TRUE BLUES
JULY 21ST 2015

Edward Bulmer explains the stories behind four of his newest blues (below, from left):

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 pigment widely used since the Middle Ages to convey status and the highest creative endeavour.”

Turquoise: “Turkish stone, as the French named it, was not actually from Turkey but the country was certainly the trade route by which it first came to Europe. It remains a universally loved colour with a vitality which is hard to beat. It can be created with Prussian Blue pigment and became popular after the publication of a recipe for the pigment in 1724. We have kept our recipe for this shade simple, to produce a clear, vibrant colour as true to the gem as the name.”

Vert de Mer: “The great thing about this sea blue is that it conveys all the warmth of the Med and the greeny depth of the ocean. As a wall covering it brings a richness that is free of the seasons but is wonderfully timeless and so can complement any age of furnishings.”

Aquatic: “Using water to describe a colour is still the cop-out that it has always been since being listed in the Colourmen’s catalogues of the 18th Century. Is it blue? Is it green? We don’t know, but it is the colour of water and just as life-enhancing!”

NEW BEAM TABLE FROM TEMPER STUDIO
JULY 20TH 2015
Temper Studio's new Beam Table explores what founder George Winks calls ‘symbolic friction’ between structural elements; in this case English Oak and cast concrete, fitted together like a spine to create a piece which is rich in material texture and architectural presence. The junction between the two materials is highlighted with a flash of coloured felt seen through the plate glass top. 
 


Every Beam Table is made to commission in Temper Studio’s Wiltshire workshops. Clients choose both the timber and size. The Beam Table shown here measures L150 x W75 x H72cm.
 

EDWARD BULMER HELPS REDESIGN NEW PHILIP MOULD GALLERY
JULY 14TH 2015


Leading specialist British art dealers Philip Mould & Company have moved their premises from Dover Street to Pall Mall.
 

Neighbouring the National Gallery and St James’ Palace, the new gallery is spread over three floors. Interior designer and architectural historian Edward Bulmer worked on the redesign of the new space in partnership with Philip Mould – they are both graduates of the University of East Anglia.

 

 
Philip Mould describes his and Edward’s ambition in the redesign to “reveal the British face … using innovative theories on ancient colour backgrounds, pigments, materials and hues. We will be creating a stimulating space using new technology, including media installations, juxtaposed with contemporary and classic architectural detailing.”

 

 

Renowned for his authentic restorations of Britain’s heritage buildings, including Althorp, Kenwood and Goodwood House, Edward is a colour expert and is adept at choosing the right background to hang a painting on. Edward notes that, in the design of the gallery, “Our palette is consciously derived from that of the artist. By using a small group of pigments traditionally used in painting and restoration we can achieve the perfect tonality to allow paintings to appear to greatest advantage.” Edward worked with fabric designers Fermoie, colouring the fabrics used to hang the gallery walls and working to achieve the ideal density of colour.


 

HANDMADE IN KYRGYZSTAN
JULY 13TH 2015

Shyrdaks were traditionally made by Kyrgyz nomads to decorate and insulate their yurts. Today they are still made entirely by hand, using the same methods and techniques that have been used for the last 2500 years.
 


The rugs are made by small teams of women, with one ‘master maker’ who negotiates the pattern and meaning of the rug and draws the pattern on to the felt with chalk before cutting out.
 


Each rug is made from raw wool which has been flattened with boiling water, rolled up in a reed mat and then ‘felted’ by being dragged across mountain pastures behind a galloping horse. The surface felts are coloured, traditionally with natural dyes made from roots and fruits, and then used to create geometric patterns which are bound to the base with strong stitching.
 

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors. Felt also makes bespoke rugs to special commission.
 


The rugs are perfect for both floors and walls and sizes range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room sized (2m x 3.5m) and larger.

BATHROOM ORGANICS
JULY 8TH 2015

Look for new organic inspirations in the bathroom, softening traditional basin shapes into intriguingly contemporary asymmetric forms.

New at Alternative Bathrooms, Leaf and Splash are two new countertop basins which connect with natural themes. Sleek and minimalist in pure white china, they bring the unexpected to cloakrooms and bathrooms, adding a touch of charm and character.

 

HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
JULY 7TH 2015

Simon Horn’s glamorous Valentino bed is handcrafted from panels of antiqued glass with a timber frame artfully painted to resemble rusted metal. The result is a nod to decadent art deco style, a luxurious statement bed with delicate diamond shaped feet, perfect for contemporary or classic interiors.

You can take the look throughout your bedroom with the coordinating Valentino four drawer chest or three drawer bedside cabinet.

 

A COPPER CHATEAU FOR A COOK'S KITCHEN
JULY 6TH 2015

 

High end furniture designers and makers Artichoke specified a bespoke La Cornue Château 150 range cooker and extraction canopy for this professional cook’s kitchen in Berkshire.

