DECOREX 2013 ROUND-UP
SEPTEMBER 30TH 2013
Everyone’s back at their now after the whirlwind of London Design Festival, culminating in Decorex 2013 - where this year five of Arc’s clients embraced the Silk Route theme…
 
None more wholeheartedly than And So To Bed whose sumptuous stand was rich with the sights and sounds of the Orient. It also showcased some of their most splendid beds in specially-commissioned custom finishes. Most remarkable was the ornately carved Brodsworth, being previewed in an amazing and totally exclusive new ‘liquid metal’ finish. More on this soon…
 
The richly coloured Shyrdak floorcushions on And So To Bed’s stand were by Felt, yet another Arc client.
 
Heralding a new look for Drummonds, award winning designer Christopher Jenner has designed a refined, architectural setting for their classic bathroomware. Previewed at Decorex, the concept will carry through into their two new showrooms; Notting Hill opening before Christmas and the new Kings Road flagship opening Spring 2014. Drummonds’ super-sized towel rail and glorious baths were amongst the big hits of the show and they were also bang on trend with their beautiful brass fittings. 
 
The layout of Tom Faulkner's stand showcased his elegant new pieces perfectly. These included the intriguing new silvery-blue ‘Rippled Harewood’ finish, an oxidised sycamore shown on his deco-inspired Vienna table. Star of the stand and a highpoint of the show was Tom’s signature Capricorn dining table, fabulously re-invented in copper and drawing many visitors to the stand. Copper is a notoriously difficult metal to work and Capricorn’s precise planes and curves are a major technical achievement by Tom Faulkner’s craftsmen. 
 
Who better to launch a brilliantly realistic faux silk collection than James Hare, the UK’s leading silk specialist? Offering the authentic look and feel of natural silk dupion, Astor is fully washable and more light-fast than real silk, opening up a whole range of new applications including bathrooms and kitchens. Astor was just one of many new James Hare collections being launched at Decorex, making the stand a ‘must-visit’ for so many interiors professionals. 
 
Lapicida’s extraordinarily luxurious stone collections were sometimes obscured from view by the sheer number of people visiting the stand. Anticipating both the imminent doubling in size of their London flagship showroom and the opening of Lapicida New York in Spring 2014, there were plenty of new products to be seen including works from their ongoing collaboration with leading designer Bethan Gray. Those who didn’t quite make it onto the stand could instead retire to the Champagne Bar, to admire the astonishing Travertine bar top, also by Lapicida!
SHOWER SOLUTIONS
SEPTEMBER 12TH 2013
Alternative Bathrooms have chic new 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. The glass comes clear or subtly coloured and can also be misted for privacy. 

For those wanting wholly bespoke showers, Alternative Bathrooms also offer a luxurious custom-built service, backed by their in-depth knowledge and expert advice.   
DECOREX 2013
SEPTEMBER 9TH 2013
Decorex 2013 promises to be a spectacular year for five of Arc PR’s clients. We’ve been closely involved with all their planning and can vouch for the fact that they’ll be staging some of the most exciting displays of the show. With three former Decorex award-winners hot in pursuit of new accolades and an array of amazing new products to launch, we can’t wait for Sunday 22nd September. 
 
AND SO TO BED - Stand C11
2011 Award Winner
Winner of the Decorex ‘Best Stand’ award in 2011, And So To Bed returns to Decorex with the ultimate Silk Route experience. Towering 20ft. high, their sumptuous tent is rich with the heady scents, spices and music of the Orient. Dressed with exotic elements, it creates a jewel-box setting for some of And So To Bed’s most extravagant beds – exclusive designs which trace the Silk Road’s inspirations from China through Egypt and the Ottoman Empire to Rome.      
 
DRUMMONDS - Stand B35 
Drummonds’ stand is a spectacular architectural setting designed by Christopher Jenner. Referencing Drummonds’ sophisticated, artisanal heritage, the stand is an inspirational showcase for pieces which capture the essence of the classic British bathroom.  It also heralds the return of rich, polished brass as an emerging trend in bathroom design.
 
