This summer, as our tiny back garden has sprung into life, I’ve realised how much this greenery has impacted on our mood during these strange months we’ve all been living through. I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated this as much. And while I’m no gardener (that’s the Other Half’s job), I’m looking for ways to bring that greenery indoors all year round. As once we move into autumn, far less winter, I’m going to miss my leafy view and the sense of calm it brings. Which is why this new modular living wall system from Horticus caught my eye.
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.
I started collecting beach finds when I was very young, walking on our local beach with my Dad and our Corgi Smut. My family moved to the coast when I was just three, so the sights and sounds and scents of the beach feel as if they are wound into my DNA. I had a collection of shells that grew and grew over the years, some picked up on our walks but others, including an entire collection of sea urchin shells, that my parents must have bought somewhere, although looking back, goodness knows where. I’m not sure what happened to them when I grew up. I’d like to think that they were passed on to someone else, but I guess they were thrown out, a childhood hobby that I’d outgrown.
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.
I’ve been wanting to introduce some dog-related content to Copperline for the longest time, but one thing has always held me back: how do you feature canine products on a design blog without them looking out of place? But to me, I don’t separate interesting design for dogs from interesting design for a home – interesting design, well considered design, design that engages you, that marries form and function – it’s all relevant, regardless of the end user. And, obviously, the things we buy for our canine companions are also the things we’re using, or living with, every day.