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Spaces Magazine to help creatives live, work and play in inspired surrounds

The popular creative design magazine Frankie has now launched a new magazine project named ‘Spaces – Where creative people live, work and play’.

Spaces showcases a fantastic global collection of eclectic interiors. This large format magazine explores the favourite space of photographers, graphic designers, vintage collectors and shop owners.

Be inspired by the unique living, cafe, shop and studio spaces this new magazine has to offer and see how passionate creatives are about styling the environment they are surrounded by every day.

Spaces can be purchased at your favourite bookstore or online.

Wouldn’t you just love to get your creative juices flowing and leave your signature mark in your office or room? Alot of the interiors in Spaces were created on a budget, all it takes is your time and imagination.

Your in Design
Amber van Sloten

Interior Design for big cats

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The large Jaguar sedans of the past decade have been notable for looking as much like the 1960’s XJ6 as they could, right down to the traditional wood and leather interiors.

This retro trend was halted some years ago when design chief Ian Callum was given the task of reinventing the range, starting with the XK coupe in 2008 and followed by the new XF sedan a year later.

The latest XJ has just been launched, and it is completely new, and best of all, the designers have re-thought the luxury car interior while they were at it.

The XJ’s cabin is by far the most beautiful in its class. Ian Callum and his team have struck a balance between traditional luxury and modern appeal.

The feature that stands out is a belt that separates the bottom of the windscreen and the top of the leather-lined dashboard with a strip of wood grain that matches the large wood sections in the doors. There is an uncluttered dash board which is dominated by four large air vents with chrome centres, which perhaps could be considered a nod to retro design, but which looks fresh in this beautiful car.

Yours in design

Richard-actyl

Favourite retro movie set designs

I love retro interiors, my own place is an eclectic mix of ‘50s, ‘60s, and a touch of classic design in the way of Persian rugs for the floors.

The movies are a great inspiration, you can see what the top set designers have been able to collect, borrow or copy to make you believe the people on screen are living in the period depicted.

Two of my favourites in the last 12 months have been ‘Cheri’, for over the top Belle Epoque Art Nouveau interiors and costumes (it helps that Paris has preserved so many of its historical buildings), and Tom Ford’s ‘A Single Man’, set in the Valley district of Los Angeles in the early 1960s.

The treats were enhanced for me in that both films move at a slow pace with the camera lingering so that you pick up every exquisite detail of costume, jewelry and interior design.

Cheri is filled with art nouveau swirls, from Michelle Pfeiffer’s hats to the bedroom’s wallpaper and the wrought iron balcony railings. The sense of period is enhanced by the interminable high teas taken by the protagonists, set in beautifully designed gardens and lofty glazed conservatories, all set designed with Edwardian splendour.

Being a classic car tragic, A Single Man was a slice of heaven, with several scenes featuring Colin Firth’s character driving a late 50s Mercedes-Benz 220s coupe, hand built, and with a classic fifties designed timber and Bakelite dashboard.

Firth’s co-star Julianne Moore is dressed in striking designer clothes and jewelry, her character lives in a house which has the most opulent of 60s interiors, with an orangerie to dine in, but it is Firth’s George who lives in a very simple large glass and timber house that made me think ” I could live there “. I even liked the kitchen.
I guess the set designers did their job if they can make you want to move in.

Yours in design,

Richard-actyl