Category Archives: fab four.

fab four: summer prints.


Because the sun is shining, fab four summer prints:

1. Palmeral in Off-White / Azure from House of Hackney. It comes as wallpaper and fabric. I have     Palmeral fabric cushions in the Midnight / Green colourway, and it looks fabulous – a little bit 70s, and very glam !

2. Pineapple print wallpaper in Sorbet, Hygge and West (via). Apparently pineapples are big news for summer..

3. Flights of Fancy in Eau de Nil Stripe, House of Hackney

4. Inferno in Teal, House of Hackney

Which do you like? More fab four, here.



fab five :: architectural floor lamps.

Always on the look out for a beautiful and functional floor lamp; they provide atmosphere as well as task lighting and these five are beauties. I’m showing all in black, but some, like the Grasshopper (no. 4), come in wonderful hues (I love the blue-grey). The Tolomeo is a classic that I have specified countless times – it works in so many different interiors.


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Which is your favourite?

Talking about lighting, new and exciting lighting studio Cameron Design House have just launched a second range of beautiful, sculptural wood pendant lights, here. All made in North London with a very Scandinavian flavour.

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fab four: side tables.

fabfour-traytables_ohl1. DLM (Don’t Leave Me), manufactured by Hay is really a tray with legs and a handle. Made from powder-coated steel, it is available in some fabulous colours. Also by Hay, the Tray table

2. Marrakech tile tables designed by the multidisciplinary design/architecture studio Claesson Koivisto Rune would look fabulous on a terrace or as a plant table. From Twentytwentyone (currently on sale!)

3. Summit Nesting Tables by Brooklyn-based industrial design practice Moving Mountains. Made by hand and crafted in solid ash, via design milk

4. Small table with tray, manufactured by De Padova. White laminate tray with curved solid beech wood trim and painted steel base. From Twentytwentyone (currently on sale too)

Which do you like best? I spied more side tables on the always interesting D-Pages blog, yesterday. I particularly like the organic form of the Powell table.

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fab four: planters.

It is a super busy week here in London, with Clerkenwell Design Week, May Design Series at Excel and Chelsea Flower Show all vying for one’s attention..

This is my homage to Chelsea Flower Show, celebrating its centenary this year, fab four: planters.

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  1. Bauhaus-inspired, laquered steel Kubus Bowl from Story North
  2. Clever little upside-down Sky Planter, here 
  3. Case study ceramic bowl from Modernica
  4. Beautiful Japanese terrarium by 10¹² TERRA

Do you have a favourite?

More on Chelsea Flower Show celebrating 100 years in AnOther Magazine, here 

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fab four: glass things.


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1. Carat – wonderfully heavy, geometric, facet-cut glasses by Swedish vanguard, Orrefors

2. Perfectly monikered, Babushka by the Finland based glass designer Heikki Viinikainen launched at Milan Design Week 2013, via 

3. Amber, blue, smoke and green; Groove pendants designed by William Couig, NY based glass artist of Further Design, via The Modern Syberite

4. A simple, rotational form resembling a spinning top: Spin lights by Lucie Koldova for Lasvitvia

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fab four: colour-dipped things.

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Two years ago it looked like a trend. But here it is still. It’s been renamed for fashion, too – dégradé, or the modern dip-dye.

1. Konkret pendant light by Jonas Edvard. More, here 

2. Kebnekaise pouf from Story North.

3. Pulp pendant light from Folkore. More about Folklore on owl’s house london, here.

4.  Frost glass for Stelton.

And I love these (entirely dipped!) rooms:

dip rooms

(first image Pinterest, second image unknown)

What do you think of colour-dipped things? Would you have them in your home?

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fab four: limited edition prints.

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1. Judith Hopf, Nose (a collaboration with Martin Ebner), 2008

Silkscreen on paper
40 x 50cm

They say: Hopf has worked in a wide range of media, offering an absurdist-and ultimately utopian-exploration of artistic forms and everyday conventions. This silkscreen print was inspired by the work of Bridget Riley, whose style is here unexpectedly used to depict a nose. I say: what fun!

Available from The ICA 

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2. Typeseat print, designed and manufactured by Tim Fishlock.

Edition of 300 prints. 50 x 70cm.

Screen print by Tim Fishlock using classic chairs to depict the letters of the alphabet.

Available from Twentytwentyone.

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3. The Chairs, limited edition print by Konstantin Grcic.

Screen print on 280gsm paper, A2 size.

Konstantin Grcic is an industrial designer who has designed products and furniture for manufacturers such as Authentics, Flos, Krups and Magis. The subject of this print, his MYTO chair was selected for the Design Museum’s Designs of The Year award and exhibition in 2009. The Chairs is screen-printed in seven colours, including three fabulous fluros…

Available from the Design Museum shop.

fab four44. L03, 2012, designed by Ronan Bouroullec, manufactured by Wrong Shop.

Digital print using mineral-based Ultrachrome K3 pigmented inks with resin. Hahnemuhle certified 310g Museum Etching paper.

Unframed: 158.6 x 111.8cm.

Hand-drawn sketches from the individual collections of industrial design brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec produced in series as prints. The original works formed part of recent exhibitions at the Vitra Design Museum and Centre Pompidou Metz.

Available from Twentytwentyone.

Fab four limited edition prints. Which, if any, do you like?
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things of wood.

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1. A balancing metal disc on 5 sections of wood, this side table is all lightness and minimalism. The wood can be raw ash or oiled walnut with a white or black anodised top. Minimato table by Matthias Ferwagner, here

2. A little bit Bentwood, a little bit Elbow, this chair combines elements of some designer classics; simple and beautifully detailed in palest beech. It looks Scandinavian, but comes via Italy. Pelleossa chair by Francesco Faccin seen, here 

3. These lamps by Swedish company Note Design Studio are ceramic and wood, and very, very Scandinavian in their warmth and tactility.

4. Beautiful, decorative handcrafted pendants that can be hung individually or in a cluster, there are six variants, with names like Aztec and Abacus. Customisable in length and configuration, they could be simply hung from a hook. Bohemian, but in a good way. Bright Beads by Marz Designs, via Contemporist.

Which is your favorite?

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owly plates.

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1.  Owl on a branch desert plate by West Elm

2.  Taika plate by iittala

3.  Owl plate by Donna Wilson

4.  The One Who Waits plate by Natasha Lawless

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owly books for henry.

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1. A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton – beautiful, stylish graphics (at least for adults!), and a simple, sweet story. Get it, here

2. Good Luck Baby Owls by Giles Milton – a gorgeous story about two baby owls who desperately want to learn how to fly. Get it, here

3. Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan – a different take on the activities of nocturnal animals, seen through the eyes of the little owl. Beautiful, colourful illustrations that pop off the black background. Get it, here

4. The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear – wonderful literary nonsense, reissued in 2012 to celebrate the bicentenary of Edward Lear. Poetry, prose and limericks, including the Owl and the Pussycat. Get it, here

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