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. 
SHOWERING IN VINTAGE STYLE
JUNE 22ND 2016

 
The Watermark Collection offers edgy, bold new views on kitchen and bathroom brassware, combining its authentic industrial heritage with a contemporary decorative chic. 

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. 

Whether you want a strong industrial look or sophisticated minimalism, The Watermark Collection offers designs to work in any setting and finishes which set the seal on style. 

Images show: 
London wall mounted shower head in vintage brass
London wall mounted thermostatic shower valve in vintage brass finish
DECORATING WITH BLUE
JUNE 21ST 2016

Pantone’s naming of Serenity as one of the 2016 Colours of the Year highlights using blues in interiors. Interior designer Edward Bulmer’s Natural Paint collection has many different shades to inspire and because his paints are formulated from all-natural ingredients, they have exceptional depth and quality of colour which brings rooms to life.

Choosing and using blues: Blues are amongst Edward Bulmer’s most favourite colours. His advice on using them is: “Blues are often overlooked as one of the most attractive colours, especially for darker rooms. Using a warm, strong blue forces you to create a wonderful lighting scheme and turn the area into something really dramatic and impressive. In classic style rooms, blue has the knack of softening the formality of antique pieces and creating a warm living space in which to enjoy them. In contemporary spaces, I might use dark blue as the backdrop to a sleek cream leather sofa or a focus piece of artwork; again dramatically lit for maximum impact.”

The Edward Bulmer Natural Paint collection offers blues ranging from subtle blue greys to sea blue/greens and bright turquoise and azure.
TRENDING NOW: THE FEMININE BEDROOM
JUNE 20TH 2016
With colour and decorative detail back in fashion, minimalism is out - and beds are becoming more lush and cocooning.  

A classic upholstered French bed from Simon Horn makes the perfect centrepiece for a grown-up feminine bedroom. Romantic curves and hand carved detailing put these luxurious statement beds right on trend.
 

Reine de France upholstered with natural wood finish frame
 

Louis XV upholstered with painted frame


Louis XVI upholstered with painted frame

Available in six sizes, from Double to Emperor, Simon Horn beds are handmade and custom finished to order. The wood can be polished or hand painted and the head/footboards can be caned or upholstered in the customer’s choice of fabric.
NEW FLAGSHIP SHOWROOM
JUNE 16TH 2016

Famous for sleek, architectural kitchens and bathrooms, DesignSpace London are one of London’s most innovative companies. Underlining their pioneering approach to design, they have moved their flagship showroom from Battersea to London’s emerging new design quarter on the South Bank. 

The 
new Southwark showroom is a dramatic 4000 sq ft space in which DesignSpace London have created fifteen display areas showcasing inspirational kitchen, bathroom and living concepts. Using dynamic Italian brands such as Modulnova and Lema, they push the boundaries of modular design and create today’s multi-purpose living spaces. 



The displays feature many new products never seen before in the UK including the latest in ‘technical’ materials and developments in pocket door systems, which can glide open to reveal over 2.5 metres of kitchen work space. The innovative Blade system demonstrates how seamlessly kitchens and living spaces can now be integrated, with a host of new surface finishes and new lightweight yet flex-free aluminium doors up to 2.7 metres high. Specially developed hinges and fittings allow designers to use them to create bespoke storage cabinets and wall cladding. 

Bathrooms too offer both new materials and an enhanced range of lacquer colours. Taking bathroom planning to the next level, drawers have purpose designed inserts for organizing make-up and other bathroom necessities. Freestanding baths and basins in both natural stone and new generation composites complete the sleek, contemporary appeal which is such a hallmark of the DesignSpace London look.

THE GAIOLA CREDENZA
JUNE 13TH 2016

 
The Gaiola takes its name and form from the double decker riverboats trading the Amazon, where Troo Heath-Crew first began working with wood. Refined and streamlined, the design is interpreted through Art Deco and 30’s Modernism, with clever detailing and virtuoso craftsmanship.

