COUNTRY CHIC
MAY 31ST 2016

Decorated inside and out with a delicate floral pattern, the London Basin Company’s Madeline basin brings a breath of country charm to contemporary bathrooms. 

Available exclusively online, the London Basin Company offers ten different basins in a variety of designs and shapes.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 37.9 and 45cm in diameter and 15 to 16 cm in height.
MUSTARD COLOURED RUGS
MAY 27TH 2016

One of the rarer colours the rug makers use is a rich mustard shade and Felt have several rugs in this colourway currently in stock

The big return to colour in our homes has seen mustard gain new popularity. It’s a sophisticated look; a great counterpoint to classic black and white or grey interiors and in richer palettes, gives an exciting contrast to greens and even hot pinks. 

Every one of Felt’s Shyrdaks tells a story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. Each rug is a vibrant work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative.

Felt’s large collection of Shyrdaks includes new and vintage designs in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs. 
A BED ON A GRAND SCALE
MAY 18TH 2016

The new Lucca four poster from Simon Horn is the ultimate centrepiece bed; big on style, big on comfort and big on impact.
 
Standing an imposing 7ft & 6 inches tall, the Lucca is hand made from sustainable mahogany with a chic, matt black finish. A contemporary classic with dramatic styling, it features carved detailing on the base and tall, tapered posts with a dramatic torch finial.
   
The Lucca is available in all sizes, from Single to Emperor.  Shown here in a Super King. 
THE MODERN SLAVERY GARDEN
MAY 17TH 2016
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Stand: FR332

Edward Bulmer’s natural paints form part of The Modern Slavery Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

This Show Garden, designed by Juliet Sargeant, celebrates the recently enacted Modern Slavery Act, whilst signalling that there are still slaves in today’s Britain through the powerful message ‘Slavery Hides Behind Closed Doors’.

Doors form the central motif of the garden:  A host of front doors, painted in Edward Bulmer Natural Paint, is set amidst colourful planting which conceals a darker centre to the story - of people kept in captivity and forced to work. The colours chosen for the project have the same emotional range; from the elevating sky blue of Aerial Tint through the earthy tones of Ochre and Red Ochre to the sorrowful and profound black used on doors’ reverse sides.



One of Britain’s leading architectural historians, Edward Bulmer is the ultimate colour expert and a passionate eco-crusader. His involvement with the Modern Slavery Garden runs far more than skin deep and has led him to both audit his supply chain and formulate a comprehensive Human Rights Policy for his own employees.  His inspiring all-natural paints are made from raw materials such as linseed oil and casein with pure earth and mineral pigments. Kind to people, kind to buildings and kind to the environment, they offer a new view of colour, perfectly tuned for modern living. 
COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED…
MAY 16TH 2016



The Danish couple who commissioned this Martin Moore kitchen bought a ‘tired’ 1970’s house in Surrey because it overlooked a beautiful lake and open woodland. They knew that they could build an entirely new house on the site, with all the bright, warm, open-plan space so typical of Scandinavian homes. 

In true Nordic style, they wanted the kitchen to combine the integrity of classic, hand built wooden furniture with a clean aesthetic. Martin Moore’s 
Architectural furniture provided both the perfect look and, very importantly, the ideal vehicle for the many functional considerations in the brief; a practical space with maximum work surfaces and storage, an extra-large peninsula rather than an island, to prevent small children getting underfoot and a splendid range cooker, perfect for baking.  

A super-organised space, with a very warm heart, this kitchen epitomizes the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ - enjoying the simple good things in life with people you love.



The clients were specific that they wanted the look to be uncluttered and the furniture was custom designed and built designed around this principle. The sheer size of the kitchen allows the generously scaled cupboards and drawers to house all kitchen and dining necessities, with purpose-fitted interiors creating beautifully organized spaces.  There are no wall cupboards and the large fridge and freezer are tucked away in an adjacent area - close to, but not in, the main kitchen space.

Aesthetically, the cabinetry features slender mid-rails to accentuate the linear design, and the drawers are flat fronted - without beading - giving a contemporary look.  Smaller details also contribute to the modern open plan look; from the simple cylinder knobs to the open shelving set around the bespoke extractor hood.  



The colours and textures are perfectly in tune. The furniture is hand painted in light grey (Little Greene French Grey Mid 162) and set against pure white walls which accentuate the calm mood.
 
Underlining the Scandinavian aesthetic, natural oak flooring has been used as a counterpoint to add warmth and tonality.  The worktops throughout are made of white Corian, perfect for a totally seamless look and particularly ideal for the worktop of such a large peninsula. 

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK
MAY 15TH 2016

Growing in interest and variety every year, Clerkenwell Design Week has become one of our favourite events of the design calendar. This year Arc has two clients exhibiting in two very different locations.


Bespoke furniture maker Tree Couture, which has a permanent showroom within Clerkenwell London at 155 Farringdon Road, will be taking part in the ‘Design Undefined’ programme running throughout CDW. 



Live event: Troo Heath-Crew and her craftsmen will be building a new concept piece, ‘Valet’ live over the three days, allowing visitors to interact, close-up, with the design, the craft skills and the sheer beauty of the materials chosen by Troo for this project.

