THE REINE DE FRANCE - A TRUE CLASSIC
SEPTEMBER 28TH 2016

Ever since Simon Horn introduced us to classic French beds in the 1980’s, the romantic Reine de France has been one of the company’s best-loved designs. Inspired by the Rococo style of the courts of Louis XV and later Marie Antoinette, it has an elegantly curved mahogany frame and exquisite hand carved floral detailing.  

Rococo furniture was often made in two sets - a lighter look for summer and a warmer version for winter. In this tradition, Simon Horn offers the Reine de France in both caned and upholstered versions. 

Handmade, the Reine de France can be custom-made to order. Caned (as shown here) or upholstered in the customer’s choice of fabric, the mahogany timber can be stained or hand painted, and is perfectly at home in both classic and contemporary bedrooms. It is available in six sizes, from Double to Emperor.
BRINGING THE OUTDOORS INDOORS
SEPTEMBER 27TH 2016

Now available from The Caulfield Company, CoeLux® is an extraordinary hi-tech Italian system which brings virtual sunlight into basements and other dark areas.  

Indistinguishable from natural daylight, it uses advanced LED technology to reproduce sunlight’s spectrum, together with sophisticated optical systems and nanostructured materials which create the optical ‘scattering’ effect which occurs in the atmosphere. This gives a wholly realistic impression of an infinite blue sky above with sunlight flooding down through a virtual skylight or window.

Sharp blue toned shadows complete the effect, transforming dark and dingy areas into fully useable rooms apparently illuminated by Mediterranean sunlight. There’s another great benefit to CoeLux® systems, in the known feeling of wellbeing which people experience from living or working in full spectrum light.  

The complete CoeLux® range of virtual windows and skylights is available from The Caulfield Company.  The CoeLux® system can be seen in action at The Caulfield Company’s new Cheshire showroom which opens in Wilmslow in October 2016.  
LARA BOHINC FOR LAPICIDA
SEPTEMBER 22ND 2016
The ongoing ‘Lunar’ collaboration between luxury stone experts Lapicida and designer Lara Bohinc continues to inspire… 



The 2014 launch of the now iconic ‘Solaris’ rotating table was followed by a striking collection of dining and occasional tables in 2015. This year sees the launch of smaller, decorative pieces, carrying through the Lunar Collection’s distinctive design vocabulary. 

For Lapicida, these new pieces are yet another opportunity to showcase their exceptional materials and craftsmanship. At the heart of the new collection is the ‘Collision’ console, a complex form marrying the cool restraint of Carrara marble with the warmth of brushed brass. A natural partner to the existing tables in the collection, Collision also stands alone as an important piece in its own right. 

The dynamically poised disc forms which run throughout the entire Lunar collection take their cue from the planets and their orbital movements, concepts which Lara Bohinc also explores in her remarkable jewellery collections.  The new ‘Half Moon’ mirror takes these design signatures into an almost abstract realm:  These are bold statement pieces, confidently uniting three architectural materials, marble, mirror and brushed brass. 


The union of brass and marble continues in the ‘Star Gazer’ candlesticks inspired by orreries, mechanical models of the solar system used since classical times. Available in two designs, these candlesticks have powerful sculptural presence far exceeding their practical use.



In the hexagonal ‘Constellation’ bowls, Lara Bohinc focuses on marble, with faceted, geometric forms exploring its innate weight and decorative potential. Within the concept, she also sets an intriguing design puzzle: Each of the four sizes of bowl is available in five different marbles, posing the irresistible challenge to mix, match, set and re-set them into an almost infinite number of arrangements.

Launching at 2016 Decorex, the Lunar accessories collection will be available from October at Lapicida’s showrooms in London, Harrogate and New York and online from Autumn 2016.  It will also be available from Lara Bohinc’s Notting Hill showroom.
ARC PR DECOREX ROUND-UP 2016
SEPTEMBER 13TH 2016



 
Decorex 2016 promises to be a spectacular year for four of our clients. Be sure to visit their stands to see all their new and exciting products!
 
Allyson McDermott: Stand J40

Showing at Decorex for the first time in her high profile and illustrious career, Allyson McDermott is one of the world’s leading authorities on conserving, recreating and hanging historic wallpapers.








