THE LADYBOWER VANITY
JANUARY 11TH 2016
Drummonds have launched a design collaboration with interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki, producing an inspirational collection of bathroomware and accessories, notable in giving Drummonds a new more contemporary direction.

Stripping the vanity basin of traditional pomp and ceremony, Martin Brudnizki conceived the 
Ladybower with simplicity in mind. Elegant, light and modern, it uses classic white Arabescato marble and brassware in a pared-back design. Behind its contemporary lines lie functional considerations too, including good storage space for bathroom accessories and small, yet perfectly formed details such as the bent recess in the towel rail which ensures that the towel stays in place.

MAKE A THING A DAY
JANUARY 11TH 2016

 
Temper Studio’s innovative Instagram competition, Make a Thing a Day, offered the chance to win a different “small unique product” every day, handmade by George Winks at his idyllic Temper Studio workshops in Wiltshire. Prizes ranged from the ‘Plane’ low table to wood and copper planters, the ‘Disc’ adjustable bike rack and the remarkable ‘Choppy Waters’ wooden bowl.  A great week for all five prizewinners and for George, giving him another opportunity to flex his creative muscles making these small but perfectly formed pieces.
THE NEW PARQUET COLLECTION
JANUARY 7TH 2016
Refined and architectural, Lapicida’s new collection of marble and stone parquet showcases the return of decorative surfaces to contemporary interiors.

Lapicida’s new parquet collection includes Georgette, a distinctive vein-cut marble with delicate colour graduations. Silk Georgette offers a palette of subtle greys whilst Bronze Georgette has pale mink tones. Designed for walls and floors, Georgette offers cool sophistication for luxurious bathrooms, hallways and living rooms.

In contrast to the marble’s restrained geometric beauty, the collection also offers warm-toned and characterful stone parquet floors including Reclaimed English, with its wide range of natural colours, and the distinctive fossil-filled Hanover Blue.

Shown clockwise from left: 
English Reclaimed stone in Hungarian Point 
Hanover Blue stone laid in Herringbone
Bronze Georgette marble in Hungarian Point
Silk Georgette in Hungarian Point
TREND 2016: NATURE-INSPIRED COLOURS
JANUARY 6TH 2016
Meadow flowers, garden foliage, sea-tumbled pebbles, the soft blue of an English sky; just some of the inspirations behind the colours set to dominate interiors in 2016.  Nature provides the perfect counterpoint to our busy lives, with joyful hues to uplift, comfort and calm. 

No paint range does ‘Natural’ better than Edward Bulmer Natural Paint. Developed by interior designer and architectural historian Edward Bulmer, the collection offers 100% natural formulations and all-natural pigments derived from plants and minerals. 

Kind to people and the environment, 
Edward Bulmer Natural Paint is made with only sustainably produced raw materials such as beeswax, milk casein and linseed oil. These and the all-natural pigments give this paint a very special depth and intensity of colour… making it easy to achieve truly nature-inspired colour.

THE YOLE BATH
DECEMBER 14TH 2015

With everything from simple, no-frills ranges to high end architectural products, Alternative Bathrooms offers an exceptional choice of quality bathroomware and accessories.

Yole is the perfect choice for contemporary bathrooms - a simple, but striking asymmetrical bathtub, with two straight and two curved sides.
Available freestanding, corner or flat wall, Yole is made from smooth white Mitek, an innovative composite material.

 



BRILLIANT BRIGHTS
DECEMBER 14TH 2015

The right rug makes all the difference in a room and choosing a bold, bright rug is the perfect way to introduce colour. Felt’s colourful Shyrdak rugs work brilliantly as statement pieces, bringing warmth and interest to a scheme. Made from thick, felted wool, they are also luxuriously comfortable underfoot.

Amongst its wide selection of Shyrdaks, Felt stocks a dazzling selection of brilliant blues, reds, yellows and more, in a wide range of sizes and patterns, from runners to room-size rugs.

Every one of Felt’s Shrydaks tells a unique 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.


