May 11 2011
Lucia van der Post
Not new but well worth knowing about is The House Directory. It was started by Cheryl Knorr, an interior designer, and Nicolette Le Pelley, who used to be deputy editor of World of Interiors, and the notion behind it is that between them they had such big black books, filled with the contact details for almost every company any household could ever need, that it would be a good idea to share these with the wider world.
To begin with, they edited and published the printed directory, The House & Garden Book of Essential Addresses, but more recently they decided to launch their own online version, The House Directory. It’s essentially a free online advice service. Happen to be looking for a Moroccan hammered-gold handbasin? Just tap it into the search engine and up comes a company to the rescue: Habibi Moroccan Tiles and Interiors. Should you have a silk duvet that you’re wondering how to get cleaned, The House Directory provides the answer: the Austrian Bedding Company has a specialist cleaning arm. Looking for something unusual in the way of lighting? The House Directory directs you to Sculptlight, where Ivan Markovic will make highly original lights using materials such as armoured cabling, wire mesh and MDF. Many of his creations are more like sculptures, lit from within; most are done to special order. His Sliding SkyScrapers (pictured) cost £3,500 for three.
There’s also a free question-and-answer service as well as a monthly newsletter on the latest design trends. If you’re doing up a house or just indulging in a little light renovation, it could be the place to start.