 
Drummonds: Stand D20

Drummonds have conjured a surreal underwater world to showcase their classic bathroomware. Designed with Anna Glover, who specialises in the ‘beautiful and the unexpected’, this year’s stand is an opulent setting for new products including more from the ongoing collaboration with Martin Brudnizki.






 
Lapicida: Stand C25

Lapicida will be launching exciting accessory collaborations with leading designers Anouska Hempel and Lara Bohinc. The stand will also showcase inspiring new surfaces, together with stone objects including tables and vanity basins.








 
London Basin Company: Stand J54

Also a Decorex newcomer, London Basin Company makes richly decorated porcelain basins, reinventing a classic art form for contemporary bathrooms.
NEW… THE ASTORIA MARBLE VANITY
SEPTEMBER 8TH 2016

Lapicida’s glamorous new ‘Astoria’ marble vanity takes inspiration from 1930’s Art Deco style.  Its classic good looks work perfectly in contemporary settings. 

Made from solid Carrara marble with a honed finish, Astoria’s refined lines showcase the natural beauty of the stone, with brushed brass inlays adding even more luxurious appeal. 

Generously dimensioned, the Astoria stands 900mm high by 700mm wide and 400mm deep. 
THE MODENA
SEPTEMBER 5TH 2016

Now available with a footboard, Simon Horn’s Modena bed hits a strikingly contemporary style note. 

Designed with a linear theme, Modena has distinctive carved ribbing on the headboard, footboard and base.  Handmade using two colours of limewood, its dark stained base gives an architectural look whilst the matt cream finish above references the vellum often used in art deco furniture.

Modern, yet so luxurious, the Modena comes in a wide range of sizes and is available with or without the footboard.  
THINK PINK
SEPTEMBER 1ST 2016


Now that pink is officially one of today’s must-have colours in interiors, look to Felt’s beautiful Shyrdak rugs for a great way to get a rapid fashion update, introducing colour, design and texture. 
 
Both bright hot pinks and rich pink/reds are very much part of the traditional colour repertoire of the ethnic tribeswomen who design, cut and sew these unique pieces.  Decorative and hardwearing, they can be used on floors or walls.
 
Amongst its wide selection of Shyrdaks, Felt always stocks a glowing selection of brilliant colours in a wide range of sizes and patterns, from runners to room-size rugs. Each piece is a one-off; a vibrant work of art which tells a unique story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. 

NEW SIMON HORN E-COMMERCE WEBSITE
AUGUST 25TH 2016

Simon Horn has been Britain’s best known bed maker since 1982 when it transformed British bedrooms with its romantic French beds.  Now these and many other classic and contemporary Simon Horn designs are available to online shoppers for the very first time. 

Just launched, the completely new Simon Horn website offers easy shopping for the ultimate in luxurious beds, co-ordinating furniture and handmade mattresses - all promising a beautiful bedroom.  Final touches come in the shape of exclusive duvets, pillows and bedlinens.  The website also features a Bespoke section for special commissions.

simonhorn.com
BRASS IN THE KITCHEN
AUGUST 25TH 2016

Mixing old with new is a key look for today’s interiors and has seen a big revival of vintage metals such as copper and brass. The Watermark Collection have a choice of four different brass finishes; Aged Brass, Brushed Brass, Polished Brass and Vintage Brass.

The Watermark Collection offers an extraordinary range of kitchen taps, all hand made in Brooklyn, New York. Each piece is precisely machined from solid brass and assembled to order before being hand finished in any of 15 different options, from Polished Nickel and Oil Bronze to Vintage Copper.



From L-R: Aged Brass, Brushed Brass, Polished Brass, Vintage Brass
A BATHROOM CLASSIC
AUGUST 24TH 2016

Drummonds’ Chessleton lever taps are a true classic: Sleek deco profiles combine with impressive weight and solidity to make them as distinctive in contemporary settings as in period bathrooms 

Precision cast in solid brass using the traditional lost wax process, the Chessleton collection includes basin taps, bath taps, a shower and a hand shower, all available in a wide range of finishes including polished and antiqued brass. The lever handles come in polished hardwood or white china. 

