but it’s really beautiful. For me design always starts with colour and materials, but for Kam it’s much more about form-making. It works well as a partnership. We’re known for Falcon Enamelware, which came about because we do a lot of design for hospitality interiors and we were trying to convince a client to use it. We loved the material and the range so much that we then decided to approach the manufacturer. We saw an opportunity to invigorate the brand and develop the product. It was hard to unearth the history of Falcon so we joined lots of enamel collectors’ clubs and visited the Black Country Living Museum. It became a bit of an obsession. At first we thought the appeal might be short-lived, but seven years on, demand just keeps growing. Now we really think that Falcon is one of those classics that transcend time. We’ve got a brilliant team in place who run it day-to-day while we oversee the strategy and creative direction.

“It was hard to unearth the history of Falcon – so we joined lots of enamel collectors’ clubs” We also have a consultancy and product design business, Kiwi & Pom, which enables us to experiment and collaborate with a whole range of clients. The Penelope and Pip phones that we designed for Hulger were interesting. They were partly a response to a disillusionment with technology and the obsolescence of mobile phones. It’s really frustrating to train in product design and then find that everything is turning towards digital interfaces. We worked with Nicolas Roope who’s in the digital world but trained as a sculptor – he’s a really inspiring character. It was a great project that allowed us to look at design differently, which is what we do. Kam is really the one who takes up new technologies though, I’m a bit reluctant…I guess that’s partly why we’ve designed analogue phones, in-shower radios and enamelware. But it’s also about creating something universal. I think it’s quite rare to hit on something that appeals to everyone and has longevity. We have a lot of the things in the house that we’ve designed, but there are bits and pieces from all over. Our bed is from a man called Roger. He’s a furniture restorer based in a barn in Kent. And there’s a nursing chair which has been in Emma's family forever. It’s sprung so it’s really comfy. When Pip was born her mum had it upholstered as a gift which was really nice.

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“We have a lot of things in the house that we’ve designed but there are bits and pieces from all over ”

Pip is also obsessed with buses so we have a lot of those. Whenever there’s a bus rally in London we have to go – there’s a depot in Acton that we hang out at a lot. Pip even specified the colour of our front-door to be “bus red”, se we had to look up the TFL paint RAL reference to make sure we got it right. It’s a great space to live in for the kids. If we were to move, the first thing Kam would take would be the Dieter Rams record player from the bedroom. He picked it up at an online auction. I suppose, being a product designer, you start to collect things that represent great examples of that. And Emma would take the French antique bed. It doesn’t matter where you live – if you sleep in your own bed it feels like you’re home. There are loads of other houses we love. There was the Sherriff Road house in West Hampstead that was Georgian at the front but converted at the back. It was so unusual with that great tree growing through it, and it was really connected to the garden.” Reproduced courtesy of The Modern House. For more home tours and interviews, visit themodernhouse.com

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Brick by Brick To celebrate the relaunch of Lucienne Day’s iconic Flower Brick vase, a host of designers created special floral displays. HOME takes a look Words P E A R L B OY D

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o celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of Britain’s most pioneering and influential designers of the post-war generation, The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation partnered with design retailer twentytwentyone and ceramics brand 1882 Ltd to relaunch the Flower Brick, designed by Lucienne Day in 1966. The Flower Brick has its origins in the decorative Delftware produced during the 18th century to hold ornate floral displays. In 1966 Lucienne Day reinterpreted this historic genre in a collection of completely contempo-

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rary designs, which were produced in England by Bristol Potteries. Lucienne Day responded to the decorative potential of a rectangular ceramic form by designing three different surface patterns for two sizes of Flower Brick. Flowers and plants were a key source of inspiration in Lucienne's life and work – she found plant forms a perpetual source of ideas. Flowers, foliage and other plant forms have been the mainstay of the repertoire of the pattern designer in Britain. Lucienne Day had a lifelong passion for gardening, and was a knowledgeable plantswoman who pursued her interest on specialist botanical holidays abroad.

