HOUSE OF HACKNEY SHOOT AT DRUMMONDS SHOWROOM
MAY 8TH 2015

House of Hackney are well known for their bold, colourful prints, seen on everything from furniture to clothing. Their raison d’etre is to “take the beige out of interiors”, with all their products made in England.

 


For summer 2015, House of Hackney have just launched a brand new Conservation Series of wallpaper prints “synthesising Art deco and Toile du Jouy with our penchant for the animal world”. The prints feature a menagerie of animals, from flamboyant flamingos to prowling leopards. 
 


The wallpapers were shot in Drummonds’ Kings Road showroom and feature their classic vanity basins and baths. House of Hackney’s aesthetic is strongly influenced by English heritage with a modern twist, so Drummonds’ designs make for a perfect partnership. Products featured include Drummonds’ Double Hebdern vanity basin in dramatic black Nero Marquina marble and the Usk bath in a striking antiqued brass finish.
 


5% of proceeds of the wallpaper will be donated to the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity, supporting their conservation and animal welfare work around the globe.

LAPICIDA IN VICTORIA + ALBERT SHOWROOM
MAY 7TH 2015

Leading bath manufacturer Victoria + Albert has opened a specification showroom within the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Dedicated to design professionals, it displays an impressive range of product, showcased against feature stone floors and walls supplied by luxury stone specialist Lapicida.
 


Made from a unique Volcanic Limestone™ composite, Victoria + Albert’s baths have strong, architectural forms and a smooth, hand polished finish. This contrasts beautifully with the richly-figured natural stones including Quartzite, specialist vein cut marbles and reclaimed English Sandstone.
 


Jonathan Carter, Marketing Director of Victoria + Albert comments on working with Lapicida, “Using stone in our Chelsea Harbour showroom really pulls the whole space together. Different textures, finishes and format have helped us create a high-end, inspirational space for architects, designers and their clients. The Lapicida team were great, suggesting unusual materials and finishes we hadn’t considered. We are delighted with the result.”
 

LA CORNUE PRESS TRIP
MAY 6TH 2015

Last week Arc PR took three journalists to visit La Cornue’s factory in the town of Saint-Ouen-l’Aumone, located in the French countryside just 45 minutes north of Paris. The occasion was the European press launch of the Chateau G4 oven. Developed to comply with new Eco Design European Standards – the new ovens carry an ‘A’ rating – the G4 combines the latest in cooking technology with La Cornue’s famous vaulted oven. The launch was attended by journalists from 8 different countries, including the UK, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Romania, Spain, Belgium and Sweden.
 


Xavier Dupuy, La Cornue’s president and the third generation of the founding family, gave an introductory talk, followed by the two designers who developed the brand new technology for the gas and electric ovens.
 

 
A tour of the factory demonstrated just how many processes go into making a La Cornue oven - each one takes upwards of 100 hours to make and is completely bespoke.
 

 


Xavier accompanied us to the small La Cornue ‘museum’ which contains La Cornue models from the last 108 years including the very first model which introduced the patented vaulted oven.
 

 

 
Lunch was served in the factory on a table made especially for the occasion by Xavier’s son. We enjoyed a delicious three course meal prepared in the new La Cornue G4 oven. 

 


Menu:
o    Skewer of roast scallops, stir-fried vegetables
o    Roast Veal with new potatoes, pan fried mushrooms, vine tomatoes
o    Puff pastry apple tart, Isigny cream 

 

 
From Spring 2015, La Cornue’s eight Château models will incorporate the radical new Château G4 ovens.

 

REINE DE FRANCE
MAY 5TH 2015
Inspired by designs from the Louis XV period, the Reine de France epitomises French rococo style. With romantic curves and hand carved detailing, the Reine de France is an exquisitely comfortable and luxurious statement bed.

Available in six sizes, from Double to Emperor, the Reine de France can be custom finished to order. Available caned or upholstered in the customer’s choice of fabric, with a painted or polished finish.

