home: found this [ SYMFONISK – Ikea ]

home: found this [ SYMFONISK – Ikea ]

With ever evolving technology, homeware brands are exploring more interactive ways to live our lives in our home.

Ikea has teamed up with Sonos to create the SYMFONISK collection. There are currently two products available – a speaker lamp and a speaker shelf.

‘At IKEA, we’re great at home furnishing but new to sound. Sonos, on the other hand, has expertise in sound and technology and is curious about new ways of making sound blend into the home – the same as us’

‘Combining the best of our two worlds we make high-quality sound affordable and available – and create products neither of us would be able to come up with on our own’

Table lamp – £150

Shelf – £99

Available now at ikea.com

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home: featured [ Merci ]

home: featured [ Merci ]

Interiors and homeware lovers that make the trip to Paris, France, definitely need Merci on their radar.

This beautiful Parisian store, does offer an online shopping service, but to see the store in person, see the how the curated range can be styled and enjoy the entire retail experience is an extra layer of pleasure to shopping with this wonderful brand.

The brand also offers fashion and the store is an all round design and lifestyle experience.

Find at;

111 Boulevard Beaumarchais

75003 Paris

They say;

Merci is a place created in March 2009 in the heart of the historic district of Haut-Marais. Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, founders of BONPOINT the children’s fashion label, realized that Paris lacked a place which would bring together the best of the world of fashion, of design, of household goods with welcome refreshment areas.

A business established in the heart of its region and of its country, Merci has already created more than 70 permanent jobs. Merci is, moreover, very pleased to act as a developer or launch-pad to the young designers who, thanks to this sounding-board, can make themselves known to the many customers and international personalities who visit Merci.

Merci is a commercial enterprise “like any other company” founded by shareholders “unlike any other shareholders”. The founders decided that the proceeds of this investment would serve to fund an endowment paying  for educational projects and development in south-west Madagascar.
Bernard and Marie France Cohen wanted to say MERCI to life, MERCI to the talents and to the designers who made this success possible. It is this success which makes their generosity possible.

In 2013, Marie-France Cohen passed on the torch

The current Merci team has kept up the commitment and the founders’ original dream by contributing year on year to the foundation.


home: trend [ Bauhaus ]

home: trend [ Bauhaus ]

Bauhaus is a movement of art and design that has influenced, created and set a precedent for such a huge amount of incredible design since its founding in 1919.

Its style and ideas can be seen in homeware, furniture, pattern design, prints, and interiors throughout the decades and is very recognisable.

Product guide

Top row

Poster • Trouva £55 / Desk • Pamono £4751 / Place mat and coasterEtsy £12.99

Middle row

PitcherCoggles £29.40 / Lamp • Pagazzi £55 / Chair • Italy Classics £400.73

Bottom row

Sofa • Case Furniture from £1930 / ChairHouseology £1735 / Cushion • Red Bubble £17.27

‘The Staatliches Bauhaus, commonly known as the Bauhaus, was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar.

Its a strong look with colour and line and can be styled quite sparce or detailed and still achieve that confident Bauhaus feeling.

Create with block colour and simple pattern of the era and furniture which creates lines and forms.

Search eBay and other auctions and fairs for true pieces or head to the high street for modern versions and creations. You don’t have to look far with current high street brands to find pieces indicative of the style and design.

Keep walls and floors plain with detail in the fixtures and furniture. There’s a strong emphasis on smoked grey glass, mirrored surfaces, mat colour and keep a space light and airy. Architecture would have favoured high wide glazing and open plan living – popular and on trend in today’s building work.

home: made [ basket ]

home: made [ basket ]

We’ve just discovered A Kailo Chic Life blog and already in love. Such great projects, DIYs, ideas and interiors.

Our favourite pick is this project to decorate a basic felt basket with a weave and tassle look. It’s creative, colourful and makes a eclectic boho look.

Try Made, Amazon, and other online homeware stores for felt woven baskets that can act as the base for this DIY.

Explore the blog for this and further great projects.

home: favourite thing [ dinner set ]

home: favourite thing [ dinner set ]

For just £25, this twelve piece marble style dinner set from Leekes, will freshen up your dining table settings.

Clean, minimal and with marble still being very much on trend, it’s a great affordable way to update your table.

home: event [ ceramics fair ]

home: event [ ceramics fair ]

Perfect timing to start shopping for Christmas gifts (or pick up something for your own home), this great ceramics market is a definite must-visit.

The date for the next Independent Ceramics Market is 28 September in Copeland Road, London SE15.

They say;

Independent Ceramics Market provides a unique opportunity to see / buy a diverse range of affordable ceramic artwork, and buy direct from the maker.

This event brings together a community of over 60 ceramicists, that include current students, up-and-coming graduates, as well as established ceramicists from various ceramic studio’s, making it the ideal location for discovering a new wave of early career, and some more established ceramic artist.

Pick up unique and original ceramics, from cups to art sculptures, the broad range of makers will have something for everyone.