MILAN NEWS:
APRIL 11TH 2013
Lapicida and Bethan Gray for Wallpaper’s Handmade show...

The latest stage of the exciting collaboration between stone specialists Lapicida and designer Bethan Gray is a series of striking tabletop pieces. Made from solid black and white marbles, seamlessly fused, these are virtuoso pieces from the craftsmen in Lapicida’s Harrogate workshops.

See them now at Wallpaper’s prestigious Handmade show, running until Sunday 14th April at Leclettico, Via San Gregorio 39, Milan.
FELT... AT YOUR SERVICE
APRIL 9TH 2013
Tim Moock of Felt bought his first shyrdaks back to the UK after visiting Kyrgyzstan in 1996. He is now a leading expert on these wonderfully decorative and authentic rugs, made under a fair trade agreement by the nomad women of the Tien Shan Mountains, known as the Mountains of Heaven.

Tim’s huge stock of Shyrdaks, in countless different shapes, colours and sizes, is housed in his London showroom. This is open by appointment, allowing him the time and space to offer a one-to-one rug choosing service, including bespoke Shyrdaks made to special commission.

As practical as they are decorative, each Shyrdak takes a master cutter and her team up to 20 days to complete. The raw wool is flattened with boiling water, rolled in a reed mat and then ‘felted’ by being dragged behind a galloping horse. Each Shyrdak consists of a thick plain felt base on to which a surface layer of interlocking coloured felt shapes is bound with strong stitching. The interlocking shapes in these geometric patterns are vocabulary from the ancient language which still forms part of the everyday life of the rug makers. Each of Felt’s Shyrdaks tells a unique story and comes with an explanation of the symbols to decode their meaning. Customers can commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes, and even to convey a particular message… a suitably decorated rug would make a really special wedding, christening or housewarming present.

Shyrdak 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 both floors and walls and sizes typically range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room-sized (2m x 3.5m).
NEW SERPENTINE BATH
APRIL 7TH 2013
Poised on its elegant art deco feet, Drummonds’ new Serpentine bath is invitingly low… tempting you to step in, stretch out and experience its double ended comforts.

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.  Each bath is then finished to order, creating a unique bathroom centrepiece.  Options include polished & lacquered, metal clad, hand painted and specialist fine art finishes.

The Serpentine is shown here in a black hand painted finish with chromed brassware.  Dimensions: length 1700mm, width 760mm, height 620mm
VEIN CUT LIQUORICE MARBLE
APRIL 2ND 2013
Lapicida sources stone from all over the world, seeking rare materials which offer new decorative potential.

Shown here, the wall is clad in a slab featuring three stripes of Liquorice marble contrasted with Imperial Black marble.

Marble slabs are usually cut horizontally: But here, both marbles have been vein cut; sawn vertically down through the stone bed to reveal millions of years of natural stratification. This dramatic banding creates an extraordinary focus wall.
BATHROOM FURNITURE
MARCH 25TH 2013
Contemporary bathrooms move ever closer to furniture design, using shapes and materials to reflect our taste in new ways.

The ‘Tender’ collection at Alternative Bathrooms offers strong, architectural forms and fabulous finishes; from natural timbers to matt, gloss and even pearlised lacquers. With cabinet and accessory options for all sizes of bathroom, it is versatile, practical and immensely stylish.

Elements from the ‘Tender 01’ range are shown here in Light Tranché wood with contrasting open and closed storage units in white varnished metal.
BEAUTIFUL, BUILT TO LAST, BATHROOM ACCESSORIES
MARCH 19TH 2013
Where would a splendid bathroom be without equally splendid accessories?

Drummonds have launched an extensive new collection of bathroom accessories, now taking its crisp, classic look right through to the smallest detail. Nothing has been overlooked; from robe hooks, mirrors and lights through to loo brushes, rails and shelves.  Key pieces include the supremely elegant Bath Rack and the freestanding Accessory Stand, a three-tier side table with a multitude of uses.  
 
