7 White Designer Chairs

I have a secret. Over the past year or so, since moving into my new home, I have developed a chair fetish. It is not something I am proud of but a few of the chairs I aspire to own are all designer and all completely out of my price range! Below are my particular favourites. Some of them are classics and some of them are new collections that will probably become classics soon. All of them, in my humble opinion, would look stunning either as an accent chair or lined up in a row adorning a lovely dining table. Its actually interesting to see how some of the chairs relate to one another; although designed in different decades, the popular shell shapes of days gone by still feature today in new designs such as MDF Italia’s Flow Chair (number 4).

1. Tulip Chair- Eero Saarinen 1956. Finnish-American architect-designer. Moulded fibreglass shell on a cast aluminium base. Loose foam cushions are available in a huge range of colours.

2. The Eames DSW (Dining Side Shell Wood) is a contemporary version of the legendary fibreglass chair that was first presented at the Museum of Modern Art’s competition ‘Low-Cost Furniture Design’ in 1948. It was discontinued in 1993 as fibreglass cannot be recycled; however this contemporary re-edition from Vitra is made from recyclable polypropylene.

3. B Chair Oak Designed in 2010 by Konstantin Grcic. Crafted from a solid oak frame and a stained oak veneer seat with aluminium underside. Handsome in its pure simplicity, and extremely functional with its understated X-shaped frame, the B chair folds neatly to enable horizontal stacking. Available at Conran.

4. Flow Chair by J.M Massuad at MDF Italia. A polycarbonate shell optionally completed with upholstery in fabric or leather.

5. Jean Prouvé 1934 Standard Chair with Cream or Natural Oak Seat. Prouvé practised a sort of functionalist furniture design that, is often found in French schools.

6. Gray 23 by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. Chair in walnut / oak, optional seat cushion in polyurethane foam.

7. Xavier Pauchard 1934. Powder-coated steel. The original was supplied to cafes and brasseries by drinks manufacturers anxious to secure customer loyalty.

Despite chairs 4 & 6 by MDF Italia and Gervasoni. All other chairs are available at Conran where you can find more info …and me pretending I live there.

Nom Nom Ombre

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would have noticed that Ombre is without a doubt the buzz trend of this year. It has captured our hairstyles, high street, bakeries and, of most interest to me, our interiors.

Ombre is the french term for ‘shaded’ or ‘graduated in tone’ and is the perfect blend of using light and dark as reflected in nature.

I first observed the trend in our office when DG launched their Saraille fabrics in their last Spring Summer collection. It was without a doubt the design that received the most ‘oooh’s’ and ‘ahhh’s’ from everyone and it is with no surprise as it is an incredibly striking effect of which we should all embrace (while it lasts!).

Your homework this week is to go out and bring some Ombre to your lives…(not to be mistaken with hombres). Here is some inspiration….

Graduated Pink Ombre Pendant Lampshade over neutral white table setting

Graduated Pale Pink Ombre desk painted by Natty by Design

Graduated Pink Ombre Icing on cake

Graduated Pixel Hues Painiting in Living room

Graduated Aqua Saraille(Images : Saraille Fabric by Designers Guild, Ombre Pendant Lampshade by Martha Stewart, Ombre Desk Natty by Design, Ombre Cake by Apt2B Baking CO, Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design – Christiane Lemieux.)

Inspired by India

Hello again! Its been far too long. I’ve just returned from my first ever behind the scenes photo shoot in Sintra with the team. It was hard work but the results were stunning…I shall post the shots as soon as they are ready for public viewing.

After a day of rest, the new week began with preparations for the new Inspired by India exhibition at Sotheby’s A Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Design – Curated by Janice Blackburn and styled by Trisha Guild (with my colleague and I assisting).

Neon and black Jewellry cabinet

“The show features textiles, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and photography by established designers, such as Alice Cicolini, Rahul Kumar and Sabyasachi Mukherjee and up-and-coming artists such as Els Woldhek and Pia Wustenberg, all of whom have been inspired by the culture, colours and crafts of India.

Commenting on “Inspired by India” Janice Blackburn said: “Crafts we associate with India – weaving, embroidery, metal work and enamelling – are sadly disappearing. The way to preserve these wonderful techniques is to move them forward with well-designed products, which combine traditional skills in a contemporary way without sacrificing their historical context. All the designers I have selected share a passion for India and have produced work which is a successful marriage between the best of fine, original design without compromising the rich tradition of India’s hand-making processes. I am delighted to introduce their work and offer it to collectors through Inspired by India.” – Sotheby’s

Mini Red Ceramic Pots but Rahul Kumar styled on wooden crates

It was felt that the scheme of the show should be very organic and rough- luxe so we procured old pallets and crates from the Sotheby’s warehouse, which btw, was amazing in itself! One of our crates had even contained a Francis Bacon work of art- excited much!

On site we set about stacking the pallets and crates for the exhibitors to display their work on. We hung Designers Guilds banners of fabric, weaved in India, to add colour, give form and balance the room. One of my favourite touches was stenciling on the exhibitors name with a typewriter font onto the wood which had been spray painted in either a neon orange or pink beforehand to add a little funk factor!

Colourful Design Exhibition Featuring Furniture & Art

The results looked fabulous, if I do say so myself. It was so lovely to collaborate with the artists also who all turned up throughout the day to help display their work, not to mention being given the opportunity to help style an exhibiton in one of Londons most prestigious galleries. I really hope the show goes well for the whole team.

Inspired by India is running from 8-15 May 2012 (closed 12th of May) opening times on the website.

(Images by Design88)