Troo’s work often takes a contemporary view of traditional furniture such as the credenza (AKA sideboard or buffet), once a classic dining room piece. Re-envisaged for modern homes, it becomes an important feature piece, perfect for open plan and multi-zone living spaces.  

The 
Gaiola Credenza is made to order in a Limited Edition of 25. Everything about it speaks of luxury, in the long tradition of bespoke English cabinetry. Nearly 2.5 metres long, it is hand built in Tree Couture’s London workshops using solid American Black Walnut with accent detailing in Steamed English Pearwood; each piece of timber individually chosen and matched for colour and grain pattern. Other accent timbers, including prehistoric bog wood (over 5000 years old), are available to order. 

Providing capacious storage and display space, the Gaiola’s large central drawers are lined in sumptuous rose-dorée nappa leather or the leather of the client’s choice. Fitted out to order, they can be configured to hold anything desired, even a full canteen of cutlery. Two pairs of tambour doors define the curved ends, each pair made from over 200 individually cut solid Walnut slats, mounted onto artist’s canvas and backed with nappa leather. 

Sliding smoothly open, they reveal the remote controlled colour-changeable LED light panels which form the back of the cabinet. It’s a witty, vibrant addition to a seriously splendid piece of furniture, bringing a classic concept right up to date.  
TREE COUTURE LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
JUNE 2ND 2016

treecouture.co.uk

Tree Couture, the young British furniture house founded by designer-maker Troo Heath-Crew, has launched a new website featuring its limited edition collections, one-off commission pieces and the stories behind them.

The new website leads visitors through Tree Couture’s design process, into the workshops and atelier. There is a close focus on the cutting-edge contemporary designs, handmade using exceptional skills and sustainable timber from managed forests. Supremely luxurious and meticulously detailed, each piece is individually made and finished to order before being numbered and signed with a maker’s mark.  It’s a remarkable insight into the work of one of Britain’s most exciting fine furniture makers.

COUNTRY CHIC
MAY 31ST 2016

Decorated inside and out with a delicate floral pattern, the London Basin Company’s Madeline basin brings a breath of country charm to contemporary bathrooms. 

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.
MUSTARD COLOURED RUGS
MAY 27TH 2016

One of the rarer colours the rug makers use is a rich mustard shade and Felt have several rugs in this colourway currently in stock

The big return to colour in our homes has seen mustard gain new popularity. It’s a sophisticated look; a great counterpoint to classic black and white or grey interiors and in richer palettes, gives an exciting contrast to greens and even hot pinks. 

Every one of Felt’s Shyrdaks tells a story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. Each rug is a vibrant work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative.

Felt’s large collection of Shyrdaks includes new and vintage designs in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs. 
A BED ON A GRAND SCALE
MAY 18TH 2016

The new Lucca four poster from Simon Horn is the ultimate centrepiece bed; big on style, big on comfort and big on impact.
 
Standing an imposing 7ft & 6 inches tall, the Lucca is hand made from sustainable mahogany with a chic, matt black finish. A contemporary classic with dramatic styling, it features carved detailing on the base and tall, tapered posts with a dramatic torch finial.
   
The Lucca is available in all sizes, from Single to Emperor.  Shown here in a Super King. 
THE MODERN SLAVERY GARDEN
MAY 17TH 2016
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Stand: FR332

Edward Bulmer’s natural paints form part of The Modern Slavery Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

This Show Garden, designed by Juliet Sargeant, celebrates the recently enacted Modern Slavery Act, whilst signalling that there are still slaves in today’s Britain through the powerful message ‘Slavery Hides Behind Closed Doors’.

Doors form the central motif of the garden:  A host of front doors, painted in Edward Bulmer Natural Paint, is set amidst colourful planting which conceals a darker centre to the story - of people kept in captivity and forced to work. The colours chosen for the project have the same emotional range; from the elevating sky blue of Aerial Tint through the earthy tones of Ochre and Red Ochre to the sorrowful and profound black used on doors’ reverse sides.



