Drummonds have introduced a glamorous new Antique Brass finish for select baths and brassware. The Usk bath shown here was clad in solid brass and hand painted with a combination of acids and spirits specially blended to cause the surface of the brass to react, creating a patina rich with gold, brown, pink and green hues. A final coat of wax allows the depth of the colours to shine through.

This technique creates a finish that is full of character and in tune with the current trend for warm metals, adding real luxury to a bathroom scheme.
Also shown: De Gournay’s ‘Rateau’ wallpaper, part of the Eclectic collection.
The generously sized Aki bath is a contemporary statement for the bathroom, with a minimalist design that contrasts crisp, clean lines with gentle curves.

The Aki bath is available freestanding or recessed. It is handmade from pure white Cristalplant, a hypoallergenic composite, in a matt finish. Also available in bicolour black and white.
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘Aquatic’, a warm blue green meld inspired by the changeable colour of the sea.
Edward notes that "Using water to describe a colour is the same cop-out it has always been since being listed in Colour Men’s catalogues in the 18th century. Is it blue, is it green? We don’t know - but it is the colour of water and just as life enhancing!”
Lapicida make this modern trough basin to order in Birr Black Irish limestone with a honed finish, highlighting the native characteristics of the stone. Its simple rectilinear form is uplifted by polished stainless steel corner detailing. 

Sized to order, the basin shown here measures 700 x 450 x 200mm. It can also be made in a range of other natural stones to special commission.  
New colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘Washstop’, a subtle water-grey that expands Pots of Paint’s palette of refined neutrals.
‘Washstop’ was originally inspired by the cover of an old Colourman’s catalogue. Edward then visualised this shade as an "elegant take on the colour of washing up water”, creating a sophisticated grey that can be used for walls or trim.

The crowning glory of La Cornue’s bespoke offering is the giant 180cm Château Grand Palais. Shown here is a Grand Palais 180 in Cocoa Enamel with brushed nickel and stainless trim. Fully integrated with La Cornue ‘Memoire’ cabinets to form an island. 

Château range cookers can all be integrated with matching La Cornue furniture; from runs of units to impressive standalone islands. This is part of the total kitchen concept which La Cornue calls "Culinary Architecture”.  

Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint’s new video provides a glimpse behind the scenes at Pots of Paint’s HQ in Herefordshire. Edward Bulmer brings over 30 years of expertise and experience restoring historic houses from Kenwood to Chequers. He explains that his colours are designed to work, "with a surface texture like no other paint” and firm eco credentials.
Shots of the paint in situ show that Pots of Paint’s heritage colours work beautifully in traditional or contemporary interiors.
Decorator Colin Emmett notes that "the biggest plus for us as decorators is the health and safety aspect of it. They’re easy to use, fantastic finish – I think they could be used in any situation.”
Stripes are often the perfect decorating solution, delivering both colour and graphic interest. Now James Hare takes the design focus to a new level with Cheyne Stripe – a fresh fabric that mixes neutrals with fun, jazzy colours in plain and patterned stripes of varying widths.
Cheyne Stripe is part of the Pimlico Collection, a cleverly co-ordinated collection of modern brights and neutrals. Designed to work alone and together, they are perfectly in tune with today’s decorative interiors.
This Wednesday saw the launch of Geoffrey Pidgeon’s book, ‘Busted Flush! The Thomas Crapper Myth: My Family’s Five Generations in the Bathroom Industry’, at the Science Museum. Lucinda Lambton, architectural historian and friend of Geoffrey’s, was a special guest speaker and Geoffrey’s son Laurence Pidgeon also said a few words. 
Geoffrey is a bathroom industry veteran of more than 60 years. He was the fourth generation of his family to run their bathroom business and a direct descendant of the plumbing genius Frederick Humpherson. It was Frederick Humpherson, not Thomas Crapper, who designed the wash-down closet, ancestor of today’s flushing loo.
As well as finally despatching the myths surrounding Thomas Crapper, the book is a charming combination of family memoir and a fascinating, sometimes seamy, social history of London. Alongside serious factual information, it is full of unexpectedly high drama - with tales of stolen glory, strange goings on in London cemeteries, bitter rivalries and the never-before-told story of Winston Churchill’s bathroom and a piece of chewing gum.
Shown right (from left) are Lucinda Lambton, Geoffrey and his sons John, Michael and Laurence, and Peregrine Worsthorne. Also shown is Humpherson’s original 1884 ‘Beaufort Pedestal Washdown Closet’, donated to the Science Museum by Geoffrey.
Last night at Fermoie’s flagship London showroom, Hatta Byng, newly appointed editor of House & Garden, chaired a talk on ‘creating colour’ featuring Edward Bulmer of Pots of Paint and Fermoie’s own Tom Helme.
Fermoie’s beautiful linen and cotton fabrics are inspired by traditional processes and designs. Tom Helme, previously of Farrow & Ball, showed us interior designer John Fowler of Colefax & Fowler’s portfolio. The book came about as a result of Fowler’s work with the National Trust and eventually came into Tom’s possession through his own role as Advisor on Decoration to the Trust. Fermoie’s palette is directly influenced by the portfolio and their fabrics are printed using a distinctive light touch that creates depth and life.
Edward talked us through the 9 essential pigments which go into creating Pots of Paint’s palette. These are all created using natural ingredients, from myriad different sources. In the past, pigments such as carmine were created using dyes from the Cochineal beetle, whilst ultramarine came from lapis lazuli – which could only be obtained from a handful of mines in Afghanistan. Edward noted that his favourite colours are the subtler tones, believing that colour should act as the backdrop to our lives.
The event provided an inspiring insight into the interior design process, demonstrating how we can combine modern technology with traditional techniques to create colour that is full of texture and vitality.
Felt’s boldly patterned Shyrdak rugs are perfect statement pieces for the home and for those bold enough to mix and match pattern, the decorative possibilities are endless. Felt’s large stock of Shyrdaks are available in countless different shapes, colours and sizes, suitable for contemporary and traditional interiors. From brilliant brights to subtle neutrals, each rug tells a unique story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains.