Finished in copper (to match the owner’s copper pans) and stainless steel, the Château stands out as the heart of this kitchen, underlining the combination of functionality, practicality and luxury which Artichoke has achieved in this design. Every inch a working kitchen, it is also a warm and sociable space, where the emphasis is on real furniture and natural materials which will withstand the test of time: English Oak, natural stones and gleaming metals.

Andrew Petherick, Director of Artichoke (artichoke.co.uk) comments on choosing a bespoke La Cornue for this kitchen, “Our client is a professional cook and wanted high performance appliances set within what she describes as ‘an Edwardian cook’s kitchen.’ The La Cornue range cooker was a natural choice as it combines classic good looks with power and state-of-the art cooking. The copper finish we specified is both a nod to tradition and right on one of today’s key trends.”

 

BESPOKE HEADBOARDS
JUNE 23RD 2015

Inspired by boutique hotels, headboards are a key trend in contemporary bedroom designs. If you want to follow the interiors professionals’ lead, Simon Horn now offer custom headboards, made to order in the UK, allowing customers to specify everything from style and size to their own upholstery fabrics and finishing detailing.

Shown here, Simon Horn’s Winged 
Beaufort headboard was specified by RFR Property’s Interior Design Team for this elegant loft-style London apartment. The custom-made Beaufort with its classic studded detailing was upholstered in Kirkby Designs’ Oxford in ‘Midnight’, creating a cool, sophisticated, yet welcoming look.

LA CORNUE'S CINEMA PARADISO POP-UP
JUNE 20TH 2015

Grand Palais, Paris: June 16th - 26th

Superstar Chef Jean Imbert is presiding over La Cornue’s sky-high Pop Up restaurant at the Cinema Paradiso film festival.

 


Showcasing classic films and cult favourites, the festival is being held in Paris’ dramatic Grand Palais building, under the largest glass roof in Europe.  
 


Equally dramatic, the specially-built La Cornue W. kitchen, designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, is situated in a gallery 10 metres above floor level, giving diners balcony seats with a spectacular view of the giant screen. It’s an amazing combination of treats from La Cornue: dinner with France’s best known young chef and the best seats in the house!

 
CDQ SUMMER STREET PARTY 2015
JUNE 19TH 2015

 

Last Thursday was the annual Chelsea Design Quarter Summer Street Party, held along the stretch of the Kings Road between New Kings Road and Lots Road. An interior design hub, the showrooms stayed open late, with food, drinks and entertainment on offer – even the sun came out! 


 

Drummonds got the party started at their flagship showroom, with The Twisted Soul Collective on the decks. The Rhythm Parlour Barber Shop, named ‘London’s best pop up’ by Time Out, snipped and styled guests whilst G&Ts were on hand courtesy of Sipsmith.
 




Photography by Carl Wilson.

LEAD COLOUR
JUNE 10TH 2015
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include Lead Colour, part of Edward’s palette of greys, all rich with natural mineral pigments.

A popular Georgian shade, Lead Colour takes its name from the natural element. Edward notes that lead “changes colour with weathering and if you could stop it at the moment when it has the most pleasing shade it would reflect our colour.”
DRUMMONDS IN ANDY MURRAY'S CROMLIX HOTEL
JUNE 9TH 2015



Drummonds’ products have been specified for tennis champ Andy Murray’s luxury hotel, the Cromlix, located near his hometown of Dunblane. Opened in spring last year, the five-Star Victorian villa is set in 34 acres of woodland and gardens, with its own private loch. The hotel boasts a Chez Roux restaurant, five suites, ten bedrooms, a Gate Lodge and two tennis courts decked out in Wimbledon’s famous green and purple.

The Murrays remain loyal to Dunblane and in April this year Andy and bride Kim Sears married at Dunblane Cathedral, before holding their wedding reception at the Cromlix. Andy Murray oversaw the redesign of the hotel, which aimed to stay true to the house’s heritage. Bedrooms are luxuriously decorated and five of the bathrooms feature Drummonds’ 
Usk or Torridge baths.

The image below shows Drummonds’ classic Torridge bath in situ at the Cromlix. The Torridge is based on the 18th century ‘boat bath’, with decorative ball and claw feet. This elegant roll top bath is the perfect complement to the hotel’s sophisticated country house style.

 

NEW BIEDERMEIER FINISH
JUNE 8TH 2015

Simon Horn's Rouen sofa bed, a classic lit bateau design, is now available in a new Biedermeier finish. 19th century Biedermeier style prized sophisticated simplicity and the Rouen embodies this, with honey coloured cherry wood panels highlighting the natural wood grain. The Rouen converts into two single beds for flexible sleeping arrangements.

