THE MODEL BATHROOM: KATE MOSS
MAY 17TH 2018


Handmade using traditional manufacturing techniques, 
Drummonds’ splendid Double Lowther Vanity forms the magnificent centrepiece of Kate Moss’ bathroom.

The brassware of the stand and taps is cast using the classic lost wax process and the white china basins are made in English clay, hand glazed and hand finished.  Highly figured Arabescato marble underlines the sheer scale and luxury of this piece. 



To partner the Lowther, Kate Moss chose a freestanding, double-ended 
Spey bath with a hand painted exterior. This is just one of Drummonds’ many cast iron bath designs, each of which takes several weeks to make in a series of craft processes beginning with casting the molten iron and completed by dry frit enamelling and custom exterior finishing. 



Drummonds products:
The Lowther Vanity Basin Suite with Arabescato Marble 
The 
Mull Classic 3-Hole Basin Mixer 
The Spey Cast Iron Bath Tub from 
The 
Mull Classic Bath & Shower Mixer 
The 
Brora High Level WC Suite 

Wallpaper: 
Hand painted ‘Anemones in Light’ wallpaper designed by Kate Moss in collaboration with de Gournay. ‘Dusk’ design colours on custom Grey painted Xuan paper 
NEW - ILLUSION PORCELAIN FROM LAPICIDA
MAY 8TH 2018

Illusion Porcelain in White 

Lapicida’s new Illusion porcelain floor and wall tiles are an amazing new material which perfectly captures the authentic look and texture of natural limestone.  

Taking realism to a whole new level, the random patterns of shells, veins and mineral nuances which make natural stone so intriguing have been recreated in both look and feel… making it almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing.  

Made using the latest high-resolution porcelain technology, Illusion offers the advantage of being much stronger than natural stone. This makes it suitable for a wider range of locations, especially as it is easy to install, stable, non-porous and extremely hardwearing. 

Illusion porcelain tiles are designed to be used on their own or in conjunction with natural stone.  Entirely frost-proof, they can also be used on exterior walls and terraces, making them ideal for getting the ‘inside/outside’ look of a single surface flowing through from the house into the garden. 



Fossil detail on Dark and White tiles

Illusion Porcelain 

Available in a range of finishes from honed to anti-slip 
and a choice of tile sizes (all 14mm thick):
1200 x 600mm, 900 x 900mm, 
600 x 600mm, 600 x 300mm



Illusion porcelain in Dark

Illusion comes in four authentic limestone colourways: Grey, Dark, Beige and White, with a range of tile sizes and finishes including honed, matt and textured. 


 
NEW COLLECTION 2018 - FELT
MAY 8TH 2018

The latest collection of Felt’s strikingly beautiful Shyrdak rugs and cushions has arrived and includes a wide range of colours and patterns from cool neutrals to dazzling brights - the perfect way to add character and texture to an interior. 

Featuring bold, geometric designs which tell stories of nomadic life, Felt’s Shyrdak rugs and cushions offer a wide range of decorative possibilities for modern and period interiors.  Shyrdaks come in various dimensions, from large room size to small rugs and runners.

A wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs.


 
NEW - JEWEL
MAY 2ND 2018


The new Jewel collection, from 
George Spencer Designs, is a concept that interior designers call ‘semi-plain.’ Offering character and texture aplenty, the five colourways sit beautifully on their own, but are equally happy to work alongside more vivid colours and patterns, from florals to geometrics.  Versatile and elegant, Jewel is perfect for light upholstery, from chairs to bedheads and cushions.

Jewel
5 colourways / Width: 140cm / Composition: 73% cotton, 27% linen


NORTHERN LIGHTS
APRIL 30TH 2018


Scotland’s East Coast offers glorious open countryside and some exceptionally fine buildings, including this early Victorian stone house on the Firth of Forth.

