Living Etc Sep-2018

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s office

This issue feels very special. Not just because of the stunning homes – check out Massimo and Jessica’s edgy-elegant Swedish family home (page 44), which couldn’t contrast more with fashion muse Ines de la Fressange’s boho Parisian apartment (page 98), or Suszi’s London terrace, which has to be the ultimate essay on using dark colours successfully (page 90). Nor is it the fabulously joyous shoot inspired by artist Frida Kahlo (page 54), or our edit of the best of the autumn/winter 2018 collections (page 69). No, this issue also feels special because it is my last as Editor. After 17 years, working with the most talented, professional and fun team in publishing, it is time to hand over my ‘other child’ to a new team who will take it to great…

8 min

PERFECT MATCH Anthropologie and Bethan Gray have a design DNA so similar, it makes us wonder how they’ve never crossed paths before. The pairing is set to mark September’s London Design Festival with the launch of an anticipated furniture collection. ‘We strive for a fresh take on femininity and choose the understated, warm colours that come with that,’ says Bethan, noting soft hues of rose pink, charcoal, mint green and brass used across the collection. ‘But it goes beyond the visual to a passion for craft, natural materials and using them to tell stories.’ The tale being told here? Ancient patterns of indigenous American cultures, inspired by Anthropologie’s Pennsylvanian roots. Expect bold shapes across Carrara marble, mango wood and glass. BEAUTY SLEEP Porada’s Killian bed features an expansive, fabric-covered headboard that stretches out…

1 min
on the fringe

Strutting gave way to swishing this season as models hit the autumn/winter 2018 catwalks rocking head-to-toe tassels. With fringe-factor top of the agenda, incarnations spanned glamorous metallics at Givenchy to tinsel-esque creations at Gucci and a cowboy feel at Valentino. Swooshing into the home, fringing is big news for the season’s hottest homeware, too. Tasselled to perfection, consult Out There Interiors for corduroy pouffes and velvet table lamps in retro shades of mustard and rose, while Mariska Meijers Amsterdam and House of Hackney add riotous print to the affair. Prepare to shimmy your way into September……

1 min
bourgie lamp

Designer Ferruccio Laviani, 2004. Details Polycarbonate table lamp in Crystal, £252, Kartell. Background One of the most instantly recognisable of interior accessories, the Bourgie table lamp has been illuminating our homes for more than a decade now, but its take on baroque style has proved to be remarkably adaptable, subtly changing its look over the years, yet still retaining its status as a standout piece of modern design. Conceived by Kartell’s art director Ferruccio Laviani, his brief for the lamp was far from straightforward: to create something ‘important’. Taking his cue from a vintage design on his desk and – it is said – from the lyrics of a disco track about the upwardly mobile (Bourgie’, Bourgie’ being a subtle dig at the bourgeoisie), Laviani played with the concept of classical lines…

8 min
scandi goes urban

There are a million reasons why a person falls in love with their home. For Massimo and Jessica Minale, it wasn’t the bricks and mortar. In fact, Massimo describes the house as looking ‘really horrible’ when he saw it for the first time. It was the stunning views from the back garden that seduced the couple. Because, as far as the eye can see, the Mälaren, Sweden’s third largest lake, sits on the horizon, shimmering in the milky summer sunshine and looking radiant enough to induce feelings of soporific, aren’t-I-lucky-to-be-here calm. Massimo and Jessica feel pretty chuffed to have stumbled across this remarkable setting after a tip-off from a friend. ‘It wasn’t the original plan to end up here,’ admits Massimo, who is half-Italian, half-British. ‘I met Jess (who’s Swedish) in…

7 min
viva la frida

With its artful arrangement of fancy fleurs, this high-energy wallpaper is an awesome backdrop for pieces with their own shot of va-va-voom.Where better for a radical visionary to admire their iconic reflection than in this outrageously opulent mirror?The rustic-luxe wall hanging sings against a captivating cobalt, a nod to the shade that dressed Frida’s beloved La Casa Azul home.A flamboyant tribute to Mexican iconography and carnival colours, this showy sofa is a fitting spot for a meeting of minds.The prettiest of pinks and blues combine with painterly flourish for an ultra-feminine explosion of bucolic colour.Hits of realism meet ful l-on fantasy in a totally out-there wallpaper that captures the artist’s revolutionary spirit.In a modern-day painter’s studio, inspiration springs from nature’s lush greens and calming ochres.An exuberant celebration of Mexican craft,…