Take it Home: Mibo lampshades, Zella daybed, Scimitar tiles, Mufti leather cupboard

A hand-crafted cane daybed and retro lampshades: Madeleine Lim rounds up what's new in interiors

Wednesday 26 March 2003 01:00
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The evocatively retro Hornsey drum lampshade is part of Madeleine Rogers' new range of Mibo drum lightshades at the Applied Arts Agency. Rogers set up Mibo two years ago to provide affordable yet original pieces for the home, and at £45 each the lampshades represent good value. Perfect for larger spaces either as ceiling pendants or standard lamps, each design in the range is named after nostalgic seaside towns, from Camber Sands to Whitney Bay. The digital printing process used by Rogers adds crispness to the designs, and the shades are finished using a two-layer laminate that diffuses the light and gives a pleasingly even illumination. The Applied Arts Agency also sells lighting, furniture, product design, graphic art, books, functional ceramics, glassware, wallpaper, wallcoverings and home accessories.

Hornsey lampshade, £45, at the Applied Arts Agency, 30 Exmouth Market, London EC1 (020-7837 2632)

A happy blend of traditional materials and craft with uncompromisingly modern design, the Zella daybed is hand-made by the award-winning Australian Caroline Casey. She uses the traditional skill of weaving sea grass over cane, and was inspired by an image of a Hoti woman nursing her baby on a simple hammock. Perfectly balanced to rock gently, it ingeniously suspends a hammock within its structure. Casey's work is being introduced to the UK exclusively by Aram in Covent Garden, and her work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia. Casey's approach to design is influenced by the experience of other cultures whose use of materials has not yet succumbed to mass production, which means that she produces a range where every element is hand-selected, worked and finished.

Zella daybed, £3,420, available only at Aram, 110 Drury Lane London WC2 (020-7557 7557); www.aram.co.uk

Scimitar hand-painted and glazed wall tiles are reminiscent of the popular Twenties lustreware china – and the fact that they're thicker and smoother than standard tiles only adds to their depth and texture. They're available in 25 lustre colours and come from Paris Ceramics, the specialist in antique and newly quarried limestone, terracotta and ceramic tiles from all over the world. The Scimitar tiles are six inches square and cost £10.70 each, but there is much in the catalogue for those with larger wallets, including an indulgent range of handcarved marble or limestone freestanding baths in the classical Greek or Roman style: prices from £8,000.

Scimitar tiles, from Paris Ceramics, 583 Kings Road, London SW6 (020-7371 7778); www.parisceramics.com

New at Mufti on Fulham Road is a leather wardrobe with off-white stitched detail – a modern interpretation of the old linen press. Built in two pieces for ease of delivery and assembly, it has hanging space and leather-lined drawers. Mufti is a lifestyle interiors shop that sells original, elegant designs in leather and natural raw materials. Owner Michael D'Souza's philosophy is based on minimalism, discerning design, clean lines and interesting textures – but with the emphasis always on the comfortable and livable. The shop also offers a bespoke service to rework or commission furniture and accessories to customers' exact specifications.

Leather cupboard, £2,800, at Mufti, 789 Fulham Road SW6 (020-7610 9123); www.mufti.co.uk

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