Interior Design

COUCH, SOFA OR SETTEE?

WHAT’S WHAT

Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw Helps clarify what’s what and share a few tips to help you make the right selections.

COUCH, SOFA OR SETTEE?

These three are “effectively interchangeable in everyday speech” as Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw comments.  Although they are in fact each slightly different. She explains the difference below. Sofa “The word ‘sofa’ has been in our vernacular the longest. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word ‘sofa’ originates in the eastern Mediterranean with the Arabic soffah - ‘a part of the floor raised a foot or two, covered with rich carpets and cushions, and used for sitting upon.” We like the classically styled Boss Sofa by David Shaw which also reminds us a little of the seatings history.

Boss Sofa by David Shaw

Couch

A couch was originally used to refer to piece of furniture for one to sleep on. Taken from the French word coucher which means ‘to sleep’. It is similar to a daybed and was commonly used as the chair for psychiatric sessions (hence Freud's couch). As such, it is used more informally - a place one can put their feet up and relax.” With so much living in the lounge, couch comfort has become almost as important as a quality mattress.  A good modular with chaise is perfect for curling up on to watch a movie. David Shaw’s Matteo Modular ticks all the boxes..

David Shaw’s Matteo Modular

Settee

'“A settee is in many ways like a sofa. Unlike a couch, it must have a back. It comes from the Old English word ‘settle’, a term used to describe long benches with high backs and arms. Due to this, a conventional settee has a high back, high arms, and visible legs. However, the word is used to describe many a sofa in conversation.” A settee does not need to be fussy and old fashioned. David Shaw’s Veronica Settee is smart and contemporary. 

David Shaw’s Veronica Settee

Thanks for your help Kim. 

next week we will be discussing CURTAINS OR DRAPES? 



COSMIC WAVE DECOR

COSMIC WAVE

The biannual Maison & Objet (M&O) French trade fair is considered to be one of the most important European events for Interior Designers.  The 5 day feast of innovation and talent ran 22nd – 26th January and we were salivating all the way!

One of our top looks is what we are calling “Cosmic Wave”.  This intergalactic journey sees explosions of colour, marbled textures and realistic outer space imagery brought to earth.

The trend also taps into M&Os  “Wild” theme,  reconnecting with elements and giving a sense of supernatural force.

Check it out:

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1. Cosmic Dinnerware by Italian brands Diesel Living and Seletti. The 11-piece set features images of moons, planets, a sun, the Milky way and beyond. The set also won Wallpapers 2015 Design Award.

 

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2. Tables by Troels Flensted.  These poured Acrylic Polymer tables are out of this world!

 

3. London brand Front Rugs collaborated with artist Jan Kath to create a glorious flooring art.  The rugs are replicas of high-res photographs of gas clouds and asteroid nebulae taken by the Hubble Telescope. Some using up to 60 colours and all hand-knotted.

STYLE SAMPLE

FEELING VERY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

HERE IS A SLICE OF POOLSIDE RELAXATION FOR YOU TO SAMPLE. 

Style Sample - A Life More Relaxed

Style Sample - A Life More Relaxed

Featured are (clockwise from top left):

– Sonnen – Pause by Christian Fischbacher is available from James Dunlop Textiles. The pixelated arrangement of a timeless pattern is playful and modern.
Fischbacher outdoor fabrics are reversible, washable and resistant to sun and moisture.

– Sonnen-Sheins graphic flower design compliments the previous fabric.

– Visit blogger Katie Quinn Davies at “What Katie Ate” for delicious Summer morsels. We’re on an Italian holiday just looking at this one!

– Paint – Resene, Barometer. An inky nautical blue.

– Paint – Resene, Wimbledon. A green we’ve been seeing on a lot of outdoor furniture. Check out Roda from David Shaw Furniture

– Background fabric – Sonnen-Tag. A linen look more suited to the outdoors than the real thing.

ENJOY x

A DESIGNERS WISH LIST

A BIG THANK TO EVERYONE THAT HAS BEEN SENDING ME CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDES. HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE ITEMS.

 

A GOLDEN LOVE BIRD
I have always loved the Eames House Birds however that love was taken to another level with this limited edition or only 1000 world wide.

Hand-made, in large part, the gold leaf is carefully applied to the wooden bird with tweezers by a goldsmith. The surface is protected with a thin lacquer finish.

 

OUR KIND OF HOLIDAY PUZZLE
Kaleido from Hay is a series of trays with nine colours and five geometric shapes, the user can build their own designs and colour configurations, and select its function. Possibly serving holiday drinks or a collection of beautiful things. Find
these beauties at Cult

 

HOLIDAY SEASON DREAMING
Vida stonewashed linen is a dream to sleep in and just gets better with age. Perhaps your dream is cool, crisp hotel luxury. We can help with that too just in time for a new year refresh.


AN APPLE FOR DESIGNER
Just when I thought that I had all the Mac products I needed along comes the
Apple Pencil combined with Ipad Pro. The possibilities are extremely enticing. 

 

ON TREND ROSE QUARTZ
How can any designer go past Pantone’s colour of the year 2016 Rose Quartz. Cathy Pope’s latest collection The Pink City doubles up on trend with Rose Quartz and Rose Gold. Love this Bangle and I might have already treated myself to the earrings but who's counting.