The only downside to such a northerly situation can be a lack of light, especially in winter. To counteract this, the owners of this house have opened it up at ground level to build a large kitchen extension, with tall windows, French doors, a high internal roofline and rooflights maximising every bit of daylight.  The result is a remarkable, airy, multi-purpose living space… with a handmade 
Martin Moore kitchen at its heart.  

The only downside to such a northerly situation can be a lack of light, especially in winter. To counteract this, the owners of this house have opened it up at ground level to build a large kitchen extension, with tall windows, French doors, a high internal roofline and rooflights maximising every bit of daylight. The architectural approach to managing a large open space is to create zones and this kitchen has several, running through from the large sitting room/home cinema into a semi-formal dining area.  This then gives onto the kitchen’s work zones, with informal dining, and then finally into the food storage and bar area - which ultimately links through to the original house. 



Wooden flooring throughout the sitting and dining zones gives way to limestone flagstones in the kitchen, creating yet another subtle marker.  Plans for the new extension were revised several times to ensure that each zone had enough circulating space - to keep it visually linked to, but spatially distinct from, neighbouring zones.   

Throughout the kitchen, the colours are organic, with a warm neutral base including the limestone floor and natural Bianco Eclipsia worktops.  Handpainted in bright blue, the island provides a dramatic pop of colour. 



This careful planning allowed Martin Moore’s William Rudgard to design a kitchen with excellent flow and furniture and appliances on a grand scale serving every kitchen function, from cooking to storage. The owners are busy professionals, but love entertaining friends and family at weekends, whether seated at the large dining table or perched around the island mixing it with the cook.  A traditional dresser holds china, glass and cutlery to serve both areas.

The Aga, with an integrated ceramic hob as backup, takes centre-stage in the cooking zone, housed in a grand chimneypiece which is part of the overall kitchen design.  Directly opposite, a Wolf oven is built into the island, which also has a prepping sink.



A broad corridor forms the link between the new kitchen and the original house.

The walls are flanked with purpose- designed cabinetry.  Shown here (left) is a multi-purpose run of low storage cupboards with a marble top.  It works as a bar at parties, a laying- out area or even a buffet for family gatherings. Glasses and jugs are stored above. 



Facing it across the corridor, the tall cupboards conceal an enormous double larder for dry foods together with a tall fridge, a small freezer and yet more storage for less used china and glass. 

THE LOCKY COMPACT VANITY
APRIL 26TH 2018


Drummonds’ new Locky is a compact vanity basin, perfectly scaled to bring classic splendour to smaller bathrooms. 

Bringing together three of Drummonds’ craft manufacturing processes, the beautiful Arabescato marble top is supported on elegant legs cast in brass using the lost-wax process and available in nine finishes from polished brass to nickel and antique bronze.  The undermounted white china basins are handmade from china clay in the traditional way.

With a width of just 570mm, the 
Single Locky is a brilliantly compact embodiment of Drummonds’ signature style, re-proportioned to fit in even the smallest spaces. The Double Locky too, gives a perfectly scaled-down rendition of the sheer splendour of a double vanity. 




The Single Locky in Antique Bronze finish
570 x 750 x 970mm high
Also shown are 
Old Faro porcelain tiles from Lapicida
 
The Double Locky in Antique Nickel finish
570 x 1500 x 970mm high
Also shown are green Bejmat tiles from Bert & May

 
NEW - BRYONY BASIN
APRIL 25TH 2018

Inspired by a love of Bali, the Bryony from London Basin Company is a strikingly simple, modern basin. The delicate white scalloped pattern against the glossy black of the porcelain creates depth and texture, achieving a rich, masculine tone. 

London Basin Company’s porcelain basins make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms. 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.  

Available to buy online London Basin Company offers basins in a wide variety of designs. Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height.

The Bryony basin measures 15.5cm high x 40.5cm diameter.  Shown here on the Felix vanity stand. 

Tap from 
The Watermark Collection:
Urbane wall mounted basin set in Charcoal finish. 


