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Designer focus: Fabulous furniture by Andrew Martin

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Fresh Design home blog designer focus Andrew Martin furniture

If you’ve got money to invest in designer furniture, then we’d recommend a look at the work of designer Andrew Martin.

Amongst his work you’ll find iconic pieces, furniture focal points and plenty of wood, glass and metal. These four pieces of furniture are a small taster of what’s in store and all are in stock at Occa-Home.

Top row: 

Are you sitting comfortably? We think you would be in an Andrew Martin Hirshorn spitfire chair. The outside of the chair is inspired by the panels of spitfire planes and it’s upholstered in a beautiful soft leather. Add to that the swivel base, and you’ve got yourself one fabulous chair.

Driftwood takes centre stage in the Aubrey cabinet. The three door cabinet is slender and elegant in shape, but has amazing detailing on its doors, in the form of three driftwood geometric detailed squares.

Bottom row:

The Vernon dining table is one of those wow factor tables that will definitely create a focal point. The double V effect wooden base draws the eye in, whilst the glass top provides contrast against the wood and metal.

Use the Luke side table as a feature piece for your bedroom or lounge. The zig zag style shape helps create multiple storage zones. It’s made from metal with a cement board finish.

High street designer focus: Ben de Lisi homeware

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Designer homeware at high street prices

There are some designers who never fail to disappoint us, and Ben de Lisi is one of them.

His latest homeware collection for Debenhams is packed with delightful designs and quirky pieces. Some of the common themes running through his collection continue to be animals (think dogs), cityscapes and geometrics, but you’ll find a few florals too.

Best of all, you get the designer style at high street prices – you can’t really go wrong, can you?

Here are some of our current favourite Ben de Lisi product picks.

1. Ben does love his dog designs and he’s got them down to a tee. This new aqua canvas cushion features a quirky French bulldog wearing a jumper, with yellow piping around the edge of the cushion. It’s £25.

2. We loved Ben de Lisi’s polar bear bookcase previously, but now there’s a black dog design magazine rack too – fab! It’s only £28.

3. If you love drinking tea of coffee on the go, then it’s way more eco friendly to use a re-usable mug with a silicone lid, rather than disposable cups. The caption on this travel mug – ‘Is it Friday yet?’ – definitely mirrors our thoughts! The porcelain mug is £10.

4. If you love cityscapes, then check out the designer wood cityscape ornament. It’s crafted from wood and has a striking black silhouette design. It’s priced at £18.

5. Ah, the white barcode rug design is fab! There are various sizes available and the numbers down the side of the barcode spell out the word ‘priceless.’ Clever, huh? Prices for the rug start at £170.

6. These porcelain stacking mugs are a great cupboard space provider, as they stack up vertically in their own metal storage rack. The set of four geometric design porcelain mugs costs £22.50.

7. Add this stunning grey ceramic geo bowl to your table. It’s a great decorative accessory and costs £45.

8. We love a good multi frame. This one is nicely designed and orchestrated – there’s space for multiple photos (measuring 5” x 7”), although we love geometrics too, so would be tempted to keep some of those geometric designs in there too. The light wood multiple aperture frame costs £45.


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.

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