• Archive for September, 2010

    Rob Ryan and Emily Peacock unite

    by  • September 30, 2010 • Life.Style.etc Loves, Uncategorized • 6 Comments

    Emily Peacock‘s tapestry kits have brought Livingetc much joy, ever since her Kiss kit was our Buy of the Month in June 2009′s issue. So it brings us more joy to see that you can now buy a specially commissioned tapestry kit to create your very own Rob Ryan (another magazine favourite), the prototype looks great. The kits cost £70 and include the canvas, Appletons wools, needle, an easy-to-follow colour chart and full instructions. Buy them from Emily’s website and Ryantown. There’s still time before Christmas…

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    Knoll chair lust

    by  • September 30, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Happy birthday Eero Saarinen! The man behind iconic designs such as the Tulip chair and the Pedestal table was born 100 years ago and, to celebrate, his manufacturer, Knoll, has launched a rather special limited edition of the iconic Womb Chair. Had to hotfoot it to the Knoll showroom, for a peep. Or should I say stroke.

    Originally designed in 1948, Florence Knoll had briefed Saarinen to come up with a chair that was ‘like a basket full of pillows…something I could curl up in.’

    To give the new version its luxe edge, Knoll has upholstered it in 100% Loro Piana cashmere. And not just any old cashmere…

    The fabric comes from the under fleece of the Hircus goat, as found in Northern China and Mongolia. Which I can exclusively reveal feels as rare and different as it sounds.

    Only 100 chairs have been made, and they come in at around £6,000, so while they’re the ideal chaise for a curl-up-and-snooze moment, you might want to put your glass of red wine somewhere safe first… Neil – Dep ed

    The Cashmere Womb Chair is now available from Knoll’s recently opened London showroom (91 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 7EX) or from Knoll dealers nationwide. To find your nearest showroom, click here.

    For more eye candy of other Design Classics, click here.

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    Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden

    by  • September 30, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Regular readers of this blog will remember me declaring a bit of a thing for Henry Moore’s grandiose outdoor sculptures in a previous post. Just back from a mini sojourn to atmospheric Cornwall, where I couldn’t resists a return visit to the Barbara Hepworth garden in St Ives. A contemporary of Moore’s (and fellow Yorkshire-person), Hepworth’s work, although generally on a more manageable scale, still manages to pack a monumental punch.

    I love the way they sit so randomly, yet so well in her small, semi-tropical garden. The tension, the juxtaposition of textures and the scale of this piece stop you in your tracks as you wander the leafy paths.

    The monolith has landed, in an English country garden…

    Hepworth’s studio. That Bertoia chair’s got to be original…

    Plinth stones, meet the plinth stones…

    Puts a whole new angle on ways to work a water feature…

    Next time you’re in Cornwall, check out her garden, studio and the museum that’s devoted to her life and work.

    For other inspiring ideas on how to work some drama into your garden space (without needed a crane to hoist it in there), check out Livingetc‘s outdoor rooms inspiration gallery here.

    Neil, deputy editor

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    If you go into the woods today…

    by  • September 29, 2010 • Life.Style.etc Loves, Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    After a visit to the Finnish pop-up restaurant HelYes, I have a hankering for all things autumnal and foresty. The Finns are masters at combining nature with magic, making a simple stroll among the trees into a walk on the wild side, with trolls and ogres hiding in the bushes.

    This is the seating area of the bar at HelYes, where the canopies and cushions are created by Klaus Haapaniemi, the artist behind Iittala’s popular Taika pattern. Apart from being soft and snuggable, the throws are also teeming with mythical creatures straight out of the deep Finnish woods – combine with a wooden sidetable and you might as well be at home with the Moomins.

    The food was plentiful and rustic, most of it sourced locally in London – and there’s just something reassuringly earthy about autumn vegetables displayed in wooden crates.

    I also really liked the groupings of glass candlesticks on the tables – these were also from Iittala, but any glass ones will do as long as you have plenty of them. After all, there’s nothing like a flickering candle or five when you return home after a long walk where the wild things are…

    Sara – managing editor

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