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In Interior Design, Products on
21st April 2017

The Beauty of Ceramics.

I’m a 23 year old, travelling around Australia, free of responsibilities (to a point) and yet I spend a copious amount of hours on pinterest dreaming up a home of my own and I cannot walk past any of the pretty little design shops in Melbourne without having a peak at what they have to offer.

Recently, I keep spotting ceramics popping up on both pinterest and in these little shops. I am a big fan of this as I love all of the textures and layers of colour and the fact that, if your kitchenware doesn’t match exactly it doesn’t really matter. I am especially drawn to the ceramic mugs, because I have a slight mug obsession (the fact that I have to keep travelling around Australia at some point and carry everything with me, just about stops me from buying any out here…).

So instead of pining, I’m just going to share with you the objects I would purchase,

Ive put together a few ceramic kitchenware objects that I have been keeping my eye on lately and wanted to share with you.

The Sustainable Trend Of Cork.

Cork has been everywhere nowadays, with its lightweight and flexibility, its becoming a strong material within design. Not to mention the overall soft and lovely look. This is brilliant news for our society, because Cork is cheap to manufacture, easy to recycle and is completely sustainable.

So what makes Cork so sustainable?

It all starts where its grown. Cork grows on trees in mediterranean climates (such as Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France) and the trees grow without any extra pesticides, pruning or irrigation. Instead of the whole tree being cut, the bark is harvested. This lets the tree live on to a ripe age of 250. During the Harvesting, trained workers who are paid a good living wage, strip the outer layer that does not harm the tree in any way. A good thing to know is that, even with the demand for cork nowadays, we are still very far from exceeded the amount of cork trees available.

After Harvesting, the Cork is taken to factories, where it will be dried, boiled and turned into different products. An amazing fact about these factories is that 90% of the energy used in processing cork is made from burning cork dust, absolutely nothing gets wasted from the bark from the tree.

 

The Benefits of Cork as a Material

Corks antistatic surface makes it a great resister to toxins and dust, making this perfect for people with allergies.

It’s soft cushion touch, creates a great floor or decor and it’s antimicrobial and water-resistant abilities also help combat mildew and old.

Cork is also a great material at blocking noise. Because of this, its very popular within commercial spaces or exterior walls to diminish outside noise. It’s also a great material to retain heat, making it an easy solution for homes to cut down gas prices.

It’s being used in day to day lives, from small decor details, to full on cladding. But below are a few ways it has been used in a truly magnificent way:

Surman Westman Cork Covered Studio.

This cork covered studio, provides a workspace for sewing and music-making in the back garden of a client. The cork cladding provides weather resistance to the structure, as well as acoustic and thermal insulation.

The Architects Tom Surman and Percy Weston described “The natural earthy quality of the thick cork, combined with the wild-flows rood, helps nestle the building into its organic green surroundings. ”

It’s easy to see how this was achieved, with this cork outhouse, providing the perfect space for an at home work environment.

 

Selencky Parsons Cork Lined Pod within it’s office.

In it’s own studio, Selencky Parsons has added a cork pod into its working office. The use of the cork pod, was to create a warmer atmosphere within the space, as well as creating more storage and use.

The Architects said “We wanted to create a comfortable working zone within the space, while maximising the benefits afforded by the highly visible site”. As you can see this was well achieved, as the cork pod offers so many more uses for the office, as well as bringing an edgy charm to the place.

Ikea’s Cork Furniture Collection

Ikea collaborated with London Designer Ilse Crawford, a launch of cork and natural homeware products. The Sinnerlig collection mainly features natural materials and neutral colours that would fit into any home.

The overall shapes, focus mainly on material combinations rather than statement shapes, which makes these pieces truly adaptable.

The predominant material is Cork, used in thin layers to cover table tops, to creating lampshades. Crawford explained that “Cork is very much a part of our range, because of its acoustic properties and it works great with glass”, she believes that it is an important repurposing for the material because “no one wants wine corks any more!”

There are so many new and innovative ways coming out for using cork, I hope we can carry on using this amazing product. We’ll be able to limit damages to the rainforest as well as keeping up with the new trends.

In Interior Design, Products on
9th April 2017

Bringing Galactic To Interiors.

 

Bringing the galaxy into your home is a new trend, this year, that’s really catching on. Theres something really beautiful about the galactic and celestial pattern that really works. It’s been around in fashion, but now its infecting our home decor as well.

One way thats very popular is wall murals, like above. Instead of having a a statement block wall, covering your wall with images of the galaxy and constellations is a much bolder choice. If like me, you rather keep your walls a little more stripped back, heres a few ways to add a mini galaxy in a more subtle way.

  • Adding A Moon Table:

This table by Moroso would make an eye-catching piece within your home. It’s a functional way of following this trend.

 

  • Galaxy Rug

This galaxy rug is a beautiful way to add this in, in a more subtle way. This abstract version of a galaxy is hand knitted by Front and would transform a simple room.

 

  • Pendant Light

This Pendant Ceramic Light by Anagraphic is an interesting way too add a galaxy. In the day time, it would seem like a simple pendant. Then it would come alive in the evening, where it would scatter a galaxy of stars in your living room.

 

  • Galactic Blinds

This Blinds would be a little less subtle than the others… But the idea is awesome. Being darker in colour, they would block out the day light swell as bringing a feeling of night to the room.

 

  • Alice Mirror

This Alice mirror by Italian company Slow, reminisces a moon in an alice through the looking glass feeling. The oxidised finish, really makes this beautiful.

 

  • Galactic Plate Set

This Anthropologie Galactic set would be my favourite design. The overall finish is designed so nicely, I would love to have this in my kitchen.

 

 

In Interior Design, Products, Reviews on
25th March 2017

Ikea’s Recycled Kitchen

For most people, when designing your home, one of the first places you’ll visit is Ikea. It’s such an easy way to decorate, you simply walk through different sections, picking out the furniture you like and then simply collect them at the end… and I also have to mention the food hall, which lets face it, we don’t more of an excuse to visit.

Well now to make this an even better experience, IKEA have come up with a completely recycled kitchen. It’s made up of of recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood. With the amount of plastic bottles ending up in landfill, this could be such an ingenious way of cutting back on so much waste, it proves that recycling on a large scale is very possible (which gives no excuse to how much we waste).

The design is structure is formed from the reclaimed wood while the coating is made with plastic bottles. The colouring is a lovely matt grey with a contrasting shiny black handle. John Lofgren, creative designer at Form US With Love, said:

“We wanted it to feel like a black T-shirt, tuned to fit right, practical and still precious.” 

You would assume with how much it costs in production to apply waste materials to design, that this would be coming in at a hefty price, making it not so achievable for a lot of people. But Anna Granith, product developer at IKEA, explained that:

“Overcoming the price as a milestone in the development. Sustainability should be for everyone, not only for those who can afford it.” 

IKEA is paving a way for new design at low cost. The design is effective, low-priced and economic, whilst also having a sleek and sophisticated finish. Did I also mention that it is set to last 25 years? It almost seems too good to be true.  There’s more to come too, as the company is introducing more sustainable furniture in 2017 that are ‘no waste’.