FREESTANDING GARDEN PAVILION
FEBRUARY 1ST 2017

 
Making the most of the British climate, this freestanding pavilion by The Caulfield Company brings a contemporary architectural note to a tranquil Japanese-inspired garden in Devon. Specifically designed with special thermal glass systems which allow it to be used throughout the year, the pavilion offers a calm environment of light and space overlooking a traditional koi carp pond.  It’s a place for peaceful contemplation and relaxation, untroubled by the temperature outside.
THE LONDON COLLECTION
JANUARY 26TH 2017

 
Perfectly on the cusp of traditional and modern, the London range by The Watermark Collection is a streamlined look at classic brassware, stripping down familiar forms into clean, contemporary lines.  Two handle types, Cross and Lever, lend sculptural presence to a collection which includes bath, basin, shower and kitchen taps.
THE MODERN WAY TO GET DECORATIVE
JANUARY 25TH 2017
The Celestine from the London Basin Company is perfect for achieving the ‘modern decorative’ look now making its way into our homes.  No longer does everything in the bathroom need to be in stark, monochrome forms…

Shaped like a flower, Celestine features the delicate pale green colour and crackle glaze finish so often used in traditional Chinese celadon ware.  It’s a great way to introduce a simple, pretty, decorative element to bathrooms or cloakrooms and works equally well with modern or traditional brassware. 
LARA BOHINC FOR LAPICIDA: THE LUNAR COLLECTION
JANUARY 19TH 2017
New: The Collision Console and The Half Moon Mirror
 


The ongoing ‘Lunar’ collaboration between Lapicida and designer Lara Bohinc moves into a new phase with the launch of two new elements. 

Inspired by the planets and their orbital movements, a recurrent theme in Lara Bohinc’s work, the Lunar Collection features important pieces of furniture, with highly-figured marbles set like jewels within golden rims.  Disc shapes bisect or overlay to create surface patterns and structural elements. 



The newest introductions, the Collision Console and Half Moon Mirror are simpler, more compact pieces, ideal to use as standalone design statements or to harmonise with the larger tables in the collection.  Imbued with all the decorative and dynamic poise of the Lunar Collection, they have a refined luxury which perfectly showcases the natural beauty of the stone. 
URBAN EDGE
JANUARY 18TH 2017


Designed by Drummonds’ Bathroom Design Service, this townhouse bathroom has a sophisticated urban edge. 

Drummonds’ classic bathroomware is beautifully set within a simple, modern interior, putting all the design focus onto the gleaming brass, marble and china. The pieces chosen are all on a grand scale; underlining the luxury of having a large bathroom with space for dramatic pieces such as the spectacular double vanity.



The uncluttered simplicity of this scheme also highlights the beauty of Drummonds’ materials and the extraordinary quality of their manufacture.  Made using traditional processes such as lost wax casting, they combine the spirit of classic bathroomware with a look which is very much at home in contemporary interiors.
THE ART OF KITCHEN DESIGN
JANUARY 17TH 2017


This kitchen was commissioned by a passionate art collector and designed to be as much a gallery space as a place for cooking and eating. There are, in fact, two adjacent kitchens: A vast architectural showpiece in Modulnova’s ‘Blade’ collection which acts as a family hub and entertaining area and a smaller, professionally equipped workspace in Modulnova’s ‘Twenty’ collection in white satin lacquer with a stainless steel worksurface.



The main kitchen combines ‘Blade’ in anodised black aluminium with elements from the ‘MH6’ collection in a bronze metallised finish. Utilising the latest technologies, the extraordinarily light and strong ‘Blade’ concept allows drawers up to a massive 1.5m wide.  



The centrepiece island was designed to make an impressive impact on the living space, with two key features to plan around; a custom made dividing panel/display wall and a lighting installation specially commissioned by the client for above the island.  Ultra slim, matt black granite tops enhance the rectilinear feel of this kitchen, where every aspect of line and volume has been minutely considered in the creation of a magnificent setting for art and lifestyle alike. 
OUT OF THE WOODS… NEW STATEMENT VANITIES
JANUARY 12TH 2017

 
The new Cubik vanity units from Alternative Bathrooms are shown here in Italian Walnut veneer, specially selected to show the timber’s spectacular natural graining and warmth. It’s the perfect counterpoint to the clean, architectural lines of the cabinetry and creates a striking design focus in contemporary bathrooms.



