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B&B italia hive collection

Put a Hex-agon on Your Room

Hex-quisite Design.  Design Hex and the City.  Interiors Hex-traordinary.  Please, someone stop me.  The bad puns just keep popping into my head.  In addition to geometrics generally, it seems the interiors world has gone crazy for hexagons, specifically.

One of my favourite mid-century modern designer, Isamu Noguchi, created a design classic with the Prismatic side table in 1957.  The three-legged table is a beautiful, simple, geometric shape made entirely of folded aluminium.  Inspired by origami (the Japanese art of paper folding) the Prismatic table was also the last piece of furniture Noguchi designed.

Noguchi Prismatic table

Image credit: Vitra

The hexagon side table comes in many iterations.  Not only are most of them easy to configure in multiples and move about as needed, they look great too.  Here are six of my favourites.

Clockwise from top left:  Hexxed by Diesel (available in 2 heights and 3 colour combinations including black and metallics); the double-decker Hex table from Dwell in white, wood or stone; the Hex side table from West Elm with a marble top and steel legs; the Hive collection from B&B Italia are side tables in two heights and ottomans in a leather finish; Hex glass mirror from Gram & Green with a ground glass top and a trio of gold Hexagonal legs; the Slit table from Hay is available in 6 metal colours and also mirror and brass.

Interestingly, the Hay table like Noguchi’s table was influenced by origami and is named after the slit that is formed when the metal frame is folded underneath the table top. The B&B Italia Hive Collection was inspired by the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.  This natural phenomenon of 40,000+ polygonal basalt columns is a UNESCO Heritage site.  The resemblance is really striking isn’t it?

Giant's Causeway

Giant’s Causeway
Image Credit: Andrew Hurley

The patterns you can make with hexagons work really well on the wall too.  Check out this simple shelving idea which makes a big impact.  The blog, Nestful of Love, has directions on how to make your own hexagon shelving.  Alternatively, you can buy hexagonal shelves as a set of three at Next Home.

Hexagonal mirrors also look great on a wall.  I can see these mirrored tiles creating an interesting honeycomb configuration in a hallway.  From Graham & Green, the mirrored tiles come in sets of 18.

Hexagonal tile mirrors

Image credit: Graham and Green

In addition to mirrors, many more tiles are now available in hexagon shapes.  Here are examples  created by Spanish designer, Patricia Urquiola from the Dechirer range which blend contemporary large-format tiles with an artisanal cement heritage.

For you commitment-phones, there are lots of hexagonal accessories which won’t require you either to spend so much or to make a long-term design decision.  I think a group of this hexagon boxes on a table is a really cool way to clear clutter.

evie group hex boxes

image credit: Evie Group

Although contemporary Danish design brand, Hay have had their Kaleido tray system for some time, they are now available in new colours of chocolate, jade and blue.  You can use them individually or mix and match for a fun modular look.  This season they have added these sweet trio of hexagon-shaped notebooks.  Yes, they are notebooks! They are almost too pretty to disturb never mind use.

On the British design side, Tom Dixon has added to his hexagon tea light holders this year with this new etched wood design on steel, brass or copper.  I also loved the hand-hammered hexagonal bowl in still-trendy copper.

What do you think?  Would you consider hexagonal side tables, shelves hex-cetera in your home?

 

metallic baubles

Interior Trends of 2013 Shown on Christmas Trees

In the run-up to Christmas, let’s look at how that old favourite, the Christmas tree, has been dressed in the trends of 2013.  It’s a good flashback at all the trends that were popular this year past!

Red was a big colour trend this year, and red is a perennial favourite for Christmas.  This tree is fairly traditional with its tartan bows, pinecones and red sprigs of holly.

red ornaments

An alternative combination, red and white ornaments really stand out against the green don’t you think?  I like the red and white in geometric prints which is a fresh spin on traditional holiday colours.

Metallics were a big trend this year too.  Below we have white and silver which is a traditional colour combination.  The birds and the feathers add a nice contemporary touch.

This tree has dropped the traditional red and gold combination in favour of all gold ornaments.   The colour gold will continue to be a designer favourite in 2014.  I like that this shade of gold has a bit more tarnish and muted tones.

metallic baubles

The copper trend is evident here.  I think, however, the copper spoons a bit avant garde for the usual home.

