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ELLE Decoration UK August 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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2 min.

LOOK FORWARD to what is to come… I can give you no better advice. Certainly, as we head into the summer holidays, it’s as good a time as any to look back and take stock of the past six months and to get excited about what’s ahead. So, to that end, I give you our biannual issue dedicated to the latest and greatest things on the design horizon: the pieces, people, trends and talents set to shape and shake up the interiors world in the second half of 2018. It all kicks off with my exploration of what we here at ED Towers are calling ‘Happy Design’: a move towards bold, bright and brilliantly positive interiors. It’s a trend that is having a big impact – from luxury brands to the…

6 min.
happy design

Monochrome and near-endless shades of off-white were once the mainstays of contemporary interior design; the subtle, safe, fade-into-the-background canvas on which to build a modern decorating scheme. But things are changing. We’re now searching for looks with more punch and personality. Think bright, bold palettes, stop-you-in-your-tracks pattern clashes and unusual textures. It’s what we’re calling ‘Happy Design’, and it’s the future! Over recent seasons, there has been a shift in people’s views on vibrancy in the home. Back in our February issue, we talked about the rise of the ‘New Neutrals’ – pale yet interesting shades, such as lilac and rose, were taking over from the beiges and magnolias of old. This was just a start. Now we want potent combinations that thrill and excite. Dull and understated just won’t cut…

2 min.
cecilie manz

Think of Danish design and it’s hard not to focus on the iconic pieces of Arne Jacobsen, Hans J Wegner and Poul Kjærholm. However, there’s a new contender for the Danish design crown: Cecilie Manz. ‘The heritage and gravitas of Danish design is something you try and live up to,’ she says with typical modesty. ‘It’s perhaps something all Danes are born with: a sense that quality and longevity are important.’ Manz set up her Copenhagen-based studio in 1998 and is nothing if not prolific, but all of her designs perfectly stand the test of time. Take her ‘Minuscule’ seat designed for Fritz Hansen in 2012. It’s a beautiful bucket of a chair, soft yet structured, and perfectly padded to engulf whoever sits in it. Then, there’s the ‘Caravaggio’ pendant lamp designed…

1 min.
sticky tape

Decorating trends don’t get much smarter than the latest craze from Japan: Haru Stuck-on Design, which won a prestigious Red Dot Design Award last year. Its collection of tapes – essentially, washi tape on a much larger scale – come in block colours and patterns that can be stuck onto almost any surface in your home. Produced and sold by Nitto (a company that has been making adhesive tapes since 1918), the brand launched in the UK during this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, when it tasked French studio Aurélie Andrès with creating a large-scale mural using the tape. Since then, British design fans have been embracing the new way to decorate. Opt for overlapping stripes, create your own artworks, or even use the tape to divide smaller spaces into different zones.…

2 min.

Rejoice, and then add Selency to your computer’s bookmarks. This beautifully curated French online marketplace sells gems from the country’s famous flea markets and antiques dealers, few of which previously had an online shop. ‘I was doing up my apartment, and wanted to break away from the Ikea uniformity that seemed to have flooded my generation’s homes,’ says the website’s co-founder, Paris-based businesswoman and interiors enthusiast Charlotte Cadé. Digital marketplace-wise, there was nothing between Ebay (some rubies, a lot of rubble and erratic post and packaging policies) and 1st Dibs (glorious goods, but with premium price tags). ‘I wanted one website, where you can buy or sell vintage pieces – from a variety of eras, at a range of prices – that all look and feel modern,’ adds Cadé. ‘Oh, and…

1 min.
exterior tiles

Decorative and hardwearing, glossy exterior tiling is a historic look that’s gaining new fans. The façade of this north London home, created by designer Emma Louise Payne in collaboration with Simon Astridge Studio, was inspired by the glazed tiles adorning the nearby Tufnell Park tube station, dating back to 1907. The long, rectangular shape of Payne’s tiles may be familiar, but her use of colour is what impresses. She produced 17 glazes in different shades of green that mimic light falling through the trees. Each tile is fired to a high temperature to make it robust and frost-proof, before being handcut and glazed in Payne’s Oxfordshire studio. From £600 per square metre (emmalouisepayne.com; simonastridge.com). • Turn the page for more inspirational green tiles for exterior projects EXTERIOR TILES GIVE YOUR HOME A…