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.

A MEETING OF MINDS
MAY 12TH 2016

 
Bright and airy, beautifully planned and equipped, this kitchen is the result of a true collaboration and meeting of minds. For Laurence Pidgeon, it gave an opportunity to work with creative, design-aware clients who knew what they wanted from their new kitchen. For the clients, it was exciting to work with a leading kitchen designer, offering not only his matchless space planning and ergonomic knowledge but also his own experience as a keen cook who really understands how a kitchen should perform.


 
Laurence’s design perfectly fits the clients’ brief for a clean, sleek contemporary look. Handleless cabinetry in palest grey gloss is counterpointed with matt white Corian worktops. Extensive storage, including a dedicated breakfast cabinet, keeps ingredients, small electricals and other necessities out of sight, whilst high-spec stainless steel appliances, including an extractor fan fitted flush to the ceiling, puts technology at the clients’ fingertips. The calm, neutral palette is brought to life with colourful accessories and books, taking a lifestyle look through from the kitchen into the comfortable sitting area beyond. 
THE SPAN BENCH
MAY 10TH 2016

Custom-made, to commission, in the client’s choice of materials, the Span Bench is a practical bench with industrial chic good looks. Shown here, it is made in English Oak supported by two custom-cast concrete ‘spans’ connecting the legs and the seat, together with structural steel cross ties.  As with all of the work produced by Temper Studio every detail is beautifully thought through.



Span Bench: L150 x D32 x H43cm. Shown with Foley Desk.

NEW: THE ARTICULATED KITCHEN SPOUT
MAY 6TH 2016

 
The ultimate in stripped down industrial style, the Elan Vital collection is inspired by commercial ball valves and plumbing unions. Now the range includes the Articulated Kitchen Spout, marrying ultimate functionality with irresistible engineering.  From the simple elegance of its folding/extending mechanism, which has a 600mm reach, to the mechanical beauty of its single handle mixer, everything about this design is compelling.  It’s ideal either as the main tap in the kitchen or situated by the stove as a pot filler. 

As with all Watermark Collection products, Elan Vital is handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order.  The Elan Vital collection includes 49 pieces for basins, showers, baths and kitchens, each available in 15 different specialist finishes; from polished nickel and oiled bronze to vintage brass and copper.

Images show the Elan Vital ELV74 wall mounted articulated kitchen spout and mixer in 2 different finishes:
Brushed Brass (left)
Pewter (right)
NEW… THE WINDERMERE VANITY
MAY 4TH 2016

Drummonds’ Windermere basin is an elegant new china vanity with delicately sculpted legs. Each basin is a unique piece, individually hand finished and glazed using the finest English clay. Available with either single or basin mixer taps, the Windermere comes with a choice of china or mahogany legs.

Inspired by period pieces and traditional manufacturing techniques, Drummonds’ bathroom products are full of character and epitomise classic British style. Their spectacular collection of single and double vanity basins will take centre stage in any bathroom.

GARDEN PAVILIONS AND SUMMERHOUSES
MAY 3RD 2016

 
The Caulfield Company designs and custom builds intelligent, intensely modern glass buildings; combining 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 technology, widely used in big commercial buildings and now being applied to domestic projects including freestanding garden buildings such as pavilions and summerhouses. 

Perfect for making the most of garden views, these intelligent glass structures are also the perfect answer to Britain’s unpredictable climate. At the heart of the 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 where the doors fold entirely away, leaving no beams or columns to interrupt garden sightlines.   

Full Project Service: From planning, design and build to interior finishes and fittings:

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.   
THE GARDEN BED
APRIL 28TH 2016
In partnership with Asda and designed by Stephen Welch & Alison Doxey

LAPICIDA AT THE RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW - STAND NO: FEW712
24th-28th May 2016



Lapicida’s natural stone paving forms a backdrop for the powerful narrative of ‘
The Garden Bed’, designed by horticulturalists Stephen Welch and Alison Doxey for the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

Reflecting the theme of this year’s Show, ‘Health, Happiness and Horticulture’, the stand is conceived from the viewpoint of a hospice bed, connecting the patient directly with nature and the emotional benefits of a lushly planted garden sanctuary. 

