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salone del mobile 2014 ... the very best of

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, May 08, 2014
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Detail Hermes Silk Fabric

As you can imagine, everyone is talking Milan and the Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair at this time of year.  My inbox is flooded with many versions of the pieces and the designers that have supposedly stolen the show. These are the pieces that stood out for me.

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Hermes Club Bar

The glamour of this drinks cabinet defies belief.


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Alexander McQueen Rug by the Rug Co

Wonderfully over the top ... as one would expect.
 

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Hermes Lighting

Never before have Hermes ventured into lighting but here it is, a small and perfect collection. 


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Philippe Starck Folding Chair

I simply love this chair for it's extremely slick take on a very casual piece of furniture ... not to mention the unimaginable quality of the tan leather.


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Brunello Cucinelli

So interesting, the number of fashion houses doing furniture and homewares.



Images: Wallpaper 

jasper conran ... from fashion to furnishings

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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British designer Jasper Conran has more than his share of flair. The son of designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran, he last year was appointed chairman of The Conran Shop, the design emporium started by his father in 1973. His aim ... to make the stores relevant again and he is already on the move.  This is in addition to his existing empire which includes fashion ... couture and department store, luggage, spectacles and homewares.  Oh yes, and he has created costumes for the Royal Ballet and English National Opera.

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Just another string to his bow ... his fabric collection for Designers Guild ... new interpretations on classic suiting. Flannels and pinstripes in an elegant and restrained colour palette.

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Jasper's background in fashion clearly influencing this collection in terms of both fabric choice, design and detailing.

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I love the way these fabrics mix and match so easily ... very difficult to go wrong here. These suiting shades of charcoal and navy can be punctuated with a delicious olive spot or paisley silk (cushions at top) ... which remind me of a beautiful mens cravat. 

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It is all about that background in fashion !!!

 

 

 

bring on summer ...

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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images: brown dress with dots, ditte isager

Summer is nearly here ... but not quite.  We do have to live through the overcast and stormy days of November and December first.  Yes we do get a little taste of sunshine here and there but not for long. Just when we are dying to leap into a bit of outdoor entertaining, pop into that floaty sundress ... even a trip to the beach.  The only consolation at the moment is that nobody has the time for any of the above.  The end of the year is fraught with breakup parties, christmas parties and the dreaded christmas shopping.  I guess what I really mean is 'bring on January'.  

designers guild shop online

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, January 28, 2012

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I was thrilled to see that Designers Guild now have a fabulous online store for throw blankets, cushions, candles and floor rugs.....the quality of their fabrics is beautiful which I think you can see even from the photos.  Such a bonus to have the actual Designers Guild ready made cushions as I have spent years buying small metrage to have made into cushions for projects I have been working on.

These cushions, rugs and throws all co-ordinate with the various ranges of fabrics and you will find that Designers Guild will do a whole collection in a particular colour palette which makes it easy to put together a scheme for a room.

I did blog about their fantastic tote bags made out of smart Designers Guild fabrics a while back.

My favourite ever Designers Guild fabrics are their Royal Collection based on archives of fabrics in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.....in fact now that I am thinking about it..... I might just follow up with that story and show some of those magnificent fabrics next.

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The Country Trader Extravaganza

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, December 05, 2011

 

What fabulous fun was had by all at The Country Trader Extravaganza.  Billed as the Greatest Show on Earth, it was all of that and more.  The Circus theme had everyone in the mood from the minute you arrived.....like entering the big top with all the entertainment that goes with it !!!!

In addition to the ever expanding collection of divine antique pieces....large and small, the massed Christmas decorations were breathtakingly beautiful and hard to resist. 

Very festive indeed....not to mention the most beautiful Christmas pudding I have ever tasted (very similar in flavour to the one I make but somehow twice as good when you haven't slaved over it yourself....or was it the accompanying Moet & Chandon!!!!)

Geoffrey Clark does nothing by halves....ever.

   


 

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