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.    
SHEER DELIGHT
MAY 20TH 2013
Sheers bring modern romance and softness to window treatments...
 
James Hare’s decorative fabric collections often include co-ordinating sheers; fresh and cool in airy whites or warm in luscious cream tones.
 
Perfect for screening windows, either on their own or as inner curtains, they diffuse light and give privacy. Embroidered sheers also make beautiful bedhangings.  
 
Shown here is Orchard Sheer in Cream, with an applique corded tree design. The matching silk curtain is Orchard Silk in Plover.
HOW TO GET THAT GATSBY LOOK
MAY 16TH 2013
Today sees the release of Baz Lurman’s The Great Gatsby, promising a glittering visual treat.   
 
According to Architectural Digest, Lurman and his wife, designer Catherine Martin, went all out for period authenticity in the 42 lavish sets they created for the film. It took over 3 months to build, paint and decorate Gatsby’s mansion, complete with grand ballroom, master bedroom, library, entrance hall and terrace.
 
With this in mind, take a look at just some of the art deco inspired products from Arc PR’s clients. We think they’d sit perfectly in Jay Gatsby’s Long Island mansion. 
 
DUCHESS OF CORNWALL WEARS JAMES HARE
MAY 3RD 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another royal affirmation for James Hare as the Duchess of Cornwall attends the investiture of the new King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, wearing a stunning Bruce Oldfield gown in James Hare’s beautiful sky blue silk crepe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Founded in Leeds in 1865 and still a family company to this day, James Hare is Britain’s leading silk specialist in fashion and interiors.
 
 
 
This fabric is from James Hare’s Super Weight Crepe collection, a heavy cloth with fantastic drape and soft suppleness, ideal for dresses cut on the bias. 
 
NEW SILWOOD SILK - A FRESH LOOK FOR FLORALS
APRIL 30TH 2013
Inspired by Silwood, a long-lost historic house, James Hare’s Silwood Silk features richly decorated florals in luxurious dupion silk with multi-toned embroidery and cording.  
 
An updated take on a traditional country house look, Silwood is crisp and fresh, perfect for today’s eclectic interiors.  Bringing a new grandeur to curtains, headboards, cushions and lampshades, it comes in five colourways.
NEW... THE SEVERN SHOWER
APRIL 29TH 2013
As bathrooms become ever larger and more luxurious, so the spotlight falls on super-sized bathroomware.  From capacious cast iron baths to imposing marble topped vanities, Drummonds have always led the way with its beautifully proportioned classic designs.

Now, Drummonds is launching The Severn, an entirely re-scaled version of its already-imposing Spittal Shower.  The Severn is, quite simply, enormous.   Freestanding and measuring a towering 2400mm high by 1300mm wide and 1050mm deep, it is easily large enough for two people and virtually a shower room in its own right. 

Every element of The Severn is made by Drummonds using traditional processes which ensure integrity and longevity.  Cast in Drummonds’ iron foundry, the tray is enamelled using the lengthy dry frit process, before the exterior is hand finished to order.  The solid brass frame is cast in sections before being bright plated in nickel or chrome and then hand-polished.  The hinges, taps, controls and rose are equally carefully made and finished.

From its massive raised cast iron tray to its double glass doors and imposing rose showerhead, The Severn offers an incredible shower experience featuring invigorating water jets from the four uprights as well as a waterfall from above. It can also be ordered with a handset (as shown here) instead of the jet system.  
STONE FLOORS - DESIGNED AND MADE TO ORDER
APRIL 26TH 2013
The great neoclassical architect Robert Adam commissioned complex stone floors for many of his masterpiece buildings such as Osterley House.  Inspired by his designs, Lapicida have produced this modern interpretation, demonstrating their ability to work with all the skill and virtuosity of the past.

As shown here, the decorative centrepiece of this floor is a massive roundel, 4 metres in diameter.  Formed in limestones including Pietra Serena, Blue Jura and White Moleanos, the individual elements are cut by waterjet and then painstakingly hand pieced.  Set in a circular hallway, the design is framed by limestone clad columns, also made to order by Lapicida.

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. 

LAPICIDA AND BETHAN GRAY COLLABORATION
APRIL 25TH 2013
Now showing at Inside Design, Great Western Studios

April 26th – May 9th 2013

Hot on the heels of Milan comes a London showcase for the exciting collaboration between stone specialists Lapicida and designer Bethan Gray. Made from solid marble, the pieces are a thrilling fusion of high-tech manufacturing and traditional craftsmanship.  

As part of a larger exhibition of Bethan Gray’s work, two extraordinary new marble tables are being shown alongside the charming tabletop pieces launched at Wallpaper’s ‘Handmade’ exhibition in Milan earlier this month.  

Bethan’s ‘Herringbone’ table features a bold zig-zag pattern, brilliantly and seamlessly interpreted by Lapicida in black and white marble.  The design was inspired by ecclesiastical interiors, including the breathtaking modern church of San Giovanni Batista in Mogno, Switzerland.  

The Special Edition ‘Brogue’ is Lapicida’s new rendering of a classic Bethan Gray table. It features a complex brogueing detail perfectly translated from leather into solid marble.

Great Western Studios are at 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU.  
CUE FROM THE CATWALKS... PARASOL STRIPE
APRIL 22ND 2013
Where fashion goes, interiors follow…. Stripes are a perennial favourite and now they are back on the catwalk again – bigger, bolder, stripey-er than ever before.
 
 
Bringing them into the home, James Hare’s decorative fabrics offer stripes ranging from traditional to contemporary, from subtle to sensational. Now, the newest addition to their line-up is Parasol Stripe; jazzy, modern and right on trend; uniting pastels with pops of vivid colour.
 
 
A great look for curtains, bedheads and cushions, Parasol Stripe comes in 5 colourways.
NEW: 'STUDIO' THE MODERN CONCEPT FOR COMPACT KITCHENS
APRIL 18TH 2013
DesignSpace London is launching Studio, Modulnova’s brilliant new concept for compact kitchens.
 
Studio is the perfect answer for small space living, a fully functional ‘hidden’ kitchen with a contemporary architectural aesthetic. Ideal for studios and open plan spaces, the working areas are enclosed within sleek, chic, modern cupboards. These can be built-in or constructed as a single or double-sided freestanding module to form a room divider.
 
Each Studio kitchen is individually designed and made to order, offering Modulnova’s exceptional choice of internal and external finishes including lacquers and wood veneers. Fold-away pocket doors allow total access to the working kitchen, which can comprise anything from a simple hob, fridge and sink set-up to a complete range of integrated appliances including extraction. Storage too, is cleverly tucked into the design, making Studio the ideal combination of form and function for urban living.
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.

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