Sunday, 10 June 2012

A little update (II)...


am still waiting for BT to come set up my home broadband, which they promised to be tomorrow. and when all is settled i can go back to the wonderful world of menswear blogging which i kinda miss. these days, all i think about is furniture and more furniture. round dining table or rectangle? carpet or wooden flooring? decisions which i procrastinated for what seems like ever, which i now have to make up my mind quick. most of the furniture stores in london start their summer sale next week, and i would be foolish not to take advantage of that. 

even classic pieces like the above philippe starck "mr impossible" chair is 15% off. i plan to use that in my home office, what do you think? most of the philippe starck pieces are now on sale at heal's & co, have a look here: http://tidd.ly/9b7ac834


and i came across this beautiful rattan chair at the conran shop at marylebone high street. it reminded me of childhood for some reason, and i really like it. i plan to have a modern dining table with philippe starck "victoria" ghost chairs. the above rattan chair would be a good contrast of new and old, and it also matches an old-style cabinet left by the previous flat owner.

however sarcastic remarks from my friends range from cellulite-like marks on bums to bringing their own cushions when they visit. so is that a no then?


and i saw the above couch at the COS store on london's regent street, much more modern than the above rattan chair? the couch is not for sale but in a corner by the window for shoppers to rest their feet. good design inspiration nonetheless? again friends commented that it looked amazing but doesn't look comfortable. my choices above do seem to veer along the reams of impracticality. does this happen a lot to first time furniture buyers?

to my shock, horror and perhaps nod to my (un-humbly) good taste, the above is the poet sofa by one collection, retailing for £7,076. now, i am putting the word out there. who knows who at COS stores in london? when are they changing their window display or disposing their furniture? i do not mind seconds! hit me up!

the joys of the home improvement stage of my life. menswear blogging should be back very soon.

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20 comments:

  1. I think the COS furniture is pretty much a permanent fixture in the store, they only rotate mannequins and graphics!

    Like the rattan but it might lose the appeal if covered in cushions. Patricia Urquoia has done some great contemporary versions http://www.design-klub.com/?p=548

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    1. they have 2 in their regent store can you believe!!

      ok i'll check out patricia urquoia...

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  2. You keep this furniture blogging up as well as menswear, I think. You have a great eye for interiors too, it seems!

    -Stephen
    www.stitchesfabricandsoul.com

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    1. i am thinking of menswear on weekdays, home improvements on weekends ha!

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  3. I love good furniture but it can be so expensive!! It'd be nice to have an unlimited budget and just have not a care in the world :D
    cannot wait to see u back and blogging :)

    http://thewild-swans.blogspot.com

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  4. i think your would be able to get a much cheaper repro. i know the rockers they use are reproed for about £70

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    1. yea am searching for a good simili!

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  5. You can always do a high end low mix, it will make it easier if you buy most of your furniture from Ikea and have some of the key designer furniture from Bauhaus. Therefore you can still make a statement home without emptying out your pockets. Picture yourself wearing some distinctive Louboutin shoes and the rest of the top are from Zara or Topman, i'm pretty sure it will still be as good looking as someone who wears a full set of high end mix :).

    drblogspot.blogspot.com

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    1. totally agree! i plan to mix and match. still scouting for inspiration, seeing what's out there :)

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  6. interior design is my obsession! Love would to see how you end up decorating your apartment.. I love the rattan couch although it would look too 'cold' so make sure you balance it up with cushions and throw.

    buying furnitures are fun!



    projackinterior.blogspot.com

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  7. Take it from me, avoid anything too faddish and purchase investment pieces of furniture just like you would for your wardrobe. Go classic and well constructed, avoid knock-offs at all costs. Small spaces need furniture with legs so the floor can be seen under the piece. Plastic furniture is fine but only for outside. Starck chairs like the Louis Ghost have been done to death and are uncomfortable. Plastic seat equals sweaty... you get the picture. For a home office you need something more ergonomic, this doesn't mean a hi-tech office chair but does mean something that will give you good posture. If your budget doesn't stretch past plastic chairs, look at the Eames chairs for Vitra and buy felt seat pads. The COS store sofa is used in most COS stores in Europe and is a Scandinavian Classic. Perhaps you should spend some time in Skandium and see some excellent investment furniture with Scandinavian heritage. You can then accessorise from high street stores with cushions, throws and the like and update every-so-often. And buy comfort over style.
    Hope this helps!

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    1. thanks mark. skandium and twenty twenty one are my two favourite shops at the moment, been spending lots of time there. will update as i go along :)

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  8. I am all for the rattan chair. Most of the chairs you mentioned could be quite 'cold' if it makes sense at all, this add a touch of warmth and you always add cushions for colors and comfort.

    Personally the ghost chair is overdone. Maybe try something different?

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    1. i really like the ghost chairs though, it really work with smaller flats/spaces. will have a look around...

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  9. definitely wooden flooring rather than carpet.....
    should definitely go look for some replica.. it is good to have a mixture or replica and designer furniture to cut down the budget... because some replica are done really well like most of the Eames stuff...

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  10. Cant wait to see your new home!
    Ed

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  11. Try Capellini and Hay. Capellini have lots of modern classic design. Hay is gorgeous and affordable.

    Eames chair from Vitra is way too common and have too many repro! and so is the ghost chair. I am sure you can find something nicer

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    1. hay is amazing! i was set on the asplund tati coat rack, then i saw the hay loop coat rack at a fraction of the cost, yet keeping the clean simple lines!

      gosh this is so addictive!

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  12. Hello and oooh yes, your blog is fan-tasty-k!!!
    Check this gorgeous loveseat for your new apartment at 50% off:
    http://www.heals.co.uk/sofas/waltzer-swivel-loveseat-bocaccio-fabric/invt/waltzerbocaccio?htxt=%2FUvRjc0xAaKk26JwgsxcsV6E2gjpK53ITJCPcypNRrR6jhjYX3SDlEUFWaOdTpLU0xVcTayKYYOc%0Aw4t9gBa9qg%3D%3D

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  13. B&B Italia armchairs and Minotti couches will never ever die, which is why you should put your investment in them.

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