Way back when, I studied graphic design before finding my feet as an interior designer. And that might explain why I tend to approach designing a space with a graphic eye. When I look at plans, I’m thinking about what the eye lands on as you walk through a house, how do you experience it graphically. Creating view lines and glimpses through spaces is key to an interesting, charismatic interior. So when I design anything, I’m thinking in magazine cover shots from the get go.
The seed of an idea has been quietly growing here at Chelsea Hing HQ. Our in-house stylist Emma Barnett and I have been working on a collection of styling objects for about six months now in collaboration with a handful of local makers. The first collection is due to release in May and will feature our hand-picked up and coming makers whose work we love. Combining their pieces with our aesthetic, we’ve curated a series of styled still-lifes in limited edition runs. Think instant styling and you’ve got the concept.
Ah the Italians! When I first got my start as a designer I was schooled in the classics, and the favourites were always Italian. Over time I was able to tell whether a piece was designed by an Italian, French or Spanish designer without knowing who. You could tell by the line. There was always an elegant irreverence to all things Italian whilst French pieces were often a little more serious (excluding the wit of Philippe Starck of course). And before Patricia Urquiola came on the scene, the Spanish were still finding their feet. Then again she did her training under Piero Lissoni, an Italian!
Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition of The Chelsea Papers. The old blog definitely needed a new look, so we re-styled her, re-named her and here we are. Ta da! Thank you all for sticking with us, we know it’s taken a while.
This year, we have so many exciting things planned and this blog, posted weekly on what we love, what we’re thinking and who we’re talking about is our way of bringing them all direct to you. Sit tight, you’ll be the first to know about everything.
Kicking off the first ‘Style Files’ post of the year, I thought I’d launch with a manifesto I stumbled on recently that literally stopped me in my tracks. Here was a ballsy statement, so clear and so bold, I adapted it for us. It says it all.
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