Another Country launches furniture designed to make offices feel more like home

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The range features wooden chairs and stools, a modular shelving system, and a work desk with integrated accessories. The pieces are aimed at the creative industries but have been designed to be adaptable for a range of environments.

“We frequently customise furniture to meet our clients’ needs, so it was logical with our Work series to offer more flexibility as standard,” Another Country design director Catherine Aitken told Dezeen. “We looked to design a system that could be adapted for a number of different types and sizes of workplace.”

Work Series by Another Country

Another Country created the collection to introduce a warmer and more domestic atmosphere to the workplace, while still offering the flexibility that many offices need. The desk can be ordered in a range of sizes, and joined together to make larger workstations or separated for individual tables.

There are also several heights, for those who prefer to work standing up. The desk’s cable channel doubles as a home for its accompanying accessories, which include a pencil pot, planter and screen to give workers privacy.

Work Series by Another Country

The Work Series shelves can be adapted depending on what they’re being used for, and can be either placed side by side or at intervals for displaying plants or other objects. Each shelf is bookended by a brass loop.

“Our Work Series utilises a warm palette of materials and detailing not necessarily associated with office furniture,” added Aitken.

“It can be quite cold and clinical, and traditionally work environments have been intentionally different to domestic environments, with different materials, finishes and styling; however, this thinking is now being challenged.”

Work Series by Another Country

“The work place is rapidly changing and we feel benefits from a softer approach,” she continued. “Bringing in warmer materials and furniture that nods towards a domestic environment can be conducive to work.”

“Crucially workplace furniture needs to function well, but it can also be furniture that you develop a personal relationship with, furniture that is tactile.”


Work Series by Another Country

How to create a year-round garden:take a tour of the ultimate ‘outdoor room’ designed by Abigail Ahern


With a coffee table overhung with a chandelier, a snug two-seater and curvy armchairs ranged around a fireplace, as well as a kitchen and dining table, Abigail Ahern’s back garden has to be the ultimate outdoor room.

When she moved to Hackney with husband Graham 13 years ago, Ahern, an accomplished interior designer but a self-confessed non-gardener, approached the outside space with caution. “At first I did what everybody else did, and had stuff down the perimeter and nothing in the middle,” she says, “but as I became more confident, I realised the same principles I applied to inside could apply to the outside.

“One of these is that you never have everything on the perimeter. I like to design interiors so you can’t walk in a straight line from one end of the room to the other, because there’s always something in your way. It’s the difference between walking in a field, where you can see all around you which is really boring, or in a forest, where you’re not sure what’s around the next corner. That’s what I wanted to do here.”

This atmospheric retreat, with weathered decking, leafy tree canopies and stashes of logs for fires indoors and out, looks like it was built in the heart of a forest. That is, if it weren’t for the cowboy cacti — realistic fakes that Ahern sells in her Islington shop and has tucked in among the hydrangea bushes, adding a touch of Santa Fe to the patio — and the petrol blue cabin at the rear, a £100 eBay find upcycled by Graham.

The roomy patio with York stone paving looks as cosy as the living room on the other side of the huge, two-storey glass doors. Another Ahern design principle is to supersize features and furniture to make a space look larger, so naturally, as well as chandeliers in every room of the house, an outsize chandelier of tiered driftwood pieces hangs over the black lacquer coffee table.

Lighting is a game changer, indoors and out, says Ahern. “I have a problem finding outdoor lights I like, so I put indoor lights outside, and have them professionally rewired.” These include a standard lamp and a Sixties pendant shade, while the bonus of overhanging electric cable is that the mile-a-minute vine scrambles along it, creating playful garlands of green above the patio.

To the right of the patio-cum-sittingroom is the dining area, defined by an Indian zinc-topped table from Petersham Nurseries and a customised concrete kitchen from Dutch company WWOO.

“The company customised the kitchen to fit around the Big Green Egg, a barbecue cooker I’m obsessed with ever since I designed a set for a TV programme with Heston Blumenthal, who uses it all the time. You can bake on it, roast with it and it’s all temperature controlled. We put something in on a Saturday morning, slow cook it for 10 hours and come back in the evening and supper’s ready. We even cook the Christmas turkey on it.”

Playing with different textures is a big part of Ahern’s design philosophy, and is apparent in her choice of materials in both hardscape and planting. The decked garden path that leads down to the cabin is a clever fake from Millboard that resembles old, weather-worn oak timber, and is edged down either side with a deep ruff of variegated tufted grass Carex oshimensis Everest.

Pebbles — another textural contrast — are her choice of flooring on either side, giving Ahern the freedom to gradually plant both areas over time. On one side is a wall of rustling bamboo, which she planted so she could look down from her bedroom window and enjoy the constant movement, and on the opposite wall, a sheet of evergreen jasmine. “We planted about 20 tiny plants and now the scent of the flowers in summer is beautiful,” she says. “I’m mad about watering all the time to make them cover the wall.”


[Source:- homesandproperty]


Komorebi – Candleholder Designed by Piero Lissoni

Light and nature: aspects that determine a change of state and relationship with ambient and objects are explored by Porro in Komorebi, vase-candleholder designed in limited edition by Piero Lissoni and presented the 15th December in the Porro showroom, in Via Durini 15.

The continuous game of contrasts and dualisms is indeed expression and peculiarity of the Komorebi’s project nature, a term which expresses the visual phenomenon of light through the tree’s leaves in Japanese.
Changeable in use, on one side candleholder and the other flowerpot, it interprets the different aspects of light and nature trough the movement change of its function condition, determining their union and undoing their duality. Realized entirely in turned-wood, the choice of finishing revokes the juxtaposition between different shade of colours: the soft and warm tones of canaletto walnut and the cold and decisive ones of natural maple are alternated to lacquered rosso cina or denim interiors, while remaining perfectly in balance and harmony thanks to the aesthetic simplicity of Komorebi lines and shape.

An exercise of style that, once again, confirms the Porro’s mastery in working with wood and realizing objects characterized by a clean aesthetic and an essential language, based on consistency and simplification, following a continuos research on finishings, refinement of line and the technical quality of its details.

The setting of the presentation a unique set-up in the Porro showroom defines by the company’s products formal cleanness accompanied by the simple lines of Komorebi, together with the windows shop that proposes the graphic sign of the vase-candleholder.
Proposed in the set-up some of the novelties of Porro 2016 collection, among which the bed Makura by Piero Lissoni, interpretation of domestic warmth between rationality and sensuality. Lightly suspended with its welcoming and inviting form, it is embellished with soft cushions and a sinuous covering in leather or fabric that ends in a light volute.

[Source:- Interiorzine]