Known for its ability to instil a feeling of calm, and easy to pair with multiple colours, it’s no wonder green is a popular choice in homes. With a central position on the visible spectrum, green is particularly easy on the eye. Pair that with its tendency to evoke pastoral pleasure and you can see […]
Sometimes a city takes you by surprise and Wrocław is almost guaranteed to be one of them when it comes to colour inspiration.
Whether it’s Bank Holiday weekend or not, the desire to escape the city is palpable. So, if you’re home-obsessed like we are, why not shun the chaos of the travelling masses and create your very own getaway from the comfort of your humble abode?
The most immediate sign that you’ve met your match is undoubtedly the chemistry.
With historical links to royalty, velvet has long been a symbol of luxury. Said to hail from the Middle East, it gained popularity in Europe thanks to the Italians who jumped on the bandwagon during the Renaissance. For a long time, though, it carried a premium that made it exclusive to nobility.
Looking for the perfect sofa is a bit like dating. Finding ‘the one’ is tough. You’ve got to look forward to coming home to it every day, you wake up to it every weekend and it’ll need to see you through all of the triumphs and tragedies that life throws at you. It’s a big […]
“Having people put faith in what you do is a massive deal,” says Susan Castillo, creator of our latest Designer Edition, speaking of her career as a freelance designer.
“Inspiration is everywhere, but I’ve been getting more and more interested in Art Deco architecture. From London buildings such as the Hoover, Michelin, and Daily Express buildings to Frank Lloyd Wright, who also dabbled in textiles. They’re incredible structures with captivating lines.”
“When I’m not working, I spend most of my time playing football. I’m a fan of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United. My favourite player is Messi because he’s so passionate. I’d love to be like him.”
Long rectangular planks of pine arrive wrapped in plastic all the way from New Zealand. Like gifts waiting to be opened. Artisans cut them down to smaller, more manageable pieces, piling them up in Jenga-like towers in the middle of the floor, ready for crafting the Mimi three-seater sofa.
Mimi has been living in Saigon for three years. She moved over from Denmark after university. “My connection to Denmark is much stronger than to Vietnam; although both my parents are Vietnamese. My father fled to Denmark during the Vietnamese war. He met my mother there. She’d run from the war too.”
In the designer’s studio, the walls are covered in mood boards, photos, magazine cutouts, hand-drawn doodles of sofas and chairs, and elaborate floral patterns. When it comes to designing a sofa like our Mimi or any of the beautiful pieces that come from the workshop, Bertil, one of the designers looks all over for inspiration […]
“My parents were expecting a girl so when I was born, they gave me a girl’s name. I got teased a bit at school because of my name, so I started trying to make everybody laugh. I was as nice to them as possible and it worked – after a few months no-one teased me […]
“I’m an adventurer. I left home at 14 and have moved from city to city ever since. The country is so boring. I love city life. And because I’m friendly and kind, people like me – so I always make friends easily.”
Vuong has a long scar down the underside of his left arm. “I had a motorbike accident. No-one else was hurt. I should have been more careful though.”
“Jade is for protection. I took my bracelet to a Buddhist temple and left it overnight with a monk to be blessed. It’s really necessary – there are lots of ghosts in my hometown. I’ve never seen one but I know people who have. If you see a shadow flying around your head, that’s a […]
Surrounded by vibrant green rice fields and ponds full of shrimp, the workshop where the legs for the Mimi are crafted is easy to miss. From two and three-seater sofas to armchairs and ottomans, each Mimi is inspired by Fifties design with legs that have been tapered in the iconic mid-century shape.