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Simple and Stylish, How Rform are Rethinking Furniture!

rform detail

At NOXU Home we’re immensely proud of our ever-expanding selection of designers; our team careful seek out the very best independent design houses and brands from across Europe to ensure every product we offer is spectacular. When our team stumbled across the design company Rform they were immediately enthralled! Rform is a relatively young company from the Flanders region of Belgium, but already they’re making a name for themselves with their original and imaginative takes on classic designs. From minimalist benches to eye-catching cabinets; every one of their furniture concepts is outstanding!

When you first see Rform‘s range, the most striking features are the brightly coloured segments, the smooth wooden elements, and the stunning contrast between the two. Cheerfully colourful segments bring a charming touch to these minimalist pieces, with the consistent use of high-quality wood reaffirming such materials place at the heart of minimalist design; an elegant choice of materials that not only looks great but are sturdy and resilient.

rform Pi Stool Snow White with Switch Bench 01 Palm Leaf Green

The designers at Rform proudly state that the starting point for their start-up was their “infinite passions” for product development using digital production techniques. Their mission is to design products that are seemingly simple but effortlessly brilliant; bringing their designs to life using the latest manufacturing technology. With keen eyes for even the smallest detail, it’s clear on closer look that every last millimetre of Rform‘s products have been carefully and specifically planned. This results in an almost indescribable sense of aesthetic balance, furniture that not only compliments your space but brightens it.

Rform embraces the relationship between the start of a furniture concept as a playful idea and the technical prowess of industrial perfection. Pieces such as their iconic Tall Frame Sideboard incorporate angular geometric laser-cut sections while using colourful panels to overturn the devotion to traditionally muted colours of Scandinavian-inspired minimalism, something many designers simply refuse to dare. Using colours ranging from foxy orange and cherry red to butterfly blue and palm leaf green, rform’s innovation pays off, with their vibrant designs gaining attention from across the design scene.

By sticking to their principles and their deep-rooted belief in the power of ‘pure’ simplicity, Rform has not only made a range of individual masterpieces but a range of pieces that work fantastically well together. With Rform you don’t have to worry about a style imbalance between your chairs and table or stools and benches, all of their designs accentuate each other, even if you choose radically different colours!

The beautiful designs and innovative materials of Rform‘s designs are not the only reason why their creations are so desirable, their pieces are also handily simple to set-up, and constructed using guaranteed environmentally friendly reason. Furniture made of wood shipped from the other side of the world is not only out-dated but simply unfashionable, Rform looked to their local sustainably managed forests for their wooden segments. The plastic look of the colourful laminate sections is only for show, it actually consists of a durable 100% biodegradable material.

Rform‘s furniture pieces are perfect for minimalist living with soul, whether you want a fantastic centrepiece or the perfect finishing touch to your space. Designed to last, never losing its colourful charm, bring Rform into your home today with NOXU Home!

rform Frame Sideboard 02 Small - Foxy Orange

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Creative Colourful Minimalism!

IUMI Aion Pendant Lamps

Designer furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, with beautiful pieces created for every possible style, situation or surroundings. One of the most attractive and fashionable designer furniture styles is minimalism. Minimalism is a very broad design field, applicable to everything from skyscraper architecture to accessories in the home. Colourful Minimalism traces its routes to the hugely influential American visual arts scene of the 1960s era. 

Minimalism continues to be an innovative design field. In recent years minimalist designs have really embraced colour in their work, bringing together early minimalist art styles and Scandinavian inspired furniture. In this blog we’re going to explore some of the most outstanding colourful minimalist designers, and what makes them just so special!

If you’re looking for a way to brighten your home with cheerful furniture while keeping in line with minimalist principles, there are few design brands quite as perfect as Odddot. Odddot is a relatively young and truly international company, based in the heart of Wales. Odddot creates a range of unique designs for minimalist living; clocks, consoles and cabinets. By embracing ultra-simple yet high-quality construction Odddot has made charming furniture pieces that leap out with their bold and bright colour elements. With a harmonious playoff of smooth coloured surfaces and exposed wood surfaces, Odddot’s furniture brings sunshine to your space whatever the weather.

