There was a time when velvet was the height of sophistication. In both fashion and interior design, a flash of velvet would signify wealth and status, as well as good taste. Over time, the fabric fell out of favour but, here at Kassavello, we’ve always had a soft spot for this softest of furniture adornings. Which is why we were so happy to find that velvet was back en vogue, and going strong for 2018....

If you’re investing in high quality furniture, it’s wise not to get too hung up about the looks that are currently in vogue and focus instead on styles you know you’ll love forever. But that’s not to say fashion focussed homeowners must turn their back on trends. The key to staying eternally stylish is knowing the difference between a passing fad and a classic keeper....

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work at Open Plan Living is helping clients turn their design dreams into reality. This is made possible through our Bespoke Furniture Services. Often we are asked if a product can be tweaked to incorporate a particular wood, finish or fabric. Most of the times the size needs to be modified so that it fits perfectly within a client’s intricate design scheme....

It’s wonderful to be back after an inspiring trip to Maison Et Objet in Paris. This proved to be a fantastic show ground for the abundance of exciting new design talent emerging from our homeland of Portugal. The trademark mix of traditional craftsmanship mixed with luxurious materials and modern edge for which Portuguese design is famous, has clearly captured the hearts of International architects and specifiers looking for head-turning furniture, lighting and accessories. We were wowed by the increasing number of young Portuguese brands exhibiting in Paris and delighted to hear that demand for their designs has rocketed over the past few years. Exhibiting brands that we work closely with at Open Plan Living, reported a huge increase in the number of enquiries for their products from interior designers in the UK. Olga Torres, creative Director/Owner at Duistt said the show was a huge success. "We had hundreds of visitors coming to our stand...

Yorica, “the first ever completely free from” sweets and dessert store, opened in London, on Wardour Street in Soho in March and only sells food which is free from dairy, nuts, gluten, eggs and wheat. Customers can buy ice cream, frozen yogurt and milkshakes that have been made with rice milk, seaweed, vanilla bean paste and other natural ingredients, including natural sugars and sweeteners. The various flavours are simply delicious, a must visit when you're in Soho!     Open Plan Living is really proud to be part of this project, supplying these beautiful bespoke stools.     We had a lovely chat with the brand Director, Monika Jagielo, to understand how this project started. OPL: Yorica is the first allergen free dessert store in London. Where did this idea come from? MJ: We wanted to create a unique and delicious product, catering not only to the many people with food intolerances and allergies, but also to those who want...