NEW WEBSITE FOR ALTERNATIVE BATHROOMS
JULY 30TH 2015
Alternative Bathrooms has launched its new website at alternativebathrooms.com. As an independent retailer, Alternative Bathrooms offers impartial advice and carefully curated collections across a wide range of price points, from high-end designer glamour to simple but chic bathroom necessities.

Designed as a snapshot of a visit to an Alternative Bathrooms’ showroom, the new website combines inspirations from top brands with many smaller specialist names offering unique and bespoke products.
NEW OYSTER BED TABLE
JULY 29TH 2015

 

Lapicida has launched a new version of its classic Refectory table, featuring an extraordinary Oyster Bed Black limestone top. Formed millions of years ago, it is richly fossilised in a natural palette of subtle greys and blacks.

Handmade in Yorkshire, the Refectory Table is equally at home in traditional and contemporary settings; as chic for loft living as for country dining. The strong lines of the weathered English Oak base have an architectural simplicity, perfectly matched by the 30mm stone top with its unusual milled edge profile.

Luxury stone specialist Lapicida offers a complete range of bespoke services. The Refectory Table can be specially commissioned; sized to order with a wide choice of natural stone and marble tops. It can also be ordered for use as a garden table, with an all-weather cover.


CONTEMPORARY SLEIGH BEDS FROM SIMON HORN
JULY 28TH 2015
In 1982 Simon Horn re-introduced the Lit Bateau bed to the UK, reviving a love affair with period French furniture. Today, Simon Horn are still skilfully adapting classic designs for modern living and the Lit Bateau remains their signature bed.

Handmade and hand finished, the 
Claremont is a chic new take on the traditional Lit Bateau, very much at home with today’s comfortable mix of traditional and contemporary style. Shown here as a Super King, the Claremont is available in all sizes, from Single to Emperor. The Claremont is shown below in a contrasting stained black and flamed mahogany finish.
FELT AT DECOREX 2015
JULY 23RD 2015

The nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan have made Shyrdak felted wool rugs for over two and a half thousand years. Still made outdoors by tribal women, each rug takes a master cutter and her team up to 20 days to complete, cutting and stitching complex geometric shapes onto the flattened felt base. Every Shyrdak tells a unique story, using design motifs from an ancient decorative vocabulary.

The first company to import these works of art direct from their makers, Felt has built an international clientele of interior designers, architects and individual clients. Projects have included prestigious hotels, embassies, offices and private homes.

Exhibiting at 
Decorex for the first time since 2008, Felt is showing an inspiring range of new and vintage rugs and cushions. Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering decorative possibilities for contemporary and traditional interiors. Perfect for floors and walls, sizes go from small (0.8m x 1m) up to room sized (2m x 3.5m) and larger. Felt always holds an extensive stock of rugs, with regular consignments of new pieces, but clients can also commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes.
 

TRUE BLUES
JULY 21ST 2015

Edward Bulmer explains the stories behind four of his newest blues (below, from left):

Azurite: “This blue is a real pick-me-up, packed with pigment to give strength and depth, but with earthy warmth. It is a homage to the pigment widely used since the Middle Ages to convey status and the highest creative endeavour.”

Turquoise: “Turkish stone, as the French named it, was not actually from Turkey but the country was certainly the trade route by which it first came to Europe. It remains a universally loved colour with a vitality which is hard to beat. It can be created with Prussian Blue pigment and became popular after the publication of a recipe for the pigment in 1724. We have kept our recipe for this shade simple, to produce a clear, vibrant colour as true to the gem as the name.”

Vert de Mer: “The great thing about this sea blue is that it conveys all the warmth of the Med and the greeny depth of the ocean. As a wall covering it brings a richness that is free of the seasons but is wonderfully timeless and so can complement any age of furnishings.”

Aquatic: “Using water to describe a colour is still the cop-out that it has always been since being listed in the Colourmen’s catalogues of the 18th Century. Is it blue? Is it green? We don’t know, but it is the colour of water and just as life-enhancing!”

NEW BEAM TABLE FROM TEMPER STUDIO
JULY 20TH 2015
Temper Studio's new Beam Table explores what founder George Winks calls ‘symbolic friction’ between structural elements; in this case English Oak and cast concrete, fitted together like a spine to create a piece which is rich in material texture and architectural presence. The junction between the two materials is highlighted with a flash of coloured felt seen through the plate glass top. 
 


