TREND 2017: NAVY BLUE IS THE NEW BLACK
MARCH 15TH 2017

From fashion and make-up to interiors, 2017 is the year to say hello to navy blue. It’s a great colour to live with - working both as a focus element and as a neutral. And Felt’s strikingly beautiful Shyrdak rugs are the perfect way to bring navy blue into the house, giving rooms a rapid fashion update.  

Felt’s large collection of new and vintage Shyrdaks come in many colours and in all shapes and sizes from runners to room-size or round rugs.
NEW SHOWER, NEW FINISH
MARCH 13TH 2017

Drummonds’ impressive Thurso freestanding shower is a new version of their classic ‘Severn’. Its cast iron shower tray has a curved skirt designed to match the roll top which features in many of Drummonds’ splendid baths. 

Standing over 2 metres high, the magnificent Thurso (which has room for two) is a standalone, watertight, shower which can be plumbed in from the floor or wall. Because it is entirely freestanding, it makes the perfect centerpiece for a large bathroom or even a bedroom. Shown here in Drummonds’ new antique nickel finish, it also comes in polished or antique brass, antique bronze and polished chrome or nickel. The cast iron tray can be primed, painted (shown here painted black) or polished and lacquered to order. 

Featuring a 300mm overhead shower rose and a hand-held shower, the Thurso freestanding shower measures H:2310mm x W:1300mm x D:1125mm.

Also shown is Drummonds’ Single Crake vanity in the new antique nickel finish with Marquina black marble. H:1160mm x W:850mm x D:690mm.
MAKEBA BY GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS
MARCH 7TH 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.  

Makeba’s densely woven design is inspired by the 1930’s love of African textile design, with its bold, linear themes perfectly in tune with the Art Deco.

100% silk, Makeba is suitable for curtains and light upholstery. It comes in two colourways, Carob (as seen here) and Vanilla.  
NEW - GLASS DOORS UP TO 6 METRES HIGH
MARCH 2ND 2017

Architectural solutions from commercial buildings offer next-generation building technologies for our homes. Solarlux ‘Cero’ glass door systems from The Caulfield Company are a perfect example of this high-tech crossover. 

Combining the scale of glass curtain walling with the functionality of sliding doors, Cero systems have minimal framing, with vertical mullions just 34mm thick giving uninterrupted views and a modern architectural finish. Remote control and a wide range of safety and security features add to the functionality.

Super-Tall:  Doors up to 6 metres high in a single piece of glass
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 (as shown in image). Matching fixed glass panels can be up to 15 metres square.  This makes it much easier to replace brick elevations with glass in renovation projects and - in new builds or extensions - allows the design to feature much larger areas of glass. 

Super Eco:  To Passivhaus standards   
Cero glass systems are available either double or triple glazed. The triple glazed option takes the glass up to Passivhaus standards (0.8U value) adding great insulation to new or existing buildings. High-tech glazing options go hand in hand with noise cancelling technology, which adds to the pleasure of living with large areas of glass.

Super Secure:  Advanced Security 
In addition to the quality of the glass itself, Cero systems offer a wide range of security features including locking alarms and damage sensors. Certified up to the anti-burglar standard RC2, they can also be fully integrated into a master security system.
BETHAN GRAY FOR LAPICIDA
MARCH 1ST 2017

New: Brogue Table and Brogue Side Table

Brogue is one of Bethan Gray’s signature designs, originally a leather-topped wooden table, featuring punched and stitched brogue edge detailing. In 2014 Lapicida produced a limited-edition version of the Brogue Table in solid marble, complete with the complex edge detailing rendered in the stone.  

Now, Lapicida’s Brogue Table has been put into production. Made from specially selected Carrara marble, it is available in two sizes, including the new Side Table. Offering a sleek, architectural look and an extraordinary tactile finish, Brogue tables are an iconic modern design: both functional and sculptural.

The precise brogue edge detailing is a technical tour de force, underlining Lapicida’s exceptional craft skills and unique approach to decorative stone.
FROM CATWALK TO CLOAKROOM
MARCH 1ST 2017

From Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana, chinoiserie continues to grace the catwalk and where fashion goes, interiors soon follow. Perfectly in tune with this trend, the London Basin Company’s classic blue and white Georgiana basin makes the ideal accent piece for bathrooms and cloakrooms.   

