Softline Launches Versatile Chair


Sometimes it can be hard to visualise a chair in more than one specific setting, but not the newly launches Noomi chair from Softline. It really lends itself to places be they the living or bedroom – office at home or work. It just fits in anywhere!

Noomi is a modern new easy chair with a classic feel. With its soft, simple look and understated, inviting elegance, it makes clear references to the Scandinavian design tradition. SUSANNE GRØNLUND designed Noomi with both the home and public spaces in mind – in fact, wherever a touch of comfort and elegance is needed.

Retails from £895.00



Are you sitting comfortably? Now you can.


During the 2013 Milan fair Softline launched a number of new products among them an exciting, comfortable, modern classic chair – Havanna .

busk+hertzog has given the classic armchair a super-modern makeover with Havanna, their latest design for Softline.

Havanna is an iconic new armchair ideal for relaxation, contemplation and, of course, admiration. The classic armchair has been given an up-to-the-minute look, with rounded, dynamically designed details that don’t compromise on comfort or use. As the name suggests, this chair stands for comfort and warmth – with or without a cigar.

Retails from £ 1295.


Sea Salt Organic Chocolate Artisan Bar now also in Dark Chocolate


One of Rococo’s most popular bars, the Organic Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Artisan bar, has now got a dark chocolate sibling.

No doubt this will be welcome news to all those customers who prefer dark chocolate. It has been quite a tricky process finding the right balance between the smoked Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt and the smooth dark chocolate but we think we have found a really interesting marriage.

Chantal, Rococo’s founder was inspired to make the original sea salt milk chocolate bar after walking along a beach eating an ice cream with the salt in the sea air catching on her lips.

Rococo’s organic milk and dark chocolate blends include cocoa beans from our own Grococo farm in northern Grenada and a little extra cocoa butter for a silky texture.

The 70g bar retails at £4.50

Montana re-launched Verner Panton’s Bachelor Chair in Milan

Montana re-launched the Bachelor chair designed by Verner Panton in 1955 at the DANISH CHROMATISM exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum during
the Milan fair.

Joakim Lassen, Director of Design and Communication was a friend of Verner Panton and family and says of the re-launch.

”The Bachelor chair was designed the same year as Verner Panton’s Tivoli Chair. There is a clear relationship in the design of the chair with its lightweight tubes, which recurs in the accompanying stool and coffee table. So it was important for me to make the Bachelor chair part of our product family.Bachelor_chair_Verner_Panton_Montana1

Verner Panton designed the chair when he was 27 years old, and it makes me think of Verner as a young man on the move, wishing to design a light, portable chair which was also comfortable. He managed to unite these qualities brilliantly in the Bachelor chair, which is as modern today as it was in 1955.”

Verner Panton’s simple, iconic chair consists of two bow-shaped tubes connected by three crossways tubes and a stretching seat. You can take the whole thing apart without any tools and pack it totally flat. It was one of the first chairs that could be disassembled, meaning it was easy to take anywhere and was easy to send by post. Like the Tivoli chair, the Bachelor chair can be used both indoors and outdoors.

The Bachelor chair and accompanying foot stool are being re-launched in six colours in acrylic and in linen canvas. The colours are: northern white, graphic coast, arctic blue, wild rose, mango and black coal, and nature – a light linen canvas. If more comfort is required, the chair may be provided with cushions.

The tables are being launched in three types of veneer for indoor use – white oak, burned oak and black oak – and two solid laminates for outdoor use: snow and anthracite.

Bachelor chair £300
Bachelor foot stool £218
Cushion for Bachelor Linen / Leather £62 / £101
Bachelor table £306

A Day of Jane Austen and Flowers



Want to know how to make floral arrangements that would look at home in Mansfield Park and Chawton, and listen   to the story of Jane Austen’s life? Then join in the 200th anniversary celebration of the publication of Pride and Prejudice at Judith Blacklock’s Flower School on 25 May.

During the day, you will create two designs, which you will, of course, get to take home.

Over tea and cakes Louise West, Curator of Jane Austen’s House Museum will tell you about Jane’s life and her writing, and the cottage from which she wrote, at Chawton, which is now the Museum.

You will learn about the meaning of the flowers used by Jane Austen – which was tremendously important in the Regency era – and the flowers that would have grown in the Austen’s’ garden, which is now planted with cottage garden flowers of the period.

The Jane Austen Flower day is 25 May; the course runs from 10.30 am till 4pm and costs £240 at The Judith Blacklock Flower School, 4/5 Kinnerton Place South, London SW1X 8EH

Note to Editors

Louise West, curator of Jane Austen’s House Museum

Currently Curator of Jane Austen’s House Museum in Hampshire  where she has been working for 11 years. Her job involves looking after the museum’s collection, forward planning and a lot of networking. It was the job she had wanted since she was 21 and she finally arrived there when she was 47 after working in various museums, getting married and bringing up four children. One of the really lovely benefits of working in the museum has been enjoying the smallish but stunning garden whose colours and structure change every day.

Judith Blacklock

Judith is the author of 11 best selling books and editor of The Flower Arranger magazine. She has taught worldwide and arranged the flowers at Kensington Palace on a regular basis. In 2011, she co-organised [email protected], the largest cut-flower event that has ever been staged in the UK. She is now planning another – [email protected] – in 2014. Judith makes regular television appearances, recently with Gordon Ramsay and will be appearing on Made in Chelsea in April. She has acted as a consultant to companies including Topshop, Channel 4 and BT.