JAMES HARE - Stand C22A 
The UK’s leading silk specialist is launching three new collections including Astor, an outstandingly realistic faux silk. Offering the authentic look/feel of natural silk dupion, Astor is both fully washable and more light-fast than real silk, opening up a range of new applications including use in bathrooms and kitchens. 
 
LAPICIDA - Stand C13 
2012 Award winner
At Decorex 2012, Lapicida’s dramatic showing of stone and marble won both ‘Best New Exhibitor’ and ‘The World of Interiors Award for Excellence’.  This year sees them showcasing dazzling new geometric floors inspired by the 1739 book ‘Various Kinds of Floor Decorations'. Intensely complex designs are painstakingly cut and pieced from reclaimed antique floors: Also on stand are dramatic displays of semi-precious stones and design collaborations with Bethan Gray. 
 
TOM FAULKNER - Stand D10 
2012 Award Winner
Winner of the House & Garden Award for ‘Most Stylish Product’ at Decorex 2012, Tom Faulkner’s distinctively sculptural designs are handmade to order in his Wiltshire workshops. Amongst Tom’s works on stand at Decorex 2013 are new designs which show him referencing classic decorative themes …transcribing them into key pieces for modern living.   
 
The theme for Decorex 2013 is 'The Silk Route', one of the world’s most fabled trading routes. Check out our Decorex 2013 #silkroute inspired Pinterest board, showcasing our favourite exhibitors from Decorex 2013...
NEW: TESSERAE SILK
SEPTEMBER 4TH 2013
Tesserae is James Hare’s newest semi-plain.  A textural design, inspired by ‘tesserae’, the individual elements of mosaic, the face of the fabric is woven with three colours, giving it great depth and vitality.  In big pieces, the fabric comes alive in a way similar to animal skin.   
 
Elegantly bridging contemporary and traditional style, Tesserae comes in 15 contrasting colourways perfect for curtains, cushions, blinds and other focus elements. 
LAPICIDA LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
SEPTEMBER 3RD 2013
Launching September 2013, Lapicida’s new-generation website is powered by sophisticated technologies. Multi-layered and multi-functional, it guides visitors seamlessly and interactively on personalised pathways.  

Lapicida call this experience ‘Led by Inspiration’, reflecting the many ways to navigate the site, which has been designed to serve both design professionals and retail customers. Routes through include products, materials, applications and real-life inspirations, with all images and data available to be saved to personal Moodboards.  The latest predictive technology provides optimal viewing and functionality from any device used to access the site.   

For the first time ever, Lapicida is introducing an e-commerce facility. The webshop retails product samples as well as significant works in stone including the Brogue and Herringbone tables designed by Bethan Gray as part of her ongoing collaboration with Lapicida.  

Amongst its many other functions, the new Lapicida site also serves as a tracking portal, allowing logged-in clients to view the progress of their orders and bespoke projects. Real-time streaming from the Harrogate workshops, together with pre-recorded clips provides unique footage of both Lapicida’s high-tech manufacturing and its traditional stonemasonry skills.
KEEP COSY WITH FELT
AUGUST 20TH 2013
Keep winter at bay this year with Felt rugs in warm shades, from deep greens and reds to autumnal oranges. The bright colours and unique patterns of these Shyrdak rugs are the perfect antidote to gloomy weather, bringing character to contemporary or traditional interiors... 

Suitable for walls or floors, these hardwearing rugs are one off works of art which can also be made to special commission. There is a wide range of patterns and sizes available, from runners to room size rugs, to suit any space. 
DRUMMONDS LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
AUGUST 19TH 2013
Luxury bathroom maker Drummonds have launched a new generation website; a brilliantly user-friendly interface with its classic bathroom ware and accessories.  Guiding you through the process of designing  a bathroom down to the smallest accessory, the site offers everything from detailed technical information to product shots and inspirational case-history images arranged in three galleries; Country, Townhouse and Designer. 

A keen eye will spot advanced technologies behind the website’s functionality… but most people will just enjoy its easy navigation and clever new functions such as Suggested Products, Alternative Finishes and Related Products.  Together with the drop down product menu on every page, they make it incredibly easy to put looks together ... and new Wish Lists save everything  that’s been chosen for comparison and pricing. 