NEW ... MISTO HANDMADE DECORATED TILES
APRIL 23RD 2018

Exclusive to Lapicida, the new ‘Misto’ ceramic wall tiles are handmade in the Azulejo tin-glaze tradition, which originates in the 13th century and is often seen in Spain and Portugal.  Today, a new look at this ancient art form is rediscovering its decorative appeal for modern interiors.

In tune with tradition, 
Misto tiles are hand moulded and hand glazed, giving all the characteristic irregularities and variations typical of artisan production.  The blue and white design is a contemporary take on classical themes, mixing together patterned ‘fragments’ to make each wall a completely unique installation.


Sustainable production processes make Misto an environmentally friendly product.  Suitable for all interior wall tiling including showers, the tiles are made to order and measure 14 x 14 x 1cm.  Sold as individual tiles or as a random mix.


THE DESIGNER'S KITCHEN
APRIL 17TH 2018


Interior designer Melissa Jenkinson of Heirloom Studio designed this characterful modern kitchen for her own London home.  The lines are simple and rectilinear, but the materials she has chosen are rich in both tone and texture, with an emphasis on their innate individuality.  Melissa originally sourced many of these elements for client projects, but kept them in mind for her own home when the time came. 

Used in both her kitchen and her two bathrooms, 
The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn taps, showers and accessories in Tarnished Brass finish were, she says, “Love at first sight. They bridge the look between vintage and contemporary and I especially appreciate how the brass evolves as you use it.” 



A perfect match to Melissa’s confidently eclectic style, Brooklyn’s industrial design was inspired by gate valves in New York’s mid-century apartment blocks.

The Watermark Collection products shown: 

Brooklyn Deck Mounted 3 Hole Kitchen Set in Aged Brass 
THE WATERMARK COLLECTION AT SALONE DEL MOBILE
APRIL 11TH 2018

Salone del Mobile, Milan 17 - 22 April 

The Watermark Collection’s uniquely customisable ‘Elements’ bathroom and kitchen taps have been chosen by both Arlexitalia and Doca Cucina for their stands at Salone 2018. 

‘Elements’ gives designers the opportunity to play with colour, form and texture, creating a one-off statement from over 175,000 potential tap configurations. 


See Elements at:

Arlexitalia, Pavilion 22, Stand B29
and at
Doca, Eurocucina, Pavilion 15, Stand A15/A19

A TRANQUIL LUXURY - GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS
APRIL 10TH 2018

This sophisticated bedroom brings together new and classic fabrics and hand-blocked wallpapers from George Spencer Designs’ exclusive collections.  A modern masterclass in harmonising warm pinks and textured neutrals, it layers wools, linens, and silk to create a feel of tranquil luxury.

Headboard Upholstery: NEW ‘Amadea’ in powder pink 
Throw: NEW ‘Kea’ in sunstone
Cushion: NEW ‘Jewel’ in agate
Bolster: ‘Chemise’ in peony
Wallpaper: Block printed ‘Persian Rose’ in pink
Footstool upholstery: ‘Makeba’ in vanilla
Curtains: ‘Capalbio’ in neutral

Furniture:  chapelstreetlondon.com 
Lamp: richardtaylordesigns.co.uk

URBAN BLUE
MARCH 28TH 2018


The extension has a stark ‘Huf House’ style and the original kitchen had a similarly clinical feel.  As soon as they bought the house, the clients were clear that they wanted a new, cosier kitchen for their young family.  Although they had briefly considered another hyper-modern kitchen, they were quickly converted to the contemporary classic look of 
Martin Moore’s handmade furniture. This was the perfect way to reconnect the space to the Victorian origins of the house.



This was never going to be a straightforward project. The height and scale of the furniture and appliances had to be carefully considered as there were several different ceiling heights. The design also had to work around an imposing structural steel column.

Because Martin Moore kitchens are entirely designed and made to order, there are no standard components. Toni Silver, a Senior Designer at Martin Moore, had free rein to create the clients’ perfect family kitchen within this challenging space. 

