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Bauhaus Movement

Friday, 22 March 2019 10:01:32 Europe/London

Many thoughts race through my mind whenever I’m slogging my way up another slope on my pushbike. But I can safely say that cutting-edge designer chairs tend not to be among them.

And, maybe I'm missing something, but battling with my brolly in gale-force winds has never once prompted ideas for the latest linear light to pop into my head.

But then my name’s not synonymous with the Bauhaus Movement, which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Had it been, I may have counted among its designers who in some cases took inspiration from basic everyday objects – among them, bicycles and umbrellas.

The Bauhaus school of thought embraced the philosophy that less is more. Based on the principle of simplicity, it saw artisans insist that products should be beautiful but above all, functional and suitable for mass production. And so the movement made its mark, until its demise in 1933, brought about by disapproving Nazis.

But in the meantime, the basic designs of Bauhaus furniture made it easier to produce the pieces cost-effectively. And so, guided by the availability of combinations of steel, glass, plywood and plastic, all sorts of iconic images emerged.

Extruded steel tubes for example, just like the ones on his trusty bicycle, became the mainframe of Marcel Breuer's Wassily Chair, manufactured by Knoll, with leather straps forming a suspended seat.

Knoll Wassily Chair

A deft departure from the fussy fabrications of the Victorian era, Breuer spoke of “breaking down objects into their rawest geometric shapes to give an idea of fluidity and flexibility”.

Similarly, a lightbulb moment while using an umbrella is said to be behind the thinking of Robert Dudley Best’s Bestlite Lamp range manufactured by Gubi. Featuring curved arms, this plain favourite set the lighting world ablaze.

Also falling in line with the concept of clean contours was the &Tradition Bellevue light by Arne Jacobsen who like his peers, reeled against the ornate signature style of the 19th Century, scoffing: “I don’t understand the enthusiasm for everything in the antique shop that Grandma threw out. There, the sense of quality has declined, otherwise Grandma wouldn’t have thrown it out.”

Such minimalist masterpieces shouted loud and proud, but subtly, that only line, shape and colours (usually neutral) counted.

Meanwhile, Bauhaus laboratories worked on prototypes for other chairs, lamps and everything in between. All were rustled up without fuss and set for mass production, the aim being “the methodical removal of anything that is unnecessary”.

And, as the Bauhaus Movement gathered momentum, so did the work of designers like Mies Van der Rohe. His Barcelona Lounge chair, unlike its heavy and overstuffed predecessors, boasted a simple slim cushion over a light metal frame.

Like other geometric gems in this range, manufactured by Knoll, including the Daybed, Stool and Table, this stunningly understated classic continues to stand its ground a century on.

And then there’s Cassina’s Red and Blue Chair by Gerrit T Rietveld, as angular and uncomplicated as they come, and still the talk of the town in design circles, much as it was when it first voiced its existence all those years ago.

Cassina Red and Blue Chair

Another steely stalwart of the Bauhaus Movement is Breuer’s Laccio Table, also by Knoll. I have it on good authority that these straight-talking coffee tables continue to make as much of a statement nearly 100 years on. Why else would they still be expressing themselves so effortlessly on our very own Pink Apple website!

But perhaps the last word should go to Hans Wegner. He may have belonged to the next generation, but like many world-renowned designers, admired - and was influenced by - the no-nonsense Bauhaus ethos.

Style is simplicity, he commented, adding: “A chair is to have no backside. It should be beautiful from all sides and angles.”

I can’t say for sure if this idea came to him as he pedaled along, just like Breuer did all those years before him, but it’s certainly given me something to sit and think about next time I get on my bike…

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Hall furniture ideas - how to create a stylish first impression

Thursday, 21 February 2019 13:50:50 Europe/London

Entrance hall furniture ideas

For many people, the interior design of the entrance hall doesn’t get as much attention as the rooms within the home. You may not look twice at your entrance hall as you grab an umbrella or take a quick look in the mirror as you leave the house.