Shown here: Super King upholstered in Zoffany’s 
Kalamkari fabric in Indigo/Red.
INTRODUCING THE G4
MAY 1ST 2015


From Spring 2015, La Cornue’s eight Château models will incorporate the radical new Château G4 ovens. Carrying an A rating under the forthcoming Eco Design European Standard, they combine the latest in cooking technology with the famous vaulted oven which lies at the heart of La Cornue’s fame.  

The G4 gas oven and its patented invention - the ‘RCC’ disk:
 Inside a G4 gas oven, the traditional gas burner tube has been replaced by an entirely new assembly. A powerful circular burner is located in the oven floor, with the heavy cast iron RCC disk seated on top.

 


RCC = Radiation, Conduction and Convection: Simultaneously diffusing the heat and regulating it, the cast iron disk ensures distribution of hot air in the oven in three separate ways. Firstly, by conduction; dishes such as rice or stews which need slow cooking or gentle simmering can be placed directly onto the disc and cooked at low temperatures. Secondly, by natural convection with the circulation of hot air and finally, by radiation, as the heat reflects off the oven's interior walls. The G4 gas oven also includes an electric grill with two combinable zones.

Three years of research and development lie behind the design and manufacture of the patented RCC disk. From very low temperature simmering to high temperature roasting and grilling, no other gas oven offers so many different cooking methods.  The G4 gas oven comes in 50 and 69 litre volumes.

The G4 electric oven:  The new G4 electric oven is another state of the art development, offering cooks the choice of four cooking modes: forced convection, grill, oven floor and floor/vault combination. The G4 electric oven comes in 58 and 80 litres volume.

 


High performance cooking - with an A rated energy label: New technologies engineered into La Cornue’s G4 ovens create extraordinary performance. The temperature rises fast, with the gas oven reaching 200°C in just 8 minutes and the electric oven in only 13 minutes (forced convection). The temperature settings are extremely precise and go up to 275°C. 

La Cornue’s unique vaulted oven design has always allowed air to circulate naturally and evenly, guaranteeing moist food and unrivalled flavour. The new G4 oven doors preserve humidity levels, with an internal ceramic coating minimising temperature drop when the door is opened. The outside of the oven door stays cool. 

Extremely economical, the new ovens already comply with the forthcoming Eco Design European Standard and carry an A rated energy label. 

Fully Bespoke: Every La Cornue Château is a one-off, handmade to order in the Paris workshops. Around 1000 units are made every year: each one is the original, numbered work of an individual La Cornue craftsman. In addition to personalised cooking set ups, each commission is finished to order in a choice of 29 enamel colours (bespoke colours also available) and metals including brass, copper and stainless steel. 

From Spring 2015 all eight La Cornue Château models will incorporate the new G4 oven.

LA CORNUE LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
APRIL 23RD 2015
La Cornue’s new website combines detailed product information with a wealth of visual and culinary inspiration, from real life locations to video cookery classes demonstrating La Cornue’s remarkable features including the famous vaulted oven, now in its new high-tech G4 version. Interactive elements include a ‘Customise’ facility, allowing you to test bespoke colours and trims. Custom cooktop configurations are also shown in detail, so that you can design the ultimate, tailor-made range cooker. Rich video content on the site includes fascinating footage of a La Cornue being hand built, stage by stage, from beginning to end.

La Cornue offers four range cooker collections, together with matching cabinets, refrigeration and wine storage. This allows you to take the look right through the whole kitchen; a concept they call “culinary architecture”.
NEW SYRE CABINET
APRIL 22ND 2015

Drummonds’ charming Syre basin is the perfect compact basin, ideal for cloakrooms and smaller bathrooms. Available wall-mounted or as a washstand, it now has the new option of a freestanding wooden cabinet.

