THE ZEN OF WHITE
SEPTEMBER 30TH 2015

 

This Welsh forester's lodge was transformed into a modern family home, influenced by classic Japanese design. Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s Silver White was used throughout on the walls, with Plain White on the ceilings. Silver White, as the name suggests, has a slight grey cast, creating a cool, calm scheme that coordinates beautifully with the Japanese larch timber frame.

Different whites vary greatly in tone and finding the perfect shade can be a challenge. Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint offer a palette of eleven whites, all rich in natural pigments. Below, from left: 
White LeadPearl ColourSilver White and Plain White.
 

FOUR POSTERS FROM SIMON HORN
SEPTEMBER 29TH 2015

 

The classic look of a four poster brings grandeur to the bedroom and Simon Horn’s newest designs are a perfect match to any interior style, modern or traditional. From the elegant barley sugar twisted posts of the ‘Mayfair’ to the contemporary look of the ‘Mirrored Obelisk’, these are heirloom beds, handmade and hand finished.
 






Shown from top: Mirrored Obelisk, Reeded, Mayfair, Painted Obelisk. 

NEW MARTIN MOORE DISPLAY
SEPTEMBER 29TH 2015

 

Drawing on the classic forms of English furniture, the calm and well-ordered proportions of Martin Moore’s bespoke kitchens make them perfect for Georgian, Victorian and even modern homes, where they can be highly contemporary - as shown in the simple lines and minimal detailing of this ‘Architectural’ kitchen.

Combining painted hardwood and English Oak, the cabinetry is framed and panelled in a classic style which will never date and which works beautifully in both fitted and freestanding elements. White worktops, white walls and a pale stone floor underline the modern aesthetic. Taking this on a step further, the panels are framed with gleaming chrome inlays. A new design option within Martin Moore’s Architectural kitchens, this introduces a refined way to add discreet luxury or zone a large living kitchen.

Images show the new Architectural Kitchen display within Martin Moore’s Altrincham showroom, with a Martin Moore Stone floor.

 

A BRIEF ROUND-UP: LDF 2015
SEPTEMBER 28TH 2015

This year’s London Design Festival kicked off with Decorex at Syon Park. The theme was the future of luxury, with over 300 brands offering their take on luxury interiors. 

Bert & May Space’s ‘Big Box’ greeted visitors outside the entrance to Decorex. The bespoke modular home included two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen living space, with an eco-friendly green roof. We wouldn’t mind one in our garden!

Inside, the entrance featured a sumptuous floral archway designed by florist 
Hattie Fox
 

 
Three of Arc’s clients exhibited at Decorex this year. 
Lapicida launched three new tables designed by Lara Bohinc as part of the Lunar Collection. These were shown on stand alongside a striking green marble bath, hewn from a single block of marble, marble basins and new surfaces for walls and floors.
 



 
Drummonds’ stand backed onto Lapicida’s, with three displays themed around Town House, Country House and Martin Brudnizki’s new collection for Drummonds. Martin Brudnizki designed the stand, with bright blue tiles and chic white panelling on the walls, showcasing new products including a vanity basin and a column shower.
 



 

Felt, exhibiting for the first time since 2007, had a colourful array of Shyrdak rugs on stand, including many new designs. The vivid wool rugs are handmade by the nomadic makers in Kyrgyzstan and Felt ships to clients all over the world.
  



 


Another highlight was Volta's stand which featured a Virtual Reality experience, part of Decorex's selection of interactive installations on the theme of Making Luxury. Visitors donned Oculus Rift headgear and were taken on a journey through a series of virtual rooms with beautiful Volta ceilings. Visitors are encouraged to look up - as Volta's aim is to revive interest in the almost lost art of hand painted canvas ceilings. There was also a craftsman on stand, hand painting a canvas. 
 




Decorex hosted a series of seminars throughout the four days, with speakers such as designer Abigail Ahern and Hatta Byng, editor of House & Garden. We attended ‘Luxury For Ever’, a talk chaired by Studio editor Kate Burnett on how we can create a sustainable approach to luxury design.

