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Inspirational Offices – co-working and maker spaces

As the trend towards co-working spaces continues to grow and expand across some of the world’s most vibrant and creative cities, we take a look at some inspirational creative hubs, offices and studios.

These all feature innovative design; converting and reimagining former office blocks, warehouses and factories.

New York – Coworks, Brooklyn.

Leeser Architecture has inserted angular and brightly coloured stairwells into an ageing industrial building in Brooklyn to create a vibrant office for creative professionals and entrepreneurs.

Coworks facility, Brooklyn, transformed by architects Leeser.
Coworks facility, Brooklyn, transformed by architects Leeser. Photo: Leeser Architects via Kontor

To create visual continuity, the firm used brightly coloured angular forms throughout the building, most notably to enclose stairways that connect each floor. Referencing origami, the stairwells feature sharp folds and bright colours – Yves Klein blue on the exterior and teal on the interior.

Coworks - on one floor, the backside of the stairs – a space not often utilised – merges with a large communal table.
Coworks. On one floor, the backside of the stairs – a space not often utilised – merges with a large communal table. Photo: Leeser Architects via Kontor.  Source: Dezeen


London – Walthamstow Central Parade, built in the 1960s first served as council offices.

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Walthamstow Central Parade, a co-working space designed by Architects Gort Scott Photo: Dirk Linder

Architects Gort Scott worked on restoring the unusual façade details, including the wavy concrete canopy, painted yellow, and the decorative tiles, both of which provided design cues for the interior and new signage.

Interior Walthamstow Central Parade, shared work space and bakery, Photo: Dirk Linder
Interior Walthamstow Central Parade, shared work space and bakery.  Photo: Dirk Linder

Mid-century-inspired details and furnishings pay tribute to the building’s heritage, while utilitarian elements suit its more functional new use. (Source: Dezeen)

Edinburgh – The Biscuit Factory, Leith, is an arts & fashion hub housed in the former Crawford’s biscuit factory built in 1947.

The Biscuit Factory, the former factory converted into a 7,500 foot venue/gallery space
The Biscuit Factory, the former factory converted into a 7,500 foot venue/gallery space

Housing a selection of established and up-and-coming designers, photographers, and creative businesses it epitomises the perfect urban re-development and offers up a new prototype for living and working.

The Biscuit Factory, arts hub and home to photographers and designers, offers the perfect backdrop for pop-up events.
The Biscuit Factory, arts hub and home to photographers and designers, offers the perfect backdrop for pop-up events.

Dundee – Fleet Collective is based on the top floor of the grade A listed Chambers East building of the old Royal Exchange.

The old Royal Exchange was designed in the 1850s in the ornate Flemish Neo-Gothic style by the famous architect David Bryce, in order to house the Chamber of Commerce.

Fleet Collective Dundee, a community of artists and designers, is housed in Chambers Building.
Fleet Collective, a community of artists and designers, is housed in the Chambers Building.

Transformed into a light and practical working environment, it now exists as an important creative hub in Dundee, whose model as a collective has been commended and internationally recognised.

Fleet Collective, Dundee, an open plan working space, incorporating practicality with fun and quirky elements.
Fleet Collective, Dundee, an open plan working space, incorporating practicality with fun and quirky elements. Photos: Fleet Collective

These innovative design elements, combined with opportunity for more social interaction, also create a sense of wellbeing with proven health benefits for those working in these and similar spaces.

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The nights are fair drawing in and as evenings get more autumnal, Moody Monday’s innovative collection of bold provocative prints for accessories include this season’s must-have – sumptuous velvet cushions. Perfect for creating a splash of colour, and adding warmth to any sofa.


Nebulae Velvet Cushions


Debuted at the ICFF New York earlier this year, this collection ‘STELLAR’ is inspired by the boundless hidden beauty of the sky and space. This luxurious, contemporary collection of designs captures the dualistic nature of the skies with a colour palette evoking both dawn and dusk. Vibrant jewel colours accompany mesmerising geometrical patterns paired against contrasting backgrounds.

From the dazzling colours of the Northern Lights to the abstract patterns of constellations, the depths of sky and space provide an intriguing array of inspiration.

The ‘STELLAR’ collection also consists of four wallpaper designs in varying colour ways, three fabric patterns, two cushion designs, four coasters and a set of matching fabric, coaster and placemat designs. One of our most provocative patterns, Nebulae, consists of strong geometric shapes with intense contrasting colours that creatively interpret the enigmatic nature of space.

Designer, Eliza Kesuma comments, “I love the changing of the seasons, which provide me with fresh inspiration to create new and contemporary prints. The Stellar range of fabric fits perfectly into nights on the sofa. Inspired by patterns of light created at dusk and dawn, the warmth and feel of the velvet cushions are the perfect way to create an instant boost.”