The cabinetry, from Martin Moore’s 
English collection, was deliberately kept quiet and restrained, echoing the period origins of the house and leaving room for vibrant, contemporary colours and patterns to take centre stage. The height and scale of the individually designed wall cabinets, mantel and larder units help redress the variation in ceiling heights. At the heart of the kitchen, the island is raised on legs to give a traditional, freestanding look.



Another of Toni Silver’s clever design solutions was to absorb the problematic structural steel column into a neat desk area. This gives it real purpose, and allows the rest of the kitchen to flow naturally around the window, island and cooking zone.



This is a very urban kitchen; clean-cut, highly functional but warm and bright with colour and rich in pattern and texture. The inky indigo paint chosen for the central island led to the clients choosing a palette of decorative blues, including the iridescent splashback tiles and on-trend geometric floor. 

THE ULTIMATE WETROOM SYSTEM
MARCH 27TH 2018



Wetrooms are notoriously tricky to get right. It’s crucial to achieve a totally waterproof build, to prevent leaks, with exactly the right slope on the floor to ensure drainage. Now, Unislope Wet Room Kits from 
Alternative Bathrooms offer the easiest and most effective way to create beautiful showers from the floor up.



A Scandinavian concept, Unislope’s one-piece floor slopes come in a range of widths and thicknesses, for trimming to size on site. This base is then sealed with the supplied membrane, creating a seamless, waterproof floor ready for stone or tiling. The final element is a collection of sleek, architectural drains, with an emphasis on discreet designs sited against the wall or in corners.  Unislope Wetroom kits are perfectly in tune with the modern wetroom aesthetic and ensure an equally high performance.  All elements are also available separately and contemporary shower accessories including metal shelves and towel bars complete the look.

Image top shows: Unislope Elegance 1K Wet Room System in Black 900mm x 900mm. Towel Bar in Black and Soap Shelf with Magnetic Wiper in black.
Image middle shows: Unislope 1K Classic Line Wet Room System with 1.8m Column Grate Unidrain.
Image bottom shows: Centre floor Unidrain Highline panel in stainless steel. Also available in a range of other metals
 

LIGHT & SHADE - GRAND DESIGN BLINDS
MARCH 26TH 2018



Towering glazed gables make an impressive statement but they can be hard to screen as seen here in this modern property.  The owners wanted to make the most of open countryside views but equally had a requirement for privacy at night, so Grand Design Blinds designed, tailor-made and installed blinds which give a wide range of full and partial screening options.  There are two electrically-controlled blinds fitted into the apex and three manual blinds mounted discreetly on the transom. 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 can be used in conjunction with automated home systems.  They can also be installed with an operating system that allows them to be controlled from a phone app or tablet. 



Grand Design Blinds undertake projects worldwide. 
All of their blinds are handmade to order in the UK. 

NEW ... VILLASSE TILES
MARCH 23RD 2018

Famous for its antique stone floors, which are reclaimed from historic buildings all over Europe, Lapicida has been working with a leading porcelain manufacturer to develop a perfect look-alike.

Called 
Villasse, the new collection has the authentic look and feel of an ancient limestone.  Designed to be used either on their own, or in conjunction with antique flooring, Villasse tiles offer the advantage of being very much lighter and, with a depth of just 10mm, far thinner than reclaimed stone.  Easy to install, they are non-porous and maintenance-free.  

Perfect for floors and walls, Villasse is also frost-resistant.  This makes it ideal for getting the indoor/outdoor look of a single surface flowing from the house straight into the garden.  


Villasse comes in four natural colourways, a cool grey ‘Ash’, the warmer-tones of ‘Sand’ and ‘Mocha’, and the soft-cream ‘White’.  All four colourways are available in three different tile sizes which can be used separately or combined in the random mix of sizes which is typical of genuinely old stone floors. 

Villasse Porcelain 
Tile sizes (all 10mm thick):
906x604mm; 604x604mm; 604x302mm
Available in random mix to order. 



