Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Pacco floating drawer from Mocha

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Amazing design floating shelves drawer

Wall mounted floating shelf

We’ve featured floating shelves before, but here’s another take on it – a floating drawer.

The Pacco floating drawer benefits from the same shelf storage capabilities, providing a useful storage place for favourite books, a vase of flowers or a place to keep your mobile, but the shelf has the added benefit of a concealed drawer.

Fresh contemporary creative design floating wall shelf drawer

Hidden drawer

It’s nicely designed, is slimline and compact and comes ready to mount on your wall. Its size makes it  ideal for using in small rooms or hallways, where you don’t have loads of space for a big piece of furniture, but could do with a shelf or drawer for storing little things.

For example, if you don’t want a cumbersome bedside table, then the drawer works well as a contemporary bedside shelf. If you need somewhere in your hall to store keys, but don’t want keys left out in view hanging on a key rack, the drawer could be mounted on the wall and used as a key drawer.

The Pacco floating shelf was designed by Samuel Ansbacher and is handmade from solid birch plywood.   It’s available from Mocha, priced at £59.99.

Contemporary drip design magnetic notice board

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Contemporary magnetic memo notice board

Drip magnetic board

We’re big fans of magnetic notice and memo boards, but here’s a striking design that would definitely liven up the wall of a modern or contemporary home.

The paint drip design notice board is inspired, not surprisingly, by a paint brush stroke and it depicts it incredibly well.

It’s made from powder coated steel and is designed by HeadSprung (whose scribble mounted coat rack we featured recently). The magnetic board comes with four strong magnets and there is just the right amount of room for you to add notes, lists, postcards or reminders.

The drip magnetic strip board is very competitively priced at only £12.99 and is available in red, light purple, dark blue or black.

LSA dine sauce boat with oak stand

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Contemporary dining sauce gravy boat

Porcelain jug on oak tray

A sauce boat might not be something you use every day, but if you’re having a dinner party or celebration dinner with guests, you’ll need something to serve sauce or gravy in style.

This elegant white dine sauce boat is perfect for the discerning dining table. It’s made of porcelain and the plain white will go with many a tableware set.

The oak stand ensures no unwanted drips end up on your table or tablecloth, plus it’s a bit different to just using a gravy or sauce boat with a saucer.

The dine sauce boat is made by LSA and can be purchased from Occa Home for £30.

Contemporary sculpture design by Pierre Malbec

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Contemporary art dog sculpture by Pierre MalbecUnique contemporary sculpture radiatorCompression contemporary French sculpture design

French sculptor, Pierre Malbec, specialises in producing one-of-a-kind sculptures and pieces of art.

Three of Pierre’s creations, which are suitable for display at home, include these metal dog, radiator and compression designs, which are all created from iron.

They’re unique, eye-catching and original and are perfect for fans of contemporary sculpture and art.

You’ll need to fall head over heels in love with them, as they don’t come cheap (plus there’s a hefty postage charge required too), but you can find these three sculptures by Pierre Malbec in stock at Anthropologie.

Fresh Design ideas: Cardboard storage wallpockets

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Fresh design wall decor ideas from recycled cardboard

Amazing cardboard wall decor

It’s amazing what you can do with cardboard these days…

Part clever design, part wall art, and part functional storage, these amazing wall pockets are made out of 100% recycled cardboard.

We spotted them over on All Things Paper and couldn’t resist featuring them, as the design and idea is so clever.

They’re designed by Tim Karoleff and Shea Springer for Ampersand and were inspired by geometric shapes and the ‘curious textures created by clusters of barnacles.’

As well as providing your wall with an eye-catching, 3D form of wall decor, you can use the wallpockets to store small items – nifty, eh?

Tea Rules The World sugar bowl and creamer

Monday, November 21st, 2011
Takae Mizutani designer china

Lion sugar bowl and unicorn creamer

For quirky products that you’ll love using, you can’t beat designs by Takae Mizutani.

As a designer, Takae has a great way of looking at the world through the eyes of a child and this can certainly be seen in her unique designs.