The rugs are perfect for both floors and walls and sizes range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room sized (2m x 3.5m). Prices start from £280 and bespoke Shyrdaks can also be made to special commission.

Image shows: rug measuring 1.6m x 2.65m. Shown with George Smith’s Morantz chairs.
Recent fabric collections from James Hare feature a range of designs inspired by nature.
From ‘Shagreen’ (the traditional name for shark or ray skin) to ‘Cobra Stripe’, they are woven with shimmering colours and textures which hint at a classic Hollywood glamour. Ideal for bringing a luxurious feel to curtains, cushions, bedheads, lampshades and blinds, they come in a palette of neutrals and brights perfect for both traditional and contemporary settings.

Even smaller kitchens can have a fully equipped La Cornue... The CornuChef Grand Maman is just 90cm wide, but it includes all the hallmark La Cornue features including the famous vaulted oven (gas or electric) and a fully equipped cooktop with five 3.5kw burners (gas, electric or mixed). Solid and beautifully made, this is a stove for life.

Available in 30 La Cornue colours with brushed brass or polished chrome and stainless steel trim, custom colours are also available to special order. Image above shows the CornuChef Grand Maman 90 in Summer Blue enamel with Polished Chrome and Stainless Steel trim. 

New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Kelly bath is a pure architectural expression in gleaming bright white. Beautifully proportioned, it is available as both a freestanding bath (above left) and in a semi-recessed version (above right).

It comes custom sized, in lengths between 175 and 220cm and widths between 75 and 120cm. Height is 51cm.

Made from Cristalplant, a high-tech mineral composite with a silky ‘soft touch’ finish, in a choice of matt or gloss finish - a chic focus piece for minimalist bathrooms.
New colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include a fresh modern take on the classic 19th Century shade ‘Pearl Colour’.
Edward comments "The beautiful opalescence of pearls has always been hard to mimic. Pearl Colour was traditionally made with white, pigmented with Prussian Blue, black, ochre and even Indian Red. My new version takes a hint from all of these pigments, but uses them very sparingly to achieve the pale radiance of a pearl. Subtle but distinctive, it’s a perfect neutral for walls and woodwork.”

The kitchen, as the heart of your home, is a place to really express your individuality.

La Cornue stoves are as individual as their owner. Designed and hand-built to order, each one is finished in a choice of over 30 different colours, from Pure White to Primary Yellow, Chocolate or Shiny Black.

But, if none of these are exactly the right shade, custom colours are also available to special order and La Cornue has met many specific requests over the years, matching stoves to everything from the colour of a BMW’s bodywork to the exact hue of a grandmother’s china. Offering the ultimate in personalisation, La Cornue is the haute couture of kitchen design.

Images show La Cornue Château 120 (L-R) in Yellow (special commission), Pistachio Green and Matt Black.

Cea taps offer some of the most exciting and original design work of this century and the technology behind them is just as impressive. The new INNOVO collection incorporates a series of patented water and energy-saving functions. The mixer always opens from cold, making hot water a conscious choice, and it also incorporates an aerator with a flow limiter, saving water without noticeably affecting the flow rate. Another important feature is the spout, which can be rotated slightly to instantly reduce the flow to just 2 litres per minute; the perfect level for simple tasks which don’t need a lot of water such as drinking or brushing teeth.