Luxury stone experts 
Lapicida have worked with Stephen Welch for many years, providing stone surfaces and statuary for his garden designs. Delighted to be invited to participate in this Show Garden, they have supplied two co-ordinating pavements; Limestone, laid inside the stand, and reclaimed York Stone forming the exterior terrace where visitors will stand. The natural stone sits beautifully within the designers’ concept of “a homely, familiar space” which both invigorates and calms.  



Lapicida’s luxurious stone products and bespoke services combine traditional masonry skills with hi-tech capabilities. In Lapicida’s hands, stone comes alive, yielding up the secrets of its composition and myriad natural colours.  The London flagship showroom showcases an extraordinary range of products, from floors and tiles to murals and exterior paving as well as baths, basins, sculptures and architectural features. From unique surface finishes to 3-D objects in stone, Lapicida’s offering starts from the premise that anything is possible. This is bespoke British craftsmanship at its best.
TONE AND TEXTURE
APRIL 27TH 2016

New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Summit 2.0 collection brings texture and tone to the bathroom in a simple yet beautifully organised way…
 
The collection offers a wealth of modular cabinet options with new finishes including natural and stained timbers. These pick up on the boutique hotel-led trend of using natural wood in the bathroom - as a beautiful counterpoint to clean, bright whites.
 
Shown here from Summit 2.0 Collection
Vanity unit in White Oak. W152 x H49 x D51cm
Gloss white worktop, £504 with Yak Out ceramic basin in gloss finish, W58 x D38cm
Wall storage unit in White Oak with white gloss lacquer sides, W62.5 x H72cm
Mirror cabinet with gloss white lacquer frame, W62.5 x H72cm + Elle light 
SPLASHING OUT: THE RICH COLOURS OF THE ORIENT
APRIL 26TH 2016

Oriental in inspiration, the richly decorated and coloured Yasmin basin from the London Basin Company is where boho chic meets contemporary bathroom style.   

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. Lushly patterned inside and out, the Yasmin basin shown here combines traditional and contemporary colours, given extra depth by gold highlights.

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 16cm in height.  
INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING
APRIL 25TH 2016

 
High-tech, bespoke glass buildings from The Caulfield Company combine 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.

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.



Shown here: A custom built garden room designed to be used all year round, winter and summer, as living/dining/family space. The roof, walls and bi-fold doors are double glazed and thermally broken (a barrier between the inside and outside frames which prevents heat loss) for optimum insulation. State of the art aluminium construction gives the building strength, whilst still remaining graceful. A built in automatic weather station controls an externally mounted awning and electronic roof vents, opening and closing them in response to weather conditions.  Far more effective than internal shading, the external awning acts as a physical barrier to heat entering the building, making it just as comfortable on a hot summer day as in the depths of winter.  

TRIBAL RUGS WITH RAISED APPLIQUE DETAIL
APRIL 21ST 2016

 
Most Shyrdaks are made exclusively by interlocking pieces of felt, but there are two, fairly rare, traditional designs which also have raised applique detail borders. These add yet another dimension to the character and beauty of these handmade pieces.   

Sewn onto the felt at the end of the rug making, they feature white zig zag borders sewn with either multi-coloured polka dots, representing balloons, or white flowers with pink centres.

The balloon motif evokes the elaborate decoration of tribal yurts for festivals and celebrations, whilst the flower design is a celebration of the lush meadows where the flocks are taken to graze in summer months. 

Left image shows: Raised balloon motif borders represent the nomads’ elaborate decoration of tribal yurts for special festivals.

