MAY 27TH 2013
New from Drummonds, the Tear Drop is a shower rose with a voluptuous form inspired by a single tear.   Made from traditional English white china clay, it matches Drummonds’ splendid sanitaryware collections.

Designed to offer a new option for Drummonds’ showers, The Tear Drop is also a powerful, directional shower. 

The Tear Drop is seen here with Drummonds’ Dalby thermostatic shower, an exposed shower which comes with a curved arm or straight arm (shown with straight arm).  For a more contemporary, minimal look, Tear Drop can also be used with Drummonds’ concealed Nene and Carron showers.    
MAY 20TH 2013
Sheers bring modern romance and softness to window treatments...
James Hare’s decorative fabric collections often include co-ordinating sheers; fresh and cool in airy whites or warm in luscious cream tones.
Perfect for screening windows, either on their own or as inner curtains, they diffuse light and give privacy. Embroidered sheers also make beautiful bedhangings.  
Shown here is Orchard Sheer in Cream, with an applique corded tree design. The matching silk curtain is Orchard Silk in Plover.
MAY 16TH 2013
Today sees the release of Baz Lurman’s The Great Gatsby, promising a glittering visual treat.   
According to Architectural Digest, Lurman and his wife, designer Catherine Martin, went all out for period authenticity in the 42 lavish sets they created for the film. It took over 3 months to build, paint and decorate Gatsby’s mansion, complete with grand ballroom, master bedroom, library, entrance hall and terrace.
With this in mind, take a look at just some of the art deco inspired products from Arc PR’s clients. We think they’d sit perfectly in Jay Gatsby’s Long Island mansion. 
MAY 3RD 2013
Another royal affirmation for James Hare as the Duchess of Cornwall attends the investiture of the new King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, wearing a stunning Bruce Oldfield gown in James Hare’s beautiful sky blue silk crepe.
Founded in Leeds in 1865 and still a family company to this day, James Hare is Britain’s leading silk specialist in fashion and interiors.
This fabric is from James Hare’s Super Weight Crepe collection, a heavy cloth with fantastic drape and soft suppleness, ideal for dresses cut on the bias. 
APRIL 30TH 2013
Inspired by Silwood, a long-lost historic house, James Hare’s Silwood Silk features richly decorated florals in luxurious dupion silk with multi-toned embroidery and cording.  
An updated take on a traditional country house look, Silwood is crisp and fresh, perfect for today’s eclectic interiors.  Bringing a new grandeur to curtains, headboards, cushions and lampshades, it comes in five colourways.
APRIL 29TH 2013
As bathrooms become ever larger and more luxurious, so the spotlight falls on super-sized bathroomware.  From capacious cast iron baths to imposing marble topped vanities, Drummonds have always led the way with its beautifully proportioned classic designs.

Now, Drummonds is launching The Severn, an entirely re-scaled version of its already-imposing Spittal Shower.  The Severn is, quite simply, enormous.   Freestanding and measuring a towering 2400mm high by 1300mm wide and 1050mm deep, it is easily large enough for two people and virtually a shower room in its own right. 

Every element of The Severn is made by Drummonds using traditional processes which ensure integrity and longevity.  Cast in Drummonds’ iron foundry, the tray is enamelled using the lengthy dry frit process, before the exterior is hand finished to order.  The solid brass frame is cast in sections before being bright plated in nickel or chrome and then hand-polished.  The hinges, taps, controls and rose are equally carefully made and finished.

From its massive raised cast iron tray to its double glass doors and imposing rose showerhead, The Severn offers an incredible shower experience featuring invigorating water jets from the four uprights as well as a waterfall from above. It can also be ordered with a handset (as shown here) instead of the jet system.  
APRIL 26TH 2013
The great neoclassical architect Robert Adam commissioned complex stone floors for many of his masterpiece buildings such as Osterley House.  Inspired by his designs, Lapicida have produced this modern interpretation, demonstrating their ability to work with all the skill and virtuosity of the past.

As shown here, the decorative centrepiece of this floor is a massive roundel, 4 metres in diameter.  Formed in limestones including Pietra Serena, Blue Jura and White Moleanos, the individual elements are cut by waterjet and then painstakingly hand pieced.  Set in a circular hallway, the design is framed by limestone clad columns, also made to order by Lapicida.