Q&A: ‘Functional, Fashionable Furnishing.” On Wednesday 25th from 4pm – 6pm at Clerkenwell London, Troo Heath-Crew and renowned tailor David Newell will be discussing how to achieve the all-important sartorial edge in clothing, furniture and lifestyle.



The Watermark Collection, pioneers of boutique brassware for bathrooms and kitchens, are part of CDFW ‘Detail’. They’ll be showing on Stand D6 at The Order of St John, inviting visitors to  participate in  developing a new modular tap concept,  ‘ELEMENTS’.
 


ELEMENTS sees The Watermark Collection in London working with five different designer-maker workshops including Boxheart, working in wood, Forma Studio, working in concrete and Anka, working in liquid metals. 

Visitors to Detail can join the design dialogue, physically exploring thousands of combinations which the components offer and constructing their own individual version of an ELEMENTS tap. The six different metal finishes, three different handle forms and twenty different handle covers together offer almost 250,000 potential combinations of form, materials, colour and finish. The conversation continues on Instagram, giving people the chance to win the Elements tap they designed.

A MEETING OF MINDS
MAY 12TH 2016

 
Bright and airy, beautifully planned and equipped, this kitchen is the result of a true collaboration and meeting of minds. For Laurence Pidgeon, it gave an opportunity to work with creative, design-aware clients who knew what they wanted from their new kitchen. For the clients, it was exciting to work with a leading kitchen designer, offering not only his matchless space planning and ergonomic knowledge but also his own experience as a keen cook who really understands how a kitchen should perform.


 
Laurence’s design perfectly fits the clients’ brief for a clean, sleek contemporary look. Handleless cabinetry in palest grey gloss is counterpointed with matt white Corian worktops. Extensive storage, including a dedicated breakfast cabinet, keeps ingredients, small electricals and other necessities out of sight, whilst high-spec stainless steel appliances, including an extractor fan fitted flush to the ceiling, puts technology at the clients’ fingertips. The calm, neutral palette is brought to life with colourful accessories and books, taking a lifestyle look through from the kitchen into the comfortable sitting area beyond. 
THE SPAN BENCH
MAY 10TH 2016

Custom-made, to commission, in the client’s choice of materials, the Span Bench is a practical bench with industrial chic good looks. Shown here, it is made in English Oak supported by two custom-cast concrete ‘spans’ connecting the legs and the seat, together with structural steel cross ties.  As with all of the work produced by Temper Studio every detail is beautifully thought through.



Span Bench: L150 x D32 x H43cm. Shown with Foley Desk.

NEW: THE ARTICULATED KITCHEN SPOUT
MAY 6TH 2016

 
The ultimate in stripped down industrial style, the Elan Vital collection is inspired by commercial ball valves and plumbing unions. Now the range includes the Articulated Kitchen Spout, marrying ultimate functionality with irresistible engineering.  From the simple elegance of its folding/extending mechanism, which has a 600mm reach, to the mechanical beauty of its single handle mixer, everything about this design is compelling.  It’s ideal either as the main tap in the kitchen or situated by the stove as a pot filler. 

As with all Watermark Collection products, Elan Vital is handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order.  The Elan Vital collection includes 49 pieces for basins, showers, baths and kitchens, each available in 15 different specialist finishes; from polished nickel and oiled bronze to vintage brass and copper.

Images show the Elan Vital ELV74 wall mounted articulated kitchen spout and mixer in 2 different finishes:
Brushed Brass (left)
Pewter (right)
NEW… THE WINDERMERE VANITY
MAY 4TH 2016

Drummonds’ Windermere basin is an elegant new china vanity with delicately sculpted legs. Each basin is a unique piece, individually hand finished and glazed using the finest English clay. Available with either single or basin mixer taps, the Windermere comes with a choice of china or mahogany legs.

Inspired by period pieces and traditional manufacturing techniques, Drummonds’ bathroom products are full of character and epitomise classic British style. Their spectacular collection of single and double vanity basins will take centre stage in any bathroom.

GARDEN PAVILIONS AND SUMMERHOUSES
MAY 3RD 2016

 
The Caulfield Company designs and custom builds intelligent, intensely modern glass buildings; combining the pleasures of indoor/outdoor living with state-of-the-art thermal performance. Automated shading and temperature control are operated through built-in weather stations for perfect climate control. This is tried and tested technology, widely used in big commercial buildings and now being applied to domestic projects including freestanding garden buildings such as pavilions and summerhouses. 

Perfect for making the most of garden views, these intelligent glass structures are also the perfect answer to Britain’s unpredictable climate. At the heart of the designs are pioneering roof and door systems which offer not only the highest possible strength, noise cancelling and thermal values (up to Passivhaus requirements) but also the ability to create spectacular structures where the doors fold entirely away, leaving no beams or columns to interrupt garden sightlines.   

Full Project Service: From planning, design and build to interior finishes and fittings:

The Caulfield Company handles projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes. It also offers a complete interior design service including bespoke joinery made in its own workshops, integrated entertainment systems, timber and stone floors and contemporary furniture from leading names including Rolf Benz, Draenart and Asco.   

Mark Caulfield and his team of architects and craftsmen undertake projects all over the world.   

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