Home design: Take the in out


Paul Morris takes a look at some home design companies who can transform your house for summer.

Traditionally, we take a look at our house once the good weather arrives, and it occurs to us to perhaps freshen up the furniture – everything from a new sofa to what we decorate the table with when guests comes round for a party in the garden or on the terrace. Here are some designers that suggest you can make a dramatic impact by moving the indoors… outdoors.

After a long winter there is nothing more splendid than relaxing in the garden on a summer’s day with birds singing, sun shining and wine glasses sparkling. The moveable outdoor feast has been enjoyed for centuries, from medieval hunting feasts, to Renaissance country banquets and Victorian garden parties.

The term ‘wicker’ encompasses all objects weaved from natural materials, including rattan, reed, cane and raffia.  Modern versions often combine natural and synthetic fibres for durability, such as this stunning rattan collection based on old drawings from historic designs, they have authentic charm but are made to last for decades. Rattan dining table £799.

For larger garden parties the straw bale and leather benches are perfect for extending the seating whilst keeping a very cool and rustic vibe. Benches £1,160.

Headquartered in the Belgian town of Boom, Ethnicraft aims to make furniture that “evokes a sense of emotion, by the warmth and naturalness of the core material, with solid wood that adds a sensitive touch to the furniture”.

The rationality of the collection lies in the functionality, simplicity and quality of the furniture, contributing to the power and pureness of the designs.

A blank canvas for creativity, the Window collection, by internationally-renowned designer Constance Guisset, borrows the elements of the intriguing cabinet of curiosities and translates it to coffee and side table forms. A resilient glass top allows a transparent view inside the table, where décor pieces or personal items could be displayed. Switch up the ornaments or add to the content as you like – the possibilities to expand your imagination are endless.

The window side table is 47 x 40 x 36 cm and costs €289.  The simple side table, also made of solid oak is 55 x 55 42 cm and costs €269.

Kudu Home
Thandi Mbali Renaldi, a half South-African/half British entrepreneur based in Brussels, has launched Kudu Home, an online store specializing in design and decoration from the African continent. Kudu Home is like a treasure house of rare objects, artefacts and designer accessories, all carefully selected.

She is constantly on the look-out for designers on the African continent to collaborate with. She’s not happy just to go to Africa to buy a finished collection – she always wants to work with the designers to create a collection with them.

Hästens’ first generation of bed makers, Pehr Adolf Janson, laid the groundwork for the spirit of master craftsmanship when he was awarded his journeyman’s certificate in 1852. Back in those days, saddle makers were also mattress makers.

HOME DESIGN HastensSince then Hästens has been committed to crafting the best sleep. The skilled craftsmen at in the factory in Köping have been refining their work for generations. Every bed is bespoke and made by hand using only the best natural materials, including the finest pure flax, cotton and wool, the highest quality Swedish pine and genuine, hypoallergenic horsehair. The difference lies in the details and our quest to provide the most restful sleep for people who want to lead a higher quality of life.

The firm’s slogan is “Fulfiling dreams since 1852”. Sweet dreams, it appears…