What to Look for When Shopping for Accessories

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A few tips can make shopping for accessories much easier. Image: Studio Duggan Ltd.

If you’ve been an interior design aficianado for any length of time, you know that including the right accessories can make or break a room. However, beyond giving that initial piece of advice, most design sites are vague in terms of how to find the decorative items that will complete your design. That confusion stops here. If you’ve been wondering how to find decorative items that work, you’re in luck. We developed a guide on shopping for accessories. Use our tips to help gain clarity before your next spending spree. That way, you can be sure you’re purchasing pieces that take your design to the next level.
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Many décor elements can be considered accessories. Image: Arkee Creative

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From an Orphan Saucer to a Thriving Business – Richard Brendon Reflects

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/orphan-saucer-thriving-business-richard-brendon-reflects/richard_brendon_design_milk_fi-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Richard_Brendon_Design_Milk_FI-1-810x810.jpg" alt="From an Orphan Saucer to a Thriving Business – Richard Brendon Reflects" /></a>
                                British designer <a href="https://richardbrendon.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Richard Brendon&#8217;s</a> career started with a beautifully simple idea to solve the problem of the &#8216;orphan saucers&#8217; he saw for sale at Notting Hill&#8217;s <a href="http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/the-market/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Portobello Road Market</a> after their matching teacups had been lost or broken. &#8216;I noticed that many of the antiques dealers had piles and piles of tea saucers, some of them really spectacular, and I felt it was such a shame that they were sitting there; unused and irrelevant,&#8217; he says. &#8216;I spent a long time coming back to the idea of these ‘orphan’ saucers and finally had the idea of pairing them with reflective cup – the design is reflected back and the saucer is brought back to life.&#8217; This simple idea formed Richard&#8217;s Reflect Collection launched at his graduate show and one of the brand&#8217;s most popular collections to this day.
Richard’s interest in ceramics began at an early age. ‘My mother
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Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017

                                In 2017, Design Milk covered everything when it came to Style + Fashion – including wearable devices, architectural jewelry, geometric games, and eyeglasses made from sheet metal. Want to see which post from this category got the most love this year? Read on to find out&#8230;
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-style-fashion-posts-of-2017/ces2017_motiv-ring-011111/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/CES2017_motiv-ring-011111-810x556.jpg" alt="Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017" /></a>
                                10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/ces-2017-motiv-activity-tracker-ring/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">CES 2017: The Titanium-Encased Motiv Activity Tracker Ring</a><br />
This lightweight, waterproof titanium ring keeps tabs on the wearer’s daily activity, heart rate, and quality of sleep for up to 5 days per charge.
  1. Contemporary Jewelry Designed by an Architect
    Architect Ayça Ozbank merged her love of urban cities and jewelry to create Mara Paris, sculptural jewelry that’s wearable.
  1. The Essential Travel Shoe: Allbirds Wool Loungers
    The cozy Wool Lounger from Allbirds combines the comfort and softness of a slipper with the style of a trendy, slip-on shoe.
  1. Jiwoong Jung’s “Hidden Time” Watch Is a Minimalist Magic Act By the Hour
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Kirsty Whyte and Paul Tanner Create Timepieces in Their Spare Time as Freedom to Exist

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/kirsty-whyte-paul-tanner-create-timepieces-spare-time/design_milk_freedom_to_exist_fi_0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Freedom_to_Exist_FI_0-810x810.gif" alt="Kirsty Whyte and Paul Tanner Create Timepieces in Their Spare Time as Freedom to Exist" /></a>
                                London-based product designers <a href="https://www.kirstywhyte.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kirsty Whyte</a> and <a href="https://www.mrpaultanner.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Paul Tanner</a> designed their first timepiece after Kirsty couldn&#8217;t find a watch small enough for her delicate wrists – or at least one that wasn&#8217;t covered in branding or diamontes. They had spotted a gap in the market: between fashion-driven overtly feminine watches and masculine, hyper-connected digital watches, there was space for something classic, understated and quiet – and <a href="https://www.freedomtoexist.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Freedom to Exist</a> was born. &#8216;We wanted a little space away from the overwhelming noise of branding and technology,&#8217; says Kirsty. &#8216;We believe freedom is the freedom to choose, to fall in love, to wear what you want, how you want to. It is the Freedom To Exist.&#8217;
The first Freedom to Exist watch was the 30 Edition, named after its 30mm case – the watch Kirsty was looking for but couldn’t find. ‘While we were on the hunt for a watch for me,
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Made in London: Johnetté Taylor

