COOL & CALM - BY DESIGN
JANUARY 18TH 2018



This classic 1930’s Arts & Crafts style house in Surrey has gradually undergone a radical transformation.  
Upstairs and down, its fussy, dated decoration has been replaced by a classic aesthetic with more than a hint of New England style.  It’s home to a large family with teenage children, but, with clever use of storage and organisation, pulls off a cool, uncluttered look… and nowhere more so than in the kitchen.

Martin Moore designer Andrew Wartnaby worked with the clients to create a simple, beautiful kitchen on a large scale.  It’s a painstakingly planned room where absolutely everything has its own place, housed within bespoke cabinetry from the Modernist Collection. 




A great match to the 30’s architecture of the house, the furniture has a linear design with minimal, but well-considered decorative detailing, such as the mirror backed glass cupboard.  Much of the furniture’s hallmark style derives from its proportions and the unique way in which the cupboards are recessed, with a projection of just 50mm into the room.

The large central island is the heart of the kitchen, providing worksurface, prepping space and a sociable curved end for perching and informal eating.  Rather than have a second island, the kitchen features a large, multi-purpose Cook’s Table, which can be moved, giving the space a flexibility which is especially useful for parties.  The clients entertain often, usually on a large scale, and this is a kitchen designed to host gatherings of family and friends.

The rich tones of Walnut are used as a warm counterpoint to the handpainted furniture.  The island’s cabinetry makes a particular feature of the timber’s natural grain, used both vertically and horizontally to create a subtle decorative focus which also highlights the skills of the craftsmen in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops.

The Aga was the only element of the previous kitchen which was retained.  Andrew Wartnaby sited it within a recess, creating a new mantel feature to define the cooking zone.  The Cook’s Shelf running behind is brilliantly practical for storage and display. 





There is no shortage of necessities, appurtenances and appliances in this kitchen - but they are all carefully stored behind the doors of purpose-designed cupboards.

The Larder Cupboard is lined with Walnut shelves and racks for packets, boxes, jars and cooking ingredients of all sorts.  Although shallow enough to keep everything on view, it holds all the essentials a busy cook needs and keeps them ready to hand. 

The Appliance Cupboard serves both the kitchen and the dining area.  It houses the clients’ extensive cookery book collection alongside bulky appliances including a KitchenAid, toaster, microwave and coffee machine.  The drawers below are fitted out to hold cutlery and kitchen/dining room linens.

 


 

Kitchen Details:
Cabinetry: Martin Moore Modernist Collection, custom built to order
Painted in Martin Moore’s ‘Bark Grey’
Floor: Edessa Limestone from Martin Moore Stone
Worktops: Bianca Eclipsia Quartzite

NEW - AMADEA
JANUARY 15TH 2018
 
A modern take on traditional wool paisleys, new ‘Amadea’ features swirling fronds and muted colourways in a botanical palette, giving a look which George Spencer call ‘decorative plains’.  A dense jacquard weave in 100% wool, it combines weight with a silky drape, perfect for curtains, cushions and light upholstery. 
 
12 colourways offering both subtle neutrals and stronger colours from a retro palette.  
Width: 140cm

 
AUTHENTIC TEXTURE
JANUARY 9TH 2018

Twinned with the return of colour and pattern comes a new emphasis on texture and layering.
 
Shyrdak rugs and cushions are hand-cut from layers of wool felt and then hand-stitched, giving their geometric designs real depth and clarity. The colours used range from dazzling brights to the subtly muted natural browns, greys and creams of the wool itself. Their authentic texture adds warmth and interest, making them very much at home in both classic and contemporary interiors and perfect for ‘lifting’ neutral schemes.

A wide selection of rugs and cushions is always available from stock       
    
      

NEW… PORCELAIN FRONTED CABINETS
JANUARY 8TH 2018

The new modular Dogma collection from Alternative Bathrooms melds Italian style with a Zen-like focus on harmony and balance.

An extensive system of beautiful basins, cabinetry and storage offers interchangeable elements in a wide range of sizes, materials and colour options. These allow completely individual set-ups to be designed. Natural materials abound in the collection, including metal, timber, solid marble and marble effect porcelain.  Used as cladding, the smooth, matt porcelain brings chic modernity to the cabinetry.

