NEW DESIGN CENTRE CHELSEA HARBOUR SHOWROOM
JUNE 5TH 2017

One of Britain’s longest established fabric houses, George Spencer Designs has moved into a spacious Design Centre Chelsea Harbour showroom. Bright and contemporary, the new space (1100 sq ft) is designed to showcase the complete collection of fabrics and wallpapers. 

George Spencer Designs is also known for finding and representing some of the most original and exciting emerging talent. With the Chelsea Harbour showroom providing significantly more space, three exclusive new names have been added to the roster, bringing in ‘Quercus & Co’ from Australia, ‘Maison C.’ from France and ‘Rebecca Atwood’ from the USA.

LAUNCHING ELEMENTS - A MODULAR TAP COLLECTION
MAY 31ST 2017
Over 175,000 configurations…


Every Elements tap is modular and totally customisable; made up of a base, an insert and a cover. 

Handmade in solid brass, the bases and inserts offer 15 specialist finish options, including polished nickel, copper and gold, vintage brass, gun metal and pewter.  

The 14 different, interchangeable, covers are grouped as, ‘Forged’ (metal), ‘Raw’ (concrete), ‘Rock’ (marble & stone) and ‘Lumber’ (concrete ‘wood’).  Each one is a unique craft collaboration, handmade in studios as far apart as Italy and the US and in materials as diverse as concrete, bronze and marble.

The Watermark Collection’s brilliant Configurator software allows people to design their own Elements taps online, testing the thousands of potential configurations to find their own unique style.

Elements offers a full collection of taps for basins, baths, showers and kitchens, with co-ordinating spouts completing the look.  

NEW BAHIA BATH AT ALTERNATIVE BATHROOMS
MAY 24TH 2017

Conceived by Italian architect Oriano Favaretto, the Bahia has evolved over several design generations from a freestanding bath into a modern art concept piece with the egg-shaped bath flowing out from a cuboid block.
 
Now, in its latest form, the oval shape has been exaggerated by rounding off the junctions where the bath meets the block. It’s a softer, less angular look which brings a classic design right up to date.
 
Designed to sit against a wall or in a corner, the Bahia bath measures W:170min/210max x D:140 x H:50cm and has a capacity of 384 litres. It comes in white or bi-coloured Cristalplant, a new-generation material with a beautifully tactile finish.  

SCREENING GLASS IN THE KITCHEN
MAY 18TH 2017
Modern kitchens, especially in extensions, are often flooded with light through giant bi-fold or sliding doors, roof lights, gable ends and many other architectural features. Kitchens are in use day and night, year-round –  so it’s important to be able to screen the glass for privacy, glare and climate control.  

Grand Design Blinds are Britain’s leading experts in shaped blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass. 

Each project is a unique challenge, needing a one-off response and Grand Design Blinds offer many types of blinds. These, combined with specialist operating systems and materials from sheers to blackouts, allow them to create shading solutions for ordinary and extraordinary areas of glass. They also specialise in automated blinds, which can even be linked to home automation and climate control systems. 



NEW: CHECK STRIPE
MAY 15TH 2017

With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills. 
 
Check Stripe is an upbeat, linear design combining its strong graphic presence with the soft look and feel of natural linen. It brings a pleasing modernity to curtains and upholstery and comes in a range of five colourways, united by an ecru background. Shown above: Chair upholstered in Natural Check Stripe. Stack (top to bottom) in Chocolate, Sage, Lime, Navy. 
THE CONTEMPORARY ORANGERY
MAY 10TH 2017

Orangeries have come of age, transforming this most traditional of glass buildings into bright, light, intelligent living spaces.

Unlike conservatories, which have fully glazed roofs, orangeries traditionally have a solid roof with an inset glass lantern light. This concept translates elegantly into modern architecture, especially with The Caulfield Company’s design expertise and high-tech glazing systems; using architectural solutions from commercial buildings to create new building technologies for homes. 

Shown here: This bespoke contemporary orangery uses two technologically advanced systems, a triple glazed ‘Azkent’ roof and remarkable ‘Cero’ glass doors, which combine the look of glass curtain walling with the functionality of sliding doors. Minimal framing, with vertical mullions just 34mm thick, gives uninterrupted views to the garden beyond. Noise cancelling technology, remote control and locking alarms all add to the functionality and pleasure of living in this space.

