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But let me back up and tell you about this fascinating designer/maker who grew up in Tehran and discovered his love of plywood and Scandinavian design during his studies as an industrial designer. As a kid Soroush loved hanging out at his uncles’ carpentry workshop where he started experimenting with wood always trying to make something out of the offcuts – a recurring theme as you’ll find out.

His masters took him to London in 2007 and he was delighted to discover how (relatively) easily plywood was available in the UK. He set up his own workshop solely using this material and had a bit of an epiphany when he figured out how to bend plywood through pressure rather than steam. This allows him to bend larger pieces of plywood thus opening up new design solutions, making stronger furniture with more elegant and thinner curves and lines.

Lozi’s designs are simple and modern, almost Scandinavian looking and clearly inspired by Soroush’s favourite designer Finn Alvar Aalto. 100 gas vs 10 ethanol Curves are a trademark and show off the multiple layers of wood elegantly which Lozi take great care to finish to perfection. Lozi’s plywood is almost entirely top grade from sustainable forests all over Northern Europe ensuring the smooth, plug and notch-free appearance that makes their furniture so beautiful.

Most of Lozi’s projects are commercial or residential with anything from wardrobes, kitchens or whole shop outfits but in their commitment to zero waste they’ve come up with an ingenious idea to give customers an entry level product with their £9.99 collection. This collection consist of small pieces like coat hooks, key rings, coasters and such like that are made from the few inevitable offcuts they produce.

I’m currently somewhat obsessed with zero waste and sustainability so I was excited to learn that Soroush is also developing a sheet material from sawdust mixed with bio resin. The prototypes look like a micro terrazzo and I can’t wait to see what a kitchen worksurface or tiles will look like. Watch this space. I’ll make sure I’ll get my hands on a sample when it comes out next year.

We were all far too excited to go our separate ways after the event and had a good old catch up over lunch on Columbia road talking all things interior and discussing how the majority of us juggle freelance and home life. As with all Function and Form events the social aspect of physically getting together and building relationships in person is important to Tiff and me since we all spend far too much time behind our screens at home. Interaction as such is often reduced to emojis on the various social platforms which can’t be a good thing so gathering around a large table with a cup of coffee and having a chat (or moan) is a welcome distraction as well as an enrichment.

Lozi also rather kindly put together a list of their favourite local hangouts, small independent shops and brands and delicious lunch and coffee places you might otherwise walk past. I’ve listed them at the end of this post so if you’re in the Hackney Road area you can check them out for yourself and of course don’t forget to pop into Lozi and have a nose around.

It’s the kids turn this week and I’m going to show you my modern kids room makeover which was a tricky birth (bad pun I know – indulge me!) due to a total visual overload via Pinterest and various other online sources. But in the end I managed to condense my wishlist for their room: contemporary and not too child-like – a room that can adapt to their changing needs with a strong accent colour and clean lines with some quirky elements injecting personality but most importantly easy to keep tidy with a limited number of shelves for books and toys to have on display.

The older I get the more minimalist I become. gas zone edenvale I find getting rid of stuff incredibly cathartic and whether they like it or not my family has to put up with it. When it comes to kids toys I often come out in a rash… all that plastic makes me uneasy and I constantly worry about consumerism, fast-everything and our throw-away culture. Add worries about the planet, landfill sites, climate change and sustainability and my anxiety levels are right up there which is why I’ve always tried to be very thoughtful about the amount and the kind of toys I’ve given to the kids. Construction toys like Lego are thankfully a favourite as are all wooden toys like the Brio train set which has kept them entertained since they were tiny. But however hard I try crap / stuff / clutter just accumulates when I turn my back for just 5 minutes. So when I designed the kids room I vowed to actually limit the toy cupboard space. If there’s no space for a new toy we either don’t get it or get rid of something.

To achieve the modern, clean lines I was after I bought some Ikea carcasses and customised them with simple birch plywood doors that I treated with OSMO oil prior to installation. The #ikeahack was harder than I initially thought due to uneven floors and walls but I’m really happy with the result. electricity projects for high school students Since the boys manage to break pretty much anything I chose 20mm thick birch plywood and instead of handles I had our handyman cut in round holes.

In terms of adding some personality to their room I discovered UK based Murals Wallpaper about a year ago via Pinterest when I saw a shot of a huge old fashioned map of the world covering a bedroom wall. Now, for as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by maps. I had a globe when I was young and I would often loose myself looking at it, closing my eyes, spinning it and pointing my finger randomly to where I was going to travel when I was grown up. youtube gas pedal So when I saw the world map by murals wallpaper I knew I had to have it for the kids bedroom.

The great thing is that it’s customised to your exact wall dimensions and you get a PDF proof of what it will look like beforehand in case you want to make any changes. It went up really quickly and easily as it’s only 3 sections and the instructions are easy to follow. I did it by myself but a second pair of hands would have been better as the sections were quite large.

I absolutely love the result and I’m pleased to say so do the boys. They haven’t inherited quite the same enthusiasm as their mum (yet!) but we often study the ‘Atlas’ map and point to where friends and family live: Germany, Colorado, Spain, California, Texas, The Netherlands, Denmark… and we try to guess how long it would take us to get from one place to another. I can already see this is going to be a talking point for years to come.

