BESPOKE STORIES
JULY 20TH 2017

Tim Moock of Felt brought his first Shyrdaks back to the UK after visiting Kyrgyzstan in 1996 and has now become the leading expert on these wonderfully decorative and authentic rugs. 
 
Felt’s rugs are made under a fair-trade agreement by the nomad women of the Tien Shan ‘Mountains of Heaven’. Because each one is individually handmade, Tim often works closely with clients to create bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes. Recent commissions include a large pair of rugs based on antique originals. The client loved the vintage pair, but they were not big enough for her sitting room. Felt re-commissioned the design for them, in a much larger size (2 x 3m) as well as another pair for his own stock (shown above).

Another recent commission was made for a young couple who pledged their troth in a yurt whilst travelling. Now married and back in London, they wanted a rug as a reminder of their life changing trip. Felt created an original rug pattern that described their time in a yurt on a lush pasture in the mountains. The rugs were created in three colourways and the couple liked them so much they chose to keep two!
 
As practical as they are decorative, each Felt rug takes a master cutter and her team up to 20 days to complete. The raw wool is flattened with boiling water, rolled in a reed mat and then ‘felted’ by being dragged behind a galloping horse. Every rug consists of a thick plain felt base on to which a surface layer of interlocking coloured felt shapes is bound with strong stitching. The interlocking shapes in these geometric patterns are vocabulary from the ancient language which still forms part of the everyday life of the rug makers.  
MATCHSTICKS - NEW COLOURS
JULY 12TH 2017

Matchsticks is a classic George Spencer printed design with a modernist feel. Launched with four colours, a further five have now been added to the collection, continuing the original gently muted palette. Shown above left to right, the new colours are Aubergine, Ochre, Wheat, Teal, Brick.

Suitable for curtains and light upholstery, Matchsticks is 137cm wide. 80% Viscose/20% Linen.
NEW… THE BOURNE COMPACT VANITY BASIN
JULY 11TH 2017

Drummonds’ new Bourne vanity basin is the perfect answer to small bathrooms and cloakrooms needing an impressive - but compact - basin. The smallest basin which Drummonds have ever designed, it is made with exactly the same attention to traditional manufacturing and materials which distinguishes their larger models.

Shown here wall-mounted with a hidden brass bracket, the Bourne can also sit on a vanity surface or be integrated with a cabinet. 

Shown with Drummonds Classic wall mounted basin mixer in polished brass. Wallpaper by de Gournay: ‘Fishes’ in custom gold on custom blue Williamsburg.
TRENDING: RECLAIMED TERRACOTTA
JULY 10TH 2017

Terracotta (‘cooked earth’) floors are back, now gracing some of the smartest interiors with their warm, natural appeal. The epitome of relaxed living, they come in a wide range of pinks, reds and creams - reflecting the clays native to the regions from which they hail.  

Lapicida has a wide selection of original antique terracotta tiles, salvaged from 18th and 19th Century buildings, mainly in France.  Authentically aged by the passage of time and use, they have both tonal and textural beauty, perfectly in tune with the contemporary take on decorative interiors. 

Carefully lifted, cleaned and hand matched by Lapicida, each antique terracotta floor is a complete one-off. 

NEW CHESHIRE SHOWROOM OPENING JULY 2017
JULY 10TH 2017

Founded in Harrogate, The Caulfield Company builds state-of-the art intelligent modern glass buildings. Its bespoke designs combine the pleasures of indoor/outdoor living with thermal performance and automation designed to make the very most of the unpredictable British climate.   

This July, The Caulfield Company opens in Wilmslow. Occupying a flagship 5500 sq ft site on the Manchester Road, it showcases inspirational glass buildings set in an expansive decked garden. The buildings themselves range from a stone clad modern orangery to an atrium-style garden room and a contemporary conservatory matching an aluminium exterior with a solid oak interior. 

The Wilmslow showroom also showcases the remarkable ‘Cero’ architectural glazing concept, with ultra-slim triple glazed doors available up to a towering 6 metres tall and remotely operated. Remote control is just one of many specialist systems which The Caulfield Company can incorporate into its buildings, including automated shading and temperature controls operated through built-in weather stations. 

Inside the buildings are a series of beautifully furnished living spaces. The Caulfield Company handles projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes and offers a complete interior design service including bespoke joinery, integrated entertainment systems, natural stone floors and contemporary designer furniture from names such as Rolf Benz.  All of these are on show, together with luxury outdoor living products including Markilux automated awnings and the Millboard decking and Norstone natural stone cladding used to create the sleek landscaping.  