Cubik is available as single vanity units or double, with a variety of options for basins and taps. The collection also comes in a wide range of other timber and lacquer finishes.  
NEW: THE EROSION COLLECTION
JANUARY 11TH 2017


The Erosion Collection demonstrates a new form of craftsmanship. Reflecting Lapicida’s unique approach to stone, the collection was inspired by a dialogue between nature and technology that has resulted in remarkable statement pieces.  

The project was initiated by Lapicida’s Head of Product Development Paula Henderson, who envisioned an iconic design, born from an exploration into the technical possibilities of the 5 axis CNC machine. Exploiting the latest manufacturing processes, it would give marble a new contemporary relevance through today’s technology. 

Paula awarded the design commission to the Swiss-based Designer Ini Archibong, saying, “It was clear from Ini’s work that he has a highly developed sensitivity to materials and a willingness, as a digital native, to engage and experiment with leading-edge technology.”   

Responding to Lapicida’s brief, Archibong began to explore marble and its relationship with the forces that give it shape, taking the natural eroded formations of stone as inspiration for the collection. By replicating this natural erosion process as digital pathways, and by programing specific digital tool paths into the CNC machine, a delicate eroded surface pattern emerged.



The production of the very first Erosion Bowl was a step into the unknown for both the artist and the craftsmen operating the CNC. A solid block of Carrara marble spent over 50 hours on the machine as cutting and shaping progressed minutely, stage by stage. As an eroded surface pattern was revealed, it became clear that replacing nature’s slow weathering with a speeded up, high-tech process was producing a fascinating new geometry. The successful development of the Erosion Bowl then formed the launch pad for two further, equally spectacular, designs:  the Erosion Platter and the Erosion Vase.

Removed from the high-tech environment of the CNC, each piece is then finished by hand. Hours of painstaking polishing and re-polishing are undertaken to achieve the high gloss interior which contrasts so vividly with the textured exterior. No matter how sophisticated automated processes become, marble still reaches its fullest decorative potential under the hand and eye of the skilled stonemason.

The Erosion Collection is launching at Maison&Objet, 20-24 January 2017 after which it will be available through Lapicida Showrooms.
BI-FOLD DOORS FOR SEAMLESS LIVING
JANUARY 10TH 2017

 
Bi-fold doors are the architectural way to achieve an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, allowing entire walls to simply fold away. Perfect for the changeable British climate, they offer real flexibility and a seamless flow between house and garden. 

The Caulfield Company specialises in intelligent, contemporary glass buildings including state of the art bi-fold door systems with high-performance glass. Precision built for both thermal and noise cancelling qualities, the collection includes double and triple glazed doors, available with specifications right up to Passivhaus standard. The construction can be all-aluminium or aluminium interior with timber exterior and doors can be made up to a massive 6 metres tall. 

Highly engineered, with special ball bearing carriage, these bi-folds are extremely smooth and easy to open/close, and when open the folded doors occupy a very small space. They can also link with each other for added security and carry the “Secure by Design” certification.



Images show examples of extra-large bi-fold doors which fold smoothly away to allow maximum flow between inside and out. The large areas of high thermal performance glass allows rooms to feel light and airy year-round and warm even in the middle of winter.
MAISON&OBJET
JANUARY 9TH 2017

 
Exhibiting at Maison&Objet for the first time this January, Lapicida puts new emphasis on luxury lifestyle products, launching five new accessory and furniture collections. Headlining the lineup, The Erosion Collection was commissioned by Lapicida from Ini Archibong who created three remarkable statement pieces: The Erosion Bowl, Vase and Platter. New furniture comes from the ongoing ‘Lunar’ collaboration with Lara Bohinc, the ‘Brogue’ project with Bethan Gray and the Lapicida-designed ‘Astoria’ range. Inspiring accessories from designer collaborations with both Anouska Hempel and Lara Bohinc include dramatic stone bowls, platters, obelisks and candlesticks.
AT HOME IN THE DALES
JANUARY 5TH 2017

Renowned for its graceful glazed buildings, The Caulfield Company is one of Britain’s leading conservatory designers and makers, with an exceptional reputation for working on heritage projects and many other listed and period buildings.  