Handmade and handpainted in the customer’s own colour choice, the Syre cabinet’s simple detailing is at home in both classic and contemporary settings. Fitted with a drawer and cupboard, it also offers generous bathroom storage. Featuring integrated soap drainers and an upstand, the Syre basin is cast in English china clay, finished and glazed by hand. The Syre basin suite includes the basin, wooden cabinet, brackets, waste and bottle trap. The basin comes with the option of a basin mixer tap set or a simple pair of basin taps (taps sold separately).

 

NEWS FROM SIMON HORN
APRIL 21ST 2015

Since 1982, Simon Horn has been Britain’s best known bed maker. From classic French designs to charismatic retro and contemporary looks, it offers luxurious beds, furniture, mattresses, linens and accessories for every bedroom.

Because Simon Horn design and hand make their own beds and furniture, new pieces come into the Kings Road showroom every month. Here is a selection of their latest designs…

The Mirrored Obelisk is a contemporary take on the classic four poster, with elegantly tapered mirrored posts. This is a statement bed that will add a touch of real luxury to a bedroom.180 x 200cm, 6’ x 6’6”.

 


The Empire Five Drawer Chest is a chic new addition to Simon Horn’s range of bedroom furniture. Hand finished in glamorous silver leaf, the Empire chest provides useful storage for clothes and linen. A three drawer bedside table is also available. H92 x W122 x D55cm.
 


Inspired by period French style, the new upholstered Louis XVI Sofa Bed features delicate hand carved detailing in a silver leaf finish. The Louis XVI transforms from a comfortable 3-seater sofa, as wide and long as a single bed, to a generous double,160 x 190cm, external measurements: H98 x W90 x L 200cm.
 

TEMPER STUDIO UNVEILS WALLPAPER* HANDMADE COLLABORATION
APRIL 16TH 2015

George Winks, founder of Temper Studio, unveiled his Wallpaper* Handmade collaboration at Salone del Mobile in Milan this week.  The Tessellated Wine Crate/Rack was designed in collaboration with designer Kacper Hamilton for the sixth Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition, dedicated to craftsmanship and design. 

This year’s Handmade show is called ‘Eat Me, Drink Me, Tell Me That You Love Me’ and focusses on food, drink and entertaining. Inspired by former advertising guru, now winemaker, John Hegarty’s robust yet humble approach to wine, George and Kacper devised a modular wine crate.  This reconfigures into a sculptural 3D wine rack for the home, designed to be assembled in many different combinations.  The crates themselves are hand made in English Oak, with distinctive charred interiors and detailing in brass and leather. 

The rising young star of British furniture design, George Winks founded Temper Studio in 2013.  His craft aesthetic is influenced by both traditional and modern construction, from the complexity and precision of Japanese joinery to the modest beauty of the Shaker movement. He makes what he calls ‘usable objects with a sense of architectural permanence’.

The Tessellated Wine Crate/Rack will appear in Wallpaper’s August issue.

 





NEW COLLECTION FROM FELT
APRIL 14TH 2015
Freshly arrived from Kyrgyzstan, Felt’s new collection of handmade rugs includes vivid designs in a range of sizes and patterns, from runners to room-size rugs.

The latest collection explores a palette of rich cobalt and vibrant turquoise alongside natural undyed grey wool, guaranteed to bring colour and warmth into your home. The set of rugs shown below are created by cutting a pattern through three different coloured sheets of felt, the pieces are then separated and recombined to create three rugs in subtly different colourways.

Each rug is a work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative. The rugs complement each other as part of a set or work equally well as individual pieces, perfectly at home in contemporary or traditional interiors.
BESPOKE W. FROM LA CORNUE
APRIL 13TH 2015

The architect-owners of this wholly minimalist kitchen chose the La Cornue W. freestanding induction table to form the heart of a bespoke island. A customised walnut extension creates a practical everyday dining table whilst the induction table incorporates an advanced 14kw induction hob with four cooking zones. Arranged in an arc, they allow the whole surface to be both a cooking and preparation area. The island is the design focus of the room, counterpointed with other elements from La Cornue’s W. collection including the Big Vaulted Oven Tower and Double Door Storage Cupboard. A bespoke run of La Cornue Memoire cabinets in black enamel and steel is sited under the windows, providing a sideboard/serving area with a vintage industrial feel echoing the architecture of the building.


