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.
JULY 30TH 2014
Felt rugs take inspiration from the natural world in these richly patterned Shyrdaks. Deer, rabbits and wild cats are stitched in contrasting neutrals and brights, with every rug telling a unique story; motifs are chosen to bestow blessings or describe the nomads’ life in the mountains.

Each rug is a vibrant work of art, as practical and hardwearing as it is decorative. These pieces would work beautifully in a children’s bedroom or simply as a feature rug.
JULY 24TH 2014
Luxury stone experts Lapicida continue their series of designer collaborations, exploring the technical and aesthetic challenges posed by working with designers from a wide range of disciplines. This year’s London Design Festival sees the launch of innovative works in stone by jewellery designer Lara Bohinc and conceptual designers Brooksbank & Collins. These and other pieces will be showcased in Lapicida’s flagship King’s Road showroom throughout the festival.
On Monday 15th September, from 6.30 – 8.30pm, as part of the Chelsea Design Quarter event, Lapicida host ‘Designers in Conversation’ in their King’s Road showroom. The evening will give the three designers a platform to discuss their work and their very different approaches to designing with stone.
Lara Bohinc’s ‘Solaris Kinetic’ table bears all the hallmarks of luxury and precision which Lara brings to her jewellery, and Lapicida bring to stone. Four stacked rings of marble move smoothly on a rotation spindle in a range of orbits. Designed and made like an exquisite piece of jewellery, Lara’s Solaris table marries stone and metal in a piece demanding both innovative technologies and traditional crafts.
Four different gold-veined stones make a unified progression from light to dark, from the top tier to the base. The four marbles used are, from the top down; Calacatta Oro, Fior di Bosco, Nero Oro and Nero Marquina. The brass elements have a brushed finish.
The Solaris Kinetic Table measures 100cm diameter closed and opens out to 175cm with all four tiers spread out. In an edition of 10, prices start at £24,000.
Brooksbank & Collins are conceptual designers, bringing together the talents of architect Tom Brooksbank and artist Allan Collins. They create exquisite works in organic materials including metal and marble. Inspired by the Rosetta Stone, their Nero Marquina ‘Fossus’ coffee table is a perfect union of their design skills with Lapicida’s technical virtuosity. On a smaller scale, their ‘Caulis’ vase (below) combines strong contemporary forms with the classical beauty of Arabescato marble.
JULY 23RD 2014
‘DESIGN INSPIRATION’: 6.30 - 8.30pm Admission Free
Drummonds host a ‘Design Inspiration’ evening at their spectacular new Kings Road flagship. Chaired by Giles Kime, Executive Editor of Homes & Gardens, it brings together Susie AtkinsonMartin BrudnizkiGuy Goodfellow and Maurizio Pellizzoni. These four internationally renowned designers, each with a unique personal style, discuss spaces, objects or works of art which have inspired their work.
JULY 22ND 2014
Stand C60A: James Hare, the UK’s leading silk specialist, is launching two collections exploring new textures, new colours and coordinated decorative themes. Perfectly in tune with today’s interiors, James Hare always offers the widest choice of plain, patterned and embroidered silks for uses including curtains, headboards, cushions, lampshades and wallcoverings. Competitive pricing is another hallmark of James Hare collections, making its luxury fabrics accessible and affordable.
Inspired by the night sky
Densely woven, with an elegant drape, Aurora Silk is inspired by the sky at night, melding soft tonal hues
in an impressionist design. The silk content gives a luxurious sheen.
140cm wide: 68% polyester, 32% silk in 10 colourways
Nature-inspired pattern
Continuing James Hare’s series of animal-skin inspirations, Cobra Stripe incorporates a subtle snakeskin
reference within a woven stripe. This brings real vivacity and movement to the fabric, which is further
enhanced by the shimmer of natural silk.
137cm wide: 66% polyester, 19% cotton, 15% silk in 6 colourways
Easy living embroidered damask in linen
Ebury is a relaxed contemporary damask. Densely embroidered, with a range of different stitches adding subtle detailing, the pattern has a delicate, almost overlaid effect. This lightness of touch makes Ebury equally at home in traditional or contemporary surroundings.
147cm wide: 60% linen, 40% cotton in 3 colourways
A versatile design for neutral styling
Cobble offers decorative interest whilst still remaining essentially neutral. Fully reversible, the reverse face offers heightened colour contrast. A 16,000 rub makes it suitable for light upholstery as well as curtains and cushions.
136cm wide: 27% linen, 27% nylon, 43% spun viscose, 3% silk in 3 colourways
Luxurious corded silk with metallic detailing
Pimlico is a formal damask using pure silk to dramatic new effect. Silk cording and dense silk embroidery define a large-scale design on a luxurious dupion ground. Embroidered lurex highlights add yet another level of splendour.
137cm wide: 100% silk in 4 colourways
Super-contemporary stripes
Stripes answer many decorating needs, delivering both colour and graphic interest. Now James Hare takes the design focus to a new level, mixing neutrals with fresh, fun and jazzy colours in plain and patterned stripes of varying widths.
137cm wide: 56% linen, 26% polyester, 18% silk in 4 colourways
Versatile linen plains
Linenfold is a subtly textured plain in 3 colours designed to co-ordinate with the decorative fabrics in the Pimlico collection. A rub of 10,000 makes this suitable for light upholstery as well as curtains and cushions.
140cm wide: 60% linen, 40% cotton in 3 colours
A new look at a classic theme
James Hare transforms trellis into a modern classic. Woven with a sateen ground, the zig-zag components are given contrasting tones, depths and weave patterns for strong visual interest. Offering both neutrals and vivid colours, Mews Trellis is a luxurious fabric with a sumptuous handle.
137cm wide: 33% bemburg, 28% viscose, 27% linen, 12% PBT in 6 colourways
JULY 21ST 2014
Perfect for both period and contemporary interiors. Fine Grey is typical of Edward’s brilliant eye for colour. It uses just two traditional natural pigments, Lamp Black and Prussian Blue, in the perfect proportions to create a shade he describes as, "A pale, steely grey with a subtle blue undertone giving it a clean, modern look.” As with all Pots of Paints products, it is formulated using only natural pigments and non-toxic binders.
JULY 17TH 2014
Great design by Lara Bohinc. Amazing technology by Lapicida. Weighs 300 kg but check out featherlight rotation...

