Shanghai News

Words by Katie Treggiden.

When in Shanghai, the FOLLY team always pops in to see Design Republic. The store, founded by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu aka Neri&Hu, offers products from global design talents as well as covetable collaborations with foreign and local designers which explore the concept of modern Chinese design. Crossing the boundaries between tradition and modernity, their products seek to find beauty in the relationship between people and the simple objects they use in life – a plate, a teacup, a chair. Their newly launched furniture collection is quiet, understated, and available now, and the good news is they ship to Europe. Should you find yourself in Shanghai, they are situated in the old British Police Headquarters, sharing space with a design gallery, an event space, a cafe, a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and a one-bedroomed apartment, which you can rent. (

Portrait by Andrew Rowat.

Chateau Kitchen

Words by Katie Treggiden.

The ‘Chateau’ range of cookers from La Cornue are individually hand-built in France, using only the finest materials – cast iron, steel brass, nickel and enamel. Now, the ‘Cuisine de Chateau’ bespoke service provides the same attention to detail to the rest of the kitchen. La Cornue will hand build islands to house sinks, storage and other kitchen essentials. FOLLY favourites include Louis XIV in Aquamarine  and Ilot Amande.

Prices from £4,850. UK stockist: (

Jean-Louis Deniot

Words by Katie Treggiden.

Known for his refined and historically informed style, Jean-Louis Deniot  is one of the stars of a new generation of French interior designers redefining “high decor”. Since founding his studio in 2000, he has worked on projects across the globe and launched furniture lines for Pouenat in France, Jean de Merry in America and Marc de Berny in London. He says, “I adore stories, destinations, singular craftsmanship and interacting with the client to reach arresting results. My work signature, although not delineated, is about creating unique atmospheres while retaining a sense of utmost chic and timeless elegance.” We agree. (

Photography by Xavier Béjot.

The Last Word

Words by Katie Treggiden.

The Orangery at Frampton Court in Gloucestershire is the ultimate display of architectural one-upmanship. After Timothy Gyde II built nearby Stouts Hill in 1743 outdoing Richard Clutterbuck’s earlier rebuilding of Frampton Court, the Rococo Gothic Orangery was Clutterbuck’s last word. And what a glorious last word it is.

You can rent the Orangery from £950 a week. Book in the second week in March and catch the nearby Cheltenham Festival (


A Little Secret

Words by Katie Treggiden.

A resource used by in the know designers, New York-based Dering Hall is an online marketplace where you can find the latest products from artisans, design galleries, and brands like Jamb, Linley and Soane. Whether you’re looking for an interior designer or just some inspiration, don’t miss the “Find Designers” section. Our top pick? Steven Gambrel for his relaxed flair and confident use of colour.

Images courtesy of Steven Gambrel Interiors. (


Words by Katie Treggiden.

Launched in 1955, the latest edition of the Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair (BRAFA) opened on Friday and runs until 2nd February. Specialities include everything from antiquities and art from the Middle Ages to contemporary art and photography. Can’t make it to Belgium? Check out the exhibitors on The 19th century Okuyi white mask, the 1924 French silver Bayonne table service, and the 2010 polished bronze origami boat by Clive Barker caught the FOLLY team’s eye. (

A touch of disorder

Words by Katie Treggiden.

Atelier Polyhedre is an exciting French ceramics studio founded in 2004 by design duo Baptiste Ymonet and Vincent Jousseaumme. Baptiste cites “eggs, balls and spheres” as sources of inspiration, while Vincent works in ceramics and crockery in order to “bring a touch of disorder to all kinds of tables.” FOLLY loves the bold, slightly subversive forms in their newest collection of vases, Antenne.  (

In the Mix

Words by Katie Treggiden.

Inspired by the palette and textures found in traditional still life paintings, the new collection of twenty-four fabrics from Venetian fabric house Rubelli contrasts tweeds with metallics, silks with decorative embroideries, and ornate jacquards with artistic patterns. Highlights  include ’Lady Hamilton’, ‘Donnafugata’ and FOLLY favourites, ‘Gritti’ and ‘Sagredo’.

Fabrics from left to right: ‘Lady Hamilton’  silk, cotton, linen and metal polyester blend, 140cm W; ’Sagredo’ cotton, viscose, metal polyester blend, 140cm W, £107 per metre; ‘Donnafugata’ silk viscose blend,  138cm W, £209 per metre and ’Gritti’ cotton blend, 140 cm W, £135 per metre;’ (

Let there be light

Words by Katie Treggiden.

New brand Luminosity’s ‘Aperture’ light almost makes you look forward to dark winter evenings. Designed by Clare Norcross and inspired by a pinecone’s response to changing weather conditions, each opening widens or narrows to vary the light intensity. Hang in groups of three or five for a real statement.

‘Aperture’ from £70 ( Photography by Luke Richards Photography.

FOLLY 2014 Trends, No. 8

FOLLY 2014 Trends, No. 8

FOLLY has travelled far and wide, ticking off all-important dates and fairs in the design calendar to bring you 2014′s design trends, including those key products on the FOLLY team’s Wish List.

New Waves – French Connection

Words by Rachel Blunstone

A generation of young French designers is creating a new domestic language for the country’s design. Armed with original ideas, they are forging a fun fresh style that possesses a freedom of expression. An array of cohesively colourful work presented by five designers at the Nouvelle Vague 2 exhibition in Milan formed distinct characteristics offering adventurous shapes and twists on traditional materials that opened up a new dialogue of fun and wit. Emerging premium domestic manufactures including La Chance and Moustache help cement this new found confidence.

1. Lucie Koldova, Dan Yeffet, Guillaume Delvigne, Francois Dumas and Pauline Deltour at the Nouvelle Vague 2 exhibition, Milan (captions on individual images),


2. La Chance (captions on individual images),


3. Dowood by Colonel,


4. Heirloom Vase by Benjamin Graindorge for Moustache,


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