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ABChairs by Roeland Otten

 Bauhaus Letters by Josef Albers

Sky alphabet by Lisa Rienermann

Alphabet Relief by Tim Fishlock

Daffodil Flower Alphabet by Vladimir Koncar

Bulldog Clip Typeface by Dave Wood

Ideographic Alphabet with chair by Amandine Alessandra

Never mind serif or sans serif, these beautifully creative alphabets take typography to the next level, becoming works of art in their own right. Admittedly they may not be as practical as Times New Roman, but a letter that is also a piece of furniture or stationery gets a tick in our book. Now how do I fashion my desk into an ‘A’?

Amy, Style Intern


How breathtaking are these images created by American make-up artist Yadim? Drawing inspiration from the iconic images Gruau created to illustrate Christian Dior’s fashion designs in the 1940s, Yadim has adopted Rene’s signature inky black lines and fluid brush strokes to wonderful effect. Amazing what you can do without photoshop, eh?

See the whole shoot at Dazed and Confused online

Kate, Editorial Assistant

Inspired by the summer solstice and all things mystical, Darkroom’s latest pagan concept is perfectly timed for festival goers looking for tribal chic adornments. Livingetc have long adored Darkroom for it’s brilliant edit and ahead-of-the-curve designers; we love these silk and rosewood necklace by emerging textile designer Na’ama Rietti for example. Top marks for the styling too!

Kate, Editorial Assistant


One of the perks of working on Livingetc is that we sometimes get to experience exciting new places, just as they open. I was lucky enough to spend a night a night of luxe living in London’s most exciting new hotel – the Bulgari in the heart of Knightsbrige. Designed by Antionio Citterio, the exterior in Portland stone with bronze framed windows is a cool new urban landmark, and just a stone’s throw from Harvey Nics.

The super-luxe bedrooms and suites, designed by Antonio Cittero Patricia Viel and Partners reference jewellery designs from Bulgari from the 1920’s and 1930’s,  shown here in the curtains and headboards.

Much of the custom-made interiors –  including the oh, so comfy chairs and the tactile wood panelling in the rooms was created by the long-established Italian company Lema.  This family run business have a great reputation for blending craftsmanship and historical know-how with up to the minute technology.

Look out for the full review in the October issue of Livingetc. Or pop along now –  for a drink in the bar, a meal in the Italian restaurant or a luxury  treatment  in the sumptuous spa. Check out their website at Mary, Houses Editor

60 years of reign and it looks like the Queen has dressed in every colour of the rainbow.

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Pantone and Leo Burnett London have come up with this limited edition colour guide, inspired by the Queen’s outfits, citing where and when she wore them. From ‘Pink Carnation’ for the Chelsea Garden Party to ‘Primrose Yellow’ for William’s wedding, her Majesty has worn them all (apart from green, it would seem…..)

As seen on Yatzer

Nic, Picture Editor and Mel, Art Editor

Traditionally associated with seedy bars, fast food joints and kitsch advertising, the ubiquitous neon sign is a perfect example of American culture, and one that in our humble opinion, is not appreciated nearly enough. Photographer Caroll Taveras has ventured into the studio of one of New York’s most infamous manufacturers of neon signs, Manhattan Neon, who have lit up prestigious happenings such as the Grammys and wowed window shoppers at Macy’s department stores (to name but a few of their clients). These atmospheric photos are a glimpse into what goes on in their Chelsea studio. It just makes us want to retire to the nearest diner and order a shake and fries. See more at Nowness.

Kate, Editorial Assistant

Those who regard comfort as primary importance look away now – we were in awe of Christian Louboutin’s jaw dropping archive of works at his new exhibition at the Design Museum. On show are the most perilous of designs, from ‘day to day’ stilettos (!) to the more abstract art pieces he has made over the years, and close up you can see every inch of craftsmanship that has gone into them. It was difficult to resist picking them up and calling for the nearest assistant to ask for our size! One of the most impressive things about the exhibition was it’s design by Household (a London based retail design consultancy), oozing glamour and taking inspiration from a Parisian nightclub with red velvet booth seating, a stage complete with footlights, and a revolving carousel (holding yet more shoes)! At the centre of the show was a 3D hologram performance of Dita von Tease’s burlesque act specially created for Louboutin’s exhibition, showing us all how walking in heels is really done. Lucky, the design museum shop wasn’t selling the shoes themselves – or we’d have been seriously tempted.

Kate, Editorial Assistant

As the team behind Livingetc, the UK’s leading magazine for modern interiors, we’re always out and about, scouting for inspiration. And when we see something that makes our design minds flutter with joy, we’ll share it with you here. To purchase the digital version of the magazine, click here.

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