JULY 15TH 2014
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the freestanding Mendi bath is a stylish crossover between traditional and contemporary style. Made in Mak, a bright white high-tech composite with a modern architectural aesthetic, its tapered sides and rounded corners also reference the classic tub.

Generously sized, the Mendi bath’s dimensions are 170 x 70 x 51cm.
JULY 14TH 2014
Lara Bohinc’s collaboration with stone experts Lapicida was initiated by Wallpaper* magazine for their Handmade exhibition for Salone del Mobile, Milan 2014. The result is the Solaris Table which bears all the hallmarks of luxury and precision which Lara brings to her jewellery, and Lapicida brings to its work in stone.

Solaris, a concept inspired by the planets and their orbital movements, is a theme running through much of Lara Bohinc’s work. Four stacked rings of marble move smoothly on a rotation spindle like a range of orbits. Highly polished circular brass dishes are inset into the marble plates and appear like planets rotating around a sun. The table is ever changing, as the plates can be easily moved around its axis. From a totally closed circle it can be spread open to almost double its size. Blurring the distinction between jewellery and furniture, Lara’s Solaris table is designed and made like an exquisite piece of jewellery, marrying stones and metals in a piece demanding both innovative technologies and traditional crafts.

Lara worked closely with Lapicida to find the four different gold-veined stones to make a unified progression from light to dark, from the top tier to the base. The four marbles used are, from the top down; Calacatta Oro, Fior di Bosco, Nero Oro and Nero Marquina. The brass elements have a brushed finish.

The Solaris Table as shown measures 100cm diameter closed and opens out to 175cm with all four tiers spread out.
JULY 1ST 2014
A collection of cushions in decorative fabrics will instantly bring an interior scheme together, adding style and giving the room a final flourish. James Hare silks offer endless opportunities with fabrics ranging from subtle lace to strong geometric.
Shown below are James Hare's Cosmos LacePrism SilkHoneycombWaterfall Silk and Luna.
JUNE 30TH 2014
This summer the Felt sale will return. If you’ve ever coveted a Felt rug or cushion, now is your chance to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. The sale will run through the whole of July and August, offering 25% off all stock and new commissions.

There are hundreds of rugs available in all shapes, sizes and colours, perfect for floors or walls, as well as cushions and floor cushions. The full collection can be seen at Felt’s London showroom, to view by appointment.
JUNE 30TH 2014
Onyx is one of many semi-precious materials which Lapicida use to create extraordinary and beautiful objects.

Perfect for dramatic basins, Onyx is a crystalline stone with distinctive mineral banding ranging from pure white to subtle greys, pinks and browns. Hand carved from solid blocks of stone, each basin is completely individual, a work of art in its own right.