One of Britain’s leading architectural historians, Edward Bulmer is the ultimate colour expert and a passionate eco-crusader. His involvement with the Modern Slavery Garden runs far more than skin deep and has led him to both audit his supply chain and formulate a comprehensive Human Rights Policy for his own employees.  His inspiring all-natural paints are made from raw materials such as linseed oil and casein with pure earth and mineral pigments. Kind to people, kind to buildings and kind to the environment, they offer a new view of colour, perfectly tuned for modern living. 
COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED…
MAY 16TH 2016



The Danish couple who commissioned this Martin Moore kitchen bought a ‘tired’ 1970’s house in Surrey because it overlooked a beautiful lake and open woodland. They knew that they could build an entirely new house on the site, with all the bright, warm, open-plan space so typical of Scandinavian homes. 

In true Nordic style, they wanted the kitchen to combine the integrity of classic, hand built wooden furniture with a clean aesthetic. Martin Moore’s 
Architectural furniture provided both the perfect look and, very importantly, the ideal vehicle for the many functional considerations in the brief; a practical space with maximum work surfaces and storage, an extra-large peninsula rather than an island, to prevent small children getting underfoot and a splendid range cooker, perfect for baking.  

A super-organised space, with a very warm heart, this kitchen epitomizes the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ - enjoying the simple good things in life with people you love.



The clients were specific that they wanted the look to be uncluttered and the furniture was custom designed and built designed around this principle. The sheer size of the kitchen allows the generously scaled cupboards and drawers to house all kitchen and dining necessities, with purpose-fitted interiors creating beautifully organized spaces.  There are no wall cupboards and the large fridge and freezer are tucked away in an adjacent area - close to, but not in, the main kitchen space.

Aesthetically, the cabinetry features slender mid-rails to accentuate the linear design, and the drawers are flat fronted - without beading - giving a contemporary look.  Smaller details also contribute to the modern open plan look; from the simple cylinder knobs to the open shelving set around the bespoke extractor hood.  



The colours and textures are perfectly in tune. The furniture is hand painted in light grey (Little Greene French Grey Mid 162) and set against pure white walls which accentuate the calm mood.
 
Underlining the Scandinavian aesthetic, natural oak flooring has been used as a counterpoint to add warmth and tonality.  The worktops throughout are made of white Corian, perfect for a totally seamless look and particularly ideal for the worktop of such a large peninsula. 

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK
MAY 15TH 2016

Growing in interest and variety every year, Clerkenwell Design Week has become one of our favourite events of the design calendar. This year Arc has two clients exhibiting in two very different locations.


Bespoke furniture maker Tree Couture, which has a permanent showroom within Clerkenwell London at 155 Farringdon Road, will be taking part in the ‘Design Undefined’ programme running throughout CDW. 



Live event: Troo Heath-Crew and her craftsmen will be building a new concept piece, ‘Valet’ live over the three days, allowing visitors to interact, close-up, with the design, the craft skills and the sheer beauty of the materials chosen by Troo for this project.

Q&A: ‘Functional, Fashionable Furnishing.” On Wednesday 25th from 4pm – 6pm at Clerkenwell London, Troo Heath-Crew and renowned tailor David Newell will be discussing how to achieve the all-important sartorial edge in clothing, furniture and lifestyle.



The Watermark Collection, pioneers of boutique brassware for bathrooms and kitchens, are part of CDFW ‘Detail’. They’ll be showing on Stand D6 at The Order of St John, inviting visitors to  participate in  developing a new modular tap concept,  ‘ELEMENTS’.
 


ELEMENTS sees The Watermark Collection in London working with five different designer-maker workshops including Boxheart, working in wood, Forma Studio, working in concrete and Anka, working in liquid metals. 

Visitors to Detail can join the design dialogue, physically exploring thousands of combinations which the components offer and constructing their own individual version of an ELEMENTS tap. The six different metal finishes, three different handle forms and twenty different handle covers together offer almost 250,000 potential combinations of form, materials, colour and finish. The conversation continues on Instagram, giving people the chance to win the Elements tap they designed.

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