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. 
MODENUS BLOG TOUR LONDON
SEPTEMBER 24TH 2012
Lapicida and And So To Bed recently hosted the Modenus BlogTourLondon. International bloggers and a good sprinkling of our own UK style spotters toured the two Kings Road flagship showrooms, both recently opened.  At Lapicida, the group was wowed by both the 5,000 sq.ft. building and by the extraordinary displays, with dramatic settings including the Dark Zone where light and stone interface, glowing and sparkling to breathtaking effect.

Later in the day, And So To Bed hosted an evocative vintage tea party and the bloggers spent a relaxed couple of hours touring the fabulous new showroom, loving the beds, the furniture…and the catering (thanks to our gorgeous tea ladies from TeaVintage!)  The biggest hit of their visit was And So To Bed’s spectacular Versailles bed, upholstered in silk and hand finished in silver leaf. 
NEW - THE SHAGREEN SILK COLLECTION
SEPTEMBER 20TH 2012

 

Inspired by the classic shark and ray leathers so popular in the 1930s ,James Hare’s new Shagreen Silk embodies Hollywood glamour.

The collection brings texture in 14 beautiful colourways, ranging from neutrals such as ‘Crystal’ to intriguing contrasts such as ‘Passion Flower’.  Effortlessly chic in traditional and modern interiors, Shagreen is perfect for cushions, curtains, bedheads and other design focus elements. 

135cm wide; 60% Poly, 15% Silk, 10% Acrylic. 14 colourways. 

 

LAPICIDA... ON FOUR STANDS AT DECOREX
SEPTEMBER 19TH 2012

Decorex 2012: Not only is Lapicida taking its own stand for the very first time this year, but it has been chosen for three other stands as well.  The World of Interiors (F188) has a cool, elegant Carrara marble floor, Watts of Westminster (J299) are using distressed ivory limestone to set the scene on their stand and Archer and Smith (F189) have commissioned a beautiful stone tabletop.  It’s a great endorsement from Lapicida’s design industry peers.

DECOREX 2012
SEPTEMBER 17TH 2012
We hope to see you at Decorex ... and that you will visit our clients who are all launching new and exciting products
 
Drummonds:  Stand F181A
The centrepiece of the stand will be Drummonds’ splendid freestanding Usk bath. Based on the traditional bateau shape, its curvaceous lines are given new lustre with a hand-pressed copper finish. Also on stand will be the Tay double ended bath on its sweeping sculptural plinth and SpittalDrummonds’ magnificent freestanding shower ... and more.
 
James Hare: Stand D144
Britain’s leading silk specialist launches three new collections at Decorex, exploring new colour themes and contemporary decorative concepts: ‘Shagreen Silk’, ‘Soho Silk’ and ‘Halkin Silks’. 
 
Lapicida: Stand E165
Following the recent opening of their spectacular London flagship store, Lapicida are exhibiting at Decorex for the first time.  Framed by a dramatic classical colonnade, their stand celebrates all the splendours of natural stone; on walls and floors, as architectural elements and as one-off works of art.
 
BLACK AND WHITE - ALWAYS A CLASSIC
SEPTEMBER 16TH 2012
Colour trends in bathrooms come and go… but there’s something about black and white which stands the test of time in any setting … it’s a true design classic.

There’s no better way to get the look than with another design classic – Drummonds’ magnificent cast iron Usk bath.  Each one takes several weeks to make and goes through a lengthy process to achieve its snow white, incredibly durable enamel interior.  The exterior is then finished to order; from highly polished metal to copper cladding or hand painting in the client’s chosen colour.    

Drummond’s freestanding Usk was inspired by the much-loved French ‘bateau’ shape. Shown here in a lustrous black hand painted finish, it is the perfect focal point for both traditional and contemporary settings.  
INDUSTRIAL STYLE IN THE BATHROOM
SEPTEMBER 12TH 2012
New from Alternative Bathrooms, the Vogue Bath is the essence of industrial chic.

Made from brushed aluminium, the exterior has the traditional ‘seam’ detailing familiar from antique bathtubs.  A bright white acrylic interior brings it right back into contemporary style.

The Vogue Bath is generously proportioned at a very comfortable 1720mm long x 690mm wide.
ROUND RUGS
SEPTEMBER 6TH 2012
These striking new circular Shyrdak rugs from Felt are perfect for bedrooms, living rooms, hallways and dining rooms... The circular rugs shown here are 1.6m and 1.8m in diameter.

Shyrdaks are made by cutting through different coloured layers of felt, creating rugs in opposite colour combinations. Felt has an extensive collection of rugs available in all shapes and sizes.
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