ELLE Decoration UK September 2018

ELLE Decoration UK showcases the world’s most beautiful homes and makes good design accessible to everyone through its mix of styles, products and price points. Combining all the inspiration, information and ideas you need to bring your home to life, it is the authority on trends, style and contemporary design.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Eco is a tricky concept when it comes to interiors and design. It’s about so much more than sorting your recyclables, checking the chemicals that may or may not be in the paint you’ve chosen and finding out the true provenance of wood used to construct a piece of furniture. Plus, there’s an uncomfortable discord in telling people to be more green, while, at the same time, pushing them to buy more stuff. For me, as with most things in life, it’s a case of thinking more, making sure you’re as well informed as you can be and questioning the validity of your actions and purchases. Reject throwaway culture, look at locally available products and ‘buy once, buy well’ where possible. To that end, this issue includes our Eco Living section, giving…

4 min

PARK LIFE Normann Copenhagen’s newest launch, the ‘Tivoli’ collection, references the colours, patterns and architecture found within famed Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli Gardens. The gold curves of the ‘Emperor’ lamp are inspired by the Pantomime Theatre’s roof, the ‘Balloon’ vases refer to a Ferris wheel decorated with hot air balloons, and the shape of the ‘Story’ tea light holder is drawn directly from the original oil lamps scattered around the site (normann-copenhagen.com). HOT SEAT Maxalto’s ‘Caratos’ armchair by Antonio Citterio is an object of contrasts – a plump cushion and enveloping arms hover over minimal legs; the buttery leather juxtaposing the hard frame. Choose from ‘Graphite’ or ‘Amber’ painted legs and a range of upholstery options. From £2,188, B&B Italia (bebitalia.com). FLAT OUT Plates and bowls with flat bases and raised rims are having a…

1 min
island life

Tell us about the collection. It features hardworking, functional pieces that combine expressive materials with the beauty and longevity of solid, hand-finished wood. The tables all have two tiers for storing books and objects, while ceramic tops are hardwearing for everyday use. What inspired the designs? I had the idea of encasing one material within another, like islands wrapped in rock and encircled by the sea. I also wanted to make the most of Porada’s ability to work with wood – I added texture with slices of ceramic and leather. Like islands, each piece is differently sized and formed. How did you choose the materials? I’m a materials magpie – I hoard them with a librarian’s diligence, and with this collection I’ve put several favourites together. Do you think the pieces meld your…

1 min
off the wall

Iconic GP & J Baker patterns have been given a new lease of life by fashion giant H&M, which has adorned a capsule collection of ready-to-wear clothing with recognisable designs from the wallpaper and textile house’s extensive archive. The prints – which are all over 100 years old – include textile designer William Turner’s ‘Magnolia’ from 1913 and ‘Hydrangea Bird’ (centre) from 1917, as well as geometric designs ‘Fretwork’ (far right) and ‘Boxwood Trellis’ (left). Transposed onto dresses, shirts, trousers and knitwear, each pattern is true to its original design, save for slight alterations in colour and scale. ‘These are many of our most loved prints,’ explains Ann Grafton, creative and managing director at GP & J Baker. ‘This collaboration has confirmed our prints’ enduring qualities – it’s fantastic to…

1 min
nature’s finest

High-impact, luxury materials are showing no sign of leaving our homes, with brands making the most of what nature has to offer and showcasing stone, wood, glass and metals in the most opulent of ways. Slabs of expressive, one-of-a-kind marble top tables of every shape and size, while gleaming precious metals are displayed on almost every surface and wood is worked into exquisite finishes, using marquetry, inlay and fine carpentry. Here’s our pick of the best examples of nature’s bounty.…

2 min
history of a brand lema

When brothers Luigi and Enrico Meroni founded Lema – which stands for Luigi Enrico Meroni Arredamenti – in 1970, they already had years of design expertise under their belts. In the 1930s, their father, Angelo Meroni, opened a traditional furniture workshop in Brianza and went on to make a small fortune with a family-run shop in Milan, La Sorgente del Mobile, which turned out high-end designer furnishings. With Lema, the brothers scaled up their craft heritage to an industrial level, calling on the master Italian architect Angelo Mangiarotti to design their first factory. A vast space for the time at 20,000 square metres, it is still used by the company today. Early on, they teamed up with designer Tito Agnoli on a seemingly simple concept, a modular shelving system named ‘Lo…