Decorum Loves: Argent & Sable

At Decorum, we all have our own personal sense of style – something we see as a positive, as it helps to keep things interesting, and makes for a more eclectic working space.

While we each have our favourite brands, it is rare that we fall in love with the same item at the same time. So rare, in fact, that when we all stopped at once to admire fairground inspired signs by Argent & Sable, we knew we were on to a winner.

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Argent & Sable – a husband- and wife-run business, drawing on the couple’s wealth of expertise and experience in interior design – first caught our eye whilst exploring Designjunction. In among the beautiful designs that encompassed the event, Argent & Sable, with its bright colours and abundance of lights, stood out to us, and we couldn’t help but be drawn in.

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Personal favourites at Decorum HQ include ‘Lust,’ ‘Love’ and ‘Get Lucky’ – all signs that we would be happy to hang in our homes, or above our desks.

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In order to truly capture the fairground effect, Argent & Sable create their pieces using traditional Colourman Paints, that have a nostalgic chalky quality, and a natural beeswax to seal the paint. The frames are an eclectic mix of antique/old ornate and bespoke, frames which are painted and distressed, each creating the perfect surround for these highly sought-after, individual and unique pieces of art.

Although it could be argued that these fairground signs are best suited for a game room or bar environment, we believe that – with the right accessories and accompanying furniture – they would be the perfect addition to any room, lending a feeling of whimsy and childish charm to even the most corporate of environments.

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Vintage, fun and unique, we can’t get enough of each piece, and are considering taking the plunge… Now, where to hang it?

Decorum Loves: Qubis Flipp

As big fans of clever homewares, and of alternating our personal style from time to time, we at Decorum couldn’t help but be drawn to the new ‘Flipp Table,’ from Qubis Design.

Debuted at this year’s Design Junction, and described by the brand as a ‘dual-purpose dining table,’ the Flipp is a table that rotates on a central pivot – allowing an easy transformation from formal dining experience, to fun entertaining space.

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With leg frames handcrafted from mild steel, a raw, uncoated finish, and all surfaces protected by natural oils, we think this table would be the perfect addition to any modern home. We particularly like that the Formica side – or the ‘playful’ side, as we have taken to calling it – comes in so many colour options, with ‘Juicy Pink’ and ‘Boysenberry’ being personal favourites.

Daily Decorum Qubis Flipp Table

With such a contrast in style from one side to another, the addition of the Flipp would open up a whole world of décor ideas – a concept we can’t help but be excited by.

Daily Decorum Qubis Flipp Table

In fact, the more we think about it, the more we fall in love.

… We’ll take four.

Decorum Explores: Baroncelli at the House of Peroni

Baroncelli’s Flexus collection is one of the most striking designs we saw during this year’s London Design Festival. It caught our attention instantly at designjunction with its contemporary, industrial shapes and immaculate luxurious finishes – resembling a striking piece of sculpture, worthy of an art gallery setting. We have since seen the collection at Decorex International, where again the luminous shapes amazed us and we discovered the whole modular lighting system was filled with LED technology.

But that wasn’t enough – Baroncelli has surprised us again by taking up residency in the House of Peroni pop-up this month.

Baroncelli Flexus Lighting House of Peroni London Exclusively for the pop-up they have created a ‘Roma Phantasma’ 3D installation, utilising the component parts that make the Flexus system, and turning these into sculptural mechanisms – a timepiece, catapult, pulley, airscrew, microscope and compass.

Baroncelli Flexus Lighting House of Peroni London

The installation followed a brief to create an immersive room reflecting and portraying the House’s theme – Rome. Giovanni Corrado, Creative Director of Baroncelli took his inspiration for the theme from the 16th century artist Piranesi, famous for his etchings of the city and imaginary interior ‘prisons’ – Carcei d’Invenzione.

Baroncelli Flexus Lighting House of Peroni London

Baroncelli’s installation is mounted on the walls and ceilings of the room, layered around monochrome-etched drawings of Rome, interpreting the engineering prowess of neoclassical Rome – at the same time showcasing Baroncelli’s expertise when it comes to their specialist metal and glass work used in their design pieces.

Baroncelli Flexus Lighting House of Peroni London

Baroncelli’s limited-edition sculptural mechanisms can be seen at The House of Peroni throughout October at 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JX. After that date, each piece will be available to purchase directly from Baroncelli.

See you at The House of Peroni!

Decorum Explores: Polish designers

Although I grew up in Poland, I got to know contemporary Polish design in London, through international initiatives in collaboration with V&A, as well as Polish presence at a variety of design events.

We all have our ideas about international design and interiors – what Eastern European design is like, German furniture, Brazilian interiors. Whatever your thoughts are on what Polish design is like, here are my favourites, which will quickly show you the current face of Polish design.

Plopp Copper Zieta Polish Design

Chippenfield Copper Steel Chair Polish Design Zieta

I first discovered Zieta’s designs at a Saatchi Gallery exhibition a few years ago, followed by another viewing of his work during last year’s LDF, as part of the “Young Creative Poland” exhibition. Studio’s Fidu collection is by far the most popular one, with the latest Plopp and Chippensteel designs created in oh-so-trendy copper.

Vzor Furniture Polish Design

Vzor Furniture Polish Design

Vzor is an interesting initiative which produces furniture based on designs from the second half of the 20th century, which didn’t gain mass recognition due to a variety of factors, whether these are political, economical, or the designs’ aesthetics were simply too innovative for the times. Current products are based on Roman Modzelewski’s armchair designs from the 1950s.

Piotr Kuchcinski Polish Design Piotr Kuchcinski Polish Design

Piotr Kuchcinski is an award-winning Polish product designer, creating products for large Polish brands such as Balma, Noti or Profim.  The Clapp armchair and Trefle stools are his latest designs created exclusively for Noti.

Kosmos Project Polish Design

Kosmos Project Polish Design

Kosmos Project is a design studio set up by Ewa Bochen and Maciej Jelski. Their inspiration comes from the observation of relationship between the civilized and the wild. This philosophy led them to the creation of a Collective Unconscious collection, inspired by the ‘Forefathers’ Eve’ – what used to be a Slavic feast commemorating the dead.

To discover more Polish designers and makers I recommend the Polish Design Now website – here you can also find more products and decorative objects with Slavic and Polish inspirations.

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