Colourful Minimalism Odddot Lyna Cabinet
Odddot Lyna Cabinet

Colourful minimalism isn’t just about bold and bright colours. By embracing pastel colours, especially when in conjunction with natural materials, a beautifully calming aesthetic effect is created. The tiny German design house IUMI has achieved mastery of this style. IUMI show how minimalism and the very latest design technology can work so well together; their elegantly simple pendant lamps created using advanced laser-cutting technology.

IUMI Aion Pendant Lamps
IUMI Aion Pendant Lamps

Interior design, whatever the style, always works brilliantly when with floral-inspired features or patterns. Colourful minimalism is no exception, with the hues and tones of nature being the inspiration behind some of the most eye-catching colourful minimalist designs. This is expressed wonderfully with Green Decore’s geometric rug collection, the eco-friendly rugs inspired by the creeping vines, bright colours, and repetitive patterns, of floral plants.

Green Decore rug
Green Decore Nirvana Rug

Colourful minimalism definitely doesn’t have to have a basic in the natural, however, as Fnurst Möbel proves with their award winning ‘ProShoeTo’ shoe racks. Embracing the clean cut lines that help set out minimalist design, the ProShoeTo is constructed entirely of metal. This incredible design is also available in black or white and helps demonstrate the adaptability of minimalist design, suitable for any surroundings or taste.

Fnurst Möbel ProShoeTo Shoe Rack
Fnurst Möbel ProShoeTo Shoe Rack

Adaptability and the potential for variation are just two of the great attractions of both colourful designs and minimalist style. As with anything designed in minimalist style, sometimes the most simple and refined pieces can have the best effects of all. Yaco Studio was clearly aware of this fact when they created their Yaco Rack range. Fantastic in its simplicity, the Yaco Racks are clothing rails that cut out all unnecessary details, creating wardrobes of a colourful metal frame and smooth wooden rail. Brilliant at home or in a commercial space, the Yaco Rack is the perfect way to compliment your clothes without detracting attention from them!

Yaco Studio Yaco Rack

Colourful Minimalism is a wonderfully varied and expanding design style, one of the most fashionable interior styles of 2017, and one that looks to be sticking around! With some of the most creative innovative independent designers, NOXU Home is the perfect place to find exactly the furniture you need!

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Latest Summer Styles!

Green Decore outdoor rug

Summer is well and truly here at last. Summer style and furniture can often be overlooked, compared to the dominating trends and exhibition fairs of spring and autumn. Keep on top of what’s hot this summer by exploring the varied styles that can keep your home fresh and cool throughout the summer heat!

Spring style has always focused around nature and florals; as spring turns to summer the design world moves from flowery designs to more minimalistic, cleaner, nature inspired designs. Botanical designs are definitely not out of the picture yet, they’re just not quite so overt. Elegant designer pieces that incorporate botanical elements in just the right balance are the perfect home accessory choice for Summer 2017. The stunning Gala Rug from Green Decore evokes thoughts of long hazy days with its creeping-vine inspired pattern, while the Morphée cushions use floral elements in harmony with retro geometric patterns. During the long summer hours, everyone wants to spend as much time outside as possible, the resilient materials of both the Gala Rug and Morphée Cushions mean they can accentuate your outdoor space all summer long too!

Balancing urban or industrial-inspired design with the colours and aesthetic variety of Summer style could potentially present a problem. There is no need to worry though; the designers found at NOXU Home have released some incredible creations to help spruce up your minimalist urban space this Summer! Lyon Béton’s beautiful Pipeline Vase is a wonderful way to bring nature into any urbane space, creating a charming contrast of concrete and a plant of your choice!

Whether your home is at the cutting-edge of modern aesthetics, or you prefer the charm of traditional interior design, Moroccan-inspired decor is back this Summer and better than ever! Spurred on by a resurgence of bright colours and geometric patterns, (covered below,) the most stylish interiors are taking inspiration from one of the world’s best holiday destinations. The Marrakesh Pendant Lamp from It’s about RoMi, inspired by the markets of the Moroccan capital, is a fantastic way to upgrade your lighting this summer. The Marrakesh Pendant Lamp is a beautiful design that won’t go out of style, even after the design world has moved on from their Moroccan focus! Balance your space with Green Decore‘s beautiful Moroccan Silk Rug, found on NOXU Home.

