wow, what a week!
another fabulous london design festival done-and-dusted; plenty of wonderful new design brands discovered along with great offerings from old favourites. there is always a huge comedown following ten days of getting lost in design (usually accompanied by the onset of a post ldf lurgy – this year is no exception, grrr) but i couldn’t let another day go past without sharing with you some of the new products i’m now lusting after!
so without further ado, here is my round-up of fabuous finds from designjunction: 1. hem (launching next week) 2. daniel • emma 3. richard brendon 4. tanti 5. deadgood 6. tiipoi 7. custhom for workhouse
the london design festival starts tomorrow, bringing with it 10 days full of design shows, curated collections, pop-up shops, talks and seminars (over 300 of them in fact!) that hold the very real promise that you will “lose yourself in design.”
i’m all for getting swept up in the joys of the festival, but as my wonderful friend katie puts it so eloquently, “to help make sure that you do that metaphorically, but not literally” i would thoroughly advise reviewing her incredibly well-thought out and meticulously timetabled day-to-day guide to the festival. to add my own two cents into the mix: be sure to carry a bottle of water with you at all times, remember to fully charge your oyster card and don’t even think about putting anything on your feet but comfortable flats!
oh, and if you do find yourself in need of a little “time out” from the frantic pace of the festival then be sure to check out the temporary reading rooms at another country, where cereal magazine will be launching their first printed guide book (london edition, obviously), as well as exhibiting a collection of limited edition art prints.
hope to see you guys out & about, and please do keep an eye on my instagram for all my design/event recommendations over the coming days!
this week i’m coveting: 1. london transport museum shop 2. gap 3. london design festival guide (available from ldf venues across the city) 4. boden 5. miss. selfridge 6. unoco raw coconut water 7. bounce energy balls 8. warehouse
i’ve been all about new season launches this past week but i simply can’t help it, given all the lovely new imagery that’s been crossing my desk and popping up in my instagram and pinterest feeds. i may be in full-on ldf prep mode for next week now – both at work and for the blog – but that doesn’t mean that i don’t have one eye on things going on across the channel at maison & objet, especially where my fave design brands are concerned.
right now i’m lusting after the fabulous new collection from finnish brand muuto, whose stand is always one of the first i seek out at design fairs. showcasing beautiful everyday items from up-and-coming scandinavian designers, they always have products that are totally “spot-on” in my book, and this year is no different – just how luscious is the push coffee maker by mette duedahl? i’m totally drawn by the soft tactile shape of the stoneware vessel, plus it would pair beautifully with the italian cookware from toast that i was coveting a few days ago…
every year, as soon as september rolls around i find myself wishing the summer days away, eager for the chill in the air to turn a little faster. the sun may still be beating down a welcome warmth outside, but i’ve already turned my mind to pumpkin spice lattes (homemade, natch), the cosiness of a cashmere pullover and the heady scent of a hearty stew cooking atop the stove.
of course, it helps when these images of autumnal deliciousness are very handily pinged into your cybersphere by the lovely folk over at toast. it’s become a tad bit predictable that i’m going to fawn over the new season lookbook from these purveyors of simple modern living (which they know all too well, eh?) but what can i say, toast really is my bread and butter (groan) when it comes to lustful imagery!
john lewis’ copenhagen aw14 home design trend trend – which launched in store last monday – caught my eye for its warm textured approach to clean, minimal scandi style. drawing upon the wealth of danish design history, the new collection has a core monochromatic palette with accents of neon (still a fave of mine, despite being en trend for many years now!) and linear layerings of pattern to build a contemporary look heavily inspired by modern architectural forms.
which key pieces are catching your eye, friends?
this week i’m coveting: 1. mira sideboard 2. aztec terrarium 3. woven felt laundry basket 4. siirtolapuutarha plate 5. reflection trees cushion 6. finn side table 7. njord bedding 8. stripe throw (all available from john lewis)
have you spotted the white company have just launched a new general store?
a celebration of timeless favourites from their 20 year heritage, the pieces are as useful and stylish now as they were when the store began, back when nineties minimalism was the height of popularity. the specially curated edit includes the whitest bed linen (which have been my go-to for years), sumptuously fluffy egyptian cotton towels, and the simplest of white taper candles for creating a tranquil, calming atmosphere in your home.
the perfectly simple pieces are designed to be used in every home, adding a touch of luxury that promises to last. indeed, i’ve had my white bed linen set for many years and it still washes wonderfully and offers the perfect foil to my seasonal bedding buys in transitory patterns or colours.
there’s nothing like having a sleek modern bathroom with a giant tub and rainfall shower to encourage a bit of relaxation at the end of the day. sadly, very few of us have the space (or the budget!) for such luxury, and my tiny bathroom in my rented victorian mansion flat is sorely lacking in a bathtub one is capable of lying in, or the correct water pressure to induce tropical wanderlust (london drizzle is about all it can muster…)
so we make do in any way we can, and my solution to enhancing my bathing experience is to add as many considered colour pops and quality bath products as possible. i’ve just pimped my bathroom with some gorgeous new towels from urbanara‘s kotra collection – a cotton & linen waffle design that has a soft crinkly finish – and accessorised with thick cotton terry towels in lush rainforest green. my go-to “me-time” products recently have been vanilla & honey bath bubbles and an orange & geranium salt scrub, and i like to fill the room with the sweet figgy scent of serax no.7 fragrance.
and just like that, summer’s over!
and my, my, what a summer it was. it may have passed by in a flash, but i certainly managed to cram a heck of a lot into the past 31 days, including 2 jaunts across the channel to belgium (for a friend’s wedding in brussels and then to ghent with alpro – more on that soon…), a trip to the new next store at southampton hedge end (followed by a stay at the gorgeous chewton glen hotel spa), a delectable sushi lunch at yashin ocean house for the launch of farrow & ball‘s beautiful new japanese wallpapers, and a visit to boxpark to celebrate the launch of my fabulous friend alex’s new luxury sports site, fashercise. somehow in amongst all that, i also managed to find time to see out my old pr agency role and begin work on a new career venture with blogging pal daniel, of atelier tally.
so, happy september y’all! i see great things up ahead… (fingers crossed!)