Last summer, back in the days when life was still ‘normal’ and we thought nothing of getting in the car and going places (remember those days?), we went to visit Holyrood Architectural Salvage in Edinburgh looking for something for the garden. As we were wandering around, I spotted an array of vintage tiles that were arranged by pattern in small batches, and as I was looking at them, admiring their rich hues and retro feel, I was wondering what someone might use them for. As that’s a problem when considering period tiles: finding enough of the design or style you want to work for the project you might have in mind.
One of the things that’s really struck me over these weeks of lockdown has been the need for creativity. Personally, I’ve been taking more photos, creating more stories on Steller, and feeling the need to write more. For me, it’s been a means of keeping my head positive and focussed, and scrolling through Instagram and talking to friends, it’s clear that I’m not alone in this.
And as many of us are now spending more time at home – pretty much all our time in the last six-plus weeks – chances are that we’re also looking around and considering the improvements we could make, and the creative interior projects we might embrace. Textile designer Claire Gaudion responded to this when launching her Collaborative Moodboard Project.
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.
Back in September I featured the new wallpaper collection from UK textile company Flock, who work with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles for interiors. Flock has since launched a new collection called Blocks – a Yorkshire wool textile that’s available as a throw and cushion, and also to purchase by the metre.
Back in September I posted about Williamstone Farm Steadings – a steading conversion on the edge of North Berwick, where the interiors of the three steadings were designed by DecorAir – and this flat in Edinburgh is another project from the same design duo of Rachel Richmond and Xanthe Weir. Rachel and Xanthe launched DecorAir earlier this year with the aim of offering tailored design packages to the buy-to-let market, calling on their years of experience working on interior projects – Rachel is the Design Director of the Edinburgh-based interior design company Hen&Crask while Xanthe is the founder of the online store Lair specialising in midcentury furniture, lighting and curios.
“Geometric patterns can be bold and playful creating a fun update to a room that’s neither masculine or feminine,” Jenny Wingfield reflects. “But they can also be very restful; elegantly simple geometric forms and repeating lines have a rhythm that it is satisfying and soothing to the eye.”
Jenny is the Creative Director of Flock, a London-based design company that works with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles – and now also wallcoverings – for interiors. When I came across Flock I was immediately drawn by the dynamic aesthetic of these designs and also by the ethos behind the company. As it says on the website: ‘Flock aims to create a unique pathway for new designers and represents some of the UK’s most exciting emerging British talent.’