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For all those of us who believe there should be a touch of humour in every room.

I couldn’t help but smile when I saw these monkey lamps from one of my favourite stores at the moment, Out There Interiors and I’ve been wracking my brains to think how I could use one of them at home. Available in three designs (hanging, standing and seated) each lamp comes supplied with its own lighting cable so that it can get on with its ‘Monkey’ Business.

Monkey Lamp - Seletti

Moe (standing), £300. Curly (sitting), £200.

Monkey Lamp - Seletti

Larry, £300.

Think I like the standing chappy best. He has presence.

I Spy – Anna Jacobs

January 15th, 2015 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (2 Comments)

Spied earlier this week in the New Talent section of Home London. I say spied, but I was actually stopped in my tracks by the very first collection of homewares by new designer Anna Jacobs.

Anna Jacobs Sipping Nectar lampshade

Her collection includes lampshades, cushions, greetings cards and silk scarves but it was the table lamps that made the biggest impression on me. Her original paintings applied to drum shades are gorgeous and perfectly set off with plain glass bases and vibrant coloured flexes. They would make stunning accents in any room.

Anna Jacobs Autumn Sedum 20cm lampshade

Anna Jacobs Seeing in B&W 20cm lampshade

Anna has previously worked in music, theatre and in the City but a career change sees her now as a very talented artist, interior designer and tutor at Chelsea Collage of Arts. She launched her new business only last year and chatting to her she confessed that she already has enough material for several collections to come.

Anna Jacobs Welsh Reflection and Seeing in B&W lampshades

I think we’ll hear a lot more about Anna Jacobs.

Forgot to mention, Anna also sells her paintings as limited edition prints and believe me they are beautiful.

Lovers of mid-century design will love the new floor lamp that joins The Revolve Collection by British lighting designer Bert Frank.

Bert Frank Revolve Floor Lamp £1206.00

Revolve Floor Lamp: £1206.00 NEW
Dimensions: H 1400mm Shade H 120mm / W 350mm
Shown in Brass & Petrol Blue

The collection was originally launched in 2013 and already featured a pendant, a rise and fall pendant and a table lamp, each with an iconic smooth rounded shade crafted from spun aluminum and with beautiful solid brass metalwork. The new lamp is available in the designer’s three signature colours of black, old English white and petrol blue (definitely my favourite) and has an opal diffuser that creates a warm but functional glow.

Bert Frank Revolve Pendant £570.00

Revolve Pendant: £570.00
Dimensions: H 120mm / W 350mm / Drop 1m
Shown in Brass & Petrol Blue
Bert Frank Revolve Rise & Fall Pendant £1050.00
Revolve Rise & Fall Pendant: £1050.00
Dimensions: H 120mm / W 350mm / Drop 700mm – 1.7m
Shown in Brass & White
Bert Frank Revolve Table Lamp £798.00
Revolve Table Lamp: £798.00
Dimensions: H 420mm / W 350mm / Base 150mm
Shown in Brass & Petrol Blue

Admittedly a bit on the pricey side but Bert Frank takes pride in their commitment to creating original lighting that oppose today’s throw away culture. Built to last, each light is expertly designed and crafted by master craftsmen in the UK and I’d have to say, worth saving up for.

 

Pooky Mix and Match Lamps

November 4th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

Pooky is a new lighting brand created by Rohan Blacker, the founder of sofa.com. The table and floor lamps on offer are stylish and affordable which is music to my ears. There are also 90 lamp bases to choose from and 150 shades which you can buy separately so that at last, the customer can have more input into the design choice.

Pooky Lamps - resin range

I’m rather fond of these colourful resin lamp bases and ikat inspired shades.

Pooky Lamps - Trafalgar table lamp in Antique bronze £115, Drum shade in card £48

Trafalgar table lamp in Antique bronze £115, Drum shade in card £48.

Pooky Lamps - Felix Table Lamp in Gold £95, Empire Shade in Red Silk Ikat £56

Felix Table Lamp in Gold £95, Empire Shade in Red Silk Ikat £56.

Pooky Lamps

I’ve always had a fascination for lighting, its impact on any decorative theme is dramatic and immediate. When you walk into a space, whether in a home, restaurant, or a performance space, when the lighting clicks, there is a quiet magic at work. At Pooky we have designed a range of decorative lights, in marble, brass, resin, wood and glass and we’ve also a brilliant website where our customers can try out combinations of bases and lampshades to transform their homes.”  Rohan Blacker

French Connection Home has matured. The autumn, winter collection is full of sophisticated furniture, lighting and accessories that wouldn’t look out-of-place in a high-end loft apartment. It’s what they call ‘soft industrial’ and is made up of fuss free silhouettes and pared back colours and lots of vintage appeal.

French Connection AW 14 [1]

But it’s not all hard-edged even if there are some very nice concrete lamp bases. There are some lovely textures too in the rugs, cushions and throws and lots of reflective metallic touches in the zinc topped tables and the industrial looking pendant lights and table lamps.

French Connection AW 14 [2]

It’s urban and gutsy but with touches of mid-century style too in the dining chairs and occasional furniture.

French Connection AW 14 [3]

And I rather like it.