 


 

WHITE WASH
DECEMBER 10TH 2015


Edward Bulmer explains the stories behind three of his newest whites…

White Lead: “In the past, white pigment for oil paints was derived from lead. The sheets of lead were stacked in a pit of dung and the resulting white deposit that formed after a month was taken off in flakes. Suspended in linseed oil it took on a slightly yellow/grey cast, creating the same universally useful hue we have mixed up.”

Pearl Colour: “The beautiful opalescent appearance of a pearl is hard to pin down as one colour, but in the 19th century the name was used to describe white pigmented with Prussian blue, black, ochre and even Indian red. Our colour takes a cue from all these pigments but uses them sparingly to create the pale radiance of the finest pearl.”

Clay: “Many old colour names refer to natural materials and of course these materials varied from place to place. Ours is a grey/yellow clay which makes a very adaptable shade and is a good hall colour, but is also sophisticated enough for a contemporary living room.”

 

TRENDING: CELADON
DECEMBER 8TH 2015

The Celestine from the London Basin Company is inspired by celadon, the beautiful pale green glaze popular throughout Asia.  This colour has been making its way into our interiors and now makes a splash in this gorgeous basin. Shaped like a flower in bloom, it features the delicate crackle glaze finish so often used in traditional celadon ware. 

 


 

THE MIRRORED OBELISK
DECEMBER 3RD 2015

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. 


 

ENGLISH RECLAIMED
DECEMBER 2ND 2015

From Yorkstone and Purbeck to Blue Lias, England’s wonderful native stones have been used in historic buildings for centuries. Reclaimed and restored, they have a lustrous patina, created by the passage of time. This makes them amongst the most desirable of floors…

Lapicida’s Reclaimed Collection offers the most charismatic of traditional native stones.  They come with their own provenance and many are extremely rare. Lapicida’s services also extend far beyond the stone.  Reclaimed stone comes in irregular thicknesses: not ideal for today’s homes. But, Lapicida’s custom-cut service transforms random flags into regularly-dimensioned pieces without affecting their beauty. If required, stone can be hand-selected to achieve a specific spectrum of colour.    

Shown here is a reclaimed 17th Century floor in 
English Pennine sandstone. The flags are in random sizes, hand matched to achieve the client’s desired colour.
 

SIMON HORN WINTER SALE
DECEMBER 1ST 2015

Simon Horn’s Winter Sale runs from December 12th 2015 - February 14th 2016 with discounts ranging from 20% to 40% off selected lines. Choose from the classic French beds for which the company first became famous or charismatic retro and contemporary designs. Shown below, the Valentino bed in an antiqued mirrored finish has been reduced by 20% from £6700 to £5360 for a Super King (180 x 200cm / 6’ x 6’6”).
 

BEAUTIFUL BRIGHTS
NOVEMBER 30TH 2015

Edward Bulmer explains the stories behind four of his natural, pigment rich brights:
 


Brimstone: “We wanted to offer a bright, clear, yellow - less dependent on yellow ochre and more on chrome yellow: evocative of the fiery tone of sulphur. This colour will brighten up any shaded room and we have seen a similar shade used to stunning effect by the Prince of Wales at Highgrove, on some outdoor seats set against a yew hedge.”

Rose Pink: “Sometimes we just want to be brave and funky - so close your eyes and imagine you are in Jaipur! Rose Pink shows that natural pigments can give wonderful bright hues.”

Invisible Green: “Of course, such a strong colour is hardly invisible but we have taken the 19th century idea of painting ironwork in the landscape to ‘vanish’ it and mixed a beautiful grass green. This is a really striking colour firmly planting the outside in!”

Azurite: “This blue is a real pick-me-up, packed with pigment to give strength and depth, but with earthy warmth. It is a homage to the mineral widely used since the Middle Ages to convey high status.”
 

NEW BEAM DESK
NOVEMBER 25TH 2015

The original Beam design explores what George calls ‘symbolic friction’ between structural elements; in this case English Sycamore and cast concrete, fitted together like a spine to create a piece which is rich in material texture and architectural presence. The Beam Desk adapts the design with a modular drawer unit which can be placed in any of the six spaces between the wooden ribs.
 