Made to order, Cero doors are unique in being available up to a towering 6 metres in height and 4 metres wide, offering moveable floor to ceiling glazing. They can be either double or triple glazed, with the triple glazing option taking the glass up to Passivhaus standards (0.8U value) adding great insulation to new or existing buildings. 

Mark Caulfield and his team of architects and craftsmen undertake projects all over the world, handling projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes. The Caulfield Company also offers a complete interior design service including bespoke joinery made in its own workshops, integrated entertainment systems, timber and stone floors and contemporary furniture. 
NEW DERWENT PENDANT LIGHT DESIGNED BY MARTIN BRUDNIZKI
MAY 8TH 2017
 
Drummonds’ ongoing design collaboration with interior architect and product designer Martin Brudnizki, produces inspirational bathroomware and accessories, giving Drummonds contemporary direction.
 
Martin Brudnizki’s new Derwent Pendant light is a masterpiece of craft luxe. The reeded glass shade is hand blown and the brassware is hand fabricated, making each light a unique piece. Shown above in a brushed brass finish, the Derwent Pendant is also available in Nickel and Chrome finishes. Perfect for bathrooms, it carries an IP44 rating.  

The dimensions of the shade are 225mm high & 115mm in diameter
Matching Derwent wall lights also available
 
Also shown here, from the Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds Collection: 
Derwent Vanity Mirror:  D50 x W690 x H1010mm
Ladybower Vanity:  D585 x W770 x H850mm
'OLD FARO' PORCELAIN TILES
MAY 4TH 2017

Designed for interior walls and floors, Old Faro is one of an exciting new collection of porcelain tiles from luxury stone specialist Lapicida. Convincingly reproducing antique blue and white terracotta tiles, with all of their ageing, fading and patina, Old Faro perfectly captures the spirit of vintage interiors.  

Expertly curated, Lapicida’s porcelain collection is chosen to work alongside their premium marble and stone. The two collections sit well together and can often be used in the same projects. Some areas have specific requirements which stone can’t fulfil as easily as porcelain, particularly where there are weight or thickness issues.  

Many of Lapicida’s porcelain tiles can also be used outside, making them ideal for contemporary indoor/outdoor spaces where a single flooring can run through the house and out onto a terrace.  Frost and slip-resistant, porcelain can offer a simple, cost-effective way to get the look.

Lapicida’s extensive porcelain collection for walls and floors comes in a wide range of sizes and a variety of authentic finishes including timber, concrete, marble and stone. 

Matt finished, Old Faro porcelain tiles measure 330 x 330mm and are 10mm thick. 
SHADING THE IMPOSSIBLE
MAY 3RD 2017

Towering glazed gables, asymmetric windows, lantern lights, glass boxes and giant bi-folds are all part of the language of contemporary buildings. They make impressive statements, but can be hard to screen - often a necessity for both privacy and climate control.

The leading experts in shaped blinds, Grand Design Blinds can shade and screen even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.

By definition, each project is a unique challenge, needing a one-off response. Grand Design Blinds offer many different types of blinds, which combined with specialist materials and automated operating systems allow them to create shading solutions for even the most extraordinary locations.

Shown here (with details below): This Leicestershire new-build has a double-height glazed gable with open countryside views. By night, the glass needs screening for privacy. Grand Design Blinds designed, tailor-made and installed two electrically-controlled blinds into the apex and three manual blinds mounted discreetly on the transom below. This gives a wide range of full and partial screening options for both privacy and climate control. The fabric matches across both sets of blinds, giving a smart finish.



Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide.  All of their blinds are handmade to order to order in the UK.
NEW: CUT UP DOT BY REBECCA ATWOOD
MAY 2ND 2017

 
With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs’ fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills. 
 
Alongside their own collections, George Spencer represent a few carefully chosen US and European fabric houses which share the same feel and ethos. The line-up includes Brooklyn-based artist and textile designer Rebecca Atwood, whose sustainably produced fabrics have a chic contemporary edge. 
 
Cut Up Dot’ is a new reversible jacquard weave by Rebecca Atwood.  Inspired by an experimental piece of collage, it comes in four colourways including two lucent blues, designed to work separately or together. 100% cotton and 140cm wide, it is suitable for curtains, cushions, and upholstery. 

 
NEW… HORUS BASIN
APRIL 27TH 2017

​New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Horus basin is a sweeping, sculptural design by the Italian architect Marco Baxadonne.  