The materials and the manufacture, as you would expect from Drummonds, elevate bathroom accessories into individual works of art.  From the fixed rods of the bath rack to the solid base of the product shelf, every element has been designed to confer solidity and durability. The metalwork is solid brass, cast using the traditional lost wax process and finished in polished brass, gleaming nickel or brilliant chrome.  In conjunction with the collection’s glass, mirror and ceramic elements, the effect is magnificent.
WINNING DESIGN
MARCH 18TH 2013
Drummonds have announced the winner in their design collaboration with the KLC School of Design. KLC’s diploma students were asked to develop a concept for a new cast iron bath and given free rein to experiment with the form and finish.   The winner, chosen by Drummonds’ Sales & Marketing Director James Lentaigne, was Victoria Richmond, presenting a concept which James described as "a small double ended bath, slightly like a slipper design with the option of a skirt or feet.”   Drummonds’ baths are always named after rivers and Victoria has wittily called hers ‘The Morar’, after the smallest river in the British Isles! 
NEW FASHION FORWARD COLOURS
MARCH 7TH 2013
Vienne Silk is one of James Hare’s best-loved plains. With its subtle texture, matt finish, fluid drape and wide choice of colours, it’s a natural choice for decorators.
 
Now James Hare is launching Vienne Silk 2; a new book which features twenty two additional colours. Introducing a fresh, contemporary edge to the collection, the new shades range from hot brights to a palette of essential neutrals.
140cm wide. 65% silk 35% viscose.
Now in 55 plain colourways.
 
Also part of the new Vienne 2 book, Mandalay comes in three multi-colourways coordinating with the plains collection. Inspired by a traditional Chinese motif, the circle graphic translates with a modern appeal.
140cm wide. 65% silk 35% viscose.
EBB AND FLOW...
FEBRUARY 20TH 2013

New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Anahita bath is a dramatic spiral inspired by swirling water. Designed by the Italian architect Marco Baxadonne, it makes an impressive centrepiece for a contemporary bathroom.

The fluid lines of the design are matched by the feel of the bath itself which is formed in K-Plan, an ultra-smooth, super-tactile material which is a delight to bathe in.

The Anahita bath is available in all white or with a black exterior.
Dimensions: Diameter: 130cm Height: 60cm at lowest edge/90cm at highest.
VANITY VANITY
FEBRUARY 19TH 2013
Drummonds’ spectacular new collection of single and double vanity basins will take centre stage in any bathroom. Elegant and refined, their styling speaks to both classical and contemporary interiors and handmade quality shines through every element, from the weighty brassware of the stands and taps, cast using the traditional lost wax process, to the crisp white English china clay basins set into natural marble tops.
 
All three designs, the Crake, the Calder and the Hebdern, come in brass, chrome or nickel finishes.   The Calder has a simple grey Basaltina marble top, whilst Crake and Hebdern offer the choice of three characterful marbles; Arabescato, Atlantic Grey and Super Marquina Black.

The images below show, from left to right: the Hebdern, the Crake and the Calder.
NEW - ORCHARD SILKS
FEBRUARY 11TH 2013
Inspired by Silwood, a long-lost country house, James Hare launches Orchard Silks, five decorative designs which bring fresh new looks to embroidered silks.  Offering both contrast and tonal colourways,   Orchard Silks coordinate with James Hare’s Regal Dupion plains.  Always in tune with today’s interiors and exploring new colour, design and texture, James Hare offers the widest choice of plain, patterned and embroidered silks for curtains, headboards, cushions, lampshades and wallcoverings.  
 
Orchard Silk
Featuring a graphic tree design in appliqué cord embroidery, Orchard Silk comes in five glamorous neutrals. 
140cm wide. 100% silk
 
Orchard Sheer
The perfect partner to Orchard Silk, a matching corded tree design is embroidered onto a luscious cream sheer colourway.
137cm wide. 100% silk
 
Silwood Silk 
A new generation floral featuring multi-toned embroidery and cording on a luxurious dupion base. Five colourways.
140cm wide. 100% silk
 
Parasol Stripe
Jazzy stripes unite neutrals with pops of stronger colour.  A crisp, charismatic, feature fabric in five colourways.
140cm wide.  100% silk
 
Moiré Silk
A decorating classic revisited in five modern colourways.
140cm wide.  74% cotton 26% silk   
THE NEW SUPER-BRIGHTS
FEBRUARY 4TH 2013
Felt’s newest shipment of rugs is a true design collaboration, fusing traditional Shyrdak rug-making techniques with the intense energy of today’s super-bright colour trends.

