nov-2011Q: What are the latest trends in dining tables and chairs? We’re about to have our kitchen refitted in an ultra-modern style and would like to choose furniture to go with it. Obviously it also has to be something that won’t date, too. What are our options?

A: I think the best option and the thing which will look really cool is to mix craft with ulta modern. The thing which won’t really date is the right material and for sure I would seek out some sustainable timber – oak or walnut maybe – which will be sure to stand the test of time in more ways than one. Depending on your budget you could go for some UK made Ercol products or you could check out Made.com who have started producing and importing really lovely stuff at very affordable prices. Whatever way you go though, remember to think material, detail and proportion -= if you get this ‘holy trinity’ right then it won’t matter a bit which design style you go for because ultra modern is the best backdrop for any design style form Baroque to Arts&Crafts to Mid Century Modern…