From splendid cast-iron baths to gleaming taps and showers, Drummonds design and manufacture all of their own products using traditional techniques.  The new website has fascinating video footage of this, featuring Drummonds’ craftsmen and their work including the molten metal casting of iron baths and brassware being made using the lost-wax process.
NEW: THE HUMBER BATH
AUGUST 15TH 2013
Drummonds’ Humber bath is a fresh look at the traditional French ‘bateau’. Lower, wider and altogether larger than the traditional bateau, its dimensions are perfect for deep, comfortable soaking.  The detailing is refined, with a flat rim and elegantly proportioned skirt.  


The outside is finished entirely to order, offering a wide range of different looks. Options include metal cladding, hand painting in any colour and the polished and lacquered finish shown below. The Humber is also perfect for Drummonds’ new fine art finishes, including Verdigris Aged Bronze (shown right), achieved by spraying copper in solution over a coat of fine bronze powder.  The chemical reaction which creates the Verdigris effect happens gradually, giving unique results every time. 

It takes Drummonds several weeks to make each bath; a traditional process involving casting the raw metal, shot-blasting and enamelling with the lengthy dry-frit process which gives a snow white, incredibly durable enamel surface.
ON TREND TARTANS
AUGUST 8TH 2013
James Hare’s unique collection of silk tartans is a treasure trove of 73 authentic Scottish patterns.  From the monochrome simplicity of Erskine to the full-on splendour of Royal Stewart, there is a wealth of possibility. Choose your palette and combine different tartans to bring new focus to curtains, bedheads, throws, blinds, cushions or even lampshades.  It’s a richly decorative look so don’t be afraid to mix and match!
 
 
Woven in 100% silk dupion, James Hare silk tartans are 120cm wide. Shown here co-ordinated with fabrics from James Hare’s range of over 550 plain silks.
 
Below from Left to right;
Tartan Baird - Headboard
Tartan Kennedy - Throw edging
Tartan Graham - Front cushion
Tartan Modern Mackay - Back cushion
BESPOKE UTILITY ROOMS
AUGUST 7TH 2013
A really well designed utility room is a joy: we all need somewhere to do our laundry and store countless useful things.   

As masters of maximising space, bespoke kitchen makers Martin Moore are regularly commissioned to build utility rooms alongside their kitchens. Often these can be in surprisingly small spaces. Here, a former corridor is transformed into a brilliantly organised new area packed with dedicated storage. Because the furniture is made to order, it optimises every inch of space.  

Handpainted in cream, the cupboards shown here are designed and made to order from Martin Moore's Architectural collection.  The bespoke worktop surfaces are quartzite and the floor, also by Martin Moore, is tiled in ‘Sivas’, a practical white limestone that completes the clean, contemporary look. 
JEWELS FOR THE HOME
AUGUST 6TH 2013
Gemstone colours and embellishments are a huge interiors trend for walls, floors and tops. Lapicida lead the way, constantly building their Semi-Precious stone collection as they source new and ever more exotic materials from around the globe.  
 
The ultimate luxury surface, semi-precious materials offer matchless depth and brilliance, especially used in conjunction with light, such as back-lit walls or bathroom vanities with integrated LEDs… bringing the stone to life at the flick of a switch. The ultimate luxury statement, Lapicida’s semi-precious collection is available as both tiles and slabs.
WET WET WET
AUGUST 1ST 2013
Laurence Pidgeon has always specialised in finding ‘the next big thing’, introducing important new kitchen and bathroom designers to the UK. One of his latest finds is bathrooms by WET….

The Wet concept is an interplay between colour and light using new generation, recyclable materials and LED technology.  Young, imaginative, witty and very Italian, this is cutting edge style for the bathroom. From taps to baths and basins, Wet explores new avenues of design, transforming sanitaryware into vivid sculpture, alive with luminous colour.  