Combining two big trends from 2013, this tree has a mix of metallics and neon.

metallic baubles

Leave it to the French (and Printemps) to make a tree totally decorated in neon decorations work without being gaudy.  I preferred the neon trend with neutrals but, in this case, somehow, the dark green works as a neutral.

neon baubles

I loved the owls all over The Galeries Lafayettes as well as the sparkly giant owl on top of their main 65 foot tree.

owl topper

Birds, feathers, owls were a big interiors trend in 2013 and these themes were reflected in Christmas trees.

Not only birds but also lots of other creatures made an appearance this year. This style also pays homage to the interest in homespun crafts that is still going strong in interior trends.

woodland creatures

I think you have to be pretty brave to try out the animal-print trend on a tree.  This tree, however, pulls it off with animal-print ornaments with panache.

And, of course, monochrome with an extra dash of geometric.  I am loving the houndstooth pattern!

black and white

Did you have a nice tour of trends of 2013?  It was a good colour year. I wonder what next year will bring. I’m a little hesitant because I’m not feeling a surge of love for Pantone’s 2014 colour of the year, Radiant Orchid.

This post will be the last one until next week.  Happy Holidays!

Zebra chair

Time To Go Wild

Noticed the flurry of animal prints around?  Probably not, because animal prints have been around for so long, they have seeped into our consciousness.  In fact, I’m not sure leopard print has ever gone away, from Christian Dior in the 1940’s to Joan Collins in the 1980’s at her Dynasty finest.

Joan Collins

Joan Collins in leopard print

This season, some of the lesser-known animal prints are having their moment in the sun, such as snakeskin, giraffe and zebra.

snakeskin couture

1. Burberry Prorsum animal-print calf hair pencil skirt, £2,395, net-a-porter.com
2. Jason Wu snake-print silk-satin and chiffon skirt, £1650, net-a-porter.com
3. Stella McCartney faux leather snake effect loafers, £450, net-a-porter.com
4. Roberto Cavalli snake flowers ruthenium-platedcrystal collar, £1160, net-a-porter.com
5. Dolce & Gabbana grey snakeskin ‘Miss Sicily’ handbag, £1680, profilefashion.com
6. Givenchy Anuba snakeskin pumps, £875, mytheresa.com
7. Bottega Veneta snake-trimmed silk and crepe dress, £3300, Net-a-porter.com

Let’s look at some snakeskin accessories (and one zebra print stool which snuck onto the moodboard — oops).

snakeskin accessories

1. Mirrrored snake mirrored jewelry box, £14, Debenhams
2. Casa Couture faux snake, £20, House of Fraser
3. Jacquard snak cushion, £25, Zara Home
4. snakeskin table runner, £20, Zara Home
5. Long animal tray, £15, Zara Home
6. Designer black snakeskin towels, £50, Debenhams
7. Byzantine footstool, Simpsons Mirrors
8. Blanket, £60, Zara Home

As you know, I am a fan of going a little bit outrageous in a powder room/loo.  I think this snakeskin print works really well as wallpaper in this room.

I found this painted snakeskin effect on the changing room walls in the Remede spa of the St Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi.  In cream-on-cream, the look is more muted and subtle than wallpaper.  My amateur photography skills do not do this wall treatment justice.
St Regis Remede spa

If snakeskin creeps you out, fear not, lots of other animal-inspired accessories abound.

animal print accessories

1. Inspire zebra wood coaster, £12, House of Fraser
2. Animal-print candle, Zara Home
3. Ceramic ‘heirloom’ floral elephant money box, £18, Debenhams
4. Abigail Ahern silver rhino head, £50, Debenhams
5. Animal outline cushion, £88, Anthropologie
6. Zebra print piggy bank, £50, Debenhams
7. Leopard gift set, Zara Home
8. Zebra bath mat, Zara Home

Here is a room influenced by animal prints.  Other than the black and white zebra chair and the animal-skin rug, which could arguably be design classics, the rest of the prints are on cushions.  Changing the cushions would change the whole dynamic of this room if the homeowner wanted to change the look.

Alternatively, you could tone down the animal print.  This zebra-print chair in an unexpected gray and white coordinates well with the muted floral and checks.

Zebra chair

What do you think?  Will you let a little animal magic loose in your home?

osborne and little rondelle

Who Can Spot The Trend?

