NEW NEUTRALS
AUGUST 17TH 2017
Fashion colours come and go, but neutrals are always just right...


Alongside its vibrant colourways, Felt always offers an inspiring collection of neutrals made using only the naturally occurring colours in the sheep wool, with no dyes or treatments. Ranging from browns and greys through to cream, they form infinitely subtle and beautiful backdrops for elegant interiors.

Measuring 0.8m x 1.75m these two rugs were cut from the same sheets of felt. Part of the age-old process of making Shyrdak rugs, it creates a perfect ‘positive and negative’ pair.    

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors. Perfect for both floors and walls a wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs. 
NEW AT ALTERNATIVE BATHROOMS
AUGUST 10TH 2017
 
New at Alternative Bathrooms, Majestic’s MetalCraft shower screens offer a linear, architectural look for modern bathrooms. 

Aluminium framed and fitted with safety glass, MetalCraft screens come in three variants, from the simple ‘Frame’ to the three-sectioned ‘Horizon’ and multi-paned ‘Trellis’, with its on-trend look of the classic Crittall windows.  

Standard and bespoke sizes of MetalCraft screens are now available from Alternative Bathrooms showrooms. 
CORALSHADE
AUGUST 9TH 2017

 
Alongside their own collections, George Spencer Designs represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric houses which share the same feel and ethos. The line-up includes Californian Interior Designer Katarina Tana, whose artisan screen-printed natural textiles have a delicate, ethereal beauty.  
 
Coralshade’ is a new collection by Katarina Tana, now available in the UK exclusively from George Spencer. Hand-screened onto 100% sustainably produced Belgian linen, it comes in six ocean-inspired colourways. 129cm wide, it is suitable for curtains, cushions, blinds and light upholstery. 
 
NEW COPPER TYNE BATHS FROM DRUMMONDS
AUGUST 7TH 2017
 
The Tyne bath is Drummonds’ first ever all-copper bath, offering a much less weighty option to their famous Usk bath (which is made from cast iron and then copper clad).
 
The design is a classic roll-top, based on an 18th Century bateau bath, and it comes in three different interior/exterior options. 
 
o Black exterior & nickel interior
o Copper exterior & copper interior
o Copper exterior & nickel interior
 
The Tyne bath measures L1700 x W690 x H720mm

A ROOM WITH A VIEW
AUGUST 5TH 2017


Set in lush countryside, this house has spectacular views, especially from the kitchen’s massive glazed gable end.  The owners wanted to screen the windows to give privacy, especially after dark, but also to prevent heat build-up on sunny days. Unusually though, they did not want the blinds to reach right up into the apex of the gable – preferring to be able to see the sky at all times. 



In response to the brief, Grand Design Blinds designed, made and installed Duette pleated blinds in a soft white colourway.  These pull from the bottom of the windows upwards, so that no top rail interrupts the view.

Manually operated, the blinds run smoothly on tensioned wires which are almost invisibly set against the window frames.  Each blind is individual and can be set at any height, allowing maximum flexibility of screening across the height and width of the gable end. 

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
THE WATERMARK COLLECTION IN LUXURY YACHT ‘TAHILLA’ REFIT
AUGUST 4TH 2017


Built in 1922, the 60ft ketch Tahilla was one of the Dunkirk Little Ships which ferried the stranded Allied troops to safety. Having just undergone a total refit by the renowned Dennett Boat Builders in Chertsey, her interiors have been taken to a new level of luxury described as “A sea-going version of the Orient Express.”

Lined throughout in American Black Walnut, with English Oak floors, Italian marble and gleaming copper and nickel elements, this is a project involving flawless craftsmanship and the highest specification of fixtures and fittings. It makes a perfect setting for the handmade ‘Zen’ brassware from The Watermark Collection, which combines traditional metalworking and finishing craft with a pure architectural aesthetic.



Galley: The Watermark Collection Zen 3 hole kitchen set in polished nickel with brushed nickel handles.


Bathroom: The Watermark Collection Zen 3 hole deck mounted basin set in polished copper with white Onyx handles and 3 hole wall mounted bath set in polished copper with white Onyx handles.
DRUMMONDS IN ST GILES HOUSE RESTORATION
AUGUST 3RD 2017

Drummonds | St Giles House - Lord Shaftesbury from Drummonds Luxury Bathrooms on Vimeo.


Built in 1651, the Grade I Listed St Giles House is one of Britain’s great architectural treasures and home to the Earls of Shaftesbury.  The Twelfth Earl, Nick Ashley-Cooper, inherited the virtually derelict house in 2005 and is gradually restoring it in a style he describes as “harmonious”, choosing products which he says “sit right and are there to last”.