The Wilmslow showroom is also the UK’s largest showcase for Solarlux, the German company which manufactures high-tech door and window systems for The Caulfield Company and for leading architects including Norman Foster. The Caulfield Company’s team of architects and craftsmen design and build glass buildings all over the world. 

Showrooms 
The Caulfield Company also has two showrooms in Harrogate: one showing glass buildings, control systems and contemporary furniture and a second showing revolutionary Internorm window and door systems. 
NEW FROM LONDON BASIN COMPANY
JULY 7TH 2017


We were pleased to be working with talented stylist Hannah Bort and interiors photographer Darren Chung on the latest photoshoot for the London Basin Company. Hannah, formerly of Elle Decoration, is brilliant at modern interiors and has a great eye for colour so her brief was to give the basins a more contemporary look but maintain an aura of sophistication. Hannah created striking sets with plaster effects and painted panelling to add texture and depth and chose rich nature-inspired colours to contrast with the vibrancy of the hand decorated porcelain basins. 



There were both existing and new basin designs included in the shoot together with some new vanity stands from the London Basin Company, which will be launching later in the year. The shoot also featured some exciting new taps from The Watermark Collection. The Melody basin shown here is one of the most popular designs, decorated inside and out in rich colours with an oriental inspired pattern, shown off here on a sage green plinth against a leaf green hand-painted panelled wall.
MEET THE CONFIGURATOR...
JULY 6TH 2017


The Watermark Collection’s Configurator software allows people to design their own Elements taps online, testing the thousands of potential configurations to find their own unique style of basin, bath, shower or kitchen taps.
 
Try out the incredible online Configurator at:
thewatermarkcollection.eu/configure
 
Sample configurations...

 
LOFTY LIVING…
JULY 5TH 2017


Grand Design Blinds worked with Manhattan Loft Corporation and Fabled Studio on this 7th floor London penthouse overlooking the iconic BT Tower.  The 14 metre long open plan living room and kitchen has sliding terrace doors and floor- to-ceiling glass windows… both of which the developer and interior designer wanted to screen with roller blinds.  



A key element of the brief was that the roller blinds should be discreet, tied in with the apartment’s minimalist aesthetic.  To ensure this integrated look, Grand Design Blinds concealed the blinds behind slimline perimeter lighting and fabricated special bottom bars, colour-matched to the window frames.  Manually operated, the extra-large roller blinds allow maximum flexibility in screening the windows and doors. 



The three bedrooms all required blackout roller blinds for maximum light exclusion. Again, these were made with a special treatment for the bottom bar; in this case, the blind fabric was wrapped around the bars, giving an unobtrusive finish.



Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide.  All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
NEW: MAISON C. WALLPAPERS
JULY 4TH 2017


New and exclusive to George Spencer Designs in the UK, Maison C.’s quirky, witty illustrations are the work of artist Costanza Theodoli-Braschi, in collaboration with US-based interior designer Chiara de Rege.
 
Costanza, a graduate of Central St Martin’s, works as a Fine Artist, Illustrator and Production Designer. Together, she and Chiara have created this distinctive collection based on imagined narratives. Taking inspiration from nature, literature, fine art and fantasy, their wallpapers are highly decorative, with an ‘other worldly’ dreamlike quality. 
 




Coven and Gemini are printed in the USA using eco friendly inks and paper. 
JOANNE BOWLES FOR DRUMMONDS ‘THE BURIED OBJECT’ LIGHT SHADES
JULY 3RD 2017
Drummonds is working with the talented young artist Joanne Bowles, who has created remarkable light shades for the Dalby and Chessleton wall lights.
 
Recently graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Jewellery and Metal, Joanne is fascinated by the archaeology of buried artefacts, changing over time and becoming encrusted with pattern. 
 
Drummonds’ light shades are part of her series called ‘The Buried Object’, individually made in silver and copper; layering techniques and materials to create unique pieces. Two variations are available, a blackened copper and a silver/copper.
 
The making of the shades starts with Joanne forming and soldering copper sheet into cylinders. These are painted with a design and electroformed, building a raised pattern. The black shade is later treated with a patination solution to turn the copper a deep, enduring black. The silver shade is silver plated and then rubbed back to reveal the copper underneath. Finally, both versions are finished with wax, to preserve the colour of the metal.
 
Drummonds’ Dalby and Chessleton lights are made using similarly complex artisanal processes, casting the metalwork in the lost wax process; an ancient technique, never bettered for accuracy and detail. This level of craftsmanship creates the perfect partner for Joanne Bowles’ striking shades. 

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