5 minutes with... Eley Kishimoto

Established from a partnership forged in the early 90s, London based design studio Eley Kishimoto strives to create work that is simply executed and clear in intention, exhibiting a creative flair that rejects passing trends.

Living by the maxim "Print the World" the studio has established its reputation through a wide range of outputs, ranging from seasonal fashion and interiors collections to collaborations within automotive, architectural and technological industries.

This month they launch their first wallpaper collection at Decorex.

Which three words best describe your design aesthetic?

Light-hearted, humorous, not just a pretty face.

Who or what inspires you?

Mark: Our lives together, the people around us, everyday life, especially at the moment Lawn Bowls.

Wakako: Food at the moment.

What is your most treasured object or piece of furniture in your own home?

Mark: The kitchen as a whole. This is where more than just cooking happens. It's the centre of the Universe away from the studio.

Wakako: I have a tendency to get attached to things easily, even to a Bic lighter with a polka dot pattern. But if our house had a fire I would like to rescue as many books as possible.

Where's your favourite place to be?

Mark: In an Onsen, with my family.

Wakako: Home.

What would you be if you weren't a designer?

Mark: There have been so many things that I would have liked to be along the path of my life. fishmonger, topiary artist, a pilgrim, a gypsy and professional lawn bowler are particular ones that stand out at the moment.

Wakako: No idea, but something like a researcher of food history of the world came to my mind.

What are you reading right now?

Mark: I'm currently reading High-Rise by J.G. Ballard

Wakako: Runaway by Alice Munro and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell.

Which words of wisdom do you try to live by?

Mark: Print the world, make the world a prettier place, trust everyone to know a thing or two, don't forget the see saw.

Wakako: It's all OK.

 

Eley Kishimoto will be exhibiting at Decorex at Syon Park, London from 21-24 September 2014.

Style Notes | Reading Nooks

by Anna McKittrick

Autumn is my favourite season by a mile. I love the changing colours of the leaves, the promise of a new winter coat and of course the excuse to update my interiors for the season ahead.

With the changing seasons comes the transition of spending more time indoors and while I’m the first to admit that I stockpile box sets for autumn watching, I also like the idea of a reading nook.

As someone who longs for an open fire or wood-burning stove, a fireside reading nook is something that is most definitely on my wish list. There’s a lot to like about this fireside setting from the home of Dutch blogger Nancy Berendsen (image by Holly Marder via Decor8), which looks modern yet cosy. The natural elements such as the wood and exposed brick are warmed up by the tactile throw and cushion.

Here are some more great reading spaces where I’d be more than happy to while away an hour or two with a good book.

Image by Paul Massey via House to Home

Image by Paul Massey via House to Home

I love this example of a modern fireplace with a minimalist mantelpiece. The more traditional style of chair and mustard yellow footstool compliment the understated setting and transform it into an inviting and relaxing space.

Image by Julie Ansiau styling by Miluccia

Image by Julie Ansiau styling by Miluccia

Exposed shelving is a great way to display favourite pieces and let your personality shine. Adding a chair next to the shelving instantly creates a space for relaxing with plenty of reading material to hand. The cosy throw and colourful rug instantly warms up the space.

Image by Simon Maxwell via Design Milk

Image by Simon Maxwell via Design Milk

This is a much more contemporary example of a reading nook and shows how it can work for all styles of interiors. The simple space makes a focal point of the modern chair and footstool, which are framed by the beautiful vast window.

Image by Ngoc Minh Ngo via Remodelista

Image by Ngoc Minh Ngo via Remodelista

This built-in nook has all the characteristics of a perfect reading space with somewhere to lounge, natural light, a view and books to hand.

Image by Bonnie Tsang

Image by Bonnie Tsang

The contrasting textiles warm up the predominantly white interior of this reading nook in the home of Victoria Smith, the San Francisco-based interior design blogger behind SF Girl By Bay.

Image by Bonnie Tsang

Image by Bonnie Tsang

She’s also opted to add cosy throws to her dining chairs and while kitchen tables aren’t traditionally considered reading nooks I don’t think I’m alone in my love for lazy weekend breakfasts with the Sunday papers for company.

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Previously deputy editor on Living France magazine, Anna McKittrick is now a freelance journalist and blogger based in Cheltenham.

The future has landed

What is this strange, futuristic new object that has just landed in our utility room, Albert whippet is wondering?

Well, it's the new Samsung WW9000 ecobubble touchscreen washing machine I'm currently testing out.

With its seamless, streamlined front and elegantly minimal appearance it delivers an alluring first impression. Gone are the usual buttons and dials you find on the front of a washing machine. In their place you'll find a clean, intuitive touchscreen interface that you can also access via your smartphone allowing you to check and operate the machine remotely.

The deep blue crystal glass door further enhances its striking visual impact. Significantly larger than the door on a standard washing machine, it provides access to a huge 10kg drum that can accommodate correspondingly bigger loads.

While many washing machines sacrifice style for functionality, the Samsung WW9000 is a machine that will appeal to those who appreciate thoughtful, considered design. This is definitely not an appliance you’ll want to hide away in a dark recess of your kitchen or utility room. Happily, in this case its distinctive form is accompanied by superior functionality. The WW9000 boasts a wide range of state of the art features, including sensing technology that measures the size of the washing load (and calculates and dispenses the optimum amount of detergent accordingly) and a memory that learns your washing habits and remembers your favourite programmes.

I’m looking forward to testing out more of its features over the next couple of weeks – I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited about tackling the laundry - but in the meantime I've asked Albert to share his first impressions.

Over to you Albert...

"Hmm, clean lines and super minimalist styling. Woof!"

"Friendly touchscreen communication panel. Woof!

I wonder if there are any tasty treats inside though. I'd better open the hatch and investigate...."

"The whippet treat dispensing feature seems to be missing, but look how spacious that decontamination chamber is. It's a woof from me."

 

Three woofs then. So far so good.

Full report coming up just as soon as we've taken it for a spin.