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Salone Del Mobile 2015

A weekend of inspiration is what we need to reboot ourselves. Milan holds an annual Salone Del Mobile event where furniture and lighting manufacturers can show off their newest pieces.

Colour trends this year were spicy like rusty orange, mustard yellow with greys, copper and matt golds. A noticable tribal influence was interlaced into the brands with woven fabrics and metals giving a complex but interesting finish. Colour was abundant and certain manufacturers layered lots of colours and textures creating an interesting and warm look – Bocci is a favourite , see our link to our latest completed project with Bocci pendant lights.

Here are some of the selection of items we loved, click over images for details.


House in Holland Park

The clients had been searching for a new home for a while and had found this property located in a Conservation Area overlooking Holland Park.

The current layout of the house was not suitable for the new owners and they appointed us for the full service.

We re-designed the layout, moving the circulation space to the centre of to the floor plan, so that the main rooms could benefit from the views the extra natural light.

Following Planning Approval the house was completely stripped out. The construction works included new steel work for the central staircase, a new low energy LED lighting system, underfloor heating, insulation to the external walls and roof and new plumbing system with water softener and pressure booster.

A neutral interior scheme highlights the views as well as capitalising on the natural light. With the use of simple timber, glass and grey hues the property has been given a soft minimal look.

Outside the rear and front gardens have been re-planned in collaboration with a landscape designer and gardener to create a low maintenance garden.

Design Junction 2015

So it was raining hard and after a long meeting I marched to New Oxford Street to see what the latest designers could offer me. After issuing my self-vandalised ticket I was presented with a yellow band to enable me to quickly bypass the long queue into the exhibition. The existing sorting office was a spectacular space which had been temporarily revitalised with people, furniture, lights and fabric. It was built in the 60’s and is 40,000 sqft, often holding events from fashions shows to small concerts today it was the turn of London Design Festival to hold Design Junction.

I have to say that I have been to a lot of various events like this and have mixed feelings about them. Today was no exception, as an architect the surroundings were lively but not particularly engaging. It focuses mainly on design products which is no bad thing, but I feel I always get the feeling I have seen them before. Of course there were some items that I would say are firm favourites like the String book shelving system which are delicate but functional and also some neutral but interesting patterned encaustic tiles by Lindsay Lang were affixed to the walls which when looked at closely give that beautiful raw chalky effect. Unfortunately the building has much more to offer than the contents with interesting mechanical equipment, beautiful corkscrew metal spiral staircase land rough, worn concrete floors and baffle ceilings.

This is the first event I have attended for the London Design Festival so I’m trying to ‘keep an open mind’ . I have included some photographs of pieces which I thought I would use in the future.

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Salone Del Mobile 2015

Architect@work: our favourite trade show in London

Tips for friends: garden furniture for a Ligurian paradise

During my Italian holidays we stayed with friends at their house on the hills above Bonassola, a picture perfect sea-side village in Liguria.

The house is a beautifully restored typical old Ligurian house, with green shutters, airy rooms and breath-taking views of Mediterranean beauty and is set in a terraced garden complete with olive trees, a glorious kitchen garden and a pizza area with wood fire oven and the biggest Carrara marble traditional sink that doubles as pizza kneading bench.

My friend asked me tips to furnish her favourite spot with garden furniture, a small terrace away from the house and with a view on the gulf below.

I put together 3 “tips” for garden furniture.

First tip: Timeless & Classic. I adore Milanese historic brand Azucena and their Nogaro range is perfect for timeless understated elegant outdoor furniture, which can be brought in in winter and will look perfect with my friend’s Gervasoni sofas.

Second tip: Glamorous and Comfy. None can beat Dedon for dreamy, whimsical garden furniture. Their Rest Nest and Swing Rest are little masterpieces. For a more feminine style, B&BItalia’s Canasta round sofas are a beautiful option which I would couple with one or two Crinoline chairs.

Third tip: Just Wow! Moroso M’Afrique range has been one of my favourite since it came out. I love each individual piece, the colours and the technique and I love how they look in a natural setting. A treat for the eye.

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House & Garden article Holland Park house September 2016