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-johnette-taylor/design_milk_johnette_taylor_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Johnette_Taylor_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Johnetté Taylor" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about leather bag-maker <a href="https://www.netteleathergoods.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Johnetté Taylor</a>. &#8220;Being a creative person, it becomes really difficult to go along with how things are supposed to be,&#8221; she says. &#8220;You start to realize that: &#8216;I could be creating something that allows me to make my own money, which allows me to make my own decisions.'&#8221;
Inspired by the migrations of her native American and African American ancestors and a school trip to England, France and Spain aged just 16, Johnetté moved to London when she was 20 to learn more about design. “My impression from a young age was if you’re not where you want to be, find the place you’d like to be,” she says. “From the day I landed at Heathrow Airport in 1998, the world opened up
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Made in London: Johnetté Taylor

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-johnette-taylor/design_milk_johnette_taylor_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Johnette_Taylor_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Johnetté Taylor" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about leather bag-maker <a href="https://www.netteleathergoods.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Johnetté Taylor</a>. &#8220;Being a creative person, it becomes really difficult to go along with how things are supposed to be,&#8221; she says. &#8220;You start to realize that: &#8216;I could be creating something that allows me to make my own money, which allows me to make my own decisions.'&#8221;
Inspired by the migrations of her native American and African American ancestors and a school trip to England, France and Spain aged just 16, Johnetté moved to London when she was 20 to learn more about design. “My impression from a young age was if you’re not where you want to be, find the place you’d like to be,” she says. “From the day I landed at Heathrow Airport in 1998, the world opened up
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Surface Pattern Designer Kangan Arora Is Branching Out

                                <em>In the latest of our monthly series profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our editor at large Katie Treggiden talks to London-based designer <a href="https://www.kanganarora.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kangan Arora</a>.</em>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/surface-pattern-designer-kangan-arora-branching/design_milk_kangan_arora_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Kangan_Arora_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Surface Pattern Designer Kangan Arora Is Branching Out" /></a>
                                Born in Northern India and resident in London, surface pattern designer <a href="https://www.kanganarora.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kangan Arora</a> takes inspiration from everywhere and, as a result, her work is every bit as bold, vibrant and colorful as you might expect.
She was born in Ludhiana, a city known for its hosiery mills and industry, where her family still runs a textiles business originally established by her great-grandfather. “From a really young age I was surrounded by beautiful fabrics, embroideries, and prints,” she says. “I remember going on buying trips with my dad and helping him choose stock for the showroom and feeling quite pleased that I had made a small contribution and my opinion had counted.” Despite this early start, it was by no means a foregone
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Made in London: Chris Keenan

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/made-london-chris-keenan/design_milk_chris_keenan_02/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_02-810x810.jpg" alt="Made in London: Chris Keenan" /></a>
                                This is the latest in our <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Made-In-London/" data-wpel-link="internal">Made in London</a> series of films about London-based makers by filmmaker <a href="http://williamscothern.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">William Scothern</a>. This month&#8217;s video is about ceramicist <a href="https://www.chriskeenan.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Chris Keenan</a>, who began working with clay in his mid-thirties after a 12-year acting career, when he began a two-year apprenticeship with <a href="http://www.edmunddewaal.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Edmund de Waal</a>. &#8220;I bought pots from Edmund to begin with because I wanted to make a connection with something,&#8221; he says. &#8220;I grew to love using and living with his work and when I learned that he was considering taking on an apprentice I wrote to him to make my interest clear. If I wasn&#8217;t going to act anymore I wanted to be taught to make pots by Edmund. I was his first apprentice, I knew nothing – he had to teach me from scratch.&#8221; Chris set up his own studio immediately after completing his apprenticeship – that was 1998 <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-322135" src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-810x810.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="810" srcset="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-810x810.jpg 810w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-100x100.jpg 100w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-800x800.jpg 800w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-768x768.jpg 768w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-300x300.jpg 300w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-500x500.jpg 500w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-320x320.jpg 320w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01-110x110.jpg 110w, http://design-milk.com/images/2017/10/Design_Milk_Chris_Keenan_01.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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Online Design Store Hem Opens Stockholm Showroom