Perfect for bringing warmth and texture to contemporary interiors, these rugs work just as well on walls and floors…as much pieces of art as functional flooring solutions. 
EVERYTHING'S COMING UP INDIGO...
JANUARY 31ST 2013

Moodboards from Pots of Paint and James Hare

Trend predictors pick Indigo as 2013’s coolest shade. 

From the ink blues to the virtually purples, Indigo is easy to live with. Use it boldly to colour block walls or curtains, or drop it in as an accent shade.  White is always Indigo’s natural partner, but it’s also fabulous contrasted with limes and other brights.

Arc clients James Hare Silks and Pots of Paint both offer palettes of rich indigos.  Check out Pots of Paint’s densely pigmented, all natural shades, bringing new depth to walls and woodwork.

James Hare’s range of over 550 plains (let alone the decoratives!) is a treasure trove of indigo in every conceivable shade.  From fabrics for wallcoverings to curtains, cushions, lampshades and more, this collection offers the perfect route to a Blue Heaven.

For even more indigo inspiration see Kate Watson-Smyth’s great blog, Mad About the House 
CUE FROM THE CATWALK
JANUARY 24TH 2013

 

From haute couture to the high street, fashion loves lace. And where fashion goes, interiors follow… 
 
Whether you want to add a froth of romance or sultry gothic edge, James Hare’s glorious lace collection is perfect for decorative interiors.  Authentic weaves including Leavers and Chantilly come in white, cream, black, red and gold and silver metallics. 
 
Shown here is James Hare’s ‘Leavers Lace no. 8256’ in black. 130 cm wide.

 

FINE ART FINISHES
JANUARY 18TH 2013
Drummonds’ spectacular new collection of specialist finishes...

Drummonds have launched a design collaboration with furniture makers Costello & Welch, renowned for their fine art finishes.

Foundry-cast and painstakingly enamelled using the traditional dry frit process, each Drummonds’ cast iron bath takes several weeks to make before being hand finished to order. 

Commissioned by Drummonds to create new finishes, Costello & Welch have used their hallmark combination of technical know-how and design sensibility to explore remarkable special effects and textures.

Developing the finishes was a process which Sam Costello says required him to be "part artist, part alchemist”.  For example, the Verdigris Aged Bronze is achieved by spraying copper in solution over a coat of fine bronze powder mixed with resin.  The chemical reaction which creates the Verdigris effect happens gradually, giving unique results every time.

Creating exciting juxtapositions between classic forms and contemporary finishes, these new effects are available to special commission on all Drummonds’ freestanding baths.
ROMAN STYLE
DECEMBER 4TH 2012

The floor shown here is a custom-cut design by Lapicida, inspired by Roman geometric floors of the 2nd Century.  Made in a combination of English Cumbrian Slate and Italian Calacatta marble with a gently honed finish, it has an air of laid-back antiquity. Made to order, prices start from £354 per square metre.

Lapicida’s unique range of custom design and bespoke manufacturing services allows customers to commission one-off works of art for walls and floors.  Their range of techniques embraces everything from historic inlay and mosaic crafts to hi-tech CNC laser and water jet cutting.  

NEW - THE PAMPA KITCHEN
NOVEMBER 26TH 2012

Designed by Alfredo Häberli for Schiffini

Seen in prototype at Milan in 2012 and now in production, Schiffini’s newest collaboration with Alfredo Häberli is the Pampa kitchen.

Pampa is both a follow-up to Häberli’s 2008 ‘Mesa’ kitchen and his homage to Vico Magistretti’s ‘Cina’, launched in 1985 as one of Schiffini’s pioneering handleless designs. 

