Hygge pronounced hoo-gah, according the the Oxford dictionary (yes we had to look it up too…all a bit confusing when you don’t speak Danish), is the Danish way of life encompassing cosiness and well being and its easy to understand why it has become a trend in recent months. So to help you get into the mood we have put together a few things you might need to get your home feeling Hygge and bring simple pleasures to your life.
Get your Living Room Fresh and Cosy….
Why don’t you add some texture to your living room with a rug that could add warmth along with some luscious throws. A DLM side table can become a serving tray. You can take the table from kitchen to room to carry all the treats that make you happy.
Serve your guests food on natural elements…..
Placing meals on beautiful Serveware can make a meal go from mediocre to amazing. Using Wood or Stone ware adds depth to your presentation and gives a more rustic homely effect.
Create an Atmosphere….
Something that brings pleasure to most is relaxing with a great magazine or book and reading by candle light. Lighting a candle with a scent that reminds you of your favourite things will be sure to get you into a state of Hygge. Better yet add beautiful flowers to your favourite vase and you’ll never want to leave your state of bliss.
2017 has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited about what is coming up for us at Future and Found, but we thought we would give you a quick round up of the best of 2016.
Simply the best…We started 2016 off with a bang when we were listed as one of the best Interior Design Shops in London and then later listed as one of the top 50 best boutiques in London by the Evening Standard alongside our other Tufnell Park retailers SK Vintage and Jessica De Lotz. We were amazed and humbled by the achievement and can only hope we continue.
We Stumbled with our Neighbours…..In May of 2016 we teamed up with our fellow small business owners in Tufnell Park to host the 1st Tufnell Stumble. A late night shopping event where we invited many of our customers to join us for an evening of drinks and nibbles plus exclusive discounts. We had so much fun seeing old and new customers alike and teaming up with new neighbours Diverse, Eeny Meeny among others we decided to host another Tufnell Stumble later in the year. We hope to have many more shopping nights where can support our neighbours and encourage more people to shop local.
Design Junction….Our lovely shop was included in the Icon Design Trail for a second year in a row and we were excited and exhausted to say the least. We partied, attended private views and hosted our own Design Week party all the while exhibiting at the Design Junction at Kings Cross. The festival was a great success and lead us to find new and exciting inspiration for the year ahead.
With all this excitment we say bring on 2017, the best is yet to come…
As much as we love Christmas we loath the many red, green and gold patterns that come with it. We want out gifts to look as good on the outside as they do on the inside so we have put together a few gift wrap ideas to make those presents stand out under the Christmas tree this year.
Get Festive with Fluoro
Have yourself a neon Christmas. These gift wrap ideas make unwrapping your presents a lot more fun. From bright coloured paper to simply adding a fun sticker or pom pom to your gift, you can add life to they Christmas tree and your loved ones day.
Keep it Simple. The Monochrome Effect.
If you prefer to keep things subtle this Christmas, Adding simple black and white wrap to your gifts can make for a stylish setting under the tree.
Get the look.
1. Neon Tape 2.Striped Treat Bags Fluoro 3.Holly Tree Decorations 4.Pink Macaroni Gift Wrap 5.Black and White Stripped Ribbon 6.Black Zig Zag Wrap 7. Silver Circle Stickers 8. Washi Tape
Living in a big city like London has its advantages, but vast amounts of space is not one of them. Trying to get into the Christmas Spirit in a small space can often be a challenge but we think that every one should be able to have a bit of festive cheer in their home no matter how large or small. We have put together a few ideas on how to get your space looking fun for Christmas.
Washi Tape Wonders
Why not use some simple and stylish Monochrome Washi tape to create a Christmas Tree with style and ease. The best thing about these trees is they need next no maintenance at all great for anyone missing a green thumb.
Bag a Branch
A perfect way to get a minimalist look this christmas is with branches. Add some fun by placing branches from a pine tree in a cute paper storage bag and some wooden christmas decorations for a complete nordic feel.