Designed for Cea by Natalino Malasorti and available in the UK from Laurence Pidgeon, the Cea Innovo Collection includes basin, bath and shower taps in stainless steel, available in a range of finishes.
October 6th-12th sees the return of Wool Week, part of the Campaign for Wool, an international project started in 2010 by HRH the Prince of Wales to help raise awareness of the unique natural and sustainable benefits of wool.

Felt Shyrdak rugs and cushions are the perfect way to celebrate Wool Week and update your home – they are richly patterned pieces that embrace the textural beauty of wool, either in natural neutrals or vividly dyed brights. They are also wonderfully hardwearing and will look good for years to come.

Felt’s Shyrdaks are handmade in Kyrgyzstan and Felt is the first company to import these vibrant works of art direct from their makers in Kyrgyzstan to Britain, through a fair trade agreement. The rugs have a tough flattened felt base sewn with geometric patterns. Made outdoors by tribal women, each rug takes a master cutter and her team of makers between 10 and 20 days to complete.
This year Decorex International returned to Syon Park in Brentford, after several years at various locations in Chelsea. More than 300 British designers and retailers exhibited in a huge tent in the grounds of the park across the four days. Two of Arc’s clients, James Hare and Lapicida, had stands, whilst Drummonds and Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint also made an appearance.
Lapicida like to make a statement and their Decorex stand was, at 300 square metres, just that. Housed in its own tent, Lapicida’s stone extravaganza promised visitors an immersive experience themed around the evolution of stone and the knowledge of stonemasonry that Lapicida has honed over the years. The experience began with a dark room, featuring a cabinet of curiosities and various stone pieces on display as well as lighting from Christopher Jenner. Progressing on to a contemporary, brightly lit space filled with sculptural objects, including Lara Bohinc’s Solaris Table. There was even a live 3D CNC sculpting demonstration.
The stand generated a lot of buzz on social networks and if you missed out or want to relive the experience – catch it here:
James Hare 
James Hare are Decorex regulars and they had another successful year, with their new Ebury fabric proving popular. They introduced two new collections at the show – Pimlico and Aurora Silks. Saffron Hare, Sales Director, commented "The stand was packed, we’ve never sold so many new collections and we even sold out of some of our new designs. We will book a bigger stand next year!”
Drummonds made an appearance on luxury design brand De Gournay’s stand. An Usk and a Double Hebdern Vanity Basin could be seen in a 1920s inspired powder room that showcased De Gournay’s latest black and gold handpainted wallpaper design. Echoing the opulent gold tones, Drummonds introduced a new Antique Brass finish on the basin taps and bath, created by patinating unlacquered brass by hand to give it an antiqued look.
On Tuesday 23rd September, in conversation with Kate Burnett, designer Christopher Jenner gave a talk about his past projects and design inspirations, including his collaboration with Drummonds on the design of two London showrooms and a collection of bathroom furniture.
Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint 
Edward Bulmer teamed up with Lulu Lytle at Soane Britain to design a tableau for the main entrance inspired by a scene from Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress. The entire back wall of ‘The Heir’ featured Pots of Paint’s vibrant Russet colour.
Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint could also be seen on Symm’s stand as part of a special piece of Andy Warhol-inspired art.
Lapicida has an international reputation for its collaborations with artists and designers, offering them a heady combination of exceptional materials, traditional stonemasonry skills and the world’s most advanced 3-D and CNC manufacturing technologies.  These allow today’s artists to explore and challenge the limits of working stone in ways of which previous generations could only have dreamt. 

The latest and most eminent of Lapicida’s collaborations is with Christopher le Brun, painter, sculptor, printmaker and 26th President of the Royal Academy. Together they spent months working on MARO, a monumental piece commissioned to occupy a commanding position at Chatsworth House as part of Sotheby’s prestigious selling exhibition ‘Beyond Limits’ opened on September 8 2014. 

Producing le Brun’s MARO was one of the greatest technical challenges ever faced by Lapicida’s Harrogate workshops.  Made in Greek Nestos marble, standing 5 metres high and weighing 2.5 tonnes, the wing-shaped sculpture incorporates exceptionally fine detailing.  Producing it took 25 days of sculpting with diamond drills by the massive CNC shaping mill (one of only 3 such mills in the world) and then a further 6 weeks of hand finishing by two of Lapicida’s expert craftsmen.

But there were months of work behind the scenes before the final piece could be produced.  Christopher le Brun first sculpted a 1:10 scale maquette in plaster and wax, which was recorded by Lapicida’s 3D scanner.  The Technical Design team then spent days ensuring that the 3D files were detailed enough to accurately scale up ten times.  These files were used to create first a 1:5 scale sample to ensure the CNC machine’s manufacturing capabilities and then several 1:1 samples to perfect the detailing to Christopher Le Brun’s specifications.  

