BETTY BATH
JUNE 18TH 2014
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Betty Bath is a modern take on the classic tub. Deep and curvaceous, its generous proportions make it perfect for both family bathrooms and private sanctuaries. Made in the ultra-smooth Mak composite, Betty comes in a choice of Gloss White or Matt White.
BRIMSTONE
JUNE 12TH 2014
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘Brimstone’. This is a clear, sunny yellow which originally dates back to the 19th Century. At that time, yellow paint would only have been seen in the very grandest of houses because the pigments, derived from lead, arsenic and tin, were so expensive.
 
Although these pigments are not in use today, Edward Bulmer captures all of their richness and depth in his authentic recreation of this lusciously lemony shade. Formulated using only safe, natural pigments and non-toxic binders, it is correct in historic settings and brings a beautiful new lustre to contemporary interiors.
ALABASTER VESSELS
JUNE 12TH 2014
Hand carved from solid blocks of natural alabaster, Lapicida’s new stone vessels pay homage to antiquity. Prized for their translucence and supremely smooth, tactile finish, alabaster jars were dedicated to deities throughout the ancient world. From Mesopotamia to the Egypt of the Pharaohs, they held perfumes, honey and other precious contents.

Lapicida’s recreations of these ancient jars make uniquely decorative pieces for modern living. The alabaster has a naturally golden glow which can be given even more drama with nightlights illuminating the stone from within.

Every vessel is a one-off piece. Heights shown range from 22cm to 36.5cm.
LA CORNUE W.
JUNE 11TH 2014

La Cornue W. melds La Cornue’s heritage with the radical thinking of renowned French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Whilst preserving La Cornue hallmarks such as the legendary vaulted oven, Wilmotte deconstructs the kitchen, re-assembling key functions into supremely elegant pieces. Handbuilt to order in La Cornue’s workshops just outside Paris, the W. range maintains the tradition and quality implicit in the La Cornue name and gives it a new, architectural edge, perfectly tuned to contemporary interiors.

NEW: The La Cornue W. freestanding induction table can now form the heart of a bespoke island. Customised walnut extensions are made to order in a wide range of different configurations and different heights to create dining, prepping and countertop space.

The induction table incorporates an advanced 14kw induction hob with four cooking zones arranged in an arc, allowing the whole surface to be both a cooking and preparation area. Now, this extends naturally into handmade walnut tops to form the sociable and highly functional centrepiece of the kitchen.

THE GENTLE ART OF MIXING AND MATCHING
JUNE 10TH 2014
Interior designers are brilliant at combining different colours, patterns and textures. It may look hard to accomplish, but James Hare’s cleverly co-ordinated fabrics offer a great way to achieve that professionally-designed look.
 
More than thirty different James Hare collections range from classic to contemporary, with coordinated colour themes running through both plain and patterned fabrics in textures ranging from smooth silks and linens to lush velvets and embroidery. James Hare have made it easy to put it all together and create beautiful interiors.
 
Perfect for curtains, bedheads, blinds, cushions, light shades and other decorative accents, James Hare’s fabrics offer a matchless range of ideas and inspiration.
NEW COLLECTION
JUNE 10TH 2014
Freshly arrived from Kyrgyzstan, Felt’s new collection of rugs includes vivid designs in a range of sizes and patterns, from rounds to runners and room-size rugs.

Perfectly at home in contemporary or traditional interiors, the latest collection includes brilliant brights as well as subtle neutrals in natural wool colours.

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.
NEW FINISH FOR BLADE
JUNE 5TH 2014
Available in the UK at DesignSpace London, Modulnova’s dynamic and flexible solutions for kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces represent the best of Italian design.  

