Setthe tone

A considered blend of eras, styles, materials and textures allows the home to become a canvas for self-expression
2018-04-03
Lifestyle

Where the wild things are

After winning a UK Fashion & Textiles Award for her scarves, artist Emma j Shipley expanded her portfolio to include cushions. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Shipley’s designs span mythical beasts, 19th-century botanical illustrations and a jaguar, recalling her travels in the Amazon jungle.

Cabinets of curiosity

A visit to an electrical sub-station in the early 1950s fuelled painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver Piero Fornasetti’s fascination with cylinders; his son Barnaba has used the shape in his latest work for the design house. The Cilindro cabinet is available in three sizes, from side table to tall displays case. Each comes with a good measure of signature Fornasetti surrealism – think harlequin motifs and stripes interspersed with fantastical butterflies, sea creatures, clouds and, of course, the face of Piero’s muse, opera singer Lina Cavalieri.

Tech chic

French brands Haviland and Blackbody may appear to be unlikely collaborators; the former has been making porcelain for 175 years, while the latter – just 10 years old – revolutionised lighting with OLED technology. However, the result of their partnership – the Hélène chandelier – is a work of modern art. A fusion of traditional craftsmanship and innovative design, the chandelier features light points ringed with a gold frieze for a dazzling effect.

CIRE TRUDON

As decorative as it is functional, Cire Trudon’s La Promeneuse Italian-crafted glass diffuser houses a tea-light, which burns beneath a perfumed wax cameo, rapidly releasing its fragrance. The brilliant design makes it easy to swap between scents once the wax has melted.

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