Category Archives: DESIGN

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: FORMAKAMI PENDANT BY &TRADITION

&Tradition’s Formakami JH5 pendant light is Jaime Hayón’s modern take on classic Asian paper lanterns. His aim was to create a light pendant that illuminates people’s lives both literally and symbolically. The white colour of the shade emphasizes the lightness of rice paper and the open bottom maximizes the amount of light. Black stained oak rings give Formakami’s handmade shade a pleasant rhythm. Hayón, known for his playful designs, has combined round shapes in different sizes, and the end result is a collection of three unique pendant lights.

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TINY PAPER HOUSES BY JURIANNE MATTER

How cute are these tiny houses by Dutch designer Jurianne Matter?! HEIM is a village of 12 highly diverse houses: traditional, urban, rural, cosy and old but also contemporary and modern. They are genuinely prefab: pre-punched, pre-creased and with windows that have already been broken out. Even the interior walls have been provided with wallpaper in a trendy black & white print. The only thing that you, as a contractor, need to do is to glue the walls and roofs together where indicated. Finishing the houses is great fun, and once they are completed you can start shifting them around. Will your houses form a convivial village square on your table, or a ramrod-straight street on your window sill or against your wall? Will you string them into a festive garland, or give one away as a house-warming gift? With two of these sets (24 houses in total) you can also create the most amazing Advent calendar ever! Number them with the house numbers provided and put a small gift or message in each house, to be opened on each day of Advent.

MAGICAL SEA CREATURE LAMPSHADES BY VASILI LIGHTS

These magical sea creatures are created by Vasili Lights, an Amsterdam-based design studio co-founded by Vasili Popov and Lidiya Koloyarskaya. Since 2015 these two architects have channeled their creativity into interior design objects. Inspired by the Nordic seaside and the oceans’ many bioluminescent creatures, they create paper craft lampshades in the shape of aquatic animals. Each lamp is a reflection of their architectural background and is designed with an eye for detail. Inspired by the roaring seas and its many bioluminescent creatures, the lampshades come in five variations: the turtle, the dolphin, the fish, the octopus, and the jellyfish. The lamps come in different colors and you can even pick between two different types. The “Lampshade” is made with large cut-outs that show the bulb inside, and the “Lantern” has small perforations that create a soft glow. Assembly is easy, you can even put it together with your children! And the best part: the sturdy paper, small-scale production, and flat-pack design make the lampshades a sustainable choice, so actual marine animals are a little safer from plastic waste. Vasili now offers free world wide shipping (limited offer) so go over to their website and take a look!

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BEAUTIFUL HANDCRAFTED PENDANT LIGHTS

Le Souk has received new supply of their beautiful handmade pendants. Traditional techniques and craftsmanship are combined with a modern design. The little holes give the most gorgeous light effect on walls and ceiling. You can use a single pendant or group them together. Not all sizes are in stock, the larger sizes are available on request. The Style Files readers now get a 10% discount with code THESTYLEFILES10 (valid until 6th November or until stock lasts). The pendants featured in the above image are: Fillegraine pendant (available in four sizes), the Curves pendant (available in medium and XL) and the Souk pendant (available in five sizes)

Flower pendant (available in silver or gold) | Drop pendant (available in two sizes) | Le Circle pendant (available in two sizes) | Fillegraine pendant (available in four sizes)

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THE FRENCH QUARTER TILE COLLECTION

I came across this image (above) and I had to find out more about those beautiful tiles. They are made by Canadian company Mosaiquesurface which recently launched their new French Quarter Collection which includes 30 different mosaic patterns available in nearly 100 types of natural stone. In addition to the variety of stone types, 16 colors of Venetian glass and metal inlays are available. The Montreal based manufacturer introduced its newest collection in four “stories,” or sections. Each is inspired by the luxe interiors of old homes in the American South.

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HAND MADE CERAMICS BY LIQUORICE MOON STUDIO

Liquorice Moon Studios is an Etsy shop selling beautiful ceramics. Owner Eve lovingly hand makes all ceramics in her little home studio, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Each piece is born on the pottery wheel, built carefully by hand or cast from a handmade mold. She uses quality Australian stoneware clays & all glazes are hand formulated & applied by her in small batches, giving each item a unique & personal touch. Then the ceramics are kiln fired two or three times at extremely high temperatures for durability & to ensure that they are hardwearing & long lasting.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: EDEN LOCK HOTEL IN EDINBURGH

Eden Locke is a 72 room hotel located in Edinburgh’s New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site characterised by properties of the Georgian era. The hotel has been designed by New York City based practice Grzywinski+Pons. “The project was a complete gut renovation and comprehensive fit out of an existing hybridized structure. We took an 18th Century Georgian mansion and its 20th Century extension down to their respective bones and created the hotel from there.” Throughout the building a palette of warm materials and textures was crafted, powdery tones and soft lighting that make the most of the inimitably breathtaking natural light in Scotland. The end result is a design-led aparthotel for those who want to challenge the status quo, and experience the unique and authentic. Designed for travellers for whom a bed and shower in a shoebox isn’t enough, Eden Locke immerses you in its neighbourhood’s culture through spaces that connect you to a community of like-minded locals and travellers.

The designers: “Our intention was that the tension between the severe and stony building fabric and the verdant interior would foster measured incongruity where one exalts the other. We also designed much of the furniture and all of the joinery and employed bent wood, cane, wicker and terra cotta in equal measure with brass, stone, cementitious cladding and steel, all of which sits amongst ample vegetation. At the thresholds into the building we paid special attention as to how to architecturally transition between both the spaces and the eras. Glazed fanlights and wrought iron are framed by glass, timber and stone vestibules. Vignettes of the space within are shown to the street and the exterior ashlar and interior elevations form a studied composition on the facade.”

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