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?!

Plywood-Graphics

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.

plywood 17 rounded corners

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!

10 ways to introduce colour at home..

Struggle to commit to one colour? Feel nervous about painting an entire room in one bold shade? We understand. Here are 10 brilliantly simple (and reversible) ways to introduce colour at home..

Painted kitchen cupboard doors a great way to have colour at home

Who says you have to stick to one colour? We love the bright colours used to paint the kitchen cupboards in this Australian kitchen. The grey boarder ties all the colours together harmoniously a great way to introduce colour at home.

Bold and colourful geometric shape adds colour to your home

Painting a crisp geometric shape in an old industrial building is a great way to highlight the existing features and introduce a bit of colour and movement to a big space.

Half a side table in the hallway adds bright colour to your home

If the idea of painting a giant geometric shape in your living room or going to town with  a paint brush on your kitchen cupboards gives you heart palpitations try embracing colour on a small scale. Take an unloved side table and slice it in half, it should fit neatly into the smallest of hallways. Finish it off with a lick of neon coral paint and enjoy your colour injection.

highlight your favourite architectural details with crisp colourful lines

Highlight the architectural details that you love at home with crisp lines of clashing paint colours.

paint bold geometric shapes across your door and wall

Make your door a feature by incorporating it into a random geometric design.

half painted colourful wall adds colour to your home

It may remind you of school but if done correctly (in the right shade) painting half of your walls looks super stylish. It is the perfect choice for the colour commitment- phobe and allows you to experiment with bolder colours that you would never paint a whole room in.

A muted colour at home palette by Scholten and Baijings

A simple and muted colour palette such as the Scholten & Baijings pastel hues can be embraced by even the most colour shy. Add a pop of colour to your coat hooks or go for a gentle ombre approach on your cupboards.

Oversized and multicoloured parquet flooring

Do you have the bottle to commit to multicoloured parquet flooring? We love the flooring in this traditional Art Nouveau apartment in Stockholm designed by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter. The changing colours of the floors throughout the apartment mimic the changing colours of Humlegården park that the building overlooks.

half and half painted graphic door

A playful way to add colour without commitment is adding a graphic surprise to a sliding door. Such as this one in the home of designer and painter Amanda Happe.

highlight your favourite features with a bold glossy colour

Lastly, we love the idea of highlighting beautiful pipe work or your favourite home features, industrial or otherwise with a generous lick of gloss paint in a super bright shade.

How have you introduced colour in your home?

Painted kitchen doors from Ninemsn

Geometric shape painted with wall paint from chiccham 

Painted side table from AliPar

Painted architectural features from 70percentpure

Painted geometric shapes from Swedish Elle Decoration

Subtle colour palette from BusyBoo

Multicoloured parquet flooring from Plenty Of Colour 

Graphic painted sliding door from Design Sponge

 

Design shops in Stockholm..

We recently went to Formex, the largest show of Nordic interior design, held at the Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm.

As lovers of Scandinavian design this show was right up our street. It was also a great chance for us to meet a couple of the suppliers that we work with, it’s always nice to put a face to a name. A couple of our favourite exhibitors at the show were Camilla Engdahl, Oy Oy and House Doctor.

The show was excellent so we discovered lots of exciting new product. But as first time visitors to Stockholm, what we were really struck by during the trip was the stylish design of the city. Even something as simple and unassuming as a bread shop was a design lovers dream.

We loved the over-sized industrial lamps hanging over the counter top and the large industrial trays that displayed the bread. If only all bakeries looked like this!

If you are ever in Stockholm be sure to visit Fabrique Bakery in Södermalm. If you can’t quite make it to Stockholm you’ll be pleased to hear there is also a Fabrique on Geffrye Street in Shoreditch. We’ll definitely be paying them a visit.

The aptly named REGN (which translates as rain in Swedish) is a shop devoted to handmade raincoats and wellington boots. We loved the confident simplicity of the shop and the stylish black benches outside.

There are so many small design details to spot around the city..

We particularly liked the simple but bold visual merchandising in Granit, a shop that sells brilliant monochromatic basics.

We might have to invest in a label maker! A great way of grouping and pricing all the small things..

Always on the lookout for a creative use of crates.

But our favourite shop had to be Grandpa which sells mens clothing and lifestyle accessories. They had a great mix of vintage and new and used unassuming industrial vintage pieces creatively as fixtures to display their product..

We loved the thoughtful and ingenious way they display their product; balancing bags and shoes on oversized metal letters or using a vintage chest plan to store product. The balance between old and new was perfect and is something we strive to achieve at Future and Found.

Have you been to Stockholm? Which shops, cafes or spaces did you love?

Beautiful Bathroom on a Budget..

We have recently started working with some new clients who want to transform their new house, which is in desperate need of an update, into a stylish family home. However there’s a lot of work to do so a tight budget is critical for each room. However we’re quietly confident we can help them create somewhere beautiful for less than you’d think.

A real trouble area for them is the bathroom. The current dated bathroom does not reflect the taste of this modern family and it’s lack of storage means that they are not utilising the available space effectively.

