Fluted lights and bevelled mirrors

We haven’t had a real Loo Series in a while and this one’s from Fredericks in Islington. After a long day at the Garden Media show in the Business Design Centre, a wander around some of my favourite shops and enjoying a spot in the sun I joined some old friends from Stihl in Fredericks to see their latest products. It was good to catch up with many from the press trip which is now , shockingly, over two years ago.

These loos aren’t the most flamboyant, or even the largest, but they are classic and they do it well.

looking into the mirrors in the ladies at Fredericks in Islington

I’m a fan of these lights, and they’re quite simple and similar to the shades we have in our conservatory, with more than a hint of the Original BTC about them. Having the shades at different heights also appealed to me, and I think you’d be surprised to know that the picture below was taking in the cubicle. It’s not often I’ll share photos from there, but I’ve made an exception for this one.

simple and classic glass light shades

Back by the mirror and the sinks, the lampshades have a familiar feel don’t they?

bevelled edges and a chunky sink

Everyone knows the trick of a large mirror in a small, dark space don’t they? And there’s a reason for that and that’s because it really works. This space while not the lightest definitely had an elegance about it. The accessories and fittings were also plain and simple, and as you can see from below, everything had its place.

everything in its place

And it was labelled.

The wall tiles are fairly classic too, and it’s a good reminder for me that lots of classic items equals a very classic and understated look, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It doesn’t always need to be big and brash, or glitz and glamour, sometimes plain is best.

Me in the mirror in a favourite loo visiting top

What do you think? Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of calm isn’t it?

Admiring the curve

As soon as I saw this wooden curved structure, potentially a bench, at the Chelsea Flower Show this year I suspected the work of Tom Raffield, and I wasn't disappointed.  The wood is steamed and bent into the most fantastic shapes, this one the most ambitious I've seen to date.  I knew that I'd included Tom's work on the blog before, but hadn't realised (until I looked) that it was twice before.  The first was when Tom was one of Kevin's green heroes at the 2015 Grand Designs Live show and then again later that year after he featured in one of John Lewis' creative spaces.

But this was something else.

Tom Raffield at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018

It'd be great as a garden bench, wouldn't it?  I didn't try it out!

A closer look at the curved corner

The curves are the same as the lights though, if not a little bit more uniform than I've seen previously.  And just as I was admiring the boundary curves, I spied a circular seat.

Angles and a glimpse of the round seat swing

Drawn to the simple shape and lines I was soon in front of the circular seat - isn't it fantastic?  I think, even more spectacular than his lights, and that's saying something.

A round swing seat I'd happily find a place for

But the lights are still great and i was pleased to see them inside the stand, looking as curved an fantastic as usual.

Tom Raffield lights as you expect to see them

One day, I'm hoping I'll be the proud owner of (at least) one of these.  I'll need a new house with a proper all or lobby first though...

Until them I'm happy to admire whenever I can...


Light and dark

Today's post comes from the Ideal Home Show and as you can see from a quick look at the photos, there's a lot of lights, and mostly set against dark backgrounds - hence the title "light and dark"  - and that got me thinking about how exhibitors show off their items on their stands. And of course, there's a chance to admire the lights, the setting and the pure extravagance that seeps from the photos. Or I think it does anyway.

Lanterns and spotlights

I think the lanterns above are super stylish and a classic whatever their finish. I've a wooden lantern of the same shape, and while that's good and equally timeless, these are more lust-worthy.  I know though that it'd be the more industrial looking light that MOH would be swooning over, and if I'm honest that's ok as I'd happily find space for something like this.

The setting has a hint of sitting room, or house about it doesn't it?  But one that's decorated in most likely a more modern style that many of us no doubt have.  And they do look good, but how do you choose just one?

lights galore of every  type

The one thing that wasn't dark on this stand was another of those statement armchairs, this one a gorgeous orange velvet. And it really was, and I'm not sure I ever thought I'd be admiring an orange velvet chair, but I am and I was.

A statement armchair and footrest

Even the drinks trolley fits in with the decadence, and it could be on this stand that my "need" or perhaps acceptance might be a better word, for this opinion-dividing piece of furniture started. I do quite like the one below, and think if you're going for a drinks trolley then you might as well go bold.

An art deco style drinks trolley

Initial research also shows that you also need some kind of retaining guard to stop your bottles whizzing off the end when you stop suddenly, which at some point I'm sure you're going to need to do.  Many trolleys also have built in bottle holders - it remains to be seen if the one I will opt for has what I've already determined to be necessary features, or if I'll see one I love so much that they will just go out the window!

clear shades bulb showing all in a row

What I learnt about the stands, apart from the black background, is that repetition often works well.  For me it's best demonstrated with the photo above, and with the photo below.  Although I've included that, not only for the yellow chair, but also for the lightbulb shadows on the wall, they're just as good as the oversized bulbs I think.

bare lightbulbs and shadows and an armchair on a plinth

I've no idea though whose idea it was to put that yellow chair out of my "stroking" reach!