NEW… SHAGREEN COLLECTION
NOVEMBER 28TH 2016

Designed for walls and floors, Lapicida’s new faux Shagreen porcelain tiles echo a classic decorative theme. 

Originally made from shark and ray skins, shagreen’s unique look and texture was especially popular in Art Deco interiors.  Since then, it has been recreated in many different materials including, now, Lapicida’s luxurious porcelain tiles.

Beautifully detailed, with an authentic shagreen texture, they come in three natural colourways; the traditional grey/green, a subtle brown and a warm-toned white. Each tile measures 596mm x 596mm.

SERIOUSLY STYLISH
NOVEMBER 24TH 2016

 
The Dress 2.0 collection from Alternative Bathrooms is as serious about style as it is about function. With modular elements offering the utmost flexibility in planning, it mixes strong rectilinear forms with gentle curves to create a refined, elegant look.

The modular format means that every bathroom is a completely individual design, even more so because the cabinetry collection offers such a wide range of finishes, from plain and stained natural timbers to matt, gloss and even pearlised lacquers. With solutions for all shapes and sizes of bathroom, it is versatile, practical and immensely stylish, right through to the co-ordinating baths, basins and mirrors. 
ABSOLUTE MODERNISM
NOVEMBER 23RD 2016


A visual essay in charcoal and black, this Modulnova kitchen by DesignSpace London is a tribute to Modernism. Bold rectilinear forms conceal the working elements of the kitchen behind drawer fronts and ultra-tall doors. 

Only an array of ovens and a single chrome tap speak to the practical function of this space, which sits at the heart of an extraordinary house. The largest ever featured on Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’, it was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s 1929 Barcelona Pavilion.  



By removing decorative detailing, you throw a spotlight onto the quality of the materials and the precision of the construction - and Modulnova kitchens are built with exactly this aesthetic. The island uses the ‘Fly’ kitchen in dark stained Oak veneer with a dramatic 30mm Nero Assoluto worksurface and integrated sink. The cupboards on the back wall, concealing both high-tech appliances and dedicated storage, are from the ‘Blade’ collection in Graphite Aluminium. 

Every joint, mitre and shadow line is precisely engineered to achieve the technical accuracy which underpins the best minimalist design. 

 
‘SOPHISTICATED-INDUSTRIAL’ BATHROOM DESIGN…
NOVEMBER 22ND 2016

 
The London bathroom shown here is by interior designer Roselind Wilson. It features taps by The Watermark Collection as part of a look she’s described as “sophisticated-industrial”. The taps, from the ‘Zen’ and ‘London’ collections, are in a Vintage Brass finish and share an architectural simplicity of form. Refined and luxurious, they are a natural fit with both the feature stone and the clever use of different finishes on metal elements including the taps, basin, radiator and mirror. The finished bathroom has the luxury feel of a chic hotel, but with a warmth and individuality born of designing every detail around the client’s wishes.
CLASSICALLY INSPIRED
NOVEMBER 4TH 2016

Famous for its romantic French beds, Simon Horn offers a wide range of classic designs which work beautifully in both period settings and contemporary interiors. The Louis XVI is a perfect example, with its elegant lines and floral carving making it a great centrepiece for any bedroom… especially since it can be upholstered in the customer’s own choice of fabric.
 
The Louis XVI Upholstered bed is available in six sizes, from Double to Emperor. Shown here is a Super King upholstered in Zoffany’s Rose Quartz fabric in ‘Dufour’ with piping in ‘Metallica Dufour’.
THE FINE ART OF PAIRING
NOVEMBER 1ST 2016

 
Shyrdaks come from the nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan. Hand made from native wool by tribal women using traditional techniques, each felted woollen rug takes a master cutter and her team as much as 20 days to complete.  

The surface pattern of geometric shapes and symbols is hand-sewn to a compressed woollen base. To minimize waste, the applique shapes are cut through two different coloured layers of felt at the same time and then assembled to create a matched pair of rugs in opposite colour combinations. 

The two rugs form a perfect positive and negative. All Shyrdaks offer great decorative potential, but pairs are particularly interesting… Playing games with the eye by being “the same, but different” they create intriguing focal points. 

