Posts tagged ‘Design’
The best sofas combine cutting edge design with comfort, writes Jessie Hewitson
Every living room needs a cool sofa in the middle of it. It’s a communication of just how stylish you really are – ideally you want a statement piece of furniture that nods to current design trends but is still comfy. The sofa is one of our most valuable items of furniture in the house, after all – it’s our reward for a hard day’s work and the bliss of sinking into it while watching a good box set is unparalleled.
According to interior designers, it’s all about colourful sofas these days. The brown leather pub sofa or the neutral shaded one is no longer desirable – these days it’s all about bright red, pinks and turquoises. For those that can afford it, wool-covered settees - particularly merino wool – is highly fashionable, as are those covered in tweeds, tartans and checks.
Made by Hands of Britain is selling a retro grey wool-coloured sofa designed to look like it’s floating for £1,700 (madebyhandsofbritain.com).
Sofa beds, according to Richard Ward, a designer at Wawa – a shop selling designer sofas from in east London’s fashionable Columbia Road- are increasingly popular. “They are more in demand than ever as people tend not to be moving house but concentrating on making the most of existing spaces,” he says. He is selling an ottoman sofa-bed for £1,845 (plus fabric cost) via wawa.co.uk.
Ward has also designed a bright red or purple ‘bay’ sofa or sofa bed, to fit snugly into the curved bay window of a house. “It is the best use of an often neglected space,” he says. The price is £1,845 (and fabric) for the sofa and £2,245 for the sofa bed.
L Shape sofas also make the most of decreasing living spaces and can mean that two people can lie down comfortably on one sofa, without one person having to make the sacrifice of sitting up.
A note of caution from Leigh Harmer, managing director of loveyourhomeforless.com, however, who advises homeowners not to get carried away. ‘Savvy consumers in the market for cool sofas are careful in what they are choosing, as too cutting edge will date and most of us need value for money these days. The trend is for contemporary lines that do not shout design – sofas that will mix with many interior styles. What you want is a settee that, as mood and trends change, will still look great in three years’ time.”
Do you live in a house with a top class architectural pedigree?
If so, listen up, because the conservation body that looks after Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater has come up with a crafty way to get the windows replaced: sell the old ones off to architectural relic hunters.
Their website explains that the old windows are suffering from decay (hmmm, wonder if all that falling water is to blame – the owner’s father dubbed the place ‘rising mildew’?).
And this, architecture groupies, is where you come in:
“Naming opportunities range from $500 to $10,000 and up for each window, skylight, glass door, or set of windows, depending on the size and location.
“You will receive a commemorative piece of the old Fallingwater glass, framed along with a drawing of the house, specifying the window that you have endowed.
“Additionally, if you endow a window at $1,000 or more, you will be recognized on a donor wall in the Fallingwater Visitors Pavilion.”
$1,000 for a bit of old glass? Genius!
Here’s a nice video about the house:
My new favourite designers are the Play Coalition, who first came to my attention with their selfless light fitting, The Martyr; a neat little visual pun on the idea of energy-saving.
They’ve now come up with a crazy, Tim Burton-esque solution to light-starved houseplants, The Plantbot.
Slap in your favourite fern, yucca, whatever and say goodbye to wilted foliage as the Plantbot doggedly follows sunlight around your room.
Warning: if the Day Of The Triffids gave you nightmares when you were a kid, it’s probably not for you.
But if the idea of a perambulating plantpot shakes your branches, you can see more pics at the Play Coalition website.
If nothing else it’ll freak the hell out of the cat. No more peeing in the plantpot for you Mr Moggy!