• Archive for May, 2014

    Love this: Isokon Penguin Donkey

    by  • May 8, 2014 • Organising • 0 Comments

    This adorable little book shelf has to be one of the niftiest furniture designs of all time! And it’s got a fascinating history too…


    Back in the 1930s, indie publishers Penguin stuck it to the establishment by producing high-quality paperback books that everyone could afford. Their principles struck a chord with Modernist furniture designers, Isokon, who decided that Penguin’s revolutionary books deserved to be stored in an equally revolutionary design. And so, in 1937, the Isokon Penguin Donkey was born.

    Named the ‘Donkey’ because of its four legs and two ‘panniers’, its shelves were just the right size to fit a Penguin paperback. The central slot, meanwhile, made for a handy place to stash newspapers and magazines.

    Sadly, the Second World War put an end to production – and to Isokon – after only a hundred or so of the original Donkeys had been made.

    But 24 years later, Isokon was back, and with a brand new Donkey for the Space Age. Painted white, the new model was a lot more Minimalist in design and its flat top conveniently doubled up as a coffee table.


    Both the 1930s and the 1960s models are back in production today, alongside an even newer version by Japanese designers Shin and Tomoko Azumi. You can buy all three models from Isokon Plus or Skandium.

    donkey3But if you want to get your hands on one of the original hundred, you’ll need several thousand pounds burning a hole in your back pocket. That, or you can go and lust after the one in the V&A Museum.

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    Love this: glam white dressing room

    by  • May 7, 2014 • Relaxed Spaces • 1 Comment

    White-Leather-Bedroom-Livingetc-HousetohomeImagine waking up and pottering slowly into a dressing room like this one. It’d make getting ready in the morning a much more chilled-out experience than it currently is and it’d be enough to make anyone feel like a princess, especially with that sparkly chandelier. Having said that, there is a downside – with such an inviting leather bench and a cluster of comfy cushions, the temptation might be to settle down for a quick snooze. But I’m sure I could live with that…

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    One perfect thing: vintage-style storage suitcases

    by  • May 6, 2014 • One Perfect Thing • 0 Comments


    Okay, so technically I’ve chosen four things this week, but it seemed a shame to single out just one of these beautiful wooden suitcases when they look so very pretty together.

    Available from Oliver Bonas, they make the perfect place to store all those annoying bits and bobs that don’t seem to belong anywhere else. And the gorgeous pastel shades would work like a dream in a white-washed living room or bedroom.

    You can buy them individually if you want to – but personally I can’t resist snapping up the whole set!

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