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ELLE Decoration UK April 2018

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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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

DECORATING – for some, it may be a chore or something to be feared – but, in fact, the act of transforming one’s home with colour, pattern and texture is one that should be celebrated and embraced with passion. With advances in technology and new finishes, it’s now easier than ever to paint a wall, hang a panel of wallpaper or create curtains, giving you the freedom to change the appearance of where you live on a much more frequent basis. The only dilemma, then, is what to choose. Every six months or so, textile manufacturers release a plethora of fabrics and wallpapers in an array of different finishes and colourways, paint companies announce new shades and tile brands add fresh collections to their ranges. It’s increasingly difficult to navigate the…

4 min.

DESIGN/PEOPLE/DECORATING/ARCHITECTURE EDITED LIVING Known for its statement lighting, Vita Copenhagen has branched out into furniture and accessories, with a new collection full of multi-functional pieces designed for compact homes. It includes this ‘My Spot’ side table (£224), with its built-in USB charger hub, and the enveloping ‘Reader’ armchair (£699). Also noteworthy are the ‘Audacious’ cabinet (£699), with sliding textile doors that can hide or showcase what’s inside, and the ‘Teaser’ shelves, which combine to form a storage system (£72 each; vitacopenhagen.com). GREAT DANES Two Danish design powerhouses, Norm Architects and Menu, have joined forces to create a seating collection. The ‘Offset’ sofa (above, from £2,199) is so named due to its proportions, with the minimal metal legs and thin arms playfully balancing the large, plump seat and cushions. The similarly sleek ‘Harbour’ chair (from…

1 min.
name to know myer halliday

How did the departure from ceramics feel? After working with clay for so many years, it was a nice change to experiment with my patterns across alternative materials. Do you think the designs work differently? Until now, I’ve been concentrating on how my ideas work on 3D objects, so it’s been really interesting playing with the perception of a flat pattern on multi-dimensional surfaces. Why do you work only in monochrome? When I started out, my primary interest was the shape of objects and the interaction between surface and form, but this year will see the introduction of new colours, patterns and ways of working, so watch this space! (myerhalliday.co.uk; heals.com).…

2 min.
back in the spotlight

Until now only available at auction, the work of Paavo Tynell (1890–1973) has been put back into production by Gubi. Dubbed ‘the man who illuminated Finland’, Tynell was known for his delicate, nature-inspired shapes, and was a specialist in metal finishes, which is reflected in Gubi’s collection. How did the partnership come about? In 2010, I wrote to Tynell’s 92-year-old widow Helena, and was invited by the couple’s children to visit Tynell’s archive at the Design Museum in Helsinki. We spent a long time discussing if and how we could bring back their father’s work, and an equally long time sourcing and producing the lamps exactly as Tynell made them originally, which was very important to his family. Can you tell us a little more about Paavo Tynell? Tynell started his career…

2 min.
name to know ini archibong

What’s Ini’s background? Born to Nigerian immigrant parents in Pasadena, California, Archibong embarked on an academic education, then briefly studied business before dropping out to embrace his passion for art and design. While working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design at the Art Center College of Design (ACCD) in Pasadena he met Jerry Helling, president and creative director of American furniture company Bernhardt Design. Winners of a student competition in conjunction with the company, Archibong and his teammates designed ‘Serif’, a folding table for office use – it is still part of Bernhardt Design’s core range today. ‘Jerry was the catalyst that opened my imagination up to the possibilities of a career in design,’ he says. ‘Through his support, I believed in my potential to participate on the big…

2 min.
history of a brand porada

In 1948, during the post-war manufacturing boom in Italy, Luigi Allievi made the canny decision to begin producing wooden chairs in the region of Brianza, a hotbed of Italian furniture design since the 18th century. Allievi’s four sons later joined the family firm and, in 1968, Allievi & Sons became Porada, named after the district in which the original factory was built. Aware that it was high-time to step away from tradition, the brand approached a who’s who of Italian designers and architects – Marconato & Zappa, Studio Opera, Giuseppe Viganò and many more – to lead on the design front. It was designer Tarcisio Colzani who pushed the firm’s boundaries beyond wood, introducing glass and metal into his now classic pieces, such as the ‘Beam’ shelving system (below). For over…