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ELLE Decoration UK Nov 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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this month’s contributors

Mel Yates Twitter: @imelyates Profession Photographer FeaturePet-friendly homes, p67 Design hero Possibly Norman Foster, because he is responsible for lots of incredible structures around the world and at 80 has the energy and enthusiasm of someone a fraction of his age Favourite city Havana, because I’ve been nowhere else like it. It’s a time capsule but with amazing vitality – it has a fascinating history, great people, beautiful buildings, tens of thousands of vintage cars and live music everywhere Annaleena Leino Instagram: @annaleenashem Profession Stylist FeatureDIY Project, p81 Design hero Faye Toogood is a great source of inspiration Home At the moment we are renting an old wooden house on one of Stockholm’s islands, Ekerö, while we’re building a new house on a beautiful plot a little closer to the city Influences I am often inspired by large cities. They are melting…

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the new cosy

I believe that we all want our homes to be cosy, but smart and stylish too. And therein lies the challenge. Somehow ‘cosy’ is one of those words that has a subtext signifying small, cluttered, crowded, messy. So here at ELLE Decoration we’re redefining cosy to connote warmth, comfort and good cheer! It’s the difference between perching on a sofa and sinking deeply into one. In short, in our lexicon, cosy means ‘designed to provide solace to the human body’, which is what all of our home-making goals should be about; the creation of a space that soothes the soul. In truth, this is often easier said than done. Indeed, I struggle in my own home as it stubbornly insists on staying in an eternal state of unfinishedness (note how I’ve…

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HAY DAYS Danish design brand Hay’s modern, minimal pieces have long been a fixture in Swedish fashion chain Cos’s stores – its furniture decorates seating areas, and its clothing rails are used to display collections. The synergy between the two brands has resulted in a new collaboration – these striking tables by designer Tomás Alonso. They’re available at Cos’s High Street Kensington store ( from £140 each). Plus, a selection of Hay accessories, hand-picked by the heads of design at Cos, is on sale at cosstores.com. SPOTLIGHT ON SCANDI ILLUSTRATORS This autumn, Skandium launches a new series of trays, mugs and tea towels featuring charming illustrations by mid-century designer Stig Lindberg (tea towel, £13; tray, £22, Skandium; skandium.com). They’re borrowed from the 1959 children’s book Daniel Doppsko (‘Daniel Dip Your Toe’), in which…

3 min.
bernard leach: a potted biography

Often called ‘the father of British studio pottery’, Bernard Leach (1887–1979) is famed for his handcrafted, highly collectable ceramics. In 1920, he co-founded the Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall with Japanese potter Shōji Hamada. Here, fusing ancient Japanese, Chinese and Korean forms with classic English slipware, he produced organic-looking yet utilitarian pieces. The pottery is still thriving, and its Standard Ware ranges, ‘Soda’ and ‘Reduction’ – influenced by Leach designs dating back to the 1940s – will be sold at craft fair ‘Handmade at Kew’, at the Royal Botanic Gardens (8–11 October, tickets from £16; kew.org). Want to know more? Here are ten interesting facts about Leach and his work. 1 In 1911, while visiting Tokyo, Leach attended a raku party, where guests decorate Japanese raku ceramics. The event ignited…

3 min.
my cultural life

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1995 with an MA in Furniture Design, Tomoko Azumi co-founded the design studio Azumi. In 2005, she established TNA Design Studio. Recent projects include her ‘Flow’ chair for Ercol; her iconic ‘Table-Chest’ (1995) is on display at the V&A (@tomoko_azumi; tnadesignstudio.co.uk). My favourite piece of music is Handel’s Harpsichord Suite in G Minor, played on the guitar by David Russell on the album Passacaille. It was one of the first things that I downloaded to my iPod and I play it a lot. I’m currently listening to an album called The Great Paraguayan: Guitar Music of Barrios by John Williams. It makes me think of South America, about the people who first brought European musical instruments there and made their own versions using…