Ash                             Mocha                        Sand                          White 
NEW ... HENRIETTA BASIN
MARCH 22ND 2018


London Basin Company’s richly decorated porcelain basins make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms.  The ‘Henrietta’ shown here is an asymmetric oval form with a lustrous deep orange/red interior.  The hand decorated exterior features swimming fish. 

The
Henrietta is 44cm long x 32cm wide x 16cm high 

The London Basin Company offers basins in a wide variety of designs.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height. 

Shown here on the
Hugo vanity stand also by London Basin Company.

Tap from The Watermark Collection:

Brooklyn wall mounted basin set finished in Aged Brass.


NEW TWEED BATH FROM DRUMMONDS
MARCH 21ST 2018
 

The new ‘Tweed’ from Drummonds is a compact freestanding roll top, based on an 18th century bateau bath.  Measuring just 1520mm long and 522mm high, the Tweed is Drummonds’ smallest bath, perfect for smaller spaces but still offering all the comforts of a classic double ended design.

It takes Drummonds several weeks to make a single 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.  

As with all Drummonds’ cast irons baths, 
the Tweed is made to order, with four bespoke finish options; polished, painted, primed or raw metal.  Shown here hand-painted, it is also available to order in a footed version.

Image right shows: 
Leawood taps designed by Martin Brudnizki and small bath rack, both in Antique Brushed Brass finish.  Japanese Garden wallpaper by de Gournay.


EIGHT CHARACTERFUL NEW FINISHES 2018
MARCH 19TH 2018

Pioneers of boutique brassware, The Watermark Collection’s statement designs for bathrooms and kitchens are handmade in Brooklyn, New York.  Combining their authentic industrial heritage with modern chic, the products emphasise honesty of materials, tactility and individuality.   

Always exploring metal craft and technology, The Watermark Collection is now launching eight new hand finishes, bringing the total collection up to twenty-four.  Each of them is an individual feat of craftsmanship - and often a little chemistry too….

Brass has become a keynote in today’s bathrooms, effortlessly bridging the gap between heritage and modern style.  Four of the eight finishes offer new options for brass, from Tarnished, created with unique ageing techniques, to Heritage, a lacquered antique look, and Natural - a ‘live’ polished finish which will naturally patinate with use.  

Rustica Brass brings an intriguingly velvety darkness to the collection, a theme which is amplified in Matt Black and the super-glossy Black Mirror.

Aged Nickel introduces a smooth, satin finish to this much loved warm metal, whilst Green Patina uses 3 layers of hand-sponged oxidizing agents to build up its distinctive, weathered copper finish. 

Main image above: London lever handle, 3-hole deck mounted basin set in new Black Mirror finish.



 Black Mirror                Aged Nickel                 Green Patina               Heritage Brass 

Natural Brass               Matt Black                   Rustica Brass              Tarnished Brass 

MONOCHROME 2018
MARCH 16TH 2018

 
Fashion commentators predict a massive swing to monochrome looks in 2018 - and where the catwalk leads, so interiors follow.  

Rugs are a great way to effect quick change in rooms… and 
Felt’s beautiful handmade Shyrdak rugs make it easy to hit the right note with monochrome styling.  Made using two natural colours of felted wool they also bring texture to the interiors mix.  




 
Shown here from top L-R: 
609: 1.1m x 1.35m 
130: 1.6m x 2.3m 
1936: 1.75m x 1.95m 
1921: 1.35m x 2.85m 
2097: 0.8m x 3.85m 

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors.  Perfect for both floors and walls a wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs. 
NEW - LINEN VELVET
MARCH 5TH 2018


George Spencer Designs are adding a Linen Velvet collection to their range. 

Hardwearing and beautiful, with a distinctively plush pile, Linen Velvet is suitable for all types of upholstery.  
The seven colourways in the collection offer a palette of organic colours specially developed by George Spencer Designs to work in both contemporary and classic settings. 

