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ELLE Decoration UK Nov 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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Hearst Magazines UK
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this month’s contributors

Nell Card Twitter @nellcard Profession Writer FeaturesLive-in exhibitions, p83, and Norse code, p118 Likes Unexpected, handwritten French road signs that read ‘brocantes/vide-grenier’ (flea market/garage sale) Favourite colour Sadly, it’s what my friends call ‘greige’. Our home is painted in every conceivable shade of Farrow & Ball ‘white’ (the sludgier, the better) Dream buy Shutters. I just can’t find an affordable, good-looking way of dressing our Victorian bay windows. I have resorted to Ikea roller blinds for now Ali Morris Instagram @ali__morris Profession Writer FeatureLetter to the past, p182 Likes Travel, good design and dogs Influences Meeting inspiring, independent business owners, learning about craft traditions from different countries and cultures and working with beautiful photography Design heroes I love the architecture of Marcio Kogan and Álvaro Siza; Ilse Crawford is queen of interiors and for product design it’s too close to call between Jasper…

2 min.
design details

People often ask me where the inspiration for my letters comes from. Well, more often than not it comes from random conversations. Indeed, the day before this letter was due, I found myself lamenting how long it was taking me to finish off my house, because despite all the really big stuff being done – new wiring, plumbing, floors, kitchen and bathroom, even most of the internal decorating – I was now in the realm of the ‘details’. The trouble is, these details are small but incredibly important. For example, the kickboard beneath my kitchen units. The units themselves are grey lacquer, housed in Corian. I had first imagined brushed brass for the kickboard, seeing it as a strip of something unexpected that would reflect the touches of brass used…

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LAND OF LIBERTY For the first time, Liberty has translated four of its classic prints on to fitted carpets and bespoke rugs, as part of a new collaboration with Alternative Flooring. The results are surprisingly subtle and daringly vibrant by turns: the multicoloured 1970s-style floral ‘Flowers of Thorpe’ is not for shrinking violets, while, at the other end of the spectrum, ‘Strawberry Meadow’ – an exclusive version of William Morris’s 1883 ‘Strawberry Thief’ design – is more discreet, looking very grand in the ‘Peacock’ colourway (above). We also love ‘Felix Raison’, a paisley design reworked from a 19th-century shawl. £149 per square metre (alternativeflooring.com). HIGH STREET HIT We’re impressed by these lacquered walnut and brass designs from the ‘Living by Christiane Lemieux’ collection at House of Fraser. With their mid-centuryinspired shapes and perfectly…

3 min.
micro living

When an interiors trend appears as a big sell in the annual Ikea catalogue, it’s safe to say it’s hit the mainstream. Which is why the 2017 edition’s focus on compact (read: ‘cramped’) living has alarm bells ringing in my head. Among the suggestions from Ikea’s living experts are buying a sofa that doubles as a bed; hanging your chairs on the wall to save space (it’s ‘wall art’, you see); and packing in a micro fridge beneath the sink of your three-foot-wide kitchen (which, being composed mostly of boxes and shelves on wheels, feels as precarious as can be). Presumably the latter holds the same Pot Noodles and cans of Coca-Cola that you lived on as a student – for that is what this is, student living for the…

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history of a brand de padova

Post-war Italy had so many home-grown design heroes that it could be forgiven for not looking beyond its borders for more inspiration. But that’s exactly what Maddalena and Fernando De Padova (below) did when they decided to visit Copenhagen. They discovered not just a new city but a different kind of design: Scandinavian Modernism, which was more paredback than what they were used to at home in Milan. A passion was sparked. They set up their company De Padova in 1956 and became the first people to import Scandinavian furniture to Italy. By the mid 1960s, De Padova had also acquired the licence to produce designs by Charles Eames and George Nelson in Italy, and opened a showroom (below) that Nelson dubbed ‘the most beautiful store in the world’ The company…