Emma and Nick, from the Velvet lifestyle and furniture stores, answer your design questions
I am looking for some new chairs for my office reception. I’m an architect so I want something classic, but they also have to be comfortable and affordable.
R. Card, Brighton
Nick says: As regular readers will know, I am a big fan of our more modern collections such as our designer replica chairs. One of these, which I think will suit both your criteria and budget, is our Bertoia-style net chair priced at £139. This chair was originally designed in the early 1950s by Italian born sculptor Harry Bertoia (he studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he encountered Walter Gropius, Edmund N. Bacon and Ray and Charles Eames).The chair is surprisingly comfortable and striking – its delicate appearance belies its strength and durability. Bertoia said of his design “If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them.“
I am clueless as to what look to go for this Christmas! I need some inspiration, what do you suggest?
L. Collins, via email
Emma says: With the number of decorations around these days I can see why you’re confused. One of the best ways to experiment with different looks is to have a few trees in the house (if you have the space). For a traditional looking tree I would draw inspiration from Scandinavian style. Decorate the house with wreaths and the Christmas tree using straw and wooden ornaments, creams and reds, and lots of light, preferably candles – read more on our online blog about having a Scandinavian Christmas! For a modern look you could go for jewel colours (such as magenta and cyan) on a natural green tree or if you are a fan of black Christmas trees you could go for a striking look using black and gold. Our decorations start from just £1.
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