The hand decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company were created by interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, who draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns.
NEW… THE WANDLE BY MARTIN BRUDNIZKI FOR DRUMMONDS
FEBRUARY 27TH 2017

 
Designed by Martin Brudnizki for Drummonds as part of their ongoing collaboration, the cast iron Wandle bath is his new look at a traditional form. Ergonomically designed around the human form, the sloping end is the same width from top to bottom, to accommodate shoulders, and has the ideal slope to allow the head to rest comfortably.  

The perfect bath for restful reading or soaking, the Wandle comes with either feet (below), giving a classic look or a skirt (above), which brings the bath lower to the floor with a more modern feel. The industrial aesthetic of the feet is inspired by iron beams in a Victorian pump house, whilst the skirt echoes the bulbous bow of a ship. As with all Drummonds’ cast iron baths, each Wandle takes several weeks to make, in 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 can be painted, primed or polished to order.
PURE LUXURY
FEBRUARY 22ND 2017


Designed for the penthouse apartment of an impressive Georgian building in London, this bespoke kitchen by DesignSpace London is the utmost in luxury; in both materials and functionality. 

The client asked for ‘rich finishes’ and designer Luke Beveridge at DesignSpace London responded with a palette of exceptional materials including natural quartzite stone and specially commissioned metallised bronze lacquer finish on the cabinet doors, with walnut framing and wall panelling matched to the panelling throughout the penthouse - which was developed and interior designed by Vabel.  



The ‘Taj Mahal’ quartzite is an exceptionally hard and beautiful stone, used for the floor, the central island, the worktop and the backsplash cladding. The stone delineates the kitchen area within the open plan room and its characteristic veining creates a decorative feature within the refined austerity of the overall design.  

Designed and made to order, the kitchen uses cabinetry from Modulnova’s Fly and MH6 systems as minimalist building blocks - given visual depth and interest by the rich wood, stone and metallic lacquer. In such an apparently simple design, fine architectural detailing speaks volumes - such as the 45˚ mitred edge on the cabinet door tops, precisely mirrored by the worktop overhang.



The kitchen is zoned with all the cooking appliances and the sink on the back wall, leaving the island as a solid expanse of stone, free for prepping food and gathering guests. Storage was maximised throughout:  Solutions include deep drawers under the hob and island and wall units above the sink with super wide doors. These lift on an electric system, putting the entire contents on view.

The lighting too has been carefully considered. With a dramatic antique French pendant light over the adjacent dining table, it was important not to compete by installing suspended lighting in the kitchen. Instead, trough lighting is rebated into the walnut pelmet above the wall units, with a parallel line of concealed LED’s at their base. The focus is on illuminating the luxurious materials, with adjustable settings allowing the mood to be changed in response to the time of day. 
LEAF TRELLIS BY GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS
FEBRUARY 20TH 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.  

Not about fashion, but very much on trend, their fabrics are quietly brilliant, with distinctive textures and colours often giving a 20th Century vintage feel. Leaf Trellis captures that mood perfectly, translating a classic theme of the 1950’s into a modern, illustrative print with an architectural feel. 



Ideal for curtains and upholstery, Leaf Trellis comes in eight colourways, offering both subtle neutrals and stronger colours from a retro palette. With a composition of 61% cotton/39% linen, it’s an extremely tactile fabric with beautiful drape.
NEW E-COMMERCE LAPICIDA WEBSITE
FEBRUARY 16TH 2017


Lapicida’s new e-commerce website is a revolution in choosing and buying stone. With the look and feel of a luxury fashion brand, inspirational images are backed by detailed product information and pricing. Featuring stone for walls, floors, baths, basins, furniture and decorative accessories for the home, it shows contemporary and classic looks in materials including marble and limestone.  

The site also uses the latest user-experience technology, with shareable mood boards, advanced search facilities and e-commerce on many products, including Lapicida’s glamorous new Lara Bohinc and Anouska Hempel accessories collections. Supporting the website, additional customer advice is provided over the phone or in person by Lapicida’s London and Harrogate showrooms.   
LOFTY LIVING
FEBRUARY 15TH 2017

Bathrooms are often tucked into unusually shaped spaces, demanding well-proportioned pieces and a clever lay-out. The new Dress 2.0 Collection from Alternative Bathrooms is perfect for planning beautiful bathrooms, whether you have a well proportioned room or one which needs resourceful design solutions.

