NYC DANCE COMPANY USES FELT RUGS
OCTOBER 28TH 2015

 

Felt rugs formed the spectacular backdrop to a Kyrgyz dance performance by a New York City dance company. Images of Felt’s Shyrdaks were used to create the huge collage for the Dream’d in a Dream production by the Seán Curran Company

The Seán Curran Company met Kyrgyz folk music ensemble Ustatshakirt Plus in Kyrgyzstan in 2012 as part of Dance Motion USASM, a cultural exchange tour produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Dream’d in a Dream was the eventual outcome of the meeting, featuring nine dancers and six musicians in an American/Kyrgyz creative collaboration with traditional Kyrgyz music, directed by composer Nurlanbek Nishanov with choreography by Seán Curran. Felt’s dazzling wool rugs, known as Shyrdaks, have been handmade by the nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan for over two and a half thousand years and were the perfect choice of backdrop for the production. 

 


Dream’d in a Dream was performed at the BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, as part of BAM’s annual Next Wave Festival, showcasing the best in contemporary performance. 
 


Photos by Mark Randall

NEW PLANE BENCH
OCTOBER 27TH 2015


Taking cues from traditional rural woodcraft, the PLANE Bench is a simple construction in English hardwood, updated and re-interpreted in Temper’s idiosyncratic style. The surfaces are precisely hand-shaped into geometric facets allowing light to reflect and break across them. Brushed brass cross-ties lend clean minimalist support to the structure. 


Shown here in Ash, the Plane Bench is also available to order in any British sustainable hardwood. 

HISTORIC PAINTS COLOURS FOR MODERN INTERIORS
OCTOBER 22ND 2015
Edward Bulmer has an exceptional eye for colour and an encyclopaedic knowledge of period interiors.  Here he chooses three of his favourite period colours, tells us their history and suggests how to use them in modern settings… 

Verdigris 
Historic: “The name is literally descriptive of the colour of the oxidised surface of copper and bronze. A beautiful Prussian blue-based green with an underlying earthy tone but a wonderful radiance. It was an expensive and sought after colour in the early 19th Century.”
Modern: “Colours like this which hover between blue and green give a rich, robust effect. Verdigris can give real character to simple, contemporary spaces and prevent them seeming cold. It’s even fine in north-facing rooms because it’s a warm green which changes subtly with the light. You can happily paint a whole room in it or, as I often do, use it as a trim colour. It works beautifully in high contrast with off-whites.”


Clay 
Historic: “Many old colour names like ‘Clay’ refer to natural materials and of course these materials varied from place to place. I formulated our Clay as a grey/yellow shade which is extremely versatile. It’s not one of the ‘grand’ historic colours, but I’ve often used it for rooms where an understated shade that hovers between grey and beige is called for.”
Modern: “Clay works very well alongside timber and stone, making it perfect for minimalist interiors. I often recommend it for halls, but it is also sophisticated enough for contemporary living rooms. It’s a grown up, architectural take on grey.”


Laylock
Historic: “A great favourite in Adam houses in the late 1700’s, this is perfect for Georgian interiors. To recreate the authentic softness and depth of the original period colour, I used red oxide, an earth pigment, instead of the more usual carmine. This stops it looking sickly or ‘flowery’.”
Modern: “I particularly like Laylock for contemporary bedrooms, where it always looks calm and restful. It’s also great on woodwork and cabinetry. If you are looking for drama, the natural balancing colour for lilac is green and, if you get the right shades, the two will work beautifully together.“

THE FIRENZE
OCTOBER 21ST 2015

Famous for classic French bed designs, Simon Horn’s furniture collection also includes chic contemporary designs such as the Firenze.
 
Handmade and hand finished, the Firenze is a luxurious new look inspired by caned furniture styles of the Regency period, but brought right up to date with an upholstered finish.  

Very much at home with today’s comfortable mix of traditional and contemporary style, the Firenze is hand-made in natural oak with bespoke upholstered head and footboards (shown here in cream linen).  It features elegant carved feet and studded detailing.

INTRODUCING THE LONDON BASIN COMPANY
OCTOBER 20TH 2015
Founded by interior designer Anna Callis and her daughter Nathalie, London Basin Company makes richly decorated porcelain basins, reinventing a classic art form for contemporary bathrooms.

