BETTER LETTERS SUMMER SHOWCASE
JUNE 13TH 2017


DesignSpace London’s coolly minimalist Southwark flagship showroom makes the perfect venue for Better Letters’ Summer Showcase, running from now until 28th July 2017 (Monday to Friday: 9.30 – 5pm.)

Better Letters (“Lettering Agents & Signwriting Contractors”) represent some of the most exciting signwriters working today, four of whose works feature in this Summer Showcase; James Cooper, Harry Fiever and David Kynaston are all UK-based, whilst Mike Meyer brings a breezy quick-fire style from the USA.  



The twelve pieces of work on show at DesignSpace London demonstrate the diversity of the four artists’ illustrative styles, whilst highlighting their shared focus on craftsmanship and love of the classic artform of lettering and signwriting. 
COLOUR EXPLOSION!
JUNE 13TH 2017
Adding colour to interiors creates instant energy and interest, and bathrooms or cloakrooms are the perfect spaces in which to take the plunge. A hand decorated porcelain basin from the London Basin Company makes the perfect accent piece, adding vibrant colour in a small way that makes a big impact.
 
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 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height.  
 
Shown above (left to right): AdrianaMelodyClarabelleYasmin 
THE GEORGIAN VICARAGE
JUNE 12TH 2017

This traditional conservatory was designed, handmade and installed by The Caulfield Company. It replaces a long-lost glasshouse, the outline of which could still be seen on the outside wall of this beautiful Grade II Listed Georgian vicarage in Hertfordshire.
 
No other reference to the original glass structure could be found, but Mark Caulfield of The Caulfield Company has long experience of reinstating period glass buildings, taking his design cues from the vicarage and from glass structures of the same period. Perfectly in keeping with the Georgian house, this new conservatory features small panel windows with very slender glazing bars. It has an imposing roofline, featuring gothic-inspired gables.  The plinth is in reclaimed brick, carefully matched to the house.
 
The scheme was submitted for planning permission/Listed Building Consent. Once the plans were approved, the conservatory was hand built in The Caulfield Company’s Yorkshire workshops using solid Sapele hardwood. Its functionality was also kept true to the original glasshouse; eschewing mod cons such as underfloor heating in favour of more traditional heating (radiators in grilled housings) and manually crank-handled roof vents. Climate control is much better than in the original building though, as special glazing methods were used to double glaze the finely detailed Georgian windows.
 
Highly experienced in sensitive architectural responses to period and listed buildings, 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.  
GRAPHITE PANELLING FOR INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR WALLS
JUNE 8TH 2017

 
Graphite Panelling is part of an exciting new collection of ceramic tiles from luxury stone specialist Lapicida. In warm dark grey, with a lustrous matt finish and raised borders, it offers a new architectural look for interior and exterior walls. 

Expertly curated, Lapicida’s extensive porcelain and ceramic collections for walls and floors comes in a wide range of sizes and a variety of authentic finishes. Chosen to work alongside their premium marble and stone they can be used together in the same projects, often as a solution to weight or thickness issues. Many of Lapicida’s porcelains and ceramics are also frost proof, designed to be used for exterior decorative finishes

In a natural finish, Graphite ceramic tiles come in two sizes (305x305mm and 610x305mm, both 10mm thick) which can be used together to achieve numerous decorative effects. 
CDQ SUMMER STREET PARTY 2017
JUNE 8TH 2017

Drummonds flagship showroom on the King’s Road hosted an informal and fun filled evening as part of the CDQ Summer party with a variety of entertainment including massage therapists, a tarot card reader, a magician, juggler and fire eater together with a roaming band all on hand to keep guests entertained.



With the sun shining Drummonds was pleased to welcome interior designers, architects and press with a delicious Sipsmith summer cup and enjoy an entertaining evening where everyone could mingle in a relaxed environment. Sales and Marketing Directory James Lentaigne commented “It was wonderful to see the area alive with people browsing and finding inspiration and everyone seemed to really enjoy the evening."