However, professional interior designers know that the entrance hall provides you with an opportunity to make an immediate impression on guests, setting the precedent for the rest of the house. As well as wowing guests, a well-designed entrance hall will hide away the clutter and organise your belongings so that your movements in and out of the house can be seamless.

The entrance hall offers the perfect place to show off statement lighting, a patterned tiled floor or a console table with floral arrangement.

Gubi Adnet Mirror

Take a look at the hall furniture ideas below to ensure that the entrance to your home is as stylish as the rooms that follow:

Shelves

If you have space to create somewhere to linger in the hallway, you can add shelving to the area, for example adding a bookshelf next to the seating area. If you don’t have much space to play with, add narrow 15cm shelving which will perfectly fit a collection of paperback books.

Benches

If you have a large entrance hall you can create a relaxation area with an inviting sofa, a chaise longue or a couple of upholstered chairs - somewhere to curl up with a book, talk on the phone or catch up on admin.

A smaller hallway can still benefit from a seating area. A bench is slim in design and so can fit along a narrow space. You can line up rows of shoes beneath the bench, while the bench itself provides a handy place to sit. There are so many different styles of benches you can buy, depending on the look you desire - from cushioned upholstery to wooden minimalist.

Decorative items

If you have a small hallway, mirrors will reflect light and double the image, making the hallway appear more spacious. Mirrors are also useful for checking your reflection before you leave the house. 

Ferm Living planter

The Gubi Randaccio Circular Wall Mirror by Gio Ponti is as beautiful as it is useful and will also add elegance to your hallway.

Statement pieces of art or sculpture are another popular hallway decoration which immediately capture the gaze of guests when they enter, enticing them to want to see the rest of the house.

Large floor standing ornaments

Large ornaments can really make a dramatic impact when placed in the view of the front door. There are so many options, from classical marble statues and ornate vases to geometric designs.

You can also buy oversized planters to add some exoctic foliage and break up any expanse of white with on-trend greenery.

Hallway storage ideas

As the entrance hall is the first thing that you see when you come into the home, a pile of discarded coats and shoes can be disheartening. Not only that, but it can be easy for things to go missing if there is no organisation.

Kartell Componibili

You can hide away hallway paraphernalia and clutter in style with these pieces of hall furniture:

Console tables

Console tables mix function with style, providing a strong focal point as guests arrive into the entrance hall. A console table provides a safe place to collect post or put your keys or sunglasses in a drawer or in a decorative bowl on top.

 

The slimline top will also display photo frames beautifully and a mirror will look elegant above it. You can also tuck small stools underneath the console table to provide a place for people to sit as they take shoes on and off.

Sideboards


Sideboards are ideal when used in a hallway as they are normally shallow and can fit into narrow spaces. If you choose a sideboard with sliding doors, you can save even more space.

 

The beautiful Punt Stockholm comes in a selection of different finishes and has flush doors, so that it takes up little space and the visual lines are sleek.

 

Sideboards can also multitask, especially if they have shelves and drawers. The surface of the sideboard can display artwork and frames, while the drawers, cupboards and shelves can organise hats, scarfs, gloves and bags.

 

A hallway sideboard is also perfect for hiding away kids clutter - school bags, sports kits and homework, the list goes on. Each member of the family could have a drawer or cupboard space for organisation.

 

A sideboard can also draw the eye to artwork on the wall. Without the sideboard beneath it, a piece of artwork might be missed. The sideboard acts as an anchor, grounding the art on the wall above it.

 

A sideboard can also be a work of art in itself. The Cappellini Homage to Mondrian Cabinet by Shiro Kuramata is a stunning piece and the famous abstract art is instantly recognisable - something special for your hallway.

Punt Sideboard

Modern hall furniture ideas

There are so many brilliant ways to make your hallway more organised and more unique, but there are few better than by choosing a modern aesthetic.

Modern furniture has been designed to be long-lasting, durable, functional and stylish - a perfect combination for a busy hallway and a great place to add designer pieces to wow visitors.

The Artek 115 Umbrella Stand is particularly striking, the shiny brass adding a subtle touch of glamour to a much needed hallway favourite.

