REASONS TO SCREEN - GRAND DESIGN BLINDS
FEBRUARY 20TH 2018

Grand Design Blinds are Britain’s leading experts in bespoke blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  Blind expert Jonathan Pelly-Fry gives his top reasons for installing blinds.
 




Light Control: Modern extensions, new build homes and renovations are often flooded with light through giant bi-fold or sliding doors, roof lights or gable ends. Installing bespoke blinds allows for the amount of light to be controlled, reducing glare and protecting interiors from harmful UV rays -  especially important for artwork or precious furnishings.



Privacy:  Extra large areas of glass make the most of amazing views whether in the city or country but installing blinds can transform a ‘glass box’ into a private space, which is especially important at night.
 




Versatility: Blinds are compatible with smart home technology and can be used in conjunction with automated home systems.  They can also be installed with an operating system that allows them to be controlled from a phone app or tablet.  Alternatively they can be manually operated and, as shown here, can be designed to pull from the bottom up, so there is no top rail to interrupt the views.

 




Temperature control: Large areas of glass such as glass roofs make a dramatic statement and allow light to flood a property but temperature control can be an issue. Installing specialist blinds allows for the control of any heat build-up on warm, sunny days and equally adds insulation during colder months.  

 




Practical and Adaptable:  For buildings with large areas of glazing or unusual shaped windows, blinds are the most practical solution.  From total screening to partial screening, opaque to black out, flexible designs allow control of light and privacy.

LDW 2018 - MEET THE DESIGNERS AT GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS
FEBRUARY 19TH 2018

On Tuesday 6 March, George Spencer Designs are hosting two Meet the Designer events in their Chelsea Harbour showroom.
Please join them at one or both of the sessions, for a look behind the scenes at two exciting design houses represented in the UK by George Spencer Designs.   


12.30: Aux Abris, New York 

Designer Karen Robert discusses Aux Abris, her New York-based design studio which specialises in exceptional wallcoverings.  Printed on grasscloth, silk, Japanese paper and other distinctive textures, her eclectic, imaginative designs are an art form in their own right. 



14.00: Pavoni Leathers, Italy

Pavoni’s Alan Newberry introduces Italy’s most innovative leather producer, known for its unique colours and custom-embossing.  Founded in the fashion world, Pavoni now focuses on luxury interiors, creating specialist leathers for upholstery, flooring, wall panelling and more.


 

MODERN CLASSICISM
FEBRUARY 14TH 2018

Classic black and white chequerboard floors have their origins in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.  The bold juxtaposition of black and white tiles was symbolic of harmony, representing light and darkness held in perfect balance.

From the cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the 17th century Palace of Versailles, chequerboard floors carried right through into the 20th century, when they were taken up in succession by Art Deco designers and 1930’s Modernists.  They are the perfect definition of a style icon.

Today, chequerboard floors bring geometric drama to contemporary interiors. 
Lapicida offer them in sizes ranging from micro-mosaic up to large flagstones; with materials including new and reclaimed marbles, limestones and porcelains creating a wide choice of different aesthetics and price points.

Black and white tiles are often used to define hallways, but interior designers are increasingly using them for other areas of the home, including bathrooms, where they also make striking feature walls in showers or cloakrooms. In large open-plan, multi-purpose spaces such as kitchen/living rooms, patterned areas can be laid together with co-ordinating plains to define particular zones.

Forming a direct connection between the classical world and today’s interiors, the simple geometry of black and white tiles defines them as a modern classic, offering a wealth of new design potential.


                                   
                         
NEW - HAMPTONS LINEN
FEBRUARY 12TH 2018


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.  

The newest in-house collection from George Spencer Designs, Hamptons Linen is a heavyweight washed linen with a soft handle.  Its gently faded colours and vintage finish were inspired by coastal living.

100% linen, 140cm wide, it comes in 8 colour-rich neutrals.  Perfect for curtains, cushions, loose covers and upholstery.



 Bermuda Blue            Harvest Yellow              Rope                         Silver Sage



 Grape                        Jute                           Salmon Pink               Limestone


 

 
2018 TRENDING WITH ULTRA VIOLET
FEBRUARY 7TH 2018


Pantone has named ‘Ultra Violet’ the colour of 2018. 

Find a perfect pop of on-trend purple with one of 
Felt’s beautiful handmade shyrdak rugs. Super smart and vibrant, it’s a modern take on ethnic style. 

Measuring 2.4m x 2.4m, 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.  

NATURAL GOOD LOOKS
FEBRUARY 6TH 2018

The Lume Collection at Alternative Bathrooms is a collection of modular components, from vanities and basins to shelving and mirrors. They work in multiple different combinations and come in a wide variety of colours and materials.

These include both wood tone lacquers and richly coloured timbers, giving a natural finish that sits beautifully in contemporary bathrooms.  Timber options include several shades of Oak, as well as Ash, Walnut and Pine.  

​Finishes can be combined in individual pieces, perfect for bringing contemporary pops of colour to the bathroom.  Open compartments, one of the design signatures of this collection, can also have interior lighting to heighten the effect. 


INTRODUCING ... AUX ABRIS
FEBRUARY 1ST 2018


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.  Alongside their in-house collections, George Spencer represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric and wallpaper houses which share the same feel and ethos.

Their newest introduction is Aux Abris.  Founded by graphic designer and decorator Karen Robert in 2016, this New York based boutique design studio specialises in fine wallcoverings.  Printed on grasscloth, raw silk, canvas, woven Japanese paper and other distinctive textures, their eclectic and imaginative designs are an art form in their own right.


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