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/online-design-store-hem-opens-stockholm-showroom/design_milk_hem_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Hem_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Online Design Store Hem Opens Stockholm Showroom" /></a>
                                Online furniture retailer <a href="https://www.hem.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hem</a> has opened its first showroom in the heart of the Swedish capital.
Located on the ground floor of a brass-clad art museum, the glass box is surrounded by the green space of Vasaparken and showcases the brand’s latest collections, which include collaborations with designers such as Philippe Malouin, Max Lamb and Luca Nichetto. Originally established as One Nordic in 2012, Hem is one of the online pioneers in the furniture and home accessories market. “There is all this beauty [in the design industry] that normal consumers and the rest of the world never takes part in,” Hem founder Petrus Palmer told Design Milk. “It doesn’t really trickle down into the rest of the community, and they are left with few options, and low quality options. I wanted to do something that was both beautiful and accessible, so I started what was to become Hem.” Petrus
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Interview with Danish Artist and Designer Naja Utzon Popov

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/interview-danish-artist-designer-naja-utzon-popov/design_milk_naja_popov_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Design_Milk_Naja_Popov_07-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Artist and Designer Naja Utzon Popov" /></a>
                                <a href="http://najautzonpopov.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Naja Utzon Popov</a> is the first female &#8216;solo artist&#8217; that Danish furniture brand <a href="http://www.carlhansen.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Carl Hansen and Søn</a> have worked with (they also work with design duo Strand + Hvass – Christina Strand and Niels Hvass), and she has designed their first serious foray out of furniture and into textiles. Design Milk caught up with the Danish artist, designer and ceramicist to find out more&#8230;
What is the most important thing to know about you? That I’m not only a designer but also an artist. My two creative worlds run parallel to each other and cross over. I wouldn’t really consider myself a designer or an artist, it is more a creative process. Your grandfather is Jørn Utzon, the Danish architect responsible for the Sydney Opera House. Your mother is Lin Utzon, an eminent Danish artist, and your father is the acclaimed Australian architect, Alex Popov. Tell me about the influence
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TID Watches Launches No.3 with Silicone Strap and Transparent Case

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/tid-watches-launches-no-3-silicone-strap-transparent-case/design_milk_tid_watches_04/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_TID_Watches_04-810x810.jpg" alt="TID Watches Launches No.3 with Silicone Strap and Transparent Case" /></a>
                                Swedish design studio <a href="http://www.formuswithlove.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Form Us With Love</a> has once again collaborated with Stockholm-based <a href="http://tidwatches.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">TID Watches</a> to create the third iteration of the brand&#8217;s distinctive timepieces. The TID No.3 is a lighter, optically transparent version of the form set by TID No.1, which slides onto a silicone strap.
“Our venture with TID Watches is built on a desire to experiment and challenge our designs. No.3 is a material reset, taking the silhouette and stripping it down to a skeletal structure, which could be seen as an interesting measure to any design,” says John Löfgren, Form Us With Love creative director and co-founder of TID Watches. The case of the new 38mm watch is made of a thermoplastic material developed in Switzerland called TR90. It is durable and lightweight and waterproof, marking a sportier transition from their previous steel cases. “By introducing a clear material, our ambition is to
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Native & Co Combine Craft and Design to Promote Japanese and Taiwanese Culture

                                <em>In the second of our new monthly series, profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our Editor at Large Katie Treggiden talks to London-based designers and curators <a href="https://www.nativeandco.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Native &amp; Co</a>.</em>
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/native-co-combine-craft-design-promote-japanese-taiwanese-culture/design_milk_native__co_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_Native__Co_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Native &#038; Co Combine Craft and Design to Promote Japanese and Taiwanese Culture" /></a>
                                British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green and Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung met while studying on the art foundation course at London’s Chelsea College of Art. They both went on to study product design at Central Saint Martins and bonded over their shared love of cultural projects that were perhaps more conceptual than commercial – Sharon’s graduate project focused on the social identity of Taiwan’s indigenous tribes, while Chris explored the rituals of Japanese funeral ceremonies. “Looking back, I think our tutors noticed that we were a team, but were a bit perplexed by our ideas,” laughs Sharon.
As products of a course that, at that time at least, was more focused on training designers for industry, their path since graduation hasn’t
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CDW17: Experiencing Design at Clerkenwell Design Week

