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Friday, February 27, 2015




GOOD OL' IKEA came to the rescue for us when we created a seating area for Robert's bedroom. The idea started of with needing more storage to keep his toys and also all the homework and activities he completes at school. Rather than add a whole lot of storage cabinets to his bedroom I thought it might be nice to double it as a seating area and a place where he can play his instruments, read a book, throw his clothes (!!). Custom joinery looks beautiful but we didn't have the budget for it this time and so I headed off to IKEA with a sketch to find the pieces we needed.

The cabinets consist of two Alex drawer units flanking a double and single BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door panels. After building all the pieces, David fixed the bottom cabinets together with screws so that they stay in place. The cabinets are not as deep  as the drawer units and I wanted all units to be flush, so he had a piece of thick MDF cut to similar depth to the drawer units and fixed it to the top of the base cabinets with screws.

We chose not to fit skirting boards because it would have made the entire configuration higher and the current height is perfect for a child. It also lines up nicely with the chair rail we have installed on the walls of his room.

I sourced some lovely fabric and gave it to my upholsterer, along with my dimensions, for him to work his magic. So, that's it really! Pretty simple.
Eventually, I would like to swap out the doors and drawer fronts for something that gives it a more pulled together look but it works just fine for us now.

If you would like to try something similar I have noted all the dimensions and details at the bottom of this post. A few people asked me to post the details and I hope you find this useful.


Left and right side drawer units: Alex drawer units from IKEA
Dimensions: H69cm x W39cm x D58cm

Double base cabinet: BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door from IKEA
Dimensions: H38cm x W120cm x D41.5cm

Single base cabinet: BESTA shelf unit with Vassbo door from IKEA
Dimensions: H38cm x W60cm x D41.5cm

MDF cut to size
Dimensions: Ours is L180cm x W60.5cm because we have a chair rail but if the seating area was to sit against a flat wall it would be L180cm x W58cm.

Fabric: Barmer French Grey and Barmer Bleached from No Chintz
Bottom cushion: 180cm x 60.5cm x 8cm
Back cushion: 180cm x 24cm x 8cm
Side cushions (x 2): 24cm x 53cm x 8cm

Friday, January 16, 2015

Grid Patterns and 3D Printing



GRID PATTERNS INSPIRED my final year exhibition project and I am not sure I ever shared it with you - so here it is, in the inset picture (right). I have also written about grids here, they inspired my gift wrapping this Christmas and I have also been pinning these squares obsessively. It seems I can't get away from them! It is my computer science background and time spent playing with 3D modelling software that led me to enjoying these shapes and lately, I see them everywhere. So, naturally, when I came across this collection by Israeli fashion designer Noa Raviv I had to share with you.

Noa's garments feature 3D printed elements which are warped and distorted to create beautiful patterns and texture. Tulle and organza fabrics are used in white and black with a hit of orange lines to tie the designs together. The shapes are full of volume and it almost looks as though the models are wearing drawings instead of fabrics which I find interesting.

Noa says of the collection (Dezeen, 21 August 2014):

"While working on a 3D software I was fascinated by the grid shown on the 2D screen and by the way black repetitive lines defines voluminous objects. I've translated those lines into textiles that creates this sort of optical illusion."
Noa also explains that the thin orange line represents the marker within the 3D software that is used to outline shapes and assists in spotting errors.

The results are graphic and sculptural and there is a piece or two from this collection that I would love to wear myself.

Are you obsessed with the grid too?

Photography: Ron Kedmi

Thursday, January 15, 2015


THE START OF a new year is always a strange time for me. It is natural to feel as though you need to reflect on the year that has passed - Are there lessons learnt? Can I be a better person? So much pressure! Sometimes I just want to be - to just chug along in life doing what I do in the way that I do it.

So, no resolution lists here although I do still have the life list in the back of my mind. I have been able to cross more off the list which is great!

I took the boys to the beach for a little photo shoot the other week and out of 200 photos, this one was my favourite and we also entered it into a competition.  We are well into summer here and I don't want it to end!
I will be back with more soon. I have photographed a couple of my projects to share with you. If you would like to tell me what you would like to see more of on ish & chi, or if you just want to say hello I would love to hear from you. Please send me an email to

PS. I promised I would announce the winner of the Sleepmaker giveaway this month. The winner is Lndeang. Please contact me and we will arrange to get your prize to you. Congratulations! x







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