The three hole basin mixer is shown here in nickel with polished hardwood handles, on Drummonds’ Lowther vanity with an Arabescato marble top. 
CASE HISTORY: CLOTH HALL
AUGUST 4TH 2016


Martin Moore designed and built this purpose-fitted dressing room in an extraordinary 14th Century building in Kent.  Originally a Cloth Hall, it housed traders selling fabrics including wool, silk and leather. Today this important building has been restored in every detail, transformed into a home which occupies a series of unique spaces.   

Although very familiar with period houses, creating a dressing room in a centuries-old roof with a sloping floor, randomly angled walls and prominent beams was an exciting challenge for Martin Moore’s designer David Sant.  However, as every piece of furniture is individually designed and made to order, it was a case of responding to each separate wall, providing organised space without compromising the room’s essential character.

Handbuilt in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops, in American Walnut with nickel handles, the furniture is as solidly constructed as the house itself, with an authenticity which perfectly complements this exceptional building. 



Tall breakfronted cupboards occupy one entire wall, with shelves and drawers optimising space above and below the hanging rail.  A separate set of shelves holds a fabulous collection of designer handbags. The impressive shoe collection has a cabinet all of its own, set beneath one of the most dramatically sloping walls. There are no doors on any of the cabinetry, both to conserve space and to ensure that everything can be seen. To help this, all of the units are backlit.

A dramatic island holds centre stage in the room. As with the tall cupboards, this is divided into ‘His and Hers’ sides. The top of the island has glass insets looking down into lit accessory bays, neatly sectioned to store and display watches, cufflinks, earrings and other small treasures. The roomy drawers below are leather-lined and compartmentalised to the owners’ specific requirements.

The result, was a triumph for Martin Moore’s responsiveness and abilities. David Sant describes it as, “Calm and consistent, using a very eccentric space to create a completely organised, personalised and luxurious dressing room. It’s a wonderful luxury.
MOVING THE THRESHOLD
AUGUST 3RD 2016


High-tech, bespoke glass buildings from The Caulfield Company combine all the pleasures of indoor/outdoor living with state-of-the-art thermal performance. Automated shading and temperature control are operated through built-in weather stations for perfect climate control. This is tried and tested intelligent technology, widely used in commercial buildings and now being applied to domestic projects from garden room extensions to modern conservatories and freestanding glass pavilions.

Shown Here: Set within a large garden, this large family house originally had limited access to the garden, making the two spaces feel separate. As part of a total refurbishment, The Caulfield Company was asked to open up the back of the house with a large glass extension creating space for an airy new open plan kitchen, dining and living room all flowing directly into the garden.  

The Caulfield Company completely removed one corner of the house, replacing it with a dramatic contemporary L-shaped glass building. Built-in climate control makes it comfortable to live in night and day, all year round. 



As another element of the refurbishment, The Caulfield Company was asked to carry the style of the new glass building through the whole of the house’s rear elevation. To create this cohesive look, they replaced the windows on three storeys and created a new set of large bi-folding doors to the right of the extension, opening up the original living room to the new terrace. 



At the heart of The Caulfield Company’s designs are pioneering roof and door systems which offer not only the highest possible strength, noise cancelling and thermal values (up to Passivhaus requirements) but also the ability to create spectacular structures

The Caulfield Company handles projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes. It also offers a complete interior design service including bespoke joinery made in its own workshops, integrated entertainment systems, timber and stone floors and contemporary furniture from leading names including Rolf Benz, Draenart and Asco.  Mark Caulfield and his team of architects and craftsmen undertake projects all over the world.

DRUMMONDS OPENS NEW YORK SHOWROOM
AUGUST 1ST 2016

 
From their splendid cast iron baths to their handmade brassware, luxury bathroom manufacturers Drummonds are an iconic British brand. Now, they’ve taken their unique style to New York, displaying a full range within the D&D Building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  

Drummonds produce sumptuous bathroom products with a solidity and integrity rarely seen nowadays.  At the heart of the New York showroom displays are their classic freestanding baths and their splendid vanities including the super-large Double Lowther with its twin basins and hand carved marble top. 



READING THE RUG
JULY 29TH 2016
Every one of Felt’s Shyrdak rugs tells its own story.  Motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe tribal life in the mountains. 

