There is something magical about sitting around an open fire watching the flames flicker and dance.
When it comes to designing an outdoor living space, a fire pit has real appeal. Maybe it is the call of our stone age ancestors or the flash backs to the care free nature of one’s childhood, toasting marsh mallows over an open flame – either way it adds a whole new dimension to the space. Continue reading
Every so often you see something that literally stops you dead in your tracks. For me this has just happened today as I was researching Bamboo.
In our modern world it is slowly starting to be used in contemporary applications. We see it as something only used in traditional building projects. We seem to forget that it can be strong like steel yet flexible (and grows naturally). Each of the varieties of Bamboo can bring something special that can allow buildings and furniture to twist and curve into amazing architectural shapes. Continue reading
They say a picture paints a thousand words but how many words paint a picture? There is something about typography in design, which I love. I like the notion that a person can personalise their space with words rather than images. I think there is something beautiful in letters & numbers. When I see them in a space, it is like a favourite book that has annotations in the margin. I think a space can have anything that inspires you, makes you think, that reminds you of a favourite place or time, or simply makes you laugh.
The fridge has often been home to pizza delivery numbers, photos of family and “to do” lists. I like seeing something on the fridge that will make you smile. Life doesn’t have to be serious it can be anything that rocks your boat!
There is something wonderful about a handmade ceramic bowl or cup that has something stamped into it while the clay is wet. I love the work of Kylie Johnson of Paper Boat Press. She is both a poet and a potter and blends her talents into wonderfully organic, wabi sabi shapes which she then imprints with her poems by hand. Over time she has collected and made these unique stamps.
To some, the thought of inspirational or motivational quotes on their wall immediately flashes them back to 90’s corporate world where a poster of an epic picture with a bold heading like Excellence, Leadership or Teamwork is followed by a quote that should inspire you to achieve the relevant noun. Enter English graphic designer, Anthony Burrill, who works across a full range of media for a staggeringly varied array of clients to create visual brilliance. It is his print making that I love. He has a unique gift for blending colour and composition with a humorous approach to words.
Wall paper has made a huge comeback. If you really want to personalise your space why not use one of the great sources of words and wallpaper in old book pages or newspaper?
To some the idea of a blackboard in their home would be ideal for a shopping list or the kid’s play room. For film director Roland Emmerich he took it to the next level with the help of John Teall of Flux Interiors.
Graffiti sits firmly on the edge with people loving it for art or hating it for vandalism. But this is your home so you can do what you want! How about giving you furniture that contemporary edge. Sounds extreme but designer Ilan Dei has managed to fuse well crafted contemporary furniture with some graffiti art in his collection “Awake the Inner Vandal”.
Whatever your story is… don’t be frightened to tell it with words.
You don’t need me to tell you that natural living plants in a space are a good thing.
For a start they look beautiful. Then there are the pages and pages of case studies that have proven that in any indoor space (home or office) living plants are the way to go. They absorb Carbon Dioxide (and other nasties) and emit Oxygen. The cleaner and fresher our environment, the better we feel and more productive and alert we are. Continue reading