Sofa Buying Guide – We choose our favourites

Choosing a sofa is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Things to consider – comfort, appearance, how hard-wearing is the fabric, style and size are some of the major factors.

Below we list our favourites in accordance with these factors when purchasing a sofa.

SCP Oscar

Matthew Hilton’s Oscar is fast becoming a Design Classic for SCP. Its appearance with its turned walnut legs is of a more traditional nature but the proportions and the way the seat has button pulls is truly modern and original. Available in many different sizes and fabrics, this truly is a Cimmermann favourite.

SCP Oscar Sofa
SCP Oscar Sofa looks stunning in this modernist house
SCP Oscar Sofa
SCP Oscar with Donna Wilson throws and cushions
HAY Mags Modular

Mags by HAY is a modular sofa offering clean lines in a modern Scandinavian style. One of our best-selling sofas due to the number of different configurations and hard-wearing fabric choices. Mostly suited to contemporary interior schemes with its straight edges and rigid seat style.

HAY Mags Modular Sofa
HAY Mags Modular Sofa in a Kvadrat Hallingdal fabric

Vitra Polder

A truly original sofa designed by Hella Jongerius for Vitra. Hella Jongerius chose five carefully selected colour combinations and fabric qualities for her Polder design. The colours are accentuated with high-tech threads and large buttons made from natural materials. In Holland, the term ‘Polder’ refers to the artificial land reclaimed from the sea by means of dikes and drainage canals, hence the design and appearance of Polder. This one is for the true Design Lovers out there.

Vitra Polder
Stunning and original Vitra Polder by Hella Jongerius
Polder Vitra Sofa
Rear view of the Polder Sofa by Vitra
Muuto Rest

If you want comfort then Rest is for you, so comfortable you won’t want to get up. The contrast between the defined back frame and the soft cushioning tells a story of the comfort that awaits you. Sit back and relax!

Muuto Rest Sofa
Pure Comfort – Muuto Rest Sofa
Rest by Muuto
Comfortable, stylish and hard wearing – Rest by Muuto
Vitra Suita

The Suita system family consists of many individual components, one of these is a table to fix too the back to create a neat work area. A modern style yet with a softness that the designer Antonio Citterio has carefully considered when designing Suita.

Suita by Vitra
Suita by Antonio Citterio for Vitra
Suita in Brown Leather
Suita in Brown Leather – stunning. Image courtesy of

Whatever your choice, you can’t fail with any of our favourite sofas – thats why we love them.

The Team at Cimmermann

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Christmas Gift Ideas for him, for her and the little ones

Christmas gift ideas

Christmas is fast approaching and what better way to spoil your loved ones than with a well chosen gift from Cimmermann!

For Him:

Brighten up his office space with this piece of Modern Art Bay Of Naples by artist Dan

Be the most stylish DIYer on the block, with this Kartell stepladder, make all the other Dad’s jealous!

Kartell Upper Step Ladder
Bright and colourful Upper Step Ladder by Kartell

Tripod desk clock – a classic and timeless design from George Nelson for Vitra

Vitra Tripod Clock
Timeless Christmas gift -Tripod Clock by George Nelson
To complete the stylish look for his desk the Kelvin LED light by Flos

For Her:

A unique and thoughtful gift: the Gubi Adnet circular mirror will look superb above her dressing table, a design that has stood the test of time.

Gubi Adnet Mirror - a great gift
The beautiful Gubi Adnet mirror made with the finest leather
Kartell front page magazine rack will really showcase all her glossies in style.

Keep her toasty with a Bora Da wool throw. Bora da are traditionally made Welsh throws designed by Donna Wilson for SCP.  It comes in a range of different colours to coordinate with any scheme

Nos Da Throws - a great gift for Christmas 2013
Love the colours of the Nos Da throws by SCP. Image courtesy of SCP
The super cool Birds n Bees cushion from fabric design legend’s Timorous Beasties

A set of Hay boxes will organise any home in style and win you Christmas brownie points!!

HAY Box Box
HAY Box Box storage boxes, lots of cool colours and designs
For the Little Ones:

Let your little one create their own individual home this Christmas Time with Villa Julia by Magis, a build it yourself flat-packed cardboard house that comes complete with stickers for personalisation.

Villa Julia by Magis
Villa Julia by Magis. Image courtesy of

Eames elephant, whether as a sturdy indoor-outdoor toy or simply as an attractive object in a child’s room, this friendly looking animal with prominent, oversized ears will bring delight to children and parents alike.
Eames Elephant - cool gift for the kids
Eames Elephant’s by Vitra – timeless design

Zoo timer, the Zoo Timer clock offer children a playful and enjoyable approach to telling the time. There are 3 designs, Omar the owl, Fernando the fish and Elihu the elephant.

Vitra Zoo Timers - super gift for kids
Vitra Zoo Timers – great present for the little ones

Philippe Starcks cool little Gnomes Attila and Napoleon from Kartell

Kartell Gnome
Kartell Gnome by Philippe Starck

Happy Christmas Shopping…..