Inspired by the ancient Egyptian ‘Eye of Horus’ symbol, it’s a large basin with curvaceous lines, giving strong design focus to contemporary bathrooms. 

Designed to be used with wall or deck-mounted taps, Horus is made in ‘Ceramilux’, a new generation mineral/marble with an ultra-smooth feel, available in matt or gloss.  

Dimensions:  W: 105.75 x D: 43 x H: 7/17 cm 
DRUMMONDS LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE...
APRIL 26TH 2017


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Always innovating, the luxury bathroom maker Drummonds has launched an exciting new website, bringing bathroom design inspirations to life with new products, new images and even greater interactivity.

Drummonds has always made its own products, using traditional manufacturing techniques such as casting molten iron and brass. In an exciting mix of video and stills, these artisan processes are vividly portrayed on the new website, alongside beautifully photographed products and real life bathroom locations. Behind the inspirations sits an intelligent service-led website, offering everything from detailed technical information to sample requests, appointment bookings and access to Drummonds’ in-house design service.
 




 
NEW CLIENT ANNOUNCEMENT
APRIL 25TH 2017

 
We are pleased to announce we have been appointed to handle the PR for Grand Design Blinds.
 
Grand Design Blinds are the leading experts in shaped blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  The company was set up by blinds specialist Jonathan Pelly-Fry in 2012. Inspired by the dramatic glazing of modern seaside houses in Cornwall, he began developing responses to their unique screening requirements. Joined by his son Nick as Design Director in 2014, they now run the business together, offering high-tech solutions to architects, designers and private clients worldwide. Images above show projects undertaken at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the Gare du Nord.
 
A background press release is attached. Please let us know if you would like high res images or further information.
DRAMATIC LOFT SHOWER ROOM
APRIL 20TH 2017


The Watermark Collection offers edgy, bold new views on kitchen and bathroom brassware. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece is precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. The entire collection is available to order in 15 different specialist finishes; from polished nickel and oiled bronze to vintage brass and copper.

This striking shower room occupies the roof extension of a Victorian townhouse renovation in London by interior designer Melissa Jenkinson of Heirloom Studio. Her choice of shower, taps and towel rail in aged brass from The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn Collection dramatically poses the warm metal against cool charcoal and white monochrome. A gilt-framed antique mirror subtly references the building’s heritage, connecting new to old in much the same way as The Watermark Collection’s unique, handmade brassware. 
 


All brassware shown is from The Watermark Collection's Brooklyn range in Aged Brass. 
AN HISTORIC FOOTPRINT
APRIL 19TH 2017


This traditional conservatory was designed, handmade and installed by The Caulfield Company and sits within the walled garden of a 19th Century Grade II Listed castle, deep in the Yorkshire Dales. 

Commissioned to replace a long-derelict Victorian greenhouse, occupying the same footprint, it was built in The Caulfield Company’s Yorkshire workshops in solid Sapele hardwood and painted in a soft green finish. Creating a garden room sanctuary, it lies at the heart of a major restoration project which has brought new life to the garden.  


 
Highly experienced in sensitive architectural responses to period and listed buildings, The Caulfield Company handles projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes. It also offers a complete interior design service.  
NEW HAMMERED COPPER FINISH
APRIL 10TH 2017


Drummonds’ uniquely luxurious new Hammered Copper finish celebrates the many artisanal processes involved in the making of their cast iron baths. From the pouring of the molten iron to the dry frit enamelling, each bath takes several weeks to make - even before the specialist hand finishing. 
 
Now available to order on many of Drummonds’ baths, the Hammered Copper finish is a craft process which begins with wrapping the bath exterior in sheet copper. This is then beaten into place by hand with mallets, creating the characteristic undulations and dimples. Finally, the metal is polished to a high shine and then lacquered to preserve the natural warmth and gleaming lustre of the copper. 

The new Hammered Copper finish is shown here on Drummonds’ Wye bateau bath.  
THE ASTORIA VANITY NOW IN VERDE GUATEMALA
APRIL 6TH 2017



Inspired by 1930’s Art Deco, Lapicida’s glamorous ‘Astoria’ vanity has classic lines and a strong architectural presence. Originally made in solid Carrara marble with brushed brass inlays, it now comes in a second, equally dramatic, version featuring honed Verde Guatemala.   

Verde Guatemala is a famously lustrous dark green marble, often seen in original Art Deco design. A modern accent is added by brushed copper inlays, making this vanity right on trend for both classic and contemporary interiors.

