With Claire Hornby

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Homes&garden -

DE­SIGN is all about com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent ele­ments and ma­te­ri­als – from glass and per­spex to wood, chrome and leather – to cre­ate a look which is beau­ti­fully bal­anced. Think a glass ta­ble en­hanced by a stone sculp­ture, or a re­claimed wood chest of draw­ers topped off by a me­tal vase. The Tonelli Kas­teel from Barker and Stone­house is a beau­ti­ful din­ing ta­ble made of ex­tra-clear or trans­par­ent glass with nat­u­ral wooden joints and tres­tle legs. It’s per­fectly com­ple­mented by Eames din­ing chairs in a fi­bre­glass white gloss shell and oak and steel fin­ish.

This look is slick and su­per-stylish but it re­lies on your abil­ity to con­fi­dently com­bine pieces to cre­ate the look you want to achieve. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that ele­ments don’t all have to be hard, and they don’t have to be nat­u­ral. The trick is to bal­ance man-made and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als – for ex­am­ple, plas­tics with re­claimed wood and cot­ton.

The Axel con­sole ta­ble from Barker and Stone­house is con­structed from Sas­safras re­claimed junk board wood on a tubu­lar steel frame. Barker and Stone­house also has the Kick range of wardrobes which com­bine maple wood and melamine. Sim­i­larly, the Al­tro A bed­room range fea­tures mir­ror or glass ap­pli­ca­tions which are re­peated through the wardrobe panels and head­board of the bed.

Ligne Roset has al­ways un­der­stood the im­por­tance of con­cept de­sign, and we’re big fans of the brand’s Con­flu­ences pieces. In­di­vid­ual ele­ments link to­gether in a puz­zle-type ef­fect to cre­ate a unique form.

When it comes to ac­ces­sories, your first port of call is a mir­ror, which will cre­ate a new per­spec­tive and max­imise nat­u­ral light.

Then in­tro­duce ac­ces­sories such as the Rope coil ta­ble lamp. Counter bal­ance with PVC pieces such as the quirky Book­worm book­shelf in fire engine red.

Claire Hornby is creative stylist at Barker and Stone­house. www.barkerand­stone­house.

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