LACRIMA
MARCH 26TH 2015
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Lacrima Bath is a supremely modern design statement for the bathroom…

A perfect white oval elegantly poised on two rectilinear blocks, Lacrima is the ultimate contemporary centrepiece bath. Despite being only 10mm thick, it is deep and immensely strong, cast in a new-generation composite called ‘Natural Stone’ which is hand-polished for hours to achieve a unique velvety finish.
NEW WYE BATH FROM DRUMMONDS
MARCH 19TH 2015
Drummonds’ magnificent new Wye bath is an even deeper and wider version of their much-loved Usk bath. The perfect centrepiece for large bathrooms, it offers luxurious bathing and curvaceous bateau style on a grand scale.
MICHELIN STAR CHEF CHOOSES LA CORNUE W.
MARCH 18TH 2015

Known as The Genius of The Fjords, Eyvind Hellstrøm is Norway’s most famous chef and the man who introduced French cooking to Norway. Paul Bocuse has called him “one of the greatest”.  Hellstrøm’s Bagatelle restaurant in Oslo became one of Europe’s most exciting dining destinations, winning him two Michelin stars. Regularly appearing on Norwegian TV (a Masterchef judge from 2010) Hellstrøm has given his audience a taste for fine food and new respect for their native ingredients, from salmon and langoustines to reindeer and venison.

Moving to a new house in Oslo at the end of 2013 gave Eyvind Hellstrøm the opportunity to create his perfect home kitchen, using 
La Cornue’s W. collection.    

La Cornue W. is a radical new look for kitchens; melding La Cornue’s traditional heritage with the futuristic thinking of French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Whilst preserving La Cornue hallmarks such as the imposing 150cm wide cooktop and legendary vaulted oven, Wilmotte deconstructs the traditional kitchen; re-assembling its key functions into completely new forms. 

In his beautifully bright and airy kitchen, with floor to ceiling windows making the most of natural light, Eyvind Hellstrøm has set his W. kitchen against a traditional backdrop of Nordic colours and natural materials including striking handmade tiles and a wideboard floor in rich dark timber. The airy and spacious feel of this kitchen is underlined by using rustic wooden wall shelves on cast metal brackets (to special commission from La Cornue) instead of top cupboards.  

The centrepiece of the kitchen is the freestanding W. Induction Stove. This extends into a handmade walnut table which is both a social space and an informal workstation for the busy chef. As exciting technically as it is visually, the stove incorporates a high-tech 14kw induction hob with a professional kitchen heritage. The four cooking zones are arranged in an arc, allowing the whole tabletop area to be both a cooking and preparation zone. Above it, the remote control La Cornue W. extraction unit is specifically designed to work with the induction table, with the suction area located around the edge of the hood.  

 


The Vaulted Oven Tower is another key piece. Designed as a freestanding piece of furniture, this module features both an all-electric version of La Cornue’s famous vaulted oven and capacious kitchen storage. Controlled by electronic sensors, the oven offers a unique temperature range. Controllable in 5° increments starting from just 45°, it is perfect for everything from slow cooking to high roasting.

Refrigeration in this professionally equipped kitchen is supplied by freestanding La Cornue fridge and wine cabinets. Made from stainless steel, aluminium and glass, they offer state of the art technology, finely-tuned to different cold storage requirements and designed to run autonomously for 18 hours in case of power cuts. 

To complete the kitchen’s ultra-practical setup, Hellstrøm specified a custom made L-shaped run of La Cornue’s Château kitchen cabinetry. Dramatic in glossy black enamel with a brushed stainless steel trim, it has complete visual synergy with the La Cornue W. elements. The custom-made stainless steel worksurface includes an integrated double sink. 

COLOUR IN THE KITCHEN
MARCH 17TH 2015

Colour in the kitchen can bring warmth and energy to a scheme. Richard Moore, Design Director at Martin Moore notes that, “The fashion in terms of colour is for greys and off-whites, perhaps with an accent colour, such as light blue or green. People are willing to choose a stronger colour for small touches, such as a feature island, or a bright blue cupboard interior.”

Pops of fresh, bright colour are the perfect counterpoint to a calm, neutral kitchen.

Shown below, a freestanding dresser from Martin Moore’s 
Architectural collection, with the interior painted in Martin Moore’s Med Blue.
 



 

NEW: CUBIST BED
MARCH 16TH 2015
Simon Horn’s new Cubist bed is a multi-coloured, modernist statement inspired by the paintings of the Dutch artist Mondrian. Angled geometric wooden panels are shown painted in bright primary colours, with a sloped headboard and footboard. Combining playful design with ultimate comfort, the Cubist bed is a homage to the abstract art movement.
VERT DE MER
MARCH 12TH 2015
Vert de Mer is part of a collection of 21 new colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint which includes a palette of fresh brights and sophisticated neutrals.

This sea-green evokes the warmth of the Mediterranean, perfect for adding colour to a decorating scheme. Edward notes that “As a wall colour it brings a richness that is wonderfully timeless and so can complement furnishings of any age.”
COLOUR AND LIGHT
MARCH 11TH 2015

Edward Bulmer and Sally Storey made for an engaging double act at their Colour and Light event at John Cullen’s showroom yesterday evening. Sally, the UK’s leading lighting expert, and Edward, an architectural historian, interior designer and ‘colour man’ are both at the top of their fields and were well placed to discuss some of the science behind and interplay between colour and light. 

The talk began with Edward demonstrating the impact that lighting can have on a colour scheme by placing swatches of his colour 
French Blue on shelves with different types of lighting on each shelf. Seen in different light strengths and warmths the swatches looked like completely different colours. Edward later explained how natural pigments have properties that their synthetic imitations cannot achieve, revealing the palette of core pigments that have been used to create colour for millennia.

 

 

Using inspirational images of their projects, Edward and Sally discussed some of the thinking that goes into creating lighting and colour schemes in contemporary and traditional interiors. Sally showed photos of her projects in daylight and at night with the lights on, showing how light can change the mood of an interior and create drama in otherwise dull areas.
 


The talk demonstrated the amount of thought that goes into these projects, proving that it’s definitely better to call in the experts when looking at colour schemes and lighting inside and out.

NEW CLIENT ANNOUNCEMENT
MARCH 9TH 2015
We are pleased to announce we have been appointed to handle the PR for Simon Horn.

Since 1982, Simon Horn has been Britain’s best known bed maker. From the classic French designs for which the company first became famous to charismatic retro and contemporary looks, it offers luxurious beds, furniture, mattresses, linens and accessories for every bedroom. An extensive range of bespoke services includes custom-designed beds and headboards.
NEW: RICHMOND VELVET
MARCH 4TH 2015
Velvet has always defined comfort and luxury. Celebrating this sumptuous fabric, James Hare’s new Richmond Velvet collection offers silk velvet plains in a timeless palette ranging from classic to contemporary; from soft, subtle hues of grey and pearl to vibrant shades of hot pink, turquoise and orange.

Super-soft, with a supremely glamorous sheen, Richmond Velvet is also amazingly durable and hardwearing enough (with a rub test of 34,000) to be used for upholstering sofas and chairs. The perfect partner for many co-ordinating James Hare silk collections, Richmond is also ideal for curtains, bedheads, cushions and other accents.

 



ROUND RUGS FROM FELT
MARCH 4TH 2015
Recently arrived from Kyrgyzstan, Felt’s new collection of rugs includes vivid round rugs in bright orange and red. Shyrdaks are made by cutting through different coloured layers of felt, creating rugs in opposite colour combinations. As a pair the Shrydaks make beautiful feature rugs, in subtly different patterns.

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