Valentines Day at Home In Style

Do Valentines Day at Home in Style – Design Tips to Make Your Heart Flutter

When it comes to Valentines Day, staying in is definitely the new going out. Home is where the heart is after all. Whether you are planning a cosy romantic evening or prefer a bit of drama in the mix, here are some tips for transforming your abode into a romantic den.

Mood Lighting

A combination of soft lighting and gentle flickering candlelight creates the perfect romantic setting. This is a real opportunity to invest in an exquisite piece of designer lighting. Enhance your space with a delicate modern glow with the elegantly ethereal Artemide Logico Floor Light. The distinctive shape and polished finish of the blown glass diffuser resembles a piece of silk. Touch-sensitive dimmer control lets you easily adjust the light to really set the scene. Make a real statement with a red Flowerpot light, a retro design classic from Verner Panton. If you are seeking a more dramatic show of affection, positioning a contemporary candelabra on your dining table or coffee table makes an indulgent centrepiece certain to have impact. Finish the space with a metallic wall mirror that bounces light around the room beautifully.

Valentines Day - Artemide Logico Floor Light
Artemide Logico Floor light – shade is made from glass but looks more like silk
Valentines Day - Red FLowerpot Light
Make a statement – Red Flowerpot light from Verner Panton
Amorous Accessories

Dressing your home to impress with lavish layers and adorable accents gives familiar surroundings an inviting themed angle. Increase the tonal temperature with a pop of passionate colour by introducing a bold cushion from HAY to a sofa or chair. Snuggle up in front of the fire under the season’s charming print throw. Why not peruse our fine collection of beautiful hand-painted designer wallpaper and create a feature wall? From delightful romantic florals to glamorous gothic-inspired designs, your room will be given incredible artsy dimension. For the ultimate heart-warming, show-stopping retro style statement, opt for the utterly unique Vitra Heart Cone Chair.

Valentines Day - Heart Cone Chair
Heart Cone Chair by Vitra – the ultimate Valentines Gift
Valentines Day - Lovebirds Cushion
The appropriately titles Lovebirds cushion by Timorous Beasties
Fine Dining

Staying in to celebrate Valentine’s Day does not have to mean sacrificing the fine dining experience. Why not plan an à la carte experience at home? While you might have the delicious cuisine under control, investing in an impressive designer dining table ensures a hospitable high-end look to make you both feel extra special. From sleek and sophisticated to strong and natural, we have a stunning selection to ensure you dine in style.

Valentines Day - Muuto table
One of our favourite Dining tables by Muuto the 70/70 table. It has a really cool plywood detail edging

Have a Happy Valentines Day whoever and wherever you were – but remember keep it stylish!

The Team at Cimmermann

Scandinavian Food – 10 Places To Eat

Within Scandinavia foraging, local sourcing, and finding only the best quality ingredients have become almost as important as cooking. Its most acclaimed chefs have adopted this approach with much success, and are influencing cuisine around the globe. Here are some dream Scandinavian restaurants around the world:
 
1. Aquavit, New York
This one-Michelin starred restaurant delivers exquisite seasonal Nordic fare with a view! Located in Park Avenue Tower, Midtown, lunchtimes offer more traditional choices, whilst dinner is a la carte or a tasting menu of modern fare.

 
2. Aska, Brooklyn
Newly awarded a Michelin star, Chef Fredrik Berselius has a philosophy of respect for nature, creativity and dedication. All produce is hand selected, seafood sustainable, animals humanely-raised. Great video below shows Aska’s philosophy.

Aska from Aska on Vimeo.

3. Texture, London
Texture is a Michelin starred restaurant and Champagne bar with Scandinavian influences. The menu combines excellent British produce with ingredients from chef Agnar Sverrisson’s native Iceland.

Scandinavian Food - Texture
Yes please a divine dish from Texture
4. Noma, Copenhagen
Run by chef René Redzepi, this two-Michelin starred restaurant is known for its reinvention and interpretation of Nordic Cuisine, influenced by molecular gastronomy.

Scandinavian Food - Noma
Egg is ready !! at Noma
5. Paustian, Copenhagen
Nordic fusion cuisine served within the Paustian furniture showroom (designed in 1987 by Jørn Utzon of Sydney Opera House fame).
 
6. Fäviken Magasinet, Jämtland
Jämtland is a designated UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Chef Magnus Nilsson cooks only what is grown, foraged and shot locally.
Scandinavian Food
Porridge of grains and seeds from Jämtland finished with a big lump of butter, broth filtered through moss.
 
7. Mathias Dahlgren, Stockholm
Chef Dahlgren’s restaurant is housed in style within the Stockholm Grand Hôtel. Dahlgren is best known internationally as the first Swedish chef to win the Bocuse d’Or award in 1997.