The concept grew from Anna’s search for a decorative basin for a project she was working on.  The idea she had in her mind simply did not exist, so she set out to create it. It took more than three years to develop the patterns and find the right porcelain factory to produce exquisite quality basins embellished with Anna’s own designs.

At first glance, the patterns appear to be traditional themes, but a closer look quickly reveals the complexity of Anna’s designs. Drawn from her travels and researches, they cleverly interweave iconic themes spanning several centuries of decorative art from China, Japan, the Middle East and Europe. 




Every basin is a one-off, hand finished using a variety of techniques. The patterns are applied in two main ways 'under the glaze' and 'over the glaze'. With 'under the glaze' decorating, the pattern is applied to the porcelain, then the basins are glazed and fired. In the 'over the glaze' technique, the basins are glazed and fired, then the pattern is applied and the basins are fired twice again to ensure paint durability.

Not only are the patterns extremely durable, the porcelain itself is also strong and resilient, perfectly suited to bathroom use and easy to keep clean using mild detergents. It is fabulously tactile and has the resonant ‘chime’ of all fine china bowls. 



Selling online, exclusively from its own site, London Basin Company currently offers ten different basin designs and a variety of shapes.  Colours range from blue and white to richly coloured patterns with gilded highlights.  Generously sized, the basin dimensions in the range run between 37.9 and 45 cm diameter and 15 to 16cm in height.  

Anna Callis designs her basins to work as focus pieces in both classic and modern bathrooms. The choice of accompanying brassware will define the finished look and the basins sit perfectly with period or modern taps, in any finish from chrome to nickel, brass and gold.

Perfectly on trend with the move back towards colour and pattern in interiors, London Basin Company offer a new look at luxury for bathrooms, transforming the basin from a utility to a work of art in its own right.  
SPLIT STOOL
OCTOBER 19TH 2015


Beautifully simple yet complex in construction, Temper Studio’s finely pointed Split Stool is shown here in walnut, with distinctive plaster inlays and exposed joinery. The Split collection also includes an occasional and a console table.


 
PHILIP MOULD GALLERY HOSTS EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH
OCTOBER 16TH 2015

This week Philip Mould & Company hosted an exclusive launch party to celebrate thirty years of art dealing and the opening of their new gallery space on Pall Mall. Philip Mould, the international art dealer and TV art sleuth, designed the gallery interior in partnership with Edward Bulmer (find out more here).
 

Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould
 

Notable guests including Simon Schama, Fiona Bruce and David Starkey, admired a specially unveiled portrait of Henry VIII, fresh from three months of cleaning and restoration to remove centuries of grime. Also of interest was a portrait miniature worn by Philip Mould himself, showing the legendary spy, diplomat and transvestite, Chevalier D’Eon (1728-1810), now considered the ‘Patron Saint of Transvestites’. In 2012 Philip discovered a portrait of Chevalier D’Eon said to be the earliest example of a portrait of a transvestite – the painting now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.


The party was spread over three floors, with champagne and canapés on offer, including lobster with spiced avocado, duck breast and potato rosti and jewelled quails eggs. The basement hosted a cocktail bar, serving gin martinis and vodka, apple and elderflower spritzes to the sound of jazz music. 
 

 

DRUMMONDS LAUNCH LIGHTING COLLECTION
OCTOBER 15TH 2015

Luxury bathroom makers Drummonds have launched their first ever lighting collection, with two new bathroom lights, the Dalby and the Chessleton, designed to complement Drummonds’ current brassware collections.


The stylish Dalby light, shown above, was designed with Drummonds’ Classic Brassware Collection in mind and is suspended on a fabric flex. The Chessleton light, shown below, is a brilliantly versatile design made from solid brass that can be positioned as an uplighter, a downlighter or a side light. Both lights are available in a choice of three glass options: fluted or conical in clear or antiqued glass, and five finishes: unlacquered brass, nickel, chrome or antique brass or bronze, to suit any bathroom style.
 

NOUVEAU BATH
OCTOBER 13TH 2015

New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Nouveau Bath puts a contemporary slant on the classic freestanding tub. Its generous proportions, seamless finish and distinctive flat rim create a dramatic centrepiece for modern bathrooms.

The Nouveau is a technical triumph too. Constructed using two layers of Lucite acrylic with an insulating layer between, this bath is strong, durable, easily cleaned and very efficient at retaining heat… keeping the bathwater hotter so you can relax and luxuriate for longer.