Wet baths and basins can be seen exclusively at Laurence Pidgeon’s recently opened Fulham showroom. Shown here is the ‘LTT’ bathtub available in a wide range of colourways and a variety of lighting options.
BATHING IN PARADISE
JULY 26TH 2013
These freestanding cast iron baths from Drummonds tell a story of impeccable workmanship, with every detail hand finished by skilled craftsmen. This latest advertising shoot showcases brightly coloured baths in a series of fantasy inspired images. The Humber is shown in rose red, transported to a fantastical forest setting, complete with overgrown, Alice in Wonderland-esque foliage. Elsewhere a fox gazes on a brass Usk, set in an Autumnal tree-lined avenue. From the elegant Spey to the stately Serpentine, the baths are available in a number of different colours, finishes, shapes and sizes, to suit any bathroom.
NEW... THE TAMAR BATH
JULY 15TH 2013
Drummonds’ new Tamar bath offers all the glory of a double ended roll top bath, but with compact dimensions to suit smaller bathrooms. At 1700mm long x 730 wide, Tamar still offers a most  luxurious bathing experience, made all the more pleasurable by the choice of beautiful finishes; from polished and lacquered metal to cladding and hand painting. It also comes in Drummonds’ range of new specialist finishes including gold metal leaf

The Tamar is the latest addition to Drummonds’ extensive collection of freestanding cast iron baths.  It takes Drummonds several weeks to make a single bath; a traditional process involving casting the raw metal, shot-blasting and enamelling with the lengthy dry-frit process which gives a snow white, incredibly durable enamel surface.  

Shown below: Tamar bath with polished and lacquered exterior, with a freestanding towel rail also from Drummonds. 
NEUTRALS AND BRIGHTS FROM FELT
JULY 8TH 2013
Felt’s large stock of Shyrdaks are available in countless different shapes, colours and sizes, bringing hardwearing rugs from the Tien Shan mountains to Britain’s town and country houses.  Felt’s London showroom is open by appointment, providing a one-to-one service that allows you to choose the perfect rug at your leisure, including bespoke Shyrdaks made to special commission.

Colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors. The rugs are perfect for floors and walls and sizes range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room sized (2m x 3.5m). 

Felt also supplies Shyrdak cushions, available in a vivid array of colours and patterns, they make original gifts and beautiful decorative pieces.
CREATING CLASSIC CHINAWARE
JULY 4TH 2013
Drummonds short film #3 - The Art of Handmade Chinaware
 
A short film showing the handmade process Drummonds uses to manufacture their range of chinaware. By using traditional manual techniques, Drummonds produces classic English designs. Master moulds for china sanitaryware take two years to perfect and all clay is sourced from Staffordshire, the home of English ceramics. The process is labor intensive and  highly skilled, creating exquisite, high quality products. See it first hand in this video...
 

AT HOME WITH MONOCHROME
JUNE 26TH 2013
A key trend on the catwalks, monochrome is making its way into our homes too. Always chic, it’s a great look for bathrooms. Alternative Bathrooms show the way with the incredibly stylish and glamorous Neorest collection.
 
Super-luxurious, Neorest bathroom furniture features a specialist high gloss lacquer finish with a glass-like translucent surface reminiscent of Japanese lacquer boxes.  Each piece of its super-sleek cabinetry is beautifully crafted and houses dedicated bathroom storage.   
NEW LOOK FOR DRUMMONDS' TORRIDGE
JUNE 25TH 2013
The Torridge is one of Drummonds’ best-loved baths.  Deep and capacious, with a sloping high back at each end, it is the perfect shape for a long soak at the end of the day.

Now the Torridge is available with Art Deco feet; simple and elegant, it’s a classic look which is perfect for contemporary bathrooms.   

The new Art Deco feet are cast in solid brass and available in polished brass, chrome or nickel plate finishes. It takes Drummonds several weeks to make each bath; a traditional process involving casting the raw metal, shot-blasting and enamelling with the lengthy dry-frit process which gives a snow white, incredibly durable enamel surface.  The exterior is then finished to order, with options including polished metal, metal cladding, hand painting and specialist fine art finishes. Shown here in a black hand-painted finish with all brassware in polished chrome.
MADE A MANO COMES TO LAURENCE PIDGEON'S LONDON SHOWROOM
JUNE 23RD 2013
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Made a Mano at Laurence Pidgeon’s new London kitchen and bathroom showroom.  