Available in an extremely wide range of sizes and colourways, many of Felt’s rugs can be bought in opposing pairs. Each design tells a unique story, using symbols to tell stories of life in the Mountains of Heaven. Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs to order.  
ZEN
OCTOBER 26TH 2016



A world away from traditional taps, Zen is a pure, architectural expression of form. Designed for bathrooms, showers and kitchens, the 54 piece collection offers almost infinite choice - with the distinctive signature handles in metal, marble and onyx and the brassware in 15 finishes including polished nickel, copper, vintage brass and pewter.  


As with all Watermark Collection products, Zen is handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order.  The handles are a patented magnetic design, easily removable for cleaning.  
 
PATTERNED WALL & FLOOR TILES
OCTOBER 20TH 2016

Lapicida’s new patterned tile collection connects two key trends; the rise and rise of natural stone and the return to decorative interiors.

This collection offers three geometric patterns, each in two colourways; grey and beige. Built up in contrasting marbles and limestones, the designs highlight the infinite subtlety of natural stone.

Crossover and Illusion feature trompe l’oeil themes, creating complex 3-D effects inspired by grand, classic floors. Argyle’s diamond pattern offers a more contemporary view of stone, marrying simplicity with decorative potential.  All three designs are suitable for walls and floors.

WINTER DECORATING
OCTOBER 19TH 2016

 
Choosing rugs and cushions in bold hues and striking patterns will make a room feel inviting, and bring warmth into the home over the cold, dark months. Explore rich colours and layering of textures to create a warm and welcoming space.

Felt’s 
collection of handmade rugs and cushions includes designs that are perfect for keeping the cold at bay, in vibrant festive shades. Made from 100% wool the rugs are wonderfully comfortable underfoot whilst the cushions will help to create a cosy sanctuary.

There is a wide range of designs and colours to choose from, each as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative.  

ANOUSKA HEMPEL AND LAPICIDA
OCTOBER 18TH 2016

Anouska Hempel transformed interior design forever when she opened Blakes Hotel in London in 1982, one of the very first boutique hotels. She has since taken her hallmark style worldwide, with Architectural Digest twice naming her amongst the world’s Top 100 Designers. 

‘Anouska Hempel and Lapicida’ launches autumn 2016 with a collection of accessories including obelisks, plates and bowls.  Drawing on classical inspirations, these elements often feature in Anouska Hempel’s work, but are now seen through the new medium of stone.  Pure and architectural, they capture all the duality of a material which is both structural and highly decorative. 

Whether designing houses, gardens or total environments such as hotels, Anouska Hempel always specifies stone, cherishing its natural colours, rough/smooth textures and profound connection with the earth’s history.  For this collection, she chose two rare and extraordinary marbles; purest crystalline ‘Thassos White’ counterpointed by deepest ‘Infinity Black’.  Lapicida then sourced the finest grades of both stones for a manufacturing process involving countless hours of skilled hand finishing to achieve the finest form and finish.

“Inside or out, wherever I am in the world, I start every project with stone. It is the building block of my style. I am intuitively drawn to its nature and decorative potential.  The pieces I’ve designed with Lapicida can be used in so many ways - and stone makes them truly timeless.”     
- Anouska Hempel 


The elements in the collection create dramatic additions, indoors or out.  Anouska Hempel herself often places stone objects in formal garden settings, loving the natural weathering which results from leaving them outside.  As focus elements in interiors, they can be used as standalone features or as part of the luscious, opulent, grouping and ‘layering’ of decorative elements which is Anouska Hempel’s signature style.  Every piece in the collection is available in both ‘Thassos White’ and ‘Infinity Black’ marble, adding even further design potential through matching and contrasting different elements. 

The ‘Anouska Hempel and Lapicida’ collection will be available from October at Lapicida’s showrooms in London, Harrogate and New York and online at lapicida.com. Additional elements will be added to the collection from 2017 and beyond. 

BOWL FULL OF GOOD FORTUNE
OCTOBER 11TH 2016

 

Inspired by decorative porcelain from China the Lorelei basin from the London Basin Company incorporates a pattern of fish and lotus blossom, traditional symbols for abundance and wealth, adding a touch of eastern good fortune to the bathroom or cloakroom.

The hand decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company 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 interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns.  The Lorelei basin shown here is richly decorated inside and out and has a distinctive crackle glaze finish.


