Wednesday 28 September 2016

Home files: Five minutes with Knut Klimmek

Published 27/03/2016 | 02:30

Knut Klimmek
Knut Klimmek
Klimmek's Night Horizon Cabinet in oak and maple.
Penneys wedding bedlinen
Willow by Leigh Tucker nightlight from Dunnes Stores

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Knut Klimmek is a furniture designer who trained at the renowned John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood in England. He set up his own workshop in Dublin in 1986. Today, Klimmek Furniture design and manufacture bespoke furniture, with a focus on creating unique and finely crafted pieces. klimmek-furniture.ie

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My environment inspires me

In the urban setting where I live, I see man-made structures with straight and sharp edges layered with organic forms of plants and trees, and how the elements impact on all of these.

Sustainability is more than a buzzword

Sustainability is important to me. But it goes beyond sustainably-sourced materials and extends into reducing the energy and processes that are involved in the creation of a piece, and selecting the right materials for the right job.

Craft facilitates connections

The materials and objects we surround ourselves with impact on our lives and everyday moods. Joy and pleasure can be found in the comfort of a well-designed chair, the simple, practical nature of a well laid-out storage unit or a shaft of sunlight highlighting a particular feature of a piece of furniture.

Don't let yourself get short-changed

Cost is something you need to bear in mind. Inexpensive copies of classic designs are available, but what you get with a licensed reproduction is an assurance of quality - you never know with an unlicensed one.

Invest in what you love

At the end of the day, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you love a piece of furniture and if you feel that the design speaks to you, buy it.

Klimmek Furniture is among the exhibitors at House 2016, showcasing the very best of homewares and interior design at the RDS, from May 20-22. For information, visit house-event.ie

Pillow talk

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Penneys is fast becoming the go-to store for on-trend homewares that don't damage the bank balance. Now the store has launched a weddings collection which includes everything from party signs to 'just married' bunting. Our top pick are these Mr & Mrs pillowcases. At just €5 they'd make a nice addition to a cash gift for upcoming nuptials.

This month we're...

...Bunny hopping

Tomorrow we'll mark the end of Lent with the eating of much chocolate… which by Monday we'll have sworn never to touch again. Choose a cavity- and calorie-free way to mark Easter instead with this cute bunny nightlight from Willow by Leigh Tucker. Perfect for kids' rooms - or, indeed, those who enjoy a touch of kitsch in their seasonal decor - the bunnies are a sweet way to hop into spring.

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Bunny nightlight, €6 small and €20 large (pictured), Leigh Tucker Willow, Dunnes Stores, dunnesstores.com

...Spelling it out

Last year, Bella Freud's eye-catching 1970 sweaters started a trend for numbers and now it's letters that are having a style moment. From fabric-covered initials to ampersands studded with bulbs, there's plenty of stylish characters in stores to spell out everything you can imagine. These alphabet cushions are the perfect way to claim your spot on the sofa.

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Alphabet cushion, €20, Marks & Spencer

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