LAPICIDA EVENT AT LDF 2014
JULY 24TH 2014
Luxury stone experts Lapicida continue their series of designer collaborations, exploring the technical and aesthetic challenges posed by working with designers from a wide range of disciplines. This year’s London Design Festival sees the launch of innovative works in stone by jewellery designer Lara Bohinc and conceptual designers Brooksbank & Collins. These and other pieces will be showcased in Lapicida’s flagship King’s Road showroom throughout the festival.
 
On Monday 15th September, from 6.30 – 8.30pm, as part of the Chelsea Design Quarter event, Lapicida host ‘Designers in Conversation’ in their King’s Road showroom. The evening will give the three designers a platform to discuss their work and their very different approaches to designing with stone.
 
Lara Bohinc’s ‘Solaris Kinetic’ table bears all the hallmarks of luxury and precision which Lara brings to her jewellery, and Lapicida bring to stone. Four stacked rings of marble move smoothly on a rotation spindle in a range of orbits. Designed and made like an exquisite piece of jewellery, Lara’s Solaris table marries stone and metal in a piece demanding both innovative technologies and traditional crafts.
Four different gold-veined stones make a unified progression from light to dark, from the top tier to the base. The four marbles used are, from the top down; Calacatta Oro, Fior di Bosco, Nero Oro and Nero Marquina. The brass elements have a brushed finish.
 
The Solaris Kinetic Table measures 100cm diameter closed and opens out to 175cm with all four tiers spread out. In an edition of 10, prices start at £24,000.
 
Brooksbank & Collins are conceptual designers, bringing together the talents of architect Tom Brooksbank and artist Allan Collins. They create exquisite works in organic materials including metal and marble. Inspired by the Rosetta Stone, their Nero Marquina ‘Fossus’ coffee table is a perfect union of their design skills with Lapicida’s technical virtuosity. On a smaller scale, their ‘Caulis’ vase (below) combines strong contemporary forms with the classical beauty of Arabescato marble.
DRUMMONDS EVENT AT LDF 2014
JULY 23RD 2014
CHELSEA DESIGN QUARTER EVENT MONDAY 15 SEPTEMBER
 
‘DESIGN INSPIRATION’: 6.30 - 8.30pm Admission Free
 
DRUMMONDS, 642 KINGS ROAD, LONDON SW6 2DU
 
Drummonds host a ‘Design Inspiration’ evening at their spectacular new Kings Road flagship. Chaired by Giles Kime, Executive Editor of Homes & Gardens, it brings together Susie AtkinsonMartin BrudnizkiGuy Goodfellow and Maurizio Pellizzoni. These four internationally renowned designers, each with a unique personal style, discuss spaces, objects or works of art which have inspired their work.
 
JAMES HARE LAUNCHES TWO NEW COLLECTIONS AT DECOREX 2014
JULY 22ND 2014
Stand C60A: James Hare, the UK’s leading silk specialist, is launching two collections exploring new textures, new colours and coordinated decorative themes. Perfectly in tune with today’s interiors, James Hare always offers the widest choice of plain, patterned and embroidered silks for uses including curtains, headboards, cushions, lampshades and wallcoverings. Competitive pricing is another hallmark of James Hare collections, making its luxury fabrics accessible and affordable.
 
 
 
Inspired by the night sky
Densely woven, with an elegant drape, Aurora Silk is inspired by the sky at night, melding soft tonal hues
in an impressionist design. The silk content gives a luxurious sheen.
140cm wide: 68% polyester, 32% silk in 10 colourways
 
Nature-inspired pattern
Continuing James Hare’s series of animal-skin inspirations, Cobra Stripe incorporates a subtle snakeskin
reference within a woven stripe. This brings real vivacity and movement to the fabric, which is further
enhanced by the shimmer of natural silk.
137cm wide: 66% polyester, 19% cotton, 15% silk in 6 colourways
 
 
 
Easy living embroidered damask in linen
Ebury is a relaxed contemporary damask. Densely embroidered, with a range of different stitches adding subtle detailing, the pattern has a delicate, almost overlaid effect. This lightness of touch makes Ebury equally at home in traditional or contemporary surroundings.
147cm wide: 60% linen, 40% cotton in 3 colourways
 