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Max Fraser’s design for Flower Brick

To celebrate Lucienne Day and her contributions to design, twentytwentyone hosted a cooperative exhibition entitled Day for Flowers, inviting creative individuals from the worlds of fashion, design, interiors, architecture and journalism to design a floral display using a Flower Brick. They included Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Paula Day, Max Fraser, Suzy Hoodless, Margaret Howell, Philippe Malouin, Alex Mowat, Nikki Tibbles and Faye Toogood. The event also marked the relaunch of the Flower Brick. Manufactured by 1882 Ltd, the Lucienne Day Flower Brick is now back in production, and to mark the centenary twentytwentyone will sell a numbered limited edition of 100 bricks. The Flower Brick comes in two sizes and two designs, small (£45) and large (£55). Paula Day said: ‘I was overwhelmed by twentytwentyone's beautiful Day for Flowers exhibition, and the wide variety of responses from so many creative individuals to my mother's Flower Brick designs. For me personally, it was profoundly moving to be able to pay tribute to my mother using buds from her own New Dawn climbing rose, which I had transplanted to my garden. Our house was always graced by the simple displays she created from her own plants so it's not surprising that the idea of the 'Flower Brick' caught her imagination and became a pet design project. Opening at the Summer Solstice, Day for Flowers was the perfect celebration of my mother's centenary year.’

The Flower Brick relaunch forms part of a year-long programme of events, exhibitions, awards and collaborations, taking place around the UK to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Lucienne Day. Leading cultural organisations, galleries and creative institutions including The Whitworth Art Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, Glasgow School of Art, Pallant House Gallery, The Museum of Carpet, The Royal Society of Arts and The John Lewis Partnership are highlighting the many different aspects of Lucienne Day’s life and work throughout 2017. The varied programme will introduce the public to fascinating and little-known material, including archive textiles, ceramics, photographs and portraits of Lucienne Day that have never before been exhibited or published.

Suzy Hoodless’ for Flower Brick

“Flowers and plants were a key source of inspiration for Lucienne Day”

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MODERN Tilly Hemingway, daughter of designer Wayne Hemingway, shows us round her apartment on north London’s iconic brutalist Alexandra Road estate Words N I C K Y G U Y M E R Photography I N G R I D R A S M U S S E N F O R H A B I TAT

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yourself. Can you summarise what you do for a living? TILLY HEMINGWAY: I’m a designer by day and potter by night. I’ve worked for the family business; Hemingway Design, since graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in 2009, where I read Urban Design. At Hemingway Design I work across various design fields, from Urban Design and Regeneration to furniture and product design. A couple of years ago I started my own ceramics business and now spend a few evenings a week making hand thrown ceramics in my studio attached to the office. NG: Is this your dream job and why? What do you enjoy most about your job? TH: Yes it is, I feel very lucky being able to work on a range of different projects on a day to day basis and I really enjoy

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working alongside my family (my mum, dad and older brother are all part of the business). Making ceramics helps me wind down after a long day and working with my hands is such a nice contrast to sitting at a computer screen. Though I do need to work at finding a balance between the two. NG: What inspires you to do what you do? TH: Our philosophy at Hemingway Design is to improve the things that matter in life, and we honestly feel that good design can do this. I find working on Urban Design / Regeneration projects the most rewarding, having somewhere nice to call home is important and knowing you have contributed to improving someone’s living environment is a good feeling.

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NG: What’s your favourite thing about your home? TH: There are lots of things I love about our home. The light is amazing, the living room has an entirely glazed elevation and on a sunny day it can feel like I’m abroad. It’s also very peaceful. The estate is pedestrianised; it’s rare not to hear cars when living in London, but here you only hear people, kids playing, dogs barking. On warm days, kids bring out tables and chairs and play, there’s a nice sense of community. NG: How have you made this house your home? How would you describe your interior style? TH: My interior style is mid-Century / modernist / Japanese inspired. I’ve a love of 1950/60s design and have collected a number of pieces over the years that I really treasure. Our sofa is from the 1960s, it belonged to a friend who was moving home

and didn’t have space for it, we took it off his hands and had it completely re-conditioned. My partner Dan built the day bed in our living room from left over sheets of plywood we installed for our bedroom floor. I’ve also been heavily influenced by the Japanese interior design aesthetic after travelling to Japan in 2006 with my family and again a few years ago with a good friend. NG: Tell us about your most treasured possessions? TH: Dan and I have a fairly large record collection that the pair of us have accumulated over the years. I think we’d both be pretty upset should anything happen to these. We don’t own a TV and tend to spend our evenings listening to records as an alternative. I treasure most items in our home and tend to only buy things that are well designed and well made. Although I am in need of a wardrobe clear out!

