ELLE Decoration UK May 2020

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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Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Ten years ago, along with most of the design world, I was at the annual industry festival that is Milan’s Salone del Mobile, seeing the latest launches, chatting with clients, discovering new trends. Then a pesky volcano in the wilds of Iceland belched a massive cloud of ash into the atmosphere; all air travel was cancelled, we were stranded and everything took a turn for the rather odd. Naively, I always thought that would be the strangest thing to wreak havoc around the furniture fair – that was until this year… We now find ourselves blighted by a global pandemic with Covid-19 taking lives and sending the world into shutdown. This year’s Salone has been postponed and our friends in Italy are bearing the brunt of the worst outbreak of the…

1 min
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4 min

SHED NEW LIGHT ‘If something doesn’t look right, I get what I call “tinnitus of the eye” – a bothersome buzzing,’ declares designer Mads Odgård. Having failed to find a lamp that didn’t result in this side effect, he set out to create a piece with a simple silhouette that was discreet and distinctive. Improvising with what he had around him – in this instance, a bowl and a toilet roll tube – the beginnings of the ‘MO’ series for Carl Hansen & Søn were born. A love of precise measurements and geometric shapes is a characteristic of Odgård’s work, who points out: ‘The shade is not half a sphere, but a little more, which stops it being too bright.’ From £202 (carlhansen.com). MINI MARVEL Peter J Lassen founded furniture brand Montana in…

2 min
taf studio

Describe your approach. We use a discussion-based method with materials as our focus. We are trying to achieve the best result as possible by using the lowest means – we work mainly with paper, wood and metal, but not always in the most expected way. For example, metal might end up looking like paper. How do your architecture projects influence your product designs and vice-versa? We work with small-scale architecture that’s very connected to the everyday objects that surround us, such as villas, interiors and exhibition architecture. For us, it is very inspiring to have that context when designing objects. Often they are actually made for a particular project we are working on and then become a ‘product’ after. The ‘Atelier’ chair we designed for Artek was originally created for the…

3 min
house rules

In the 25 years since Nick Jones launched his hip members’ club Soho House, the décor of the properties has influenced, directed and reflected the nation’s changing interiors tastes. From the grunge-meets-glam industrial warehouse conversions of the late 1990s to the glossy mid-century stylings and the boho luxe of more recent additions to the group. Latterly, they’ve embraced trad-ish colour and pattern, in tune with the current mode for contemporary twists on classic style – think velvets, chintzy florals, fringing, ikat prints and embroidery. This is particularly apparent in its new Soho Home collection; the interiors range featuring furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles and accessories inspired by, or seen in, the different Houses worldwide. An extension of the brand’s exploration of opulent maximalism, experimenting with bold patterns and colour, it has just…

3 min
the new nordic

When you hear the term ‘Scandinavian design’, it’s likely that pale wood, organic forms and calm neutrals spring to mind. But the Nordic design landscape is changing and, thanks to a handful of imaginative designers and brands, the one-dimensional notion of ‘Scandi style’ may soon be a thing of the past. Crucially, though, this isn’t at the expense of the region’s long-held quality production values or emphasis on sustainability – if anything, these are being embraced more fully as the design scene evolves. Nowhere was this more apparent than at the biggest design event in the Nordics, Stockholm Design Week, held in February. At every turn there was bold, unexpected design that challenged misconceptions and pushed boundaries. ‘Wild at Heart’, an exhibition held at the Finnish Institute and curated by designer…