Generously dimensioned, the Astoria stands 900mm high by 700mm wide and 400mm deep



Matching: The Astoria Mirror
The simple elegance of the Astoria mirror echoes the Deco spirit of the Astoria vanity. Available in both honed Verde Guatemala with brushed copper inlays and honed Carrara with brushed brass.  
NEW: SPENCER VELVET
APRIL 4TH 2017
A Classic Collection in seven new colourways


With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer Designs fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills.  

Spencer Velvet is one of the company’s best-known collections: The go-to velvet for many interior designers, it is famous for its unique colours and beautiful vintage finish. 

Now, seven new colours have been added to the Spencer Velvet collection. Cleverly nuanced, they take their inspiration from Provence’s sun-weathered buildings, with shades including Citron, Aquamarine, Pale Olive and Bleached Terracotta. Subtle yet profound colours, they are perfect for both contemporary and traditional interiors. 

Spencer Velvet is woven in 100% cotton and now comes in thirty-four colours, from soft neutrals to rich hues. 140cm wide, it is suitable for upholstery and curtains.
CREATING THE PERFECT SMALL BATHROOM WITH ANNA CALLIS
APRIL 3RD 2017
A small bathroom can make a real statement. Interior designer Anna Callis gives her top tips for decorating a space which may be small… but can still be perfectly formed.   

•Clever Storage - Keep the space clutter free with concealed storage. If you can, build into the wall void to gain additional space, either for cupboards or for display niches. Keep cupboard handles discreet or use touch opening systems.  Keep shelves shallow so you can see what’s on them.

•Mirrors - Mirrored glass conjures up the illusion of space. Panel the walls in mirror and even consider hanging another mirror over the top. To give contrast, combine antiqued and plain glass.

•Colour - Small bathrooms lend themselves brilliantly to colour, but as a rule it’s “all or nothing” as painting or wallpapering just one or two walls will make the space seem smaller. To add even more interest wallpaper one feature wall and paint or tile the others in a related colour.

•Decorative Finishes - A small bathroom can be a jewel box and highly decorative. Consider creating extraordinary textural effects, for instance applying laser cut designs in metal or wood to walls or cupboard fronts. 

•Lighting  - Even in a small bathroom you need both bright task lighting around the basin and subtle diffused lighting in the rest of the room.  Make it adjustable and independently controlled so you can create the right mood at the right time.

•Design Features - Once you have set the backdrop of colour, texture and lighting, consider one or two (no more) remarkable ‘design focus’ pieces to pull it all together.  This could be something like one of our richly decorated basins and some beautiful taps.

SILVER MIRROR PORCELAIN TILES FOR WALLS AND FLOORS
MARCH 28TH 2017

Silver Mirror is one of an exciting new collection of decorative porcelain tiles from luxury stone specialist Lapicida. Convincingly reproducing the subtle reflections, shades and patina of antique mirror glass, it’s on trend for both vintage-inspired and highly contemporary walls and floors… and can even be used on exterior walls. 

Expertly curated, Lapicida’s porcelain collection is chosen to work alongside their premium marble and stone. The two collections sit well together and can often be used in the same projects. Some areas have specific requirements which stone can’t fulfil as easily as porcelain, particularly where there are weight or thickness issues.  

Lapicida’s extensive porcelain collection comes in a wide range of sizes and a variety of authentic finishes including timber, concrete, marble and stone.

Glazed and polished, Silver Mirror porcelain tiles measure 600x600mm and are 10mm thick.
GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS MOVING TO CHELSEA HARBOUR
MARCH 27TH 2017

George Spencer Designs are moving to the 3rd Floor of Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre East building. 

With a very British heritage stretching back nearly 80 years, George Spencer fabrics have a hallmark style of their own; designerly, natural and organic. Luxurious and sophisticated, the emphasis is on natural fibres, textural weaves and craft mills.  

Tim Walters, Managing Director of George Spencer Designs, comments “After fourteen years in Elystan Street, this move to Chelsea Harbour is very exciting. The brand new 1100sq ft showroom offers a wonderfully light and airy space, with room to show many more of our fabrics and wallpapers.” 

