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.
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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.
You’ll probably remember us talking about one of our interior design projects, Apollo studios… a renovation of a giant 1000 square foot warehouse space from busy working office to gorgeous high end apartment… well the work is done and dusted and we couldn’t be happier with the results and (more importantly) neither could our client!. The interesting thing about this project for us was that our client never intended to live in the property himself but instead was renovating it to put it on the market, which it now is.
So our challenge as interior designers was to create a property that whilst being beautiful and well designed had a broad mass-market appeal to give it the best chance of selling. And to do this we kept our palette nice and clean and kept our finishes simple and high end.
This greyed off oak flooring is the perfect base for this incredibly bright industrial space and Our favourite mags sofa and tray tables from HAY look gorgeous as ever but are somewhat dwarfed in this 600 square foot living room.In a space like this we felt the open plan kitchen ought to be the real wow, and we are certainly pleased with the result, beautifully inconspicuous white units let the stunning concrete look worktop and island be the star of the show while Muuto grain pendants and HAY hee bar stools in grey perfectly complete the look. As ever our only difficulty with the project was resisting the temptation to move in ourselves…. if you fancy making yourself at home in this stunning Kentish Town conversion have a look at the listing on the Oliver’s Town website here!
So it’s a week after our return and we have just about recovered from the excitement that was Milan Salon de Mobile 2016 enough to share all our best bits with you. This is our round up of the most inspiring, most fun and most delicious things we saw and did in Milan.
To start with we can’t overlook the gorgeous colour palettes that were gracing stands across the show. We overwhelmingly saw, and enjoyed, a sophisticated mix of greens, muted pastels, greys and more a few more greens thrown in for good measure. The colour green wasn’t just on show in flat form, we were pleased to see there was a barely a stand that wasn’t taking advantage of natures most fashionable display prop.. the plant! As a retailer one of the most beneficial things about visiting design shows, such as Salone de Mobile Milan is the inspiration we find in seeing so many innovative, exciting display ideas. Our friends at HAY, Muuto and Arper stood out for us and we’ll soon be trying out the ingenious idea of grouping either by product or colour for maximum impact back home in our Tufnell Park shop.10 Corso Como Cafe, Milan favourite of those in the know, really showed us how to work an outside space with style. A garden cafe and conservatory designed to effortlessly flow between the indoor and out was stunning… And the food was pretty yummy too.Well thats it folks, our best bits of Milan 2016… until next year!THE END!
Spring has officially begun and as the days get brighter we know many people are looking for ways to make their homes feel brighter too. Over at Future and Found HQ we think there’s no better way to brighten a space than clever use of colour. While we are definitely advocates of being bold, the decisions of both which colours to choose and how to use them is key and depends entirely on the room you are designing for and the mood you want to create. A rich blue for example makes for a bold yet sophisticated living space, while a soft green is perfect for a relaxed bedroom area.
We love these examples where bright blocks of colour have been used to zone areas of a room and think they prove that a precise paint line and a little courage is all it takes to create a striking look that will really transform your space. If big paint effects are not your thing you can still incorporate bold colour into your space, be it with one piece of brightly coloured furniture in an otherwise monochrome room or with a neon yellow grout to lift a simple white bathroom suite. We particularly love how the bright orange hardware brings an element of fun to this gorgeously grownup concrete bathroom.So why not take the plunge and use a little colour to make a big change this Spring…
Anyone who knows us at all will know how much we love concrete and if you have been to our Tufnell Park shop you will have seen plenty of it… In the form of utilitarian vases, show stopping bowls or functional toothbrush tumblers; we love the materiality of concrete and think it makes for some pretty gorgeous accessories! Luckily for us our newest interior design client is crazy for concrete too, which gives us the opportunity to use it on a far grander scale, in particular beautifully polished concrete floors. Now obviously we are aware that this trend is not a new one, however it is one that continues to grow and one we thought worthy of showing some love to… so here goes!
Concrete flooring has long shed it’s drab associations and for good reason, both stylish and practical it’s a winning solution for domestic settings (provided you account for the potential coldness with underfloor heating). And as its pourable concrete makes not only beautiful floors but also beautiful stairs, beautiful walls, beautiful work surfaces and even…wait for it… beautiful bathtubs can be poured from our material of the moment. Concrete is naturally a cold, hard material, both in look and feel so in our newest project, a two bed flat in Tufnell Park, we’ll be making a concerted effort to keep it visually warm. An obviously solution is the use of rugs and textiles but we will also be pairing our concrete floors with beautiful natural woods to soften the industrial look. As always we’ll keep you updated with our progress on here and on our Instagram… We don’t know about you but we can barely contain our excitement!
It’s spring cleaning time and so time to give our lovely shop a little bit of love. We are always finding inspiration in the way beautiful wares are displayed in some of our favourite stores so where better to start thinking about our Spring shop refresh…
All of HAY’s many incarnations seem to have a knack of creating displays that scream effortless order! Be it simple rows of perfectly alined boxes or unfussy curations of considered objects hay certainly know how to make things look loved and loveable… it is a rare day that we leave a HAY concession without being tempted by some little treasure to take home.One of our favourite stores Present & Correct in Islington knows exactly what its doing when it comes to effortless order… beautiful rows of perfectly presented products in an array of colours are particularly enticing and of course always entirely functional… we all know you can never have too much stationary! In fact there’s a theme developing in our inspiration.. and it’s seems to be neat ordered rows… of stationary at Present & Correct, of coloured cushions at HAY House Copenhagen or even these stacks of ceramics… everything is better in neat ordered rows! So in the coming days we will be effortlessly ordering our lovely new product in order to show it and our shop off to it’s best… we’ll update you of our progress once it’s all done or you could pop in and see for yourself?!