29 Jun 2011

( hand-blown glass lights )

"Clean, simple lines. Combine sensuous hand-blown glass with exposed filament bulbs to redefine your space." (Niche Modern)

Inspired by the natural forms of the flower and expertly crafted to embody the paradoxical elements of simplicity and complexity which make for truly intriguing design. The Stamen pendant is gorgeously unique, sexy and subtle. Quietly stunning.

When opening a homewares store in Soho, New York, Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch of Niche Modern were unable to find lights that satisfied their “super picky sensibilities.” Then Jeremy saw a man selling blown glass vases out of the back of his truck. The glass designer wasn’t sure he could create the shape Jeremy was looking for – telling him that “glass is not meant to curve in on itself” – but the two of them kept at it, eventually creating three pendants to light the front of the Niche store. The lights weren’t for sale, but customers kept asking for them and a new business was soon born. Jeremy wanted to flesh out the line and launch big, so 8 more products were designed in a day and prototyped the next.

They are easily my favourite lights at the moment. Here are a few more :)

( air fan by boffi )

Most people in the design world know that when it comes to ceiling fans, you can't really beat the classic 'Hunter Fan'... but this is just a beauty!
It is made by the one of the smartest of contemporary Italian kitchen and bathroom manufacturers, Boffi, and available through Alternative Plans. The “Air” fan has laminated wooden blades and a stainless-steel finish, with “vortice” five-speed motor, with infra-red remote control.
I have tried to specify this for past jobs many time... I love it :)

28 Jun 2011

( sit or sail? )

Love these images...
I adore everything in this first photo... the idea of creating a wonderful bench from a canoe is amazing and looks great in this setting with the fab wallpaper design by Wall & Deco.
I wanted to include this second photo as I think it compliments the bench photo perfectly and is just a really nice image. 

Image 1: sourced from april and may 
Image 2: unknown (from my image bank)

27 Jun 2011

( my french dream )

This restored home in France is beautiful... the use of the old and new is perfectly balanced and the minimal and cosmopolitan characteristics leave you wishing you owned this place! 

I love how everything indoors and outdoors balances itself so beautifully. If this was my holiday home, I would never want for anything else in the world!

Interior Designer: Marie-Laure Helmkampf

( monday mix )

Here are a few interior shots I'm loving at the moment. See inspiration comments below images :)

 Black Bird cages :)
All natural contemporary Kitchen :)
Classic Theatre seats and concrete wall :)
Lovely mix of chairs and white timber floor :)
Distressed exposed beams V white walls :)
Polished Plaster panelled walls :)

24 Jun 2011

( happy friday - based upon )

Something lovely for Friday... Liquid Metals & Colourful Resins 
Based Upon is a group of artists and designers creating large scale artworks, sculptural furniture and hand applied surfaces. They work under four labels; based upon Composed, based upon Form, based upon Meaning and based upon Surface.
Based Upon Composed - Large scale one off art commissions inspired by nature, maps and cityscape's.
Based Upon Form - Functional Art and bespoke furniture from sculptural bars to large dining tables.
Based Upon Meaning - Commemorative art based on location and personal narrative.
Based Upon Surface - Award winning surfaces in liquid metals and resins. Made by hand in London.

Below is just a small sample of their work... It looks amazing as wall art, and on bespoke pieces of furniture.

23 Jun 2011

( basket beautiful )

These beautiful baskets are new from Piet Hein Eek. I saw these at this years Milan Furniture Fair on the Poliform stand... Just love them.

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