Set the Mood
No room for a small tree or space on a wall for washi tape? Why not add some warmth to your home with some candles. Beautiful Candle holders in white create a cool setting for a white Christmas.
Get the look here:
- Washi Tape 2. Rain Paper Storage Bag 3.Wooden Ball Decoration 3. Tallow Candles 4. Wooden Veneer Decoration 5. Porcelain Tea Light Holder 6. Sno Skandinavisk Candle
Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we have decided its time to get in the spirit of things. Obviously for us this means getting as much tasteful Christmas inspiration as we can. After all we would never allow for an all glitter explosion to occur. So to help you get in the spirit of things too we decided to put together some Christmas Table settings to inspire.
The Nordic Table.
Get the Look…
- Cork Trivet 2. Thread Cube Xmas Decoration 3. Painted Pots 4. Wood Tree Decoration
- 5. Felt Placemat and Coaster
The Monochrome Table
Get the look…
- Alphabet Mug; 2. Three Star Decoration; 3. Dash Pot; 4. Half Moon Paper Napkins; 5. Black Star Decoration
The Cool Grey Table
Get the Look…
- Terrazzo platter 2. Corky Glasses 3. New Norm Tableware 4. New Norm Mini Bottle 5. Tallow Candle
Christmas is just around the corner (almost 4 weeks away to be exact) and we are all anticipating the arrival of many family members. So we thought we could help you with a bit of guest room inspiration to ease the tension.
Get The Look…
1.Geometry Vase 2. Stacked Module 3. DLM Side Table 4. Mega Dot Quilt 5. Leaf Lamp 6. Dot Coat Hooks
Over at Future and Found HQ we are still recovering from the excitement/ madness that was London Design Festival. We can’t deny it was pretty full on, what with exhibiting at Design Junction Kings Cross, having our Tufnell park shop included in the Icon Design Trail for a second year running and a plethora of parties and private views to attend (not to mention our own little design week party at our shop). But now we’ve had a little time to reflect we thought we ought to give you a little round up of our favourite bits of the festival.
Now its possible we might be biased because we know Kangan Arora well and know how lovely she is… but we thought the This is India pavilion at the Old Truman Brewery, designed by Arora, was a real highlight, the observers by claymen were a particular favourite of ours. Kangan was also commisioned to create Shapescape a bold installation to adorn the Hanbury Street facade and guide visitors through the old truman brewery… which we loved! So much so that we even nabbed (with permission of course) a few of the shapes at the end of the show so watch this space for shape styling fun in Tufnell Park. It makes sense that one of our favourite parts of London Design Festival was Design Junction in its gorgeous new home in Granary Square, partly because we were lucky enough to be exhibiting there but also because all the other great brands that were exhibiting alongside us. We particularly enjoyed the offerings from Kirkby design, this checked sofa was a monochrome lovers dream… which anyone who know us will know we are. The latest incarnation of VG&P ‘s classic canteen chair where legs and seat are both coloured was a very pleasing sight.100% Norway curated by the talented Max Fraser was without a doubt the highlight of the week for us. Bringing together 17 Norwegian designers, some just starting out and others more established, the exhibition gave a great insight into Norway’s ‘contemporary design story’. We fell instantly for Wood crafter turned ceramics designer Ann Kristin Einarsen’s beautiful ceramics, the Rolla two tiered plant pot with a clever spout in the tray to pour away any excess water was unstated and beautiful. And of course we couldn’t resist getting a picture of the Organize storage system from dare to dream studio… pegboard perfection! All in all we’d say… What a week, we can hardly contain our excitement for next year!