Their bespoke designs are built by hand, in the traditional way, in the company’s own joinery workshops in Yorkshire, using durable hardwoods designed to stand the test of time. The Caulfield Company is also especially skilled in ‘invisibly’ incorporating double glazing into period conservatory designs, using the slim glazing bars which conservation departments require. 



This traditional conservatory was built for a village house in the Yorkshire Dales. Designed and situated to make the most of the classic walled garden, it is handmade from solid Sapele hardwood with maintenance-free aluminium cappings. Painted a soft green, it blends sympathetically with the lush garden surroundings and the old stone of the house.

Although traditional in concept, this conservatory has many modern advantages including underfloor heating and electrically operated, thermostatically controlled roof vents that open and close automatically for perfect temperature control.
TREND 2017: TRIBAL
JANUARY 4TH 2017

One of this year’s key interiors trends is Tribal, a look that is all about authentic ethnic design and colour. Choose any of Felt’s strikingly beautiful Shyrdak rugs or cushions to give your rooms an instant injection of tribal style.

Featuring bold, geometric designs which tell stories of nomadic life, Felt’s Shyrdak rugs and cushions come in colours ranging from dazzlingly bright to cool and subtly muted neutrals. Offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for modern and period interiors, Shyrdak dimensions vary from large room size to small rugs and runners in many sizes. 

A wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs.
‘SENSE’ BRASSWARE AT BUTLER’S WHARF
DECEMBER 14TH 2016

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.

The bathroom shown here is one of three recently completed by Maisha Design for a Thames-side apartment in Butler’s Wharf. All three feature The Watermark Collection. This bathroom uses ‘Sense’ polished copper taps and accessories, highlighting the warm metal as an exciting counterpoint to cool marble and glass. An infinitely variable lighting system has been designed to accentuate the supreme luxury of the materials.   

Designed for Watermark by prestigious US studio Clodagh Design Signature, Sense features a distinctive hand beaten detailing. Inspired by Manhattan’s neo-classical stonework, it’s a unique effect made by craftsmen employing a rare Warner & Swasey No 6. Turret Lathe, built in 1938. Because the detailing is rendered by eye using this unique machine, every piece of Sense brassware is a one off.

Products shown: Sense Collection in polished copper: 3-hole basin mixer with cross head handle, bath mixer, shower head, hand shower, flush plate, toilet brush + towel rails.  

 
BESPOKE HEADBOARDS GO LARGE!
DECEMBER 13TH 2016

Inspired by boutique hotels, headboards are a key trend and a great way to introduce design focus to a bedroom. Take a tip from design professionals and go large - with strong colours, bold patterns and oversize dimensions; extra tall or extra wide.

Simon Horn’s custom headboards are made to order in the UK, allowing customers to specify everything from style and size to their own upholstery fabrics and finishing detailing. Shown here, the Simon Horn ‘Marlborough’ headboard has been upholstered in sumptuous ‘Bloomsbury Rose’ velvet from Designers Guild, giving the bed real drama and luxury.  Traditional brass studs complete the look.
MOVE OR IMPROVE
DECEMBER 6TH 2016


The owners of this classic 1930’s Surrey detached house inherited a Martin Moore kitchen when they moved in in 2005.  They lived with it happily for years until the time came for their children to leave home and the “move or improve” question came up.  Having spent years creating a wonderful mature garden, the grounds became one of the key reasons to stay put and completely renovate the house, giving it a new, contemporary look throughout.

A large three storey extension at the back of the house provided the space for a brand new kitchen/living space.  What had previously been a rather narrow and slightly dark space was more than doubled in size to become an airy new room opening straight onto the garden with tall bi-fold doors.  

The existing Martin Moore ‘English’ kitchen, which was more than ten years old, was removed before the extension build started.  But still in perfect condition, it was gifted to another member of the family who used it to build her own ‘new’ kitchen. 



Meanwhile, back in Surrey, the new space was being planned down to the last detail by Pam Baker at Martin Moore’s Esher showroom.  She designed and equipped the island as the aesthetic and practical centrepiece - the meeting point where kitchen functionality and social space cross over. Its form is mirrored by a wonderful, square oak kitchen/dining table, also built by Martin Moore. 

