FROM CATWALK TO CLOAKROOM
MARCH 1ST 2017

From Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana, chinoiserie continues to grace the catwalk and where fashion goes, interiors soon follow. Perfectly in tune with this trend, the London Basin Company’s classic blue and white Georgiana basin makes the ideal accent piece for bathrooms and cloakrooms.   

The hand decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company were created by interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, who draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns.
NEW… THE WANDLE BY MARTIN BRUDNIZKI FOR DRUMMONDS
FEBRUARY 27TH 2017

 
Designed by Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds as part of their ongoing collaboration, the cast iron Wandle bath is his new look at a traditional form. Ergonomically designed around the human form, the sloping end is the same width from top to bottom, to accommodate shoulders, and has the ideal slope to allow the head to rest comfortably.  

The perfect bath for restful reading or soaking, the Wandle comes with either feet (below), giving a classic look or a skirt (above), which brings the bath lower to the floor with a more modern feel. The industrial aesthetic of the feet is inspired by iron beams in a Victorian pump house, whilst the skirt echoes the bulbous bow of a ship. As with all Drummonds’ cast iron baths, each Wandle takes several weeks to make, in a traditional process involving casting the raw metal, shot-blasting and enamelling with the lengthy dry-frit process which gives a snow white, incredibly durable enamel surface.  The exterior can be painted, primed or polished to order.
PURE LUXURY
FEBRUARY 22ND 2017


Designed for the penthouse apartment of an impressive Georgian building in London, this bespoke kitchen by DesignSpace London is the utmost in luxury; in both materials and functionality. 

The client asked for ‘rich finishes’ and designer Luke Beveridge at DesignSpace London responded with a palette of exceptional materials including natural quartzite stone and specially commissioned metallised bronze lacquer finish on the cabinet doors, with walnut framing and wall panelling matched to the panelling throughout the penthouse - which was developed and interior designed by Vabel.  



The ‘Taj Mahal’ quartzite is an exceptionally hard and beautiful stone, used for the floor, the central island, the worktop and the backsplash cladding. The stone delineates the kitchen area within the open plan room and its characteristic veining creates a decorative feature within the refined austerity of the overall design.  

Designed and made to order, the kitchen uses cabinetry from Modulnova’s Fly and MH6 systems as minimalist building blocks - given visual depth and interest by the rich wood, stone and metallic lacquer. In such an apparently simple design, fine architectural detailing speaks volumes - such as the 45˚ mitred edge on the cabinet door tops, precisely mirrored by the worktop overhang.



The kitchen is zoned with all the cooking appliances and the sink on the back wall, leaving the island as a solid expanse of stone, free for prepping food and gathering guests. Storage was maximised throughout:  Solutions include deep drawers under the hob and island and wall units above the sink with super wide doors. These lift on an electric system, putting the entire contents on view.

The lighting too has been carefully considered. With a dramatic antique French pendant light over the adjacent dining table, it was important not to compete by installing suspended lighting in the kitchen. Instead, trough lighting is rebated into the walnut pelmet above the wall units, with a parallel line of concealed LED’s at their base. The focus is on illuminating the luxurious materials, with adjustable settings allowing the mood to be changed in response to the time of day. 
LEAF TRELLIS BY GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS
FEBRUARY 20TH 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. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills.  

Not about fashion, but very much on trend, their fabrics are quietly brilliant, with distinctive textures and colours often giving a 20th Century vintage feel. Leaf Trellis captures that mood perfectly, translating a classic theme of the 1950’s into a modern, illustrative print with an architectural feel. 



Ideal for curtains and upholstery, Leaf Trellis comes in eight colourways, offering both subtle neutrals and stronger colours from a retro palette. With a composition of 61% cotton/39% linen, it’s an extremely tactile fabric with beautiful drape.
NEW E-COMMERCE LAPICIDA WEBSITE
FEBRUARY 16TH 2017


Lapicida’s new e-commerce website is a revolution in choosing and buying stone. With the look and feel of a luxury fashion brand, inspirational images are backed by detailed product information and pricing. Featuring stone for walls, floors, baths, basins, furniture and decorative accessories for the home, it shows contemporary and classic looks in materials including marble and limestone.  