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/cdw17-experiencing-design-clerkenwell-design-week/design_milk_cdw17_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/06/Design_Milk_CDW17_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="CDW17: Experiencing Design at Clerkenwell Design Week" /></a>
                                Now that new product launches are instantly disseminated the world over through social media and blogs like this one, design festivals have to try harder to reward those who visit in person, whether that&#8217;s through hyper-local design or live experiences. Clerkenwell, a tiny area of London that gets its own festival due to the sheer number of creatives based there (there are rumored to be more architects per square foot than anywhere else in the world) and its <a href="http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Design Week</a> is no exception.
Commissioned by our very own Editor at Large, Katie Treggiden, the Curved Twist installation at Desso‘s flooring showroom was created by Kia Utzon-Frank and Faye McCaul, combining Kia’s patent pending Louver Twisting Comb system, a frame made from recycled yogurt pots, and 21,500 dichroic rods that Faye knitted into a screen that changes color depending on the light and angle it is viewed from. It really came alive in natural daylight and had
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Milan Design Week 2017: Färg & Blanche’s Armour mon Armor

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-farg-blanches-armour-mon-armor/design_milk_fargblanche_mdw17_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_FargBlanche_MDW17_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Färg &#038; Blanche&#8217;s Armour mon Armor" /></a>
                                Stockholm-based Swedish-French design duo <a href="http://www.fargblanche.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Färg &amp; Blanche</a> are known for their experimental upholstery, which in the past has seen them sew through wood and form objects from molded felt. Inspired by a three-month residency in Japan and in particular by the armor worn by Samurai warriors, for their latest furniture collection, they have been putting metal through their hardy sewing machines.
“We were fascinated by the mix of hard and soft material, and how they attach to each other,” says Blanche. “The different pieces create a shell when combined together, a protection in three-dimensional form. We were also intrigued by the fact that this armour conveyed a strong sense of the personality of these warriors.” For Salone del Mobile, Fredrick Färg and Emma Marga Blanche held a solo exhibition in the former church – now theatre, Teatro Arsenale. They showed a retrospective of their work together with 10 new furniture
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Milan Design Week 2017: Lexus Design Award

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-lexus-design-awards/design_milk_lexus_design_awards_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_Lexus_Design_Awards_07-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Lexus Design Award" /></a>
                                Now in its fifth year, the <a href="https://www.lexus-int.com/lexus-design-award" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Lexus Design Award</a> was first launched in 2013 to help create ideas &#8220;to build a better tomorrow&#8221;. The competition supports up-and-coming designers across the globe. 2017&#8217;s theme, which drew 1,152 entries from 63 countries, was the notion of contradiction and juxtaposition suggested by the word &#8220;yet.&#8221;
Visitors to the awards ceremony and exhibition of shortlisted entries were greeted by Ancient Yet Modern, a 3D-printed glass installation by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group. The exhibition went on to reveal the 12 finalists selected by a panel of world-renowned designers and creative mentors including New York Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn, architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, and British designer Max Lamb in November 2016. From those 12, four were selected to develop their ideas into prototypes, and those prototypes formed the main part of the exhibition. Structural Color – Static Yet Changing
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Milan Design Week 2017: Wallpaper’s Temple of Divine Design

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-wallpapers-temple-divine-design/design_milk_wallpaper_handmade_11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_Wallpaper_Handmade_11-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Wallpaper&#8217;s Temple of Divine Design" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.wallpaper.com/tags/handmade" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Wallpaper*Handmade</a> is a must-see part of <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan&#8217;s</a> annual Salone del Mobile and this year things took a turn for the sacred. The show that Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers describes as a &#8220;revelatory roll-out of fine craftsmanship, creativity and contemporary&#8221; was housed in the Mediateca Santa Teresa, a deconsecrated church in the Brera design district and the new location inspired the theme &#8220;Holy Handmade! A Temple of Divine Design.&#8221; In line with many of this year&#8217;s best installations, it certainly provided a moment of calm amidst the chaos, particularly in the case of <a href="http://design-milk.com/le-refuge-the-most-instagrammed-thing-at-milan-design-week/" data-wpel-link="internal">Marc Ange&#8217;s Le Refuge</a> (above).
Outside the entrance, the Volcanic Altar by Sabine Marcelis and Danish-Italian tile manufacturer Made a Mano is made of a glazed lava stone that appears to float on a glass structure. “An altar is a sacred place that brings us closer to the divine,” says NanaKi Bonfils of Made a Mano. “Altars transform actions of everyday life into actions
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