2 years ago · 7 min read
Our obsessions: 7 questions with Freddie from Patch

If there’s anything that catches attention at Swoon HQ, it’s plants. Who knew that when our delivery from Patch arrived it would cause such a stir? “Where are these from?” “I like this one.” “Are we allowed to keep these?” “Can I take this one home?” And so on, and so forth.

2 years ago · 7 min read
Your perfect interior cocktail

You can tell a lot about a person by the cocktails they drink, or so they say. Just like your interior style, cocktails can be fun and quirky, smooth and elegant, fresh and lively, or simple and timeless. But can we tell which furniture suits you based on your favourite cocktails? We can certainly try.

2 years ago · 7 min read
Breaking news – we’ve hit refresh for spring

You might have noticed that it looks a little bit different around here. Well, you’re not imagining it. Just as we dust away the cobwebs and clear out the clutter ahead of spring, we’re doing the same at Swoon HQ. It’s time for a breath of fresh air – fingers crossed it doesn’t start snowing […]

2 years ago · 7 min read
The March Edit – 9 new pieces we can’t live without

We’ve only just met them. But we’re in love. Every month we’re lucky enough to see a myriad of magnificent designs drop at Swoon HQ, so when it comes to choosing our favourites, it’s tough. From decadently Deco bar stools to textured wall cabinets, our interior obsessions know no bounds. Give your home something new […]

2 years ago · 7 min read
5 sideboards for small spaces

It’s a reality. Most of us are strapped for space in our homes, right? But there’s no need to despair – you have options. A lot of options. And when it comes to finding storage that fits into cosy corners, boy have we got a lot of options.

2 years ago · 7 min read
What’s on trend – the Power Palette

Move over muted minimalism – 2018 is the year of the maximalist. The year of stepping into creativity and presenting your personality to the world. Think mixing and matching patterns, embracing eclecticism and expressing yourself to the max. One of the best things about this trend is the exploration of colour – bold, bright and […]

2 years ago · 7 min read
What’s on trend – compact living

Compact living – it’s a thing. Ever-increasing house prices mean that small living spaces are a reality for most of us. But it needn’t be a bad thing. Small spaces are quicker to heat, easier to clean and now, the land of design is catching up with the magic of ‘micro’.

2 years ago · 7 min read
6 console tables that make an entrance

First impressions mean everything. Or so they say. Well, we say it too, and it’s true of your hallway – the first part of your home that anyone sees. The forgotten entryway, often overlooked as we rush off to work in the morning, and fall across the threshold in the evening, dumping our coats and […]

3 years ago · 7 min read
Under the spotlight: screen-printing.

The most defining feature of our Sahara chest of drawers is the screen-printed patterns. One of the earliest methods of printing, dating back over two thousand years, it brings an ethnic, folkish feel to this otherwise mid-century shaped design.

4 years ago · 7 min read
Dinesh, 45 – carpenter.

“Carpentry has been in my family for generations. I’ve been around it from a very early age, picking up skills as I got older. It’s more than a job for me. I even have my own band saw at home.”

5 years ago · 7 min read
Kanharam, 21 – stainer.

“My outlook on life is simple. I’m happy to take life as it comes. I approach life with this line in my head: ‘I’ve put my boat in the water, let the water decide where it moves.’”

5 years ago · 7 min read
Sanna Naapuri – designer.

“Inspiration can definitely come from the unexpected, but I’m almost always influenced by my travels. My family moved a lot when I was younger and I often find elements of Middle Eastern and Nordic cultures wind their way into my designs – sometimes totally subconsciously.”

5 years ago · 7 min read
Hastaram, 22 – sander.

Hastaram actually means ‘laughing man’. But when we talk to Hastaram, we soon learn he’s a serious character. He laughed when we asked to take his photograph though.

5 years ago · 7 min read
Harivansh, 31 – welder.

“I love history and I love travel. I grew up in Uttar Pradesh, but then travelled with a group of friends. We came to Jaipur a few years ago to explore its history. The fort and the palace are my favourite places here.” We asked him where his favourite place is in the world, but […]

5 years ago · 7 min read
Sumer, 28 – painter.

I moved from my home in Mandawa when I’d just turned twenty. It’s a place of strong community, so it makes the distance easy to cope with. My childhood friends are still my friends. Phones help too, but it can be hard to end a call sometimes. 15 minutes later and I’m still there.”

5 years ago · 7 min read
From time to time: longevity in China.

Just watching her, the movement of her arms and her legs, soft and slow, determined and confident, is hypnotic. Bearing cameras and foreign curiosity, we’re at first concerned that we may be disturbing her. We soon realise she hasn’t registered our presence at all. Such is the power of tai chi – a centuries old […]