Ferm Living AW11

August 26, 2011

They’re a chilled out bunch, the Danes at Ferm Living. Not only do they close their offices for the entire month of August so they can all hang out beside the sea (how civilised), they also release their Autumn/Winter collections at the very last minute. Just to keep us all guessing. The new collection is finally out today – and it’s certainly worth the wait…

There’s new ‘Happy Harlequin’ kids’ wallpaper – tiny diamonds in a fresh AW11 Ferm palette of pretty pastel pink, tangerine and navy blue – and fun house-shaped ‘Village’ cushions that would look at home in a children’s room or on your sofa. Of course, there are plenty of new wall stickers to admire, including this cute rain cloud design…

…and the new accessories are a joy to behold…

1. Wooden cones. A bit like pine trees, they’d look cool on a window sill or mantelpiece; 2. Cork tablemats with funky geometric patterns. Yum; 3. Weird but cool diamond pouffes, with eight facets and a practically edible colour combo of mustard yellow, dark brown, navy blue, grey and tangerine; 4. Cute wooden candle holders; 5. The afore-mentioned ‘Village’ of cushions; 6. Awesome wooden wall lamps shaped like camper vans, trees and Bambi.

I love the new ‘Candleholder String’ with chunky wooden beads on a leather thread – it looks like a strand of DNA and you can move them around to change the order of the spheres or tie the string in a circle to get a different look. Very cool. I also like the ‘Wine Bottle’ candle holders, which would look fabulous lined up in a row down the middle of a dining table. There are even wooden bead Christmas tree decorations to admire. Check out the Ferm Living Issuu catalogue and their lovely blog for more information. Apparently, in order to find inspiration for this collection, Ferm took themselves, their designs and their house “…in to the Wild Woods, then climbed the trees, danced in the rain, laughed and felt like a bunch of happy campers.” They’ve definitely got the right idea, these Danes. – Ellie

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NEW Mini Moderns wallpaper

January 5, 2011

Are you a fan of 1950s design? In love with mid-century modern style? Then have we found some wallpaper for YOU…

Mini Moderns is launching ‘Festival Wallpaper’ – an extremely cool design inspired by the 1951 Festival of Britain – the post-war exhibition of the new wave of modern British design, which celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year. If you look closely, you’ll see highlights of that exhibition on the paper – the iconic Skylon, the Dome of Discovery, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Transport Pavilion.

The wallpaper comes in 10m x 52cm rolls (£50 each) and is available in three colourways: concrete, stone, and bunting blue and red. It’s the first design in the new Mini Moderns Day-tripper collection, launching in September 2011, which will celebrate aspects of British culture, hobbies and pastimes.

I’m loving the 1950s-inspired colours on these papers. Can’t wait to see the rest of the collection later this year!  – Ellie