Feb 112014
 

Hot Pink Its Hot and Its Pink

Hot pink isn’t for everyone and despite loving this collection, it’s not for me, but some folk can’t get enough of it (naming no names. You know who you are) and I’m pleased they’re here. Colour is a cheery friend and in dark wintery times it is most definitely good for the soul. Here are the best of the hot pinks on the UK homes market today.

1.) Cornell desk in ‘Flamingo Pink’, £279, Made.com 2.) pink pallet pendant shade by Christopher Berry, £39.99, Factory Twenty One 3.) Designers Guild’s Saraille in ‘fuchsia’ digitally-printed wallpaper, £185, John Lewis 4.) Tub table lamp in ‘pink’, £35, Habitat 5.) Hay’s Colour Block duvet cover & pillowcase in ‘pink’, £72- £108, Nest 6.) porcelain tea light holder in ‘neon pink, £7, Future and Found 7.) Deep Dream sofa in ‘raspberry’ velvet, From £1,995, Graham and Green 8.) Leather (191) emulsion paint, £41.50 for 2.5lts, Little Greene 9.) Applicata Tulip dinner candle holder by Anders Norgaad, £46, Heal’s

Jan 312014
 

BRAKIG The Jester of the Day

To be honest, I’m rarely at the front of the Ikea fan club queue on a personal what-I’m-prepared-to-have-in-my-own-home basis, but I’d be the first to say that they do do prints very well and this series is no exception. Tomorrow sees the launch of one of Ikea’s latest print ranges, Brakig, and it’s a corker. Brakig comprises of 30 pieces and is the result of a year long collaboration with Danish creative supergroup, ArtRebels. It sees the introduction of a charming array of murky pastel colours which are being celebrated throughout the media, employed in strong geometric shapes (among them the harlequin), to create of-the-moment style. It’s been applied extensively on textiles, furniture, kitchenware and wallpaper, on both new and old designs (such as the instantly recognisable Frosta stool), bringing them in line with the rest of the range. It’s a limited edition so if you want it, you best go and get it fast. I can’t imagine it’ll hang around for long.

BRÅKIG, available from Ikea from the 1st of February.

Jan 162014
 

EQUUS 7 Watch how the Pretty Horses Go

 

I am, by no means, a girl with a horsey inclination. This should not be taken as no love or admiration for the magnificent beasts, for I do, think they are entirely marvellous, just, the whole jodhpurs thing ain’t never gonna happen. Should you have chosen to describe this new range from Royal Crown Derby, I probably would have wrinkled my nose and politely declined, but they arrived in my inbox in full brand-spanking fresh and cheeringly contemporary horsey-glory and I was a goner. Big, bold and magnificent. So, if like me you prefer your horses in manageable sizes, whilst wearing dignified clothing, I recommend you get yourself down to see them in their finery. The ‘Equus’ range (designed by Carmen Roome) is being launched on Monday the 20th of January at Harrods in London as part of series of window displays celebrating ’2014: Year of the Horse”.

Dec 032013
 

SebastianBergneNativity A Simple Tale

As seasonal commissions go, this is a pretty good one. The Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich have commissioned object and furniture designer, Sebastian Bergne, to fill their neoclassical interior with a bold, bright, pared-back ultra-contemporary take on a world-famous classic scene, the Nativity. Bergne’s ‘Colour Nativity’ won’t please everyone, I’m sure, but I think it’s excellent. It’s neat and tidy, bright and brave. To imagine those shapes made large, filling a space that’s used to frill and fancy, with a design-ethic so far from its own, fills me with delight and wonder. A move that, I can only congratulate the folk at St. Peter and St. Paul’s on, for being ‘of the time’ and potentially opening their target audience to those who might ordinarily be beyond their reach. I, for one, am not a church-goer, though I most definitely appreciate and am in awe of the grace and power of those buildings that have peppered our landscape for so many centuries. The extra large ‘Colour Nativity’ is unveiled tonight and will be available to see for the festive period. If you like it A LOT, then you can buy one for yourself in a more domestic-residence-sympathetic size here.

Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN

Aug 222013
 

Philips Hue Ones Own Light
I’m pretty excited about this latest light bulb innovation from Philips. And if you’re not, then you’ve obviously not read the small print. This ray of light, or rather to be precise, 16 million different coloured rays of light, is quite possibly the beginnings of a new colourful future. As one of the judges on Dulux’s ‘Let’s Colour Awards’, I first came across this at the rear end of last year, as it was one of the contestants up for the technology award. Much debate and conversation, it instigated but unfortunately, as we didn’t have one to test, its case wasn’t strong enough to win. However, since then, I’ve been rather keen to get my grubby little mitts on one.

‘Hue” looks like an ordinary bulb, no bigger, no smaller and with no fancy-pants fastening, the only difference is that in order to make this bulb do its magic, you’ll need a smart phone or tablet so you can download their app. The app communicates with a small hub, called the ‘hue bridge; which you plug into your internet. Beyond that I have no idea. Not only can you play around with a colour picker option, you can also upload your favourite photos to colour-select from. This really is personal lighting. Good fun and very, very clever. I’m super impressed. Currently, they’re a teensy-weensy bit more expensive than your average LED bulb, but with its capabilities, it’s one to keep your eye on for a future treat.

 

Philips’ ‘Hue’, available from a range of different retailers, currently only available in screw type fixture.

 

Apr 182013
 

Chris Bracey Neon Ring Of Fire

Having discovered Chris Bracey’s neon lights (with thanks to Conran Shop) and gone on to use one in a shoot last year, I was rather excited to see a gallery of bright colours emitting glow over the hard concrete streets in the west end of London. I have to say, I do like a bit of neon lighting, especially done with a nod to many aspects of iconic American popular culture which will always retain a element of cool; 1950s, rock’n'roll, bikers, tattoo parlours and street retail advertising. But Bracey doesn’t just regurgitate old lights, he adapts and adds to, recycling old lights to make new pieces, that are more relevant to us today, whilst referencing the land so far from these shores. And no further away than from Walthamstow, where Bracey works in his delightfully named workshop, God’s Own Junkyard. His workshop is now open to the public on specific days, so after you visit Scream to see his exhibition, I advise you to check out his website, then go and indulge yourself with more neon goodness.

1.) Lady Luck (detail), 2.) Hot Burning Love/ Hotel Love, 3.) Love and Hate, 4.) Hands of God (and detail),  5.) Find Love Upstairs (shown in three light variations)

Chris Bracey at Scream Gallery. 12 April until 01 June 2013.
27 – 28 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DH Tel: +44 (0)20 7268 9857
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm

Apr 172013
 

PleasedToMeet Very Pleased To Meet

I spotted this company’s products in various hotspots around New York and liked their style instantly. Pleased To Meet is the lovechild of two German designers, Daniela Könn and Marcel Hornung, who met and fell in love whilst working in New York. Founded in 2004, they now have a lovely range of simple and charming designs spread over a variety of paper-based goods, contemporary eco ethics with a hint of mid-century style illustrations. Good colour choices too. They do have stockists worldwide but they also do international delivery so no need to panic. Here are my top-picks.

1.) I Love You wrapping paper, €2.60, 2.) New York wrapping paper, €2.60, 3.) Fawns wrapping paper, €2.60, 4.) A Good Catch wrapping paper, €2.60, 5.) Flying Birds notebook, €5, 6.) Lovebirds notebook, €5, 7.) Travel Journal, €19, 8.) Paris notebook, €7, all available from their website.

