Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for the design aficiando in your life? Panic not; my family is riddled with people who will only give house room to the most beautiful things so I have had plenty of practice sourcing presents that are chic, elegant and fashion forward. Here are my suggestions for this festive season.
September is here, which means that students up and down the country are already thinking about what to pack in their bags for the new term. Deciding what to take and what to leave behind can be tricky, so we have compiled a list of essentials. From the best desk lamp to the ultimate back pack, these are the items that every fresher needs.
December is upon us which means that it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones. Clearly, the presents for those you share a home with are the most important – not least because, if you’re clever, they can double as gifts for yourself too.
I love blue. Ranging in tone from deepest ink to coolest ice, it works across seasons and interior styles and what’s more, it is at its best in the northern hemisphere where the colder light actually enhances the blue pigment.
The clocks have gone back, taking the light with them. Some lucky folk head south when the dark days come, but for those of us tied to over-wintering on the British Isles the only remedy is to fill the house with lamps.
Universities may boast state of the art gyms and air conditioned, wi-fi connected lecture theatres, but halls of residence - for all their en-suite facilities – remain largely untouched by interior design. Personalising these bare, cell-like bedrooms isn’t easy – space is tight and any interference with the physical structure of the room is strictly forbidden – but it is possible.
I downsized last year and now live in a sixties bungalow with generous windows and lots of well-thought out storage. Floor space, however, is at a premium so I have done away with lamps in favour of the wall light; an item which has, until now, been entirely absent from my life. Wall lights can be every bit as show-stealing as a pendant or a lamp. And, as the following list of top five places to use them proves, they are super-adaptable too.
I am a huge fan of all-white interiors whatever the season, but even committed colouristas should consider embracing the look for the high summer season. Light reflecting and visually fresh, white rooms really do help to keep you cool as temperatures rise.
Press releases seldom lift my spirits but I was properly cheered by Kirkby Design’s latest update. I didn’t read the copy; what registered when I opened up the attachment was colour. Sharp and clean, it cut through the early morning mist surrounding my work hut and turned my thoughts to summer time.
Unless you have been hiding under a stone for the past year, you will have noticed how brass is back. Designers everywhere are turning to the newly modish metal, using it to create tableware, lighting and furniture for retailers and collectors alike.