Spots were all over the catwalk and behind-the-scenes during the recent fashion week shows.  Continuing on from my series of fashion trends showing up in home decor, let’s take a look at polka dots.

polka dot couture

1. Chloe polka-dot tulle and crepe dress, £2490, net-a-porter.com
2. Socialite and trend-setter, Olivia Palermo, at Paris Fashion Week in Chloe
3. Oscar de la Renta polka-dot sequinned silk dress, £4250, net-a-porter.com
4.  Victoria by Victoria Beckham, Fashion Telegraph Gallery
5. Oscar de la Renta polka-dot grosgrain pums, £450, net-a-porter.com
6. Miu Miu, Fashion Telegraph Gallery

Polka dots are perfect for using in soft furnishings, such as fabric and wallpaper.  Not as graphic as stripes or attention-demanding as florals, they coordinate well with other fabrics to pack a visual punch.

polka dot soft furnishings

1. Biglie fabric in white/anthracite, C&C Milano
2. Pink/Lilac polka dot wallpaper, Next
3. Atmosphere embroidered fabric, Pierre Frey
4. Soleo fabric in red from Jane Churchill 
5. Equinoxe dot wallpaper with metallic and gloss, Graham & Brown
6. Glandia Blasco Mota2 multi-coloured rug, Heals
7. Dotty wallpaper by Graham & Brown

Polka dots also show up in home accessories on the high street.  This trend works with the vintage look, i.e., Cath Kidston, and the home-crafted look, i.e., Emma Bridgewater.  Both these retailers who have been doing polka dotted designs for yonks are well-positioned to take advantage of this trend.  If you would like something that all your friends don’t already have, there are lots of lesser-known designers too.

polka dot accessories

1. Tala set of 3 polka dot tins, £25, Debenhams
2. Mini dot glasses case, £14, Cath Kidson
3. Dots Bowl, £19.99, Zara Home
4. Linea polka dot towels, from £10, House of Fraser
5. Polka dot table cloth, Zara Home
6. Emma Bridgewater polka dots jug, £19.99, John Lewis
7. White spotted butterflies jewellery box, £24, House of Fraser
8. Dots tealight holder, Zara Home

My big issue with polka dots is the borderline girliness of the pattern.  It is, however, possible to use polka dots in a subtle manner for a sophisticated look.  After all, what is the art technique of pointillism except a whole lot of small dots?  No one has accused Seurat and Pisarro of being girlie-men (thank you, Arnold Schwarzenegger, for that contribution to the English language).

Seurat

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat

The key is size.  The smaller the dots, the more they blend into a solid look or a geometric pattern from afar.  For example, in Osborne & Little’s Bulla and Kirkham patterns below, you really need to get close to see the dots.

What do you think?  Are you dotty for dots yet?

couture suite bedroom

Valentino Red and the St Regis Rome

The other day I wrote about adding the colour red into your home interiors.  Red has been filtering into home decor from the runways.

Let’s take a look at how noted interiors firm, HBA London, injected both elements of fashion and red into the Couture Suite they created for the luxury hotel, St. Regis Rome.  From looking at the photos for the Alfonso XIII Hotel in Seville, HBA do have a fondness for using red in their interiors.  The use of red in the Couture Suite is more subtle and high fashion than at the Alfonso XIII Hotel where the red reflects the flamboyance of matadors and flamenco.

writing table

HBA London like to inject local elements into their projects.  When they were asked to create one of the suites at the 5 star St. Regis Hotel in Rome, they decided to use fashion, and particularly Valentino, as their inspiration.  Valentino opened his first couture house on the fashionable Via Condotti in Rome in 1959.  His signature shade of intense red, became known as Valentino Red in the fashion industry.  The Valentino signature look is elegant, graceful and sophisticated.  As with all high-fashion, the prices are eye-watering but the look is eye-candy.

Valentino moodboard

1. Rockstud leather clutch, £720, Net-a-porter
2. Wool-blend crepe and silk organza dress, £1785, Net-a-Porter
3. Embroidered lace gown, £7565, Net-a-porter
4. Patent leather pencil skirt, £1355, Net-a-porter
5. Calfskin embroidered combat boots, £995, Luisaviaroma.com
6. Studded leather ankle boots, £850, Net-a-porter
7. Crystal-embellished lace pointy pump, £1060, Bergdorf Goodman
8. Dual-beaded leather clutch, £1900, Net-a-porter

The Couture Suite is 3 bedrooms and a living room.  All three bedrooms feature variations of a photograph of red smoke.   The flowing red smoke alludes to both Valentino red and the sheer, sinuous quality of voile which is often used in dress making.

red smoke

One of the bedrooms has a dressmaker’s model as functional decor.  I also like the swirly patterned carpet which adds a sense of movement to the room.

couture suite bedroom

The walls, lined in neutral linen, provide a backdrop for the luxurious materials used in the rest of the rooms, such as Italian leather, intricate embroidery and nail-head trim panelling.  The moodboard above shows how Valentino use leather, embroidery and edgy detailing (another current trend!) in their clothes.