Marrakesh pendant lamp

Geometric designs are another strong trend of 2017. Now that summer is here the focus for geometric designs moves from the more neutral monochrome designs of earlier in the year to bright and bold base colours. Colourful outdoor furniture is a fantastic way to embrace this trend, it’s amazing how a splash of colour can really cheer up any space! We’re really pleased to stock Green Decore’s extensive outdoor furniture collection on NOXU Home, there are so many fantastic geometric designs its hard to pick a favourite!

Green Decore poufs

It can be tempted to neglect dark and deep tones during the summer months, that’s a style faux pas in 2017! Deeper colours, particularly dark reds and inky blues, provide a perfect feel for those long summer nights when you retreat indoors, creating a luxurious aesthetic environment that compliments natural elements brilliantly, perfect for creating an Eastern-inspired space. The Lavagna lighting range from In-es.artdesign smoothly brings together dark tones and deep base colours.

Summer style is the perfect time to bring some new designer furniture into your home, spring cleaning has cleared out the old, now it’s time for something new. Make sure your new furniture is sure to stay stylish with NOXU Home!

Lavagna pendant lamps

 

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Smooth Radio Announce Winner of £1,000 Prize to Spend at NOXU Home!

Congratulations to our £1,000 winner, Louise from Faversham!

Competition Winner


Congratulations to Louise, who won Smooth Radio’s prize draw competition. Louise is the lucky winner of £1,000 worth of designer furniture from NOXU Home!

Throughout May we teamed up with Smooth Radio, who ran a competition for their listeners. One lucky entrant was to win a fantastic £1,000 worth of furniture with NOXU Home. We’re really pleased to be able to announce a winner!

Louise has taken the grand prizes, we hope she enjoys finding the perfect top quality designer pieces to help beauty her home with NOXU Home! With summer finally on its way, we’re sure Louise will find plenty of ways to brighten her home!

Congratulations Louise – enjoy your new furniture!

Louise has taken the grand prize, but don’t worry, all is not lost! NOXU Home still has a fantastic exclusive offer, just for you as a Smooth Radio competition entrant!

NOXU Home has a wide range of designer furniture from independent designers across Europe. From innovative lighting to stunning seating, there is something for everyone. NOXU Home strives to make designer furniture simple, easy to find just what you’re looking for or to be inspired beyond your wildest dreams.


To help you find the perfect designer furniture for your home, whatever your style, just use the exclusive code NOXU20 at checkout to redeem £20 off any purchase at NOXU Home!

 

Don’t forget, NOXU Home has free delivery on their entire range! Choose your favourite designer furniture on NOXU Home from some of the best independent designers from across Europe and it’ll be enhancing your home before you know it!

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Top Design Trends of 2017!

Make your space stylish with the best design trends of 2017!

The design world is a constantly evolving scene, new brands inject fresh ideas, while traditional concepts are reinvented. 2017 is already almost halfway over, this time of year is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the design trends of 2017 so far and the direction the hottest design trends of 2017 are heading! From space-saving solutions to statement pieces, nature to the future, 2017 has been a fantastically varied year for the design scene, in this blog we’re going to guide you through the top design trends to keep an eye out for, and how NOXU Home can help you bring them into your home!

Natural Design, Natural Beauty

Natural motifs and environmentally friendly design are super in fashion in 2017. Natural design always gains popularity during the Spring, however it looks like it will be a more long-term trend of 2017; driven particularly by an upsurge in eco-friendly design. No longer a fringe trend, eco-friendly design is being embraced across the design world as its spectacular potential is realised. Designer furniture pieces are investments, enhancing the value and look of your home or office. As Dr Vandana Shiva said, “It is not an investment if it is destroying the planet”, 2017 marks a real turning point in independent designers not just incorporating sustainable design, but embracing it.

NOXU Home has teamed up with the fantastic independent designers Green Decore to bring you some of the best environmentally-friendly designer furniture pieces available. Green Decore’s rugs are showcase designer pieces that add a brilliant finishing touch to your space, whether outdoors or indoors. Constructed from recycled plastic for a durable finish, or sustainable sari silk for a luxurious feel, the Green Decore collection, from rugs to accessories, is not to be missed!

