Concrete Can Be Cosy

Concrete has come a long way since its traditional council estate beginnings.

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Growing in popularity with homeowners and architects alike, the material is finding its place within modern interiors. It’s come a long way since its cheap raw beginnings. Used primarily for its semi-liquid state, and its ability to create smooth edges and shapes hard to achieve with other building materials. Quickly becoming the material of choice for most architects. It has since crossed the bridge into the world of design, with a new light thrown upon it. Being cost effect and having many finishes have helped in its rise in popularity. The stuff can be: acid-etched, jack hammered, or grit blasted, tinted, mottled, matt or glazed.

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Concrete is in our Future and Found DNA, it’s safe to say we love the grey stuff. Making its appearance on our new shop floor, lighting and finishes. It is a good example of how you can add in the raw material, even if the idea of pouring concrete into your floor and re-modelling your homes walls is out budget let alone out of the question. Our Nod concrete pendants are taking front and centre stage in our shop window, with a smaller cluster of Nud concrete pendants towards the back. They both help to add contrasting textures and a modern shape. Something you can bring very easily into your own home.

Here are a few of our concrete favourites from the Autumn collection…

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Meet the Makers… Karolina from Bobbin & Bow

This month we launched a brand new programme of design workshops all run from our Tufnell Park store and studio space. Our very first was Pajaki Chandelier Making with Karolina, the lovely owner of Bobbin & Bow

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Karolina Merska is a jewellery designer and founder of Bobbin & Bow living in London. As if that wasn’t enough she also makes beautiful pajaki’s. Pajaki (pah-yonk-ee) literally translates as spiders of straw in Polish. We know, the word spider creeped us out as well, but we promise there’s nothing creepy about them!

Pajaki are traditional Polish chandeliers made from rye straw and paper. They symbolise health and happiness and date back to the 18th century when they were made in the countryside by women as decorations for their homes. Pajaki were especially popular at Christmas and Easter and at weddings.

Today the tradition is practised less and less but Karolina keeps the tradition alive. We asked her some questions about these Polish chandeliers as we enjoyed the workshop so much.

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When did your interest for pajaki start?

It was love from the first sight. I remember I was stunned by their delicate structures and colourful paper flowers. I knew I have to make some for myself. About two years ago I have started working on my pajaki and this is how it started.

How did you discover them?

It was in a museum in Lublin, my hometown where I saw them for the first time. Later when I moved to Krakow to study History of Art I discovered more of them. Their history dates back to the 18th century and they are very important part of Polish folk culture.

Which materials can you use to make one?

Traditionally, they are made of rye straw and paper.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I am inspired by tradition but I don’t only want to copy old designs. I want to give them my own touch and contemporary feel. I find inspiration in fashion, architecture. I am working on a new geometric piece at the moment which will be made with a new material.

Where do you like to put them as decoration?

Anywhere! Really, they look amazing in a living room, kitchen or a bedroom. Symbolically, they supposed to bring you a good luck and happiness.

Can you hang them outside as well?

Yes but only if you make one using waterproof materials. I designed a giant waterproof pajaki for the London Design Festival last year. Instead of rye I used plastic drinking straws and I made pom poms of colourful florist foil.

Is it possible to do one with your kids?

Definitely, kids can help threading straw and paper discs. They love them as they are so colourful and spin around.

How many pajaki’s do you have at home?

Only one at the moment. My home used to look like a folk museum but since I moved to a bigger studio I took all pajaki with me. My studio is open for visitors so everyone is welcome to come over and see the pajaki.

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Karolina will be running another workshop with us in October so get in touch if you’d like to sign up. We cannot wait!

 

A chat with Lucio Longoni

Our upcoming workshop Taking Home & Lifestyle Product to Market on Tuesday the 11th of July will be hosted by Lucio Longoni along with our owner Andrea Bates.