Shown here are Dogma porcelain-fronted cabinets in a range of different vanity basin and storage combinations.  

MERRY CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 21ST 2017
SCALLOP EDGED LORELEI
DECEMBER 11TH 2017


Inspired by classic blue and white Chinese porcelain, the richly decorated Lorelei basin features a pattern of fish and lotus blossom, traditional symbols for abundance and wealth. One of the first basins launched by London Basin Company, it has always been one of their most popular designs. 
 
Now a new version of the Lorelei is available, featuring a delicate scalloped edge which gives the design yet another decorative dimension.
 
Shown here with a tap from The Watermark Collection: Elements wall mounted basin mixer in Oil Rubbed Bronze with Oil Slick handle
 
NEW... DOGMA
DECEMBER 7TH 2017
Alternative bathrooms

The new modular Dogma collection from Alternative Bathrooms melds Italian style with a Zen-like focus on harmony and balance.
 
An extensive system of beautiful basins, cabinetry and storage offers interchangeable elements in a wide range of sizes, materials and colour options. These allow completely individual set-ups to be designed. Natural materials abound in the collection, including metal, timber, porcelain and marble.
 
Shown here (above and below) is Dogma’s contemporary look at the classic vanity stand, and some of the many combinations and variants in which it can be used.  

FULLY AUTOMATED SUNLIGHT SENSOR BLINDS
DECEMBER 6TH 2017


This newly-finished modern home is built in grand country house style.  Floor to ceiling windows flood the open plan kitchen/dining room with light from three aspects. 

With such large areas of glass, controlling heat build-up from sunshine is a big issue, requiring a sophisticated shading solution.  Privacy is another important consideration, especially at night when interior lights are on.   Grand Design Blinds’ expert response was to design and install a fully automated system of electric roller blinds with motors controlled by light sensors.  These smoothly open and close in response to ambient light conditions, keeping the kitchen coolly shaded and screened as needed.  Manual controls can over-ride the automated system at any time.

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide.  Their blinds are all handmade to order in the UK.

MATT BLACK IN BROOKLYN FROM THE WATERMARK COLLECTION
DECEMBER 5TH 2017

The Watermark Collection offers exciting new views on bathroom and kitchen brassware, combining authentic industrial heritage with a contemporary decorative chic. Watermark products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. 
 
Shown here: A Brooklyn wall mounted 2-hole basin set in a chic bathroom designed by Nia Morris Studio. The warm, dark tones of the hand-applied Matt Black finish offer a striking contrast to pastel shades on the walls and floors, but share the sense of artisanal style and individuality.  
 
Nothing more perfectly captures the essence of The Watermark Collection than the Brooklyn range: Inspired by the gate valves found in mid-century apartment blocks, it’s a tribute to the engineering heritage of one of New York’s most vibrant boroughs. The range offers 54 different elements for bathrooms and kitchens, allowing people to create entirely customized set-ups. The look is individualized still further by 15 different hand finishes, from the warmth of Copper and Aged Brass to the profoundly mechanical appeal of Gunmetal and Charcoal. 
FINDING THE VIEW
DECEMBER 4TH 2017


The owners of this house moved to Jersey when they retired, buying an impressive chateaux-style property with exceptional views across the splendid bay. The kitchen however, situated at the back of the house, was shut off from that view. To remedy this, the layout was changed entirely, moving a staircase and replacing the rear wall with an orangery extension, opening the space up to the sea and sky.
 
Pam Baker at Martin Moore had designed their previous kitchen in England and came to Jersey to see the new space and take a brief. The clients asked her to create an inviting new kitchen with soft styling and a light, coastal feel. It also had to have a built-in bar area for weekend entertaining.



Inspired by its setting, the colours throughout this kitchen are determinedly soft and natural, from the American Black Walnut island to the aged limestone floor and antique mirror glass behind the cooking zone, which is defined by a generous mantel. The cabinetry too, is painted in rich neutrals - with a splash of stunning sea blue on the full height cupboards which conceal the fridge and freezer. There is a strong sense of this kitchen having always been there.
 
The same blue, Little Greene’s ‘Bone China’, a gentle reference to the seaside location, is picked up inside the twin glazed cupboards, highlighting carefully chosen pieces of china and glass displayed inside.
 
