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Design News | Products, Styling + Awards


My bookmarked design finds seem to be expanding quickly this week (which is definitely a good thing) so today I've picked out three favourites to share with you. All beautifully elegant in terms of design pieces and styling, these are the sort of discoveries I thrive on. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 

I've admired the work of London-based interior stylist, art director and best-selling author Sania Pell previously, but her most recent project, which I discovered via Unfinished Home, really made me sit up and take note. Working with the Danish interiors photographer Heidi Lerkenfeldt who I featured here, Sania was asked to style the 'Style Steal' for Elle Decoration UK as part of their 25 year anniversary celebration. Her brief was to "scour the major brands from the British high street for the best 100 finds under £100 and to celebrate accessible, affordable and stylish products for homes in a unified photo story". 

I'm sure you'll agree, Sania executed this beautifully. The products featured are high street brands including Anthropologie, BHS, The Conran Shop, Debenhams, French Connection, Habitat, H&M, Heal’s, House of Fraser, Ikea, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Muji, Next, Toast, The White Company and Zara Home. The full story, which spans nine pages can be seen in the June issue of Elle Decoration UK

Images styled by Sania Pell, photographed by Heidi Lerkenfeldt, via Stillstars

I stumbled upon some new catalogue images for the the beautiful Danish furniture brand Bolia. Their products always make me swoon, but I also love seeing the creative ways in which they style them. They have also recently presented the Bolia Design Award, created as a way of discovering fresh young talent. Helping a wealth of young hopefuls into a competitive, but amazing world of furniture design, they have found many of their own designers through this initiative. I highly recommend you check out this fun video showcasing the event and winners. 

Images via Bungalow5

While we're on the topic of awards, I'm delighted to share some of our very own. One of my favourite magazines, Home NZ recently presented the best new furniture and lighting in their annual Design Awards, showcasing some incredible local talent. Starting with a few of the finalists.... 

The stunning Notch pendant lights are by Emma Fox-Derwin and Nigel Groom of Wellington's Well-Groomed Fox. They feature a raw, matte depth thanks to their colour being part of the ceramic rather than a glaze applied later.

I've been admiring the Duffle Ottoman by Auckland-based designer Tim Webber for a while now. A sturdy piece of furniture that references the classic bag, it is upholstered in wool with a simple rope drawstring.

As you know, I'm a big fan of Timothy John's work, so I was thrilled to see his new Handmade range for Paper Plane in the line-up. In case you missed my recent feature introducing the new products which include the Bowler Light, Splay Table and Nordic Chair, take a look here. All the designs are hand-crafted by Nigel Cotterill.

Finally, the winner of the 2014 Design Awards is Cheshire Architects for the Parison Pendant for Resident. Currently hanging in the window of one of my favourite design stores Simon James, I have seen these pendants up close and personal and they are truly amazing! An elegant mix of the hand-made and the digital (it's made when a bubble of layered molten glass is mouth-blown into a computer-cut mould of water-soaked cherrywood), the pendant has already debuted at the Milan furniture fair as part of the Resident collection. Take a look at this short web film, featuring Nat Cheshire and Emily Priest of Cheshire Architects talking about the design of the gorgeous Parison Pendant. 

You can see the full list in the current issue of Home NZ, on sale now. 

Photography by Toaki Okano

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  1. There's some seriously good styling here. I particularly love the tabletop set up, it's perfection! Of course The Parisian is divine. I wish I had more places in our recent place to hang pendants. Mel xx



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