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Winners of the VDM home and interiors photo competition.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I don’t know if you can recall, a few weeks ago, I announced a home and interiors photo competition in collaboration with the Association of German Furniture industry.

They received a total 232 entries from 19 countries, and here are the 10 winners.

The winner for the Outdoor Living category is Silvia Ferrando from Italy ( above).

How cute is that little dog and outdoor space? Next up, is the winner for the Tiny Living category, Karst Rauhé from the Netherlands.

It’s brilliant how Karst has been able to incorporate a living room, dining space and bedroom into a small space, without compromising on style.

Absolutely love those on trend cane dining chairs too. This is Agata Dimmich’s winning Hallway photo. Super stylish and almost like a piece of still life art. Next, is this pink kitchen by a very green fingered owner, Mike Klar from Germany.

He is the winner of our kitchen photo competition category. Doesn’t this photo scream adorable? Love all the textures and likewise its cosy feel. Therefore very Hygge right?

This is the Relaxed Sleeping category winner, Anastasia Benko from Germany. This is such a pretty living room, with midcentury modern styling and pops of colours.

It belongs to the winner of the Living Room category, Roger Lemoyne from Canada,. What I would give, to lie here for a relaxing bath and hence be able to gaze out into nature.

This gorgeous bathroom photo belongs to Alex Schäler, also the winner of The Bathroom category. First of all, this is a kitchen of dreams, due to its beautiful pastel hue, bright skylight and gorgeous wooden floor, but most of all, I adore the fun little swing.

This space belongs to Elizabeth Barrett, from the USA, and she is the winner of the Living with Children category. How fabulous is it to be able to work from home surrounded by all this wonderful greenery? This is the winning shot by Vicson Chan Chua for the Working at Home category. If I were a kid again, I would so covet this outdoor play house. The winner of the Other Forms of Living category is Pepper Schmidt from Germany.

So, that finally concludes the 10 winners of the photo competition. Each winner will be awarded with a wonderful piece of German design, get a trip to Cologne and have their photo exhibited at the imm Cologne fair next year.

Furthermore, I hope you’ve enjoyed these inspirational pictures from the photo competition.

Finally, have a lovely week all.

( All photography are the copyright of the respective listed owners from the interiors photo competition. This is a paid partnership post with the association of the German Furniture Industry VDM ).

This week marks the start of a much anticipated event for me, the London Design Festival 2019.

Back in May, Sir John Sorrell, the Chairman of London Design Festival, invited 10 of Europe’s most exciting designers to create a ‘legacy’ piece of design, in collaboration with London’s top cultural leaders.

Most noteworthy, all 10 of the designers used American red oak, a sustainable wood source for their projects.

All the pieces will most certainly be on display for public viewing during London Design Festival 2019.

9 of them will be on show in the Sculpture Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and one will be outside the Natural History Museum from 14-22 September 2019.

Below are the 10 exciting collaborations : This is Tomoko Azumi of TNA Design Studio.

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, the Artistic Director of the Young Vic asked her to make him something that he could also pass on to his grandson.

He wanted something for his garden, inspired by the slave ships that brought his ancestors from Africa to the Caribbean. London Design Festival 2019 Legacy In response, Azumi created Au.

She used thin slats of American red oak, steam-bent into shape, to create a boat structure.

I love its simplicity and symmetry.  It would be a wonderful space to sit with the family, and perhaps read a book together. Sir Ian Blatchford, Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group, commissioned Marlène Huissoud (above) to create a beehive for the Science Museum. Subsequently, with the help of the craftspeople at Benchmark, ‘Beehave’ was handcrafted, and blackened using a scorching technique.

Huissoud and her team spent over 100 hours in Paris adding the tactile engraving details to the surface of this beehive using a pyrograph. Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House collaborated with designer Terence Woodgate to create two sofas, named Duo. London Design Festival 2019 Here is Duo.

Doesn’t it just look so elegant?

I love it for its contemporary clean lines, and similarly for its serenity. Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, was paired with the Jasper Morrison Studio.

He commissioned Morrison to create a set of two chairs and a table. Here it is and it’s called Fugu.

Aren’t those edges so smooth and perfectly sculpted?

These pieces are definitely in line with the current trend of circles and curves in furniture design.

I do love how that red oak grain is coming through too. Martino Gamper (above) was paired with Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National ballet.

Rojo wanted a piece that reflected her lifelong love of music, and would house her extensive vinyl collection. Here’s the musical shelf created for Rojo’s living room.

Gamper used a combination of fumed red oak to create the horizontal shelves and a lighter veneer on the upright components to create an angled grain direction.

It’s absolutely stunning. Above all, a future design classic.

I wouldn’t mind having it as a shelf for my hardback Design book collection. Here’s Jack Mama and Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama. I’ve previously met Nina, when she created the Built by All project for MINI Living.

They worked with Hans Ulrich Obrist, the artistic director of the Serpentine gallery on this project.

