Buster and Punch

Buster and Punch have just released their Matt Black Edition to the Heavy Metal Pendant range which is well worth a look. I was going to include them in my last post, Black Ideas, but figured these amazing lights deserved a bit more space on the blog. Not only do I love the material and design, I am really drawn to the matt black finish which makes them something different and striking.

Buster and Punch are a London-based interior fashion design label founded 4 years ago in East London by Massimo Minale. They offer a wide range of beautifully designed items for the home, from handles through to light switches. I have always loved the Heavy Metal Pendant but they have taken it to another level by adding this matt black finish. Not only are their products well made, the website shows the items off to their best with some quite amazing photography.

If you are looking for items to add quality, function and beauty to a space, then I would say you can do a lot worse then head over to Buster and Punch for a bit of retail therapy!

Black Ideas

I think the title says it all … black ideas. Over the last 12 to 18 months we have all seen how black has been used as a colour both inside and outside the home with much more frequency. No longer is black seen as a sombre colour to be used sparingly but rather as a colour perfect for adding drama and contrast to a space. Black ideas work in contemporary and more traditional spaces both in the interior and on the exterior of buildings. It can also be a great colour to use in commercial spaces and for branding.

The high street is now well stocked with black homeware products making it much easier to use as little or as much of the colour as you want. It is now easy to go and purchase black bed linen, find a black feature light, use black tiles or design yourself a black kitchen.

Here are a selection of images which I hope inspire you to look into using black as a colour or at least make you think about it! There are a few products included but mainly inspiration images and ideas. I would also check out Rockett St George, Bodie and Fou, Buster + Punch, Bert and May plus my own Pinterest board for a few more black ideas.

 

White

White is often the perfect colour to show off texture and materials to their absolute best. I think lots of people associate white with stark minimalist interiors and this is often the case. However, for me a white backdrop can be the perfect way to celebrate natural materials and the simplicity of form.

Sometimes a white background, whether it be for a website, framing artwork or an interior, is the absolute best way to draw the attention to where it is most needed. With a white interior, the slightest injection of another colour or accent material will really stand out. One of my favourite websites at the moment is the Hiut Denim site which seems to have nailed the simple clean look really well.

Below are a selection of images that I love and will hopefully be of interest to you. As usual I have my Pinterest board which includes all the images below plus a few more. I have tried to credit all the images wherever possible and all links can be found via the Pinterest board.

Farrow and Ball Styling

I am a huge fan of the Farrow and Ball styling. For many years, I have enjoyed how they present their new ranges with inspirational images on-line and in print. The styled images not only give you ideas around paint colour and wallpapers, but also provide ideas on presentation, furniture and decoration. When we decided to paint are hallway in a deep rich green, there was only ever going to be one place to find our new colour which ended up being Studio Green from Farrow and Ball.

Below are a selection of some of my favourite images from Farrow and Ball which I hope you like. There are very few companies who mix contemporary and classic styling so well. Hopefully they will inspire you to be bold with wall coverings and paint colours. If you want to see more Farrow and Ball styling then it would be worth following their Instagram and Pinterest feeds which are always full of strong imagery.

 

 

Brown

This time its all about the colour brown on the blog. I think I am drawn to the colour due to its association with metal, cardboard and wood. It can provide an excellent accent or base colour for an interior scheme. Perhaps, as we start to approach winter, there is also the connection with the brown colours of winter. Whether you are looking to use brown pieces of furniture or work with brown finishes, the choices are huge.

Below you can find some images that I love which hopefully provide lots of brown inspiration. These kind of images usually provide me with the ideas that form the basis of a new scheme. Hopefully they inspire you too! For a more comprehensive collection of images, you can also check out my Pinterest board here.

Normann Copenhagen

Normann Copenhagen is a store that everybody should know about! The Danish design company believe in good design through bold and eye-catching products which I think are stunning.

Their range of products cover most areas of the home and they have shop located in Denmark plus an excellent on-line store. The products are simple and use honest natural materials that are a hallmark of  strong Scandinavian design. Normann Copenhagen always fill me with inspiration and the way products are displayed on-line is always exciting to see.

