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ELLE Decoration UK

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.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

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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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Every issue of ELLE Decoration is packed full of inspiration, information and ideas, with a mix of styles, products and price points that will help you make your home as stylish as your wardrobe. Share the gift of a subscription to ELLE Decoration this Christmas with loved ones and friends. Editor GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE JUST £12 for your first six issues FREE EXCLUSIVE Moleskine notebook* Receive LIMITED-EDITION covers FREE delivery to your door every month in recyclable packaging CANCEL anytime GIVE the gift of inspiration! SUBSCRIBING ONLINE IS QUICK, EASY AND SECURE, SIMPLY VISIT HEARSTMAGAZINES.CO.UK/EC-MAGAZINE OR CALL 01858 438 877‡ QUOTING IEC11991 LINES OPEN MON–FRI 8AM–9.30PM, SAT 8AM–4PM Terms and conditions Offer valid for UK subscriptions only. If taking up our trial offer, after your first six issues, your payments will continue at…

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…

2 min.
chichester festival theatre, west sussex, by powell & moya

One of the UK’s most radical theatre designs can be found in one of its smallest cities. Built in 1962, the Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex is just as revered for groundbreaking architecture as it is for its historic productions. With a hexagonal concrete structure held in place by tensioned steel cables, it pioneered a form of construction that had never before been seen in the country. At the same time, its projecting ‘thrust’ stage revived a centuries-old style of theatre that immersed audiences in the drama. The person responsible for the building was Leslie Evershed-Martin, a local optician and former city mayor. Having watched a television programme about the Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario, Canada, he started to think about how an alternative type of stage could pave the…

3 min.
55 of the best gifts for design devotees

1 min.
how to commission your forever piece

CHOOSE CAREFULLY Every craftsperson has a distinctive aesthetic, so spend time trying to pinpoint a maker whose visual language you like. Social media, websites and word-of-mouth recommendations are a good place to start, but it’s always worth having a conversation to see if you click before committing to a piece. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT Work out what you need or the problem you’re trying to solve, as well as the aesthetics and ethics you’re seeking. A maker should clarify how much input you can have in the final design, how many times and when you can ask for changes, and how much these will cost. KNOW YOUR BUDGET Decide roughly how much you want to spend and have a realistic budget. Some designers will suggest various options to help you narrow down your choice, but…