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New Orla Kiely wallpaper for Harlequin

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Orla Kiely designer wallpapers collection

Designer Orla Kiely has launched a new range of wallpapers, in collaboration with Harlequin.

There are 14 stunning wallpaper designs in the collection, including some of her classic and easily identifiable stem prints, some bold retro designs, and smaller, more delicate patterns.

Here’s a selection of what’s on offer:

Contemporary modern designer wallpaper for your home

Acorn spot wallpaper

Acorn spot, available in sea blue and poppy, or brown pepper.

Living room wallpaper ideas

Giant rhododendron wallpaper

The bold giant rhododendron floral wallpaper, available in lichen (yellow), honeysuckle (pink) or slate.

Contemporary designer wallpaper

Scribble wallpaper

Scribble wallpaper, available in walnut, poppy, mist, calico, lichen, clay or olive.

Decorating your home with wallpaper

Flower tile wallpaper

Flower tile wallpaper, available in graphite, bay leaf, clementine or stone.

Contemporary designer wallpaper from Orla Kiely
Multi stem print wallpaper

And the lovely multi stem print wallpaper.

The full collection of all 14 designs can be viewed on the Harlequin website.

The wallpaper is available to purchase from various retailers, including Heal’s and John Lewis.

Fresh Design Find: Concentric cushion covers by Niki Jones

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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One of the many fab designers we spotted at the recent Decorex International 2012 event was Niki Jones.

Niki is keen to create beautiful home products using as many traditional crafts and methods as possible and this really shines through in her designs. But if you thought traditional crafts mean a lack of fresh, contemporary designs, then you’re most definitely wrong.

We particularly like the round design of Niki’s concentric cushion covers, which have a bold and modern striking design. The design is embroidered and finished off around the edge with handmade pompoms.

The concentric cushion covers are available in a choice of three colourways – chartreuse green on dove grey, dove grey on white or slate on natural linen, and can be purchased from Niki Jones.

Alessi Tigrito designer cat bowls

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Contemporary designer cat bowl

Alessi cat bowl set

One for your feline friends!

Feed your cat in style, with the help of these Tigrito blue cat bowls.

Designed by Miriam Mirri for Alessi, the bowls feature a blue kitten between a pair of metal bowls.

The kitten’s elongated tail doubles up as an easy-to-pick up handle, so you can move the bowls at ease. The bowls can be removed from the stand for easy cleaning.

The Alessi Tigrito cat bowl set is available from Heal’s.

Jack light by Tom Dixon

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Contemporary light by designer Tom Dixon

The Jack light

Do you remember the game of Jacks?

I’ve got fond memories of hours spent playing Jacks and this Jack light by Tom Dixon, which is based on a similar design, brings back plenty of happy memories.

The Jack light is made from plastic and is described as being a, ‘sitting, stacking, lighting thing.’ It’s sculptural in its design and, if you’ve got more than one of them, they can be stacked in quirky ways.

The light was first designed by Tom Dixon in 1994 and in 1997 it was awarded a Millenium Mark status in Britain. It’s available in orange, black or white.

Various retailers have the Jack light for sale, including the V&A Shop, who like it so much that it’s included as part of their permanent exhibitions at the V&A museum.

Classic chairs alphabet print from Cult Furniture

Monday, July 16th, 2012
Best mid 20th century designer chairs

An A to Z of chairs

Here’s some wall art aimed at design conscious chair lovers!

This wonderful framed art print pays homage to the world of designer chairs. Focusing on the classics of the mid 20th century, the A to Z print includes well known favourites such as the Eames Eiffel chair and Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chair.

A must-have for designer chair aficionados, the classic chairs alphabet print comes framed and is currently only £39 from Cult Furniture.

If the look of some of these chairs gets your heart beating a bit faster, then Cult Furniture also sell many of the chairs too…

Umbra fish hotel fish bowl

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Designer fish bowl aquarium ideas

A stylish home for fish!

Treat your fish to a new home, with this unusual fish hotel!

Designed by Teddy Luong for Umbra and modelled on a contemporary style home, this modern fish aquarium, with its multiple windows, is a stylish home for your pet fish.

The outside of the FishHotel is made from white plastic, but inside is a glass fish bowl that can easily be removed for cleaning.

Fun and practical, the Fish Hotel has an RRP of £48, but is currently £43.79 at Amazon.

Cauliflower teapot by Sena Gu

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
Contemporary designer porcelain teapot

Cauliflower teapot

Tea served with cauliflower, anyone?

A simple design, but with a fun and quirky element, this cauliflower teapot is sure to be a talking point, whether it’s in use for serving tea or purely used for decorative purposes.

Designed by Sena Gu and made from porcelain, the white cauliflower teapot can be purchased from Designed in England for £65.

Limpet hooks by Kirsty Whyte

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Contemporary coat hooks designed by Kirsty Whyte

Limpet hooks

Here’s a quirky and novel alternative to standard hooks, created by designer Kirsty Whyte.

The Limpet hooks are mollusc shaped and are pieces of wall art in their own right – you wouldn’t necessarily know they’re a coat hook if there was nothing hanging from one.

The colourful hooks, which come in a set of six in red, turquoise and warm grey, are moulded from plastic and can hold weights of up to 5kg.

These Limpet hooks are provided exclusively for Made.com and are priced at only £29 for six (the usual high street price would be £79). Snap them up while you can!

Melanie Porter unique knitted chairs

Monday, June 20th, 2011

UK designer, Melanie Porter, specialises in creating unique hand knitted, contemporary chairs.

The chairs are all sourced from auctions and markets around the country, and are stripped back, restored and re-upholstered before being covered with a series of hand knitted panels. The end result is a one-of-a-kind chair and unusual piece of art.

What makes the chairs even more individual, is that they’re all given names.

Melanie Porter contemporary knitted chairs

Olivia - knitted egg chair

This is Olivia, a green hand knitted, modern egg-style chair.

Melanie Porter unique contemporary chairs

Jack - knitted tub chair

This is Jack -  a restored tub chair that it’s been given a lively look with a hand stitched check knit finish.

Contemporary knitted union jack chair

Edward - Union Jack knitted chair

And here’s Edward – a 1970s swivel chair, with a bold and bright hand knitted cable Union Jack design.

You can see more examples of Melanie’s work on her website, but she also has a store on Not On The High Street with knitted chairs for sale, plus other lovely knitted items. The Edward chair is available to buy from there, plus Percy Union Jack knitted cushions in various colours, a knitted table and an unusual knitted clock.

Owl egg cups by Hannah Turner

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
Hannah Turner owl owlie egg cup

Owl egg cup

Wiltshire ceramicist, Hannah Turner, has launched a new range of owl egg cups, which follow on from the success of her quirky owl collection.

Available in a choice of three colours – blue, pink or yellow – the 3D effect of the egg cups makes the wise old owls look as if they’re almost about to take off!

The owl egg cups are 7cm in height and can be purchased direct from Hannah Turner for £29.99 each.

 
 
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