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Ten interiors by architects that use internal glazing to create a sense of space and light

May 8, 2021 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Glazed wall inside Toronto house

For our latest lookbook, interiors expert Michelle Ogundehin has selected ten examples of interiors with glazed internal windows, doors and partitions that create clever zoning and add privacy while still letting the light through. “In the ongoing search for work-from-home space, walls are making a return as open-plan layouts are found wanting,” writes architect, author

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“What can, or should, be read into the Downing Street cash for cushions affair”

May 4, 2021 Michelle Ogundehin 0
11 Downing Street

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have recently refurbished their Downing Street flat, but why is everyone so angry about their interior design choices, asks Michelle Ogundehin. Why is the world seemingly so enraged by the refurbishment of the British prime minister’s flat above Number 11 Downing Street? Is it really solely the issue of who paid

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“The uncomfortable truth is that 2020 might just have been exactly what we needed”

January 20, 2021 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Writer's retreat

After a turbulent 2020, this year designers should be braver and bolder, says Michelle Ogundehin in her interior design anti-trends report for 2021. I concluded my 2020 Interiors Report with the words, “I still believe that we can be as brilliantly inventive as we have previously been so terribly destructive. However, 2020 is our make-or-break year to prove

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“Grey alone would be too depressing for 2021’s colour of the year”

December 11, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0
2021 colour of the year

With its pick of two colours of the year for 2021, Pantone has tried to both reflect the depressing past year and predict hope for 2021, says Michelle Ogundehin. The tricky thing with a colour of the year is to determine whether it is intended to be a prediction of what is needed for the year

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“Let’s talk about diversity”

June 16, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Michelle Ogundehin on diversity

We need to provoke discussion, not anger, when it comes to talking about diversity, says Michelle Ogundehin, who shares her personal experiences with racism, views on positive discrimination and ways in which individuals can make a difference. So, let’s talk about diversity in design. I am a woman of mixed-heritage (my father was black Nigerian, my

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“Let’s talk about diversity”

June 16, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Michelle Ogundehin on diversity

We need to provoke discussion, not anger, when it comes to talking about diversity, says Michelle Ogundehin, who shares her personal experiences with racism, views on positive discrimination and ways in which individuals can make a difference. So, let’s talk about diversity in design. I am a woman of mixed-heritage (my father was black Nigerian, my

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“In the future home, form will follow infection”

June 4, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0

The interiors of future houses will be designed to mitigate coronavirus, says Michelle Ogundehin who has outlined 11 ways the pandemic will impact the home. The home played a pivotal role in the recent global crisis. Forced to double as office, school, gym, even restaurant, whether it felt safe or suffocating, it came under forensic examination, and

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Sexy eco, monochrome and plus-size furniture: interior design trends for 2020

January 7, 2020 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Michelle Ogundehin trend report 2020

Interior design will evolve, innovate, adapt and improve in 2020, says Michelle Ogundehin. Her trend report includes provocative collaborations, Ukrainian design and a rejection of digital technology. The dawn of a new decade invariably gives rise to a whole host of grandiose pronouncements about new trends and cultural shifts for the next ten years, and true to

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“Could all things ‘green’ be the glue that sticks us back together?”

October 1, 2019 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Tranquil Dawn Dulux Colour of the Year 2020

Dulux chose Tranquil Dawn as its colour of the year for 2020, but something bolder would have better represented the year ahead, says Michelle Ogundehin. Dulux’s colour of the year for 2020 – a hazy, muted green that recalls a sort of pale Chinese celadon mixed with sage and a smudge of grey – is intended to

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Tactility, imperfection and a pale flush of colour: interior design trends for 2019

January 11, 2019 Michelle Ogundehin 0
Bella Freud and Maria Speake fashion retro interiors for BBC TV centre apartment

Interior design in 2019 will centre around wellbeing and comfort, says Michelle Ogundehin. Her trend report includes the tactile surfaces and humble materials of “soft Scandi”, plus a splash of tangy mustard. Design is rarely conceived in a vacuum, and statements of style are always a response to what’s happening in the world at large. So any

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