Scandinavian Food - Mathias Dahlgren
‘Focus on Water’ tasting menu by Mathias Dahlgren
 
8. Daniel Berlin Krog, Skåne Tranås
Dining here is a lesson in local provenance and sustainability. The chef’s mother tends the vegetable garden, and his father is in charge of the cheese platter. Only local and seasonal specialities are served.
 
Scandinavian Food - Daniel Berlin
Summer onion in its environment – Daniel Berlin
 
9. Maaemo, Oslo
In March 2012 it was awarded two stars in the Michelin Guide, the first time a Nordic restaurant has been awarded two stars in its first mention.

Scandinavian Food - Maaemo
Delicate dish from Maaemo, looks too good to eat
 
10. Bagatelle, Oslo
Luxurious dining with an emphasis on fish such as such as herring, cod, halibut and king crab.
 
Scandinavian Food - Bagatelle
One of the amazing meals at Bagatelle
Hope its got you hungry too try Scandinavian Food!!!

The Team at Cimmermann

Links & Credits:

http://starfoodscout.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/daniel-berlin-krog-skane-tranas/

http://www.wallpaper.com/lifestyle/april-food-news-editors-picks/6453

http://foodstudio.no/column/maaemo-the-deer-and-kale/

Vimeo.com

http://www.foodtourist.com/ftguide/Content/I7059.htm

Culture Vulture: The World’s Best Design Museums

For inspiration and relaxation, nothing beats a leisurely stroll around a design museum. From classic to quirky, here is our guide to the best international design museums around the globe for all your Culture Vultures:
 
1. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Frank Gehry designed the striking white, deconstructivist building, itself a reason to visit. Its collection takes in modern furniture design from the nineteenth century onwards.

 

Culture Vulture - Vitra Design Museum
Vitre Design Museum designed by Frank Gehry

 
2. Design Museum, London
2014 is the 25th birthday of the Design Museum. Founded by Terence Conran, its galleries celebrate the talent of the world’s best designers and architects.

Culture Vultures - Design Museum London
Design Museum London on the banks of the River Thames

 
3. The Bauhaus Archives, Berlin
The museum itself is designed by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture.

Culture Vulture - Bauhaus Archive Museum
Bauhaus Archive Museum a stunning piece of architecture

 
4. Design Museum, Helsinki
Its impressive collection features over 75,000 objects from the fields of industrial, fashion and graphic design.
 
Culture Vulture - Helsinki Design Museum
Interior of the Helsinki Design Museum

5. The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Contemporary art and design are showcased in two buildings, one old and one modern, interconnected by an enclosed yellow “tube” containing two escalators.

 

Culture Vulture - Design Museum Amsterdam
Escalators in Yellow Tubes, Design Museum in Amsterdam
Culture Vulture - Stedelijk Museum
Stedelijk Museum the new Wing in Amsterdam
 
6. Design museum, Copenhagen
Specialising in Scandinavian design, it has fascinating collections of label designs and packaging.

Culture Vulture - Design Museum Copenhagen
Interior space in Design Museum Copenhagen

 
7. Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, New York (National Design Museum)
Founded in 1897 as part of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, today it’s exhibitions include more than 217,000 design objects and a design library boasting more than 80,000 volumes.

Culture Vulture - New York
Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, New York (National Design Museum)
 
8. MoMA, New York
The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the leading museum of modern art in the world. It is included in this list because bound in to its ethos is that modern art involves all forms of visual expression, including architecture and design.

 

Culture Vulture - Moma New York
MOMA sign in New York

 
9. The Geffrye Museum, London
Immerse yourself in over 400 years of history of the home, and understand how homes and gardens reflect changes in society, style and taste.

Geffrye Museum London
Geffrye Museum London
10. Korea Furniture Museum, Seoul
This exclusive, appointment-only museum rotates its collection of 1392-1910 furniture into houses that accurately depict the styles of each era. Stunning views of the city from its mountain top location.

Culture Vulture - Korean Furniture Museum
Korea Furniture Museum housed in a typically Korean building

Hope our guide has helped and inspired!

The Team at Cimmermann

Credits & Link:

http://www.travelcoliseum.com/the-beauty-of-seoul-make-as-your-next-holiday/

http://austenonly.com/2010/06/05/the-geffreye-museum-london/

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/43314924

http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/caroline-baumann-named-director-smithsonian-s-cooper-hewitt-national-design-museum

http://guidepal.com/copenhagen/see–do/design-museum-

http://www.lemayonline.com/wow/stedelijk-museum-amsterdam/attachment/stedelijk-museum-amsterdam-benthem-crouwel-architects_07

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stedelijk_Museum_Amsterdam

http://blog.visithelsinki.fi/archives/tag/design-museum?lang=en

http://www.staedte-fotos.de/name/zeitachse/jahr/2012/monat/april/seite/1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_Museum

Modernist Homes in the UK – the best

Good quality Modernist houses in the UK are not always as accessible as some of their Victorian or Edwardian counterparts. Modernist living is a way of live offering a clean, uncluttered and bright lifestyle.

