Tag: interior design

New season at Graham & Green

I just got through some images of the new season collection at Graham & Green, available next month, and think it has some lovely pieces. I am especially excited to see the back of bone-enamelled chests and the small beginnings of Baz Luhrmann retro kitsch.

The animal nightlights melt my heart.

Eco decals by Mae

Australian company Mae make lovely little fabric decals to add some sparkle to your walls, which they describe as “wonderful, whimisical, delightful, washable, unscrunchable, resilient, reusable fabric decals made with love and eco inks”.

They can be moved from wall to wall and every ingredient is sourced within a 100km radius, with 100% recyclable packaging too. The individual scrabble letters look particularly fun.

Check out their site for more designs – they also make lovely wrapping paper.

People we’re loving: Kelly Wearstler

I may be way behind the times, because after a little bit of research I see she is more or less a household name, but I recently came across American interior designer Kelly Wearstler and am a big fan.

Although she mostly does hotels and public spaces, she also does the odd house – mostly on the West coast – and I like her unusual, slightly risky combinations of colours, textures and styles – graffiti wallpaper and wrought iron stairs, pink marble and tribal rugs… it shouldn’t necessarily work but it does.

She also has a fun photo blog called my vibe my life, charting what she gets up to and what inspires her, and her children are very cute.



Taxi Seat by Camilla Akersveen

It is often the most mundane things that inspire us. Norwegian designer Camilla Akersveen spent much of her childhood being driven around in her grandfather’s taxi, unable to keep her hands off his beaded seat cover, which she found fascinating. Fast forward a few years and the design graduate has just exhibited her taxi chair at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, which has met with widespread acclaim and is set to become a future classic.

‘I wanted to create a chair which could be used by all members of the family. Focusing on play and the development of children’s senses, I chose to look back and find inspiration in my own childhood’, she says.

Kitsch, beady, knobbly, part abacus and part yellow cab, it is as fun for kids as it is for grown-ups. Fingers crossed it makes its way to London sometime soon.

City lights by Jill Malek

Brooklyn-based graphic designer Jill Malek makes cool stationery and wallpaper. I really like her latest design for her Frequencies colleciton, Luci della città, which recreates “the fluid motion of flickering lights in the city”. I think the design creates a nice sense of calm and quiet while urban chaos speeds along outside. Just what you want in your nest on these grey end-of-winter days.

Peep show: the coolest bank in the world

This is the first ever concept bank, in Place de L’Opéra in Paris, courtesy of BNP Paribas and architect Fabrice Ausset.

Banking has never looked so fun.

Funky shower curtains

…to conquer dark, cold mornings.

Flamenco shower curtains, £98 each, anthropologie

Amy Butler shower curtains, £37 each, John Lewis

Canvas shower curtains, $55 each, izola

Fred Shand at Anthropologie

UK based designer Fred Shand has designed a range of quilts and cushions for Anthropologie, in collaboration with a selection of artisans from Delhi, London and New York.

Although they’re only available in the US – and at quite a price ($998 for a quilt, $198 for a cushion) –  each design is unique and well worth a look, combining charmingly chaotic patchwork with striking graphics and washed out colours…. Perfect scruffy luxury.

New season fabrics at Liberty

Each new season brings its own stellar collaborations, and Liberty‘s new springtime prints are right up there. From wrought-iron inspired florals by artist Lauren Child to wistful faded roses by illustrator Jane Ray, the collection reaches far and wide… and, as you would expect, when it comes to colour and detail, the sky’s the limit.

Other designers include Quentin Blake, David McKee and Emma Chichester Clark.

One to watch for 2011: Amy Jane Interiors

Hand stitched Victorian cotton lampshades

Having pursued fashion since her teens, working with English talents Bruce Oldfield and Jenny Packham at the age of just sixteen, 24 year-old Camberwell graduate Amy-Jane Adams designs furniture pieces with a distinctly sartorial edge – her textiles are rare and wonderful and bursting with texture and colour – and, refreshingly, a million miles away from high street fads and trends.

After her foray into the world of tailoring, Amy returned to the Cotswolds, where she grew up, to design and make interior accessories for antique dealer Christopher Howe and furniture maker Stephen Perkins. Cultivating an ever-growing love of upholstery and hand crafted furniture, she eventually set up shop after graduating from Camberwell, and her business has slowly but surely soared over the last twelve months. With such characterful and distinctive pieces, it’s easy to see why.

Her latest design, the Maharajah dog bed (below), is fit for a king.

Maharajah dog bed

Tea chest laundry bin

Vintage fruit crate dog bed

For more designs and info visit amyjaneinteriors.com