Lapicida’s unique range of custom design and bespoke manufacturing services allows customers to commission one-off works of art for walls and floors. Their range of techniques embraces everything from historic inlay and mosaic crafts to hi-tech CNC laser and water jet cutting. 

APRIL 25TH 2013
Now showing at Inside Design, Great Western Studios

April 26th – May 9th 2013

Hot on the heels of Milan comes a London showcase for the exciting collaboration between stone specialists Lapicida and designer Bethan Gray. Made from solid marble, the pieces are a thrilling fusion of high-tech manufacturing and traditional craftsmanship.  

As part of a larger exhibition of Bethan Gray’s work, two extraordinary new marble tables are being shown alongside the charming tabletop pieces launched at Wallpaper’s ‘Handmade’ exhibition in Milan earlier this month.  

Bethan’s ‘Herringbone’ table features a bold zig-zag pattern, brilliantly and seamlessly interpreted by Lapicida in black and white marble.  The design was inspired by ecclesiastical interiors, including the breathtaking modern church of San Giovanni Batista in Mogno, Switzerland.  

The Special Edition ‘Brogue’ is Lapicida’s new rendering of a classic Bethan Gray table. It features a complex brogueing detail perfectly translated from leather into solid marble.

Great Western Studios are at 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU.  
APRIL 22ND 2013
Where fashion goes, interiors follow…. Stripes are a perennial favourite and now they are back on the catwalk again – bigger, bolder, stripey-er than ever before.
Bringing them into the home, James Hare’s decorative fabrics offer stripes ranging from traditional to contemporary, from subtle to sensational. Now, the newest addition to their line-up is Parasol Stripe; jazzy, modern and right on trend; uniting pastels with pops of vivid colour.
A great look for curtains, bedheads and cushions, Parasol Stripe comes in 5 colourways.
APRIL 18TH 2013
DesignSpace London is launching Studio, Modulnova’s brilliant new concept for compact kitchens.
Studio is the perfect answer for small space living, a fully functional ‘hidden’ kitchen with a contemporary architectural aesthetic. Ideal for studios and open plan spaces, the working areas are enclosed within sleek, chic, modern cupboards. These can be built-in or constructed as a single or double-sided freestanding module to form a room divider.
Each Studio kitchen is individually designed and made to order, offering Modulnova’s exceptional choice of internal and external finishes including lacquers and wood veneers. Fold-away pocket doors allow total access to the working kitchen, which can comprise anything from a simple hob, fridge and sink set-up to a complete range of integrated appliances including extraction. Storage too, is cleverly tucked into the design, making Studio the ideal combination of form and function for urban living.
APRIL 11TH 2013
Lapicida and Bethan Gray for Wallpaper’s Handmade show...

The latest stage of the exciting collaboration between stone specialists Lapicida and designer Bethan Gray is a series of striking tabletop pieces. Made from solid black and white marbles, seamlessly fused, these are virtuoso pieces from the craftsmen in Lapicida’s Harrogate workshops.

See them now at Wallpaper’s prestigious Handmade show, running until Sunday 14th April at Leclettico, Via San Gregorio 39, Milan.
APRIL 9TH 2013
Tim Moock of Felt bought his first shyrdaks back to the UK after visiting Kyrgyzstan in 1996. He is now a leading expert on these wonderfully decorative and authentic rugs, made under a fair trade agreement by the nomad women of the Tien Shan Mountains, known as the Mountains of Heaven.

Tim’s huge stock of Shyrdaks, in countless different shapes, colours and sizes, is housed in his London showroom. This is open by appointment, allowing him the time and space to offer a one-to-one rug choosing service, including bespoke Shyrdaks made to special commission.

As practical as they are decorative, each Shyrdak takes a master cutter and her team up to 20 days to complete. The raw wool is flattened with boiling water, rolled in a reed mat and then ‘felted’ by being dragged behind a galloping horse. Each Shyrdak consists of a thick plain felt base on to which a surface layer of interlocking coloured felt shapes is bound with strong stitching. The interlocking shapes in these geometric patterns are vocabulary from the ancient language which still forms part of the everyday life of the rug makers. Each of Felt’s Shyrdaks tells a unique story and comes with an explanation of the symbols to decode their meaning. Customers can commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes, and even to convey a particular message… a suitably decorated rug would make a really special wedding, christening or housewarming present.

