One of the main things that made me want to get back here after a break was simply blogging about things that catch my eye. Design I love and houses to get excited about. You know when you see something interesting and just want to write about it? That’s why I blog. And one of my favourite houses that I’ve shared here was back in 2013 when I came across the C/Z House in the Portuguese Azores, designed by SAMI Arquitectos – a minimal and contemporary black timber-clad house with flowing open plan spaces designed for family living, and with large windows and glazed walls creating an indoor-outdoor flow. While simple and graphic, the house also blended with its natural environment, as if hugging the rugged landscape.
One of the good things about compiling the weekly Interior News page for Scotland on Sunday is hearing about interesting new product ranges, as well as designers I haven’t come across before, and sometimes a collection arrives in my inbox that I know will work for the blog too. The new Wharf Lighting collection by the London-based design studio Harris & Harris was one of those emails. This range of lighting combines British craftsmanship with a thoughtful combination of materials – reeded glass, ash, brushed brass and blackened steel.
Founded in 2014 by husband and wife design duo Alexander and Sharon Harris, the Harris & Harris team creates innovative interior and product designs for clients across the residential, hospitality and commercial sectors, as well as a growing product collection, and the products are made in the UK by a network of artisans, workshops and factories.
So hello. It’s been a while – since September last year to be precise. I took a blog break that became an extended blog break, and then I wasn’t sure when or indeed if I was coming back here. I’d been working on some other ideas – hopefully a new venture this year. I decided to spend less time at my desk. But I kept bookmarking ideas for blog posts. And occasionally an email would arrive with a great product range and I’d immediately think, ‘I have to blog about this…’ So I’ve been saving ideas waiting for the time when I wanted to sit down and write – and if I decided not to, well, that was fine too.
And then yesterday I was browsing Dezeen and I spotted this house. Random, but interesting, and it reminded me that I used to enjoy blogging about random and interesting things. Not planned posts as such. Just things I liked. Wasn’t that why I started Copperline in the first place? So, the best way to start writing anything again is just to start.
The Barcelona-based designer Jordi Canudas is described as ‘an alchemist of light’ and his latest design in collaboration with Marset is the simple, beautiful and dramatic Dipping Light. The project to develop this design started in 2014 and today’s collection – which is available from Nest.co.uk – features lamps in two sizes, Marset Dipping Table Lamp Large and Marset Dipping Table Lamp Small, and in six colours: green, amber, pink, white, black and blue.
As Marset writes: ‘Beyond its function as a lamp, the Dipping Light seeks to excite. When it’s turned on, its different shades of paint sift the light, creating a magical ambient effect. When it’s off, its colored glass sphere is an object charged with beauty, and an eye-catching design piece for a shelf, bedside, or table.’
Every so often when searching for new products for the weekly Interior News page I compile for a newspaper, I come across something that I know will work here too. Discovering Undercover was one of those moments. Born from founder Miriam Tyrangiel’s desire to find really good quality bed linen that combined a strong design aesthetic with environmental credentials, Undercover’s collections are designed in London and produced by a family-owned factory in Portugal – a factory that’s been crafting high quality bed linen for 70 years.