The site also uses the latest user-experience technology, with shareable mood boards, advanced search facilities and e-commerce on many products, including Lapicida’s glamorous new Lara Bohinc and Anouska Hempel accessories collections. Supporting the website, additional customer advice is provided over the phone or in person by Lapicida’s London and Harrogate showrooms.   
LOFTY LIVING
FEBRUARY 15TH 2017

Bathrooms are often tucked into unusually shaped spaces, demanding well-proportioned pieces and a clever lay-out. The new Dress 2.0 Collection from Alternative Bathrooms is perfect for planning beautiful bathrooms, whether you have a well proportioned room or one which needs resourceful design solutions.

The modular cabinetry and storage units in the Dress 2.0 collection feature signature rounded edges and offer the utmost flexibility of form and function. Elements shown here are: Gola Vanity unit with Mak Mat top, Wall unit in ecru matt finish, deep tub shaped West Ceramic basin, Gio Top mirror and Magnetic lamp. Also shown is the Vanity bath tub.

The Dress 2.0 collection comes in a wide choice of finishes and textures including natural timbers in plain or stained colours and a range of lacquers. Coordinating mirrors, baths and basins complete the look. 
FELT RUGS INSPIRE NEW HERMÈS SCARF
FEBRUARY 14TH 2017


Appaloosa des Steppes’ from the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection, was directly inspired by the geometric motifs and vivid colours of Felt’s tribal Shrydak rugs. 
 
The scarf was designed for Hermès by artist, Alice Shirley. A fascination with the mysterious Kyrgyz origins of the iconic ‘spotty horse’ led her to Felt’s London studio, with its unique collection of new and antique Shyrdaks. Here she learnt to interpret the symbolism of these extraordinarily decorative rugs, made in the same way for more than 2500 years by the Kyrgyz nomads - guardians of the Tien Shan Mountains and the wild horses.

The applied geometric shapes are a language; bestowing blessings, describing landscapes or telling stories of the nomadic life. Traditionally, Shyrdaks are used inside yurts for insulation and decoration and Alice’s design drew on these images to create a dazzling backdrop for her prancing Appaloosa stallion. 



‘Appaloosa des Steppes’ from the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection is available in several colourways - uk.hermes.com
CROSSING CONTINENTS
FEBRUARY 9TH 2017


Bringing the breezy outdoors lifestyle of Sydney right across the world to England’s Home Counties, this kitchen was designed in response to a very specific brief. It needed to be the heart of a new home for a relocated family with both teenagers and younger children. Particularly so because the parents have a packed social calendar, making family time especially precious. Another key element of the brief was their love of the seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle to which they were so accustomed to in Australia.  

A modern build with an Arts & Crafts feel, the house lent itself to the open plan contemporary kitchen for which the clients had asked. Very clear in their vision, they had a long list of elements which needed to be incorporated into the design. These included a homework area/home office situated within the kitchen, an indoor drinks station serving the outside barbeque area and a dedicated juicing zone complete with organic waste bins. 



For Martin Moore designer Pam Baker, one of the earliest tasks was to establish a good flow for the room. It’s an extremely large space with dominant areas of glass at both ends and required expert planning to get the feel and the ergonomics right. The key to maximum functionality was to have two large islands; one focused on cooking (with an extractor in the ceiling above) and the other on prepping, in addition to which they both offer dedicated storage. Forming a work zone at the heart of the kitchen, they are served on one side by a wet zone and Appliance Cupboard, and on the other by tall wall cupboards housing state-of-the-art appliances. Shown below, the double doors between the ovens and the fridge/freezer appear to be cupboards but in fact give access to a large walk in pantry behind. 



Both islands feature Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ worktops and side cladding. This was requested by the owners who have a vision of living in this house for many years and wanted to make the sides of the island extra-resistant to knocks and bangs of lively children enjoying playing in the kitchen space. 



