NEW… THE WANDLE BY MARTIN BRUDNIZKI FOR DRUMMONDS
FEBRUARY 27TH 2017

 
Designed by Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds as part of their ongoing collaboration, the cast iron Wandle bath is his new look at a traditional form. Ergonomically designed around the human form, the sloping end is the same width from top to bottom, to accommodate shoulders, and has the ideal slope to allow the head to rest comfortably.  

The perfect bath for restful reading or soaking, the Wandle comes with either feet (below), giving a classic look or a skirt (above), which brings the bath lower to the floor with a more modern feel. The industrial aesthetic of the feet is inspired by iron beams in a Victorian pump house, whilst the skirt echoes the bulbous bow of a ship. As with all Drummonds’ cast iron baths, each Wandle takes several weeks to make, in a traditional process involving casting the raw metal, shot-blasting and enamelling with the lengthy dry-frit process which gives a snow white, incredibly durable enamel surface.  The exterior can be painted, primed or polished to order.
PURE LUXURY
FEBRUARY 22ND 2017


Designed for the penthouse apartment of an impressive Georgian building in London, this bespoke kitchen by DesignSpace London is the utmost in luxury; in both materials and functionality. 

The client asked for ‘rich finishes’ and designer Luke Beveridge at DesignSpace London responded with a palette of exceptional materials including natural quartzite stone and specially commissioned metallised bronze lacquer finish on the cabinet doors, with walnut framing and wall panelling matched to the panelling throughout the penthouse - which was developed and interior designed by Vabel.  



The ‘Taj Mahal’ quartzite is an exceptionally hard and beautiful stone, used for the floor, the central island, the worktop and the backsplash cladding. The stone delineates the kitchen area within the open plan room and its characteristic veining creates a decorative feature within the refined austerity of the overall design.  

Designed and made to order, the kitchen uses cabinetry from Modulnova’s Fly and MH6 systems as minimalist building blocks - given visual depth and interest by the rich wood, stone and metallic lacquer. In such an apparently simple design, fine architectural detailing speaks volumes - such as the 45˚ mitred edge on the cabinet door tops, precisely mirrored by the worktop overhang.



The kitchen is zoned with all the cooking appliances and the sink on the back wall, leaving the island as a solid expanse of stone, free for prepping food and gathering guests. Storage was maximised throughout:  Solutions include deep drawers under the hob and island and wall units above the sink with super wide doors. These lift on an electric system, putting the entire contents on view.

The lighting too has been carefully considered. With a dramatic antique French pendant light over the adjacent dining table, it was important not to compete by installing suspended lighting in the kitchen. Instead, trough lighting is rebated into the walnut pelmet above the wall units, with a parallel line of concealed LED’s at their base. The focus is on illuminating the luxurious materials, with adjustable settings allowing the mood to be changed in response to the time of day. 
LEAF TRELLIS BY GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS
FEBRUARY 20TH 2017


With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs’ fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills.  

Not about fashion, but very much on trend, their fabrics are quietly brilliant, with distinctive textures and colours often giving a 20th Century vintage feel. Leaf Trellis captures that mood perfectly, translating a classic theme of the 1950’s into a modern, illustrative print with an architectural feel. 



Ideal for curtains and upholstery, Leaf Trellis comes in eight colourways, offering both subtle neutrals and stronger colours from a retro palette. With a composition of 61% cotton/39% linen, it’s an extremely tactile fabric with beautiful drape.
NEW E-COMMERCE LAPICIDA WEBSITE
FEBRUARY 16TH 2017


Lapicida’s new e-commerce website is a revolution in choosing and buying stone. With the look and feel of a luxury fashion brand, inspirational images are backed by detailed product information and pricing. Featuring stone for walls, floors, baths, basins, furniture and decorative accessories for the home, it shows contemporary and classic looks in materials including marble and limestone.  

The site also uses the latest user-experience technology, with shareable mood boards, advanced search facilities and e-commerce on many products, including Lapicida’s glamorous new Lara Bohinc and Anouska Hempel accessories collections. Supporting the website, additional customer advice is provided over the phone or in person by Lapicida’s London and Harrogate showrooms.   
LOFTY LIVING
FEBRUARY 15TH 2017

Bathrooms are often tucked into unusually shaped spaces, demanding well-proportioned pieces and a clever lay-out. The new Dress 2.0 Collection from Alternative Bathrooms is perfect for planning beautiful bathrooms, whether you have a well proportioned room or one which needs resourceful design solutions.

