Trendwatch | Tactile textures

This month's trend moodboard looks at the use of tactile textures within the bathroom. Moving beyond the modern rustic style we've seen a lot of in recent years, here things are mixed up a little with the introduction of bold tribal patterns and a darker colour palette.

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Grupo Metafisico by Pablo Alabau

Spanish born New York based designer Pablo Alabau has created a group of furniture pieces derived from the decomposition of a single module and the subsequent rearrangement of the resulting parts

Made of white stained birch plywood and graphite, Grupo Metafisico is a set of multi-purpose objects that can be used as stools or side tables.


Summer style | cool blues & easy neutrals (& win a pendant light from Urbanara)

Although I rarely dress the bed in anything other than white bed linen, at this time of year when the nights are warm I often find myself drawn to blue. Alongside its soothing, cooling qualities, its associations with Aegean blue seas and summer skies are somehow harder to resist when you are demob happy in anticipation of heading off on holiday.

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10 of the best... plant pots

Comparing house plant acquisitions with a Twitter friend the other day after my recent fig tree purchase, I found myself commenting on how hard it was to find decent plant pots. So I set myself the challenge of seeing what I could uncover, and it turns out I might have to eat my words. Look beyond the more obvious high street stores and there are some real gems waiting to be discovered out there.

Brass, stoneware and concrete all featuring heavily in current collections. Here's my edit of 10 of the best.

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An Oslo apartment with a floating steel staircase

This central Oslo apartment features on the shortlist for the World Interior of the Year award which was announced yesterday.

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Bretelle Chair

Coloured suspenders form the back and seat of this Bretelle chair designed by Luca Martorano in collaboration with craftsman Georg Muehlamm.

The Bretelles (Italian for suspenders) are wrapped and layered to provide a light and comfortable seat and back, with the contemporary angles providing the perfect framework.

Produced in Italy, the chair is available in beech, walnut, oak or apple wood and can be customised from a choice of over 164 suspender colours.

A minimalist design with maximum visual impact.

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Wimbledon Whites

There have been several extended lunchbreaks around here this week. The distraction of uninterrupted afternoon tennis coverage has proved too much on more than one occasion.

Meanwhile out in the garden, the mid summer days have been long and warm, and this year's (excellent) crop of strawberries has arrived bang on cue for the tennis season, providing another temptation to lure me away from my desk.

So in an effort to channel distraction into productivity I've put together a Wimbledon inspired all white summer wishlist.

Happy Friday. x

perfume - Diptyque | bag - Whistles | sunglasses - The Row | shirt - Proenza Schuler | cushion - Waffle Design | tennis visor - Emilio Pucci | book - Bernd Kuchenbeiser for Vitsœ | shoes - Ancient Greek Sandals | chair - Richard Schultz


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