Obrist believes in the important role of postcards and likewise the revival of penmanship in the digital age. Studiomama created these gorgeous post boxes from the red oak as part of their brief.

The large post box will be located outside the gallery’s front door and the smaller one in the book shop.

I can’t wait to see them up close. This is Juliet Quintero.

Sir Johnn Sorrell, Chairman of London design Festival, commissioned her to create a lookout seat for the garden of his country home. London Design Festival 2019 The seat is shaped like a bird’s nest and will be placed next to a pond, for sunset viewing and contemplation. The red oak planks were thermally modified, therefore making them more durable for outdoor use.

Wish I could sit here and view the sky. Designer Max Lamb was commissioned by Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, to create a multifunctional dressing screen. London Design Festival 2019 So, here is what Max came up with and it’s called Valet.

It’s a free standing screen that incorporates a mirror and storage space.

He exploited the porosity of the red oak by pushing teal blue dye into its surface. It looks so effective doesn’t it? Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, commissioned Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges to create a bookstand.

Books were of great importance to Blazwick,and similarly to the Whitechapel gallery. London Design Festival 2019 The bookshelf, named Wooden Hinge, will be used to award the gallery’s annual Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards and house new library catalogues.

The bookstand folds on red oak, rather than metal hinges.

Wooden Hinge will live in the Whitechapel Gallery’s bookshop. London Design Festival 2019 Sebastian Cox, above, was commissioned by Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the British Film Institute to create a pen holder, a desk and a chair.

Nevill wanted a piece that represented her love of writing and moreover storytelling. London Design Festival 2019 Therefore, Cox created Writer’s Collection, with angled curves matching the perspective lines on the BFI mezzanine, where it will be located.

Underneath the leather panels is a special compartment for the pen case and a paper scroll.

Aren’t these 10 pieces of design so inspirational? I certainly love them.

In short, I’m looking forward to seeing them at London Design Festival 2019, and after that, at their designated public locations.

Have a lovely day.

( photography provided by friends and co)

The Cook and Share hall at Maison & Objet 2017 Paris.

I am so excited, to be invited by Maison & Objet to Paris.

Maison & Objet is a lifestyle fair for the home and interiors market. It brings together a curated collection of brands, whose product offerings span the world of design, decor, furniture and more.

It is the place to go, to discover new trends and products for the home. This will be my first time at the fair, and I can’t wait.

I am also truly honoured to have been asked to be one of Maison & Objet’s star Discovery Jury member. I will be selecting, and rewarding, my favourite new exhibitor in the Cook and Share hall.

Since I will be judging that section, I thought I’d take a little peek at what was on offer there. Cook and share Maison et Objet Andrée Jardin, a French brand, caught my eye with their beautifully designed kitchen aprons.

Then I delved a little bit more into their story and loved what I found. They specialise in making the most beautiful brushes and brooms for the home.

Check out that pastel blue broom and pink dustpan and brush.

They now collaborate with a range of designers to bring modernity to their products. The pastel collection above was designed by Mr & Mrs Clynk. What do you think of these pink heart shaped SRDCE bowls by Tablo?

I can see them becoming an Instagram hit, for breakfast photos. I would fill my heart with endless varieties of berries, cereals and yoghurts. Do you have a set of pepper and salt grinder at home, or are you like me, who can’t resist having more than one, especially when a new design hits the market?

I console myself after the spend, that salt and pepper mills make great decor features on kitchen shelves.

These Peili salt and pepper grinders are by Zone Denmark, and have such a pared down beauty about them

If you are looking for a nut cracker for your Christmas festivities, I’ve found this elegant one from Zone Denmark too. As Autumn and Winter approach, there is a temptation (for me at least) to paint my walls dark. Styling it dark with pops of bright will be a big trend for the colder season, but I’m such a ‘style it light’ person, that I’m having second thoughts.

However, there are other ways to do the bright on dark trend, without having to paint your walls.

How about a set of vibrantly coloured plates, against a dark table? Would give your Winter table a great impact.

These beautiful hand decorated Limoges porcelain plates are from the fovéa Collection of Edition Porcelaine. I adore their colour pigments, in line with this season’s colour palette. All this talk of Summer ending is getting me down. I need a splash of colour to remind me of a sunny Mediterranean, and these vibrant table ware from DaTerra certainly do the trick. So pleased to find these remakes of the classic Cathrineholm enamel bowls. I can still remember buying the vintage Cathrineholm sets on ebay. Last but not least, are these amazing cutlery from Herdmar.

The ones I’ve shown above, may be slightly out of my budget, but browsing through their catalogue, there seems to be something for everyone there.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into what will be on offer, at the Cook and Share hall, at Maison & Objet. I can’t wait to discover more and to pick my absolute favourite.

I have also done a pre show curate of furniture and decor for Maison & Objet, if you fancy checking it out.

Please do follow me on Instagram and insta stories next week from 8-10th September to see what I get up to at the fair.

Have a lovely start to your weeks.

( All photography have been supplied by the brands mentioned.)

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