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L I V I N G | LIFESTYLE TILLY HEMINGWAY is taking part in the Today’s Coolest Habitat’s project that takes a look inside the homes of some of the UKs most creative people. Find more at habitat.co.uk/inspiration and tillyhemingwayceramics.com

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NG: What’s travelled with you from home to home? TH: My ceramics collection. I tend to pick up ceramics everywhere I go. I’ve a fairly large collection of 50/60s West German ceramics that I’ve accumulated from various flea markets over the years. I like to bring back a ceramic vessel / piece from trips abroad as a souvenir; a reminder of that particular trip. NG: Where is the heart of your home? Do you have a favourite room? Where do you spend most of your time? TH: Our home is a split-level maisonette, constructed in the 1970s. Typical of that era, the kitchen/dining/living are open plan on one floor. I enjoy cooking and tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, with it being open plan I can still be in the same room and communicative with my partner Dan and friends when we are entertaining.

NG: If you could relive one moment in this house what would it be? Tell us about your favourite memory. TH: We’ve only been here for just over a year now so I’m sure there are many memories still to come but having my first nephew over as a new born was pretty special. NG: Is this your perfect habitat? What would complete your home? Do you have your eye on anything new? TH: I’m a fan of all things woven so the Duffield Woven storage baskets would be ideal as laundry baskets or to house our larger house plants. Cobalt blue appears to be a theme in our flat so the Olmo dark blue dinner set wouldn’t go amiss either.

MADDOX Light grey speckled dinner set, £110

NG: When you woke up this morning, what was the first thing you saw? TH: Our morning ritual is to sit on the sofa with a coffee before anything else. Our living room overlooks the communal park and at this time of year we are lucky enough to catch the sun appearing through the trees. NG: Tell us something interesting about yourself or your home that not many people know. TH: There are no radiators. The flats are heated by a communal heating system that runs through the walls. On a cold winter day it is a blessing but on the milder days the heat can sometimes get a bit unbearable. I never imagined eating my tea with the doors wide open in January.

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ith over 35 years of experience offering innovative dream kitchens, Valcucine stands out as brand that fuses ergonomics with timeless design, resulting in complete customer satisfaction every time. The Logica System, which features an equipped back section, jumbo drawers and wall units with lift-up doors (meaning everything is at hand’s reach), has given way to the new Special Units range. The Special Units are comprised of the new Logica System and Air Logica System and are evolved versions of the original equipped back section and wall units. The primary goal of these systems is to blend aesthetics with functionality, maintaining the ability to contain and conceal, when necessary, all the equipment required in any kitchen. Making use of the New Logica System is Artematica, Valcucine’s latest collection in which the artistic juxtaposition of colours and materials meets the maths of pure volumes. Artistic illusion is central to Artematica, with aesthetic panels attached to a minimalist frame that is invisible from the front, giving the doors and

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“The primary goal of these systems is to blend aesthetics with functionality” drawers the appearance of pure, non-bonded, volumes. Artematica utilises materials beautifully, from glass in every colour and finish to wood that conveys strong tactile sensations to lacquered surfaces and metal laminates. Fluid design, soft closure of cabinet drawers and smooth rounded edges finish off the collection’s strong attention to detail. With its highly customisable options and vast range of materials, finishes and handicraft, Genius Loci also reflects Valcucine’s vision. Ultimately, Genius Loci serves to reflect the taste of those who purchase it, resulting in sophistication and refinery epitomised. Central to the Genius Loci collection is the bond between man and nature, bringing together ancient crafts to preserve and

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of materials create a special alliance, making excellence the distinctive feature of this collection. Colours in this collection are also inspired by nature with fiery reds, earthy yellows, airy sky blues and ocean water greens. One more detail designed to further improve the interaction between kitchen and user is V-Motion, a hands-free revolution. Just like a conductor, the graceful movement of a hand simultaneously opens the door and turns the tap and the lights of the back panel on, creating a truly unique user experience. For those who find it difficult to choose just one collection, Vacucine makes it easy to combine different aspects from any collection for optimal customisation. With Valcucine at the forefront of kitchen design, expect groundbreaking technological advances paired with timeless finishes. Valcucine London at Forza showroom, forza.co.uk

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HOME’S VERDICT?

