Competition hot seat

Child's elm chair from the Pampelune range from PIB | H is for Home

Happy February folks! This month’s competition is one specially for the kids. We have a beautiful child’s elm chair to give away.

'Pampelune' range of elm chairs & stools from PIB

The chair is from the ‘Pampelune’ seating range from French company, PIB. As you can see, there’s stuff for grown ups in it too!

PIB brochures on chair seat

Pib specialises in a wide range of new vintage furniture and other stylish homewares.

Child's elm chair from the Pampelune range from PIB | H is for Home

This gorgeous little chair is perfect for dining area, bedroom or nursery. It works as a stand alone piece or could be married up with a small desk or table.

Detail of a child's elm chair from the Pampelune range from PIB | H is for Home

The materials, construction and finish are of excellent quality.

Detail of a child's elm chair from the Pampelune range from PIB | H is for Home

The blonde elm bentwood frame is fixed with solid industrial style rivet screws and finished with a woven cane seat. It’s a very attractive little piece of furniture indeed.

Child's elm chair from the Pampelune range from PIB | H is for Home

For your chance to win this competition hot seat, let us know what your or your kid'(s’) favourite children’s books are – we have a soft spot for Miroslav Sasek‘s This is… series.

Competition to win a child’s elm chair worth £75

Shared on: Superluckyme | The Prizefinder | Loquax | Competition Database | U Me and the Kids




Designer Desire: Enzo Mari

Mosaic of Enzo Mari designs | H is for Home

Enzo Mari is an Italian product designer who is, in our opinion, under-valued and -appreciated. He’s a life-long communist and infamous firebrand known for his staunch views on design and life in general. “Design is dead” and “form is everything” are statements made during his regular outbursts.

He states that during his design process he’s more interested in pleasing the factory worker than the consumer. Evidence of this can be seen in his 1973 Proposta per un’autoprogettazione – a manual for creating a collection of basic, DIY furniture simply using plain planks of wood and nails.

He’s produced designs for brands such as Driade, Poltronova, Alessi, KPM Berlin and, most famously, Danese Milano. It was only when researching Mari that I discovered he designed the ‘Mama’ range for Le Creuset in 1972.

Many of his designs are still in production and are available from Houzz and Made in Design, Vintage and discontinued examples are for sale at Connox, Ebay, Etsy and Pomono.

Portrait of Enzo Maricredit

Additional image credits:

1st Dibs

Price Points: Natural room dividers

Natural room dividers | H is for Home

Room dividers are flexible items of furniture – they can provide privacy, shade from direct sunlight or simply add decorative interest.

Open plan living is many people’s preferred option these days. Dividers are perfect when it comes to creating zones within a room. You might have a comfy seating area, dining table and small office all within one large open space. Dividers give these zones their own identity without cutting them off from the others.

We’ve chosen three room dividers with a relaxed, natural style for this week’s Price Points.

  1. Folding raffia weave wicker privacy panels / room divider: £59.99, Amazon
  2. 179cm x 182cm Vernon 4-panel room divider: £104.99, Wayfair
  3. Vitro folding screen: £3,050.00, Clippings

Price Points: Extending dining tables

Three extending dining tables | H is for Home

What are your plans for Christmas? Do you normally visit family or do they come to you? If you’ll be playing host during the upcoming festive season you’re probably already beginning to plan for it.

The food cupboards and drinks cabinet need to be replenished – now’s the time to start thinking about making your Christmas cake and sloe gin. Make sure you have ample cutlery, crockery and pots & pans. Who likes eating their Christmas dinner with a plastic knife & fork from a paper plate? Potatoes for a dozen people take up lots of saucepan space when boiling.

Having lots of friends and family round will mean that you’ll also need to provide extra furniture; more beds, more chairs and more table space to accommodate all that festive fayre and the people who want to eat it!

You won’t need the excess furniture all year round, especially if space is tight. So where do you store it all when not in use? Collapsible items such as inflatable mattresses, camp beds and fold up chairs are easier to pack away. The simplest and most practical way of gaining the necessary extra Christmas dinner space is having extending dining tables. There’s a suitable version available whatever your room dimensions, party size or budget.