Likewise, the ‘homework station’ (seen below) will become a home office for adults in the due course of time, but meanwhile, it provides an organised space for children to work, whilst still being in the ‘flow’ of the kitchen. Flanking it on the left is a handwash sink and to the right a dedicated drinks zone with fridge drawers and a wine cooler. Both zones are sited and designed to serve the outdoor BBQ kitchen as much as the indoor cooking and eating areas. 



The kitchen furniture, made to order in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops, combines hand-painted elements with oak - in direct homage to the Arts & Crafts aesthetic of the house, which features oak doors and window architraves. Blue walls add on-trend modernity.

FREESTANDING GARDEN PAVILION
FEBRUARY 1ST 2017

 
Making the most of the British climate, this freestanding pavilion by The Caulfield Company brings a contemporary architectural note to a tranquil Japanese-inspired garden in Devon. Specifically designed with special thermal glass systems which allow it to be used throughout the year, the pavilion offers a calm environment of light and space overlooking a traditional koi carp pond.  It’s a place for peaceful contemplation and relaxation, untroubled by the temperature outside.
THE LONDON COLLECTION
JANUARY 26TH 2017

 
Perfectly on the cusp of traditional and modern, the London range by The Watermark Collection is a streamlined look at classic brassware, stripping down familiar forms into clean, contemporary lines.  Two handle types, Cross and Lever, lend sculptural presence to a collection which includes bath, basin, shower and kitchen taps.
THE MODERN WAY TO GET DECORATIVE
JANUARY 25TH 2017
The Celestine from the London Basin Company is perfect for achieving the ‘modern decorative’ look now making its way into our homes.  No longer does everything in the bathroom need to be in stark, monochrome forms…

Shaped like a flower, Celestine features the delicate pale green colour and crackle glaze finish so often used in traditional Chinese celadon ware.  It’s a great way to introduce a simple, pretty, decorative element to bathrooms or cloakrooms and works equally well with modern or traditional brassware. 
LARA BOHINC FOR LAPICIDA: THE LUNAR COLLECTION
JANUARY 19TH 2017
New: The Collision Console and The Half Moon Mirror
 


The ongoing ‘Lunar’ collaboration between Lapicida and designer Lara Bohinc moves into a new phase with the launch of two new elements. 

Inspired by the planets and their orbital movements, a recurrent theme in Lara Bohinc’s work, the Lunar Collection features important pieces of furniture, with highly-figured marbles set like jewels within golden rims.  Disc shapes bisect or overlay to create surface patterns and structural elements. 



The newest introductions, the Collision Console and Half Moon Mirror are simpler, more compact pieces, ideal to use as standalone design statements or to harmonise with the larger tables in the collection.  Imbued with all the decorative and dynamic poise of the Lunar Collection, they have a refined luxury which perfectly showcases the natural beauty of the stone. 
URBAN EDGE
JANUARY 18TH 2017


Designed by Drummonds’ Bathroom Design Service, this townhouse bathroom has a sophisticated urban edge. 

Drummonds’ classic bathroomware is beautifully set within a simple, modern interior, putting all the design focus onto the gleaming brass, marble and china. The pieces chosen are all on a grand scale; underlining the luxury of having a large bathroom with space for dramatic pieces such as the spectacular double vanity.



The uncluttered simplicity of this scheme also highlights the beauty of Drummonds’ materials and the extraordinary quality of their manufacture.  Made using traditional processes such as lost wax casting, they combine the spirit of classic bathroomware with a look which is very much at home in contemporary interiors.
THE ART OF KITCHEN DESIGN
JANUARY 17TH 2017


This kitchen was commissioned by a passionate art collector and designed to be as much a gallery space as a place for cooking and eating. There are, in fact, two adjacent kitchens: A vast architectural showpiece in Modulnova’s ‘Blade’ collection which acts as a family hub and entertaining area and a smaller, professionally equipped workspace in Modulnova’s ‘Twenty’ collection in white satin lacquer with a stainless steel worksurface.



The main kitchen combines ‘Blade’ in anodised black aluminium with elements from the ‘MH6’ collection in a bronze metallised finish. Utilising the latest technologies, the extraordinarily light and strong ‘Blade’ concept allows drawers up to a massive 1.5m wide.  



