As a photographer I am used to immersing myself in the world of design for work, but it's also something I really enjoy during my "down-time" as well. I'm also an incredibly nosy person! Both of these things make this book Farfetch Curates Design absolutely perfect for me.
Whilst you might associate Farfetch with fashion boutiques, you might not have realised that those very boutiques are often the ideal breeding ground for new, innovative designs. You might not notice that the chair you're sitting on is a prototype made in Brazil, or that the table you have just placed your bag on won a design award last year. But if the fixtures and fittings were just cheap mass-production pieces you certainly would notice. It would cheapen the feeling of everything in that retail space, you might view the clothes themselves differently. All subconsciously, isn't it fascinating?
The book covers a great range of areas for such a compact read! From designers favourite objects (I found a wonderful teapot in this book, I'm now hunting for a lookalike), places (learn a bit about World Design Capital 2016, Tapei), take a look inside designer's own homes, discover new design-centric hotels and learn about the relationships between 'design lovers'.
I learnt quite a few new things reading this book; as I said above I've discovered a teapot I'm desperate to find a copy of, a hotel I cannot wait to visit, a Berlin boutique that I will definitely be popping in on and found some great inspiration for a couple of projects that I've got coming up in the next few months.
Even if you don't think you're that into design, I think you'd be surprised just how much it influences your everyday life. Alternatively, you can just enjoy flicking through the photos! I'll be keeping my copy on my desk, ready for quick doses of inspiration as & when I need them.
You can get your hands on your own copy of Farfetch Curates Design here for £16. I think it would make a wonderful Christmas gift!
Let me know what you think, are you a design lover like me? What's your favourite object in your home? I'd love to know, so please leave a comment below!