AUGUST 20TH 2018

This spacious family bathroom was designed by Brian O’Tuama Architects as part of the full refurbishment of an East London town house. The brief from the client was to respect the age of the house, which the practice responded to both by emphasising classic forms and by sourcing highly individual materials, finishes and textures.

Having used 
The Watermark Collection’s handmade brassware in several other projects, Brian O’Tuama Architects put forward the London Collection in Tarnished Brass, an authentically aged finish. The cross-head tap option also answered a specific request from the client. The solidity and authenticity of this brassware was a perfect fit for the house - where classic good looks meet creative integrity.

  • Basin taps: London wall mounted 3 hole basin set, 212mm spout, Cross Handle

  • Bath taps: London floor standing bathset with slimline handshower, Lever Handles

  • Shower: London wall mounted thermostatic shower mixer, Lever Handles

  • London wall mounted showerhead, 77mm dia, with 152mm arm

  • WC single flush palm push button 

All in Tarnished Brass

AUGUST 20TH 2018

Exclusive to 
George Spencer Designs in the UK, Quercus & Co’s wallpaper and fabric designs take their inspiration from nature and fine art, rendered with a dreamlike quality.

Inspired by viewing a sunlit sky through blossoms, Sunlit is a new design from their popular Suketchi Collection. The unabashed delight in ‘looking at flowers’ is known in Japanese as ‘Hanami’ and refers to cherry blossom appreciation picnics held under the trees in spring.

Available as a wallpaper and fabric, Sunlit comes in four fresh colours.

Sunlit is printed in Australia. The wallpaper is 72.6cm wide and the fabric is available in 5 different cotton/linen blend weights (140cm wide). 

AUGUST 17TH 2018

Embracing a return of food and cookery to the kitchen, the new Lepic kitchen by leading British designer Jasper Morrison marks a move away from minimalism and instead focuses on practicality and the pleasures of cooking and eating.

A seemingly simple design, the kitchen draws upon Morrison’s creative philosophy of the ‘super normal’, in which every element is carefully considered and refined.  Using a variety of materials and compositions, the Lepic is rich in detail and meets all the complex requirements of a modern, lived-in kitchen.

It combines natural materials such as wood with the latest innovative technology, creating a space which is entirely practical and durable, but which retains a warm and organic feel.  Cabinet doors are finished with veneered natural oak and Fenix NMT, a nanotechnological material which is opaque, soft to the touch and extremely hard-wearing.  The worktops are made from wood fibre and are plated on both sides in Fenix NMT.

Open storage provides easy access to pots, pans and food stuffs whilst the stainless-steel back panel, featuring machined grooves, allows the kitchen to be customised with a wide range of visible accessories and utensils. The handles, available in solid natural oak or cast-iron effect painted metal, are deliberately prominent, designed to hold dish cloths while the stainless-steel hood, in a satin finish, is intended for additional storage use.  The island offers a generous space for food preparation and entertaining.

The fusion of Morrison’s refined design ethos and Schiffini’s modular hallmark style results in a lived-in kitchen with atmosphere and the joy of cookery at its heart. 

The Lepic kitchen comes in three finishes: Malè White, Ingo Black and Beige Luxor. 

Schiffini kitchens start from £20,000. 

The latest additions to 
Drummonds’ bathroom lighting collection take their signature classic luxe to new heights.

As with all Drummonds’ brassware, every piece is entirely handmade, with the brass cast in the traditional lost wax process and the glass handblown. The brass is then finished to order, with nine options ranging from unlacquered brass to polished nickel and antique bronze.

Part of the Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds Collection, the impressive new Derwent Flush Ceiling Light is a clever fusion of contemporary and vintage style. 170mm high x 300mm wide, it’s large enough to be a central light in a small bathroom and also looks great used in multiples to light larger spaces.

Also new are cut glass shades for Drummonds’ Dalby (shown below, right) and Chessleton (shown below, left) wall lights. Handmade glass is cut by hand in a diamond pattern which gives the lights a distinctly Deco feel.  