Linen Velvet comes in a range of colours (top-bottom above): Rosa, Cinnamon, Verde, Gris, Fig, Lichen, Eau de Nil.
MASTERFUL MATERIALS - THE WATERMARK COLLECTION
FEBRUARY 26TH 2018

Interior designer Melissa Jenkinson of Heirloom Studio designed this theatrical modern bathroom for her own London home.  It brings together surfaces and fittings that she had originally sourced for work projects but also earmarked for her personal space when the time came. 

The Watermark Collection’s Brooklyn taps, shower and accessories in Tarnished Brass finish were, she says, “Love at first sight. They bridge the look between vintage and contemporary and I especially appreciate how the brass evolves as you use it.”


Brooklyn’s industrial design, inspired by gate valves in new York’s mid-century apartment blocks, is a great match to Melissa’s confidently eclectic style.  Brought up in the Caribbean, she mixes fleamarket treasures and tropical plants with commercial Terrazzo for the shower and basins, a material more usually seen in hot countries.  The brassware gleams against a palette of dark colours and muted neutrals, bringing warmth and character to a bathroom which Melissa describes as her favourite room in the house.


LIVING ON A GRAND SCALE - MARTIN MOORE
FEBRUARY 22ND 2018


Although fairly recently completed, this house was built on a grand scale and in a period style using traditional materials.  The space for the kitchen was enormous (nearly 900 sq ft) so above all else, the clients wanted a well organised design to make coherent and fluent use of the massive space.  They also wanted to make sure that despite the space, and the sheer size of the furniture and appliances needed to fill it, the kitchen had a powerful sense of homeliness and family living. 

Situated on the top of a hill, the house has sweeping views across a spectacular valley.  Making the most of those views from all the key zones was another key priority for the designer.  



The biggest challenge, as the clients correctly identified, was posed by the size of the kitchen.  For both pleasure and convenience, they need to be able to use it ergonomically.  For 
Martin Moore’s designer John Davies, this required detailed analysis of their lifestyle, cooking habits and aspirations for the new kitchen before he could even start plotting out the design for and location of the furniture and appliances.

It also became clear that the appliances the client had originally asked for were going to be too small dimensionally, requiring a change up to larger models.  Overall, the kitchen needed to respect the aesthetics of the house, but have a classic contemporary feel.  To achieve this, the designer had to gracefully integrate the industrial feel of the super-sized steel appliances with the hand painted furniture.

The central island is the largest of its kind that Martin Moore has ever constructed.  Comfortably seating seven people, it is both the social and functional heart of the kitchen.



The breakfast cupboard holds everything from a kettle and toaster to the high-tech coffee machine.  Favourite cups and mugs for three generations of the family sit on the shelves above.

As extremely knowledgeable wine experts, the clients’ brief also included a specially fitted and equipped wine area, dedicated to comfortably enjoying fine wines with friends and family.  John was determined to make this area just as impressive as the main kitchen itself.  Every element of it is purpose designed and fitted out for a pleasurable wine tasting experience.

Equipped to a professional level, it includes a vacuum pump system designed to keep wine in premium condition as well as a sink, a wine fridge and specially fitted out storage for all the different types of glasses.  All of this sits comfortably within the purpose-built break-fronted dresser design.

Comfortable bar chairs surround the high central table (which is also just the right height for standing) all oriented to make the most of the exceptional countryside views.  The French doors open directly onto the terrace beyond.



The back kitchen is a multi-purpose area.  With a back door directly leading to the garden, it’s a perfect place for coats and boots as well as being somewhere to arrange flowers.  The two shelves above the coat rack were specially designed for outsize vases. An additional fridge/freezer also makes the back kitchen a perfect space for caterers to set up and work from when the entertaining is on a grand scale.



The walk-in pantry has ‘staged’ shelving stepped up at the back to raise items into view.  LED lighting underneath the shelves automatically turns on when the doors are opened. Wicker baskets keep vegetables in good condition and the solid marble shelf is perfect for storing ambient foods such as cheese.  

Well organised, highly functional, dramatic in scale but domestic in concept, this is a highly successful project for both the client and Martin Moore.