In our last post we talked about monochrome as one of our key interior trends for Autumn/ Winter 2016 and promised we would share some of our other looks for the coming season. So Summer it seems, has finally arrived and in perfect time for our light and relaxed colour palette of cool muted pastels peppered with some of our gorgeous new brass beauties.When we are committing to a colour palette we see it through certain stages, all of which are equally important to our process. The first being our inspiration, usually abstract from external sources such as art, architecture or environment, as seen here in this soft geometric watercolour from Lourdes Sanchez or this pretty pile of paper edges.The next stage is thinking about how a colour palette will work in a real interior setting. These examples we’ve pinned of a beautifully mixed pastel storage wall and a dusky pink wall with relaxed linen bedding are evidence that pastel interiors can be both playful and sophisticated. And as always the ever-covetable Toogood studio designs display both these elements with ease.And finally we apply our palette to our collection, both in terms of product selection and subsequently how we photograph or present it… When it comes to a pastel palette it’s important not to let things get too pretty. We’ve attempted this by keeping the colours muted and the shapes graphic, strong geometric shapes contrast beautifully with softer colours and strike the perfect Future and Found balance… Pop in store or check out our collection online to judge for yourself.
Despite the fact that summer has yet to materialise over at Future and Found HQ we are busy prepping for the A/w season. And one of our most important moments preseason is Photoshoot day. We’ve been plotting, planning, pulling in samples and pinteresting for weeks and all so we can show our gorgeous new collection to it’s gorgeous best in our signature Future and Found style.
There are two things we aim to get from a photoshoot day, the first is the most obvious and that is to get great product photography that does the job of translating to you at home just how great all our products are when they don’t have the opportunity to see them in the flesh in our Tufnell Park shop. The second, equally important, is the chance to convey to customers and press alike our creative vision for the coming season and what our key trends are going to be.
The first of our A/W16 trends is MONOCHROME…
We love monochrome, the trend that keeps on giving and keeps on returning for a whole host of reasons… well two actually… BLACK AND WHITTE! No but seriously what’s not to love about monochrome, it gives you the opportunity to be bold and playful in a totally unscary way. Monochrome always looks fresh, it goes with everything, and we don’t know about you but we will never tire of it. Basically our love for all things monochrome is boundless and always will be. We had loads of new monochrome loveliness to photograph for our new collection and as it is easy to photograph well (because it’s just so danm good) we are really pleased with the results (coming soon).
Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peak of our latest photoshoot, stayed tuned for more pics and a run down of the rest of our trends for A/W16 …..
We had plenty of fun at New Designers part one this week, where textiles are centre stage, and its safe to say were confronted with eye catching pattern upon attention grabbing pattern; a veritable feast for the eyes. We loved what we saw and we understand that degree shows are all about shouting loud and making yourself heard so we arrived with ears and eyes ready. We particularly liked what we were hearing from the CSM BA Textiles stand… Josephine Ortega wowed us with a unique carpet weaving technique that also utilised the reverse of her work.. backs as beautiful as the fronts… while Fiona O’keefe showed us some somewhat familiar woven patterns but in a strikingly fresh and beautiful colour palette, Katherine Plumbs prints looked both modern and classic and infinitely usable, quite a feat if you ask us..
So there’s no two ways about it we were impressed but when we left we started to consider how we approach pattern in our own lives, either at work or at home and we have to be honest (we’re sure this wont come as any great surprise) but we tend to take a slightly more measured approach. As with most things the Future and Found manta when it comes to pattern is a definite less is more. We find keeping things clean and simple gets us a long way.
That’s not to say theres no place for patterns in our lives but we feel they work best when other elements of the design are uncomplicated, for example we love a bold monochrome pattern… And believe that when your colour palette is limited to black and white you can afford to blur the lines of your pattern a little, as displayed beautifully by Jode Pankhurst on our favourite dash pot where no two dashes are the same.
Now when colour and pattern meet, as demonstrated in these examples by Future and Found faves HAY and Tom Pigeon, gorgeous geometrics are what work best for us. These patterns are playful without being juvenile and designed without being pretentious… and that suits us down to the ground.