ELLE Decoration UK September 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.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

I’m a casebook Libran. The sign of the zodiac represented by the symbol of a balanced set of scales. Many misinterpret this, thinking that those of us governed by the sign are somewhat superhuman, also level and perfectly poised as we happily wend our way through life. The reality is actually very different. Do your astrological homework and you’ll discover that, rather than being in a state of perfect equilibrium, Librans are in fact in some sense of turmoil, constantly striving for balance that we never feel we find. Whether you believe in horoscopes or think they’re a load of rubbish, striving for a sense of calm is something we can all identify with. While the number of us suffering from anxiety and stress seems to be uncontrollably on the rise,…

1 min
top form

Ukrainian designer Daria Zinovatnaya has translated the bold colours, geometric shapes and flashes of monochrome pattern that enliven her interiors and architecture projects into a capsule collection of furniture. A symphony of curves, angles and vibrant tones, the pieces mix nods to the Bauhaus with influences from icons such as Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray and Charlotte Perriand. Each item is made in St Petersburg, and more designs are on the horizon. ‘Matisse Chair #2’, £1,950 (zinovatnaya.com).…

1 min
time for colour

Le Corbusier is a name synonymous with great design. The Swiss-French creative, world renowned as one of the pioneers of Modernism, introduced a groundbreaking system of colours called ‘Architectural Polychromy’ in 1931. Now, it’s being used on timepieces, as Swiss watchmaker Rado has released its classic ‘True Thinline’ watch in nine new shades – one representing each of the groups in Le Corbusier’s palette. There are only 999 of each watch available, and the case back showcases a spectrum featuring all 63 of the architect’s hues. ‘True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier’ in ‘Sunshine Yellow’, £1,750 (rado.com). ART TEA TYPES Heritage brand Newby Teas has recruited the talents of British designer Matthew Williamson to dress a capsule collection of caddies for loose-leaf favourites ‘Jasmine Rose Garden’, ‘Maharaja’s Breakfast’ and ‘Exotic Earl Grey’.…

1 min
merchant class

Since opening in London’s Kensington last year, gallery and design store Eight Holland Street has garnered a reputation for its inspired curation of 20th-century British art, European vintage furniture and design and art objects. Its newly opened sequel in Bath – in a listed three-storey former wine and grocery merchants – showcases pieces by ceramicist Ali Hewson, artist duo Forest + Found, maker of marbled papers Florence Saumarez and St Ives’ Leach Pottery. ‘We love the contrast between the building’s historic setting and our modern furniture and more minimal artworks,’ says founder Tobias Vernon (8hollandstreet.com). BLOOMSBURY SETTEE British stalwart Heal’s looks back to Art Deco in its new collection, a highlight of which is the in-housedesigned ‘Bloomsbury’ sofa. Featuring sweeping curves, a wide fluted back and solid brass legs with subtle rounded…

3 min
danish instinct

STACKS OF STYLE Newly launched Copenhagen brand Takt is adding a refined edge to flatpack furniture, fusing Danish design sentiments with an eco-friendly approach. Wood from sustainable forests is crafted into deconstructed oak chairs then sent directly to buyers to be assembled and, when the time comes, dissembled for recycling. ‘We wanted to combine the spirit of Scandinavian design principles – craft, simplicity, elegance – with e-commerce and self-assembly,’ says London agency PearsonLloyd, designer of the brand’s new ‘Cross’ chair. The pieces come in slim boxes – a sixth of the volume needed for a traditional chair – dramatically reducing transportation, fuel and emissions costs. Designed to be built quickly using minimal tools and instructions, the ‘Cross’ chair comes in natural matt or black lacquer. From £204 (taktcph.com). NEW HUES Colour maverick Margrethe…

1 min
board takeover

Gebrüder Thonet Vienna has pushed boundaries ever since 1819 and the brand continues to innovate today. For its debut headboard collection, three studios interpreted its signature bentwood and woven cane into characterful pieces that affix to the wall – GamFratesi’s ‘Rue’ (£2,114) features simple ellipses, ‘Yvette’ by Chiara Andreatti (from £4,792, below) is graphic and fluid, while Storagemilano created the perforated wood and metal ‘Ottow’ (£3,330). All centre around a soft upholstered segment (gebruederthonetvienna.com). A TWIST ON THE NORM Storage furniture is breaking free from rigid lines and walls to embrace more fluid formats. Each of the ‘Amber’ modular pieces by Christophe Delcourt for Minotti takes the form of a quarter, eighth or sixteenth of a circle, and can stand alone, be grouped together to twist around a room, or even mix…