The drawers, visible from above through the toughened glass top, are lined in silk fabric designed by award winning surface designer Anna Glover, featuring a graphic snake and leaf motif.
 


The Beam Desk is available in a choice of sustainable British hardwoods including Sycamore, Oak, Ash and Beech and is hand rubbed in Danish oil and natural Beeswax, providing a rich and durable finish.
 

ART GLASS SHOWERS
NOVEMBER 24TH 2015

Decorative detailing is one of today’s key trends for interiors, with pattern providing essential accents.

New at Alternative Bathrooms, Art Glass showers and shower screens combine decorative focus with pure architectural simplicity. The geometric designs are acid etched onto heavyweight safety glass, adding texture to the strong visual impact. The effect is refined and luxurious, perfect for classic and contemporary bathrooms.

Art Glass comes in two designs; Japan (left) and Quatre Feuille (right), both available to special order across a complete range of shower enclosures, walk in panels and screens.

 

COLOURFUL BATHROOM STYLE
NOVEMBER 23RD 2015


This colourful ensuite in a south-west London Victorian terrace has mixed classic Drummonds fittings with vibrant Mediterranean style tiles and glamorous accessories and finishes. Drummonds’ products lend themselves perfectly to this eclectic look, showcasing real craftsmanship and using luxurious materials such as nickel, marble and enamelled cast iron.

A small, dated bathroom and separate loo were knocked together to create this large, family friendly space. The centrepiece, a freestanding Tay bath is displayed against panels of antiqued mirror that reflect light around the room. The Dalby shower is set in a tiled walk-in enclosure, whilst the veined grey marble of the Double Crake vanity basin coordinates beautifully with bespoke encaustic-style cement tiles.

 

NEW ROUND REFECTORY TABLE
NOVEMBER 19TH 2015

Lapicida’s Refectory Table collection now includes a round design, perfect for sociable dining.

Handmade in Yorkshire, it features a solid English oak base with curving lines striking a clever balance between contemporary and traditional furniture. This classic look is echoed in the beautifully figured Arabescato marble top. A generous 50mm thick, the stone is given extra emphasis by architectural edge detailing.

As with all Lapicida’s Refectory tables, it is also available sized to order with a wide choice of natural stone and marble tops. An all-weather cover is available for garden use.

 

BLACK FRIDAY SALE AT SIMON HORN
NOVEMBER 18TH 2015
Simon Horn’s Black Friday sale runs from November 23rd -28th 2015 with discounts ranging from 30% to 70% off selected lines. Choose from the classic French beds for which the company first became famous or charismatic retro and contemporary designs. Shown below, the Electra bed in a metal electroform finish has been reduced by 70% from £4995 to £1495 (180 x 200cm / 6’ x 6’6”). Mattresses are 30% off, with ex-display mattresses up to 60% off. Luxurious throws, duvets and pillows are all reduced by 30%.   
 

MARTIN MOORE LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
NOVEMBER 17TH 2015

Classic English furniture maker Martin Moore has launched a new website built around projects. Real life locations ranging from historic country mansions to city townhouses showcase the character and individuality of Martin Moore’s handmade, bespoke kitchens and furniture. They also highlight how perfectly the company’s essentially English style fits both traditional and contemporary living.

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and undertaking work throughout the UK and Europe, Martin Moore remains a family business. From kitchens and utility rooms to dressing rooms and freestanding furniture, every commission is custom-designed and built in its own Yorkshire workshops and installed by its own craftsmen. The website also features Martin Moore’s own natural stone collection.

 

NEW GREIGE COLOUR
NOVEMBER 16TH 2015

Individually designed and hand-built, every La Cornue is finished to order in a choice of over 30 different enamels, from Pure White to Shiny Black. Now La Cornue is introducing ‘Greige’ a new-generation neutral which dictionaries describe as “the colour of raw silk”.
 


Not beige, not grey, but a subtle shade in between, Greige is a perfect tonal partner to natural wood or stone, designed to sit beautifully in both contemporary and classic kitchens. Greige is now available on all La Cornue cookers as well as extraction hoods, the ‘Flamberge’ rotisserie and the ‘Château’ range of metal furniture.
 