Right image shows: Raised flower motif borders represent the nomads’ lush summer grazing grounds.
NEW - THE 100% REVOLUTIONARY NATURAL EMULSION
APRIL 19TH 2016

 
With the rising incidence of unexplained allergies and chronic diseases, especially in children, “passive paint inhalation” from synthetic and petrochemical-based products is increasingly looking like a prime suspect.  Painted surfaces in our homes give off toxins and dangerous VOCs (volatile organic compounds) for up to five years and synthetic, petrochemical-based paints are also notoriously wasteful, yielding up to 30 litres of toxic waste per litre of paint manufactured.  

Now Edward Bulmer Natural Paint is introducing a revolutionary 
new paint - the first natural emulsion formulated to be just as easy to apply as ‘plastic’ paints.  

Solvent-free, the new emulsion is made exclusively from natural raw materials, free from all synthetic ingredients and with zero VOC emissions.  Non-drip, it gives excellent coverage and a superior matt finish. Crucially too, as with all Edward Bulmer paints, its formulation allows both people and buildings to breathe naturally. Suitable for all interior walls and ceilings, it also offers the great advantage of not needing a separate primer (except on bare plaster).

One of Britain’s leading interior designers and architectural historians, Edward Bulmer is a dedicated eco-crusader.  Deeply concerned with a wide range of environmental issues, he launched his first collection of all natural paints in 2003 and has spent years researching this new, easy to use, high-performance emulsion.  It is available in all 72 of Edward’s inspiring colours.  Formulated using only natural earth and mineral pigments, they give unique depth and range of colour across a shade card ideal for both period and contemporary settings. 
THE MIRRORED OBELISK
APRIL 6TH 2016


Art deco meets architectural in the new Mirrored Obelisk bed by Simon Horn.
 
A brilliant, contemporary, four poster, it combines the sheer glamour of mirrored glass with the luxury of mahogany. The wood outlines the form, whilst the mirror confers an ethereal lightness. Soaring obelisk posts give the bed its name and increase its dramatic presence.  This is the ultimate statement four poster. 

Handmade and hand finished, the Mirrored Obelisk is available in several sizes.

THE SUMO BENCH
APRIL 4TH 2016

Troo Heath-Crew’s Sumo bench takes its inspiration from Japanese wrestlers, embodying their strength and low centre of gravity, but also their exceptional grace. The crisp, geometric precision of this piece underlines the exceptional skills and craftsmanship involved in its making. Built on a grand scale, at 2.2 metres in length, the Sumo bench combines a bold, contemporary aesthetic with brilliant practical detailing.

Conceived as a statement entrance-hall piece, it also incorporates cleverly planned storage: The two wool upholstered seats, each with their own side table, lift to reveal a roomy interior for shoes and boots. Nestled within the storage area, two removable leather-lined ‘trugs’ hold small objects from gloves and keys to dog leads. Hi-tech hinges hold the tops open at any given angle and prevent accidental slamming. 

                 
The Sumo bench is built to order in Tree Couture’s North London workshops. The timber is solid sustainable American Black Walnut, each board hand selected for its colour and figure. The seat pads and inset panels (all removable for cleaning) are upholstered to order in the client’s own choice of fabric. Made to commission, in a limited edition of 25, each Sumo bench is inlaid with a gold Tree Couture maker’s mark and an individually numbered disc. 
BACK TO BACK KITCHENS
MARCH 30TH 2016

As kitchens have increasingly become both the functional and social hub of modern living, we have all had to learn to multi-task in even the most carefully zoned areas. But where there is space to create the ultimate, the new must-have is a ‘back kitchen’.

A back kitchen is definitively not a utility room… rather, it’s a modern take on the scullery traditionally found in large period houses. Today, it’s a purpose-designed space where busy cooks can delegate prepping tasks, store less frequently used china and glass, keep wine ready for parties and house back-up appliances such as an extra dishwasher and freezer. Ideal for people who entertain regularly, it keeps the main kitchen area uncluttered - even in the midst of a great party.


