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.
DIPPING LIGHT14th September 2018
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.’
COLOUR POP21st January 2016
If you’ve been following Copperline for a while, you’ll already be well aware of my grey obsession. But while my default setting is grey-toned, I‘m always inspired when seeing how other people use colour, and this contemporary house in the States caught my eye for its colour-pop accents played against clean chalky whites.
SEVEN GAUGE STUDIOS20th August 2015
If you’ve been following Copperline for a while you may recall that I’ve featured Seven Gauge Studios here twice before (yes, I am that big a fan): first back in 2013 as an In Conversation With feature with the company’s founder, textile designer Joy Bates, and then in January last year when I wrote about the latest collection at the time. So when Joy got in touch to introduce her new collection for Autumn/Winter 2015 I had to share it.
CARRER AVINYÓ7th May 2014
If you noted my previous post, you’ll have clocked the geometric tiling obsession, and that post reminded me of this incredible property located in the heart of Barcelona. There’s geometric tiling, and then there’s geometric tiling – that is, tiles that are used as an integral design element, both in terms of their decoration and, as here, as a means of defining zones within an open plan living space. Continue Reading…
SHADES OF GREY20th February 2014
Those of you who know me through this blog will already be aware that I have a ‘thing’ about grey. This is a shade I never get tired of, from clothes to furnishings to paint colours. I’ve swooned over Farrow & Ball’s many subtle grey tones in various properties over the years – the beautifully chalky-pale Cornforth White is a current favourite, while I’m increasingly drawn to Down Pipe, which feels like the perfect dark grey. Continue Reading…