HOT TREND: MIAMI NEON

March 3, 2011

I have so many flamingos living on my desktop. First, there were two. One day, I looked away and when I returned they’d multiplied and become a ‘micro-trend’, the cheeky little beggars. So, I upgraded them to my ‘Miami’ file. Then, I accidentally dragged my ‘Miami’ folder into a ‘Neon’ folder – and lo, a trend was born. (It’s not rocket science).

Fluorescent colours are HOT on the catwalks this summer, and they’re just creeeeeping into our homes, too. (We’ll see pineapple lanterns at Habitat, palm tree and pineapple cushions at Dwell, tropical colours everywhere else.) Think palm trees, fuchsia pinks, electric yellows, eye-wateringly-bright tangerines…erm, sunsets, Miami beach-front neon signs and a big fat dollop of kitsch. This is Club-Tropicana-meets-Peckham-Nail-Bar-chic. For the first time in my life, I’m ‘bang on-trend’ as they say in the business. *Puts on reflective high-vis cycling vest and pootles off* – Ellie


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FYI: size matters

January 13, 2010

Playing with scale is BIG right now. Ha ha. It all kicked off with the GIANT Anglepoise floor lamp – you know the one – and now, with the imminent release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland film this April, it seems lots of designers have been nibbling the scale ‘shrooms and super-sizing stuff…

This isn’t just a designer thing. Oh, no. Head to the high street and pop into M&S later this spring and you’ll find a gigantic pair of wooden scissors (the ultimate Arrietty prop for a Borrowers-themed party?) which would look VERY cool leaning on a mantelpiece and they’re pleasingly Make-Do-and-Mend-ish, too. Habitat has huge button storage pots for this summer, and you can even get a giant pencil sharpener pen pot from John Lewis and a BIG Biro lid from Utility Design:

Plus, there are going to be HUGE floor lamps pretty much everywhere this year, copying the Anglepoise classic. Check out our April issue for a feature on these lamps! (PS – I like the idea of putting dolls house furniture under a glass bell jar!! Surprise, surprise…) – Ellie