Visually, Pampa is defined by strong rectilinear forms and a bold horizontal veneer; available in both natural oak and thermo-treated American walnut (as shown here).  A simple sculptural slit, little more than a shadow on the door front, serves as a pull. Creating this detail is a feat of engineering by Schiffini, using moulds and counter-moulds to ‘wave shape’ the wood. Wafer thin stainless steel worktops complete the aesthetic.

DesignSpace London showcases Schiffini’s most influential collections in a unique 5,500 square foot semi-industrial setting. An iconic name in Italian kitchens, Schiffini has been at the forefront of contemporary design since the 1950s. Classic designs are shown alongside new concepts from the company’s roster of leading industrial designers.

 

NEW - SOHO SILK COLLECTION
NOVEMBER 23RD 2012
Soho Silk: Soho Silk combines sheen and texture with an inspired palette of 29 ultra-modern colours. Bringing a fresh dimension to James Hare’s range of over 550 plains, Soho Silk is sharp, zappy and so very contemporary; perfectly in tune with today’s interiors.
Soho Silk: 137cm wide: 90% Viscose, 10% Silk, 29 colourways
 
 
Soho Dash:  Colour coordinated with Soho Silk, Soho Dash is a brilliant way to step up the decorative focus. Available in 3 multi-colourways, the pattern alternates flat-embroidered and cut velvet dashes for a modern, architectural look.
Soho Dash: 137cm wide; 90% Viscose, 10% Silk, 3 colourways
JAMES HARE SILKS COME TO NEW YORK
NOVEMBER 12TH 2012
Pierre Frey has been appointed sole representative for James Hare in New York and is displaying the full range at its D&D Building showroom in Manhattan.  A 32 square foot bay provides dedicated space for the fabrics to be seen to their best advantage, including (as shown above) three distinctive new collections launched this fall; Halkin SilksSoho Silk and Shagreen Silk.
 
Pierre Frey, Suite 1161, D&D Building, 979 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022  
THE KISS - ART IN STONE
OCTOBER 26TH 2012

‘The Kiss’ is a bespoke mural, created by Lapicida in celebration of painter Gustav Klimt’s most famous work. The sumptuous golden robe has been re-interpreted in burnished brass, sandstone and Italian marble, creating a work of art in every way as complex and dazzling as the gilded image which inspired it.  Handmade to special commission, ‘The Kiss’ demonstrates Lapicida’s extraordinary ability to see stone differently.   

Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt painted The Kiss between 1907 and 1908. It marked the highpoint of his "Golden Period”.

NEW - HALKIN SILKS COLLECTION
OCTOBER 24TH 2012
COORDINATED DECORATIVES
 
 
 
James Hare’s sophisticated new Halkin Silks Collection comprises four separate ranges, united by subtle oriental themes and a palette of rich neutrals with refreshing splashes of colour. From hand embroidery to pure silk sheers, this is a collection of truly luxurious fabrics at the very affordable prices for which James Hare is always known.
 
 
 
Palmyra Silk
Silk/Wool Jacquard
 
A lustrous paisley jacquard based on vintage Kashmiri patterns. The five beautiful colourways stand alone or can be coordinated with James Hare’s Connaught Silk plains. 
 
140cm wide, 56% silk, 44% Wool.  5 colourways.
 
 
 
 
 
Palmyra Sheers
Coordinated Paisley Sheers
 
Pattern-matched to Palymra Paisley, these airy silk sheers come in ivory and cream; perfect for window treatments and bed hangings.
 
140cm wide: 100% Silk.  2 colourways.
 
 
 
Ambi Silk 
 
Hand-Applied Embroidery
 
Carrying through the Paisley concept, Ambi is a hand-applied appliqué cord embroidery on plain Soho Silk base. Four sophisticated neutrals with subtle contrast embroidery bring a crisp textural interest. 
 
137cm wide: 90% Viscose, 10% Silk.  4 colourways.
 
 
 
Jammu Stripe
 
Contemporary Geometrics
 
A spacious geometric with textural interest, Jammu coordinates with Soho Silk plains. Sleek and ultra-contemporary in versatile, highly useable colour combinations. 
 
