Tagged: Design

Grounded x

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Headboard (still undecided), side tables (sort of there) and now thoughts for a rug:  Since the advent of wall to wall carpets the rug has shrunk in popularity yet it’s design prowess can’t be denied.  It adds warmth, colour, texture and interest like the tail feathers of a particularly beautiful bird of paradise. A rug, like the one above, can pull together two different pieces of furniture by linking them together on a shared bit of floor.

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(All pictures Pinterest)

Judging by these pictures, pink tones is the subconscious way to go…

Laters, Kate x

Pod luck..

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This is more of a dream than a reality, but it’s something The Husband and I keep talking about..converting our slowly decaying shed into a state of the art office pod.

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Given we live in London, it’s never going to be very big.  But that doesn’t mean it can’t be well designed.

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Nows the space to make a list of all the features that appeal, just in case the green light happens – like noting the slatted wall on the left for future reference.

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Not practical for a garden, but the shelf-desk across the large window ticks the boxes.

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As do these simple modular seating cushions.

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(All pictures Pinterest. Somewhere!)

And black.  It must be black..

Laters, Kate x

Klemens Torggler

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This is a post courtesy of the lovely Lia in Brussels who first introduced me, via a comment on this Blog, to the incredible work of Austrian wizard, Klemens Torggler.

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There are a rarified group of objects like the London Underground map that have totally fulfilled their design potential – to meddle any further would be to over-engineer or muddy.  And so it could be thought with the humble door – opening or sliding are the only two options.

That is until now.  Torggler’s design, based on rotating squares, makes it possible to move an object sideways without the use of tracks. Even if the object weighs 200 kg.

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There’s also the Evolution door,a door based on triangles that moves at the touch of a finger tip like a piece of living origami.

What I would give for my own flock of steel birds – The perfect marriage of function and Art.

Laters, Kate x

Espadrille Competition!

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Calling all fashionista’s (particularly those with a  young child within)  for our inaugural Pimp Your Kicks Design Competition! this is your chance to play, glue, dye, make..bake! accessorise and bling-o-rize a classic pair of espadrilles into a thing of beauty worthy of a street style photo shot (See here for more inspiration – seriously – the only limit is your imagination!)

 

The details:

  • Sign up below and send a photo of your finished shoes to contactkatebentley@gmail.com by midnight gmt on Friday 23 May
  • The winner will be announced on Monday 26 May with pictures of all the entries (can’t wait!)
  • You can enter as many pairs as you wish..and high heeled espadrilles also accepted.
  • There will be an external judge and a little prize for the winner..

I’m off to scout the internet for the cheapest pair of espadrilles I can find…and if I can find children’s sizes Bella and Charlie will be entering too!!

Laters, Kate x