Elsewhere, Design Junction ran from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th at two new venues – Victoria House and the College, formerly the home of Central Saint Martins. Victoria House hosted retail brands, with lots of shopping opportunities, including Lara Bohinc’s new collection of desktop accessories for Swedish company Skultuna. Members of the public can bid for one of the customised Eames elephants on display, the work of leading designers, artists and architects, with profits going to ‘A Child’s Dream’ project, in support of 
Teddy’s Wish.
 



 

 (Vic Lee creating a typographic mural)

Across the road in the College were the more trade focussed design brands, such as Fritz Hansen, Vitra and Objekten. The College has been largely disused since Central Saint Martin’s moved to new quarters in Kings Cross in 2011 and the venue provided a characterful backdrop to the exhibition.

Over in Clerkenwell, 
Temper Studio and surface designer Anna Glover teamed up for 'Span', a week long show at Craft Central in Clerkenwell. We attended the late opening, which showcased the beautiful Span Daybed, hand crafted from British Oak, Ash, brass, concrete and silk. The silk upholstery was designed by Anna Glover, recent winner of a 2015 Elle Decoration British Design Award.
 

DRUMMONDS LAUNCH NEW COLLABORATION
SEPTEMBER 28TH 2015

 
Drummonds are launching a design collaboration with interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki, the name behind many famous iinteriors including Scott’s, The Ivy and Soho Beach House Miami.

Blending an engineer’s sense of functionality and an artist’s appreciation of form, his contemporary take on traditional design melds perfectly with Drummonds’ classic, handmade luxury bathrooms.

In partnership, they are producing an inspirational collection of bathroomware and accessories. Notable in giving Drummonds a new more contemporary direction, these products are the first to emerge from Brudnizki’s new product design studio ‘And Objects’, also launching in September 2015.

Four elements previewed at Decorex 2015 ahead of the complete range of ‘Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds’ launching in 2016.


The Tyburn Bath: The traditional form of the freestanding bath is subtly altered by Martin Brudnizki. Victorian ornament is refined to a more abstract, modern form. Symmetrical on the outside, the Tyburn has an asymmetric interior with two differently-shaped ends; one sloped for reclining and one more upright for sitting up or reading. The profile features a distinctive rounded edge, moulded from a handrail, creating a firm grip for getting in or out of the bath. Its subtly scooped edge also creates a comfortable headrest.

Drummonds are famous for their crisply enamelled cast iron baths, but the Tyburn uses modern composite marble casting to achieve its sweeping architectural curves and uniquely silky finish. Related to, but fundamentally different from Drummonds’ other baths, it’s a new look at luxury bathing.

 


The Ladybower Vanity BasinStripping the vanity basin of traditional pomp and ceremony, Martin Brudnizki has conceived this piece with simplicity in mind. Elegant, light and modern, it uses classic white marble and brassware in a pared-back design. Behind its contemporary lines lie functional considerations too, including good storage space for bathroom accessories and small, yet perfectly formed details such as the bent recess in the towel rail which ensures that the towel stays in place.
 


The Derwent Wall Light: Ever the master of finishing detail, Martin Brudnizki channels vintage luxe in this versatile bathroom light. Shown here the Double Derwent Light features two symmetrical reeded glass shades, pinched in the middle to create a bow shape which can be used horizontally or vertically. The glass is hand blown and the metalwork is hand fabricated, making each light a unique piece. The Derwent Light is also available with a single shade.

The Derwent Vanity Mirror: A perfectly proportioned mirror with a classic bevel.

All fittings in the Martin Brudnizki Collection are available in brass, nickel or chrome. Shown in these images in nickel.

LAPICIDA AT THE V&A: FAYE TOOGOOD'S 'THE CLOAKROOM'
SEPTEMBER 18TH 2015
Luxury stone specialists Lapicida work with many leading artists to produce extraordinary works of art. One of their latest collaborations is being shown at the V&A, within designer Faye Toogood’s extraordinary installation ‘The Cloakroom’. Visitors don a specially designed coat which guides them on a journey of discovery to locate ten unique sculptures of overcoats throughout the V&A. Each of the ten life-size overcoat sculptures is the same form, but created in a different material, ranging from studded industrial rubber to the intricately carved marble piece commissioned from Lapicida.