Bright Lighting Innovation

Lighting has always been a staple of the design world; lighting can make or break any space, it’s important not to overlook lighting but instead find the perfect designer lamp for your space. 2017 is showing that designers are not afraid to be experimental and innovative with their lighting designs. Modern technology is always providing space for new design ideas and invention. New materials and paint coatings are enabling designers to replicate textures and tones that were simply impossible only a few years back. At NOXU Home you’ll find award-winning lights that are at the cutting-edge of lighting design. In-es.artdesign brings together innovative materials, from blackboard surfaces to surfaces inspired by the moon, with elegantly minimalist shade shapes, to spectacular result.

Traditional lighting concepts are being reinvented to bring them up to date with modern style. With the ever-increasing prevalence of LED bulbs, designers are creating fascinating new pieces designed to work with bright lights, without the constraints caused by the heat of traditional bulbs. It’s about RoMi is one of the leading lighting pioneers of 2017, their Athens Lamps are minimalist masterpieces, while their Seattle Pendant reimagines the chandelier, while bringing a retro industrial chic feel!

Timeless Clocks

Clocks are back in fashion in 2017, with independent designers embracing their simple construction and timeless appeal, creating modern and inventive clock designs that buck the pattern of the last few years of uninspiring timekeeping designs. Even the most traditional of clock designs has been updated, such as the beautiful One Clock from LEFF Amsterdam, which takes years of clock design and refines it into one minimalist masterpiece.

The French design group Lyon Béton has embraced concrete for all their work, showing how an unconventional material can create wonderfully quirky designs, such as their minimalist Life in Progress Clock. Other fantastic designs from Lyon Béton to look out for include their incredibly popular ‘Cloud’ bathroom shelf and their urban-inspired Pipeline Vase.

Material Innovation

In 2017 it’s not just the potential of innovative materials being realised, but also the appeal of combining wildly different materials. The independent Polish design company Take Me Home is at the forefront of this trend. From the elegant Arena Coffee Table to the striking Massivo Dining Table, be sure your space is stylish with NOXU Home! Minimalist tables help draw attention to central elements of your space, leaving a platform for decorative features, as well as enhancing any modern minimalist furniture or Scandinavian furniture you may already own.

2017 has been an incredible year for the design world so far. The design shows and exhibitions that have happened this year have shown just how inventive the design scene continues to be. In a fast-paced and ever-changing market it can seem difficult to predict what’s around the corner, we hope our insight has helped you to navigate some of the most fashionable and innovative design trends of 2017!

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The Stylish World of London Restaurants

German Gymnasium interior

London is a bustling, modern, multi-cultural city.  It’s also known for its eclectic and immensely varied architecture; with Georgian townhouses competing with new skyscrapers and Victorian pubs. Just as the exterior of London restaurants are varied and of every style, so are the interiors. We’re going to look at some of the best restaurant interior designs across the British capital, to find out what makes them so outstanding in this design-centric city.

The Restaurant and Bar Design Week may be a long way off, all the way in October, but we think Spring is the perfect time to appraise the innovative and inventive designs of London restaurants, as people head out to enjoy the longer evenings and the tourists come flocking in.

Restaurants are a natural gathering place, a place where people come together to share both food and each other’s company. A restaurant should feel welcoming and relaxed; some restaurants foolishly neglect their interior design, while others make fabulous use of it, staying innovative and inventive, turning their restaurants into experiences in themselves.  Restaurants are a great place to not only showcase but shape trends and design fashion, in the Instagram age people don’t just want attractive food, they want it in stylish and eye-catching surroundings too.

We’ve previously written a blog focused on industrial urban design at home, so we’re going to start by showcasing a couple of the leading London restaurants to embrace the industrial aesthetic. The Factory House, nestled in Lime Street in the heart of the city of London is a wonderful transition of industrial detail and home comforts, with a vaguely theatrical flair. Upon entrance, the customer is guided down a beautiful bespoke helical staircase into the underground space that mixes patinated copper and exposed metallic ceiling supports with reclaimed elements and plush upholstered seating. Beagle, with their simple British menu, is located under railway arches in-between Hackney and Shoreditch. Embracing simplicity in their food and design, Beagle’s wide open-plan floor space and curved exposed brickwork walls and ceiling create an airy and relaxed atmosphere, accentuated by their contrasting pendant lighting choices. A delightful environment to enjoy a meal with friends and family, you can replicate Beagle’s aesthetic with the wide range of pendant lighting available at NOXU Home.