Entrance halls are often darker than the rest of the house, due to fewer windows for natural light. If your hallway depends on artificial lighting, take advantage of this with some stunning statement lighting to show the hall furniture off. The Flos Fucsia Suspension Light will look stunning in a hallway and will diffuse light stylishly.

Finally, no hallway would be complete without a coat stand. There are some superb coat stands that combine functionality with elegance. The Kartell Hanger Coat Stand by Alberto Meda has clothes hooks in a variety of eye-catching shades while the Artek 160 Clothes Tree is not only practical but a stunning piece of Scandinavian design in its own right.

Don’t let your stylish home down with a nondescript, featureless and unmemorable hallway. Choose some hall furniture which organises your belongings and grabs the attention of visitors.

Posted in Blog By Lenh Ly

Over dining table lighting ideas - the latest styles for 2019

Thursday, 21 February 2019 13:19:42 Europe/London

The dining room is a prominent area of your home, used for everyday dining, work and play where good task lighting is key. The dining room can also be used for entertaining - when attractive, ambient mood lighting is also important.

As it is a multipurpose space, choosing the lighting to go over the dining room table needs to be careful consideration.

Take a look at the latest lighting styles for 2019, that all work well above a dining table:

Industrial  

Industrial style continues its uber cool reign in 2019, but with some added sophistication. The Foscarini with Diesel Glas Suspension Light has the striking simplicity of an industrial setting, combined with stunning blown glass.

Matte

Another trend in 2019 is for matte finishes, such as the stylish Muuto Ambit Pendant Light which comes in a variety of pale matte colours.

Exposed cords

Exposed wiring and cords are set to be big in 2019 and you can utilise this trend for your dining table lighting.

The cords on the Foscarini Uto Table Light are very much a part of this look and give the lights their flexibility. These lights can be used for your dining table outside as well as inside.

The Foscarini with Diesel Gask Suspension Light has exposed bolts as well as cables and would make a dramatic impact hanging above a dining table.

Muuto Ambit Rail Light

Sculptural

Sculptural lights really are pieces of art suspended over your dining room table. There are some real show-stoppers. The Normann 03 Suspension is a magnificent sculptural masterpiece, while the Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke Light has never gone out of fashion, adding sculptural brilliance to rooms since 1958.

Oversized

One large light fixture will dominate, command attention and mesmerize. That is exactly what a light like Normann Norm 69 Suspension Light XX Large White will do if suspended over a dining room table.

Large lights are set to make an impact in 2019, taking your breath away with their sheer scale.

Ceramics

The use of ceramics in lighting will inject personality into dining rooms in 2019. The Casamania Twee T Suspension Lamp displays ceramic birds in suspended cages creating a stunning focal point above the dining table and a warm, fun atmosphere.

Statement

A statement light will create a talking point at any dinner party and will serve to enhance the mood.

It doesn’t get more breathtaking than the Foscarini Twiggy Floor Light by Marc Sadler. This stunning arc floor light will vault over your dining table, with its elegant curved frame making a perfect statement.

Layering

Layering lighting fixtures by grouping lights of different lengths, sizes and materials will be popular in 2019. This can really create a striking look over a dining table, particularly if you have a wider table or high ceilings.

Celestial

Celestial lights are also set to be big in 2019, bringing some otherworldly, ethereal presence to the dining room and creating an awe-inspiring atmosphere.

The Graypants Scraplights Moon Pendant White has a moon-like shape and will provide a wonderful focal point to bring family and friends together.

Edison

Edison style bulbs are another 2019 trend and this retro light is ideal for creating a warm ambience when dining in the evening.

 

Normann Copenhagen Amp Light

Modern chandeliers

In 2019, chandeliers have had an update to match their contemporary surroundings. Old-fashioned chandeliers might look out of place in a modern dining room, so they have been redesigned with a modern take and remain as stunning as ever.

Foscarini Caboche

The Fatboy Rockcoco Suspension Light has swapped the traditional crystal for plastic and can be controlled with a remote control.

Meanwhile, the Flos 2097 Suspension Light by Gino Sarfatti is breathtaking and needs a high ceiling above the dining table for full impact.