Country Rustic Style at Next

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the newest Next Superstore in Hedge End, Hampshire. It stands at 60,000 square feet over two floors with a breath-taking atrium to welcome visitors. I could have spent days in the garden shop but there was also a tempting bed shop, lingerie room, shoe room and a welcome Costa Coffee too. Of course I didn’t come away with just a pair of boots! I also came away inspired by one of the themes running through the home and furniture departments. Rustic country. Nothing can be more apt for this time of year. Lots of chunky knits, russet colours and raw materials.

Next Home - Country Rustic - AW14 - [1]

Next Home - Country Rustic - AW14 - [2]

And that crystal drop chandelier is a good reason to visit again soon.

All items from the Autumn/Winter collections at Next.

Are you ready for the change in seasons my lovelies? Much as I love summer, I also love the coming of Autumn and all that it brings. The crisp sunny morning air, the turning of the leaves, comfort food and the excuse to make the house all cosy for the winter months ahead.

Oka - Leflaive glass table lamps

I know I shouldn’t but as soon as dusk descends I’m usually running round the house lighting lamps to make every corner warm and inviting. I do use energy saving bulbs before you tell me off so I think it’s not so bad and the feel-good factor is worth it.

Oka - Bronze Elephant desk lamp

Lamps and especially table lamps are my favourite form of lighting and I do admit to a tiny obsession with them. The light they generate is soft and gentle unlike the ugly glare of overhead lights, and they provide atmosphere and task lighting exactly where you need it.

Oka - Siam table lamp

A lamp on a side table next to the sofa or beside a chair provides a gentle pool of light that is not overpowering and yet gives enough light to read a book or do some crafting. A bedside lamp is a must in any house. I don’t know how anyone can live without one. Imagine having to get out of bed to turn off the light when ready for sleep?

Oka - metal silhouette urn table lamp

I also like to have a lamp or lamps in the entrance hall to greet visitors and create a rosy welcoming glow from outside. Much nicer than walking into a house that is neon lit with harsh pendants.

Oka - Iznik table lamp and shades

And of course we all love a desk lamp. Task lighting at its most effective. It almost makes working late bearable if you can do it in your own pool of cosiness, slippers on and with a nice cup of tea.

So you see you really cannot have enough lamps.

All table lamps shown are from Oka Direct who sell bases and shades separately so that you can mix and match to your hearts content.

For those cosy autumnal evenings in front of the fire. All that needs to be added is a cushion, a throw to ward off any chills, a good lamp, a table for the all important cup of tea and the latest bestseller.

Homebase Woodland Wing Chair and accessories = woodland cosy

To create a classic gentlemen’s club come country estate vibe, leather must be your first choice for the winged chair. This one has a very on-trend stag print fabric for the seat and back cushion which makes it extra comfortable. Stick to modern shapes for the furniture like this oak side table so that the entire scheme is more contemporary and add lots of texture with knitted cushions and throws. Some coloured glass adds an all-important pop of colour while still keeping to the woodland theme.

Homebase - Floral Wing Chair and accessories = French Romantic

For you romantics out there, you can’t beat a nostalgic floral print for the armchair. It pairs perfectly with French inspired furniture and a pretty pastel colour scheme. It you would rather avoid the obvious shabby-chic look choose accessories that are quirky rather than twee.

Homebase Wingchair and Accessories = Modern Country

Wing chairs can look at home in modern settings and the secret is to keep to a monochrome colours scheme and choose eclectic furnishings and accessories. Here, an industrial style floor lamp and curvy side table combine with a woollen cushion and throw to create a scheme that would look at home in a loft or cottage.

All armchairs and accessories from Homebase.

Pinch Me I’m Dreaming

July 29th, 2014 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

Pinch Design is a collaboration between husband and wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon and is run from a studio and showroom in Clapham, London. Started in 2004, the award-winning practice continues to design and make furniture and lighting that celebrates simplicity of form, the purity of a good shape and an emotional connection with the materials around us.

Quite simply, it’s without doubt the most beautiful furniture to behold.

Pinch Design [1]

Pinch Design [2]

 “We believe in poetic design, making beautiful things, pieces that endure, inspire and aspire to be inherited. We refine and refine our designs until we feel we have arrived at our idea of perfection, but we seek to leave them with a lightness of touch. The manner in which the pieces are produced is as important to us as the designs themselves and we manufacture with a serious commitment to quality, and attention to detail and finish.”

Pinch Design

Every so often I come across a new (or new to me) website that I just have to share. Today it is the online shop of Blue Isle Interiors and their range of beautiful furniture and home accessories.

Blue Isle sofas and furniture [1]

All of the items on the website are unique to Blue Isle and they try their very best to make them affordable. They are undoubtedly passionate about design and their style is classic, with either a hint of French decoration, or plainer, solid English Weathered Oak reminiscent of the 1930’s, or a ‘metal and salvaged’ look, inspired by loft-living.

Their craftsmen use solid oaks,  salvaged woods, and crisp linens in a subtle palette of colours, and each piece is handcrafted .  The range is aimed at people who love good design, both the individual homeowner, and the interior designer  who wants to find unusual and  unique pieces for clients.  

Blue Isle elm desk

Blue Isle 4 poster

Blue Isle table lamps

I could certainly find a home for a few pieces :-)

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