The sculpture was produced from Faye Toogood’s maquette, which was laser-scanned into Lapicida’s CNC machine, the largest machine of its kind in Europe. Lapicida selected a particularly beautiful and highly veined block of Arabescato marble for the coat, which took 168 hours of CNC shaping and a further 24 hours of hand finishing by Lapicida’s craftsmen in Yorkshire, where the base was also constructed from matching Arabescato slabs. Now in place at the V&A, on a marble stairwell surrounded by marble columns, the completed overcoat is an impressive piece of craftsmanship standing 1700mm high and weighing nearly 300kg.

The Cloakroom runs at the V&A from Saturday 19 September until Sunday 27 September 2015.
VOLTA - THE ART OF CEILINGS
SEPTEMBER 11TH 2015


Decorex 2015 sees the UK launch of Volta, marking the rediscovery of an almost lost form of interior decoration; painted canvas ceilings.

The history of painting scenery and decorative designs on fabric dates from the classical world and continued through the centuries, with a tradition of illusionist ceiling painting in Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo art. In London, Inigo Jones famously commissioned Rubens to produce a series of astonishing ceiling canvases for Banqueting House in Whitehall. Painted in Ruben’s Antwerp studio in 1635, the central panel alone measures 58 square metres.

It is no coincidence that the two high profile artists behind Volta are also Belgian, as the tradition has been kept alive there: Eddy Dankers’ family have been artists since the 17th Century and Thierry Thenaers is a master painter and renowned interior designer. Individually, both have worked on many of Europe’s historic buildings including the restoration of Versailles. It is also only in Belgium that linen is still seamlessly woven in the enormous widths and lengths of canvas which important projects can demand; up to 12metres x 100metres in a single piece.

Inheritors and developers of the art of painted ceilings, Thierry and Eddy set up Volta as an international interiors brand, now coming to the UK for the first time. Using old and new techniques and technologies and a group of extraordinarily talented artists, they create anything from a perfect facsimile of a Baroque masterpiece to a dazzling trompe l’oeil or an ultra-modern ceiling mural.

Volta’s feature stand at Decorex offers an immersive multi-media encounter with their art. A craftsman on the stand will paint a canvas over the course of the show, whilst, suspended above, completed ceilings are shown in situ. These surround a central area onto which constantly changing ceiling images are beamed. Visitors to the stand can also take an extraordinary virtual reality tour, donning advanced VR headsets to ‘travel down’ a grand corridor viewing a series of rooms with unique Volta ceilings. Ancient as it is, this classical art form has now made the move into contemporary interiors.

 

LA CORNUE'S CORNUFE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS
SEPTEMBER 10TH 2015

For many people, a CornuFé will be their first La Cornue, combining power, functionality and good looks with an accessible price. This year La Cornue celebrates the range's 10th Anniversary with a special 10% discount on any CornuFé stove. The offer runs until October 31st 2015.

The CornuFé cooktop features the choice of five powerful gas burners or, on the CornuFé 110 and Albertine, five induction plates. The CornuFé 90 and 110 feature two electric convection ovens, one of which offers seven different cooking modes, whilst the Albertine has one generously sized electric oven that can be split into two zones.

Solidly built to last a lifetime, the CornuFé comes with a choice of three different metal trims and in ten finishes including Matt Black, Paris Blue, Primary Yellow and Stainless Steel. Shown below, from left, the 
CornuFé 100, the CornuFé 90 and the CornuFé Albertine.
 

NEW SATURN BATH
SEPTEMBER 8TH 2015
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the contemporary Saturn bath has all the elegance of a freestanding bath, yet is designed to sit comfortably against a wall: freeing up space without sacrificing style.

The bath is made using special technology that gives a seamless, smooth finish – each bath is then finished by hand. Made from Lucite acrylic, the Saturn bath is extremely durable and keeps water warm longer than standard baths.
PLANE SERVING BOARDS
SEPTEMBER 2ND 2015

As well as furniture, Temper Studio also designs smaller accessories, available through the online shop. These include the PLANE Serving Boards, made from sustainably sourced British hardwoods and hand shaped and finished in Temper Studio’s Wiltshire workshop.

Each board is wholly unique, showcasing the natural beauty of English Walnut, Sycamore and Pippy Oak. The boards are hand-rubbed in Danish Oil and natural beeswax, creating a rich, polished surface on which to serve culinary delicacies. With their angular, faceted edges, the boards also make elegant display pieces.

 

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