I never fail to read their newsletter each time it comes out and cannot wait to see their new ideas and products. The gallery on the website is AWAYS amazing with clever use of colour alongside simple and bold styling. Below are just a few products and images from Norman Copenhagen which I hope you like as much as I do and make you want to head over to the store to find out more.

5 questions to 4 designers.

So the idea is simple, ask 5 questions to 4 designers and see what happens. This idea is something that I have had for a while but also a bit of a new departure for me and my style blog. Usually I work with images more than words on PostLiving but I have been fascinated for a long time about how design and style varies so much between different people. How can style, taste and inspiration differ  so much?

So, at the beginning of this year I decided to ask 3 designers who I admire to answers the same basic questions about design. I also decided to answers the same questions myself and then see what answers came in and publish them on the blog.

I decided to ask Andrew Dunning of APD Interiors, Oliver Heath and Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar. All 3 of these amazing designers have totally different approaches to their craft and were also kind enough to say yes to my idea without hesitation.

 

So here we go, 5 questions to 4 designers, well 3 designers and little old me! …..

 

1. Where does your design inspiration come from?

OH.

My design inspiration is most often inspired by nature and natural systems. As a society and due to our urban lifestyles we are drifting away from our connection to nature and the many benefits that come from incorporating it – both physiologically and psychologically. A connection with nature is intrinsic to our health and wellbeing and there are many ways that we can bring its influence into our lives to improve the spaces we inhabit.

WT.

Travel. Immersing myself in a new culture and set of rituals and localised routines helps me to see things from a fresh perspective. A colour combination I hadn’t considered before; a texture or material used in an unexpected way; admiring the way different cultures actually live in their homes – these are all things that inspire me from travel.

AD.

Inspiration for me comes from living a very full diverse life. Every day in London I’m inspired by the changing urban landscape, new building excite me, the street vibe makes me happy. I also find inspiration during weekends by the coast, the crashing of the sea, the colours of the sand. Everyone should really open their eyes more – inspiration is everywhere!

PL.

My design inspiration comes from so many different places but probably the most common is the coast where we live. I have a true passion for the traditional English seaside and everything that goes with it. The coastline looks amazing whether on the coldest day in winter or the hottest day in the summer.

 

2. How would you describe your own style?

OH.

My style is Biophilic design – using humans innate attraction to nature and natural systems as design principles to creating happier and healthier spaces to live and work in. It’s all about maximising natural light, creating views onto nature, using natural materials textures, patterns and colours, but also creating safe spaces to retreat back into.

WT.

Eclectic, comfortable and gently colourful with an air of Scandinavian whimsy.

AD.

My style for designing interiors is very contemporary in look but as we work for residential clients it also has to be functional and liveable. Many of the interiors I create will be used for many years so we keep trendy touches to a minimum to ensure longevity. I also draw lots of inspiration in my style from Scandinavian interiors, their cool calm look is totally the look I love.

PL.

A complete mix of style. I like mixing honest simple materials with strong colours whilst bringing old and new together in the same space. I have never been a fan of just one style of design.

 

3. What’s your biggest pet hate related to design?

OH.

My biggest pet hate is the use of stereotyped historical pastiche – an extrinsic design approach focused solely on impressing others. Good design should be about improving the environments that we live in and the wider environment beyond those boundaries.

WT.

Snobbery, both ways. I find it equally annoying when someone looks down on affordable design, such as IKEA, as I do when others dismiss people who invest in high end design as a ‘waste’ of money. Personally, I like to mix high and low in my own home; how much people choose to spend on furnishing their homes is personal and not something worthy of judgement.

AD.

Using any poorly designed product just upset me. William Morris said ‘have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’ – I’m inclined to revise that to just beautiful full stop. If I had to name one product I dislike it is any ‘recliner’ chair with integrated handles – absolute design hell in my books.

PL.

Elitism. Design should be open to everybody and truly accessible to anybody interested. Good design should be able to influence and improve the lives of the greatest number of people possible.

 

4. Which is your favourite material to work with?

OH.