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Decorating with Yellow – Ideas and Tips

Some colours can appear overly dramatic, some can appear moody, but yellow is that colour which can bring instant cheer to a room. Especially when it’s summertime, no home should go without a hint of this colour.

Although usually used as an accent colour , you can go as far as you want in using its summery tones. Switch up the hue and you can get amazing results with the mood or ambience. For a soothing neutral look, go for muted yellows or warm things up with a sun-kissed yellow.

Learn how to create a welcoming scheme and create instant uplift to your space with these ideas.

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In these examples, yellow accessories add the much needed life and colour to these spaces. The shade doesn’t matter as much as the presence. Gray and yellow are a combination which many interior designers like to use. The balance of soft toned down grays and a bubbly yellow is like a match made in heaven.

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No designer does dark rooms as well as Abigail Ahern. Here it is easy to perceive the allure of this gorgeous colour even in a dark space. It almost adds an extra layer of dimension to the already interesting decor.

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Such a contrast with these bright and airy kitchens. The use of yellow makes the room look bigger and creates an even more inviting space.

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Bright ideas for stylish spaces. Fall for yellow as we move very gradually into the next season.

Tell us how you plan to incorporate this versatile colour into your living space.


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Interior Designers you should follow on Instagram

Instagram has grown to become a go-to source of inspiration for many a design enthusiast. Whether it’s for design inspiration or to understand what makes your favourite designer tick, following some Instagram accounts is worth your while. Today, we share those that have made the Moody Monday list.

Jonathan Adler

Be prepared to feast your eyes on beautiful interiors to stimulate all the senses. His bold and colourful style always comes through. The designer, ceramicist and author also shows off his home decor collections.

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Abigail Ahern

It’s amazing the way this talented designer can create such dark alluring interior spaces. She also keeps followers updated on happenings in her London store.

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Kelly Wearstler

Kelly transports us into her world through inspirational photos. She is inspired by anything and everything – graphics, interiors, nature, architecture, patterns.

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Justina Blakeney

Her Instagram feed is a haven for all things relaxed and boho-chic. The interiors blogger shows that a home can never have too many plants. Her blog, The Jungalow has quite a generous following too.

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Kelly Hoppen

Her designs are so elegant and classic with a sophisticated twist. Follow the British interior designer to stay updated on her interior design projects and her fun lifestyle.

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Experential Luxury Retail Store : 10 Corso Como

In this highly competitive world of 21st century retail design, more retailers are innovating brilliantly. Many are starting to create experience-based alternatives for customers which ultimately rival their fledgling e-commerce counterparts. These are not your regular brick and mortar stores, these multi-brand ventures instead transport customers into a world of design and luxury in a way that is particularly appealing.

Otherwise fondly known as concept stores, they create a sense of luxury which appeals to the discerning consumer. One iconic concept store which has received a lot of admiration is 10 Corso Como.

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The Beijing Store
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The Milan store

Founded in 1991 by Former Italian Vogue Fashion Editor, Carla Sozzani, the store began at a time when even the concept store idea was not known. It was pretty revolutionary in its days. Having begun as an art gallery and bookshop, nowadays they’ve become one of the world’s hippest retail stores with branches in Milan, Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai.

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The Shanghai store

Each store has been tastefully designed with bouts of personality. They showcase and sell eclectic works of art, architecture, fashion, food, music and culture with design which embodies individuality and luxury. So if you’re planning to be in any of these cities, a shopping trip to Corso Como is definitely worth adding to your itinerary.

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The Seoul store

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Keep Your Garden Stylish with Contemporary planters

Barbecues, picnics in the park, kite races. It means one thing, we’re officially in summer. We know it may not always feel like it though.  You’re probably looking forward to all the wonderful exploits and family gigs planned for the season. If you’re the hosting type, a few barbecues are probably on the cards. To make this happen, your garden needs to be in tip top shape.

Let your garden reflect your personality and be as unique as you want it to be. Read on to discover some contemporary planters we think will inspire you. Just a few changes can make all the difference.

Knit Planter by Curver

With a design which reflects a traditional knitting pattern, The Knit planter is a new-wave weave, inspired by the art and nostalgia of knitted textiles. We love the sturdiness and classic elegance of these products. It is made from a UVA- resistant plastic which means the colour won’t fade and it will be easy to clean too.

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Adan Planter by Teresa Sapey

The Adan Planter is quite a conversation starter. Created with the design of a thinking face, it is crafted as a statement piece with a white matt finish. Perfect for indoors and outdoors. With its crisp white palette, it will show off brightly coloured plants and flowers well.

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Soma Planter by Indigenus

The Soma planter is made from lightweight concrete and wood to create a contemporary object of beauty and function. Handcrafted with a natural aesthetic to live in harmony with nature, it was designed to age beautifully over time if used outdoors.