Beagle restaurant
Beagle Restaurant

 

Plentiful restaurants make use of pre-existing buildings, some are lucky enough to have buildings sculpted just for them. The Magazine Restaurant in Hyde Park is one of them, with a spectacularly curved shell designed by the renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid. Inside The Magazine is just as spectacular, embracing minimalist white design, accentuated by splashes of natural green, kept bright by the sunshine through wide window spaces. The Magazine is a truly spectacular restaurant that has to be seen to be believed.

Magazine restaurant
Magazine Restaurant

 

Some stylish London restaurants go for particular quirks and design choices that make them stand out from the crowd with impressive flair. Berners Tavern, in the upmarket Fitzrovia district, is a perfect example. An upmarket restaurant known for drawing a celebrity crowd, it has a ballroom feel with intricate cornicing and chandeliers. The most eye-catching element is the walls; resplendent with majestic large paintings and mirrors, covering almost every available space, apart from the eye-catching illuminated wall to ceiling bar cabinet. Berners Tavern demonstrates how quirky style can be embraced even in the most elegant of environments.

Berners Tavern
Berners Tavern

 

You need not have an ultra-high-end formal restaurant to stay stylish, Pizarro in Bermondsey is a Spanish restaurant with just as high-quality food, but a more relaxed design style. Pizarro embraces traditional Spanish design elements such as extensive wooden paneling and communal bench seating to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. With its unassuming exterior, Pizarro demonstrates that you can make a restaurant magical in any location.

Pizzaro Restaurant
Pizzaro Restaurant (Photo: Paul Winch-Furness / www.paulwf.co.uk)

 

We couldn’t write about London restaurant design without mentioning the German Gymnasium in vibrant King’s Cross, which won the award for the world’s most beautiful restaurant in last year’s Restaurant and Bar Design Week awards. Once upon a time England’s first purpose-built gym, built in 1865, the German Gymnasium is a truly stunning restaurant. A vast and cavernous space, the German Gymnasium embraces sleek modern style while embracing the natural wood elements of the original building, including the stunning roof-panel ceiling. Beautifully elegant, the German Gymnasium epitomises all that makes the design scene of London restaurants so outstanding.

German Gymnasium interior
German Gymnasium

 

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Exploring Clerkenwell Design Week

CDW exterior

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) is one of the premier landmarks of any design-orientated Londoner’s year! Now in its 7th year, the always innovative show brought together hundreds of design brands and thousands of visitors, (attracting 34,000 visitors in 2016). In the heart of East London, UK, the CDW celebrates independent designers, inventive creations, and the spirit of innovation! We sent a NOXU Home delegation down to the exhibitions and events to see the fantastic pieces on display.

Though Clerkenwell Design Week is a relatively fresh-faced addition to the global design week scene, it is already carving a name for itself as an innovative rival to the slightly older London Design Festival. Based in the trendy East End of London, an area that has made a name for itself as a creative hub, CDW never fails to amaze with the variation of cutting-edge design on display.

CDW exhibit

The first thing our team noticed when starting to explore CDW is the intriguing new layout and visual identity of the exhibits and installations. The Farmiloe Building, a former Victorian merchant’s warehouse, has been the home of CDW for the last few years, however this year the organisers have taken a new strategy, spreading exhibits and installations across the area, from Spa Fields down to Farringdon. This was a bold move by the organisers, and one we think worked spectacularly well, it created more of a festival atmosphere as opposed to being pivoted around a central exhibition space; encouraging window exhibitions on the routes between venues and giving more of an eye-catching platform to independent and local designers. At NOXU Home we cherish independent designers and always look to feature their most upcoming and inventive designs, it was brilliant to see so many getting the attention they deserve!