The plate rack is as stylish as kitchen storage gets – quirky and fun with its identifiably Indian character, while remaining intensely practical, accessible and clever.

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hen Jen Robinson and her husband Nick spotted simple metal plate racks in a Keralan hardware store, they immediately wanted one for her kitchen. As a visual merchandiser, she had a good eye and quickly realized that the traditional stainless steel wall-mounted rack with its vertical compartments and variety of different-sized shelves, hooks and rails would fit in with her contemporary British kitchen aesthetic – and also provide a clever and versatile storage solution. These pieces are strong, stylish and practical – yet nobody was selling them in the UK. India is the world’s second largest producer of steel (after China) and steel tiffin boxes, balti dishes and jugs are commonplace. The plate racks are standard traditional pieces and their slightly uneven, imperfect look adds to the charm. Jen brought a few back home with her five years ago and sold them all immediately, so she started importing them as a kitchen table business. ‘The racks are so space-saving; you can empty an entire cupboard into one,’ she says. ‘The whole point is the simplicity of them.’ Since they launched their business, they have imported and sold thousands of them – and now they’ve launched an additional range of steel shelf units to match the racks and create a modular system. ‘The shelves are so versatile – they’re good for bathrooms, for books and as add-ons to the racks,’ says Jen. And since her daughter was born, this kitchen table business has provided a flexible solution for Jen’s working life. theplaterack.co.uk

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Heart-shaped silicone spoons, £6 sistersguild.co.uk

LE CREUSET

Orb mechanical scale, £10 johnlewis.com

Gold whisk, £18 miafleur.com

Stoneware mixing jug, £35 lecreuset.co.uk

COMFORT

Delicious Bakes and Family Treats by Candice Brown is published by Ebury Press, £20

ANTHROPOLOGIE Cat study apron, £28 anthropologie.com

RICHARD BRENDON Cake stand in Marrs Green, £165 richardbrendon.com

RICE Candice Brown photography by Ellis Parrinder

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take the cake

THORNBACK & PEEL Jelly and cake oven glove, £25 thornback&peel.co.uk

As The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens, we round up some stylish baking essentials

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• It's no longer enough for a showerhead simply to emit water. The new generation showerheads are multi-functional, high tech objects. Both the OrbSpa Vibra Soft and the Vitaclean (pictured) will transform your hard London water into soft water that will improve your skin and hair. The Orb has an additional massage head attachment and the Vitaclean creates an aromatherapy environment thanks to its citrus-scented Vitamin C water filter. Vitaclean filtered showerhead, £59.99, vitacleanhq.com; OrbSpa Vibra Soft, £128, orbspa.ecocamel.com

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of freestanding bathroom accessories for VitrA combines teak with chrome for restults that are both hard-wearing and stylish. We love the handy bath side table, £700. vitra.co.uk

ANGEL SCHLESSER Peonia Rosa, £75 harveynichols.com

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collectable with their range of colours and weaves. They fold much smaller than regular towels, making them paractical as well as stylish. We love Hammam & Home's luxe arrow print version (£28, right) as well as Bohemia's Inca patterned ones (£36, left). bohemiadesign.co.uk hammamandhome.co.uk

ACQUA DI PARMA Colonia Pura, £45 johnlewis.com

LALIQUE Lumiere lalique.com

SMALL OBJECTS DESIGNER TOOTHBRUSH • The Tann toothbrush is designed with shape and colour in mind. Created by Andreas Engesvik, and made for HAY by Norwegian dental specialists Jordan, this everyday item has been reinvented as an interior feature. Moulded from one piece of plastic, it has a simple aesthetic that looks great in any bathroom space. twentytwentyone.com

OMOROVICZA Queen of Hungary mist, £25 omorovicza.com

BELLA FREUD 1970, £86 bellafreud.com

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Ferm Living’s range of stylish accessories includes several cleaning sponges, cloths and brushes along with clothes airers and laundry baskets – all these generally boring items are sprinkled with Ferm’s trademark Nordic style to make them highly covetable. fermliving.com