The cabinetry is in Martin Moore’s New Classic design; perfectly suited to the house. Decorative detailing is minimised, letting the quality of the traditional cabinetmaking, the timber and the other materials in the kitchen shine through. Window treatments and upholstery have also been kept to a minimum to maintain focus on the coastal views. 



Jersey’s warm climate means that the Aga is switched off for several months of the year. Back-up is provided by eye-level built-in ovens and a pair of two-zone induction hobs which flank the Aga to maintain symmetry. A Quooker boiling water tap and a warming oven were other must-haves, as were the two dishwashers; one serving the kitchen and one, located within the island, serving the separate bar area.
 
Every Martin Moore kitchen is designed and built as a one-off. There are no standard components and everything is made, by hand, to order, in their Yorkshire workshops. This allowed Pam Baker to respond in every detail to the brief. This included three different sink areas, one on the island and the other two within the long L-shaped run of cabinets, which houses many of the kitchen essentials in a carefully planned array of drawers and cupboards.



Worksurfaces throughout are in Caesarstone, contrasting the marble-veined ‘Dreamy Marfil’ colourway on the island with the tonal ‘Shitake’ on the perimeter cabinets.  There are subtle contrasts in the cabinetry colours too, with the kitchen hand-painted in Little Greene ‘Rolling Fog’ and the bar in Farrow & Ball ‘London Stone’.
 
Situated halfway between the kitchen and the comfortable seating area, the bar area is a luxurious, flamboyant centrepiece. The tall cabinets for glassware and bottles have mirror-backing and special glass shelving imbued with LED lighting, making the whole area sparkle by night.
 
The L-shaped bar which defines the area has beautiful American Walnut top and wall cladding, matching the kitchen island and giving a ‘gentleman’s club’ feel.  Specially fitted out cupboards hold bar equipment and accessories. 

DRUMMONDS OPEN NEW YORK SHOWROOM
DECEMBER 1ST 2017

 
From their handsome cast iron baths to their gleaming, handmade brassware, luxury bathroom manufacturers, Drummonds are an iconic British brand. Now, they’ve opened their first standalone showroom in New York, bringing their unique style to the A&D Building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Drummonds bathroomware has a rare solidity and integrity, born of traditional manufacturing processes. Rich with colour and texture, the 1340 sq. ft. (124 m²) showroom has been designed as a magnificent backdrop, against which the craftsmanship and grandeur of their products is seen at its most impressive. 

Drummonds’ newest introductions, from the Wye Bath in a burnished copper finish to the Martin Brudnizki-designed Leawood Shower & Tap Collection are all on display in the new showroom, alongside classics such as the cast iron Usk Bateau bath and the dramatic freestanding Severn Shower. Everywhere, the gleam of enamel, china clay, marble, glass and metal combines beautifully with craftsmanship of the highest order - making the New York showroom a temple of bathroom splendour and luxury. 
A RUM FELLOW
NOVEMBER 27TH 2017

 
Amongst the many treasures at George Spencer Designs’ Chelsea Harbour showroom, the artisan designs from A Rum Fellow are amongst the most decorative.
 
Working direct with weaving co-operatives and social enterprises worldwide, A Rum Fellow combines contemporary and tribal-inspired designs with heritage methods of production. Very much in tune with today’s interiors, the collection offers richly coloured, vivid designs in rugs, fabrics and cushions.

FOREVER FUCHSIA
NOVEMBER 23RD 2017

2018’s interiors are all about the bold and the bright, with ‘powerful pinks’ at the forefront. Get on trend with a rug from Felt’s collection of gorgeous Shyrdaks, or mix and match their colourful cushions.  
 
Available in a wide range of colours, including plenty of hot pinks, Felt’s large collection of new and vintage Shyrdaks also comes in many sizes and shapes, from runners to room-size or round rugs. 

NEW: TANCHO WALLPAPER
NOVEMBER 20TH 2017

 
Exclusive to George Spencer Designs in the UK, the illustrations on Maison C.’s quirky, witty wallpapers take their inspiration from nature and fine art, rendered with a dreamlike quality.  
 
