Welcome to Playtime: a medley of what’s amused or amazed us in the world of design.

Can bringing nature into the interior environment increase our wellbeing and productivity? That's the theory gaining increasing recognition in the commercial and residential design worlds. 

Biophilia is a scientific field of research around the human connection to nature and how it can improve our health and well-being.  The driving hypothesis is that incorporating human access to nature into our built environment can greatly improve our health and happiness.

From Decorex to 100% to Design Junction and Tent, London was awash with design ideas and inspiration.  We thought this year's design week was the best in a long time and thoroughly enjoyed the products, designers and overal creativity on display.  There was a strong vibracny and boldness with colour a consistent theme and the design world's love affair with brass and copper was clearly ongoing.  Greenery was also very prominent with biophila and the increasing desire to bring more nature into the interior world. 


We have just returned from a wonderful visit to Marrakech and then the Atlas mountains. Stimulating to all the senses Morocco is a vibrant and intoxicating place and the interior design of the riads in Marrakech is incomparable.  Some of doors and doorways alone make the transiton from exteior to interior into an almost etheral experience!  Below are a few photos we wanted share and hope you find the colour, texture and general bohemian granduer as inspiring as we did. 



Over the past year or so with the emergence of pop-up restaurant it seems that eating out has become the new staying in. We seemingly flock to new restaurant openings in our masses in an attempt to restore the work life balance meeting up with friends and family over a common interest being food.

We don't normally blog about films but 'Her' has had us thinking: if you haven't seen it, it's Spike Jonze's vision of a world, perhaps 30 years from now, in which a man falls in love with his candescent-voiced Siri-like OS (Scarlett Johansson). Though it's a fantastic story, it's the film's aesthetic that we're concerned with: both the fashion and interior styling mix old and new to remarkable effect.

As Casey Storm, the film's costume designer explains, “When we were making rules for this world we created, we decided that it would be better to take things away rather than add them. When you add things that aren't of this era, you wind up noticing them and it becomes really distracting, so our rules were more like, there won't be any denim in this film, there won't be any baseball hats, there won't be any ties or belts. Even lapels and collars will almost disappear. I think the absence of those things creates a unique world, but you can't quite put your finger on why that is.” 

We wonder whether this 'retro-futurism' will lead the trends for the future: finding comfort in periods gone by whilst embracing new and unfamiliar technological advances; removing the extraneous whilst maintaining a sense of stylistic identity; retaining a sense of belonging and warmth in one's environment through use of colour and traditional fabrics and materials; and in doing so, attempting to keep a foothold on the dizzyingly changing world around us.

Or are we there already?