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cruising niftily under the sofa and skimming the skirting boards, but for all its smooth manoeuvring, it is visibly confused by obstacles. There’s a chair leg in its path, which it happily crashes into. Undeterred, it performs a neat reversal followed by a slightly laboured three-point turn that sets it off on a tangent, but of course the problem with chair legs, as we might explain to a baby, is that they come in fours. So, predictably, this happens four times, by which time we are feeling a bit sorry for the thing. Lifting it up with the aim of helping it escape the chair results in all the green lights turning red and the words ‘do not lift’ flashing on its little screen. We have made the baby cry. It’s hard not to anthropomorphise this machine, but its relentless eagerness is very cute and repeated attempts to scale the rug are endearing. The rug is what causes it the most trouble really, like trying to mount a kerb without lifting your foot up. Again, we watch helplessly. Still, it’s very effective and its slim inside compartment opens to reveal an impressive dust haul. Really, they should make one that can communicate, so we can shout ‘mind the table’ at it. And then can they make one that feeds the cat too, please?

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Iris Handverk’s brushes have been handmade in Stockholm since the late 1900s by visually impaired caftsmen and not much has changed over the years. They’re simple and minimal, made with natural materials to last forever – and their Instagram account makes cleaning seem aspirational. Skandium.com

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SOUL Design for children has never been better, especially now that Skandium has launched a new collection for tots. HOME takes a look

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kandium's first foray into design-led pieces for little ones has launched and predictably, it’s stylish and parent-pleasing, while retaining a child-like sense of fun. Inspired by resident Skandium parents who struggled to furnish their children’s rooms in a way that reflected their passion for Scandinavian design, it was their shared experiences that provided a narrative around which the collection was curated. The venture furthers Skandium’s commitment to promoting the unique character of Scandinavian living for every aspect of the home. Each piece has been selected with the same attention to quality and durability central to every Skandium product. Collectively, the range has a typical Scandinavian expression in both materials and colour palette, while preserving Skandium’s reputation for promoting design greats and future classics. Key pieces include a child-sized architect's table, encouraging future creatives, compact versions of the popular OYOY geometric poufs, a typically Scandinavian alternative to a dolls house – stripped back to its plain plywood form - and of course the miniature classics, the Eames Elephant from Vitra being the most well-loved. Karen Lester of Skandium said: “As one of the UK’s leading design retailers, Skandium wants to promote the positive impact that good design can have on young lives. Parents who share our commitment to quality, and who believe that considered design should extend to children will be able to furnish all of the spaces in their homes to the same taste and standards.” Skandium.com

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BLANK SPACE

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nternationally acclaimed RIBA award-winning architectural designer John Pawson, was commissioned by Living Architecture to create The Life House. The retreat is in a peaceful Welsh Valley, conceived as a space for calm and reflection. Living Architecture commissions leading architects to design houses that are available for the public to rent for holidays and weekends. Past commissions include FAT Architecture and Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex. The Life House is the seventh property, and the first in Wales. The design of the house, which sleeps six people, is based upon the concept of a retreat where serenity, contemplation and restoration are foremost; a place where a week-long stay will immerse the visitor in a zone of extreme calm and leave them revived and re-invigorated to resume their responsibilities in the world. Guests will be provided with a book produced by John Pawson and Living Architecture on how to go about fundamental everyday rituals while enjoying the solitude of The Life House. Included are chapters on conversation and bathing, as well as suggested recipes to cook and music to listen to during the stay. The building where the retreat unfolds is both simple yet luxurious. It is the result of five years of work by John Pawson, working in conjunction with the philosopher Alain de Botton, and has been deeply influenced by Japanese design and the architecture of the Benedictine monks. The design draws on a variety of ingredients of calm; there is a contemplation chamber buried into the hillside where one is invited to lie down in a blank cavernous zone and purify and train the mind on true essentials. An outside contemplation zone enables the user to repeat the exercise with the Welsh hills as a backdrop, while a generous living area, large bathrooms, bedrooms, cupboards and common areas allow for both complete privacy and – when it’s desired – sociability and communion. A library bedroom is lined with some of the most therapeutic works of eastern and western literature; a music bedroom comes with a suitably powerful music system and a carefully curated selection of transcendent and calming music from all ages and genres and a bathing bedroom provides a room-based

