ELLE Decoration UK December 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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in this issue

2 min
from the editor

After a year like no other, we’re all facing a Christmas that bears little resemblance to those that have gone before. In spite of there being fewer parties and far less certainty, it doesn’t automatically follow that the festive season will be less fun. If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that we have to be resilient, to learn to adapt and revise plans as the world around us changes. Normally, this is when we all put ourselves under ridiculous pressure to have the best time ever: the biggest tree, the most extravagant presents, the most popular event… My wish this year is that we give ourselves, and each other, a bit of a break. Rather than getting hung up on what we have less of, focus on the ‘more’. Try…

1 min
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5 min

SOFTLY DOES IT Although the research and design process began more than a year ago, Baxter’s 2020 collection couldn’t be more in tune with the mood of the moment. The overarching brief for the range was to work with shapes and shades that were soft, reassuring and created a ‘sense of protection’ – something that many of us are in search of in one form or another right now. The star of the collection, Paola Navone’s ‘Milano’ sofa certainly fits the bill, with its duvet-like upholstery and low-slung, 1970s feel. From £17,390, Silvera (silveraltd.co.uk). DRIVING SEAT It took a year for Copenhagen-based Hee Welling to find the right material for &Tradition’s new ‘Rely’ chair. Wanting to put sustainability at the forefront of his design, Welling eventually decided on recycled plastic from inner car…

2 min
heavy metal

‘I’ve been mucking about with modularity for a long time,’ says Tom Dixon. Modular design is nothing new, but the famously self-trained Dixon, who started his career welding found objects such as manhole covers and scrap metal together into chairs, has never been afraid of doing things differently and pushing ideas that little bit further. His new UK-made ‘Mass’ series, a five-piece collection of furniture and lighting made from extruded brass lengths, is a case in point, stripping the idea of modular design back to its most basic form and subverting the humble wooden plank. ‘Primitive and un-designed constructions use planks of wood in the most elegant way – it’s a very clear modular design language,’ he notes. Citing the likes of Lego and Meccano as an inspiration, each piece is…

1 min
lola lely

I would describe myself as a multidisciplinary designer as I’m curious about so many different processes and materials – my practice spans products, furniture design and craft. A lot of my work is centred around traditional crafts, such as woodwork, patchwork and textile dyeing, but I try to push the boundaries a bit and explore contemporary methods and technologies. I do that by collaborating with traditional industries and artisans and trying to find ways to add something interesting and new. The outcome of my work is not always a product – sometimes, it’s about the learning and experimentation. At some point, there’s a collection at the end, but it’s the process it took to get there that’s the focus for me. I like to use materials where there’s variation. Working with the same…

3 min
carl auböck

Unlike most design heroes, Carl Auböck is not one person, but four people – each with the same name, together spanning a history that begins in pre-war Vienna and continues to the present day. The first Auböck – often referred to as Karl I, his name spelt with a K in contrast to his descendants – was a bronzesmith who opened his workshop in 1912. He made collectable animal statues that tapped into the era’s craze for ‘Vienna Bronzes’. The elegant townhouse his firm occupied is the same one where his great grandson, Carl IV, runs the family business and archive today, its craftsmen surrounded by beautiful wood wall panelling and black painted workbenches. For our purposes, however, the spotlight is on Carl Auböck II (1900-1957) and his son, Carl III…