Handmade and hand finished, Simon Horn’s famous sofa beds have a unique mechanism and mattress, giving the smoothest transition to a bed. The functional sofa bed is transformed into a beautiful piece of furniture in its own right, providing elegant seating by day and a comfortable place for guests to sleep by night.

 

TRENDING: CLASSIC WHITE MARBLE
JUNE 5TH 2015

Marble is one of the most luxurious stones and, although undeniably timeless, is also a top trend for 2015. Each piece is completely unique, bringing warmth and depth to interiors. Hardwearing as well as highly decorative, marble is the perfect choice for bathrooms.

Lapicida sources stone from all over the world and selected a dramatically veined Calacatta Oro marble for the walls and floors of this bathroom and wet room. The honed finish creates a satin-smooth matt surface whilst the floor has been book matched for an elegant, perfectly symmetrical effect, highlighting the natural beauty of this 
classic white marble.
 



NEW CARBON FINISH FOR LA CORNUE'S CHATEAU 150
JUNE 4TH 2015
Carbon fibre is an extraordinary high-tech material, usually associated with the Aerospace and Formula One industries. Supremely sleek in matt black, it marries high performance with real glamour, never more so than in the new La Cornue Château 150 Carbon Edition…

Originally designed in 2014 as a one-off piece to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of La Cornue’s emblematic 
Château 150 model, the carbon finish proved so popular that it is now available to order. Matt black carbon fibre panels are paired with a stainless steel trim in black-tinted finish, below left, or traditional stainless steel trim, below right - creating a dramatic new signature stove.
CAPE COD STYLE
JUNE 2ND 2015

New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Cape Cod Series has a breezy, modernist charm.

Designed by Philippe Starck for Duravit, the range focuses on natural materials including real wood and bright white ceramics. Strong, architectural shapes confidently combine linear and curved elements in a collection of baths, basins and an iconic steel framed ‘console’ vanity with timber elements in white or weathered finishes. The console is available with or without an integrated cupboard.

 

SIMON HORN SUMMER SALE
JUNE 1ST 2015

Simon Horn’s Summer Sale runs from July 1st - August 14th 2015 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 here, the Electra bed in a metal electroform finish has been reduced by 40% from £4995 to £2997.
 

LAURENCE PIDGEON IS EXCLUSIVE APAISER STOCKIST
MAY 29TH 2015

Laurence Pidgeon is the exclusive stockist for Apaiser’s new Kelly Hoppen bathroom collections

Luxury Australian brand Apaiser’s products have a natural organic feel and sculptural lines. They are eco-friendly too: each piece is individually made by craftsmen, using a sustainable recycled crushed marble. Beautifully smooth, with excellent thermal properties, it is also exceptionally durable.   

Kelly has designed three distinctive new bath and basin collections for Apaiser: Origami, Bande and Harmony. They marry the unique properties of the material with her signature themes of form and colour, featuring taupe and charcoal counterpointed with bright white and linen white. 

ORIGAMI:  In an exploration of dynamic contrasts, the intricate art of paper folding is translated into marble.  The epitome of design discipline and utterly Zen in pure white, the Origami bath and basin blur the divide between everyday objects and art. 

 


BANDE: The forms of both bath and basin were inspired by the warmth and comfort of Japanese wooden bathtubs, with decorative banding echoing the traditional Obi sash.  Bande comes in Kelly’s famous white and taupe palette. 
 


HARMONY:  Dramatic in dark grey and white, the Harmony bath and basin explore the layering of different textures inspired by Lotus flowers. Celebrating bathing as a ceremony, Harmony portrays purity and strength through its combination of soft lines and strong outer structure.
 

PANTONE ANNOUNCE NEW COLOUR
MAY 28TH 2015

 

The Pantone Color Institute have announced a despicable new colour, PANTONE Minion Yellow, inspired by the diminutive, dungaree’d creatures from the Despicable Me franchise and upcoming prequel, Minions.

Pantone’s colour matching service is used by artists and designers and this is their first new colour in three years. The vibrant yellow apparently reflects a trend for brighter hues: "Colour is contextual and right now there is a desire for colours that are more vibrant and uplifting. This is especially the case with the yellows, so given the worldwide popularity of the Minions, it seemed only natural to name a colour after a character for the first time in our history," said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

We’ve compiled some inspiration from our clients on how to bring this cheerily irreverent colour into your home, from Drummonds’ 
handpainted Spey, Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s Brimstone or a custom La Cornue Chateau 120.
 





NEW RUNNERS FROM FELT
MAY 26TH 2015

Whether bringing light to a dark passageway or filling an awkward space, runners are endlessly useful, hardworking and decorative...

Beautifully complementing traditional or contemporary interiors, in town or country, Felt’s Shyrdaks tell a unique story. The cut out patterns are full of symbolic meaning; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains. Each rug is a vibrant work of art and a Shyrdak’s hardwearing quality means these runners can be used in the busiest parts of the house.

