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.
I must admit, up until recently I wouldn’t have looked on cork as a must-have material from a design perspective. But then I started coming across cork used by designers as an alternative to leather (something I’m always interested in) as with the Canadian brand Matt & Natt, who fashion cork into bags and clutches as part of their fantastic vegan collection, and most recently with the Australian brand Herzog whose very cool cork collars are on my wishlist for Harris.
And now there’s a new cork product range to add to the interiors wishlist. The Cork Collection is the first range to be launched by the new British lighting brand NOVE. NOVE was founded by the interior stylist and designer Kirsty Saxon, who has combined cork with solid brass elements to form a beautifully refined and elegant collection that includes The Marbled Wall Light, The Marbled Pendant, and The Marbled Light.
I’ve been an admirer of Soo Burnell’s photographic prints since she launched her first collection three years ago, and of her typography prints before that, but also I’ve known Soo for years as we’ve worked together on interior features for magazines, before Copperline was born and before Soo launched SOOuK in 2013. Soo’s latest collection of photographic prints blew me away when I first saw them, and while you might expect me to say that about a friend’s work, really, they did.
I love the concept of poolside and Soo’s approach to the architecture of Edinburgh’s historic swimming pools, from the striking geometry to the dreamy colour palette, to the beautifully simplistic and minimal placement of figures within the spaces. Even after living in the city for years, I’ve never seen inside these public swimming pools, and am amazed by the detail of these ‘hidden’ spaces.
I’ve long been an admirer of Tom Raffield’s lighting designs – indeed, I have my eye on the curvaceous and fluid Skipper pendant for the new yoga space – so I was interested to see the design studio launching a new product collection called The Green Range. This collection again showcases the brand’s signature curves and traditional steam bending craftsmanship but with a new addition: ceramics.
In my last post I mentioned about how I’ve shifted into product sourcing mode, and I have to admit, when thinking about a shower room redesign, this new collection from Crosswater has pretty much defined what I want to do. In a word: black – black tap, black shower fittings, all black, against crisp subway tiling. I’ve had my eye on this style for a while – since I wrote about a bathroom in Edinburgh where the owner wanted black fittings and had been challenged to source them online at the time – and while I’m wary of trends as such, especially with a kitchen or bathroom where you want a design approach that won’t date, this aesthetic has stuck with me.
When I was choosing some new kitchen worktops a few years ago I went to visit a stone supplier outside Edinburgh to have a look at different granite finishes, and I remember being amazed when seeing all the giant slabs of stone on display. It’s one thing looking at small samples of stone in a showroom but quite another seeing unfinished stone slabs in a yard. So I can only imagine how impressive it would be to see these incredible stone finishes if visiting stone specialist Gerald Culliford‘s yard at Kingston Upon Thames.