This perfectly describes Drummonds’ classic bathroomware. Handmade using traditional methods, their collections are as much at home in contemporary settings as in Stately Homes. The size and splendour of the rooms at St Giles House allows for bathrooms on a grand scale: The whole project is a work in progress -  but the Earl has already installed some of Drummonds’ grandest and most dramatic designs including the freestanding ‘Spittal’ shower and the splendid copper clad ‘Usk’ bath.
THE REFECTORY TABLE
AUGUST 3RD 2017
A DESIGN CLASSIC: NOW IN NEW SHAPES AND SIZES



Launched in 2015, Lapicida’s Marble Refectory Tables have become a design classic. Handmade in Yorkshire, the combination of weathered oak and marble has proved irresistible for indoor and outdoor living. 

Now the collection has been extended to offer more shapes and sizes including an entirely new square table in two sizes and new compact versions of both the rectangular table and the round table.  

All eight versions of the Marble Refectory Table come with two different marble tops; a simple white Carrara and the characterful Birr Oyster Fossil.  Two different edge treatments are also available; a traditional rounded bullnose and a highly architectural ribbed edge. 

Everything in the collection can also be ordered in a special outdoor version, with additional weatherproofing details including a drip channel on the underside of the marble, metal studs under the feet and a smart waterproof, breathable cover.

 
AN ORGANIC ASSEMBLY
AUGUST 2ND 2017

 
Working with repurposed buildings requires exceptional sensitivity and design know-how. Functionality can be slotted in seamlessly, but the forms must connect with authenticity to the original structure.
 
Originally a church assembly hall, this building sends the first glance upwards, to the towering roof with its cast iron spans and clerestory window lines. Set against this, the Martin Moore kitchen brings the eye back down to comfortable ground level, with warm tones, natural materials and the unmistakable look of real furniture, built on a grand scale in response to the setting. 
 
With lighting, storage, functionality and work space all needing equal consideration, the design, by Toni Silver at Martin Moore, started from one long island running directly down the centre of the room, with a lowered end adding an unfussy detail. Overall, the furniture is designed to seem as if it has been assembled, rather than fitted into the space.

Because Martin Moore kitchens are entirely built to order in their Yorkshire workshops, there are no prescribed designs or sizes to limit either the client’s brief or the designer. This allows a completely bespoke response which respects and enhances the architecture of the room whilst putting every inch of space to its most effective use.  



The island houses a dishwasher, recycling bins and drawers for cooking equipment and crockery. A capacious double sink is set into the lively natural Quartzite worksurface used both on the island and around the hob where it features as a worksurface, upstand and cook’s shelf.  Antique mirror glass behind the hob throws light back into the room. In a major feat of engineering, an extractor fan was installed into the sloped ceiling above the hob. Brick pillars on either side form a visual connection to the building’s history.     



Commissioned by a client who knows food, cooks brilliantly and likes nothing better than a party, this is an intensely social space with every modern convenience.  Not only is the kitchen an ideal gathering space but there are also two sets of double doors opposite the hob.  Opening through into a large party room, they create a perfect flow through the building and the garden living space with its outdoor sofas and cooking fireplace.
 
Additional storage is provided by shallow cupboards which flank the double doors and capacious drawers on either side of the range.
 
All the craft and tradition which built the assembly hall is reflected in the furniture: Designed using combinations of different materials, proportions and finishes and with a number of witty, highly individual, touches, it looks to have been put together organically rather than in any way imposed on this extraordinary space. 



There is both drama and glamour in this design. Drama in the sheer scale of the furniture and glamour in the luxurious palette of colours and materials used.
 
Smaller details have big impact too; from the glint of copper inside the pendant lights to the hot pink interior of the beautifully fitted out larder cupboard.  More than anything else, it is built around the client… in the case of the banquette seat, literally so. Over six feet tall, he wanted somewhere where he was able to stretch out comfortably with the Sunday papers, making this bench seating, with its storage beneath, an excellent multi-purpose area for both quiet time and social events.
 
Kitchen details
All cabinetry from Martin Moore’s ‘New Classic’ collection, combining hand painted elements in Martin Moore’s ‘Cobalt’, ‘Dove Grey’ and ‘Hot Pink’.
 
Worktops: Natural Quartzite
TRANQUIL BLUE & WHITE
AUGUST 1ST 2017

Bringing with it an aura of tranquillity, blue and white is a classic design theme. The Rosaline from the London Basin Company takes this through into the bathroom, with a delicate floral pattern suitable for both traditional and contemporary settings. 

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