Homes & Interiors
From 1960s style icons to “up to the minute” doodle art movement fabric ranges, our resident Interior Designer,Jamie Hempsall, provides answers to your interior dilemmas.
I am looking to update the dining suite in our breakfasting kitchen with a mid 20th Century retro feel, but want to avoid wood. Do you have any suggestions that are not extortionate? AM
Mid 20th Century furniture is very hot and the cost price of vintage pieces has rocketed in the last few years. However, this also means manufacturers are creating design inspired pieces at a fraction of the price of the originals.
One of the renowned designers of this Modernist era was Warren Platner, an American architect and interior designer, famed for designing several prominent New York interiors, including the Georg Jensen Design Centre.
In 1966, he launched an iconic wire furniture collection still in production by Knoll, where a single chair could set you back several thousand pounds (www.knoll.com).
However, a range inspired by these designs is available from www.italiadesigns.co.uk. They offer padded leather upholstered dining chairs for £423 and a dining table for £504. These make a brilliant 60s style statement for a very reasonable price.
We are looking to create an “adventure explorer” bedroom for our 9-year-old and want a feature bed – is there a range you think would suit? NW
I should head straight over to www.funfurniturecollection.co.uk and look at their Land Rover 90 Bunk Beds – the ideal vehicle for any intrepid explorer! They are made to look as close to the real thing as possible, including panel lines and grill details, snorkel, snake ladders and jerry can. The bed dimensions take a full size mattress. It is available as a single, which can be converted to a bunk with a large roof rack add-on.
Prices start from £768.70 for a single and £1,270 for a full bunk version (excluding mattress).
Can you recommend any fabrics to cover a small sofa in our extremely style conscious 14 year old’s bedroom? RM
This can be a difficult age to decorate for, as styles and tastes can change dramatically at this point in a teenager’s life. I would suggest going avant-garde and opting for a high design fabric that does not relate to a particular feel or time.
A new collection for Kirkby Design by “doodle” art movement doyen, Jon Burgerman, should fit the bill nicely. He has a unique approach to colour and scale, meaning that you can be sure any piece will look “one of a kind”.
I would advise picking up on one of the colours in the fabric and using this as a key for wall and ceiling colour, which should be plain to ensure the sofa takes centre space. A cushion range is also available so you can add complimentary features to dress the bed. (£55 per meter; www.kirkbydesign.com – 01623 756 699).
I need some ideas for bathroom storage in a dark bathroom, could you point me in the right direction? KW
Mirrors help in dark bathrooms, as they pick up on any light source and amplify it. The mirror-clad Inga floating storage units provide cutting edge shelf space for easy access and display of items you use all the time. In addition, they feature an integrated drawer space for all your bathroom bits and pieces.
They are available as a single rectangular shelf or triangular corner unit (from £59.99; www.my-furniture.co.uk).
They are also useful as “floating” bedside tables!
Jamie Hempsall is a multi-award winning interior designer