Planning out from the island, two walls were used to create distinct zones - both served by the island.  On the back wall, a sophisticated and highly equipped cooking zone is situated at one end, including extra-wide ovens, a 4-zone induction hob plus gas burners and hidden extraction.  At the far end of the run, the wet zone includes a sink and integrated dishwasher.  The two areas are united by a practical high-level cookshelf, with base and top cupboards providing dedicated storage.  The combination of natural oak and handpainted furniture in this kitchen creates a fresh, modern, relaxed look, perfect for open plan living.



On the side wall, the symmetrical plan has a roomy Appliance Cupboard at its centre.  Bi-fold doors open to reveal a built in coffee machine and microwave, with other large appliances including a toaster and mixer plugged in and ready to use on the shelf below.  The drawers beneath house napkins, placemats, cutlery and other table-laying necessities.  Identical sets of double doors flank the Appliance Cupboard:  One side houses a large fridge/freezer whilst the other provides crockery and pantry storage. 

Pam Baker also designed the elegant freestanding oak cupboard. Its glazed doors display simple, modern tableware, whilst its ¾ height provides a perfect place to display a big vase of flowers or bowl of fruit. 

Set back behind the cooking and prepping zones, Martin Moore also built a completely fitted out utility/laundry room.  The whole project demonstrates how even large kitchens require extremely detailed planning, from ergonomic zoning right down to the level of where individual items - from the ironing board to the toaster - will live.  This level of planning creates kitchens which can be both highly functional and intensely sociable… which exactly fulfilled the brief for this completely bespoke kitchen. 

The furniture is Martin Moore’s ‘Architectural’ design and the extensive new kitchen/living space is united throughout by an ‘Aged Caxton’ limestone floor from Martin Moore Stone.  Its warm tones chime with both the oak furniture and the elements which are hand painted in Martin Moore’s ‘Stone 2’… perfectly matched by Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ worktops.  Martin Moore signature back plate handles with a cylindrical knob are in brushed chrome, adding another note of modernity to this contemporary classic design.

RUNAWAY SUCCESS
DECEMBER 5TH 2016

Bring light to a dark hallway or fill an awkward space - runners are endlessly useful, hardworking and decorative.

Felt’s latest collection of Shyrdak runners range in colour from dazzlingly bright to cool and subtly muted neutrals, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both modern and period interiors. Shyrdak dimensions vary from large room size rugs down to small rugs and runners in many sizes. 

A wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes.

2017: CHINOISERIE TRENDING
DECEMBER 1ST 2016

The Oriental trend has hit the catwalk and interiors are following suit, with a distinctly eastern flavour set to become a big decorating theme in the home.  The Clarabelle, shown here, from the London Basin Company epitomises contemporary Chinoiserie and is a clever way to add an on-trend touch to bathrooms or cloakrooms. 

The hand decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company make great accent pieces, perfectly in tune with today’s decorative looks.  Interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns.  The Clarabelle basin shown here is richly decorated inside and out.
NEW… SHAGREEN COLLECTION
NOVEMBER 28TH 2016

Designed for walls and floors, Lapicida’s new faux Shagreen porcelain tiles echo a classic decorative theme. 

Originally made from shark and ray skins, shagreen’s unique look and texture was especially popular in Art Deco interiors.  Since then, it has been recreated in many different materials including, now, Lapicida’s luxurious porcelain tiles.

Beautifully detailed, with an authentic shagreen texture, they come in three natural colourways; the traditional grey/green, a subtle brown and a warm-toned white. Each tile measures 596mm x 596mm.

SERIOUSLY STYLISH
NOVEMBER 24TH 2016

 
The Dress 2.0 collection from Alternative Bathrooms is as serious about style as it is about function. With modular elements offering the utmost flexibility in planning, it mixes strong rectilinear forms with gentle curves to create a refined, elegant look.

The modular format means that every bathroom is a completely individual design, even more so because the cabinetry collection offers such a wide range of finishes, from plain and stained natural timbers to matt, gloss and even pearlised lacquers. With solutions for all shapes and sizes of bathroom, it is versatile, practical and immensely stylish, right through to the co-ordinating baths, basins and mirrors. 
ABSOLUTE MODERNISM
NOVEMBER 23RD 2016


A visual essay in charcoal and black, this Modulnova kitchen by DesignSpace London is a tribute to Modernism. Bold rectilinear forms conceal the working elements of the kitchen behind drawer fronts and ultra-tall doors. 

