FELT GOES WILD
JULY 30TH 2014
Felt rugs take inspiration from the natural world in these richly patterned Shyrdaks. Deer, rabbits and wild cats are stitched in contrasting neutrals and brights, with every rug telling a unique story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomadsí life in the mountains.

Each rug is a vibrant work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative. These pieces would work beautifully in a childrenís bedroom or simply as a feature rug.
LAPICIDA EVENT AT LDF 2014
JULY 24TH 2014
Luxury stone experts Lapicida continue their series of designer collaborations, exploring the technical and aesthetic challenges posed by working with designers from a wide range of disciplines. This year’s London Design Festival sees the launch of innovative works in stone by jewellery designer Lara Bohinc and conceptual designers Brooksbank & Collins. These and other pieces will be showcased in Lapicida’s flagship King’s Road showroom throughout the festival.
 
On Monday 15th September, from 6.30 – 8.30pm, as part of the Chelsea Design Quarter event, Lapicida host ‘Designers in Conversation’ in their King’s Road showroom. The evening will give the three designers a platform to discuss their work and their very different approaches to designing with stone.
 
Lara Bohinc’s ‘Solaris Kinetic’ table bears all the hallmarks of luxury and precision which Lara brings to her jewellery, and Lapicida bring to stone. Four stacked rings of marble move smoothly on a rotation spindle in a range of orbits. Designed and made like an exquisite piece of jewellery, Lara’s Solaris table marries stone and metal in a piece demanding both innovative technologies and traditional crafts.
Four different gold-veined stones make a unified progression from light to dark, from the top tier to the base. The four marbles used are, from the top down; Calacatta Oro, Fior di Bosco, Nero Oro and Nero Marquina. The brass elements have a brushed finish.
 
The Solaris Kinetic Table measures 100cm diameter closed and opens out to 175cm with all four tiers spread out. In an edition of 10, prices start at £24,000.
 
Brooksbank & Collins are conceptual designers, bringing together the talents of architect Tom Brooksbank and artist Allan Collins. They create exquisite works in organic materials including metal and marble. Inspired by the Rosetta Stone, their Nero Marquina ‘Fossus’ coffee table is a perfect union of their design skills with Lapicida’s technical virtuosity. On a smaller scale, their ‘Caulis’ vase (below) combines strong contemporary forms with the classical beauty of Arabescato marble.
DRUMMONDS EVENT AT LDF 2014
JULY 23RD 2014
CHELSEA DESIGN QUARTER EVENT MONDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
 
‘DESIGN INSPIRATION’: 6.30 - 8.30pm Admission Free
 
DRUMMONDS, 642 KINGS ROAD, LONDON SW6 2DU
 
Drummonds host a ‘Design Inspiration’ evening at their spectacular new Kings Road flagship. Chaired by Giles Kime, Executive Editor of Homes & Gardens, it brings together Susie AtkinsonMartin BrudnizkiGuy Goodfellow and Maurizio Pellizzoni. These four internationally renowned designers, each with a unique personal style, discuss spaces, objects or works of art which have inspired their work.
 
JAMES HARE LAUNCHES TWO NEW COLLECTIONS AT DECOREX 2014
JULY 22ND 2014
Stand C60A: James Hare, the UK’s leading silk specialist, is launching two collections exploring new textures, new colours and coordinated decorative themes. Perfectly in tune with today’s interiors, James Hare always offers the widest choice of plain, patterned and embroidered silks for uses including curtains, headboards, cushions, lampshades and wallcoverings. Competitive pricing is another hallmark of James Hare collections, making its luxury fabrics accessible and affordable.
 
 
 
Inspired by the night sky
Densely woven, with an elegant drape, Aurora Silk is inspired by the sky at night, melding soft tonal hues
in an impressionist design. The silk content gives a luxurious sheen.
140cm wide: 68% polyester, 32% silk in 10 colourways
 
Nature-inspired pattern
Continuing James Hare’s series of animal-skin inspirations, Cobra Stripe incorporates a subtle snakeskin
reference within a woven stripe. This brings real vivacity and movement to the fabric, which is further
enhanced by the shimmer of natural silk.
137cm wide: 66% polyester, 19% cotton, 15% silk in 6 colourways
 
 
 
Easy living embroidered damask in linen
Ebury is a relaxed contemporary damask. Densely embroidered, with a range of different stitches adding subtle detailing, the pattern has a delicate, almost overlaid effect. This lightness of touch makes Ebury equally at home in traditional or contemporary surroundings.
147cm wide: 60% linen, 40% cotton in 3 colourways
 
