16 February 2012


Last weekend was spent making panels to spruce up a friend's corridor. It is part two of a three-part regeneration project: lighting, panels and wardrobe space. Hopefully all conducive to a more pleasant experience when walking from one room to another.

Mounting panels with fabric is a tried and tested way for shop windows, according to a fellow design student who works for Peter Jones in London. I had used panels once myself 15 years ago to hide a set of ugly doors that weren't used anymore. I still had the staple gun. 

For the fabric we chose a bold blue linen with woollen flowers woven onto it. Not all fabrics work stretched: avoid small patterns and obvious repeat patterns. This fabric was quite amazing: the repeat is very difficult to find.

The panel measures two metres high by one and a half. I think it works well with the chest and the blue chinaware.

This photo was taken Sunday afternoon. And I forgot to centre the bowl properly. Very annoying! Especially as we spent some time getting the lighting right...
The panel making was happening in Amsterdam. Cold but sunny, with people skating on the canals.
We also went to Ikea to buy fifties-inspired lampshades. We mounted them on two old bases. In the basement we found an old framed needlepoint miniature. The colours turned out to be the same as the new lampshades, so up it went.
Canal opposite the flat I used to live in when I studied in Amsterdam.

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