Wing shelving by Mario Ruiz for Systemtronic

Dezeen Showroom: Spanish designer Mario Ruiz has created the versatile, modular Wing shelving system for furniture brand Systemtronic.

Made from extruded aluminium, the Wing shelving was designed to be positioned alongside walls or to be a freestanding system.

Ruiz designed the flexible system so that it could be configured in multiple ways, and utilised in both home and office environments.

Wing shelving by Mario Ruiz for Systemtronic
Top: the Wing shelving system can be positioned alongside walls. Above: it can also be used as a room divider

“Its design is discreet, with a structure of essential shapes and shelves of subtle profiles that instil an expression of lightness and sophistication into the piece,” said the brand.

“The modules can be configured in multiple ways and heights to suit diverse needs and spaces, both in the contract and residential environments.”

Wing shelving by Mario Ruiz for Systemtronic
The extruded aluminium shelves are designed to fit with a variety of interiors

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Grassless garden ideas – no-mow alternatives to lawn and turf that are easy to look after

If you don’t have the time, space or energy levels for our lawn ideas, you don’t have to give up on your dream garden. There are plenty of grassless garden ideas to enjoy over the warmer months – hurrah!

From creating the perfect patio to delightful decking spaces, these garden ideas are perfect for those without the luxury of a lawn. After adopting one of these schemes, you’ll want to celebrate your lack of grass, and can sell or give away that mower or strimmer, freeing up space in the shed.

1. Lay extra-large patio tiles for quick coverage

Image credit: Joanna Henderson/Future PLC

For an efficient and modern way to cover your garden, turn to contemporary extra-large paving slabs. You will cover the ground fast, with minimal gaps between where weeds might grow.

2. Bed a container garden in gravel

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[Podcast] Property prices can’t keep rising at the same rate they used to; with Stuart Wemyss

Property values can’t keep rising!

It’s all a Ponzi scheme and is going to come crashing down around us!

The only reason our property markets have survived COVID-19 is because of bank and government support.

That’s some of the commentary you’ll find in the media and over the internet at present and on the other hand, you’ll find many experienced property commentators saying we’re at the beginning of a new property cycle, one where property values will rise considerably.

Who is right?

Can property values keep rising, and can they rise as much as they have over the last three or four decades?

That’s the question Stuart Wemyss and I discuss today as we explain the various factors that created the significant property price growth over the last couple of decades.

However, looking forward many of those growth drivers won’t be the same. So what’s ahead for property values?

That’s … Read more

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Twig chair by Elan Atelier

Dezeen Showroom: the Twig chair by furniture brand Elan Atelier recalls the texture of wood but is actually solid bronze cast from a single mould.

The Twig chair is a “sculptural statement and a study in elegance and restraint,” according to Elan Atelier, which specialises in bronze and cast the sculptural piece using the lost-wax method.

Twig chair by Elan Atelier
The Twig chair is cast from a single mould using the lost-wax method

In addition to tree branches, the studio took inspiration from the work of sculptors Giuseppe Panone and Alberto Giacometti to design the piece.

Twig comes with an umber brown leather cushion as standard, and either a warm brown Antique Bronze or blacker Dark Bronze finish. Two premium finishes, Silver Bronze or Gold Bronze, are also available.

Armrest of Twig chair by Elan Atelier
The Twig chair recalls the texture of wood but is actually solid bronze

It can be ordered to custom sizes or as a two-person love … Read more

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Singer Kimberley Walsh shares bathroom makeover and we LOVE her tile choices

Former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh has shared some photos of her newly decorated bathroom. With a pink and navy blue colour scheme and bold tile choices, she’s made a gorgeous space ahead of the birth of her third child.

Related: Bathroom tile ideas – stylish wall and floor tiling solutions for baths, showers and sinks

‘So my bathroom is finally finished…we started it in November,’ the actress and TV presenter captions the Instagram post. ‘It turns out renovating in the middle of a pandemic can be tricky.’

She explains that while she usually keeps her home away from Instagram, she’d been feeling the ‘nesting’ urge recently. Also, like many of us, she says that she’s been spending a lot of time doing home DIY and decorating.

Image credit: Kimberley Walsh

‘I do love a bit of painting though, it’s very therapeutic and has been good for my head. … Read more

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