One of Modulnova’s most pioneering designs, the Cucina BLADE collection continues to make technical and aesthetic advances in kitchens. Its newest version sees patented ultra-thin glass panels and anodised aluminium used for both fronts and tops.  Super-strong, highly durable and wholly recyclable, this is the perfect meeting of high-function and architectural purity of line.  
STATE OF THE ART
JUNE 4TH 2014

La Cornue’s refrigerators and wine cellars are made from stainless steel, aluminium and glass. Manufactured in small runs, 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. Ideal for use side-by-side, both appliances can be housed or integrated within kitchen cabinets including La Cornue’s own furniture. They can also be freestanding. Finish options include hand stitched leather handles.

REFRIGERATORS/FREEZERS: Virtually silent (average 40 dB) and brilliantly lit by LED, La Cornue’s A+ rated fridges are equipped with two separate compressors and three separate evaporators. This creates three distinct cold zones, each with its own electronic controls allowing for different uses at different temperatures. The two drawer freezer sections, for instance, can be switched over to refrigeration mode or to Fresco Controlled Humidity mode. Electronic control panels give instant overview and controllability, whilst half tray modules allow easy organisation. La Cornue fridges measure 600mm (350 litre), 750mm (448 litre) and 900mm (552 litre). The 750 and 900 models also have adjustable ice makers. Freezer drawers are frost free and rated ****.

WINE CELLARS: Available in 600mm and 900mm sizes, La Cornue’s super-quiet (average 40 dB) A+ rated wine cellars offer three distinct zones with independent temperature/humidity settings. The ‘Grand Réserve’ zone is for vintage wines whilst the ‘Fresco’ zone is for everyday wines. The third zone can be set anywhere from +8ºC to -22 ºC, perfect for storing anything from water, juice and beer to, in its coldest mode, ice, vodka or other frozen drinks. Interior lighting is LED. The glass-panelled doors are anti-UV and the interiors have untreated beechwood shelves equipped with a shock-proof and vibration-proof system. The 600mm wine cabinet has a 350 litre capacity and the 900mm offers 552 litres. Freezer zones are rated ****.

CLASSICAL FRAGMENTS
JUNE 3RD 2014
 

Small missives from the classical world, Lapicida’s fragments of marble statuary and architecture are evocative, dramatic and decorative.

A broken detail from a column, a feathered wing or a realistic life-size hand, each piece is a close encounter with the skilled craftsmen who brought life to the raw stone. Patiently salvaged and restored by Lapicida, these grand classical fragments vary considerably in age; some old, some new, but all equally compelling in their detail. 
THE KELLYBOOK BATH
JUNE 2ND 2014
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the KellyBook bath is an impressive statement piece for contemporary bathrooms. The pure white form of the bath encloses a set of sleek shelves to style as you will… with books, towels or decorative elements.

Custom made, the KellyBook has a wide range of options and comes freestanding or semi-recessed. Made from bright white Mak composite, the bath can be gloss or matt to order. The shelves too, are finished to order in a wide range of wood and coloured lacquer finishes.
LAPICIDA AT RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
MAY 28TH 2014
Luxury stone experts Lapicida supplied the Luminarium marble sculpture for the show garden created by New Zealand winery Cloudy Bay at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Awarded a Silver Gilt medal, the garden celebrates the wines through an immersive sensory experience.
 
Standing two metres high and carved from solid Italian Carrara marble, Luminarium (the Latin word for light or lamp) was designed for Lapicida by the internationally-renowned artist Diego Fortunato. Its curved and stepped form reflects the sound waves created by speaking the word ‘light’.
 
The garden was designed by the leading design practice Wilson McWilliam Studio. The scheme used textured planting and materials including charred-edged oak panels which reference the oak in Cloudy Bay’s Pinot Noir. The designers chose Lapicida’s imposing sculpture to add yet another dimension to the theme; sharing a serrated edge yet contrasting the rough oak with smooth polished marble.
 
Luminarium is made to order by Lapicida in a wide range of marbles and stones.
 
