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ELLE Decoration UK May 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

2 min.
style for life

People often ask me how we find our houses each month, where the inspiration for our trend stories comes from and how, in fact, we decide what to put in the magazine each issue. To which, probably quite annoyingly, I reply, ‘we just do’. The thing is, when you’re in the flow of what you do, you do just do, because all of the inspiration, the fodder if you will, is all around you. It’s the films currently showing at the cinema, the newspaper headlines, the predominant fashions, the buzzwords and the music that add up to the mood of the moment. My job is to effectively take this, along with the ideas and opinions of my esteemed team, and filter it all through the lens of design and interiors…

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Hannah Bort Instagram @hannah_bort Profession Stylist Feature Black and gold, p200 Interiors style Clean modern lines and layers of texture and tonal colour. I’m currently contemplating painting my studio in shades of soft green Favourite design object The ‘Wishbone’ chair by Hans J Wegner - timeless design and so comfortable Most precious possession A Korean lacquer chest that my grandmother gave me as a wedding present Dream buy One of the beautiful marble and brass lights, pictured in my shoot, by Kelly Wearstler Olivia Gregory Instagram @Oliviagregorystylist Profession Stylist Features Mineral rich, p100; Neutral zone, p106; Graphic prints, p112; Tropical heat, p116 Interiors style Colourful and decorative, with an equal mix of old and new Favourite colour I love every shade of green, and even more so when combined with pink Dream buy…

1 min.
very important products

Ikea’s latest collaboration with renowned Swedish designer Ingegerd Råman is every bit as covetable as the collection it created last year with Ilse Crawford, and signals a new level of design excellence at the Scandi superstore. Råman is best known for her ultra-simple glassware and ceramics, and her ‘Viktigt’ (‘important’) collection for Ikea contains plenty of essential and versatile accessories. Available this month, there are glass pitchers that double as vases, monochrome ceramic stacking bowls and beautiful baskets, as well as some standout rattan furniture and lighting – we love the black sofa. FOR MORE OBJECTS OF DESIRE, VISIT ELLEDECORATION.CO.UK/SHOPPING…

2 min.
working lunch

Wolfing down lunch at your desk is, alas, increasingly a necessity for many. Try to reclaim some sense of serenity for yourself by turning it into a ritual: keep proper cutlery, tableware and disposable napkins in your drawer and bring a meal in a proper lunchbox. Here are four ways to make your midday break so much brighter than a plastic-wrapped sandwich. 1 We’ve found the ultimate lunchbox by Austrian brand Riess, which has been making enamelware for over 200 years. Its white enamel lunch tin (far right; £30, Harrop + Penny; harropandpenny.co.uk) can be tightly sealed (a must to avoid leaks on your commute) and the neat little handle makes it easy to carry. We also love the Japanese-style stacking bento boxes from Mon Bento (above, from £23; monbento.co.uk), which…

1 min.
high shine

German brand ClassiCon has cornered the market both in rising design talents and statement occasional tables. First came Sebastian Herkner’s ‘Bell’ table in 2012; now the company has unveiled up-and-coming Parisian designer Victoria Wilmotte’s ‘Pli’ table. Made from polished stainless steel, it comes in iridescent sapphire blue, topaz green (pictured, £850), bronze or black. Here it is complemented by ClassiCon’s ‘Selene’ light by Sandra Lindner, which now comes in a brass finish (from £393, both available at Aram Store; aram.co.uk).…

1 min.
colours of the sea and sky

Redolent of Moroccan riads and Mediterranean shores, blue-and-white homewares are everywhere this season. Our top picks are Ralph Lauren Home’s ‘Elizabeth Street’ range of sofas, rugs and cushions (main image, from £185 for a throw pillow; ralphlaurenhome.com) and Designers Guild’s ‘Cielo’ wallpaper, which depicts a serene cloud-dusted sky. For the ultimate example of a blue-andwhite interior, look to Giò Ponti’s legendary Parco dei Principi hotel (see p52): designed in 1960, it is inspired by the azure waters of the Gulf of Naples, which it overlooks. PICTURES: JOSELE CASTELLAN PASCUAL, BILDFELDT AB, PATRICK QUAYLE, ROMEU RODRIGUES…