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and New Year from The team at Cimmermann

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Vitra Eames Elephant at Christmas – VitraHaus, September 2013
Photographer: Lorenz Cugini
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La Vie En Rose – The Pink Trend

5 Ways To Use Pink In Your Home

It’s getting cold outside but you can warm up your home this winter with pink.

No longer the domain of Laura Ashley florals, the pink trend can add a contemporary pop of colour to your home and is a major trend right now. Designers have filled the catwalks for autumn with pink and this super-flattering shade works just as well as in the home. Some of our favourite designers like Vitra and SCP are featuring pink – demonstrating that pink can ooze style and sophistication.

Mood lifting shade
Pink is not just for girls, “Pink is a feel-good colour” says New York designer Katie Ridder. As well as being a cheerful, happy shade, it is also an extremely flattering colour – a pink room will flatter all skin tones. As far as style goes, pink can work in most surroundings – from pared back Scandinavian style (check out My Scandinavian Home blog) to a more opulent, boudoir style room. Here are five ways you can light up your home this autumn with a wink to the pink trend.

1. Pick a pink wall
Pink is a restful colour, even in its most vibrant shade. On walls, select a pastel, rose or mid pink shade. A soft pink wall with white and wooden furnishings in front of it is a dreamy and peaceful combination.

Pastel Pink Wall
Pastel Pink Living room courtesy of
Pink Wall
Pink Wall and Pink Nerd Chair by Muuto image courtesy of

2. 50 shades of pink
Pick your shade carefully. In the right hands, pink can be strong and authoratitive. Avoid the princess-favoured bubble gum hue and go for a matt or pastel shade and work in more masculine ad earthy tones to get the right balance. We love pink mixed with chocolate, most shades of grey, pastels and white.

Cool Pink Wall
Love this modernist room with a cool Pink wall. Image courtesy of

3. Pink accessories
If you just want to flash a bit of pink – go for the hottest colour you can. Jewel pink and neon look modern and eclectic when mixed with white and other bright colours. Our favourite picks include these SCP cushions and this Hay colour block bed linen in pink.

Pink Shade, SCP Nos Da cushions
SCP Nos Da Cushions by Donna Wilson

4. A statement piece
A pink chair in all shades looks inviting and sumptuous. Be brave and opt for a pink sofa or armchair. Pink also mixes with fabrics and textures well – Vitra Slow Chair designed by the Bouroullec Brothers in pink woven wool offers a modern and different statement piece.

Vitra Slow Chair
Vitra Slow Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

5. Wallpaper
If you don’t want to brave an all-over shade, try a patterned wallpaper with a pink tone. We love this Timorous Beasties London Toile wallpaper in Red & Pink.

London Toile by Timorous Beasties
Pink Tones – Timorous Beasties London Toile Wallpaper

Think pink and have fun experimenting.

The team at Cimmermann

Wallpaper Trends

We are a nation of wallpaper lovers here in the UK and our passion for printed walls shows no sign of abating. As the season for cosy night in and festive gatherings there is no better time to update your wallpaper, giving a new lease of life to your furnishings. Many of us see our homes as an ongoing project and adding a new wallpaper is a cost-effective and easy way to create an updated look. So, if you have been bitten by the bug, here are some key wallpaper trends to try:

~ Living Room ~
Comfortable tones and flattering styles that will complement your other design pieces never go out of fashion. Floral is back with a bang; from the many stunning examples of retro botanicals on display at this year’s London Design Festival London Design Festival to more feminine and elegant designs over a muted background. Well-crafted floral wallpaper such as our superb Georgia Horton Follow Me range brings a freshness to your home just as much as a vase of the real things on the coffee table.

You should also have a mind towards monochrome walls that will help your furniture and homeware to stand out. These Jocelyn Warner and Timorous Beasties are distinctive and opulent, whilst keeping an intimate feel. 

Pastels remain popular, as do stripes, especially big bold slashes that fix the gaze. We’ve also seen interest in themed digital wallpapers such as skylines or photographic imagery – these have a wow factor, but trends like this often come and go pretty fast.

Monochrome Wallpaper
Jocelyn Warner Cascade Wallpaper
Wallpaper Trends - Timorous Beasties
Wallpaper Tends – Timorous Beasties Diamond Agate
Wallpaper Trends - Classic Retro
Orla Kiely Classic Retro – Wallpaper Trends

~ Bedroom ~
We’re seeing a move away from feature walls in bedrooms, as people look to paper whole rooms instead, giving a more serene, holistic feel. In smaller bedrooms especially this can have an overpowering effect, so take care in choosing a suitable design that will enhance your space rather than close it in. Choose your print according to room size – pair small spaces with small prints and larger rooms can take a larger print.

