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ELLE Decoration UK

ELLE Decoration UK May 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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2 min
spring blooms

As I write this letter, the country is being buffeted by Storm Gareth. Granted, the name is slightly comedic, but the ensuing strong winds and torrents of rain are absolutely not. While it may seem ludicrous now, I promise, spring is just around the corner, and, as a result, this issue we’ve focused on getting ready for warmer, sunnier days ahead. Not only can you find our pick of the latest pieces to transform any outdoor space (balcony, patio, garden, whatever, they’re covered), we’ve also got an inspiring, international roster of homes that merge indoors and out in the most creative ways. The joy of eyefuls of greenery is boundless and I’m loving our shoot (p108), which reveals the palette of the season to be vibrant, indulgent and a million…

2 min
free moleskine notebook when you subscribe

Now in its 30th stylish year, ELLE Decoration is packed full of inspiration, information and ideas. As a celebration of our anniversary, we wanted to offer loyal readers something a little special – an exclusive Moleskine notebook. It’s the perfect gift for your next design project Editor GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE ▪ Celebrate our 30th anniversary with an EXCLUSIVE ELLE Decoration Moleskine notebook ▪ JUST £10 for your first six issues* ▪ Continue to SAVE 27% after your trial is over ▪ Receive LIMITED-EDITION covers ▪ FREE delivery to your door every month JUST £10 FOR SIX ISSUES* EXCLUSIVE SUBSCRIBER-ONLY COVERS FREE GIFT WORTH £17.99 TO SUBSCRIBE SECURELY ONLINE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE HEARSTMAGAZINES.CO.UK/EC-MAGAZINE OR CALL 0844 322 1769 QUOTING 1EC11617. LINES OPEN MON–FRI 8AM–9.30PM, SAT 8AM–4PM† Terms and conditions *After your first six issues, your subscription will continue at the rate of…

10 min
the alfresco edit

SIERRA sundowner Fabric expert Mark Alexander has found a way to bring the luxury and lightness of its pure linens to the outdoors. The ‘Sierra’ range, featuring delicate stripes and timeless plain weaves, is made using specially treated yarns able to withstand summer showers. From £130 per metre (markalexander.com). MEET CUTE ‘The “Linear Steel” series was inspired by a meeting of lines, shapes and materials,’ says Copenhagen-based designer Thomas Bentzen of his new table and bench for Muuto. The collection is the Danish brand’s first set of outdoor furniture, with a look defined by its folded edges and indents, which allow water to drain easily from its surfaces. Available in an elevated natural palette of ‘Black’, ‘Off-White’, ‘Dark Green’ and, tone of the moment, ‘Burnt Orange’ (above), it’s a simple, summer-ready delight. Bench,…

2 min
your spring to-do list

LEARN FLOWER PRESSING Beloved by the Victorians, pressed flowers are making something of a comeback, thanks in no small part to the JamJar Edit, the online offshoot of south London florist JamJar Flowers. Evening workshops not only provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their beautiful studio, you’ll also discover how to press your own blooms, as well as working with pre-pressed examples to mount and frame in your own contemporary designs. 8 May and 7 August, £125 (jamjaredit.co.uk). BUY AN INDOOR GARDEN Developed in partnership with the Eden Project, LSA International’s latest collection, ‘Canopy’, is made from recycled glass. The range includes bulb vases, the most modern of terrariums and self-watering planters – these are particularly nifty, with a cotton wick extending from a cork plug at the top, drawing up water as the…

4 min
social design

From Trafalgar Square to the South Bank, and Bristol Bearpit to Brighton’s North Laine, public spaces in their myriad forms connect the citizens and spaces of our cities. ‘Climates and cultures differ all over the world,’ wrote Danish architect, urbanist and the patron saint of communal space Jan Gehl, ‘but people are the same. They will gather in public if you give them a good place to do it.’ As the increasing privatisation of these spaces sweeps through London and other Western cities, it is ever more important to remind ourselves of their value as social and political assets worth defending. According to director and president of Berlin’s Academy of Fine Arts Jeanine Meerapfel, public spaces aren’t just a nice place to hang out, but ‘an achievement of democratic society’. Building on…

1 min
‘infinity’ table by stefano bigi for porada

When young Milan-based designer Stefano Bigi approached Porada with his design for the ‘Infinity’ table in 2009, just four years after establishing his own studio, the Italian brand was instantly enamoured. Inspired by the curves of the mathematical infinity symbol, the table’s undulating base looped endlessly beneath a perfectly round top. With the piece neatly tying into Porada’s ethos of timeless design and elegant use of wood, the table went into development. Due to the careful craftsmanship required, it took months to achieve a standard that adhered to the brand’s delicate balance of function and form. Pushing the firm’s manufacturing techniques to new heights, it became the first product of a now long-standing collaboration between Bigi and Porada – the partnership has resulted in the curvaceous ‘Ester’ chair and otherworldly ‘Kosmo’…