[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1501800029122{padding-top: 3% !important;}"]This year Open Plan Living hosted its first Meet the Makers trip to our homeland of Portugal. Here we invited our clients to understand more about the culture and history behind our brands and also provide them with an insight into future design innovation. The first half of our trip (as documented in our May blog post) focused on the production process as we experienced a behind the scenes look at some of our factories and also explored the culture and flavours that influence the Portuguese design ethos. Design inspiration dominated the second half of the trip as we travelled to the unique and vibrant city of Porto, where stunning architecture and luxury interiors capture the true essence of our design heritage. This month we’d like to share with you some of the highlights of our visit to Portugal’s second city.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1501800051796{padding-top:...

If you’re investing in high quality furniture, it’s wise not to get too hung up about the looks that are currently in vogue and focus instead on styles you know you’ll love forever. But that’s not to say fashion focussed homeowners must turn their back on trends. The key to staying eternally stylish is knowing the difference between a passing fad and a classic keeper....

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work at Open Plan Living is helping clients turn their design dreams into reality. This is made possible through our Bespoke Furniture Services. Often we are asked if a product can be tweaked to incorporate a particular wood, finish or fabric. Most of the times the size needs to be modified so that it fits perfectly within a client’s intricate design scheme....

It’s wonderful to be back after an inspiring trip to Maison Et Objet in Paris. This proved to be a fantastic show ground for the abundance of exciting new design talent emerging from our homeland of Portugal. The trademark mix of traditional craftsmanship mixed with luxurious materials and modern edge for which Portuguese design is famous, has clearly captured the hearts of International architects and specifiers looking for head-turning furniture, lighting and accessories. We were wowed by the increasing number of young Portuguese brands exhibiting in Paris and delighted to hear that demand for their designs has rocketed over the past few years. Exhibiting brands that we work closely with at Open Plan Living, reported a huge increase in the number of enquiries for their products from interior designers in the UK. Olga Torres, creative Director/Owner at Duistt said the show was a huge success. "We had hundreds of visitors coming to our stand...

Britain might have opted to exit the EU this summer but there was still a fabulous global feel to the London Design Festival this year. From Decorex to Design Junction via the various creative quarters and design districts we had the opportunity to check out the latest and hottest interior design and home décor trends! Here are our highlights of this fantastic week:   A new home for Design Junction One of the most exciting developments was the relocation of Design Junction, moving to the thriving Granary Square in King’s Cross. The area outside Central Saint Martins was filled with installations, the main focus of this year’s event being a two-floor lighting/furniture pavilion in Lewis Cubitt Square. The whimsical, clam pendants from Decode  were one of the most stunning lighting installations we saw all week, as well as the ornate light fittings from 7 Gods Lighting which also reflect the brass and black trend that we have seen...

There’s something about pink that no other colour has. Delicate, elegant and very feminine, pink is  a colour that does not go unnoticed – and like it or not, there is always a part of us that can’t resist it. In home decor we love that charming pink feeling, especially when combined with sophisticated details and colours such as gold or materials like velvet. For a touch of sophistication pink velvet is a must, no matter the time of year. That soft plush velvet touch is always a winner when it comes to combining comfort and elegance, and pink is always a great choice to brighten up any space.   Mr. Jones Sofa :: Classical influence with sleek design and details   Mr. Jones Sofa fits perfectly in classic and modern home decor. With a base made of limed oak, pixelated shape metal feet and padding with a webbed seat, this piece will bring the ultimate...

At last it's Spring time again! This time of year isn't just about blossoming flowers, it's a great opportunity to reinvent your home to welcome in a whole new season. Although grey is a charming colour, we think it is more suited to the colder winter months.  So let's brighten up your home with some of our beautiful interior design ideas. Sit back and enjoy!   Colourful furniture is essential  Spring and colour always go hand in hand which is why furniture should be lighter and more colourful at this time of year.  In fact this is one of the key interior design trends for this season.  The beautiful Alperce Armchair  is a must if you are looking for a colourful yet sophisticated piece that fits perfectly with that Spring feeling!   White is perfect to create brighter spaces  White goes perfectly with anything, no matter the time of year. In more sober rooms with darker colours, a touch...

In home decor there are good matches and then there are perfect matches. A design piece can become something completely different by simply combining it with the right piece or set. Everything depends on your own style and taste but our suggestion is this: remember that some materials go together better than others. The same applies to the colours, which should match the mood in each part of your house. Today we have 4 different moods for you, which do you like best?   Perfect match, perfect rest Natural oak is a great way of creating a warm, cozy environment at home. We love the touch of wood in home decor, especially in the bedroom where comfort and warmth are so important. Our suggestion is: go simple but sophisticated with the furniture, just like our beautiful Bracara Bed and Bracara Bench. With an unrivalled simplicity, both pieces are a work of fine, almost...