Contour Blinds

by Richard Prime The humble window blind usually ranks low when it comes to exciting interior design, but Contour Blinds reinvent the concept by making them gorgeous and tweaking their function. The project of London-based designer Helena Karelson, she debuted them at London's latest Design Festival. Born of a fascination with light and "the relationship between form and shadow," in full show the blinds fan …

London Design Guide 2010

Just in time for visitors coming to London next week for the city's massive Abetted by editorial features dishing on design trends among other topics and a resources section that wisely includes the excellent Athens-based design site (and CH friend) Yatzer, the guide is an essential for anyone exploring the London design scene. Pick up a copy (£10 in the U.K., £15 otherwise, shipping included) …

Barneby Gates Wallpaper

Quintessentially English with a twist is the best way to describe these gorgeous designs from Barneby Gates. These new kids on the printing block produce beautiful wallpapers that embrace the past with a distinctive contemporary wit. Patterns show typical English influences of country houses, floral decor and heraldry, but on closer inspection have design details that merit a double take. One, called Deer Damask, translates …