Archive : March 2012

29 Mar 2012
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Just when you need that perfect table, why is it so often elusive?  My friend Rita Konig, designer and WSJ writer, has just let me know she has launched the most desirable of specimens, and in high gloss sumptuous lacquer to boot!

Available through the Lacquer Company in New York, they are delectable, not to mention darn practical…and I’m so pleased that they are available in polished brass too.

Tiered night tables are my idea of heaven, in that they allow for all my books and papers, a few aesthetically undesirables to be put away in the drawer, and a free tabletop for a lamp and glass of water…not to mention my specs.

And if all this makes your mouth water…you can splurge on a matching ice bucket in all sorts of lick-able colours.

26 Mar 2012
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Enough already…but on the back of all the blathering about aesthetically pleasing toothpaste, a dear friend informs me I have missed one. And should you happen to have an art nouveau interior…OR a white a green interior this may be of serious importance.

Apparently it’s usually very hard to find (I believe UK only)…but as I write, there are about 15 boxes sitting on the shelf of Boots, terminal 5, Heathrow.   And before your roll you eyes….did I mention the paste is BRIGHT PINK!!!!!!!!!

23 Mar 2012
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

THE CURRENT WINDOWS OF THE LOUIS VUITTON SHOP ON BOND STREET ARE A DREAM OF CHIC.

DE CHIRICO-ESQUE WHITE PLASTER CARROUSEL HORSES AND VAST BAROQUE CURLIQUES LEAP AND TWIRL AMID GLOWING CURVES  OF LIGHTS….I WAS PARTICULARLY INTRIGUED BY THIS ONE.

WHICH SEEMED SOMEHOW FAMILIAR, WHEN I STOOD BACK I REALISED THAT THE CARTOUCHE READS “N H”. OF COURSE!… ON THE SUBJECT OF LIGHTS, COULDN’T SOME CLERK OF WORKS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE REPLACE THE BLOWN BULBS IN THOSE WONDERFULLY GRAND LANTERNS ON THE PIERS OF THE GATES TO THE FORECOURT?

MAKING SURE HER HOUSE DOESNT LOOK SHABBY IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO FOR THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE…IT IS SUCH A MOMENTOUS EVENT, AND ONE WITH SPECIAL RELEVENCE FOR ME AS MY MOTHER WAS BORN ON THE DAY OF QUEEN VICTORIA’S DIAMOND JUBILEE. SHE WAS DULY CHRISTENED DIAMOND WITH QUEEN VICTORIA AS HER GODMOTHER.

21 Mar 2012
avatar Author: NH Design

Nicky is flying to South Africa tomorrow for the St Leger & Viney Design Focus event as their Keynote speaker. Nicky will be talking in Cape Town at a Reader Event at the St Leger & Viney showroom on the 26th March and then travels on to Johannesburg for his speech on the 28th at the University of Johannesburg which is hosting this years Design Focus.  Nicky’s presentation promises to be full of exciting and fascinating stories of his life, career and future projects.

16 Mar 2012
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

My friend the writer Victoria Mather, who besides being the travel editor of ‘Vanity Fair’, is among the most brilliant observers of la comedie humaine. Her several books, Social Stereotypes, document the recognisable bores, eccentrics, climbers, clingers and  sheer dottiness of, and to, our national character, all culled from Victoria’s selfsame page, which until recently considerably brightened up the Saturday Telegraph Magazine.

But the other day she emailed me with a charmingly eccentric brief encounter of her own, and on the number 19 bus in Chelsea to boot.

Victoria, pink-lippied,  fashionably swathed in a tangerine cashmere top by Hermes and holding her orange (“ the jobs I’ve slept with to buy that”) Birkin, was reading my memoir Redeeming features as the bus sailed along the Kings’s Road. And, she reports, “a nice woman—-the 19 is a gentle bus—- leaned over and tapped a pale manicured nail on the cover, saying ‘how very chic to be reading a book to match your handbag’…….