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ELLE Decoration UK Feb 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.

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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the trend issue

Fun, originality and a spirited sense of wonder are the things that will define what succeeds in 2016. Or perhaps they’re the qualities I hope we see more of in 2016? Certainly they were present in spades at our recent Champagne reception at the Haymarket Hotel to honour the winners of the 2015 British Design Awards. Significantly, we’d reconfigured the awards to reflect and celebrate new designers, making it more of a launch platform for emerging talent than a mirror to established excellence. We received hundreds of nominations and in some categories (furniture, craft and lighting design) we even picked two winners. The point being, it’s clear that there’s plenty of youthful enthusiasm and inspired creativity out there – and meeting them all in person confirmed that they were a…

1 min.
the new material valchromat

The colourful, sustainable surface that should be on all DIY addicts’ radar MDF is over. Valchromat is the new alternative that’ stronger, more hard-wearing and more sustainable. A high-density compressed fibre panel, it’s made from FSC-certified wood that otherwise would have gone to waste – residue from timber mills and forests. Every Valchromat panel is coloured with an organic dye and resin that runs through the entire board; this means that even if it is accidentally nicked or scratched, the material retains its rich, vibrant colour. It’s the perfect choice for DIY projects, as it’s easy to work with and has a clean edge that doesn’t require extra finishing. Plus, it’s at least 30 per cent stronger than MDF, making it a great option for built-in storage. Valchromat, produced by Investwood,…

1 min.
the ultimate flooring aluminium parquet

Traditional parquet has been given a marvellous modern makeover. First spotted at fashion and lifestyle boutique Clerkenwell London (clerkenwell-london.com), these shimmering brushed recycled-aluminium tiles are certainly a showstopper. ‘They come in numerous colours and proportions and we can make them in bespoke sizes,’ explains their creator, Fameed Khalique. ‘They can even be used in showers or swimming pools.’ And, the individual pieces slot together perfectly without the need for adhesive! From £398 per square metre, Fameed Khalique ( fameedkhalique.com)…

1 min.
the venue brunel’s underground

This subterranean exhibition space for the Brunel Museum is set to be the capital’s most exciting new arts venue. It will be located in the Thames Tunnel, one of the first projects worked on by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the master engineer responsible for some of the 19th century’s most recognisable architecture – Paddington Station and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to name just two of his projects. Originally designed for horse-drawn carriages, the structure was the first underwater tunnel in the world, and later became part of the London Underground rail system that we know today. Its Grade II-listed Grand Entrance Hall, however, has remained hidden until now. East London-based architectural practice Tate Harmer plans to completely transform the space, adding a freestanding cantilevered staircase. The firm has likened the new…

1 min.
the kitchen must-have dolsot bowls

The word ‘dolsot’ translates as ‘stone pot’. Not just a beautiful sculptural object, it’s a fuss-free kitchen device – all you need to do is throw your ingredients in, place on the hob and let the slow heat released by the stone cook everything to perfection. Then simply take the bowl off the stove and eat straight from it (careful, it will get hot!). The most popular dolsot recipe is a Korean mixed rice dish called bibimbap, which has three essential ingredients: sesame oil, rice and a runny egg (to be placed on top in the final stages of cooking). The possibilities for toppings are endless, so be creative. If you’re looking for inspiration, buy a copy of Our Korean Kitchen (£25, Orionbooks). Dolsot stone bowl, £25, Sous Chef (souschef.co.uk)…

1 min.
the landmark i360 tower

Standing at 162 metres tall – a full 27 metres higher than the London Eye – the British Airways i360 will be one of the loftiest attractions in the UK. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the firm responsible for the London Eye, the pylon structure will stand on Brighton’s seafront, opposite the historic West Pier (which was partly destroyed by two fires in 2003). Visitors will be able to ascend the engineered tower in an elliptical glass pod with double-glazed windows that offer stunning 360-degree views, up to a height of 138 metres. The futuristic design will allow 200 visitors at a time to enjoy wonderful vistas, taking in the Sussex coastline, Brighton’s Regency architecture and the rolling hills of the South Downs. The structure will also include shops, a…