 

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK 2015
MAY 22ND 2015

Clerkenwell Design Week opened this week, celebrating its sixth and biggest year yet. Now an established event in the international design calendar, Clerkenwell runs across three days with 85 showrooms involved as well as exclusive launches, events, exhibitions and installations.
 

 
CDW’s exhibitions make use of some striking spaces, from the House of Detention – a former Victorian prison, to the Order of St John, with historic rooms dating from the twelfth century. The new Icon House of Culture was a highlight, situated in the Old Sessions House on Clerkenwell Green. An 18th century former courthouse, the building is due to be renovated but for now remains in an elegant state of disrepair.

 



 

The House of Culture hosted interiors brands including Fritz HansenTimorous Beasties and Gubi, whilst Italian furniture brand Moroso displayed their M’Afrique outdoor furniture range. The installation, created in collaboration with (uncommon), a landscape consultancy, featured miniature gardens grown inside car tyres – a nod to a means of farming for many Senegalese and the Senegalese basket weavers who helped create the M’Afrique collection.
 

 
The Design Factory in the Farmiloe Building is the largest venue, housing mostly contemporary furniture designers and lighting across four floors. This year 
Johnson Tiles created an eye-catching installation in the entrance and Leica Camera were the official sponsors of the ground floor café. Brands on show included Curiousa and Curiousa, launching a new collection of hand-blown glass pendants in slate grey, smoked olive and aubergine.
 



 
The atmospheric House of Detention is the place to spot up and coming talent, including Chelsea College of Art graduate 
Louise Tucker’s sculptural lighting collection made from woven strips of wood veneer. Designer Rupert McKelvie’s Out of the Valley also caught our eye. Out of the Valley specialise in portable bespoke cabins, built using sustainable materials, and their first furniture collection embraces this natural aesthetic. 
 

 
Last year’s Russ + Henshaw’s colourful Tile Mile jazzed up the 16th century arch St. John’s Gate. This year British designer Sebastian Cox teamed up with sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon to create the 
Invisible Store of Happiness, a striking installation made from arched and ribboned maple and cherry wood. Cox recorded every kilogram of CO2 expended during the manufacture and transport of the piece, with the target of producing less CO2 overall than it takes to make an Apple iPhone 6.
 

 
CDW has a deserved reputation for fostering creativity and this year was no exception. Sustainability, craftsmanship and innovation were all high on the agenda. Next up… London Design Festival and Decorex, where our clients Lapicida, Drummonds and Felt will be exhibiting.

 

NEW BUTE BATH
MAY 18TH 2015
A modern re-working of the traditional cast iron bath, Drummonds’ new Bute bath has a calm and Zen-like presence.

On the inside, it is a classic Drummonds’ roll-topped cast iron bath. On the outside, a straight-sided stainless steel skirt creates Bute’s sweeping oval form. With the waste hidden within the skirt and a completely seamless finish, it makes a dramatic centrepiece viewed from any angle.
SATURN BASIN
MAY 12TH 2015

New at Alternative Bathrooms, the curvaceous Saturn is a countertop basin with a unique ribbed profile.

Inspired by the rings of the planet Saturn, its form is simple yet decorative. Made in bright white ceramic, it makes a big design statement in contemporary bathrooms and offers an elegant contrast to wooden or stone tops.

TURQUOISE
MAY 11TH 2015
Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint's newest collection of colour includes Turquoise, named after the prized blue-green gem.

Turkish stone, as it was named by the French, originally came to Europe through Turkey, from Iranian mines. The vibrant, universally loved colour has a vitality which is hard to beat. It can be created with Prussian blue and so began to become popular after the publication of a recipe for the pigment in 1724. Edward comments, “We have kept the pigment recipe simple to produce a clear, vibrant colour as true to the gem as to the name.”
TEMPER STUDIO DESIGNS FOR MINT'S SPRING SHOW
MAY 8TH 2015

Temper Studio has created two new pieces exclusively for the Mint design gallery in South Kensington. Launched last night, the designs are part of Mint’s annual Spring exhibition in May, bringing together international designers to celebrate the best of contemporary craft. The launch of ‘Contours of Spring’ coincides with London Craft Week 2015.
 


The new pieces include the Beam bench and the Beam coffee table, handmade in Temper Studio's rural Wiltshire workshops. The Beam coffee table is crafted in British Oak with distinctive concrete elements, embracing the trend for mixed materials. Brass fittings, leather detailing and a toughened glass top complete the look. 
 


The seriously elegant Beam bench (shown) juxtaposes the natural beauty of English Sycamore, Reclaimed Oak and Cherrywood.
 


The Beam bench and coffee table are on display now in the Mint gallery.

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