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.

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. 
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. 
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.

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.  
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

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. 
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.
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.
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.
MARCH 10TH 2016

Felt’s latest shipment includes small rugs with a multitude of uses. Their compact dimensions make them immensely versatile, perfect for bringing a splash of colour and interest to hallways, passages or quiet corners. They also make stylish bedside warmers, especially as Felt’s Shyrdaks often come in contrasting pairs. They don’t even have to be on the floor… small rugs can look great as wall hangings too.
MARCH 9TH 2016

Drummonds’ new freestanding Bute bath captures the pomp and circumstance of the most splendid Edwardian interiors.

The focus is as much on form as function. 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. It sits within a panelled hardwood surround with curved ends echoing the shape of the bath, a virtuoso piece of cabinetmaking. 

The new Bute bath is available to order in the mahogany finish shown here or handpainted in any RAL colour.
MARCH 4TH 2016

Thirty-two House & Garden readers gathered for an inspiring cookery masterclass hosted by Martin Moore at their Notting Hill showroom and Chef Mark Hix, brand ambassador for Sub-Zero and Wolf.

Mark’s verdant, seasonal menu celebrated exceptional ingredients from British artisan suppliers including beef from Glenarm Estate, Little Wallop cheese and Wye Valley Produce asparagus. Whilst cooking, his commentary was packed with invaluable chef’s tips, such as using gluten free flour to create non-stodgy batter.  

Carrying through the British theme, each dish was beautifully assembled on bone china plates made in Stoke on Trent by William Edwards - creating a feast for all the senses.

Meanwhile, at the back of Martin Moore’s spacious showroom, Mark Hix’s brigade had been working hard cooking the same recipes to provide lunch for a - by then - extremely hungry audience! From the asparagus risotto to the buckthorne posset every mouthful was a culinary journey into springtime. 

The cookery masterclass rounded off with a House & Garden gift bag, which included a stylish Martin Moore cooks apron and recipes for all the delicious dishes demonstrated by Mark Hix.

MARCH 3RD 2016

Handmade and hand finished in Italy, The Rialto contrasts two colours of European walnut, natural and dark stained. The elegantly curved head and footboards emphasise feature graining in the specially selected timbers.  

Nobody does natural colour better than Edward Bulmer.  One of Britain’s leading architectural historians, his all-natural paint collection is made with pure earth and mineral pigments, entirely true to nature and a perfect match for outdoor settings.   

shade card offers seventy two historically-inspired colours for modern living, giving a depth of true colour which synthetic paints can never mimic. The collection, designed for indoors and out, includes a traditional Natural Oil Gloss, ideal for painting and preserving all exterior woodwork, from benches and chairs to windows and doors.  Permanently elastic, it resists peeling or flaking by allowing the wood to breathe naturally. 
Designer-Maker Troo Heath-Crew and her company Tree Couture produce some of the most exciting work to emerge from British workshops in many years. The focus is on cutting-edge contemporary designs, handmade using rare materials such as prehistoric bog oak. 

Supremely luxurious and meticulously detailed, the collections are limited editions, each piece individually made and finished to order before being numbered and signed with a maker’s mark. Although her works are collectors’ pieces, Troo Heath-Crew’s furniture is always as functional as it is beautiful. She treats hardwoods as precious materials, marrying them to other sumptuous elements including leathers, metals and silk-infused glass. Troo and her team are based in North London, where she has craft workshops and an airy atelier in an historic former dairy.  Her furniture is also within Clerkenwell London, the vibrant new lifestyle and design hub.

The ultimate in stripped down industrial style, the Elan Vital collection is inspired by commercial ball valves and plumbing unions. Now the range includes an impressive bridge tap which comes in both deck and wall mounted versions. With lever taps and a pivoting spout, it’s perfect for both bathrooms and kitchens. 

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 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 the new vintage copper finish shown here.

One of Britain’s leading conservatory designers and makers, the Caulfield Company is renowned for its graceful glazed buildings and work on heritage projects. Now, alongside bespoke timber conservatories, The Caulfield Company also specialises in intelligent modern glass buildings. Airy and architectural, supremely energy-efficient designs give state of the art thermal performance and fully automated shading/temperature control. The perfect answer to Britain’s unpredictable climate, they offer true indoor/outdoor living. Working all over the world, Mark Caulfield and his team handle projects right through from planning permission to design, build and interior finishes.

The Span Cabinet is a quirky, characterful design that celebrates new and exciting materials and processes. Crafted in Pippy Oak, an unusual timber that shows the grain of the wood and also the texture of knots, or ‘pips’, together with Walnut and Sycamore elements.  Supported by concrete ‘spans’ connecting the legs and the top with structural brass cross ties, the cupboard also features wired glass doors with brass handles and leather drawer liners. 