~ Nursery ~
In the nursery you need to strike the right balance between stimulation and relaxation – imagery works well so long as it’s not too loud. Illustrated nursery rhymes are a charming theme at the moment and there are some delightful designs around from specialist retailers. ~ Bathroom ~ Whilst wallpaper and flowing water are not traditionally a good mix, there are many splash-proof designs around. For the smallest room in the house you really want bright, airy colours and to avoid anything that brings the walls closer together. Powerful, striking colours really make an impact, but more sedate designs are also popular. Bear in mind that because you have only a small space to work with, colour co-ordination is key here.

~ Kitchen ~
This is the room many families spend most of their time in, so it’s important the wallpaper doesn’t jar with any running themes in furniture, cupboards or cookware. As ever, look for hard-wearing, wipe-clean paper. Trend Watch

~Embellished Walls~
Embellished walls are coming through strongly at the moment. People are looking for more detail in their wall coverings, and paper can be a big player in this scene, especially with the advent of digital-printing technologies that are allowing designers to move in unprecedented directions. Look for intricate patterns that catch the eye, as well as depth and texture, to give your home a unique appeal. For example, 3D effect wallpaper may have seemed outlandish until fairly recently, but if you want to make a statement then this could be a great option. Think natural stone; wood; or tile, and linear geometric shapes like this fantastic zebra print from Neisha Crosland. Textured grass wallpaper is also a classic look that is being widely-tipped for 2014.



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5 Things We Love About Vitra

Vitra the Swiss furniture giants are without doubt a favourite here at Cimmermann. Functional yet inspiring – engineering excellence fused with creative genius. Here are five things we love about them:

1.Design process

The Vitra production facilities combine engineering excellence and creativity of leading designers that marry together function, quality & inspiration. Eames, Citterio, Prouve, Jasper Morrison, Bouroullec Brothers and many more all contribute to Vitra producing the worlds most recognisable and desirable furniture. We were lucky enough to visit the Vitra Factory in October and witness first hand the degree of quality control, production testing and love that goes into each product. One room is called the furniture Torture room – imagine for yourself the stringent tests the furniture goes through in there!! We saw first hand the production of the Eames Lounge Chair, from the gluing of the springs that attach the wooden frame to the upholstered seat to the assembly of these components, all done with love by hand.

Vitra Eames Lounge Chairs
Eames Lounge Chairs waiting for assembly

2. Longevity – Design Classics

We all know and love the  DSW Chairs, Eames Lounge Chair, DSR Chairs – these are all Design Classics by Vitra. To us a Design Classic is a piece of furniture whose design has stood the test of time and looks as inspiring and beautiful as the day it was produced. Ray & Charles Eames are possibly the most prominent and inspirational designers, their furniture is so recognisable and without it furniture design would be different today – and to think their relationship with Vitra started in the 1950’s.

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
The sublime Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

3. Vitra Campus architecture

Our recent visit to the Vitra Campus allowed us to witness some amazing architecture. Rolf Felbaum the current Vitra CEO is so passionate about architecture he has recruited some of the worlds leading architects to design functional and inspiring building’s to house their production facilities, have their meetings in and showcase their furniture. Our favourite was the Zaha Hadid Fire Station or the Tadao Ando Conference Centre – both built with concrete but very different in their look and function. A real treat is the Frank Gehry building – curvy lines in abundance. The newest addition to the Vitra Campus is the SANAA Production facility, the exterior from a distance looks like a wavy fabric and shimmers a beautiful blue hue in the Swiss sunlight – simply stunning.

Vitra and SANAA
SANAA building on the Vitra Campus
Inside the Zaha Hadid Fire
Inside the Zaha Hadid Fire Station at Vitra HQ
aTadao Ando Conference Centre
Tadao Ando Conference Centre and Vegetal Chairs

4. Jean Prouve

Not so well known as Ray and Charles Eames but Jean Prouve was an astonishing designer. Prouve trained as a metal worker and was a self-taught architect and designer. His furniture designs can be quite raw and expose the workings down to their basic form. Prouve was born in 1901 in France, a major achievement of his was transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture and furniture, without losing aesthetic qualities. Vitra are lucky enough to work with his family and have the rights to produce and sell his furniture collection. The stand out pieces are the Standard and Standard SP Dining Chair, a beautiful combination of lacquered metal and rich wood colours. The perfect office desk for today’s laptop/tablet generation is the Compas Direction Desk, perfect in every way.

Vitra Compas Direction Desk by Jean Prouve
Vitra Compas Direction Desk in the Vitra Haus by Jean Prouve

5. The VitraHaus, Vitra’s flagship store

What more can be said about the stunning VitraHaus? Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, it is Vitra’s flagship store and home to the Vitra Home Collection. Here, you can view room sets in different design styles, which include both the great Vitra classics and the latest contemporary designs. The way the different houses seem to balance on one another is an architecture feat I think only Herzog & De Meuron know how to achieve. We would recommend a visit if you can, it is a treat for any architecture geek!

Vitra Haus
Vitra Haus, images courtesy of Dezeen
Vitrahaus roomset
Cool room set in the VitraHaus
Vitra is inspiring, no other company offers the range of products and the most unique base to create and display their stunning furniture.

The Team at Cimmermann