 

DENIZEN IS ON THE MONEY
For one stop shopping inspiration the Denizen Gift Guide is hard to surpass.

 

RUBY G.I.F.T.
Lastly a big thank you
Ruby for making holiday shopping so streamline with 1 hour or 3 hour super speedy delivery with in Auckland.

DREAM LINEN

HOLIDAY SEASON DREAMING

Vida stonewashed linen is a dream to sleep in and just gets better with age. The trick is that it’s all about the layering. Include colour tones of dove grey and dusky rose.

Perhaps your dream is cool and crisp hotel luxury. Add texture with waffle for a classic that never fails.

You are just in time for a new year refresh. Don’t sleep on it we can help bring your dreams to life.

#INSTA FABRICS

MY MORNING RITUAL STARTS WITH A GREEN SMOOTHY, A COFFEE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY CHECKING IN ON MY INSTAGRAM FEED.

Catching up with my lovely suppliers and sneaking a peek at what inspires them is always fun. Today I am sharing with you #Insta_Fabric.

 

Click the links and don’t forget to follow #sonya_cotter_design  Enjoy..

CERAMICS TO EXCITE

Often ceramics are just taken for granted and used for social gatherings or dining situations, but we’re excited to see the latest trends are taking ceramics into areas they previously haven’t been before. Of course with the multitude of styles and options out there how is one to choose a decorative ceramic piece for their space?

We hope to inspire you with the exciting pieces we’ve found here.

 

This Belgian ceramic studio is pushing the boundaries of ceramic art with the use of 3D ceramic printers. These designs look delicate but are actually stronger because of the 3D process. The detailed layering in these carafes create a visual feast of line and pattern when looking from above.

 

Another Belgian artist Ilona Van den Bergh has created these beautiful shapes from a range called ‘Moon’ which are created using a slip-cast and making each one a one-off piece. These would be definitely functional, but are also so lovely you could have them as display pieces on a table or sideboard. They have an even more powerful presence when stacked and grouped.

 

Japanese artist designer Yusuke Seki created a ceramic platform for Maruhiro’s flagship store in Tokyo suburb of Hasami. The area has a history of ceramics that goes back to the 17th Century.
Each of “building blocks” called “Shinikiji” in Japanese, were found to be flawed after the initial bisque-firing. As part of his re-valuative design process. Seki revived and transformed the once fragile item into new architectural material steeped in history.

 

Ceramic used in a completely different way, these pieces continue the ceramic trend of functionality but are enhanced by light to become even more beautiful.
This simple hanging lamp would suit a Scandinavian style home, or a contemporary understated space. The ‘creased’ ceramic shape goes against what the mind expects of a solid material. The soft light and creamy ceramic would soften an area or room to create a sense of calm.

Simon Naouri  - Applique Crease

 

Something a little bit different to finish with, these ceramic “melting vases” are on trend. Incorporating metallics within the centre of the vessel it seems to pour out onto the surface it sits on. For those of you who like a little bit of bling, these are a tasteful way to include metallics in your colour scheme.The smooth white ceramic exterior means you could tie it in with most schemes and it will definitely be a point of focus in the room albeit not immediately.

SPACE TRANSFORMING RUGS

A BEAUTIFUL RUG CAN REALLY TRANSFORM A SPACE, DEFINE LIVING AREAS AND BRING FOCUS TO THE CHOSEN COLOUR PALETTE AND INSPIRATION FOR A ROOM.

HERE WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A SELECTION THAT WE THINK ARE FANTASTIC, EACH WITH THEIR OWN IDENTITY AND FEEL THAT WILL ENHANCE YOUR CHOSEN SPACE.

Etched by Hare+Klein designer Eloise Fotheringham for Designer Rugs

This eclectic design is unexpected and very natural, bringing line and texture to the room without being repetitive. Fotheringham was originally inspired by the threads and knots of rope and used a series of layering processes to get the design looking just right.

 

Connected by Caroline Yuen for Designer Rugs

Simple and geometric, this design has gorgeous use of colour in a subtle way, making the line a stand out feature.
What we love about this is the way the abstracted line could be placed in a room and read in any direction and the fluidity of the line will create interest, generating discussion amongst family and friends.

 

Round Diamond by Emma Elizabeth for Designer Rugs

Another geometric rug, this is a beautiful fragmentation of colour displayed in a round format.
The pattern here is reminiscent of jewels refracting the light will add luxurious style to your space.

 

Made from Wool and art silk, this black and white rug is an artwork in itself. Look closely at Banff from Artisan Flooring and you will see the texture and line detail that moves toward the edge of the rug. Step back and in the expanse of a room this rug will be a strong statement in natural fibres.

 

Marcel Wanders Festival Inferno from ECC Lighting & Furniture

Produced with cutting edge chromojet print technology, Festival Inferno is a kaleidoscope of colour with incredible detail. This design is is exciting as it also come in a broadloom for wall to wall installation. We look forward to selecting this for a project.

 

KNOT collection by Roda from David Shaw

As it’s summer we thought what a great time to feature these new outdoor rugs made from polypropylene. Outdoor fabrics can sometimes feel hard and unwelcoming but the collection by Roda are soft to touch and look beautiful in our New Zealand light.