In the case of this sugar bowl and creamer set, the sugar bowl is designed in the shape of a lion and the creamer is in the form of a unicorn. Both animal motifs feature on the British coat of arms, so it’s only right that they’re on products celebrating the great British tea drinking habit!

The set of two Tea Rules the World pieces are made in Cornwall from earthenware clay, cost £44 and come in a gift box, so would make a great present. The only choice you have to make is whether to opt for white or natural finish.

Anorak Seagull print homewares

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Everywhere we go, we keep coming across this Anorak blue and white seagull print on various items. So we’re taking it as a sign that we should feature some of the homeware products with the print on!

It’s a very summery and fresh print and quite a contemporary design – what do you think of it?

Blue and white contemporary seagull bird cushion

Seagull cushion

The seagull print cotton cushion is from Graham and Green, and they’ve currently got it reduced in their sale. It was £37, but is now down to £25.90.

Anorak waterproof kissing animals picnic rug

Picnic rug

The matching Anorak seagulls picnic rug, which is made from cotton and has a waterproof back, is available from John Lewis for £36.

Seagull print design by Anorak

Seagull table mats

There are tablemats available in the seagulls design too. This set of four table mats costs £27.50 from Starfish Bay.

Silvana washing machine drum table

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Silvana wash drum table designed by Reestore

Funky washing machine table

It’s no surprise that we’re big fans of recycling and designers who are creating new pieces of innovative furniture and home accessories through the use of recycled materials.

Previously we’ve featured items such as the fabulous chair made from recycled cutlery, an Italian seat made from old car tyres and tarpaulin material, Christmas decorations made from recycled circuit boards, a stunning chandelier made from milk bottles and a chalk-like memo board made from recycled coffee cups.

Now here’s another clever product that’s been made from recycled materials – it’s a washing machine table!

The funky table is made from a reclaimed washing machine drum (isn’t it the most perfect shape and size?) and has been designed by award-winning UK designers, Reestore. With its unique design, and stainless steel metal finish, the table is perfect for a contemporary home.

A piece of frosted glass has been added to the top of it, making it fully functional as a coffee table or side table and, as an extra special twist,  a low energy light has been popped inside the drum, which provides a lovely glow of light through the tiny holes of the drum. It’s a great design and a very effective use of recycled materials.

The Silvana reclaimed washing machine table is made to order, but can be purchased from Ecocentric for £275.74.

Funky slide staircases: fun and creative stair designs

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Amazing slide staircase Home slide design staircase

Ever wished you didn’t have to walk downstairs? Well, with one of these creatively designed staircases, you don’t have to walk – you just slide!

What a fantastic idea they are and very cleverly designed, so that both of the slides are in keeping with the design of the stairs. As well as sliding down them, you could also send down your washing via the slide or anything else you have no desire to lug down the stairs.

I love the wooden spiral slide staircase (although, being practical, I wouldn’t want it positioned next to a glass window, just in case of accidents), but the straight slide works very well next to a standard, straight staircase too.

In fact, the second slide staircase was designed by London architect, Alex Michaelis, on the request of his children and is one of the funky additions in the eco-friendly home he built. As well as enjoying sliding down the slide, his kids also have an indoor pool and rock climbing wall, which sounds amazing!

(Via Freshome, Gizmodoand A Design Mafia)

Bronze ribbon coat rack by HeadSprung

Monday, September 13th, 2010
Weathered bronze ribbon coat rack from Bouf

Ribbon inspired coat rack

The design of this coat rack was inspired by the idea of a ribbon blowing freely in the wind.

It’s translated very well into a functional, yet artistic, coat rack which looks fluid and unusual. It can accommodate up to five coats, various scarves, other pieces of clothing or umbrellas hanging from the loops of the rack.

The ribbon coat rack is handmade from powder-coated mild steel and is supplied with all the neccessary wall plugs and screws you’ll need to mount it on your wall.

It’s available in various finishes, including matt black, matt white, glossy red and textured yellow, but we rather like the look of this weathered bronze.

The ribbon coat rack costs £75 and can be bought from HeadSprung Ltd on Bouf.

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