Minimal

Minimalist lighting looks at its best on a large scale. The Kartell Neutra Suspension Light is a stunning example, available in black or white. It's simple, sleek lines will look chic above any dining table. The simple silhouette of a minimalist lighting fixture makes a stylish impact.

Drum

Drum lights create drama and will look fabulous during a dinner party. Positioning the drum light above the centre of the table will diffuse light around the room. Graypants Kerflights D9 Drum Pendant is a perfect example, the unique kerf pattern cut into the panels allowing for beautiful patterns to be cast onto walls and table surfaces.

Posted in Blog By Lenh Ly

Celebrating 150 years of Mackintosh

Monday, 18 June 2018 16:05:37 Europe/London

Let’s face it – any chair cool enough to be caressed by Madonna in one of her videos must be one happening little number.

But the steamy seat in question actually ‘happened’ quite a while ago. In fact, this month marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of its creator, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Yet his dead stylish designs continue to make their mark in the modern world – they’ve put in appearances everywhere from Dr Who and American Psycho to Blade Runner and Babylon 5.

And of course, those of you who are really keeping up with the times will have spotted his pieces on the ultimate trendsetting medium…ye olde faithful Pink Apple website.

Cassina, one of our favourite brands, are the licensed manufacturers of none other than the Hill House Chair, the Willow Chair and the Berlino Dining Table.

Take the Hill House – topping this 141cm stunner would be a tall order. Using Mackintosh’s signature style, its black stained ashwood ladder back and frame see it sitting head and shoulders above the rest.

Cassina Hill House Chair

Its plump seat is finished in a dark green or pale pink fabric and, even without his trademark rose motif, it carries off every inch the Mackintosh look.

As one upfront Cassina guru once said of the Hill House: “It combines figurative and symbolic ideals with a linear geometry, no doubt inspired by the abstract graphics of Japanese design.”

But it’s not all straight talking with Mackintosh – he threw in a bit of a curveball with the Willow Chair. Again, the frame is of a distinctive stained black ashwood, while its seat cushion offers a silky sanctuary in beige or green. But this time, the lattice detail synonymous with this Glaswegian designer, makes a sweeping statement in the form of a curved back, rather than sticking rigidly to the more clinical angles of the Hill House.

Cassina Willow Chair

And if the Hill House takes aesthetics to new heights, then Cassina’s Berlino Dining Table also stretches a point. By lifting the top of this extendable table in natural cherrywood, this classic ‘grows’ from 145cm to 205cm and 265cm.

As another Mackintosh admirer observes: “Sometimes the most simplistic things can conceal a complexity of expressions. What may seem on the surface to be straightforward has an undercurrent of emotions designed to reach out and spread its wings in the most evocative, provocative fashion.”

…Which may go some way towards explaining how our very own Material Girl was prepared to bend over backwards to Express herself and her admiration for Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who 150 years on, remains very much in vogue.

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Our pick of Lounge Chairs

Monday, 4 June 2018 10:37:33 Europe/London

I recall, quite clearly, my time in the Womb. Cosseted and comforted by its all-enveloping warmth, it took practically a C-section to coax me out of this Knoll classic.

Born of a request from Florence Knoll for something she could 'really curl up in', the Womb Chair was the brainchild of Eero Saarinen.

Using production techniques and materials still in their infancy, the Finnish designer spawned this iconic piece in 1946. Its softly sloping sides, smothered in the finest of fabrics, are complemented by seat and backrest cushions in matching or contrasting colours. Polished chrome legs support the reassuringly reinforced structure.

And, as if it wasn't already soothing enough, the Womb, available in two sizes, also comes in the less-expensive Relax edition (large only), with the option of black legs.

Knoll Womb Chair

Much later in 2014 came the birth of the new Era Lounge Chair by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen, in high or low versions. Legald wanted this fabric-covered fantasy to be inviting to all ages, explaining: "It has to satisfy not only the functional aspects, but also the psychological and aesthetic needs."

So he offered up those taller or shorter designs and also a choice of legs - wooden 'for warmth' and steel for a sleeker look.

