Designers alessio d’andrea and vincenzo vitiello–creators of lab. fabrici have come up with a natural plant air purifier and self-irrigator - ‘aeris’ and 'altrove.' Aeris has a small, high-speed fan that increases air flow through a plant placed inside the object: increased levels of carbon are returned to the plant, which the plant then intakes, and fresh oxygen is released into the environment. HF. x
The ability to see inside more and more homes via pinterest and the like can lead to an image-weary inability to understand personal preference. Do I like marble, or have I just viewed enough grey grains that I've been indoctrinated into a cult of calacutta? I've been thinking about the effects that the culture of life curation (*shudder*) has had on the average person organising their home. How many beloved velour wingback armchairs have been sent to landfill in the quest to obtain a perfectly post-industrial-meets-Georgian-revival style? I am a self-confessed consumer /victim of/to all of it, but I've been pleased to find that, in the process of making real decisions about materials, whilst standing over 600mm trenches in my living room, the true needs and spirit (for want of a better term) of my family have come to to the fore. No to marble! No to herringbone! Yes to stainless steel and hardwood that will both scratch and age over time without us caring! Yes to subway tiles, despite their ubiquity and in honour of the ones that were already in the house from the c.1955 renovation! Whittle those pins, people.
Amidst the pin-mania, these kitchens are the ones I've come back to again and again. Top image is the divine Park View House by the impeccable Arent & Pyke - check out their sleek new site here. HF. x
Designer Ines de la Fressange's range for Uniqlo is normcore a la Parisienne: light denims, linens and cottons in ecru through to navy. I nabbed the checked linen sleeveless dress (second from bottom): the quality of the linen is pretty good for $69 and the cut is perfectly not-quite-fitted but not a sack. The range comes under Uniqlo's LIfeWear model: clothes that are easy, with high tech fabrics and production but a lo-fi spirit. H.x
The new collaborative space between antique/furniture dealers and design wonders Christian Liaigre and Florence Lopez. Set up as a room (a la the Apartment), the 'gallery' features Sonia Delaunay-inspired pattern and Joe Colombo c.1960 rattan chairs (see above) - I have NEVER seen a chair that I loved more than that. Fly me to the 7th Arrondisement, please. HF. x
Märta Måås-Fjetterström's (1919-1941) textile designs have been handed down from generation to generation at her studio in Båstad, Sweden. She left instructions for the construction of 700 designs - what a powerhouse. A selection of her rugs are currently on display at The Apartment , that wunderkammer of interior delights. HF. x
A new bathroom, finally coming together. A long time in the thinking/making. Work starts next week! Along with the rest of the house. No more asbestos ceiling, mouldy walls and c. 1950s fixtures. Here's a guide:
1. Jatana reproduction antique encaustic tiles in Indian Fleur on floor
2. Fern Living brass toilet roll holder
3. Cedar and Moss Vista 2 sconce
4. Square subway tile on walls
5. Paco Jaanson Aeri basin
6. Tasmanian oak vanity
7. Kaldewei Puro built in bath
8. Japanese organic cotton towels from Koskela
These mechanical paper flowers at the Chanel Spring '15 Couture show took 6 months to create. This surprises me not in the least. I love the stark grey with blushes of colour - the forms remind me of Matisse cut-outs, Henri Rousseau's jungles and Lucy Cousins' illustrations. HF. x
After a few years in purgatory, with occasional runway indulgences, we're back and upgraded and prettier than before! Please bear with me as I navigate the new platform; forgive image size errors and my painfully slow updating of tags and categories...
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Olga Rozanova (1886-1918): a lesser known but highly talented and influential Russian non-objective painter. Her Suprematist sketch for fabric, 1918, (at top) may well be one of my favourite early twentieth century textile designs. We're seeing a return to Suprematist forms more and more in surface design and contemporary art; think Kirra Jamison's Locomotor series, Zaha Hadid's interest in Malevich. I think there are more stacked, skinny rectangles and less hexagons in our future. HF.