A versatile design for neutral styling
Cobble offers decorative interest whilst still remaining essentially neutral. Fully reversible, the reverse face offers heightened colour contrast. A 16,000 rub makes it suitable for light upholstery as well as curtains and cushions.
136cm wide: 27% linen, 27% nylon, 43% spun viscose, 3% silk in 3 colourways
 
Luxurious corded silk with metallic detailing
Pimlico is a formal damask using pure silk to dramatic new effect. Silk cording and dense silk embroidery define a large-scale design on a luxurious dupion ground. Embroidered lurex highlights add yet another level of splendour.
137cm wide: 100% silk in 4 colourways
 
Super-contemporary stripes
Stripes answer many decorating needs, delivering both colour and graphic interest. Now James Hare takes the design focus to a new level, mixing neutrals with fresh, fun and jazzy colours in plain and patterned stripes of varying widths.
137cm wide: 56% linen, 26% polyester, 18% silk in 4 colourways
 
Versatile linen plains
Linenfold is a subtly textured plain in 3 colours designed to co-ordinate with the decorative fabrics in the Pimlico collection. A rub of 10,000 makes this suitable for light upholstery as well as curtains and cushions.
140cm wide: 60% linen, 40% cotton in 3 colours
 
A new look at a classic theme
James Hare transforms trellis into a modern classic. Woven with a sateen ground, the zig-zag components are given contrasting tones, depths and weave patterns for strong visual interest. Offering both neutrals and vivid colours, Mews Trellis is a luxurious fabric with a sumptuous handle.
137cm wide: 33% bemburg, 28% viscose, 27% linen, 12% PBT in 6 colourways
FINE GREY
JULY 21ST 2014
Perfect for both period and contemporary interiors. Fine Grey is typical of Edward’s brilliant eye for colour. It uses just two traditional natural pigments, Lamp Black and Prussian Blue, in the perfect proportions to create a shade he describes as, "A pale, steely grey with a subtle blue undertone giving it a clean, modern look.” As with all Pots of Paints products, it is formulated using only natural pigments and non-toxic binders.
THE SOLARIS KINETIC TABLE
JULY 17TH 2014
Great design by Lara Bohinc. Amazing technology by Lapicida. Weighs 300 kg but check out featherlight rotation...
 



NEW MENDI BATH
JULY 15TH 2014
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the freestanding Mendi bath is a stylish crossover between traditional and contemporary style. Made in Mak, a bright white high-tech composite with a modern architectural aesthetic, its tapered sides and rounded corners also reference the classic tub.

Generously sized, the Mendi bath’s dimensions are 170 x 70 x 51cm.
DESIGN COLLABORATION FOR WALLPAPER* HANDMADE
JULY 14TH 2014
Lara Bohinc’s collaboration with stone experts Lapicida was initiated by Wallpaper* magazine for their Handmade exhibition for Salone del Mobile, Milan 2014. The result is the Solaris Table which bears all the hallmarks of luxury and precision which Lara brings to her jewellery, and Lapicida brings to its work in stone.

Solaris, a concept inspired by the planets and their orbital movements, is a theme running through much of Lara Bohinc’s work. Four stacked rings of marble move smoothly on a rotation spindle like a range of orbits. Highly polished circular brass dishes are inset into the marble plates and appear like planets rotating around a sun. The table is ever changing, as the plates can be easily moved around its axis. From a totally closed circle it can be spread open to almost double its size. Blurring the distinction between jewellery and furniture, Lara’s Solaris table is designed and made like an exquisite piece of jewellery, marrying stones and metals in a piece demanding both innovative technologies and traditional crafts.

Lara worked closely with Lapicida to find the four different gold-veined stones to make a unified progression from light to dark, from the top tier to the base. The four marbles used are, from the top down; Calacatta Oro, Fior di Bosco, Nero Oro and Nero Marquina. The brass elements have a brushed finish.

The Solaris Table as shown measures 100cm diameter closed and opens out to 175cm with all four tiers spread out.
DECORATIVE DETAILING
JULY 1ST 2014
A collection of cushions in decorative fabrics will instantly bring an interior scheme together, adding style and giving the room a final flourish. James Hare silks offer endless opportunities with fabrics ranging from subtle lace to strong geometric.
 