Normann Copenhagen Era Chair

Sure enough, whichever legs you choose to run with and - highs and lows aside - the Era does as intended, evoke nostalgia while cutting a contemporary feel at the same time.

Similarly, Hay's About a Lounge Chair by Hee Welling is not just all about the base, or the body. Or even the upholstery, come to think of it.

Hay About A Lounge Chair

It's about blending in or standing out, according to how the individual decides to customise it. So, the option of swivel base or rounded wooden legs in everything from soaped to stained oak, sits alongside a selection of fabrics, with the possibility of leather thrown in for good measure.

Another big softie offering endless possibilities is the Repos Lounge Chair, jointly developed by world-acclaimed brand (and Pink Apple favourite) Vitra with designer Antonio Citterio.

Here, hidden synchronised mechanism lets the lucky user move from an upright posture to a reclined angle for resting. The backrest is lockable in any position and what's more, can be manually adjusted to the user's weight.

Vitra Grand Repos

And whether to take it standing up or lying down isn't the only consideration to bear in mind...there's the Grand Repos, as well as the original version. Also created in 2011, it invites you to repose in even grander luxury, with extra support for the neck in the form of a high-winged headrest.

The final of Pink Apple's pick of the best seats sure to have you flying when it comes to comfort is Gubi's Beetle Lounge ChairDesigned by GamFratesi in 2013, the Beetle can already be found (in a very good way) in living rooms all over the world.

Generously proportioned and available in several fabrics (with leather piping, if that floats your boat), it was inspired by the insect itself, right down to its shape and shell and rigid outside with soft inside.

With lounge chair lovers everywhere swarming for this perfect four-legged specimen, the Beetle looks comfortably set to continue sending its competitors scuttling. 

Beetle Lounge Chair

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Vitra Outdoor Dining Chairs

Monday, 21 May 2018 12:29:13 Europe/London

If Vitra's Vegetal Chair were food, it would top my five-a-day list. Nothing shouts ‘organic’ quite so tastefully as this outdoor seat which first cropped up in 2008.

The seed was sown when its designers set out to create something echoing natural vegetation. Branch-like ribs intertwine to produce a shell reminiscent of plantlife, supported by legs which appear to sprout from the ground. Made of polymide plastic, it’s 100% recyclable and smacks of healthy living.

Vitra Vegetal Chair

But much as I've always been a great one for eating my greens, it's the sweet stuff which truly tickles my tastebuds. Luckily, Vitra’s Vegetal has that base covered too – it comes not only in earthy hues like Cactus, Brick and Mauve Grey, but also in Chocolate or Cream.

And that’s Vitra all over, versatile in every respect. That goes too for all the other outdoor chairs this world-renowned brand has to offer – it’s a veritable variety show.

So sit back and enjoy this spectacle of Vitra summertime specials (many stackable), proudly presented by Pink Apple… Colour-wise, it's probably Jasper Morrison's All Plastic Chair which really does it for me.

Its shades soar joyfully from Buttercup to Ivy and are available in a two-tone palette, pairing darker frames with the rest of the structure in a lighter, brighter hue.

Vitra All Plastic Chairs

This unpretentious classic takes me back to the sweet little seats which adorned my dolls’ house way back when. A high-performance polypropylene product however, it withstands so much more than teddy and toy tea parties.

Resistant to sunlight and water, it’s up for the most outrageous of outdoor bashes. It may be plastic, but this chair has certainly got some mettle…

…As, you might say, has the all-aluminium Landi chair, a stalwart by anyone’s standards. Developed for the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition, it boasts more holes than a slab of Swiss cheese (91, to be precise). These cut-outs painstakingly punched, largely by hand, lend an airy quality as fresh as the alps themselves.

But while it tips the scales at just a couple of kilos, the Landi is no lightweight. Deceptively sturdy, it flexes like a set of muscles and proves to be a most practical perch which really packs a punch.

Vitra Landi Chair

So that's how the Landi lies, but let's not forget the Belleville, another perfect pew for outdoor use which takes on a different slant altogether. Its 'hind' legs, angled to the ground, offer a new meaning to the concept of being laid-back.