The modular cabinetry and storage units in the Dress 2.0 collection feature signature rounded edges and offer the utmost flexibility of form and function. Elements shown here are: Gola Vanity unit with Mak Mat top, Wall unit in ecru matt finish, deep tub shaped West Ceramic basin, Gio Top mirror and Magnetic lamp. Also shown is the Vanity bath tub.

The Dress 2.0 collection comes in a wide choice of finishes and textures including natural timbers in plain or stained colours and a range of lacquers. Coordinating mirrors, baths and basins complete the look. 
FELT RUGS INSPIRE NEW HERMÈS SCARF
FEBRUARY 14TH 2017


Appaloosa des Steppes’ from the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection, was directly inspired by the geometric motifs and vivid colours of Felt’s tribal Shrydak rugs. 
 
The scarf was designed for Hermès by artist, Alice Shirley. A fascination with the mysterious Kyrgyz origins of the iconic ‘spotty horse’ led her to Felt’s London studio, with its unique collection of new and antique Shyrdaks. Here she learnt to interpret the symbolism of these extraordinarily decorative rugs, made in the same way for more than 2500 years by the Kyrgyz nomads - guardians of the Tien Shan Mountains and the wild horses.

The applied geometric shapes are a language; bestowing blessings, describing landscapes or telling stories of the nomadic life. Traditionally, Shyrdaks are used inside yurts for insulation and decoration and Alice’s design drew on these images to create a dazzling backdrop for her prancing Appaloosa stallion. 



‘Appaloosa des Steppes’ from the Hermès S/S17 silk scarf collection is available in several colourways - uk.hermes.com
CROSSING CONTINENTS
FEBRUARY 9TH 2017


Bringing the breezy outdoors lifestyle of Sydney right across the world to England’s Home Counties, this kitchen was designed in response to a very specific brief. It needed to be the heart of a new home for a relocated family with both teenagers and younger children. Particularly so because the parents have a packed social calendar, making family time especially precious. Another key element of the brief was their love of the seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle to which they were so accustomed to in Australia.  

A modern build with an Arts & Crafts feel, the house lent itself to the open plan contemporary kitchen for which the clients had asked. Very clear in their vision, they had a long list of elements which needed to be incorporated into the design. These included a homework area/home office situated within the kitchen, an indoor drinks station serving the outside barbeque area and a dedicated juicing zone complete with organic waste bins. 



For Martin Moore designer Pam Baker, one of the earliest tasks was to establish a good flow for the room. It’s an extremely large space with dominant areas of glass at both ends and required expert planning to get the feel and the ergonomics right. The key to maximum functionality was to have two large islands; one focused on cooking (with an extractor in the ceiling above) and the other on prepping, in addition to which they both offer dedicated storage. Forming a work zone at the heart of the kitchen, they are served on one side by a wet zone and Appliance Cupboard, and on the other by tall wall cupboards housing state-of-the-art appliances. Shown below, the double doors between the ovens and the fridge/freezer appear to be cupboards but in fact give access to a large walk in pantry behind. 



Both islands feature Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ worktops and side cladding. This was requested by the owners who have a vision of living in this house for many years and wanted to make the sides of the island extra-resistant to knocks and bangs of lively children enjoying playing in the kitchen space. 



Likewise, the ‘homework station’ (seen below) will become a home office for adults in the due course of time, but meanwhile, it provides an organised space for children to work, whilst still being in the ‘flow’ of the kitchen. Flanking it on the left is a handwash sink and to the right a dedicated drinks zone with fridge drawers and a wine cooler. Both zones are sited and designed to serve the outdoor BBQ kitchen as much as the indoor cooking and eating areas. 



The kitchen furniture, made to order in Martin Moore’s Yorkshire workshops, combines hand-painted elements with oak - in direct homage to the Arts & Crafts aesthetic of the house, which features oak doors and window architraves. Blue walls add on-trend modernity.

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.

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