Our first suggestion was to open up the bathroom a bit and take up a bit of space from their oddly capacious hallway. A small structural change like this isn’t hugely expensive and will dramatically improve the layout of the space.

We are opting for a simple monochrome look in the bathroom, it is neither overtly masculine or feminine and will not date. We love the idea of having a black shower unit against bright white tiles. Black and white taps and shower heads are now pretty widely available and are not as expensive as you might first think.

As they now have a small toddler in tow storage space throughout the house will be invaluable. It is extremely frustrating to spend time and money creating a gorgeous space to find that it ends up littered with bathroom paraphernalia because there is no where practical to store anything.

So, we have suggested having a vanity unit custom built to make maximum storage space from the small room. This will then hold a stylish and simple square sink in place.

We love the idea of having a simple floating shelf above the sink to display their favourite paintings or prints. Why shouldn’t you have something nice to look at whist relaxing in the tub?

Our clients are very keen on having a hexagonal tile, a nice variation to the metro tile which seems to be the tile of choice these days. In keeping with our monochromatic look we have suggested going for a large black hexagonal tile on the floor and smaller white hexagonal tiles on the walls – both with the same charcoal grouting.

We hope that gives you an insight into the initial planning and ideas stage of this bathroom, we will keep you updated as the project progresses.

What do you think? Do you have any top money saving tips for bathroom design?

Creative Office Space..

We have started work on our first commercial property which is a really exciting move for us and a new challenge to sink our teeth into.

The office spans two floors and is in desperate need of a revamp. The space is outmoded and no longer works for the staff, they are clambering over furniture to get to their desks and weave clients through a maze of desks to get to a meeting room. They have nowhere to relax and eat their lunches so currently, like so many of us, eat in front of their computers. They are also in need of a shower as many of them cycle to work and run in their lunch breaks and they desperately need a kitchen update.

We strongly believe that an office should be an enjoyable place to spend time in. It should be calm and organised allowing for maximum productivity and should create oodles of enthusiasm and creativity. It’s hard to muster up a ‘can do attitude’ when faced with chaos.

One thing we noticed during our first visit was the lack of branding. At present there is no branding, anywhere. At a glance it would be hard to tell who they are or what they do which is so important. Branding is one area in which you can be really playful by just thinking outside the box..

We love this huge quote painted on the front of an office building. The text you use doesn’t have to be limited to the company slogan. It can be a quote that sums up what you are striving to achieve or the atmosphere you want to create. In short, anything that matters to the business.

We love the idea of putting the logo on the ceiling, it is playful and unobtrusive whilst still giving a definitive stamp on the space.

Another way to incorporate the branding into the space is to use the company colours..

There are several industrial details in the building and being industrial enthusiasts we want to draw attention to these. And what better way than painting the visible pipes in the colours of the brand. Sadly, our budget won’t stretch to a multi-coloured array of pipes but, we think we can get away with one single colour.

Another, really nice way to use and play with colour is to apply blocks of it within the space..

It is not often that you see a brightly painted door. By using blocks of colour you can subtly keep the branding running consistently throughout the building.

We will keep you updated as the project progresses, we are currently in the process of sifting through our ideas and figuring out the ones that will work best.

DIY interior design details….

It’s easy to make your home look stylish and different even on a budget. In our most recent burst of internet trawling we happened upon some great ideas that we want to share. All easy, all different and hopefully things you haven’t seen before.

Paint that wooden Ikea step ladder a bright neon yellow to make it into a fantastic kitchen feature (spotted on the inspiring blog weekdaycarnival).

Take simple inexpensive white tiles and transform them into a graphic masterpiece using coloured grout. We have used grey grout before but yellow looks great (we can’t find the source of this image, if you know do tell us).

We absolutely love the idea of using the Muuto dots as handles for kitchen cabinets.  It looks so graphic and playful. The dots are really tactile so it is an excellent excuse to touch them more (styling for muuto by Faye Toogood and shot by Henry Bourne).

Painting outdoor fencing in a bright yellow stain elevates the ordinary into feature status. The ombre look is great and as an added bonus you’ll use a lot less paint! (spotted on the painted furniture blog)

Now a chalkboard wall isn’t necessarily a new idea but we love the contrast of the black against the bright white door and it is a really handy place to leave notes and write a shopping list. Also, the racks used to display framed pictures and prints is so flexible you can swap things out as and when you wish. It’s not about making holes in the wall (spotted on I’m not wordy).

Interior Design & Home Styling

Drawing on our extensive knowledge of the world of interiors and ability to curate calm, understated yet design-led spaces; we are delighted to announce the launch of our Interior Design & Home Styling service.

 

Over the last year we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get a Diploma in Interior Design under our belt and we have gained lots of really valuable work experience supporting fellow North London designers and home owners alike. Now we’re well and truly bursting with ideas and tips, we’re ready to share…

We will work according to our clients requirements to offer ultimate flexibility, either by the hour or day to suit. Projects are agreed after a free initial consultation (on site ideally). Our services include:

1. Home styling and de-cluttering in preparation for a home sale or rental

2. Advice on colour schemes and decor ideas including producing mood boards to help inspire and focus decorations

3. Full interior design and project management

So if you’d like to chat through your ideas drop us a line…