Shyrdak colours range from the dazzlingly bright to subtly muted tones, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both contemporary and traditional interiors. The rugs are perfect for both floors and walls and sizes typically range from small (0.8m x 1m) to room-sized (2m x 3.5m).
APRIL 7TH 2013
Poised on its elegant art deco feet, Drummonds’ new Serpentine bath is invitingly low… tempting you to step in, stretch out and experience its double ended comforts.

It takes Drummonds several weeks to make each 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.  Each bath is then finished to order, creating a unique bathroom centrepiece.  Options include polished & lacquered, metal clad, hand painted and specialist fine art finishes.

The Serpentine is shown here in a black hand painted finish with chromed brassware.  Dimensions: length 1700mm, width 760mm, height 620mm
APRIL 2ND 2013
Lapicida sources stone from all over the world, seeking rare materials which offer new decorative potential.

Shown here, the wall is clad in a slab featuring three stripes of Liquorice marble contrasted with Imperial Black marble.

Marble slabs are usually cut horizontally: But here, both marbles have been vein cut; sawn vertically down through the stone bed to reveal millions of years of natural stratification. This dramatic banding creates an extraordinary focus wall.
MARCH 25TH 2013
Contemporary bathrooms move ever closer to furniture design, using shapes and materials to reflect our taste in new ways.

The ‘Tender’ collection at Alternative Bathrooms offers strong, architectural forms and fabulous finishes; from natural timbers to matt, gloss and even pearlised lacquers. With cabinet and accessory options for all sizes of bathroom, it is versatile, practical and immensely stylish.

Elements from the ‘Tender 01’ range are shown here in Light Tranché wood with contrasting open and closed storage units in white varnished metal.
MARCH 19TH 2013
Where would a splendid bathroom be without equally splendid accessories?

Drummonds have launched an extensive new collection of bathroom accessories, now taking its crisp, classic look right through to the smallest detail. Nothing has been overlooked; from robe hooks, mirrors and lights through to loo brushes, rails and shelves.  Key pieces include the supremely elegant Bath Rack and the freestanding Accessory Stand, a three-tier side table with a multitude of uses.  
The materials and the manufacture, as you would expect from Drummonds, elevate bathroom accessories into individual works of art.  From the fixed rods of the bath rack to the solid base of the product shelf, every element has been designed to confer solidity and durability. The metalwork is solid brass, cast using the traditional lost wax process and finished in polished brass, gleaming nickel or brilliant chrome.  In conjunction with the collection’s glass, mirror and ceramic elements, the effect is magnificent.
MARCH 18TH 2013
Drummonds have announced the winner in their design collaboration with the KLC School of Design. KLC’s diploma students were asked to develop a concept for a new cast iron bath and given free rein to experiment with the form and finish.   The winner, chosen by Drummonds’ Sales & Marketing Director James Lentaigne, was Victoria Richmond, presenting a concept which James described as "a small double ended bath, slightly like a slipper design with the option of a skirt or feet.”   Drummonds’ baths are always named after rivers and Victoria has wittily called hers ‘The Morar’, after the smallest river in the British Isles! 
MARCH 7TH 2013
Vienne Silk is one of James Hare’s best-loved plains. With its subtle texture, matt finish, fluid drape and wide choice of colours, it’s a natural choice for decorators.
Now James Hare is launching Vienne Silk 2; a new book which features twenty two additional colours. Introducing a fresh, contemporary edge to the collection, the new shades range from hot brights to a palette of essential neutrals.
140cm wide. 65% silk 35% viscose.
Now in 55 plain colourways.
Also part of the new Vienne 2 book, Mandalay comes in three multi-colourways coordinating with the plains collection. Inspired by a traditional Chinese motif, the circle graphic translates with a modern appeal.
140cm wide. 65% silk 35% viscose.

New at Alternative Bathrooms, the Anahita bath is a dramatic spiral inspired by swirling water. Designed by the Italian architect Marco Baxadonne, it makes an impressive centrepiece for a contemporary bathroom.

The fluid lines of the design are matched by the feel of the bath itself which is formed in K-Plan, an ultra-smooth, super-tactile material which is a delight to bathe in.

