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ELLE Decoration UK September 2017

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

2 min.
the value factor

The thing with valuing something is that it’s an essentially intangible quality, you simply either do or don’t; it can’t be quantified in black and white terms My father used to say that the value of anything is what you’re prepared to pay for it. I think this is an interesting premise, particularly when we consider the prevalence of affordable homeware on the high street, to which this issue devotes a special section. If you absolutely love a vase, and it’s only £10, is it ‘worth’ less to you than something from Baccarat or Lalique? Of course, there will be vast differences in the processes of manufacture and related ‘quality’, but that’s not necessarily a factor in ‘value’. Then, of course, there is the ‘if something’s too good to be true,…

1 min.
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17 min.
high street hotlist

1 IKEA X HAY Fans of affordable design, rejoice. Swedish superbrand Ikea is teaming up with Hay, the leaders of minimalist Danish style. The new ‘Ypperlig’ collection’s name translates from Swedish as ‘excellent’ – an accurate description of its look. ‘Ypperlig’ vase, £12; table, £150; cushions, £5 each; stools, £20 each; wall shelf, £12 (ikea.com). 2 PERFECT PAIRING Inky blue and dusky pink is the high-street palette of the moment – elevate it with a pop of mustard yellow 3 Features Editor Amy Moorea Wong on why Zara Home is her go-to shop Why do I love it? Zara Home is first on my list when I want to update something small in my house. The amount of glassware, cutlery and linens it stocks could be overwhelming, but the fact that everything in store is organised…

5 min.
the power of ponti

‘Enchantment,’ said Giò Ponti: ‘a useless thing, but indispensible as bread’. This is not a slogan or a manifesto – he hated such things – but rather an expression of a feeling that was essential to Ponti’s life and work. Throughout his sixty-year career – whether the great man was working on fabrics, furniture, ceramics, coffee machines, homes, hotels, the interiors of trains, cutlery, churches, offices, a government ministry in Pakistan or the Denver Art Museum in Colorado – enchantment was never far away. Ponti’s best-known piece of furniture, the ‘Superleggera’ chair (above) – which is still being produced by Cassina today – sums him up. The seat is a work of both craft and engineering, its frame made from triangular pieces of wood that have been refined into barelypossible slenderness,…

2 min.
history of a brand baxter

When it comes to Italian furniture brands, it can be said that there is a typical style: clean lines, boxy shapes and neutral colours. Baxter is different. One of the younger labels on the scene – it was established in 1990 – it marries traditional influences with bold, modern twists. Baxter is a family-run company, with all its products crafted at its factory near Como. So far, so Italian – but why the British-sounding brand name? Apparently, this was chosen because Baxter’s original collection of upholstered furniture had a ‘typically English mood’. A hint of this can still be seen in its gentleman’s club-style armchairs and buttoned sofas. The ‘Chester Moon’ sofa epitomises Baxter’s skill for combining classic shapes with modern, witty details The Chesterfield-style ‘Chester Moon’ sofa (2009) is Baxter’s most famous…

5 min.
kenzo takada pat t ern provocat eur

Jerry Hall disco-ed down the catwalk waving a Champagne bottle above her head for Kenzo Takada’s wild 1976 fashion show, but the designer claims he now prefers a quieter life – he officially ‘retired’ in 1999. Step into Takada’s townhouse just off the elegant boutique and bistro-lined streets of St Germain on Paris’ left bank and you enter four floors of hushed, immaculately curated rooms. Each one is painted white and filled with fine art; the air perfumed by white freesias, roses and towering arum lilies. A black lacquer take on the traditional Japanese shoji screen partially conceals glass buddhas – designed by Takada for French crystalliers Baccarat – sitting crosslegged atop a marble mantelpiece. So far, so zen. Can this really be the home and studio of the Himeiji-born youth who…