Fabric of my Life.

the january edit

occasional tables, task lighting and fluted glassware are my most covetable items this january, as i batton down the hatches and create a cosy little hideaway for myself indoors and begin to make plans for the year ahead. with top drawer, maison & objet and the stockholm furniture & light fair all on the horizon, there have been a wealth of brilliant new design products popping up in my inbox this week.

here’s a round-up of five of my faves so far:


new ways of living demand new design solutions. that’s philosophy behind menu‘s new Turning coffee tables*, which combines strong functional storage ambition with an elegant aesthetic.

available in white or grey marble, the tabletop sits on slender steel legs that ingeniously cross over each other to form a storage cage.

designed for menu by stockholm studio form us with love, this structural occasional table would work equally well next to a sofa or bed don’t you think, with the ‘cage’ filled with magazines, art books or blankets.


launching at top drawer this coming weekend, the new skagerak turn series is characterised by its round edges and compact form, comprising a bench and stool which do not need to be reserved solely for seating but functioning equally well as an elegant bed table or small coffee table in the living room.

i love being able to see the grain of the untreated ash in the design, which brings a feeling of raw nature into the home and enhances the sleek, elegant silhouette that promotes the beauty of empty, unadorned space.


launching at maison & objet in paris next week, british designer richard brendon has partnered with scottish luxury resort gleneagles to develop a beautiful new hand-crafted crystal collection, fluted, which draws inspiration from the decadent cocktail culture of the 1920’s. while many may be championing ‘dry january’, my take on the trend is to gravitate towards a good dry (gin) martini, for which these stylish new glasses would be the perfect vessel!

mouth-blown by master craftsmen in bohemia, brendon’s fluted stemware is light and perfectly proportioned, while the tumblers are reassuringly weighty, combining just the right amount of traditional and contemporary elements to create a progressive, yet timeless collection.


northern lighting’s new adjustable balancer floor lamp is crafted in black, powder-coated steel, creating a stunning combination of
 light, geometry and structure that is uniquely interactive. turning a swivel key on the frame enables the shade to lever upwards to cast light over the surroundings, or pivot downwards to direct it towards the floor, offering both diffused and directional light to create a harmonious balance between atmosphere and ambience.

the lamp has been designed for northern lighting by yuue, german-based chinese duo weng xinyu and tao haiyue, whose products are characterised by interactivity, and designed to engage consumers in unexpected ways as they forge connections with the user’s mind, body and emotions.


i feel like it’s been years since i saw a good lampshade on the scene. i’ve far too many memories of horrific frilly monstrosities covering lightbulbs in my home growing up that i think i’ve developed a bit of a phobia of shades.. until i saw this stylish new offering from vita copenhagen that is!

the new vita shade combines aesthetics with functionality to create a minimalistic felt shade that simply sits atop a bare pendant bulb or tripod like a hat to help adjust the direction and amount of light required, while shielding unwanted glare. the shade is easily adjusted to fine-tune to your requirements and the clean, modern design makes for an unobtrusive and elegant alternative to those pesky, overly adorned traditional lampshades i’ve long avoided.

plus if you squint, the felt shade kinda makes a tripod lamp above look like a fun little jaunty character, don’t you think?

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3 responses

  1. That cage table is just gorgeous! I love that it’s got curved edges too which are hard to find and makes me a little less nervous with a hyperactive toddler runining riot!

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