Tancho, one of their newest designs, features Japanese Cranes, highlighting the architectural quality of their poses.  In Japan, cranes are legendary birds, said to live for a thousand years and symbolising good fortune and longevity.  Their black and white plumage is beautifully set against four different background colours, printed on clay-finished eco paper, using eco inks which give a very particular depth and quality of colour.  

NEW - WOOD EFFECT PORCELAIN COLLECTION
NOVEMBER 16TH 2017

Martin Moore Stone’s new Wood Effect Porcelain Collection provides great flooring solutions, combining the look of real wood with the performance of porcelain.
 
Thinner, more stable and more durable than real wood, it’s an ideal surface for high traffic or high humidity rooms including kitchens, playrooms, hallways and bathrooms.  Because it is frost-resistant, it can also be laid outside on terraces or patios. The collection includes six authentically coloured and textured timber effects, from the driftwood look of Rustic Oak to the rich, warm tones of Cherry and Walnut (shown above: American Oak).
 
Martin Moore Stone offer an exceptional range of wall and floor tiles, from limestone, marble, terracotta and porcelain to a wide selection of decoratives. They also supply exterior stone paving and fireplaces in natural stone and marble. 
MELLOW YELLOW
NOVEMBER 14TH 2017

 
The Lume collection at Alternative Bathrooms is a new modular vanity concept offering an almost infinite range of combinations. The interchangeable components, from basins to shelving and mirrors, can be put together in multiple different combinations and custom-finished in a wide variety of coloured lacquers, woods and other materials.  
 
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. 

TRENDING DECORATIVE TILES FOR KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
NOVEMBER 13TH 2017

Lapicida’s Cementine Collection combines the durability and practicality of porcelain with the look of traditional stoneware tiles. Perfect for walls and floors, the collection offers a wide range of 20cm square tiles in co-ordinating patterns, bringing new design potential to kitchens and bathrooms. Matching plains add further detail.
 
Lapicida’s top quality porcelain tiles come in a wide range of sizes and specialist finishes including wholly authentic-looking timber, concrete and stone. Chosen to work alongside their premium marbles and stone they can be used together in the same projects, often as a solution to weight or thickness issues.  

CRAFT, QUALITY AND FORM
NOVEMBER 9TH 2017

 
Inspired by the cool elegance of Nordic interiors, this Surrey bathroom (part of the complete restoration of a 1930’s house) strikes a clever balance between urban and country style.  The colours create an immediate feeling of calm and relaxation and every element in the room was carefully selected for its innate craft, quality and form.  This made the handmade ’Loft’ basin and bath brassware a natural choice for the owner, a fashion designer with an equally keen eye for interiors.
 
One of The Watermark Collection’s signature designs, Loft emphasizes all the weight and individuality of their brassware, giving visual and tactile pleasure in this bathroom for years to come. 

Interior design by: Kinnersley Kent Design
Photographer: Kate Berry

A ROOM WITH A VIEW
NOVEMBER 8TH 2017

This newly-finished modern home is built in grand country house style, with large windows flooding the rooms with light. The master ensuite is overlooked from the courtyard below and needed discreet screening. 

Keen not to lose their view of trees and sky, the owners commissioned Grand Design Blinds to find a solution. In response, they designed a manually operated pleated blind which draws smoothly from the bottom upwards. Made in a translucent fabric, it allows the window to be screened to exactly the right degree at any time of day. When not in use, the blind retracts down to sit almost invisibly at the bottom of the window.

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. Their blinds are all handmade to order in the UK.
DECO INSPIRED THAMES VANITY
NOVEMBER 7TH 2017

Drummonds’ traditional craft manufacturing processes bring a very special quality to their classic bathroomware. The art deco-inspired Thames Vanity combines the beauty of a hand-poured china clay basin with the finely detailed brass frame and marble which has been cut and finished by hand.  

With a choice of either a single or a double vanity, the Thames is available in Unlacquered Brass, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel or Antique Nickel, Brass or Bronze with three different marble options: White Arabescato, Atlantic Grey and Black Marquina.  The integral shelf is perfect for storing towels and toiletries. 
NEW - HANDMADE METAL VANITIES
NOVEMBER 2ND 2017

 
London Basin Company has launched three new vanities.  Designed as the perfect match to their hand decorated porcelain basins, they are also available as standalone pieces. Handmade in mild steel and hand finished to achieve a unique patina, each of the three vanities has a different character.
 
