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ELLE Decoration UK

ELLE Decoration UK June 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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Hearst Magazines UK
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
home comforts

BOTTLED GENIUS Thismonth the best dressing tables will be showing off a scent bottle by new brand VilhelmParfumerie, which has just launched at Liberty. Created by Jan Ahlgren and renowned perfumer Jérôme Epinette, the collection has striking Art Deco style. Standout scents include ‘Room Service’, inspired by Greta Garbo’s private sanctuary, and ‘Smoke Show’, which conjures up a cool jazz club. £140 each (liberty.co.uk). NATURAL HIGHS If your body needs a boost, check out the new ‘Energy Bank’ collection fromThisWorks. The all-natural range includes a shower gel (£16), body oil (£32) and hand cream(£25), which all contain geranium, rosemary and ylang ylang essential oils, and are designed by brand founder Kathy Phillips to revive, energise and capitalise on a good night’s sleep. Superfans can register interest for a ‘by request’ bath oil (£80),…

1 min.
the online store

SHOPU Paris-based online boutique Shopu was founded in 2012 with the aimof sharing the richness of Japanese craftsmanship with a European audience. Made by artisans across Japan, items have been sourced with simplicity and functionality inmind. Who owns it?Half French, half JapaneseNathalie Agematsu and her husband Eric Pillault, who share a love of handcrafted Japanese objects. Agematsu was inspired by her grandfather’s collection of inherited treasures and wanted to show that Japanese design hadmore to offer than ‘kimonos and iron teapots’. What’s so great about it? Agematsu scours galleries,magazines and books for independent craftspeople and designers.Her tastes lean towards beautiful, practical items such as brass trivets and charcoal stoneware. Why do shoppers love it? Shopu has an international following, with customers excited to discover products not seen before in their part of the world.…

1 min.
the designer maker reiko kaneko

WHEN BRITISH-JAPANESE DESIGNER ReikoKaneko decided to learn more about the bone china industry, she relocated from London to Stoke-on-Trent. ‘I moved partly because I needed the space, but also because everything I require ishere: the peoplewho fix the kilns, the factories and the glaze technicians,’ she says of the decision she made nearly three years ago. Kaneko is best known for her witty designs. She has produced bespoke ranges for chefs (terracotta plates for TomKerridge’sHand&Flowers restaurant, for example), products for SCP and she recently launched Japan Store, an online platform selling beautifully crafted Japanese designs. More recently, however, she has developed functional ceramics in simple shapes, such as her ‘Arctic’ collection of jugs (pictured bottom right). ‘I enjoy making everyday products that create a bondwiththe user,’ she says. ‘I’minfluenced by…

2 min.
design decoded

# 12. ‘Diamond Chair’ by Harry Bertoia Italian-born artist, sculptor and furniture designer Harry Bertoia achieved fame despite creating only one furniture collection in his lifetime. But what a collection it was – a series of timelessly elegant wire chairs. Bertoia began his career with a courageousmove from his native Italy to the USA in 1937, aged 22, to take up a scholarship at the Cranbrook Academy of Art,Michigan. Bauhaus founderWalter Gropius was one of the tutors, and it was said of the school’s students that ‘they did not receive a degree; rather they discovered their passion.’ After Bertoia completed his studies, the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, then Cranbrook’s director, asked himto stay on at the Academy and open ametalwork shop.Here, he produced his early sculpturalmetal forms, including a wedding ring for Ray…

4 min.
beach comber

‘I wanted to create amodern holiday house that blended harmoniously with its natural surroundings,’ saysBologna-based architect Luca Zanaroli of the coastal villa that he has built on his farmstead in Puglia, Italy – a region that forms part of the heel of the country’s boot-shape peninsula. Standing in two-and-a-half acres of outstanding natural beauty, Luca’s rural estate has a landscape that is typical of the region, which is known locally as ‘the kingdomof drought and stones’. He bought the plot inorder to renovate its existing 300-year-old farmhouse, where he holidays with his wife, Silvia, and their two teenage children. However, Luca found it difficult to remain idle during the family’s summerbreaks andthediscoveryof anoldstove in the grounds of the property – the last remnants of an ancient dwelling that, over time, had…

2 min.
the french enclave

Decorated in French grey with shuttered Georgian windows, this ancient seed-merchant’s premises – complete with matching long barn to the side – is packed full of rugged vintage pieces collected by owner and antiques dealer Sophie de Bouvier de Cachard.When stock for her nearby shop, BranchingOut, gets low, Sophie travels toFrance inher vanto top upher collectionofdecorativeobjects,distressedpaintedfurniture and interesting industrialwares, aswell as unusual ecclesiastical and taxidermy pieces, enamel stoves andunique gardenfurniture. All of her finds are just as likely to end up in her living room or spectacular garden as they are in her store. ‘Sometimes it breaks my heart to sell a special purchase,’ she admits. ‘I often have to remindmyself that this ismy job as well asmy passion.’ The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of Sophie’s warm and considered home.UnmistakablyFrench…