We have noted some of the most notable and outstanding examples of Modernist living this country has to offer –

Homewood

This extraordinary early 20th-century country villa is a masterpiece of Modernist design, in the midst of a picturesque woodland garden not far from Esher in Surrey. It was designed by the architect Patrick Gwynne for his family – his father, mother, sister and himself – and completed in the early summer of 1938. Gwynne lived in the house for the rest of his life, continuing to keep the building fashionably up-to-date until his death in 2003. His friend, the architect Sir Denys Lasdun, observed that The Homewood was ‘the great love of Patrick’s life’. Homewood is now in the hands of the National trust.

Modernist Dream - Homewood
Homewood now owned by the National Trust
The Modernist Homewood from the beautiful gardens
Homewood from the beautiful gardens
Homewood
Stunning interior with great views from Homewood
Farnley Hey

Farnley Hey is one of Britain’s most celebrated Modernist houses. This four-bedroom home with spectacular views over the Pennines was designed by the architect Peter Womersley in 1954 as a wedding present to his brother. Maintained in remarkably original condition, it is a magnificent example of Mid-Century Modern architecture. It was one of the first post-war buildings to be listed (Grade II), with English Heritage commenting that:

“In style Farnley Hey suggests the influence of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, brought to a dramatic site in the Pennines. It typifies the best of the 1950s in its lightness, sense of the picturesque and optimistic stance.”

Farnley Hey is much documented in books and journals, with attention drawn to the large floor-to-ceiling windows that bring light flooding into the house as well as giving wonderful far-reaching views. Also much admired is Womersley’s exuberant use of materials – from camphorwood and York-stone flags for flooring to the lemon-yellow Formica panels.

Interior of Farnley Hey - glass windows mean lots of light
Interior of Farnley Hey – glass windows mean lots of light
Stunning exterior of Farnley Hey
Stunning exterior of Farnley Hey
Farnley Hey
Farnley Hey – love this text

 2 Willow Road

This unique Modernist home was designed by architect Ernö Goldfinger in 1939 for himself and his family. With surprising design details that were ground-breaking at the time and still feel fresh today, the house also contains the Goldfingers’ impressive collection of modern art, intriguing personal possessions and innovative furniture. A stunning house that epitomises the Modernist style. Willow Road is now owned and managed by the National Trust.

Willow Road designed by Erno Goldfinger
The amazing facade of Willow Road designed by Erno Goldfinger

 

Barbican Estate

The Barbican Estate is a residential estate designed by Chamberlin Powell & Bon and was built during the 1960s and the 1970s in the City of London in an area once devastated by World War II bombings. It contains, or is adjacent to, the Barbican Arts Centre. Not for everyone this concrete masterpiece is on a monstrous scale and sums up Brutalist Architecture. The residential estate consists of 3 tower blocks, 13 terrace blocks, 2 mews and The Postern, Wallside and Milton Court. It was given Grade II listed status in 2001. The apartments in the Barbican are extremely desirable and demand extremely high prices.

Cromwell tower on the barbican Estate
Cromwell tower on the Barbican Estate
Barbican Tower
Barbican Tower
Barbican internal gardens and water features, concrete living within an oasis of calm
Barbican internal gardens and water features offer an oasis of calm amongst all the concrete
Cool interior of a Barbican apartment courtesy of the Modern house - http://www.themodernhouse.net/sales-list/barbican-london-ec2y/description-817/
Cool interior of a Barbican apartment courtesy of the Modern house – http://www.themodernhouse.net/sales-list/barbican-london-ec2y/description-817/

 

Barbican in the Summer Sun looks stunning
Barbican in the Summer Sun looks stunning
Barbican sign - iconic font
Barbican sign – iconic font

Span Housing

Span Developments was a development company formed in 1957 by architect Eric Lyons and property developers Geoffrey Townsend and Leslie Bilsby. According to early promotional literature, the name was derived from the intention ‘to span the gap between the suburban monotony of the typical speculative development and the architecturally designed, individually built residence that has become (for all but a few) financially unattainable’. Span was seeking to bring modern architecture to middle class, middle income people, at a time when in Britain at least, modern architecture was either for large council estates or one-off houses for the very wealthy. Span houses can be said to be ‘modern’ in their use of new construction techniques and features such as open plan interiors, large windows and flat roofs. However, the use of materials such as brick, tile-hung walls and timber panelling show the intention to create housing more in keeping with the context and traditions of the English suburbs.

