AUGUST 25TH 2015

This September, three of our clients are exhibiting at Decorex, the leading interiors event for design professionals. Historic Syon Park will host the four day event, the theme of which is ‘the future of luxury’. This year Decorex will be held at the start of London Design Festival, kicking off a week of design events across London. Showcasing exciting new collections and collaborations, our clients’ stands promise to be unmissable.

Lapicida: Stand E21

Always a major attraction at Decorex, Lapicida’s stand again demonstrates a perfect mastery of natural stone, transforming it from the rawest of materials into fascinating and luxurious products which underline the company’s British craft heritage.

The centre of the stand acts as a virtual mirror, on either side of which freestanding pieces and surfaces repeat in different materials. The counterpoint to this symmetry is the engaging asymmetry of the random patterns which nature forms in stone.

Highlights include the new ‘Lunar Collection’ - part of the ongoing design collaboration between Lapicida and jewellery designer Lara Bohinc. The Lunar Collection introduces the Half Moon dining table, the Sun and Moon coffee table (shown below) and the Full Moon side table. Also on display will be new stones for walls and floors and new objects including tables, baths and vanity basins.


Drummonds: Stand D20

Drummonds’ Decorex 2015 stand has been designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, heralding the beginning of an exciting product collaboration between the prestigious designer and this luxury bathroom brand. Interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki is the name behind glamorous interiors including Scott’s, The Ivy and Soho Beach House Miami. His contemporary take on traditional design melds perfectly with Drummonds’ classic, handmade bathrooms.

The complete ‘Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds’ collection launches in 2016, but three elements from the collaboration are previewing at Decorex. The stand showcases these alongside Drummonds’ many other new products, from an imposing new freestanding shower to the complete Chessleton brassware collection including a new column shower. Other highlights include Drummonds’ first bathroom lighting collection and the new Wye bath (shown below), an even deeper and wider version of their famous Usk bath.

Felt: Stand J40

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

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.

AUGUST 24TH 2015
Edward Bulmer explains the stories behind four of his newest greys.

Wash Stop: “I admit to this being a made up name from an old painter’s bill charging to ‘wash, stop and paint three times in oil’. It seemed an enticing way to describe a colour like washing up water, given that it is actually an elegant, subtle grey that can be used for walls or trim.”

Fine Grey: “A simple, clear colour requiring only white, ‘lamp’ black and Prussian blue to create a pale steely grey with a clean modern look to it.”

Inferior Grey: “The secret is not in the name! This is a mid-coloured black and blue pigmented grey which works well as a wall or trim colour. On walls, it is the grey to end all greys – a good weight of colour and wonderful tonality.”

Lead Colour: “Lead is durable, malleable and waterproof and is still used for flashing on traditional English roofs. It changes colour with weathering and if you could stop it at the moment when it has the most pleasing shade it would reflect our shade.”
AUGUST 18TH 2015
Ever since Simon Horn introduced us to classic French beds in the 1980’s, the romantic Reine de France has been one of the company’s best-loved designs. Inspired by the Rococo style of the court of Louis XV and Marie Antoinette, it has an elegantly curved beech frame and exquisite hand carved floral detailing.  

Rococo furniture was often made in two sets – a lighter look for summer and a warmer version for winter. In this tradition, Simon Horn offers the Reine de France in both caned and upholstered versions. 

Handmade, the Reine de France can be custom-made to order. Caned (as shown here) or upholstered in the customers’ choice of fabric, in natural wood or hand painted, it is perfectly at home in both classic and contemporary bedrooms.
AUGUST 17TH 2015

Blending the spirit of classic English cabinetry with the essentials of modern living, every Martin Moore kitchen is entirely individually designed and built.

Here, Martin Moore have created a large alcove to house a bespoke Appliance Cupboard. Every aspect of the cupboard has been designed in response to the owner’s needs. The fitted microwave and plumbed in coffee machine can be hidden away behind cupboard doors. These also conceal other bulky kitchen appliances such as juicers and mixers, ready to be slid forward when needed. China and glassware for informal dining at the breakfast bar is ready to hand and the cupboard provides dedicated storage for awkward pieces such as cake stands. Because the shelves are relatively shallow, it’s easy to see and access everything. A generous worktop runs the full width of the cupboard, with drawers below holding kitchen linens.

Part of Martin Moore’s 
Architectural Collection, this Appliance Cupboard combines the proportions of a classic English dresser with the modern aesthetic of simple, refined cabinetry. Gleaming chrome inlays highlight the timber. Underlining this contemporary look, the alcove itself is clad and framed in the same natural oak used to build the cabinet.

AUGUST 10TH 2015

The rising young star of British furniture design, George Winks of Temper Studio is exhibiting at The London Design Festival.

‘SPAN’ is Temper Studio’s second collaboration with surface designer 
Anna Glover. In 2014 they teamed up first at LDF and then for a seven week residency at London’s Design Museum in a project called ‘Jungle Tank’. 

This year's exhibit features the 'Span Daybed', an exercise in austere elegance made in British Oak and Ash, finished with Danish Oil and beeswax to highlight the timber’s natural warmth. Against this, concrete and brass elements form a more industrial counterpoint. Anna Glover's use of luxurious silk and the layered graphic prints add both a softness and a sense of movement to the piece.

The juxtaposition of structural materials seen in the Span Daybed is typical of George Winks’ work. He makes what he calls “useable objects with a sense of architectural permanence”. At his Wiltshire-based Temper Studio, an ongoing process of experimentation sees his designs evolving through what George describes as “play, prototyping, risk, failure and stubbornness”.

Being held at Craft Central, the SPAN collaboration will show new works from both Temper Studio and Anna Glover, with the Span Daybed taking centre stage.

SPAN, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4DS

La Cornue has launched the Mini Island. A new solution for smaller spaces, this integrates a 90cm stove into a compact central island, putting La Cornue right at the heart of the kitchen.

As always with La Cornue, every element of the Mini Island is handmade and bespoke, from the furniture to the stove itself. Three models of 90cm stove, the 
1908Albertine and CornuFé 90, fit into the concept, each offering a wide range of customised options. The furniture comes in both natural wood and 26 different paint colours, to match or contrast with the cooker.

Measuring just 204cm wide x 110cm deep, the Mini Island is a multi-function zone. Capacious storage drawers flank the cooker and a textured stainless steel worktop surrounds it on three sides, creating an informal eating and social space facing the cook, with room for three stools. It’s a great way to bring La Cornue’s unique style and performance to smaller kitchens.


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