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Antique glass designs

Antique glass designs

Add a touch of old-world luxe to your home with bespoke gilded and antiqued glass surfaces. Whether it’s a glimmer in an alcove or an entire decorative wall, antiqued glass is enjoying a renaissance in interiors. The process of applying squares of metal leaf and paint to the reverse of clear glass dates back to before the Roman era, but it was 18th-century French art dealer Jean-Baptiste Glomy who popularised gilding and used the technique to decorate frames for Marie…

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Using mirrors to increase light

Using mirrors to increase light

Mirrors provide an instant decorative update and are a quick and easy way to maximise light and space in your home. Here are four ways to get the most from your looking glass In the dressing room. Fix a glass sheet onto a dividing wall to demarcate your wardrobe area. For similar lighting, try the ‘Warm White’ LED strip. In the bedroom. Position a mirror adjacent to windows to reflect daylight into a room. Here, a slither of glass cut…

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Fold up outdoor furniture

Fold up outdoor furniture

Get ready for summer with fold-up furniture that can be quickly assembled for al fresco eating, then stored away with ease on rainy days. Go retro with this German beer garden table and bench set, available in a range of citrus hues or create a modern boho feel with this ‘Indian Market’ table and ‘Cinema’ chair.

Brick bench

Brick bench

Love the look of metro bricks? Take them outside with a blockwork bench and planter. Landscape gardeners recommends constructing a concrete core before cementing and grouting the bricks onto it. The Victorian Emporium’s glazed bricks are fit for purpose and come in a range of colours. Bamboo is an ideal plant for the raised bed behind the bench because it grows vertically. Take the Japanese approach of removing the bottom third of leaves.

Hans J Wegner wishbone chair

Hans J Wegner wishbone chair

The complexities of chair design should not be underestimated. As legendary architect Mies van der Rohe once said, ‘it is almost easier to build a skyscraper than a chair’. However, Danish designer Hans J Wegner (1914-2007) overcame these difficulties to become one of the 20th century’s most prolific creators of seating. Wegner began learning his craft at an early age; in his teens he was a carpenter’s apprentice, before attending The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. After…

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Multi colored stairs

Multi colored stairs

This multi colored stairs is part of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre’s new rehearsal space. London firm Haworth Tompkins was asked to convert a 19th-century industrial space on Dryden Street, not far from the theatre, into a place that would provide additional offices, rehearsal areas and educational facilities. The Stirling Prize-winning practice collaborated with artist Antoni Malinowski on the project. Malinowski hand-painted the angular multicoloured wooden staircase, which the team envisioned as ‘the warm heart of the building’, in bold colours…

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Hanging bamboo chair

Hanging bamboo chair

Every garden, however compact, needs some outdoor seating, and this hanging bamboo chair will create a cozy place to read without taking up too much floor space. Hang the design, which can take the weight of up to 80 kilograms, in a covered corner of a terrace or patio – sadly it isn’t entirely weather-proof – to make the most of the summer months, or situate it in the living room so that you can chill out Seventies-style all year…

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Cantilevered bay window

Cantilevered bay window

A cantilevered bay window is a way to blend your indoor and outdoor areas as well as adding space. This design also includes storage under the seat, making for a functional reading nook. Here, architect Brian O’Tuama offers us tips on building your own version. Consult a structural engineer on the suitability of your chosen wall. If you’re working at ground level and the walls are strong enough, no foundations are necessary. If your home is listed or in a…

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Cork design

Cork design

It\’s official: cork is cool again. This 1970s interiors favourite has been given a new lease of life. Here\’s how to work the material in a modern way. Cork wall design. Not only does a cork-lined wall add insulation and absorb sound, it can be used as a giant pinboard to display notes and art. For the most stylish results, it is better to limit cork cladding to just one wall. Cork furniture. From lighting to tables and chairs, designers…

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Alternative to wall tiles

Alternative to wall tiles

It’s time to wallpaper your kitchen! Yes, really. Created using a revolutionary new PVC material that can withstand the dangers of heat and water, this wallpaper design by Brit-based Kirath Ghundoo for Kitchen Walls is an affordable and practical alternative to traditional tiling. Look out for Ghundoo’s more brightly coloured graphic prints, too.