Well-equipped and highly functional, this kitchen uses La Cornue W to achieve a Zen-like level of calm and order.
 

SIMON HORN SPRING SPECIAL
APRIL 7TH 2015
Simon Horn’s spring promotion will run throughout the month of April, offering 10% off all beds, furniture, linen, mattresses, duvets and pillows. If you buy a bed you will also receive 10% of the bed’s value in exclusive Italian linen, completely free. Choose from the classic French beds for which the company first became famous or charismatic retro and contemporary designs.
INFERIOR GREY
APRIL 1ST 2015
Inferior Grey, part of Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint's latest collection of colours, is a sophisticated neutral that certainly doesn’t live up to its name. Edward's colour is a black and blue pigmented grey, suitable for any room in the house. Edward describes it as “the grey to end all greys, with a good weight of colour and wonderful tonality”.
INTRODUCING: TEMPER STUDIO
APRIL 1ST 2015


The rising young star of British furniture design, George Winks founded Temper Studio in 2013. His design aesthetic is influenced by both traditional and modern construction techniques, from the complexity and precision of Japanese joinery to the modest beauty of the Shaker movement. He makes what he calls “usable objects with a sense of architectural permanence”.

George was born in Johannesburg, where his father, a keen weekend carpenter, was happy to let George grow up ’messing around’ in his carpentry workshop. As a teenager, he apprenticed himself to a master knife maker and, aged 19, moved to London to study Fine Art. This ultimately led him back to exploring carpentry and furniture design. 

Since establishing Temper Studio two years ago, he has received many private commissions as well as wide recognition from the design community including a seven week show in the 
Design Museum Tank (November 2014) and an invitation to make a piece for the 2015 Wallpaper* Handmade Show in Milan. 

An important facet of George’s work is a love of dissonant materials; creating what he calls ‘symbolic friction’ between rigid elements such as timber and concrete and yet achieving a remarkable delicacy and precision.

The spirit of experimentation which George Winks found in childhood leads him to view his workshops, in rural Wiltshire, as far more than a place of production. Rather, he sees it as a laboratory, believing that play, prototyping, risk, failure, stubbornness and flexibility are essential aspects of the design process.  Out of this laboratory emerges a torrent of ideas for pieces large and small, from tables and chairs to designerly dumbbells and chopping boards.

A fascination with natural materials underpins Temper Studio’s work. A passionate supporter of sustainable forestry and native British hardwoods, George’s designs showcase the timbers’ natural colours and grain patterns, vivifying them with simple, hardwearing oil and beeswax finishes.

 

LACRIMA
MARCH 26TH 2015
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Lacrima Bath is a supremely modern design statement for the bathroom…

A perfect white oval elegantly poised on two rectilinear blocks, Lacrima is the ultimate contemporary centrepiece bath. Despite being only 10mm thick, it is deep and immensely strong, cast in a new-generation composite called ‘Natural Stone’ which is hand-polished for hours to achieve a unique velvety finish.
NEW WYE BATH FROM DRUMMONDS
MARCH 19TH 2015
Drummonds’ magnificent new Wye bath is an even deeper and wider version of their much-loved Usk bath. The perfect centrepiece for large bathrooms, it offers luxurious bathing and curvaceous bateau style on a grand scale.
MICHELIN STAR CHEF CHOOSES LA CORNUE W.
MARCH 18TH 2015

Known as The Genius of The Fjords, Eyvind Hellstrøm is Norway’s most famous chef and the man who introduced French cooking to Norway. Paul Bocuse has called him “one of the greatest”.  Hellstrøm’s Bagatelle restaurant in Oslo became one of Europe’s most exciting dining destinations, winning him two Michelin stars. Regularly appearing on Norwegian TV (a Masterchef judge from 2010) Hellstrøm has given his audience a taste for fine food and new respect for their native ingredients, from salmon and langoustines to reindeer and venison.

