Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

Blog posts are like buses. You don’t get one for months and then suddenly a few come along at once!

So, today I thought I would post about two exciting companies whose products up the ante in a room, adding a bit of a different element to your design, and therefore adding interest. Those companies are Temple & Ivy and Oficina Inglesa, and I used products from both in my recent collaboration with Hästens.

Quirky Justapositions

Oficina Inglesa make beautiful, traditional French-style furniture. Using artisan knowledge handed down over generations, their furniture is entirely handmade, hand painted and distressed by hand in Europe. Oficina Inglesa pride themselves on their attention to detail, down to the fact that they even forge their own exclusive handles.

Oficina Inglesa Sideboard

And whilst their pieces retain a traditional look, they offer them in a wide range of colours which means that you can jazz the piece up, and give it that unique, quirky touch. Perfect for adding that eclectic feel to your scheme.

Oficina Inglesa Detail

Temple & Ivy have also drawn inspiration from history, specifically Georgian Britain where feet were used on all kinds of household furniture. However, Temple & Ivy’s feet have taken on a very modern feel. After childhood summers in Zimbabwe (do you notice the connection?), and a recent Kenyan safari to study birds’ legs, sisters Susan and Nicky have created a wonderful collection of lighting, all made in the UK through a combination of traditional sculpture and modern materials.


Personally I think every interior should have a Temple & Ivy lamp – just for the sheer fun of it!


In the words of Abigail Ahern, “Use classical elements as your foundation … classical chandeliers, big squishy trad sofas, wingback chairs, ornate carved tables these are the foundations of my scheme always. I then add some more playful contemporary accents that make my spaces feel modern day rather than traditional.”

So, are you more of an Oficina Inglesa or a Temple & Ivy kind of person? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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