A new look Design Hunter

After spending the past few weeks working on some site changes I'm pleased to be launching a clean, new look for Design Hunter today.

I loved the old design and had grown quite attached to it since the site was last updated almost two years ago. However, I've become increasingly aware of the shift towards the consumption of online content on smartphones and tablets, rather than on laptop or desktop computers, and so this site update was designed with easier, fully optimised browsing on smaller devices in mind. As ever, I'd love to know what you think, so please do share any feedback you have on the new site.

In recent months many leading bloggers have commented on how much and how rapidly blogging has changed, and is continuing to change. I started this blog almost five years ago back in 2009 and I've certainly witnessed lots of changes since then. Adapting to these changes as the online landscape evolves is something that keeps me continually interested in and excited by blogging. In particular over the past few months it has become evident that people's browsing habits are changing and that readers are now accessing the content produced by their favourite bloggers on lots of different platforms and not just via blogs (something I noticed Will of Bright Bazaar also commenting on just last week). I try to update most weekdays on Design Hunter's different social media channels, so if you don't already, please do drop in on Design Hunter on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook too.

Launching a site update also feels like a good time to thank Design Hunter readers, both old and new, for sharing in and being part of my blogging journey. Running this site has become a full time job and a huge part of my life - something that I could never have envisioned when I first began almost five years ago.

Thank you!


Helen x

The Residency | Studioilse at The Apartment

Studioilse led by Ilse Crawford is moving into Copenhagen design gallery The Apartment this month.

In a collaboration designed to reflect Studioilse's belief that good design should support human life and behaviour, The Residency is designed to feel like a private home. The space will also be hosting a series of kitchen suppers, designed to encourage lively discussions in a homely atmosphere.

"Too much design today is showcased rather than experienced or used" says Ilse Crawford. "What attracts us to The Apartment setting is that this is a real apartment in a residential building and hence a setting where furniture and objects all make perfect sense."

Two new Studioilse designs will be debuted - the Ilse sofa by George Smith, and The Brass Cabinet made by Jack Trench. Studioilse's furniture collection for De La Espada and the Ilse collection for Georg Jensen will also be included. 

The Residency is at The Apartment from 22 August until 2 November.

Beating the back to work blues

Summer really does seem to be well and truly over, so I'm beating the back to work blues today by decluttering and updating my office in an attempt to start September in an organised fashion. Here are a few things I'm currently coveting.

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Designs for small spaces | The Menu flip around table

Living in a modestly sized house I am all in favour of well designed multifunctional furniture. Things need to earn their keep so if a piece can be put to more than one use so much the better.

I love how versatile this clean, minimalist Menu flip around table is. Designed by Danish design duo Norm Architects it can be configured in lots of different ways and, as these beautifully styled images show, put to multiple use all over the house.

Depending on your requirements it's a stool, a bedside table, a handy spot for bathtime essentials, a resting place for a cup of coffee and a favourite book, a hallway table for your keys and mobile phone per or even a serving tray for afternoon tea...

Available from Design 55