Made a Mano is renowned for its lavastone and ceramic products, which are true works of art.  Designed in Denmark and handmade in Sicily, they combine high design values with a simple, artisanal sensibility.  Plain wall and floor tiles, countertops and basins carved from solid volcanic rock come in natural lavastone or glazed in dense, saturated, brilliant colour.  Decorative tiles are inspired both by oriental textiles and by Sicily’s own multi-cultural inheritance.
 
Laurence Pidgeon 
31-35 Fulham High Street, London SW6 3JH

SANDSTONE BAMBOO
JUNE 21ST 2013
A trompe l’oeil masterpiece for gardens and urban retreats …

Perfect for feature walls, Lapicida’s amazing faux-bamboo cladding is carved in solid sandstone.  Each cane is an individually made piece, combining to create a wholly naturalistic effect. 
CREATING BRASSWARE
JUNE 20TH 2013
Drummonds short film #2 - The Art of Brass Casting

A short film showing the painstaking work involved in creating each individual piece of brassware produced by Drummonds.
 

HATS OFF TO ASCOT WEEK
JUNE 17TH 2013
It’s hard to say whether it’s the horses or the fashion which are the main attraction of the summer racing calendar.   Horses and their equipage inspire interiors too…and here are some great equine-themed products from our clients.   
 
Tom Faulkner’s charismatic Buraq table features hand-crafted steel legs, wittily suggesting  horses’ legs.  Meanwhile Halo’s dramatic Swashbuckler tables bring the Tack Room to mind, featuring distressed leather and aged brass buckles. And from a similar design stable, And So To Bed’s imposing Handel bed has cast iron strapwork fashioned to look like antique leather.
Perfect after a long day in the Royal Enclosure!  
CREATING CLASSIC BATHS
JUNE 13TH 2013
Drummonds short film #1   The Art of Bath Tub Manufacturing 
 
This short film demonstrates the unique process and remarkable skill used by Drummonds in the making of their beautiful handmade cast iron baths.
 

 

DESIGN COLLABORATION - LAPICIDA & BETHAN GRAY
JUNE 10TH 2013
Lapicida’s design collaboration with celebrated product designer Bethan Gray showcases its technical capabilities to brilliant advantage in two virtuoso tables. Both pieces combine state-of-the-art manufacturing with intensely skilled hand finishing.      

The Herringbone Table’s distinctive zig-zag pattern unites white Bianco Carrara and black Nero Marquina marble so closely that the two colours meld into a single surface. The two slabs of contrasting marble are cut using advanced water jet technology. This shapes them so precisely that they can then be connected as perfect positive and negative. Natural grain patterns are matched across the whole tabletop, underlining the astonishing craftsmanship involved in producing this design.  A solid brass base with elegantly tapered legs completes the piece.

Bethan’s inspiration for The Herringbone Table came from spectacular black and white stone decorations seen in iconic buildings across Europe; from the ninth-century Amalfi Cathedral in Italy to the twentieth-century San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, Switzerland.

The Brogue Table is a new look at one of Bethan Gray’s hallmark designs. The original was a leather-topped wooden table, featuring traditional punched and stitched brogue detailing on its edge.   

In Lapicida’s Special Edition, The Brogue Table is translated into solid Carrara marble, with every element faithfully rendered from the original.  One of the most extraordinary features is the recreation of the complex brogue detail on the table edge: a technical tour de force using an engraving process so painstaking that it takes Lapicida’s craftsmen more than 20 hours to complete. 

The Herringbone and Brogue tables are now available from Lapicida.  Made to special commission,  they can be custom-sized in the customer’s choice of marble.
NEW - THE TEAR DROP SHOWER ROSE
MAY 27TH 2013
New from Drummonds, the Tear Drop is a shower rose with a voluptuous form inspired by a single tear.   Made from traditional English white china clay, it matches Drummonds’ splendid sanitaryware collections.

Designed to offer a new option for Drummonds’ showers, The Tear Drop is also a powerful, directional shower. 

The Tear Drop is seen here with Drummonds’ Dalby thermostatic shower, an exposed shower which comes with a curved arm or straight arm (shown with straight arm).  For a more contemporary, minimal look, Tear Drop can also be used with Drummonds’ concealed Nene and Carron showers.    

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