Just back from a fun night out meeting other interiors bloggers, and I find I’ve put a few glasses of Disaronno between myself and a decent post. Conversation turned for a while to cats, so I’ve been inspired to dig-out this previously unseen ‘make’.
Here the company secretary helps out with measuring up. And below, was it all for this? Replacing the kitchen-cupboard-on-a-wonk that covered my boiler with something that could have graced a caravan in the 60s.
This sort of thing is the reason why, when Etsy’s London blogger invited me to partake in a make workshop going on this evening I had to politely decline.
Here’s where they’d live…
Designed by Pierre-Gilles Fourquie – who also freelances for big wigger Arik Levy – Wanda is a glass and polished concrete aquarium with a central platform to place a small object for your fish to enjoy as he does the same circuit his whole repetitive life. The designer describes this as imprisoning the object – he might want to speak to the fish there about the meaning of imprisonment. I still think it’s a cool idea. Here’s more from the same designer…
Les Bulles, glass and Carrara marble bell jars (prison for robots and plants?) that look just as nice empty and Scenettes (below), where ‘microarchitecture’ meets tablewear.
Looking at a pink, child’s version of Monsieur Starck’s Ghost chair the other day, I was thinking how ubiquitous it is. One of those taste-by-numbers items. And beyond over since about 2003. And yet, I guess a classic is something that can always take another twist, and I just stumbled across these.
Ceramics company Reiko Kaneko dreamt these for last year’s Design Week, and they prove, I think, my life motto that everything can be improved by sticking a flamingo on it. The above are fantasies but they did produce the one below. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again – squawk!
Maybe because I am not the tallest person in the world and maybe because I grew up in a house where I had what’s best described as a miniature bedroom, I have always been a bit obsessed with small spaces. Ages five and up I made all my friends play at building dens and as a student I went with the smallest room in all my flatshares – plus point it was usually the sunniest too, minus point it was normally next to the bathroom.
So this – breaking news if you will – interests me no end: A competition has been launched by Living Architecture, Artangel and the Southbank Centre to design a one-bedroom temporary hotel / room that will sit on top of the Queen Elizabeh Hall roof at the Southbank Centre.
There are rules. The building must be modular, can be no more than 45 sq m, has to include a double bedroom, bathroom, sitting area and desk space and must cost no more than £150k to construct. There are more rules here.
Plus, unless you are a qualified architect or an artist, engineer or designer working with one, then you can drop your notebook right now. That’s my den proposal out then.
The building is due to open in 2012. Here’s a few tiny modules to whet the appetite in the meantime…
…whatever that might mean. I’m just saying I love the lower end of the high street. My much-admired high heeled brogues are from Peacocks, and only today by Marni-esque smock was complemented, and I was able to boast it was ‘vintage Primark‘. Until now there wasn’t really a viable high-street homes brand, apart from Ikea of course. Zara Home isn’t that cheap, and although I love love love Wilkinsons it has many more misses than hits. So a big ‘about time to’ to the launch of H&M’s homewares next week.
I don’t approve of the sycophant’s doormat, bottom right, but I think top left might just be the nicest doormat I ever saw. Most of the prices are low enough to make you loose your wig with excitement. More pictures, and a detailed explanation of just how in heavens the ordering system works, from our friend Homeshoppingspy.
A confession. After reading here that My Friend is after some velvet curtains, my own curtain concerns for the draughty living room – where watching the tv involves experiencing a biting breeze on the neck – have become focussed on yes, velvet. Here are some visual reasons.
The top two images are Ilse Crawford designs and the bottom two are India Madhavi schemes. The second of those two is all about the chairs, those colours, that mood. I have zero confidence in finding similar in a charity shop and will salute My Friend if she manages to, as she threatened before.
Thing is, curtain thoughts for me actually started with textured lineny, felty greys. As depicted quite neatly in this Olicana sample board. I may go back to this yet.
Despite all my chat about wallpaper and am I or aren’t I going to buy those kitchens chairs, there is one modest view of my house that I spend more time looking at than any other. I find it soothing and, yes, aesthetically pleasing. But it ain’t going to win me any design awards.
I present radiator with cat bowl and peg bag. Yes, the view from my preferred chair at the kitchen table, where I have my breakfast each morning, blog, drink tea and generally lurk about. The peg bag is from Toast (a gift from My Friend) and the bowl is Poole Pottery. And I do find something mesmerising about pipe rising through floorboard. It seems an odd little bit of a house to love, but I sort of do. Now, I urge you, close you eyes for a moment, concentrate, and tell me, what’s the equivalent in your house?