Moving to a new house in Oslo at the end of 2013 gave Eyvind Hellstrøm the opportunity to create his perfect home kitchen, using 
La Cornue’s W. collection.    

La Cornue W. is a radical new look for kitchens; melding La Cornue’s traditional heritage with the futuristic thinking of French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Whilst preserving La Cornue hallmarks such as the imposing 150cm wide cooktop and legendary vaulted oven, Wilmotte deconstructs the traditional kitchen; re-assembling its key functions into completely new forms. 

In his beautifully bright and airy kitchen, with floor to ceiling windows making the most of natural light, Eyvind Hellstrøm has set his W. kitchen against a traditional backdrop of Nordic colours and natural materials including striking handmade tiles and a wideboard floor in rich dark timber. The airy and spacious feel of this kitchen is underlined by using rustic wooden wall shelves on cast metal brackets (to special commission from La Cornue) instead of top cupboards.  

The centrepiece of the kitchen is the freestanding W. Induction Stove. This extends into a handmade walnut table which is both a social space and an informal workstation for the busy chef. As exciting technically as it is visually, the stove incorporates a high-tech 14kw induction hob with a professional kitchen heritage. The four cooking zones are arranged in an arc, allowing the whole tabletop area to be both a cooking and preparation zone. Above it, the remote control La Cornue W. extraction unit is specifically designed to work with the induction table, with the suction area located around the edge of the hood.  

 


The Vaulted Oven Tower is another key piece. Designed as a freestanding piece of furniture, this module features both an all-electric version of La Cornue’s famous vaulted oven and capacious kitchen storage. Controlled by electronic sensors, the oven offers a unique temperature range. Controllable in 5° increments starting from just 45°, it is perfect for everything from slow cooking to high roasting.

Refrigeration in this professionally equipped kitchen is supplied by freestanding La Cornue fridge and wine cabinets. Made from stainless steel, aluminium and glass, they offer state of the art technology, finely-tuned to different cold storage requirements and designed to run autonomously for 18 hours in case of power cuts. 

To complete the kitchen’s ultra-practical setup, Hellstrøm specified a custom made L-shaped run of La Cornue’s Château kitchen cabinetry. Dramatic in glossy black enamel with a brushed stainless steel trim, it has complete visual synergy with the La Cornue W. elements. The custom-made stainless steel worksurface includes an integrated double sink. 

COLOUR IN THE KITCHEN
MARCH 17TH 2015

Colour in the kitchen can bring warmth and energy to a scheme. Richard Moore, Design Director at Martin Moore notes that, “The fashion in terms of colour is for greys and off-whites, perhaps with an accent colour, such as light blue or green. People are willing to choose a stronger colour for small touches, such as a feature island, or a bright blue cupboard interior.”

Pops of fresh, bright colour are the perfect counterpoint to a calm, neutral kitchen.

Shown below, a freestanding dresser from Martin Moore’s 
Architectural collection, with the interior painted in Martin Moore’s Med Blue.
 



 

NEW: CUBIST BED
MARCH 16TH 2015
Simon Horn’s new Cubist bed is a multi-coloured, modernist statement inspired by the paintings of the Dutch artist Mondrian. Angled geometric wooden panels are shown painted in bright primary colours, with a sloped headboard and footboard. Combining playful design with ultimate comfort, the Cubist bed is a homage to the abstract art movement.
VERT DE MER
MARCH 12TH 2015
Vert de Mer is part of a collection of 21 new colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint which includes a palette of fresh brights and sophisticated neutrals.