The design emporium Talisman shared the showroom on the evening so there were plenty of quirky curios to amuse including a giraffe in a freestanding ‘Spey’ bath and a brass monkey dangling from the shower creating a talking point.
THE SPECIALISTS IN SHAPED BLINDS
JUNE 7TH 2017


Towering glazed gables, asymmetric windows, lantern lights, glass boxes and giant bi-folds are all part of the language of contemporary buildings. They make impressive statements, but can be hard to screen - often a necessity for both privacy and climate control. 

This remarkable eco-house in Oxfordshire sits above, and flows into, a multi-level garden with decking and lush plantings. Large areas of glass give views from every angle. This makes screening a necessity for climate control on sunny days and privacy, especially in the bedrooms.



Grand Design Blinds designed and installed bespoke electric blinds throughout. These were planned into the design of the house right from the beginning, so that all the large windows and sliding doors along the front of the building, together with the skylights in the bedrooms, were built with special recesses, completely hiding the blinds when not in use. 



Extra-large roller blinds are used in the open plan kitchen/living room and down the corridor, but the master bedroom needed a different solution to screen the giant (3 metres high x 4.2 metres wide) window with its difficult 90˚ return. 



Here, pleated Duette blinds were chosen over roller blinds: Aesthetically, a roller blind, when down, would look like a blank wall and practically, it’s difficult to achieve total blackout/privacy with roller blinds. It would also have been impossible to use a roller blind to screen the narrow return window. Duette’s pleated construction offers more visual interest, more effective blackout and the ability to make a matching slim blind to screen the return. It also allows a perfect match to the Duette blind which screens the skylight. 

All the blinds throughout the house were connected to the building's Loxone home automation system, enabling them to be automatically operated according to the angle of the sun and the temperature inside the house.

Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK.
NEW… BUTE BATH WITH PRESSED STEEL SURROUND
JUNE 6TH 2017

The newest version of Drummonds’ freestanding Bute bath features a pressed steel surround, fusing the spirit of classic bathrooms with crisp, contemporary styling.

The double-ended cast iron bath takes several weeks to make, using a traditional process starting with raw metal and completed by snow white dry-frit enamelling. The new pressed steel surround features simple dado and plinth detailing which defines the bath’s showstopping curves.

Supplied primed, or hand-painted in the customer’s choice of colour, the Bute bath measures L1700 x W730mm x H585mm.

The Bute bath is also available with a plain steel skirt or a classic panelled hardwood surround.
NEW DESIGN CENTRE CHELSEA HARBOUR SHOWROOM
JUNE 5TH 2017

One of Britain’s longest established fabric houses, George Spencer Designs has moved into a spacious Design Centre Chelsea Harbour showroom. Bright and contemporary, the new space (1100 sq ft) is designed to showcase the complete collection of fabrics and wallpapers. 

George Spencer Designs is also known for finding and representing some of the most original and exciting emerging talent. With the Chelsea Harbour showroom providing significantly more space, three exclusive new names have been added to the roster, bringing in ‘Quercus & Co’ from Australia, ‘Maison C.’ from France and ‘Rebecca Atwood’ from the USA.

LAUNCHING ELEMENTS - A MODULAR TAP COLLECTION
MAY 31ST 2017
Over 175,000 configurations…


Every Elements tap is modular and totally customisable; made up of a base, an insert and a cover. 

Handmade in solid brass, the bases and inserts offer 15 specialist finish options, including polished nickel, copper and gold, vintage brass, gun metal and pewter.  

The 14 different, interchangeable, covers are grouped as, ‘Forged’ (metal), ‘Raw’ (concrete), ‘Rock’ (marble & stone) and ‘Lumber’ (concrete ‘wood’).  Each one is a unique craft collaboration, handmade in studios as far apart as Italy and the US and in materials as diverse as concrete, bronze and marble.

The Watermark Collection’s brilliant Configurator software allows people to design their own Elements taps online, testing the thousands of potential configurations to find their own unique style.

Elements offers a full collection of taps for basins, baths, showers and kitchens, with co-ordinating spouts completing the look.  