Shown below are James Hare's Cosmos LacePrism SilkHoneycombWaterfall Silk and Luna.
FELT SUMMER SALE
JUNE 30TH 2014
This summer the Felt sale will return. If you’ve ever coveted a Felt rug or cushion, now is your chance to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. The sale will run through the whole of July and August, offering 25% off all stock and new commissions.

There are hundreds of rugs available in all shapes, sizes and colours, perfect for floors or walls, as well as cushions and floor cushions. The full collection can be seen at Felt’s London showroom, to view by appointment.
ONYX BASINS
JUNE 30TH 2014
Onyx is one of many semi-precious materials which Lapicida use to create extraordinary and beautiful objects.

Perfect for dramatic basins, Onyx is a crystalline stone with distinctive mineral banding ranging from pure white to subtle greys, pinks and browns. Hand carved from solid blocks of stone, each basin is completely individual, a work of art in its own right.

Designed to sit on vanity tops, Lapicida’s onyx basins come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT EDWARD BULMER POTS OF PAINT
JUNE 27TH 2014
This month the Arc team ventured out of London, taking a trip to the Court of Noke, Edward Bulmer’s organic Herefordshire farm, home and the base for Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint - Edward’s natural paint company.
 
It’s been an eventful year for Pots of Paint, who unveiled a rebranded look at the start of the year as well as bringing out a collection of 21 new colours. Our trip to Herefordshire was a chance to see behind the scenes as well as meet the rest of the marketing and design team behind Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint.   
 
 View of The Court of Noke - a beautiful 18th century house
 
Peter Lawley (Product Manager) and Hannah Williams (Paint Technician) talked us through the process used to mix Pots of Paint colours. A paint mixing machine is programmed to release different quantities of plant or mineral based pigments into a natural paint base. The machine holds 16 pigments at a time, but the majority of colours are created from the 7 key pigments traditionally used by decorators and colourmen.  Mixing paints requires ingenuity as well as a brilliant eye for colour.
 
 
Once the pigment is dispensed a mixer shakes the paint up to reveal the final product – Fawn, a light brown from the new collection. 
 
 
Pots of Paint are always testing their recipes and working with decorators to achieve the best result possible. Peter showed us his work testing the effect of painting on different surfaces – with and without a primer. For a perfect finish, Pots of Paint recommends using their undercoats or primers on all surfaces.
 
 Edward giving a quick paint lesson – paint is composed of pigment, binders and solvents. Pots of Paint’s Linseed Oil binder gives a perfect sheen.
 
Edward explained that Pots of Paint’s 100% natural formulation makes the paint breathable. Synthetic paint used on exterior woodwork can crack and blister when water gets into the wood, whereas natural paint allows moisture to escape without damaging the finish.
 
Entirely eco-friendly, the paint has a lovely, lavender-y smell – we even tested out the product ourselves.
 
 Edward demonstrating the ‘figure of eight’ painting technique.
CLASSICAL BATHS
JUNE 24TH 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.
NEW LEMA WARDROBE COLLECTIONS
JUNE 19TH 2014
Lema is one of the most influential names in contemporary Italian furniture, often collaborating with leading designers. Perfect for today’s zoned living, its innovative collections turn domestic space into dynamic space. New from Lema at DesignSpace London are two new wardrobe collections, Warm and Aria, both designed by David Lopez Quincoces.

Shown below left is Warm, named for its rich natural leather upholstery finish. Horizontal shadow lines break up the verticals of the tall wardrobe doors, creating a strong design focus. Available in a collection of leathers and fabrics.

Shown below right is Aria. Slim anodised aluminium frames hold the strong, lightweight glass panels. The glass is clear, allowing natural light to illuminate the inside of the wardrobes. Invisible hinges give the doors a sleek, uninterrupted line.

Warm and Aria are both part of Lema’s extensive ‘Armadio al Centrimetro’ wardrobe collection, allowing height, width and depth to be perfectly tailored to the space available. Custom interiors complete the bespoke designs.
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.   

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