Every Beam Table is made to commission in Temper Studio’s Wiltshire workshops. Clients choose both the timber and size. The Beam Table shown here measures L150 x W75 x H72cm.
 

EDWARD BULMER HELPS REDESIGN NEW PHILIP MOULD GALLERY
JULY 14TH 2015


Leading specialist British art dealers Philip Mould & Company have moved their premises from Dover Street to Pall Mall.
 

Neighbouring the National Gallery and St James’ Palace, the new gallery is spread over three floors. Interior designer and architectural historian Edward Bulmer worked on the redesign of the new space in partnership with Philip Mould – they are both graduates of the University of East Anglia.

 

 
Philip Mould describes his and Edward’s ambition in the redesign to “reveal the British face … using innovative theories on ancient colour backgrounds, pigments, materials and hues. We will be creating a stimulating space using new technology, including media installations, juxtaposed with contemporary and classic architectural detailing.”

 

 

Renowned for his authentic restorations of Britain’s heritage buildings, including Althorp, Kenwood and Goodwood House, Edward is a colour expert and is adept at choosing the right background to hang a painting on. Edward notes that, in the design of the gallery, “Our palette is consciously derived from that of the artist. By using a small group of pigments traditionally used in painting and restoration we can achieve the perfect tonality to allow paintings to appear to greatest advantage.” Edward worked with fabric designers Fermoie, colouring the fabrics used to hang the gallery walls and working to achieve the ideal density of colour.


 

HANDMADE IN KYRGYZSTAN
JULY 13TH 2015

Shyrdaks were traditionally made by Kyrgyz nomads to decorate and insulate their yurts. Today they are still made entirely by hand, using the same methods and techniques that have been used for the last 2500 years.
 


The rugs are made by small teams of women, with one ‘master maker’ who negotiates the pattern and meaning of the rug and draws the pattern on to the felt with chalk before cutting out.
 


Each rug is made from raw wool which has been flattened with boiling water, rolled up in a reed mat and then ‘felted’ by being dragged across mountain pastures behind a galloping horse. The surface felts are coloured, traditionally with natural dyes made from roots and fruits, and then used to create geometric patterns which are bound to the base with strong stitching.
 

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors. Felt also makes bespoke rugs to special commission.
 


The rugs are perfect for both floors and walls and sizes range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room sized (2m x 3.5m) and larger.

BATHROOM ORGANICS
JULY 8TH 2015

Look for new organic inspirations in the bathroom, softening traditional basin shapes into intriguingly contemporary asymmetric forms.

New at Alternative Bathrooms, Leaf and Splash are two new countertop basins which connect with natural themes. Sleek and minimalist in pure white china, they bring the unexpected to cloakrooms and bathrooms, adding a touch of charm and character.

 

HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
JULY 7TH 2015

Simon Horn’s glamorous Valentino bed is handcrafted from panels of antiqued glass with a timber frame artfully painted to resemble rusted metal. The result is a nod to decadent art deco style, a luxurious statement bed with delicate diamond shaped feet, perfect for contemporary or classic interiors.

You can take the look throughout your bedroom with the coordinating Valentino four drawer chest or three drawer bedside cabinet.

 

A COPPER CHATEAU FOR A COOK'S KITCHEN
JULY 6TH 2015

 

High end furniture designers and makers Artichoke specified a bespoke La Cornue Château 150 range cooker and extraction canopy for this professional cook’s kitchen in Berkshire.

Finished in copper (to match the owner’s copper pans) and stainless steel, the Château stands out as the heart of this kitchen, underlining the combination of functionality, practicality and luxury which Artichoke has achieved in this design. Every inch a working kitchen, it is also a warm and sociable space, where the emphasis is on real furniture and natural materials which will withstand the test of time: English Oak, natural stones and gleaming metals.

Andrew Petherick, Director of Artichoke (artichoke.co.uk) comments on choosing a bespoke La Cornue for this kitchen, “Our client is a professional cook and wanted high performance appliances set within what she describes as ‘an Edwardian cook’s kitchen.’ The La Cornue range cooker was a natural choice as it combines classic good looks with power and state-of-the art cooking. The copper finish we specified is both a nod to tradition and right on one of today’s key trends.”

 

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