NEW BAHIA BATH AT ALTERNATIVE BATHROOMS
MAY 24TH 2017

Conceived by Italian architect Oriano Favaretto, the Bahia has evolved over several design generations from a freestanding bath into a modern art concept piece with the egg-shaped bath flowing out from a cuboid block.
 
Now, in its latest form, the oval shape has been exaggerated by rounding off the junctions where the bath meets the block. It’s a softer, less angular look which brings a classic design right up to date.
 
Designed to sit against a wall or in a corner, the Bahia bath measures W:170min/210max x D:140 x H:50cm and has a capacity of 384 litres. It comes in white or bi-coloured Cristalplant, a new-generation material with a beautifully tactile finish.  

SCREENING GLASS IN THE KITCHEN
MAY 18TH 2017
Modern kitchens, especially in extensions, are often flooded with light through giant bi-fold or sliding doors, roof lights, gable ends and many other architectural features. Kitchens are in use day and night, year-round –  so it’s important to be able to screen the glass for privacy, glare and climate control.  

Grand Design Blinds are Britain’s leading experts in shaped blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass. 

Each project is a unique challenge, needing a one-off response and Grand Design Blinds offer many types of blinds. These, combined with specialist operating systems and materials from sheers to blackouts, allow them to create shading solutions for ordinary and extraordinary areas of glass. They also specialise in automated blinds, which can even be linked to home automation and climate control systems. 



NEW: CHECK STRIPE
MAY 15TH 2017

With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills. 
 
Check Stripe is an upbeat, linear design combining its strong graphic presence with the soft look and feel of natural linen. It brings a pleasing modernity to curtains and upholstery and comes in a range of five colourways, united by an ecru background. Shown above: Chair upholstered in Natural Check Stripe. Stack (top to bottom) in Chocolate, Sage, Lime, Navy. 
THE CONTEMPORARY ORANGERY
MAY 10TH 2017

Orangeries have come of age, transforming this most traditional of glass buildings into bright, light, intelligent living spaces.

Unlike conservatories, which have fully glazed roofs, orangeries traditionally have a solid roof with an inset glass lantern light. This concept translates elegantly into modern architecture, especially with The Caulfield Company’s design expertise and high-tech glazing systems; using architectural solutions from commercial buildings to create new building technologies for homes. 

Shown here: This bespoke contemporary orangery uses two technologically advanced systems, a triple glazed ‘Azkent’ roof and remarkable ‘Cero’ glass doors, which combine the look of glass curtain walling with the functionality of sliding doors. Minimal framing, with vertical mullions just 34mm thick, gives uninterrupted views to the garden beyond. Noise cancelling technology, remote control and locking alarms all add to the functionality and pleasure of living in this space.

Made to order, Cero doors are unique in being available up to a towering 6 metres in height and 4 metres wide, offering moveable floor to ceiling glazing. They can be either double or triple glazed, with the triple glazing option taking the glass up to Passivhaus standards (0.8U value) adding great insulation to new or existing buildings. 

Mark Caulfield and his team of architects and craftsmen undertake projects all over the world, handling projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes. The Caulfield Company 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. 
NEW DERWENT PENDANT LIGHT DESIGNED BY MARTIN BRUDNIZKI
MAY 8TH 2017
 
Drummonds’ ongoing design collaboration with interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki, produces inspirational bathroomware and accessories, giving Drummonds contemporary direction.
 
Martin Brudnizki’s new Derwent Pendant light is a masterpiece of craft luxe. The reeded glass shade is hand blown and the brassware is hand fabricated, making each light a unique piece. Shown above in a brushed brass finish, the Derwent Pendant is also available in Nickel and Chrome finishes. Perfect for bathrooms, it carries an IP44 rating.  

The dimensions of the shade are 225mm high & 115mm in diameter
Matching Derwent wall lights also available
 
Also shown here, from the Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds Collection: 
Derwent Vanity Mirror:  D50 x W690 x H1010mm
Ladybower Vanity:  D585 x W770 x H850mm
'OLD FARO' PORCELAIN TILES
MAY 4TH 2017

Designed for interior walls and floors, Old Faro is one of an exciting new collection of porcelain tiles from luxury stone specialist Lapicida. Convincingly reproducing antique blue and white terracotta tiles, with all of their ageing, fading and patina, Old Faro perfectly captures the spirit of vintage interiors.  

