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Emily Peacock‘s tapestry kits have brought Livingetc much joy, ever since her Kiss kit was our Buy of the Month in June 2009’s issue. So it brings us more joy to see that you can now buy a specially commissioned tapestry kit to create your very own Rob Ryan (another magazine favourite), the prototype looks great. The kits cost £70 and include the canvas, Appletons wools, needle, an easy-to-follow colour chart and full instructions. Buy them from Emily’s website and Ryantown. There’s still time before Christmas…

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Happy birthday Eero Saarinen! The man behind iconic designs such as the Tulip chair and the Pedestal table was born 100 years ago and, to celebrate, his manufacturer, Knoll, has launched a rather special limited edition of the iconic Womb Chair. Had to hotfoot it to the Knoll showroom, for a peep. Or should I say stroke.

Originally designed in 1948, Florence Knoll had briefed Saarinen to come up with a chair that was ‘like a basket full of pillows…something I could curl up in.’

To give the new version its luxe edge, Knoll has upholstered it in 100% Loro Piana cashmere. And not just any old cashmere…

The fabric comes from the under fleece of the Hircus goat, as found in Northern China and Mongolia. Which I can exclusively reveal feels as rare and different as it sounds.

Only 100 chairs have been made, and they come in at around £6,000, so while they’re the ideal chaise for a curl-up-and-snooze moment, you might want to put your glass of red wine somewhere safe first… Neil – Dep ed

The Cashmere Womb Chair is now available from Knoll’s recently opened London showroom (91 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 7EX) or from Knoll dealers nationwide. To find your nearest showroom, click here.

For more eye candy of other Design Classics, click here.

Regular readers of this blog will remember me declaring a bit of a thing for Henry Moore’s grandiose outdoor sculptures in a previous post. Just back from a mini sojourn to atmospheric Cornwall, where I couldn’t resists a return visit to the Barbara Hepworth garden in St Ives. A contemporary of Moore’s (and fellow Yorkshire-person), Hepworth’s work, although generally on a more manageable scale, still manages to pack a monumental punch.

I love the way they sit so randomly, yet so well in her small, semi-tropical garden. The tension, the juxtaposition of textures and the scale of this piece stop you in your tracks as you wander the leafy paths.

The monolith has landed, in an English country garden…

Hepworth’s studio. That Bertoia chair’s got to be original…

Plinth stones, meet the plinth stones…

Puts a whole new angle on ways to work a water feature…

Next time you’re in Cornwall, check out her garden, studio and the museum that’s devoted to her life and work.

For other inspiring ideas on how to work some drama into your garden space (without needed a crane to hoist it in there), check out Livingetc‘s outdoor rooms inspiration gallery here.

Neil, deputy editor

After a visit to the Finnish pop-up restaurant HelYes, I have a hankering for all things autumnal and foresty. The Finns are masters at combining nature with magic, making a simple stroll among the trees into a walk on the wild side, with trolls and ogres hiding in the bushes.

This is the seating area of the bar at HelYes, where the canopies and cushions are created by Klaus Haapaniemi, the artist behind Iittala’s popular Taika pattern. Apart from being soft and snuggable, the throws are also teeming with mythical creatures straight out of the deep Finnish woods – combine with a wooden sidetable and you might as well be at home with the Moomins.

The food was plentiful and rustic, most of it sourced locally in London – and there’s just something reassuringly earthy about autumn vegetables displayed in wooden crates.

I also really liked the groupings of glass candlesticks on the tables – these were also from Iittala, but any glass ones will do as long as you have plenty of them. After all, there’s nothing like a flickering candle or five when you return home after a long walk where the wild things are…

Sara – managing editor

This blog post caught my eye, and reminded me how much I love the work of illustrator René Gruau, who, along with Christian Dior, turned fashion and advertising completely on its tête in post-war Paris. And what a life he had, talk about friends in high places.

A group of these beautiful illustrations would be fabulous in a monochrome house/flat/chichi little apartment in Le Marais (delete as applicable). Start your collection here

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

Austrian-born designer Florian Pucher has used satellite images to create a bold and beautiful range of rugs. His Land Carpet series is a hand-tufted New Zealand wool bird’s-eye view of agricultural lands in Europe, Africa and America. Finally, a type of country chic I love.

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

Ellis + Louca in Clerkenwell is a bit of a joy. The work of McQueens florist Kally Ellis and interior designer Loucas Louca, the shop has a very pleasing selection of – deep breath – furniture, fabric, ceramics, toys, stationery, glassware, crockery, books and gifts from British talent. Get thee there…

Stylish modern homes aren’t just confined to mankind, you know. Saw this cute idea for houseproud chickens which hatched at Tent London yesterday. Made of sustainable cedar, the ovoid Nogg will weather well in your garden, over time turning into a rather lovely silvery shimmering sculpture, with the added bonus that it provides a free-range breakfast, too.

Fox-proof, it even has a perch inside and a glass roof that raises allowing ventilation in to keep up to three chooks happy inside. Eggcellent.   Neil – Dep Ed

Enquire about a Nogg here

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Livingetc loves Nottingham-based designers & Then Design. After launching at 100% Design in 2009, owners Samuel Wright and Jamie Bowler have  made impressive progress – their collection now features over 17 bright, witty and made in the UK products. Look out for & Then Design in January’s Livingetc, but until then…

Leaning Man (Frank Flavell and & Then Design)…

Oliver…

Quba (& Then Design for Igneous UK)…

Anna…

Noite Escure…

And last but not least, Warp…

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

Myself and Jennifer style assistant went to the Established & Sons London Design Festival shindig last night at the company’s HQ in east London. Many brilliant cocktails and, of course, many brilliant things. We love Jaime Hayon’s Tudor cabinet and we love the WrongWoods series (look out for the new rug). After the swish drinks, the party decamped over the road to The Wenlock Arms (old man’s boozer dressed up with Established & Sons’ furniture for LDF), where pints were served by nearly familiar characters from Albert Square.

The very lovely Pat Butcher…

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

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