The modular cabinetry and storage units in the Dress 2.0 collection feature signature rounded edges and offer the utmost flexibility of form and function. Elements shown here are: Gola Vanity unit with Mak Mat top, Wall unit in ecru matt finish, deep tub shaped West Ceramic basin, Gio Top mirror and Magnetic lamp. Also shown is the Vanity bath tub.

The Dress 2.0 collection comes in a wide choice of finishes and textures including natural timbers in plain or stained colours and a range of lacquers. Coordinating mirrors, baths and basins complete the look. 
FELT RUGS INSPIRE NEW HERMÈS SCARF
FEBRUARY 14TH 2017


Appaloosa des Steppes’ from the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection, was directly inspired by the geometric motifs and vivid colours of Felt’s tribal Shrydak rugs. 
 
The scarf was designed for Hermès by artist, Alice Shirley. A fascination with the mysterious Kyrgyz origins of the iconic ‘spotty horse’ led her to Felt’s London studio, with its unique collection of new and antique Shyrdaks. Here she learnt to interpret the symbolism of these extraordinarily decorative rugs, made in the same way for more than 2500 years by the Kyrgyz nomads - guardians of the Tien Shan Mountains and the wild horses.

The applied geometric shapes are a language; bestowing blessings, describing landscapes or telling stories of the nomadic life. Traditionally, Shyrdaks are used inside yurts for insulation and decoration and Alice’s design drew on these images to create a dazzling backdrop for her prancing Appaloosa stallion. 



‘Appaloosa des Steppes’ from the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection is available in several colourways - uk.hermes.com
CROSSING CONTINENTS
FEBRUARY 9TH 2017


Bringing the breezy outdoors lifestyle of Sydney right across the world to England’s Home Counties, this kitchen was designed in response to a very specific brief. It needed to be the heart of a new home for a relocated family with both teenagers and younger children. Particularly so because the parents have a packed social calendar, making family time especially precious. Another key element of the brief was their love of the seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle to which they were so accustomed to in Australia.  

A modern build with an Arts & Crafts feel, the house lent itself to the open plan contemporary kitchen for which the clients had asked. Very clear in their vision, they had a long list of elements which needed to be incorporated into the design. These included a homework area/home office situated within the kitchen, an indoor drinks station serving the outside barbeque area and a dedicated juicing zone complete with organic waste bins. 



For Martin Moore designer Pam Baker, one of the earliest tasks was to establish a good flow for the room. It’s an extremely large space with dominant areas of glass at both ends and required expert planning to get the feel and the ergonomics right. The key to maximum functionality was to have two large islands; one focused on cooking (with an extractor in the ceiling above) and the other on prepping, in addition to which they both offer dedicated storage. Forming a work zone at the heart of the kitchen, they are served on one side by a wet zone and Appliance Cupboard, and on the other by tall wall cupboards housing state-of-the-art appliances. Shown below, the double doors between the ovens and the fridge/freezer appear to be cupboards but in fact give access to a large walk in pantry behind. 



Both islands feature Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ worktops and side cladding. This was requested by the owners who have a vision of living in this house for many years and wanted to make the sides of the island extra-resistant to knocks and bangs of lively children enjoying playing in the kitchen space. 



Likewise, the ‘homework station’ (seen below) will become a home office for adults in the due course of time, but meanwhile, it provides an organised space for children to work, whilst still being in the ‘flow’ of the kitchen. Flanking it on the left is a handwash sink and to the right a dedicated drinks zone with fridge drawers and a wine cooler. Both zones are sited and designed to serve the outdoor BBQ kitchen as much as the indoor cooking and eating areas. 



The kitchen furniture, made to order in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops, combines hand-painted elements with oak - in direct homage to the Arts & Crafts aesthetic of the house, which features oak doors and window architraves. Blue walls add on-trend modernity.

FREESTANDING GARDEN PAVILION
FEBRUARY 1ST 2017

 
Making the most of the British climate, this freestanding pavilion by The Caulfield Company brings a contemporary architectural note to a tranquil Japanese-inspired garden in Devon. Specifically designed with special thermal glass systems which allow it to be used throughout the year, the pavilion offers a calm environment of light and space overlooking a traditional koi carp pond.  It’s a place for peaceful contemplation and relaxation, untroubled by the temperature outside.

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