Expertly curated, Lapicida’s porcelain collection is chosen to work alongside their premium marble and stone. The two collections sit 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.  

Many of Lapicida’s porcelain tiles can also be used outside, making them 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.

Lapicida’s extensive porcelain collection for walls and floors comes in a wide range of sizes and a variety of authentic finishes including timber, concrete, marble and stone. 

Matt finished, Old Faro porcelain tiles measure 330 x 330mm and are 10mm thick. 
SHADING THE IMPOSSIBLE
MAY 3RD 2017

Towering glazed gables, asymmetric windows, lantern lights, glass boxes and giant bi-folds are all part of the language of contemporary buildings. They make impressive statements, but can be hard to screen - often a necessity for both privacy and climate control.

The leading experts in shaped blinds, Grand Design Blinds can shade and screen even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.

By definition, each project is a unique challenge, needing a one-off response. Grand Design Blinds offer many different types of blinds, which combined with specialist materials and automated operating systems allow them to create shading solutions for even the most extraordinary locations.

Shown here (with details below): This Leicestershire new-build has a double-height glazed gable with open countryside views. By night, the glass needs screening for privacy. Grand Design Blinds designed, tailor-made and installed two electrically-controlled blinds into the apex and three manual blinds mounted discreetly on the transom below. This gives a wide range of full and partial screening options for both privacy and climate control. The fabric matches across both sets of blinds, giving a smart finish.



Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide.  All of their blinds are handmade to order to order in the UK.
NEW: CUT UP DOT BY REBECCA ATWOOD
MAY 2ND 2017

 
With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs’ fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills. 
 
Alongside their own collections, George Spencer represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric houses which share the same feel and ethos. The line-up includes Brooklyn-based artist and textile designer Rebecca Atwood, whose sustainably produced fabrics have a chic contemporary edge. 
 
Cut Up Dot’ is a new reversible jacquard weave by Rebecca Atwood.  Inspired by an experimental piece of collage, it comes in four colourways including two lucent blues, designed to work separately or together. 100% cotton and 140cm wide, it is suitable for curtains, cushions, and upholstery. 

 
NEW… HORUS BASIN
APRIL 27TH 2017

​New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Horus basin is a sweeping, sculptural design by the Italian architect Marco Baxadonne.  

Inspired by the ancient Egyptian ‘Eye of Horus’ symbol, it’s a large basin with curvaceous lines, giving strong design focus to contemporary bathrooms. 

Designed to be used with wall or deck-mounted taps, Horus is made in ‘Ceramilux’, a new generation mineral/marble with an ultra-smooth feel, available in matt or gloss.  

Dimensions:  W: 105.75 x D: 43 x H: 7/17 cm 
DRUMMONDS LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE...
APRIL 26TH 2017


drummonds-uk.com

Always innovating, the luxury bathroom maker Drummonds has launched an exciting new website, bringing bathroom design inspirations to life with new products, new images and even greater interactivity.

Drummonds has always made its own products, using traditional manufacturing techniques such as casting molten iron and brass. In an exciting mix of video and stills, these artisan processes are vividly portrayed on the new website, alongside beautifully photographed products and real life bathroom locations. Behind the inspirations sits an intelligent service-led website, offering everything from detailed technical information to sample requests, appointment bookings and access to Drummonds’ in-house design service.
 




 
NEW CLIENT ANNOUNCEMENT
APRIL 25TH 2017

 
We are pleased to announce we have been appointed to handle the PR for Grand Design Blinds.
 
Grand Design Blinds are the leading experts in shaped blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  The company was set up by blinds specialist Jonathan Pelly-Fry in 2012. Inspired by the dramatic glazing of modern seaside houses in Cornwall, he began developing responses to their unique screening requirements. Joined by his son Nick as Design Director in 2014, they now run the business together, offering high-tech solutions to architects, designers and private clients worldwide. Images above show projects undertaken at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the Gare du Nord.
 