The designer, John Davies, commented, “It’s rare to be presented with such a large area in which to design and build a family kitchen.  It was also a pleasure to work with clients who derive such huge enjoyment from the simple love of cooking, drinking fine wine and spending time with their children and grandchildren.  I believe that this project pulls off the dual challenge of creating a really warm family kitchen on a grand scale.”


Kitchen Details


The cabinets are a combination of Martin Moore’s English and New Classic

  collections, painted in Soft Grey and French Blue 

Aged Bourne limestone floor from Martin Moore Stone

Main worktops:  Silestone ‘Lagoon’

Island unit worktop:  Unistone ‘Bianca Carrara’ 

Splashbacks: ‘Oyster’ glass with integral LED lighting

 
BUTTERFLY LUXE... THE ZEINA BASIN
FEBRUARY 21ST 2018

New from London Basin Company, Zeina is a flower-shaped basin in taupe porcelain with a velvety matt finish.  Its delicate, multi-coloured butterfly design is highlighted with sparkly rose gold accents.  

London Basin Company’s richly decorated porcelain basins make perfect accent pieces for bathrooms and cloakrooms. 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.  

Available to buy online, London Basin Company offers 16 different basins in a variety of designs and shapes.  Every basin is a one-off, hand finished and generously sized; with dimensions running between 39.7 and 45cm in diameter and 14 to 16.2cm in height.  

The
Zeina basin measures 15.5cm high x 41cm diameter. Shown here on the Noah vanity stand also by London Basin Company.


REASONS TO SCREEN - GRAND DESIGN BLINDS
FEBRUARY 20TH 2018

Grand Design Blinds are Britain’s leading experts in bespoke blinds; shading and screening even the most challenging shapes and areas of glass.  Blind expert Jonathan Pelly-Fry gives his top reasons for installing blinds.

Light Control: Modern extensions, new build homes and renovations are often flooded with light through giant bi-fold or sliding doors, roof lights or gable ends. Installing bespoke blinds allows for the amount of light to be controlled, reducing glare and protecting interiors from harmful UV rays -  especially important for artwork or precious furnishings.

Privacy:  Extra large areas of glass make the most of amazing views whether in the city or country but installing blinds can transform a ‘glass box’ into a private space, which is especially important at night.

Versatility: Blinds are compatible with smart home technology and can be used in conjunction with automated home systems.  They can also be installed with an operating system that allows them to be controlled from a phone app or tablet.  Alternatively they can be manually operated and, as shown here, can be designed to pull from the bottom up, so there is no top rail to interrupt the views.

Temperature control: Large areas of glass such as glass roofs make a dramatic statement and allow light to flood a property but temperature control can be an issue. Installing specialist blinds allows for the control of any heat build-up on warm, sunny days and equally adds insulation during colder months.  



Practical and Adaptable:  For buildings with large areas of glazing or unusual shaped windows, blinds are the most practical solution.  From total screening to partial screening, opaque to black out, flexible designs allow control of light and privacy.

LDW 2018 - MEET THE DESIGNERS AT GEORGE SPENCER DESIGNS
FEBRUARY 19TH 2018

On Tuesday 6 March, George Spencer Designs are hosting two Meet the Designer events in their Chelsea Harbour showroom.
Please join them at one or both of the sessions, for a look behind the scenes at two exciting design houses represented in the UK by George Spencer Designs.   

12.30: Aux Abris, New York 

Designer Karen Robert discusses
Aux Abris, her New York-based design studio which specialises in exceptional wallcoverings.  Printed on grasscloth, silk, Japanese paper and other distinctive textures, her eclectic, imaginative designs are an art form in their own right. 

14.00: Pavoni Leathers, Italy

Pavoni’s Alan Newberry introduces Italy’s most innovative leather producer, known for its unique colours and custom-embossing.  Founded in the fashion world, Pavoni now focuses on luxury interiors, creating specialist leathers for upholstery, flooring, wall panelling and more.

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