After years of monochrome, exuberant colours and decorative patterns are making their way back into our homes.

The richly decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company are 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 patterns. Colours range from classic blue and white to richly coloured, ornate designs such as the ‘
Adriana’ basin shown here.
In 1982, Simon Horn re-introduced the lit bateau bed to the UK, reviving a love affair with period French furniture. Today, Simon Horn are still skilfully adapting classic designs for modern living.

The lit bateau remains their signature bed and the new Ravello is a beautiful example of this traditional design. 

Hand made in walnut, it makes the most of the wood’s natural beauty, showing the decorative graining in its full splendour, especially on the headboard and footboard. Comfortable and luxurious, this bed is the perfect centrepiece for any bedroom. 

The Ravello is available in all sizes from Single to Emperor.  

Felt’s latest shipment includes several vintage rugs in rich red, green and orange hues. These have all seen active service on the walls and floors of nomadic yurts, though they remain in excellent condition. These rugs represent the opportunity to own a unique piece of history, bringing real character to a home. 

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. Prices start from £280 and bespoke Shyrdaks can also be made to special commission. 

New from Simon Horn, the Modena bed epitomises classic contemporary style; as much at home in minimalist settings as in today’s eclectic interiors.

Designed with a linear, architectural look, it features distinctive carved ribbing on both the headboard and the base. Handmade using two colours of limewood, it contrasts a dark stained base against a matt cream finish which references the vellum often used in art deco furniture.

Modern, yet so luxurious, the Modena comes in a wide range of sizes.

New at Alternative Bathrooms, Summit 2.0 holds the promise of beautiful, brilliantly organised bathrooms.  

The collection offers a wealth of different modular cabinets with purpose-fitted shelves and drawers to contain bathroom necessities, keeping them all organised and ready to hand.  It’s an architectural approach which works just as well for cloakrooms and small bathrooms as for larger spaces.  

The Summit 2.0 collection comes in a wide range of finishes, including gloss and matt lacquers in both neutral and vibrant colours and plain or stained natural timbers. The collection also includes co-ordinating mirrors, baths and basins.
The Watermark Collection offers edgy, radical new views on bathroom and kitchen brassware, combining authentic industrial heritage with a contemporary decorative chic.  

Handcrafted in Brooklyn
Each piece is precisely machined from solid lead-free brass, hand finished and assembled to order. All this still takes place where the Watermark brand was born, in 1976, in Brooklyn, New York.  Many of the original craftsmen still work in the factory to this day, combining traditional metal finishing with precision engineering.

Architectural inspirations
Bringing Watermark’s signature looks to the UK and Europe, The Watermark Collection offers eight bold, architectural 
ranges. All of the ambition and technical prowess of New York’s architecture is distilled in designs including ‘Brooklyn’, inspired by gate valves in mid-century apartment blocks, ‘Elan Vital’, referencing the stripped-down aesthetic of a commercial ball valve and the stone-handled ‘Zen’, one of several intensely modern ranges in the collection. 

Bespoke combinations: Range, components and finish
The Watermark Collection describes itself as “a creative brand for creative people” offering boutique brassware.  With each range giving up to sixty different product options for kitchens and bathroom basins, baths and showers, customers create their own completely individual set-ups.  At the next level of choice, there are fifteen different 
finishes, including polished nickel, copper and gold, vintage brass, gun metal and pewter.  To achieve the luxurious, durable metal finishes which are such a signature of Watermark, every component goes through a process of hand polishing, plating and spraying which can take several days. The products are then hand assembled and intensively pressure tested before being packed for shipping.  Lead times are around ten to twelve weeks.

Leading designers: Prestige projects
The Watermark Collection includes brassware designs from leading names such as Clodagh Signature and Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman. Watermark has become a natural choice for architects and designers in projects which range from private houses to luxurious hotels all over the world.  Recent high profile projects include The Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai and Miami’s Eden Roc.

Drawing on the classic forms of English furniture, the elegant and well-ordered proportions of Martin Moore’s bespoke kitchens make them perfect for Georgian, Victorian and even modern homes. Every kitchen is expertly, traditionally, custom-made in their Yorkshire workshops.

Martin Moore’s 
English kitchen combines fitted and freestanding pieces to create a calm and ordered space. Evident in every detail of the furniture, its very English aesthetic is brilliantly applied to modern living. Elements include the imposing freestanding dresser combining storage and display with bi-fold doors concealing a sink, microwave and coffee machine. 

The cabinetry is hand painted in Martin Moore’s own paint in cream and pale grey, whilst the Caesarstone worktops reflect this neutral scheme, with ‘Ginger’ against the wall and ‘Dreamy Marfil’ on the island. A chic white metro tiled splashback completes the look.


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