The centrepiece island was designed to make an impressive impact on the living space, with two key features to plan around; a custom made dividing panel/display wall and a lighting installation specially commissioned by the client for above the island.  Ultra slim, matt black granite tops enhance the rectilinear feel of this kitchen, where every aspect of line and volume has been minutely considered in the creation of a magnificent setting for art and lifestyle alike. 
OUT OF THE WOODS… NEW STATEMENT VANITIES
JANUARY 12TH 2017

 
The new Cubik vanity units from Alternative Bathrooms are shown here in Italian Walnut veneer, specially selected to show the timber’s spectacular natural graining and warmth. It’s the perfect counterpoint to the clean, architectural lines of the cabinetry and creates a striking design focus in contemporary bathrooms.



Cubik is available as single vanity units or double, with a variety of options for basins and taps. The collection also comes in a wide range of other timber and lacquer finishes.  
NEW: THE EROSION COLLECTION
JANUARY 11TH 2017


The Erosion Collection demonstrates a new form of craftsmanship. Reflecting Lapicida’s unique approach to stone, the collection was inspired by a dialogue between nature and technology that has resulted in remarkable statement pieces.  

The project was initiated by Lapicida’s Head of Product Development Paula Henderson, who envisioned an iconic design, born from an exploration into the technical possibilities of the 5 axis CNC machine. Exploiting the latest manufacturing processes, it would give marble a new contemporary relevance through today’s technology. 

Paula awarded the design commission to the Swiss-based Designer Ini Archibong, saying, “It was clear from Ini’s work that he has a highly developed sensitivity to materials and a willingness, as a digital native, to engage and experiment with leading-edge technology.”   

Responding to Lapicida’s brief, Archibong began to explore marble and its relationship with the forces that give it shape, taking the natural eroded formations of stone as inspiration for the collection. By replicating this natural erosion process as digital pathways, and by programing specific digital tool paths into the CNC machine, a delicate eroded surface pattern emerged.



The production of the very first Erosion Bowl was a step into the unknown for both the artist and the craftsmen operating the CNC. A solid block of Carrara marble spent over 50 hours on the machine as cutting and shaping progressed minutely, stage by stage. As an eroded surface pattern was revealed, it became clear that replacing nature’s slow weathering with a speeded up, high-tech process was producing a fascinating new geometry. The successful development of the Erosion Bowl then formed the launch pad for two further, equally spectacular, designs:  the Erosion Platter and the Erosion Vase.

Removed from the high-tech environment of the CNC, each piece is then finished by hand. Hours of painstaking polishing and re-polishing are undertaken to achieve the high gloss interior which contrasts so vividly with the textured exterior. No matter how sophisticated automated processes become, marble still reaches its fullest decorative potential under the hand and eye of the skilled stonemason.

The Erosion Collection is launching at Maison&Objet, 20-24 January 2017 after which it will be available through Lapicida Showrooms.
BI-FOLD DOORS FOR SEAMLESS LIVING
JANUARY 10TH 2017

 
Bi-fold doors are the architectural way to achieve an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, allowing entire walls to simply fold away. Perfect for the changeable British climate, they offer real flexibility and a seamless flow between house and garden. 

The Caulfield Company specialises in intelligent, contemporary glass buildings including state of the art bi-fold door systems with high-performance glass. Precision built for both thermal and noise cancelling qualities, the collection includes double and triple glazed doors, available with specifications right up to Passivhaus standard. The construction can be all-aluminium or aluminium interior with timber exterior and doors can be made up to a massive 6 metres tall. 

Highly engineered, with special ball bearing carriage, these bi-folds are extremely smooth and easy to open/close, and when open the folded doors occupy a very small space. They can also link with each other for added security and carry the “Secure by Design” certification.



