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ELLE Decoration UK July 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.
shards of stone

Make first impressions count with a fresh take on the traditional stained-glass front door. Australian studio B.e Architecture (bearchitecture.com) has pioneered a new technique inspired by the artist Sigmar Polke’s designs for Zürich’s Grossmünster Church, using slivers of colourful agate set into a steel framework. The natural properties of the stone add character and texture; for a similar effect, try Rainbow Glass, which creates decorative glass to commission (rainbowglassstudios.co.uk). KITCHEN REVOLUTION It’s time to wallpaper your kitchen! Yes, really. Created using a revolutionary new PVCmaterial that can withstand the dangers of heat and water, this wallpaper design by Brit-based Kirath Ghundoo for Kitchen Walls is an affordable and practical alternative to traditional tiling. Look out for Ghundoo’smore brightly coloured graphic prints, too. Splashback, £104 as pictured (kitchenwalls.nl).…

1 min.
window on the world

Consult a structural engineer on the suitability of your chosen wall. If you’re working at ground level and the walls are strong enough, no foundations are necessary. If your home is listed or in a conservation area, planning permission may be required. Check first with your local authority. Choose which areas to glaze, and be aware that the more glass you use, the more expensive the project will be. Sometimes the main face and one side-pane can be enough to direct the view towards themost picturesque part of your garden. Include storage by creating pull-out drawers under the seat, for easy access. Radiators can also be recessed below the banquette, as long as you install a grille to allow air to circulate. GOING DUTCH Mid-century Dutch designers are soaring in popularity at the moment, and…

4 min.
modernist marvel

Talented in many disciplines, Alexander Girard(1907–1993)was a gifted architect as well as a designer of furniture and textiles, interiors, graphics and exhibitions. Bornin 1907, he grew up in Florence, Italy, raised by an American mother and an Italian father. His father, Carlo Matteo Girard, was an art collector and antiquarian who passed his interests on to his children (all three were artistically gifted). Girard acquired three architecture degrees (inItaly, England and the US); he was an avid observer and eager traveller, and by the time he moved to the US as a young architect in the 1930s, his designs possessed a dialogue between past and present. This was an unusual style in America, where identity often hinged on a departure from history. In these early days, Girard gained many fans…

7 min.

Case Study Houses: The Complete CSH Programby Julius Shulman, Elizabeth AT Smith and Peter Gössel is a glossy retrospective of lust-worthy midcentury Californian homes, beautifully immortalised by iconic photographer Shulman (Taschen, £44.99). Frank Lloyd Wright: Complete Works 1885–1916by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and PeterGössel is a three-volume set featuring all 1,100 of the American architect’s designs, with photos and sketches (Taschen, £135 per volume). Le Corbusier: The Art of Architectureby Stanislaus von Moos, Alexander von Vegesack and Mateo Kries is an illustrated biography of the great Modernist, with a comprehensive overview of his work that ranges from architecture to textiles (Vitra Design Museum, out of print). Every design library must contain a copy of the minimalist’s bible, Minimumby JohnPawson Miesby Detlef Mertins is the essential monograph on architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. More than…

3 min.
style icon misia sert

FABLED BEAUTY, CELEBRATED ART PATRON AND MUSICAL PRODIGY –Misia Sert (1872–1950) was extraordinary on many levels. Without ever pursuing a creative career of her own, she succeeded in making those of many others. She was, as the writer Paul Morand described her, a ‘collector of geniuses’: some one who could spot and nurture a talent long before anyone else. Sert was born in Tsarskoye Selo near St Petersburg. Her father was the Polishsculptor Cyprien Godebski; her mother Sophie died in childbirth, and Sert was raised by her maternal grandparents in Brussels. Her grand father was a famous cellist, and in his musical household Sert blossomed into a talented pianist; later, she would study with composer Gabriel Fauré. A series of three husbands got Sert into the best social circles in Paris. The…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Ben Spriggs Twitter:@mrbspriggs About Ben is ELLE Decoration’s new Acting Deputy Editor Interiors style A mix of industrial and mid-century, with the odd spangly metallic thrown in Favourite design object Probably the Bialetti coffee maker–while I would love a Nespresso machine, there’s something wonderful about the simplicity and style of this little pot bubbling a way on the stove Dream destination Los Angeles. I’m obsessed with the architecture of Lautner, Neutra, Gehry and the Eameses. The weather is a bit of a draw, too Sarah Henshaw Twitter:@thebookbarge Profession Bookseller, journalist Feature The towpath less travelled,p168 Home Squeezedaboardan18-metre-longblack-and-cream narrow boat that doubles as an independent bookshop Favourite design object The ‘Valentine’ typewriter. Its creator, Ettore Sottsass, called it an‘anti-machine machine’. I wish more appliances would walk the tightrope between sense and sensibility as deftly Design hero Nicola Beauman, founder of Persephone Books, for…