DRUMMONDS LAUNCH NEW VANITY
NOVEMBER 11TH 2015

Drummonds’ new Thames vanity is an adaptation of their original Hebdern design, with a useful shelf added for storing towels or baskets of toiletries. This elegant Art Deco style vanity features solid brass legs and striking marble panelling, showcasing the craftsmanship and use of luxurious natural materials that defines Drummonds’ classic bathroom collections.

The Thames is available as a single or double vanity basin in a choice of three different marbles, Arabescato, Marquina Black or Atlantic Grey, and three different finishes: brass, nickel or chrome.

 

NEW COLLECTION FROM FELT
NOVEMBER 4TH 2015

Newly arrived from Kyrgyzstan, Felt’s latest collection of handmade 100% wool rugs includes vivid designs in a range of sizes and patterns, from runners to room-size rugs.
 


The new collection explores a palette of rich reds and cerulean blue alongside natural undyed white and grey wool, bringing colour and warmth into your home. The collection also includes several vintage rugs that have seen active service on the walls and floors of nomadic yurts, though they remain in excellent condition.
 



NEW SIDE TABLE
NOVEMBER 3RD 2015

Lapicida’s new Side Table hits a perfect ‘modernist’ note between classic and contemporary.

The handmade steel frame has faceted legs and a cross stretcher with a roundel detail. Seated into the frame, the stone tray top has a raised edge detailing, emphasising this table’s simple, architectural appeal.

Shown here in burnished steel with a Verde Guatemala marble top, Lapicida’s Side Table is made to order with the frame in polished or rusted finishes and the tray top in a wide range of marbles and other stones. It can also be sized to order, shown here W550 x L550 x H780mm.

 

DRUMMONDS LAUNCH BATHROOM DESIGN SERVICE
NOVEMBER 2ND 2015

Luxury bathroom maker Drummonds is launching a Bathroom Design Service, making its space planning expertise available to all customers for the first time.  Offered free of charge, the service is available through Drummonds’ newly relaunched website and from its Notting Hill showroom.

The process begins with customers supplying a simple plan or sketch of their bathroom. Drummonds will then set up a telephone or showroom meeting to discuss the design brief and product options.  Based on this, they will produce up to three different layouts with 3-D perspectives and a full quote.  If the client agrees the design, Drummonds will then order the products and send technical details and installation manuals straight to the bathroom installer. 

 

NYC DANCE COMPANY USES FELT RUGS
OCTOBER 28TH 2015

 

Felt rugs formed the spectacular backdrop to a Kyrgyz dance performance by a New York City dance company. Images of Felt’s Shyrdaks were used to create the huge collage for the Dream’d in a Dream production by the Seán Curran Company

The Seán Curran Company met Kyrgyz folk music ensemble Ustatshakirt Plus in Kyrgyzstan in 2012 as part of Dance Motion USASM, a cultural exchange tour produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Dream’d in a Dream was the eventual outcome of the meeting, featuring nine dancers and six musicians in an American/Kyrgyz creative collaboration with traditional Kyrgyz music, directed by composer Nurlanbek Nishanov with choreography by Seán Curran. Felt’s dazzling wool rugs, known as Shyrdaks, have been handmade by the nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan for over two and a half thousand years and were the perfect choice of backdrop for the production. 

 


Dream’d in a Dream was performed at the BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, as part of BAM’s annual Next Wave Festival, showcasing the best in contemporary performance. 
 


Photos by Mark Randall

NEW PLANE BENCH
OCTOBER 27TH 2015


Taking cues from traditional rural woodcraft, the PLANE Bench is a simple construction in English hardwood, updated and re-interpreted in Temper’s idiosyncratic style. The surfaces are precisely hand-shaped into geometric facets allowing light to reflect and break across them. Brushed brass cross-ties lend clean minimalist support to the structure. 


Shown here in Ash, the Plane Bench is also available to order in any British sustainable hardwood. 

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