Elle Decoration

For the latest issue of Elle Decoration I was asked to produce two styled features. Unusually I was asked to seek inspiration from 2 house stories, both beautiful, unique but very different from each other. I liked them both equally and found myself idling over which house I would choose to live in if given the chance, I wish! The relaxed, contemporary fresh and airy space of Liza Giles or the elegant and glamorous so Parisian apartment of Ann Sophie Pailleret……

The most obvious take out from Paillerets house was the strong palette, inspired by a Hermes wallpaper.  I just love those deep jewel like tones of jade, and bottle greens. It also gave me the opportunity to show case 2 new designs from my favorite brands.The striking Beetle chair by Gramfratesi for Gubi in its new tropical upholstery pared with as so hot right now brass frame and the sculptural Palette desk launched this year by andtradition. So new there was only one sample, we were very lucky to get it!

 

 

There was so much inspiration in Liza Giles house too but as it is a spring issue but we choose to concentrate on the indoor planting.  Houseplants are key trend right now and whilst I know about pots and containers my knowledge of plants is limited. So I was so grateful when cool east London florist ‘s Grace and Thorn agreed to help me out. Their Hackney Road shop is virtual urban jungle brimming with unusual and exotic plants, and each plant comes with helpful growing tips on a beautifully illustrated postcard. See below. Check out there shop on Hackney Road E2. www.graceandthorn.com.

 

 

Trends

Marblelous

 The marble trend continues unabated, where once it had to be white Bianco marble with minimal markings the design world is now embracing it in all its forms. Designs celebrating it in all its natural hues from pink to black and green abound. This is my round up some of the latest and best designs using this timeless and beautiful material.

It’s no secret I am a huge fan of the Copenhagen based design company Gubi. I love their refined elegant designs that although totally contemporary have a distinct modernist edge. The TS Console previewed in January and designed by GramFratesi follows on from their super successful TS Occasional table range and  I am sure the new console range will be equally appealing. Available with a variety of marble tops from black to green.

 

Ginger and Jagger are a design outfit based in Porto, they have produced a range of exceptionally crafted marble furniture . I love the raw feel of this handcrafted megalithic sculptural Dolmen console from their new collection.

 

A collaboration between Dzek and Max Lamb led to the creation of Marmoreal an engineered architectural surface manufactured from quarry waste. The Bathroom and Every Day Furniture collections are a further exploration of this beautifully abstract material.

 

The Kapital Collection from London based duo Oeuffice is a limited edition series of small tables. The tables are based on the forms of classical columns and are made from a mix of marbles and stone.

 

From lighting to wine glasses Lee Broom is no stranger to marble. But it is the Acid Marble Coffee table that has caught my eye. By laying a sheet of acid yellow glass over layers of black and white marble, he has given this table a quirky and totally contemporary twist, which somewhat reminds me of the layers of a liquorice allsort !

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Hot Shopping

Conservatory Archives

 

My latest find is Conservatory Archives on Hackney Road, which I came upon by surprise one freezing winters day having opened in December. Crossing the threshold I realized this is a very rare and special place and one I know will not stay secret for long!

Located in a beautiful old hardware shop that has been stripped to reveal the patina of time by the delightful and creative shop owners Jin and Giacomo, from the original tiles on the floors and walls to the old plastered walls, it oozes character and charm.

Filled with botanical exotica from sculptural air plants to huge mature prickly cactus and dangling forests of ferns it’s an urban oasis. As if that was nt enough the plants are pared with a hand picked selection of mid century furniture,  vintage botanical prints and books further enhancing the space with plans for a coffee shop too, it is a space to linger and be inspired. I dare you to com out empty handed!

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