The Best Shops In London

The N + B HQ is dangerously positioned above The Conran Shop – the Mecca for interior spending. Nadine and I often go downstairs using thirst for inspiration as an excuse, or for last-minute presents, we then potter around practising a large repertoire of swooning sounds. The Conran life is sadly unattainable for most, however a universal appreciation will never waiver.

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Your Style Campaign

A designer is also a detective; investigating a desired look. Knowing one’s own style is a lifetime journey full of developments and new paths. Unless you are super tuned into the design world, you are probably busy doing things other than endlessly exploring and experimenting with finishes and furniture.

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The Furniture And The Planet

Confession: I have been searching for sexy, high concept furniture that has no environmental impact and have failed. It was naïve to expect to find oodles of stunning ‘green’ chairs and chests that would sit comfortably in The Conran Shop. Like all movements and important matters, the terminology makes it complicated.

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Finally Knocking Knock Offs On The Head

Elle Decoration started a campaign in 2012 which shone a light on intellectual property rights for designers in Britain. The drive was to stop exploiting designers, support originality and protect creativity. Needless to say, there were some very outspoken industry folk and the debate spread wide.

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What Is Good Taste And Do You Have It?

I seem to be late to the party having come across the ‘Things that Nicky Haslam Finds Common’ tea towel yesterday. Regardless, it’s been thought provoking. The first thought being, how ironically common the tea towel itself is. Another irony is that Haslam wrote ‘common lists’ for the Daily Mail.

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An Interview With The UK’s Most Promising Designer

Our friend Daniel Schofield designs remarkable furniture, lighting and products for some of the world’s leading brands, including, Conran, Decode, Would, Skandium and Benchmark. Dan’s design philosophy is - no detail should exist without reason. He has won many awards and Sir Terrence Conran named him “one to watch”.

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I’m Just Mad About Saffron...

Let’s talk about yellow because it’s the first day of Spring a week today, and it represents our optimistic and assured sentiment! But mainly because it has been all the rage on recent runways, and consequently in the shops. Glamour said it ‘feels like everybody is on the same page’, with it being ‘the biggest colour trend’.

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What Is Affordable Art?

Like most fun things in life, buying art is largely a fiscally driven activity. Frieze is a sturdy favourite, London event; its grandeur, range and prestige is unbeatable. But like most art fairs, the price tags are inaccessible for most people. This is where the Affordable Art Fair comes in.

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