A versatile design for neutral styling
Cobble offers decorative interest whilst still remaining essentially neutral. Fully reversible, the reverse face offers heightened colour contrast. A 16,000 rub makes it suitable for light upholstery as well as curtains and cushions.
136cm wide: 27% linen, 27% nylon, 43% spun viscose, 3% silk in 3 colourways
 
Luxurious corded silk with metallic detailing
Pimlico is a formal damask using pure silk to dramatic new effect. Silk cording and dense silk embroidery define a large-scale design on a luxurious dupion ground. Embroidered lurex highlights add yet another level of splendour.
137cm wide: 100% silk in 4 colourways
 
Super-contemporary stripes
Stripes answer many decorating needs, delivering both colour and graphic interest. Now James Hare takes the design focus to a new level, mixing neutrals with fresh, fun and jazzy colours in plain and patterned stripes of varying widths.
137cm wide: 56% linen, 26% polyester, 18% silk in 4 colourways
 
Versatile linen plains
Linenfold is a subtly textured plain in 3 colours designed to co-ordinate with the decorative fabrics in the Pimlico collection. A rub of 10,000 makes this suitable for light upholstery as well as curtains and cushions.
140cm wide: 60% linen, 40% cotton in 3 colours
 
A new look at a classic theme
James Hare transforms trellis into a modern classic. Woven with a sateen ground, the zig-zag components are given contrasting tones, depths and weave patterns for strong visual interest. Offering both neutrals and vivid colours, Mews Trellis is a luxurious fabric with a sumptuous handle.
137cm wide: 33% bemburg, 28% viscose, 27% linen, 12% PBT in 6 colourways
FINE GREY
JULY 21ST 2014
Perfect for both period and contemporary interiors. Fine Grey is typical of Edward’s brilliant eye for colour. It uses just two traditional natural pigments, Lamp Black and Prussian Blue, in the perfect proportions to create a shade he describes as, "A pale, steely grey with a subtle blue undertone giving it a clean, modern look.” As with all Pots of Paints products, it is formulated using only natural pigments and non-toxic binders.
THE SOLARIS KINETIC TABLE
JULY 17TH 2014
Great design by Lara Bohinc. Amazing technology by Lapicida. Weighs 300 kg but check out featherlight rotation...
 



NEW MENDI BATH
JULY 15TH 2014
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the freestanding Mendi bath is a stylish crossover between traditional and contemporary style. Made in Mak, a bright white high-tech composite with a modern architectural aesthetic, its tapered sides and rounded corners also reference the classic tub.

Generously sized, the Mendi bathís dimensions are 170 x 70 x 51cm.
DESIGN COLLABORATION FOR WALLPAPER* HANDMADE
JULY 14TH 2014
Lara Bohincís collaboration with stone experts Lapicida was initiated by Wallpaper* magazine for their Handmade exhibition for Salone del Mobile, Milan 2014. The result is the Solaris Table which bears all the hallmarks of luxury and precision which Lara brings to her jewellery, and Lapicida brings to its work in stone.

Solaris, a concept inspired by the planets and their orbital movements, is a theme running through much of Lara Bohincís work. Four stacked rings of marble move smoothly on a rotation spindle like a range of orbits. Highly polished circular brass dishes are inset into the marble plates and appear like planets rotating around a sun. The table is ever changing, as the plates can be easily moved around its axis. From a totally closed circle it can be spread open to almost double its size. Blurring the distinction between jewellery and furniture, Laraís Solaris table is designed and made like an exquisite piece of jewellery, marrying stones and metals in a piece demanding both innovative technologies and traditional crafts.

Lara worked closely with Lapicida to find the four different gold-veined stones to make a unified progression from light to dark, from the top tier to the base. The four marbles used are, from the top down; Calacatta Oro, Fior di Bosco, Nero Oro and Nero Marquina. The brass elements have a brushed finish.

The Solaris Table as shown measures 100cm diameter closed and opens out to 175cm with all four tiers spread out.
DECORATIVE DETAILING
JULY 1ST 2014
A collection of cushions in decorative fabrics will instantly bring an interior scheme together, adding style and giving the room a final flourish. James Hare silks offer endless opportunities with fabrics ranging from subtle lace to strong geometric.
 
Shown below are James Hare's Cosmos LacePrism SilkHoneycombWaterfall Silk and Luna.

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