The Belleville takes its name from the bustling Parisienne quarter in which it was dreamt up. But this cool polypropylene furniture seems to take a back seat, as if watching in wry amusement from a stressed-out street cafe vantage point.

The Tom Vac meanwhile in my eyes, lends itself to languishing on a sea front. Scoop-shaped (I’m thinking ice creams again), its corrugated shell ladles the sitter, looking like a wave cradling a surfer. But if we’re talking of flexible friends suitable for the great outdoors, nothing offers quite such stiff competition as the sturdy but supple Panton Chair.

Vitra Tom Vac

This iconic cantilever was the first to be manufactured from a single piece of plastic and sits comfortably as one of the most instantly recognizable designs ever. An unassuming one-bit wonder.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make life go around in such a relaxing way. And certainly in Vitra’s summertime, the living is easy.

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Knoll Schultz Outdoor Range

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 12:36:59 Europe/London

Richard Schultz had every reason to blow his own trumpet when he heralded his 1966 Collection as ‘a breath of fresh air’.

Throwing caution to the typically stuffy ornate outdoor furniture of the time, this Knoll designer took the world by storm with his range of streamlined garden furniture. And nearly 60 years on, this torrent of tables, chairs and loungers look as crisp and cool as ever.

Knoll Schultz Outdoor Range

It all began in 1962 in a Florida backyard, with a gentle flurry of ideas from Florence Knoll. Director of the legendary design group, she wafted a few notions under the nose of Schultz, urging him to come up with pieces which could withstand the corrosive breezes in the gardens of her oceanic paradise.

Knoll Schultz Outdoor Range

Taking her suggestions with a pinch of salt, he dedicated the next four years to working with all-weather aluminium materials. “There wasn’t a whole team of people to help me. Details were carefully considered. We spent so much time refining it. That’s why the furniture still looks fresh,” he later recalled.

Take the Knoll Schultz 1966 Dining Chair, for example, whose clean lines washed away the idea that garden furniture would be forever fussy.

Gone was the whole over-embellished pre-French Revolution look, making way for a more ship-shape image which was instantly at home in Mrs Knoll’s Florida beachside playground. And decades on, this classic chair still sits very nicely, thank you, on patios all over the world.

Available with or without arms, its aluminium frame is polyester powder-coated in Black or White, to withstand whatever the weather throws at it, even sunshine (remember that?). And while there’s the faintest ray of hope that things might hot up one of these summers, it’s comforting to know the mesh back will keep you cool.

Similarly, the Chaise Longue, also in Black or White, goes flat out on the comfort front. Choose from the fixed Contour version, or the Adjustable which enables its lucky occupant to be as upright or laid-back as they like. Again, the mesh sling keeps things chilled should the sun ever decide to put his hat on.

And then there’s the square or rectangular Dining Table in four sizes. With Black or White frames and topped with Dark Bronze or White Porcelain, these simple classics provide the perfect appetiser for alfresco aficionados.

Knoll Schultz Outdoor Range

The matching but smaller Coffee or End Table meanwhile, makes for a tasteful and temperate serving on the side.

But of all the Schultz 1966 Collection, it’s possibly the Petal Dining and Coffee Tables which, above all others, can still be considered as fresh as a daisy.

Bright and beautiful, they were inspired by Queen Anne’s Lace - a weed comprising a cluster of flowers, each supported by its own stem. This dainty design is made up of eight independent petals, allowing the table to expand and contract with the elements.

Delicate but durable, this table is no wallflower and remains as breathtaking as ever. As with each example in this iconic outdoor collection, weathering the storm while continuing to flourish, is a walk in the park. And for the Petal, it's a picnic.

Knoll Schultz Outdoor Range

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Hello Casamania!

Monday, 30 April 2018 12:15:20 Europe/London

Putting bums on seats took on a whole new cheeky meaning when Casamania created the Him & Her Chairs.