Span focused on building small estates in leafy surroundings on the suburban outskirts of cities. Span encountered many problems with planners, however, Lyon’s determination to defy the planners eventually won through, and he was rewarded with around 20 housing medals from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. But it’s the continued success of these developments into the 21st century that is the true testament to Span’s vision for modern housing.

Span house Entrance
Entrance of a Span House, love the floor
Glass detail in a Span House
Glass detail in a Span House
Span Housing
A selection of Span Houses designed by Eric Lyons
Span Westfield
Span westfield in the British winter
Modernist Span Westfield housing in Surrey
Modernist Span Westfield housing in Surrey

 Modernist houses are truly stunning when well designed, just wish there was more of them!!!

The Team at Cimmermann

Images and Credits:

http://span-westfield.co.uk/

http://davidfern.com/project/span-house/

http://www.themodernhouse.net/sales-list/barbican-london-ec2y/description-817/

http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Photography-Geometry-Geology-Barbican-Estate-London-Limited-Edition-Print-1-of-5/418837/1588015/view

http://www.writtleart.org/RobertR/blog/?attachment_id=78

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbican_Estate

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesstringer/3423349596/

http://midcenturymagazine.com/interiors/homewood-modernist-masterpiece-patrick-gywnne/

http://jillpaider.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/homewood-surrey-uk.html

http://brutalismandbooze.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/3-willow-road-hampstead-london-nw3.html

http://dicky-bird.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/homewood-surrey.html

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/549087379539106503/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephencole1974/6150967082/

http://www.themodernhouse.net/sales-list/farnley-hey-farnley-tyas/description-817/

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_Willow_Road

Armchairs – Top 5 Of All Time

An armchair is an investment and we think should be something you buy once and is passed down through the generations.

Our 5 Favourites are –

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair

The most easily recognisable lounge chair and ottoman of Modern furniture design.  Charles Eames’ declared aim for this chair was to combine the utmost comfort with high-end materials and high-quality finishing. The result: a modern interpretation of the traditional club armchair boasting a convincingly well thought-out construction, right down to its tiniest details. Just as he intended, the chair conveys the impression of a soft, well-used baseball glove, inviting the user to sink back into it. This chair is a true design classic is is bought by you to be enjoyed by you and then your children, then theirs and so it goes on.

Black Eames Lounge Chair
New Black Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman – what do you think?
Eames Lounge Chair
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with a Cherry Shell and Black Leather
Ernest Race Heron Chair

A true British classsic – the Heron chair fuses exceptional comfort with dynamic sculptural form. The chair is a contemporary of similar designs by Eames and Saarinen with a British familiarity. Still made in the UK its design incorporates technically challenging upholstery techniques.

Heron Armchair
Heron armchair by Ernest Race – so simple and timeless design
Ernest Race Heron Chair
Ernest Race Heron Armchair as seen in an advert from the 1950’s
Content By Conran Glove Chair

Glove is an iconic armchair designed by the Godfather of British furniture – Terence Conran. Available in different finishes including a new anthracite shell we are sure there is something for everyone with this chair. A Design Classic of the future. The name of the chair is a reflection of the way the chair cocoons you and surrounds you. Its look is almost futuristic and gives it a very distinct appearance.

Conran Glove Armchair
Content By Conran Glove Armchair, stunning contrast with the white leather and black shell
Glove Black Chair
Glove Armchair in all black – so cool!!!
Vitra Cite Armchair

Cité armchair is one of Jean Prouvé’s early masterpieces, designed for a competition for furnishing the halls of residence at Nancy’s cité universitaire. Prouvé himself used this armchair with its dynamic appearance, its characteristic coated sheet steel rockers and broad leather arm support straps in the living room of his house. The base/frame is made of moulded sheet steel. The seat and back is in a single piece of fabric or leather with a polyurethane foam headrest cushion. The armrests are made of natural leather straps giving a soft and warm feel.

Vitra cite by Jean Prouve
Cite chair by Jean Prouve looks sublime in this setting
Cite by Jean Prouve
Vitra Cite Armchair the warmth of the leather arm straps is really highlighted in this picture
Vitra Cite
Cite Armchair simple design that will not date, only improve with age

SCP Balzac Armchair

An iconic armchair designed by British designer Matthew Hilton for SCP. Made with a solid beech frame with steel springs and elasticated webbing covered in multi-density foam with feather cushions, the comfort Balzac offers is second to none. A design that has come to epitomize SCP and their ethics. We love this armchair and as with all our other favourites your are just wearing this chair in for your children!!!

SCP Balzac chair
SCP Balzac chair in Utah Russett tan leather is a true Design Classic
SCP Balzac Armchair
Balzac against Concrete

Whichever is your favourite you cant go wrong with the design and quality our favourite Armchairs offer, we love them all.

The Team at Cimmermann

Image Credits and Links –

Ernest Race / Race Furniture

Content By Conran

Vitra

SCP