The rug above tells the story of a typical summer day. The nomadic shepherds have moved up to the high mountain pastures to graze their flocks. They are preparing to welcome guests to their home for Kymyz, a traditional fermented drink.  High above them, acrobatic Merlin falcons wheel through the sky, hunting for food. 

Whether brightly coloured or in muted tones, Shyrdaks’ amazing tribal style brings unique character to walls and floors.  Each rug is a vibrant work of art and Felt’s large collection includes new and vintage designs in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs.
THE MARBLE REVOLUTION
JULY 26TH 2016

Marble floors and walls have become one of the biggest interiors trends of recent years. But it is difficult to achieve the look at home using heavy marble slab, which has to be pre-fabricated off-site and installed by stone specialists.
 
Lapicida’s innovative new pre-cut marble slabs can be installed by any competent tiler. Delivered direct to site, they are simply trimmed to size in situ.  At 12mm thick, they are also significantly lighter than traditional slab, making installation far easier and quicker.
 
12 top-quality classic marbles are available, including Carrara, Calacatta and Nero Marquina. They come in three finishes - honed, brushed and polished - and in five large square and rectangular formats, up to an imposing 1220 x 1220mm.  

COLOUR WASH
JULY 21ST 2016

As colours and patterns make their way back into interiors, bathrooms have become one of the most exciting spaces to re-imagine. 

Shown here, Drummonds’ imposing cast iron ‘Humber’ bath has been hand painted in Little Greene’s ‘Mister David 47’.  The vibrant saffron shade confirms it as the design focus of the room and cues the colour palette for the walls and woodwork. 

Drummonds manufacture their magnificent cast iron baths using traditional techniques.  From casting to enamelling, each bath takes several weeks to complete and is then finished to order, with options including hand polished metals and hand painting in the clients’ choice of colour. 
BROOKLYN
JULY 18TH 2016

Watermark products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. And nothing more perfectly captures the essence of the brand than the Brooklyn collection: 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 Brooklyn collection 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.  
DESIGN ACCENTS
JULY 14TH 2016

Interior Designers know all about accent pieces; those very special elements which pull the whole room together.  

The hand decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company make perfect accents for bathrooms and cloakrooms.  Anna Callis, Interior Designer and founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns. From traditional blue and white to richly coloured and gilded designs, these are the key pieces which work in both classic and contemporary settings – and make a bathroom unique.

Shown here is the Clarabelle, a multi-coloured porcelain basin mingling elements of ancient Chinese design motifs with floral detail and hints of gold. 
ORGANIC MEETS ARCHITECTURAL
JULY 11TH 2016

Modular bathrooms have come a long way. Nowadays, the best designs combine strong linear components with softer, more organic forms – to create a warm and welcoming feel.

Seen here, the Summit 2.0 bathroom from Alternative Bathrooms is a perfect lesson in getting today’s look. The curvaceous basin sits as a generous counterpoint to the uncompromisingly organised lines of the console vanity and the mirror unit above it. Meanwhile, the sweeping curves of the freestanding bath invite leisured bathing. Combining an architectural aesthetic with real comfort, this is on-trend bathroom design.
THE BELMOND EAGLE ISLAND LODGE, BOTSWANA
JULY 7TH 2016
Leading hospitality design firm The Gallery HBA specified The Watermark Collection’s brassware throughout the spectacular redevelopment of the Belmond Lodge on Eagle Island in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.



Recently re-opened following a ten month closure and rebuild, the property features luxurious tented accommodation with splendid bathrooms. The Watermark Collection’s dramatic 
Brooklyn taps and showers were specified in the Polished Copper finish, picking up on both a key interiors trend and a link to Africa’s copper heritage.



Watermark products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. The Brooklyn collection 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.
TREND… KEEPING IT LIGHT
JULY 5TH 2016
‘Pale’ is a key trend in today’s kitchens. Modern designers give light colours a new focus by mixing warm and cool finishes and introducing a range of textures.
 