Apr 122013
 

NYC Shopping Many Treats To Be Had

I was pretty restrained on my recent trip to New York despite the many treats to be had. The choice was out of my hands. I had to be. I’m soon to be moving home and property in London isn’t cheap. Needless to say, the mortgage company would not be sympathetic to my pleas and tales of cushion-love in NYC, however lovely it was, so, well-behaved I was. This doesn’t mean that I don’t sit here at my desk and dream. I confess, the Cole Haan shoes and the birdie letter opener came home with me, but then they don’t count, as they both fall under the ‘practical’ category. For future reference (for myself and any one who fancies treating a hard-working Finch), here are my top nine shopping treats from the great city across the pond.

1.) Gramercy Oxfords in nubuck rooftop and sunlight, $198, Cole Haan, 2.) stone house door stop, $31.90, West Elm, 3.) Petrie armchair in fawn, $2,199, Crate And Barrel, 4.) Petrie ottoman in fawn, $1,248.75, Crate And Barrel, 5.) birdie letter opener, $12, MOMA, 6.) Dauville gold glazed bowls, from $11, Canvas, 7.) Map of New York decorative sheet, by Charles Lahti, $20, Kate’s Paperie, 8.) porcelain pitchers by Ryota Aoki, from $148, The Future Perfect, 9.) Acciaio dining chair, designed by Max Lipsy, $1,500, Matter

Apr 102013
 

Moonish 1977 Ode To The Moon

sunspots Ode To The Moon

Moonish music Ode To The Moon

One of my highlights of New York’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show, which I attended as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC, was this stand showing the work of Brooklyn-based designer-maker company, Moonish. Marine-grade plywood is dyed, silk-screen printed and cut down into 6″sq tiles with magnetic backing. The wood grain is visible through the dye, allowing for the natural qualities to show, giving the decorative tiles a warmth not usually associated with their ceramic cousins. Their application also differs, no messy grouting required here, this wall treatment is purely magnetic. Allowing design flexibility and a freedom from the usual constraints of surface decorations, you can chop and change as often as you rotate your footwear, should you wish. This also makes them reusable, a detail that is rapidly becoming the most attractive USP a product can have, in an age of economic and environmental uncertainty. All of these positive pointers and we haven’t even got on to how good looking these little wooden squares are. Well, I don’t really need to say anything, they do all that’s necessary for themselves. Just look at them! And if you tire of diamonds, change it to chevrons, …if you bore of chevrons, …change to diamonds. So much to love, so little time (such good colours too). Go get them.

From top to bottom: ’1977′, ‘Sunspots’ and ‘Music’ designs.

Apr 092013
 

Future Perfect Yes, The Future IS Perfect

On a recommended tip by a now-native New Yorker (thank you, Liz!), I made sure that I fitted a trip to The Future Perfect in Manhattan. It wasn’t a venture wasted. In amongst a good list of interiors stores in the SoHo/ Nolita area, this by far was my favourite design shop, and the closest to my own personal taste. Nicely laid out, there were little treats to be discovered in all corners of the store, from well-known companies to lesser-known designer-makers. It was also nice to see a large range of products from my own London favourite, SCP (and no shortage of Donna Wilson‘s knitted delights). Royelyn (the shop attendant) indulged me a small tour of my favourite goodies, and also a discussion on slang and the linguistic differences between Brooklyn, Manhattan and London. Good times. Here are my top 9 items (international shipping available).

1.) Reunion bowl, by Pieke Bergman, $165, 2.) Mirror standing shelf, by Garth Roberts, £3,650, (this is far more amazing in person than you can see from the photos. It’s gorgeous), 3.) Bluff City pendant light, £750, 4.) Moon Dance Rug Small, Domestic Construction, $63 (sale price), 5.) Watering Can, Copper, Paul Loebach, $99 (available from May), 6.) Facet Bowl, by Piet Hein Eek, $956, 7.) Tree Trunk Chair in Green Velours, by Piet Hein Eek, $2,858, 8.) Crescent Brass Bottle Opener, by Oji Masanori, $60, 9.) Glacier Double Old-Fashioned Glass, Purple, for Artel by David Wiseman, $439

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