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THE LIFE HOUSE WALES Designed by John Pawson A space for calm and reflection Rental prices for The Life House start from £1600 per week (7 nights). Booking enquiries can be made at living-architecture.co.uk

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bathing platform in which to lie and reassess existence with the help of views onto a Welsh valley. The house is placed at the nexus of a sequence of walks curated by the artist Hamish Fulton, so that at certain points during the stay, you can invigorate the body in order further to soothe the mind. The rural retreat was constructed from over 80,000 handmade Danish bricks. The combination of light and dark-coloured bricks, pale polished concrete floors and Douglas fir timber ceilings, doors and furniture creates an atmosphere of quiet reflection, ideal for escaping the demands of modern life. Creative Director of Living Architecture Alain De Botton said: “With The Life House, we were looking to reinvent the monastery for a secular modern age, based upon the concept of a retreat, to take us back to the earliest days of Buddhism in the East, and of Stoic philosophy in the West. In both cases, the busy city was held to provide certain opportunities while at the same time cutting us off from others. Chiefly, the risk is that we will forget to make time for ourselves, and omit to understand our own minds – and our need for calm and perspective.” John Pawson said: “It was a pleasure to work with the Living Architecture team on a totally new type of project for me. In this house I wanted to create a modern, secular retreat, where guests can experience the benefits of introspection, solitude and immersion in nature. The location is wonderfully remote and I wanted to create a sanctuary where people feel at home, but never insulated from the elemental character of the surrounding landscape.”

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2 1. AGUA BATH HOUSE & SPA, MONDRIAN HOTEL

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reated by renowned designer Tom Dixon, Agua Bathhouse & Spa is housed in the trendy Mondrian London hotel at Sea Containers. The spa offers six treatment rooms, including a couples’ and private thermal suite, nail and grooming lounge and separate male and female steam rooms. Inspired by old school Hollywood glamour, the space is shaped by curving walls and luminous corridors that embrace the theme of underwater tranquility. A dramatic sculpture adorns the entrance, reflecting Dixon’s penchant for white and copper.

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ffering everything from pilates and spin to HITT and TRX, Core Collective is the eclectic fitness brand offering pay as you go workouts to well-heeled Kensington locals. The venue recently collaborated with painter Bradley Theodore on a series of brightly-coloured murals and canvases, which provide a perfect backdrop for the edgy, industrial chic interiors. core-collective.co.uk

3. GAZELLI HOUSE

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ounder of Heartcore Jess Schuring has been a pioneer of the global boutique fitness craze since its inception. In a decade spent between Los Angeles and London, Jess has shaped some of Hollywood’s most recognisable bodies while shifting the UK's fitness landscape with her hugely popular Heartcore Fitness studios. The brand's Notting Hill branch has been built in the shell of an old pub, resulting in one of the most spacious, lightfilled workout spaces you’ll find in London.

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aunched in 2014, Grace Belgravia is the womens-only members club leading the way in all-encompassing wellness. Led by a team of medical experts, personal trainers and nutritionists, the venue houses a gym, spa, restaurant and wellbeing clinic, which all contribute to the multi-disciplinary approach to health. The interiors offer a rare fusion of plush sophistication and home-like comfort, with soft teal furnishings set against fashionable touches of marble and bronze.

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I N S P I R E | PEOPLE

My Style ANDREA BATES

The founder of Future & Found, a carefully curated collection of beautiful things for the home, shares her inspirations futureandfound.com

MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER…

I love pretty much everything the Dutch design company, Scholten & Baijings does. They combine unexpected colours to perfection.

MY FAVOURITE INTERIOR…

I would happily move into HAY House in Copenhagen. Such an beautiful retail space with really inspiring displays and visual merchandising. We’re really influenced by the Scandinavian pared-back style.

MY FAVOURITE WORK OF ART…

I love the work by Ellsworth Kelly. I’m always drawn to bold, simple graphic pieces. The White Forms over Black from his last works would be a dream to own.

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MY PERSONAL STYLE… is a pretty simple, timeless European style. My wardrobe is full of monochrome staples from APC, good jeans and an unhealthy amount of spots and stripes.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE FROM FUTURE & FOUND’S CURRENT COLLECTION…

there are too many to choose from. The tallow candle in our exclusive fluoro coral colour is a firm favourite and makes a great gift.

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