Shown here, this @HOME Elmar kitchen is available from Laurence Pidgeon. It features a mixed  palette of materials, all in neutral shades: The base, wall and tall units are in a warm-toned matt Bleached Oak, highlighted with open shelving in a titanium metallic finish.  In contrast, the large island, which includes both cooking and wet zones, is in ‘Gres’, a  cool grey/cream lacquer with a silky satin finish  
 
Typical of Elmar’s innovative approach to space planning, the island also houses a retractable table. Finished in titanium, it gives another counterpoint to the pale wood and lacquer.  Elmar’s ‘Easy’ table comes in two sizes and can be seamlessly incorporated into @HOME islands or peninsulas of 180cm or longer. 
 
Designed and made in Italy, Elmar is one of the roster of highly innovative kitchen brands available from Laurence Pidgeon.  An opinion-former who has transformed the way our homes look and perform, Laurence’s eye for the ‘next big thing’ is well known, as is his ability to create an individual design response for every client.  He has spent his entire life in the kitchen and bathroom industry and also has, by his own confession, an “almost obsessive” interest in cooking.  Combining these unique insights with cutting edge products, his London showroom is an unmissable destination.
A NEW TAKE ON THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC
JUNE 29TH 2016

The Lit Bateau is the ultimate French bed, with its roots in the 1800’s Empire style. A design classic, it looks as good in a modern bedroom as in any traditional setting. The long line curving from headboard to footboard mimics a boat or a sleigh, suggesting a cosseting sanctuary.

Verona is Simon Horn’s latest take on the Lit Bateau. The design features the traditional panelled construction and sweeping lines but introduces a new carved ribbing detail, giving extra definition to the generous curves of the headboard and footboard. It’s a contemporary note to this much loved classic.   

Handmade in mahogany, with beautiful feather mahogany panels, Verona comes in four sizes, from King to Emperor. 
NEW… MODULNOVA’S OUTDOOR KITCHEN FROM DESIGNSPACE LONDON
JUNE 28TH 2016

Launched during Eurocucina 2016 Milan Expo, Modulnova’s new Outdoor Kitchen draws on the great Italian tradition of cooking, eating and entertaining outside. 

Now available at DesignSpace London, Modulnova’s high-function version of a classic outdoor kitchen is built from solid Pietra Piasentina stone with a matt flamed finish. 



Designed with a strong modernist aesthetic, the outdoor kitchen is made up from three architectural modules: The main block combines a wood-burning oven with storage and fronts which conceal both a fridge and an ice-maker. Set at a right angle, the floating worktop has an integral barbecue pit and a deep stone sink. It connects to the final element, a table constructed from solid Teak slats and set with Pietra Piasentina stone block stools.
KITCHENS UNDER GLASS
JUNE 27TH 2016


Glass is the perfect material for kitchens, bringing light into the space and creating a flow between house and garden. The Caulfield Company’s intelligent, intensely modern glass buildings combine the pleasures of indoor/outdoor living with state-of-the-art thermal performance and automated climate control, creating inspiring living spaces that are bright and comfortable all year round.



At the heart of the bespoke designs are pioneering roof and door systems built for The Caulfield Company by the same company which fabricates for architects such as Norman Foster. Technically these systems offer the highest possible strength, noise cancelling and thermal values (up to Passivhaus) and the ability to create spectacular structures… including designs where the doors fold entirely away, leaving no beams or columns to interrupt sightlines.
UTILITY... MAKING THE MOST OF EXTRA SPACE
JUNE 23RD 2016

Whether it’s a utility room, back kitchen or scullery we dream of, we’d all love to have that little bit of extra space close to - but separate from - the kitchen. 

As masters of maximising space, bespoke kitchen makers Martin Moore are regularly commissioned to purpose-build back kitchens, utility rooms and walk-in larders alongside their main kitchens. Often these can be in surprisingly small spaces: Because the furniture is made to order, it can make the most of every inch.

The utility room shown here has several very specific purposes including ventilated lower cupboards specially designed for vegetable storage and an extra-large sink which the owners call their “soaking sink” – big enough to hold their largest pans. The space is also used as a bar whenever they hold large parties.  

Handpainted in the same off-white as the main kitchen it adjoins, the utility room has honed Nero Assoluto granite worktops and upstands. Glass wall cladding reflects light back into the room. 

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