  1. MADE Essentials Mino folding dining table, white: £129.00, MADE.com
  2. SUKI 2-6 seat white folding dining table: £247.50, Habitat
  3. Amarna 140cm extending dining table: £679.00, Fishpools

Designer Desire: Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist

Mosaic of Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist furniture designs | H is for Home

We’re back in Scandinavia for this week’s Designer Desire subject matter. Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist (1925-1997) was a Swedish furniture designer and architect.

Arguably, many of her furniture designs have a distinct, feminine feel with their organic, curvaceous silhouettes. For example, her Paradiset range that she produced in the 1950s for department store, Nordiska Kompaniet (NK). The line consisted of Little Eva, Big Eve, Small Adam, Great Adam, Uncle Adam, The Sofa, The Purple Paradise, the Lustgården chaise longue and Fikonlövet footstool.

In the 1960s, she designed the Charlotte dining set for Finnish design firm, Asko and the Skrindan range for OPE Möbler.

A small selection of her work is sold new on the Clippings website and via specialist vintage design sites such as Bukowski’s and 1st Dibs.

Portrait of Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquistcredit

Additional image credits:

1st Dibs | Artnet | Bukowskis

How to create a home office where you’d want to work

Home office

In the 21st century, more and more of us are becoming self-employed – and employers themselves are becoming more flexible about remote working. That means that many people now operate from home. Living and working in the same place can be hard to do – there are so many distractions; domestic chores, family, knocks at the door. To make a success of it, you might need to create a home office where you’d want to work and enjoy spending time. We’ve come up with a few ways that can help you attain this…

Home office desk and chair

Furniture

The first place you’ll want to start is with your office furniture. If you’re going to be spending an entire working day in a room, comfort is paramount. Office chairs should be ergonomic and supportive; sitting for hours at a time can wreak havoc with the shoulders, back and spine.

If you have the space, additional office seating such as an armchair or small sofa gives you more options for activities such as reading documents and having meetings etc. It also encourages you to step away and avoid staring at your computer screen for extended periods of time.

Office desks need to be the correct height in relationship to office chairs. Too high or too low and it will affect your posture which could cause discomfort and aches & pains.

home office desk with books and bowl of fresh fruit salad

Lighting

Natural light is the best for working. Have your desk face a window rather than away from it (glare from sunlight on a computer screen can strain your eyes). Besides, being in front of a window can be an effective distraction if the view is over a garden, landscape or cityscape. Staring out helps you think and come up with imaginative ideas!

If natural sunlight isn’t an option, your choice of electric lighting becomes even more important. A desk lamp is the next best thing. It can be positioned to shine in just the spot where it’s needed. If your desk space isn’t large enough to accommodate a lamp, an adjustable floor-standing lamp could be the answer. It is important to choose the correct wattage of bulb – nothing too dim or too bright – something around 50Watts.

Overhead fluorescent strip lights are not recommended as they can cause eye strain and lead to headaches.

Desk with box files

Environment

For you to work effectively, your home office needs to be well organised. As the saying goes, “a tidy desk leads to a tidy mind”. Move mess off your desk and into storage. Install shelves and drawers and put paper into filing trays & boxes. Use a noticeboard Uncluttered, ordered, distraction-free

Keeping your office environment tidy is just the start. Enhance the space with houseplants which purify the air. Keep healthy snacks, bottle of water, tea/coffee maker (just the smell of coffee can boost spirits) to hand.

Finally, you need to think about the ambient temperature. No one enjoys working somewhere where it’s too hot or too cold. There’s no recommended temperature – everyone’s different. However, a YouGov survey found that the average British person says their ideal temperature is 21ºC.

Home office with bright orange feature wall

Colour

There is a psychology of colour, it can subconsciously affect your mood. For instance, blue is associated with feelings of calm, green represents nature, growth and renewal, grey is sophisticated and practical, yellow is warm, energetic and uplifting. You can add colour to your working environment in many ways – a lick of paint, colourful furniture or pretty accessories.

Home office desk with inspiration wall

Inspiration & motivation

We all need inspiration and motivation at work sometimes; getting over the Wednesday hump or when Friday just seems to drag. There are visual and aural methods of improving your productivity – artworks, postcards, photos. Some people need complete silence to work, however, tuning into the radio, playing music or listing to recorded sounds from nature such as birdsong or rain showers can increase your work rate.

Hopefully, by following these tips, you’ll be able to create a home office space that makes you comfortable, productive, happy and healthy.

[disclosure*]