After studying and working as a chemist for a decade, Conrad Engelhardt was ready for a creative change of pace. Years of collecting wine corks gave him the idea for his first piece, a triptych that gained the notice of Terence Conran for his recently designed Lutyens restaurant in London.
I was lucky enough to get a preview of the trends in housewares and interior accessories coming for Spring and Summer 2013 at the big trade show, Home, held in London this week. Here are just a few highlights of what to expect from some of Europe's top designers.
As we head into the new year and try our best to refresh our lives with projects and resolutions, I thought of some of the most transformative garden makeovers that I have written about before. The kind that go from really nothing to really something. I'm participating in the January Cure (and blogging about it!), and this garden and the way it suddenly got all organized reminds me of my experiences so far.
After hearing how hospitals in Sweden were using a unique cloth to clean with water rather than traditional chemical cleaners, UK designer Steve Pearson was inspired to create a version of his own. In 1995 he partnered with engineer John Park and a group of Korean scientists to create a line of microfiber cleaning cloths called e–cloth.
Thanks to the internet, the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller. While a store in the UK or Australia may have felt like it was a world away, now it's just a click away. And the best part, of course, is that click is often on a "buy it" button. Oh the joys of the modern age!
While pregnant with her first child, Julie Marabelle found herself designing art and accessories for her new baby's room. Since that time she and her husband, Simon Summerscales, launched their own company, Famille Summerbelle, selling Julie's adorable designs on a line of accessories intended for children but smart enough for adults.
As the world awaits news of the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child As we hear the news that the #royalbaby is a boy, our thoughts also turn to what a nursery fit for a prince or princess might look like. Along with our hearty congratulations for the royal couple, here are a few selections for nursery decor ideas and inspirations along with some practical tips and advice...
Name: Claire & Nick Walton
Location: Hampshire, England
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; Owned
Claire & Nick Walton live in a traditional 17th century thatched cottage with their two young daughters Celeste and Penelope. Set in the village of East Meon in Hampshire, England, their home is filled with characterful details such as rustic beams, traditional leaded lights and solid oak floorboards. The couple have also added a contemporary kitchen extension at the back of the house, creating a light-filled space perfect for busy family life.
Name: Isabel Cooke & Claire Walsh Location: Hackney, London Size: 2 bedroom apartment Years lived in: 2 years; Owned
Isabel and Claire's 1950's ex-local authority apartment has been given a new lease of life with their eclectic and global finds, family heirlooms and a huge dose of enthusiasm. Claire, a trends analyst, travels the world searching for great design, while Bel has a great eye for local vintage finds.