The Anahita bath is available in all white or with a black exterior.
Dimensions: Diameter: 130cm Height: 60cm at lowest edge/90cm at highest.
Drummonds’ spectacular new collection of single and double vanity basins will take centre stage in any bathroom. Elegant and refined, their styling speaks to both classical and contemporary interiors and handmade quality shines through every element, from the weighty brassware of the stands and taps, cast using the traditional lost wax process, to the crisp white English china clay basins set into natural marble tops.
All three designs, the Crake, the Calder and the Hebdern, come in brass, chrome or nickel finishes.   The Calder has a simple grey Basaltina marble top, whilst Crake and Hebdern offer the choice of three characterful marbles; Arabescato, Atlantic Grey and Super Marquina Black.

The images below show, from left to right: the Hebdern, the Crake and the Calder.
Inspired by Silwood, a long-lost country house, James Hare launches Orchard Silks, five decorative designs which bring fresh new looks to embroidered silks.  Offering both contrast and tonal colourways,   Orchard Silks coordinate with James Hare’s Regal Dupion plains.  Always in tune with today’s interiors and exploring new colour, design and texture, James Hare offers the widest choice of plain, patterned and embroidered silks for curtains, headboards, cushions, lampshades and wallcoverings.  
Orchard Silk
Featuring a graphic tree design in appliqué cord embroidery, Orchard Silk comes in five glamorous neutrals. 
140cm wide. 100% silk
Orchard Sheer
The perfect partner to Orchard Silk, a matching corded tree design is embroidered onto a luscious cream sheer colourway.
137cm wide. 100% silk
Silwood Silk 
A new generation floral featuring multi-toned embroidery and cording on a luxurious dupion base. Five colourways.
140cm wide. 100% silk
Parasol Stripe
Jazzy stripes unite neutrals with pops of stronger colour.  A crisp, charismatic, feature fabric in five colourways.
140cm wide.  100% silk
Moiré Silk
A decorating classic revisited in five modern colourways.
140cm wide.  74% cotton 26% silk   
Felt’s newest shipment of rugs is a true design collaboration, fusing traditional Shyrdak rug-making techniques with the intense energy of today’s super-bright colour trends.

Perfect for bringing warmth and texture to contemporary interiors, these rugs work just as well on walls and floors…as much pieces of art as functional flooring solutions. 

Moodboards from Pots of Paint and James Hare

Trend predictors pick Indigo as 2013’s coolest shade. 

From the ink blues to the virtually purples, Indigo is easy to live with. Use it boldly to colour block walls or curtains, or drop it in as an accent shade.  White is always Indigo’s natural partner, but it’s also fabulous contrasted with limes and other brights.

Arc clients James Hare Silks and Pots of Paint both offer palettes of rich indigos.  Check out Pots of Paint’s densely pigmented, all natural shades, bringing new depth to walls and woodwork.

James Hare’s range of over 550 plains (let alone the decoratives!) is a treasure trove of indigo in every conceivable shade.  From fabrics for wallcoverings to curtains, cushions, lampshades and more, this collection offers the perfect route to a Blue Heaven.

For even more indigo inspiration see Kate Watson-Smyth’s great blog, Mad About the House 


From haute couture to the high street, fashion loves lace. And where fashion goes, interiors follow… 
Whether you want to add a froth of romance or sultry gothic edge, James Hare’s glorious lace collection is perfect for decorative interiors.  Authentic weaves including Leavers and Chantilly come in white, cream, black, red and gold and silver metallics. 
Shown here is James Hare’s ‘Leavers Lace no. 8256’ in black. 130 cm wide.


Drummonds’ spectacular new collection of specialist finishes...

Drummonds have launched a design collaboration with furniture makers Costello & Welch, renowned for their fine art finishes.

Foundry-cast and painstakingly enamelled using the traditional dry frit process, each Drummonds’ cast iron bath takes several weeks to make before being hand finished to order. 

Commissioned by Drummonds to create new finishes, Costello & Welch have used their hallmark combination of technical know-how and design sensibility to explore remarkable special effects and textures.

Developing the finishes was a process which Sam Costello says required him to be "part artist, part alchemist”.  For example, the Verdigris Aged Bronze is achieved by spraying copper in solution over a coat of fine bronze powder mixed with resin.  The chemical reaction which creates the Verdigris effect happens gradually, giving unique results every time.

Creating exciting juxtapositions between classic forms and contemporary finishes, these new effects are available to special commission on all Drummonds’ freestanding baths.


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