ELLE Decoration UK December 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
step into christmas

Yes, it’s that time of year again – parties, panicked present buying and family get-togethers. The one thing most of us don’t have during this hectic period, however, is enough hours in the day to get it all sorted. Fortunately, here at ELLE Decoration, we’ve done a lot of the hard work for you. In this issue, you’ll find our carefully selected edit of everything from baubles, crackers and advent calendars, to the most glamorous gifts around – all guaranteed to take at least some of the stress out of the season. Of course, this can be a divisive time of year when it comes to homes. Some people love everything to do with Christmas, decorating as soon as 1 December hits, beyond excited to transform their homes into glittering dens.…

4 min
season’s greetings

Welcome Christmas guests with the most minimal and delicate of wreaths. With each iron leaf individually stamped, embossed and dipped in matt white paint by hand, the icy design of the limited-edition ‘Ultimate Metal Wreath’ from The White Company appears frozen in time – ready to be used year after year. £65 (thewhitecompany.com). Relaxed LUXE Dress your table with devil-may-care style this season. Think undone luxury, with ruffled, textured cloth and this modern take on the dinner party centrepiece (below). Placed in a large pot, wild-looking, gnarled branches have a more contemporary feel than traditional holly and fir cones. Dot the branches with a nominal amount of simple decorations, such as these 2D brass ornaments by Ferm Living (from £10 each; fermliving.com). Alternatively, choose something more opulent for increased dramatic effect –…

2 min
time for giving

Since the first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh 20 years ago, the sites have proved that interior design and architecture, at its most thoughtful, can uplift and support. The charitable trust is named after Maggie Keswick Jencks who, after her own cancer diagnosis, was keen to help people not to ‘lose the joy of living in the fear of dying’. There are currently 20 Maggie’s Centres across the UK, as well as two overseas. Each designed by a visionary architect – from Frank Gehry to Richard Rogers – they share a common ethos: while all situated in hospital grounds, they are not institutional in feel, but imaginative and comforting. Now, the Maggie’s team has turned to queen of textiles Tricia Guild OBE (right), founder of Designers Guild, to mastermind the interior of…

4 min
outside the box

PIERRE-MARIE AGIN FOR DIPTYQUE It’s obvious from a first glance at the work of Paris-based illustrator Pierre-Marie Agin, known professionally as Pierre Marie, that he has a background in fashion. Looking at his abstract and figurative drawings, it’s easy to see how they might lend themselves to prints for the legendary Hermès scarf collections – a project he has now contributed to for ten years. His portfolio also includes work for other iconic French labels, such as Agnès B and Sonia Rykiel, but it is with his designs for perfumer and candle maker Diptyque that Pierre Marie makes his mark on our homes. ‘For me, Diptyque is like a magic spell created by three friends,’ he says, referring to the brand’s trio of founders. There is always an element of storytelling to Pierre…

2 min

VITRA IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS FAMILY BRANDS AND ALSO ONE OF THE MOST INNOVATIVE Vitra is not so much a design brand as a design universe. Established in 1950 in the German town of Weil am Rhein, it has grown to become an international powerhouse: a producer of furniture for everything from private homes to public buildings, a champion of contemporary architecture, even a cultural institution – the Vitra Design Museum, opened in 1989, is respected around the world. The brand, founded by the entrepreneur Willi Fehlbaum and his wife Erika in 1950, got its name from the shop display cases – or vitrines – it initially made. In 1953, Fehlbaum visited New York, where he fell in love with the work of Charles and Ray Eames, already darlings…

1 min
did you know?

Housed in a building by Frank Gehry, the Vitra Design Museum hosts two shows a year – visit now to see ‘Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design’ (design-museum.de). The list of institutions furnished with Vitra designs includes London’s Tate Modern, the United Nations in New York (above) and Notre-Dame-du-Haut chapel in France. Vitra’s accessories further prove the brand’s creativity. Brand-new launches include a 1946 radio by the Eames, which, combined with modern tech, looks totally fresh. Recent additions to the diverse architecture at the Vitra Campus include Blockhaus (above), a pine shelter with a water fountain by German artist Thomas Schütte. WORDS: AMY BRADFORD PICTURES: BETTINA MATTHIESSEN, JULIEN LANOO, LORENZ CUGINI, ALAMY…