 

Available exclusively online, the London Basin Company offers ten different basins in a variety of designs and shapes.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 37.9 and 45cm in diameter and 15 to 16 cm in height.

URBAN CHIC SHOWER ROOM
OCTOBER 10TH 2016

 
Drummonds’ elegant ‘Hebdern’ vanity basin and minimal yet stunning ‘Nene’ shower were specified by architects and interior designers Waldo Works for this contemporary ensuite shower room in a central London apartment.

A small but perfectly created space, the ‘Nene’ shower in nickel finish is clearly seen behind the industrial style glass and metal framed shower doors which lend an air of urban chic alongside the hand glazed period style tiles in rich blue hues from Victorian Ceramics. The tiles, which run around the room and extend into the walk-in shower, were commissioned especially for the project by Waldo Works. The ‘Hebdern’ vanity from Drummonds creates a striking focal point in nickel finish with black Marquina marble that coordinates perfectly with the room’s colours and detailing.
 


o    Single ‘
Hebdern’ vanity 
o    Classic pop up mixer taps with ‘
Mull’ heads in nickel 
o    ‘
Nene’ shower with wall arm and 300mm shower rose in nickel 
THE HEART OF A FAMILY HOME
OCTOBER 6TH 2016



This magnificent kitchen is the new heart of a family home. A place where three generations come together to cook, eat, relax and enjoy quality time. It’s the second kitchen which these clients have commissioned from Martin Moore, the first being for a holiday house. This new project, in their Wirral home, is on an altogether grander scale, occupying a purpose built extension with a commanding view of the surrounding gardens.

Martin Moore designer Matthew Sedgwick designed both the holiday home kitchen and this new one. Involved right from the first discussions of the project, it was Matthew who suggested an extension both as the way to gain space for the new kitchen and to make sense of the room flow through the ground floor of the house.  Pushing out from the original house, it mirrors a large modern conservatory extension at the other end of the building, connecting ‘inside with outside’ in new, very useable ways and restoring the symmetry of the building. 



Light and bright, the kitchen hits a ‘classic contemporary’ note which perfectly suits both the house and its owners, with their large family of children and grandchildren. Cooking and eating together was one of the key drivers of both the form of the kitchen and its functions, but an unfussy, uncluttered aesthetic was just as important. The architecture of the original house has an Arts & Crafts feel, which is subtly referenced in the proportions and detailing of the new kitchen.

Large areas of glass walling limit the physical area available for kitchen cabinetry, so Matthew Sedgwick devised two L-shaped runs, one fitting within the other to create a brilliantly ergonomic solution. The outer run includes a beautifully fitted out larder cupboard, an appliance cupboard housing the microwave, toaster and other electricals on top with crockery below, and a tall fridge freezer. The return has been cleverly extended visually to run out into the glass roofed area, creating generous space for the large hob feature flanked by ovens and extensive storage. 

Mirroring the L-shape, the island puts every facility within immediate reach. Two warming ovens situated just below worktop height directly face the hob zone for ideal functionality. Other seamlessly designed-in conveniences include two separate sinks, a dishwasher, bins and additional storage.  A deep overhang creates an informal seating area.  



The adjacent round table provides kitchen dining for immediate family, with a large more formal dining room close by - accessible either straight through the house or, in fine weather, straight across the terrace.  As part of the kitchen, Matthew Sedgwick also designed a purpose-fitted utility room which leads out through a boot room into the garden, keeping all wet or dirty tasks out of the main kitchen area.

Because Martin Moore kitchens are entirely built to order in their Yorkshire workshops, there are no prescribed designs or sizes to limit either the client’s brief or the designer. This allows a completely bespoke response which respects and enhances the architecture of the room whilst putting every inch of space to its most effective use.  As this kitchen shows, this level of thoughtful organisation and zoning is just as crucial to large kitchens as to small ones.  



Kitchen details

All cabinetry from Martin Moore’s ‘Architectural’ collection, combining hand painted elements (colours from Paint & Paper Library ‘Stone’ range) and natural oak with a lacquered finish

Worktops: Caesarstone Osprey quartz (polished)

Floor:  Aged Melbury limestone by Martin Moore Stone

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.

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