Easter Bank Holiday is almost upon us. Those DIY jobs – of every shape and size – are sitting waiting to be started. At some point in the weekend’s work someone will inevitably utter something along the lines of ‘you missed a bit’, or ‘you know that’s not straight’, or ‘I think you might have that the wrong way up’, and you’ll turn, look, possibly glower a little bit and then continue, probably muttering the home decorator’s favoured line: ‘I’d like to see you do better.’
At moments like this, we come to appreciate the level of love, care and workmanship that goes into certain pieces of design; the beautiful arcs created in seemingly unbendable materials or the perfectly formed detailing that takes something from ordinary to extraordinary. We’ve selected some of our favourite examples of this, proudly displayed within the Livingetc Edit at Clippings.com. Take a look, and then look a little closer…
A little piece of perfection
Individually crafted from mahogany, oak and palette wood, hours of work go into each Unique Cabinet (£550) by FactoryTwentyOne. The precision is visible from a distance, and slightly mind-boggling when you see it close up.
Catherin Aitken’s Fade Stool (£295) plays with materials to such an extent, that you start to question how it’s been constructed. Layers of cotton cord are stitched together before being wrapped around a wooden base to form a stool seat. Looks simple, definitely isn’t.
That lightbulb moment
A truly whimsical design that makes us think of ships in impossibley small bottles: how do they do that? The King Edison pendant light (£480) from Mineheart encompasses utility and glamour in one fell swoop. And (when it’s not turned on, at least) we could stare at it for hours.
The Magic Eye
Is it a cowhide? Is a Persian rug? Actually, it’s both. Young & Battaglia’s delicately patterned floorcovering, £688, is a fusion of two of the world’s most popular designs. We think it’s a winning combination, and we are mesmerised.
We adore the marriage of materials used by Pia Wustenberg in her Stacking Vessels, £185 each, for Utopia & Utility. The orb-like glass is perfectly offset by the smooth woodgrain that circles the neck and, if that’s not enough to sell you to its benefits, each piece disassembles to form a small bowl and a vase. Forward-thinking design.
Good luck with your decorating endeavours this Easter. Once you’re done, maybe you can treat yourself to one of these detail-driven designs!Read more →