As the NOXU Home team meandered along the pathway of design created for CDW, we were constantly struck by pockets of inspiration, everywhere you looked there were proud designers, keen to display and discuss their work. It was while moving between venues that we saw the fantastic BuzziJungle designed by Jonas Van Put from Buzzi Space. Inspired by nature, it’s a meeting space reinvented, designed to push traditional boundaries of any workspace, and one of the most prominent ‘CDW Presents’ installations this year. At NOXU Home we’re always looking for designers that reimagine concepts into beautiful modern pieces, have a look at our range for offices and workplaces and get inspired!

We were really pleased to spot PadHome while exploring the exhibits; PadHome is a London based furniture distributor that is always a pleasure to work with. Some of our favourite products are featured on NOXU Home thanks to PadHome, such as the environmentally-friendly Graypants lamps and LEFF Amsterdam‘s minimalist clock designs.

CDW Presents installation

The 2017 Clerkenwell Design Week was the first to feature a dedicated British Collection. There were also discussions on the future relationship between British designers and their European counterparts. At NOXU Home we’re really proud to feature the best independent designers from across Europe. It was great to see a great balance of designers at CDW, from those who are based five minutes down the road to as far away as Eastern Europe!  

Clerkenwell Design Week never fails to amaze and inspire. It may have wrapped up for another year but it has left us with plenty to think about and discuss; the design world doesn’t end when the exhibitions and festivities of design weeks stop! We feature new designers throughout the year, designer furniture is made easy with NOXU Home!

CDW furniture

 

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German Design Awards 2017

 

The German Design Awards are a prestigious annual design awards event. Awarded by the German Design Council, one of the world’s leading centres of expertise on design, German Design Awards are presented for the most outstanding design works from the prior year, in a variety of categories, from across the globe.

In this blog we’re going to be finding out a bit more about the German Design Awards, and look at the past and present winners of the award that you can find here on NOXU Home!

The German Design Awards 2017 was held at the international consumer fair ‘Ambiente’ in Frankfurt, Germany. Over 1000 of the design world’s leading figures and brightest stars assembled to judge, view and appreciate the most creative and inspiring designs of the prior year. First awarded in 1969 as the ‘Federal Award for Good Design’, the German Design Awards have gone from strength to strength, gaining a reputation as one of the highest level consumer design awards in the world. The German Design Award is “the prize that visualises success”, only awarded to the very best projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape, as judged by the Awards’ international jury.

The NOXU Home team is very proud to be able to stock one of the 2017 German Design Award winners; Fnurst Möbel’s incredible ProShoeTo 10. Judged by the jury as nothing less than “an ingenious, original piece of furniture with a clear design” the ProShoeTo 10 is not just one of the best shoe storage inventions we’ve ever seen, but one of the best storage solutions in general too. ProShoeTo goes beyond simply storing shoes; it stores them in a dynamic arrangement that always shows the best side of the shoes (the outer facing side where the primary design is most commonly shown). ProShoeTo achieves this while remaining ergonomic and slender, to accommodate even the most restricted of hallways or other spaces.  The ProShoeTo is constructed from a single piece of laser-cut steel-plate with a powder coating, in a truly impressive show of design skill. Even when free of footwear the ProShoeTo, with its clear-cut repeated graphic pattern, is a striking and visually attractive design piece.

For Lutz Dettmer, the designer behind Fnurst, the ProShoeTo 10 started as a project driven by his realisation that he simply couldn’t find a nice shoe rack for his sneaker collection, so he decided to invent a fantastic one himself.  Dettmer states “The shoerack ProShoeTo 10 combines everything I strive for when designing: One-of-a-kind innovative simplicity that rethinks the usual categories,” and that is exactly what he achieved.

The ProShoeTo 10 was not the only great product from Fnurst to gain the attention of the German Design Awards.; the StammSitz kid’s wardrobe was also nominated. The StammSitz is a wonderfully creative piece, combining a child’s natural love of exploration and collecting with outstanding minimalist design.

The sticks and branches collected by a child are used to create the final hangers and clothes’ supports of the wardrobe. Speaking of his recognition by the German Design Awards, Dettmer said “All that adds up to a beautiful affirmation that I’m right on track with my designs”; we couldn’t agree more! The designs from Fnurst make a stylish and creative addition to your home.

