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A new beginning...
Tuesday 11th July 2017
...Slightly Quirky's blog begins...
Maison et Objet, you have not disappointed. You have lived up to our imagination of what you were to be.
In our minds you were 110,000 sq.m. vast and 5,000+ brands interesting.
What you were was 39,000 footsteps of interesting and 400 photos of inspiring.
Monday morning 5am alarm brought more excitement than normal if woken at that time. The prospect of breakfast on the Eurostar was more appealing than my normal regime. Paris bound we were! Maison et Objet is one of the largest design shows in Europe and the word on everyone's lips in the design world in January is 'Paris'.
We are so excited to be part of this world full of creativity and the sort of people who make things happen. The sort of people who have a vision... see how a piece of furniture should look and create it; know how a room should be lit and make it so; know how materials work together and blend them.
For us here at Slightly Quirky, we were on the look-out for inspiration and new suppliers, as well as lo…
What a fabulous day yesterday was, I love working with our fab photographer, Anna. We were shooting our Taplow project- an iconic Eric Lyons modernist Span house built 1966. Prestigious architect, Lyons, had a history of working with the esteemed Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry, before going on to co-found the Span development company in 1948. The essence of a Span house is to 'span' the gap between the typical house of the era, built for the mass market, and the architecturally designed individual homes. The ethos of these houses was all about blending the inside and outside spaces, done so with the use of large floor to ceiling windows and often L-shaped floor plans to create a courtyard area which can be used as an extra 'room'. The existing landscape was taken into consideration and mature trees often feature as a central point for the communal spaces which offer the residents a sense of community.
Our clients loved the existing architectural style and feel of thei…
My interior design life began a few years ago by being thrown headfirst into it and studying at the fabulous KLC School of Design.I decided to change my career and took the plunge and enrolled to do the full time post-graduate diploma at KLC. Yes, full time back to college... back to student discounts... new stationery for the new term... new school bag... the lot!
What an intense year that was... late nights before project deadlines, lectures, inspirational talks, new computer packages to master- I had a renewed empathy for the kids at school these days, I'd forgotten how full on learning can be... but I loved it! It was the most fabulous year, I felt inspired by the lecturers, lovely friends I met and the prospect of a career in the industry.On the day of my graduate exhibition, 2 years ago this month, I happened by chance (some say by fate) to bump into someone I knew... someone I had known 8 years previously. She is an established interior designer and I had sold an apartment…