Living Etc Jan-2019

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s note

I am writing this on the way back from Milan. Every autumn we make a trip to the design capital to visit our favourite brands and hear their plans for the year ahead. I love the city. Firstly, I can’t get enough of the food (this stay’s triumph was fusilloni alla Norma followed by cappuccino and delicious cannolo at an amazing restaurant called Boatta). I also enjoy the dry sense of humour of northern Italian people. But this time I discovered a new highlight in my tour of the Porada furniture factory. Guided by the knowledgeable Sara Allievi, I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes and witness the expert craftsmanship and intense labour that goes into the production of every single piece. It was astonishing and marvellous, and…

8 min

A STAR IS BORN A tough-luxe aesthetic influenced by machinery and motorcycles has won Brit label Buster + Punch a cult following. Founder Massimo Buster Minale sums up its style as ‘refined rebellion’, reflecting the brand’s obsession with precision engineering. It shouldn’t come as much surprise then that its latest launch, Popstar, is a leather-clad gin bar – successor to the 2013 Rockstar whisky bar (which, rumour has it, was designed for a Rolling Stone). Yet that’s not to say Buster + Punch is strictly for the music glitterati. ‘Our customers want to invest in home fittings that tell a story beyond their function, spending a little extra to stand out from the crowd,’ explains Minale. Consider the solid oak body, marble ‘mixing’ platform, quilted back panel and bronze light fitting…

2 min
pillow talk au bespoke

HOW DID YOUR CAREER START? I studied textiles at Chelsea School of Art, going on to work as a freelance interior stylist and in-house at the BBC. Eventually, my love for collecting led me to open lifestyle shop Maiden in Primrose Hill. I now live in the country, but still source for commercial and private clients. NAME A FAVOURITE PIECE YOU’VE FOUND FOR AU BESPOKE. The torso sculpture made from quartz is one I adore. It’s deliciously tactile. A close contender is the African wall hanging, which is beautifully crafted with amazing attention to detail and reminds me of my weaving days at Chelsea. Both pieces have age on their side, but would sit perfectly in a modern space. My ethos is ‘buy well and buy once’ – in an age of mass…

1 min
forest foray

Ditch the Christmas pudding and pile up the pavlova – the season’s juiciest palette has been freshly plucked from the forest. In the fashion world, and aiming for knockout festive sparkle, Marni’s Francesco Risso paid homage to the hedgerow with glittery, Eighties-feel dresses, each featuring stitched-together patches that married shades of blackcurrant and cherry. On the home front, go for a lightly frosted effect, be it with the shimmery, cotton-velvet finish on Soho House’s Norton sofa, Curiousa & Curiousa’s glistening handblown glass or Broste Copenhagen’s sparkly sequinned decorations. Tasty!…

1 min
soft shimmer

Metallic is – officially – the festive look that keeps on giving. And this season’s incarnation, which is stripped back and pared-down to perfection, will run and run. Alberta Ferretti and Temperley London led the charge on the autumn/winter catwalks, offering slouchy lamé numbers that oozed timeless, shimmery sophistication. In the home, it’s all about easy-on-the-eye matt surfaces with an out-of-focus finish. Designs that mix silver and brass shine the brightest; take the Rubik’s cube pattern on Graham and Green’s Magpie bar – a piece with New Year’s Eve cocktail-cupboard written all over it. And for the design buffs, Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke suspension light debuts a new look in softly brushed brass – launched to celebrate the iconic designs 60th anniversary. We’ll drink to that!…

7 min
golden years

HOME PROFILE THE OWNER Caroline Legrand, an interior designer, and her sons, Oscar, 16, and Arthur, 14. Master Yoda the miniature poodle lives here, too. THE PROPERTY An apartment in west London. There is an entrance hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, study, family room/guest bedroom (with shower room), a master suite, two further bedrooms and two bathrooms. at this time of year, Caroline Legrand doesn’t worry too much about decking her hall – or any of her other rooms, come to that. With the best of Seventies design and contemporary art on display, her spaces are already on gleaming, glittering form. Caroline’s gallery-like hall announces her love of vintage opulence, but step into the living room and things get serious. Cloud-soft, white-on-gold Milo Baughman armchairs, cascading tiers of a Lucite chandelier and…