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The Spirit of Summer Fair starts tomorrow

From 22 – 26 June 2016, a special design event will be taking place at Olympia in London. For four full days, guests of the Spirit of Summer fair will be invited to feast their eyes on product collections from over 450 independent designers and boutiques ranging from fashion, gifts, artisan food and drink.

Organised in association with House and Garden, the House fair which is wholly dedicated to the home will be on too. With over 100 prestigious interiors brands cutting across furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, wall coverings, you’ll have so much design choices on offer.

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If you could do with new ideas and inspiration for all the rooms in your home, then this is the event for you. Quality British design will not only be in abundance but showing you how to enhance your interior space with beautiful products and furnishings is of utmost importance to the organisers.

Event highlights will include ‘Decorated spaces’ by interior designs, Joanna Plant Interiors and Salvesen Graham. Another unique feature will be three styled rooms sets designed by three prolific interior bloggers. The bloggers involved include Martyn White, from Martyn White Designs, Grant from Interior Style Hunter and Gabriella Palumbo from Flat15.

So whether you’re looking to revamp your home or redo a new client project and are looking for some inspiration, look no further. It comes round once a year, you don’t want to miss it. Enjoy the spirit of summer.

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The Timeless Appeal of Mid-century Patterns

Chances are you would have come across mid-century patterns if you’re into interior design. Very popular in the 50s and 60s, minimalism and simple repetition ruled with this trend.

Even today, they’re still very much in vogue. You can understand the appeal for these designs. They’re striking, geometric, reminiscent of things we can all relate with and at times nostalgic. Nowadays, it is more common to find people seeking interesting modern interpretations.

What’s not to like about the sheer simplicity in the patterns used? The bold contrasting colours are a staple which means they’re nothing but bold and beautiful. A perfect match for anyone who likes full on colour.

One very popular design is the Dandelion clocks pattern which was designed by Fiona Howard for Sanderson in 2008.

Dandelion clocks, Fiona Howard

Going down memory lane, a textile designer well known in her days for brilliant designs was Lucienne Day. The ‘Calyx’ which she designed for Heal’s in 1951 was the fabric that brought her fame.

Calyx, Lucienne Day

Orla Kiely is another lady whose name rings a bell when it comes to mid century patterns. Her designs are literally on everything.

Multi Stem wallpaper, Orla Kiely

Even some designs like this Aquila wallpaper design in our Stellar collection have been said to have mid-century feel to them too albeit a modern take. We sure didn’t see that coming but we’re more than happy to take the compliment.

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Aquila wallpaper, Moody Monday

With applications on wallpaper, fabric, wall art and even custom headboards, you’ll agree that these designs are very versatile. Inspired? Why not look to infuse this into your home?

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What we saw at ICFF 2016: Inspiring Lighting

Did you know we just launched a new collection? Sure you’ve either met us at ICFF, heard about it on social media or one of our newsletters. Well, yes we launched our new ‘Stellar collection at ICFF a few weeks ago.

Anyone who has exhibited at a trade show knows how tiring and full on they can be. But it’s all a labour of love. We enjoy making connections with potential and existing clients. To top it all off, the feedback to the new designs was fantastic.

ICFF 2016 Moody Monday stand

The Moody Monday stand

Amidst the great time we spent at our booth, we were sure not to miss out on all the contemporary design on offer in the Javits centre. A stroll round the hall packed with eager exhibitors, and we found some interesting products.

As far as product design goes, outside of our product lines, one of the areas that continues to fascinate us is lighting design. Grab a seat and enjoy the highlights from the Moody Monday perspective.

blog1_ICFF lighting4Sketch light, Work and Design by Rafael Avramovich

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Quite special, aren’t they. Which of them was your favourite? Look out for more interesting designs from our ICFF trip over the next few days.

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Design of the Week: The Restaurant by Tom Dixon and Caesarstone

It’s been over 2 weeks since the Milan Design Week 2016. We weren’t there but we kept our ears pealed to the ground. One of the notable highlights was the impressive pop up restaurant designed by Tom Dixon in collaboration with leading quartz manufacturer, Caesarstone.

The interactive installation called “The Restaurant” was based at the Milan Children’s Museum (MUBA) in the historical Rotonda della Besana in Milan. It was made of four conceptual kitchens. With inspiration from the four elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire, each kitchen creates a multi-sensory experience for guests.

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The British designer, Tom Dixon designed each dining area to feature colours and materials based on each element whilst showcasing Caesarstone’s designs. Tom’s product design also features albeit with secondary prominence. We definitely have a soft spot for his lighting ranges. They are so exquisite.

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“In Milan this year, we wanted to collaborate with Caesarstone to inspire architects and designers through a radical interpretation of how food and surfaces can interact in different ways, delivering a food experience that challenges all the senses in an exercise of materiality, luminosity and texture. Reflecting on the four medieval elements, we have created totally distinctive smells, tastes and visual experiences within each room.” Tom Dixon.​

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