Images show examples of extra-large bi-fold doors which fold smoothly away to allow maximum flow between inside and out. The large areas of high thermal performance glass allows rooms to feel light and airy year-round and warm even in the middle of winter.
MAISON&OBJET
JANUARY 9TH 2017

 
Exhibiting at Maison&Objet for the first time this January, Lapicida puts new emphasis on luxury lifestyle products, launching five new accessory and furniture collections. Headlining the lineup, The Erosion Collection was commissioned by Lapicida from Ini Archibong who created three remarkable statement pieces: The Erosion Bowl, Vase and Platter. New furniture comes from the ongoing ‘Lunar’ collaboration with Lara Bohinc, the ‘Brogue’ project with Bethan Gray and the Lapicida-designed ‘Astoria’ range. Inspiring accessories from designer collaborations with both Anouska Hempel and Lara Bohinc include dramatic stone bowls, platters, obelisks and candlesticks.
AT HOME IN THE DALES
JANUARY 5TH 2017

Renowned for its graceful glazed buildings, The Caulfield Company is one of Britain’s leading conservatory designers and makers, with an exceptional reputation for working on heritage projects and many other listed and period buildings.  

Their bespoke designs are built by hand, in the traditional way, in the company’s own joinery workshops in Yorkshire, using durable hardwoods designed to stand the test of time. The Caulfield Company is also especially skilled in ‘invisibly’ incorporating double glazing into period conservatory designs, using the slim glazing bars which conservation departments require. 



This traditional conservatory was built for a village house in the Yorkshire Dales. Designed and situated to make the most of the classic walled garden, it is handmade from solid Sapele hardwood with maintenance-free aluminium cappings. Painted a soft green, it blends sympathetically with the lush garden surroundings and the old stone of the house.

Although traditional in concept, this conservatory has many modern advantages including underfloor heating and electrically operated, thermostatically controlled roof vents that open and close automatically for perfect temperature control.
TREND 2017: TRIBAL
JANUARY 4TH 2017

One of this year’s key interiors trends is Tribal, a look that is all about authentic ethnic design and colour. Choose any of Felt’s strikingly beautiful Shyrdak rugs or cushions to give your rooms an instant injection of tribal style.

Featuring bold, geometric designs which tell stories of nomadic life, Felt’s Shyrdak rugs and cushions come in colours ranging from dazzlingly bright to cool and subtly muted neutrals. Offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for modern and period interiors, Shyrdak dimensions vary from large room size to small rugs and runners in many sizes. 

A wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs.
‘SENSE’ BRASSWARE AT BUTLER’S WHARF
DECEMBER 14TH 2016

The Watermark Collection offers edgy, bold new views on kitchen and bathroom brassware. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece is precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. The entire collection is available to order in 15 different specialist finishes; from polished nickel and oiled bronze to vintage brass and copper.

The bathroom shown here is one of three recently completed by Maisha Design for a Thames-side apartment in Butler’s Wharf. All three feature The Watermark Collection. This bathroom uses ‘Sense’ polished copper taps and accessories, highlighting the warm metal as an exciting counterpoint to cool marble and glass. An infinitely variable lighting system has been designed to accentuate the supreme luxury of the materials.   

Designed for Watermark by prestigious US studio Clodagh Design Signature, Sense features a distinctive hand beaten detailing. Inspired by Manhattan’s neo-classical stonework, it’s a unique effect made by craftsmen employing a rare Warner & Swasey No 6. Turret Lathe, built in 1938. Because the detailing is rendered by eye using this unique machine, every piece of Sense brassware is a one off.

Products shown: Sense Collection in polished copper: 3-hole basin mixer with cross head handle, bath mixer, shower head, hand shower, flush plate, toilet brush + towel rails.  

 
BESPOKE HEADBOARDS GO LARGE!
DECEMBER 13TH 2016

Inspired by boutique hotels, headboards are a key trend and a great way to introduce design focus to a bedroom. Take a tip from design professionals and go large - with strong colours, bold patterns and oversize dimensions; extra tall or extra wide.