Fnurst’s fantastic designs are not the only products recognised by the German Design Awards that can be found at NOXU Home; the wonderful Matt Lavagna lighting range from In-es.artdesign received a German Design Awards Special Mention in 2016. The Matt Lavagna range is a truly inventive series of lamps, outstanding due to their minimalist shades that have a special blackboard coating. This blackboard coating allows you to write or doodle with chalk, inviting personalisation and interaction, while the coloured inner surfaces provide a brilliant contrast. The Matt Lavagna range also achieved the Iconic Awards 2016 selection for Interior Innovation.

From award ceremonies to your home, NOXU Home is proud and excited to help bring outstanding designer furniture pieces straight to you!

 

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Making the Perfect Modern Dining Room

Traditionally, the dining room was the focus of the home, the formal room for entertaining, dining, and family occasions. Today many people see dedicated dining rooms as dying breed, while it’s true that not as many dining rooms are included in new build homes as they once were, we still think dining rooms make a wonderful addition to the home if you’re lucky enough to have one, and if not then it’s easy to make a homely dining space in your living room or kitchen. Modern dining room design has evolved far beyond the traditional, the use of only heavy hard-woods and sombre dark colours are a thing of the past, with modern designs looking to make dining rooms a stylish and welcoming part of any home.

Before considering what design style and furniture is suitable for your dining room the first thing to consider is your layout, is your Dining room open plan or contained? How is it connected to the kitchen and the rest of the house? Two of the most popular and stylish modern Dining room trends at the moment are minimalism and industrial flair, you may want to make your Dining room stand-out, or fit in with the rest of your home.

Whatever style you go for, simplicity can be key for a gorgeous and eye-catching dining room. Flair can be added with lighting and décor, while keeping the general feel of the room uncluttered and attractive; the key is the little details.

The table is the centrepiece of the dining room, and rightfully so, it is the most important piece of furniture in the room, it should be the first thing that catches your eye too. One of the most easily avoidable mistakes people make when choosing a dining table is to over-estimate their space; it’s advisable to leave at least a foot on any-side of the table you are planning to place chairs, so as nothing else gets in the way of people standing and sitting. The range of dining tables from NOXU Home come in a convenient range of sizes, including some like the Massivo which has the exact same design in multiple sizes.

Wood is the classic choice for a dining table; a wood table is a great choice for modern dining rooms too, go for one of the Take Me Home collection, smooth wood balanced on intricate and sturdy metal support designs for an ultra-minimalist modern look. Alternatively consider a choice from the Urban Chic range for the homely aged feel and depth of reclaimed Indian hard-wood. Both the Take Me Home collection and the Urban Chic range incorporate metal into their designs with spectacular results, metal and wood work wonderfully together, and help add a modern edge to the room. Whatever design you go for, it’s important to choose a furniture piece that’s constructed from only the highest quality materials in a strong and sturdy design. All the dining room tables at NOXU Home have been specifically chosen by our team as pieces that are as resilient as they are attractive, to be statement pieces for your home for years to come. Dining chairs need to be the perfect balance of comfort and elegance, it’s important to also consider under-table clearance and necessary elbow room. Benches are a quirky and sociable way to give a relaxed touch to your dining space and bring friends and family together.

Colour and tone are other key elements of the furniture choices for the dining room, while black or white choices can be tempting for a minimalist space, they are a risky choice for dining room table-tops and chairs, as stains, spills and scratches naturally show up far more easily. Tables such as the Tavolo, available at NOXU Home, are the perfect balance between a solid wood table-top and attractive single-colour metal supports. Choose for the white metal option to perfectly compliment the Oak table surface.

Lighting can make or break a dining room, just as it can in any other space. Pendant lights are recommended for a modern dining room space, they bath the area in well-distributed light, while being attractive eye-catching decorative pieces in themselves, such as the stunning Mesa Luna and Cyrcus ranges from In-Es.artdesign; available with NOXU Home. Lower the pendants as far as you dare for an ultra-modern aesthetic, though leave enough space for your guests to see each other! Alternatively go for an industrial-inspired light source such as Etel pendant lamps from Philip Ding for a simple yet quirky was to spruce up the space. Symmetry naturally appeals to humans, so it’s best to centre the light over the table, or purchase multiple.

