NEW… HORUS BASIN
APRIL 27TH 2017

​New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Horus basin is a sweeping, sculptural design by the Italian architect Marco Baxadonne.  

Inspired by the ancient Egyptian ‘Eye of Horus’ symbol, it’s a large basin with curvaceous lines, giving strong design focus to contemporary bathrooms. 

Designed to be used with wall or deck-mounted taps, Horus is made in ‘Ceramilux’, a new generation mineral/marble with an ultra-smooth feel, available in matt or gloss.  

Dimensions:  W: 105.75 x D: 43 x H: 7/17 cm 
DRUMMONDS LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE...
APRIL 26TH 2017


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Always innovating, the luxury bathroom maker Drummonds has launched an exciting new website, bringing bathroom design inspirations to life with new products, new images and even greater interactivity.

Drummonds has always made its own products, using traditional manufacturing techniques such as casting molten iron and brass. In an exciting mix of video and stills, these artisan processes are vividly portrayed on the new website, alongside beautifully photographed products and real life bathroom locations. Behind the inspirations sits an intelligent service-led website, offering everything from detailed technical information to sample requests, appointment bookings and access to Drummonds’ in-house design service.
 




 
NEW CLIENT ANNOUNCEMENT
APRIL 25TH 2017

 
We are pleased to announce we have been appointed to handle the PR for Grand Design Blinds.
 
Grand Design Blinds are the leading experts in shaped blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  The company was set up by blinds specialist Jonathan Pelly-Fry in 2012. Inspired by the dramatic glazing of modern seaside houses in Cornwall, he began developing responses to their unique screening requirements. Joined by his son Nick as Design Director in 2014, they now run the business together, offering high-tech solutions to architects, designers and private clients worldwide. Images above show projects undertaken at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the Gare du Nord.
 
A background press release is attached. Please let us know if you would like high res images or further information.
DRAMATIC LOFT SHOWER ROOM
APRIL 20TH 2017


The Watermark Collection offers edgy, bold new views on kitchen and bathroom brassware. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece is precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. The entire collection is available to order in 15 different specialist finishes; from polished nickel and oiled bronze to vintage brass and copper.

This striking shower room occupies the roof extension of a Victorian townhouse renovation in London by interior designer Melissa Jenkinson of Heirloom Studio. Her choice of shower, taps and towel rail in aged brass from The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn Collection dramatically poses the warm metal against cool charcoal and white monochrome. A gilt-framed antique mirror subtly references the building’s heritage, connecting new to old in much the same way as The Watermark Collection’s unique, handmade brassware. 
 


All brassware shown is from The Watermark Collection's Brooklyn range in Aged Brass. 
AN HISTORIC FOOTPRINT
APRIL 19TH 2017


This traditional conservatory was designed, handmade and installed by The Caulfield Company and sits within the walled garden of a 19th Century Grade II Listed castle, deep in the Yorkshire Dales. 

Commissioned to replace a long-derelict Victorian greenhouse, occupying the same footprint, it was built in The Caulfield Company’s Yorkshire workshops in solid Sapele hardwood and painted in a soft green finish. Creating a garden room sanctuary, it lies at the heart of a major restoration project which has brought new life to the garden.  


 
Highly experienced in sensitive architectural responses to period and listed buildings, 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.  
NEW HAMMERED COPPER FINISH
APRIL 10TH 2017


Drummonds’ uniquely luxurious new Hammered Copper finish celebrates the many artisanal processes involved in the making of their cast iron baths. From the pouring of the molten iron to the dry frit enamelling, each bath takes several weeks to make - even before the specialist hand finishing. 
 
Now available to order on many of Drummonds’ baths, the Hammered Copper finish is a craft process which begins with wrapping the bath exterior in sheet copper. This is then beaten into place by hand with mallets, creating the characteristic undulations and dimples. Finally, the metal is polished to a high shine and then lacquered to preserve the natural warmth and gleaming lustre of the copper. 

The new Hammered Copper finish is shown here on Drummonds’ Wye bateau bath.  
THE ASTORIA VANITY NOW IN VERDE GUATEMALA
APRIL 6TH 2017



Inspired by 1930’s Art Deco, Lapicida’s glamorous ‘Astoria’ vanity has classic lines and a strong architectural presence. Originally made in solid Carrara marble with brushed brass inlays, it now comes in a second, equally dramatic, version featuring honed Verde Guatemala.   

Verde Guatemala is a famously lustrous dark green marble, often seen in original Art Deco design. A modern accent is added by brushed copper inlays, making this vanity right on trend for both classic and contemporary interiors.

Generously dimensioned, the Astoria stands 900mm high by 700mm wide and 400mm deep



Matching: The Astoria Mirror
The simple elegance of the Astoria mirror echoes the Deco spirit of the Astoria vanity. Available in both honed Verde Guatemala with brushed copper inlays and honed Carrara with brushed brass.  
NEW: SPENCER VELVET
APRIL 4TH 2017
A Classic Collection in seven new colourways


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.  

Spencer Velvet is one of the company’s best-known collections: The go-to velvet for many interior designers, it is famous for its unique colours and beautiful vintage finish. 

Now, seven new colours have been added to the Spencer Velvet collection. Cleverly nuanced, they take their inspiration from Provence’s sun-weathered buildings, with shades including Citron, Aquamarine, Pale Olive and Bleached Terracotta. Subtle yet profound colours, they are perfect for both contemporary and traditional interiors. 

Spencer Velvet is woven in 100% cotton and now comes in thirty-four colours, from soft neutrals to rich hues. 140cm wide, it is suitable for upholstery and curtains.
CREATING THE PERFECT SMALL BATHROOM WITH ANNA CALLIS
APRIL 3RD 2017
A small bathroom can make a real statement. Interior designer Anna Callis gives her top tips for decorating a space which may be small… but can still be perfectly formed.   

•Clever Storage - Keep the space clutter free with concealed storage. If you can, build into the wall void to gain additional space, either for cupboards or for display niches. Keep cupboard handles discreet or use touch opening systems.  Keep shelves shallow so you can see what’s on them.

•Mirrors - Mirrored glass conjures up the illusion of space. Panel the walls in mirror and even consider hanging another mirror over the top. To give contrast, combine antiqued and plain glass.

•Colour - Small bathrooms lend themselves brilliantly to colour, but as a rule it’s “all or nothing” as painting or wallpapering just one or two walls will make the space seem smaller. To add even more interest wallpaper one feature wall and paint or tile the others in a related colour.

•Decorative Finishes - A small bathroom can be a jewel box and highly decorative. Consider creating extraordinary textural effects, for instance applying laser cut designs in metal or wood to walls or cupboard fronts. 

•Lighting  - Even in a small bathroom you need both bright task lighting around the basin and subtle diffused lighting in the rest of the room.  Make it adjustable and independently controlled so you can create the right mood at the right time.

•Design Features - Once you have set the backdrop of colour, texture and lighting, consider one or two (no more) remarkable ‘design focus’ pieces to pull it all together.  This could be something like one of our richly decorated basins and some beautiful taps.

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