Up until a few years ago, I was one of those people who always said I couldn’t live in a place without a bath. I needed my end-of-the-day bathing fix to unwind – and sleep. But now, the last thing I do at night before going to bed is take Harris and Bracken out for a walk, and by the time I get home it’s close to midnight and I’m too tired. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a bath purely for its aesthetics! Which explains why the new Uno freestanding bath from Clearwater caught my eye.
I’ve been a great admirer of Twentieth Century Antiques for many years. Established in 1993 by Andrew Fletcher, Twentieth Century Antiques specialises in modernism, midcentury and postwar design – exactly the kind of pieces I lust after, basically. I first met Andrew when I was writing about a Georgian flat he had refurbished in Edinburgh – his own home – that was filled with the most beautiful pieces of midcentury furniture. Then in 2014 I interviewed Andrew and his partner Rachel Green about their home in Edinburgh’s West End – Magdala Mews remains one of my favourite houses on the blog.
Back in February 2015 I wrote about a house at 47 Old Church Street in London’s Chelsea that had been completed by the design studio and developer Echlin – you can find the accompanying Steller story here. It was a stunning property, and at the time I wrote: ‘This interior reminds you of what luxury really looks like: exquisite materials and detailing with a strong sense of craftsmanship, with some knockout features… and a floor plan conceived to enhance the space and flow and light.’
Two years on and I’m delighted to be sharing another project by Echlin that reflects these same qualities of craftsmanship combined with an impressive use and flow of space – with all photography by Nathalie Priem. Continue Reading…
Back in February I shared a post about Lundhs Real Stone worktops, otherwise known as ‘the kitchen worktops I’d like to have in my future home’, so perhaps I don’t need to explain why this latest collaboration between the Norwegian stone specialist Lundhs and the British and Norwegian design duo Thomas Jenkins and Sverre Uhnger caught my eye. Featuring Lundhs Blue stone combined with solid oak, this design collaboration is called As Long As You Like and offers a series of unique handmade dining tables that can be tailored to any length.
Given my addiction to all things Scandi, it’s perhaps no surprise that these images from the Norwegian stone specialists Lundhs caught my eye. When I was choosing a new worktop for my own kitchen a few years back, my default mode was to opt for natural stone. (I should explain, while I rent, I’m really fortunate to have a landlord who understands that a tenant who looks at interiors for a living is a good person to get involved when considering any home improvements!) We considered granite in various colourways, but in the end I realised that I really didn’t want a high gloss finish. I wanted something matte, something quiet. I opted for this Silestone and it’s beautiful, but had I come across Lundhs Real Stone worktops, and specifically their silk matte finish stone, well, my kitchen might have looked a little different today.
You know when you happen across a website, start browsing, and half an hour later you’re still there, hooked, clicking through categories and making mental lists of things you’d like? Curious Egg is one of those sites as this online store is literally filled with unique objects from accessories, textiles and lighting to (incredible!) wallpapers and artworks.
Curious Egg was launched in 2015 by artist Lorraine Aaron and her husband Roddy, who live in Perth in Scotland – I have to admit this Scottish connection also caught my eye. Lorraine has worked as a sculptor, painter, public artist and gallery artist, and has also taught contemporary arts practice and run a successful art consultancy business. Intrigued by how this experience led her to launch Curious Egg and informs her selection of pieces and artists, designers and craftspeople, I caught up with Lorraine to ask about her background and her business.