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Introducing 'Copenhagen' by John Lewis

On May 14th, 2014 by .

John Lewis are embracing the passion for Scandinavian design by introducing a new collection called ‘Copenhagen’.  Typical of this style, the furniture is all about pared-back forms, function and quality craftsmanship, whilst the textiles have gone one step further. In line with current trends, the solid and simplistic patterns that you would expect to see have been replaced with more pixelated print methods, their Retreat and Rosendal cushions are a good example of this (image below). The colour scheme has a familiar base of pale grey, black and cream teamed with splashes of lemon, mustard and coral.  It really is a lovely collection with a reasonable price tag, and will start to filter into store from July with the full range available by September 2014.

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Loki medium sofa, £1500, Bromley floor lamp, £250, Why Wood coffee table, £175, Listrado rug, from £80

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Bromley table lamp, £150, Why Wood coffee table, £175, Marble hexagonal candle plate, £25, Marble candle holder from £10, Marble teardrop, £8

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Bicycles print, £70, Why Wood bench, £199, wire basket, £62, woven felt basket, £18, Retreat Monochrome wallpaper, £22 per roll

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Copenhagen double bed, £999, Mirror, £499, Bedside table, £275, Lars bed linen set, £40, Striped Mohair throw, £50, Bromley floor lamp, as before.  Image below: Caro Sideboard, £599

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Trend: Futuristic Interiors

On April 22nd, 2013 by .

‘Futuristic Interiors’ was the subject of my trend prediction article, which I wrote for a magazine back in June 2012,  almost one year on, we are starting to see this forecast come to light.  Below is a copy of my original article, along with snapshots  from the two magazines who covered the story at the weekend.  If you want to see the full version of my article click this Zest Media link and go to page 55.

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Snapshots  from the weekend magazines.

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My article
Think clean lines, teamed with soft organic shapes on a backdrop of white; and this is the futuristic look that is becoming a firm favourite with designers around the globe.  Fashion collections for Spring/Summer 2012 saw world renowned designers, dressing their models with ‘space-age’ clothes and alien inspired hairstyles, whilst architects and interior designers are having fun with white sci-fi style spaces, teamed with splashes of punchy neon.

“Futuristic Interiors continue to gain momentum as consumers interpret them as cutting-edge and ahead of competitors. Businesses that can incorporate minute elements of sci-fi style will automatically be more likely to be perceived as innovative and effective at pushing boundaries.” Armida Ascano, Trend Hunter.

One designer that is known and loved for producing this style is Pierre Paulin, with his best example being the Ribbon chair, created in 1966.  A beautiful sculptural design, which takes on the appearance of a spaceship and from the 1960s to the present day, has never ceased to be modern.

At a time when everyone is watching the pennies, it is no surprise that we are embracing a refreshing and simplistic style, which is not only achievable but also affordable.

Get the look

Kitchen
For a space-age look, combine curved units in a white gloss finish with bright LED cabinet lights, a great way to illuminate and display modern kitchenware.  Extra drama has been created by hanging a contemporary pendant light over the work surface.
Image credit: Second Nature, Remo kitchen

Living room
A graphic feature wall has been created with a white cubic shelving system, a stark contrast to the soft textures of the rug.  The stylish angular chairs in slate grey and mustard make a confident statement whilst adding warmth.
Image credit: Ligne Roset

Wall art
Graphic furniture has been combined with a unique and innovative, colourful decorative motif concept. Each piece is bicolour (double-sided), and comes in a choice of 3 options. Whether placed on the ground, fixed to a wall (a wall fixing system is supplied with each pack) or suspended from the ceiling via 2 rails (priced separately), they produce a unique tri-dimensional effect that is reminiscent of flying saucers!
Image: Ligne Roset

Dining room
The white furniture in futuristic shapes work well together, with wave plates and ribbon style chairs, the look has a soft fluidity about it.  The lighting has been carefully considered with a delicate ceramic pendent suspended directly above the dining table.
Image credit: Architect Farnosova Natalia, Elena Samarin
Photographer Nicholas Feschuk

Bathroom
The organic shape of the bathroom unit has been mirrored by this vermilion colored stool.  It’s a great example of simple design with dramatic impact.
Image credit: House of Fraser

Furniture
Clean lines, geometric shapes that often take on the look of a spaceship; a good example is Ligne Rosets Pumpkin chair.

Lighting
Often made from new materials and structures, futuristic lighting has a firm place within modern interiors, lighting up and transforming any contemporary décor.

Wallpaper
Futuristic wallpaper along with graphic geometric shapes, has been trending for a few years.  It looks most effective hung on one wall to create a stylish focal point.  Sanderson have just launched a range called Concord, a graphic design in a range of colour options.
Image credit: Concord wallpaper, £38 per metre, Sanderson.

Other picture credits
Pill clock, £260, Rume
Round Muse light, by ERGO for AXO LIGHT
Phylum light, Alessi
La Stanza Dello Al Tramonto light Alessi
Leather Futuristic Armchair, Decoratum
Lime Green Anda Armchair, Ligne Roset
Pink Pumpkin Armchair, Ligne Roset

Stockists
Second Nature: www.sncollection.co.uk tel: 01325 505539
Sanderson: www.sanderson.co.uk tel: 0844 543 9500
Ligne Roset: http://www.ligne-roset.com tel: 020 7426 9670
House of Fraser: http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk tel: 0845 602 1073
Rume: : www.rume.co.uk tel: 01273 777 810
Axo Light: www.axolight.it tel: 00 390243905057
Pierre Paulin: http://pierrepaulin.com
Decoratum: www.decoratum.com
Alessi: www.alessi.co.uk

Trend: Monochrome Interiors

On April 18th, 2013 by .

Everyone is going mad for the Monochrome trend right now, so here are a few black and white rooms which I think are really successful.  Although it’s a simple palette, the question is what ‘style’ of Monochrome do you go for?  Romantic: delicate and decorative textiles with pretty ceramics, Graphic: strong geometric pattern, clean lines and an abundance of black and white prints or Industrial: lots of textures, warehouse style with faded linens and a hint of charcoal.  I know, I know, sorry to add more options, but this is worth considering before you start planning!  One thing is for sure, the strong black and white theme will be certain to add impact and drama to any room in the home.

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