Who knew sustainable living could be so beautiful?
Scrolling through instagram, facebook and twitter viewing abandoned turtles stuck in plastic and desperately attempting to ‘do your bit’ for our environment? Look at our range of sustainable furniture pieces for your home:
Some of NW3’s favourites being-
When Mies van der Rohe, (a German-American architect) began to pave the way for furniture design back in the 1920’s after introducing the Knoll Barcelona Chair. A piece which is often an example of a family heirloom being passed from generation to generation, like my mother will gift to me someday. Little did Van der Rohe realise, that the form and structure of this beautiful chair would become an iconic timeless design recognised worldwide.
Another favourite is a design from Eero Saarinen. The tulip dining table which comes with matching chairs. Saarinen vowed to eliminate the “slum of legs” found under chairs and tables with four legs.This dining table is suitable for any interior, forever holding its modern look. We have had the Knoll Saarinen marble dining table for over 12 years moving from house to house and it has retained its quality and beauty. This dining table even holds its value when and if it were to be re-sold.
Buying original timeless design is a form of sustainability. Because like buying any home appliance, buying something quality, that lasts, prevents disposal of the old and the process of manufacturing of the new. Invest in your home is investing in planet earth.
Not only is the element of longevity an element sustainability, but if you go right to the source, it’s also evident that Knoll are taking their impact on the world very seriously. As exampled by their sustainability statement, ‘Sustainable Design At Knoll, we act on a commitment to the sustainable design and manufacture of our products. We use our understanding of how people live, work and interact with their environments to create inspired workplaces and residences that evolve and endure – environments that promote a better world.’ You can see how Knoll achieves their goals here or read a small part of their achievements below!
Another brand which NW3 have found is making a real difference with their home Danish design is Ferm Living. They have a sustainable range of cushions and blankets are made from recycled plastic bottles! You can check them out here.
So instead of washing up on our beaches they’re the perfect compliment to any space in your home. We love the unique designs of these products and how brands are trying their best to come up with inventive ways to help the environment. Alongside giving customers the ability to buy sustainable and responsible products without the guilt!
To celebrate the release of Knoll’s New Collection for their 80th Anniversary, we browsed the brochure. It demonstrates how you can make mid-century style furniture work perfectly in any period home.
The scene is a distinctly unique property. With wonderful high ceilings, doors and windows. Laced with period features throughout, such as the cornicing, door and window frames and beautiful shutters. Whilst it resembles a modernised Parisian 6th quarter apartment, the Italian made furniture designed over a century ago blends beautifully. Knoll’s trademark phrase ‘Modern Always’ is demonstrated and validated by the way it still creates a contemporary style in old surroundings.
Choose Your Base Aesthetic
First of all, within a period home you have to pick certain features that act as key parts of the design. Highlighting small elements such as decorative ceilings or panelling to evoke the periodic feeling is a great start. Choosing a neutral base palette, opt for strong whites and pale greys and soft stone colours. Anything too yellow or dark will make it tip more towards the midcentury era where magnolia was the most prominent colour choice for internal interiors.
Accentuating or adding period features such as the panelling above the door will add to the decorative elements and work in contrast with the sleek modern lines of the furniture. As per this example, the period features add elegance to the space. The curves of the Brno chair (designed in the late 1920’s!) add a feminine aspect to the space and are complemented by the impossibly thin marble topped Grasshopper table designed in 2017 by Piero Lissoni.
Choose Your Furniture Palette
Next, chose your furniture palette. Chose 3 main colours that work with each other. Either 3 shades of 1 colour, or 3 separate complimenting colours. Next chose your metal and one marble (you can have another accent material too).
If you chose fairly muted colours, you could chose one vibrant accent. Either a bright green chair, a red marble dining table or a blush pink sofa. Having the neutral base is essential to keeping the space looking clean and fresh. Like the example below, the styling added an electric blue fabric into the space which creates a strong look. Ideal for people who love to add pops of colour throughout their period home. In addition to the blue sofa a soft tan leather on the re-released iconic Butterfly Chair adds another level of texture. The design of the butterfly chair is to create a piece that looks as light as it feels. A intricate structure with an additional sheet of fabric thrown over creates an elegant and simplistic form.