Finally, the five sections which make up the final piece could be produced; first on the CNC and then by the two craftsmen, working closely with the artist himself who commented "The craftsmanship qualities of hand-finishing were extremely important because it’s often in the last touches on a sculpture that you can bring it to life.” 

The Greek Nestos marble in which MARO was made was chosen by Lapicida and le Brun for its sculptural qualities, overall aesthetic and ability to withstand the elements.  Assembled in situ at Chatsworth House, the five pieces are held in place by a central steel structure and affixed to a hidden base.  Viewers will marvel at the single graceful wing appearing to rise effortlessly from the ground evoking le Brun’s attachment to Romanticism and Symbolism.  Cleverly titled, the name references the poet Maro (better known in English as Virgil) as well as being an anagram of both ‘ROMA’ and ‘AMOR’.

For Christopher le Brun, the production of MARO represented two firsts: working with Lapicida and experiencing the extraordinary capabilities of the CNC machine’s capabilities.  For Lapicida, working with one of the world’s most celebrated artists has been one of its most ambitious ever projects; proof that the company’s unique combination of craftsmanship and technology can rise to the most exceptional of artistic and technical challenges. 
Image courtesy of Sotheby's.  
Felt’s neutral Shyrdak rugs are brought to life with a vibrant braid in a contrasting bright. Rugs in cool grey and cream are given added zing with a vivid turquoise thread, whilst subtle fawns are warmed up with red.
From the refined luxury of emerald to the sheer joie de vivre of lime, green has infinite variety… Colour psychologists say it is one of the most influential colours you can add to your home; bringing calm, serenity and a connection with the natural world.
Whether you want to decorate a whole room, or just add a pop of colour, you need to find exactly the right green. James Hare’s user-friendly website is the ideal place to find it, allowing you to search their hundreds of interior fabrics by colour, bringing together plains, textures and decorative designs in every conceivable hue of classic and fashion forward green. No other name has anything approaching this quality and choice, especially at such excellent price points.
New colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘Nicaragua’, a fresh modern take on a classic paint colour with an extraordinary heritage.
Edward explains, "During the 18th Century, the import of West Indian hardwoods such as mahogany gave cabinet makers new materials which became highly sought after. Red dyes could also be extracted from these exotic timbers, often named after the countries in which they grew. Hence Nicaragua was the source of wood which rendered up a purpley-red hue such as the one we have mixed - it has a rich, deep colour without being flowery.”
AUGUST 29TH 2014

The ‘warm’ metals are back. Copper and brass are the biggest new trend in interiors, being seen everywhere from lighting to bathroom fittings and now in the kitchen too.

La Cornue’s bespoke stoves are equipped and finished entirely to order. Shown here, the Château 150 has been made with a solid copper finish and polished copper trim. Together, the monumental hand-built stove and the gleaming metal create an astonishingly glamorous effect.

AUGUST 11TH 2014

Martin Moore’s handmade English furniture stars in ‘Kitchenalia’ – a new book by interiors expert Vinny Lee, published by Jacqui Small on September 25 2014. An inspiring guide to kitchen styling, it includes three design teams dressing the same classic Martin Moore kitchen with their own distinctive looks.

In three very different makeovers, Mini Moderns give the kitchen a bright retro feel in turquoise whilst House of Hackney layer it in luscious green jungle prints and Summerill & Bishop use eclectic accessories to create their textural, multi-coloured style.

Vinny Lee comments, "Martin Moore’s English Kitchen in a classic off-white painted finish was absolutely perfect for our designer transformations. Elegantly proportioned and timeless, it responded fabulously to the introduction of different colours, patterns and artefacts. We’ve shown just how easy it is to dress a new kitchen or update an existing one to make it your own very individual space.”
Martin Moore’s classic ‘English Kitchen’…

Although referred to as The White Kitchen, Martin Moore’s English kitchen is handpainted in a subtle off-white finish, giving a warmer feel than pure white. The simple scheme draws attention to the classic detailing, accessorised with white china in different styles.

As styled by Summerill & Bishop

Long time friends June Summerill and Bernadette Bishop opened their kitchen shop in 1994, selling things they would want in their own home. For this kitchen they chose bright glassware and linens to introduce ‘spot colour’ as well as textured platters and pots.
As styled by Mini Moderns

Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire of Mini Moderns focussed on colour and pattern, mixing their own range of wallpapers, paint and accessories with vintage finds for a bright, retro look.
As styled by House of Hackney

Frieda Gormley and husband Javvy M Royle, founders and directors of House of Hackney, dressed the kitchen in a bold single colour and pattern scheme, with their Palmeral print on wallpaper, china, oven mitts and more.


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