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DESIGN TALK: ZILALILA

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the faces behind a brand. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Anita Walstra Bakos and the women of the extraordinary, conscious design brand Zilalila. Zilalila is a line of hand-woven textiles — from plush throws and blankets to slouchy beanbags — but it’s so much more than just that: every single Zilalila product is handmade in Nepal, by women who take their expertise of weaving craft seriously. According to Bakos, the meaning…

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DESIGN TALK: ANNE LINDE

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Anne Linde, the head of her own eponymous design label. The Danish Anne Linde founded her own label in 2004. As a young designer with an earnest, no-nonsense demeanour, Linde set off on a path that ultimately proved once and for all that she is not just one of many. She chose to focus on developing ideas according to her own…

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THE HOUSE ON THE HILL: A modern Portuguese home

An angular concrete house in Celorico de Basto, Portugal focuses on glazing and maximising beautiful courtyard areas from which to enjoy the landscape. Designed by Portuguese architect Hugo Pereira, the home aims to make an impact, without impacting the landscape.       Luscious landscape Known as Cork Oak House, this home gets its name from the dynamic landscape it sits within, overlooked by trees of this variety stretching out toward the horizon. The conditions of the hilltop site informed…

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DESIGN TALK: HOUE

Design Talk means it’s time to get to know the faces behind the brand. Today, we’re introducing you to the people at the helm of HOUE, a Danish design house founded in 2007. Combining a decidedly Scandinavian appreciation for usability and comfort with a redefining approach to furniture, the three founding designers behind HOUE each bring something unique to the brand, making it into a multifaceted design label to pay attention to.   Dream team Henrik Pedersen puts his passion…

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ROUGH AND READY: A true display of mastery

There’s something to be said for a house that displays its bones proudly, showing off natural materials and a variety of textures. And Missionsstrasse House by Buchner Bründler Architekten is a true display of mastery of this art.   Swiss heritage Located in close proximity to Basel’s famous historical centre of Spalentor, which dates all the way back to the 1400s, Missionsstrasse House is a representation of a bygone era of Basel’s history. Built in 1880, this structure – once…

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DESIGN TALK: BLOMUS MODO by Nina Thöming

Design Talk means it’s time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we’re going to get to know Nina Thöming, who created a collection of monochrome black bathroom accessories for German design brand blomus. Nina is part of another German design studio, FLÖZ, which has been a partner to blomus for more than a decade. She arrived there with a background in industrial design and, perhaps because of this, has a systematic and exhaustive approach to all things she…

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DESIGN TALK: KABINET VAN LOOK

Design talk means taking some time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we want to introduce you to Jan Van Look, the founder of the Belgian design brand KABINET VAN LOOK.     A passion for creative functionality A self-taught designer based in Antwerp, Van Look founded his own design studio in 2010. A skilled and passionate artist with a passion for creative functionality, he uses inspirations of the moment to create innovative, artful objects that showcase his…

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DESIGN TALK: MIGUEL SOEIRO 

Design Talk means taking some time to meet the face behind a brand. Today, we would like you to get to know Portuguese designer Miguel Soeiro, the founder of his own firm by the same name. Born in Lisbon in 1986, Soeiro runs the independent design company he started in 2008, with a mission to bring the sort of brainy minimalism, and pragmatic but joyful esthetic the brand is known for, from Lisbon to the rest of the world.  …

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We asked an expert: how to add colour to any home

Nothing affects the mood of a home quite like colour does — that may be why 95% of people are intimidated by having to choose one. The brand-new book The Complete Book of Colourful Interiors aims to change that.   This useful, illustrated volume takes you, step by step, from tones to hues, and answers all of your questions about colour in the home. Which colours suits which spaces? How do I combine the right shades? What’s the matter with…

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