The Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen for Fredericia

Dezeen Showroom: broad armrests designed to hold cups of coffee distinguish the mid-century Spanish Chair that Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen created for Fredericia.

The Spanish Chair, which has been in production since 1958, was developed by Mogensen with Fredericia to offer users a timeless design in which form follows function.

As its name suggests, it takes its cues from an old Spanish chair he saw while on a trip to Andalucia that had a distinctive wide seat and armrests.

Front view of the Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen for Danish brand Fredericia
The Spanish Chair’s wide armrests are designed to hold cups

Mogensen’s design marries warm, vegetable-tanned leathers with bold white stitching and a geometric frame made from solid European oak.

Circular cutouts in the leather backrest frame the chair’s distinctive armrests, which are unusually wide to allow users to rest their cups and glasses – negating the need for side tables.

Back of the Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen for Danish brand Fredericia
The leather seats can be tightened oven time
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Cyber Monday Hotel Chocolat deal – get £20 off the Velvetiser hot chocolate maker tonight only!

If the cold weather has got you down, a hot chocolate is the perfect remedy to the winter blues. And the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser makes one of the best hot chocolates you will ever taste in a cafe or at home. Now you can get it with £20 off with this Cyber Monday Hotel Chocolat deal!

Related: Cyber Monday coffee machine deals 2020 – top discounts on pod, filter and bean-to-cup espresso makers

Chocolate-masters Hotel Chocolat has teamed up with kitchen-appliance heavyweights Dualit to create the Velvetiser, a gadget that can make the indulgent drink in under 2.5 minutes. And yes, it tastes just as good as the one they serve in their world-renowned cafes. I’ve tried!

For today only you can snap up the Velvetiser for just £79.95

Cyber Monday Hotel Chocolat deal – quick link

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[Podcast] The recession is over, here’s how the recovery and property will be different, with Pete Wargent

It looks like we worked our way through the recession, and slowly but surely, the coronavirus pandemic is coming under control.

That means that the recession that we had was very different from previous recessions.

But what does our recovery look like?

That’s what I’m going to talk about today with Pete Wargent.

We’ll discuss what’s ahead for our economy, why the recession panned out as it did, and how that’s going to set the scene for the next stage of Australia’s economy.

Then, in today’s mindset message, I’m going to discuss the concept that yes, money can buy happiness… with some qualifications.

How will this recovery differ from previous recoveries?

Most economists predicted a recession due to the pandemic, but they differed on what it would look like.

Today we’re going to discuss why this recession, that we’ve now worked our way out of, and the coming recovery are … Read more

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A Tiny Handmade Home Built By A Father-Daughter Duo!

A Tiny Handmade Home Built By A Father-Daughter Duo!

Tiny Homes

Sasha Gattermayr

Camilla Walker built the tiny home at the bottom of her parents’ garden in Coburg with her dad, Patrick. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Camilla at home! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The view from one end of the home to the other. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The kitchen, dining and living area are all tucked neatly into the main space, while the loft houses a separate mezzanine bed and Camilla’s bathroom is behind the sliding door! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

A plumber and electrician were the only outside help Patrick and Camilla received in constructing the home. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Styling

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Mischer'Traxler and Perrier-Jouët present Curiosity Cloud installation for Dezeen x Miami Design Talks

Austrian design studio Mischer’Traxler spoke to Dezeen in a live interview about its Curiosity Cloud installation, which features at Design Miami 2020.

The live conversation, which was the penultimate instalment of Dezeen x Miami Design Talks, was moderated by Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.

Created in collaboration with 200-year-old champagne house Perrier-Jouët, Curiosity Cloud is a chandelier-like installation comprising 22 suspended blown-glass bulbs.

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The bulbs come in three different sizes and were blown individually by Viennese glassware company Lobmeyr.

Each of the bulbs contains a hand-made model of a species of insect that is commonly found in the United States, which is intended to speak to Design Miami 2020’s theme of America(s).

The work lies dormant when there is nobody around but the bulbs light up and the insects inside start fluttering when visitors move closer to the piece.

Curiosity Cloud aims to reflect upon … Read more

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