In Issue 48
I don’t know if it’s to do with the warm weather we’re still enjoying, but we’re not quite ready for a wintery October/November issue, so we’ve gone bright, bold and colourful instead – which no doubt you’ll have noticed by our choice of cover!
As a fan of the Danes, and a lover of their design classics, I’ve fancied staying at Hotel Alexandra for a number of years, but sadly our road trips have just fallen short of a stay over in Copenhagen each time. So until that happens, I’ll have to make do with having a nosey around the rooms by featuring it in the magazine – I love the Verner Panton Suite, which would you book?
Cabarets and Clubs
Merging discretely with meadows on a wooded hill-side in the Forest of Dean is this exceptional eco-efficient, contemporary home, described in the Architects Journal as ‘one of the most outstanding new houses in Britain in a decade’.
Despite an internal footprint of over 5,000 sq.ft, the house is a stealthy and time- less architectural solution to the sloping plot, embedded within the natural insulation of the surrounding landscape.
Jean and Michael’s search for a new home began in 2007 when they started looking for a site to build a highly efficient home that would provide enough space to hold both their studios. Success came in 2010, when they found a Victorian cottage with a series of outbuildings in the Forest of Dean, overlooking the Wye Valley.
In Issue 47
Picture the scene – a dark room, smoke fills the air, experimental poetry is being read in one corner, whilst in another, a group of artists passionately discuss the issues of the day – welcome to the world of the first cabaret clubs!
The story begins in Paris in the late 1880s at the opening of the iconic Chat Noir, which immediately attracted a group of radical young writers and artists called Les Hydropathes (“those who are afraid of water – so they drink only wine”) – sounds like our kind of club!
When we first started buying items for our home, we found that there was so little interest in furniture from the 1930s, that we were able to kit out our the entire place on our very meagre budget. Of course, once we’d started to invest in ‘the look’, it quickly led to us seeking out all manner of period accessories at auctions and fairs to go with it; cocktail and smoking sets, Bakelite boxes, rugs, lighting... the list went on, and so did our buying!
Jazzing it Up
New Orleans is one of those cities where the beauty and character lies in the patina, and antiquated architecture, which, when pieced together works seamlessly. This Bohemian New Orleans style plays with pattern, texture, patina and colour, which can bring a vibrant, eclectic, quirkiness of character to any home. But mixing so much pattern and texture from vintage finds can be tricky, which is why you only bring together items that you truly love and can’t live without!
The world of interior design had been ticking along very nicely – the occasional peak causing a few ripples of excitement, the occasional trough where it got stuck in a stylistic rut - but then Art Deco burst onto the scene and turned the accepted status quo completely topsy-turvy.
Sandwiched between two bleak periods, the aftermath of WWI and the grey Depression years, Art Deco was an explosion of life, warmth and colour that refused to be contained. Bold and controversial, this was a style that would muscle its way to the centre of the design stage, and become an effervescent inspiration for countless artists and designers ever since.