Simon Horn’s custom headboards are made to order in the UK, allowing customers to specify everything from style and size to their own upholstery fabrics and finishing detailing. Shown here, the Simon Horn ‘Marlborough’ headboard has been upholstered in sumptuous ‘Bloomsbury Rose’ velvet from Designers Guild, giving the bed real drama and luxury.  Traditional brass studs complete the look.
MOVE OR IMPROVE
DECEMBER 6TH 2016


The owners of this classic 1930’s Surrey detached house inherited a Martin Moore kitchen when they moved in in 2005.  They lived with it happily for years until the time came for their children to leave home and the “move or improve” question came up.  Having spent years creating a wonderful mature garden, the grounds became one of the key reasons to stay put and completely renovate the house, giving it a new, contemporary look throughout.

A large three storey extension at the back of the house provided the space for a brand new kitchen/living space.  What had previously been a rather narrow and slightly dark space was more than doubled in size to become an airy new room opening straight onto the garden with tall bi-fold doors.  

The existing Martin Moore ‘English’ kitchen, which was more than ten years old, was removed before the extension build started.  But still in perfect condition, it was gifted to another member of the family who used it to build her own ‘new’ kitchen. 



Meanwhile, back in Surrey, the new space was being planned down to the last detail by Pam Baker at Martin Moore’s Esher showroom.  She designed and equipped the island as the aesthetic and practical centrepiece - the meeting point where kitchen functionality and social space cross over. Its form is mirrored by a wonderful, square oak kitchen/dining table, also built by Martin Moore. 

Planning out from the island, two walls were used to create distinct zones - both served by the island.  On the back wall, a sophisticated and highly equipped cooking zone is situated at one end, including extra-wide ovens, a 4-zone induction hob plus gas burners and hidden extraction.  At the far end of the run, the wet zone includes a sink and integrated dishwasher.  The two areas are united by a practical high-level cookshelf, with base and top cupboards providing dedicated storage.  The combination of natural oak and handpainted furniture in this kitchen creates a fresh, modern, relaxed look, perfect for open plan living.



On the side wall, the symmetrical plan has a roomy Appliance Cupboard at its centre.  Bi-fold doors open to reveal a built in coffee machine and microwave, with other large appliances including a toaster and mixer plugged in and ready to use on the shelf below.  The drawers beneath house napkins, placemats, cutlery and other table-laying necessities.  Identical sets of double doors flank the Appliance Cupboard:  One side houses a large fridge/freezer whilst the other provides crockery and pantry storage. 

Pam Baker also designed the elegant freestanding oak cupboard. Its glazed doors display simple, modern tableware, whilst its ¾ height provides a perfect place to display a big vase of flowers or bowl of fruit. 

Set back behind the cooking and prepping zones, Martin Moore also built a completely fitted out utility/laundry room.  The whole project demonstrates how even large kitchens require extremely detailed planning, from ergonomic zoning right down to the level of where individual items - from the ironing board to the toaster - will live.  This level of planning creates kitchens which can be both highly functional and intensely sociable… which exactly fulfilled the brief for this completely bespoke kitchen. 

The furniture is Martin Moore’s ‘Architectural’ design and the extensive new kitchen/living space is united throughout by an ‘Aged Caxton’ limestone floor from Martin Moore Stone.  Its warm tones chime with both the oak furniture and the elements which are hand painted in Martin Moore’s ‘Stone 2’… perfectly matched by Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ worktops.  Martin Moore signature back plate handles with a cylindrical knob are in brushed chrome, adding another note of modernity to this contemporary classic design.

RUNAWAY SUCCESS
DECEMBER 5TH 2016

Bring light to a dark hallway or fill an awkward space - runners are endlessly useful, hardworking and decorative.

Felt’s latest collection of Shyrdak runners range in colour from dazzlingly bright to cool and subtly muted neutrals, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both modern and period interiors. Shyrdak dimensions vary from large room size rugs down to small rugs and runners in many sizes. 

A wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes.

2017: CHINOISERIE TRENDING
DECEMBER 1ST 2016

The Oriental trend has hit the catwalk and interiors are following suit, with a distinctly eastern flavour set to become a big decorating theme in the home.  The Clarabelle, shown here, from the London Basin Company epitomises contemporary Chinoiserie and is a clever way to add an on-trend touch to bathrooms or cloakrooms. 

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