Photo credit: Paul Childs
EDWARD BULMER POTS OF PAINT REVIVES A CLASSIC COLOUR
MAY 27TH 2014
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘Invisible Green’, an evocatively named colour from the mid-18th Century, when splendid houses were set in equally spectacular gardens.   
 
Edward has revived this lush, vibrant shade, saying "Invisible Green was an exterior colour, designed to make ironwork ‘disappear’ against the green of the surrounding landscape.” His new version, equally at home in interior settings, is a historically accurate, strong chrome-based hue, packed with pigment and formulated with only natural ingredients.   
 
Architectural historian and colour expert Edward Bulmer is a ‘Colourman’ in the true 18th century sense of the word. His 100% natural Pots of Paint range offers a unique patina alive with pure colour. Its chalky finish has both exceptional depth and a subtle, mutable response to light which synthetic paints can never mimic. The effect is as remarkable in ultra-modern interiors as it is in Georgian stately homes and just as obvious in the neutral shades as in the bright, strong colours.   
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK 2014
MAY 23RD 2014
The Christopher Jenner collection for Drummonds launched at this year's Clerkenwell Design Week, which wrapped up yesterday. Drummonds set up shop in a temporary showroom on the corner of St John's Square in Craft Central, displaying the two vanities, linen cupboard and chest, all crafted in cast iron, enamel and solid wood.. Drinks and canapes were enjoyed on the first night to celebrate the launch and the pieces will now be displayed at Drummonds' new Kings Road showroom.
 
                  

Elsewhere at CDW, the historic Farmiloe building was home to the Design Factory, hosting contemporary design brands across four floors. The Farmiloe building, a listed Victorian warehouse, was an atmospheric setting. Old panelled offices housed a retail space , featuring Transport for London, who are launching a collection of Old and New Routemaster inspired designs from Mini Moderns, Ella Doran and Tatty Devine to celebrate the Year of the Bus. Loved the cushions - designs are taken from London Transport Museum's archive. The pattern below was introduced on the Piccadilly line in 1997.
 
                                     
 
 

Turkishceramics created a striking tile installation beneath the 16th century St John's Gate, with mirrored walls that reflect the tiles and vaulted ceiling into infinity.
 
        

Platform, at the House of Detention, a former Victorian prison, provided a backdrop to the work of emerging young designers, including A Rum Fellow a London based company that produces handmade Guatemalan textiles.
 
        
 
        
 
CDW 2014 was attended by 20,000 people over the three days.. We'll be out and about again at London Design Festival this September.
HONEYCOMB
MAY 22ND 2014
Part of James Hare’s new Prism Silks collection, Honeycomb is fresh and modern, translating the bees’ natural hexagons into a fabric with bold graphic interest.
 
Perfect for curtains, bedheads, blinds, cushions and other decorative detailing, Honeycomb comes in four co-ordinating colourways with warm neutral backgrounds.
NEW BETHAN GRAY TABLES FOR LAPICIDA
MAY 19TH 2014
Lapicida’s ongoing design collaboration with celebrated designer Bethan Gray sees the launch of a new Brogue table collection featuring character marble tops set on elegantly tapered timber legs.

The collection includes a dining table, console table and coffee table, available in bespoke combinations of three different marble tops: Carrara, Montclair and Nero Marquina and three different timber bases: Natural Oak, American Black Walnut and Textured Oak. Bethan’s unmistakeable style shines in the pure, refined lines and her hallmark ‘Brogue’ edge detailing, a technical tour de force from Lapicida’s craftsmen.
NEW - CHATEAU BLUE LOTUS
MAY 19TH 2014

La Cornue range cookers are a kitchen legend… and Château is the ultimate La Cornue. Hand built to order, it comes in 8 models with bespoke cooktop configurations and a virtually infinite combination of finishes.

