Designer style at BHS

May 13, 2011

Spot the difference. On the left: Maria Dahlgren’s (2008) London tray. On the right: ‘new’ autumn/winter 2011 BHS cushion. Erm…

Maria Dahlgren’s designs are really lovely and can be seen on her website, Metagram. We spotted a couple of other look-a-likes in the collection, too. The top image (below) is a close-up of a ‘new’ AW11 BHS cushion, the bottom image is a close-up of Charlene Mullen’s hand-embroidered ‘London Calling‘ cushion:

Hmmm. – Ellie

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Do you lust after the 1953 Vitra Hang it All coat rack by Charles and Ray Eames?

Do you shudder when you realise it’s £165 at Heals? Have you attempted to ‘get the look’ yourself with snooker balls, coat hangers and glue? No, neither have we. Honestly. If you’re watching your pennies, here’s our round up of the next best things…

1 = Multi Spot Coat Rack, £32.50 from Rockett St George. 2 = Retro Gumball Coat Rack, £5.95, Dotcomgiftshop. 3 = Retro Monochrome Gumball Coat Rack, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop. 4 = Greys ‘n’ Blacks Coat Hook, £12, Store.

5 = Eames Style Hang it All Coat Hook, £29.99, Vertigo Interiors. 6 = Charles Eames Style Red and White Hooks, £42.51, Vita Interiors. 7 = Charles Eames Style Multi and Black Hooks, £42.51, Vita Interiors. 8 = Over-Door Multi-Coloured Coat Hook, £12, Store.

Apologies for the title of this post. I’ve had too much coffee. – Ellie

What a great start to the week. My breakfast bagel didn’t catch fire in the IPC toaster (most days, it does), it’s sunny here in London and the new Paumes book I ordered, London Ateliers, has just arrived in a little parcel from Japan. It’s far too gorgeous to keep to myself, so it’s officially my ‘Book of the week’ and the ideal excuse for a tasty little post to kick things off…

paumesLondon Ateliers is a real visual feast, packed full of photos showcasing the studios of some of London’s hippest young designers. From Lisa Stickley‘s Clapham workshop, to Sharon Elphick‘s stunning Columbia Road base and Becky Oldfield‘s amazing studio (of Lost and Found)…there are some really interesting and inspiring work spaces in this book, packed full of quirky objects, gorgeous retro furniture and ideas to steal for your own home.

paumes2paumes3The colourful collages of photographs that fill the pages make up for the fact that all the captions are written in Japanese and I can’t understand a single word! Actually, the Japanese text looks really cool visually and kind of adds to the overall effect in my opinion.

paumes4As well as being a coffee-table stunner full of pretty pics, this cute book is also a handy directory of some of London’s most talented designers, most of whom I already know and love, but there are a few names I need to google and investigate further after admiring their style in this little design bible. You can order the Paumes books online for 1800 Japanese yen (roughly £12) each. – Ellie

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