Category Archives: For The Home

COX AND COX FOR THE HOME

24 October 2016

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Eclectic online homewares brand Cox And Cox launched back in 2011 and have slowly but steadily evolved into a niche market place for unique products aimed at customers looking to decorate their home with individual pieces that can’t be found on the highstreet.

A lot of their designs are Nordic inspired with simple contemporary shapes and exceptional quality as this beautiful solid oak bench I was lucky enough to try out. I love the versatility of it and so far it has been used as a side table, plant stand, foot stool and shoe rack. The top is lightly varnished so you don’t have to worry about stains when leaving your coffee mug or glass of red on there and the simple construction and classic shape means we will live with this piece for a long time.

With Christmas just round the corner – only 9 weeks to go, eek – check out their online store for unique and hand-selected pieces to decorate your home with.

I can feel another post coming up… but let’s get Halloween out of the way first before we kick off the festive season.

 
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PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse
 
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Cox Annd Cox. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own.
 
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MUBU HOME | FURNITURE AND HOMEWARES FROM MELBOURNE

30 September 2016

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Australian design has long had a fascination for me. The continent that seems further removed than any other (if you live in the UK) has a wonderful cultural mix with strong European as well as Asian influences which makes their creative scene absolutely thrive, producing some of the most innovative designs around.

MuBu Home popped up on one of my late night browsing sessions and is a case in point. Based in Melbourne the furniture and homeware company was set up by husband and wife team French/German Saskia Butin and Australian Michael Urban who met whilst they were both working in Vietnam. Michael is a very much the creative force behind MuBu who came to appreciate the Scandinavian aesthetic and concept of form and function during his time as a chef in Copenhagen before changing careers and working for an Australian furniture manufacturer that brought him to Vietnam.

When their daughter was born the couple struggled to find the kind of quality yet affordable furniture you get in Europe and Michael ended up designing and building all the nursery furniture himself. This was the catalyst to start MuBu Home and they’re now producing their own range of furniture in Vietnam as well as importing furniture by Danish designers that are manufactured in Vietnam.

Along their online store they have recently set up a bricks and mortar shop in Melbourne where Saskia and Michael love helping people furnish their home making sure their customers have a great shopping experience. Design, quality and affordability are MuBu’s cornerstones and they work closely with manufacturers to ensure there is no compromise on any of their values.

I absolutely adore MuBu’s range and their simple and clean aesthetics styled perfectly by Saskia who tells me that their future plans not only include designing more products but also coming up with a concept that combines two of their biggest passions: food and furniture.

I can’t wait!
 

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IKEA COLLABORATION WITH HAY AND TOM DIXON

9 June 2016

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I was just a teeny tiny bit excited when I got wind of the latest IKEA collaborations for next year and lucky to get hold of some brand new images.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Swedish furniture giant, after all their products have furnished my home as long as I can remember and I’m one of those freaks that actually enjoys putting their flatpacks together. My taste has of course evolved over the years and even though I’ve been drawn to other Scandinavian design brands for a looong time budget constraints due to doubling family size has meant that I always check what’s new in their stores.

Sooooo… I nearly fell off my chair when I found out that I can soon have BOTH, designer furniture at affordable prices. Yes, it’s true! I’m excited to tell you that IKEA is collaborating with HAY and Tom Dixon to explore the future of Scandinavian design through a collection for socialising in the living room. Talking about the reason behind the collaboration IKEA refer to the need to express their historic Scandinavian values and evolving their design identity in our new and changing society.

“The collection will have a classic Scandinavian feel with light colours, high quality and clean design. It will be updated and adapted to the new needs in the living room, with versatile and functional solutions for everyday life, based on smart constructions and using materials in unconventional ways.

The collaboration starts an IKEA exploration in to the future of Scandinavian design which has historically always reflected values in our society such as functionality, humbleness, simplicity and the importance of creating a family friendly home. The world around us is changing, it’s growing and shrinking at the same time. People’s homes are shrinking and their living spaces are being redistributed. It also means that existing values and behaviours are challenged and mixed with new ones.

This creates a need for expressing the Scandinavian values in a new way through an updated Scandinavian design identity. “In a more pluralistic Scandinavia filled with contrasts, there is a need to take the next step and start to define a new Scandinavian design identity. We go about this by opening up and playing with our values combined with materiality, with colours, with production technology, with functions – with our roots,” says Marcus Engman, Design Manager at IKEA of Sweden.

“I’m passionate about the way things are manufactured, I’m very interested in the opportunities in new technologies. People often ask what the world needs. I find it interesting to look at what we can achieve with the possibilities of tomorrow, in modern production, and by using that, making improvements,” says Rolf Hay, co-founder of HAY.

 

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Equally exciting is the news that British designer Tom Dixon will be helping IKEA explore what spacial challenges and increasing interaction with technology mean for the future of living and how to successfully resolve the tensions they create.

“We can see big changes in how the space in our homes is becoming more fluid and we are exploring what this means for both the design and production of furniture. Working with Tom is exciting because he shares our curiosity and drive to find new ways to make things better,” says Marcus Engman, Design Manager at IKEA.

“We are in the midst of a huge revolution in how people create, manufacture and consume – the furniture business has been slow to respond to the opportunities, but now is an amazing time to experiment in new ways of working. In this case in a fresh collaboration directly with the consumer, industry and global experts,” says Tom Dixon. 

Oh, it’s going to be a looooong queue when those products launch next year.
 

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FOR THE HOME | WILD BOYS & GIRLS ADVENTURE PRINT

6 June 2016

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I’ve been meaning to share my new poster prints for Wild Boys & Girls with you for ages and finally I’ve got some great lifestyle shots of the adventure print to show you thanks to my stylist friend and Function+Form side kick Tiff from Curate & Display.

My brief to her was to show that the prints can work anywhere in the home – not just in the kids room – and I love how she styled and photographed them. Her minimalist approach and love for plants is evident and works so well with the typographic ADVENTURE message.

After all, it’s not the destination but the journey that counts so make the most of it and embrace your everyday adventures. You can purchase via my online shop here.

 

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FOR THE HOME | STELTON AW 2016

25 May 2016

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I’m loving the clean styling and latest products by Danish brand Stelton.

The Theo range launched last year in earthy black Scandinavian stoneware and the simple, modern shapes are complimented by the subtle use of bamboo in the form of a tray, lid or handle. I like the tactile contrast between rough and smooth, glazed vs untreated.

Personally, I’ve always loved the shape of the Theo slow brew coffee maker so I’m excited to find out that they’ve added a coffee grinder to the AW 2016 range which comes with a brass top.

Coffee brewing has just become a little bit more ceremonial but nonetheless stylish.

 
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