Portugal’s Ginger and Jagger: Inspired by Nature

Portugal’s Ginger and Jagger: Inspired by Nature

One of our favourite finds at Maison Objet last month just had to be the fantastic furniture range of Ginger and Jagger (we even love the name).

In fact the whole show could have been staged just for them since the theme for this year’s Maison Objet was ‘Wild.’ Take a look through this post and you’ll find how this exciting, up-and-coming Portugese brand encompasses that ethos perfectly. Every single piece of their exquisite furniture is inspired by the elegance and grace of nature in all its wonderful forms – and especially wilderness.

Take their striking Magnolia Sideboard for instance – a large magnolia tree branch has been molded in brass to support the four-compartment structure which also contains four sliding drawers:

Magnolia Sideboard

Staying with the magnificent magnolia tree, the brass leaves in the luxurious-looking Leaf Mirror replicate those found on the tree itself. How much would your heart soar looking into this mirror every morning?:

Leaf Mirror

Ginger and Jagger’s Rosebush series comprises a cast of rosebush vines for legs on various tables such as this stunning glass-topped dining table which is available in either copper leaf or silver. It’s so detailed you can actually see the thorns:

Rosebush series

All the items in this three year old company’s furniture collections is produced by artisans in local workshops. They use top-notch material found in nature such as marble, exotic wood, copper and brass while branches, stones and grape vines are all a major influence. One of the company’s most popular and sought-after items is the Pebble stool (which can also be used as a smart side-table). The triple-sectioned piece is comprised of two beautiful woods – Brazilian cedar and chestnut:

the Pebble stool

Based on the outskirts of Porto, the brand attracted international design attention in Milan last year with its beautiful Pearl wall lamp. This gorgeous piece was based on a shell, hand-carved in Carrara marble and affixed to a brushed brash plate:

Pearl wall lamp

The founder and creative director of the company is Paula Sousa. In her décor tastes she favours plush retro-style and sleek modernist classics (she’s a particular fan of the Eames chair).

The brand meanwhile is loved by the fashion house Dior who has featured it in their stores in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Kuwait. You’ll also find Ginger and Jagger furniture displayed in top retail outlets in Moscow as well as right here in London at Harrods. Actually we predict you’re going to be seeing a lot more of this brand over the coming year – and not just here at NW3Interiors.

All images via Ginger and Jagger.

Some Exciting New Trends from Maison et Objet, Paris

Some Exciting New Trends from Maison et Objet, Paris

We enjoyed an incredibly exciting and inspiring few days at Maison et Objet Paris towards the end of last month.

Held from 22 to 26 January the event is one of the largest international interiors trade shows in the world. So naturally our team just had to be there to check out the pieces and ideas which currently has everyone in the design world buzzing.

This year the theme for the show was ‘Wild’ and centered around the concept of injecting the natural rhythms of the wild and nature into design in urban spaces – in other words, getting time out from technology and domesticity. Here’s a selection of some of our favourites from the show:

Cutlery

 Designer Koichi Futatsumata was actually inspired by one of his tools – namely his best technical pencil – to produce this stylish flat and octagonal cutlery range. Made from brass, the range includes a knife, fork, spoon and chopsticks.

NW3 Interiors Koichi Futatsumata Image via Valerie-objects.com

 Accessories

Our own home-grown star designer and show favourite Tom Dixon’s new Oil Collection accessories all have a beautiful iridescent sheen – and this copper coffee making set is no exception. The polished cylinders and domes of the caddy, scoop, cafetiere, milk pan, espresso cups, biscuit tin and serving tray are set to shimmer and create opulence. Coffee time will never be quite the same again…

NW3 Interiors Tom Dixon

Image via Tomdixon.com

Storage

We liked the combination of order and elegance with French company La Fonction’s Le Valet. Made from solid oak it comprises an elegant mirror on one side complete with a handy wooden shelf on which to lay cosmetics, perfume and jewellery and on the other side, rungs for hanging scarves, cardigans and other accessories. This would be perfect for organising clothes and accessories for a night out when your schedule is pretty hectic:

NW3 Interiors La Fonction

Image via la-fonction.com

Textiles

Yet another French designer, this time Marie Adeline Riche, of Lalie Design impressed us with her new colourful Cosmos Collection. The following print would look wonderful as upholstery or curtains and would certainly brighten a dark hallway:

NW3 Interiors Lalie Design

 Image via Lalie Design

 Wall coverings

And finally, we couldn’t mention Maison et Objet Paris without providing a peek from that British institution – Farrow and Ball and their new collection. One of my favourites has to be the rather romantic Peignoir. A greyish pink this is a the perfect shade for a lady’s bedroom and would work well with a cream or other contemporary neutral, especially a soft grey.

NW3 Interiors Farrow & Ball Peignoir

Image via HouseandHome.co.uk

If you were lucky enough to visit Maison et Objet Paris was there anything that particularly stood out for you? Meanwhile keep following the blog for more revelations from Paris over the next few weeks.