A background press release is attached. Please let us know if you would like high res images or further information.
DRAMATIC LOFT SHOWER ROOM
APRIL 20TH 2017


The Watermark Collection offers edgy, bold new views on kitchen and bathroom brassware. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece is precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. The entire collection is available to order in 15 different specialist finishes; from polished nickel and oiled bronze to vintage brass and copper.

This striking shower room occupies the roof extension of a Victorian townhouse renovation in London by interior designer Melissa Jenkinson of Heirloom Studio. Her choice of shower, taps and towel rail in aged brass from The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn Collection dramatically poses the warm metal against cool charcoal and white monochrome. A gilt-framed antique mirror subtly references the building’s heritage, connecting new to old in much the same way as The Watermark Collection’s unique, handmade brassware. 
 


All brassware shown is from The Watermark Collection's Brooklyn range in Aged Brass. 
AN HISTORIC FOOTPRINT
APRIL 19TH 2017


This traditional conservatory was designed, handmade and installed by The Caulfield Company and sits within the walled garden of a 19th Century Grade II Listed castle, deep in the Yorkshire Dales. 

Commissioned to replace a long-derelict Victorian greenhouse, occupying the same footprint, it was built in The Caulfield Company’s Yorkshire workshops in solid Sapele hardwood and painted in a soft green finish. Creating a garden room sanctuary, it lies at the heart of a major restoration project which has brought new life to the garden.  


 
Highly experienced in sensitive architectural responses to period and listed buildings, 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.  
NEW HAMMERED COPPER FINISH
APRIL 10TH 2017


Drummonds’ uniquely luxurious new Hammered Copper finish celebrates the many artisanal processes involved in the making of their cast iron baths. From the pouring of the molten iron to the dry frit enamelling, each bath takes several weeks to make - even before the specialist hand finishing. 
 
Now available to order on many of Drummonds’ baths, the Hammered Copper finish is a craft process which begins with wrapping the bath exterior in sheet copper. This is then beaten into place by hand with mallets, creating the characteristic undulations and dimples. Finally, the metal is polished to a high shine and then lacquered to preserve the natural warmth and gleaming lustre of the copper. 

The new Hammered Copper finish is shown here on Drummonds’ Wye bateau bath.  
THE ASTORIA VANITY NOW IN VERDE GUATEMALA
APRIL 6TH 2017



Inspired by 1930’s Art Deco, Lapicida’s glamorous ‘Astoria’ vanity has classic lines and a strong architectural presence. Originally made in solid Carrara marble with brushed brass inlays, it now comes in a second, equally dramatic, version featuring honed Verde Guatemala.   

Verde Guatemala is a famously lustrous dark green marble, often seen in original Art Deco design. A modern accent is added by brushed copper inlays, making this vanity right on trend for both classic and contemporary interiors.

Generously dimensioned, the Astoria stands 900mm high by 700mm wide and 400mm deep



Matching: The Astoria Mirror
The simple elegance of the Astoria mirror echoes the Deco spirit of the Astoria vanity. Available in both honed Verde Guatemala with brushed copper inlays and honed Carrara with brushed brass.  
NEW: SPENCER VELVET
APRIL 4TH 2017
A Classic Collection in seven new colourways


With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills.  

Spencer Velvet is one of the company’s best-known collections: The go-to velvet for many interior designers, it is famous for its unique colours and beautiful vintage finish. 

Now, seven new colours have been added to the Spencer Velvet collection. Cleverly nuanced, they take their inspiration from Provence’s sun-weathered buildings, with shades including Citron, Aquamarine, Pale Olive and Bleached Terracotta. Subtle yet profound colours, they are perfect for both contemporary and traditional interiors. 

Spencer Velvet is woven in 100% cotton and now comes in thirty-four colours, from soft neutrals to rich hues. 140cm wide, it is suitable for upholstery and curtains.

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