It can be daunting to move away from a neutral palette and embrace the vivid hues and bold tones that are now so on trend…  

One of the easiest ways to add colour is 
Felt’s beautiful handmade shyrdak rugs, which come bold, bright and beautiful in all shapes and sizes, from runners to room-size or round rugs.  From the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, Felt rugs offer 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 customers can also commission bespoke rugs.


London Basin Company introduce ‘Annika’, a stylish porcelain basin inspired by the clean and simple styling associated with Nordic design.  The asymmetric basin encompasses the three key elements of Scandinavian style - functionality, simplicity and beauty - with a hand finished dimpled white exterior setting off a bright high gloss green interior. 

London Basin Company’s richly decorated porcelain basins make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms. Interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern designs and patterns.

Available to buy online, London Basin Company offers a wide variety of designs.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height.  

Annika is 37.5cm in diameter x 15-18.5cm high and is shown here on the Felix vanity stand also by London Basin Company. 


Lapicida’s new Alora porcelain tiles have a rich, warm Mediterranean feel.  Perfect facsimiles of a vintage terracotta, complete with mellow colour variations and natural textures, they are an easy and cost- effective way to get one of today’s most on-trend looks.

Light, strong and extremely easy to look after, Lapicida’s high-tech porcelain tiles come in a dazzling array of extraordinary lookalikes, including timber, metal, glass, cement and ceramics.    

Easy to install on interior walls and floors, 
Alora porcelain tiles measure 450 x 450 x 10mm. 


A run-down Victorian villa in Oxfordshire was demolished to make way for a brand-new house.  It retained the generous proportions of the original building, but with much larger areas of glass and a purpose-designed footprint, it is the perfect modern home for a couple and their three teenage children.

The clients came to 
Martin Moore through a friend’s recommendation and the kitchen design started while the house was still in the planning phase. This enabled the designer, Alex Hughes of Martin Moore’s Amersham showroom, to work with the architects and builders right from the beginning, aligning all the services and amenities.  The overall concept was definitely to ‘think big’.  Everything in this kitchen is on a grand scale and the design grew outwards from the central focus of one of the largest islands which Martin Moore have ever made.

Another must-have was the Aga.  Moving to the new house meant leaving a much-loved Aga behind, but there was the cheering prospect of a brand new one at the heart of the new kitchen. Situated just opposite the Aga, the sizeable central island is the multi-purpose heart of the room; as much a social hub for the family as a prepping area and laying out space.  A steam oven faces the Aga, creating a cooking zone, and a prep sink makes a practical addition to the island’s functionality, as does a deep fridge drawer facing the main sink.

The clients’ original brief actually called for two islands; the second being for a teenage daughter who loves to bake and needed a working zone of her own.  A second fixed island proved impractical in the final design, but was cleverly replaced by a Martin Moore Cook’s Table.  A large freestanding dresser adjacent to both the cooking zone and dining area holds the majority of the everyday china, glass and cutlery.

Although this is such a large kitchen, its ergonomics and functionality have been very carefully planned.  Because every Martin Moore kitchen is entirely designed and handbuilt as a one-off, every element of the space and the clients’ needs can be given due recognition.  Alex visited the clients in their old house and together they measured the existing shelving and drawer capacity, plus contents, and estimated exactly how much space the new kitchen should provide and how it would be organised.  They also discussed how the clients liked to shop (often, for fresh food) and cook and tailored the larder, fridge and freezer space accordingly.

Clever, purpose-designed, storage abounds, including deep drawers on either side of the Aga, which conceal internal drawers with special dividers for a knife block and utensils.  More vertical dividers under the prep sink provide dedicated storage for chopping boards and Aga trays. 

The clients had already chosen the fabrics for their blinds and upholstery, so the kitchen was handpainted in complementary colours, taking a palette of warm neutrals through the whole space from the working zones into the family dining and sitting room areas beyond. This unity creates a calm atmosphere with the colours changing subtly in response to the natural daylight which floods the room.

The kitchen also has a spacious walk-in pantry with traditional cool-shelves in Carrara marble. The long open shelves above the worktop provide storage for oils, preserves and dry ingredients, whilst the shelves below hold big bowls, party platters and large pieces of cookware. Wicker baskets under the sink provide root vegetable storage. 


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