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Quirky must-have pieces for the home

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
Architectural Models:   by Chisel & Mouse
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The article we present to you today, showcases some of the very best up and coming, as well as established designers on the homify platform. It comes as no surprise to see such innovation, given that we live in a culture that fosters creative thinkers, out of the box design, and in particular, a society that has nurtured current, past and future leaders in the design world.

We are going to look at the constantly changing and evolving face of our UK homify designers, showing that despite financial troubles, adversity and even through the cut-throat world of design, that their creativity knows no boundaries. On top of this, even today, with all the advances in technology, there is still room for innovation. Upon first glance, sure, some of these items may seem like an everyday household piece. But the beauty in what you are about to see, is that each piece on show is multi-layered and multi-faceted. The phrase ’Never judge a book by its cover’ resounds in our heads, as we remember that in design, nothing is ever as it seems.


Ruche size Large - aluminum:  Living room by Ruche shelving unit
Ruche shelving unit

Ruche size Large—aluminum

Ruche shelving unit

Eco-design and sustainability are two of the most important buzzwords in furniture design today. It seems that being wasteful is easy, but helping the environment requires a little additional thought. At homify, we are always in support of those who are helping the world to become a greener place, therefore, today we bring you Rouche. Tel Aviv based Ruth Shafrir, is one of those crusaders who has identified a place in the market for environmentally friendly storage solutions. Available in three different sizes, this visually stunning geometric structure is both durable and sturdy. Crafted from either low-impact cardboard or aluminium, you can be assured that the latest addition to furniture in your home has been created with the environment in mind.

Play & eat

Play&Eat Saddle Seat:   by Tamasine Osher Design
Tamasine Osher Design

Play&Eat Saddle Seat

Tamasine Osher Design

The parents out there may be a little baffled by this title, because getting a child to focus on eating, and not playing, can be quite an extraordinary feat. Nonetheless, the Play & Eat Saddle Seat by Tamasine Osher Design, allows the child to stay in the same position on the cute horse saddle, whilst playing and eating—hopefully at separate times! The seat comes in a wide variety of configurations, as pictured, with full handles and back rest, or without back rest and smaller, bicycle-like handles. These variations obviously depend on the age of the child, but you have the ability to upgrade, or simplfy when their needs change. A timeless piece that even after your kids are all grown up, will lovingly be passed down to the next generation. 


When you hear the name Armadillo, you instantly think of a scaly, war-like creature that lurks around woodlands. Known for its durable outer shell, the intricate design that Mother Nature has bestowed upon such an interesting species caught the attention of Heleen Sintobin. In this example, you see this ripped design found in nature, combined with luxury and modern day comfort. Gone are the days of scrappy old bean bags that collected dust on the classroom floor, bean bags are now a highly coveted interior decorating piece, even replacing couches and sofas in some instances. As you can see by the picture, the beanbag lovingly embraces the curves of the user, creating an experience that is both tactile and comfortable. Ergonomics are key; the seat moulds to your body shape, leaving your contours visible once you have risen. 


Modular footstools in the shape of a Leaf:  Living room by design by nico
design by nico

Modular footstools in the shape of a Leaf

design by nico

Here, we see a seating option that is suitable for both commercial and residential purposes created by Design by Nico. These modular foot stools in the shape of a leaf, can be styled to almost any configuration imaginable. Whether you stack or line them up, you have the possibility to have a daybed or relaxed stool seating arrangement. Great for when those unexpected guests pop around, you can comfortably sit and lounge around the living room chatting and drinking wine for hours on end. Available in a huge range of colour combinations, you can make summer, autumn, winter or spring appear in your home based on the ever-changing colours of the seasons!

Primary grey

Primary Grey Dining Chair:  Dining room by Primary Grey
Primary Grey

Primary Grey Dining Chair

Primary Grey

In this example from Primary Grey, we see a standard shaped wooden chair, but with one big difference—a neon highlight! Using mid-century modern design as the vernacular, this birch plywood chair is a piece that is both functional and highly aesthetically pleasing. Created for the dining room table, you can just as easily imagine this chair in many other locations in the home. If neon isn't exactly what you had in mind, but you love the shape, there is an alternative option whereby the tubular piping is fashioned from brass instead. Therefore, a more muted version of the pictured example, yet not lacking in an inch of style or fun! Available a large range of colours, you can match or mix-up the collection to suits your home decorating style.

Model citizen

Architectural Models:   by Chisel & Mouse
Chisel & Mouse

Architectural Models

Chisel & Mouse

Lastly, but definitely not least, Chisel & Mouse brings you this quirky and delightful range of architectural models. Fashioning famous pieces from both United Kingdom and worldwide architectural relics, you can even present your own home to be immortalised. Pictured, is a miniature version of London's Freemason's building. Thanks to these designers, you can have a piece of architectural history in your home, or a fantastic gift to give to friends and family either living abroad and missing home, or as a wonderful memory from your travels.

We hope you have enjoyed this wonderful selection of innovative and forward thinking design pieces, and hope that there is something that tickled your fancy!

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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