Interior furnishings are the human version of birds ‘feathering the nest’, providing a comfortable, soft interior within the outer protective structure. The form of nest is the sanctuary and the safe house, the building; whilst the inside of a bird’s nest is prepared with soft materials for comfort and nurture.

It sometimes seems as though this fundamental idea of the home as a nest has been forgotten, forsaken in favour of hard, shiny unforgiving surfaces such as granite, perspex, glass and metals. Of course these are all good, luxurious materials that have their perfect place in interiors, but perhaps as supplements to, and not instead of the warm, sound- deadening and softening surfaces of wool, wood, leather and paper.

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