Designed to sit on vanity tops, Lapicida’s onyx basins come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.
JUNE 27TH 2014
This month the Arc team ventured out of London, taking a trip to the Court of Noke, Edward Bulmer’s organic Herefordshire farm, home and the base for Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint - Edward’s natural paint company.
It’s been an eventful year for Pots of Paint, who unveiled a rebranded look at the start of the year as well as bringing out a collection of 21 new colours. Our trip to Herefordshire was a chance to see behind the scenes as well as meet the rest of the marketing and design team behind Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint.   
 View of The Court of Noke - a beautiful 18th century house
Peter Lawley (Product Manager) and Hannah Williams (Paint Technician) talked us through the process used to mix Pots of Paint colours. A paint mixing machine is programmed to release different quantities of plant or mineral based pigments into a natural paint base. The machine holds 16 pigments at a time, but the majority of colours are created from the 7 key pigments traditionally used by decorators and colourmen.  Mixing paints requires ingenuity as well as a brilliant eye for colour.
Once the pigment is dispensed a mixer shakes the paint up to reveal the final product – Fawn, a light brown from the new collection. 
Pots of Paint are always testing their recipes and working with decorators to achieve the best result possible. Peter showed us his work testing the effect of painting on different surfaces – with and without a primer. For a perfect finish, Pots of Paint recommends using their undercoats or primers on all surfaces.
 Edward giving a quick paint lesson – paint is composed of pigment, binders and solvents. Pots of Paint’s Linseed Oil binder gives a perfect sheen.
Edward explained that Pots of Paint’s 100% natural formulation makes the paint breathable. Synthetic paint used on exterior woodwork can crack and blister when water gets into the wood, whereas natural paint allows moisture to escape without damaging the finish.
Entirely eco-friendly, the paint has a lovely, lavender-y smell – we even tested out the product ourselves.
 Edward demonstrating the ‘figure of eight’ painting technique.
JUNE 24TH 2014
Lapicida, the specialists in luxury stone, offer an exceptional collection of baths and basins in classical and contemporary shapes. Each piece is a sculpture in its own right, carved from a single block of stone or marble and hand finished. Lapicida also make bespoke baths and basins to order in spectacular materials including semi-precious stones.
JUNE 19TH 2014
Lema is one of the most influential names in contemporary Italian furniture, often collaborating with leading designers. Perfect for today’s zoned living, its innovative collections turn domestic space into dynamic space. New from Lema at DesignSpace London are two new wardrobe collections, Warm and Aria, both designed by David Lopez Quincoces.

Shown below left is Warm, named for its rich natural leather upholstery finish. Horizontal shadow lines break up the verticals of the tall wardrobe doors, creating a strong design focus. Available in a collection of leathers and fabrics.

Shown below right is Aria. Slim anodised aluminium frames hold the strong, lightweight glass panels. The glass is clear, allowing natural light to illuminate the inside of the wardrobes. Invisible hinges give the doors a sleek, uninterrupted line.

Warm and Aria are both part of Lema’s extensive ‘Armadio al Centrimetro’ wardrobe collection, allowing height, width and depth to be perfectly tailored to the space available. Custom interiors complete the bespoke designs.
JUNE 18TH 2014
New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Betty Bath is a modern take on the classic tub. Deep and curvaceous, its generous proportions make it perfect for both family bathrooms and private sanctuaries. Made in the ultra-smooth Mak composite, Betty comes in a choice of Gloss White or Matt White.
JUNE 12TH 2014
The newest colours from Edward Bulmer Pots of Paint include ‘Brimstone’. This is a clear, sunny yellow which originally dates back to the 19th Century. At that time, yellow paint would only have been seen in the very grandest of houses because the pigments, derived from lead, arsenic and tin, were so expensive.
Although these pigments are not in use today, Edward Bulmer captures all of their richness and depth in his authentic recreation of this lusciously lemony shade. Formulated using only safe, natural pigments and non-toxic binders, it is correct in historic settings and brings a beautiful new lustre to contemporary interiors.
JUNE 12TH 2014
Hand carved from solid blocks of natural alabaster, Lapicida’s new stone vessels pay homage to antiquity. Prized for their translucence and supremely smooth, tactile finish, alabaster jars were dedicated to deities throughout the ancient world. From Mesopotamia to the Egypt of the Pharaohs, they held perfumes, honey and other precious contents.

Lapicida’s recreations of these ancient jars make uniquely decorative pieces for modern living. The alabaster has a naturally golden glow which can be given even more drama with nightlights illuminating the stone from within.

Every vessel is a one-off piece. Heights shown range from 22cm to 36.5cm.


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