Lucio has over 15 years of business experience in retailing, buying, developing and selling in the UK and European markets. In early 2016 he set up his own consultancy to focus on giving business advice and coaching to a wide range of brands as well as trend reporting and product development. Focusing on interior and lifestyles,

Lucio’s specialty is finding the perfect balance between trends, aesthetics, and desirability along with commercialism, business acumen, and strategic planning. Recognised in the press from publications such as The Sunday Times Home, The Telegraph, Homes and Gardens Magazine and The Economist. His experience in buying and retailing comes from a multitude of brands including some of the UK’s leading design stores such as Skandium and Heals.

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We had a little chat with Lucio and asked him a couple of questions…

How did you get into the business?

When I left school I studied interior design and started working in retail part time. My love of both interiors and retailing grew which left me looking for a career which would combine both. Buying home and lifestyle goods seemed like the perfect fit, so off I went to Heals to do an internship in their buying office.

What inspires you?

Colourful prints, spacious environments, nature and travel.

Describe your style in 3 words?

Eclectic, modern and colorful.

Who’s your favorite designer?

Its so hard to pick one, but Michael Anastassiades has been producing beautiful work in the last few years.

How much does your personal taste influence your work?

It depends, if I am supporting a client with overall focus and branding my taste will no doubt influence, however when it comes to products I buy or develop is completely based on what is right for the brand and customer.

What’s your favourite trend at the moment?

I love modernity and simplicity, however I am enjoying the move in recent years towards crafted products which seem to have soul and quality.

Do you have any advice for someone who is considering a career in this field?

Do your research early on to really see what the practical elements of the industry are. Its certainly not shopping all day, but there are creative aspects which are very rewarding.

So if you’re a budding brand or designer, sign up now and get some top tips from Lucio and Andrea at this exciting workshop…

 

Plywood Porn

We LOVE plywood. Not only is it one of the humblest of building materials, it can also transform a space, soften any hard edge and translate into so many different spaces… making them feel modern light and unpretentious. What could be better?!

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If you’re in need of practical storage, it can look very clean and simple and looks great as open shelving so you can see the layers.

Also being relatively inexpensive and easy to source, plywood lends itself for easy updates to your interiors from kitchen shelving to making room dividers.

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We aren’t the only ones who have established a love for plywood. Recently our architect friend Simon Astridge has found ways to use this simple and modern material among other designers.

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And just to add to our excitement levels… the V&A’s upcoming exhibition: “Plywood: Material of the Modern World” is all about this light, strong and versatile material. We will definitely go and check it out!

It’s a Jungle In Here

We all want to bring a little outdoor in with us. Natures footprint is expanding into our urban lifestyles more than ever, and we’re all for embracing the green stuff. Here’s a few of our top tips to use when picking your plants…

Keep them relevant to your room

Herbs in your kitchen are a great example of how adding greenery to your kitchen can double up as handy herbs for cooking. Equally, an aloe vera plant in your bathroom not only looks great but has all number of healing properties for your skin.

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Mix and match your planters

Grouping different pots and planters creates a relaxed and modern feel without feeling over styled. Mix up materials such as concrete and ceramic, plain and patterned. Break all the rules and don’t worry about leaving some pots unplanted in the arrangement.

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Play with scale

If you have the space, larger plants or a larger planter are a great way to add character to a room or to create a relaxed room divide. Open plan living rooms, in particular, can benefit massively from this.

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Keep them green

If you’re not particularly green fingered, stick to low maintenance plant families such as succulents and cacti which are particularly low maintenance. Then they’ll stay looking fresh, lush and stylish.

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Pitch Black

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The growing trend for dark interiors is more relevant in 2017 than ever. With the release of Pitch Black paint from Farrow and Ball, to the new Ikea recycled and sustainable kitchen in all black, we are seeing move away from crisp white interiors to a focus on the dark and dramatic. However, for many an entirely black room can be daunting, So we have come up with a few ideas on getting the look without the commitment here….

How to get Hygge at Home

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.

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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.

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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.

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New Year, New Trends 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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With all this excitment we say bring on 2017, the best is yet to come…

Get Christmas All Wrapped Up

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.

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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.

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Get the look.

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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