As I mentioned above we can’t have delicate things around the boys as their testosterone overload and sheer craziness manages to break pretty much anything so their bunk bed had to be close to industrial strength. Luckily I found one at which weighs a ton and needed two adults and an awful lot of patience to put together but fingers crossed it’s withstood any Ninja assault so far and even accommodated two grown-ups the other weekend.

I love how the combination of wooden posts and white veneer panels contrast with Farrow and Ball’s Stiffkey Blue which covers the whole back wall including the radiator. It’s been up for a good 6 months now and there are no finger prints or scratches in sight – hope I haven’t jinxed it now. It’s also a nice calm and strong colour which brings some intimacy to the far corner. I have to say the colour is much richer in real life, changing constantly in different light conditions and it’s got a fantastic depth and density to it that you don’t get with other paints.

I’m currently swooning over this brick colour for Melbourne cafe Bentwood Fitzroy set in the old Thonet showroom. In case this doesn’t mean anything to you, German heritage furniture brand Thonet were the designers of what became known as the ‘bentwood chair’, a design classic and icon that has been imitated all over the world, and now referenced in the cafe’s name.

Ritz and Ghougassian who designed the interior of the cafe paid homage to the Thonet company’s former showroom by including their iconic bentwood chairs as seating and I love how the fine joinery and light timber contrasts with the roughly painted brick walls and massive concrete pillars. Though my favourite has to be the russet red brick colour used throughout on solid and perforated metal sheeting. grade 9 static electricity test Interestingly it’s also used on the deep pocketed ceiling which I imagine helps with the acoustics and creates interesting shapes of light and shadow throughout the day.

Owner and local coffee connoisseur Julien Moussi, gave Ritz and Ghougassian a wonderful brief asking them to create “a unique space that pushed what a cafe should look and feel like”. In my opinion they’ve delivered exactly that and if you live in the Fitzroy neighbourhood I urge you to pop in and report back to me – I know this would definitely be one of my favourite places to hang out.

One thing I was very sure about from the outset was the colour scheme I wanted for the bedroom, calm and relaxing but also moody and cosy. Sort of European city break boutique hotel. The challenge was of course that unlike a boutique hotel room it also had to accommodate all our clothes and a few spare duvets, sports gear and general bits ‘n bobs that you don’t need every day but need to keep at close hand. So storage was the key but we were lucky that the bedroom came with lots of inbuilt storage so all good, right!? Well… not quite.

As we’re talking about a 1930ies solid brick wall with no cavity wall insulation we had to somehow insulate the wall from the inside and after some late night research we found wallrock, a thermal liner for the wall that regulates the temperature and prevents any condensation and therefore mould forming. gas and bloating after every meal So out came the cupboards and in came wallrock and some new free standing units that leave enough ventilation behind them and can also easily be moved. Fingers crossed so far we’ve not had any more problems but the real test is coming over the next 6 months when the cold is setting in.

Our mould problem was the impulse that caused the ‘renovation snowball effect’ and we had to get rid of the rest of the inbuilt cupboards in the bedroom until it everything was stripped back. We replaced the old horizontal radiator with a sleek vertical one that freed up the wall opposite the bed and we put up some huge IKEA Pax wardrobes in – a bit of a DIY challenge with more than a few swear words uttered but in the end we managed.

Choosing colours was easy in comparison as I had done my research at the lovely Farrow & Ball shop in Bath a few months earlier. I decided to paint the main feature wall in Railings, which is more blue than black and a softer alternative giving the room sophistication and drama. Our bed which was on order from was going to be upholstered in a dark grey felt so it would blend in nicely with the dark wall. For the rest of the walls I chose Ammonite, a beautiful neutral light grey, neither too warm nor cool, just a perfectly calm and subtle choice for the bedroom. The ceiling, skirting and doors were to be brilliant white to blend in with the white furniture.

Selecting the soft furnishings and bedside lights were the icing on the cake but strangely it took me a really long time to settle on a complementary colour scheme. In the end I went for lots of texture with velvet, linen, knit and cotton adding a splash of autumnal burnt ochre with the linen bedspread and tassel cushion all from H&M Home who are fast becoming my favourite homewares shop. The Anglepoise original 1227 mini wall lights are a nod to my love of all things industrial and make the room look so cosy and comfortable as well as giving the best bedside reading light.

His vision of a Souk inspired cluster of buildings floating out in the Persian Gulf on a man-made island took no less than 8 years to complete and is nothing like any gallery you’ve seen before. There is a great time lapse video below which will give you a sense of the proverbial and real mountains that were moved to bring this piece of architecture to life. It’s the French Musee de Louvre’s first outpost and the defining feature of a floating dome spans 180 meters covering semi-outdoor spaces.

I’m absolutely fascinated by the dome which is made from multiple layers of iconic geometric stars made of steel that offer protection from the hot Middle Eastern sunshine yet let just enough light through to create ever changing patterns when walking along the plazas and galleries underneath. This incredible feat of engineering was brought to life by Bruno Happold and Andy Pottinger who had to computer simulate 23 models for the dome before the pattern and the harnessing of light had just the right porosity and was true to Nouvel’s original vision.