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Urban cabin The MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN for London Design Festival 2017.

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the MINI LIVING Eco concept home called the URBAN CABIN, at the OXO Tower Wharf’s courtyard, in London’s Southbank.

Following my previous trip to Milan, to see MINI Living’s ‘Breathe’ installation, another small space living concept , I was excited to see their new project this year, being unveiled at the London Design festival. Urban Cabin MINI LIVING is a long term project by MINI that explores the different concepts of shared living, in an era of ever increasing urbanisation and housing space shortage.

The project aimed to explore a more ‘conscious’ way of living, by reducing our personal carbon footprint, but staying true to design. MINI Living Urban Cabin This year MINI had designed a 15 square metre URBAN CABIN in a fine Copper casing. They have partnered with local architect Sam Jacob studio for a touch of London character to the space.

Sam Jacob studio had added two modules to the cabin, the first of which, is a shared kitchen to symbolise the importance of food markets in a modern culture.

You can see the dining table that extends outwards from the internal kitchen in the photo above. Here’s a view from outside in. The table is multi functional and will easily accommodate a gathering of people for a shared meal. I got to enjoy a cold coffee press workshop by Sandows at the Cabin’s kitchen table last weekend. I’ve never considered drinking cold brew coffee, and now I’m a convert. Around the kitchen space is a shelving unit with a little display of small space living essentials. Here it is again, captured in a mirror on the opposite wall. The second add on by Sam Jacobs studio to the URBAN CABIN, is this structure called the Stack, which internally houses a micro library. The design was a response to the closure of many of England’s public libraries in an era of digitalisation. The Stack resembled a pile of books, and was made of many different materials, ranging from Terazzo, foam and acrylic. This is the internal micro library, filled with books of a London theme.

For the duration of the London Design festival, you can bring a book to swop for another at the shelf.

I have added my all time favourite romantic novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ into the mix. I love this large louvre window of the URBAN CABIN, as it gave that feeling of continuity from inside to the external world. So how do you feel? Is this concept of small space living for you? I think it’s a brilliant, with lots of elements that can be extracted for future homes.

The URBAN CABIN will be up until Sunday 24/09/17, so catch it whilst you can. The installation will be travelling next to New York, where a new local add on design will transform the space.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This post is a sponsored collaboration with MINI. All views and opinions are my own.)

Ikea Stockholm 2017 furniture collection featuring rattan, velvet and more.

I was so excited when IKEA recently launched their new STOCKHOLM 2017 furniture and home range. I have been keeping an eye on the collection, for a while now, and I was over the moon when asked by IKEA to style a few curated pieces at home. I particularly love the Rattan furniture in that range. Those in the know, would have by now, snapped up their much coveted rattan cabinet. I think it’s already sold out in the U.K.

However, all is not lost, as there are still many amazing pieces available, such as this stylish IKEA STOCKHOLM rattan and Ash coffee table. Its pared down simplicity would be perfect for a minimal Scandinavian interior.

However, it’s possible to mix and match colours and patterns to create a vibrant but balanced look too. I have used this handmade IKEA STOCKHOLM rug in grey, as a bold contrast.  I wanted to accentuate the natural wood and surface weave pattern of the rattan against the dark coloured rug. Next, is the fun part of adding colour.  I’ve chosen a combination of bright red and blue patterned cushions from the STOCKHOLM range, to make my pale mint sofa pop with happiness.

To counterbalance the colours on the sofa, I have styled the coffee table with colourful books and flowers. The blue, mouth-blown glass carafe, vase and bowl on the rattan coffee table are also from the same range. I have decided to add some wild orange flowers to contrast the blue vases and cushions. This glass serving plate is smooth and of a great quality. It definitely looks more expensive than it actually was.

Gunnel Sahlin, the designer of the STOCKHOLM glass range said that ” The colour of the glass changes with the light and with what you put inside it. It really has a feeling of hands on craft that sorts of stays with the piece.” At first sight, you may think that there is a wooden side table by the sofa. It’s actually the Ash tray from the STOCKHOLM range, placed on an old IKEA Frosta stool. I’ve styled it with a few potted greens. Here’s the tray with some floral blooms. On the opposite end of my sofa is a velvet STOCKHOLM range pouffe in dark blue.

I love how a pouffe can be a footrest, extra seating, or a table. Hope you have enjoyed seeing how I have styled my IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 range at home. I will be back soon with an interview with Viveca Olsson, the creative leader for the 2017 IKEA STOCKHOLM range. Have a lovely start to your week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with Ikea UK, but all opinions are my own).

Atlas-sofa-Multiyork-1 Happy New Year! I’m starting 2016 with an interiors post.

Every year, I spend the Christmas holidays decluttering. Do you do that too? It’s my way of announcing a fresh start.

Once I finish, I get that urge to redecorate, to create a new look in my home.

Maybe it’s just my desire to say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring.

I have decided on 3 colourful interiors trends for a home makeover, with 3 mood boards.

For the envisaged change, I have used the blue and grey Multiyork sofas.

My first mood board is all about the mixing of modern clean lines with period features in a home. Imagine the above as an open plan living space. Do you like it?

I’ve picked my favourite light aqua shade (think Tiffany&Co), mixed with bubblegum pinks set against a neutral backdrop.

I’ve chosen the Atlas sofa in Rose Aqua. Its upright posture,contoured silhouette and tufted back makes it the perfect fit for a combined period with modern look.

( Image source: Blue Kitchen from Tvis via Lamu Slenis / Pink books by Calhoun book store / White panelling and Caravaggio lamp image from Skandium )
Multiyork-grey-1 My second mood board is all about colour blocking.

After all, mixing and mismatching colours are big this season.

I think when colour blocking a room, it’s best to keep the larger pieces of furniture in a neutral tone. The bright accent colours can come from the decorative accessories, soft furnishings or smaller pieces of furniture, such as that red swivel chair in the photo above.

I’ve chosen this sumptuous grey blue Dunwich sofa, in Athena Sky fabric. It’s the perfect greyish neutral tone, against which brights will pop.

Other ways of introducing blocks of colour, could include painting a corner wall or adding wall art.

( Image source: Bedroom via SF Girl by bay  home of Anne Sofie/ Colour block room from Est magazine  photo by Derek Swalwell).  Simple-living-style-featured-on-Little-Big-Bell-blog Last but not least, if you fancy starting the new year in a Zen like state, how about this look?

Bring the look of nature indoors to create that organic feel. Try fresh green succulents grouped in ceramic pots on a tray, or pebble brown blankets made of cotton and linen.

I like the shade of blue to create calm. In my mood board above, blue runs through the decor. From the striped tray holding the potted cacti, to the blue stripe across the pillow on the bed and the Cameron Nordic fabric of the Abbington sofa.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. Has it spurred you on to think about redecorating for Spring?

Have a lovely, happy week.

( Image source: potted cacti from Sinnen Rausch  / bedroom from Diario design). 3-colourful-interiors-trends-for-a-home-makeover-Little-Big-Bell

(Collages and mood boards have been created by Little Big Bell,images credited as above and the images of sofas are from Multiyork. This is a collaboration with Multiyork. All opinions are my own.)

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