Bring It All Together With Key Pieces
Now you need to chose your key statement pieces. All of the designs from Knoll were created over the past century, but still remain timeless and modern. So don’t be scared to choose the ‘wrong thing’ as it’s essentially impossible to do. All the pieces in the images from this blog are a collection and example of how these designs integrate with any style home and with each other to create a gorgeous and calming aesthetic. Choosing your key pieces may be from personal taste or because you simply love a specific designer. We adore the Eero Saarinen designs and love the Tulip chairs fully upholstered, as shown here. Combined with the Platner table and an impressive Flos pendant light this is a dream combo. Alongside it is the new Red Baron shelving unit designed by Piero Lissoni. These contemporary pieces work beautifully – as though they are ‘floating’ – against the period backdrop.
These collections have shaped family living in Carly’s home in Hampstead, London, UK. Carly opens her home to share with clients how she combines the collections and chooses fabrics and finishes. Illustrating how the collection can grow over the years, encouraging sustainability.
Need help styling your home? Do get in touch, as we love to chat about design. You can speak to NW3 Interiors here to get your interior design project started.
Ever looked up and down Hampstead High street just utterly unsure on where to decide to eat? Same.
NW3 gives us so much excellent choice, some of my favourites for dining and interiors have to be:
Adding to their delicious menus: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and kids this makes Wagamama’s the ideal location for anyone looking to enjoy a wide range of divine Asian fusion let alone its new refurbishment with wishbone chairs! The wooden textures and gorgeous lighting enhances the atmosphere of the place making Wagamama’s one of my favourite places to dine in Hampstead.
Belsize Kitchen is one of NW3’s most recently found gem. Under the business of our days sometimes we just can’t resist the excellent dishes prepared there. My favourite has to be Brunch with the dish ‘The Gardener’ all the food feels so fresh and homemade. This all adds to its beautiful new furniture, there is a real cosy feeling in this local cafe.
The staff are wonderful, and I have enjoyed so many lunches and breakfasts here with the family. Mum and I usually sit there brainstorming whatever is going on for the week, only recently there discussing our storage unit’s front elevation. Belsize Kitchen is a lovely warming café that is perfect for all.
Roni’s bakery has the best bagels, it’s the perfect after school or work snack. The café perches up on Roslyn Hill and always catches the most beautiful sun in the mornings, with stunning wooden tables that I feel represent Hampstead in the best possible way.
Just as there are over 150 shades of white… yes…150 shades of WHITE. There are just as many colours shades and tones of marble. Varying on region and which mountain it was cut from, no wonder it’s so expensive! You can’t get the real deal anywhere else other than the motherland.
Whilst you have your classic shades of white, it also comes in rich greens and reds, warm soft natural beige and brown tones. As well as electrics blues and marbleous pinks. The colours are mesmerising, but no where near as captivating as the patterns that decorate the base palette. Swirling, twirling, wrapping, zipping and zig-zagging, like lighting bolts or tiny flowing rivers, falling off the smooth cut edges like something out of a Dr.Seuss book. There really is nothing like it.
Recently featured on our instagram was this photo of a restaurant bar. The natural shape, the deep blues complemented with splashes of white give an water like affect against the brown woods, like the crashing waves of an ocean slapping the side of an old ship.
A focal point of our marble fan-girling, is some of the latest from Knoll.
This incredibly rich red marble carries beautiful veins in greens, whites, purples and greys, as seen in our showroom in Hampstead, Belsize Park, NW3.
This remarkable marble has the most jaw dropping pattern – We love love love it!! It’s threads of white and grey compliment the black tone and then in it mixes splendid streaks of gold. The veins are just another intricate aspect that shows just how unbelievable mother nature can be. They really add to the wow-factor of this particular piece. However the photos really do it no justice! We fell in love with it originally in the Knoll showroom, showcased on top of a Platner dining table base. This is it in situ!