Casamania Him and Her chair

They really broke the mould with these designer derrieres, based on a particularly pert pair of male and female posteriors.  Providing ergonomic posture support, the perky polyethylene perches are available in a butt-load of colours.  Whether you like your glutes glossy or matt (the latter finish is also suitable for outdoor use), these are deceptively comfy and guaranteed to be the talk of the table.

But enough of bringing up the rear – Casamania, a brand we’ve recently welcomed to the Pink Apple website - are behind a far-reaching range of quirky products.

The Compass for example, puts a tasteful twist on the traditional clothes valet. This simple wooden wonder stands proud and practical in a choice of three finishes, offering a stylish step up on the social ladder to anyone needing a bit more wardrobe space.

Let's not forget either, the Meduse Side Table. Inspired by the iconic shape of the jellyfish, the steel structure makes it a firm favourite for the great outdoors, while it's just as at home as an indoor coffee table.

Casamania Meduse

And then of course, there's the Twee T. lamp. This gently glowing glory captures the ancient tradition of caged canaries in homes, once considered a beacon of good upbringing. Suspended in black or gold-plated splendour, the LED lighting fixture on its base illuminates the room as well as the inside of the cage.

Like all Casamania creations, the Twee T. is certainly one to be shared - and liked - by others.

Casamanie Twee T

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Eames Lounge Chair

Monday, 23 April 2018 11:47:00 Europe/London

When it’s time to slip into something a little more comfortable, you could do a lot worse than plump for the Eames Lounge Chair with matching ottoman

Ray and Charles Eames

The ultimate Vitra classic, it positively oozes what creators, husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, describe as “the receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt”.  And having sunk myself into this sumptuous seat and my flopped my feet on the ottoman on many an occasion, I can dreamily declare that this leather legend does indeed fit like a glove.

A labour of love created in the ’50s, it’s a ‘modern’ alternative to the traditional English club chair, aiming to embrace its predecessor’s ample proportions but in a more elegant manner.

And embrace it does…not to mention, envelop and enfold – thanks to its curving plywood shell, swathed in the finest hide. And it’s thanks also to intricate hand labour and latest factory technologies that this iconic piece has earnt itself a seat of splendour in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Eames Lounge Chair

Now available in two sizes – classic and new larger dimensions – with a wealth of woods and leathers from which to choose, it’ll always be a soft option.  Sixty years after the Eames team decided it was game-on for the cosy concept of that baseball mitt, nothing else has quite managed meet its match.

Get your hands – or preferably your body – on one. It’s a whole new blissful ballgame.

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

Kartell Masters

Saturday, 31 March 2018 12:27:00 Europe/London

It’s a bit like when they brought back blue Smarties…just when you thought something couldn’t get any better, the Kartell Masters Chair became available in a Metallic finish.

Already presented in a palette of 6 colours – enough to tempt every palate – the iconic piece was suddenly even more appetising with this delectable new twist, of which more later.

 Kartell Masters

The Masters, designed by Philippe Starck, is a tribute to 3 symbolic seats, locking together the unmistakable silhouettes of Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7, Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Armchair and Charles Eames’ Eiffel Chair.

 Kartell Masters 2

Winner of the 2010 Good Design Award, the Masters comes in tasteful chair and stool versions and is all the more delicious for being suitable for outdoor use (mat only).

My lovely mum is notoriously fussy about what furniture is on the menu. But even she counts this light, practical and stackable offering as one of her staple favourites and swears it’s her comfiest perch.

And then there’s the small matter of this polypropylene treat becoming even more of a ‘gilty’ pleasure, with the introduction of the Metallics range in Gold, Copper, Chrome and Titanium.

 Kartell Masters 3

Gloriously glossy, the newfound sheen seriously brings out the bling in this classy classic.  And with the Pink Apple Easter sale running until Bank Holiday Monday, now is the time to get your hands – and bottoms – on a Masters chair or stool.

As Starck himself puts it, his distinctive design “brings to mind the lines of three great masters and three great masterpieces”. A bit like a Galaxy, Wispa and Smarties egg all rolled into one. Happy Easter!

Masters stool

Posted in Blog By Helen Crawford

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