The television rests on an easel which subtly blends it into the rest of the room’s decor.  At first glance, I didn’t even realise the easel held a television!

television easel

The suite is decorated with historical photographs of famous people who have stayed at the St. Regis, including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.  The use of lots of rounded and swirly shapes in this suite give it that Valentino grace and elegance and, yet, the neutral linen backdrop stops it from being overtly feminine.

suite living room

As you can see, the use of red in this hotel suite acts as a punctuation mark drawing a flash of attention to parts of an otherwise neutrally decorated room.  Like the Valentino brand, it is glamorous and classically elegant.

I like the way the St. Regis Hotel Couture Suite displays the intersection of fashion, interiors and hotel design.  After all, inspiration can come from anywhere.

All the St. Regis Couture Suite photos are by Eric Laignel.

john lewis cushions

Red Hot and Right Now

Do you love the colour red?  Well, continuing on from the theme that fashion trends translate into home decor, we are seeing lots of red in interiors these days.

Red on the Catwalk

Red just provides such a shot of high-octane glamour.  Let’s see how that works in the home.

Are you ready to be really daring?  This high gloss red kitchen is from a flat in central London which also has other shots of red continuing throughout the home. I personally love this deep vibrant red.  I can’t see Mr. N going for such a strong statement though.

I think downstairs loos also work well in red.  In my house, I’ve got a dark red colour in the loo (Farrow and Ball Brinjal).   I love this photo of the red paint in an understairs loo peeking out among the otherwise neutral decor.  It’s the interior decoration equivalent of a peek of red sole on a Christian Laboutin shoe.

It that’s too intense for you, there are other ways of making a style statement with red.  I recently found a display at that old stalwart, John Lewis, which shows off their red cushions.  They’ve combined red with polka dots, geometrics, antler horns, and embroider (all of which are trending (individually – not combined!!)).

john lewis cushions

Here are some other options from the high street.  As you can see, there’s no need to splurge to find some nice red accessories.

red home decor

1. Bedroom Cushions, £9.99, Zara
2. Dhorka horse decorative object, £30, Habitat
3. ‘Keep Calm’ money box, £20, Debenhams
4. Newgate Time Pill Clock, £40, Heals
5.  Wooden spoon print tray, £21, Liberty
6. Red maze design felt cushion, Living by Christiane Lemieux, £32, House of Fraser
7. Garner red waste paper bin, £12, Habitat

Bold and intense, bright and happy or subdued and sophisticated, I expect there is a shade of red that works for you.  Moreover, red accessories would be the perfect segue into the upcoming festive season and well beyond.  After all, a pop of red would cheer up any gloomy January day.  As per American designer Bill Blass, red is the ultimate cure for sadness.

Are you convinced?

paper flowers

10 Ideas To Steal from Dutch Design Show, Woonbeurs

You’d think I’d have had enough of design shows after London Design Festival wouldn’t you?  Nope, I’m still going strong.  Anyway, I was in Amsterdam over the weekend for a blogging event and lucky enough to get to Woonbeurs, a Dutch home decor show.

The displays were simply fabulous.  I was blown away by the Scandi-chic styling and creativity.  Here are 10 ideas to steal for your own home:

1.  Skip the faux flowers and go straight to beautiful paper flowers in a vase.  In this photo, I especially like that the flowers look hand drawn and hand cut.

paper flowers

2.  This picture gallery is installed floor to ceiling with items hung on hooks.  If you don’t like something, you can always change it around.  It would be especially effective with children’s art hung amongst other items.

informal picture gallery

3. How about wallpaper on a cupboard wall? It’s a new take on the feature wall.  No need to worry about handles because simple finger holes are used to open and close the doors.wallpaper cupboard

4.  Decorative washi tape is used to hang up simple messages and objects.  On the tablescapes, the pictures add depth behind the table.  The feathers create an unusual geometric feature (as well as being in line with this season’s trends).  You can have the tape blend into the scene or stand out as a feature as in the wall art.  My favourite is the flower taped onto the flowered wallpaper.  Only several of the flowers on the wallpaper were made into 3D effectively which emphasised the design even more.

