Living Etc February 2019

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s note

I am writing this from the cosy comfort of an armchair at home. Looking out the window at an icy London, it strikes me that I’ve been caught off guard by winter; days of autumn walks and fiery amber leaves have flipped into frosty nights and slippery pavements with no warning. I’m not prepared. In a coffee shop this morning, a man described me to his son as ‘the crazy lady with no socks on’. But I’m not complaining. Chunky knits and open fires are just great. As is new-year energy – that January resolve to make things happen. For my part, I am going to tackle my daughter’s room. We had hoped her nursery could double as an office, but that’s proven impossible so we’re rethinking the space. My husband…

7 min

SPECIAL EDITION The team at Black Edition first encountered the work of Katsutoshi Yuasa at the Surface Cutting exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 2016. Fast-forward two years and the textile studio is proud to announce the launch of an entire collection in collaboration with the Japanese woodcut artist, translating his washi paper artworks into wallcoverings, decorative prints, upholstery weaves and sheers. ‘The woodcut technique gives undeniable intricacy,’ explains Emily Mould, design director of Black Edition, ‘which I saw reimagined as beautiful textures on walls and fabric.’ Sometimes the best things really are worth waiting for… Mizumi wall mural in Carbon, £370 a roll; cushions made in, from left: Mitoku in Avocet, £119m; Aiko in Avocet, £115m ( SIGNATURE STYLE Attach one of Smythson’s personalised tags to your suitcase and spotting…

1 min
switched on

[Scene stealers] Yes, the Chamber lights from Lee Broom sit firmly in the investment category, but consider the materials (lead crystal vessels and Carrara marble diffusers), craftsmanship and knockout aesthetics and they’ re worth every penny. Chamber lights, from £965 ( STRING ALONG Set inside or out, dinner parties lacking je ne sais quoi would do well to involve Studiomie’s Light My Table garland. Just clamp to any table measuring two to three metres and, ta-da, a cosy roof of light shines bright above. Stockist Vincent Sheppard calls it a ‘feelgood enhancer’, which sounds like something we’re happy to get on board with. GET THE SCOOP Rattan and scalloped shapes are two trends that look set to stay, so bring them together and you get one seriously covetable piece. From Lisa Mehydene of online emporium…

1 min
rust red

Burnt orange, the most autumnal of hues, is moving in a new direction for winter, morphing into a deeper and darker red shade with a corrosive twist. From Derek Lam’s billowing trousers to the shaggy shearling coats at Sies Marjan, only the rustiest of reds made the cut on the season’s runways. This oxidised colour is proving to be a home hit, too. Make like BoConcept and Mink Interiors and splash velvet textures for all-out sumptuousness, or try tarnished finishes – check out Julian Chichester’s Tear Drop mirror – that nail the eroded look with ease.…

1 min
tribal gathering

Each season sees the fashion world embark on a fling with a far-flung destination and for spring/summer 2019 it’s going all out for Africa with bold, tribal-feel prints. Both Mary Katrantzou and French house Atlein sent models down the runway marching to a beat stamped in monochrome marks. And when trend hounds Patternity launched a collection with Zambia-based Tribal Textiles, we knew homeware was getting in on the act too. Collett-Zarzycki’s rug for Christopher Farr and Anthropologie’s hand-carved dresser will deliver the look in one fell swoop. Time to choose your tribe……

6 min
an irregular beauty

For Thomas Geerlings, beauty lies not in pristinely perfect interiors but in spaces that contain something slightly unexpected. That aesthetic runs through this entire house, from walls clad in still-rough concrete to slightly off-centre compositions and art that make you look twice. Take the Lamberto Teotino portrait that hangs in his living room. Ostensibly, it has the precise composure of an old master… except that the face has been obliterated in a furious Francis Bacon-like blur. ‘Some people might find that frightening, others amusing,’ says Thomas. ‘Whatever your response, a space should always make you question things. Because if everything is finished too “perfectly”, there’s no room left to dream.’ From the outside, this 19th-century canal-side building in Amsterdam looks like a very fine homage to 19th-century Dutch architecture. Thomas even…