We have to credit any hard material that can be shaped to look soft. That in itself is an incredible aspect of marble. It’s ability to look soft and velvety to the touch when infant its an extremely solid material. However, no matter how solid at appears, the fragility of marble is what makes removing it from mountains and cutting it into fine slabs, such a complex and tedious process. ‘The slabs (cut between 2 to 3 centimetres thick depending on the application) are left to acclimatise for about three weeks before the stone is further processed. Producing a unique Knoll marble top is a long process of about 12 weeks in duration’. – Knoll
(The Knoll marble extraction process)
Another marble we’re a little bit obsessed with is pink marble! We love the warmness of the pink hues and there is such a variety to chose from! If you’re a pink marble virgin like us, then you can use the Marble Guide to help you chose colours and discover ones you didn’t even know existed! It looks delicate and extremely feminine. It can be complimented by darker more masculine blues and eccentric gold accents. Like these stunning tables from 1st Dibs.
If you want help sourcing a marble table for your home, or if you want to view these marbles at the Knoll showroom, why not give us a ring to discuss what you want. We’re always here to help!
Uh oh…make way, make way, another interior obsession coming through…Somebody PLEASE stop us. We can’t stop looking at/wanting/needing/drooling over CANE FURNITURE. .
We know it’s every where and even though we’re only 19 days in, you’re probably sick of seeing it EVERY WHERE. But we’ve jumped on the bandwagon and we just can’t help but be a little bit in love with cane.
We know, you’ll love it as much as we do! You just have to see how many amazing cane pieces there are out there in the world waiting to be bought. They’re evidently timeless pieces and must be bought in time for summer evenings, reading books in corners where the sun shines through. Or for ladies lunch or for children picnics. They’re tranquil charm, like an cherished older loved one will forever compliment your interiors. If you need some starting ideas, we’ve chosen a few of our faves to kick start your passion for cane furniture. Ready…?
So excuse us while we hunt out what we can steal from our grandparents houses in hopes of finding inspiration items. If not… we’ll just order them directly… you know, because, that’s what we do for a living!
Also if in a few weeks you’ve noticed we’re not coming up on your Instagram feed anymore, we’ve rebranded and changed our name Cane Interiors Ltd – so feel free to give us a follow if you love cane as much as we do!
If you’re interested in any of the items above for your home, why not contact us to receive a competitive quote.
At a time of a potential (or inevitable) national crisis, likely snow storms and heaven forbid school cancellations. It’s a good to remain optimistic… or perhaps locking yourself away, getting cosy and pretending like the outside world doesn’t exist may be the better option. In which case your home should be at it’s optimum cosiness. Creating the perfect retreat for you and the family to disappear in and spend an entire day in your pyjamas, drinking tea and watching reruns of Mary Poppins and Saving Mr Banks. Have you ever heard of such a perfect English day – Hoo rah!
That’s why we’ve put together our 6 essential items for your lounge, designed and made in Britain. Because whilst we love our brands, designers and manufacturers overseas; our Italians at Knoll and our Danes at DK3, there’s nothing quite like bringing it home and remembering why we love this dreary, cold country!
Compiled of the World’s COMFIEST sofa you have ever sat on in your life from Maker & Son (trust us!), a snuggly blanket from Cotswold&co, dreamy feather detail fabric for cushions or curtains from Tradescant & Son, a solid and classic coffee table (Faoulchu) to house your elegant and charming tea set from Richard Brendon, we suggest you make a lovely cup of tea, grab your favourite book and enjoy your new country-chic lounge. Ahhh…perfection.
Sourcing locally is a great sustainable business practice. It allows us to minimise our environmental impact and is very useful if servicing is required. The UK has a lot of home grown talented craftsman and lighting specialists, furniture designers and accessory brands. It is our responsibility as designers to include these collections in our offerings and packages to provide an opportunity to share our fellow hard-working small business and give a little love.
NW3 proudly find and support local designers and artisans as well as incredible makers and artists, who create beautiful furniture and decorations that we can supply to our clients. We partner with exceptional brands to ensure consistency, quality and comfort, every time.
If you’d like your own bespoke package, or to enquire about our ‘Made In Britain’ package or any of the items you see listed. Contact us to speak to one of the team.