This sea-green evokes the warmth of the Mediterranean, perfect for adding colour to a decorating scheme. Edward notes that “As a wall colour it brings a richness that is wonderfully timeless and so can complement furnishings of any age.”
COLOUR AND LIGHT
MARCH 11TH 2015

Edward Bulmer and Sally Storey made for an engaging double act at their Colour and Light event at John Cullen’s showroom yesterday evening. Sally, the UK’s leading lighting expert, and Edward, an architectural historian, interior designer and ‘colour man’ are both at the top of their fields and were well placed to discuss some of the science behind and interplay between colour and light. 

The talk began with Edward demonstrating the impact that lighting can have on a colour scheme by placing swatches of his colour 
French Blue on shelves with different types of lighting on each shelf. Seen in different light strengths and warmths the swatches looked like completely different colours. Edward later explained how natural pigments have properties that their synthetic imitations cannot achieve, revealing the palette of core pigments that have been used to create colour for millennia.

 

 

Using inspirational images of their projects, Edward and Sally discussed some of the thinking that goes into creating lighting and colour schemes in contemporary and traditional interiors. Sally showed photos of her projects in daylight and at night with the lights on, showing how light can change the mood of an interior and create drama in otherwise dull areas.
 


The talk demonstrated the amount of thought that goes into these projects, proving that it’s definitely better to call in the experts when looking at colour schemes and lighting inside and out.

NEW CLIENT ANNOUNCEMENT
MARCH 9TH 2015
We are pleased to announce we have been appointed to handle the PR for Simon Horn.

Since 1982, Simon Horn has been Britain’s best known bed maker. From the classic French designs for which the company first became famous to charismatic retro and contemporary looks, it offers luxurious beds, furniture, mattresses, linens and accessories for every bedroom. An extensive range of bespoke services includes custom-designed beds and headboards.
NEW: RICHMOND VELVET
MARCH 4TH 2015
Velvet has always defined comfort and luxury. Celebrating this sumptuous fabric, James Hare’s new Richmond Velvet collection offers silk velvet plains in a timeless palette ranging from classic to contemporary; from soft, subtle hues of grey and pearl to vibrant shades of hot pink, turquoise and orange.

Super-soft, with a supremely glamorous sheen, Richmond Velvet is also amazingly durable and hardwearing enough (with a rub test of 34,000) to be used for upholstering sofas and chairs. The perfect partner for many co-ordinating James Hare silk collections, Richmond is also ideal for curtains, bedheads, cushions and other accents.

 



ROUND RUGS FROM FELT
MARCH 4TH 2015
Recently arrived from Kyrgyzstan, Felt’s new collection of rugs includes vivid round rugs in bright orange and red. Shyrdaks are made by cutting through different coloured layers of felt, creating rugs in opposite colour combinations. As a pair the Shrydaks make beautiful feature rugs, in subtly different patterns.
HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL VISITS JAMES HARE
FEBRUARY 24TH 2015
This morning HRH The Princess Royal, Chairman of the UK Fashion & Textiles Association, visited Britain’s leading silk specialist James Hare Ltd to celebrate the firm’s 150th Anniversary (1865 – 2015).

HRH toured James Hare’s Leeds HQ, met employees and unveiled a plaque commemorating the anniversary. She received a gift of James Hare dress fabric, a wool/silk mix in a dark turquoise green - members of the Royal Family are regularly photographed wearing James Hare fabrics.

HRH was accompanied by Tim Hare, current Managing Director of James Hare and Great- Grandson of the founder.  Tim Hare is Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. Also present were Directors Saffron Hare and Charlie Hare, the fifth generation of their family to work within the company.

Founded in 1865 in Clare Street, Leeds by woollen merchant James Hare, the company is still family run.  It has grown into one of Britain’s leading fabric houses, specialising in silk textiles for fashion & interiors.  The company sells to over 40 countries worldwide and even exports its silk to China, where it has showrooms in Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities. 

Shown below (from left to right): Charlie Hare, Saffron Hare, HRH The Princess Royal.

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