ELLE Decoration UK March 2019

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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
the space special

I know that not many of us are fortunate enough to live in expansive mansions with rambling wings and more rooms than we know what to do with. As regular readers may remember, I’ve written about my own petite (but to my mind, perfect) London apartment before, so our annual space special deals with a subject that’s particularly close to my heart, and especially pertinent given that, in urban areas, the size of properties continues to shrink as prices increase. However, rather than simply looking at compact living areas, this year, I wanted to undertake a broader exploration of space – how we can use it wisely and improve our daily lives by doing so. As with every issue, we’ve scoured the globe to find the most inspirational homes that fulfil…

5 min

Marble RUN Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni has taken the mixed marble look to the next level with this incredible bookshelf for Italian stone expert Salvatori. The ‘Colonnata’ comprises ten different variations of marble (versions in all black, all white and a combination of both are also available), with the T-shaped dividers creating their own storage sections between the thermo-treated oak shelves. £10,600 (salvatori.it). DOUBLE ACT For the first time since its founding in 1851, iconic tableware producer Burleigh has made pieces decorated with another brand’s designs. Ralph Lauren’s three motifs, ‘Peony’, ‘Garden Vine’ and the celestial ‘Midnight Sky’ are added by hand using the Stoke-on-Trent pottery’s tissue transfer printing method (burleigh.co.uk). Pure RADIANCE Taking inspiration from the organic forms of coral and leaves, London-based brand Vezzini & Chen’s new lighting collection for Heal’s…

2 min
weaves for the wall

‘TEXTILES HAVE A DOMESTIC QUALITY THAT MEANS PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO THEM IN A WAY THEY DON’T TO FORMAL ART FORMS BEHIND GLASS’ Expect to see blankets migrating from beds and sofas to the walls of your home. As our homes become increasingly digitalised and music, books and photographs retreat from our shelves and walls onto our computers, smartphones and tablets, the question of what to fill our homes with becomes less driven by function and more about emotion. With a reduced need for stuff, we can become more selective about the objects we display in our homes and what they say about us. ‘We are all surrounded by fabric, from the cradle to the grave, and yet it still has the power to inspire, stimulate and challenge us,’ says textile artist…

2 min
rodney kinsman

That designer Rodney Kinsman (1943–present) grew up in Hayes, in the shadow of Heathrow airport, may not come as a surprise. The language of the high-tech, inspired by all those planes flying overhead, can be traced throughout his entire portfolio of metallic furniture. ‘My father was an aircraft engineer and he wanted me to be one too,’ says Kinsman. ‘I spent my formative years playing in aeroplanes.’ Kinsman’s flight into furniture design happened by accident. He left school at 16 and got a job in the drawing office of a furniture factory. The firm worked with Frank Gill, then head of the Royal College of Art’s furniture department, who advised Kinsman to go to art school. He applied to Central School of Art and Design, setting up OMK Studio with two…

1 min
‘ch825’ credenza by hans j wegner for carl hansen & søn

Prolific Danish designer Hans J Wegner (1940–2007) is renowned for creating some of the mid-century’s most recognisable chairs, including the legendary ‘Wishbone’, but his ‘CH825’ credenza, created for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1958, is just as worthy of note. This classic storage unit, one of three Wegner created, was relaunched in 2014 to mark what would have been his 100th birthday. Originally made in palisander and teak, it’s now available in walnut and oak. Designed from Wegner’s original sketches, each ‘CH825’ is made in Gelsted on the island of Funen, at the Carl Hansen & Søn headquarters, taking a skilled cabinetmaker around 25 hours to construct using handpicked slices of timber from the same tree. The trickiness lies in how the veneer is cut, joined and then affixed around the…

2 min
nicole farhi

Known for the 1980s label for which she received an honorary CBE for contributions to British fashion, Farhi turned away from clothing in 2012 to pursue sculpting. Now she’s celebrating her largest solo exhibition, ‘Nicole Farhi: Folds’, at London’s Beaux Arts gallery until 2 March. It showcases her exploration of the human form, focusing on the soft curves of the female body. ‘I wanted to show how expressive, beautiful and unexpected they can be,’ she says. ‘We need to look at ourselves anew.’ (nicolefarhisculpture.com; beauxartslondon.uk). My favourite sound is the voice of soprano Maria Callas (4). For many years I worked to her soundtrack; it helped me concentrate. To anyone who wants to make their life in the arts, I recommend the documentary Maria by Callas. It shows the dedication you…