As from Monday 3 April 2017, George Spencer Designs’ new address will be: Unit 310-311, Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XF
MARTIN MOORE STONE NEW E-COMMERCE WEBSITE
MARCH 27TH 2017


Martin Moore Stone has launched a brand-new website, bringing together its extensive range of new and antique stone floors and fireplaces. Offering e-commerce for the first time, the site is entirely built around customer service; with design inspirations, detailed specifications, advice, sampling and even delivery bookings. The new website is supported by a new brochure full of inspirational imagery. 

Martin Moore Stone grew out of Martin Moore’s bespoke kitchens, sharing the same reputation for classic English design values.  Its new and antique stones offer iconic varieties in colours, textures and finishes to suit everywhere from traditional country houses to minimalist urban interiors. Also on offer are bespoke floors which are designed and made to order using a combination of materials including slate, marble and antique stone.

Natural limestones and marbles are seen again in Martin Moore Stone’s fireplace collection, which features just the right degree of architectural detailing for both period houses and modern living. Bespoke fireplace designs are also available to order.

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THE STRAIGHT & NARROW
MARCH 23RD 2017


This bespoke kitchen, designed by Luke Beveridge at DesignSpace London is a masterclass in spatial planning, siting a generously-proportioned and highly functional kitchen within a relatively narrow space.   

The footprint was created when the owners decided to rework their interiors, bringing their kitchen forward to take more advantage of the balcony and spectacular views over London’s Regent’s Canal.  

Their ‘must have’ priority was an island unit with prepping space and seating. Once the main run of cabinets was added into the plan, with the minimum practical one metre walkway between the two, it left a very narrow space. 



This planning issue was solved by making the island long and slim; at 800mm wide, this is the thinnest it could be without looking awkward or unbalanced. In practice, it works perfectly, partnering visually with the dining table at the centre of the open plan space beyond. 

Flooded with natural daylight, the kitchen plays to that theme with 60mm thick Carrara marble surfaces, satin-finished white lacquer cabinetry and a white glass splashback. Inset shelving with dark timber linings creates contrast areas within the simple modular forms of the cabinetry, which comes from Modulnova’s Twenty collection. 



Behind the sleek exteriors lies a sophisticated and extremely well-equipped kitchen. With high function appliances ranging from steam and pyrolytic ovens to a 4-zone ceramic induction hob and plenty of refrigeration, this is the perfect minimalist kitchen for two keen and creative cooks.
PERFECTLY PROPORTIONED
MARCH 21ST 2017


This traditional conservatory was designed, handmade and installed by The Caulfield Company. Built in their Yorkshire workshops in solid Sapele hardwood with maintenance free cappings, it is painted in a soft white finish which perfectly suits the well-established garden.

Situated within the City of York, the location is a fine, detached Victorian villa. Mark Caulfield designed this bespoke conservatory to integrate seamlessly with the house, with proportions and architectural details such as the roof pitch, reclaimed brick plinth and arch-topped windows perfectly matched to the original building.  

One wall of the conservatory is built in the same reclaimed brick, giving privacy and creating a boundary with the house next door. The brick is left raw on the inside, used as a decorative finish. The roof elevation on that side is also solid, enhancing privacy and helping maintain the interior climate in this traditional structure. All of the glass is double glazed for comfort, security and noise control.



The glazed elevations have traditional top hung sashes, echoing the style of a Victorian greenhouse. This theme is repeated in the manually operated roof vents - again a typical feature of 19th Century plant houses. The solid English oak floor and window box seating (which conceals radiators) were also made by The Caulfield Company.

Highly experienced in sensitive architectural responses to period and listed buildings, The Caulfield Company handles projects right through from planning permission to the design, build and interior finishes.  It also offers a complete interior design service.  
MODULAR MASTERPIECE
MARCH 16TH 2017

Alternative Bathrooms new Dress 2.0 collection incorporates a wealth of modular pieces which are versatile, stylish and immensely practical - making it easy to plan bathrooms, no matter how large or small. This architectural approach of using modular components, from baths to storage, ensures everything has its place. The result is a beautiful, functional and highly organised space.  

Another big advantage of the modular approach is that every bathroom is an entirely individual scheme. Underlining this, the Dress 2.0 collection comes in a wide choice of matching and co-ordinating finishes and textures including natural timbers in plain or stained colours and a range of lacquers. Coordinating mirrors, baths and basins complete the look. 

Elements from the Dress 2.0 collection are shown here including open and closed storage in Light Tranché wood; wall hung MET open shelving, Gola basin unit + worktop + basin, Gio Top Mirror, Elle Lamp and Bahia Nicchia bath tub.

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