5.   I’m going to try this as a project with my daughter.  Here, Japanese origami cranes are strung from chicken wire to create a simple mobile.  I’m pretty sure my daughter will want to have colourful origami paper instead of the brown kraft paper used here.  I’m looking forward to a lot of pink.  This project would have you bang on trend as well because birds are a huge design statement this season.

origami crane art

6.   If you are feeling the need to create a neutral tablescape, take the cover off a couple of books.  Books are wonderful for creating interest in a space but a busy cover can distract in a calm setting.white tablescape

7.  A mirrored kitchen island is a really clever way of enhancing light and space in a small kitchen.  It does help if you don’t have children with grubby hands constantly around to ruin the shine.

mirrored kitchen island

8.  Simple wood boxes in a child’s room are used to display their treasures.

art boxes

9.  Here a cloche, there a cloche, everywhere a cloche, cloche.  Cloches seem to be everywhere this season.  Seriously. you can put pretty much anything under a cloche or glass cover and the objects will seem important.  Here, once again we see feathers and also a note.   Simple everyday items put on display.

cloche with feathers

10.   I’m sure you’ve heard designers bang on about open shelving being important in kitchens to add interest and warmth.  If you still fancy a sleek fitted look, however, you may like this kitchen which has shelving and hanging rails built into the design.

open shelf kitchen

Of the ideas above, six focus on curating objects, however simple, into a pleasing display.  Yes, the art of display is another home trend.  If you fancy yourself an artist or a collector, this season you can show off your styling skills.   It’s a pretty easy skill to fake, however, just get yourself a cloche!

Living on the Edge

Punk is back!  Of course, if you happen to walk by Camden High Street, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s never left.

Punk girl with a brass knuckles.

The Met Ball earlier in the year had Punk: Chaos to Couture as its theme.  You can check out Vogue’s coverage of the celebrity outfits here.  It’s reappeared again on the couture runways in Autumn 2013.

At Focus /13, I listened to a talk on fashion and home trends given by Mariella Tandy an editor at Tatler.  Mariella is quick to point out that high fashion punk is quite restrained and refined.  To follow the current trend, you should avoid full-blown goth at all costs.  The devil is in the details – decorative studs, PVC, chains etc. – used in moderation to add edge to an outfit.

couture punk

1.  Burberry calf-skin bag with fringed metal eyelets
2.  Valentino Garavanni bags and shoe
3.  Burberry Prorsum sleeveless silk-crepe and PVC dress
4.  Alexander McQueen studded metal tote
5.  Versace studded leather belt
6.  Miu Miu studded suede sneakers

We keep hearing home decor trends follow fashion trends.  Inspired by Mariella’s talk, I thought I’d trail one such trend from the catwalks, through to designer brands to the high street, and the ultimate budget option, DIY.

This sculptural mirror from Simpsons Mirrors is definitely subversive and cool.

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How about this Jean Paul Gaultier rockstar bedding set at Chelsea Harbour?

jean paul gaultier bedding

You all know how I love design duo Jimmie Martin, right?  Their graffiti pieces would fit right into this trend.

British high streets have also taken this trend on board for a less expensive (and less committed) way to rage against the machine.

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1.  Set of three ceramic objects by Christiane Lemieux at House of Fraser, £25
2.  Betty Jackson black wire bowl at Debenhams, £20
3.  Wood photo frames by Christiane Lemieux at House of Fraser, £12
4.  Two-pack skull hanger at Zara Home, £9.99
5.  Fluoro skull candle set at Archer Adams, £55
6.  Skull cushion at Zara Home, £19.99

You can even DIY this trend.  Abigail Ahern wrote a great post on her blog about adding graffiti to junk store finds to spice up your place.  Below, Abigail has scrawled a slogan in hot pink on the back of a rusted metal sign found at a vintage shop.  As part of a gallery wall, this sign fits right in with the rest of the artwork for a bit of insouciant cool.

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Abigail’s  inspiration was Banksy scrawling on a piece of artwork owned by Kate Moss.  If Banksy is busy this weekend, you can always enlist your children for creative doodling.

photo:  dazed & confused

photo: dazed & confused

So, it’s pretty easy to get your home some ‘street’ credentials.  Will you be trying it?

Not Your Usual Trophy Head

I find taxidermy kind of creepy.  I don’t see the majesty or the artistry.  I just see some poor dead animal with doleful eyes permanently affixed to your wall. This squeamishness does present a problem if I were ever to have that dream ski chalet in the Alps.  (OK, technically it’s Mr. N’s dream because I only ski under protest).

