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ELLE Decoration UK Aug 2016

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

in this issue

1 min.
the big trend issue

Which comes first, the idea for a trend or the trend itself? Or to put it another way, who decides what might capture the zeitgeist of tomorrow? It is the eternal design conundrum, trying to decipher the winds of change and then observing how those stylistic shifts might materialise as real-life looks, sounds, or even tastes. Today, seasonal styles and trends affect everything: our clothes and food, even our cars and, of course, our homes. In this special issue, we’ve taken a long hard look at what’s out there, scouring the design shows and searching the furniture fairs, and we’ve put together an edit of the people, places, moods, materials and moments that we feel will be big news over the next six months. Everything you need to know to be…

1 min.
blue sodalite

When we first spotted the blue, delicately veined top of the ‘Oreste’ table by Armani/Casa at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, we presumed it was made from an exotic type of marble and fell instantly in love with its wonderfully rich colour shot through with trails of pure white. The tabletop, however, is made not from marble but from blue sodalite, a gem-like mineral (so named due to its high sodium content). First discovered in Ilimaussaq, Greenland in 1811, sodalite is similar to lapis lazuli, but has a darker, more moody hue that looks perfect with brass and dark woods. Want to be bold and use it across a floor or wall? Try Antolini’s ‘Lapis Blue Classic’ (price on request; antolini.com). ‘Oreste’ table with blue sodalite top, £12,240, Armani/Casa (armanicasa.com)…

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Designers are finding new ways to wow us with the possibilities of folded paper. Take Umut Yamac’s new ‘Perch’ lights for Dutch brand Moooi, (pictured: from £503 for a wall light; moooi.com) featuring delicate illuminated birds made of paper. For the product’s debut at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, we were charmed by a flock of origami birds perched on a 2.5-metre tall tree-like structure that looked like a magical aviary. On a smaller scale, Scottish designer Kate Colin makes vibrant lampshades (below left, from £180; katecolindesign.com) by precisely folding, scoring and stitching together pieces of Fabriano Tiziano paper, which is known for its high cotton content and durability. Want to try your hand at this ancient craft? The recently published Paper Home by Esther Thorpe (£16.99, Pavilion Books) contains…

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African design is garnering a lot of attention in the West this year, and Larsen’ latest fabrics offer a simple way to tap into the trend. The collection is inspired by the village of Tiébéle in Burkina Faso (right), where every house is adorned with murals that convey aspects of the tribe’s culture. The art of wall painting is an ancient practice, and in Tiébéle the women continue to paint their mud houses using pigment made from natural materials such as ground up earth, chalk and volcanic rock. Ariane Dalle, the design director for Larsen, married these monochromatic graphic motifs with fine natural linens embellished with embroidery to create an exquisite contemporary collection. Want more tribal inspiration? See our Tribal Twist house on p118. Linen-mix fabrics, from left ‘Butler’, £115 per…

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glass bricks

Not since the building of Pierre Chareau’s La Maison de Verre (French for The House of Glass) in 1932 have we seen such beautiful use of glass bricks. Perfectly transparent and with an incredibly detailed finish, Chanel’s new ‘Crystal Houses’ shopfront (above), designed by architecture firm MVRDV, is a work of art. The brief was to emulate the heritage and character of the existing building, creating a glass façade that mimics the original brickwork right down to the detailing of the window frames. The transparent bricks scale upwards until they merge with the traditional terracotta ones above. The result is a wonderfully delicate-looking finish, but these bricks, produced by glassmaker Poesia, are anything but fragile. The Glass and Transparency Laboratory of Delft University of Technology, along with a team of…

2 min.
relics to rugs

What are the chances of a rug designer finding a priceless ancient Roman mosaic beneath his own home? That’s what happened to Luke Irwin, whose work on re-purposing an old barn at his Wiltshire farmhouse was halted when builders hit ancient ruins. Following a subsequent excavation by Historic England, it transpired that the find was the flooring of a 1,800-year-old villa called Deverill, possibly the largest ever built in Britain. Of huge archaeological importance – the news hit global airwaves from Australia to Canada – the discovery also dealt Irwin, a self-confessed history buff, a dream hand. ‘I always look to the past when I’m creating my rugs,’ he says, ‘but this took that to another level.’ Irwin has transposed the precise teal blue, white and bright terracotta basketweave pattern (pictured…