All that glisters…


Sometimes, design is so much more than thinking, sketching, planning, roughing, researching, testing, prototyping, crafting and manufacturing. Sometimes it just IS.

Here at Take a Seat, we were taken aback by the sheer complexity and strange beauty of this (assisted) natural process by the caddisfly ’in association with’ French artist Hubert Duprat – resulting in an aesthetic intersection between artist, caddisfly larvae and gold, opal, turquoise and other precious stones.

Caddisfly larvae live in fresh water and naturally construct elaborate protective tubes for themselves from materials found in their environment. Under natural conditions they use the objects found in their stream bed homes such as pieces of wood, fragments of fish bone or crustacean shell, grains of sand, plant debris and small stones.

Transfer  one set of natural elements with another set of natural elements including gold and various semi-precious and precious stones such turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli, sapphires, pearls, rubies, and diamonds, and you get this astonishing ‘natural’ phenomenon.

Ain’t nature grand.



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Tie a yellow ribbon…


As if Italy wasn’t stylish enough…

After more than 40 years since his last work in the country, Christo has selected Lake Iseo — 100 kilometers east of Milan — for his next installation, due to be executed in June 2016. For 16 days, visitors will have the opportunity to see The Floating Piers - 70,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 200,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the surface of the water  and undulating with the movement of the waves. Visitors will experience ‘The Floating Piers’ as they walk from Sulzano to Monte Isola and to the island of San Paolo, which it completely encircles. The three kilometre long walkway extends clear across the water, with surrounding mountains offering a bird’s-eye view of golden network of passageways that lead in and around the city.


Glorious. We’ll just take this as a clear invitation to visit our favourite city of design.

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Swing Table

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George Bernard Shaw famously said “”WE DON’T STOP PLAYING BECAUSE WE GROW OLD, WE GROW OLD BECAUSE WE STOP PLAYING.” I don’t think he was talking about furniture at the time, but he undoubtedly would have, had he  been offered a seat at the ‘Swing Table’ by Duffy London. This is one seating system guaranteed to turn any boring meeting at the office or home dinner into a space of joy and playfulness. But don’t let the fun element fool you into thinking that it’s all about being a big kid. Because the materials are a lot more serious. While you get to choose from a very grown up Walnut or Oak top, the rest of the framework is made of a robust powder coated mild steel. It’s got to be the first time we’ve ever wanted to meetings to be longer!

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Divine space

10169356_773857049312746_6913403732469146621_nWe are lucky enough to constantly see fabulous architecture all around, but every now and again, we see an interior that just takes our breath away. William O’Brien Jnr’s Allandale House; Cabin of Curiosities is one such building. Soaring spaces, dynamic shapes and a slightly ecumenical feel leave us wanting more. Or is it less?

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Take the Tour with Gervasoni

20130308-GERVASONI-TOUR-2013Each year we get the Tour. And it’s greeted with enormous excitement. Gervasoni’s Tour brochure is designed to show how the company’s exquisite craftsmanship and products can sit in homes of all styles around the globe, without the need to create any specific ‘look’. We love it because it’s quirky, humorous, intelligent and creative. It reminds us each time of just why we chose Gervasoni as one of our leading luxury brands.

Click here to take a look…

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Don’t throw stones…

Nick-Olson-Lilah-Horwitz-Recycled-Windows-Home-11We don’t usually get sentimental on this blog, but this is a love story of windows, meadows, sustainable building, and photographer Nick Olson and fashion designer Lilah Horwitz. They left their daily jobs to  build and live in a house made from recycled windows. Their unique glazed dwelling is immersed  in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia – at the very same spot where they  dreamt about building a home for watching sunsets on their very first date…inside

To make their dreamlike home and watch the sun set over the mountains, the  romantic duo came up with the idea of building the whole facade from windows, allowing plenty of natural light in and reducing the need for  artificial sources. To get everything they needed they embarked on a road trip  collecting dozens of old windows from garage sales and antique dealers around  the area.

Just a few weeks after they brought everything they needed to their favourite  spot and built their unique woodland home. The rest of the house was  made from recycled wood, the furniture is vintage and they even got an old stove for burning wood during the winter.  glass-4Their brilliant home is now complete and it glows during the dark. I think I’m in love.

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