Only an array of ovens and a single chrome tap speak to the practical function of this space, which sits at the heart of an extraordinary house. The largest ever featured on Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’, it was inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s 1929 Barcelona Pavilion.  



By removing decorative detailing, you throw a spotlight onto the quality of the materials and the precision of the construction - and Modulnova kitchens are built with exactly this aesthetic. The island uses the ‘Fly’ kitchen in dark stained Oak veneer with a dramatic 30mm Nero Assoluto worksurface and integrated sink. The cupboards on the back wall, concealing both high-tech appliances and dedicated storage, are from the ‘Blade’ collection in Graphite Aluminium. 

Every joint, mitre and shadow line is precisely engineered to achieve the technical accuracy which underpins the best minimalist design. 

 
‘SOPHISTICATED-INDUSTRIAL’ BATHROOM DESIGN…
NOVEMBER 22ND 2016

 
The London bathroom shown here is by interior designer Roselind Wilson. It features taps by The Watermark Collection as part of a look she’s described as “sophisticated-industrial”. The taps, from the ‘Zen’ and ‘London’ collections, are in a Vintage Brass finish and share an architectural simplicity of form. Refined and luxurious, they are a natural fit with both the feature stone and the clever use of different finishes on metal elements including the taps, basin, radiator and mirror. The finished bathroom has the luxury feel of a chic hotel, but with a warmth and individuality born of designing every detail around the client’s wishes.
CLASSICALLY INSPIRED
NOVEMBER 4TH 2016

Famous for its romantic French beds, Simon Horn offers a wide range of classic designs which work beautifully in both period settings and contemporary interiors. The Louis XVI is a perfect example, with its elegant lines and floral carving making it a great centrepiece for any bedroom… especially since it can be upholstered in the customer’s own choice of fabric.
 
The Louis XVI Upholstered bed is available in six sizes, from Double to Emperor. Shown here is a Super King upholstered in Zoffany’s Rose Quartz fabric in ‘Dufour’ with piping in ‘Metallica Dufour’.
THE FINE ART OF PAIRING
NOVEMBER 1ST 2016

 
Shyrdaks come from the nomadic peoples of the remote Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan. Hand made from native wool by tribal women using traditional techniques, each felted woollen rug takes a master cutter and her team as much as 20 days to complete.  

The surface pattern of geometric shapes and symbols is hand-sewn to a compressed woollen base. To minimize waste, the applique shapes are cut through two different coloured layers of felt at the same time and then assembled to create a matched pair of rugs in opposite colour combinations. 

The two rugs form a perfect positive and negative. All Shyrdaks offer great decorative potential, but pairs are particularly interesting… Playing games with the eye by being “the same, but different” they create intriguing focal points. 

Available in an extremely wide range of sizes and colourways, many of Felt’s rugs can be bought in opposing pairs. Each design tells a unique story, using symbols to tell stories of life in the Mountains of Heaven. Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs to order.  
ZEN
OCTOBER 26TH 2016



A world away from traditional taps, Zen is a pure, architectural expression of form. Designed for bathrooms, showers and kitchens, the 54 piece collection offers almost infinite choice - with the distinctive signature handles in metal, marble and onyx and the brassware in 15 finishes including polished nickel, copper, vintage brass and pewter.  


As with all Watermark Collection products, Zen is handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order.  The handles are a patented magnetic design, easily removable for cleaning.  
 
PATTERNED WALL & FLOOR TILES
OCTOBER 20TH 2016

Lapicida’s new patterned tile collection connects two key trends; the rise and rise of natural stone and the return to decorative interiors.

This collection offers three geometric patterns, each in two colourways; grey and beige. Built up in contrasting marbles and limestones, the designs highlight the infinite subtlety of natural stone.

Crossover and Illusion feature trompe l’oeil themes, creating complex 3-D effects inspired by grand, classic floors. Argyle’s diamond pattern offers a more contemporary view of stone, marrying simplicity with decorative potential.  All three designs are suitable for walls and floors.

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