137cm wide: 90% Viscose, 10% Silk.  5 colourways.
NATURAL INGREDIENTS FOR THE PERFECT PAINT RECIPE
OCTOBER 16TH 2012
From eco paint company Pots of Paint comes proof that natural paints can excel their chemical counterparts in every way.  Durable, easy to apply, potently colourful and even sweet-smelling, Pots of Paint’s emulsions and eggshells are perfect for the interior or exterior of any house. 
 
Pots of Paint’s products are truly kind to us and to the environment, lacking the dangerous VOC emissions contained in ordinary paint brands, thereby ensuring a clean bill of health as well as a clean conscience.  Sustainable ingredients such as beeswax, milk casein and linseed oil are used in production, giving the paint a gloriously rich, chalky texture and leaving nature practically untouched by waste products.  The powdery consistency is twinned with an extraordinarily depth of colour as Pots of Paint’s formulations have an unusually high pigment count, meaning fewer coats are needed and colours last for longer.
 
Brain-child of Edward Bulmer, high-profile Architectural Historian and advocate of green living, the Pots of Paint colour range was inspired by his restoration work in historic houses. The walls of this kitchen, painted in ‘Laylock’, demonstrate perfectly the versatility of Bulmer’s paints, coupling elegant, traditional paint with a clean, modern setting.  The dusky, powdery tones of the paint are the perfect foil for the classic cool of the kitchen design. 
CUSTOM DESIGN FROM LAPICIDA
OCTOBER 12TH 2012

Lapicida’s unique range of custom design and bespoke manufacturing services allow customers to commission one-off works of art for walls and floors.

Their techniques embrace everything from historic inlay and mosaic crafts to hi-tech CNC laser and water jet cutting.  Ancient and modern processes are often combined in the creation of a single design.

Shown here is ‘Milan Retro’, a custom-made limestone wall cladding featuring an ornate etched circle design with gold metallic highlights.

TO SPECIAL COMMISSION
OCTOBER 10TH 2012

Drummonds spectacular cast iron baths are hand finished to order; in polished metal, in copper cladding or painted in a chosen colour.

Alternatively, they can be delivered in a primer coat – the perfect base for clients to commission their own specialist painting.

Shown above, Drummonds’ classic ‘Usk’ has become a contemporary installation piece... decorated with graphics inspired by the work of New York artist Keith Haring. A one-off work of art for the bathroom.

LAPICIDA WINS TWO AWARDS AT INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOW
SEPTEMBER 27TH 2012
Stone specialist Lapicida has won two prestigious awards at the London design showcase, Decorex International, which brings together design professionals from all over the world.

Exhibiting at Decorex for the first time, and never a company to do anything by halves, Lapicida built an extraordinary stand fronted by seven towering columns, behind which stone walls, floors and architectural elements were displayed in a series of dramatic sets.  Recognition came not just from the thousands of visitors to the stand but also in two key awards from Decorex’s organisers who gave Lapicida both the ‘Best New Exhibitor’ and ‘The World of Interiors Award for Excellence.’

The Decorex judging team comprised high-profile opinion-formers; leading design journalist Lucia van der Post, interior designer Bill Bennette and editor of Homes & Gardens magazine Deborah Barker.  Jason Cherrington, founder and managing director of Lapicida commented, "We are delighted to have received not one but two accolades from such an influential group of design insiders.  As first time exhibitors, we wanted to make a big impact at Decorex, showing off both our traditional stone working skills and the technologies we use to create our collections and our bespoke work.” 

Lapicida works with leading architects, designers and private clients all over the world.  Its Head Office, showroom and workshop complex in Harrogate is a 20,000 sq ft temple to stone which has won awards in its own right.  The floors and walls, tiles, murals and garden paving forming a backdrop for baths, basins, sculptures and complex architectural features. Adjacent workshops house both Lapicida’s traditional artisans and technicians operating the most advanced scanning and automated stone-working equipment in Europe.
Lapicida’s recently opened London flagship store at 533 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW10 has also been shortlisted in the 2012 FX International Interior Design Awards. 

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