Shown above from left to right:  Art Deco meets Chinoiserie in the ‘Hugo’, which comes in a gold metallic finish with the option of an additional glass shelf supported on the lower part of the legs. ‘Noah’, in a metallic copper finish, has a refined, rectilinear form, with the option of an integrated tall mirror and top in black or white laminate. ‘Felix’, in a natural polished steel, has a vintage aesthetic with a raw, industrial feel and a reclaimed wood top. 
YORKSHIRE BLUE
NOVEMBER 1ST 2017

Building an extension to this late Victorian North Yorkshire home was the only way to gain room for a big, new family kitchen.

Recommended to the house’s owners by a friend, Martin Moore designer Matthew Sedgwick was briefed before the building works began. This allowed him not only to oversee the correct placement of all the utilities, but also to feedback his ideas for the space into the building process. 

One of his priorities was to design an architectural feature to bring interest to the longest wall and create a visual ‘centrepiece’ for the kitchen. A deep recess was built to hold the cooking zone, with a break-fronted chimney breast and timber mantel lending a classic look. An impressive range cooker holds pride of place, with dedicated storage cupboards and workspace on either side. The recess is lined with polished Carrara marble and features a useful cookshelf, perfect for keeping cooking essentials such as salt and oils to hand.





‘A blue kitchen’ was in the brief right from the outset, but the colours went through many potential shades and combinations before settling on Martin Moore’s ‘Summer Sky’ for the fitted cabinetry, ‘Cove Blue’ for the island and interior of the large glazed dresser and ‘Blue Grey’ on the drinks servery dresser and outside of the glazed dresser.  Hand-painted, these subtly related colours highlight the unfussy good looks of Martin Moore’s ‘New Classic’ cabinetry.



Every Martin Moore kitchen is designed and handmade to order in their Yorkshire workshops, with no standard components. Built round the clients’ busy lifestyle, this kitchen has many ‘dedicated’ areas including the large glazed dresser for glass, cutlery and crockery storage and the appliance cupboard, keeping the kitchen beautifully organised. 

Throughout the rest of the kitchen, the worksurfaces are in ‘Bianco Massa’ polished quartz composite. The floor, Cartmel Honed Limestone from Martin Moore Stone, is in the same rich but neutral palette. 
NEW… WALLPAPER COLLECTION FROM REBECCA ATWOOD
OCTOBER 26TH 2017

 
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 own collections, George Spencer represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric houses which share the same feel and ethos.  The line-up includes American artist and textile designer Rebecca Atwood, whose sustainably produced products have a chic contemporary edge.  

In her Brooklyn studio, Rebecca uses a variety of techniques including illustration and collage to evolve patterns for her textiles and wallpapers. Her new collection of screen printed wallpapers draws its inspiration from yoga practice. From tree pose to shavasana, they render the forms of her favourite poses into flowing sequences of abstract pattern and colour.

Screen printed onto a distinctive clay-coated paper, the eight new designs each come in several colourways within a predominantly pink, grey and blue palette.  Rebecca describes them as “Beautiful, calm and promoting wellbeing.”

Available at George Spencer Designs, the new Rebecca Atwood wallpapers are 61-68.5cm wide depending on the pattern. 
ON TREND WITH PINK
OCTOBER 25TH 2017

 
Felt’s newest designs include on-trend glimpses of the beautiful pinks appearing on the catwalk this season. It’s a palette that has already become a favourite in interiors.
 
Seen here, pink is combined with a deep, bright blue - giving this pair of room-size rugs their own classic look. Super smart and vibrant, it’s a modern take on ethnic style.
 
Measuring 1.8m x 2.6m 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.    
'LOFT'... A REFINED LUXURY
OCTOBER 24TH 2017

A Loft’ monobloc mixer tap in Vintage Brass hits the perfect note in this coolly luxurious kitchen, part of the total refurbishment of a 1930’s house. Referencing the Arts & Crafts details of the original house, every element of the scheme has a deceptively simple demeanor, throwing focus onto the refined beauty of the materials and their forms. One of The Watermark Collection’s signature designs, ‘Loft’ emphasizes all the pleasing weight and individuality of their handmade brassware. 

Interior design by: Kinnersley Kent Design
Photographer: Kate Berry

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