La Cornue’s Blue Lotus model brings a new, contemporary finish to the classic Chateau 150. Smart and sophisticated, with an urban-industrial edge, it combines ‘rice grain’ hammered stainless steel fronts with beautiful grey-blue enamel detailing. Underlining the sheer luxury of this model, the front towel rail is covered in matching blue leather.

INTRODUCING: WHITE LEAD
MAY 14TH 2014
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘White Lead’, an eco-friendly version of traditional white lead oil paint.
 
Also known as ‘Flake White’ and widely used for centuries, traditional White Lead was manufactured by storing sheets of lead in pits of manure until flaky white deposits formed. These were then mixed into an oil base. No longer used because of health hazards, white lead paint did have a very special colour tone which Edward recaptures in his authentic recreation. Formulated using only safe, natural pigments and non-toxic binders, it is correct in historic settings and brings a beautiful new lustre to contemporary interiors.
 
The architectural historian and colour expert Edward Bulmer is a ‘Colourman’ in the true 18th century sense of the word. His 100% natural Pots of Paint range offers a unique patina alive with pure colour. Its chalky finish has both exceptional depth and a subtle, mutable response to light which synthetic paints can never mimic. The effect is as remarkable in ultra-modern interiors as it is in Georgian stately homes and just as obvious in the neutral shades as in the bright, strong colours.
CONTEMPORARY BATHS FROM LAPICIDA
MAY 8TH 2014
Lapicida, the specialists in luxury stone, offer an exceptional collection of baths and basins in classical and contemporary shapes. Each piece is a sculpture in its own right, carved from a single block of stone or marble and hand finished. Lapicida also make bespoke baths and basins to order in spectacular materials including semi-precious stones.

Shown below is a selection of Lapicida’s contemporary stone and marble baths. Clockwise from top left: Square back bath in White Moleanos; Oval in Blue Batieg Limestone; Oval in Mocca Fino Limestone; Ellipse in Arabascato marble; Makrana Indian white marble; Cubist in Blue Batieg Limestone.
LA CORNUE CHATEAU 50TH ANNIVERSARY
MAY 1ST 2014
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Château, the jewel in La Cornue’s crown, 2014 sees the creation of a special limited edition…The Château Jubilee. The Château was originally designed in 1964 by André Dupuy, son of the founder who designed the original patented ‘vaulted oven’. The company is still family run and Andre’s son Xavier Dupuy wanted to mark the anniversary with the launch of a truly exceptional version of the Château. The result is the striking Château Jubilee which is finished in high tech carbon fibre and black stainless steel, giving the ultimate traditional stove a contemporary edge. Each stove bears a beautifully engraved Jubilee plaque.
BOUTIQUE HOTEL STYLE
APRIL 30TH 2014
Felt’s Shyrdak rugs come in countless vibrant hues, from hot pink, to brilliant blues and greens. Perfectly at home in contemporary or traditional interiors, these are statement pieces that will bring warmth and interest to the home.

Shown here, in a luxury boutique hotel, is an on-trend berry pink rug (1.45 x 2.6m) with grey and white accents. 

Rug sizes range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room sized (2m x 3.5m) and larger. 

Rug pictured in The Bloomsbury Hotel, London – a member of The Doyle Collection.
CONTEMPORARY SHOWERS
APRIL 29TH 2014
Alternative Bathrooms are the contemporary shower experts, bringing together a virtually limitless range of off-the-peg solutions for showers, with on-trend frameless glass and minimalist styling. There are screens for baths, wet-room screening for walk-through showers and enclosures to suit every space including compact corner designs. 

Shown below is a wet room created with impressive floor to ceiling glass panels and a black shower tray from the versatile Fiora collection which comes in 20 different colours and 3 non slip finishes. Standard size trays can be custom-cut to size, allowing even awkward spaces to be converted into shower rooms. 

For those wanting wholly bespoke showers, Alternative Bathrooms also offer a luxurious custom-built service, backed by in-depth knowledge and expert advice. 
BESPOKE DESIGNS
APRIL 22ND 2014
Luxury stone specialists Lapicida’s bespoke floors are designed and made to order, using a combination of advanced technology and traditional craftsmanship. 