My favourite material is timber, it’s the grain, its visual warmth, it’s acoustic qualities and the way it brings a human sense of scale to a space. I love to experiment with it on my TV shows and have had fun sanding, staining and even scorching it with a blow torch to create different effects.

WT.

Linen. I love the tactile, soft, floaty and relaxed feel it brings to a space. Of course, it allows me to play with colour and pattern, too!

AD.

I love working with natural products in our projects. We recently used the most beautiful grey limestone for a kitchen project. You can sense the history and age of the stone when you start to look at the veining. Although natural products do often come with a maintenance overhead they beat manufactured materials every time for me.

PL.

I love working with Formica. It is available in so many colours and finishes.

 


5. If you could recommend 1 shop to visit, which would it be and why?

OH.

My favourite shops aren’t design shops per se, but more utilitarian stores that offer fixtures, fittings, and tools. Hardware shops and in particular yacht chandlers are always a source of enormous excitement for me……. But then I did used to be a windsurfing instructor so perhaps that’s not so surprising.

WT.

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of Fine Little Day. Her scandinavian aesthetic is so beautiful – I always try to have some of her pieces in each new apartment I move into.

AD.

Given my love of Scandinavian interiors I would have to say Folklore on Upper Street in Islington. The products are careful selected by the owners who understand the Scandi style so well. From lighting to homeware via furniture I’d have every product in my own home if I could.

PL.

I struggle to get passed IKEA for this answer. The range of style is huge and the price point means that everybody can usually find something they like. For me, a good interiors shop has a great selection of products at prices which don’t exclude anybody. If I was allowed another choice, then Untothislast on Brick Lane, London, would be it!

The World of Rugs.

The World of Rugs is HUGE! Flooring coverings come in so many different forms and rugs are a very versatile option. There are a huge variety of options when considering material, texture, size, patterns and budget. Rugs give you the opportunity to introduce colour and pattern into a space but it is also very important to remember the functional purpose of the rug too. There are the more obvious benefits of comfort and warmth but they also provide good sound deadening properties and help to zone or define spaces.

Rugs give you the opportunity to make a bold statement within a space that can be taken away with you when you move on. It is also worth remembering that rugs don’t only have to sit on the floor. It can be very effective to hang rugs on the wall in the same way as more traditional artwork. There is also no reason why they could also not go on the ceiling!

Below are a selection of inspirational ways to use rugs plus my pick of rugs on the market from retailers such as Graham and GreenJohn LewisRockett St George and West Elm. For more ideas please check my Pinterest board and I hope you enjoy exploring the World of Rugs!

Yellow

Yellow is a colour that is really grabbing my attention. Maybe it is because we are approaching autumn and the colour is a perfect fit for this time of the year, I am not sure. We are about to install a yellow painted floor into the home office but there are so many other ways to use it. Whether its on the floor ,wall, ceiling or with furniture, you can bring as much of the colour as you want in. I think that one of the great benefits of using such a strong colour is that you can also use it in a neutral room as a pop of colour or really go for it as a scheme. So many retailers provide the opportunity to find accessories to bring yellow into a room at the moment, just take a look at Marks and SpencersBHS HomeHomebaseJohn Lewis, and Ikea to start with.

I have put together some products and images that I find inspirational plus there are many more images on my Pinterest board.  It would have been very easy to keep adding lots more images to this post but I did my best to limited myself and I will let you know how the yellow office floor turns out!

Picture Walls.

Here are some of my ideas of how to hang your favourite pictures and photographs on the wall and create stunning picture walls. There are endless ways to display your artwork but here are a few images that caught my eye. There are a couple of things that I hope to use in the near future. Firstly, picture rails seem to make great sense to me so how come we don’t see a modern version of them? They give you great flexibility and mean changing your artwork is easy and your walls stay unmarked. Secondly, old style polaroids still look great and its possible to get your digital prints made up to look like polariods so why not do it!

So I don’t want all our family pictures stuck on the hard drive, its time to get them printed up and hung on the wall and make some great picture walls.

 

More ideas can be seen on my Pinterest board