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