On display in Lapicida's newly extended London showroom is a new and complex design contrasting three naturally occurring Travertine colours, ‘Titanium’, ‘Parchment’ and ‘Silver’.  Much of the beauty of this floor comes from the stone being vein cut vertically down through the block to reveal, in subtle stripes, the layers in which it formed over time.  

Bespoke floors can be made in many other materials including marble, antique stones and semi-precious materials.  
NEW: LA CORNUE 1908
APRIL 15TH 2014

Inspired by Mondrian paintings, La Cornue 1908 range cookers now come in three luscious enamels: primary blue, red and yellow. Bringing vivid pops of colour to kitchens, they showcase the cooker as the heart of the kitchen.

La Cornue 1908 is a compact 90cm model which combines an accessible price with traditional La Cornue features including 5 powerful gas burners and the famous ‘vaulted oven’ patented by the company’s founder. Loved by generations of chefs and home cooks, the oven’s unique shape concentrates the circulation of hot air to retain natural moisture. 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MARTIN MOORE
APRIL 9TH 2014
This month, as the days get sunnier, we photographed a new Martin Moore location for House & Garden's July 2014 'Kitchen & Bathroom Living' supplement. Photographer Alex James and stylist Jo Barnes were assisted by House & Garden's Art Director, Scott Moore. The owner was interviewed and photographed with her (very well behaved!) dogs.
 
Located in a Victorian house, the open plan kitchen features a generous main  island with three zones for cooking, washing and eating - perfect for entertaining. Elements from the New Classic and English collections were used and the cabinetry was painted in calming neutral shades from Farrow & Ball. This really is classic English style, adapted to modern family life.
 
We can't wait to see it in print!
EDWARD BULMER POTS OF PAINT LAUNCH NEW COLOURS
APRIL 7TH 2014
Made using only natural earth and mineral pigments, Edward Bulmer’s Pots of Paint offers unique depth and subtlety of tone across a shade card which now includes fabulously vivid shades such as Invisible Green, Azurite and Brimstone as well as new neutrals including Pearl Colour, a delicious grey-pink off-white and Fawn, which Edward describes as "a soft underbelly beige, perfect for hallways.” 
 
The Colourman
Edward Bulmer is a ‘Colourman’ in the 18th Century sense of the word: a master of both the art and science of colour. He has a matchless eye for colour as well as an encyclopaedic knowledge of historic paints and interiors. Renowned for restoring Britain’s heritage buildings, he also has the technical know-how to translate historic references into paint shades perfectly tuned for fashionable modern living.  Unlike virtually any other paints on the market, Edward Bulmer’s colours are all his own.  
 
Unique Patina
Packed with pigment and formulated with only natural ingredients, Pots of Paint offers a patina alive with pure colour. The chalky finish has both exceptional depth and a subtle, mutable response to light which synthetic paints can never mimic.  The effect is as remarkable in ultra-modern interiors as it is in Georgian stately homes and just as obvious in the neutral shades as in the bright, strong colours.   
 
Eco Friendly
Pots of Paint is one of the very few authentic eco-friendly paint ranges. Its natural emulsion and oil paints have no synthetic ingredients or harmful emissions, allow walls to breathe and are made with only sustainably produced raw materials such as beeswax, milk casein and linseed oil.  There is practically no waste generated by the production process and the paints themselves have fresh, clean smells derived from their 100% natural ingredients.
 
The Complete Collection
Now offering seventy-two inspiring colours for inside and out, Edward Bulmer’s Pots of Paint Collection includes Natural Emulsion, Natural Flat Oil, Natural Oil Eggshell and Natural Oil Gloss.  Other all-natural products in the range include dedicated primers, specialist undercoats and balsam lacquer thinners/brush cleaner.

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