If you are interested in furniture design (like I am) you will be please to hear that the V&A museum in London is to open a dedicated furniture gallery in December, complete with touch screen information panels – a first for the museum.Being designed by Scottish practice NORD Architecture, the space will house some 200 furniture pieces, all previously on display but dotted around the museum.According to the designers, one of the greatest challenges of the project was finding a suitable design backdrop to the furniture collection, which spans hundreds of years of history. Its solution is for the exhibits to follow a linear chronological order of European, American and Asian furniture from the Middle Ages to the present day, will be set against a subdued colour scheme.
Some of my favorite furniture pieces that will be featured:
Penguin Donkey bookcase
The Penguin Donkey Bookcase by Egon Riss and Isokon, 1939, probably the most forward-thinking British furniture manufacturer of the 1930s (what a perfect design!)
Contemporary Charles Eames Storage Unit from the Fifties
One of Charles Eames many well known designs(absolutely love him!).
Desk made in 1935-1936 (made) by Breuer Marce
Made in the 1930 but would but would feel at home in any contemporary home.
Around the outer museum wall, separate displays will describe technical aspects regarding furniture production and design, as well as construction techniques such as digital manufacture, gilding and carving.
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Coinciding with the release of the new Bond film this instant classic Aero Metal furniture range was inspired by the World War II streamlined Spitfire fighter planes. Fit for James Bond – the Aero range is perfect for that bachelor pad interior. These pieces are effortlessly cool and stylish, and ultimately masculine.
Finished with patch worked polished aluminium panels the 007 Aero five shelf unit is the place to store those all-important books and secret weapons.
007 Aero Bookshelf
Inspired by streamlined World War II fighter planes, JAMES Aviator wing coffee table also features a polished aluminium patchwork exterior accented with steel screws. This aerodynamic table is built around a solid hardwood frame and has 2 canvas-lined shelves offer ample storage in your stylish James Bond inspired interior.
James Aero Metal Wing Coffee Table
The BOND Aero Egg Chair is the daddy of historical reference with a contemporary temperament. The result is an original and modern chair not only fit for Mr Evil, it will bring that cool sophisticated look to any living room. Patch work panels of polished aluminium wrap our chair’s silhouette, the deeply cupped seat and padded arms are upholstered in supple dark ,aged leather, making this chair exceptionally comfortable. Adjustable seat height and lumbar support can be adapted to each evil genius. Designed and crafted to be at home – both indoors, outdoors (and in the secret lair), The BOND Metal Aero Egg Chair provides style and grace, enhancing the characteristic your room. This is the chair to make the guys jealous with.
BOND Aero Swivel Egg Chair
The Bond Aero chair: designed for your pleasure.
Retro furniture is having a revival this year – and the 50′s style is back in a big way.
Take some style inspiration from some of Click4interior’s favourite fifties pieces;
The fifties style has quietly grown in popularity with just the odd fifties inspired design here and there, like the classic Eames chair (if your purse cannot afford the original see http://www.click4interiors.co.uk/armchairs/zigzag-designer-armchair-2215902-392098-832192.php for a gorgeous chair inspired by the classic).
But now it seems designers have fully embraced the 50′s as a source of inspiration. We at Click4interiors are spotting more design classics and pieces with strong 50′s influences – and we will Pin our best finds here http://pinterest.com/click4interiors/for-the-home/.
The 50′s style is characterized by clean simple lines, rounded edges and the celebration of form as the focus of design. The Teak Lounge Chair, an iconic shape that cannot fail to impress, is one of the lounge chairs that defined the decade; a must to get an authentic 50′s style.
For more 50′s style inspiration visit our Pinterest page; http://pinterest.com/click4interiors/for-the-home/
Bold vintage floral prints, inspired by English cottage garden flowers have been reigning supreme this year, from the catwalks to your home furnishings, they seem to be everywhere!
They’re available in an array of inspiring prints and colours and they look fantastic upholstered onto furniture and cushions.
Create a modern and beautiful Living Room with a pretty floral-print sofa and vibrant shades of lime, magneta, coral, and seaglass. Contrast with taupe and chalky white.
Modern floral-print chairs like this work well in a scheme that compliments the fabric motif and chair shape. Use natural flooring, real wood furniture and colour the walls with shades from the upholstery to create a fresh modern feel around this classic piece.
Here the designer has chosen daring pale lemon coloured walls. This may be frightening if its your own home, and yellow walls can go disasterously wrong – but here the colour way is fantastic and also unusually relaxing!