 

A CLASSIC COOKER FOR MODERN LIVING
OCTOBER 12TH 2015

High end furniture designers and makers Artichoke recently transformed the kitchen in a Cotswold Queen Anne house, creating a 21st Century space for cooking, eating and living.  Overall, the look is a sympathetic fusion of tradition and modernity, placing antiqued oak furniture in a simple white setting.    

Underlining this fusion, Artichoke specified a bespoke 
La Cornue Château range cooker in gleaming stainless steel, combining state of the art technology with a classic French heritage.  The cooker is fully integrated within a run of custom-made La Cornue Memoire oak and steel cabinets, with a continuous stainless steel worktop creating a seamless finish. 
 


Andrew Petherick, Director of Artichoke (artichoke.co.uk) comments on choosing a bespoke La Cornue for this kitchen, “La Cornue offers a combination of power, performance and style which perfectly suits this kitchen and the way the family like to cook and live. We specified a stainless steel finish because it’s fresh and modern-looking and works so well with the iconic La Cornue design.”
 


Handmade to order in La Cornue’s Paris workshops, each Château range cooker is a one off. The construction is a meticulous, artisanal process using luxurious materials including brass, copper, steel, cast iron and enamel.  Ovens can be gas or electric and hobs are wholly personalised set-ups chosen from options including solid brass burners, electric, vitro-ceramic or induction hobs, simmering plates and teppanyaki. The integrated cabinetry which La Cornue call ‘Culinary Architecture’ is also built to order. 
 

KEITH FLOYD'S LA CORNUE FINDS A NEW HOME
OCTOBER 9TH 2015

Keith Floyd is widely acknowledged to be the first celebrity chef – the charismatic TV chef was known for his irreverent presenting style and love of a glass of wine. He died of a heart attack in 2009, but his legacy lives on in the Garden Room at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Congresbury, Somerst, where his canary yellow La Cornue range cooker has been installed.

Legendary chef Marco Pierre White, a long-time friend of Keith’s, bought the La Cornue cooker from Keith’s daughter Poppy. It had been made for Keith when he was living in France and Marco organised for it to be transported to the West Country, where Keith began his restaurant career. The range cooker features La Cornue’s original patented ‘vaulted oven’, loved by chefs for the way it circulates heat – giving outstanding culinary results.

Marco credits Keith as an inspiration who always believed in his abilities – seeing Marco go on to win a record breaking three Michelin stars. Keith’s daughter wanted the cooker to go to a good home and Marco was the first person to cook on it last month, in his Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant within the Doubletree by Hilton, Cadbury House Hotel. As part of a special event, the chef prepared lobster macaroni on the La Cornue, comparing it to “a yellow Ferrari”.

The cooker is a 
La Cornue Chateau 90 and features a metal plate on the front of the stove engraved with the name Keith Floyd.
 



Marco Pierre White cooking on the La Cornue
​(Image: 
Western Daily Press)

THE FOLEY DESK
OCTOBER 8TH 2015

Custom-made, to commission, in the client’s choice of materials, The Foley writing desk is an elegant workstation for home or office. Shown here, it is made in British Oak with Walnut interiors. Every detail is beautifully thought through, from the two secret drawers which open with concealed buttons to the cable hatch at the back of the desk with a cable management drawer beneath. A subtle reference to industrial style, the inset zinc top is a cool metallic counterpoint to the warmth of the beeswax-finished timber.  
 



NEW ONYX BONGO BASINS
OCTOBER 7TH 2015

Lapicida has launched an Onyx version of its iconic Bongo basin. A charismatic semi-precious stone, Onyx’s crystalline mineral layers form dramatic patterns and colours, perfectly shown in Bongo’s elegantly tapered form and honed finish.

Bringing a refined luxury to modern bathrooms, the freestanding Onyx Bongo Basin stands 84.5cm tall and is carved from a solid block of Onyx. Bongo basins are also available to order in Portuguese Grey Limestone and Mocha Créme Natural Limestone.

 

COSY RUGS FROM FELT
OCTOBER 6TH 2015

A good quality rug brings texture, colour and warmth into the home, especially during the cold winter months. Felt’s latest collection of handmade rugs includes new designs that are perfect for keeping the cold at bay, in festive reds and greens. These 100% wool rugs are wonderfully comfortable underfoot, helping to create a cosy sanctuary.
 



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