UK

01
DEC
2017
Naomi Paul

INTERVIEW: Contemporary crocheted pendant lights by Naomi Paul

It’s somewhat ironic that the seed of Naomi Paul‘s beautiful lighting brand began with a uni project that involved deliberately making something ‘badly’. Fast forward to today and her contemporary pendant lights have caught the attention of commercial and... Read More →
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18
NOV
2017
Lit candle and fairy lights

Festive scented candles made from natural wax

Following on from my recent post on wool blankets, my hygge obsession doesn’t seem to have waned. The best selling book, The Little Book of Hygge* reveals that 28% of Danes light candles every single day of the year and more than 50% almost every day during autumn and... Read More →
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11
NOV
2017
Chair cover made from shredded waste textile by Ragamuf

Could we make homeware from upcycled clothing?

The rate at which we produce and throw away clothes is leading to inconceivable amounts of textile waste. According to the 2017 report by Pulse of the Fashion Industry, only 20% of discarded clothing actually gets reused or recycled. The majority ends up in landfills or gets... Read More →
05
NOV
2017

17 furniture upholstery specialists in London

Stripes, velvet or digital print? Reupholstery of a tired old chair, stool or sofa could make some big changes to your interior. Whilst there are environmental benefits to giving furniture a second chance with exciting fabrics, it can also equate to a style statement that simply... Read More →
27
OCT
2017

10 simple home decoration ideas that will tempt you to paint it black

Will you be facing your fear of the dark, this Halloween…? To some, the idea of painting a room black is somewhat horrifying, but if you use just about the right amount, it can take a room from drab to dynamic with little effort. And it goes a lot further than just... Read More →
21
OCT
2017
Pink multicoloured wool throw

10 of the best British made wool blankets for a hygge inspired home

Once you discover the Danish art of hygge, you might even look forward to the onset of winter. Although it has no direct translation, hygge is the word used to describe a feeling of cosiness, wellbeing and contentment with all the simple things in life: cups of cocoa by the fire,... Read More →
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13
OCT
2017
scrap wood sculpture by Aaron S Moran

Cool contemporary wood sculpture made from scrap

If you think reclaimed wood only has a chance at second life, either as furniture or floorboards, think again. More and more creatives are coming up with fresh and exciting way to reuse unwanted offcuts. Negating the need for canvas or clay, these artists prefer working with... Read More →
06
OCT
2017
Designer Jo Elbourne

INTERVIEW Jo Elbourne transforms furniture with contemporary textile weaving

One of my favourites from London Design Fair was a collection of furniture that immediately stood apart for its elegant and distinctive graphic aesthetic. The artist behind this body of work was Jo Elbourne of Cumulo Design, who works from her studio in Margate on the Kent coast.... Read More →
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24
SEP
2017
Pentatonic-x-Starbucks-chair

Revolutionary eco friendly furniture by Pentatonic made from post-consumer waste

Amongst the hundreds of exciting events that have been kicking off at London Design Festival 2017, it’s probably no surprise that the launch of Pentatonic‘s eco friendly furniture immediately caught my attention. As you can see for yourself at their pop-up showroom on... Read More →
08
SEP
2017
Lights made from repurposed crystal bowls

Lighting made from repurposed glass objects

Lighting in the 21st-century can be made from all kinds of repurposed ephemera – and not just glass mason jars. From spectacles to drinking vessels, these works by expert designers show how a resource we have in abundance – ordinary glass objects, can be transformed... Read More →
25
AUG
2017
Portrait on map by Ed Fairburn

5 paper artists who make incredible artworks from old maps

I’ve always been impressed by artists who use unexpected and found materials in their work. Where others see something unremarkable and disposable, these artists see beauty, and I think this can shift our perception of our surroundings too. But these artists aren’t... Read More →
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20
JUL
2017
Clive Christian Metro Deco kitchen

The benefits of buying a second hand kitchen with Used Kitchen Exchange

The cost of gutting, purchasing and installing a new kitchen can vary enormously, but I recently learned that some of us really are prepared to splash out on this part of the house. According to the Kitchen Trends Study 2017 carried out by Houzz UK, 9% of homeowners spent more... Read More →
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07
JUL
2017
Poolside lounger made from recycled boat sail

10 outdoor furniture designs made from recycled materials

We may be a long way from eliminating plastic from the planet completely, but in the meantime, the more it stays out of landfill the better. More and more designers and manufacturers are finding new and alternative ways to make use of the material, one of them being outdoor... Read More →
29
JUN
2017
Modern kitchen with marble island and green accents

A Victorian house renovation in London with a modern botanical interior

With Peckham increasingly becoming one of the coolest London hangouts, I was all the more captivated by this Victorian house renovation on JJ Media‘s locations site. The owners are stylist, artist and art director Liza Giles and architect Matt Giles of Giles & Pike... Read More →
08
MAY
2017
Exterior of Silo Brighton

Silo Brighton: A zero waste restaurant with an eye for upcycling

If there’s anywhere that prompts you to contemplate exactly where your food is coming from, it’s Silo – an award-winning zero waste restaurant, bakery and coffee house in Brighton. Silo opened in 2014 and pioneered zero waste dining in the UK. Its unique... Read More →
02
MAY
2017
Animal textile art by Karen Nicol

INTERVIEW: The inspirational textile art and home interior of Karen Nicol

Possessing an ethereal and enchanting quality, the moment you come across a piece of textile art work by Karen Nicol, you’ll be curious to see more. Karen is a London-based embroidery, mixed media and textile artist, whose creations dance between the disciplines of art,... Read More →
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