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Minimal Film: The cinematic world reimagined through graphic design. By Matteo Civaschi. Published by Skira. The author, Matteo Civaschi, is the Executive Creative Director at H-57, a design studio based in Milan and the brains behind Life in 5 Seconds, a book that unveiled their concept of Shortology,...

To follow on from Bohemian Style at Home a new 'room by room' guide from Thames & Hudson comes out this summer, it focuses on Japanese style. After a recent trip to Japan some friends of mine decided to do away with curtains on their patio doors...

To me Bohemian interior style is inspired by the hippy movement, a youthful reaction against the sober post-war fifties and its utilitarian furniture. As a child of the sixties I grew up and experienced this exuberant atmosphere, it was provocative yet peaceful. A new zest...

Camille Soulayrol, co-editor-in-chief of Marie Claire Idées, an author stylist and visual designer, has collected the best Parisian experts together and written a book, Plantopia. From its subtitles - Cultivate, Create, Soothe, Nourish - you’ll get the idea it’ll be filled plants and ideas for...

Kate Watson-Smyth is known by thousands, perhaps millions, as the woman who is mad about the house. A journalist writing for the masses Kate offers advice that is genuine and down-to-earth. I met Kate in 2014, we were invited to an upholstery workshop run by...

I belong to a circle of Open University creative writers, Louise Wilford is an online friend and mainstay character in the group. When I discovered this piece in her repertoire I thought I’d share. It changes the pace in my Journal, slowing the reader for...

Home renovation television programmes focus on the scene ‘before’ and the big reveal ‘after’ but they pay little regard to decisions made in the planning. Interior design is about making the right choices, a process that is time-consuming. In an edited half hour it’s impossible...

Broadway Market teams with parents and pushchairs seeking a free spot on the pavement to drink a cappuccino. Number seven has a somewhat dour grey painted frontage but the large window is colourfully displayed with fabrics and graffiti style art. Shop owner Barley Massey told...

The holiday season enables us to travel abroad, experience new places, and create memories that will sustain us for the months ahead. I saw my first Cork Oak forest in Andalusia Spain in 1990; the farmer harvested the bark every nine years so the trees remained...

Design is concerned with function and aesthetics, that is to say, how something works or performs and how it looks, to consider design as purely an artistic practice is only half of it. Interior design is fundamentally a process of finding solutions to problems. In...

Did you know… wallpaper has a murderous past? Here are five surprising facts about wallpaper: 1. In 1710 a wallpaper tax entered the statute books. Queen Anne was on the throne then. She was famous for being transported everywhere in a Sedan chair as walking proved...

While researching the history of wallpaper manufacture I learned that Glasgow-born Christopher Dresser (1834 – 1904) was a key figure in the design of wallpaper patterns. Until then I’d associated his name principally with product design; visions of art deco metal teapots and sugar bowls...