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ELLE Decoration UK February 2018

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

2 min.
the concept of trends

is an enticing, but complex one, especially in the context of how we furnish and decorate our homes. In the world of fast-moving fashion, the popular colours, shapes and styles change at a bewildering rate, fuelled by fast production processes and digital retail. Trends sweep by, and one season looks very different to the next. In interiors, thankfully, things move more slowly. The process of buying furniture, or deciding which paint to use, is generally a more considered decision than picking up a new t-shirt or pair of shoes during your lunch hour. Also, I would hope, you’ll live with a new sofa or colour scheme for more than a few fleeting months. That’s not to say that trends don’t have a place. In the gloomy weeks at the start of a…

4 min.
new neutrals

Neutrals are an essential part of any decorative arsenal, we need them as the soothing salve to the colour of our lives and ourselves. Nevertheless, it is a colour family that’s been somewhat tainted by the hangover of if-in-doubt-paint-it-beige and those abominable white-with-a-hint-of-hues. But those days are over. Now it’s time for pale yet interesting colours to reign as, I believe, you’ll increasingly be seeing tea rose, lavender, mint, lilac and palest peach emerging as the nouveau neutrals du jour. Admittedly, these colours bring to mind a retro flavour, yet I’d suggest that this is no step backwards as far as our homes are concerned. Rather, it’s a decisive move towards a more mainstream embracing of colour that reflects not only a burgeoning self-confidence in the way we decorate, but also…

1 min.
printed velvet

In recent seasons, velvet has been dominating the interior design world, gracing everything from high-end upholstery to high-street accessories. While the super-soft fabric has in fact been around since 2000BC – it was originally made using silk, and associated with nobility and unapologetic luxury – it is getting a fresh boost this year, thanks to the rapid rise of exciting new printed versions. Advances in digital printing have allowed for more elaborate patterns on the fabric. With traditional techniques for producing velvets, designers were restricted to just a few colours. Now, though, there are no limits, and patterns can be much larger and more intricate than ever before – no longer confined by a printing screen, designs can fill the length and breadth of the cloth. Brands taking full advantage of…

1 min.

It’s about time we all put our feet up, which is why we’re welcoming this year’s comeback: the pouf. Not to be confused with footstools (have legs) or ottomans (have internal storage), poufs have long been recognisable on the high street as shapeless, beanbag-like pieces related to the floor cushion. Of late, however, more design attention has been paid to this overlooked piece of furniture as it becomes more relevant to compact, modern living – functioning as a coffee table or extra seating. Missoni Home’s vibrant patterns add gravitas to its simple, poufs (missonihome.com), Minotti’s ‘Jacques’ pouf (minottilondon.com) sits on a bronze base, while Ferm Living’s velvet ‘Round’ versions (fermliving.com) have a luxurious, undulating silhouette. As seen here, Doshi Levien’s ‘Tabour’ collection for B&B Italia (from £1,695, Chaplins; chaplins.co.uk) further…

1 min.
sophie von hellermann

With her expressive, pastel-toned paintings usually found lining the walls of galleries, Germany-born, London-based artist Sophie von Hellermann has moved into a more domestic space. She recently created a colossal, dream-like mural for German art institution the Kunstverein Hannover as part of its ‘Stairways to Art’ programme, which sees different artists take on the challenging stairwell area. The Royal College of Art graduate approached this 17-metre-high installation in her signature narrative, painterly style, depicting the long history of Hannover from the ground up – The Ice Age in the basement, working skyward through the centuries – using spontaneous, emotive brushstrokes. ‘My immediate and direct way of painting lends itself to this kind of project,’ she tells us. ‘With a little over a week to paint the piece, I worked very…

2 min.
patternity + john lewis

THE PIECES WORK AS STANDALONE STATEMENTS OR AS PART OF A PATTERNABUNDANT EXPERIENCE ‘We want to use pattern to encourage people to slow down, be more mindful and appreciate the world around them,’ says Anna Murray, one half of the pattern brand founded by herself and Grace Winteringham in 2009. Patternity began as a blog and evolved into the world’s leading online pattern image archive, as well as an award-winning creative studio and consultancy. Its founders explore the patterns they find in everyday life – from tiny details, such as cracks in a pavement, to large-scale repeats in architecture – using them to inspire more considered living. Patternity first came into contact with John Lewis’s head of design, Philippa Prinsloo, when she visited the brand’s immersive ‘Monochrome Play House’ exhibition at London…