Dining room rugs have really come into fashion over the last few years, accentuating your style, not to mention providing comfort. Just as you should leave some space around the table to ensure your guests can get up and sit down comfortably, make sure an under-table rug won’t be caught by moving chairs. Easy to clean rugs such as the one’s stocked on NOXU Home are the perfect rug for under-table use, wine-stains no longer need to be something to fear!

Dining Rooms are a chance for your creativity and sense of interior design to shine for your friends and family, create a beautiful space following our tips incorporating only the very best designer pieces for a modern room that’s a pleasure to eat in and a valuable addition to any home.

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In-es.artdesign at the Milan Design Week

 

Between the 4th and 9th of April, the world-renown Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano, more commonly known as Milan Design Week, took place. Launched in 1961, the Milan Design Week was originally focused just on Italian furniture; however in the years that have followed the event has gone from strength to strength, evolving into the world’s largest trade fair of its kind.

The current design week occupies exhibition spaces totalling an impressive 230,000 square metres, (2,500,000 sq. ft.), with more than 2,500 companies taking part, showcasing their wares in one of the most important design events of the year to the 270,000 annual visitors who flock from all over the world.

One of the most intriguing and attention-grabbing parts of the 2017 Milan Design Week occurs only bi-annually; the EuroLuce lighting showcase. EuroLuce is an international lighting exhibition that attracts the leading designers and visionaries in the design community, encompassing 450 of the very brightest design minds. There is a fantastically diverse range of lighting products on display at EuroLuce, from the latest in outdoor and industrial lighting solutions to specialist lighting, designer masterpieces, and energy-saving initiatives. A show dedicated to innovative development, technology, and design, it’s the place to see the most mesmerising designer lighting pieces of the last two years.

 

At NOXU Home we’re proud to stock a range of products by the Italian design studio In-es.artdesign. In-es.artdesign made the trip from the heart of Rome to Milan to showcase some of their most impressive work. In-es.artdesign is a design studio whose products we absolutely adore, their creative flair and imagination seemingly knowing no limits. When we heard that they were going to Milan Design Week and had something special planned for EuroLuce we simply knew we had to know more.

In-es.artdesign decided to mark the Milan Design Week by a showcase of some of their most eye-catching and award-winning products, notably the pendant lamp range including the H2O, Mezza Luna and Cyrcus ranges, all found here at NOXU Home. In-es.artdesign specialise in inventive and creative materials when constructing their lighting designs, applying their differing material choices to their lamp ranges, such as Cemento which give the lamps a beautiful urban edge, Nebulite which gives the lamps a celestial marmoreal quality, or Lavagna, which gives the aesthetic and functionality of a blackboard.

Inviting three fantastic artists, In-Es.artdesign showcased their lamp ranges in the Lavagna design, showing off the lamp’s potential and making them even more beautiful with the artist’s work adorning them, turning them into stunning statement pieces live throughout the Milan Design Week. The artists were Rachele Santini; an imaginative illustrator whose work exudes childlike playfulness and colour, Elenza whose quirky designs have a fantastical spark, and Xu Xiaoqi; who interprets and reimagines the everyday in new perspectives.

 

 

The results were nothing short of incredible. In-es.artdesign’s pendant lamps, already visually striking, were raised beyond being design masterpieces into being works of art; balancing the aesthetics of the physical world with the creations of the artists’ instinctive imaginations

The artist’s colourful and eye-catching designs turned the simple and elegant lamps into head-turning art pieces, displaying the boundless potential of In-es.artdesign’s pieces. When interviewed about the lighting collection, Oçilunam, founder of In-es.artdesign stated “They happen by chance in the true Dadaist sense of the word”, each Lavagna light is unique, both an expression of the designer’s creativity and a platform for you to express yours.

 

 

You don’t have to be a professional artist to enjoy and benefit from one of In-es.artdesign’s incredible Lavagna style lamps; they’re elegantly minimalist even left without the addition of any creative designs, or simply the perfect place to jot down notes or little doodles for your friends and family. In-es.artdesign’s wider lighting range, from colourful quirky Paint lamps to the celestial Luna range are also not to be missed!