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Life in Miniature

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (1 Comments)

I recently saw this image on Pinterest and was immediately reminded that I have a bit of a fascination about miniature chairs.  Probably because I am never going to be able to buy all of these iconic specimens in this lifetime!  They also take me back to my childhood and the pleasure my dolls house gave me.  I guess I was always destined to be into interiors!  My absolute favourite piece when I was three (yes three), was a metal (tin?) rocking chair.  It was completely battered and the paint was peeling but even then, I think I just knew that it was a great design.

Anyway, isn’t this a fabulous collection?

patty kennedy interiors

From the portfolio of Patty Kennedy Interiors

And just because I’m so good to you, I’m going to let you know that you can buy similar miniatures at The Conran Shop.  This is just a few of the models available.

Iconic Miniature Chairs from the Conran Shop

Still not cheap exactly, but the best chance I have of owning them.

Just look at the gorgeous things coming up this Autumn at Oliver Bonas.

The Velvet Chair Company is the in-house furniture range and consists of nine brightly coloured chairs and ottomans, all made of luxurious cotton velvet.  New for 2012 is the Love Tub, the Mini Stool and the Small Armchair.

 

I know we haven’t had summer yet but these pretty jewels are enough to brighten up anyones day.

I chanced upon the website of Forbidden City Ltd at the weekend and was immediately smitten.

Inspired by furniture from the Ming Dynasty (1369-1644) but re-interperated in a fresh new way.  These gorgeous new designs have used the decorative features, traditions and cultural elements of the centuries old furniture that is kept in the Forbidden City and museums around the world.  I say let the pieces speak for themselves…

 Stunning, wouldn’t you agree?

I once read a comment from a prominent interior designer that every room should contain some black.  I can’t remember who said that but is has always stayed in my mind.  I think it is very true.  Black is grounding and every colour looks good with black.

But for me, I think every room should have a splash of red.  It is uplifting.  It pops.  Even if it is just a vase of red roses, the colour just seems to say to me ‘this room is finished now’.

 

 

Lady P Chair and Xavier Pauchard Chair, The Conran Shop. Olle chair, Ikea.

Knoll Risom chair, The Lollipop Shop. Tokujin Yoshioka for Kartell Ami Ami Chair, John Lewis. Eero Saarinen inspired Tulip Chair, Pash Living.

Kartell Victoria Ghost chair, Made in Design.  Harry Bertoia inspired Wire chair, Pash Living. Emeco Navy 111 chair (made from 111 recycled plastic coke bottles), The Conran Shop

Patrick Jouin for Kartell Thayla chair, Panton S chair, Philippe Stark for Kartell Mr Impossible chair, all John Lewis.

Or you could just get the red paint out!

Unleash the inner movie star in you…

with a Greta Garbo chair…a Sophia Loren chair…a Audrey Hepburn tailors dummy…

Black Orchid Interiors

Inspired by yesterday’s post.  Just a few bits and bobs…

Sources here.

Part VII of my Christmas gifts for the home guide.

Not long to go now.  Only three weeks.  So put on the Christmas CD… who cares if it’s cheesy… pour out the mulled wine…

Where to buy:1.Needlepoint paperweight, Pieces. 2.Cushion, Pedlars. 3.Queen coasters, HunkyDoryHome. 4.Club chair, Belle Interiors. 5.London Type map print, Bodie and Fou. 6.Wooden London bus, John Lewis. 7.Underground bottle opener, Pedlars. 8.Tower Bridge cushion, Fabrics and Papers. 9.Quintessentially art print, Bodie and Fou. 10.Wallpaper telephone box, Pedlars.

And just in case you missed my gift guide parts I, II, III, IV,V,and VI.

Just in case you don’t win one of the giveaways…a few more gift ideas for the home…

Where to buy:1.Perroquet dining chair, The Cross Design. 2.Dahlia wallflower, Lorna Syson. 3.Silver hanging pendant lamp, Sweetpea and Willow. 4.Flying ducks, Designed in England. 5.Red perfume bottle, Marks and Spencer. 6.Swan tray, Pedlars. 7.Horn sculpture, Katherine Pooley. 8.Cushion, The Cross Design. 9.LSA Jazz flutes, John Lewis.

More to follow on Thursday!

I first noticed Helen Amy Murray’s work a few years ago – long before I was writing a blog.  I bookmarked it, as you do, and occasionally looked at it, and thought one day I’ll find a client who will appreciate her work.  Then came a change of pc’s and the bookmark was lost.  I didn’t forget but I couldn’t quite remember the name.

Thank goodness she was there at Decorex.

Helen’s passion for surface relief came to the fore when she visited India for a three-month research trip and became fascinated with the carvings in wood and marble and she became motivated to translate similar effects into textiles.

These days she works from her East London studios drawing inspiration from nature, and from the city and its architecture.

“I’m excited about fabric manipulation and using innovative techniques, beautiful, luxury materials and design, to create couture for the high-end interior and arts markets.”

Take it from me, close up her work is exquisite.

Helen Amy Murray

Can a chair be sexy?

It can when it comes from the Aiveen Daly studio…

Corseted, frilled, clinched, or swathed in sumptuous fabrics…

Aiveen Daly

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