home: event [ Clerkenwell Design Week ]
Back for it’s 8th year Clerkenwell Design Week is the place to be to see the latest in architecture and design through exhibitions, installations and showrooms.
‘Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world’
For all the exhibits and to register head to Clerkenwelldesignweek.com
home: made [ room planners ]
So the expertise of an interior designer can be invaluable but with so much interior inspiration from magazines, blogs and tv programmes it’s a lot easier to get a good idea of how to style, create and design a great laid out room yourself. However more important that the actual styling is the fit and measurements. Furniture has to fit, spaces have to work, movement can’t be restricted and a room has to feel like layout has been considered properly.
We love the IKEA software to ensure your kitchens, cupboards and bathrooms are the perfect fit and comprises of all the right elements to suit your requirements and brief. Linking directly to the full shopping site you can work in all the components you need into the correctly measured room with even wall colour, allowance for features like fireplaces and doors, plus being able to view from all sides and angles. It’s an incredibly useful tool especially when you are spending a larger amount of money (on a kitchen) and need to get it right or it could be a costly mistake.
However recently there’s many more apps providing room planning tools. Can they measure up (literally) and are they are better help than an old fashioned pencil, ruler and graph paper, and do they give you more scope for using all sorts of furniture and not just that of IKEA?
Over the coming month we’ll test out the various new apps for room planning and find what works and what doesn’t. We’d also love to hear if anyone has reviews, feedback or results from using room planning apps.
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home: event [ interiors lectures ]
It’s all about expanding your knowledge about interiors and home design. Time to enjoy learning from the experts with a series of lectures on interior design. Already popular in 2016. Look out for further 2017 dates at The Royal College of Art on their website.
Following on from the huge success of the series, the Interior Design department at the RCA has confirmed the Inside/Out public lecture programme for the next academic year.The talks feature international architects, designers, curators and writers who will discuss their own practice and dissect the role of interior design. Forthcoming speakers include Andrew Stevens from London-based design consultancy Graphic Thought Facility; French industrial designer matali crasset; Roberto Feo of post-disciplinary studio El Ultimo Grito; the director of London’s Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic; Alannah Western, former Creative Director of Selfridges and now Deputy Chairman of Selfridges Group; the leading British interior designer Ben Kelly; the visionary architect and designer Gaetano Pesce; the Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art Paolo Antonelli; Christophe Egret of architecture and urban design practice Studio Egret West; the renowned sculptor Richard Wentworth; and the architect David Chipperfield.
Talks take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU at 6.30pm
home: event [ home styling workshop ]
Learn about working with colour and fabrics in your home, how not to be scared of using colour and lots of helpful advice and guidance on mixing colours to create an interior you love. You will come away with your own personal colour and fabric palette to set about implementing in your home and be confident you know how to choose colours that work together.
This workshop will be run by Christine Tse, a New York and London based interior designer with a wealth of experience and styling knowledge.
Register for a FREE place here
‘How to decorate like a pro – Home decorating workshop with Christine Tse’
Monday 17 October // 18.30 – 19.45
Kensington Central Library Meeting Room, 12 Phillimore Walk
home: trend [ rattan ]
A once favourite for suburban semi conservatory furniture and popular up until the last couple of decades, rattan has had a recent surge of popularity and with many brands designing new chic modern styles, rattan is the perfect addition to the contemporary home.
It’s flexible and sits well with both minimalist interiors as well as bohemian ecletic styles.
Create the perfect look with dark wood floors, kilim rugs (we love the selection at West Elm), fresh white walls and lace white curtains (try IKEA Alvine Spets).
1. MALU vintage rattan bedside table £55 La Redoute
2. ALSEDA stool £20 IKEA
3. BOJA lamp £52 IKEA
4. OONA rocking chair £352.50 Graham And Green
5. IVYLINE planter £79 John Lewis
6. INQALUIT KUBU footstool £42.25 La Redoute
7. RADVIKEN chair £120 IKEA
home: featured [ La Redoute ]
You may not have discovered the gorgeous homeware and furniture at La Redoute but it certainly needs to be on your radar.
If you make your way past all the great clothing to choose from, the interiors department is full of great quality, on-trend design, a good price range (to ensure you can find some great pieces at affordable prices), as well as a super sale section.
There’s a mix of chic, contemporary, modern minimalist and midcentury modern styles. With superb patterns and colours in their soft furnishings, great design and style in furniture and perfect choices in home accessories – every inch of the home can be cool and timeless.
This French brand that has actually traded since 1837, they’ve got some incredible designers under their belt.
”La Redoute makes French style accessible to all – with stylish looks and timeless pieces – plus guidance and advice on how to look good. You get a great choice of clothes that fit well and flatter – the way only the French seem to know how. All our communications; website, catalogue, mailings and emails, give you useful ideas, tips and best buys. The prices make it great value too and it’s all delivered straight to your door. That’s what we call French style made easy.”
Over the decades they’ve collaborated with big names including Sonia Rykiel, Victor + Rolf, Antik Batik and Isabel Marant.
”La Redoute has worked with the biggest names in fashion from Karl Lagerfeld to Naomi Campbell”
home: found this [ books ]
We love a slow mooch around a museum shop, but usually only when we have been to a particular exhibition.
This shouldn’t be the case and we should treat them as actual shops, considering the majority of our museums and galleries are free. Also take advantage of the online museum shops, especially if your looking for books.
A good design book can not only give informative text and pictures, but they usually always look nice – something you want to have out on display.
We had a look at the Design Museum website and found a great selection of books for interiors lovers. Use the menu to navigate the particular topic like Product Design or Architecture and find some inspiring coffee table books to dip into at any time.
Another great museum shop for books is the Barbican with fascinating reads including titles exploring concrete architecture and suburbia life.
So next time you are looking for a gift or an inspiring read for yourself, head to a museum shop, you won’t be disappointed.