Braunwald, famous Swiss skiing resort

Anyway, my decorating dilemma is fixed thanks to a handful of companies that now do quirky taxidermy-like animals for walls.  I discovered these companies at Top Drawer last week.

First up, Miho, an Italian company whose tagline is “unexpected things” which is definitely what they produce.   Their animals are playful and created in either bright coloured plastic or patterned wood.

Carola Van Dyke shows us an alternative for trophy heads with textile taxidermy.  She uses offcuts of fabric, real antler horns and glass eyes in her creations.  Her products are available at Liberty London and Anthropologie USA, among other stockists.

If you fancy rather cute and cuddly trophy heads, Scandi-chic has a really wide selection.  My favourite is the poodle which was just added to their collection.  His poodle curls are just so soft and furry.  Scandi-chic also do smaller trophy hoods which are attached to hooks or book ends.

Continuing on with the slightly more practical but also decorative trophy head, Danish brand, Rice, have a rhino whose horn also doubles as a light.  It’s quite the witty statement in bright green.

photo:  NYLon Living

photo: NYLon Living

So, would you ever have trophy heads (real or otherwise) in your home?  You know where I stand – definitely in the amusing, plastic/wood/fluffy camp.  Now, all I need is the chalet in the Alps.

photo credit:  Miho, Carola Van Dyke and chic-home, except as noted

100% Design Around The World

The 100% Design show is one of the events where new products are launched during the London Design Festival, including the Glade pendant by James Smith Designs I mentioned earlier in the week.  The show remains open until September 21st at Earl’s Court London.

I’ve picked out some cool new products that caught my eye from a range of countries around the world.

Korea

The laser cut decorative Korean paper at Beeeen was just beautiful.  The paper is quite sturdy because it has been treated with vegetable oil and lacquer. I was told the fantastic pattern is traditionally used in Korean palaces.   Wouldn’t this be a fantastic decorative layer on a wall?

beeeen

Ireland/Japan

These lampshades are hand-made in Ireland from kimono fabric imported from Japan by the Kimono Lamps.  Each lampshade is unique because the silk fabric is recycled from used kimonos.  You can buy directly from the designer, Ania Juraszek, through her Etsy shop.  I think it’s lovely that these beautiful kimonos, used in weddings, tea ceremonies and other special occasions, are finding a new lease on life in homes around the world.

The Netherlands

Sticking with the recycled lamp theme but moving to Amsterdam, Graypants have created these pendant lamps from recycled cardboard boxes.  The layers of corrugated cardboard reflect light and cast shadows in different ways.  Each piece is handmade and come in different sizes.

Also from The Netherlands, Ilias Ernst produces these cool pendants.  The first is actually 4 strips of magnets over a light bulb. You are given 200 nails with which to create your own design.

Slightly more kid-friendly but still industrial, how about this other Ilais Ernst lamp for a home office or a crafting station?  The 5 bulbs rotate around independently from each other so that you can position the light to suit your needs.  It’s called Refinery because the pipes are inspired by the tubes of an oil refinery.

pendant light

photo: Ilias Ernst

Belgium

Although strictly office furniture, I loved this coat rack from Belgian company, Bulo.  The symmetrical lines and simple hooks actually make the whole thing like installation art.

Portugal

With their cork and copper sideboard, Picchio Furniture Design have created a beautiful piece of furniture using two of the latest design materials.  Of course, it’s not just following a trend, Portugal has a long tradition of crafting in both cork and copper.

I also like the sinuous lines of the Ono Bridge Dining table.  For a bit of subtle bling,  the side is inlaid with Swarovski crystals.

Lithuania

As much as I love Ikea, the plastic bags of screws, allen keys and instruction booklet is usually enough to reduce Mr. N into tears of frustration.  Hailing from beautiful Vilnius, Kirigami plywood furniture from Plyhouse is flat pack furniture without the screws.  I particularly like their stools which are handy for parties and extra guests.  Accommodating up to 400 pounds, these stools should work for all, except the truly large guest.

stool

photo: Plyhouse

They come assorted colours as well as a natural finish.  Furnished in their own bag, these stools would be handy to store in a closet and take up minimal space.

That’s my quick round-up of global product design.  I’ve to admit there’s probably lots I missed because my feet were killing me towards the end.  Also, I was completely enamoured with the 3D printing on display but I shall save that for another post.

What do you think?  Do you like any of these products?