Martin Moore are increasingly being asked to incorporate back kitchens into their bespoke designs. The back kitchen shown here is painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Downpipe’. The worktop and upstands in ‘Organic White’ Caesarstone. 
THE PLANE CARVING BOARD
MARCH 23RD 2016

The Plane Carving Board is handmade from sustainable English Ash. As practical as it is beautiful, it features routed juice channels and brass spikes to hold the meat in place. A separate small serving board shields the spikes when the board is not in use. The Plane is made in Temper’s Wiltshire workshops and finished with natural oils and waxes. Its geometric faceted surfaces bring contemporary minimalism to traditional Sunday roasts.

COPPER - THE BIGGEST TREND IN BATHROOMS
MARCH 22ND 2016

Copper is today’s biggest trend in bathroom brassware, setting a benchmark where classic warmth meets contemporary design.  

All Watermark Collection products are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, where each piece is precision- machined from solid brass and assembled to order. Every element is then hand finished in a choice of 15 different specialist finishes including 
Polished Copper and Vintage Copper, perfect for bringing this new accent to bathroom styling.  
NEW NAME, NEW WEBSITE
MARCH 17TH 2016

 
One of Britain’s leading architectural historians, Edward Bulmer is the ultimate colour expert and a passionate eco-crusader.  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. 

Founded as ‘Pots of Paint’, the business has now been renamed ‘Edward Bulmer Natural Paint’ with a new website at 
edwardbulmerpaint.co.uk

The new website is Edward’s brilliantly user-friendly guide to understanding and using natural colour with confidence. Full of ideas, tonal palettes, real-life projects and practical and technical advice, it also offers free Colour Consultancy, giving customers personalised colour schemes direct from Edward and his team. 

With free advice from a design luminary, a fabulous palette of 
72 colours and a wide range of finishes for indoors and out, natural colour has never been so easy to love. 
BATHROOM TREND: ROSE GOLD
MARCH 15TH 2016

Warm metals are the biggest story in bathroom taps and accessories. Brass is back big time, but there is also a new, more contemporary warm finish to consider: Rose Gold.

An alloy of 24 carat gold and copper, Rose Gold has a pinky-gold lustre which looks just right with other on-trend naturals such as Travertine and timber. Luxurious but never flashy, it hits a perfect focus note in today’s bathrooms.
LAPICIDA LAUNCHES PORCELAIN COLLECTION
MARCH 14TH 2016

 
London Design Week 13-18th March 2016: Luxury stone specialist Lapicida launched their Porcelain collection today in the London flagship showroom. Expertly curated, this new floor and wall collection is specifically designed to work alongside premium marble and stone.
 
Lapicida’s Director Jason Cherrington spent two years researching the right quality of porcelain to complement natural stone, saying “The two collections sit so well together and can often be used in the same projects. Some areas have specific requirements which stone can’t fulfil as easily as porcelain, particularly where there are weight or thickness issues.”


 
Lapicida’s collection comes in a wide range of sizes and a variety of authentic finishes including timber, concrete, marble and stone. Almost indiscernible from the original materials, porcelain can offer high performance alternatives. In kitchens and bathrooms for instance, where natural wood floors can suffer from exposure to water spills and a damp atmosphere, Porcelain Wood is completely stable; offering the look of timber, but not the problems. Porcelain tiles can also be ideal for contemporary indoor/outdoor spaces where a single flooring can run through the house and out onto a terrace. Frost and slip-resistant, porcelain can offer a simple, cost-effective way to get the look.
A FRESH TAKE
MARCH 11TH 2016

 
Blue and white has enduring appeal in interiors and this gorgeous Coralie basin from the London Basin Company gives this classic combination a fresh, contemporary focus.

​Available exclusively online, the London Basin Company offers ten different basins in a variety of designs and shapes.

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