The newest microtrend!
The next most fashionable item for your home will be the two coloured chair. Simple as pie! Two block colours which can be tones, matching or clashing colours on the same piece of furniture – for the most stylish and easy look this piece of furniture should be a tubchair.
As seen on the catwalks at London Fashion Week 2012, the colours the designers chose were far from dull! What an impact can be made by mixing different tones and putting bright colours together.
If there’s one thing I have learnt it’s BE BOLD AND LIBERAL WITH COLOURS! Dont be afraid of the brighter clashy colours, you can easily match these colours with small accessories like glassware and throws.
For best results choose one colour which matches your existing interior and the other to clash, and if you want something less frightening choose a neutral colour (ivory, cream, pale grey, pastels) and then one bold statement colour (sunshine yellow, red, orange, turquoise, royal blue, sea green, purple).
Colour Pairs that are hot now:
Teal & turquoise, grey & yellow, black & white, orange & blue, hot pink & nude, ocean blues.
Armchairs no longer have to partner the sofa. Although armchairs do not get as much use as sofas, it makes sense to take your time to find the perfect armchair that ticks all your boxes. The armchair does not have to follow the other furnishings in your home. Armchairs like the Mellow armchair are a style statements in their own rite. Its unusual shape will add visual interest to your interior space. Mellow armchair is worth choosing for its style and cozability factor. The Mellow’s wooden and plywood frame is covered in high density foam, which gives this chair the marshmallow ‘look’. You can get it in a neutral coloured natural jute fabric which highlights the all over buttoned detail. Mellow armchair buttoning is inspired by the Robert Stadler Royeroid armchair, but way more affordable.
Royroid Robert Stadler designer armchair
The Mellow is a The statement armchair that is a brilliant buy , adding the designer feel to your home.
Bored with it in the lounge? Take it to the bedroom where the Mellow will offer you a comfortable seat to enjoy reading your favourite book and the occasional space for laying clothes before tidying them into the wardrobe.The natural jute upholstery ensures it is a timeless piece, an instant hit of modern elegance.
I remember seeing heavy duty industrial furniture in Factories (now museums) of the bygone eras that I have visited as a child. Now as we tire of the flat packed and “perfect look” furniture a new trend of timeworn industrial furniture is emerging. People who aspire to affirm their own freedom of choice in matters of taste and lifestyle buy the “real” industrial diner furniture, however majority of us might not be able to find such pieces or to afford to buy the “original” antiques, hence why manufacturers began to reproduce furniture from the Industrial Revolution era.
industrial looking coffee table
Our Rydal industrial coffee table is an good example of such furniture. It has been manufactured from weathered timber and has a deceitfully distressed finish. The Rydal coffee table’s metallic effect frame that supports the timber table top and a shelf ,the metallic effect composite corners complete with nuts and bolts and the industrial looking castors ensure that the coffee table looks as if it came straight out of a factory from the Industrial Revolution. The Rydal coffee table has the industrial edge (you could believe that it’s seen a few years) – adding it to your living room is a great way to work this look into your home!
Other matching industrial look furniture available,visit our website.
I am always on the outlook for timeless pieces of furniture , so I was so pleased to find this stunning contemporary Armonica coffee table retailing at £234.00. It’s base is made out of dark finished vertical steel rods with a round tempered clear glass table top. It screams quality and substance.
I wasn’t searching for them but the Bartok table lamps made my day! Their open wire bases are made out of shaped, coloured wire rods . The Bartok table lamps retail at £99.00 on our website, they come in two different styles and two colours. The Bartok Red table lamp base has been created with red coloured metal wire rods. It stands tall and proud and comes with a red trapeze shaped lamp shade.
The Bartok Black lamp has a different designed lamp base that also is made out of shaped wire rods but coloured black. A black drum lamp shade finishes off the look.
The designs of the Armonica coffee table and the Bartock table lamps remind me of the iconic furniture designed by the 60s architect and designer Mr.Warren Platner .He has designed a range of furniture made out of steel rods. The idea to shape steel rods into furniture came to him during a walk through the countryside where a shiny sheath of wheat inspired him to transformed nickel plated steel rods into sculptural furniture that is now considered a design icon. It has won him the American Institute of Architects International Award.
Mr Warren Platner’s prototypes were sold at an auction signalling growing interest by collectors of Mid-Century Modern design and this collection has been in continuous production ever since.