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ELLE Decoration UK

ELLE Decoration UK April 2015

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

1 min.
norfolk and suffolk

Katie Fontana is creative director of Plain English and British Standard Kitchens. Shemaps out her local gems in Norfolk and Suffolk Sophie and Michel are Framlingham based neigh-bours of mine and their great taste is showcased at Dix Sept Antiques 1 , where they specialise in 20th-century furniture. They will source pieces for me if I have something specific in mind, and their prices are very reasonable. 17 Station Road, FramlinghamIP13 (dixseptantiques.bigcartel.com) Owned and run by antiques dealer Richard Atkinson and interior designer Rob Wyn Yates, In Da Cottage 2 sells furniture and lighting. I bought an antique stool, which provided the inspiration for one that I subsequently designed for Plain English. The couple now have an outlet in a timber-framed former fire station in Framlingham. Crown & Anchor Lane, Framlingham IP13 (indacottage.co.uk) The architectural…

2 min.
design hero

The Modernist creative, teacher and architect whose greatest work was inspired by bicycle handlebars WITH HIS REVOLUTIONARY, rectilinear tubular-steel furniture, Hungarian-born Marcel Breuer (1902–1981) irrevocably altered the course of design history. His best-known piece – the stripped-down, shiny ‘B3’ armchair (pictured above right) – was inspired by the handlebars of a bicycle that he bought in 1925 after being hired to run the furniture workshop at Germany’s Bauhaus art school in Dessau. The 1920s Bauhaus movement jettisoned traditional crafts in favour of mass production, and Breuer’s designs epitomised this shift. Produced by the firm Standard Möbel using the latest technology and modern materials, his pieces were hailed as groundbreaking. Breuer studied and taught at the Bauhaus, where he became a protégé of its founder, Walter Gropius. While there, he soaked up avant-garde…

3 min.
creating your dream home starts here

Decorating is a word that elicits strong responses at both ends of the emotional spectrum. People either love or hate getting busy with rollers, ladders, paste and paper. Then there’s the subjective mire of what ‘decorative’ means. For some, it connotes flounces and vivacity galore; for others, simplicity, wood and white. How we choose to pretty, perfect or camouflage our homes is a profoundly personal decision. It could be a tangible expression of something going on inside or a declaration of how we wish to be perceived. The two are sometimes different. Overlay the various winds of fashionable change, rights and apparent wrongs, not to mention the individual likes and dislikes of family members, and it’s not surprising that many find the process daunting. But, whether prompted by need or desire,…

1 min.
my source book

Sania Pell, creative director, author and ELLED ecoration stylist, tells us about three of her favourite places in London 1 Books for Cooks is a cookery-book shopin Notting Hill that has a tiny cafe serving up delicious food. Each day’s offering is taken from one of the titles it stocks, and the cafe also has its own cookery book. This shop is a great inspiration for my food-styling shoots, and it’s also one of my favourite places in London to meet a friend for a quick bite. 4 BlenheimCrescent, LondonW11 (booksforcooks.com) 2 Almost without exception, rain or shine, I get up early on the first Sunday of the month to go and buy props at Chiswick Car Boot Sale. Expect to find house-clearance traders, antique dealers and homeowners selling furniture, artwork and bric-à-brac. Chiswick School…

1 min.
my source book

Whether working on interior and retail installations for Heal’s or art-directing shoots for Tom Dixon, Despina Curtisis always on the lookout for design resources. Here are her top five addresses 1 Curious Science houses scientific equipment and props. It’s well known among set designers and although the wares are only available for hire, it’s fascinating for a browse. United House, 5–7 Commercial Way, LondonNW10 (curiousscience.com) 2 Print Club (pictured) is a great place to find unique or limited edition screen prints from as little as £20. It offers screen-printing services to artists, illustrators and designers, and runs regular workshops. Unit 3, 10–28Millers Avenue, London E8 (printclublondon.com) 3 Founded by two of the UK’s most talented makers of props and sets, Puck Studio offers screen printing and vinyl cutting for signage and display. It’s also the…

6 min.
what makes a design classic?

Author and critic Stephen Bayleydebates this thorny issue and offers his own definition. Plus, we ask industry insiders to reveal their favourite timeless designs It takes time for something to become iconic. Anyone who believes in the existence of an ‘instant classic’ has inhaled too much PR. But what exactly is a design classic? It’s a question framed by the devil to torment the cautious. First, you need to distinguish between the classical and the classic, a point of difference that can be lost on the careless. Classical architecture has origins in the Greek and Roman eras. Order, proportion and a limited range of decorative motifs are the defining characteristics of the style. Within its strict rules there is, nonetheless, scope for expression. So, the austere Erechtheion temple on Athens’ Acropolis is…